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Buy The Standard #3 in Glasgow Comic Shops Now!

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Recently, it seems like the second week of the month has become a particularly jam-packed week for new comics, with many high-profile releases hitting simultaneously.  But if you live in or around Glasgow, Scotland, and think you can squeeze one more comic onto your pull-list this week, why not make it The Standard #3? 

Gilbert Graham is The Standard once more, but coming out of retirement was the easy part.  Now, he has to learn how to be a hero in this new, darker world, as his quest to find a missing child takes him into Sky City’s murky depths, and sets him face-to-face with a terrifying new enemy.

Forbidden Planet – 168 Buchanan Street, Glasgow

You can get The Standard #3 in Forbidden Planet, one of the top branches of the famous comic book store franchise.  The first two issues have sold really well here, with issue #1 selling out completely.  I’m hoping that trend will continue with issue #3.

A1 Comics – 31-35 Parnie Street, Glasgow

You can also get the comic in A1 Comics, down at the other end of City Centre, just off Argyle Street, near Trongate.  Issue #1 also sold out here, but the retailers asked for a restock, so there may still be a couple of copies left if you still need to pick up the first two issues.

Plan B Books – 55 Parnie Street

Finally, you can get The Standard #3 in Plan B Books, newly relocated to a swank new store just a few doors down from A1 Comics.  It’s a really cool store that specialises in graphic novels and small press comics, making it the great place for finding stuff that’s a bit more off the beaten track.  And they make a mean cup of coffee too.  There are still a handful of copies of the first two issues available here too.

Thanks to all the retailers who are stocking The Standard, it’s much appeciated.  The comic continues to do well locally, which makes me very happy.  And thanks to all the local readers who have picked up the first two issue, and who have patiently waited for issue #3.  I apologise that it’s taken so long, but once you read it I hope you’ll decide it was worth the wait.

I also apologise to readers outside of Glasgow, Scotland.  There is no digital release for The Standard #3 as of yet.  There is a good reason for this, and I’ll hopefully have big news to share with you soon, but I fear I will be taken out by ninjas if I speak prematurely on this matter.  Rest assured, you’ve not been forgotten!

The Standard is a 6-issue comic book miniseries, each chapter 28 pages long.  This third issue is written by me, John Lees, is pencilled and inked by Jonathan Rector, colored by Mike Gagnon, lettered by Kel Nuttall, and edited by Steven Forbes.  The comic is published by ComixTribe.

Gambit Stacks The Deck This August

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Gambit Stacks The Deck This August

Gambit Stacks The Deck This August

Find out more Sunday, April 15 at the Next Big Thing panel, 11am Central during C2E2 2012.

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App &, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!


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THE DAME CAN’T BE STOPPED FATALE #1 reaches five printings

FATALE #1, the debut issue of the new “horror noir” comic book series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is going back to press for an unprecedented fifth printing. The issue first landed on comic book store shelves on January 4, and this latest printing (MAR128079) will be in stores on May 9.

“I couldn’t believe it when Eric told me the fourth printing had sold out immediately, because we set that print run thinking it would last for several months,” said writer Brubaker. “But it appears many retailers still just can’t keep the first issue in stock. So we are back to press one more time, because I want to be sure retailers can sell the other issues in the series.”

FATALE’s current issue is #4, which went on sale on April 4. Both FATALE #2 and #3 have had second printings.

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Arms and Armor Action Clash In Three Visceral Anime Films About A Young Medieval Mercenary

San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2012 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has acquired the North American theatrical, TV, home entertainment, digital and merchandising rights for the BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC animated movie trilogy. The company made the licensing announcement during its panel held at Sakura Con 2012 this past weekend.

BERSERK: THE Golden Age Arc film trilogy was produced in Japan by Studio 4ºC and is based on the bestselling medieval dark fantasy manga (graphic novel) series created by Kentaro Miura. VIZ Media plans to release the first film of the trilogy,  BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING, in the Fall of 2012.

Combining a foreboding medieval European-insired setting with fantasy and exquisitely detailed swordsmanship, BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING follows lone mercenary Guts as he travels the land where a hundred-year-old war is taking place. His ferocity and ability to take down enemies attracts the attention of Griffith, leader of the mercenary group “The Band of the Hawk,” and Guts is recruited to the unit. Thanks to their continued victories on the battlefield, the bond between Guts and Griffith deepens, but despite all their success, Guts begins to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith’s dream. Unknown to Guts, this unyielding dream is about to bestow a horrible fate on them both.

“Thrilling action and a tense plot are at the center of these gripping films that depict how the young mercenary protagonist, Guts, becomes a legendary swordsman,” says Lyn Johnson, Senior Animation Marketing Manager. “We’re very excited to add these films to the VIZ Media anime library. BERSERK combines a foreboding medieval European-inspired setting with fantasy and horror elements to make for an amazing adventure that no action fan will want to miss, and we look forward to announcing more information on the release of the first film in the Berserk: THE Golden Age Arc trilogy very soon!”

The BERSERK manga series, by Kentaro Miura, debuted in Japan in 1989 and quickly drew a devoted following, going on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide. The series, still ongoing in Japan, has been published in North America and the UK, as well as in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Latin America. The BERSERK manga has also inspired a popular anime television series and has spawned a variety of related video games, collectable figures and toys, and music soundtracks, as well as the current BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC film trilogy.

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