|Bicycle Blues in a New Malinky Robot from SLG - 6/10/2005|
|It's a good day for Atari and Oliver, two residents of the working-class city of San'ya. Thanks to a bit of luck and a large denominational bill they find, they've seen a giant robot movie and they've gotten a visit from their friend Misha in their junkyard clubhouse. The boys relish the day, and in this first story of Xerix Award-winning artist Sonny Liew's Malinky Robot: Bicycle, the art reflects their mood in its mellow and quiet coloring.|
"Bicycle is about friendship definitely, an attempt to capture the rhythms of the day spent with friends, just hanging out," says Liew. "A lot of it is just that, capturing certain moments, ordinary events that somehow have some kind of inner glow."
But Misha is moving away to the suburbs in Sanrio, and moments like this are going to be rarer for the trio. So after Misha has moved, Atari and Oliver plan a trip to Sanrio, riding off on "borrowed" bicycles and finding freedom in the woods outside the San'ya, which Liew based on a laboring district in northeastern Tokyo. The look of the book changes to the signature penciled style Liew employed in his self-published hit Malinky Robot: Stinky Fish Blues. Once Atari and Oliver meet up with Misha, the three boys discuss their friend Mr. Bon Bon and learn that they all know something a little different about him.
They share their knowledge about Mr. Bon Bon in a series of stories that Liew calls "a kinda sorta Rashomon thing," referring to the Akira Kurosawa film, which shows the same story through the point of view of four different characters. In Bicycle each boy's story about Mr. Bon Bon is illustrated in a different style. "The style used in each story is meant to reflect the sensibilities of each storyteller," Liew explains. In Misha's story, for example, Liew employs a loose, alternative comics style, while Oliver's story takes on the format of a newspaper comics page and Atari's depicts Mr. Bon Bon as a gritty action-comics hero.
The boys learn that there is something tragic in Mr. Bon Bon's past and begin to piece together the circumstances that led to it. But there is a truth to what has happened that exists only to Mr. Bon Bon and that they cannot discover. In the end, says Liew, Bicycle shows "the unknowability of others, how we know a person only in small ways."
"Sonny has a real sensitivity for the subtleties of human interaction and emotion," said SLG's editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman, "but there is also lightheartedness and fun in his stories. He captures how life can constantly swing between happy and sad and everything in between."
Malinky Robot: Bicycle, is a 48-page digest-sized comic, with sixteen pages of color, scheduled for release in December 2005. For a preview, visit SLG Publishing's website, www.slgpublishing.com. Creator Sonny Liew was the recipient of a Xeric grant in 2003 for Malinky Robot: Stinky Fish Blues and was artist on the Vertigo hit mini-series My Faith in Frankie. Fans of his art will not want to miss SLG's Disney comic Wonderland, written by Tommy Kovac and drawn by Liew. It is slated for release in 2006.
|Series Based on classic Disney Attraction to debut October 2005 - 6/10/2005|
|Foolish mortals everywhere will have reason to host their own swinging wakes when SLG Publishing, in partnership with Disney Publishing Worldwide, releases the first issue of The Haunted Mansion, a comic book anthology based on the classic Disney E Ticket attraction. Scheduled for an October 2005 release, The Haunted Mansion will feature stories by some of SLG Publishing's top creators including Roman Dirge (Lenore), Serena Valentino (Gloomcookie, Nightmares & Fairy Tales), as well as from some talented newcomers.|
SLG's Haunted Mansion comic book will draw from the strong visual elements of the ride for it's stories and will not be based on the feature film. "The ride's elements really lend itself to an anthology comic book" commented SLG Publishing president and series editor Dan Vado "there are 999 ghosts living in the mansion, that means there is potential for 999 different stories."
The comic will, in a series of stories that will run through the first several issues, will create a new back story for the Mansion and tell the intertwining stories of The Ghost Host, Madame Leotta, and the Bride who resides in the attic. How they all came to be in the mansion, and the mansion's powerful attraction to spirits and ghouls, will all be revealed. " The goal is to create a comic book that feels like a little piece of the ride living in your bookshelf" added Vado "The end result should be something that will satisfy the casual reader as well as the hard core ride fans (like myself) who have spent good chunks of their lives riding The Haunted Mansion over and over again."
Vado admits that the partnership between SLG Publishing and Disney seems like an odd fit. Known for comics like Lenore, a dark humor comic featuring stories about a little dead girl by Roman Dirge, SLG is hoping that the combination of the companies creative sensibilities and Disney's vast wealth of characters will make for, at the very minimum, some interesting comic books. "SLG Publishing has a reputation for publishing entertaining and cutting-edge comics," said Margie Chan, vice president, English Language Licensing Worldwide, DPW. "They have used these talents once again to bring an entirely new vantage point to our classic properties."
