Forbidden Panel

PETER KRAUSE
ENDS ACCLAIMED RUN ON
EISNER & HARVEY AWARD NOMINATED
IRREDEEMABLE
February 8, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios’ bestselling Eisner & Harvey Award-nominated IRREDEEMABLE gets sensational father/son team Eduardo & Diego Barreto to take over art duties for fan-favorite artist Peter Krause beginning with IRREDEEMABLE #29!

“A true visionary that brought the amazing world of IRREDEEMABLE to life, Peter Krause will definitely be a hard act to follow, but I know this series is in great hands with the extremely talented Eduardo & Diego Barreto team!” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Combining Eduardo’s veteran skill with Diego’s know how of the IRREDEEMABLE universe, fans will be happy to see this series maintain the highest level of artistic quality set by the great Peter Krause.”

“This is a classic bad news, good news scenario,” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “Peter Krause, a pioneer of the IRREDEEMABLE world and all-around upstanding guy, no longer joining us is the bad news. The good news? We couldn’t have asked for a more amazing artist team than Eduardo & Diego Barreto! Decades of experience and talent accompany these two men and we could not be more elated about them taking over for Peter!”

Eduardo Barreto’s storied history in comics began in the 80’s contributing to such DC series as THE NEW TEEN TITANS, SUPERMAN, STAR WARS, MARTIAN MANHUNTER and BATMAN. Eduardo also worked with Marvel on MARVEL KNIGHTS and Dark Horse on ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, INDIANA JONES, and THE ESCAPIST, and even on such seminal BOOM! Studios titles as ZOMBIE TALES. In 2006 Eduardo also took over the popular newspaper strip JUDGE PARKER from Harold LeDoux and continued on the series until February 2010. Diego Barreto began teaming up with his father in the 90’s with such titles as DC’s XER0, later working on his own art in SUPER GIRL. Beginning in January 2010 Diego accompanied Peter Krause as a fill-in artist on issues of IRREDEEMABLE and continues to do so today.

When it debuted in April 2009, IRREDEEMABLE quickly became BOOM! Studios’ all-time bestselling book to date. Since its release IRREDEEMABLE has garnered much critical acclaim including three Eisner Award nominations for such categories as Best Continuing Series and Best Writer, Mark Waid, as well as two Harvey Award nominations for Best New Series and Best Writer Mark Waid. Now into its second year IRREDEEMABLE continues to be one of BOOM! Studios’ top selling titles.

IRREDEEMABLE #29 ships this September and is written by Mark Waid and drawn by Eduardo Barreto & Diego Barreto.

 

 

Hey Gang,

Top Shelf is proud to announce two all-new, all-ages graphic novel series in the current April Diamond Previews (for books shipping in June): OKIE DOKIE DONUTS and PIRATE PENGUIN VS. NINJA CHICKEN. We’re also excited about the new releases of OWLY & WORMY IN FRIENDS ALL AFLUTTER, as well as INCREDIBLE CHANGE BOTS TWO. Check out all the details below!

 

Owly & Wormy in Friends All Aflutter

Hot Off The Press! by Andy Runton

–$15.99 (US)

–ISBN 9781416957744

–Diamond Code: DEC10-1051

— 40-page full-color HC picture book w/dust jacket

Owly and Wormy want butterflies! But when they come home from Mrs. Raccoon’s nursery with a milkweed plant that’s supposed to attract some fluttering friends, what they get instead are chubby, green bugs! But green bugs are not butterflies! Will butterflies ever come to the forest? Only time will tell! — Published by Simon & Schuster under license from Top Shelf.

 

NEW IN THE DIAMOND PREVIEWS!

For this TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB MONTH, we have two all-new, all-ages graphic novels available for pre-ordering in the April Diamond Previews Catalog (for books shipping in June). Pre-order now with your favorite retailer!

 

Okie Dokie Donuts (Story 1): Open for Business!

by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos

— $9.95 (US)
— ISBN 978-1-60309-068-1
— Diamond: APR11-1155
— a 48-page full-color hardcover graphic novel, 5″ x 7.5″

Good morning! Welcome to Okie Dokie Donuts. Run by pastry pioneer and cunning culinarian, Big Mama! Okie Dokie Donuts is the best little donut shop in town! What’s her secret? Big Mama rolls in a heaping serving of love into each of her hand made creations!

