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Monday, July 15, 2019

For Immediate Release: Jack The Ripper Haunts the Pages of WITCHFINDER: REIGN OF DARKNESS From Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson and Acclaimed Artist Christopher Mitten

Jack The Ripper Haunts the Pages of WITCHFINDER: REIGN OF DARKNESS

From The Creator of HELLBOY, the Co-Creator of iZOMBIE,
and Acclaimed Artist Christopher Mitten

July 15, 2019) This winter, legendary HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola, iZOMBIE co-creator Chris Roberson, acclaimed artist Christopher Mitten and colorist Michelle Madsen will unleash WITCHFINDER: REIGN OF DARKNESS. In this all-new, five-part miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen, takes on London’s most famous serial killer: Jack the Ripper. 

“It’s been long-established that Sir Edward Grey was involved in some capacity in the investigation into the Ripper killings in 1888, and that shortly afterward he left government service for good,” said Roberson. “But we’ve never known just what Sir Edward discovered during his investigation, or who was behind the Ripper murders in the world of Hellboy, or what happened that caused the royal Witchfinder to having a falling-out with Queen Victoria…until now, at least. In the pages of WITCHFINDER: REIGN OF DARKNESS, we’ll be exploring all of those questions, and more, as Sir Edward’s investigation into a string of grisly murders leads him in directions he couldn’t have guessed, encountering new enemies and new allies along the way.”

In WITCHFINDER: REIGN OF DARKNESS, Sir Edward Grey is the only one who thinks Jack the Ripper’s murders have an occult purpose. When Scotland Yard turns its back on him, Grey finds an ally in American occult adventurer Sara Jewell. But the forces aligned against their investigation are more powerful than either one of them imagines.

The series is illustrated by acclaimed Mignolaverse artist Christopher Mitten. “It’s not hard to have a blast illustrating a Witchfinder story for the first time, particularly since in this story Sir Edward is dealing with the notorious Ripper murders and resulting fallout,” said Mitten. “It's an interesting time to be wandering around inside this world, playing with the styles and the architecture, the mood of time and place as seen through the Mignolaverse lens. We revisit some wonderful set pieces from Victorian London, while finding a few new ones. The terrific characters are just the icing on the cake.”

WITCHFINDER: REIGN OF DARKNESS will debut on November 27, 2019.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Controversial SECOND COMING comic book is going back to press a day after it's release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
AHOY Comics Goes Back to Press for Second Printing of the SECOND COMING Debut Issue

The First Printing of the Highly Anticipated Series is Sold Out at the Distributor

The Hotly Debated Satire Has Been The Subject of Widespread Controversy 
and the Target of An Online Petition 

(July 11, 2019) AHOY Comics is going back to press for a second printing of the controversial, satirical SECOND COMING comic book series by New York Times bestselling writer Mark Russell and acclaimed artists Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk. Both the SECOND COMING main cover by Amanda Conner and the variant cover by Richard Pace are sold out at Diamond, just a day after their release. The second printing will feature Amanda Conner’s art for the first issue cover, along with a re-colored logo, and will go on sale on August 14, 2019, timed to the release of issue 2. 

“It’s been extremely gratifying to hear the response from fans who finally have had the chance to read SECOND COMING for themselves,” said Eisner-nominated comic book writer Mark Russell. “When the controversy broke on the FOX News website and the petition was created to stop its publication, we heard from all the outraged people who hadn't even read the comic. The comic was called blasphemous, inappropriate and irresponsible, so the positive reception this week has been wonderful because I feel like we're all finally being heard.”

In SECOND COMING, God commands Earth’s mightiest superhero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus Christ as his roommate and teach Him how to use His power in a... more powerful way. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten it out. AHOY Comics’ publication has received widespread press coverage, including the NEW YORK TIMES, BBC BRASIL, DAILY KOS, DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, the NEW YORK POST, POLYGON, and SYFY, with widespread accolades and acclaim from the comic trade press.

“We generously over-printed both covers for SECOND COMING’s debut issue and the flood of pre-orders in this past week still floored us,” said  AHOY Comics Marketing Associate Kit Caoagas. “Having a hit book is a rare, wonderful phenomenon, so we’re pulling out all the stops in order for the second printing to arrive in stores as soon as possible on August 14.”

