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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

ComiXology Originals--Ask For Mercy Season 2 Collection Available Now

Media Alert: Ask For Mercy Season Two: The Heart of the Earth Arrives Today From ComiXology Originals

 

June 16, 2020 – New York, NY  –  Season Two of the hit comiXology Originals series Ask For Mercy is available today, June 16th from comiXology and Comicraft. Written by Richard Starkings (Elephantmen) with art by rising star Abigail Jill Harding, Ask For Mercy Season Two: The Heart of the Earth collects the Ask For Budgie one-shot and the 5-issue storyline The Center Of Everything That Is.

 

Ask For Budgie– spotlights the breakout star of Season One, posing the questions: who is Budgie and where did he come from? And following on, The Heart of the Earth features Kasa, Mercy, Ratmir and Budgie on an adventure where the course of history is at stake! Summoned by Lakota shaman, Medicine Bear, Mercy and her band of monsters discover that Ikto’mi—the Spider-trickster—is interfering with the lives of the people of the Black Hills and the American soldiers intent on driving them out!

 

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Ask For Mercy Season Two: The Heart of the Earth and Ask For Mercy Season One: The Key To Forever--a World War II fantasy horror story in which Mercy is snatched from her own place and time to join a team of Monster Hunters, who together, have to take on a Pantheon of Hideous Creatures summoned to our world by Nazi evil--are available to read at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

 

For more updates on comiXology Originals, check out http://comixologyoriginals.com and follow comiXology on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

About the Ask For Mercy Creative Team:

 

Richard Starkings is the creator/writer of Elephantmen; co-creator/writer of Ask For Mercy and co-creator of The Beef with Tyler Shainline and Shaky Kane. In the course of a distinguished career in comic books, Richard edited for Marvel UK in the 80s and founded the lettering studio Comicraft in the 90s. He has worked as a lettering artist on just about every comic book you might care to mention, including Batman: The Killing Joke, and has written for The Real Ghostbusters, Zoids, Transformers and Doctor Who.

 

Abigail Jill Harding is a young English illustrator and comic book artist from Yorkshire, whose first professional comics work appeared in Elephantmen #72, written by Richard Starkings whom she met at a signing at Travelling Man in York. Abigail graduated from York College with a BA honours in 3D Art and Design in 2015 but continued to concentrate on her illustration work and did small comic projects. Abigail had been showcasing her mixed-media skills at the yearly Leeds Comics Arts Festival, Thought Bubble and it was the short strip she contributed to the festival’s 2015 print anthology that caught Richard’s eye. Since then she has done cover work for Titan Comics.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

AHOY Comics Announces Dragonflyman Day on June 16th: Celebrate Everyone's Favorite Superhero, Timed to the Trade Paperback Release of DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
AHOY Comics Announces Dragonflyman Day on June 16

Celebrate Everyone's Favorite Superhero, 
Timed to the Trade Paperback Release of DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN

(June 3, 2020) AHOY Comics has announced that June 16th will henceforth be known as Dragonflyman Day. This historic occasion will coincide with the bookstore publication date of the upcoming trade paperback release of DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN—the prequel to the dazzling series THE WRONG EARTH—by writer Tom Peyer, artist Peter Krause, colorist Andy Troy, and letterer Rob Steen. 

In the darkness of Earth-Omega, THE DRAGONFLY exacts vengeance from sadistic killers and corrupt authorities. On sunlit Earth-Alpha, the upstanding DRAGONFLYMAN fights for justice alongside the police. Now, for the first time ever, all five issues of the series, plus the 2019 AHOY Free Comic Book Day story, will be available in one dimension-smashing volume—and, coincidentally, just in time for everyone’s new favorite summer holiday: Dragonflyman Day.

A brand-new but already beloved tradition wherein people from all over earth—Omega, Alpha, and otherwise—celebrate this all-too-misunderstood superhero, Dragonflyman Day will be full of exciting festivities, such as the aforementioned bookstore release date of the trade paperback. 

And AHOY Comics Publisher Hart Seely says that’s just the tip of the stinger. “We urge fans, comic book retailers, and people all around the globe to find their own ways to celebrate this most momentous occasion,” said Seely. “Plan a coordinated release of a thousand dragonflies into the sky from the safety of your backyard—or create your own parallel world alter-ego from household items like sponge cake, papier machê, or those pants with the button you’ll never wear again! There’s no limit to the ways you can safely observe this historic day.”

