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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.." (Read More)

Mystique rides the First Wave - 26/09/2003
Buoyed by strong critical and fan reception, the buzz that continues to build around writer Brian K. Vaughan and the free full reprint of its debut issue in last month's MARVEL PREVIEWS #1, the ongoing series MYSTIQUE is breaking out as one of the fastest growing of the MARVEL TSUNAMI 'First Wave' titles. Sales of MYSTIQUE have risen 3 out of the last 4 issues, and sales will continue to rise as new readers discover the book when it begins its new, second story arc with October's MYSTIQUE #7, featuring a special "metallic ink on black' cover.

That issue also serves as the debut of new penciler Michael Ryan, who joins Vaughan as one-half of the series' regular creative team. Original artist Jorge Lucas moves over to IRON MAN beginning with October's issue #73.

In the new four-issue story arc entitled "Tinker, Tailor, Mutant, Spy", Mystique's new assignment from Xavier is to track down a possible new biological weapon - a deadly new strain of smallpox. But Mystique is getting restless following Xavier's orders... and he might not be the only boss she's working for these days. There's another mutant who wants to get his or her hands on this potentially apocalyptic bio-weapon!

MYSTIQUE #7 [AUG031535], the 32-page opening chapter of the four-part "Tinker, Tailor, Mutant, Spy", goes on sale mid-October with a cover price of $2.99 US. Readers, ask the friendly staff at Graphic Action to reserve your copy.

Kissing Chaos most popular character returns - 19/09/2003
Readers who venture to comic book shops this week and pick up the second KISSING CHAOS collection, NONSTOP BEAUTY, may be surprised to note that creator Arthur Dela Cruz has introduced a whole new section of the cast in volume 2—leaving behind the trio that kicked the comic book off in 2001. What they should be excited to know is that this isn't a permanent change, that Oni Press and the artist are working their way back to the characters that hooked everyone in, showing the connections between all the various elements that have come to play so far.

Following July's successful 1,000 WORDS one-shot, December's new comic, KISSING CHAOS: NINE LIVES, lets us in on what happened to Raevyn, arguably the fan favorite among the criminally minded teenagers. Last we saw the bespectacled beauty, she was being escorted away in handcuffs. But long-time readers know that Raevyn isn't one to take anything lightly—not even getting arrested. And new readers are in for a wild time!

"I'm being very conscientious to the fact that not everyone has started KISSING CHAOS at the beginning," Dela Cruz explained. "I tried to pull a balancing act between making the book read like a new story, that anyone could pick up, and giving fans of the series a little something to walk away with. Essentially I wanted it to be like an ‘origin' story for Raevyn, and set up her character for the rest of the series. I'm hoping between what is said in this issue, the other one-shot, and all the other books, the past events of the comic are made somewhat clear, and that most readers will be closer to getting on the same page." (Read More)

Graphic Action Annual MegaSale! - 17/09/2003
Graphic Action are holding an Annual MegaSale for 3 days only on Thursday 25th, Fri 26th & Saturday 27th September 2003!

In a last hurrah for our trusty old premises - before we move on to a bigger & better store - we're cutting prices all over - for three days only!
  • %25 Off Trade Paperbacks/Full Sets!
  • %40 Off Back Issues!
  • %25 Off Action Figures, Statues and Apparel!
  • %10 Off Videos, DVD's and Trading Cards!
  • Plus Heaps Of Spot Specials and Reductions!
Three Days Of Madness!
(followed by four days of moving - closed Sun 28th, Mon 29th, Tue 30th Sep & Wed 1st Oct)
(reductions don't apply to new/current comics)

To be followed by a grand new opening of our brand new premises at 572 Hunter Street Newcastle (Just Over The Road) On Thursday 2nd October!

Thursday 25th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th September
Be There - Or miss out on the goodness!

