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Monday, February 20, 2017

CALEXIT is Coming - A Provocative, New Comic Book Series from Black Mask Studios

Announcing a Provocative, New Comic Book Series from Black Mask Studios

Los Angeles, CA, President’s Day 2017) What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1...a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled?

This is the world of CALEXIT, the new ongoing comic book series launching this May from Black Mask Studios, the Los Angeles based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including SPACE RIDERS, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KIM & KIM and BLACK. Together writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan, the creators of YOUNG TERRORISTS, have created a timely title about resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.

“This is a special moment in the history of comics. We’re experiencing a real renaissance of progressive and political comic books and graphic novels,” said Matteo Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios and the writer of CALEXIT. “It’s not by accident that the first comic to win a National Book Award is the incredible MARCH by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, or that images of anti-fascist superheroes are capturing the imaginations of people around the world right now. There’s never been a more diverse range of comics that speak to our politics here at home or to the unrest around the world.”

In CALEXIT, the citizens of California will struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government. The ongoing series tells the story of Jamil, a 25-year old courier (aka smuggler), and Zora, a 27-year old leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance, who escape together from a prison camp in Occupied Los Angeles, where martial law has been in place for the past year —  ever since America’s demagogue President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaiming itself a Sanctuary State. Each issue of CALEXIT will also include non-fiction material about local sustainability and grassroots campaigning for 2018 elections.

“I can’t think of a time when confronting the status quo with progressive, political art has been more important,” said Brett Gurewitz, co-founder Black Mask. “Black Mask Studios has consistently focused on stories that are both entertaining and have a real message driving them. With OCCUPY COMICS, we published stories devoted to the goals and themes of the Occupy movement. Since then, we published stories about living under a fascist state (GODKILLER), about fighting celebrity politicians (YOUNG TERRORISTS) and gentrification (THE DREGS). We’ve published the 2017 GLAAD nominee KIM & KIM, and the creators of the breakout hit BLACK have donated proceeds to Black Lives Matter. The fact that the comic market is supporting brave voices like these is a real testament to comics' crucial role in our national and international cultural dialogue."

The first issue of CALEXIT will be available from Black Mask Studios in May 2017.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Long Beach Comic Expo 2017:Only a few days left to purchase your tickets at the discounted pre-show rate!

Only a few days left to purchase your tickets at the discounted pre-show rate*!
Look Who's Coming to LBCE!
See Our Complete All Star Line Up Here!

There Is Still Time To Sign Up For Our Cosplay Contest!

Need a new sewing machine for that new costume you've been dreaming about?  There is hope, our
Best In Show winner gets a Bernina sewing machine.

All category winners receive trophy prizes!
Click Here to Sign Up!

 Don't Forget About The GeekFest Film Fest!  GeekFest Film Fest Year 4 Launches at LBCE!!

See the best Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, action, fan films and more... Watch, vote and be part of the event! Screening, panels and special guests.
Visit them at booth 702 for a chance to win an awesome prize! Screening/panels located in S3!

Monday, February 13, 2017




NEW YORK, NY (February 10, 2017): Timed to February’s full moon, Papercutz’s Super Genius imprint has announced that it will publish the definitive edition of HIGH MOON, the acclaimed graphic novel series by writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis. Originally published by DC’s Zuda Comics imprint in 2007 and the Winner of the Harvey Award for Best Online Series, HIGH MOON is a unique western and horror genre mash-up about the investigations of a mysterious bounty hunter, one whose own dark secret emerges every full moon. Or, as Molly Crabapple said, “With werewolves, gunslingers, and the sumptuous artwork of Steve Ellis, HIGH MOON will change everything you thought you knew about the Old West.”

Super Genius will publish HIGH MOON: BULLET HOLES AND BITE MARKS this October, followed by volume 2 in May of 2018. For their release of HIGH MOON, Super Genius will remaster the existing art for Volumes One and Two, before concluding the story with all new material in Volume Three. All three graphic novels will feature new covers by artist and co-creator Steve Ellis, the storyboard artist and illustrator on AMC’s Breaking Bad (The Cost of Doing Business) and The Walking Dead (Dead Reckoning) games, and the co-creator of THE ONLY LIVING BOY graphic novel series, also written and co-created by Gallaher and published by Papercutz.

“Super Genius is committed to publishing unique, creative visions from the likes of Jessica Abel (TRISH TRASH) and Melissa Jane Osborne & Veronica Fish (THE WENDY PROJECT). David Gallaher and Steve Ellis are extremely gifted storytellers and their smart and relevant story is a natural fit for this imprint,” said Super Genius Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. “I immediately gravitated to HIGH MOON’s classic themes of xenophobia and self-reliance which are as relevant today as they ever have been.”