Haunted Mansion will be a 32 page black & white comic book with a cover price of $2.95 US. Covers will be by Roman Dirge. Haunted Mansion will be available at better comic book stores and select book stores this October as well as on Amazon.com and at Hot Topic stores. The comic will also be available through the publisher's web site at www.slgpublishing.com
|One Goes Northwest with Northwest Passage #2 - 15/09/2005|
|December is a month for adventure as Oni Press and Scott Chantler return with NORTHWEST PASSAGE #2, the book that proves that the North is just as wild as the West. Coming on the heels of rave reviews and critical praise for issue #1, NORTHWEST PASSAGE #2 promises even more pulse-pounding action in the style of the two-fisted pulps of old. |
Rupert’s Land, 1755. Famed adventurer Charles Lord and his men have been forced from Fort Newcastle by ruthless French mercenaries, who leave death and destruction in their wake. Led by the villainous Guerin Montglave, they’re intent on capturing both the fur trade, and Charles’ scalp. Lord must not only lead his small band of surviving traders, but also secure the aid of some old allies if he is to recapture the fort, defeat Montglave, and save his son.
“The basic story, about an aging hero who has to reconcile relationships with his men and try to live up to his reputation, is one I've had in mind for about a decade,” Chantler explained. “I could just never decide on an appropriate setting for it. Then a few years ago I read Company of Adventurers by a Canadian historian named Peter C. Newman. It's history, but it's written in a really accessible way, and the subject matter--the early, pioneering days of the fur trade in Canada--really struck me as a potentially good setting for it. Like an American western, but with canoes instead of horses.”
“Because of the subject, we decided to go a different route with the presentation of this title,” Randal Jarrell, Oni Press managing editor, commented. “Since it’s all about two-fisted, pulp style adventure, why not present it in a format reminiscent of the old serials about Wild West heroes?”
|Small Press Artist Goes Big Time With House Of Ideas! - 7/09/2005|
|Marvel Comics is exceedingly proud to announce that they have signed artist Mitchell Breitweiser to an exclusive contract.|
Though his name may not be immediately recognizable to many comic fans, Breitweiser is currently working on Marvel’s much-anticipated DRAX THE DESTROYER series with legendary high-profile writer Keith Giffen. Readers may previously be familiar with the artist’s unique delineations on AGENT X, NOBEL CAUSES, and his creator-owned project for Image, PHANTOM JACK (alongside writer and co-creator Mike San Giacomo.
The story of Breitweiser’s entry into the hallowed halls of Marveldom reads as a dream-come-true for many creators. “I was about an issue and a half into working on Drax when I had asked Marvel Editor, Andy Schmidt, what I could expect after the series wrapped up,” says the artist. “I was just trying to zero in on how open I needed to keep my options, and how active I needed to be in pursuing work from other companies. About a week later, and much to my surprise, Andy called me up and asked if I was interested in signing an exclusive.”
“I was completely floored.”
“Apparently he had been showing my artwork around the office, and from the top of editorial on down, the reaction was extremely positive. It was pretty surreal for a while. I mean, my book wasn't even close to coming out yet, and Joe Q(uesada) and the Editorial staff felt strongly enough about my work that they didn't even need to wait for the fan's reaction to the artwork. I still remain extremely flattered, and feel very blessed to be able to do this job that I love so much.”
|Ultimate X-Men Annual Sell-Out Makes 3 for 3 - 1/09/2005|
|Ultimate X-Men Annual #1 has sold out at Diamond, joining the other Ultimate Annual sell-outs of Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1 and Ultimates Annual #1. Once a yearly event for Marvel, annuals have been revived and have met with a whirlwind of praise from critics. |
“Marvel is doing an excellent job of reviving the annual format,” says Don MacPherson of TheFourthRail.com.
Even retailers are hyped about the reemergence of annuals. Mike Malve of Atomic Comics says, “Marvel scores HUGE !, HUGE !, HUGE ! on all these annuals. BKV stands and delivers in what I might say was my favorite X-book in years.”
The 2005 Eisner-award winning writer Brian K. Vaughan was thrilled to hear about the sell-out of Ultimate X-Men Annual #1. Vaughan knew he only wanted to do an annual if it was going to have a strong and lasting effect on the monthly Ultimate X-Men title and fans have been shocked by just how massive the issue was.
