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Thanos provides galaxy-spanning science fiction - 4/09/2003
Marvel's most powerful and enigmatic villain takes center stage this fall in a new galaxy-spanning ongoing series written and illustrated by his creator, Jim Starlin, who unleashed the would-be galaxy-killer onto the Marvel Universe exactly 30 years ago in 1973.

He's held ultimate power in his hands, only to see it all slip away time and again. His attempts at conquest and destruction have all been thwarted. So what inner demons drive the mad Titan known as THANOS towards his goals ... and what hidden desires pull at his heart and mind now?

The new series promises never-before-revealed insight into the heart and mind of the villain introduced to a whole new generation of readers with this year's popular Marvel Universe: The End limited series.

THANOS #1, a 32-page debut issue with a cover price of $2.99 US, goes on sale in comic book shops in mid-October. Readers, ask your friendly staff at Graphic Action to reserve you a copy.

New Comic from Scott Mills & SLG! - 3/09/2003
Scott Mills knows that readers have come to expect a certain kind of comic from him. The Eisner-nominated creator of acclaimed graphic novels like Trenches, Big Clay Pot and My Own Little Empire is known for his loose, tone-screen-shaded drawing style and for quietly poignant stories, sincerely and earnestly told. But for a long time, Mills has just wanted to let it all out and have fun. And so, inspired by artists like Evan Dorkin, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware and Sam Henderson, Mills created his own comic anthology, Seamonsters and Superheroes, a three-issue mini-series from SLG Publishing that will premier in October.

Aside from Mill's characteristic art style, Seamonsters and Superheroes is a far-flung, free-wheeling departure from his graphic novels. Angst-filled leviathans, sex-obsessed crime-fighters, long-winded evil geniuses and a giant monstrosity named Anusor all inhabit the bizarre—but at times oddly familiar—world presented Mill's comic oeuvre, where readers will get to explore an entirely new frontier in Mill's cerebral space.

"People expect a certain kind of seriousness from my work, but I have all kinds of stories to tell," Mills said. "While the jumping point for Seamonsters and Superheroes is a 'comedic anthology,' it's really much more than that. There are all sorts of stories—surreal, science fiction, drama, even a dash of prose. These three issues, however, are still very much about insane, foul, satiric, nonsensical humor." (Read More)

SLG goes Bollywood with Bombay! - 1/09/2003
Sangeeta Mukherjee is the daughter of well-to-do, traditional parents, dealing with a bratty little sister and a possible arranged marriage when an out-of body experience reveals that she is not an ordinary young woman. Sangeeta is, in fact, the reincarnation of India's ancient protector, the Goddess of Mumbai. But how will Sangeeta use this new-found power? Can she make a difference in a male-dominated society? Sangeeta must defy traditional expectations to choose what kind of life she wants and discover her true self.

In gorgeous full-color artwork, Anthony Mazzotta brings his vision of "an Indian heroine in India" to life with Bombaby, a new miniseries coming in November from SLG Publishing. Above all, Mazzotta says, Bombaby is a story about "a young heroine on a journey of self-discovery." Creating the comic has been something of a personal journey for himself, as well. He describes Bombaby as "a story I need to tell" and explains that "it is the product of where and how my life has guided me."

The personal significance of the project shines through in Mazzotta's beautiful artwork, which captures the aesthetic, as well as the emotional exuberance and spectacle, of 1960's Bollywood movies in the character designs and color palettes. The color was so much a part of the mood and design of the project that SLG Publishing decided to make Bombaby its first full-color miniseries since it published Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat by Rosearik Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth Simons in 2001.

"We look for projects in which the artist's devotion to their story and the art form really come through," said SLG's editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman, "and Bombaby is a perfect example of this. Antony shows that he cares deeply about this project in every detail, from the stunning artwork and Sangeeta's lively, clever narrative voice to the exploration and development of his themes of independence and self-discovery."

Bombaby is a 24-page, full-color, four-issue miniseries. It will be published quarterly, beginning in November 2003 and retail for $3.50 US. A preview of issue one is available at SLG Publishing's website,

Spider-man: Negative Exposure - 29/08/2003
Last month comic book and movie fans alike began buzzing when we all got our first look at scenes from next summer's SPIDER-MAN 2, and in particular the mechanical menace of the blockbuster sequel's star villain - Doctor Octopus.