“The idea of dedicating an annual day to a fictional masked crimefighter is so unprecedented, so unheard-of, that it takes all of AHOY Comics’ courage to even suggest it,” said Tom Peyer, author of the book and AHOY Editor-in-Chief. “Yet suggest it we must, for it’s about time we honored something as important as a comic book hero, maybe with a flyover, or people going out to their balconies to applaud.” 

Peyer is available for interviews both via email and Zoom for those interested in learning more about these dynamic heroes, their historic holiday, or even the trade paperback release of DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN.

"For comic book retailers who would like to participate, we'll be making gorgeous downloadable posters for them to place in their store windows or hang prominently in gilded frames," said Kit Caoagas, AHOY's Marketing Associate. "We've also got social media graphics available for download, as well as life-sized Dragonflyman and Stinger busts for those retailers with 3D printers on hand." Those interested in joining the retailer email list to receive said downloadables can email marketing@comicsahoy.com.

DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN will be available in comic stores on June 3rd and bookstores on June 16th.

For more updates on AHOY Comics, visit them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

AHOY Comics Returns! June Brings All New Releases About The End of the World, Billionaires Behaving Badly, & Cats (in Space)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
AHOY Comics Returns in June

All New Releases About The End of the World, Billionaires Behaving Badly, And Cats (in Space)

(June 1, 2020) AHOY Comics—the Syracuse-based, independent publisher that pledged for readers to “expect more” from its line of comic book magazines and graphic novels—will resume publishing new comic book magazines in June. “The world pandemic has caused some problems with serialized comics publishing, particularly for small publishers like us,” said AHOY Comics Publisher Hart Seely. “But if there was ever a year that demonstrated the need for laugh-out-loud funny books that are actually funny, it is the year that is 2020. And AHOY Comics will be there for readers and retailers alike.”

AHOY Comics’ updated summer publishing schedule includes:

  • ASH & THORN, a 5-issue miniseries by bestselling writer Mariah McCourt (True Blood, Stitched), artist Soo Lee (Analog Sci-Fi Magazine, Charlie’s Angels vs. the Bionic Woman), and colorist Pippa Bowland (2000AD), with lettering by Rob Steen and covers by legendary artist Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Wonder Woman: True Amazon). 

Originally scheduled to debut on April Fool’s Day, the highly-anticipated debut issue #1 of ASH & THORN will be published on June 24, 2020, followed by issue #2 on July 8, issue #3 on July 29, issue #4 on August 19, and issue #5 on September 9, 2020. 

“ASH & THORN has an engaging, offbeat heroine, an amusing supporting cast, and a fun premise that suggests life experience counts, especially when demons are about to overrun the world. Come for the company, stay for the adventure. You’ll be glad you did!”
—Louise Simonson

“How refreshing to see women of a Certain Age be heroines for a change, says this woman of a Certain Age!  You don't have to be a teenager to battle demons!”
—Trina Robbins

“What if the Chosen One isn’t a nubile young girl, a hot young dude, but a mature woman with life experience, some attitude, and no f*#cks given. ASH & THORN answers that question. Very amusing, fun and highly recommended.”
—Colleen Doran

  • BILLIONAIRE ISLAND, a 6-issue miniseries by acclaimed writer Mark Russell (Second Coming) and artist Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), and colorist Chris Chuckry, with lettering by Rob Steen. Issue 1 features a cover by series artist and co-creator Steve Pugh and a variant cover by bestselling artist Pia Guerra (Y The Last Man). 

The critically acclaimed series returns on July 1, 2020 with an all new second issue, followed by issue #3 on July 22, issue #4 on August 12, and issue #5 on September 16.

