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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dark Horse Comics Announces Hellboy Day

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Mike Mignola’s Legendary Creation
on March 23, 2019

November 15, 2018) Next year, on Saturday March 23, 2019, Dark Horse Comics will celebrate the 25th anniversary of legendary comic book creator Mike Mignola’s most famous creation with Hellboy Day. In 1994, Dark Horse Comics published the debut issue of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction and introduced comic book readers to the Right Hand of Doom, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and one of the most iconic comic book characters—and universes—of all time. For 2019’s Hellboy Day celebration, Dark Horse will publish a 25th anniversary, promotional edition of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction issue 1, featuring a new cover by Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart, which will be given away at participating comic book shops; and select stores across the country will host Hellboy Day events.

“When I created Hellboy way back when I never imagined he would be around long enough to celebrate a 25th anniversary,” said Mike Mignola. “I’m grateful to the writers, artists, colorists and letterers who’ve joined me in telling Hellboy stories for all these years. And, of course, so grateful to the fans. This thing could not exist without their support and it’s a pleasure every time I get to go out to meet them.” Mike Mignola will appear at a Hellboy Day signing at Earth 2 Comics in Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles on March 23.

Dark Horse is inviting comic book retailers to celebrate this milestone anniversary for the world’s greatest paranormal investigator by holding store events and sales of Hellboy titles. In addition, Dark Horse will be creating a series of Hellboy Day promotional materials for retailers, including a Hellboy Tattoo Sheet, a Right Hand of Doom bookmark, a window cling, an open/close sign, and a new, folded version of the Hellboy double sided poster and Mignolaverse timeline that debuted at New York Comic Con. Retailers will have the chance to order promotional, giveaway materials and are invited to take advance of additional backlist sale pricing in order to hold celebrations at their stores. Qualifying retailers who take advantage of backlist sales promotion will be automatically entered to win special prizing packages from Dark Horse.

“Hellboy fans: please make sure to tell your retailer you want your local store to participate in this awesome celebration today,” said Matt Parkinson, Dark Horse Vice President of Marketing. “And retailers: look for the December Previews for February on Sale (Issue #363) for details on backlist sales and contest deals, as well as ordering information on the promotional material being created for the event.”

For nearly 25 years, Mignola and a host of celebrated writers and artists have chronicled the adventures of Hellboy facing his supposed destiny as Beast of the Apocalypse, and explored the mysterious backstories of B.P.R.D. agents including Professor Trevor Bruttenholm and Abe Sapien. Hellboy’s adventures have appeared in what are known as the Mignolaverse — the strange, shared universe of comic books and graphic novels, comprised of acclaimed titles including Hellboy & the B.P.R,D., Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D., Crimson Lotus, Frankenstein Underground, Lobster Johnson, The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed and Witchfinder. Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise. Neil Marshall’s forthcoming Hellboy film starring David Harbour, Sasha Lane, Ian McShane, Penelope Mitchell, and Milla Jovovich will be released by Lionsgate on April 12, 2019.

For more information about the Mignolaverse comic books and graphic novels, as well as announcements of Dark Horse Comics’ plans for 2019 to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the first Hellboy comic book, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

For more information, contact:

David Hyde
Superfan Promotions LLC
david.hyde@superfanpromotions.com; 917-803-6684; @superfanpr

About Mike Mignola:

Mike Mignola’s fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age; reading Dracula at age twelve introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore, from which he has never recovered. Starting in 1982 as a bad inker for Marvel Comics, he evolved into a not-so-bad artist. By the late 1980s, he’d begun to develop his unique graphic style, with mainstream projects like Cosmic Odyssey and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. In 1994, he published the first of many Hellboy series through Dark Horse, leading to many spinoffs, prose books, animated films, and two live-action films. Along the way he worked on Francis Ford Coppola’s film Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), and with director Guillermo del Toro on Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). A new Hellboy film by Neil Marshall is currently in the works. Mike’s books have earned numerous awards and are published in a great many countries. He lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

About Dark Horse

For more than thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Stranger Things, Aliens, The Legend of Zelda, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Minecraft, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

Friday, November 2, 2018

WARNING: AHOY Comic Magazines Previews EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR

WARNING: AHOY Comic Magazines Previews EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR

October 31, 2018) AHOY Comics the startup publisher that has been asking readers to “expect more” from its comic book magazine format ― is unleashing a unique and unnerving take on a literary icon with a new anthology title, EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR. The series promises to mangle beloved tales and unearth brand new stories, in what can only be described as a cross between Drunk History and Tales from the Crypt, featuring contributions from all star writers and artists including Rick Geary, Fred Harper, Ryan Kelly, Stuart Moore, Rachel Pollack, Mark Russell, Peter Snejbjerg and covers by celebrated MAD Magazine artist Richard Williams. Each issue also features Hunt Emerson’s take on The Black Cat.

