IDW Publishing Honored With 11 Eisner Award Nominations for 2015!

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eisnerawards_logoSan Diego, CA (April 22, 2015) – The 2015 Eisner Award nominations recognized IDW Publishing with eleven nominations, with books being represented in multiple categories. The prestigious award ceremony, held annually at San Diego Comic-Con International, honors exemplary work from the past year in comics.

 

“We’re once again very gratified to get this notice for our books,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “Our nominations this year are a great sampling of the breadth and diversity of the kinds of books we publish here. We work very hard to produce the highest quality books in every category we are in and these nominations in themselves are much appreciated.”

IDW’s 2015 Eisner Nominations: 

Best Limited Series
- Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, by Eric Shanower & Garbriel Rodriguez

Best Publication for Kids
- Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, by Eric Shanower & Garbriel Rodriguez

Best Anthology
- In the Dark: A Horror Anthology, edited by Rachel Deering (Tiny Behemoth Press/IDW)
Best Coloring
- Nelson Daniel (Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Judge Dredd, Wild Blue Yonder)
- Matthew Petz (The Leg) (Top Shelf/IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books
- Steranko Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
- Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn, by Hugo Pratt, edited & designed by Dean Mullaney (EuroComics/IDW)

Best Comics-Related Book 
- Genius Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth, vol. 3, edited by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell (LOAC/IDW)
- What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck, by Michael Alexander Kahn & Richard Samuel West (LOAC/IDW)

Best Cover Artist (shared)
- Francesco Francavilla (The X-Files: Season 10)

 Best Lettering (shared)

- Todd Klein (Nemo: The Roses of Berlin) (Top Shelf/IDW)

Eisners Announce 14 Nominations for Image Comics!

In celebration, digital editions of all nominated titles are on sale for a limited time

eisnerawards_logoDark_Horse_ComicsComic-Con International announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2015 this morning. Seven nominations were for books published by Image Comics, and an additional seven nominations were shared with other publishers, bringing the total nominations for Image Comics to 14. In celebration of the industry’s support of creator-owned comics, digital editions of all nominated titles are on sale at ComiXology, Google Play, and iBooks.

 

FULL LIST OF IMAGE COMICS EISNER 2015 NOMINATIONS:

Best Single Issue (One-Shot):

  • MADMAN IN YOUR FACE 3D SPECIAL by Mike Allred

Best Continuing Series:

  • SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • SOUTHERN BASTARDS by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour
  • THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, & Stefano Gaudiano (Image/Skybound)

Best New Series:

  • THE FADE OUT by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

Best Writer:

  • Jason Aaron, SOUTHERN BASTARDS (shared nomination)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick, PRETTY DEADLY (shared nomination)
  • Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA (shared nomination)

Best Penciller/Inker:

  • Mike Allred, MADMAN IN YOUR FACE 3D SPECIAL (shared nomination)
  • Fiona Staples, SAGA

Best Cover Artist:

  • Jamie McKelvie/Matthew Wilson, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE (shared nomination)

Best Coloring:

  • Laura Allred, MADMAN IN YOUR FACE 3D SPECIAL (shared nomination)
  • Matthew Wilson, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE (shared nomination)

Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour Heads to C2E2 2015 w/ Exclusives, Signings, & More!

Valiant-logo-main-masterThis weekend, the Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour is bringing BLOODSHOT REBORN,NINJAK, DIVINITY, X-O MANOWAR, and more of Valiant’s best-selling series to C2E2 2015 – Chicago’s premier comics and pop culture convention!

From Friday, April 24th through Sunday, April26th, join Valiant inside the South Building at McCormick Place Convention Center for a weekend packed with special guests, Valiant programming, C2E2-only exclusives and debuts, giveaways, and more!

Stop by Booth #327 to discover the best-reviewed publisher in comics today by shopping a complete collection of Valiant trade paperback and hardcover collections! Plus: don’t miss Valiant’s latest array of convention-only exclusives, beginning with the BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 C2E2 Exclusive Variant! Featuring an all-new cover by fan favorite artist J.K. Woodward (Star Trek: The Next Generation), jump on board the acclaimed new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and visionary artist Mico Suayan right here! Then, check out two brand new Valiant t-shirt designs debuting this weekend at C2E2 2015 – including the first-ever DIVINITY t-shirt, featuring artwork by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, and the official Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour t-shirt, featuring the first wave of tour dates from Valiant’s silver anniversary celebration and artwork by Tom Fowler!