“Mark Russell and Steve Pugh reteam for another devastating satire…..Sick of seeing billionaires try to buy their way into elected office? Getting worried about global pandemics and accelerating climate change while you read articles about how the super-rich are planning their own private apocalyptic failsafes? Then BILLIONAIRE ISLAND is a comic for you.” 
—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“The most intelligent, jaw-dropping, razor sharp, impeccably-timed comic you'll read this week or possibly ever.”—COMICBOOK.COM

"A nasty piece of art that bares its teeth at the 1% with a level of bloodlust not seen nearly enough in the graphic medium."—CBR

  • CAPTAIN GINGER SEASON 2: DOGWORLD, a 6 issue mini-series by acclaimed writer Stuart Moore (Bronze Age Boogie) and artists June Brigman (Power Pack) and Roy Richardson, and colorist Veronica Ghandini, with lettering by Rob Steen. 

CAPTAIN GINGER: DOGWORLD, which had two issues published at the time of lockdown, will complete its serialization in exclusive digital editions from Comixology. The first new issue of CAPTAIN GINGER SEASON 2: DOGWORLD, issue 3, will be released digitally on June 10, followed by issue 4 on July 8, issue 5 on August 5, and issue 6 on September 2.

“Readers can look forward to more space-cat drama, including a massive starship crash, a small tragedy, and Captain Ginger’s stranded crew will finally make first contact with the mysterious, intelligent dogs—who MAY or may NOT play poker in their spare time,” said co-creator and writer of CAPTAIN GINGER, Stuart Moore.  

Each upcoming issue of CAPTAIN GINGER: DOGWORLD will contain a special Digital Bonus Book at no additional cost: issue #3 features DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN #1, issue #4 features BILLIONAIRE ISLAND # 1, issue #5 features BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #1, and issue #6 will feature will feature a selection from EDGAR ALLAN POE'S SNIFTER OF TERROR, including Hunt Emerson's Black Cat comics.

In June, AHOY will also be publishing the trade paperback of DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN, the prequel to the dazzling series THE WRONG EARTH—by writer Tom Peyer, artist Peter Krause, colorist Andy Troy, and letterer Rob Steen. The trade paperback will be released in comic book stores on June 3rd and in bookstores on June 16th.

“There was no one-size-fits-all solution for AHOY’s publishing schedule, so we took a creative approach,” said Kit Caoagas, AHOY Comics’ Marketing Associate. “There was a long anticipation for the debut of ASH & THORN and issue 1 was already printed and at Diamond, so we wanted to get that to market as soon as possible. BILLIONAIRE ISLAND had one issue published before the lockdown, so we’ve decided to resume publication as soon as possible on a slightly accelerated schedule, with an eye toward getting the trade paperback out in the fall, as originally planned. And, after a long hiatus, it just didn’t make sense to resume print publication of the second season of CAPTAIN GINGER. As with all AHOY books, we’ll release the trade paperback of CAPTAIN GINGER: DOGWORLD in print and digital on schedule, so that old-school sci fi fans and cat fanatics can read the whole story in their preferred format.”

Originally scheduled for release this summer, as part of the company’s fourth wave of releases, PENULTIMAN, the new super hero title by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson, will be resolicited at a later date. 

"The plan is to postpone PENULTIMAN far enough into the future that we'll have the technology to send it back into the past, so it won't be as long a wait as it will be," said Peyer.

For more updates on AHOY Comics, visit them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Friday, May 15, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Gaelstone Media Announces Acquisition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Crossover Character Panda Khan

Gaelstone Media Announces Acquisition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Crossover Character Panda Khan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ONTARIO, CANADA: Gaelstone Media Group, the studio known for the upcoming Amazon Prime Original Series Action Mice, announced its full acquisition of the classic 80s character Panda Khan. The iconic panda is well-known to nostalgia lovers who remember him as a regularly featured character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book crossovers. Toy collectors will recall that Panda Khan also made an appearance as an action figure in Playmates original TMNT toy line back in 1990. While the Panda Khan character is completely recognizable to Turtles fans and toy collectors of the 90s, he was never featured in the highly popular Ninja Turtles cartoon show.
"We at Gaelstone were so very fortunate to meet Dave Garcie and Monica Sharp, the amazingly kind and generous creators of such a timeless character," says Jon Robert Bryans, CEO, Founder and Co-Creative Director of Gaelstone Media. "It was enormous for us, and we worked so hard to make it happen."
Now in Gaelstone’s hands, the beloved character will experience a pop culture resurgence, with the company planning to place the panda in newly developed comic book and animated adventures.
"I wanted to grow the brand of Panda Khan into something it wasn’t the first time around, but deserved to be," Jon Robert Bryans continues. "Panda Khan does come with pre-existing lore in the comic books, but we will be taking him in a slightly different direction with the animated series. We at Gaelstone Media have created a universe (not unlike the MCU Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Panda Khan was a perfect addition to our universe, The Anthroverse."
Jon Robert Bryans of Gaelstone Media is available for interviews to discuss Panda Khan, its acquisition, development plans for the character, or any of the other franchises and properties Gaelstone Media has in its portfolio. Please reply to this email to schedule an interview.
Gaelstone’s website www.gaelstonemedia.com and social media links are available here:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GaelStoneMedia