“Every month, Hunt Emerson explores the secret true story behind Poe’s classic tale,” said AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer. “Warning: Poe and the Black Cat  is only for those who have the stomach to see how literature is made.”

EDGAR ALLAN POE`S SNIFTER OF TERROR #1 (MR)
(W) Tom Peyer, Mark Russell, Cienna Madrid
(A) Fred Harper, Peter Snejbjerg, Carly Wright, Hunt Emerson
(CA) Richard Williams
Edgar Allan Poe mangles classic tales and brand new stories in this cross between Drunk History and Tales from the Crypt! First, meet AHOY's own alcohol-damaged version of Poe in "The Facts in The Case of M. Valdemar," adapted by Tom Peyer (Batman '66) and drawn by Fred Harper. Then: Sugary cereal meets vampirism in "Dark Chocolate," by writer Mark Russell (The Flintstones) and artist Peter Snejbjerg (Starman). EXTRA! Comics by Hunt Emerson, unsettling verse by Cienna Madrid illustrated by Carly Wright!
October 31, 2018
$3.99

EDGAR ALLAN POE`S SNIFTER OF TERROR #1 is on sale now. For more updates on AHOY Comics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Preview of The Highly Anticipated Graphic Novel APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL

A Preview of APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL,
The Highly Anticipated Graphic Novel

October 29,  2018) This week sees the release of one the most anticipated graphic novels of the year, APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL.

To celebrate the book’s release, Amuse Group USA - a subsidiary of BABYMETAL’s powerhouse management company Amuse, Inc.- and Z2 Comics are releasing a preview of the book, which features the art of GMB Chomichuk and explores the unknown mythology of the band. The graphic novel is the first venture into the publishing world for BABYMETAL, whose hit songs like “Distortion,” “KARATE,” and “Gimme Chocolate!!,” have captured the imaginations around the world. 

The recently released song “Starlight” is an image song celebrating this BABYMETAL moment. “Starlight” was first teased as part of the graphic novel’s trailer which debuted at New York Comic Con and now has over 125,000 views on YouTube.

Amuse Group USA and Z2 Comics also announced today that, in response to high demand in Japan, Z2 has prepared a Japanese translation guide for APOCRYPHA. The guide, which directly translates the book line-by-line from English to Japanese, will be available via an exclusive link using a code found in the book. A definitive Japanese edition has not yet been determined.

In APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL, a mission from the Fox God– an entity frequently highlighted in BABYMETAL’s music and performances – takes three reincarnating protagonists on a time-traveling journey. The book can be ordered online via AmazonASMARTBarnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million; the standard edition of the book will be in comic book stores and bookstores on October 30, 2018 and retail for $24.99. Additionally, new APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL merchandise will be available exclusively at BABYMETAL’s official online store on October 30.

For more updates, follow the graphic novel on Twitter and Instagram and follow BABYMETAL on Twitter,  FacebookYouTubeGoogle+, and Instagram

For more information, contact:
David Hyde
SuperfanPromotions LLC

ABOUT BABYMETAL: Formed in 2010 in Japan, BABYMETAL is a metal dance unit. Their combination of powerful metal sound and dance performances, propelled their first studio album BABYMETAL onto the US Billboard charts. With their second album METAL RESISTANCE, they became the highest-charting Japanese band ever on UK’s Official Albums Chart, landing at number fifteen on the charts, and reaching the 39thspot on its debut on the U.S. Billboard, becoming the first album by a Japanese artist to break into the chart’s top 40 in more than 50 years. 

BABYMETAL has performed with some of the most influential musicians in the world, having supported Lady Gaga on her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour, opened for both the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns ‘N Roses, and performed as special guest for Metallica. They performed at the prestigious Wembley Arena in the UK, becoming the first Japanese artist to ever headline at the venue. 

In summer 2017, BABYMETAL held a domestic tour 5 FOX FESTIVALS in JAPAN and BIG FOX FESTIVAL in JAPAN. In December 2017, BABYMETAL held a very special two-day concert in Hiroshima, SU-METAL’s hometown, to celebrate her “coming of age” at the Hiroshima Green Arena. In the same year, BABYMETAL was crowned “MTV EMA’s BEST JAPAN ACT” in which the group became the ultimate winner out of 32 countries and also became first Japanese act to be given such an award.