The SECOND COMING # 1 second printing order code is MAY199082 F  SECOND COMING #1 2ND PTG.

“I'm very happy our book is about to reach an even wider audience,” said artist Richard Pace. “I'm so very proud of what our team has done, from Leonard finishing my layouts for the scenes on earth and Andy's colours for the same, Rob Steen's lettering, and Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts’ cover all working toward presenting Mark's story as well as we can.  Personally, I feel my storytelling for the whole issue and finished art and colour for my scenes in Heaven and in the Biblical past are a career best, so the chance to get this in front of even more readers is a wonderful thing.”

“In addition to being funny and beautiful to look at, SECOND COMING is full of characters who feel deeply and try hard,” said AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer. "We're on the side of the savior who returns to earth, and the action hero frustrated by the limits of his violent method. It's that rare thing: a sharp, thought-provoking satire that never stoops to mockery. If SECOND COMING didn't exist, AHOY would have had to invent it."

“As a publisher, I've never been prouder to be associated with a book,” said AHOY Comics Publisher Hart Seely. “From Mark’s vision and script, to Richard and Leonard’s stunning artwork, to Andy’s colors, to Rob Steen’s lettering, to Amanda’s iconic covers, the SECOND COMING is a joy to behold. I look forward to the conversation continuing throughout the summer.” 

Here’s What People Are Already Saying About SECOND COMING

“No one captures the lyrical disconnect between real personalities in fantasy bodies like Mark Russell. SECOND COMING is beautifully drawn and hilariously blunt. It’s ribald, cranky, and warm at the same time, and it might be my new favorite thing.”―Gail Simone 

“Powerful.”―ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

The world’s most dangerous comic and the most lovelyPart satire and part philosophical commentary on the state of modern Christianity, the history of its texts, and idea of religious belief in general — all of it hilarious.”― COMICS BEAT

“The comedy of SECOND COMING is absolutely delightful from the start, and it remains laugh-out-loud hilarious through the final scene. Yet despite the satire, the book is clearly respectful of the teachings of peace and compassion that Christianity espouses. There is a streak of sincerity that cuts through the comedy to provide a book that questions the society we live in and its values, and considers a potential better way provided to us millennia ago. Russell, Pace, Kirk, Troy, and Steen have all done an excellent job crafting this book, with biting comedy and a poignant message delivered by superb artwork that was absolutely worth the wait for its release.”―AiPT COMICS

Richard Pace’s illustrations spark joy.”―THE DAILY KOS

“A must read.”COMICBOOK.COM

SECOND COMING is a wickedly clever and irreverent blend of philosophy, metaphysics, crude laughs and poignant observation on the human condition.”WMQ Comics

“Provocative and enthralling…. Miss this book and risk missing out on some of the most timely and clever satire in any medium this year. BATMAN’S BOOKCASE

if you think some among the faithful might find the premise blasphemous, you’d be right…. Headlines aside, if you read the book, what you actually find is not a takedown of religion, but, as Russell describes it, an attempt to spread the Gospel.”―THE NEW YORK POST

“If the zealots out there who have already dismissed this book as the work of Satan would give it even the most cursory of looks, I think they’d be pleasantly surprised by Russell’s Christ.”COMICON.COM

“This may end up being one of the most talked about books of the year. It deserves to be. It’s absolutely brilliant.”―FORCES OF GEEK

“One of the most original comic books in recent memory.”―WEIRD SCIENCE DC COMICS

Can the book possibly live up to the controversy? The answer is yes.”YOU DON’T READ COMICS

Genuinely hilarious and relatable… SECOND COMING #1  is a must read comic for fans of satire, critical thinking, and simply good storytelling. It is thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, courtesy of Russell’s trademark wit and Pace’s emotive characters.” ― COMICS BULLETIN 4.5 out of 5

Richard Pace does a great job with the epic, sweeping moments of the story.”―BIG COMIC PAGE

