Marvel’s Oversized Graphic Novel, “Avengers: Rage Of Ultron” Hits Stores 4/1/15

Two generations of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes rise to the challenge and come face-to-face with the Avengers greatest villain in AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON, the can’t miss original graphic novel coming to comic shops and book stores this week!

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New York Times bestselling writer Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force) re-teams with critically acclaimed artists Jerome Opeña (Avengers, Uncanny X-Force) and Pepe Larraz (Kanan: The Last Padawan) to take heroes old and new to the brink of destruction in a story that will redefine Ultron and have long reaching effects for the Avengers!

Avengers_Rage_of_Ultron_Preview_1Available this Wednesday, Avengers: Rage of Ultron debuts in a high-end, oversized format and marks another entry in Marvel’s stunning OGN line, featuring the world’s most popular characters brought to life by the best creators in the industry.

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Time and again, Ultron has reformed himself. Each time more vicious and destructive than the last. Today, he has returned, unleashing his destructive fury upon Saturn’s moon Titan – home of the superpowered race of Eternals and birthplace of Thanos the Mad.

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With the Eternals decimated, and Ultron gaining complete control over Titan’s central computer core, there is nothing to stop Planet Ultron! What hope do the Avengers stand against an entire planet of Ultron robots?

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Only Ultron’s creator Hank Pym holds the secret to defeating his unhinged creation. A secret that dates back to the Avengers of a bygone era. A secret that comes with a terrible price…

CLICK HERE to purchase Marvel’s “Avengers: Rage Of Ultron” graphic novel.

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Nakatomi Inc. Announces Their First Print From Comic Book Writer/Artist, Becky Cloonan

Becky Cloonan jumped into the comic book scene back in 2003 with “Channel Zero: Jennie One.”  Since then she has worked with the likes of: Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, DC Comics/ Vertigo, Marvel Comics and self published several comics in between everything else.  Needless to say, she is a gifted artist/ writer and on Tuesday, March 31st, she will be releasing her first screen print with Nakatomi Inc.

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The piece is called “Southern Cross” and it comes from her latest book of the same name with Image Comics. The book is written by Becky, with interior art by Andy Belanger and judging from the print, it’s a book that we are going to pick up on our next  Wednesday visit to the local Comic Book shop.

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Here is what Nakatomi Inc. had to say about the project along with the on sale info.

Nakatomi is very proud to present our first screenprint from the MEGA-Talented BECKY CLOONAN! Becky is a favorite around the Nakatomi shop- I’ve personally been reading almost every comic-book project she’s worked on since I first saw her work in DEMO back in the day- so to say we were SUPER happy to have her on board is an understatement.

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“Southern Cross” by Becky Cloonan
18″ x 24″
Edition of 150
6 colors
$40

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This stunning print goes on sale HERE this TUESDAY, March 31st at 2 pm CMT.  Be sure to follow Becky and Nakatomi Inc VIA:

Becky Cloonan: Website, Twitter

Nakatomi Inc: Website, Twitter, Instagram

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“Noir” Pays Homage To The French Classic, “A Trip To The Moon”

In 1902 the French silent film, “A Trip To The Moon” captured the attention of fans around the world and it has since gone on to be called one of the greatest films of the 20th century.

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Noir out of Brussels, Belgium has just released a new print paying tribute to this silent masterpiece.

web“A Trip To The Moon”  by SOZYONE GONZALEZ 

Format: 50cm x 70cm (19,7 x 27,6 inches) 
Screen print with moon details hand painted by the artist (each copy is very unique) 
Edition size: 30 
Hand Signed, numbered, dated and stamped 
Printed by Color & Screen, Nivelles

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Head over to Noir’s FACEBOOK page for more info about what they have going on and coming up.

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Is Anyone More Excited About 3A’s Upcoming Star Wars Line Than Us?…

… I THINK NOT!  If we had copious amounts of disposable income it would ALL go to 3A. EVERYTHING they touch is phenomenal and the fact that they are working on a new line of Star Wars figures has our heads spinning.

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Called  “Star Wars Alternate” here is what 3A’s Ashley Wood had to say about the project in on the company’s newsletters.

Anyway, what’s been going on? Ok, spent the weekend discussing our upcoming STAR WARS line, which I’ll say is gonna be called STAR WARS ALTERNATE for now, that’s pretty exciting for me, coz I’m one of those f***ers that got inspired the day I saw the first SW film! Creative puberty hit hard that day, soon as I got home that day I made lego space ships and pretended to be Luke Skywalker, I’m not sure I ever stopped. So to be able to add to the story – albeit an alternate view – is a gift, and that goes for all of us who will directly shape this new world. Expect a proper press release and info, and I’m sure everyone will say Ash you can’t just casually announce, but hey I’m Luke Skywalker, and if I remember he kinda just did things his own way!