 

 

 

Incredible Change Bots Two!

Hot Off The Press by Jeffrey Brown

— $14.95 (US)
— ISBN 978-1-60309-067-4
— Diamond: JAN11-1337
— 140-page full-color softcover with french flaps, 5″x 6.5″

Four years ago, an alien race of shape-changing robots came to Earth, fired ray guns at each other for a while, then gave up and flew away. But they left behind one thing: Shootertron, the semi-cunning leader of the evil Fantasticons! Fortunately for Earth, Shootertron’s memory is a little fuzzy. Unfortunately for Earth, the rest of the Incredible Change-Bots seem to be on their way back… It’s all-new action, drama, and comedy as Shootertron struggles to find an identity on Earth and the rest of the Change-Bots struggle to accomplish much of anything.

And CLICK HERE to check out the special hardcover edition!

 

Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken (Book 1): Troublems with Frenemies

by Ray Friesen

— $9.95 (US)
— ISBN 978-1-60309-071-1
— Diamond: APR11-1165
— a 96-page full color hardcover, 6.5″ x 8.5″

So what is this book about? It’s about a Pirate Penguin named Pirate Penguin and a Ninja Chicken who isn’t. They are the bestest of friends and also the worstest of enemies, all at the same time (just like in real life! Only more cartoony of course). We think you’ll like this book, as there are about a bajillion jokes inside, and it’s filled with action, adventure and arguments.

 

 

From our friends at Top Shelf Comics

CLAUDIO SANCHEZ

& BOOM! STUDIOS

BRING YOU A HUGE WEEK FOR

AMORY WARS RELEASES:


NEW READERS!
JUMP RIGHT INTO THE ACTION WITH
THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS
OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION


CATCH UP WITH ANY ISSUES
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED WITH
THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS
OF SILENT EARTH: 3 VOL. 2


CONTINUE THE EPIC SCI-FI SAGA IN
THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS
OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #9

IN STORES TODAY,
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011
VISIT YOUR LOCAL COMIC SHOP
FOR MORE INFO!

March 30, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Claudio Sanchez and THE AMORY WARS fans prepare for a release of gigantic proportions as today, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, three fantastic titles take you back to Heaven’s Fence with THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION, THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 Vol. 2 and THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #9. Start, catch up and continue the epic sci-fi saga written by musical mastermind Claudio Sanchez with comics legend Peter David , and featuring sensational art by BATMAN & ROBIN’s Chris Burnham, Kyle Strahm and Aaron Kuder!

For anyone who’s never experienced Claudio Sanchez’ intergalactic 12-issue tour de force, THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION is an amazing way to jump straight into the action for $1. That’s right! For only one dollar, begin Claudio Kilgannon’s adventure of war and rebirth against the evil forces of galactic dictator Wilhelm Ryan!

Enjoy the series but not sure if you’re reading the whole story? THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 Vol. 2 collects issues #5-8 and drops you right in the middle of the greatest war Heaven’s Fence has ever known! It’s heart-stopping action as Inferno leads his rebel forces against the sinister Wilhelm Ryan and Mayo Deftinwolf’s Red Army. But when the dust settles, the war is far from over.

Once you’re caught up, continue the unfolding space opera with the latest release THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #9! The grand victory of Inferno and the rest of the Rebellion soon gives rise to their biggest fear. When an evil figure reappears…Heaven’s Fence faces its darkest hour. Claudio Kilgannon must step up and be the hero the universe needs — but will he answer the call?

THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION is written by Claudio Sanchez and Peter David with art Chris Burnham. This issue carries Diamond Code of JAN111024 and a price point of only $1. THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 Vol. 2 collects issues #5-8 and is written by Claudio Sanchez and Peter David with art by Chris Burnham with Kyle Strahm and Aaron Kuder. This issue carries Diamond Code of JAN111022 and a price point of $14.99. THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #9 is written by Claudio Sanchez and Peter David with art by Aaron Kuder. This issue carries a Diamond Code of JAN111021 and a price point of $3.99.

