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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. (Read More)

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?!" (Read More)

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. (Read More)

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.

Madman releases Peacemaker on DVD - 22/12/2004
Bringing peace to the world is a BIG ask... but Madman Entertainment is doing its bit by releasing the highly anticipated anime series PEACEMAKER, a samurai action saga that is full to the brim with merciless action and hilarious comedy.

Created by GONZO DIGIMATION, the production house that brought you the fan-favourites HELLSING, FULL METAL PANIC and BLUE SUB NO. 6, PEACEMAKER is an anime masterpiece adapted from the ultra-popular manga PEACEMAKER KUROGANE.

The series is set in 19th century Japan, at the beginning of the Meiji period. PEACEMAKER follows Tetsunosuke Ichimura, a 15 year-old orphan who is haunted by the vicious murder of his parents. Childhood innocence has given way to a blinding thirst for revenge. Tetsu decides to seek out the Shinsengumi, an elite group of swordsmen sworn to protect the capital. In the name of justice - and against the will of his older brother - Tetsu desperately hopes to join the Shinsengumi because they are the bitter rivals of the Choshu rebels, the same ruthless killers who murdered Tetsu's parents.

Bloodthirsty incidents force Tetsu to face reality. The Shinsengumi reveal their capacity for the same brutality as his parents' murderers. Wading through a sea of espionage, intrigue, and flowing blood, the young boy must decide whether to shed his humanity and become a demon of the Shinsengumi, or to relinquish his hatred and become a Peacemaker in the spirit of his father. Revenge is sweet, but is it worth losing your soul?

Visit the Peacemaker website at

Sci-Fi Legend Orson Scott Card to Pen Ultimate Iron Man Series for Marvel - 19/12/2004
Iron Man, the crusading super hero first introduced by Marvel in The Avengers series, will receive his own book in the Marvel "Ultimate" universe this January as Marvel Comics launches Ultimate Iron Man.

The series, which recreates the history of the super hero and his alter ego Tony Stark, will be written by Orson Scott Card, the best-selling science fiction writer best known for his books, "Ender's Game" and "Speaker of the Dead," which each received the Hugo and Nebula awards for best science fiction.

Launched by Marvel in 2000, the Ultimate line re-introduces several of Marvel's most popular characters in 21st-century settings. Featuring hyper-realistic computer graphics, the Ultimate books allow a new generation of readers to grow up with their favorite Marvel superheroes. The series' showcase the ever-popular Marvel characters as teenagers facing the same problems as today's kids. (Read More)

New Avengers Sells Out! - 11/12/2004
It's official: Marvel Comics' The New Avengers #1 has sold out! Diamond Distributors confirms a complete sell-through of the entire first-print run of the House of Ideas' hot new super-hero series.

The New Avengers spins out of Avengers: Disassembled, the cataclysmic ending to the long-running series. The new title relates the events that bring together a new team of Avengers, comprised of some of Marvel's most popular characters and foundational heroes: Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and more.

Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada is jubilant over the news and has specific praise for those who made it happen. "We at Marvel greatly appreciate every single one of you who bought New Avengers #1, fan and retailer alike, and we hope you agree with us that it was one enjoyable read."

New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis and series editor Tom Brevoort were equally happy at hearing the inaugural issue had sold out. "In a million, billion years I could never have hoped for the amazing week we had with the debut of this book," said Bendis. "I am so proud to be associated with David Finch, Danny Miki, Frank D'Armata, Tom Brevoort, and Andy Schmidt. They gave this book everything they had. My undying thanks to Joe and Dan for going full blast with this and to the creators who came before us who created these amazing characters in the first place." Brevoort added, "It's gratifying to know that so many people are interested in New Avengers and what the future holds for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Here's a hint: Snikt!"

Retailers are also giving the book high marks. Ed Katschke, Manager of Monarch's Cards & Comic in Toledo, Ohio, said he was "pleasantly surprised" by the enthusiasm and sales generated by the first issue. "Most fans from my store are really intrigued by Bendis and Finch's new direction and are looking forward to the new configuration of the Avengers. At this point, I'm selling nearly 3 times my pre-Bendis numbers on the book and after reading the first issue I'm anticipating a strong sell-through on the proceeding issues," reports Katschke.

Internet comic book message boards have been buzzing over the introduction of the new all-star Avengers team. Fan Terry Anderson of Lexington, Kentucky was excited by the debut. "I really like the artwork here and the story is intriguing," he posted. "This new direction was a good opening for me to break into with the Avengers. I'm curious how the new team will operate. And I do like the inclusion of Spidey. He and Cap both are more about heart than their powers. I think it is a good nucleus for a team."

For those who may have missed out on New Avengers #1, Marvel reminds fans that there will be another printing available next week that offers a Joe Quesada variant cover. The cover features the original sketch, now inked and colored, that served as the inspiration for the first printing's several alternate covers. In addition to the second printing of #1, there is also a special New Avengers #1 Director's Cut, featuring the original story plus a bevy of extra goodies.

As always, more exciting information on The New Avengers and the Marvel Universe can be found online at Marvel.Com.

Lopresti, DíArmata and Ryan go exclusive with Marvel - 2/12/2004
Enquiring minds want to know what fan-favorite penciller Aaron Lopresti is going to do next, now that heís just signed an exclusive 3-year contract with Marvel Comics.

"Iím going to Disneyworld!" bellowed Lopresti, apparently fraught with joy.

In between treating his inner child to numerous trips to the Magic Kingdom, Lopresti has worked on such stalwart Marvel projects as What The?!, Amazing Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and, of course, his current art assignment on the heavy-hitting X-series Excalibur. True Believers everywhere are waiting for this astonishing artist to stop spinning around in giant teacups and return to drawing the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe.

"If Aaronís happy, weíre happy!" grins Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "No matter where he spends his vacations, itís good to know heíll be coming back home to good olí Marvel."

Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley concurs. "What Joe said!"

Lopresti could not be reached for further comment, but operators of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" have quoted him as saying "Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!" (Read More)

Tom Raney goes exclusive with Marvel - 2/12/2004
There's a new source of energy at the House of Ideas, as artist Tom Raney has announced he has signed an exclusive contract with Marvel. "Iím absolutely loving the energy thatís pervading Marvel these days!" says penciller extraordinaire Tom Raney. Tom, the artist of past mighty Marvel titles such as Thor, Mutant X, Warlock, and a bevy of X-Men projects has been rewarded for his efforts with a 2-year exclusive contract with Marvel Comics...and heís one happy camper. "Thereís so much cool stuff going on! Iím thrilled to be part of it!"

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada is pretty happy himself. "Tom Raney can always be counted on to deliver high quality work, and the fans love him for it."

"Marvelís just as thrilled as Tom about his coming aboard," says Dan Buckley, Marvel Publisher. "Weíre ready to see some more of that beautiful artwork!"

Raney is currently working on a What If?! X-Men 5th week book with X-Daddy Chris Claremont, to be followed by a few issues of Uncanny X-Men, also with Claremont. Tom added "Iíd love to tell you whatís up after that, but everybodyís got to have a few secrets."

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