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ACLU, Cato Institute, Pro-football, Inc. & Other Unexpected Allies Join The Slants In Pending Trademark Case Before Federal Circuit Court

American Civil Liberties Union, Cato Institute, Pro-football, Inc. (Washington Redskins), and Other Unexpected Allies Join The Slants in Pending Trademark Case Before the U.S. Court Of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Court


June 24th, 2015 – Portland, Ore. — On Thursday, June 18th, multiple organizations filed amiscus curiae, or unsolicited legal briefs, in support of Portland, Oregon-based Asian American dance-rock band, The Slants, and their pending case before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The unexpected result included bi-partisan support from the American Civil Liberties Union, The Cato Institute, The Rutherford Institute, and Pro-Football, Inc. (The Washington Redskins), who argue that The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) violated the band’s rights.

The historic case began nearly half a decade ago, when the Trademark Office rejected the band’s trademark registration application, claiming that the name was disparaging to persons of Asian descent. Since then, it has sparked a national conversation on the role of government intervention, self-determination, and freedom of speech. After multiple appeals, the band finally argued before a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit but did not prevail. In a surprise move, the court vacated that decision one week later, ordering the case to be heard en banc (before all judges of the court) on whether or not the Trademark Office’s laws on disparagement violate First Amendment rights.

Dark Horse Debuts New Characters in Popular Line of Game Of Thrones Figures!


MAY 19th, 2015 – Milwaukie, OR — Dark Horse is now revealing new additions to their successful ongoing line of figures based on the hit HBO® series Game of Thrones®!

We have been floored by the response to these figures, Dark Horse product development head David Scroggy noted,and these will give fans the new favorites we have come to know as the epic saga unfolds.


Sansa Stark, the oldest Stark daughter, fled King’s Landing to the Eyrie with Littlefinger’s assistance after Joffrey’s murder and now travels alongside him. The figure measures 7.75” in height.  The fine detailing of her black and midnight blue dress is exactly as seen in the HBO series.

Image Expo Returns to San Francisco, July 2015

Image Comics takes industry by storm with a line-up of exciting creator-owned announcements


Image Comics is thrilled to announce the return of IMAGE EXPO, taking place once again in the San Francisco Bay Area, on July 2, 2015! Image Comics will floor fans with a slate of all-new, exciting creator-owned news and creator appearances. The event is open to all fans, comics retailers, librarians, and members of the media.

This will be an all-day event, featuring such guests as Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA), Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, WE STAND ON GUARD), Steve Skroce (WE STAND ON GUARD), Tula Lotay (SUPREME: BLUE ROSE), and Greg Rucka (LAZARUS). In addition, there will be special surprise guests in attendance.

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. Image Comics is pleased to offer early bird pricing through the end of May 2015 with General Admission tickets available at $20 and Premium Admission tickets available at $50.

Dark Horse to Publish ‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection’ 

The Definitive Collection of ‘Masters of the Universe’ Minicomics!


MAY 11, 2015: MILWAUKIE, OR—Following the critically acclaimed release of The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Dark Horse and Mattel have teamed up once again to deliver another must-have book in 2015: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection.

The toy juggernaut Masters of the Universe and its subsequent action figure lines featured memorable pack-in minicomics that aided in playtime for children across the world. Clocking in at 1,232 pages, this impressive oversized hardcover collection features sixty-eight US releases, including all minicomics from the ’80s Masters of the Universe line, the ’80s Princess of Power line, and the ’80s and ’90s He-Man line, plus an introduction to the minicomics in the current Masters of the Universe Classics toy line—all in production order. Relive the illustrated adventures that fueled your imagination!

IDW Publishing Honored With 11 Eisner Award Nominations for 2015!


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.



Best Single Issue (One-Shot):


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!


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.)


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.


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.

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:

Oni Press Promotes Editorial Staff in Anticipation of New Title Launches!


Gearing Up For New Series Launches Of The Creator-Owned KAIJUMAX,  And Licensed Titles INVADER ZIM, And RICK & MORTY, Oni Press Promotes Three In Editorial

PORTLAND, OR March 16, 2015Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today promotions within its editorial department. Oni Press promoted Charlie Chu to Senior Editor, Robin Herrera to Editor, and Ari Yarwood to Associate Editor.

chuFormerly Editor, now Senior Editor, Charlie Chu has been with Oni Press since 2010 and has worked on critically acclaimed titles such as The Sixth Gun, Black Metal, Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, the upcoming Kaijumax and Junior Braves of the Apocalypse.

I couldn’t ask for a better editor on The Sixth Gun, said Brian Hurtt, series artist and co-creator. Charlie is smart, insightful, and has an innate sense of story, but most importantly he’s as passionate about the book as any of the creators.  He’s a great guy to have in your corner!