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ESPN The Magazine & Marvel Entertainment Present Lebron King of The Rings

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ESPN The Magazine & Marvel Entertainment Present Lebron King of The Rings

*ESPN The Magazine & Marvel Entertainment Present Lebron: King of The Rings* ****

*All-New Comic In This Week’s ESPN The Magazine from top talent*****


New York, NY—October 19th, 2012—The world’s best super heroes—Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man—have all achieved greatness, but there’s a new comic book star on the block who wants to make history unlike any other…and his name is LeBron James!****


Marvel Entertainment and *ESPN The Magazine* are proud to officially unveil *LeBron: King of The Rings*, an all-new, full-color, ten-page comic debuting exclusively in ESPN The Magazine’s NBA Preview on newsstands Friday, October 19. Two years ago, LeBron James predicted he would win not one, not two, not three … but seven NBA titles. What if he was right? In their second collaboration, *The Mag* and Marvel Custom Solutions have united to create* LeBron: King of the Rings*, an epic tale of zombies, clones, holograms, bionics and a star who will stop at nothing to fulfill his promise.****

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“Collaborating with a creative and innovative partner such as Marvel allows us the opportunity to provide fans a fun and unique way to experience sports,” said Editor in Chief of ESPN The Magazine, Chad Millman. “We are both proud and excited to bring our first ever comic to the marketplace and hope both (NBA and comic book) fans will be too.”****


*LeBron: King of the Rings *springs from the minds of ESPN’s Ty Wenger and Otto Strong, acclaimed writer Christos Gage and fan-favorite artists Mike Deodato, Scott Eaton, Greg Land and Terry Dodson. Featuring a cover by Adi Granov, this is the first comic book created in collaboration by Marvel Custom Solutions and *ESPN The Magazine*.****


“The undeniable synergy between ESPN and Marvel Comics is on full display in ‘LeBron: King of the Rings’,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics. “Professional athletes, with their super-human abilities and character flaws, are the closest thing to real-life super heroes, and in the NBA none stands taller than LeBron James. Whether you root for — or against — the Miami Heat in its quest to achieve those rings, this story will make you laugh, wince and cheer.”****


“Whether you come for the wit and commentary of ESPN’s basketball insiders, or the fantastic storytelling skills of Marvel’s all-stars, LeBron: King of the Rings has something for everyone,” said Bill Rosemann, Editor, Marvel Entertainment. “A true dream team has assembled to take you on a wild ‘What If?’ journey sure to have NBA and comic fans buzzing.”****


This week, don’t miss your chance to get the most-anticipated, can’t-miss insight on the upcoming NBA season and an exclusive new comic book, *LeBron: King of the Rings*, in the latest issue of *ESPN The Magazine*. To learn more please visit****

#139 – Fanboy Buzz – Khaaaaaaaaaaaann…

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#139 - Fanboy Buzz - Khaaaaaaaaaaaann...

During this episode of the Fanboy Buzz JS tells us about how David Fincher takes The Goon to Kickstarter, Stephen poses the question of would AMC’s Comic Book Men have been on TV 10 years ago and Steve tells us about how Quantum and Woody Returns AND how yes, Agent Coulson does live. For his CCL Pick of the Week, Steve reviews Catwoman #13 which is followed by Stephen reviewing the Arrow, Comic Book Men and Walking Dead season premieres. In Issue to Issue we’ll discuss AvX Consequences #1, Uncanny Avengers #1 and Walking Dead Michonne Special #1. Nerd Rage pits Swamp Thing against Man Thing, and then Elongated Man against Plastic Man. Finally JS premieres a new segment called Cocky Cosplay. Call us at 239-244-2899 and leave us a voicemail or tweet

Show Note #1: The Goon Kickstarter
Show Note #2: Steve’s Quantum and Woody Collection
Show Note #3: Cocky Cosplay
Show Note #4: Copyright

Genre: Comic Book Podcast | Updates: Weekly | Duration: 117 minutes | Subscribe: RSS Feed

‘Thrilling Adventure Hour’ Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Graphic Novel

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'Thrilling Adventure Hour' Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Graphic Novel


The lauded stage show and Nerdist podcast sets their transmedia sights on Kickstarter

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 8, 2012) – Creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker have teamed up with Quixotic Transmedia to produce a Kickstarter campaign for The THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, the popular stage show and Nerdist Industries podcast. Running from October 8, 2012 to November 7, 2012, the 30-day campaign aspires to usher the hit show into multiple forms of media including a graphic novel, motion comic, web series, and concert film.

