|Spider-Man Countdown - 21/10/2003|
|This past summer Marvel movie fans got their first look at the villainous Doctor Octopus from next summer's blockbuster sequel to the Spider-Man film. This month Spider-Man readers got their first look at the Humberto Ramos-designed new look for the Marvel Universe Doc Ock in Spider-Man & Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure. Next up for fandom is a look at the new design drawn by Ramos himself in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #6 & 7, the first two chapters in the "COUNTDOWN", the new five-part story arc by Ramos and series writer Paul Jenkins.|
Out to ruin his long-time foe once and for all, Doc Ock has given the wall-crawler an ultimatum. For the safe release of the Palestinian ambassador he's holding hostage, Spider-Man must reveal his identity to the entire world! Is Spider-Man's biggest secret worth neutralizing a situation that could lead to war? Before its over a defeated Spider-Man and a triumphant Doc Ock will have a High Noon showdown in Times Square with countless innocent lives hanging in the balance!
The 32-page SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #6 [SEP031558], the start of a new 5-part story arc "COUNTDOWN", goes on sale mid-November with a cover price of $2.25 US.
SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #7 [SEP031559] goes on sale late November. Readers, ask the friendly staff at Graphic Action to reserve your copy.
|Alan Davis makes his Marvel! - 17/10/2003|
|Alan Davis, one of the comic book industry's most well respected and sought-after creators and long-time fan-favorite, has signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel, the publisher was pleased to announce on Wednesday.|
Davis's career highlights include DR & QUINCH in 2000AD and BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS and JLA: THE NAIL from DC, as well as its forthcoming sequel and his next published project, JLA: ANOTHER NAIL. For Marvel and Marvel UK his work includes THE CLANDESTINE, KILLRAVEN, CAPTAIN BRITAIN, FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, AVENGERS and EXCALIBUR. Davis will be a key player on the Marvel team through the year 2006, with his first project under his new Marvel agreement debuting in spring, 2004.
"I have been lucky enough to work on many of Marvel's greatest characters over the years and I am really looking forward to returning," said Davis.
"Not in any nostalgic sense, this is about exploring new possibilities."
With Marvel, Davis will continue to produce the kind of comic book that has fuelled his passion for the artform from his childhood through his professional career.
"I have always produced comics that are aimed at an audience of any age that is willing to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the fantasy," the creator continued. "Fun, exciting, action-packed comics with the kind of stories and characters I discovered as a young kid. The same books that held my interest through my teens, inspired my first attempts at drawing and writing, and the reason I'm still hooked after twenty years at the drawing board."
"There are certain creators whose very presence add a touch of class and professionalism to everything they do and the companies they work for; Alan Davis leads the pack in this category," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "Since my days as a reader I've been a fan of this legendary artist's work and I'm thrilled that he's decided to make Marvel his home for the next three years. I think fans will be delighted when they hear what Alan's new project will be (I know I am) but that's an announcement for another day. Welcome to the Marvel Reload; every week we're just adding to our arsenal!"
|Fantagraphics to publish the complete Peanuts - 15/10/2003|
|50 years of art. 25 books. Two books per year for 12 1/2 years. Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the most eagerly-awaited and ambitious publishing project in the history of the American comic strip: the complete reprinting of CHARLES M. SCHULZ's classic, PEANUTS. Considered to be one of the most popular comic strips in the history of the world, PEANUTS will be, for the first time, collected in its entirety and published, beginning in April, 2004. Fantagraphics will launch THE COMPLETE PEANUTS in a series designed by the cartoonist SETH (Palookaville, It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken) and produced in full cooperation with United Media, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Mr. Schulz's widow, Jean Schulz.|
Fantagraphics Books co-publisher Gary Groth said that publishing THE COMPLETE PEANUTS represented the apex of the company's 27-year commitment to publishing the best cartooning in the world. "PEANUTS is a towering achievement in the history of comics," said Groth. "I can't think of a better way to honor Schulz's artistic legacy than to make his oeuvre available to the public in a beautifully designed format that reflects the integrity of the work itself."
|SLG announces Chi graphic novel - 14/10/2003|
|SLG Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of the graphic novel Chi by Jennifer Feinberg, co-creator, along with writer Todd Meister, of the comic book series Little Scrowlie. Feinberg made her start in the comics world with Chi, a mini-comic full of charming stories told with intricate black-and-white artwork. The graphic novel, which will be released this December, collects the three mini-comics, which features some of Feinberg's earliest works, along with fifteen pages of new stories and artwork.|
Chi includes dreamy, stream-of-consciousness stories about motorcycle trips, parties and animal- and alien-encounters, but most of the stories are about Feinberg's cats, Hopey and Chi. "The stories in Chi aren't all about cats, but the ones about cats are my favorite," admitted Feinberg. All are illustrated with stylized figures and elaborate borders in Feinberg's signature Art-Nouveau-meets-psychedelia style. "There are a lot of patterns, swirls, and designs in the Chi comics. They are really more illustrations than comics," explained Feinberg.
|Wolverine: The End - 13/10/2003|
|Once writer Paul Jenkins told the very first story about the person who would one day become known as WOLVERINE. Beginning this November, Jenkins turns his attention to telling the LAST story, in WOLVERINE: THE END, the latest in the very popular series of limited series telling the final tales of some Marvel's greatest heroes. |
Featuring art and covers by Claudio Castellini, as the circle of his own life begins to close, the death of someone important in his life draws Logan out of seclusion. Returning to a world he thought he'd long since left behind, Logan embarks on a journey of self-discovery, closing in on answers about his mysterious history that have long eluded him.
