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DC’s Super Hero High TV special air date announced, expanding new DC Super Hero Girls brand

DC Super Hero Girls - Promotional Art

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have announced the air date for Super Hero High, a one hour tie-in TV special to launch its DC Super Hero Girls brand to a TV audience.

Airing on 19th March 2016 on Boomerang, the show is the latest element of a new take on the female Super Heroes of the DC Comics universe launched last year, focusing on their formative high school years, prior to discovering their full super power potential, starring Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more.

DC Super Hero Girls comics launch in July

DC Super Hero Girls Free Comic Book Day 2016DC Super Hero Girls: Hits & Myths written by Shea Fontana and drawn by Yancey Labat will be the first graphic novel set in the new superhero universe for girls, on sale from 5th July in comic shops – and a sneak preview will be released on Free Comic Book Day in May.

“We get a chapter from the point of view of each of the main characters which allows us to really get to know them and their unique personalities,” Fontana said of the first story in an interview with Publishers Weekly last week.

The series depicts villainous characters like Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, before they go bad. “Harley is still the wisecracking jokester and Ivy is still a genius biologist, but as teenagers, they’re just discovering how they want to use their powers in the world.”

DC Super Hero Girls Volume 2 - Hit and MythsA second volume, DC Super Hero Girls: Hits & Myths, the work of the same creative team, will be released on 2nd November and will build on the relationships established in the first book, and, says Fontana,  “introduce new characters and go to a place that the DC Super Hero Girls have never explored before.”

While learning about The Odyssey in Mister Etrigan’s poetry class, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl and their friends go on their own Odyssey-inspired journey where they face off with a Cyclops, seek help from a Witch, and evade the Siren before journeying to the underworld. Can they help their teacher escape from Trigon’s prison and return home? Find out in DC Super Hero Girls: Hits & Myths.

“Untapped Potential”

The new line owes much to DC Entertainment Chief Diane Nelson, who has been looking to exploit the “untapped opportunity” offered by DC’s huge number of female costumed characters developed since the 1940s.

“There’s clearly demand in the marketplace to serve the young girl market,” she told the Los Angeles Times in February, arguing that until now, the young girls aged 6-12 this line is aimed at have been mostly excluded from the superhero action.

“I think this is one of the most important things that DC will do,” Geoff Johns, DC’s chief creative officer added. “It’s changing the culture of what superheroes are.”

DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have collaborated with Mattel, Random House Children’s Books and LEGO to launch this DC Super Hero Girls line. It already has its own web presence at dcsuperherogirls.com and a toy line of action figures and fashion dolls on sale in US Target stores, featuring “strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses” is already on sale. Both six inch and 12″ figures have been announced.

DC Super Hero Girls digital animated shorts on the official web site and YouTube launched last October are also be available a dedicated a DC Super Hero Girls app and the Cartoon Network’s CN App – and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s series of DC Super Hero Girls made-for-videos will also release later this year, complementing new tie-in comics from DC Comics.

If DC Super Hero Girls is a success, Warner Bros. may develop a movie based on the characters, according to Diane Nelson, who has been at DC for six years and is a veteran Warner Bros. executive, who played a key role in shepherding the Harry Potter franchise.

Super Hero High

Boomerang’s Super Hero High 44-minute special centres upon new student, Supergirl. When she crash lands into the cafeteria, it’s evident that though she has incredible power, she has a long way to go before she becomes a Super Hero.

Too intimidated by the other supers to ask them for assistance, Supergirl turns to helpful I.T. girl, Barbara Gordon. Barbara takes Supergirl under her wing and introduces her to the sweet, old librarian, Granny Goodness. As Barbara helps Supergirl learn to harness her powers, Wonder Woman joins them and becomes a mentor and friend to Supergirl.

Meanwhile, the Junior Detective Club (The Flash, Bumblebee and Hawkgirl) investigates a mysterious rash of security breaches centered around the teleportation “Boom Tubes.” Could it all be because of reformed Super-Villain and Super Hero High Vice-Principal Gorilla Grodd – or something far worse?

The Super Hero High television special stars Anais Fairweather as Supergirl, Mae Margaret Whitman as Barbara Gordon and features an all-star voice cast of DC Comics universe veterans, including Greg Cipes, Tara Strong, Ashley Eckstein, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Helen Slater and Dean Cain. Jennifer Coyle (Bob’s Burgers) is the television special’s producer and director. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serves as executive producer. Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls) serves as writer of the television special and animated shorts, as well as the DC Comics graphic novel.

“Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero,” says DC of the DC Super Hero Girls brand.

The first DC Super Hero Girls figures, on sale in US store Target
The first DC Super Hero Girls figures, on sale in US store Target

DC Super Hero Girls merchandise

DC Super Hero Girls - Wonder Woman
Out now: DC Super Hero Girls – Wonder Woman

Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, is the publishing partner for the franchise, and has begun releasing a series of books about the DC Super Hero Girls with Wonder Woman, written and illustrated by Lisa Yee, out now.

LEGO will produce building sets based in the DC Super Hero Girls world.

DC Super Hero Girls merchandise also includes dress up, apparel and accessories as well as publishing.

“It’s time for girls to get their capes on and envision themselves as strong, powerful and connected beings at the centre of their own superhero story, and DC Super Hero Girls provides a brand-new, robust universe to do just that,” Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products and President & Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment said on the line’s launch back in February.

“The toys, dolls, action figures and books that are rolling out at Target, combined with the fun animated series currently online, feature stories of empowerment, inspiration and optimism that are relatable to girls. This program is changing the face of superhero culture, and we are really proud of that.”

The new line – revealed at last year’s New York Comic Con – has gone through a huge amount of development, the LA Times noting the toys remain true to the graphic novels, eschewing the pinks, teals and pastel hues typical of most girls toys. Cumbersome dresses were out. A pink jumpsuit in an early version of Catwoman didn’t pass muster. Neither did a necklace for Wonder Woman or high heels for Poison Ivy, said Tanya Missad, director of consumer insights for Mattel.