Monday, May 4, 2020

Power Morphicon Convention Postpones to June 2021

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For Immediate Release:
Los Angeles, CA: On Wednesday April 29th, 2020 the Power Morphicon Convention announced the show’s official postponement. While originally scheduled to take place over Labor Day Weekend 2020 (September 4-6th), the event will now take place June 18-20th, 2021 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. Event staff have confirmed that all memberships have been automatically rolled over to the newly confirmed 2021 date, and that anyone unable to attend will be upgraded to a non-attending membership free of charge. New memberships will be available for purchase later this year.
News of the show’s postponement comes in the wake of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has shaken the public events industry across the entire country. In order to protect attendees and guests, Power Morphicon’s promoter Scott Zillner knew that that postponement of the 2020 convention was the smartest and safest thing to do for all parties involved.
“Like nearly everyone around the world right now, we have been following the COVID-19 crisis very carefully,” Zillner said in an official statement. “It has caused many restrictions in how large events can be conducted. Because of these restrictions and the impact of COVID-19 in the state of California, we are not able to hold our event this year. It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the postponement of Power Morphicon 2020.”
But with the announcement of Power Morphicon 2020’s postponement, PMC staff brought some happy news alongside it, confirming that there would indeed be convention exclusives for the new 2021 event!
“COVID-19 caused production delays all over the world. We became unsure if any of our exclusive items would be ready in time for the September 2020 show,” Scott Zillner shared. “We have been working diligently with Hasbro and Super7, who will be supplying the next round of PMC Exclusive items. With PMC postponed to June 2021, we have our exclusives confirmed and they will be ready for members and attendees to buy without issue.”
Additional information can be found on Power Morphicon Convention’s website and social media, as well as their up to date FAQ portion of the site.

Official Power Morphicon Convention website: https://officialpowermorphicon.com/
Official Power Morphicon Convention Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialpowermorphicon/
Official Power Morphicon Convention Twitter: https://twitter.com/PowerMorphicon

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Josie and the Pussycats in Space by Alex de Campi Available Now From ComiXology Originals

Graphic Novel Available for the First Time Today, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from comiXology Originals

A mixture of cosmic comedy... and chilling alien mystery.” –Screen Rant




by Alex de Campi and artist Devaki Neogi

ComiXology and Archie Comics, join forces to bring readers Josie and the Pussycats in Space. The famous musical group Josie and the Pussycats are the hottest band on tour with the USO. But with fame and fortune comes turmoil as internal conflicts are threatening to tear the group apart. But that's nothing compared to the alien horrors Josie, Valerie, and Melody are about to encounter as they find themselves adrift in the vastness of outer space! Even if the Pussycats manage to stick together as a band, will they be able to survive the horrors that await them in the final frontier? 

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, Josie and the Pussycats in Space is available upon release to read at no additional cost to members of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime through Prime Reading, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

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

Thursday, April 16, 2020

INTRODUCING A HORROR, MYSTERY SERIES FROM THE WRITER OF CRIMINAL AND THE ARTIST OF THE PRIVATE EYE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
INTRODUCING A NEW SERIES FROM THE WRITER OF CRIMINAL 
AND THE ARTIST OF THE PRIVATE EYE, AVAILABLE NOW ON PANEL SYNDICATE

ED BRUBAKER, MARCOS MARTIN & MUNTSA VICENTE SURPRISE READERS WITH 
FRIDAY, A POST-YA HORROR SERIES

“This book feels like Lovecraft's New England is colliding with Edward Gorey's.”
—Writer Ed Brubaker



