Image Comics COVER REVEAL: HINGES, BOOK 1: Clockwork City

Enchanting fantasy by Meredith McClaren out in February

January, 28th 2015 – Image Comics has revealed the final cover of HINGES, BOOK 1: CLOCKWORK CITY, the enchanting graphic novel by Meredith McClaren. Depicting “new soul” Orio, a porcelain doll, and her familiar Bauble, the cover hints at the mystery and intrigue Orio will encounter in the city of Cobble.

HINGES is a modern fairy tale perfect for readers ages nine and up. It will be in comic book stores on February 25 and in bookstores on March 10. The full news release for HINGES, BOOK 1: CLOCKWORK CITY can be read here.

HINGES BOOK ONE: CLOCKWORK CITY by Meredith McClaren

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-253-4
  • Diamond Comic order code DEC140649
  • 112 pages, paperback, full color
  • $15.99
  • In comic book stores February 25, bookstores March 10
  • Retailers, librarians, and reviewers may request a PDF galley from Jennifer de Guzman, Director of Trade Book Sales,jenniferdeguzman@imagecomics.com

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THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA IS DIAMOND’S #1 BOOK FOR 2014!

zeldaJanuary 16, 2015 – MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics has secured its place in video-game-art history with The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia™, which charted as the number-one best-selling book at Diamond Comic Distributors for 2014*!

In February 2013, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia soared to the top of the Nielsen BookScan charts, making it the number-one book in America. The book also reached number one on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists. Dark Horse announced a record print run, and the number continues to grow as The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia dominates orders in the UK, China, Italy, Spain, and Canada.

This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong™, Mario™, and The Legend of Zelda™, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link™’s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creative team of The Legend of Zelda manga—Akira Himekawa!

* Additionally, Dark Horse Comics’ The Sakai Project, which celebrates thirty years of Stan Sakai’s marvelous samurai-rabbit saga Usagi Yojimbo, charted as the sixth-best-selling book of 2014.

 

DYNAMIC FORCES PRESENTS ORIGINAL ARTWORK FOR FANS AND FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

ONE-OF-A-KIND FINE ART FROM BAGLEY, RANEY, HANNA & ZIRCHER!

DFJanuary 16th, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamic Forces CEO Nick Barrucci opens up some of his personal art collection to the public! One-of-a-kind, original pieces of comic book art from some of the industry’s top names, including Tom Raney, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna, and Patrick Zircher! These pieces include pages from some of your favorite books, including The Outsiders, The Punisher, Uncanny X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Order, Robin, and more! Each page is completely unique and available for fans to own!

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Boise’s 2015 TREEFORT MUSIC FEST Announces Second Wave of Acts!

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Treefort-Music-FestivalBOISE, ID – 1/16/2015 – The fourth annual Treefort Music Fest – taking place March 25th-29th in downtown Boise, Idaho – has announced this morning, the second round of artists to perform at the festival.  The Boise based, multi-venue music festival has been gaining momentum over the past few years,  gaining international attention with independent and labeled artists performing from all parts of North American, Europe, Oceania and even as far as the Middle-East, with an ever-increasing presence of musicgoers travelling to Boise from allover to enjoy Treefort’s multitude of other various other festivities and events including music, art, beer, yoga, independent film, tech, for example.  2015 will the Treefort’s first five-day run, expanding from being a four-day festival in the three previous years.

The up-to-date complete list of 2015 acts now include:

