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RIAN HUGHES LEADS SCI-FI BRITISH INVASION TO IMAGE COMICS

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RIAN HUGHES LEADS SCI-FI BRITISH INVASION TO IMAGE COMICS

Berkeley, CA – 22 September 2011 – This December, Image Comics will present an outrageously pulpy collection of science fiction short stories all drawn by Rian Hughes (YESTERDAY’S TOMORROWS) and written by some of Britain’s finest comic writers, including Mark Millar (Kick Ass and WANTED), Alan McKenzie (The Harrison Ford Story) and John Smith (Devin Waugh), all together in one colorful oversized hardcover, specially designed by Rian.

“I worked with some great writers on these stories,” said Hughes. “And it’s nice to be bringing all these tales together in one beautiful volume, with all-new material, via Image.”

TALES FROM BEYOND SCIENCE HC will invite readers to follow Hilary Tremayne on eight surreal journeys into the unknown, where they may discover the truth behind the mysteries of spontaneous human combustion, the Bermuda Triangle, the lost 13th month, and the real reason men have nipples.

TALES FROM BEYOND SCIENCE HC (OCT110500, ISBN: 978-1-60706-471-8), an 88-page full-color sci-fi mystery and suspense hardcover for $16.99, will be on sale in stores December 21, and is available for order in the upcoming October issue of Previews.

ABOUT RIAN HUGHES
Londoner Rian Hughes began his career as a designer working for Smash Hits, i-D magazine and a series of record sleeve design companies. His early comic strip work appeared in the alternative press magazine Escape, and this led to work for Belgian art-house publisher Magic Strip. His first mainstream UK comic work was Dan Dare with Grant Morrison for Fleetway’s short-lived Revolver title, and from there he moved to 2000AD, illustrating such series as Really and Truly, again with Morrison, and Robo-Hunter with Peter Hogan. Dividing his time between illustration and design, he has provided design, custom type and illustration for advertising campaigns, CD and record sleeves, book jackets and graphic novels, and numerous comic book logos for mainstream comic publishers such as DC Comics and Marvel. Recent publications include Cult-ure: Ideas can be Dangerous (Fiell) and Yesterday’s Tomorrows, a collection of his comic work which was recently launched at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and is now available from Image.

ABOUT MARK MILLAR
Scottish writer Mark Millar is known for his work on bestselling titles The Authority, The Ultimates, Ultimate Fantastic Four and Civil War. He tackled his first job as a comic book writer when he was still in high school, writing indie publisher Trident’s Saviour with Daniel Vallely providing the art. This led to work for mainstream titles 2000 AD, Sonic the Comic and Crisis in the 1990s. Millar’s British work brought him to the attention of DC Comics, and in 1994 he started working on his first American comic, Swamp Thing, the first four issues of which were co-written by Grant Morrison. From there he worked on various DC titles, co-writing JLA, The Flash and Aztek: The Ultimate Man. In 2000, Millar replaced Warren Ellis on The Authority for DC’s Wildstorm imprint, leading to an increase in sales and earning him many awards at home and abroad. In 2004 Millar launched his creator-owned line Millarworld and released the books Wanted, Chosen, The Unfunnies, Kick-Ass and War Heroes from four different publishers. Wanted and Kick-Ass have both been adapted into succesful feature films. In August 2007 he won the Stan Lee award at Wizardworld, Chicago.

ABOUT JOHN SMITH
John Smith’s earliest work was for D. C. Thomson’s science fiction comic Starblazer in the mid-1980s. He wrote his first script for 2000 AD in 1986, and the long-running political superhero series New Statesmen for Crisis in 1988.
Series for 2000 AD with creative credits to his name include A Love Like Blood, Devlin Waugh, Firekind, Holocaust 12, Indigo Prime, Pussyfoot 5, Revere, Slaughterbowl, Tyranny Rex, Leatherjack, Dead Eyes and the fan-favourite ‘hoodie horror’ strip Cradlegrave. He has also written Tharg’s Future Shocks, Heavy Metal Dredd, Judge Dredd, Judge Karyn, Pulp Sci-Fi, Robo-Hunter, Rogue Trooper, Tales of Mega-City One and Vector 13. For DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint he has written Hellblazer, and an eight-part series called Scarab which originally began as a reboot of Doctor Fate. John has also written Vampirella and Pantha for Harris Comics.

ABOUT ALAN MCKENZIE
Alan McKenzie began his career in the field of publishing by becoming an Editorial Assistant for Top Sellers, who published the British Edition of MAD magazine and the fondly-remembered comic House of Hammer/Horror. He then moved to Marvel Comics, where he edited science fiction movie magazine Starburst and a comic devoted to the adventures of TV favourite, Doctor Who. Two years of freelance writing resulted in books on Harrison Ford (Zomba Books, London 1984), Hollywood Tricks of the Trade (Gallery Books, 1985), How to Draw and Sell Comic Strips (North Light/Titan, 1987, 1998 & 2004) and numerous magazine articles. In the area of comic strips he wrote ninja stories for IPC’s Battle Action Force, a monthly comic adventure for Doctor Who and a two-page adaptation of the entire opera Carmen. After a marathon eight-year stint as initially a freelance deputy editor then on-staff as editor of the UK’s best-selling 2000AD, to which he contributed the occasional script, he moved into computer magazine publishing and now divides his time between online communications technology and updating his earlier best-sellers.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.




