|No Need To Ask What If These Comics Vaporised Off Shelves - They Did! - 15/01/2005|
|Marvel's most recent 5th week event -- six brand new WHAT IF...one-shots by top Marvel talent -- have been completely eaten up by fans of the theoretical.|
Said Sales and Marketing Manager David Gabriel, "WHAT IF...was a favorite of mine growing up, as it was to legions of Marvel fans. Our recent WHAT IF? CLASSIC trade sold more copies in initial orders than any other classic trade last year. Producing new installments of the title with this level of creative talent was a dream come true. We're getting tremendous praise for these new WHAT IF... books, and each issue has had thousands of backorders. No doubt about it, this project was a huge success...thanks so much to the creators and editor C.B. Cebulski for such great work!"
"I've been a WHAT IF fan for as long as I can remember. When I first proposed bringing the title back, I was worried people would think I was crazy, but much to my surprise, everyone here at Marvel enthusiastically embraced the idea.," said Cebulski. "I never thought we would be able to secure the level of talent we did on the books either. I found out WHAT IF was a concept that was near and dear to so many of our writers and artists. I think their love of WHAT IF clearly shines through in all the stories and the fan response has been nothing short of amazing! Hopefully we'll be able to come back and do this again real soon!"
WHA...HUH? (in the tradition of the classic NOT BRAND ECHH) hits direct store shelves on 1/26/2005...
...and will also be collected in the WHAT IF...?: WHY NOT? TPB along with the six sold-out WHAT IF...one-shots. The trade goes on sale direct on 2/23/2005, with a complete listing of content below:
|Phoenix Endsong #1 Sells Out - Rises Again With Second Printing - 9/01/2005|
|Marvel Comics announces that PHOENIX-ENDSONG #1 has completely sold out but like its namesake, the beautiful Phoenix of ancient legend, it will return...in the form of a new Limited Edition printing.|
PHOENIX-ENDSONG, by superstar artist Greg Land and rising star Greg Pak, details the highly-anticipated return of the mysterious and powerful Phoenix Force, the entity that made the character Jean Grey into one of the most popular members of the X-Men ever. The five-issue series has quite a few surprises in store for long time X-Men fans as well as those jumping aboard the merry mutant train for the first time.
"One of the greatest concepts to have come out of the Claremont-Byrne X-Men is the Phoenix," says Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada. "Now that Jean Grey is gone, the Phoenix Force has become virtually a character in its own right and really deserves its own spotlight. The two Gregs have handed in one of my most favorite miniseries here at Marvel and I'm so happy it's been this well received. Great concept, great story, great creators: win/win/win for the fans!"
|All You Need is Laughs! Madman Releases Comic Party Collection - 6/01/2005|
|Brace yourselves, the hilarity of COMIC PARTY is about to burst!! COMIC PARTY is side-splitting anime at its otaku-best. It is an essential part of any anime fan's collection. This new series parodies the entire Anime / Manga industry by looking at what life's like for a fan in Japan who wants to make it big creating manga!
|Dreamwave Shuts Down - 6/01/2005|
|Dreamwave Productions, a Canadian comicbook publisher involved in anime and nostalgia related comic book adaptations, has announced that it has ceased operations. The company president, Pat Lee, blamed market conditions including, "... shrinking comic book market combined with a weak U.S. dollar and unsustainable monetary commitments." Dreamwave's productions included Transformers, Duel Masters, and Megaman.
|Wil Eisner Dies Age 87 - 5/01/2005|
|Will Eisner, famous pioneer of American comics, died on January 3rd of complications related to a quadruple bypass heart surgery. He was 87. |
With the possible exception of Stan Lee, no other individual played as pivotal a role in the comic industry over such a long period of time. Eisner created, wrote, and drew The Spirit, published as a Sunday newspaper insert from 1941 to 1952, with circulations as high as 5 million per issue. He gave Jack Kirby and Jules Feiffer their first jobs in the comics business.
The annual Eisner awards, honoring the best comics (and manga) of the year, are named after Will Eisner.
|Jae Lee Exclusive to House of Ideas - 4/01/2005|
|The distinct and unique pencils of Jae Lee will grace Marvel Comics exclusively.|
When speaking about his renewed relationship with the House of Ideas, the prolific Lee was forthright in his outlook. "I've worked for many companies over the years, but I've always come back to Marvel. This is home. The friendships I have here go beyond work. It's an amazing, incredible, astonishing, and uncanny place to be."
The artist made his published debut in an issue of MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS, in 1991. His work also includes NAMOR with John Byrne, and INHUMANS, for which he won an Eisner Award. Recently, Lee has worked on FANTASTIC FOUR: 1234, of which his pages were displayed at The Society of Illustrators in New York City.
One of Lee's past projects served as an important artistic milestone: Hellshock, for Image Comics. "Before then, I was a product of the early 90s. Storytelling and anatomy were the least of my concerns. Hellshock forced me to grow if I wanted to tell the kind of story I needed to tell. Gritty realism replaced anatomically incorrect splash pages," explains Lee.
"We are very excited to have Jae back in the House. His unparalleled skills and his style allows us to tell stories that only he can tell," says Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley.