"SECOND COMING is an acerbic, smart, and very funny look at the contradictions of the old and new testament faces of "god" and the complexities of being all-powerful. anyone who ever had a question in sunday school will find belly laughs, not blasphemy, in this hilarious and thought-provoking comic.”― Marc Andreyko

“Whether you are an avowed atheist or a practitioner of a religion, Russell will shift the floor you are standing on… Gorgeous.”―POP CULTURE SQUAD

“A really great comic.”―SMASH PAGES

It is excellent. It is unexpected and it is important.” ALL COMIC

Part comedy, part homage, part exploration of religion ….an entertaining look at religion and superheroes without fear of pushing buttons for either.” ―GRAPHIC POLICY

Mark Russell and Richard Pace bring you the greatest WHAT IF? of them all – What if Jesus came back and became a superhero?”13TH DIMENSION

Pulls no punches… Richard Pace’s art knocks it out of the park… Will some readers be offended? Only if they go in with their minds already made up that they are going to be by what is in the book, otherwise this series has the potential to be the starting point of a deeper discussion and one that definitely needs to take place.”— ALBANY TIMES UNION

Hilarious... Controversy be damned!”―COMICS THE GATHERING

“A smart comic…. [and] a highly enjoyable story aims to make its readers laugh.”— EVERYTHING ACTION

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

AHOY Comics Previews The SECOND COMING Comic Book, Announces Third Wave of Comic Book Magazines and San Diego Comic Con International Panels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
AHOY Comics Previews SECOND COMING Comic Book, 
Announces Third Wave of Comic Book Magazines and San Diego Comic Con International Panels

Wave Three Features: 
More Edgar Allan Poe Parodies! 
More Adventures of Dragonfly and Dragonflyman! 
More Intergalactic Cat (and Dog) Adventures

#ExpectMore

(July 9, 2019) AHOY Comics—the start-up publisher that pledged for readers to “expect more” from its line of comic book magazines and graphic novels—is announcing its third wave of titles, featuring more literary parodies of Edgar Allan Poe, the return of a fan favorite superhero satire, and the latest installment of an intergalactic space epic featuring cats and dogs. The announcement was made ahead of AHOY’s highly anticipated July 10th publication of the controversial, satirical SECOND COMING comic book series by New York Times bestselling writer Mark Russell and acclaimed artists Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk, featuring covers by Amanada Conner. Ahead of the release of the series’ debut issue, the publisher is releasing preview pages from the highly anticipated series.

AHOY Comics’ third wave of titles include:

  • EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR Season Two 
By Various, featuring covers by Richard Williams
Debuting in October, 2019.

Once upon a midnight dreary, AHOY Comics assembled acclaimed comic book creators to mangle Edgar Allan Poe’s classic gothic tales and create brand new stories in the tradition of Tales from the Crypt and Drunk History. Just in time for Halloween, EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR Season Two kicks off with writer/artist Dean Motter and inker Alex Ogle’s ultimate Poe mash-up —“The Tell-Tale Black Cask of Usher”—in which the drink-addled writer falls prey to his own horrific imagination. Upcoming issues will include a new spooky, sugary cereal story by Mark Russell and artist Peter Snejbjerg as well as stories by Alisa Kwitney, Paul Constant, Carol Lay, Linda Medley, and Greg Scott. Each and every issue of EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR features Hunt Emerson’s slapstick “Poe and the Black Cat” backup story as well as a cover by legendary Mad Magazine artist Richard Williams. 

AHOY will publish the EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR Volume One trade paperback in comic shops on October 2nd and in bookstores on October 15th. EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR Season Two debuts on October 9th. 

“SNIFTER OF TERROR is the EC Comics-meets-Mad Magazine book you'll want to read.”—PC MAG

“What do you get when you mix Edgar Allan Poe, syphilis, breakfast cereal, and a barnacle? Sounds like a joke with a terrible punchline, but in this case, the result is splendid. EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR provides the world with all of that and so much more.”—FANBASE PRESS

  • DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN
By writer Tom Peyer, artist Peter Krause, and colorist Andy Troy
Debuting in November, 2019.