In HIGH MOON, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse– for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.

“A decade ago, we began designing these tough guy heroes, magnificent landscapes, and unearthly creatures,” said co-creator and artist Steve Ellis. “With Super Genius publishing HIGH MOON, we can create the full story, as we always envisioned.”

The Super Genius editions will be larger than the previous Zuda Comics print edition and will present the landscape formatted series in a removable slipcase that allows it to be racked vertically, maximizing its visibility for retailers and consumers. “Looking at Steve’s gorgeous artwork, we knew we didn’t want to alter the layouts of the original pages,” said Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier. “At the same time we wanted to amplify the exposure of the book in the market. We didn’t want any physical limitations to hold that back. With the slipcase, we have the added bonus of creating a really nice contemporary edition that will look great on bookshelves.”

All three volumes of HIGH MOON will be published in hardcover at $24.99 and simultaneously in paperback at $14.99. HIGH MOON: BULLET HOLES AND BITE MARKS  will be available in bookstores and comic book stores across the United States and Canada on October 17th, 2017.

“Between WESTWORLD, LOGAN, and RED DEAD REDEMPTION, the western is resonating in our culture in weird and unusual ways,” said co-creator and writer David Gallaher. “HIGH MOON recalls the best tropes of both the classic western adventure and werewolf mythology. I can’t wait for readers to discover our bloody tale of werewoles six shootboys, bullets and the supernatural.”

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“An utterly engaging work that ripples with a great palette heavy on Western wood and leather tones.”The Washington Post
“Reads like a cross between a Sergio Leone western and a gore-laced monster movie…. Ellis’ gorgeous red-and-blue-hued panels are a delight to behold.”Booklist

Author David Gallaher has received multiple Harvey Award nominations and won The Best Online Comic Award for his work on High Moon for DC Comics. David was an early pioneer of digital comics developing projects for Marvel as well as Box 13 – the first comic designed specifically for the iPhone – for comiXology. He has served as an editor for Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, has also written for Green Lantern and the Incredible Hulk. David is also the author behind the critically-acclaimed web comic series -- The Only Living Boy -- currently in print from Papercutz.

Steve Ellis has worn many hats as illustrator, author, art director and concept designer. Over his varied career he has created artwork and conceived projects for companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Random House, Impact books, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, AMC, Scholastic Books, Impact books, Rogue Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment and many others. Recently he has developed the award winning comic series High Moon for DC Comics as well as acted as the lead designer, storyboard artist and illustrator on AMC’s Breaking Bad (The Cost of Doing Business) and The Walking Dead (Dead Reckoning) games.
Bottled Lightning has pioneered the landscape of modern comics. From their award-winning to work on High Moon to the ground-breaking work on Box 13, the studio has sparked new life and new excitement into a broad range of projects for The Walking Dead, Green Lantern, Dungeons & Dragons, MTV, and the New York City Police Department. Their featured projects include HIGH MOON, THE ONLY LIVING BOY, BOX 13, and BOX 13: THE PANDORA PROCESS.
Bottled Lightning is represented by Dara Hyde at the Hill Nadell agency. For more information, please visit:

ABOUT PAPERCUTZ: At Papercutz, we’re all about publishing great graphic novels for all ages. Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens include a wide range of genres, including humor, action adventure, mystery, horror, and favorite characters. Papercutz is proud to be the only publisher exclusively dedicated to children’s graphic novels. We work every day to introduce young readers to the imaginative wonders waiting to be discovered in comics.

To find out more visit
MEDIA CONTACT FOR PAPERCUTZ:  Sven Larsen at or 646-559-4681.

MEDIA CONTACT FOR BOTTLED LIGHTNING:  David Hyde, Superfan Promotions at or 917-803-6684

Friday, February 10, 2017

New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival 2017

Central New Jersey Welcomes a Weekend of Indie Films and Hollywood Frights!

Indisputable fact: New Jersey is creepy! We've got Haddonfield, Camp Crystal Lake, the Jersey Devil, and our fair share of Elm Streets. We broke the world record for stuffing the most zombies onto a beach in Asbury Park ...and now, we celebrate the arrival of the New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival! This March 31st -April 2nd, The Crowne Plaza in Edison, New Jersey will play host to a fantastic selection of Hollywood Horror Icons, a film festival with selections playing all day, every day, 2 rooms of bone chilling vendors, contests, giveaways and special events you won't want to miss!!

Our very special guest this year comes with his own special event...
John Waters: Director, Writer, Producer, Actor and Author, John Waters, sometimes referred to as the “King of Bad Taste”, is most known for a multitude of films including Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Female Trouble and Desperate Living, as well as an unforgettable role in Seed of Chucky! John Waters will be performing “This Filthy World: Filthier and More Horrible” live for VIP guests with a book signing afterward and photo opportunities.

