From Dark Horizons

Yesterday it was the royal hunks, today’s “The Hobbit” dwarf pictorial (via Stuff.co.nz) features three more dwarves who represent a quite different background – the rougher and life loving working class trio of Bombur (Stephen Hunter), Bofur (James Nesbitt) and Bifur (William Kircher). Here’s the description of their characters:

“Born and bred in the West, descendants of coal miners and iron workers, they have joined the Quest for the Lonely Mountain partly to seek their fortune and partly because they were told the beer was free.”

Hunter is a familiar face on Australian and New Zealand television with a role in several episodes of the acclaimed “Love My Way” along with guest starring roles on “All Saints,” “Spirited,” “Mercy Peak” and “Street Legal”.

Irish actor Nesbitt is an outright legend of British television with memorable leading role turns in “Jekyll,” “Cold Feet,” “Ballykissangel,” “Playing the Field,” “Murphy’s Law,” “The Deep” and “Midnight Man” along with various film roles including “Millions,” “Match Point,” “Bloody Sunday,” “Waking Ned,” “Jude,” “Welcome to Sarajevo,” “Five Minutes of Heaven,” “Cherry Bomb” and Ralph Fiennes’ upcoming “Coriolanus”.

Kircher is a veteran New Zealand actor who was a regular on “City Life” and the cop series “Shark in the Park”, along with guest starring roles in the likes of “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Legend of the Seeker,” “The Enid Blyton Secret Series” and films like “The Last Tattoo” and “Out of the Blue”.

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE RINSE #1 (A)
THE RINSE #1 (B)
Written by Gary Phillips
Drawn by Marc Laming
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $1.00
Diamond Code: JUL110956

SPECIAL $1 DEBUT ISSUE! Acclaimed crime novelist Gary Phillips (THE JOOK, VERTIGO’S ANGELTOWN and COWBOYS) returns to BOOM! with a new brand of crime! High finance and low-down greed rear their ugly heads as Jeff Sinclair, the premiere laundryman in San Francisco—and we’re not talkin’ wrinkled jeans and dirty gym socks—is unwillingly pulled into a dangerous gig laundering $25 million in stolen casino skim money. Forced to truly consider his line of work and the evil that he facilitates, Jeff must find a way to clean the cash and wash away his own sins. A grounded, gritty look at the world of money laundering in the vein of Elmore Leonard, THE RINSE is a modern crime classic in the making! For fans of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ CRIMINAL!


ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #3 (A)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #3 (B)
Written by Chris Roberson
Drawn by Francesco Biagini
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110936

Signs continue to appear throughout the Multiverse that the Cosmic Balance is in peril, and the Eternal Champion is caught in the crosshairs! Across worlds, Elric, Hawkmoon and Corum begin to face the force that threatens to overpower them all, while Eric Beck, a modern-day video game designer, must acknowledge that his reoccurring dreams of a Pale Prince aren’t all in his head… Join New York Times bestseller Chris Roberson (SUPERMAN, iZOMBIE, STAN LEE’S STARBORN) as he teams up with legendary fantasy author Michael Moorcock to bring Elric back to comic books in an original ongoing series! See why Neil Gaiman called Moorcock “my model for what a writer was” while Warren Ellis said he is one of the “eight core sites in my creative genome.”


FARSCAPE #23
Written by Rockne S. O’Bannon, Keith R.A. DeCandido
Drawn by Will Sliney
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110935

Crichton’s plan to stop the Kkore onslaught starts here. It’s a major risk, involving knowledge discovered through the secret history of the Delvians. Nothing like this has even been attempted, but taking this risk might be the only hope for the crew of Moya. The penultimate chapter of The War for the Uncharted Territories! From FARSCAPE creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and fan-favorite novelist Keith R.A. DeCandido!


