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EXHIBITING THE FINE ART OF SWEETS

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EXHIBITING THE FINE ART OF SWEETS

Berkeley, CA – 2 September, 2011 – SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY, the acclaimed noir-inspired comic book miniseries written and drawn by Louisiana native Kody Chamberlain, will soon be collected into a complete trade paperback through Image Comics. Chamberlain’s gritty and richly illustrated series tells the story of a down-and-out detective trying to bring a killer to justice before his city and evidence are washed away by an impending storm. SWEETS is steeped in effortless local detail, recalling readers to the sights, sounds, and flavors of New Orleans.

While Chamberlain’s fans await the release of the new trade paperback collection, his work is being presented for the first time ever in a fine arts gallery setting at The Arcadiana Center for the Arts. The gallery exhibition is now open and available for viewing until October 1st, 2011. Arcadiana Center for the Arts will also host a release party and book signing for the trade paperback comic with Chamberlain on September 10th at 6pm.

“Kody Chamberlain’s work in this exhibit transcends the genre of comic illustration with a depth of perspective and intensity of vision that can only be described as masterful,” said Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, Executive Director, Acadiana Center for the Arts. “The chiseled technical detail of his work combines with solid psychological underpinnings to draw the viewer down the rabbit hole and lets us wander in strange and exciting landscapes.”

“This is a highly unique exhibit. I was able to install my entire miniseries, with lettering, in a gallery setting,” said Chamberlain. “The 117 pages of sequential story completely fills the space with only a half inch of wall between each page, the end result is a striking visual experience. This comic feels like it’s alive in that room.”

SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY, was the winner of the 2011 Spinetingler Award in the category of Best Mystery/Crime Comic or Graphic Novel, and has also amassed an impressive list of positive reviews, including these:

“[Chamberlain]’s a one-man band, and the fact that this story read so well as a complete package is nothing short of amazing. …This kind of care and craftsmanship isn’t just art — it’s magic.” — David Pepose, Newsarama

“…a thrilling read that executes a stellar story with beautiful art… I have never possessed anything even closely resembling a sweet tooth, but the experience of reading this book was so palpable, I found myself wanting a good ol’ fashioned pecan praline after I was done.” — Joy Hog

“I enjoy the rare one man comic book trifecta that actually works out. 4/5 stars!” — The Daily BLAM!

“Chamberlain is an impressive artist who captures New Orleans with such a sense of authenticity and accuracy that at any second you expect to see Ignatius Reilly pushing a hotdog cart through the French Quarter in the background of one of his panels.” — Shawn O’Rourke, Pop Matters

“…a cop drama for people who are sick of cop dramas. …SWEETS feels far more visceral and dark and somehow less like it’s mugging for the camera than the endless string of unrealistic cop-schlock shows that permeate the airwaves…” — Andy Grossberg, Tripwire Magazine

“…incredibly rendered” — Examiner.com

“A phenomenal graphic masterpiece.” — Comic Geek Speak




Image Comics’ The Vault #2 Sells Out

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Image Comics' The Vault #2 Sells Out

Following on the heels of the sold out debut issue, Double G Marketing proudly announces that THE VAULT #2, written by Sam Sarkar (Caliber: First Canon of Justice), illustrated by Garrie Gastonny (Warren Ellis’ Supergod), edited by Dave Elliott (current EIC at Benaroya Publishing) and published through Image Comics has sold out at the distributor level.

THE VAULT, recently optioned for a feature film adaptation from Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK Films, is about a small team of treasure hunters, struggling to excavate a dangerous and legendary treasure pit before a massive storm hits Sable Island, the “Graveyard of the North Atlantic.” Equipped with all the latest technology, the scientists believe they are prepared against all of nature’s fury, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to unleash.

Sam Sarkar, when informed of the news, stated, “Once again, I’m very grateful to the retailers for ordering it and the readers for picking it up. Even though there is only one issue left in the series, this is not the end. It is only the BEGINNING of the end. Hopefully, it’ll take a long time and a lot of great reading to get there. My thanks to Garrie Gastonny for the amazing realization of THE VAULT and to Sakti Yuwono and Bagus Hutomo as well. Gianluca Glazer is a rockstar for getting the word out and of course, it would never have happened at all without my editor and good fiend, Dave Elliott. And yes, I called him a fiend.”

