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Trailer Time: Dark Dungeons Will Be At Gen Con

It’s a movie about RPGs!! How can you not be intrigued by this? Dark Dungeons is releasing the first day of Gen Con and will also have a screening at this year’s con; our very own Brian Roe will be in attendance to check it out (he’s actually the one that gave me the heads up on the trailer).

Dynamite Entertainment is inviting fans everywhere to join the celebration with a very special Army of Darkness tale, dedicated by its issue number to honor the year of the original cult film’s release. Army of Darkness #1992.1 will be a commemorative square-bound edition, featuring short stories of demon-hunting hero Ash Williams written by the series’ greatest terror talents of issues past, including Steve Niles, Elliott Serrano, Cullen Bunn, James Kuhoric, and Mike Raicht.

Army of Darkness #1992.1 celebrates the history of Dynamite’s publishing by inviting many of its most notable writers to contribute short vignettes.  Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) is the most recent contributor to the saga, with tales of medieval terror in Ash and the Army of Darkness and Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched.  Elliott Seranno contributed such story arcs as “Hail to the Queen, Baby” and “The King is Dead.”  James Kuhoric (Six Million Dollar Man: Season 6) wrote some of the earliest Dynamite adventures, including “Shop ‘Til You Drop Dead” and “Army of Darkness Vs. Reanimator.” Mike Raicht (Dark Shadows) contributed the storylines “Hellbillies and Deadnecks” and “Home Sweet Hell.”

Meanwhile, Cullen Bunn is a celebrated comic book author (DeadpoolMagnetoSixth Gun) tackling Army of Darkness for the first time, and setting up its hero for the next adventure.  As Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt says, “Army of Darkness will always have a special place in our collective hearts, as ten years ago, it was our very first title.  We’ve thrown everything at Ash in the interim, but we’re throwing him into space next. And it all starts here.”

“I’m proud to be a part of this incredible celebration, but truth be told, they couldn’t have done it without me,” says Ashley J. Williams, star of the movie and comics. “When they suggested the #1992.1 comic, I said, ‘Why, that’s the highest numbered comic of all time. That sounds great!’ They stated that another company had done a #One Million, and shotgun in hand, I explained to them how that was a stunt and this is the real deal, so all I can say is… buy it! You’ll love it.”

“What better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dynamite than with an incredible oversized Army of Darkness story,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “This special is in time for our 10th anniversary and serves as a holiday present to our fans! Comics and movie fans alike will not want to miss this issue.”

Army of Darkness is a 1992 fantasy/comedy film with strong horror elements starring Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) and Embeth Davidtz, the third installment in a trilogy featuring reluctant hero Ash Williams.  Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), the film saw its tough-as-nails, wise-cracking protagonist transported from the modern era to the Dark Ages in his continuing war against demonic evil. Army of Darkness generated a dedicated fan following for its premise and lead actor.

Army of Darkness #1992.1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Army of Darkness #1992.1 with their local comic book retailers.  Army of Darkness #1992.1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

SDCC 14: Dynamite Announces Army of Darkness #1992.1 — @DynamiteComics Dynamite Entertainment is inviting fans everywhere to join the celebration with a very special Army of Darkness…

Nowhere Men Artist Opens Up On Series Delay

Nowhere Men Artist Opens Up On Series Delay

Nowhere Men was a huge hit last year. It was Image Publisher Eric Stephenson’s very own series and he came out strong in large part because of artist Nate Bellegarde’s art and Jordie Bellaire’s coloring. Then there was a huge delay between issue five and six and the announcement that the series wouldn’t be out again until later this year with other artists helping out. Well that too has…

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Zenescope will bring their 2014 AGE OF DARKNESS TOUR  to San Diego Comic Con International  from July 23rdth – 27th.   As Zenescope celebrates its 100th Grimm Fairy Tales issue, Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Pat Shand, Anthony Spay and a host of writers, editors, and artists will be on hand for autograph signings, parties, and panels! With the takeoff of the company and the expansion into children’s publishing with the addition of Silver Dragon Books, Zenescope is excited to meet loyal fans at Booth #2301.