Over the years, The Thrilling Adventure Hour (TAH) has become a national phenomenon with monthly sold-out performances, a popular podcast, and a line of TAH-inspired merchandise from decoder rings to martini glasses. With more than 100 consecutive shows under its belt, the TAH brand is celebrating its eighth birthday with a natural and eagerly awaited step into other facets of entertainment. “TAH has become the largest and most rewarding part of our creative lives,” said co-creator Ben Acker. “After eight years of listening to Thrilling Adventure Hour, we’re ready to finally give everyone a chance to see and experience these worlds for themselves.”

The initial goal for the Kickstarter campaign is a hardcover graphic novel that recreates the TAH experience in print. Archaia Entertainment, the 2012 and 2011 Eisner Winner for Best Graphic Album New and 2011 Eisner Winner for Best Anthology, has committed to publishing the anthology should TAH reach its funding goal. Written by Acker & Blacker, the 136-page anthology will feature top artists from comics such as Ben Edlund, Jackson Publick, Dustin Weaver, Tom Fowler, Randy Bishop, Evan Larson, Chris Moreno, Natalie Nourigat, Joel Priddy, Doc Shaner, Jeff Stokely and more. “Kickstarter is playing a vital role in helping emerging comic book creators share their stories with the world,” said Archaia publisher Mike Kennedy. “Archaia has always championed quality genre entertainment, regardless of its origins, and The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a unique and hilarious experience sure to feel at home in the Archaia library.”

With Archaia as its publisher, the graphic novel is slated to premiere at Comic-Con International 2013, accompanied by a live stage show. Backers are also invited to the book’s launch party at Meltdown Comics in LA, where they can meet the creative team and purchase original artwork from the book. Should the campaign exceed its initial funding goal of $55,000, all additional earnings are dedicated toward more exciting expansions of the TAH experience in other media:

• Stretch Goal #1: A scripted webseries written by Acker & Blacker and directed by acclaimed music video director Chris Storer, which documents the backstage chaos and comedy behind the curtain and stars the cast of the stage show and tons of special guest stars.

• Stretch Goal #2: A motion comic pilot based upon one tale from the anthology with vocal performances by the cast of the stage show. The motion comic will be co-produced by Jump Creative, the innovative 3D motion comics producer behind Reed Gunther and Marksmen.

• Stretch Goal #3: A concert film of a live staged performance directed by celebrated comedy director Neil Mahoney (Freak Dance, Paul F. Tompkins: You Should Have Told Me).

In exchange for pledges, backers can choose from an impressive list of exclusive rewards. Along with pre-orders for the book and concert film, backers can enjoy VIP access during stage shows, portfolio reviews, do-it-yourself podcast kits, associate producer credits on various productions, even seats for a private 100-person recording of the show. And don’t forget the many famous faces in the TAH family photo, whose offerings range from the collectible (swag bags) and kooky (personalized crayon drawings) to the downright cool (a night of scotch and industry talk).

As an added bonus, all backers will receive new and never-before-seen content only available on Kickstarter. Comedy is sure to arise from cast and crew promoting the campaign via social media. Of particular note is the “epic showdown” between TAH segments Sparks Nevada and Beyond Belief. Since only one anthology tale is being adapted into a motion comic, the casts of each segment will smear their rivals while lobbying fans to pledge their support with specific reward tiers. “Kickstarter is just another outlet to connect with fans and provide entertainment worthy of their time and investment,” said co-creator Ben Blacker. “That’s why it was crucial to host a campaign in the spirit of the show. Fans should feel rewarded for getting involved.”

To design and produce their Kickstarter campaign and overall brand strategy, Acker and Blacker turned to Joe LeFavi, longtime TAH fan and founder of Quixotic Transmedia, a popular transmedia consultancy in the entertainment industry. “Everyone behind our Kickstarter campaign genuinely believes in The Thrilling Adventure Hour,” said LeFavi, who will also serve as editor of the graphic novel and a transmedia producer on its brand extensions. “Acker and Blacker have fostered such an amazing community of peers and fans alike, and it’s our goal to ensure that TAH can grow and mature across multiple forms of media for years to come.”

