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SILENCING THE TRAILER Graphic Novel Arriving This Month

Written by on May 10, 2013
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Via Press Release:

With Silence & Co., the new black and white graphic novel, arriving on store shelves later this month, Crystal Productions has released the full length animatic trailer.

Crystal Productions has also released the final free preview of the book online. Presented as an omnibus 84 page compilation of the three sections released so far, genre fans can now try out the full first half of the book for free, online, with no downloads or special software required. You can find the link on the book’s website at, or a direct, embeddable version is available at

The book has been receiving rave reviews prior to release, currently sitting at a fantastic 9.5 on Greg Hatcher at CBR calls it “enormously compelling… It’s very tough and cool, in much the same action-movie, hard-R tradition as other crime comics like 2 Guns and The Losers”, while Mingqua Nguyen over at WCBR described the book as “Pulp at its finest. A terrific sample of the genre, proving that you can have sex, drugs, and violence in a story and still keep it classy”, and Brett Schenker at Graphic Policy writes “an action movie in graphic novel form.” For these and other reviews, please visit the site at

The story of a young hitman taking on the world’s most powerful criminal bank.

The book is a 176 page, black and white, original graphic novel.
Art is by Ron Randall (Alien, Star Wars, Trekker), letters by Eisner winner John Workman (Thor, Marvel 1985), cover by Eisner winner Steve Lieber (Whiteout, Shooters, Alabaster), and written by Gur Benshemesh (Morgan St. Watch Co.).

The order code for the book is MAR130990 SILENCE & CO GN, and MSRP is only $9.99.

Source Point Press Announces Jack of Spades Comic Book Series

Written by on May 2, 2013
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Source Point Press Announces Jack of Spades Comic Book Series

Via Source Point Press Release:

Source Point Press has announced the release of their brand new comic book series, “Jack of Spades”, to coincide with the Motor City Comic Con on May 17th. This new original comic book series follows Jack Spade as he battles “paranormals”, characters emerging with incredible powers and abilities, in a world on the verge of change.

“When you give man the power of a god, you can’t expect all of them to do the right thing,” says Jack of Spades creator Trico Lutkins. “Businesses and private individuals are willing to pay large sums to protect them against paranormals that their government and law enforcement seem helpless against. That is where our main character comes in…”

Jack of Spades is written by Trico Lutkins and penciled and inked by illustrator Joshua Werner. Lutkins’ writing can be found in a number of new releases from Source Point Press, including the book “Delightfully Wicked Poetic Tales”, the short story “Jack of Spades: Lonely Tower Lives” in the anthology “Alter Egos” (which also includes a story written by Joshua Werner), and other titles. Werner’s illustration work is vast, covering a number of genres. He has worked on such characters and licensed properties as Vampirella, John Carter Warlord of Mars, Transformers, Dead World, Night of the Living Dead, Dracula, War of the Worlds, Sherlock Holmes, and others.

“I’m very excited to have this series off the ground,” says writer Trico Lutkins. “Everything has come together perfectly. JoS has the best illustrator and collaborator a guy could ask for, Joshua Werner. And I’m very proud to have JoS as the flagship series for Source Point Press’ comic book line.”

“Jack of Spades has a unique visual style and fresh take on the superhero genre that will excite a lot of readers,” says illustrator Joshua Werner. “It’s definitely going to turn some heads, and it’s the start of something big. I recommend readers jump on this story now so they can watch this incredible story unfold from the beginning.”

Jack of Spades #0, the premier issue of the series, will be available for sale in limited stores and online retailers; those having trouble finding the premier issue are encouraged to visit for purchases and inquiries.

Source Point Press is an independent press that publishes anthologies, novels, chapbooks, comics, and graphic novels. Source Point press has a number of products available or scheduled for release in the near future including the comic series “Serial” and “Source Point Press Presents”, the anthologies “Alter Egos Volume 1” and “Alter Egos Volume 2”, and the books “Delightfully Wicked Poetic Tales”, and “Weird Little Kid”.

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Sci-Fi Web Series Dirigible Days Announces Comic Book Sequel

Written by on Apr 25, 2013
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ST. LOUIS, Missouri, April 24, 2013 – Day 304 Productions is developing a comic book sequel to their award-winning steampunk web series Dirigible Days. The sequel, titled Dirigible Days: 998, reunites Captain Santiago Dunbar, mute pilot Josie Devereaux, and comedic engineer Hooper Jefferson as they race across a retro-futuristic Africa in their airship S.S. Beatrix to stop a militaristic empire from completing a weaponized robot colossus.