But while we'll all have to wait until July 2004 to watch that Spidey/Doc Ock battle play out on the big screen, fans can head to comic shops this October to witness the arch-rivals latest battle in SPIDER-MAN & DOCTOR OCTOPUS: NEGATIVE EXPOSURE. This new 5-issue monthly limited series is written by rising superstar Brian K. Vaughan (MYSTIQUE) and features some of the best work of penciler Staz Johnson's career. And to top it all off, Doctor Octopus is given an updated, cinematic new look courtesy SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN's Humberto Ramos , which debuts in this series!

As Spidey and Doctor Octopus face off in their usual brutal battle of egos, Doc unveils a secret weapon hidden up his sleeve - Jeff Brasi, a staff photographer from the Daily Bugle who wants to know just how a stringer named Peter Parker always seems to get the front page...

The 32-page SPIDER-MAN & DOCTOR OCTOPUS: NEGATIVE EXPOSURE #1, with a cover by Tony Harris and a cover price of $2.99 US, goes on sale early October 2003.

Ultimate Six - 28/08/2003
The next 'ULTIMATE WAR' begins September 17th when Eisner and Wizard Fan award winning "Best Writer" Brian Michael Bendis teams with penciler Trevor Hairsine, special contributor Joe Quesada and cover artist John Cassaday for ULTIMATE SIX, a six-part limited series teaming Spider-Man and the Ultimates against the deadliest band of super-villains ever assembled in the Ultimate Universe.

The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, the Sandman and a final mystery member rounding this 'Sinister Six' have been taken prisoner by Nick Fury & S.H.I.E.L.D. Why have they been brought together? And more importantly - what happens when they escape? Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the rest of the ULTIMATES prepare to bring them back into custody and thwart a horrific plan hatched in the mind of Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin. But where is Ultimate Spider-Man when the Ultimates need a hand? (Read More)

Art of Marvel Comics Preview - 26/08/2003
This holiday season, Marvel is celebrating one of the richest creative eras in its storied history when it presents THE ART OF MARVEL COMICS Vol. 1 Hardcover collection. This brand new volume - the first in a new series of "ART OF..." editions - collects page after page of some the best artwork to come from the drawing boards of the House of Ideas during the past two years, along with some select classic images from the last decade, created by a 'Who's Who'-like roster of the biggest names in comics.

Contributors to this special, high-quality volume include: Kaare Andrews, Mark Bagley, Julie Bell, Tim Bradstreet, J. Scott Campbell, John Cassaday, Richard Corben, ChrisCross, Gabriele Dell'Otto, Vince Evans, David Finch, Bryan Hitch, Greg Horn, Stuart Immonen, Richard Isanove, J.G. Jones, Joe Jusko, Dale Keown, Sam Kieth, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Bob Larkin, Salvador Larroca, Jae Lee, Joseph Michael Linsner, David Mack, Alex Maleev, Tom Marvelli, Josh Middleton, Rudolfo Migliari, Glen Orbick, Joe Quesada, Frank Quitely, Esad Ribic, John Romita Jr., Alex Ross, Steve Rude, Tim Sale, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Texeira, Matt Wagner, Lee Weeks and Mike Wieringo.

Read on to see a preview of the THE ART OF MARVEL COMICS Vol. 1. (Read More)

The City Collected from SLG - 22/08/2003
In a move that cartoonist Derf imagines will raise eyebrows at the Department of Homeland Security, SLG Publishing has assembled the best of his provocative comic strip The City into one 144-page volume, The City Collected, to be published October. Ranging in tone from mockingly tongue-in-cheek to scathing, The City has been Derf's forum for unabashed commentary on politics and modern culture since its debut in 1990, and now runs in more than fifty independent weeklies. With his satiric depiction of the typical patriotic American as the superhero White Middle Class Suburban Man, his scathing criticism of government policy, and razor-sharp eye for the quirks and downright eccentricities of Americans, Derf delivers on his intention to "slice and dice the modern zeitgeist with unrestrained abandon."

Derf, who also wrote and drew the Eisner-nominated comic books Trashed and My Friend Dahmer, takes a characteristically humorous view of the publication of the collection of his controversial comic strip. "I look forward to the long-overdue publication of The City collection," he said, adding, "All my hut-mates here at the Midwest Internment Camp for the Unpatriotic are excited, too!"