April 15, 2020) Award-winning writer Ed Brubaker, acclaimed artist Marcos Martin, and colorist Muntsa Vicente have surprised readers with the debut of FRIDAY, a previously unannounced comic on Panel Syndicate. In the series, Friday Fitzhugh—girl detective—and Lancelot Jones—her best friend and also the smartest boy in the world—spent their childhoods solving crimes and digging up occult secrets. But that was years ago. And now Friday is in college and starting a new life on her own. She’s moved on. Until she returns home for the holidays and is immediately pulled back into Lance's orbit. This is literally the Christmas vacation from Hell and neither of them may survive to see the New Year. FRIDAY Chapter One, “The Girl in the Trees,” is available now on Panel Syndicate in English and Spanish, with fans paying what they want to read the story. 

“One of the first things I said to Marcos was that this book feels like Lovecraft's New England is colliding with Edward Gorey's,” said Brubaker. “And I like to describe FRIDAY as post-YA, which is a genre that doesn't really exist. It’s an idea I've been circling for a long time, that lets me tap into my own nostalgia for my youth and the YA books I loved back in the 70s and 80s - stuff like The Great Brain, or John Belliars books, or Harriet the Spy, or Encyclopedia Brown. I want to take that concept of the teen detective and those supernatural mysteries aimed at kids, but then let the protagonists grow up, so they have all the same problems we all do... and they encounter a much more dangerous world.”

FRIDAY marks the first major collaboration between Brubaker and Martin.

“Ed Brubaker has always been one of my favorite comic book writers,” said Martin. “There’s a unique quality to his writing, like a sober sadness that permeates all his work and always shines through, whether it's on his crime noir stories with artist extraordinaire Sean Phillips or on his superhero projects at Marvel or DC. We had the chance to collaborate briefly on a Captain America Annual almost 15 years ago and I remembered the experience fondly, so when the time came last year to start thinking about what creator owned project I wanted to tackle next, I was hoping he’d had a similar positive memory of our past work together. But most importantly, I had his email address.”

“When Marcos wrote to me last summer asking if I wanted to work with him on his next big thing for Panel Syndicate, I think I wrote back within a minute to say yes,” said Brubaker. “I've been a longtime fan and watching his style evolve over the years has been amazing, and I was also really interested in what he and Brian K Vaughan created when they released The Private Eye on Panel Syndicate. For a while now a lot of cartoonists I follow—like Emily Carroll and Tillie Walden—have been publishing their work digitally as they complete it, and then putting out these gorgeous collections in print, and I've been curious to try something like that... to serialize a graphic novel in chapters, then put out the book in print (and knowing me, with all sorts of extras) when it's done.”

“I had been wanting to experiment a bit with my drawing style and get away from my comfort zone for a while now, contemplating the possibility of cross-hatching, a technique I’ve never really looked into,” said Martin. “So when Ed pitched me the idea for FRIDAY with its mixture of Edward Gorey and Lovecraft set in a New England-ish town in the late 60s/early 70s, I was surprised to find the concept fit perfectly with what I was hoping to develop.”

FRIDAY will be released on Panel Syndicate in two formats: one for computers and laptops where it's a double-page spread, and one for iPad, where it's a single page view. In 2013, Marcos Martin founded the online platform Panel Syndicate with writer Brian K. Vaughan and illustrator/colorist Muntsa Vicente, in order to distribute their creator-owned comic, The Private Eye

“Panel Syndicate was born as an example of a distribution model I felt was fair to both readers and creators, and eventually, comic publishers and retailers who can make more informed decisions with the books they were publishing and stocking on their shelves,” said Martin. “Our payment model also establishes a direct relationship between readers and creators. As creators, we're responsible for creating quality comics to the best of our abilities, and the reader then gets to decide the value they think those comics have, according to their own perception and personal circumstances.”

“When we started work on the series last summer, we had no idea our surprise drop would come during a global pandemic, with a comic market that's completely shut down," said Brubaker. "But I know that my level of reading comics and books, and marathoning everything on Netflix, has gone through the roof the last month, so hopefully FRIDAY will be a nice surprise for comic readers today, and maybe a small escape from the real world right now.”

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