The cover art for Dirigible Days: 998 will be drawn by two-time Eisner Award winning artist Rick Burchett, best known for his work with DC Comics, Marvel and Disney, including The Batman and Robin Adventures and the steampunk web comicLady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether.  Artist Chris Bailey, creator of the promotional art and introduction animation used in the Dirigible Days web series, will be illustrating the interior artwork.

“Taking the story from a web series to a comic is an exciting challenge,” says Gary Lobstein of Day 304. “I love movies and comics, so it will be a blast to make Dirigible Days in both mediums and show just how expansive this world is.”

Day 304 Productions is running a Kickstarter fundraiser from April 19 until May 31 to produce the comic book. The $7,800 goal is needed to pay for artwork and printing costs. If successful, Dirigible Days: 998 will be released Summer 2014 and will be available for purchase online and at local St. Louis comic book stores. The Dirigible Days web series was also produced with funds from a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Steampunk is a science fiction genre that mixes 19th century fantasy and the Wild West with steam-powered machinery and anachronistic technology.

A breakout entry in the burgeoning steampunk market, Dirigible Days has won multiple film festival awards, and its Facebook page has over 7,600 fans. The five-part science-fiction web series followed the crew of the airship S.S. Beatrix and their fateful encounter with the sadistic leader of the Cult of Cthulhu and featured voice over narration by Anthony Daniels (C-3PO from Star Wars).


Written by on Apr 25, 2013
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The World’s Greatest Illustrated Magazine Spotlights Jesse Negron’s DRAVN In #262

Hitting stores now, fans are in for another themed-issue treat as DRAVN is unleashed for a full-issue saga of inter-related tales where dizzying heights of storytelling mastery cross paths with unadulterated science-fantasy. What if super-powered heroes and villains have always existed, buried somewhere under our mythology and folklore? We’re not talking about capes and tights, we’re talking about the real demi-gods that walked and pounded the Earth!

Created by filmmaker Jesse Negron (AMERICAN FIGHTER PILOT, POP & ME) and written by Negron with our old friend Dave Elliott (ATOMEKA, MONSTER MASSACRE), DRAVN features characters designed exclusively by Hollywood concept artist Keith Thompson (DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, PACIFIC RIM), and brought to life by artists from around the globe, including members of Imaginary Friends Studios and STELLAR Labs, to name a few.

In this epic story, history and legend get a bit twisted with characters as diverse as Camelot knights and Romanian impalers and Nazi stormtroopers all getting connected by greater forces, as super-beings stand revealed as the decision-makers and the rest of humanity left struggling with the pieces of a cosmic gambit more screwy than a primetime news headline.

Said HM pinch-hitting editor Dave Elliott, “I have always felt fiction is escape. Anything that takes you from where you are to someplace else is by definition escape. I think the metaphor is the most effective way of achieving that escape. By creating something that feels familiar and resonates with you it’s easier to believe in and therefore a more immersive experience can be achieved. With DRAVN we’re taking you to places that you’ve heard of and are familiar with and subverting them. Not much different from doing an “Elseworlds” or a “What If” story but with history and myth.”

Featuring an iconic choice of hyper-gorgeous covers by Kow Yokoyama, Kendrick Lim, Rob Prior, and Stanley Lau, the $7.95, king-sized issue is on sale now at finer books and comics shops everywhere, as well as directly from Heavy Metal. DRAVN is set to dive across mediums, across platforms, and it all starts in our pages. We feel like a new dad.

For more info, scope out the official DRAVN website and stalk us at the Heavy Metal site, your home away from hell!

Batgirl #19 Review

Written by on Apr 13, 2013
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Batgirl #19

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Publisher Website:

Writer: Gail Simone
Pencils: Daniel Sampere
Inks: Vicente Cifuentes
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Will a battle of sibling rivalry lead to a death in the family?

Reviewer’s Comments:
The final showdown between brother and sister finally arrives in this new issue and secrets are revealed and a father and daughter’s trust is betrayed in this new issue.

Before Barbara goes to fight her brother for the final time, she and her roommate Alysia sit down and have a conversation about the past few months and each woman reveals a secret to the other.

Barbara tells Alysia about the Joker shooting her, the wheelchair, and her recovery to walk again. Then Alysia reveals her secret which has made big waves through out comic book fandom this week.

With her roommate warned about James, Barbara moves on to save her family…from her own brother. Little does she know that James has a surprise of his own in store for Barbara. Without giving it away, the final showdown between siblings happens on a rainy night on a Gotham bridge. One sibling won and the other lost…or did they?

I’m excited to see Gail Simone back writing Gotham’s heoric redhead who wears a cape and cowl. I loved the scripting of this issue, the plot is excellent and the conclusion to this story arc ends with a bang.

The artwork continues to be subperb with the stunning action scenes and the character interactions.

