|Madman Anime DVD Store Now Open At Graphic Action! - 9/03/2004|
|Graphic Action now has the entire range of anime Dvds from Madman online in our catalogue!|
As a special offer to our online customers - we are sending out a free anime poster with every order!
(Posters currently available - WitchHunterRobin/Utena; HeatGuyJ/Last Exile and FFUnlimited/Grave of the Fireflies - just specify in "comments" which poster you want when you place your order and we'll make sure it's sent out with your DVD).
To browse - just go to the side bar (over there on the left) and choose anime, or click the "anime" link in the top navigation bar to see a list of the latest Madman releases.
Thanks to Tom - our webmaster supremo & all our friends at Madman for making it happen.
|RAVEN HOUSE: If these walls could talk... they would scream! - 9/03/2004|
|Building on the momentum of EL CAZADOR, KISS KISS BANG BANG and ABADAZAD, CrossGen will explore another popular genre in the upcoming gothic thriller RAVEN HOUSE. The creative team of writer Chuck Dixon and artist Leonardo Manco (Apache Skies, Hellblazer) will act as readers’ tour guides through shadowed hallways, hidden passages, and shattered secrets.|
"Featuring a gutsy young heroine, a tragic romance, and dark deeds done at the crossroads, RAVEN HOUSE is a creepy gothic thriller in the grand tradition of the Brontés and Henry James," Dixon stated. "Summoned to England’s wild Cornish coastline, beautiful Meredith Park arrives at the bleak and remote Raven House to serve as a governess for the son of the brooding and handsome Lord Dalamar. But the manor and all around it seem to lie under a curse... and Meredith is compelled to uncover the many long-buried secrets she finds there. Perfectly cast for this type of story, Leonardo Manco is eating the setting up. Every panel drips with uneasiness and dread."
"Chuck’s exceptional vision for RAVEN HOUSE includes an atmosphere and storytelling comparable to the best of Edgar Allen Poe’s tales, such as The Fall of the House of Usher," Manco said. "Because the fantastic story goes beyond conventional comic book limits, I’m striving to deliver a completely different and fascinating vision."
"Macabre mysteries, forbidden passion, spooky surprises...RAVEN HOUSE oozes with the haunting mood that runs through gothic stories from Wuthering Heights to Dark Shadows to the novels of Victoria Holt. Chuck and Leonardo are creating a delectably dark world that will wrap you in its chilling embrace." CrossGen’s Sr. V.P. of Publishing Bill Rosemann added.
"We’re doing what we do best: exploring genres not often seen in modern comic books," Dixon said. "There’s a great big world of fiction out there and we want to reach audiences that crave these different types of stories."
RAVEN HOUSE #1 is scheduled to reach comic book stores in June. The 32-page, $2.95 US debut issue will be available for order in the April issue of Diamond’s Previews catalog.
|Scott Morse serves up Spaghetti Western in June - 3/03/2004|
|Oni Press is ecstatic to announce the June release of an all-new original graphic novel by Scott Morse, creator of SOULWIND. A modern-day heist tale, Morse’s SPAGHETTI WESTERN is a full-length adventure that tips its ten-gallon hat to the films of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood that sparked a revolution in the Western genre in the mid-‘60s.|
"Westerns are few-and-far between in any entertainment medium these days, and that’s too bad," Morse said. "I wanted to do something that both played on the classic touchstones of the genre, but also was about the fact that there just are not enough cowboys anymore. SPAGHETTI WESTERN came out of that. Two guys who are sick of modern life want to get back a little of that rebellious spirit that made screen legends out of Eastwood, Wayne, and Fonda. And what’s more classically Western than robbing a bank?"
"The influence of film on Scott’s work is pretty clear," Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich said. "In LITTLEGREYMAN, he chopped up a lot of his favorite films and fed them into the narrative—with even a poncho-wearing, cigar-chomping loner cowboy popping in for a couple of pages. And this past year, he did the BAREFOOT SERPENT graphic novel with Top Shelf, celebrating the films of Akira Kurosawa through a very unique tribute. To be honest, I was sold on this book at the title. Scott Morse, SPAGHETTI WESTERN – who would say no to that?!"
|Johnston gets Closer to darkness this May - 26/02/2004|
|Antony Johnston, the award-winning writer of the illustrated horror novel FRIGHTENING CURVES, returns to the genre in style with CLOSER, a new original graphic novel illustrated by Mike Norton (G.I. JOE, JASON AND THE ARGOBOTS) and Leanne Buckley (White Wolf Games). The third book by Johnston released by Oni this year, CLOSER checks in on Graham Butcher, a penniless and bitter scientist trying to reverse his fate by succeeding where he failed 30 years before. |
"The word I most often use to describe Antony is 'versatile,'" commented editor James Lucas Jones. "He's a guy that continually goes against the grain, against expectations. With CLOSER he's teaming with a guy whose resume is just as varied. Mike Norton's always been one to flirt with all the girls rather than just pick one to go steady with. He's gone from superheroes to teen angst to giant robots giving each one the night of their life before moving onto the next. Now he's got that twinkle in his eye for horror and I guarantee you the genre will never see a better time."