Zenescope will be part of a Grimm Fairy Tales #100 panel on Friday Evening discussing Grimm Fairy Tales Issue #100, Realm War #1, Wonderland, OZ, Neverland and what’s in store for the entire Grimm Universe!!
Saturday promises a night of celebration as Zenescope takes over Tin Roof in the Gaslamp District. (Thanks to sponsors Transcontinental Printing, ComicWow!, and Anastasia’s Collectibles)

SDCC 14: Here’s Four Exclusives Zenescope Is Bringing On Their Age of Darkness Tour — @Zenescope Zenescope will bring their 2014 AGE OF DARKNESS TOUR  to San Diego Comic Con International  from July 23rdth – 27th.   

Star Trek’s Klingon Warnog Beer Launches Next Week

Star Trek’s Klingon Warnog Beer Launches Next Week

Klingon Warnog beer will launch in the United States in July.   The Federation of Beer has ‘Colla-BEER-ated’ with Indiana-based Tin Man Brewing Company to produce Klingon Warnog, which is the first in a wave of Star Trek™-themed alcoholic beverages to be released in United States.

The Star Trek-themed beer is a high-quality Roggen Dunkelweiss (Danish Rye Beer) that captures the warrior essence of…

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Since the first year I attended Comic-Con the WB has given out this giant over-sized bags with their properties on it. At first it was just Superman Doomsday, but then the next year they started putting two properties on the side and now it’s just a bag for everything. I have three of these fuckers still. I have never used them and stopped using them at the con because they’re too bulky. There are too many people and the damn thing drags no matter how tall you are. Also it can’t support much weight so it’s not like you can dump your heavy ass bag inside it. No instead you’re an asshole wearing two bags. But each year they are a popular item and frankly great marketing as you’ll usually see one in the background of at least one out of ten Comic-Con photos. Frankly as annoying as I find them and as useless as they are during and after the con (unless you turn it into clothes), they’re still a fun part of Comic-Con that I wouldn’t change.

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SDCC 14: Here’s The Infamous WB’s For This Year’s Con Since the first year I attended Comic-Con the WB has given out this giant over-sized bags with their properties on it.

Marvel’s selling their own stuff now because frankly their both would be boring as shit. The bring the one mandatory movie set piece and then it’s nothing but lines for signings and leftover marketing for comics that are already out. I will say that I’m impressed that Marvel is for once not waiting around to see you shirts for upcoming comic series or even their announcements last week. Now here’s what you can buy!

SDCC 14: Here’s The Exclusives The Marvel Shop Has Marvel’s selling their own stuff now because frankly their both would be boring as shit. The bring the one mandatory movie set piece and then it’s nothing but lines for signings and leftover marketing for comics that are already out. 

More Kill la Kill and Ryuko Matoi Cosplay To Enjoy!

More Kill la Kill and Ryuko Matoi Cosplay To Enjoy!

The popularity of Kill la Killdoesn’t look to be dying anytime soon. In fact as more time goes on it seems to become more and more popular, especially within the world of Cosplay. This is cosplayer Veriteas the lead character Ryuko Matoi and she’s from Russia. That’s right Russia has a strong Cosplay scene. My opinion is that the costume is pretty impressive and she has a great body for the…

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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce an exciting new event series featuring the most iconic female characters published by Dynamite, as written by sensational comics scribe, Gail Simone.  Renowned for her deft handling of DC Comics’ best-known and most powerful women (BatgirlWonder WomanBirds of Prey), Simone will unite and celebrate the strong female characters of Dynamite’s publishing line, including Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, and more, in a series currently under a working title of The Women of Dynamite.

