Image Comics/Skybound is pleased to announce a special WALKING DEAD 15TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET stuffed with over 3,300 pages of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s walkers, Survivors, Saviors and a barbwire bat named Lucille—just in time for readers to enjoy in the days leading up to this year’s THE WALKING DEAD DAY on Saturday, October 13th.
“I can’t quite believe it’s been 15 years. This is an amazing box set and it’s something that I would be proud to have on my bookshelf…” said Adlard. “Here’s to the next anniversary!”
This deluxe boxset includes THE WALKING DEAD Compendiums 1, 2, and 3—each with exclusive, new covers—collecting the first 144 issues of the New York Timesbestselling survival horror series from Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. It also includes an exclusive, expanded edition of the HERE’S NEGAN trade paperback, which now features the previously uncollected origins of Michonne, Tyrese, the Governor, and Morgan. This box promises to be the most complete collection of THE WALKING DEAD ever assembled and is a cannot-miss experience for the ultimate fan.
THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM 15TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET which will retail for $200, will be available on Wednesday, October 3rd and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 11th.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that KICK-ASS #7 will launch an exciting new story arc for the series and introduce an all-new creative team to the KICK-ASS brand—Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin—who will succeed original series creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
“When we sold Millarworld to Netflix, the one and only downside was not being able to write more Kick-Ass with my new executive role, and so I did the next best thing—I got my favourite writer to continue Patience Lee’s adventures,” said Millar. “Steve Niles is without question my favourite writer in comics, and I rank 30 Days of Night as my favourite graphic novel of the last 20 years. I’m honoured he’s taken the time to do this and slightly in awe that, like Jeff Lemire on Hit-Girl, he’s already outclassed me on this book. I finally get to enjoy Kick-Ass as a reader!”
Romita Jr. added: “I’m lucky enough to work with Mark again, but even luckier to have worked on Kick-Ass again, as well. Every time someone worries that the same old, same old is in line for another go ’round with a title, Mark Millar completely crosses people up with something completely different.
My attempt on every new panel, page, and story is to do something different. I think Peter Steigerwald and I have managed to do that, and Peter’s brilliant color art is so vital to that difference. Overall, the three of us have provided something unexpected, and in all humility, excellent! I’m proud to have worked with Mark, Peter, John Workman and editor Rachael Fulton on this Kick-Ass title and so thrilled to hand the reins over to Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin. I’m confident these two great talents will grab a hold and run with Kick-Ass seamlessly.
I can only speak for myself, but I will severely miss this lady in the Kick-Ass costume. Pretty sure Mark and Peter agree.”
In KICK-ASS #7—Kick-Ass has wiped out Hoops Lucero and seized control of his criminal operations, but Violencia’s set to bust out of jail and get his bloody revenge on our favorite superhero.
“I am really happy to continue the superb work of Mark and John on Kick-Ass,” said Frusin. “The new character is gorgeous and I enjoy working on the book every day. I like drawing the world of Kick-Ass and its villains—Steve’s scripts are wonderful and the color work Sunny is doing is amazing. It’s great to have a team like this. I love doing Kick-Ass!”
Niles added: “I am absolutely having the time of my life working on Kick-Ass. It’s a thrill to be continuing the work set out by Mark and John and wonderful to be working with Marcelo and Sunny.”
KICK-ASS #7 hits stores on Wednesday, September 19th.
Bestselling writer Aleš Kot (ZERO, THE NEW WORLD), artist Danijel Žeželj (STARVE), and Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (REDLANDS, PRETTY DEADLY) introduce readers to a near-future dystopian America in DAYS OF HATE: ACT ONE this July.
The United States of America, 2022: the loss that ripped two lovers apart drove one into the arms of the police state and the other toward a guerrilla war against white supremacy. This is the story of what happens when they meet again. A story of much more than just revenge.
A terrifyingly realistic dystopian tragedy—in the vein of The Americans and The Handmaid’s Tale—The Onion’s AV Club describes DAYS OF HATE as a “speculative fiction that doesn’t pull punches” and IGN calls it “a beautiful and haunting look at a very troubled world.”
DAYS OF HATE: ACT ONE hits comic book stores on Wednesday, July 18th and bookstores on Tuesday, July 24th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, June 4th.
The trade paperback collects chapters #1-6 of the twelve-part series.
Special variant by Charlie Adlard in celebration of Skybound’s 15th anniversary
Image/Skybound Entertainment is pleased to announce that October 13th will mark THE WALKING DEAD DAY—an exciting all-day, globally celebrated event commemorating the world’s favorite, long-running, survival comic created by Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA).