“She has to look strong and cute,” Missad said. “But first and foremost she has to be a superhero.”

• For a sneak peek of DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis, pick up a copy of the first two chapters at your local comic book shop on Free Comic Book Day on 7th May 2016 

• Super Hero High will air on Boomerang on Saturday 19th March. Official web site: www.dcsuperherogirls.com

• DC Super Hero Girls can also be found on Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

Creator Links

• Shea Fontana: www.sheafontana.com | Follow Shea on Twitter @sheafontana

• Yancy Labat: www.yanceylabat.com

• Lisa Yee: www.lisayee.com

News Stories Elsewhere

Hollywood Reporter (April 2015): DC Launches Female-Centric Universe With DC Super Hero Girls

Hollywood Reporter (9th February 2016): DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Announce New ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ Details

LA Times (9th February 2016): Make way! Warner Bros. expands its universe with DC Super Hero Girls

• Kotaku (March 2016): DC Super Hero Girls Bring Comic Book Toys To A Brand New Audience (video review of figure line)

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Latest issue of Illustrators spotlights Brooke Boynton Hughes, Septimus Scott and more

Illustrators Issue 13

The latest issue of Illustrators, the sumptuous art quarterly presenting the world’s finest illustrators, will ship from publishers Book Palace Books at the end of January.

Artists featured in issue 13 include:

  • Mitch O’Connell – the “world’s best artist” bares his soul
  • Septimus Scott – the swashbuckling septugenarian
  • Jeff Miracola – the busy artist whose life and work are inspirational
  • Brooke Boynton Hughes – creator of exquisite and captivating children’s art
  • Tor Upson – Damien Hirst’s painting assistant
Art by Brooke Boynton Hughes
Art by Brooke Boynton Hughes

Children’s art illustrator Brooke Boynton Hughes, just one of the artists featured, grew up in Loveland, Colorado, where she spent her childhood days drawing cats, mermaids, and treehouses. In 2001 she earned a BFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University and after a brief move to Austin, Texas, headed to New York City where she attended the New York Academy of Art and earned an MFA in Figurative Art with a concentration in drawing and relief printmaking. She has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2005.

These days she works on children’s books while living a nomadic life with her husband, Bill, dog Olive in their RV, Daisy. (Their cat, James K. Pants, decided he’d rather wait for us in Colorado while they’re on the road).

Her latest work features in Henry Wants More!, written by Linda Ashman, which will be published by Random House later this month. She’s previously illustrated Baby Love by Angela DiTerlizzi and Cupcake Cousins, written by Kate Hannigan. A second Cupcake Cousins book, Summer Showers, will be released in JUne.

More like a book than a magazine, illustrators is a 96-page art quarterly devoted to the finest illustration art ever published, guiding you through the stories behind the artists and their art, with features written by some of leading authorities on this important art form. It also offers a number of regular features including The Bookshelf and letters.

As well as building into an indispensable reference library, illustrators gives readers an insight into the creative process, from idea to sketch to painting, and from painting to the image seen by millions.

Offering truly fabulous artwork abounds in every issue, much of the art taken from scans of the original work, the magazine is the work of Diego Cordoba, David Ashford and Peter Richardson​; edited by Peter Richardson, the issue features art by Mitch O’Connell, Sep E Scott, Jeff Miracola, Brooke Boynton Hughes and Tor Upson.

• For more information and to subscribe visit http://bookpalace.com/acatalog/illustrators_13_ILLUSTRATORS13.html

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Goldeneye – Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming In Jamaica

Goldeneye: Where James Bond Was Born - Pegasus Cover

 

Queen Anne Press are to distribute the Pegasus Books hardcover edition of Goldeneye: Where James Bond Was Born from 11th May 2015. The book was first published in the UK by Hutchinson / Random House in August 2014, and explores the importance of Jamaica in the creation of the fictional British super spy.

From 1946 until the end of his life, James Bond creator Ian Fleming lived for two months of every year at Goldeneye – the house he built on a point of high land overlooking a small white sand beach on Jamaica’s north coast. All the James Bond novels and stories were written here.

The cover of the British edition of "Goldeneye: Where James Bond Was Born" (which I much prefer)
The cover of the British edition of “Goldeneye: Where James Bond Was Born” (which I much prefer)

Fleming adored the Jamaica he had discovered, at the time an imperial backwater that seemed unchanged from the glory days of the empire. Amid its stunning natural beauty, the austerity and decline of post-war Britain could be forgotten. For him, Jamaica offered the perfect mixture of British old-fashioned conservatism and imperial values, alongside the dangerous and sensual: the same curious combination that made his novels so appealing, and successful. The spirit of the island – its exotic beauty, its unpredictability, its melancholy, its love of exaggeration and gothic melodrama – infuses his writing.

Fleming threw himself into the island’s hedonistic ‘Jet Set’ party scene: Hollywood giants, and the cream of British aristocracy, the theatre, literary society and the secret services spent their time here drinking and bed-hopping. But while the whites partied, Jamaican blacks were rising up to demand respect and self-government. (Parker notes Fleming’s suggestions of revolt in Doctor No and says of the Queen’s Club, based on a real bastion of the white elite, Kingston’s Liguanea Club, Fleming writes that “One day it will have its windows smashed and perhaps be burned to the ground.”)

And as the imperial hero James Bond – projecting British power across the world – became ever more anachronistic and fantastical, so his popularity soared.

Drawing on extensive interviews with Ian’s family, his Jamaican lover Blanche Blackwell and many other islanders, Goldeneye is a beautifully written, revealing and original exploration of a crucially important part of Ian Fleming’s life and work.

Born in Central America in 1970, Matthew Parker spent part of his childhood in the West Indies. He has written for most UK national newspapers as well as The Literary Review, History Today and BBC History Magazine, as well as lecturing around the world and contributing to TV and radio programmes in the UK, Canada and US. His bestselling and critically-acclaimed books include Monte CassinoPanama Fever and The Sugar Barons.