Marvel Previews: NYX #1 - 16/09/2003
Professor Charles Xavier can't educate and provide a welcome home for every young mutant in the world. His gift of creating hope from despair doesn't reach everyone who needs it, and that simple premise serves as the basis of NYX, the long awaited and controversial new MARVEL PSR+ ongoing series debuting October 10th, 2003.

Written by the Marvel Editor-in-Chief himself - Joe Quesada, and illustrated by exclusive Marvel creator and rising superstar Joshua Middleton, this new street-level X-Men series introduces a pack of New York City gutterpunks, a group of young mutants that have to rely on themselves for everything from food to shelter to love. Kids who instead of preparing for Magneto's next big assault in the Danger Room, must learn to survive in the cold, harsh, and dangerous world of the city that never sleeps - begging for change in Washington Square Park and finding a warm place to sleep in the Port Authority bus station.

But while the cast of NYX will be the mutants who fall through the cracks of Xavier's dream, it won't be without its ties to the core X-MEN universe. By December's NYX #3, readers will be introduced to a new character that is related to one of the most prominent mutants characters of all time. A very close blood relative to a current X-Man, and the Marvel Universe will never be the same...

Read on to see eight, full-colour preview pages from NYX (please note: as befitting a "Marvel PSR+" title, this preview contains mature themes and imagery). (Read More)

Marvel Universe RPG gets third printing - 15/09/2003
While Marvel Comics' first entry in the Young Adult prose fiction market has produced a crossover media hit in the best-selling MARY JANE novel, Marvel's other recent new publishing category launch has been a quieter, more grassroots success. Marvel is pleased to announce that the Marvel Universe Roleplaying GAME Guide Hardcover ($19.99) - the publisher's first in-house foray into the RPG market - has gone into its third printing since its initial release in April 2003 and the RPG's first supplement, May's RPG Guide to the X-Men Hardcover ($19.99 US) has just been approved for a 2nd printing.

Although the game's success is due in part to its wide, crossover appeal to Marvel Comics readers who enjoy the character profiles and adventure briefings, along with players of previous Marvel RPGs, even more surprising has been the positive reception by not only current hardcore gamers, but also the even harder-to-please GameMasters.

"From all of the feedback we've gotten from the gaming community - emails, Internet discussion groups, and personal contacts - people of all types are loving the Marvel Universe Roleplaying Game," said Jeff Simons, who along with his partners at Q.E.D. Games, Inc. helped Marvel develop the game. "There is quite a loyal, growing fan base, some of whom are very surprising for longtime members of the community like us." (Read More)

New era for Iron Man - 12/09/2003
A surprising new era begins for Iron Man this fall when the new creative team of writer John Jackson Miller and artist Jorge Lucas (Mystique) take over the monthly series beginning with October's IRON MAN #73, launching a brand new story arc and brand new series direction inspired by the techno-thriller fiction of writers like Tom Clancy.

Tired of missiles that miss their targets and planes that ARE easy targets, the United States government wants the most successful weapons designer in our military's history back. But Tony Stark gave up building weapons many years ago. Undeterred, the military is resolute to get Stark - or more accurately, his technology - back any way they can ... even if it's against Tony Stark's will.

This standoff leads to one of the most shocking developments in Stark's career, his nomination to the office of Secretary of Defense of the United States of America. Now, in addition to action-filled battles as Iron Man, Tony Stark has to face new foes, including secret factions within the Pentagon determined to defeat his nomination, the United State Congress in charge of confirming his nomination, and possibly the most ruthless adversary he's ever faced - the Washington, DC press corps.

Iron Man #73, the first chapter in the new story "BEST DEFENSE", goes on sale October 10th with a cover price of $2.99 US and a painted cover by Joe Jusko.