  • Omar Souleyman
  • Josh Ritter
  • !!!
  • Built To Spill
  • Joyce Manor
  • of Montreal
  • Foxygen
  • Delicate Steve
  • Elephant Revival
  • Rubblebucket
  • Dark Time Sunshine
  • Beat Connection
  • Matthew E White
  • Geographer
  • Magic Sword
  • From Indian Lakes
  • Yip Deceiver
  • Wild Ones
  • Vinyl Williams
  • Rose Quartz
  • Happyness
  • Fruition
  • Wooden Indian Burial Ground
  • What Moon Things
  • YAMN
  • Two Sheds
  • Boyfrndz
  • Lost Lander
  • Shades
  • Spaceface
  • Father Murphy
  • Native America
  • And And And
  • Divers
  • Street Fever
  • Unconditional Arms
  • Sun Blood Stories
  • Bed.
  • Triathalon
  • Old Death Whisper
  • Polecat
  • BOYS
  • Wilsen
  • Afrosonics
  • Mwahaha
  • We Are The Willows
  • Like A Villain
  • C.J. Boyd
  • Future Death
  • Be Calm Honcho
  • Marshall Poole
  • Annie Girl & The Flight
  • Naan Violence
  • Bud Bronson & the Good Timers
  • Deep Creeps
  • Cabana
  • Toy Zoo
  • Everyone Is Dirty
  • Us Lights
  • Orquestra Pacifico Tropical
  • Wrinkles
  • Little Barefoot
  • King Brat
  • Hikes
  • Muscle and Marrow
  • Sugar Candy Mountain
  • HiHazel
  • Talkative
  • Customary
  • Braided Waves
  • The River Arkansas
  • G. Green
  • Homebody
  • Transistor Send
  • Couches
  • Eleven and DJ Jason D
  • Bat Manors
  • Stepbrothers
  • Oso Negro
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Adam Wright
  • Mindrips
  • Urquides
  • Hex Girl

Image Comics Launches Mail-Order Subscription Service: Image Direct

Editor’s commentary:  With Image Comics’ announcement today to now offer an at-home-delivery, hard-copy, discounted subscription service, what does this mean for local comic stores, if anything at all? As a comic lover who truly prefers printed material over digital comics (they just don’t feel the same), I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to have my favorite Image titles delivered right to my mailbox at home, but does this mean that I won’t visit my local comic store anymore to pick up issues from other publishers or gawk at the cool collectibles I’ll never be able to afford and maybe pick up a few packs of trading cards for my boy while I’m there? I seriously doubt it.

With the handful of smaller mom-and-pop type comic book stores that have successfully been hanging on over the years (I refuse to buy my comics at places like Hastings or the one-stop-shopping grocery stores), people who shop there make a special effort to do so. It’s these die-hard comic fans that appreciate their local comic book store(s) and will shop there, even if they do receive a mail-order subscription service from publishers that offer them. On the flip-side however, there are places in smaller rural or suburban interface areas that may not have the luxury of actual comic books stores, the way many of us are familiar with, so it’s a win-win in my opinion. With the notion that hard-copy comics may eventually disappear altogether within the foreseeable future with many of the larger publishers, in light of the cost efficiency and ease of distribution of digital comics, my hat’s off to you Image, for helping to keep the printed works alive and circulating :)

- JDS

Customers can now opt to purchase 12-issue subscriptions to their favorite Image comics and have them mailed to their door

ImageHorizBerkeley, CA / January, 15, 2015 – Image Comics is pleased to announce Image Direct, a newly launched mail-order subscription service that allows fans to purchase 12-issue subscriptions to their favorite Image comics and have them delivered straight to their doorstep. Image Direct serves continental U.S. customers only. Subscribe at http://subscriptions.imagecomics.com/.

Image Direct will allow subscribing readers to receive the latest issues of over 35 titles, including THE WALKING DEAD, SAGA, SEX CRIMINALS, WYTCHES, BLACK SCIENCE, VELVET, RAT QUEENS and more, immediately upon release. Subscribers will receive discounts of up to 30% off and will have the option to subscribe to every available title and receive 35% off.

VIZ MEDIA Announces Exciting NEW SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Anime Episodes on NEON ALLEY

The Thrilling Conclusion Of The Dark Kingdom Story Arc And The Launch Of The Black Moon Arc In Brand New Episodes

Available For FREE On Neon Alley! 

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1280px-VIZ_Media_logo VIZ Media delivers exciting news to anime fans and followers of the SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL anime series as it begins 2015 with the final episode (subtitled) of the Dark Kingdom story arc. Beginning on January 3rd on the Neon Alley streaming platform, the Sailor Guardians head into their epic showdown with Queen Beryl in Act. 13: REINCARNATION.

The SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL thrills continue with the premiere of the new Black Moon story arc on January 17th with Act. 14: CONCLUSION AND COMMENCEMENTPETITE ÉTRANGERE. Catch new Black Moon episodes into next month with the simulcast premiere of Act. 15: INFILTRATION – SAILOR MARS on February 7th. The Black Moon arc follows the Sailor Guardians as they are reawakened with stronger powers as an enemy force comes from the past to destroy Usagi and her friends’ future. New Sailor Guardians also appear to help Sailor Moon face her toughest foe yet.

IMAGE COMICS: Science Fiction Epic STARLIGHT by Millar & Parlov Dazzles in February

“Image Comics graphic novel imbued with wonder”

StarlightSMForty years ago, Air Force test pilot Duke McQueen saved the universe. Then he came home from a splendorous alien world, married his best girl, settled down, had two sons, and grew old. His stories of his journey across galaxies became the subject of whispered ridicule. But in STARLIGHT, the Image Comics graphic novel by superstar comics writer Mark Millar (JUPITER’S LEGACY, Kick-Ass) and artist Goran Parlov, Duke — alone after his sons leave home and his wife dies — gets a message from space: the Universe needs a hero again.

A sweeping science fiction epic, STARLIGHT features Millar’s most heartfelt storytelling to date, while Parlov depicts with equal skill a dazzling alien planet and and old man’s loneliness with his gorgeous, Moebius-esque art. Duke is returning to Tantalus a legendary hero, but is he still the man he was forty years ago?

The whole character just seemed to pour out the moment I started writing him, said Millar of Duke in an interview on Image Comics’ website, and I found myself really caring about him. His life is like any of our father’s or grandfather’s, except for this one amazing thing that happened forty years ago, and so as the first issue closes and he gets a chance to go back we’re really with him on that journey.

New Book Series to Detail World of Warcraft’s Mythology!

 

wow book seriesJanuary 8, 2015 — MILWAUKIE, OR – Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce a multi-volume series detailing the history of the Warcraft universe: World of Warcraft: Chronicle.

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 is a journey through an age of myth and legend, a time long before the Horde and the Alliance came to be. This definitive tome of Warcraft history reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.

Marvel Releases Ant-Man Teaser Trailer w/Cast List

Marvel released the first official Ant-Man teaser trailer yesterday. The cast looks incredible

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SDCC exclusive concept art poster for Marvel’s Ant-Man by Andy Park © 2015 Marvel

Cast

Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang/Ant-Man

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Lost and The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/The Red Queen

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Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Marvel’s newest TV golden girl

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Corey Stoll as Yellowjacket

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Michael Douglas as Hank Pym

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John Slattery returns as Howard Stark.

JohnSlatteryWith Paul Rudd taking lead as Ant-Man, the biggest concern is whether or not there will be enough comedic genius in the film to allow him to shine at what he really knows, and what we as an audience love him for.Take a look at the teaser and share in the comments below your thoughts on Ant-Man. Will it be the summer 2015 blockbuster?

Ant-Man hits theaters July 17th.

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Comic Review: Godzilla: Cataclysm

Review By Adrian Darth Shaw

Godzilla-Cataclysm01IDW’s new Godzilla comic series have been quite successful in their fascinating narratives and intelligent story telling, and the new Godzilla: Cataclysm TPB is no different. Combining Godzilla: Cataclysm issues 1–5, this book is set 20 years after the kaiju apocalypse and is the story of the survivors and their discovery that the monsters that ravaged their world might not be through wreaking havoc. In this telling, author Cullen Bunn sets up the kaiju to be the gods of the ancient worlds, us fearing what we don’t understand. The effect they had on the world and the survivors is evident from the first page and it’s very cool to see what a world would look like after an age of monsters.

Though the Cataclysm series’ art pales in comparison to that of the Half Century War, (it’s no surprise that it can’t compare to the great art of James Stokoe), artist Dave Wachter does do some great work with this comic’s art. However, the color palate seems a bit dull, perhaps intentionally to instill a dismal aesthetic and subconsciously take away any shred of hope that you could feel within the story. Despite not quite living up to the legacy of some of its predecessors, Godzilla: Cataclysm delivers on its interesting premise and is sure to please longtime kaiju fans.

Look for IDW’s  new Godzilla: Cataclysm TPB to hit your local comic store shelves March 2015 (ISBN: 9781631402425).

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