HELLRAISER #7 (A)
HELLRAISER #7 (B)
Written by Clive Barker, Christopher Monfette
Drawn by Stephen Thompson
SC, 24 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110930
One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Clive Barker has touched HELLRAISER only twice: once to write THE HELLBOUND HEART, and once more to write and direct the original HELLRAISER film. Now witness Barker’s long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series’ official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites…and Pinhead! He thought he knew his place in the void, but in this issue Pinhead discovers something that will shake HELLRAISER fans to their core.


INCORRUPTIBLE #22 (A)
INCORRUPTIBLE #22 (B)
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Marcio Takara
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110938

Max’s efforts at rebuilding Coalville and redeeming himself to the world have suddenly been cut short by the return of The Plutonian —and Max finds he’s woefully unprepared. What lengths will he go to in order to be ready to take Plutonian on —and what sacrifices will he have to make to ensure Earth’s survival? The showdown you’ve been waiting for is here! Don’t miss this game-changing issue of Mark Waid’s stirring superhero saga!


IRREDEEMABLE #29 (A)
IRREDEEMABLE #29 (B)
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Eduardo Barretto
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110939

Hope is slipping from society as Plutonian returns to earth and lays waste to Earth’s protectors. With all opposition broken and all defenses shattered —what’s left of the Paradigm is scattered across the globe. Now the only beings in existence that may stand any chance of taming Plutonian are…his parents? Don’t miss this stunning issue of Mark Waid’s multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated epic superhero series!


PLANET OF THE APES #6 (A)
PLANET OF THE APES #6 (B)
Written by Daryl Gregory
Drawn by Carlos Magno
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110947
The hit series continues! The ferociousness of the apes’ plans against humans is finally revealed! As humans face oppressive tactics not seen in centuries, they choose to fight with newfound viciousness — committing an act so severe it will have reverberations for years to come! Superstar writer Daryl Gregory and white hot artist Carlos Magno ensure you have to “get your hands on these damn dirty apes!”



STAN LEE’S SOLDIER ZERO #12
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Drawn by Javier Pina
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110949

LAST ISSUE! Stan Lee, Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning bring the year’s most colossal crossover to a close with the series finale that will forever change the universe! Soldier Zero, the Traveler, Starborn, the Inheritors…what is their fate? Find out as Stan “The Man” Lee concludes the finest superhero run of the year!


STAN LEE’S STARBORN #10
Written by Chris Roberson
Drawn by Khary Randolph
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110952

 

The crossover fans have been clamoring for continues to be NOT OF THIS WORLD! With a new menacing threat terrorizing Earth, will Starborn fight for us…or against us? SUPERMAN’s Chris Roberson and SPIDER-MAN’s Khary Randolph bring you a Stan Lee superhero scorcher that redefines the sci-fi superhero genre! Worlds collide this month in true Stan Lee fashion!


STAN LEE’S THE TRAVELER #11
Written by Mark Waid, Tom Peyer
Drawn by Chad Hardin
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110954

With the horrific plans of The Inheritors finally revealed, it’s up to the Traveler and Soldier Zero to find the source of their power before the entire planet is sucked into the cataclysmic fray! The crossover event of the year continues as Tom Peyer joins comic book icons Stan Lee and Mark Waid to bring you more time-traveling mind-benders!


DRACULA: THE COMPANY OF MONSTERS VOL. 3 TPB
Written by Daryl Gregory, Kurt Busiek
Drawn by Scott Godlewski, Damian Couceiro
SC, 112 pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99
ISBN13: 9781608860586
Diamond Code: JUL110932
The terrifying conclusion to the critically acclaimed series from comics legend Kurt Busiek! After a powerful, predatory corporation acquires Dracula as a valuable asset, they soon discover one terrifying truth: no one can own the Son of the Dragon! As the vampire armies of the corporation and Dracula face off against each other, our hero Evan must enter into an unlikely alliance with Marta and her team of vampire hunters. As Dracula and the corporation’s fight reaches a fever pitch, can Evan and Marta work together long enough to rally a rebellion that will be able to withstand the onslaught? It’s bloodsuckers vs. bloodsucker, as Busiek brings an incredibly modern spin to the Dracula mythos with award-winning author Daryl Gregrory (PANDEMONIUM, PLANET OF THE APES) and rising star artists Scott Godlewski (CODEBREAKERS) and Damian Couceiro (NOLA).