• Find out more about author Matthew Parker at www.matthewparker.co.uk; his site has a full section on Goldeneye here

Read a review of Goldeneye by author Mark O’Connell

“Parker – himself born in Central America with a West Indies childhood to follow – is highly aware of the complicated colonial (and less colonial) ownership of Jamaica and how such proprietorships have their own evolutions, devolutions, fall outs and successes. Likewise, this work is also a vital record of the governors, wives, mistresses, laws (both at home and abroad), newspaper magnates (this book crosses history timelines with my own Catching Bullets more than once), vivacious lady pals, boozing and all manner of fallen aristocrats afforded a societal rise on the island.”

Read an extensive and no punches-pulled review of Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born on the Literary 007 web site

“Parker’s book is required reading for anyone interested in Fleming. Beyond a trove of fascinating facts, such as the real life inspiration for “The Hildebrand Rarity,” it offers a many never-before seen pictures. Parker depends on Lycett and Pearson’s Fleming biographies, but he also makes expert use of Fleming journalism’s for HorizonThe Spectator, and The Sunday Times. Best of all, he has interviewed Blanche Blackwell, still kicking at 102 years old.”

• Buy the Pegasus Books “Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born” edition from amazon.com

• Watch an interview with Matthew Parker on the James Bond Radio Podcast

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British Comic Shop Releases (21st January 2015) – New Doctor Who, Fables … and Moore!

 

Doc Savage Archives Hard Cover Volume 1 Curtis Mag Era
This new Doc Savage collection from Dynamite features a cover by Commando cover artist Ken Barr

 

Here’s this week’s list of comics – both US and UK releases – on sale in specialist UK comic shops tomorrow, Wednesday 21st January 2015. We’ve picked out the titles published by British publishers in bold below, or titles with a British connection we’re aware of, including cover artists.

One item that may well be worth tracking down is Bleeding Cool Magazine #14, which includes a new interview with Alan Moore about his work on the Avatar Press title Crossed Plus 100. Regular readers will know that Alan rarely discusses comics these days, so you may well be interested in his insights into why he heeded the siren song of the Crossed universe and created the +100 storyline, from its forward-thinking scope to what horrors still lie in store for struggling humanity.

Alongside 2000AD (and we’ll be bringing you a tie-in interview with writer Arthur Wyatt by Matt Badham here to tie in with that on Wednesday). Titan Comics have two new Madefire Comics tie-ins out this week, as well as the latest issue of 13 Coins with art from Simon Bisley. Plus, don’t miss the latest issues of the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor’s Doctor Who comics, the latter featuring a great cover by Brian Williamson.

Don’t forget that despite many British publishers lack of faith in full-blown cover to cover comic strip action and humour, there are still comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including The Beano and Commando, with great strips featuring in titles such as Judge Dredd MegazineDoctor Who MagazineDoctor Who AdventuresTOXICVIZ and many more.

British Publishers

2000AD

 

2000AD Prog 1914 - Final Cover

2000AD Prog 1914
Cover by Alex Ronald

Judge Dredd: Dark Justice by John Wagner (w).  Greg Staples

Things look pretty bleak for the voyagers on board the luxury deep-space liner, The Mayflower, as it appears they have some pretty unpleasant stowaways on board…

Ulysses Sweet, Maniac for Hire: Psycho Therapist by Guy Adams (w). Paul Marshall

The far future. Of all the lunatics that operate out of mercenary world Solonik-5, none have a body-count that can compare with Ulysses Sweet, Maniac for Hire. A card-carrying psychopath who will wipe out entire planets at your request, his rep is such that he’s under strict curfew and has had a psyche chip implanted in his head to limit his behaviour. Unfortunately, he burnt the last chip out, and now wants it back…

Orlok, Agent of East-Meg One: Eurozoned by Arthur Wyatt and Jake Lyn.ch 

East-Meg One, 2100 AD. Four years before he will set in motion the events of “Block Mania”, and become a notorious enemy of Mega-City One’s Justice Department, ORLOK is a ruthless agent and assassin of the East-Meg Diktatorat. Skilled in stealth, sabotage and subterfuge, he’s a lethal weapon sent on the most dangerous missions – but can he be truly trusted? Now,he’s gone AWOL, after murdering his partner…

The Order Part Three by  Kek-W & John M. Burns

Germany, the thirteenth century. Young Anna Kohl always felt her father was a mystery to her, a distant figure that seemed to be part of a select group of knights. Upon his death, she was determined to learn more about the man, and set off to discover the truth behind the cadre of warriors known as THE ORDER. Now, she has discovered that they are a trio of old men and a robotic knight, who have sworn to stop the Wurns

Savage: Grinders by Pat Mills and Patrick Goddard

In 1999, Britain was invaded by the Volgans. When lorry driver BILL SAVAGE learned his family had been killed by a Volgan shell, he began a one-man war against the aggressors. Now, in 2010, Savage has lead the resistance, while waiting to victory, with the Volgans surrendering after the US lent their support — in the shape of Howard Quartz’s, Raptor drones and Hammerstein Mark II war-droids. But other parties are at work that will threaten this peace…

Titan Comics

13 Coins #4

 

13 Coins #4 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Martin Brennan, Michael B. Jackson (Artist/Cover Artist) Simon Bisley

From Eisner Award-winning artist Simon Bisley comes a new series that finds Heaven and Hell at war in an angelic battle over the fate of Mankind. Growing skeptical of his newfound mentors, John Pozner, Earth’s reluctant savior against the forces of darkness and light, decides to hit the streets and face his destiny alone. But with evil’s stranglehold on congress tightening and his training far from finished, will John be prepared to face the holy war that’s on the horizon?

 

Captain Stone #2

 

Captain Stone #2
Writer: Liam Sharp, Christina McCormack Artist/Cover Artist: Liam Sharp

Charlie’s life has just taken an unexpected turn – she’s learned that she’s Captain Stone’s half-sister. What other bombshells does the Captain’s mother, Ada, have in store?