The heart of The Women of Dynamite is formed by the three bestselling heroines (or female triumvirate) of Dynamite’s line as the central characters:  Red SonjaVampirella, and Dejah Thoris.  The “She-Devil with a Sword” known as Red Sonja, is fantasy fiction’s most prominent female character, formerly a swashbuckling ally of the Robert E. Howard character, Conan.  Vampirella, originally a horror hostess in her self-titled magazine, evolved over her forty-five year history into a supernatural detective.  Finally, Dejah Thoris is the eponymous heroine of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original story featuring John Carter, A Princess of Mars, and an adventurous mainstay at Dynamite with the publication of such series as Warlord of Mars and Dejah of Mars.  Additional female characters from Dynamite’s ten years of publishing will be included in the event.

“When I first spoke with Nick about working at Dynamite, he graciously offered my choice of a huge list of great characters, and I immediately chose a favorite, Red Sonja,” says writer Gail Simone.  “But that meant leaving behind amazing characters I loved!  So doing this big, fun, noisy event book, full of action and fun and drama and sex and villainy, featuring some of the wildest female characters out there, that’s just awesome.  Getting to work with some of the most talented female writers in the industry only makes it better!”

“After working so closely with Gail on Legends of Red Sonja, I am excited to see where we’ll be going next with this epic character crossover,” says Molly Mahan, Associate Editor of Dynamite. “The concept of a Women of Dynamiteseries has been something we’ve been circling around for a while now, but had to wait for the right concept and creators to come together to make the story as worthwhile as the concept. We are lucky to have Gail as the cornerstone on this project and I know we’ll craft something that the fans and comics community will enjoy across demographics.”

“Gail has been an absolute pleasure to work with,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The thought of bringing together the strongest female characters that Dynamite publishes into an event has been discussed for years, and we could not be happier that Gail is the creator who will tell this tale.  Her work on Red Sonja has been a delight, and as fans who read her work know, she has many tricks up her sleeve.  Gail is going to make this event huge!  Just wait until you see what she has in store for the rest of Dynamite’s strong female characters.”

Gail Simone first debuted on a Dynamite series with the 2013 launch of Red Sonja, an ongoing series which was met with immediate critical acclaim and an impressive sell-out of its 35,000-unit first printing.  She has committed to writing chores for Red Sonja through its eighteenth issue.  She also assembled a team of fiction’s top female writers, well-respected professionals from the prose, fantasy gaming, and comic book worlds, for a collaborative project calledLegends of Red Sonja, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the titular character.  She additionally will contribute a story to the upcoming Vampirella: Feary Tales miniseries.

Simone got her start in comics writing for Bongo Comics, home of The Simpsons. Soon after, she entered the traditional superhero comics genre with a run on Marvel Comics’ Deadpool (later called Agent X). In recent years, Simone is best known for known for fan-favorite story arcs on DC Comics’ Birds of PreySecret SixWonder Woman, and Batgirl.

The Women of Dynamite will be solicited in an upcoming Diamond Comic Distributors Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies ofThe Women of Dynamite with their local comic book retailers.  The Women of Dynamite will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Gail Simone Takes on The Women of Dynamite — @DynamiteComics Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce an exciting new event series featuring the most iconic female characters published by Dynamite, as written by sensational comics scribe, Gail Simone. 

Trailer Time: Black Jesus

Black Jesus is a half hour live-action scripted comedy series on Adult Swim from Peabody award-winning creator Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks, Red Tails) and Mike Clattenburg (Trailer Park Boys).