ABOUT APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL 
Discover the myth of the worldwide music sensation BABYMETAL. Tasked with defeating the forces of darkness and division, the metal spirits must travel through a variety of eras of time, assuming different forms and identities. What we are seeing is not the BABYMETAL of the present. It's the original story based on BABYMETAL you've never heard before. The long-hidden metal spirit’s apocrypha of the METAL RESISTANCE will emerge.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Comic Con Revolution 2019: Peter Cullen, Iconic Voice of Optimus Prime, Comes to CCR Ontario 2019




PETER CULLEN JOINS THE COMIC REVOLUTION IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA!

The Voice of Optimus Prime and Eeyore
Will Be Making a Rare Appearance On Saturday, May 18



New York, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - Atomic Crush Events' (ACE) Comic Con Revolution Ontario (CCR ONT) is proud to announce that voice acting icon Peter Cullen will be attending this year CCR ONT on Saturday, May 18.  CCR ONT is currently Cullen’s only scheduled appearance in California for 2019. 

Cullen is best known as the voice of the unforgettable leader of the Autobots – Optimus Prime!  He has voiced the character in the Transformers movies, cartoons and video games for nearly 35 years.  Other notable roles include The Transformers' Ironhide, Disney’s melancholy loveable donkey Eeyore, Chip 'n Dale's Rescue Rangers' Monterey Jack, the evil KARR of Knight Rider fame, Voltron's King Alfor and many, many more.

As part of the days programming a, 50-minute one-on-one panel with Peter will give fans a rare opportunity to hear from Cullen himself about how for the past 35 years he has portrayed the heroic Optimus Prime across cartoons, video games and feature films.    

“Cullen's iconic voice has brought joy to countless fans across the globe for more than a generation.  His personal appearances are a rare treat for those fans,” said ACE co-founder and partner Mike Scigliano.  “Comic Con Revolution is excited to be playing host and have an unforgettable day planned that will include opportunities for autographs, photo ops as well as a panel session.”

“I am so looking forward to my very first appearance at Comic Con Revolution in Ontario, CA in May and to working with the gang at Atomic Crush Events to deliver a first rate experience to you, the most loyal and devoted fans on the planet,” said Cullen. “See you in May!”

"Peter is a legend, plain and simple.  His vocal skills gave life and personality to a character, the heroic Optimus Prime, that 35 years later is still as popular as he's ever been,” said ACE co-founder and partner Drew Seldin.  "Having Peter join us in The Inland Empire at Comic Con Revolution is an honor and privilege for us.”

Guests scheduled to appear include: Matthew Atchley, Sweeney Boo, Evan Cagle, Sandy King Carpenter, Ming Chen, Amanda Conner, Neo Edmund, Joe Eisma, Adam Faberman, Carlos Ferro, Joel Gomez, Steven Gordon, Matt Haley, Travis Hanson, Chad Hardin, Ray-Anthony Height, Megan Hutchison, Santa Inoue, Ryan Kincaid, Mike Kunkel, Ian McGinty, Rafael Navarro, James O’Barr, Pernile Orum, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jules, Rivera, Stan Sakai, Patrick Scullin, Beth Sotelo, Angi Viper, Mike Wellman & Mike Zeck.  

Order your tickets to Comic Con Revolution today at https://www.comicconrevolution.com/ontario/
Early bird pricing will be available until December 31, 2018. Tickets purchased at the door will be $5 more per ticket.  In addition to the savings, advanced ticket holders will receive a limited edition art print, as well as being able to enter the exhibit floor an hour early each day.

For more information go to http://www.comicconrevolution.com/ontario


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About Comic Con Revolution
Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles.  We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts.  At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves.  The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love.  Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible.  We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.  Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.


About Atomic Crush Events
Atomic Crush Events is an event consultation, management and production agency that was founded on experience and innovation. Bringing together expertise in event management, marketing, sales and business development to create a unique team that will conceptualize your idea and bring it boldly to life. Our philosophy is simple — create the best experience possible for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.