 

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #7

 

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #7
Writer: Rob Williams Artist: Simon Fraser Cover Artist: Verity Glass (Variant Covers available)

The day after tomorrow – and the Vrezian Confederacy and the J’arrodic Federation have brought their ‘honorable’ air-war to Earth. They’re not here to invade, and they’re being exceptionally considerate about collateral damage, all things considered. But human air travel is at a standstill, our culture is collapsing, the skies are clogged with toxic smog. And UNIT can’t do a thing, as the aliens vaporize the weapons stockpile of any country that dares interfere! The deadlock needs a peaceful and clever solution – let’s hope the Doctor is up to the job! And in the middle of it all, Alice is given a shocking offer she dare not refuse!

 

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor#4

 

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor#4
Writer: Robbie Morrison Artist: Dave Taylor Cover Artist: Brian Williamson

Four-armed is forewarned! Past, present and future collide, as the Doctor, Clara and their Indian allies struggle to unravel a mystery that has been millennia in the planning! What secrets are hidden by the Scindia family, a dynasty whose powerful roots trace back over a thousand years? What strange genetic modifications fuel the death cult of the Thuggee? And how does a humble Mumbai pickpocket figure into these world-changing events? As each Thuggee sacrifice comes closer to waking the ancient Kali from her slumber, can the Doctor uncover the truth before her resurrection spells doom for India, Earth, and the galaxy?

 

Mono #2

 

Mono #2
Writer: Liam Sharp Artist: Ben Wolstenholme Cover Artist: Ben Wolstenholme, Bill Sienkiewicz

Mono is closing in on his target but must first viciously fight his way through a surprise German attack, even if he survives can Mono overcome the formidable keeper of “The Old Curiosity Shop”?

US Publishers

Dark Horse Comics

  • 1 For $1 Elfquest
  • Abe Sapien Trade Paperback Volume 5 Sacred Places
  • BPRD Hell On Earth #127
  • BPRD Plague Of Frogs Trade Paperback Volume 2
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #11
  • Dark Horse Presents 2014 #6
  • Dream Thief Trade Paperback Volume 2 Escape
  • Ghost Trade Paperback Volume 3 Against Wilderness (Mature Readers)
  • Groo Friends And Foes #1
  • King Conan Trade Paperback Volume 4 Conqueror
  • Legend Of Korra Art Animated Series- Hard Cover Book 03 Change
  • Michael Avon Oeming’s Victories Trade Paperback Volume 4 – Meta Human
  • Robert E Howard’s Savage Sword Trade Paperback Volume 2
  • Strain Night Eternal #5 (Mature Readers)

DC Comics

  • Aquaman and The Others Trade Paperback Volume 1 – Legacy Of Gold (N52)
  • Batman And Robin #38
  • Batman Eternal #42
  • Batman Superman #18
  • Batwoman #38
  • Beware The Batman Trade Paperback Volume 1
  • Birds Of Prey Trade Paperback Volume 5 – Soul Crisis (N52)
  • Earth 2 Worlds End #16
  • Ex Machina Trade Paperback Book 04 (Mature Readers)

Fables #148

 

Fables #148 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Bill Willingham Artist: Mark Buckingham & Various Cover Artist: Nimit Malavia

At long last Rose Red learns the truth about her mother, her sister and herself. This is why they’re so magical. This is why all of that wild magic is affecting their lives now. And this is why one will ultimately have to kill the other. Apparently that’s what siblings in this family do. Plus: Terry Moore illustrates the backup feature, “The Last Story of Beauty and the Beast.”


 

  • Green Lantern New Guardians #38

Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse #7

 

Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse #7
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Christian Duce & Various Cover Artist: Philip Tan

Three new Multiverse heroes struggle to defend the world of Nil from a siege by an army of Nightmare Metallos. Batman and his first team arrive, but it may be too late for Dr. Fate, Power Girl and Green Arrow. And where is Nix Uotan, last of the Monitors?


 

  • JLA Trade Paperback Volume 6
  • Justice League #38
  • Kitchen #3 (Mature Readers)
  • New 52 Futures End #38 (Weekly)
  • North 40 Trade Paperback New Edition (Mature Readers)
  • Red Hood And The Outlaws #38
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #6
  • Supergirl #38
  • Teen Titans #6
  • Trinity Of Sin #4
  • Wonder Woman #38

IDW Publishing

  • Batman Silver Age Newspaper Comics Hard Cover Volume 2 1968-1969
  • Bigger Bang #3
  • Black Dynamite Trade Paperback
  • Borderlands Fall Of Fyrestone #6 Tannis & The Vault Part 2
  • Borderlands Trade Paperback Volume 2 Fall Of Fyrestone
  • Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War Trade Paperback Volume 1
  • Creeple Peeple #1
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Legend Of Drizzt Trade Paperback Volume 1 – Homeland
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Legends Of Baldurs Gate #4
  • Galaxy Quest Journey Continues #1
  • Genius Collected Alex Toth Slipcase Set Hard Cover
  • GI Joe Snake Eyes Agent Of Cobra #1
  • Imaginary Drugs Trade Paperback
  • Indestructible #10
  • Judas The Last Days Trade Paperback

Judge Dredd Classics Dark Judges #1

Judge Dredd Classics Dark Judges #1
Writer: Alan Grant, John Wagner Artist: Brian Bolland Cover Artist: Darick Robertson

His name is Judge Death and in his eyes all life is crime! Together with his brothers Fear, Fire, and Mortis, the super-fiend from Deadworld is determined to end all life in Mega-City One once and for all! This compilation features classic Judge Death tales from the pages of 2000 AD, including his stunning debut story by co-creators John Wagner and Brian Bolland.