Critics who’ve read THE VAULT had this to say:

“You don’t want to miss out on this deep-sea adventure!” – Fangoria

“A highly enjoyable read.“ – Newsarama

“…Looking forward to more.” – MTV Geek

“This is turning out to be a great story.” – My Comic Network

“The Vault is a must read on my list so make it a part of yours… NOW!” – From the Tomb Magazine

“What a gem of a book! I can totally recommend The Vault. Get it now.” – Weekly Comic Book Review

“The comic book equivalent of a big-budget summer blockbuster.” – Blogcritics Books

“Readers looking for adventure and suspense thrillers will want The Vault.” – Comic Book Bin

“I could see it being a sleeper hit of the year and would recommend checking it out.” – Comic Book Realm

“If you’re keen on action comics and sunken treasure, you are going to like this comic.” – Sequential Tart

“5 out of 5 stars” – Novel Chatter

Fans still looking to pick up a copy of THE VAULT #2 may contact their local comic shop (www.comicshoplocator.com) for availability or purchase the digital edition from Comixology (www.comixology.com) on September 14th, 2011.

ABOUT SAM SARKAR
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sam Sarkar is a 23-year veteran of the entertainment industry. He began his career as an actor and was one of the leads on the long-running, syndicated television series Neon Rider. Following the series, Sam decided to pursue writing and worked for the hit television series Beverly Hills 90210. Stemming from his work on the show, he also co-wrote a television pilot for Spelling Entertainment under the direct guidance of TV legend Aaron Spelling. Deciding then to embark on feature films, Sam took some chances, following a varied path of writing screenplays and working as a sound technician. In 2004, after working on several films with actor Johnny Depp, Sam was asked to help run Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, headed by Christi Dembrowski. As Senior VP at the company, he continues to serve the varied needs of Hollywood as an executive, producer and writer.

ABOUT GARRIE GASTONNY
Having worked as a comic book artist and illustration lecturer, Garrie Gastonny now mainly focuses on illustration to avoid getting beaten up. Garrie also serves as Senior Artist at Imaginary Friends Studios. His credits include Warren Ellis’ Supergod, Caliber: First Canon of Justice and Lady Death. For more information about the artist, please visit http://thegerjoos.deviantart.com/.

ABOUT DAVE ELLIOTT
Dave Elliott has more than 25 years of experience working in every aspect of the comic book industry from writer and artist to editor and publisher. He has worked on diverse titles such as A1, Deadline, Heavy Metal, Penthouse Comix, 2000 AD, Justice League of America, Transformers, GI Joe and Doctor Who.

In 2006, Dave co-founded Radical Studios. As both the co-publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Dave was integral to the development and launch of Radical’s premiere comic book titles, which included Hercules, Caliber (created by Sam Sarkar of The Vault), Freedom Formula, City of Dust (created by Steve Niles of 30 Days of Night), Hotwire (created by Steve Pugh) and Lords of Misrule, as well as a complete re-imagining of Aladdin, which was conceived by Dave. The success of these titles led to Radical winning the Diamond Comic Distributor’s Gem Award for New Comic Book Publisher of the Year in 2009. Currently, Dave serves as Editor-In-Chief of Benaroya Publishing, a subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, with titles Red Spike, Samurai’s Blood and Marksmen released under the Image Comics brand. Additionally, Dave Elliott has worked with the band Fall Out Boy for Image Comics’ Fall Out Toy Works as well as with Nascar/MMI to create and brand new IP, which he sites as examples of new media integration for a more immersive entertainment experience.




X-MEN: REGENESIS – Choose Your Team!

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X-MEN: REGENESIS – Choose Your Team!

After the cataclysmic events of X-Men: Schism, all of mutantkind will be forced to make the biggest decision of their lives. What team will you choose?

Join the conversation on Twitter with #XMenRegenesis!

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #1 (AUG110653)
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Variant Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
FOC – 10/3/11, ON SALE – 10/26/11

X-MEN LEGACY #259 (SEP110604)
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by KHOI PHAM
Cover by CLAY MANN
Variant Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
NOVEMBER 2011

UNCANNY X-FORCE #19
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Variant Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
DECEMBER 2011

X-FACTOR #230
Written by PETER DAVID
Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
Variant Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
JANUARY 2012




VIZ MANGA DEBUTS 7 VOLUMES OF NARUTO IN 7 DAYS

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VIZ MANGA DEBUTS 7 VOLUMES OF NARUTO IN 7 DAYS

September 1, 2011

VIZ MANGA DEBUTS

SEVEN VOLUMES OF NARUTO IN SEVEN DAYS

Release Promotion Culminates in NARUTO Volume 52 Debuting Same Day As Print Counterpart on September 6th

VIZ Media starts off September with a special NARUTO release promotion through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad™, iPhone™ and iPod™ touch. NARUTO Vol. 46 is available now, Vol. 47 launches today, and a new volume of NARUTO (volumes 48-51) will be available each day thereafter. On Tuesday, September 6th, NARUTO Volume 52 will debut DAY-AND-DATE with its print counterpart!