Life is Unfair for Ultimate Spider-Man - 11/09/2003
As Ultimate Spider-Man heads towards its milestone 50th issue as part of December 2003's "ULTIMATE STARTS" Month (when Marvel invites new readers to sample the best-selling, best-reviewed line of comics in the biz), the always new-reader-friendly series still has one more new story beginning in October for brand new readers who want to come to the party a little early.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #47, on-sale October 1st, begins the three-part story arc "UNFAIR", which sees Spider-Man's arch-nemesis the Kingpin of Crime step back into the spotlight. The Kingpin has vengeance on his mind, so he commands the entire New York underworld to find out just who Spider-Man really is ... by any means necessary! And the Enforcers are only too happy to take him up on his demand.

Heading towards that special anniversary issue, the ongoing series is riding both a commercial and critical high. Now a permanent resident in the Top 5 of Diamond's monthly sales chart and regular chart-topper on the graphic novel charts, the series was also recently awarded six 2003 Wizard Fan Awards, including - Favorite Ongoing Series, Hero, Writer (Brian Michael Bendis), Inker (Art Thibert), Letterer (Chris Eliopoulos) and Supporting Character (Mary Jane). Plus, writer Brian Bendis was also named Best Writer in the 2003 Eisner Awards!

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #47, by Bendis and penciler Mark Bagley, goes on sale early October with a cover price of $2.25 US. ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #48, part 2 (of 3) of "UNFAIR" hits comic book shops mid-October. Readers, ask your friendly staff at Graphic Action to reserve you a copy of both titles.

Oni graphic novels pulls up to the Last Exit Before Toll - 10/09/2003
This November, Oni Press will be releasing the latest in its line of original graphic novels, LAST EXIT BEFORE TOLL. Written by Neal Shaffer, author of ONE PLUS ONE, the 96-page comic book revolves around Charles Pierce, a man with an average life, including an average family and an average job. Little does he know that his latest business trip is going to take that life and shove it to the side. Breaking down in a small town in the middle of nowhere, he finds himself stranded in a place where no one knows him, and more importantly, where no one knows he is at. Could this be the break he was looking for?

Joining Shaffer for LAST EXIT BEFORE TOLL are two talented newcomers: Christopher Mitten and Dawn Pietrusko. While Pietrusko may be known to ONE PLUS ONE readers for her assistance with the gray tones in that book, this graphic novel will be Mitten’s official comic book debut.

"I met Chris at Wizard World last year," Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich said. "It was an interesting encounter, since he was one of those artists whose manner matched his work. You could look at him and then look at his portfolio, and it was simply clear that he was the guy who drew it. It was a sense that this guy wasn’t the same as everyone else—and I mean that as the highest compliment." (Read More)

Hitch renews Marvel exclusive - 9/09/2003
Marvel Comics is pleased to announce that artist Bryan Hitch (THE ULTIMATES) has renewed his exclusive creator agreement with the publisher, keeping him with the House of Ideas family through the year 2006.

"Working on The Ultimates has been a real career highlight and extremely rewarding," said Hitch. "I'm having a great time and have had such support and generosity from Joe [Quesada], Bill [Jemas] and Ralph [Macchio] that I couldn't even consider an alternative to re-upping with Marvel exclusively.
Besides, Ultimates isn't finished and despite the trials of the last twelve months it's very important to me that I complete my work with Mighty Mark Millar on the book.

"Mark and I want to wrap Ultimates up in a pleasantly regular manner and we have a project under discussion to follow that should shake some Marvel foundations ... and boy, are we excited at the prospects! In the meantime Ultimates Volume 2 is on the drawing board and our plan is to surprise anybody who thinks they know what to expect after reading Volume 1."

"There's not much more than can be said about Hitchy (he lets me call him
that) that hasn't already been said," remarked Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "From awards to accolades he is without question one of the premier artists in the history of comics. I believe his work on Ultimates with Milly (Millar has no idea I call him that) will go down as one of the most historic comic book runs ever!

"Having Bryan sign with us again is just thrilling for me because it's talents like his that make my job easier. As Editor-in-Chief I'm proud that Bryan has extended his commitment and trust and as a friend I'm proud of all the brilliant work he's done for us. He also plays a mean classical piano!"

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