|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.
|Bendis Continues to Make His Marvel! - 4/08/2005|
|In a relatively short time, writer Brian Michael Bendis has conquered the universe...the Marvel Universe, that is. Now he’s extended his exclusive arrangement with the House of Ideas and plans to conquer all time and space combined.|
His books rest comfortably at the top of the sales charts each month and the stories he weaves in them get the fans talking! The current list of Marvel projects Bendis is involved with and the creators he is collaborating with is weighty and far-flung: HOUSE OF M with Olivier Coipel, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN with Mark Bagley, DAREDEVIL with Alex Maleev, NEW AVENGERS with David Finch, SECRET WAR with Gabriele Dell’Otto, and of course, his very own special masterpiece, POWERS with Michael Avon Oeming.
One might wonder what these characters and situations have come to mean to Bendis, and which of them he’s grown closest to.
|Sold out House: House of M Tie-Ins Go Back To Press - 30/07/2005|
|House of M is proving to be just as hot at the current real estate market! Iron Man: House of M #1, Fantastic Four: House of M #1, Mutopia X #1, Incredible Hulk #83, Uncanny X-Men #462, and Secrets of the House of M are certified hits. |
Thanks to incredible retailer and fan response, these early House of M issues have completely sold out. But, Marvel is making sure that everyone still has a chance to get these amazing tie-ins. Iron Man: House of M #1, Fantastic Four: House of M #1, Mutopia X #1, and Incredible Hulk #83 are all going back to press to be released with limited edition covers.
“We’re overwhelmed by the reaction the comics community has had to the House of M event as a whole,” says Publisher Dan Buckley. “This is the biggest thing Marvel has done in 10 years, and knowing where the story is going, I’m sure people will be talking about it for at least the next 10 years!”
“The response to these issues from readers and retailers has been very positive,” says Marvel’s Director of Sales David Gabriel. “Retailers should place orders on the new printings as soon as possible, as well as increase orders on upcoming issues. Thanks to everyone for making this event such a success!”
The first wave of House of M tie-ins sold out quickly, so be sure that this time you’re not left out in the cold and locked out of the House!
|Captain Britain Story Released for First Time in US - 28/07/2005|
|For the first time in the United States, a story featuring the original Captain Britain, Brian Braddock, will be released in Marvel Milestones: Captain Britain, Psylocke, and Golden Age Sub-Mariner. |
Originally released in the United Kingdom, the Captain Britain story was a part of a UK Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine and now it is finally reaching the US. The story finds Captain Britain teaming up with Spider-Man to take on the Red Skull, who is in possession of the cosmic cube with destruction on his mind.
"We listened to the fans on this one. You demanded it, you got it. And some folks said it couldn't be done," said Marvel's Director of Sales David Gabriel.
This story marked the first time in 13 years that Captain Britain appeared in an original British comic strip and now it is being presented for American audiences to enjoy.
“There’s been a great deal of demand for this story, which was previously available only in the U.K., and we’re happy to give fans in the U.S. an opportunity to enjoy it,” says Special Projects Senior Editor Jeff Youngquist.
Brian isn’t the only Braddock appearing in this Marvel Milestone, though. A story about his sister Betsy, better known as the X-Man Psylocke, also appears. In Uncanny X-Men #213, Psylocke finds herself all alone against Sabretooth in an event that took place during the Mutant Massacre crossover. A third story is also included featuring a Golden Age Sub-Mariner invading New York in Human Torch #2, which was originally released in 1941.
|Ultimate Spider-Man Annual Brings New Love - 28/07/2005|
|Ultimate Annuals are making a big splash in their debut year, and Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1 is no exception. When Marvel decided to bring back the Annuals, Joe Quesada gave the one condition that they “count,” and Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1 delivers.|
“I’m thrilled at the story possibilities that have now opened up because of this Annual! And you better believe those possibilities will be played out!!”
Quesada can’t say too much because of the unique story twist in the Annual. It is known that Spider-Man gets a new girlfriend, now that Mary Jane and Peter have broken up, but the identity of his new-found love remains shrouded in mystery. The cover has been shown, but the female figure has been blacked out. Don’t expect anyone to spill the beans on this character’s identity, either.
“Comics need an element of surprise,” says Marvel’s Director of Marketing, John Dokes, “and we’re just happy surprises can still be pulled off. It adds an excitement to the books, and people will surely be excited when they see this!”
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