Legendary Comics Announces GODZILLA: AFTERSHOCK, an Upcoming Graphic Novel Pitting Godzilla vs a New Mythic Adversary

Legendary Comics Announces Upcoming Graphic Novel Pitting Godzilla Against a Mythic New Adversary in



Set to be released online and in stores in Spring 2019

Fans invited to attend special Legendary Comics’ MonsterVerse panel
at Los Angeles Comic Con on October 27
for a chance to receive a limited-edition Godzilla: Aftershock poster


LOS ANGELES, October 25, 2018 – In anticipation of next summer’s big-screen blockbuster, Godzilla: King of the MonstersLegendary Comics announces the thrilling companion graphic novel GODZILLA: AFTERSHOCK, written by Arvid Nelson, with art by Drew Edward Johnson. Continuing the story of 2014’s Godzilla after the catastrophic events in San Francisco, the King of the Monsters finds himself once again threatened as a terrifying new foe rises from the depths of the earth, unleashing a series of devasting earthquakes and driven by an unstoppable primal instinct that will test the King of Monsters like never before. Godzilla: Aftershock will be available online and in stores in Spring 2019. Follow Facebook.com/LegendaryComics for the latest news and updates.

Godzilla: Aftershock is yet another exhilarating entry into the canon of the MonsterVerse, and it is especially exciting to introduce fans to a brand new original monster unique to the comic, but true to the legacy of Godzilla,” said Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics.



Introducing characters from the upcoming movie, the graphic novel also invites readers to delve further into the activities of cryptozoological agency Monarch. The brilliant and driven Monarch operative Dr. Emma Russell races to stop the threat as clues emerge to reveal a terrible secret—a tragedy, of apocalyptic proportions from the distant past that changed the course of human history, is returning to threaten it once more. A shadowy figure stalks Emma’s every move as she travels the globe to uncover secrets, while Godzilla clashes in an ancient rivalry as old as the earth itself. The fate of the world lies in the balance in an epic confrontation that no Godzilla fan will want to miss. 

Fans attending Los Angeles Comic Con are invited to get a sneak peek of GODZILLA: AFTERSHOCK at the Legendary Comics panel “Godzilla: Secrets of the MonsterVerse” in Room 403B on Saturday, October 27 at 3pm. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive an exclusive signed/numbered Godzilla poster only available at the panel. For more information, please visit: https://www.comicconla.com/.

Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be released in theaters nationwide on May 31, 2019.

About the creators:
Writer Arvid Nelson was raised by a pack of wild Nintendo cartridges in the wilderness of southern Connecticut. He worked on several films before deciding to focus on graphic novels. Since then he's written over a dozen titles, including two original series—Rex Mundi, set in 1930s Europe where magic is real and the Catholic Church never lost its grip on power, and Zero Killer, an "alternate present" where the United States never dropped Atom bombs on Japan. He's worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Dark Horse Comics, to name a few. Arvid lived in Northampton, Massachusetts with a loving wife, a wonderful son, and a large television. Visit him online at arvidland.com

Artist Drew Edward Johnson started drawing comic books in 1995 with Dark Horse Comics'/Lucasfilm's Star Wars X-Wing: Rogue Squadron. His work has since been published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Top Cow, DDP, and Wildstorm. Drew is best known for his work on DC Comics'Wonder Woman #195-210, #211, and #214. Other ongoing series work has included DC Comics' Supergirl, and Wildstorm's The Authority. Over the course of his career, Johnson has been a member of Macon, GA's Jolly Roger Studio; Macon, GA's Studio Phoenix, which he co-founded with Ray Snyder and Dan Jolley; and Portland, OR's Mercury Studio, which is now known as Periscope Studio. These days, Drew lives in Burbank, CA with his wife, Animator/Director Karen Carnegie Johnson, their children Cole and Quinn and a really dumb cat named Lucy.

About Legendary Comics:
Legendary Comics was born out of a passion for mythic entertainment, seeking out new talent and working with the best and the brightest in the industry to create transportive worlds, inspirational characters, and spectacular adventures that leap off the page. Founded in 2011, Legendary Comics has produced an exciting catalogue of original titles that continues to grow and evolve. From partnerships with industry legend Frank Miller to Grant Morrison’s Eisner-nominated Annihilator, Legendary Comics has a passion for innovative new stories, including Marc Guggenheim’s The Adventures of Jonas Quantum, the fantasy action series A Town Called Dragon, and Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis’ hit webseries, Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Pressano. In addition to original titles, Legendary Comics also expands the scope of the cinematic universes of its parent company Legendary Entertainment, by bringing big-screen adventure exploding onto the comic book page. Working with the visionary filmmakers and the architects of Legendary’s Monsterverse, they have delivered the level of quality and authenticity our fans demand with New York Times best-sellers such as Godzilla: Awakening and Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero, and Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, to name a few. http://www.legendary.com/comics

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