Our Guests Lineup also includes:
A “Films of Frank Henenlotter” Reunion with James Lorinz and Patty Mullen of Frankenhooker, Kevin Van Hentenryck of Basket Case and Rick Hearst of Brain Damage alongside Frank Henenlotter himself!
A Back to the Future 2 Reunion with Jeffrey WeissmanDon FulliloveHarry Waters Jr. and Ricky Dean Logan. (Of course, there will be a Delorean on the premises as well!)
A Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse Reunion with Bryan Johnson (Vulgar, Dogma, Mallrats, Comic Book Men), Ernie O'Donnell (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, 100 Acres of Hell), Scott Schiaffo (Vulgar, Clerks, Comic Book Men), Robert Bruce (Comic Book Men) and More To Be Announced!

Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil's Rejects), Randy Havens (Stranger Things, Archer), Lloyd Kaufman (Fearless Leader of Troma Entertainment), Sharon Smyth Lentz (Dark Shadows), Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3, Bloodrayne), Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, Shivers, Cat People), Tony Moran (Halloween), Ted Raimi (Evil Dead 2, Candyman, Ash vs Evil Dead), Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo and Juliet, Sharknado 2, Night of the Demons), Gene Snitsky (Former ECW, WWE Wrestler, 100 Acres of Hell), Mink Stole (Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Pink Flamingos), Alex Vincent (Child's Play 1-3, Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever, Not Another Teen Movie, Power Rangers), Mike Diana (Artist,Creator of Boiled Angel, Firebrat, Superfly), Joel Robinson (Artist for Shout! Factory, Officially Licensed Artist for the Vincent Price Estate) & More to come!

We've got 3 days of independent films from fantastic creators across the globe, contests running every hour, sideshow performers, cars from your favorite films and a host of family friendly fun..for the spookiest families we know! See you there!!

Tickets for the New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival are on sale now at

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Long Beach Comic Expo 2017: LBCE Panel Guide Announced!

Announcing the LBCE Program!

There is a lot to see and do in two days. Take a moment to review the event program so you can plan your weekend ahead of time.
The Space Expo is Returning to Long Beach!
Join us at Long Beach Comic Expo for two days of innovative programs that connect space exploration, science discoveries, movies, comic books, sci-fi and pop culture!

The highlights among the panels include learning the basics of building your own 
R2-D2 as well as "The Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality." 

Click here to view the exclusive full schedule of space & science programming at the Expo. The Space Expo is located at booth 1101! Don't miss your chance to see the coolest advancements in space technology. It's truly out of this world!!   
We have two days of jammed-packed fun and excitement you won't want to miss. Register now to save on admission and to guarantee early admission to the event.
Register for LBCE 2017 Cosplay Contest

Hosted by Bernie Bregman from Nerds Like Us, the LBCE 2017 Cosplay Contest will be held on Saturday, February 18 in the Thunderdome (Main Ballroom) from 7:00-8:30 pm

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Long Beach Comic Expo 2017: Come Meet the CW Supernatural Ghostfacers!

Come Meet the CW Supernatural Ghostfacers!
 A.J Buckley, Brittany Ishibashi, Dustin Milligan, Mircea Monroe, 
Austin Basis and Travis Wester
View all guests here
Pre-Order Your Celebrity Pictures Today!
Our professional photographers will be on hand to capture your special moments in our designated photo op room. Bring your friends and save!
Make sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram 
for the most up to date guest and panel announcements.

Comic Creator Conference (C3!): Creative Connections to Further Your Career

Comic Creator Conference (C3!): 
Creative Connections to Further Your Career
MAD Event Management, the organizers of Long Beach Comic Con and Expo introduce 
C3 - Comic Creator Conference, an event designed to connect professional comic creatives with other high-level industry professionals to empower them with exclusive and personal insight, as well as directly connecting them with decision makers, peers, publishers, and other leaders within the industry.

The event will take place on February 17, 2017 from 4:00 - 9:00 pm, just before the opening of this year's Long Beach Comic Expo. Set away from the hustle and bustle of the show floor, the event is designed as a series of informative sessions hosted by industry leaders in both publishing and entertainment in a professional setting.

The event will feature keynote speaker Bob Schreckeditor-in-chief of Legendary Comics
, speaking from direct experience on the ins and outs of developing your own property for other media. You'll also learn how to make smart business decisions on the path to taking your creations into film, television, and interactive entertainment.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to network throughout the day and at a casual cocktail event with a hosted bar and small plate food items for a small admission price of just $20 and that includes your Professional Pass for Long Beach Comic Expo.
Click here 
for schedule and session info.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: many more! Visit for details

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