SDCC 14: Fox’s Exclusives And Fan Favorites

SDCC 14: Fox’s Exclusives And Fan Favorites

Get Your Exclusives Before They’re Gone at Fox Booth #4229 WHAT: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing an extensive showcase of Comic-Con exclusives and fan favorites to San Diego for 2014 including: ● PLANET OF THE APES: CAESAR’S WARRIOR COLLECTION ○ Be the first to pre-order this 4-disc limited-edition collection at a special Comic-Con price featuring RISE OF THE…

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SDCC 14: Boom Studios’ Signing and Panels Info

SDCC 14: Boom Studios’ Signing and Panels Info — @BoomStudios

Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios and its imprints ArchaiaKaBOOM!, and BOOM! Box announced today their panels, signing schedule, and 9th Annual BOOM! Drink-Up for Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014 (a.k.a. San Diego Comic-Con, or SDCC), which will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, on the weekend of July 23-27.

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Join comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, at this year’s Comic-Con International (Booth #2547) for giveaways, sales, signings and more at their booth, panels and at comiXology.com from July 23rd to July 27th at the San Diego Convention Center!

At their booth during Comic-Con International, comiXology will be handing out $10,000 worth of $5 Amazon Appstore credits that can be used toward comiXology content, while supplies last.

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Once you’ve come by and picked up your credits, fans will be able to go to the side of the comiXology booth and take a picture of themselves in a comic book panel! A selection of word balloons will be available to choose from so all attendees can #comicbookurself and share the moment on their favorite social media channels.

During every one of the eight panels that comiXology is hosting at Comic-Con International this year, Kindle Fire HD and HDX devices will be given out to lucky attendees.

Fans attending the 45th year of Comic-Con International, and even all those that are not able to attend, can all celebrate together as comiXology will be offering a different graphic novel for sale each day of the show for 45 cents for that day only, here at http://comixology.tumblr.com/cci45.

ComiXology has also produced in conjunction with IDW Publishing, Fantagraphics Books, BOOM! Studios, Oni Press, MonkeyBrain Comics and Scholastic a series of exclusive art cards limited to only 100 to be given out at signings throughout the show. These super rare giveaways will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis during each signing.

These limited edition art cards will be signed and handed out free during appearances at the comiXology booth by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (High Crimes), Ted Naifeh and Joëlle Jones (Princess Ugg), Coleman Engle and Jeremy Sorese (Steven Universe), John Barber and Tom Scioli (Transformers vs G.I. Joe), Ray Fawkes (The People Inside), Royden Lepp (Rust) and Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet).

On Sunday at 12:30pm, author George R.R. Martin will be making a special appearance at the comiXology booth to promote and sign copies of The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel and The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel published by Jet City Comics. There will be 200 copies of The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel available for free, first-come, first-serve. Signing will be limited to these two titles.

And if that wasn’t enough, check out comiXology as they represent as part of the Amazon Geek Boutique at the Petco Park Interactive Zone. Open to the general public, the Amazon Geek Boutique will feature a 9 foot tall Transformer and giveaways hosted by Amazon Locker.

Here’s a list of all the panels, signings, events and happenings comiXology is participating in this year at Comic-Con International ’14.

Wednesday, July 23 – Sunday July 25

Check http://comixology.tumblr.com/cci45 each day for a different graphic novel on sale at 45 cents for that day only.

Thursday, July 24

1:00pm – 2:00pm — Steven Universe’s Coleman Engle and Jeremy Sorese Signing Limited Edition Steven Universe Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

2:30pm – 3:30pm — ComiXology: Ask Me Anything, Room: 8
Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of ComiXology Submit).
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology).

4:00pm – 5:00pm — Princess Ugg’s Ted Naifeh and Joëlle Jones Signing Limited Edition Princess Ugg Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

6:30pm – 7:30pm — Indie Comics Marketing & PR 101, Room: 8
Speakers: Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics Books Director of Publicity & Promotions), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books Marketing and Outreach Manager), Mel Caylo (BOOM! Studios Marketing Manager), Christine Dinh(BOOM! Studios Brand Communications Manager).
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology).

