|Oni Press brings The Awakening this November - 2/09/2004|
|Horror haunts Oni Press this November with the release of THE AWAKENING, the first volume of a new horror trilogy by writer Neal Shaffer and artist Luca Genovese. THE AWAKENING is a 104-page graphic novel that is equal parts mystery and supernatural horror.|
This volume's story center on a young school girl named Francesca who has just enrolled in a prestigious boarding school. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong when shortly after her arrival, she finds one of her classmates brutally murdered, sending her into deep shock, and a coma. Even worse, following this tragic incident, Francesca begins to have visions of which girl will be slain next, and she is unable to tell anyone about it. Is this a new horror being visited on the hallowed institution, or is it something much more, going to the core of the school itself, to an evil that defies description?
"I have a deep respect and love of the horror genre," explains THE AWAKENING's writer, Neal Shaffer. "The problem with most modern horror stories is that they rely on cheap shocks and jolts to scare the audience.
"This book serves as my tribute to the giallo – a particular Italian form of horror exemplified by the works of filmmakers such as Dario Argento and Mario & Lamberto Bava. And the thing that distinguishes these Italian works is that they are more about a sustained mood and atmosphere than a quick edit and loud shriek."
|August Anime Available! - 19/08/2004|
|The Madman Entertainment catalogue of Anime titles being released in August is now available. Head over to our Anime section to take a look at what's new, and don't forget to check out our Anime Archive for all your Anime DVD and VHS needs.
|15 minutes from AmazeInk in August - 16/06/2004|
|Everyone Can Get their 15 Minutes This August from AmazeInk|
When superheroes are part of everyday life, they're bound to have close encounters with ordinary folks and ordinary problems. And not every superhero is going to be a Superman. 15 Minutes, a new full-color comic book series from AmazeInk by Bob Elinskas, David Hedgecock and Mike Kelleher, takes a fresh look at superhoeroes, superheroics and brief encounters with fame, of which, as the saying goes, everyone has their fifteen minutes.
"I've been doing a great deal of thinking about the world of superheroes and how it would be to live in a world where superheroes exist," said 15 Minutes writer Bob Elinskas. "You'd have all kinds around, from the really powerful and popular to the obscure and lame -- and probably far more of the lame and obscure than the popular and powerful. Everyone would bump into a hero or villain at some point. So, we'd all have stories to tell of our brush with 'fame.'"
|Miyazaki showcase in cinemas - 23/05/2004|
|Madman Entertainment has announcement the Australian cinema dates for the Studio Ghibli Miyazaki showcase. The Myazki showcase featuring such classic anime films as Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, Laputa Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service & Porco Rosso will screen at the following venues for a limited season.|
SYDNEY: Chauvel and Valhalla Cinemas, July 1
BRISBANE: Schonell Theatre, July 29
MELBOURNE: Cinema Nova, August 12
ADELAIDE: Palace Nova Eastend, August 26
PERTH: Venue to be confirmed, September 9
For more information visit about the Miyazki showcase and other Studio Ghibli films visit the Studio Ghibli Collection homepage.
|Egg Story Comes Out of its Shell This July - 13/05/2004|
|Growing up. Leaving home. Falling in love. Witnessing madness and murder. Becoming a ninja. This could be a story about any of us. But it isn't. It's a story about eggs.|
Egg Story, an SLG Publishing graphic novella by comics newcomer J. Marc Schmidt, tells the tale about two egg siblings who are determined to have lives that don't end in a frying pan. The plight of eggs is not a subject most people think about, but Schmidt did, asking himself what it would be like if the mainstays of so many breakfasts were like people.
"They have a pretty short, rough life," Schmidt said. "Being taken away from their mothers, locked up in a carton, then a refrigerator, then as a final insult they get their heads dashed and are cooked up in any of 1001 or more ways! So what if an egg said, 'I'm not doing that'?"
He answered the "what if" with Egg Story, a 64-page graphic novella about two eggs named Five Spots and Feather who liberate themselves from the fridge, only to find that freedom isn't all shopping sprees and channel-surfing. When one of their comrades cracks up, entertaining fantasies of becoming a soufflé and ending it all on the kitchen floor, how can the eggs find meaning in life? For Feather, the answer is simple. He becomes a ninja.
Egg Story is a 64-page graphic novella scheduled for release in July 2004. A preview is available at SLG Publishing's website, www.slavelabor.com.
|Astonishing X-Men 2nd Variant Cover Announced! - 30/04/2004|
|What is hard to get despite three covers, and an astonishing creative team? The second variant cover to Astonishing X-Men #1!|
Red-Hot Gabriel Dell'Otto (Secret War) & superstar Richard Isanove (Origin) are teaming up to drive the excitement to a fever pitch on Astonishing X-Men #1, providing an incredibly limited "chase' collector's cover!
This ultra-limited variant will feature Dell'Otto's pencils (not painting for the first time!), highlighted by the amazing digital painting that has made Isanove a household name! This incentive is limited to direct market retailers, and is designed to drive fans into stores on May 26, the release date for the year's most anticipated debut.
