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The Fallen becomes Evenfall joins SLG - 25/02/2003
Have you ever felt like you were falling through life rather than living it? Has your escape into a fantasy world become something more than an escape? Evenfall is a new comic book series by writer/artist Peter Stathis that explores the themes of loss and grief and escapism.

Shaken by her mother's recent death, Evenfall's protagonist Phoebe Shankar breaks with reality and falls into a dark and menacing fantasy world. Is her experience a descent into madness, or has she indeed opened a portal to another realm? Real or imagined, she has set out on a journey she may not survive.

"The book is about loss and grief and how one person who is on the edge of adulthood, but still a child in many ways, deals with it," said creator Stathis. "Falling is a constant theme in the series as Phoebe falls out of her life, falls back into her memory, falls into other times and places, and eventually falls into a fantasy world which may not be a fantasy world after all." (Read More)

Venom chooses Tsunami DotComic host - 23/02/2003
The last day of MARVEL TSUNAMI DOTCOMIC week is here, and last but certainly not least is VENOM, the April-debuting new ongoing series by writer Daniel Way and penciler Francisco Herrera (PETER PARKER). Readers and retailers can check out right now for special 8-page preview of issue #1 of the monthly title.

With his Ultimate Universe counterpart currently igniting sales (particularly with younger readers) on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, the return of VENOM to the Marvel U is poised to be one of this year's hottest new launches. And sure, readers already know Venom is returning, and will pop up near the Artic Circle, but WHY does it reemerge there? Don't expect all the answers to VENOM's mysteries in the preview. Writer Daniel Way has other plans...

"It's not by chance," Way offered as a hint. "It's doing something there that it can't do anywhere else. And why is it on the run..? After all, what does Venom have to fear? What in the world could this incredibly adaptable, imminently dangerous entity possibly be afraid of? The answer is quite simple: Something not of THIS world."

"Everything you thought is wrong. Everything you know, is right. There's a monster that walks among us. And don't bother looking over your shoulder...because it's right in front of you."

The VENOM 8-page preview can be read right now at VENOM #1 goes on sale 4/23.

Look for an announcement regarding NAMOR - April's final MARVEL TSUNAMI launch - soon.

Runaways run to Tsunami DotComic Week - 23/02/2003
Since April's wave of MARVEL TSUNAMI launches were first announced, perhaps the title readers have most requested MORE information about is writer Brian K. Vaughan and penciler Adrian Alphona's new ongoing series RUNAWAYS. Now, on Day 4 of TSUNAMI DOTCOMIC week, readers and retailers can get an extensive first look at the monthly series in a special 13-PAGE preview of RUNAWAYS #1.

An action/adventure series in the tradition of Smallville and Harry Potter, RUNAWAYS invites readers of all ages to meet six young friends, all living perfectly typical teenage lives until together they discover their parents share a deep dark secret - they're actually supervillains.

"At one time in their lives all kids think they're parents are evil," explained Vaughan, "but what if you found yours REALLY were?"

"Hopefully, this dotComic will capture the feel of our series, a story about powerless kids living in a world of powerful adults ... and I'm not just talking about the classic Marvel superheroes we see on the first page," continued Vaughan. "Artist Adrian Alphona and I wanted to do a different kind of 'young hero' comic, a book where the protagonists aren't defined by costumes or codenames. They're real people with real dreams and real problems."

The RUNAWAYS 13-page preview can be read right now at RUNAWAYS #1 goes on sale 4/16.

Human Torch Tsunami sets DotComic week ablaze - 20/02/2003
Marvel's TSUNAMI DOTCOMIC week continued on Tuesday, February 18th with the debut of a special 6-page preview of HUMAN TORCH, the April-launching new ongoing series by fan-favorite writer Karl Kesel and artist Skottie Young, currently turning the heads of fans and retailers with his work on SPIDER-MAN: LEGEND OF THE SPIDER CLAN.

Created to appeal to FANTASTIC FOUR fans AND new readers alike, the HUMAN TORCH series takes Johnny Storm - one of Marvel's most popular young characters - and reestablishes him as the solo star of a highly accessible and visually unique new monthly title.

While the series is set in present-day, the dotComic sequence shows Johnny in high school, just after he got his powers, establishing Johnny as a person BEFORE there even was a Fantastic Four.

Explained Karl Kesel, "It touches on something very basic to Johnny - that before he got his powers, he was considered kind of cute and funny at school, but definitely weird. He was always telling unbelievable stories - mostly about his sister's boyfriend's strange experiments and inventions - just to get attention.

"Becoming the Human Torch changed all that. But for all his coolness and confidence and wisecracks, Johnny's big fear is that he'd be nobody without his powers. That's a side to Johnny we haven't seen before - and this series will show a LOT of sides to Johnny that readers don't yet know about."

The HUMAN TORCH preview can be read right now at Issue #1 goes on sale April 9th.

Look for a new April TSUNAMI dotComic preview every day this week.

Courtney Crumrin finds frightening fame - 19/02/2003
Oni Press is pleased to announce that the first two issues of the Ted Naifeh miniseries, COURTNEY CRUMRIN & THE COVEN OF MYSTICS, have sold out. The new series continues the adventures of Courtney, a school girl with a knack for magic and mischief who finds herself living in a spooky suburb filled with witches, talking cats, and a variety of creepy creatures. THE COVEN OF MYSTICS builds on the stories from the first COURTNEY miniseries recently collected in the COURTNEY CRUMRIN & THE NIGHT THINGS trade paperback.

"Ted and COURTNEY cast a glamour on everyone they come in contact with. People can't help but love her with a passion usually reserved for another spell-casting student," said Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack. "Comic stores quickly gobbled up the first two issues' overprint, and when national retail chain Hot Topic placed an order for almost half the initial print run of each issue, we had no choice but to go back to press to meet the tremendous demand both inside and outside the direct market."