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Now there aren’t any image other than this drawing by Ashley Wood but if you attend the following shows, you MAY get your first look at some prototypes.  If you SEE them, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, (yes we are begging) send us some photos!

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THAILAND TOY EXPO
(April 30th – May 3rd, 2015 @ Central World, Bangkok, Thailand)
SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2015
(July 9th – 12th San Diego, California)
JAPAN VENTURE
(September 19th-27th @ 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan)

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After seeing their take on The Invincible Iron Man and with the upcoming reveals of their take on DC Comics, more specifically, Steel Age Batman we can’t get enough 3A!  We know that the Star Wars Alternate line will be insane and highly desirable so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

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Vertigo Announces 2 Neil Gaiman Hardcovers: “The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition” & “Free Country: A Tale Of the Children’s Crusade”

Fans of Neil Gaiman have much to rejoice about this Fall as the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author will release two spectacular collections in time for the holidays.

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THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION hardcover by Neil Gaiman and artistic luminary J.H. Williams III makes its debut this November. The collection will be comprised of the six previously released issues (look for issues #5 and #6 later this year), which tell the story of Dream before the events of THE SANDMAN, including the spectacular gatefold featured in the first issue. In addition, there will be extra exclusive material including pages from the Special Editions, script pages, among others. 

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In this book, which TIME MAGAZINE calls “as weird and magic and dreamy as ever,” Gaiman expands upon the story that changed the landscape of modern comics 25 years ago. THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE  features cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny as well as the first appearance of Dream’s parents. 

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THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION hardcover features a cover by JH Williams III and will be available November 11, in comic stores, November 17, 2015 everywhere books are sold. No Sandman collection will be complete without THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION hardcover. 

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Also available in September is FREE COUNTRY: A TALE OF THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE. This marks the first time THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE issues #1 & #2, written by Neil Gaiman, Alisa Kwitney and Jamie Delano, will be collected since their initial release in 1997. The two-issue miniseries follows the Dead Boy Detectives who are on the case when several children go missing in a small English town. A series of strange and unexpected twists take them to Free Country, a place that dates back a millennia, where children never grow old and are free from the abuse and tyranny of adults. But Free Country is failing, and what it needs is the strength of five innately powerful children – including the young sorcerer Timothy Hunter – to restore their uncanny world to what it once was. In addition to the original stories, the collection will include a new chapter completing this compelling tale of ancient history, stolen dreams and lost children, in the way Gaiman originally envisioned. The new chapter will be written by Toby Litt (DEAD BOY DETECTIVES) and drawn by Peter Gross (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC). 

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“A long time ago, I wrote the first part of a story, and waited to find out how it middled, then worked with Jamie Delano and Alisa Kwitney on the end. For years people have PAGE_003.480x480-75asked how and when they could read all the story of the Children’s Crusade,” stated writer Neil Gaiman. “I’m glad to say that it’s now been retooled and refinished, and is something both old and new — a forgotten jewel and a new delight.”

 

FREE COUNTRY: A TALE OF THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE is a 200-page hardcover book arriving on September 23 in comic stores, September 29 everywhere books are sold and will include 64 pages of new material. Available for $24.99, the collection will also feature an introduction by Gaiman, and exquisite new cover art by Mark Buckingham (DEAD BOY DETECTIVES).

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Paul Johnson’s Animated Star Wars Short Film, “TIE FIGHTER” Left Us Craving More!

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They just don’t make ‘em like they use to.  Because of this, Paul Johnson took matters into his own hands and over the course of four years….yes, we said four YEARS, he created an homage to Star Wars that deserves to be seen again, and again, and again. (We’ve lost count of how many times we have watched it.

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Here is what Paul had to say about the project over on his YOUTUBE page.

What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays?
Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards.

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Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day…

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“Interdictor,” the music track
Story/character info 

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Special thanks to the good folk at Lucasfilm for encouraging people to get creative and make these kind of projects. It’s thanks to their extremely fan-friendly nature that we can enjoy IMPS: The Relentless, TROOPS, etc.

Do yourself a favor and sit back and watch almost seven and a half minutes of pure animated awesomeness and behold the power of the Dark Side.

 

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