Created by Masashi Kishimoto in 1999, NARUTO (rated ‘T’ for Teens) quickly became Japan’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens and has sold more than 85 million copies to-date. NARUTO is also one of the most popular anime/manga properties in North America. The NARUTO manga and animated series depict the adventures of a young boy named Uzumaki Naruto who trains to become a ninja. Naruto, cursed with the spirit of the nine-tailed fox demon sealed within his body, is forced to live a bullied life discriminated against by his fellow villagers. But Naruto is resilient and undaunted and his determination often inspires those around him. Through the adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity and right vs. wrong. More information on NARUTO is available at www.NARUTO.com.

NARUTO Vol. 52 sees a Cell Seven reunion as Sasuke, Sakura and Naruto finally meet and the former classmates’ complicated past gives way to a violent and unsure future. Naruto realizes he must eventually battle Sasuke one-on-one…to the death! But with Sasuke and his dark allies bent on complete destruction, and political intrigue in the villages, will the powerful Allied Shinobi Forces allow the two “friends” to meet in battle?!

September 5th also sees new additions to 11 other VIZ Media manga series, including:

BLACK BIRD Vol. 10 – available a day earlier than the print counterpart!
DENGEKI DIASY Vol. 4
DRAGON BALL Z Vol. 25
GRAND GUIGNOL ORCHESTRA Vol. 3
I’LL GIVE MY ALL TOMORROW Vol. 3
KEKKAISHI Vol. 12
OISHINBO Vol. 2
ONE PIECE Vol. 42
OURON HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB Vol. 10
ROSARIO + VAMPIRE II Vol. 4
RUROUNI KENSHIN Vol. 21

VIZ Media’s digital manga platform continues to expand access for fans in North America to the world’s best manga. Starting with the VIZ Manga app (the #1 app for reading manga on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) in 2010, the recently launched VIZManga.com is now a leading online destination for reading manga on desktop/laptop computers and on Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers. With one account, registered users can select from nearly 400 volumes across 40+ series and then enjoy their purchases through even more devices than ever.

For more information, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps.




NO REBOOT NEEDED: Continuity done the right way in LIFE WITH ARCHIE

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NO REBOOT NEEDED: Continuity done the right way in LIFE WITH ARCHIE

NO REBOOT NEEDED: Continuity done the right way in LIFE WITH ARCHIE

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? That’s the approach Archie Comics has taken in the midst of competitors overhauling their entire line in a bid to garner new fans. Feeling no compulsion for a drastic reboot, Archie and his friends have managed to adapt to the times with each passing decade, their personalities and relationships remaining intact.

Reboots are a tricky gamble in that while you may be offering new readers an accessible jumping-on point, you might be simultaneously alienating your current audience. The beauty of Archie Comics is that from generation to generation, Archie has prevailed due to a strong initial concept that never ceases to be relatable. Today’s Archie IS your grandpa’s Archie and every single issue is a great jumping-on point!

While the Riverdale gang can always be counted on for consistency, that doesn’t mean they’re opposed to growth. Life With Archie is the perfect model for how to do things right. It serves to develop the characters’ futures yet at the same time stays true to the core of who they are and does not betray where they came from for the sake of outlandish storytelling. The Life With Archie magazine explores two distinct paths for our red haired protagonist; one where he’s married to Veronica and another in which he wed Betty. A truly unique entry in the Archie universe, it manages to pay tribute to Archie’s 70 year history while carving a new path of its own.

For example, Pop’s number one customer Jughead is now the new owner of the Choklit Shop and Archie’s experience of fronting his own band The Archies has led him to becoming Riverdale High’s music teacher. Longtime Archie fans may also recognize Archie’s childhood friend Ambrose from the Little Archie comics from years gone by who has re-emerged grown up for the first time.

The Archie-verse has proven to be ever-expanding in both directions with the recent addition of Archie Babies, opening the door to yet another facet of Archie’s history.

So while other iconic heroes may end up unrecognizable after being re-envisioned, you can rest assured that Archie and the rest are still kicking around Riverdale, Jughead still possesses an insatiable appetite for hamburgers, and the ultimate question still remains: Betty or Veronica?




Ellis’ SECRET AVENGERS Explodes Off Stands Worldwide!

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Ellis’ SECRET AVENGERS Explodes Off Stands Worldwide!