"We knew based on the reaction to the first miniseries that 2003 was going to be a great year for COURTNEY," added series editor James Lucas Jones. "Ted's enthusiasm for his craft and these characters is as contagious as a cold!"

"This is just the beginning of the things starting to happen with COURTNEY," Nozemack concluded. "Ted and Oni have all sorts of magical new plans for this girl and her ghouls that will be announced in the next few months".

Mystique kicks off Tsunami DotComic week - 18/02/2003
Since the April, 2003 'First Wave' of Marvel Tsunami titles were announced, readers and retailers have been asking for more information about and art from MYSTIQUE, SENTINEL, HUMAN TORCH, RUNAWAYS, VENOM and NAMOR.

Marvel has heard the requests and has responded. Monday, February 17th kicks off Marvel's TSUNAMI DOTCOMIC WEEK, 5 days of special previews of April's new series launches. It begins with an 8-page preview of MYSTIQUE, a new ongoing series by writer Brian K. Vaughan and penciler Jorge Lucas, starring the seductive shape-shifter & sometimes X-Men adversary.

The previews are being picked to present key moments from each of the debut issues to give readers a sense of the unique voice creators like Vaughan & Lucas are bringing to these diverse, easily-accessible new titles.

"The best part of James Bond flicks is almost always the opening sequence, an action-packed finale to a mysterious prior mission," said Vaughan of the preview. "This dotComic is definitely an homage to those classic scenes, but with an important twist. Because Mystique is the world's greatest master of disguise, readers will never know which character is her. She's a sexy femme fatale who can be anything you want her to be... except predictable."

The MYSTIQUE preview can be read right now at, and issue #1 goes on sale April 23rd.

Look for a new April TSUNAMI dotComic preview every day this week.

Mutant, Texas trade paperback mapped out - 17/02/2003
This April will see the release of the collected version of Paul Dini and J. Bone’s all-ages adventure tale, MUTANT, TEXAS: TALES OF SHERIFF IDA RED. Originally published as a four-issue miniseries, the story focuses on Jingle Belle’s superpowered pal and how she came to be the law in her town. Populated with a cast as diverse and fantastic as any comics has seen, MUTANT, TEXAS is a whimsical return to the fun punch-ups between good and evil that the medium was built on, as well as showing that the world still has heroes.

“When I first started tinkering with the idea of a town full of mutants,” Dini explained, “I saw it as a limitless playground. Anything goes here. The place was originally called Mystic, but a host of nuclear calamities changed all that—just as it changed the townspeople, critters, and plant life into something other than what they started out as. Be it a talking armadillo or a shrinking little girl, nothing is abnormal in a town like Mutant.” (Read More)

Marvel recruits new talent recruiter - 17/02/2003
Stepping up their continuing commitment to expanding comics' creative talent pool, Marvel Comics has hired Teresa Focarile as their newest Associate Editor. Focarile's chief responsibility will be recruiting new writers from the film, television, and theater communities to work on Marvel properties alongside new and established comics professionals.

Focarile comes to Marvel following years in the literary department at The Gersh Agency in New York, one of the industry's top entertainment agencies, where she worked with and represented up-and-coming writers, composers and lyricists. Focarile has also worked in the literary offices of Helen Merrill Ltd. and The Public Theater/NYSF and for The Goodman Theatre's 'Arts in Education' department.

According to the new editor, the early response to her recruiting efforts has been tremendous.

"Almost every person I talk to, whether an agent, manager or writer, thinks this new focus is a great idea and is really excited about the opportunity," said Focarile. "It's incredible how many of them are longtime Marvel Comics fans. I've already gotten a flood of submissions."

"We're very pleased that Teresa has joined our growing editorial ranks," said Marvel President & COO Bill Jemas. "She brings with her a wealth of experience working with talented writers from diverse artistic fields. Her hiring is a very important part in an overall aggressive Marvel initiative to bring new creative voices into the comic book community."

Crossgen signs Rosemann - 11/02/2003
From Major League Baseball to NCAA football, the sports world has recently announced many key talent acquisitions, and now CrossGen Entertainment has added to the signing spree by landing industry veteran Bill Rosemann. Fresh off a 10 year run at Marvel Comics, Rosemann has joined CGE’s expanding team in the newly created position of Director of Marketing Communications.

Rosemann will take over the duties held by Director of Corporate Communications, Ian M. Feller, allowing Ian to move full-time into the role of Code 6 Comics Managing Editor. As part of the newly-created position, Bill will oversee media relations, advertising and step into Ian’s shoes to become CrossGen’s primary public relations voice and liaison to the press corps. In addition, he will be responsible for organizing CrossGen’s section in Diamond’s Previews, among other marketing tasks. Rosemann will officially join CrossGen on February 24, 2003. (Read More)

The Marquis returns to Oni Press - 9/02/2003
Oni Press is pleased to announce the return of Guy Davis' THE MARQUIS in an all-new one-shot. Slated for a May release, THE MARQUIS: A SIN OF ONE continues the string of shorter stories that take place between the first volume, DANSE MACABRE, and the next major MARQUIS project DEVIL'S REIGN. Returning to the fictional land of Venisalle, A SIN OF ONE sees Vol de Galle after a new demon, one who hops from host to host, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.

"This one-shot picks up with Vol de Galle hot on the heels of a minor devil who uses the townspeople for murder, then commits suicide to elude the Marquis and escape into another body," commented series creator Guy Davis. "The Marquis is used to fighting evil with bullet and blade but now he's up against something that can use death to its advantage!" (Read More)

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