Batgirl has been a favorite of mine since the new 52 began and this issue is why series continues to be. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for Batgirl in the future.


Written by on Apr 13, 2013
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Chillers, the graphic novel horror anthology based on the critically acclaimed movie from Troma Films, has a second volume of all new spine tingling tales set for national release April 17. The graphic novel series is edited by the film’s writer and director, Daniel Boyd, who also contributes some of the stories in the stand alone volumes released by Transfuzion Publishing.

The first volume of Chillers released last year was nominated for Best of the Year in both the Shel Dorf and Ghastly Awards and tabbed as the Best Anthology of 2012  by noted horror blogsite, Decapitated Dan. The debut book in the series also gained considerable praise with Ted Brown, reviewer for Comics Forge labeling it as “easily this is my favorite horror comic release of the year so far and will be very hard to dethrone maybe even impossible…”

The graphic novel continued in the tradition of the 1988 cult classic film Chillers from Troma Films,  written and directed by Boyd, an assistant professor of media studies at West Virginia State University.  “Our formula is simple: frighten and enlighten. Like Rod Serling taught us, beginning 53 years ago with The Twilight Zone, the best stories of the fantastic are those that say something,” he said. And after making more than 30 films in his career, telling stories in the graphic novel medium has been an exciting new experience for Boyd who describes the Chillers anthologies as a cross between the classic EC Comics and the powerful elements conveyed by  Serling in hisTwilight Zone tales.

“With the graphic novels of Chillers,  there is more of an immediate impact that has much more control,” Boyd said. “It allows all of the creators involved to frighten and entertain with unique stories linked by a common narrator.”   In addition to Boyd, the second installment ofChillers features several other accomplished horror writers, along with some of the bests artists from around the world.

Gary Reed, publisher of Transfuzion, said this second volume is not just a follow up to the first book, but rather just the next in the series.  “Each Chillers volume stands on its own, that’s one of the appealing aspects of anthologies,” he said.  “I think with the momentum of Troma re-releasing the Chillers film and the tribute album from the Buddy Black Band, Chillers is primed to continue its dark and twisted tales.”

In addition to Boyd, writers for the anthology include Robert Tinnell, Gary Reed, William Bitner, and more with art contributions from Andrew Dimmitt, Juan Romero, Ger Curti, Wayne Reid, S.R. Ayers,  and others.  Chillers Book 2 is available through the publisher, Tranfuzion (,, and other national and regional outlets.


We Love Fine Announces Winners of Power Rangers Design Contest

Written by on Apr 8, 2013
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We Love Fine Announces Winners of Power Rangers Design Contest is announcing the winning designs in their Power Rangers Design Contest, all of which are now available in the store as official Power Rangers merchandise!
Dozens of talented artists participated in this competition and the results are ten outstanding designs that capture the excitement and spirit of this enduring action series; among the winners are the grand prize winner as well as Judges’ Pick awards chosen by Saban Entertainment vice president, Elie Dekel, and actor Paulie Schrier (“Bulk” from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers!).

Congratulations to all of the winners and they are:

Grand Prize Winner: $1,170 Cash!

“Rogues Gallery” by Jerry Bennett

Judges Pick: Elie Dekel: $400 Cash!
“Alpha 5 Playtime” by Shirley Lam


Judges Pick: Paulie Scheer – $400 Cash!

“Doragon Renjiya” by Brian Nguyen


Runner Up: $150 WeLoveFine Gift Certificate:

“Heroes” by Eric Berry


Runner Up: $150 WeLoveFine Gift Certificate:

“Shock of Ages” by Sara Miscavage

Honorable Mentions: $50 WeLovefine Gift Certificate:

“Villainous” by Daniel Toledo

“Mighty Megazord” by Mandy Lennon

“Rangers Are Go” by Nick Rivers

“Black Ranger Rises” by Moysche Designs

“Tommy Generation” by Tico Jimenez

To learn more about the artists click here.

Stock*Pile Comics Launches New Title “Broken Legacy”

Written by on Apr 8, 2013
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Stock*Pile Comics Launches New Title

Stock*Pile Comics is proud to announce the launch of the the new comic “Broken Legacy” by writer Rian Miller and artist Jesse Munoz.