From Radical Publishing

Created and Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Illustrated by: Paul Gulacy
Coloring by: Rain Beredo
Cover Art by: Paul Gulacy & Rain Beredo

A group of international scientists and archeologists on a publicly funded dig discover a hidden city beneath the streets of Berlin. Constructed as a failsafe option for the Nazi party should they lose the war, the city is also home to Hitler’s ultimate doomsday weapon – an Omega bomb designed to wipe out the human race – and it’s just been activated. Now, crews of scientists with state-of-the-art weapons and equipment must travel back in time to 24 hours before the disaster to stop the bomb from going off. However, they soon discover that rather than going back in time for 24 hours as intended, they’ve been sent back 65 years to the height of Hitler’s Germany.

Collecting the critically acclaimed miniseries in a never-before-seen trade paperback edition that includes an in-depth interview with creators/writers, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray as well as never-before-seen designs and character renderings from Paul Gulacy.

To dig deeper into the Time Bomb story, check out the all new facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/timebombpage, where you get access to never before seen material, behind the scenes artwork, interact with talent and much, much more!!!

http://www.facebook.com/timebombpage
http://www.radicalpublishing.com/titles/books/timebomb

Location:A Comic Shop Near You… 

Time:8:00AM Wednesday, March 9th

Here’s a list of publications and websites looking for writers to give money to!

 

TIN HOUSE

http://www.tinhouse.com/magazine/submission-guidelines.html

Tin House accepts submissions September 1 through May 31, and, as always, our summer and winter issues are not themed. Please submit only one story or essay (ten-thousand-word limit), or up to five poems at a time.

Fall 2011 theme: THE ECSTATIC – We are looking for poetry, fiction, and essays addressing the ecstatic and its counterparts–the comedown and ecstasy thwarted, whether by internal or external means. Deadline: April 1, 2011.

Winter 2011 theme: BEAUTY – We are looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that confronts notions of beauty across cultures, economic strata, genders, and races. We’ll also be looking for pieces that look into the marketing of beauty, and how notions of beauty are used to create celebrity and at the same time to marginalize and exclude. Deadline: April 1, 2011.

Spring 2012 theme: WEIRD SCIENCE – From nanobots and neutrinos to architeuthis, the real is often stranger than the most speculative sci-fi. We are looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that goes beyond the headlines into current, past, and future scientific explanations of “reality.” We are open to speculative fiction, if there are humans involved. Deadline: November 1, 2011.

 

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DEADLY INK 2011 SHORT STORY COLLECTION

http://www.deadlyink.com/short.html

NO ENTRY FEE

All stories must be no more than 5,000 words, contain mystery, murder or mayhem and take place in New Jersey. Winners will be announced at the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference luncheon. First Place: $25 and free registration to 2011 conference. All other published entries: $25. All profits from the sales of the 2011 anthology by Deadly Ink will be donated to the Christopher Reeve Foundation. The 2011 Deadly Ink Anthology will be available for sale at the 2011 conference. You do not need to attend the conference to enter the contest. Entries must be sent to info@deadlyink.com as a word .doc or .rtf file by March 31, 2011.

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TRADING CARD FICTION CONTEST
http://stymiemag.submishmash.com/Submit
$5 ENTRY FEE
Limit 100 words. Stymie Magazine will publish the winning short story along with a selection of other finalists as part of a limited edition Trading Card Fiction set available in mid-2011. The winning story will receive a cash prize of $150. All finalists will receive a complimentary Trading Card Fiction set. Deadline March 15, 2011.

 

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WOW Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season and the flavor of our sponsor, if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun! OPEN PROMPT. We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance! So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Word Count – 250 to 750 words

Deadline – May 31st 2011

 

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SHOCK TOTEM

Open for submissions – http://www.shocktotem.com/guidelines/

WHAT WE WANT:

Fiction: We consider original, unpublished stories within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. Stories must have a clear horror element. We’re looking for short stories up to 5,000 words (firm).

Nonfiction: We want journalism, well-researched and emotionally compelling nonfiction about real horrors—disease, poverty, addiction, etc. We will also consider work on other, relative subjects within the confines of dark fantasy and horror.

Flash Fiction: We interested in tightly woven flash fiction, 1,000 words or less.

Microfiction: To avoid blank pages in future issues, we’re now looking for very short flash pieces, 200 words or less.