And look for signings all weekend long from an all-star cast of Valiant creators, including Matt Kindt(NINJAK, DIVINITY, RAI), Clayton Henry (IVAR, TIMEWALKER), and more!

Then, join a panel of Valiant staff and creators on Friday, April 24th at 4:15 pm in Room S405b for Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here – a step-by-step panel presentation detailing the origins of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Dr. Mirage, and more of Valiant’s top heroes and villains. Looking for where to start with Valiant? This is the panel for you!

Finally, on SaturdayApril 25th at 1:30 pm in Room S403, get the inside track on all of Valiant’s silver anniversary plans with the Valiant 25th Anniversary Celebration! From NINJAK and BLOODSHOT REBORN to the upcoming events of BOOK OF DEATH, find out what’s coming next for the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes with an all-star panel presentation featuring writer Matt Kindt, artist Clayton Henry, Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce, Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and more!

ONI PRESS OPEN SUBMISSION GUIDELINES!!

OniOn May 1st, 2015, Oni Press will be opening submissions to the public. We are on the hunt for new stories from new creators, featuring characters that reflect the diversity of the world around us. Oni Press has always valued content and execution, and we are looking for creators and projects that can support our goal to publish excellent, varied and original work.

WHAT ONI IS LOOKING FOR:

PITCHES - Cartoonists and writers, we’re looking for pitches. If you’re a cartoonist who can write and draw we’d love to see what you have. Writers, this is the day you’ve been waiting for—we are looking at story pitches without necessitating an artist attached. If you already have an artist lined up you think is up to snuff, fantastic! But if you’re a writer who needs help finding an artist, if your pitch is THAT good, we will help partner you up.

PORTFOLIOS - Illustrators and colorists! If you think your work is up to snuff and you are looking to be paired up and you think your artwork would fit in amongst some of the best storytellers in comics, now is your chance to prove it.

WHO SHOULD SUBMIT:

Anyone with a unique perspective and a firm grasp of the comics medium.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE:

An excellent sense of storytelling and well-developed characters with a definite perspective.

Ari    WHAT ASSOCIATE EDITOR ARI YARWOOD WANTS TO SEE:

I got my start in literary journals and feminist pop culture critique (shoutout to Bitch). I’m looking for complicated and nuanced characters with a developed perspective. I want to see diversity and originality, and I want stories with underrepresented characters—all I had in my formative years was Livejournal and The L Word, and no one should have to rely on The L Word to see themselves reflected in media. I’m a big fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and literary fiction fan, but most of all I want to read something I haven’t seen before. My favorite movie is Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, because life is a rich tapestry.

 Robin   WHAT EDITOR ROBIN HERRERA WANTS TO SEE:

I started off in the YA/Children’s book world and I think that world has a lot of crossover with the comics world in terms of story and execution. I want fully-realized characters (not necessarily “strong” or even “likable”) with agency and direction. I want unique perspectives and different takes. I’m into a lot of different genres: high fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, literary, romance, coming-of-age, and anything that has to do with weird food-based Battle Royales. Or Battle Royales in general. (I wrote my graduate thesis about point of view choices in Battle Royale and The Hunger Games.)

    CharlieWHAT SENIOR EDITOR CHARLIE CHU WANTS TO SEE:

The biggest thing I would like to see from incoming submissions is more diversity in not only the voices we publish, but also the kinds of stories and characters in our books. For too long a period of time, we’ve seen way too much of the same ideas from the same narrowing demographic of creator get pitched to us, and the only way to change that is to evolve the pool of creators we are talking to. If you are a female writer or artist, someone who identifies as a person of color, or LGTBQ, consider this an invitation and please come pitch us. We’re not looking for affirmative action in our books by any means, but with the readership growing larger by day, it’s important we find space for new voices who bring new ideas to the table while still maintaining the same level of pop appeal that defines the Oni Press library. As the tentpole and genre focused member of editorial, I’m hoping to find fast-paced and ambitious books that center around grounded, believable characters with the same diversity as the world we live in, and most of all, books that are fun, accessible, and original.