 Broken Legacy is a fantasy/action comic book series which tells the story of brothers Tobias and Gabriel. At a young age they find themselves thrust into an unforgiving world and forced to forfeit a normal childhood. Relying on one another to survive, a strong bond formed between the two who have grown up and devoted their lives to helping others escape a fate similar to their own.
A new threat emerges when a group of undesirables led by a man called Malacan attempt to abduct a young boy from a village under Toby and Gabe’s protection. What the brothers do not yet know is what Malacan wants with the child and what that will mean to the fate of their home and their people. High-flying action, treacherous deceit, the exploration of a magical world, and tremendous heartbreak lie ahead for our heroes, as well as a secret about their past which will make all the difference in deciding the course of their future.
Broken Legacy #1 marks the beginning of the first arc in the unfolding saga of Tobias and Gabriel. Underlying the otherworldly creatures, heart-pounding adventure, and sense of wonder of Broken Legacy is a story about doing what’s right in the face of adversity and the importance of having someone to trust in and rely on. A story that, despite it’s fantastic nature, anyone can relate to.
Broken Legacy was funded by backer donations on
Broken Legacy #1 is available digitally April 3, 2013 at and will premiere in print at Boston Comic Con, April 20 – 21, 2013.
Stock*Pile Comics is an independent comic imprint formed by former Kubert School classmates, Jesse Munoz, Rian Miller, Joel Lolar, and Jacob Rhodes. Stock*Pile comics has published two previous comics, Forever Winter and Man-Gull.
Written by RIAN MILLER
Art & Cover by JESSE MUNOZ

Batwing #19 Review

Written by on Apr 6, 2013
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Batwing #19

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Publisher Website:

Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Pencils: Eduardo Pansica
Inks: Julio Ferreira
Colors: Jason Wright
Number of Pages: 25
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Batwing quits—and what new member of the Batman family is ready to take his place?

Reviewer’s Comments:
Out with the old and in with the new as David’s story as the Batman of Africa comes to a close while a new Batwing’s story is just beginning. And David’s send off is a powerful, emotional, poignant,and an amazing one.

The story opens with David and the original dark knight at a grave in a cementary and Batman asks David if he’s sure of his decision David tells him that he didn’t come to this decision lightly as tears flow down his cheeks.

Flashback to a few days before and David in his Batwing suit-a gift that Matu left for him-and he’s out for blood. His first target is his former childhood friend Rachel who goes by the name Dawn. Batwing demands that she reveals where she’s stashed the spoiled rich kid Ancil, killer of many women. It’s a rough interrogation by Batwing but he gets his answers. He also gives Rachel a warning: leave Africa and never return.

Batwing locates Ancil and just in time as he’s about to kill another. In an electrifying fashion, David captures Ancil and moves on to his next target Ancil’s father Marksbury. Quietly and violently Batwing makes his way through Marksbury’s hounds until he’s face to face with the man. After a thorough beating, Batwing declares Marksbury’s business affairs over and he goes out with a bang, blowing up Marksbury’s ship along with Sky Pirate’s vessel.

David returns to the hospital and is at Matu’s beside as he passes. Before dying Matu tells David to take back his life. And David begins to do so by helping Kia capture Ancil and then quitting the police force. Flash forward to where the story started and we learned that his ‘decision’ was to quit being Batwing. We’re then briefly introduced to the new Batwing’s suit designed by Lucas Fox and the new Batwing himself Luke Fox.

This issue was what I’ve been waiting for. I’ve been reading Batwing since issue one and I knew that this book had potential but over time it was slowly losing it. But the last few issues written by Fabian Nicieza regained my confidence. And then this issue just sealed the deal for me.

I’m a fan of the writing duo of Palmiotti and Gray with their run of All-Star Western being a favorite of mine. The scripting was brilliant it captured everything just right. The artwork is fantastic. This is the right team for this book. I also have a feeling that though David isn’t the dark knight of Africa anymore, we haven’t seen the last of him.

Overall this was a fantastic issue. I’m excited for the future holds for the new Batwing.


Written by on Apr 4, 2013
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A Press Release From ROK Comics: 
ROK Comics announces the release of Master Merlini, its latest interactive audio comic featuring an all-new incarnation of the real-life, world famous escape artist David Merlini.
Escape artist, crime fighter, adventurer, Master Merlini is all of these things and more, as he battles the villainous Caligari while a mysterious woman helps him discover an incredible truth about his world and his existence!

Written by Cy Dethan, author of the acclaimed Cancertown series and Starship Troopers, with art from Giancarlo Caracuzzo (artist on Marvel’’s Formic Wars and Gorilla Man), the debut Master Merlini audio comic plunges the hero into a strange world beyond our own, linked to a real world event in New York on April 18th 2013!

With full audio ‘play’ to accompany the comic and escape artist tricks revealed in exclusive videos as well as animations and extra background information on some of the characters, Master Merlini will leave you wondering… where does fiction end and reality begin?

Based on a concept by ROK Comics founder Jonathan Kendrick and David Merlini himself, who also voices his comic alter ego, Master Merlini merges the real world with a fiction that is all too real for its hero!


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