SLG Publishing's president Dan Vado observed that Derf's The City Collected is especially timely and topical. "The City is a cartoon history of current events," he said. "Other cartoonists have covered some of the issues that Derf has, but none do it with the 'screw-you,' pull-no-punches attitude that he does."

The City Collected is a 144-page paperback in a 10 x 7-inch format. It will be published in October 2003 and retail for $10.95. Strips from The City, as well as commentary and an interview with Derf can be found at his website,, and a preview of The City Collected will be available at SLG Publishing's website,

Who will take The Path? - 18/08/2003
Continuing the mission to not only develop the next generation of comic book readers, but to also discover the next generation of comic book creators, CrossGen is awarding an unpublished artist the chance to pencil a story for the acclaimed samurai series THE PATH. Participating with J. Torres’ "Comic Book Idol" contest at, CrossGen will award one undiscovered penciler the chance to illustrate a short story written by Ron Marz and art directed by fan favorite penciler Bart Sears.

"Comic Book Idol" is a five-week, five-round contest that will assign hopeful pencilers weekly art challenges. A panel of industry personalities, including Oni Editor-In-Chief Jamie S. Rich, Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada, and CrossGen Senior Writer Ron Marz, will critique the submitted art. (Read More)

Mr. Punch Returns to SLG for A Grand Guignol - 15/08/2003
He murdered his family, killed the devil and brought about an apocalypse, but Mr. Punch still doesn't think he deserves to be on Santa's "naughty" list. And since no one can have Christmas if he can't, in Punch and Judy: A Grand Guignol, a new graphic novella from SLG Publishing, Mr. Punch makes it his goal to ruin Christmas for the last two good children on earth. Armed with a volatile temper, a slap-stick and painful memories of his childhood, Mr. Punch discovers the scandalous truth about Santa Claus and somehow finds himself on the noble side of things.

Scheduled for publication in October 2003, Punch and Judy: A Grand Guignol is a book that writer Christopher J. Reilly swore he'd never write. After finishing his adaptation of the classic puppet show, The Comical Tragedy of Punch and Judy, on which he collaborated with artist Darron Laessig, Reilly decided he would not write a sequel to it. "Not for a lack of love for the material," he explained, "but I just felt the story had a beginning, middle and end, and that, as they say, is that."

But the large-nosed, volatile-tempered Mr. Punch refused to give up residency in Reilly's head, and the writer relented, though only so far as to plan a four-page story with Laessig. The project outgrew their initial expectations, however, and Laessig felt his art style wasn't right for the whole book. "Darron is an intimate artist who has a beautiful, minimalist style," said Reilly, "but that would only work for one-third of the story we wanted to tell." (Read More)

Paul Dini's Jingle Belle is Oni's november original - 14/08/2003
A new Jingle Belle book for Christmas has become an annual tradition for series creator Paul Dini and publisher Oni Press. This year, we're going the full-length route and releasing the new tale, DASH AWAY ALL, as an original graphic novel. Illustrated by Jose Garibaldi (MARIA'S WEDDING), DASH AWAY ALL sees our heroine once more running afoul of her father's arch nemesis, the Blizzard Wizard. Only this time the Wiz has brought his nefarious niece, Heidi Hoarfrost, and their plot to wipe out Yuletide cheer by putting Santa Claus and his reindeer in their sickbeds nearly succeeds—but nobody figured that Jing could get her own crew together in time to scurry across the globe. Can she deliver the gifts on time?

"This is the big Jingle Belle story I've been wanting to tell for some time." Dini says. "The one that takes the whole concept of what it means to be Santa's teen-aged daughter back to its roots and shows how that can be a mixed blessing at best. For the first time Jing has to take on Santa's job herself, a task she's never been thrilled about to begin with, and she's got to rely on her own 'dirty almost dozen' of oddball Arctic animals to help her. While she has her loyal musk ox and blue fox pets along for support, Jing also has to deal with such personalities as a motor-mouthed hare, a narcissistic narwhal and a wiseguy wolverine on her team. And making matters worse, one of the critters is a traitor sent by the villain to make sure Jing doesn't finish the mission. There's a lot of action, comedy and even a bit of heart in this one. It is, in many ways, the definitive Jingle Belle story." (Read More)

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