HELLRAISER VOL. 1 TPB
Written by Clive Barker, Christopher Monfette
Drawn by Leonardo Manco, Stephen Thompson
SC, 112 pgs, FC, SRP: $9.99
ISBN13: 9781608860722
Diamond Code: JUL110928
One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Clive Barker has touched HELLRAISER only twice: once to write THE HELLBOUND HEART, and once more to write and direct the original HELLRAISER film. Now witness Barker’s long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series’ official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites…and Pinhead! So prepare your soul for an epic journey into horror from one of the medium’s greatest voices, and starring one of the medium’s greatest characters, in an unforgettable new chapter of HELLRAISER.


IRREDEEMABLE VOL.7 TPB
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Diego Barreto, Peter Krause
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $16.99
ISBN13: 9781608860555
Diamond Code: JUL110940
Plutonian has been banished by the Paradigm to an off-world insane asylum… but it’s proving too weak to hold him. Meanwhile, upon seeing a darker side of Survivor, Qubit has entered into an uneasy alliance with Modeus, the Plutonian’s arch-nemesis and one of Earth’s most feared supervillains to figure out how to stop the Plutonian once and for all. But what will happen when the Mad God returns to Earth? From Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (KINGDOM COME, EMPIRE) comes the latest volume in this epic superhero series!


STAN LEE’S SOLDIER ZERO VOL.2 TPB
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Diego Barreto, Peter Krause
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $16.99
ISBN13: 978-1-60886-060-9
Diamond Code: JUL110951
STAN’S BACK! Now in trade paperback! Stan Lee, the most colossal force in the history of comics, teams up with critically acclaimed writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (THE LEGION, IRON MAN/THOR) and artist Javier Pina (SUPERMAN, BATMAN) for the dramatic, action-packed superhero scorcher, SOLDIER ZERO! Half-Human. Half-Alien. All Weapon…and all in this brand new collection! Compiling the highly celebrated debut story arc by hot writing team Abnett and Lanning, find out the secret behind Soldier Zero’s flight to Earth and why Stewart Trautmann has become an intergalactic weapon of war. This can’t-miss edition features a cover by fan-favorite X-MEN artist, Trevor Hairsine!


ZOMBIE TALES OMNIBUS: OUTBREAK
Written by Mark Waid, John Rogers, Willliam Messner-Loebs and many more!
Drawn by Andy Kuhn, Keith Giffen, Jon Schnepp and many more!
SC, 220 pgs, FC, SRP: $19.99
ISBN13: 9781608860760
Diamond Code: JUL110957
We’ve got plenty more mad creations spilling out of our zombie kitchen! Delivering smart, accessible, high-quality zombie short stories, this anthology has met with great acclaim amongst both comic and zombie fans, featuring more great zombie stories from more great writers and artists that you know and love. Don’t worry about leaving room for dessert — you’re it! Featuring work from writers Mark Waid (IRREDEEMABLE, KINGDOM COME), John Rogers (Leverage, Transformers), William Messner-Loebs (THE FLASH, THE MAXX), Brian Augustyn (JLA: YEAR ONE, B.P.R.D.), role-playing game master Monte Cook, Karl Kesel (FANTASTIC FOUR, SUPERMAN), Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER), Ian Brill (DARKWING DUCK), Tom Peyer (THE FLASH), Pierluigi Cothran (HEROES webcomic), Bryce Carlson (WALL•E), plus art from the likes of Andy Kuhn (FIREBREATHER), Keith Giffen (52, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES), Jon Schnepp (Venture Brothers, Metalocalypse), Toby Cypress (KILLING GIRL), and more. With talent like this, neither the dead nor the living stand a chance!