Thirty years ago a government experiment went horribly wrong, leaving one scientist dead and several injured. Project Hermes should have signaled a triumph of humanity—the discovery of true quantum teleportation. Instead it was deemed a failure, cancelled, and covered up. Forgotten by everyone—everyone except Graham Butcher. After devoting his life to the completion of Project Hermes the reclusive physicist is now dying—penniless and bitter. But not before the Project is completed. Tonight, Butcher has invited six people to his home, each with a different connection to his failed trial. Together they will ignite a new age, rising from the ashes of a past they all would rather forget. A man’s dream will become reality, while an ancient evil will be rustled from a centuries old slumber.
|The SECRET is OUT is SOLD OUT - 24/02/2004|
|Marvel is very pleased to announce that SECRET WAR #1 is sold out! |
In the face of this skyrocketing demand, and staggering backorders placed with Diamond Comics, Marvel is planning to take the rare step of creating a commemorative 2nd printing of this special first issue. SECRET WAR #1: THE COMMEMORATIVE EDITION will feature a gold foil cover and will be on sale this May, timed to coincide with the release of SECRET WAR #2.
Written by fan favorite Brian Michael Bendis and featuring fully painted art by Italian artist Gabriele Dell'Otto, SECRET WAR #1 is the first of a five-issue arc to be released throughout 2004.
"My official quote is: wow," said writer Brian Michael Bendis. "We have been working on this book for two years and the instant, positive reader feedback was amazing. Nothing is more important to me than getting a copy to everyone who wants a copy, so I am thrilled that Marvel is answering the call. Also, since painted books are a real gamble for publishers, and this is a new format we tried, I am doubly thrilled that the fans and retailers rewarded Marvel for going for it. Issue # 2 is wall-to-wall Marvel heroes with art that left me speechless."
The painted art in SECRET WAR #1 is one of the series' best-kept secrets - this is Gabriele Dell'Otto's first American comic book work and early reviews are glowing.
"We blew out of all our copies in every store. Feedback has been tremendous with tons of customers calling in frantically asking if we have copies left. I would call it a certified hit!" said Sean Scott, Manager of Subscription Services for Mile High Comics.
Readers and retailers are reminded that each issue of SECRET WAR contains supplemental back-up features ranging from in-depth looks at the cast of characters, to behind-the-scenes tales, as well as special scenes that enhance the overall SECRET WAR experience. SECRET WAR is a five-issue series published quarterly, 48 pages, priced at $3.99 US.
Marvel Mailer and various Diamond publications over the next few weeks will announce ordering details for this second printing.
SECRET WAR #2 has an on-sale date of May 26 and is listed in MARVEL PREVIEWS #7.
|Instore Friday 20th February 2004! - 18/02/2004|
|Due to a small script runtime area only half of the list of stock arriving instore on Friday 20th February has been uploaded. This problem will be sorted ASAP. Apologies for any inconvenience.|
Update: The full catalogue of comics & cool stuff arriving in store on Friday, February 20th has been uploaded and sent to the Graphic Action mailing list. Check out our What's New section to see the list of new stock.
|Ultimate Coverage! - 15/02/2004|
|Ultimate Content—Ultimate Covers! Marvel Comics have announced that starting in April 2004 the world's ultimate comic book line -- that's every title in Marvel's best-selling Ultimate imprint -- will be upgraded to include a new and improved cover stock. Designed to better display the ultimate in cover art, the new 100# UV-coated cover stock brings the highest of quality to this powerhouse line. |
Marvel have taken the opportunity to extend a special thank you to all the fans & retailers who raised awareness and participated in the discussion of the Ultimate cover quality and encourage the Ultimate Fans to continue to raise the bar of quality!