Poetry: We’re interested in dark poetry on a limited basis. Submit no more than three poems at a time.

Artwork: We typically solicit artwork. But if you think your work fits our style, please submit it.

 

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CHI ZINE

Open for submissions – http://www.chizine.com/submissions_fiction.htm

FICTION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Dark.
  • Well-written.
  • 4,000 words or less.
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf), Microsoft Word (.doc) attachments, or, preferably, Open Office format (.odt).
  • No reprints.
  • A simultaneous submission is okay, as long as you tell us it’s simultaneous.
  • No multiple submissions.
  • Be sure to write your name and the story’s title in the Subject line of the email.

Payment (on publication): 7 cents per word (USD). Email submissions to fiction@chizine.com.

Response time: up to 3 months

 

 

Acclaimed hacker comic WIZZYWIG comes to Top Shelf!

We’re delighted to announce that Top Shelf has signed the complete graphic novel WIZZYWIG by Ed Piskor, to be published in 2012. Ed’s DIY releases of chapters of WIZZYWIG have already garnered substantial accolades and a cult fanbase, and we are eager to share this book with the world.

They say What You See Is What You Get… but Kevin “Boingthump” Phenicle could always see more than most people. In the world of phone phreaks, hackers, and scammers, he’s a legend. His exploits are hotly debated: could he really get free long-distance calls by whistling into a pay phone? Did his video-game piracy scheme accidentally trigger the first computer virus? And did he really dodge the FBI by using their own wiretapping software against them? Is he even a real person? And if he’s ever caught, what would happen to a geek like him in federal prison?

Based on the incredible true stories of early hackers, WIZZYWIG is the thrilling tale of a master manipulator — his journey from precocious child scammer to federally-wanted fugitive, and beyond. In a world transformed by social networks and data leaks, Ed Piskor’s debut graphic novel reminds us how much power can rest in the hands of an audacious kid with a keyboard.

 

GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU also comes to Top Shelf!

GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU is for people who would like to read the Bible if only it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and its interminable passages of poetry, genealogy and law, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, usually in the space of a single page or less. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by Shannon Wheeler, GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons. Irreverent, yet taking the Bible at face value, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to know what the Bible really says.

 

 

NEW IN THE DIAMOND PREVIEWS!

We have three stunning new graphic novels available for pre-ordering in the current March Diamond Previews Catalog (for books shipping in May). Pre-order now with your favorite retailer, as you won’t want to miss these!

The Homeland Directive

by Robert Venditti & Mike Huddleston
— $14.95 (US)
— 144-page full-color softcover gn
— ISBN 978-1-60309-024-7

From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SURROGATES comes a new thriller about privacy, national security, and technology’s dark potential. Framed for murder and on the run from the government, disease researcher Laura Regan discovers more than she ever imagined.

 

 

 

 

Chester 5000

by Jess Fink
— $14.95 (US)
— 144-page sepia-tone h/c gn
— ISBN 978-1-60309-066-7
— FOR ADULTS ONLY

The sexy internet sensation comes to print! Chester is an erotic robotic wonder built only for pleasure — but what happens when he learns to love? The answer is a steamy Victorian farce of passions and pistons, a delight for adults of any gender.

 

 

 

 

Gingerbread Girl

by Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin
— $12.95 (US)
— 112-page flexi-cover gn
— ISBN 978-1-60309-080-3

26-year-old Annah is cute, charismatic, and totally exasperating for the boys and girls who want to date her. Did her father really extract part of her brain and grow it into a twin sister? Or is it all a big metaphor? Questions abound in this whimsical, thought-provoking story.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Irish-People Appreciation Month!

2011 is in full swing and Semantink has plenty of big news in this, the month of St. Patrick. We’ve got new writers and artists in the pipeline, we’re prepping for our first convention of the year and we’ve got several goodies for you, our beloved fans. Check out our wares and let us know what you think at Info@Semantink.com!

Get AsSIM-Ilated

Everyone here at Semantink is giddy over the premiere of our new title, Sim-I, launching in April. To celebrate, we’ve setup a puzzle game for you to play and get a small taste of what’s to come. For the first few people to conquer this puzzle we’ve even got some prizes! Head over to www.asSim-Ilate.com and try it out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sale Now:
The Undergrounds Volume 1
After an incredible first year, the first season of The Undergrounds is officially over — don’t worry, we’re just recharging for season 2.  Help us out and pre-order the soon-to-be-available trade paperback containing all of the first year’s glory (you’ll save $2)!  Get your copy now in the Semantink store.