"John Cassaday is one of my favorite artists. To approve this, we had to have someone special. And what Gabriel did was give everyone an absolute treat! And, it IS a treat -- it's not like we're doing six months of variants here!' offered Marvel Editor in Chief, Joe Quesada.
Nodding in quick agreement, Marvel's Publisher, Dan Buckley offered, "Joe's absolutely right – when the guys showed me Gabrielle's cover sketches, we all just about screamed! This is truly a treat for fans and a nice gift to the retailers who are taking a strong position on this book.'
Click here to see a sketch of the second variant cover for Astonishing X-Men #1.
|Madman April Anime titles available - 26/04/2004|
|The entire catalogue of Madman Entertainment DVDs being released in April is now available from the Graphic Action Anime section. Highlights this month include:|
- KIDDY GRADE VOLUME 1 (also available with Collector's Box)
- ballistic jet-fighter action series YUKIKAZE
- GENESHAFT V1 - RING DVD
|Tupelo Trade Paperback with Music by the Famous Monsters from SLG in June! - 20/04/2004|
|Who is Captain Tupelo?|
PUNK ROCK LEGEND
In 1977 NYC’s Famous Monsters burned up Greenwich Village with their own dangerous brand of rock ‘n roll. Hammering out caustic three-chord anthems in dives across the city, the band gave voice to a sonic revolution. Their guitarist/songwriter, punk rock's Golden Boy, went by the name of Captain Tupelo.
Punk rock fell. The Monsters broke up. Soon rumors spread among the city’s homeless- underground whispers of a strange street avenger dressed in a pea coat and captain’s hat. They called him their protector and savior. They said his name was Captain Tupelo.
No longer are tales told of the good Captain cruising the streets in a battered taxi cab, seeking out crime with his former band mate, the 11 O’Clock Man. No one can recall if the drug he was injected with actually gave him “special” powers. Today, hardly anyone remembers the story of Tupelo.
Until one night...and one murder... will make certain that no one will ever again forget his name.
Captain Tupelo and the 11 O'Clock Man battle the Lullaby Squad, a secret organization devoted to maintaining the status quo in the four-issue SLG Publishing miniseries, Tupelo by Matt De Gennaro and Phil Elliott. The miniseries is now collected into one 144-page graphic novel that includes a CD of rare Famous Monsters tracks. The myth and the music will be in stores in June 2004. A preview of issue one of Tupelo is available at SLG Publishing's website.
|New Color Graphic Novel from SLG in June! - 14/04/2004|
|Earth is under attack! Aliens invade! Robots fight in the streets, battling over the most desirable piece of real estate just discovered in the suburban outskirts of the Cosmos. Emily is eleven. She has a giant robot, a lemonade stand, and would kill for a pony. Somehow she is Earth's savior.|
Emily already had enough to worry about -- besides competing with her arch-nemesis Daisy, dodging her smitten admirer Jace, she also was trying to scrape together enough money buy the pony of her dreams, Marcus. But when she becomes the hope of humankind... well, she still has to outdo Daisy and deal with Jace, but she also has to decide the fate of her loyal robot business partner Juicer. Meanwhile, Emily's new pet, the adorable little pink creature named Pheef, who just happens to be a fierce warrior, must learn to live in servitude, awaiting the day when he will reveal his true capabilities.
From the creators of Oddjob, Ian and Tyson Smith, comes the new, all-ages FULL-COLOR 104-page graphic novel, Emily and the Intergalactic Lemonade Stand, scheduled for release in June 2004. It will be published under SLG Publishing's all-ages imprint, AmazeInk.
|Icon imprint launches this July with Kabuki, Powers! - 14/04/2004|
|Marvel Comics announces the launch of ICON, a new publishing imprint that will produce projects utilizing properties outside of the Marvel Universe. |
ICON will launch with two titles fans are already familiar with: Brian Bendis' "Powers" and David Mack's "Kabuki."
Marvel is not new to publishing licensed properties. It has had a successful history with such classic licenses as GI Joe and Transformers. However, Marvel, which works with the top talent in the comic industry, has long been considering ways to offer its creators a home not just for their Marvel projects, but for their other work. The new ICON imprint has been created with a mandate to pursue both these creator and licensed projects, while maintaining the highest level of talent and the brands that readers have come to expect from Marvel.
Dan Buckley, Publisher, said, "We had been considering this kind of imprint for a while before talking to Brian and David. But once we did, everything fell into place. Starting with Brian and David on Power's and Kabuki really sets the standard for the whole line. We are very excited about this initiative, and are thrilled that Powers and Kabuki are launching it."
Bendis offered, "We have always said that we have benefited so much from the generations of comic creators before us who worked so hard to pave the way for creator rights. We have had it so good and we are stunned that we get to help take it to the next level... Marvels first true creator-owned imprint."
Said David Mack regarding Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief , Publisher and President of Publishing, "Bravo to Joe, Dan and Gui for making this happen!"
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