Find the campaign on Kickstarter today at:

About Thrilling Adventure Hour The Thrilling Adventure Hour (TAH) is a live staged show in the style of old-time radio performed monthly at the famous Largo of the Coronet Theater in LA. Running since 2005, each show features three stories brought to life by a talented troupe of actors and comedians such as Paul F. Tompkins (Best Week Ever), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Busy Philipps (Freaks & Geeks), James Urbaniak (Venture Bros), John DiMaggio (Futurama), as well as a parade of A-list guest stars like Nathan Fillion, Patton Oswalt, Jason Ritter Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Neil Patrick Harris, Ed Helms, Zachary Levi, Chris Hardwick, Andy Richter, Patrick Warburton, Dave Foley, Colin Hanks, Adam Baldwin, and more! This multi-faceted cast portrays all manner of characters from an ever-evolving array of recurring worlds and genre backdrops including space westerns, goofy super-heroics, fast-talking mediums and a British time-traveler… just to name a few.

About The Creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker Ben Acker & Ben Blacker have been a writing team for over a decade. Along with having written every episode of The Thrilling Adventure Hour for 100+ consecutive shows, they’ve written TV shows such as CW’s Supernatural and Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas, as well as the film Drones among other things. The Thrilling Adventure Hour is the thing they write most and best. They love it and they just want to write more in more media. Today comics. Tomorrow the world.

About Quixotic Transmedia Proudly serving as the Wonkavator for forward-thinking entertainment brands, Quixotic is a fun, accessible, and fully customizable hub for vertical and horizontal transmedia brand development. The one-stop destination for brand innovation, Quixotic provides the friendly and informed perspective of a brand strategist, the imaginative solutions of a creative agency, and the turnkey, full-service support of a transmedia producer. With a focus on transmedia brand development, we specialize in packaging and producing original brand extensions for top entertainment properties, building the bridges for those worlds to widen their scope and extend across multiple forms of media. In support of this mission, Quixotic has fostered a vast network of quality vendors in every facet of the industry, ensuring that clients make the right friends and align their brands with industry pioneers capable of bringing their ideas to life. Learn more about how you can change the way that you share stories with the world at

About Archaia Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Bolivar, Rust, Gunnerkrigg Court, Old City Blues, Awakening, The Killer, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year by Ain’t It Cool News, Comic Related, and Graphic Policy, which honored the publisher two years in a row. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology. So far in 2012, Archaia has been further honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations and three Eisner Awards, and both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. In addition to publications, Archaia has successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media. For more information, visit the Archaia website at

The Standard Launches Worldwide January 2013!

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Hello everyone!  Team ComixTribe is coming out of a highly successful New York Comic Con, where I at last got to meet my artistic collaborator on The Standard, Jonathan Rector.  What an awesome guy!

But now that I’m home, it’s time to confirm some big news I’ve been sitting on for a while.  As you may know, after the massive success of its micro-distribution program, Comix Tribe made connections with Diamond, and with it gained access to a much larger distribution network.  A couple of months back, Scam #1 was the first ComixTribe title to launch worldwide, with issue #2 on the way in October and #3 in December.  The Red Ten is already set to be the second ComixTribe property to launch through Diamond, with issue #1 set for December.

Then, in January 2013, it’s time for The Standard.

We’ll be relaunching with issue #1 in January, and from there adopting a bi-monthly schedule that will see #2 come out in March, #3 in May, etc.  I’m incredibly excited about this.  Every step I’ve taken with The Standard over the past couple of years, from digital distribution to making the book available through local comic shops, to selling at conventions, has all been building up to this: getting a comic in Diamond’s Previews catalogue, and from there potentially opening my book up to a global network of comic stores.  For many creators, it’s when your comic gets into Diamond that it all becomes real.

But this is just the beginning.  The hard work starts in November.  That’s when The Standard #1 will be solicited in Previews.  That’s when retailers have to order the book.  And that’s when I’ll need your help.

To all of my friends, and to everyone who’s supported The Standard from all over the world, this is your chance to get involved.  I want you all to go to your local comic book store, and ask them to order The Standard #1 this coming November.  This is the order code they will need:


Note that down, burn it into your memories, whatever.  If you want to get your hands on a copy of The Standard #1 in your comic shop, that’s the code you need to pass on to your LCS manager.  Whether you’re in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, anything you can do to help widen our comics network will be infinitely appreciated.  Mobilise, troops!

2013 is going to be a big year for The Standard.  I’m excited.  Are you?


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