Editor in Chief Joe Quesada is equally enthusiastic, as he has a strong kinship with Lee: "Jae and I go back many, many years, in fact we broke in together. The only exception was that he was a mere sixteen year old prodigy. Since then we've worked together numerous times and he was instrumental in the initial success of our Marvel Knights imprint with his Eisner Award winning run on Inhumans. As EIC I'm excited, as a friend I'm thrilled beyond belief that Jae has decided to make Marvel his home. He is truly one of the great artistic talents in the industry today."
Jae Lee gave some tantalizing clues to what the near-future holds for him. "I'm working on a moody Hulk story with Peter David. After that, it'll be all out action with a writer who's no stranger to widescreen comics, featuring a character we've all seen on the widescreen. I can't wait to dig my claws into that one."
|Marvel Comics Names Mark Paniccia Senior Editor - 31/12/2004|
|In a move designed to significantly bolster Marvel's presence and success in the hot teen graphic novel category, Marvel Comics has hired Mark Paniccia as a Senior Editor.|
The former Senior Editor of New Development at leading U.S. based manga publisher Tokyopop, Mr. Paniccia joins Marvel in developing new properties and a new generation of comic book writers and artists. While at Tokyopop, he was a key player in the company's successful original graphic novel program, and served as a talent recruiter. In 2004, he completed a successful talent search that included anime, manga and comic book conventions, museums and art schools across the country and headed a major national manga competition. Aside from signing new creators, he also brought in established pros to create new manga series.
|Vasquez and SLG to Amaze You in March! - 30/12/2004|
|Like the mighty grizzly shaking off his wintry torpor and emerging from his lair in spring, or the majestic phoenix rising from the ashes in cliche-like fashion or, in all likelihood, much more like an indomitable army of ghoulish reanimated dead roused from their graves by a mad genius whose insatiable desire for power, or probably just for a harem of short-haired hot girls in black-rimmed glasses, has led him to horrific acts of dark magic, or -- well, look, you're just going to have to make up your own simile for this amazing event, for I am too overcome with emotions that one cannot speak of in polite society. Just take care to ensure that your words are grand enough to convey the pure majesty and glory of this thing that has returned to us and is once again gracing the pages and annals of comics, this thing in the form of a little flesh nugget of stinking open sores, filthy pink fur and endless weeping that "they" call Fillerbunny.|
That's right, children. Critically-reviled master something-or-another Jhonen Vasquez has returned from his trip around the solar system and is once again plotting his evil little designs on the world of comics. And how better to set his nefarious plans in motion than with Fillerbunny, a suffering creature originally created to fill a single page and whose existence was mercilessly extended to fill two sixteen-page comics, each one drawn over the course of one day? That'll work, right? Oh, you doubt, but this time, my sweetlings, this time, it is Fillerbunny in My Worst Book Yet!, 24 pages of torment and horrible excretions, two of them in mind-blowing FULL COLOR. And Jhonen took more than one day to finish it! You will see Fillerbunny as you've never seen him before, quite possibly consistently drawn and with fine details that make him seem so real and make his pain all the more pitiful. "Why?" you will ask. "Sweet lord of corn, WHY?!"
|Marvel Focuses on Next Generation of Heroes - 29/12/2004|
|For Marvel Comics the next few months will be heated up by eight hot new additions to the Marvel Universe.|
Some of the first titles launching with the Marvel Next moniker will include YOUNG AVENGERS, X-23, ARANA, LIVEWIRES, RUNAWAYS, and SPELLBINDERS.
Marvel Next will be zeroing in on the heroes of the next generation. Not a new line or imprint, Marvel Next is a collection of titles that will spotlight young characters in fresh and exciting ways. "We recognized that the ideas that make up these characters are really wonderful," says Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada. "We wanted to give them a unique and powerful focus, showing everyone that these characters and their stories are all about today's youth and, of course, the future. This is a new breed of heroes."
Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley is adamant in pointing out that with Marvel Next, fans will still find themselves in the good ol' Marvel Universe. "Its not a separate universe," he said. "Marvel Next is a way for us to promote these teen focused stories to their core readership. When you see the Next tag, you'll know you're getting some solid teenage hero adventures."
The series that may well be considered the flagship Marvel Next book, as well as garnering a great deal of interest since it was announced, is YOUNG AVENGERS. "We believe the Young Avengers characters could each carry a book by themselves. They're that cool!" Quesada remarks. "I think YOUNG AVENGERS is up for a long and heavy-hitting ride." The book rises like a phoenix out of the ashes of AVENGERS:DISASSEMBLED and is populated by what seems to be teen versions of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, namely Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk. YOUNG AVENGERS writer Allan Heinberg is quick to point out that looks may be deceiving and invites readers to come aboard and be formally introduced to these new heroes. YOUNG AVENGERS is penciled by Jim Cheung and debuts in February.
|Holiday Opening Hours - 22/12/2004|
|Seasonal Greetings are with us again - |
here's just a quick rundown of Graphic Action's store opening hours over the Christmas/New Years break.
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - CLOSED
Monday 27th December - CLOSED
New Years Eve - 10.30 - 4.30pm
New Years Day - CLOSED
2nd January - CLOSED
All other days we'll be here for regular opening hours.
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