"When Brian Bendis, Mark Millar and I first started talking about annuals with everyone at Marvel, we all agreed that we wouldn't do them unless they were huge stories important to our series, like Marvel annuals used to be back when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were doing them,” says Vaughan.
Brian K. Vaughan also made sure to point out the incredible artwork Tom Raney provided for Ultimate X-Men Annual #1. “It's been a huge honor to be a small part of helping to resurrect these special books, but all credit for the Ultimate X-Men Annual sellout belongs to the fantastic Tom Raney. He blows stuff up real good."
Editor Ralph Macchio is also beaming with joy over the fan reaction to the Ultimate Annuals. “Third time has certainly been the charm for our Ultimate Annuals!” says Macchio. “I continue to be deeply gratified by the wonderful response the readers have had to our efforts here.”
“We intend to more fully explore the bizarre Rogue/Juggernaut/Gambit triangle as established in the Ultimate X-Men Annual over in the monthly title,” adds Macchio. “Now hang onto your hat for the fourth and final offering this year: Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #1! It’ll be worth the wait.”
|Brian Wood and Oni are Local in November - 1/09/2005|
|Oni Press is pleased to announce the November debut of LOCAL, a new 12-issue series by Brian Wood, the Eisner-nominated creator of DEMO, POUNDED and THE COURIERS. |
Everyone has a place they call home, whether they grew up there or not. What does it mean to be a “local”? Each issue of LOCAL will focus on life in a different town in the US, while looking at the lives of normal people facing extraordinary situations and choices. Crossing genres as it crosses the country, LOCAL examines how where you live impacts who you are.
"For a while now I've been a little obsessed with the idea of locations and hometowns and what that means to people,” Wood explained. “I explored it a little in DEMO, but the more I thought about it, the more ideas I had, and I thought they deserved a series. I'm deliberately staying away from larger cities like New York and San Francisco, and instead choosing smaller places, college towns with cool 'local' scenes. We start off in Portland, OR and move to Minneapolis, and so on. I'll probably break my own rule and set one in Brooklyn, though, as I've just moved back here and love it so much."
Like Wood’s critically acclaimed DEMO, each issue of LOCAL will stand alone, while tying in thematically with the other issues. They’ll also tie together in an additional way: a character named Megan McKeenan. Megan’s story begins in the first issue as she is faced with a life-changing decision. Her choice will change her future, and lead into the remainder of the series; in some issues she will appear as the focus, in others, simply a character in the background.
|Runaways a Must-Read in Entertainment Weekly - 1/09/2005|
| The recently released Runaways Vol.1 Hardcover has made the Must List – a top 10 list of the hottest things in music, film, television, and books - of the September 2nd, 2005 issue of Entertainment Weekly. But Entertainment Weekly isn’t the only one loving the new Runaways HC. Writer Brian K. Vaughan is ecstatic about how great the new collection has turned out.|
"Wow, this is pretty much the opposite of canceled, huh?” says Vaughan about the series brief hiatus before relaunching the title to remarkable critical and fan reaction. “(Artist) Adrian Alphona and I are flattered by the tremendous response to the hardcover collection of our first eighteen issues, which Marvel did a beautiful job putting together.”
The story continues with edge-of-your-seat action abound in Runaways Vol.4: True Believers Digest. This digest collects Runaways Vol.2 #1-6, the first story arc of the Runaways relaunch, which picks up directly where the hardcover ends.
In Runaways Vol.4: True Believers Digest, the Runaways may have found themselves a new member in a boy named Victor, but will the new member’s super-villain father be the end of the team? You will be absolutely shocked to see which classic Marvel villain is Victor’s father.
This week, Runaways #7 is being released and it marks the beginning of a new story arc ideal for new readers to hop on the title.
“It's very cool that more and more new readers are discovering our ongoing series each month, and I hope even more will come onboard with issues #7 and 8, a great jumping-on point with gorgeous pencils from the incomparable Takeshi Miyazawa,” says Vaughan. “It's a two-part story that will change the Runaways forever... and fans of this book know that when we talk about big changes, we ain't exaggerating!"