Springing from the pages of the breakout hit THE WRONG EARTH by writer Tom Peyer and artists Jamal Igle and Juan Castro, comes DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN by Peyer, artist Peter Krause and colorist Andy Troy. This stand-alone prequel to THE WRONG EARTH features the adventures of everyone’s favorite new superheroes—when they were on the right earths. On Earth-Alpha, the cheery caped campaigner Dragonflyman must foil the diabolical schemes of the criminal Devil-Man. Meanwhile, on Earth-Omega, gritty vigilante The Dragonfly battles the dangerous psychopath known as the Devil-Man. Will our heroes be tempted into wrongdoing by their respective versions of their dastardly foe? Tune in this November!

Praise for THE WRONG EARTH:

Contains more entertainment than most contemporary comics and serves to remind readers of what they were always intended to be: fun.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Wildly entertaining"—13TH DIMENSION

  • CAPTAIN GINGER Season Two 
By writer Stuart Moore, artists June Brigman and Roy Richardson, and colorist Veronica Gandini
Debuting in January, 2020.

Cats running a starship? At AHOY, that's only the beginning! In CAPTAIN GINGER Season Two, Ginger and his crew must decide whether to make contact with the other survivors of Earth—unaware that they're all scampering into a deadly cosmic trap. Writer Stuart Moore, legendary POWER PACK comic book artist June Brigman, Roy Richardson and colorist Veronica Gandini reunite for CAPTAIN GINGER Season Two, in which cats come face-to-face with the creatures formerly known as man’s best friend. Meow meow RUFF RUFF!

“A crazy fun concept.” ―GRAPHIC POLICY

“This is a book that fans of science fiction will enjoy, but which cat-lovers will adore. With its plethora of adorable kittens and interesting cat characters, alongside a strong story and incredible world-building, CAPTAIN GINGER is a treat to read.”—WOMEN WRITE ABOUT COMICS

AHOY Comics is led by Publisher Hart Seely, an award-winning reporter whose humor and satire has appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio; editor-in-chief Tom Peyer, a veteran of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint; Stuart Moore, who handles something called "Ops"; and Chief Creative Officer Frank Cammuso. The company is currently hosting a STEEL CAGE competition, which allows fans to vote for their favorite “pilot” story featured in the STEEL CAGE one-shot anthology. The outcome of the fan voting will determine what comic book series is published. Voting is live now at the AHOY Comics website: https://comicsahoy.com/vote. The voting period ends the Friday before San Diego Comic Con International and the winner will be officially announced during San Diego Comic Con International, where AHOY Comics will host two panels:

Thursday, 7/18/19
6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m., AHOY COMICS Conversation with Mark Russell, From his radical revamp of The Flintstones to the acclaimed Snagglepuss to his own controversial SECOND COMING, Mark Russell brings a unique blend of wit and intelligence to every project he tackles. AHOY Comics’ Stuart Moore hosts a one-on-one conversation about this important voice in the comics field and SECOND COMING. Room: 32AB

Friday, 7/19/19
5:30p.m. - 6:30p.m., AHOY Comics: Expect More,  AHOY Comics has burst on the scene with acclaimed creators, smart satires, and a commitment to publishing fun and eclectic storytelling. Join writers Mark Russell, Mark Waid, Tyrone Finch, Mariah McCourt, and Stuart Moore for this can’t-miss panel discussion. Why did AHOY Comics decided to publish SECOND COMING, the controversial comic in which Jesus Christ resumes His Holy Mission? Which comic will emerge victorious from the STEEL CAGE competition? Will AHOY publish more time travel comics like BRONZE AGE BOOGIE and PLANET OF THE NERDS in the future? Do you have to be 21 years or older to read EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR? The answers will astound you! Room: 24ABC

“The third wave of AHOY Comic Magazines sees the return of some fan favorite faces,” said Hart Seely. “And what’s exciting to me, as both a reader and the Publisher, is that each of these stories takes these characters to unexpected places. What happens when cats meet dogs in the far reaches of outer space? Is there something evil about being a superhero? Readers who wanted more of these stories can dive right in, but they also work as stand alone stories that provide a jumping-on point for readers who have only recently discovered AHOY.”

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