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Friday, April 9, 2021

L.A. Comic Con 2021: Full Micro Con Schedule, New Dates for Los Angeles Comic Con & More!


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Full Micro Con Schedule Announced for NEXT SATURDAY!

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Come to Micro Con on Saturday April 17th for an epic lineup* of panels and exclusive content!

Put on the PJs, grab the snacks, kick back and watch content featuring Giancarlo Esposito, Sideshow, SpongeBob Squarepants, Women of Sci-fi, Top Cow Productions, Legion M, and more. Secure your tickets today and we hope to see you virtually next Saturday morning!

*All times display reflect Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Announcing New Dates for Los Angeles Comic Con

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We’re excited to share with you that we’ve finalized the dates for this year’s in-person Los Angeles Comic Con -- December 3-5, 2021. Seeing how 2021 is playing out, we believe the new December dates are more accessible than our current September ones for the largest number of fans, and yield the best chance of being able to host our most complete in-person show. We hope you join us in early December — And in the meantime, to get your con fix, join us at our first live + digital event, Micro Con, happening Saturday April 17th.

Virtual Meet & Greet Scheduled Announced

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Plan out your schedule* and catch your favorite icons from the world of Pop Culture! This all-star lineup features stars from titles like X-Men: The Animated Series, My Hero Academia, Star Trek, True Blood, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Office, Gotham, Starship Troopers, and more!

*All start times display reflect Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

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Women of Sci-Fi just got better as Michelle Hurd joins the panel! Watch Rose McIver, Felicia Day, Michelle Hurd, and Kristin Bauer reflect on their careers in the male-dominated world of sci-fi. With big roles in series such as True Blood, Star Trek, The Guild, iZombie and more — this is a must-see panel!

AND to make this star-studded panel even better, you can catch Michelle, Kristin, and Felicia in Meet + Greet Alley right after!

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Doors are almost ready to open at The Superfan Mall

As exhibitors and shops are rushing to set up their digital storefronts in our virtual shopping mall, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of what we've got cooking!

The Superfan Mall is segmented into 5 unique portals — Anime, Toys/Games and Collectibles, Comics, Pop Culture, and Artist Alley. Within these portals, you'll find amazing shops, exclusive products, and maybe a few surprises along the way.

There are two ways to view the platform: You can control your viewing angle with your mouse OR if you have access to a pair of VR goggles, you can fully immerse yourself in the shopping experience.

Keep a look out on social for more exciting updates leading up to our Micro Con on Saturday April 17th!

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Best known for his role as Solomon Grundy in GothamDrew Powell is joining the Meet + Greet Alley lineup to participate in Virtual Meet + Greets on Saturday, April 17th!

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In addition to the Women of Sci-fi panel, The Guild star Felicia Day will also be participating in Virtual Meet + Greets on Saturday, April 17th!

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In addition to the Women of Sci-fi panel, True Blood star Kristin Bauer will also be participating in Virtual Meet + Greets on Saturday, April 17th!

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In addition to the Women of Sci-fi panel, Star Trek: Picard star Michelle Hurd will also be participating in Virtual Meet + Greets on Saturday, April 17th!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

SHADOW MAN: REMASTERED Coming Soon: Relive the Classic IP with Nightdive and Valiant

 SHADOW MAN: REMASTERED from Nightdive Studios releases for PC next week, returning players to the dark and foreboding land of Deadside and the role of haunted protagonist Michael LeRoi. The classic title originally released for PC, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Dreamcast in 1999. However, the franchise itself began way back in 1992, with Shadowman #1 (from writers Jim Shooter and Steve Englehart, and artist Mike Manley) debuting under the Valiant Comics banner. 
 
That’s a lot of history and lore to catch up on, so let’s get you up to speed and ready to get “dead-ed” when the game drops on April 15 and the new SHADOWMAN comic on April 28!


 
For millennia, the Shadow Men were a line of powerful African warriors who fought the legions of darkness attempting to invade our world from the dreadful lands of Deadside. In modern-day Louisiana, a down on his luck Michael LeRoi becomes the latest to carry the moniker, placing the fate of our world, Liveside, on his shoulders as he battles the enigmatic and sinister Legion and his army of demonic serial killers.
 
Dramatis Personae:
  • Michael LeRoi: The game protagonist, Michael LeRoi, is a 32-year-old college dropout with a penchant for gambling. After a series of events involving $20,000, a supernatural being known as a Bokor, and a drive-by shooting, LeRoi found himself an alcoholic amnesiac, working as a hitman. The voodoo priestess known as Mama Nettie finds Michael and uses her supernatural powers to implant him with the Mask of Shadows — thus turning him into the titular Shadow Man!
     
