|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, www.derfcity.com, and a preview of The City Collected will be available at SLG Publishing's website, www.slavelabor.com.
|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of comic book readers, but to also discover the next generation of comic book creators, CrossGen is awarding an unpublished artist the chance to pencil a story for the acclaimed samurai series THE PATH.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 ComicBookResources.com, 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.
|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."
|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."
|Crossgen signs with Endeavor - 12/08/2003|
|CrossGen Entertainment, one of the world’s leading publishers of comics and graphic novels, has been signed by Endeavor, widely considered one of the leading agencies in the entertainment industry, for representation in the world of film, television and video games.|
The pact adds Endeavor to CrossGen’s Hollywood "A-Team," which includes Branded Entertainment’s president Michael E. Uslan and VP F.J. DeSanto, executive producer of the Batman film franchise, and entertainment counsel, attorney Nancy Newhouse-Porter. Uslan and Porter will continue their work in ushering CrossGen’s properties into other mediums, with Endeavor providing a powerhouse punch of talent and connections that will complete the task of moving CrossGen more firmly into the mass consumer entertainment industry.
Endeavor co-founders Rick Rosen and Ariel Emanuel will be handling CrossGen’s client relationship, along with a team of Endeavor agents from the worlds of film, television and video games.
|Soulwind released in one volume - 11/08/2003|
|This November, nearly three years since the series first concluded, Oni Press will be printing the entirety of Scott Morse’s SOULWIND as one book. Originally published as five graphic novels, THE COMPLETE SOULWIND is a 520-page epic, spanning time and space—both literally. The fantasy/science-fiction adventure has a legendary sword at its center—a sword capable of bending the fabric of our universe. What begins as the tale of a young boy who has been chosen to wield it ends up veering into territory that unravels the myths behind creation, the things we worship, and the nature of storytelling itself.|
"SOULWIND, for many years, was my big project," Morse said. "This was the story that drove me, it was my main avenue of creation. It took some time to get it all out, but I think, in the end, all the effort was worth it. It’s always been intended to stand as one large piece of work, and I think when people have it under one cover, they’ll be able to see how the puzzle pieces fit together in ways they may not have noticed when they read them all separately."
|Serenity Rose conjures up new series - 6/08/2003|
|When you can float through the air and conjure up monsters out of ectoplasm, you're bound to attract attention. But Ms. Serenity Rose, the local witch of Crestfallen (The Spookiest Li'l Town in the U.S. of A., population 231), isn't especially thrilled about being an object of curiosity and adoration. So what's a witch to do when she has to dodge goblins and Goths, deal with a bad case of social phobia and, under the advice of her court-appointed therapist, keep a journal to "work through the negativity"? In Sera's case, the answer is "make a comic book."|
SLG Publishing's new quarterly series, serenity rose, is the personal journal of witch, introvert and cynic Serenity Elizabeth Rose, as related to Aaron A. In issue one, to be released in October 2003, Sera introduces herself, her life, and her world as she shows you a day in her life, from flying her kid sister to school to discovering that there are people out there who care about the same thing she does ? her art.
In taking on the responsibility of telling Sera's story, aaron a. describes himself as "positively giddy with glee to share my (semi-authorized) adaptations of this excruciatingly shy little recluse's most private, personal, intensely intimate secret diary with great hordes of leering strangers." However, he admits his motivations are not entirely without self-interest. "When I told Ms. Rose the news, she promised to turn my skeleton to marshmallow ASAP," he says. "I shall be a living peep!"
Creators of Reality Check, Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, and the forthcoming Shutterbox and long-time fans of serenity rose Rosearik Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons share Aaron A.'s enthusiasm. "Serenity rose has much of what Tavi and I look for in an illustrated book, comic or otherwise: an impressively-designed and affectionate mix of cute and spooky," says Simons. "What makes Aaron A.'s entirely original march into this (often mishandled) genre so wonderful is the impassioned defense of all things cute."
Even with the comic's devotion to the cute side of spooky, serenity rose is a more introspective story than is usually presented in the "spooky-cute" genre of books, according to SLG's editor-in-chief, Jennifer de Guzman. "Sera's cynicism and need to isolate herself are endearing quirks," she says, "but they're also her defense against interacting with the world. Through Aaron A.'s storytelling and art she gets to tell her story and form a kind of connection with people she might have shut herself away from." Sera's magical abilities contribute another dimension to the story, she adds, "But this isn't cartoon or children's books magic, spells and incantations kind of magic. It's a part of who Sera is, and only one of the reasons she's such an interesting character."