7:00pm – 9:00pm — ComiXology Sponsors Comics Creator Connection, Room: 29B. Please note that space is limited and if you do not pre-register a seat may not be available. See more at: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/creator-connection

8:00pm – 11:00pm — ComiXology Co-Sponsors the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, The WestGate Hotel 1055, Second Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, July 24

9:30pm – 10:30pm — Rust’s Royden Lepp Signing Limited Edition Rust Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

11:00am – 12:00noon — Love and Rockets’ Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez Signing Limited Edition Love and Rockets Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

2:30pm – 3:30pm — Secret Origins: How the Industry’s Best and Brightest Began, Room: 8
Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Mike Marts (Marvel Comics X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy franchise Exec. Editor), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes co-creator & BOOM! Studios/Boom! Box editor), Marc Bernardin (writer of Genius from Top Cow/Alphas on SyFy/Hollywood Reporter), Frank J. Barbiere (Co-creator of Five Ghosts from Image, writer on Solar: Man of the Atom from Dynamite Entertainment).
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

4:00pm – 5:00pm — High Crimes’ Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa Signing Limited Edition High Crimes Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

6:00pm – 7:00pm — Comic Book Entrepreneurs: The Business of Comics, Room: 9
Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona & writer on Lumberjanes), Mike Richardson (Dark Horse Comics President and founder), Dinesh Shamdasani (Valiant Entertainment CEO & Chief Creative Officer).
Moderator: JK Parkin (Comic Book Resources & Robot 6).

8:00pm – 10:30pm — ComiXology co-sponsors the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Saturday, July 25

11:00am – 12:00 noon —Amulet’s Kazu KibuishiSigning Limited Edition Amulet Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

1:00pm – 2:00pm — Transformers vs. G.I. Joe’s John Barber and Tom Scioli Signing Limited Edition Transformers vs. G.I. Joe Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-served. ComiXology booth #2547.

3:00pm – 4:00pm — ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing, Room: 23ABC
Speakers: John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of ComiXology Submit), Becky Cloonan (creator Demeter), Joshua Fialkov (co-creator The Bunker), Brandon M. Easton and N. Steven Harris (artist and writer on Watson & Holmes).
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology).

5:00pm – 6:00pm — Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics, Room: 28DE
Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Hank Kanalz (DC Entertainment SVP Vertigo & Integrated Publishing), Dafna Pleban (BOOM! Studios editor on Lumberjanes), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books Marketing and Outreach Manager), Frank J. Barbiere (Co-creator of Five Ghosts from Image, writer of Solar: Man of the Atom from Dynamite Entertainment).
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology).

Sunday, July 21

11:00am – 12:00 noon — Creating Comics The ComiXology Way, Room: 24ABC
Speakers: John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of ComiXology Submit), Reilly Brown (artist on Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comics), Jamal Igle (creator of Molly Danger).

12:30pm – 1:30pm — George R.R. Martin signing The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel & The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel published by Jet City Comics. There will be 200 copies of The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel available for free, first-come, first-serve. Signing will be limited to these two titles. ComiXology booth #2547.

2:00pm – 3:00pm — Creating Comics The ComiXology Way, Room: 29A
Speakers: John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of ComiXology Submit), Jimmy Palmiotti (superstar creator and multiple-Kickstarter success story), Jamal Igle (creator of the Kickstarted Molly Danger), Kel McDonald (creator of the successfully Kickstarted Cautionary Fables and Fairytales).
Moderator: JK Parkin (Comic Book Resources and Robot 6).

3:00pm – 4:00pm — The People Inside’s Ray Fawkes Signing Limited Edition The People Inside Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-served. ComiXology booth #2547.

1:00pm-3:00pm — ComiXology Sponsors Comics Creator Connection, Room: 29B. Please note that space is limited and if you do not pre-register a seat may not be available. See more at: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/creator-connection

SDCC 14: Comixology Giveaways, Signings and Panel Info Join comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, at this year’s Comic-Con International (Booth #2547) for giveaways, sales, signings and more at their booth, panels and at comiXology.com from July 23rd to July 27th at the San Diego Convention Center!