Image/Skybound Entertainment is thrilled to reveal the first of many collectable THE WALKING DEAD DAY items for fans to keep an eye out for—THE WALKING DEAD #1 15th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT—which boasts cover artwork by current series artist, Charlie Adlard, for the first time, with colors by Dave Stewart.
THE WALKING DEAD #1 15th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT features a brand new cover by Adlard showcasing walkers invading comic book shops across the globe to celebrate THE WALKING DEAD DAY.
A selection of WALKING DEAD DAY participating local comic shops will become a part of the iconic story with their own special edition of this cover which will feature the store’s logo incorporated into the cover artwork. Fans should contact their local comic shop to inquire as to retailer participation in store exclusive version and to learn more about limited WALKING DEAD DAY promotional swag available.
First it was Warner Bros. Pictures a few weeks ago, now Paramount Pictures has begun talks for a film version of Ubisoft’s best-selling video game series “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” says Deadline.
The six games in the series thus far follow a covert operative and have sold twenty-two million units over the years. Ubisoft is expected to be very involved and retain control over how the game is translated into a film.
Paramount is the frontrunner to land the project but no deal is yet in place. Paramount is the studio behind the film adaptations of other works by author Clancy, and has both a reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise and a “Without Remorse” adaptation currently in development.
Hideo Nakata “Ringu,” “The Ring Two is attached to direct a live action film adaptation of the graphic novel “The Suicide Forest” says Deadline.
El Torres penned the four-issue series which revolves around Aokigahara, a vast forest outside Tokyo and the most famous suicide spot in the world. Spirits of past suicides are rumoured to be roaming amongst the trees.
An American ex-pat living in Tokyo must enlist the help of a forest ranger in Aokigahara to help free him from the clutches of an evil spirit haunting him from the Suicide Forest.
A scribe is currently being sought to adapt the work. Roy Lee and Taka Ichise are producing.
Anthony and Joe Russo are close to finalizing a deal to direct the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger for Marvel Studios.
The brothers continue Marvel’s strategy of finding unorthodox helmers for their movies. The Russos are known more for their work in comedy, having directed You, Me & Dupree and directing and executive producing the low-rated but strongly followed NBC comedy Community.
The Russos beat out George Nolfi, the Bourne Ultimatum writer who made his directorial debut with The Adjustment Bureau. The bake-off lasted the better part of a month, with the contenders forced to study The Avengers as part of their exam. F. Gary Gray also was an early contender.
Joe Johnston directed the first Captain America installment, starring Chris Evans as the titular hero. The movie, released in 2011 as part of Marvel’s road to Avengers, grossed $368 million worldwide.
Film critics who put down Michael Bay’s “Transformers” movies by calling them theme-park rides in disguise won’t change their mind after hopping on Transformers: The Ride — 3D at Universal Studios, but they might have a dramatically improved opinion of theme-park rides.
The $100-million ride, which officially opened May 24, is being hailed as a game-changer by the reviewers and bloggers who cover such things (yes, there is quite a bit of room on the Internet), and even rivals at Disney Imagineering have, in private, acknowledged that the shiny new kid on the block is pretty impressive and possibly, well, transformative.
Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, opening this month, has been the big theme park story this summer due to the scale of the project and the stakes involved for a Disney destination that was not the hoped-for success story in its first decade. Years from now, though, this summer’s opening of Transformers: The Ride might also be viewed as a milestone moment for its intriguing hybrid of digital illusion, real-world velocity and assorted atmospheric effects.
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Famed sci-fi author Ray Bradbury has died in California at the age of 91.
Bradbury penned 600 short stories, 30 novels and various plays and screenplays over the course of his life. One such film script was John Huston’s 1956 adaptation of Melville’s “Moby Dick”.
His most famous work however was the dystopian tale “Fahrenheit 451” about a book burner in a repressive futuristic state. That novel has since became a cornerstone of all sci-fi literature and inspired the François Truffaut 1966 film adaptation.
Other classic works include “The Martian Chronicles,” “Dandelion Wine,” “The Illustrated Man,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “A Sound of Thunder”.
Bradbury is survived by four daughters.
Every year I would see Ray Bradbury at comic con. While the geek in me was always enthusiastic to see and meet such an influential author, I always felt bad because he seemed a little out of it. But now I understand that he was there because he loved it and he wanted to be surrounded by the fans with whom he loved so much. Fahrenheit 451 was one of my favorite books growing up, even to the point that I saw the unofficial homage film Equilibrium. He will always be one of my heroes and favorite authors and I am sad to see him go.