WOLVERINE: THE END #1 - the 32-page debut issue of a six-part limited series goes on sale early November with a cover price of $2.99 US. Readers, ask the friendly staff at Graphic Action to reserve you a copy.
|Carlo Barberi joins New Mutants team - 9/10/2003|
|The theme of the "NEW MUTANTS" throughout its incarnations has always growth and change. Next month the current NEW MUTANTS ongoing series by writers Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis grows and changes by welcoming a brand new penciler beginning with the start of its new, second story arc.|
Artist Carlo Barberi joins the regular creative team with NEW MUTANTS #7, part 1 of "THE TIES THAT BIND", which introduces a new member to the series cast and will later feature a death in their ranks and the surprise return of the original team!
"When a former anti-mutant demonstrator enrolls at Xavier's, his transition is...explosive," reads the issue's original solicitation. "Will the rest of the students and staff survive this imminent new danger within their own ranks?"
Apparently the answer is, "not everyone!"...
Read on to see four preview pages from NEW MUTANTS #7.
|Silver Surfer #2 - 7/10/2003|
|They say, "good things come to those who wait", and Marvel will try to prove that axiom when SILVER SURFER #2 finally hits comic book racks on October 29th. |
The new ongoing series by writers Stacy Weiss & Dan Chariton debuted in July to very positive critical and fan response, but had to be put on hold while a new regular artist was found after the well-chronicled departure of original series artist Milx. And while that might have resulted in a long wait for issue #2, the 'Silver Lining' to this Silver Surfer story is it also resulted in the addition of critically acclaimed artist LAN MEDINA (Vertigo's FABLES) to the series' regular creative team...
|Graphic Action now at 572 Hunter St - 5/10/2003|
| On Thursday 2nd October, Graphic Action Comics opened in our newly fitted, larger store at 572 Hunter Street Newcastle. Or at the intersection of Hunter & Union Streets to all us locals. Less than 100 metres away from our old location.|
The move was intensive, with many things still needing to be unpacked and sorted, and other regular delays that come with moving, mail order operations have still to return to full functionality. Hopefully by midweek we'll be fully settled in.
We apologise for any delays - and if you're down Newcastle way - check out our new location. We're really proud of it. It's bright, spacious, clearly arranged and chock full of comic goodness.
Now to unpack that next box....
|04 focused on The Four - 29/09/2003|
|In 1961 a rocketship carrying four friends was launched into the unknown of outer space and the Marvel Age of comics was launched along with it. Now beginning this December, the industry's #1 publisher will again place the First Family of comic books - the FANTASTIC FOUR - at its rightful place at the 'fourfront' of Marvel Comics' 2004 plans. Three ... (yes, THREE) major launches featuring three diverse interpretations of the "World's Greatest Comic Magazine" are in the works, again signifying the launch of a resurgent creative and commercial era at Marvel Comics.|
The three-month event kicks off in December with the launch of ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, by the all-star Ultimate creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar and Adam Kubert! More details regarding the debut of this fourth cornerstone of the Ultimate Universe foundation can be found in this month's MARVEL PREVIEWS (#2) and WIZARD (#145), and even more details and previews will be released as its December unveiling gets closer.
In January's FANTASTIC FOUR #509, Marvel welcomes "back" the fan-favorite regular creative team of writer Mark Waid and penciler Mike Wieringo (along with inker Karl Kesel), before they ever got a chance to leave! The special "THEY'RE BACK" issue kicks off a brand new story arc called "Hereafter".
According to Mark Waid, "The story is about the Fantastic Three ...whoops, did I say 'Three'? ... the Fantastic Three taking their greatest adventure yet by storming a realm new to them, one they've heard of but have never before seen.
"Yes, the Fantastic Three..."
|Courtney Crumrin visits the Twilight Kingdom this December - 26/09/2003|
|Oni Press is proud to announce December 10, 2003 as the on sale date for issue number one of the third Courtney Crumrin series, COURTNEY CRUMRIN IN THE TWILIGHT KINGDOM.|
Ted Naifeh takes Courtney deeper into the society of warlocks and witches introduced to her by Uncle Aloysius. "The story begins when Courtney starts attending Saturday classes at Radley Hall along with other children of magical families," Naifeh explained. "They learn a little about the history of the coven, which stretches back to three immigrant witches. Courtney's classmates brag continually about how great and powerful their families are, and the little spells they've learned, unaware of Courtney's extensive experience and prowess. When one kid, eager to impress, performs a curse on his little brother, the victim begins to transform into a night thing. Only Courtney has the means to help the hapless boy, and so she reluctantly leads an expedition into goblin town to find the cure."
"With each series Ted continues to increase the size and scope of Courtney's world and at the same time raise the stakes," said Oni Press editor/publisher Joe Nozemack. "It's not enough to just keep unveiling new elements of the universe he's crafted, he also has to make sure there is a compelling story. Which, honestly, never seems like much of a problem."
"The Twilight Kingdom is the land of the night things, including goblin town and beyond," Naifeh explained. "Basically, it's the place where magical people and creatures go to be safe from mortals. As Courtney and her classmates go deeper underground on their quest, they will encounter both the wonders and the dangers of this special place, as well as experiencing how the realm is affected by the sorrows of its king. This alone would be enough of a threat for a young girl on a normal day, but Courtney also has to worry about residual backstabbing from back home. One of the coven's deputy marshals has it in for her, and he's going to follow her down into the underworld to make sure she never gets back out.."
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