 

  • Millennium #1
  • October Faction #4
  • Popeye Classics Hard Cover Volume 5
  • Popeye Classics Ongoing #30
  • Samurai Jack #16
  • Star Trek Planet Of The Apes #2
  • TMNT Color Classics Series 3 #1
  • TMNT New Animated Adventures #19
  • TMNT Ongoing #42
  • Transformers #37 Days Of Deception
  • Transformers Punishment (One Shot)
  • Wild Blue Yonder #6
  • Will Eisner Spirit Artist Edition Hard Cover Volume 2
  • Winterworld #6
  • Zombies Vs Robots #1
  • Zombies Vs Robots Hundred Penny Press Edition

Image Comics

  • Activity Trade Paperback Volume 3
  • Autumnlands Tooth & Claw #3
  • Drifter #3 (Mature Readers)
  • Goners #4
  • Hack Slash Son Of Samhain Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
  • Intersect #3 (Mature Readers)
  • Invincible #116
  • Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #3
  • Reyn #1
  • Rise O/T Magi #5
  • Rumble #2 (Mature Readers)
  • Spread #5 (Mature Readers)

Wicked & Divine #7

Wicked & Divine #7 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie

Last year, before The Recurrence, fans gathered from their distant worlds at RAGNAROCK to wonder whether the gods were really about to return or not. Now, as the next RAGNAROCK approaches, everyone knows things are different. What’s more, there are two gods still to emerge. Will anyone there get “lucky?” Look at us whistle, shuffle feet, and avoid eye contact.


Marvel Comics

All New X-Factor #20

All New X-Factor #20
Writer: Peter David Artist: Carmine DiGiandomenico, Will Sliney Cover Artist: Jared K. Fletcher, Kris Anka

• At last – the revelation behind the secret of Harrison Snow. Guest starring: Spider-Man 2099.
• Final issue!
Rated T+


  • All New X-Men #35
  • Amazing Spider-Man #13 Sv
  • Avengers Revelations Trade Paperback
  • Black Widow #14
  • Black Widow Trade Paperback Volume 2 – Tightly Tangled Web
  • Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #4

Captain America And Mighty Avengers #4

Captain America And Mighty Avengers #4
Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Luke Ross, Iban Soria Cover Artist: Luke Ross

• In the aftermath of AXIS — who will lead the Mighty Avengers? What will Captain America’s role be? And can Luke’s marriage survive?
• Meanwhile, Power Man and White Tiger hit the streets — to solve the brutal murder…
• …of Gideon Mace?
Rated T+


  • Deadpool’s Art Of War #4
  • Elektra #10

Fantastic Four #642

Fantastic Four #642
Writer: James Robinson Artist/Cover Artist: Leonard Kirk

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS
• THE INVADERS meet the FANTASTIC FOUR as the hunt for REED RICHARDS and the missing kids of the FUTURE FOUNDATION continues.
• Meanwhile the mastermind behind everything unveils his ultimate plan.
• But how does FRANKLIN RICHARDS factor in?
• Guest starring JIM HAMMOND, NAMOR, THE NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA and…DOC GREEN?
Rated T+


  • Guardians Of Galaxy #23
  • Iron Man Epic Collection Trade Paperback Stark Wars
  • Legendary Star Lord #8
  • Legendary Star-Lord Trade Paperback Volume 1 – Face It I Rule

Loki Agent Of Asgard #10

Loki Agent Of Asgard #10
Writer: Al Ewing Artis/Cover Artist: Lee Garbett

• In the aftermath of AXIS, Loki is the Hero Of Asgard no more. But one change remains:
• The God of Lies can only ever tell the truth.
• Now, Loki’s brother, the Odinson, visits his apartment, to talk of cabbages, kings… and Kid Loki.
• This is it.
Rated T+


  • Magneto #14
  • Magneto Trade Paperback Volume 2 – Reversals

Marvel Master Works Uncanny X-Men Hard Cover Volume 9

Marvel Master Works Uncanny X-Men Hard Cover Volume 9
Writer: Chris Claremont Artist: Various Cover Artist: Paul Smith

The Uncanny X-Men had become the biggest franchise in comic books by 1982. Chris Claremont’s writing rose to find perhaps his most poignant and challenging expression of the mutant metaphor in “God Loves, Man Kills,” while his work with Frank Miller on WOLVERINE skyrocketed the character’s popularity. With culmination of Paul Smith’s classic run-featuring the growing romance between Kitty Pryde and Colossus, the first appearance of Callisto and the Morlocks, Rogue’s debut as an X-Man, and the wedding of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor-this Marvel Masterworks is nothing short of a marathon of mutant milestones! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #168-175, UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL (1970) #7, MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #5 and WOLVERINE (1982) #1-4.
Rated T


Moon Knight #11

Moon Knight #11
Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Greg Smallwood Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey

• MOON KNIGHT: FUGITIVE!
• Mr. Knight finds himself in the custody of the NYPD and things do not go well for anyone!
Rated T


  • Original Sin Companion Hard Cover
  • Powers #1 (Mature Readers)
  • Rocket Raccoon #7
  • Scarlet Spiders #3 (Spider-Verse)
  • Spider-Verse Team Up #3
  • Spider-Woman #3 (Spider-Verse)
  • Superior Iron Man #4
  • Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Trade Paperback Book 5
  • Wolverines #3

X-Force Trade Paperback Volume 2 - Hide Fear

X-Force Trade Paperback Volume 2 – Hide Fear
Writer: Simon Spurrier & Various Artist: Various Cover Artist: Rock-He Kim

The members of X-Force barely survived superhuman arms dealer Volga – and with their secrets brought to light, they’re barely surviving each other. How will Cable’s team keep it together to carry out their mission? Will Domino’s return help or hurt them? While pursuing the foe who killed one of their own, X-Force runs afoul of the UK’s superhuman operatives: Pete Wisdom and MI13! Can X-Force out-spy the best spy there is? As the two factions come to blows, a third player secretly threatens to wipe them all off the board! X-Force targets ForgetMeNot, a mutant who may hold the key to defeating their greatest adversary. But can they convince him to join their cause? And how can they find a mutant who slips out of memory whenever he leaves their sight? Collecting X-FORCE (2014) #7-10 and X-MEN: LEGACY (2008) #300.
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Comics & Graphic Novels