This change will begin to take effect with the following titles:
Ultimate Spider-Man #56
Ultimate Fantastic Four #5
Ultimate X-Men #44
Ultimates Vol. 2 #1
| Deep Sleeper #1 sold out from publisher and Diamond - 15/02/2004|
|Oni Press has announced that the first issue of the new Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW) and Mike Huddleston (HARLEY QUINN) comics series, DEEP SLEEPER, has sold its entire initial print run to retailers before the series official debut on Wednesday, February 11. The creepy tale that blends fiction, dreams, and reality into a unique comic reading experience is the first collaboration of the pair since 2001's hit THE COFFIN and is scheduled to go back to press immediately.|
"DEEP SLEEPER has been a long time coming," said Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack. "Phil and Mike knew it was going to be their next project together shortly after THE COFFIN ended but both had other opportunities arise that meant postponing the book. I think the extra time let people forget just how much they enjoyed the freshman effort by this team, but as the release date drew closer excitement started to mount and both fans and retailers started to remember just how special a pair Phil and Mike are. Based on the information we had, we thought we'd anticipated demand. Obviously, we didn't. Now we're facing a sellout before it even hit stands."
"We all had high hopes for DEEP SLEEPER," commented senior editor James Lucas Jones. "As good as the THE COFFIN is, Phil and Mike have both had a couple years to hone their craft and grow as writer and artist. Plus, they have four issues under their belt in which they've gelled and learned to compliment each other even more."
"And people have taken notice," added editor in chief Jamie S. Rich. "The first issue received a positive review in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE, was recently given a 10/10 by THE FOURTH RAIL's Randy Lander, and has been featured twice in WIZARD, most recently in this month's two-page 'Secret Stash' column."
"A sellout is always a bit of a mixed blessing," Nozemack concluded. "It's extremely gratifying to know that the fans are as enthusiastic as you are, but a little heart-breaking when some people who really want the book can't find a copy to read. Having the demand to go back for a second printing is really the best of both worlds. We get the excitement of demand that outstrips our expectations, but still get to make sure every fan that wants a copy gets one."
DEEP SLEEPER #1 (of 4) is a 32-page comic with no ads that retails for $3.50 US. While it is sold out at the distributor level, copies should still be available at finer comic stores everywhere on its release date, Wednesday, February 11. The issue is being rushed back to press for a second printing that features a different cover colors by Huddleston and is tentatively scheduled to be available on February 25th. Retailers can order it from Diamond with the order code DEC035280. Fans wanting a special preview of the issue can visit the DEEP SLEEPER section of OniPress.com which features a nine-page excerpt from the upcoming release.
Oni Press would also like to remind both fans and retailers that orders for DEEP SLEEPER #2 (of 4) [Diamond Order Code: JAN04 2615] can still be placed up until March 8th.
|Hopeless Savages Vol. 2 gets facelift in new TPB - 6/02/2004|
|Following the success of last Fall’s remastered HOPELESS SAVAGES trade paperback, Oni Press has announced that when the second volume of the series, HOPELESS SAVAGES: GROUND ZERO, goes back to press, it will be updated as well. Namely, it will be resized to fit the new Oni standard and be given a new cover by Christine Norrie and colorist Guy Major.|
"The main thing is to create a line of books that follow the same design template," Oni editor Jamie S. Rich said. "With all the covers by Christine and Guy and a more uniform trade dress, we’ll be taking a step in the right direction. The new size also makes the book even more appealing to the burgeoning manga market."
Other than that, the contents will remain exactly the same. Written by Jen Van Meter (CINNAMON: EL CICLO) and illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley (LOST AT SEA), the second series focused on Zero, the youngest Hopeless-Savage, and her burgeoning teenage love life. Special flashback sequences were also drawn by Norrie (CHEAT), Andi Watson (LOVE FIGHTS), and Chynna Clugston-Major (SCOOTER GIRL), with chapter breaks by SPIDER-MAN artist Terry Dodson.
The new edition HOPELESS SAVAGES: GROUND ZERO ships to comic book stores in early March. It contains 128 pages of black-and-white story and art. It will retail for $11.95 US and will be printed at 5.5" X 8".
|Perez pencils Sojourn / Lady Death! - 4/02/2004|
|They’re strong, skilled and sexy--and when they collide, George Pérez will deliver all the action!|
Hot on the heels of JLA/Avengers, the legendary artist known for illustrating comics’ greatest superhuman slugfests will pencil SOJOURN/LADY DEATH, an electrifying event pitting Arwyn’s mystical bow against the supernatural spitfire’s enchanted steel blade. On sale May 12th, the two-issue miniseries features a colossal creative team completed by co-writers Chuck Dixon (EL CAZADOR) and Lady Death creator Brian Pulido.
Star of the best-selling fantasy series SOJOURN, the avenging archer Arwyn seeks to destroy Mordath, the wicked warlord responsible for the death of her family. Battling beasts in the pages of LADY DEATH: A MEDIEVAL TALE, the young woman named Hope uses her magical powers to help the two races that have rejected her. Both warrior women oppose evil...so why is Arwyn aiming her exploding arrows at the ghostly gal who defied the grave? Blame Mordath, who figures if one alluring adventurer is challenging his grip on the world of Quin, why not destroy her with her own dark twin?
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