 

 

 

 


Variant Covers

On Thursday, March 17th, catch the latest episode of our monthly podcast, Variant Covers! Join hosts Christopher Henderson and Benjamin Glibert as they delve into the latest in comics, movies, pop-cuture and more!  Our March session will feature an interview with former Wildstorm artist Joel Gomez, a review of The Wizard of Oz from 4-color virgin, Knuckle-Chucker, and a rundown of the latest movie offerings courtesy of Moscha, Man of the World!

 

Lets MeetUpMeetup group logo!
Semantink is proud to sponsor not one but two MeetUp events for comic book fans every month in San Diego. If you live in Southern California (or are visiting for a few days from parts unknown) join us for the Comic Savvy on the first Thursday and third Sunday of each month to chat about comics, movies, pop culture, or whatever else gets your nerd-motor running. This month our meetups will be on Thursday, February 3th and Sunday, February 20th.

Milanos Coffee: Home of our Sunday Meetup.

The CoffeeBean & Tea Leaf: Home of our Thursday Meetup (Wednesday this month — 3/1/11).

 

 

Meet the Middleman!

GREAT NEWS!  Semantink just slated their first release fo 2012! We know it’s a ways off, but we’re just to excited to keep this to ourselves.  This noir(ish) detective story filled with demons, angels and a very angry succubs is going to rock worlds.  Learn even more about this kick ass new title in the press release here.

 

 

Wonderful Wondercon!

This April 1st-3rd, Semantink will be headed up the coast to attend the first CCI event of the year, Wondercon! Even though we won’t be exhibiting this year, keep an eye out for the daily wrap-up of the convention in our blog section, and if you happen to be attending, let us know! We can hang out and rap comics, movies, or whatever else makes your heart sing.

 

 

Undergrounds takes a break!

The UNDERGROUNDS , our free weekly webcomic, is taking a break for a few months in order to collect ourselves for the newest season to be unveiled in May!  While we’re busy pounding away on the newer comedical musings, why don’t you pre-order the season one TPB?  You can get it here for $2 off th cover price!  What a deal!

 

 

Check out Semantink Publishing at their home page and Facebook. We love these guys!

 

 

 

March 4-6

Booths #402 and #502

DON’T MISS THE EXCLUSIVE
INTERLOCKING STAN LEE TRYPTIC
MADE UP OF STARBORN #3
THE TRAVELER #4 & SOLDIER ZERO #5

AND REMEMBER TO
GET YOUR OWN CUSTOM
“GET-A-SKETCH” COVER
EXCLUSIVE TO EMERALD CITY COMICON!

BOOM! STUDIOS GUESTS INCLUDE:
Eisner & Harvey Award-nominated
IRREDEEMABLE & INCORRUPTIBLE’s Mark Waid
STAN LEE’S STARBORN’s Chris Roberson
IRREDEEMABLE’S Peter Krause
DARKWING DUCK comic series artist James Silvani
28 DAYS LATER’s
Michael Alan Nelson
MUPPET SNOW WHITE’S Shelli Paroline
DISNEY PIXAR’S CARS & TOY STORY’s Travis Hill
CBGB’S SAM HUMPHRIES
BOOM! Studios Booths #402 & 502

ECCCExclusive Covers
STAN LEE’S STARBORN #3 (Tryptic Cover)
STAN LEE’S THE TRAVELER #4 (Tryptic Cover)
STAN LEE’S SOLDIER ZERO #5 (Tryptic Cover)
DARKWING DUCK #9 “GET-A-SKETCH” Cover
THE MUPPET SHOW #11 “GET-A-SKETCH” Cover
CARS: THE ADVENTURS OF TOW MATER #4 “GET-A-SKETCH” Cover

 

 

SCHEDULED SIGNINGS & PANELS
Friday, March 4, 2011

All Day Signing – 28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson

All Day Sketching – DARKWING DUCK artist James Silvani, MUPPET artist Shelli Paroline and CARS artist Travis Hill

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Mark Waid, Peter Krause, Chris Roberson signing

