BOOM! Studios, one of the top publishers of comics and graphic novels – and two-time winner of Diamond Comics Distributors’ Best Publisher Award – has acquired niche comics publisher Archaia Entertainment. The deal gives BOOM! the largest independent company-controlled comic book and graphic novel library, behind only industry titans DC Entertainment (Warner Bros.) and Marvel Entertainment (Disney)
The move brings a substantial library of critically acclaimed titles into the BOOM! archive, including Royden Lepp’s graphic novel Rust – which, along with Archaia titles Lucid, Bolivar and Feeding Ground, has been optioned for feature film development. For more details, follow the jump to the official press release.
Okay, sometimes a concept just makes you laugh out loud – then scares the pants off you. That was my reaction to the press release for BOOM! Studios’ 6-Gun Gorilla. It definitely sounds like my kind of weirdness.
The first issue of the six-issue mini-series will be released on June 12th. Check out the press release (following the jump) for series description and ordering info.
It’s only Saturday and already Dark Horse Comics is burning up the internet with big news!
Firs up, a new Hellboy graphic novel, The Midnight Circus from Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo and Dave Stewart. Next, Dark Horse Deluxe has licensed rights to creating a line of products based on Powers, the procedural in a world of superpowered characters created and owned by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming – with a limited edition stature of Retro girl leading the way. And finally, Wendy and Richard Pini’s Elfquest comes to Dark Horse in a series entitled Elfquest: The Final Quest.
Follow the jump for details from the official press releases.
August 14th marks the next step in comics based on the popular Halo video games. On that day, Dark Horse Comics will release the first issue in the Halo: Initiation miniseries, filling in the backstory of supersoldier Sarah Palmer. The mini will be written by Brian Reed, with art by Marco Castiello.
Zenescope Entertainment, best known for its mature variations on Grimms’ Fairy Tales and unique take on super-powered characters (Fly), has announced plans to release five new comics titles in digital form first. The titles – Family Pets (all ages), Monster Hunters’ Survival Guide (Action/Horror), SciFi & Fantasy Illustrated (mature fantasy/horror), Guardians (comedy) and Suckers (comedy) – feature a range of genres. Zenescope will also offer continuation of previously published titles that will return in a digital first format.
The five titles are planned for a digital premiere in April, with each issue free for the first week of release and between $.99 and 1.99 after that. The official press release follows the jump.
A few months back, we posted a piece about a Kickstarter project by Zenescope Entertainment, seeking funding to produce a pilot for an animated series based on their comics series Grimm Fairy Tales. It might not be Veronica Mars, but Zenescope and Kickstarter did raise the funds for their pilot and have produced it.
The official press release and the first three minutes of the Grimm Fairy Tales pilot follow the jump. The pilot features by voice work by Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, Dredd), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Alcatraz), Laraine Newman (WALL*E, Fairly Oddparents, SNL), and Chris Hardwicke (Talking Dead, The Nerdist). It is definitely not a kiddies’ show. Just sayin’…
Here’s something you don’t see every day – a comics series adapted for radio!
Oni Comics’ Crogan Adventures series is being turned into a radio series by Canadian audio drama producer Decoder Ring Theatre for free download from their website and iTunes. Crogan Adventures will be written by the comic’s creator Chris Schweizer and directed by Decoder Ring Theatre’s Gregg Taylor. Schweitzer saw the jump to radio as a way to expand the series to another medium without losing complete artistic control.
There will be six half-hour episodes, with one available for download on the 15th of each month, March through August. The fiull press release follows the jump.
Spider-Man must lead his team of teen heroes against the greatest assembly of super villains the world has ever seen—The Sinister Six! Season Two of the hit series, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, continues as Spidey helps White Tiger come to terms with her powers as she’s being tracked by a villain from her past – KRAVEN THE HUNTER!
IDW Publishing and Fox Consumer Products just entered into a partnership to bring the X-Files back in Comic Book form. This partnership will initially start by re-printing collections of the original classic X-Files comics that was originally published between 1995 and 2009. Then later this year all new adventures will be published. What is not entirely clear in the announcement is, whether or not IDW will treat this property like recent TV Show adaptations – as an official continuation (ala Buffy Season 9) or if these will be further random out of time stories – like the original X-Files series. While this news excites me, as a long time X-Files fan, I will be very upset if it ends up being just random, out of context, monster of the week stories. Official press release after the break.
VIX Media’s new shojo manga release, Demon Love Spell features a shrine maiden named Miko who’s not particularly good at her job and Kagura, the demon whose attention she gains when she actually gets a spell right… sort of…
The supernatural romance series, Volume 1 of which is now available (with digital download coming on December 18th), is from Mayu Shinjo, creator of Ai Orei and Ayakashi Koi Emaki. Details follow the jump.
Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind – one of the greatest manga of all time – is getting a deluxe box set edition. VIZ Media has announced that Hayao Miyazaki’s acclaimed seven-volume masterpiece will be presented in a two-volume hardcover edition in a special illustrated slipcover and will include a full color, double-sided poster. Each of the two volumes will also include eight full color, full page inserts.
The NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND Deluxe Box Set will hit shelves on November 6th. The official Press release follows the jump.