    JamesWHAT EDITOR IN CHIEF JAMES LUCAS JONES WANTS TO SEE:

Oni Press has always been a place focused on publishing comics for an audience inclusive of a wide demographic. With other publishers finally catching up, it’s important for us to continue to break boundaries and continue to grow the diversity of our line. Our catalog has always been diverse, but it’s time for that variety to be reflected in the characters starring in our books and the creators making them. I’m looking for inventive stories with rich characters, a thoughtful approach to comic book storytelling, and a dedication to craft. You should be pitching us fully realized, considered pitches that continue the long Oni Press tradition of character-driven narratives that don’t fit in with other publishers’ conventions.

Aspen Comics Returns to the Windy City with Big Dog Ink for C2E2 2015!

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aspen-comics-logo04-20-15 - Aspen Comics will have a multi-imprint presence in Chicago from Friday, April 24th to Sunday, April 26th alongside Big Dog Ink for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2015. This is the first time Aspen will be at C2E2 since 2012.

bigdoginkblacklogosmallcopy_400x400Aspen president Frank Mastromauro will join Big Dog Ink founder Tom Hutchison, as well as Shahrazad writers Kim Hutchison and Kari Castor, at booth #706.  There will also be a handful of Aspen/BDI creators available in Artist’s Alley: V Ken Marion (All New Soulfire) at B11, Jordan Gunderson (The Four Points) at K12, Nei Ruffino (Shahrazad) at P8, and Dirk Manning (Legend of Oz: The Wicked West) at H8.

C2E2 marks the premiere of Shahrazad #2, which will not be in stores until May 6th, 2015. Aspen will have a C2E2 exclusive cover for Shahrazad #2 by Ruffino available for purchase at their booth, in addition to a Fathom: Kiani #3 exclusive cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald. These variants will also be available as exclusive full-size art prints, in addition to two Shahrazad #2 prints by J. Scott Campbell and Mike DeBalfo.

Sony Pictures and Valiant Announce 5-Picture Deal to Bring BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, & HARBINGER WARS to Big Screen!

Landmark Plan to Bring Dual, Award-Winning Superhero Franchises Together in Shared Universe Crossover Film Event

Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures today announced a deal to bring two of Valiant’s award-winning comic book superhero franchises—BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER—to the big screen over the course of five feature films that will culminate in the shared universe crossover film, HARBINGER WARS.

BLOODSHOT, arriving in theaters in 2017, will kick off the five-picture plan leading to HARBINGER WARS and will be directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski (John Wick) from a script by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe fromOriginal Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce the film. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will serve as executive producers.

HARBINGER will follow shortly thereafter from a script by Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life). Sony and Valiant remain tight-lipped about potential directors. Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film(The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce.

Both BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER will be followed by sequels before the title characters confront each other head on in HARBINGER WARS—a motion picture directly inspired by Valiant’s critically acclaimed 2013 comic book crossover of the same name. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the five-picture HARBINGER WARS initiative for Sony Pictures.

IMAGE COMICS Line-Up For C2E2 2015!

Creator-owned panels, con exclusive variants, and signings you won’t want to miss

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Image Comics is pleased to be at C2E2 this year on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26.

VARIANTS SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#119):

  • KAPTARA #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod, cover art by Ramon Perez, $5
  • SPREAD #6 by Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm, cover art by Buster Moody, $5
  • GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #6 by Ryan Browne, $10 (also sold at Table #N1)
  • DEADLY CLASS #12 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover art by Jerome Opeña & Dono Sanchez Almara, $5

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: MANHATTAN PROJECTS & EAST OF WEST
Friday, April 24 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra, Nick Dragotta

The Manhattan Projects shows us what happens when science goes sideways. East of West shows us what happens when we get the world we deserve. Creators Nick Dragotta, Jonathan Hickman, and Nick Pitarra show us the world as it could be, and created two fan-favorite series in the process. Join us as we dig deep into our past and future.

IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: CREATORS OWN HUMOR
Friday, April 24 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland), Chip Zdarsky (Kaptara, Sex Criminals), Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards)

What’s funnier than funnybooks? Humor and comics go hand-in-hand, and Ryan “God Hates Astronauts” Browne, Skottie “I Hate Fairyland” Young, Jason “Southern Bastards” Latour, and Chip “Sex Criminals” Zdarsky specialize in jokes that range from the bluest of blue to perfectly silly. What does it take to make someone crack a smile? Come see.

IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: REVIVAL
Saturday, April 25 11:15 AM – 12: 15 PM
Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Jenny Frison

In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Dana Cypress must deal with murders, interlopers, and her own formerly-dead sister. Join Jenny Frison, Mike Norton, and Tim Seeley, creators of the hit series Revival, in this special spotlight.

IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: CREATORS OWN SCI-FI
Saturday, April 25 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Rick Remender (Low), Greg Tocchini (Low), Gabriel Hardman (Invisible Republic), Corinna Bechko (Invisible Republic)

In Low, humankind must seek refuge underwater from a sun gone nova. In Invisible Republic, a reporter discovers a hero who has been wiped from history. Join Low‘s Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini andInvisible Republic‘s Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman in conversation about what they do with the infinite possibilities in sci-fi tales.

IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: CREATORS OWN HORROR
Sunday, April 26 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Scott Snyder (Wytches), Brian Buccellato (Sons of the Devil), Ray Fawkes (Intersect), Kyle Strahm (Spread), Paul Azaceta (Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta), Jock (Wytches), Jason Howard (Trees)

The scariest things don’t necessarily go bump in the night. Sometimes they’re deep inside you, waiting for their time to strike. Sometimes they’re stuck between the pages of a comic book, struggling to get out. Paul Azaceta, Brian Buccellato, Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, Kyle Strahm, Jock, and Jason Howard own horror and are eager to make your skin crawl with fear.

IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: CREATORS OWN ADVENTURE
Sunday, April 26 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), Chris Mooneyham (Five Ghosts), Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal), Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L.), Rod Reis (C.O.W.L.), Alec Siegel (C.O.W.L.)

What do superhero unions, haunted adventurers, and an otherworld of young monsters and creatures have in common? Five Ghosts‘ Frank Barbiere & Chris Mooneyham, Oddly Normal‘s Otis Frampton, andC.O.W.L.‘s Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, & Rod Reis tell stories that do what stories are supposed to do: take you on adventures. Come see why and how.

Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim Reveals OFFICIAL The Force Awakens Trailer #2!!

newSTMark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, John Boyega, Daisy Ridly, Oscar Issac, Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams all took the stage just this morning discussing the the production of Episode 7, The Force Awakens, casting, practical effects, and not only brought out the and officially introduced the WORKING BB-8 Droid as seen in the first teaser trailer, but also introduced an quad of new elite looking Stormtroopers!  Sadly, Harrison Ford was not available due to recent injuries, but he is doing well.

Behold…The OFFICIAL Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer #2

You can view the full panel that begin at 10:00AM PDT on 4/16/2015 in Anaheim at Star Wars Celebration here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/starwars

Sega’s 3D Classics Return This Summer With Sega Genesis Games For Nintendo 3DS!!

SegaLogo_transSAN FRANCISCO & LONDON April 14, 2015 SEGA® of America Inc. and SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today announced the addition of three more titles to the second batch of 3D re-masterings exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. Featuring some of the most iconic games from SEGA’s Genesis™ console, The SEGA 3D Classics Series will let fans relive SEGA’s legendary console era and take them on a 3D ride through gaming’s golden age with 3D Streets of Rage 2™ in July, 3D Gunstar Heroes™ in August and 3D Sonic™ The Hedgehog 2 in September 2015. These games will follow the releases of 3D Fantasy Zone II (April 16, 2015) and 3D Thunder Blade™ (May 14, 2015).

 

IDW Games: New Expansion for Machi Koro Releases This Summer!

Latest Expansion Will Add New Cards and Mechanics!

San Diego, CA (April 14, 2015) – Get ready for more fast-paced, city-building fun! The latest expansion for Machi Koro, Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row, will be available in June! With almost 100,000 copies of Machi Koro and Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion already in circulation, the buzz keeps growing around one of the year’s biggest gaming hits! This new expansion adds more than 80 new cards and a new strategic mechanic that will have players completely re-thinking their construction plans.

We have been completely bowled over by the outpouring of love by gamers and their families for Machi Koro and theHarbor Expansion, said Molly Wardlaw, Managing Director of Pandasaurus Games. We love our Machi-fans and can’t wait to unleash Millionaire’s Row so they can grow the Machi-world even further with new, thrilling mechanics, eye-popping art and a dash of glam!

Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row contains 12 new establishment cards for Machi Koro. That brings the total number of market cards now available for play to more than 30, meaning gamers will never play the same game twice, and it gives the ability to fully customize their gaming experience by swapping establishments in and out of their marketplace in order to build the perfect Machi Koro game for any group. This new expansion also brings an interesting and infuriating Vacation mechanic into play that will foil even the best-laid plans. Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row is truly re-shaping the whole town!