  • Adventure Time Candy Capers Mathematical Ed Hard Cover
  • Adventure Time Enchiridion Edition Hard Cover Volume 3
  • Akame Ga Kill Graphic Novel Volume 1
  • Amazing World Of Gumball #7
  • Arpeggio Of Blue Steel Graphic Novel Volume 3 (Mature Readers)
  • Black Butler Trade Paperback Volume 19
  • Burning Fields #1 (Mature Readers)
  • Charmed Season 10 #4 (Mature Readers)
  • Crossed Badlands #70 (Mature Readers)

Crossed Plus 100 #2

 

Crossed Plus 100 #2 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Alan Moore Artist/Cover Artist: Gabriel Andrade (Variant Covers)

Alan Moore places his unique stamp upon the Crossed universe, as he and artist Gabriel Andrade paint a vivid picture of the future 100 years after the outbreak! Future Taylor leads a salvage team that is exploring the ruins of Tennessee. She tries to piece together the past, while they gather supplies for the future. Together with the settlement of Chooga, they take the tentative steps of a new generation as they attempt to understand the horror that nearly wiped out the human race. But disturbing threads emerge, some sightings of Crossed occur, and a century-old mystery begins to be revealed. This multi-layered story delivers a new brand of horror to Crossed fans at the hands of the scribe that redefined the comics medium. Enter Alan Moore’s world of grueling survival with Crossed +100.

This masterwork is a self-contained whole new world, no prior knowledge of the Crossed series is needed.

All the covers for the series have been planned out by Alan Moore, with the images enriching and expanding on the series. Clues and glimpses of what came before, and what might be, are found throughout the variant covers.

American History X Wraparound – Each of these will depict a specific time in the past hundred years, showing how things have changed and offering a peek at some key events. Each cover will display the year in which it takes place to help build the full picture.

Crossed Culture – These are all images of how the Crossed have changed the way they live. With few humans left to hunt, and the animal kingdom thriving with predators, even the thrill-driven Crossed have had to make adjustments to their lifestyle.

Future Tense – Each cover is a homage to a famous work of science fiction, and each of those original works ties into themes of this series.

New World Order Wraparound – These are not for the faint of heart or delicate of constitution. We can’t even picture them in this catalog, they are visions of what an ideal all-Crossed world would be. If the madmen have their dreams come true, what would the everyday life look like? These covers are brutally intense images of true horror and may have scenes of torture, depravity, and nudity. These are clearly for adults only. Each copy of this edition will ship in a sealed polybag with a protective slip cover over the actual image to assure it can be racked in stores. The graphic pictured here is the slip cover only. Due to all these special protective measures this edition is strictly limited to initial orders.

Also available with Retailer Incentive covers of Red Crossed and Design Sketch, showing the original works of series artist Gabriel Andrade. Don’t miss out on the ultra-rare CGC Numbered Edition as well.


  • Dark Gods #3 (Mature Readers)
  • Dead Letters #7
  • Deep State #1 (3rd Printing)
  • Deep State #2 (2nd Printing)

Doc Savage Archives Hard Cover Volume 1 Curtis Mag Era (Mature Readers)
Writer: Doug Moench Artist: John Buscema & Various Cover Artist: Ken Barr

The Man of Bronze is back with a vengeance! In this brand new archival edition, the harrowing adventures of Doc Savage return straight from the 1970’s-fully remastered and ready for action. With art done by John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga, and Ernie Chan to accompany writer Doug Moench, this book is a must have for any and all fans of Doc Savage and his Amazing Five. Revisit the classic Curtis magazine issues 1 through 8 and relive the glory days of the Man of Bronze.


  • Epochalypse #3

Fatherland

Fatherland Family History Graphic Novel
Writer and Artist: Nina Bunjevac

This powerful, disturbing story, which makes for uneasy reading, was released by Random House last year in the UK

A bomb, an explosion, and the death of a father form the core of this gripping graphic memoir.

Standing alongside Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Joe Sacco’s Palestine, Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland is a searing work of graphic nonfiction that tells the history of the Balkans in the twentieth century through the experiences of the author.

In 1975, Bunjevac’s mother flees her marriage and adopted country of Canada, taking Nina – then only a toddler – and her older sister back to Yugoslavia to live with her parents. Nina’s father, Peter, was a diehard Serbian nationalist who had been forced to leave his country in the 1950s. Remaining in Canada, Peter became involved with a terrorist organization bent on overthrowing the Communist Yugoslav government and attacking its supporters in North America.

Through exquisitely haunting black-and white art, Fatherland tells an unforgettable true story of how the scars of history are borne by family and nation alike.