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Mark Waid, Peter Krause, Chris Roberson signing

Saturday, March 5, 2011

All Day Signings – 28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson

All Day Sketching – DARKWING DUCK artist James Silvani, MUPPET artist Shelli Paroline and CARS artist Travis Hill

11:00 AM – 12:00PM Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM BOOM! Studios: Big. Bold. BOOM! in 2011Panel — Room 4C3-4

4:00 PM- 5:00 PM CBGB’s signing with Sam Humphries

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing
Sunday, March 6, 2011

All Day Signings –28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson

All Day Sketching – DARKWING DUCK artist James Silvani, MUPPET artist Shelli Paroline and CARS artist Travis Hill

11:00 PM – 12:00 PMMark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing

2:00 PM – 3:00 PMMark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing

 

More at BOOM! Studios.

“HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN” HARDCOVER

FROM “KABOOM!” TO BE RELEASED MARCH 2011

Adapted From The All-New Animated Special From Warner Home Video

 

February 28, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – This March, join Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and all your favorite PEANUTS characters as Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, the very first PEANUTS graphic novel ever published, is released by newly-launched all-ages imprint kaboom! Based on the work by PEANUTS creator Charles M. Schulz himself, this graphic novel is sure to delight a whole new generation of PEANUTS fans!

“We’re honored to publish such a beloved property,” BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ross Richie said. “I can think of no better way to kick-off our new all-ages imprint kaboom! than with the first PEANUTS graphic novel ever published!”

Adapted from the brand new animated special from Warner Home Video, Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown features Charlie Brown’s kite-flying woes, Linus’ insecurities, Lucy’s unrequited love for Schroeder and everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy, in a lively and colorful spin through Charles Schulz’s imagination. This 80 page, 7×10, hardcover graphic novel ships this March at the suggested retail price of $19.99 in conjunction with the all-new PEANUTS animated feature of the same name available on DVD from Warner Home Video March 29, 2011.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is written by original creator Charles M. Schulz and adapted by Craig Schulz and Stephan Pastis, with art by Bob Scott, Vicki Scott and Ron Zorman.

“New original PEANUTS comic book content is a tradition that goes pretty far back in comic book publishing,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief, Matt Gagnon. “Dell Comics published ‘Tip Top Comics’ which featured new PEANUTS comic book content created under the guidance of Charles Schulz. ‘Tip Top’ ran from 1936 until 1961, creating well over 40 original PEANUTS stories and countless covers. It’s exciting to be a part of the return of PEANUTS to the comic book format.”

The Happiness is a Warm Blanket graphic novel and DVD dovetails into a larger campaign launched in January when PEANUTS proclaimed 2011 as “The Year of ‘Happiness Is…’”. Throughout the year, the classic PEANUTS concept, which cartoonist Charles M. Schulz coined in 1960 with “Happiness is a Warm Puppy,” will be celebrated with special-themed products, cross-branding partnerships, social media campaigns and nationwide activities.

Launched last week, kaboom! is the brand new name for BOOM! Studios’ three year old all-ages imprint previously known as BOOM Kids! This year sees kaboom! launch with the premiere of the PEANUTS graphic novel, followed closely by an all new original series by fan-favorite Roger Langridge entitled SNARKED! along with Scholastic’s WORD GIRL. Taking over the branding on BOOM!’s current publishing of classic Disney stories, the kaboom! logo will now be gracing other previous BOOM Kids! titles such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge and fan-favorite DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS and the recently announced DUCKTALES.

About BOOM! Studios
Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE, Stan Lee’s SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Fox’s PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE. BOOM!’s recently rebranded all-ages imprint, kaboom! will see publication of  PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED!, Scholastic’s WORD GIRL and DUCK TALES, as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES.

About PEANUTS WORLDWIDE
The PEANUTS characters and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members of the Charles M. Schulz family. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including CANDIE’S (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), LONDON FOG (R), MOSSIMO (R), OCEAN PACIFIC(R), DANSKIN (R), ROCA WEAR(R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R) and WAVERLY (R). In addition, Iconix owns an interest in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), ED HARDY (R), ECKO (R), MARC ECKO (R), ZOO YORK (R), MATERIAL GIRL(TM), and PEANUTS brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.


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