  • Mama Nettie: A mysterious, centuries-old Voodoo Priestess who created the Shadow Mask; Mama Nettie is Michael’s go-to guide for his new role as Shadow Man, offering advice, direction, and occasionally, a warm bed to the latest in the line of Voodoo warriors.
     
  • The Shadow Man: The Shadow Men were a line of African warriors with supernatural powers whose duty was to protect their tribe from threats emanating from the realm of Deadside. The brutality of the European slave trade nearly wiped them out. Thanks to Mama Nettie and her creation, the Shadow Mask, the powers of the “Walker-between-the-Worlds” can be passed down to whoever has the honor of wearing the mask. The wearer gains spectacular powers and the ability to traverse dimensions.
     
  • Deadside: A terrifying realm of shadow and darkness dotted with lakes of blood, Deadside is inhabited by all manners of supernatural beasts, including zombies and pale-skinned Deadsiders.
     
  • Legion: The primary antagonist of the game; it’s not entirely known exactly what Legion is; they are the prime recruiter of The Five and dead-set on conquering the world of the living. Their appearance may change, sometimes showing up as a rather nondescript middle-aged man in a colorful suit, other times looking like a giant worm, but their purpose is always the same: invade Liveside with an army of the dead.
     
  • The Five: Every arch-villain needs a crew of cronies, and Legion has recruited quite the cast of nasty, wicked individuals to carry out their bidding. History’s most legendary murderers have been turned into demonic, supernatural beings, leading the attack on Liveside in-person. Marco Cruz, Milton Pike, Avery Marx, Victor Batrachian, and of course, the most iconic slayer of them all: Jack the Ripper.


SHADOW MAN: REMASTERED releases on April 15, 2021, on Steam, GOG, and the Epic Game Store. Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 versions will release later this year. 
 
For fans who simply can’t get enough of Shadow Man and his battle with the forces of Deadside, comics publisher and the original creator of Shadowman, Valiant Entertainment, will release their upcoming SHADOWMAN comic series relaunch on April 28, 2021. SHADOWMAN #1 will be available for purchase from retail shops and online retailers. Those who purchase SHADOW MAN: REMASTERED from any PC storefront will receive a free PDF copy of SHADOWMAN (2018) #1 and a preview of SHADOWMAN (2021) #1.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

L.A. Comic Con 2021: Women of Sci-Fi, Giancarlo Esposito & More!

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What do Rose McIver, Felicia Day, and Kristin Bauer all have in common? For one, they’ve made a name for themselves in the male-dominated world of sci-fi. Enjoy a conversation with these four women about their careers and experiences in series like True Blood, iZombie, The Guild and many more.

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A Conversation with Giancarlo Esposito

There’s a good chance you’ve seen Giancarlo Esposito in everything — And now you’ll get a chance to see him at Micro Con, our first-ever live + digital event, happening Saturday, April 17th! From Breaking Bad to The Mandalorian, his impressive IMDB page is over a mile long, touching almost every genre you can imagine. Get your popcorn ready (and your tickets!) for a conversation with the prolific Giancarlo Esposito!



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Legion M Panel: The Incredible Impact of Dungeons & Dragons on Culture and Entertainment

Join actress and game master Deborah Ann Woll (Daredevil, True Blood, Relics and Rarities), writer Andrew Cosby (Hellboy, Eureka), and Luke Gygax, adventure game author and son of D&D co-creator Gary Gygax as they take you on a tour of how ground breaking RPG Dungeons & Dragons has had an outsized impact on culture and entertainment.



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Best known for his role as Solomon Grundy in Gotham, Drew Powell is joining the Meet + Greet Alley lineup to participate in Virtual Meet + Greets on Saturday, April 17th!

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Casper Van Dien best known for his role as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers is participating in Virtual Meet + Greets on Saturday April 17th!

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Have you ever wanted to talk to the real-life Wolverine? How about Storm? Well, now’s your chance! We’re excited to announce that Alison Sealy-Smith (Storm), Cal Dodd (Wolverine), Lenore Zann (Rogue), George Buza (Beast) and Chris Britton (Mister Sinister) will all be doing 3 minute long Virtual Meet + Greets on Saturday, April 17th!

This is just the BEGINNING of the Micro Con talent announcements, special guests, and more! Watch our social for updates and more information leading up to the show!



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Shop, browse, and explore our interactive + digital SuperFan Mall!