Marvel is pleased to announce that Warren Ellis’ explosive first chapter of Secret Avengers has sold out at Diamond and will be going back to press with Secret Avengers #16 Second Printing Variant! Joined by artist Jamie McKelvie, fans can’t get enough for what Ellis has planned for Earth’s most covert super-team and are on the edge of their seats eager for what’s next! It’s the book that prompted ComicBookResources.com to declare, “In my perfect world, all superhero comics are like Secret Avengers #16 …they should all use this book as a blueprint for smart, funny, well-constructed, beautiful, modern and fun comics.”

 

And fans can’t miss Secret Avengers #17 as Kev Walker joins Ellis in sending Steve Rogers and his team to Eastern Europe to stop a global bio-threat! This September, Warren Ellis continues his high-octane, action packed thrill ride in Secret Avengers #16 Second Printing Variant & Secret Avengers #17!

 

Run The Mission. Don’t Get Seen. Save the World!

 

SECRET AVENGERS #16 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT(JUL118172)

Written by WARREN ELLIS

Art by JAMIE MCKELVIE

Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

FOC 9/5/11, ON-SALE 9/28/11
SECRET AVENGERS #17 (JUL110634)

Written by WARREN ELLIS

Art by KEV WALKER

Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

FOC 9/5/11, ON-SALE 9/28/11




Comic Professionals Honor Peers at 2011 Harvey Awards

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Comic Professionals Honor Peers at 2011 Harvey Awards
 
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 1, 2011 – Comic professionals came together Saturday night, August 20, 2011 to honor their peers during the presentation of the 2011 Harvey Awards, sponsored by DC Comics, comiXology, Insight Studios, IDW, and Painted Visions Comics, Cards & Games. The banquette to honor those nominated and the winners in more than 20 categories was hosted by the Baltimore Comic-Con and Cards, Comics & Collectibles.Harvey Award Recipient Logo 

Named in honor of Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the field of comics and is the only industry award both nominated and selected by comic professionals. First awarded in 1988, it is one of the industry’s oldest and most respected awards.

 

Scott Kurtz, who is best known for his webstrip, PvP, served as Master of Ceremonies for the third year in a row, bringing his great sense of humor and charisma to the stage.

 

Special thanks go to the sponsors who generously donated to the 2011 Harvey Gift Bags, including: Abrams Books; Adhouse Books; BOOM! Studios; DC Comics; IDW; Lasermach; Legendary Comics; Top Cow; and Popfun Merchandising.

 

This year’s winners include:

 

Best Letterer: John Workman, Thor, Marvel Comics

Best Colorist: Jose Villarrubia, Cuba: My Revolution, Vertigo/DC Comics

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: Doonesbury, Gary Trudeau, Universal Press Syndicate

Best Online Comics Work: Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton, http://harkvagrant.com/

Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Blacksad, Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, Dark Horse Comics

Best Inker: Mark Morales, Thor, Marvel Comics

Best New Series: American Vampire, Scott Snyder, Stephen King and Rafeal Albuquerque, Vertigo/DC Comics

Most Promising New Talent: Chris Samnee, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel Comics

Special Award for Humor in Comics: Roger Langridge, The Muppet Show, BOOM! Studios

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Tiny Titans, Art Baltazar and Franko Aureliana, DC Comics

Best Graphic Album Previously Published: Beasts of Burden, Even Dornkin and Jill Thompson

Best Anthology: Popgun #4, edited by DJ Kirkbride, Anthony Wu and Adam P. Knave, Image Comics

Best Domestic Reprint Project: Dave Steven’s The Rocketeer: Artists Edition, design by Randall Dahlk and edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW

Best Cover Artist: Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Dark Horse Comics

Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation: The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death, Todd Hignite, Abrams ComicArts

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Dave Steven’s The Rocketeer: Artists Edition, design by Randall Dahlk and edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW

Best Original Graphic Album: Scott Pilgrim Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Oni Press

Best Continuing or Limited Series: Love and Rockets: Volume 3, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Fantagraphics

Best Writer: Roger Langridge, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel Comics

Best Artist: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW

Best Cartoonist: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW

Best Single Issue or Story: Daytripper, Fabio Moon and Gabiel Ba, Vertigo/DC Comics

 

Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Hero Award: Mike Gold

Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Stan Lee

 

Paul McSpadden, Harvey Awards Administrator, was also honored with an award commemorating his 24 years of service.

 

The Baltimore Comic will host the Harvey Awards for the seventh year during the 13th annual show, taking place September 8-9, 2012. 

Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That’s right! Mark your calendars now for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we’ll see YOU in Baltimore!






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