Coming Soon In ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE #3

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Coming Soon In ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE #3

ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE #3 (AUG110593)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
ON SALE 10/19/11




IMAGE COMICS UNVEILS THE ART OF CARBON GREY

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IMAGE COMICS UNVEILS THE ART OF CARBON GREY

Berkeley, CA – 22 September 2011 – This December, the art secrets of Image Comic’s masterpiece will be revealed in THE ART OF CARBON GREY HC. The series’ astonishingly talented team of artists, Hoang Nguyen, Khari Evans and Linsun Loh will provide an extensive look at the making of the epic, richly illustrated saga, revealing the concepts, influences and designs that shaped the fantastical yet strangely familiar world of Carbon Grey.

“I’m excited to give readers a behind the scenes look, where we focus on storytelling, character designs, and composition,” explained Nguyen. “It’s these attention to details that make our book so much fun to work on.”

Evans added, “It’s a fantastic adventure that I am honored to be a part of!”

THE ART OF CARBON GREY HC will show fans how three talented artists united to create such a uniquely beautiful and kinetic visual style. Readers will get to delve into their working processes and trace the evolution of the characters and worlds that made CARBON GREY one of the most explosive comics of the year. THE ART OF CARBON GREY provides a fascinating insight into the creative process in a series of illustrated essays and tutorials on subjects including “Traditional vs. Digital” and “Recasting Giselle.”

THE ART OF CARBON GREY HC (OCT110448, ISBN: 978-1-60706-474-9), an oversized 128-page full color comic art book for $29.99, will be on sale in stores December 7, and will be available for order in the upcoming November issue of Previews. CARBON GREY, VOL. 1: SISTERS AT WAR TP (JUL110459, ISBN: 978-1-60706-448-0), a 96-page trade paperback collecting the first 3 issues of the sold out first story arc and more, is available in stores now for only $9.99.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.




Welcome To The AVENGERS Daniel Acuña!

Written by on Sep 22, 2011
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Welcome To The AVENGERS Daniel Acuña!

Marvel is proud to announce that, superstar artist Daniel Acuña will be the new ongoing artist of Avengers! Beginning with Avengers #18, Acuña joins Marvel Architect Brian Michael Bendis and pits the world’s premiere super hero team against their biggest threat yet! Following the events of Fear Itself, the Avengers must regroup, and rebuild – including looking for new members as Norman Osborn pulls together a fresh batch of Dark Avengers.

“Every time Daniel and I have worked together it has been a really fantastic experience and everyone loved it,” said Bendis. “The only thing we have never done before is hunker down and make a real run of things together. So here we go!”

Fans of both Acuña and Bendis cannot miss what the two have in store for the Avengers!

“As an artist and as a professional, I am extremely happy to be working with Brian again,” said Acuña. “And come on, drawing the Avengers? They RULE! Aside from being the best, most charismatic team in comics – they always fight the biggest, meanest, and most powerful villains. All that, plus Captain America leading the team… what more can I ask for?!”

With a new roster on the horizon, who will Captain America call to join Earth’s Mightiest? And can their combined might be enough to topple Norman’s latest rise to power? Find out next month in Avengers #18!

AVENGERS #18 (AUG110605)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA
FOC – 9/26/11 ON SALE – 10/19/11




Your First Look At FEAR ITSELF: THE FEARLESS #1!

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Your First Look At FEAR ITSELF: THE FEARLESS #1!

The hunt is on! Mystical hammers lay strewn across the entire Marvel Universe and in Fear Itself: The Fearless #1 from the blockbuster creative team of Matt Fraction, Cullen Bunn, Chris Yost, Mark Bagley & Paul Pelletier, Valkyrie is off to find them! Her mission is simple – find these weapons of mass destruction no matter what the cost, and no matter who stands in her way…even Captain America & the Avengers! Except while Valkyrie is trying to save the world, Sin is looking to burn it to the ground. No fan can miss Fear Itself: The Fearless #1!

FEAR ITSELF: THE FEARLESS #1 (of 12) (AUG110582)
Story by MATT FRACTION, CULLEN BUNN & CHRIS YOST
Script by CULLEN BUNN
Art by MARK BAGLEY & PAUL PELLETIER
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
FOC – 9/26/11, ON SALE – 10/19/11




CLAUDIO SANCHEZ’S KEY OF Z DEBUTS OCTOBER 19, 2011

Written by on Sep 22, 2011
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CLAUDIO SANCHEZ'S KEY OF Z DEBUTS OCTOBER 19, 2011

September 22, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – With sights set on New York Comic Con, Halloween (and possibly the MLB playoffs), Evil Ink Comics and BOOM! Studios proudly announced the debut of Claudio Sanchez’s KEY OF Z, infesting store shelves October 19th! The announcement comes coupled with brand new, never-before-seen Issue #1 cover art by FLOURESCENT BLACK’s Nathan Fox.