And no bedroom is complete without a Runaways poster, set for release in October. The stunning image on the poster is by Adrian Alphona and was created specifically to adorn the front of the hardcover edition. Now, the group shot of the Runaways is ready for that empty wall right over your bed.
|Full Metal Pandemonium - Madman Release Full Metal Panic FUMUFFO on DVD - 11/08/2005|
|It's back-to-school mayhem with Kaname Chidori and her war-freak classmate Sousuke Sagara as they encounter more misadventures in and out of Jindai High School. But when Kaname gets into some serious trouble Sousuke takes the guise of Bonta-kun - the gun-wielding, butt-kicking mascot. And while he struggles to continue living as a normal teenager, Sousuke also has to deal with protecting his superior officer Teletha Testarossa who has decided to take a vacation from Mithril and spend a couple of weeks as his and Kaname's classmate...|
Produced by Kyoto Animation (INUYASHA, KIDDY GRADE) and based on the original manga by Shikidouji & Shouji Gatou, this eagerly awaited spin-off series to fan-favourite FULL METAL PANIC is finally available on DVD! This is the first of four volumes of FUMOFFU on DVD.
Watch the trailer, download wallpapers and find out more about FULL METAL PANIC: FUMOFFU at the new minisite: http://www.madman.com.au/fumoffu.
|Whedon and Cassaday Close Out Astonishing First Year - 11/08/2005|
|The first year of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men is coming to a close with this month’s Astonishing X-Men #12. And the super-star duo of Whedon and Cassaday are going to put everyone’s favorite mutants through the wringer to round out their titanic first run.|
“Astonishing X-Men quickly established itself as the premiere X-book—and issue #12 reminds readers why!” says X-Office Senior Editor Mike Marts. “This final issue of Whedon & Cassaday’s first year has big-screen action, twists and turns, and an ending that will leave fans dying for #13, due out early next year! “
Astonishing X-Men has been the most critically acclaimed run on the X-Men in years and Astonishing X-Men #12 is only the beginning. In early 2006, Whedon and Cassaday are returning for another year-long arc that picks up where the “Dangerous” story arc and “House of M” conclude...with the X-Men changed forever.
“There is little that can be said about Joss and John’s work on Astonishing X-Men that hasn’t already been said, so let me just get to the info that fans really care about...Joss and John will be back for another year’s worth! And in the words of the ol’ wordsmith himself, ‘nuff said!” says Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada.
Whedon and Cassaday have turned their critical acclaim on Astonishing X-Men into a rabid fan-following and phenomenal sales. “Multiple issues of the run have needed second limited edition printings, while the Astonishing X-MenVol. 1 TPB has also had record breaking sales,” said David Gabriel Director of Sales. Retailers should order accordingly on issue #12.”
You can’t afford to miss the conclusion to a historic run that will soon be mentioned in the same breath as other X-Men classics.
|Guns, Cars Money and Robot Porno: Vaistron from SLG in September - 10/08/2005|
|Gabriella Bukowsky is the most hardened Road Killer there is, a seasoned hijacker and mercenary-for-hire who answers to no one but herself. But being a resurrected sky-pirate isn’t always the limitless alcohol, booty, and senseless killing that it should be. Gabby’s easygoing, felony-laden daily life is starting to go from bad to worse. Her car is totaled, her credit is maxed out, her hostage is missing, and if she can’t get her business back up and running soon, she might find herself in a place worse than prison...like retail!|
Welcome to Vaistron, the new SLG Publishing comic book series debuting in September by Boussourir and Andrew Dabb, a darkly humorous science fiction action-adventure with more robots, prostitutes, inept policemen and superfluous exhaust pipes than you can shake a stick at.
Boussourir’s gritty, over-the-top storytelling and irreverent humor couple with his highly stylized visuals in a story that he says is about “the little things that make life so enjoyable: Guns, Cars, Money and Robot Porno. More specifically, it is about a kidnapping gone horribly wrong in a chaotic, futuristic megapolis called Vaistron.”
Co-writer Andrew Dabb elaborates: “Gabby, our somewhat unstable main character, and her sin obsessed, robotic ‘gal friday’, Rekoton, are our main characters. They thought kidnapping the girlfriend of the richest man in Vaistron and holding her for ransom would be a gold mine, but it hasn’t really turned out that way. Now pretty much the entire city is after them, and the destruction and carnage that’s going to follow is, well, it’ll be a lot of fun.”
Readers should be warned, however: The fun in Vaistron is definitely of the grown-up variety. "The setting of Vaistron is one of complete moral anarchy," said editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman. "You have everything from rich men who keep harems to ascetics who believe the brain corrupts the flesh." She noted that it was a struggle to find sequential pages to use as a preview on the SLG website that were close to being all-ages appropriate. "We usually put up about eight pages, but we had to go for only four with Vaistron, and even one of those had to be altered a bit."
The violence- and smut-riddled fun can be yours in September, with the release of Vaistron #1. It's available now for pre-order through Diamond Comics, and you can see the now nearly obscenity-free (but still car crash and bombing heavy) preview at SLG's website, www.slavelabor.com.
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