  • First Year Healthy Hard Cover
  • Geronimo Stilton Hard Cover Vol 15 Stilton For All
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales Realm War #6 (Mature Readers)
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales Wonderland Trade Paperback Volume 5
  • God Is Dead #27 (Mature Readers)
  • Goong Graphic Novel Volume 17 Royal Palace
  • Hellraiser Bestiary #6 (Mature Readers)
  • Henchmen I Henchbot #1
  • Holy F*Ck #1 (Mature Readers)
  • I’m Not Popular Graphic Novel Volume 6
  • Inu X Boku SS Trade Paperback Volume 6
  • Kingdom Hearts 358 / 2 Days Graphic Novel Volume 5
  • Knights Of The Dinner Table #216
  • Lumberjanes #10
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse Graphic Novel Volume 2 (Mature Readers)
  • March Graphic Novel Book 02
  • Melancholy Of Suzumiya Haruhi Chan Graphic Novel Volume 9
  • Missions Of Love Graphic Novel Volume 10
  • Monster Trade Paperback Volume 3 Perfect Ed Urasawa
  • My Little Monster Graphic Novel Volume 6
  • Noragami Stray God Graphic Novel Volume 3
  • The Phantom Complete Dailies Hard Cover Volume 7 1946-1947
  • Red Sonja #14
  • Red Sonja: Black Tower #4
  • Red Sonja: Vultures Circle #1
  • Resident Evil Marhawa Desire Graphic Novel Volume 2 (Mature Readers)
  • Rocket Salvage #2
  • Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell Hard Cover
  • Secret Graphic Novel Volume 1
  • Shadow Master Series Trade Paperback Volume 3
  • Shadow Now Trade Paperback
  • Simpsons Comics #217
  • Simpsons Comics Clubhouse Gn
  • Sonic The Hedgehog #268
  • Sons Of Anarchy #17 (Mature Readers)
  • Sons Of Anarchy Trade Paperback Volume 2 (Mature Readers)
  • Steampunk Goldilocks One Shot
  • Sword Art Online Progressive Graphic Novel Volume 1
  • Terra Formars Graphic Novel Volume 4 (Mature Readers)
  • The Shadow Special 2014
  • The Valiant #1 2nd Ptg
  • The Valiant #2 Cvr A Rivera
  • Twilight Zone S&S #1
  • Ubel Blatt Graphic Novel Volume 1 (Mature Readers)

Uber #21

 

Uber #21 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/Cover Artist: Canaan White

The Allies are in a desperate race to counter the destructive onslaught of the German Uber battleships. With three potential Uber candidates in the USA the military makes moves to develop their own super soldiers. But will prejudicial decisions about which candidates will be fully activated doom the fledgling program before it gets off the ground? Kieron Gillen and Caanan White have captivated the comics community with the horrors of super human warfare in World War II. Available with Regular, Wraparound, War Crimes, and Blitzkrieg covers by Caanan White and a Propaganda Poster cover by Michael DiPascale.

  • Umineko When They Cry Graphic Novel Ep 4 #3 Alliance O/T Golden Witch
  • Until Death Do Us Part Graphic Novel Volume 8
  • Vampirella Feary Tales #4 Cvr A Anacleto Main
  • Woods #1 C2E2 Exclusive
  • Zero’s Familiar Chevalier Graphic Novel Volume 4 (Mature Readers)
  • Zombie Tramp Ongoing #6 (Mature Readers)

Magazines

Bleeding Cool Magazine #14

 

Bleeding Cool Magazine #14 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Rich Johnston

Get ready for a Crossed fest this issue with an exclusive interview with comics legend Alan Moore giving his insights into why he heeded the siren song of the Crossed universe and created the +100 storyline, from its forward-thinking scope to what horrors still lie in store for struggling humanity! Rich Johnston takes us inside the world of apocalypse-based comics from the medium’s earliest days to the present, and we take a look at what’s coming up from major publishers in the realm of action-packed survival stories across genres. You’ll also get your hottest tips on collecting the comics that are an investment goldmine, as well as vintage books and our handy Price Guide. Delivering over 100 pages per issue on a bi-monthly release schedule, each issue of Bleeding Cool Magazine is packed with content only to be found in our print edition.

  • Color Ink Diy Art Periodical Vol 22
  • Comic Shop News #1440
  • DC Batman Auto Figure Magazine #48 Detective #597
  • DC Batman Auto Figure Magazine #49 Classic Tv Batcopter
  • DC Superhero Chess Figure Collection Magazine #73 Vibe White Pawn
  • DC Superhero Chess Figure Collection Magazine #74 Arcane Black Pawn
  • Marvel Chess Figures Collection Magazine #21 Wasp White Pawn
  • Marvel Chess Figures Collection Magazine #22 Viper Black Queen
  • Marvel Chess Figures Collection Magazine #23 Vision White Rook
  • Marvel Fact Files #53 Ikaris Cover
  • Marvel Fact Files #54 Mr Sinister Cover
  • Marvel Fact Files #55 Mystique Cover
  • Marvel Fact Files #56 X-Statix Cover
  • Marvel Fact Files #57 Hope Summers Cover
  • Marvel Fact Files #58 Arishem The Judge Cover
  • Marvel Fact Files #59 Adam Warlock Cover
  • Star Trek Starships Figure Magazine #31 The Valdore
  • Star Trek Starships Figure Magazine #32 Danube Class Runabout
  • Star Trek Starships Figure Magazine #33 Cardassian Hideki Class
  • Star Trek Starships Figure Magazine Special #3 USS Vengeance
  • Star Wars Insider #155
  • Walking Dead Magazine #11

List compiled via Diamond Previews, publishers and with the help of First Age Comics, 3 Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QD. Open: Tuesday – Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm, Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm. Find them on Facebook

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• The downthetubes map of British Comic Shops

 

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Observer launches annual graphic short story competition with Jonathan Cape and Comica

Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart, which was shortlisted alongside Hilary Mantel in the 2012 Costa book awards.
Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart, which was shortlisted alongside Hilary Mantel in the 2012 Costa book awards. Image Via The Observer

The Observer launched the 2014 Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica graphic short story competition on Sunday. The winner will receive a cheque for £1,000 and the winning story will be published in the Observer New Review in November.

Now in its seventh year, the newspaper says “this graphic short story prize has established itself as the one to win if you want to make an impact in the world of graphic novels and beyond. Even runners-up have found themselves feted in ways they might not have predicted only a few years ago.

“In 2012, for example, our 2009 runner-up Joff Winterhart, was shortlisted alongside Hilary Mantel for best novel in the Costa book awards for his superb Days of the Bagnold Summer. Meanwhile, two previous winners – Stephen Collins, who won the prize in 2010, and Isabel Greenberg, who carried it off in 2011 – published their first books last year to ringing acclaim. Raymond Briggs praised Collins’sThe Gigantic Beard That Was Evil as “amazing” and “completely original” before it was even published, while Mark Haddon, among others, paid tribute to Greenberg’s The Encyclopedia of Early Earth as ‘a celebration of storytelling itself… strange and wry and funny and beautifully drawn’.”