KEY OF Z, co-written by Sanchez and Chondra Echert, introduces Nick Ewing, a man left to survive in a post-zombie-apocalyptic New York City while seeking revenge on those responsible for the death of his family – the warring gangs residing in The Big Apple’s most illustrious athletic houses.

The much-anticipated KEY OF Z #1 features interior art from THE AMORY WARS’ Aaron Kuder, as well as a baseball-homage limited retailer incentive cover by THE WALKING DEAD’s Tony Moore and a stunning NYCC-exclusive cover by Declan Shalvey (28 DAYS LATER, THUNDERBOLTS).

Sanchez and Echert will be signing at their Evil Ink Comics booth (#1345) at New York Comic Con Thursday and Friday (October 13 and 14) and Sunday (October 16). Signing times and full signees will be announced soon!

Also be sure to attend the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY panel at New York Comic Con where Claudio will be a guest speaker, happening Friday October 14th at 12:15pm in the IGN Theater (http://bit.ly/nhv4pp).

About Evil Ink
Established in 2003, Evil Ink Comics is an independent publisher and house of creation owned by Coheed and Cambria‘s Claudio Sanchez. Their roster of graphic and prose novels includes the hugely popular sci-fi series, THE AMORY WARS: SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE, IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH:3 and YEAR OF THE BLACK RAINBOW; the musical dark comedy KILL AUDIO; and forthcoming zombie-inspired KEY OF Z. To learn more about all things Evil Ink visit www.everythingevilink.com.

About BOOM! Studios
Eisner, Harvey, and Best Publisher Award-winning BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.




VIZ MEDIA SWEEPS LATEST NY TIMES MANGA BESTSELLER LIST

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VIZ MEDIA SWEEPS LATEST NY TIMES MANGA BESTSELLER LIST

Latest NARUTO Edition Takes #1 Spot And Is Complemented By Other Top Manga Properties Including BLEACH, BLACK BIRD, BLUE EXORCIST, ULTIMO, DEATH NOTE And More!

San Francisco, CA, September 21, 2011 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has swept the latest Top 10 on the New York Times Manga Bestseller list for the week of September 10th. This is the second time the company has dominated the list in less than a month; VIZ Media previously swept all Top 10 spots for the week of August 20th.

The top selling VIZ Media manga (graphic novel) titles included:

NARUTO Vol. 52
BLEACH Vol. 36
BLACK BIRD Vol. 10
DENGEKI DIASY Vol. 6
KIMI NO TODOKE: FROM ME TO YOU Vol. 10
LIBRARY WARS: LOVE & WAR Vol. 6
BLUE EXORCIST Vol. 1
BUTTERFLIES, FLOWERS Vol. 8
ULTIMO Vol. 6
DEATH NOTE BLACK EDITION Vol. 5

The New York Times Bestseller lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the September 25th, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending September 10th, 2011. Rankings reflect weekly sales for books sold in both print and electronic formats.

“We’re very happy to see such a diverse roster of manga titles dominate the latest New York Times manga bestseller list for the second time in a month,” says Leyla Aker, Vice President, Publishing. “The titles range from science fiction to fantasy to romance to suspense, and are a good representation of the breadth of VIZ Media’s catalog. We look forward to continuing to offer fans the most extensive and varied manga catalog of any publisher in the industry!”

For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, please visit: www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.




Hawkeye Takes Aim In AVENGERS: SOLO #1

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Hawkeye Takes Aim In AVENGERS: SOLO #1

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Avengers: Solo #1 by Jen Van Meter & Roger Robinson! A body lies on the steps of Avengers headquarters and Earth’s Mightiest are taking the blame for it! It’s up to Hawkeye to solve this seemingly simple murder mystery, but as the Arrowed Avenger digs deeper – he’ll find himself in a gruesome conspiracy! Can Hawkeye get to the bottom of this before it’s too late? Will the Avengers be the only ones to blame for the death of an innocent? That’s what someone wants and if all goes according to plan, it just may happen! With a special backup story featuring Hank Pym and Avengers Academy by Eisner Award Winning writer Jim McCann & artist Clayton Henry, no fan can miss Avengers: Solo #1!

AVENGERS: SOLO #1 (Of 5) (AUG110609)
Written by JEN VAN METER with JIM MCCANN
Penciled by ROGER ROBINSON with CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
FOC – 9/26/11, ON SALE – 10/19/11



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COMIC BOOK STORYTELLERS – Episode #4

Written by on Sep 22, 2011
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A big new batch of interviews . . . Mark Waid, J Scott Campbell, Michael Golden, Humberto Ramos, Mike McKone, Jo Chen, Arthur Suydam . . . just to name a few! Presented by CLOUD9COMIX.com






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