We can't wait for you to take your first virtual steps inside our SuperFan Mall. While there's still so much to share with you, you might have to wait just a little bit longer to experience something incredible. Follow us on social media for exciting updates and check out the ComicsBeat article to learn more while you wait!

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Curt Pires and comiXology Announce Lost Falls and Memoria; YOUTH Continues

 

Curt Pires and comiXology Announce Two New SeriesLost Falls and Memoria

 

Coinciding with the Highly Anticipated Print Publication of Curt Pires’ YOUTH Volume 1 from Dark Horse Books and the Digital Debut of the Next Season of YOUTH Exclusively Available from comiXology Originals

 

 

 

“Bold, genre-defying and heartfelt, YOUTH hits a reader like the meteor in its own pages; an angry, wonderous and

transformative book.” –Scott Snyder, writer Batman, American Vampire, Nocterra

 

YOUTH is everything it says on the label, in ways you'd never expect! Let's take the hormonal thrillride of our teens and give it new, fresh life as a rebellious road trip that careens into a wild, super science thriller that never fails to keep you on your toes!” –Steve Orlando, writer Midnighter, Martian Manhunter

 

Pires, Diotto, Cunniffe and Myers mix scathing dialogue, gestural lines and a blazing colour scheme to take a well-worn genre and inject it with a new, rebellious pulse. Posthuman powers plus iGen hormones equals hyper-violent results. YOUTH takes the established superhero fruit and peels it with a post millennial edge.”

Declan Shalvey, writer Moon Knight, Bog Bodies

 

“If you're a fan of Chronicle, or even more recent intimate superhero stories like Fast Color

it's very much worth checking out.” –SYFY Wire

 

April 1, 2021New York, NY—Visionary writer Curt Pires and comiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service, are announcing two new series Lost Falls and Memoria. This announcement is timed to the highly anticipated print publication of YOUTH Volume 1 from Dark Horse Books which coincides with the debut of YOUTH Season Two, the sequel to the acclaimed teen superhero drama that is exclusively available as part of the comiXology Originals line of digital content

  

Both Lost Falls, a social minded mystery box thriller with art by Antonio Fuso, Pierluigi Minotti and Lee Loughridge and Memoria, a crime thriller with art by Sunando C and Mark Dale, will be written by Curt Pires and available exclusively from comiXology Originals will be available for purchase via comiXology and Kindle and included in Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited upon release.  More details and release dates will be announced in the coming months.

 

“I’m very excited to finally pull back the curtain and unveil these projects we’ve spent the last year in the trenches working on,” said Pires. “With YOUTH Season Two, Lost Falls and Memoria, I issued a challenge to myself and my teams to make the greatest comics we could—comics that rival the greatest comics published anywhere by anyone in any format—and I’m excited to unveil the results of our labour. These books represent what I believe to be the future of comics: bold innovative genre storytelling that’s representative of our diverse and expansive modern world. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.”

 

Written by Curt Pires and with art by Alex Diotto, co-creators of the acclaimed comic Olympia, with colors by Dee Cunniffe and letters by Micah Myers, YOUTH is an epic superhuman saga unlike any other. YOUTH is currently in development as an original series with Amazon Studios with executive producer Patrick Moran.

 

YOUTH Volume 1, the print edition, collecting issues 1-4 of the digital series, arrives in paperback for the first time from Dark Horse Books in bookstores on April 6, 2021 and in comic shops on April 7, 2021. In YOUTH Volume 1 Franklin and River struggle to navigate family, friends, high school, work, drugs, and all the pressures of growing up. As a queer couple, they yearn to escape their lives in a small, bigoted Midwest town. They steal River’s stepfather’s Mustang and hit the road. Their destination? California. But along the way, the car breaks down. They meet some kids who are travelling the country, partying, and attempting to find themselves. They party some more. . .And soon everything changes. [136 pages / color / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-5067-2461-4]

 

Also on April 6, 2021, the story continues digitally with YOUTH Season Two issue #1.  In YOUTH Season Two, six months have passed since the events of the first story. Some of the kids are missing. Some of the kids are dead. Some of the kids are trying to do better. One thing is for certain: they’re not the only ones with powers anymore. A bold expansion to the smash hit first story, YOUTH Season Two will continue with the core cast as well as introduce new characters from all across the globe.

 

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, YOUTH Season Two will be released monthly. Each of the 4-issues will be available upon release, at no additional cost, for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on the Amazon Kindle Store and comiXology. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited gives customers access to more than 1 million titles, including thousands of audio books, and current magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at amazon.com/kindleunlimited. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 30,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at comixology.com/unlimited.

 

For more updates on comiXology Originals, check out http://comixologyoriginals.com.

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