Isabel Greenberg is one of the competition’s judges this year, joining the regular panel (Dan Franklin, publisher at Jonathan Cape, Suzanne Dean, creative director of Random House, Paul Gravett, director of the Comica festival and the Observer‘s Rachel Cooke) as well as the actor, comedian and writer Peter Serafinowicz.

If you’re thinking of entering, visit capegraphicshortstoryprize.co.uk.

You will also want to take a look at Shorties, a free e-comic that showcases a line-up of favourite entries from the early years of the prize.

“The talent on view there is impressive – but please don’t let that put you off,” say the organisers. “It is intended to inspire. And we hope to receive a record number of entries in 2014.”

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British Comics - Books Events

London Book Fair to move to Olympia In 2015, confirms comics pavillion for 2014

London Book Fair LogoReed Exhibitions has announced that The London Book Fair 2014 – which will again include a comics pavilion this year – will be the last to take place in its current location, Earls Court.

From 2015, The London Book Fair will move from Earls Court to an equally iconic new home at sister ECO venue, Olympia.

The venue change follows the substantial coverage in the media regarding the Earls Court Opportunity Area, which means the future of Earls Court as an exhibition venue from 2015 onwards remains uncertain and it is unlikely to be available.

The momentous decision to change venues was taken following extensive consultation with The London Book Fair Advisory bodies, representing the industry at home and overseas.

‘We have listened long and hard to those who participate in The London Book Fair,” explains Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair. “While it is sad that Earls Court is unlikely to form part of the London exhibition venue mix, we fully appreciate the great affection the industry has for West London and believe that moving to Olympia is currently the right move for the publishing industry.

British comics publishers at this year’s Book Fair include Random House, SelfMadeHero, Soaring Penguin and Titan Books, with Diamond Distribution also in attendance.

The Fair will be launching its London Book and Screen Week, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme.

The week will open with the established and highly acclaimed Publishing for Digital Minds Conference, on Monday 7th April and will close with a direct-to-consumer creative writing event The London Writers’ Fair on Friday 11th April with other events to be confirmed over the coming weeks.

The week is designed to bring into focus the importance that written content has across an increasingly multi-channel route to the consumer with events planned that it’s hoped will provide cutting-edge revelations about the future of publishing and debate on that future on the Monday, to the business of global rights sales and international meetings throughout the book fair, concluding with an event aimed at the ever-increasing audience interested in writing for book and screen.

The London Book Fair 2014 also launches new pavilions in the Brand Licensing, Gaming and Comics sectors, and an enhanced TV and Film content offering.

“Ensuring that all our 25,000 visitors and exhibitors, representing 114 countries, are presented with a broad range of options to further their businesses remains at the heart of what The London Book Fair does,” says Thomas. “Creating an exhibition and content offering, via the Book Fair itself and also London Book and Screen Week, that showcase the core of publishing while also highlighting the opportunities around aligned multi-media businesses is an exciting reflection of today’s book industry.

“LBF 2014 is shaping up to be a fantastic fair that will celebrate one of the most important creative industries during a time of huge change and opportunity.”

• The London Book Fair 2014 will take place at Earls Court Tuesday April 8th to Thursday April 10th inclusive. London Book and Screen Week will take place from Monday April 7th to Friday April 11th. Web: www.londonbookfair.co.uk

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British Comics

Dragons, Duels and Deadly Danger in The DFC!

Mirabilis: Year of Wonders is a new ongoing series that starts in Issue 30 of Random House’s comic subsscription-only weekly comic The DFC on 19th December.

Written by Dave Morris and illustrated by Leo Hartas, the series tells of a lost year forgotten by history “sometime between Victorian and Edwardian times” when a green comet appears in the sky. As the comet grows brighter, the barriers between reality and fantasy begin to break down, unleashing a tide of mystery, wonder and supernatural excitement. Intrepid hero and former grocer’s delivery boy Jack Ember is sent by the eccentric boffins of the Royal Mythological Society to investigate strange happenings all over the world.

Despite the constant incursions of folklore, myth, horror, fantasy and outright whimsy, Jack soon finds there is nothing in the world more perplexing than girls – in particular Estelle Meadowvane, the beautiful young amateur astronomer who discovered the green comet.

The series unfolds in five-page episodes which will later be collected in graphic novel format as the four seasons of the Mirabilis year. The whole story,written by Morris and illustrated by Hartas is planned to run to an epic 56 episodes.

The pair dreamed up the entire Mirabilis concept between them one evening as a love letter to the brilliance of human imagination and storytelling, and in particular to their creative heroes Lord Dunsany, Steve Ditko and Neil Gaiman. They spent ten years looking for the right form to tell the story, and a publisher who could really appreciate the head-on collision of witches, robots, undersea kingdoms, airships, ghosts, aliens, pterodactyls, homicidal saints and man-eating plants. Luckily, along came just the man they needed: UK publishing visionary David Fickling, who seized on Mirabilis with gusto and immediately saw that it would make a perfect ongoing series in his weekly comic The DFC.

Leo and Dave have worked together on many other projects – notably on the classic role-playing game Dragon Warriors, coincidentally reissued this month. They thrash out the overall storyline together, then Dave writes the scripts for each episode and gives them to Leo along with his own “thumbnail layouts” to show what he’s got in mind. Leo then quickly works up a rough pencil version of the episode, they discuss any changes of camera angle or text that might then be needed with series producer Tom Fickling, and Leo then goes straight to finished art.

A final touch of magic is applied in Athens by internationally renowned colorist Nikos Koutsis. For the final page layout and word balloons they use Serif PagePlus, with fonts from Blambot. The covers are being painted by Martin McKenna.

• For more stunning art and information about the series visit www.mirabilis-yearofwonders.com

• The DFC is published every week by Random House and for the time being is available only by subscription – see www.thedfc.co.uk