Serenity rose is a 24-page black-and-white comic book, published quarterly beginning in October 2003. It will retail for $2.95 US. A preview of issue one is available at the SLG Publishing website, www.slavelabor.com. More information about serenity rose can also be found at the comic's website, www.heartshapedskull.com.
|Supreme Power #1 Preview - 4/08/2003|
|On Wednesday, August 6th, comic book history will be made with the release of Marvel's newest ongoing MAX series, J. Michael Stracyznski & Gary Frank's SUPREME POWER. Look for details regarding SUPREME POWER's record-breaking achievement next week. In the meantime, enjoy the following preview of the first seven pages of SUPREME POWER #1, a comic book Comics Buyer's Guide called, "wonderful", "thought-provoking", and "an easy recommendation", "Grade A". |
And don't forget the limited edition SUPREME POWER #1 (SPECIAL EDITION). In addition to the full 22-page story from the standard edition, this 88-page volume ($4.99 cover price) also includes:
Read on to see four preview pages from SUPREME POWER #1.
- A special variant cover by JOE QUESADA.
- 15 pages of character sketches, and concept & design art by Gary Frank.
- The FIRST-EVER full-color reprints of AVENGERS Vol. 1, #85-86, featuring the original appearance of the Squadron Supreme, the classic Marvel team that inspired SUPREME POWER.
- Plus an introduction by Ralph Macchio, editor of Mark Gruenwald's landmark Squadron Supreme maxi-series.
|Queen and Country Vol. 4 hits stands this October - 1/08/2003|
|Greg Rucka and Oni Press are pleased to announce the fourth collection of the popular QUEEN AND COUNTRY series in both regular edition softcover and limited edition hardcover formats. Continuing the tradition of rotating artists on each story arc, Jason Alexander (EMPTY ZONE) joins Rucka on this trudge through Europe’s seedy side, as secret agent Tara Chase is forced to walk the narrow line between corporate espionage and service to her nation.|
British Intelligence operative Tara Chace is accustomed to working in the shadows cast by world governments, but when Colin Beck, one of the Queen’s most affluent subjects, is blackmailed by a French conglomerate trying to nab an important business contract with an explicit videotape starring Beck’s daughter, Tara’s espionage turns to the corporate variety. Little do the blackmailers know, the sex and lies they captured on videotape involved one of Tara’s school-time friends, giving the agent extra incentive to foil the company and protect the interests of the Crown.
To add to the stress of Tara’s job, her relationship with fellow Minder Ed Kittering seems to be deteriorating. She knows in her heart that the relationship can’t interfere with her job, and she also knows that if it goes on any longer, it will start to. What does a girl to do when she realizes she is using a man she doesn’t love, but who truly loves her back?
|Wolverine latest Marvel Must Have - 28/07/2003|
|Under the creative direction of writer Greg Rucka & artist Darick Robertson, May's relaunch of Wolverine topped Diamond's Top 100 Comics Charts as the best-selling book of that month, rapidly selling out at comics stores everywhere, and creating significant backorders for WOLVERINE #2 (which also finished in June's Top 10) and issue #3. To help comic shops meet the ongoing reader demand for these consistently sold-out and critically-acclaimed issues, Marvel offers Marvel Must Haves: Wolverine #1-3 (JUN035056).|
This 80-page Must Haves edition (cover price $3.99 US) collects the first three issues of the series (which carried a collective retail price of $6.75 US), in which Logan pursues the killers of an innocent girl and ends up in the world of high-stakes gun shows and black market firearms. Marvel Must Haves: Wolverine #1-3 is scheduled to go on-sale on August 13th, and will remain in print as an "evergreen" item to satisfy future reader demand.
Wolverine #4 (JUN031600D4, $2.25 US) has also been moved back in the schedule one week - from August 20th to its new on-sale date of August 27th, in order to give comic shops more time to accurately gauge interest. Ask the friendly staff at Graphic Action to reserve you a copy of Marvel Must Haves: Wolverine #1-3 and Wolverine #4.
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