 



SPACE WARPED #3

Written by Hervé Bourhis
Drawn by Rudy Spiessert
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110966
Spaced Warped Strikes Back! Far away, in a land long ago…an unlikely band of travelers embarked on a hilarious journey through one of the greatest science fiction franchises of all time! In the tradition of ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS and SPACEBALLS, this loving, affectionate parody continues! The next chapter in this hilarious saga begins here, as the fan-pleasing romp that skewers one of the greatest adventure stories ever strikes back!


DUCKTALES #5 (A)
DUCKTALES #5 (B)
Written by Warren Spector
Drawn by Leonel Castellani
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110961

It’s the epic conclusion to “Rightful Owners.” Scrooge McDuck is on the brink of restoring his collection of returned rarities, but will a crisis of conscience be his ultimate undoing? You won’t want to miss the action brought to you by EPIC MICKEY’s Warren Spector and MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD’s Leonel Castellani, and of course the Disney Afternoon Revolution!


DARKWING DUCK #16 (A)
DARKWING DUCK #16 (B)
Written by Ian Brill
Drawn by James Silvani
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110960

It’s a super-powered stampede as waves and waves of brand new baddies pop up all over St. Canard, in the midst of a mayoral race you have to see to believe! How many more meta human menaces are gonna show up to crash Darkwing’s political party? Count ’em all in “The Ballot of Darkwing and Launchpad!” Fan-favorite writer Ian Brill and superstar artist James Silvani bring you another fantastic issue of DARKWING DUCK!



HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN
Written by Charles Schulz, Craig Schulz, Stephan Pastis
Drawn by Bob Scott, Ron Zorman, Vicki Scott
SC, 96 pgs, FC, SRP: $9.99
ISBN13: 9781608866816
Diamond Code: JUL110962

Now in trade paperback! Charles Schulz’s world-renowned comic strip, PEANUTS, takes the stage as a graphic novel! Adapted from the animated special, Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, this timeless retelling takes us back to the neighborhood and features Linus’ insecurities, Charlie Brown’s kite-flying woes, Lucy’s unrequited love for Schroeder, and everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy, in a lively and colorful spin through Charles Schulz’s imagination. HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN is certain to please old and new fans alike!


WORDGIRL: THE COALITION OF MALICE
Written by Chris Karwowski
Drawn by Steve Young, Pat Lapierre
SC, 64 pgs, FC, SRP: $7.99
ISBN13: 9781608866786
Diamond Code: JUL110967
Word up! KABOOM! proudly brings you all-new adventures of WordGirl —based on the Emmy Award-winning animated children’s show of the same name. Join WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face as they fight for truth, justice and use of the right word! But a titanic team-up spells trouble when WordGirl’s arch-villains The Butcher, Mr. Big, Dr. Two-Brains, Granny May and Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy join forces…as the fearsome Coalition of Malice!


 


 


GRANDPA WON’T WAKE UP
Written by simon max hill
Drawn by Shannon Wheeler
HC, 80pgs, FC, SRP: $7.99
ISBN13: 9781608866557
Diamond Code: MAY110945
This is not the children’s book your mother read to you! Best known for TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN and I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, Eisner Award-winning talent Shannon Wheeler brings you this Li’l Golden parody that takes a look at the lighter side of discovering a cadaver in your living room. See what ridiculous lengths will be reached in trying to wake up Grandpa…and were those fishnets really necessary? A hilarious send-up from new writing talent simon max hill and Shannon Wheeler!


CAPITOL HELL
Written by Pete Von Sholly
Drawn by Pete Von Sholly
HC, 24pgs, FC, SRP: $11.95
ISBN13: 9780971008090
Diamond Code: JUL110959
Jaded Americans can find some levity in the impending 2012 presidential campaigning with CAPITOL HELL, a creepy and hilarious 24-image postcard book by satirist Pete Von Sholly (REPUGLICANS). The recombinant DNA of recent and current White House occupants, presidential aspirants from each party, pundits and others are mixed with classic horror and sci-fi flicks in the author’s inky lab. Skin-crawling monstrosities result.


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from BOOM! Studios! And a BIG Contest!

The Amory Wars Video Game – Sneak Peak!

SDCC Exclusive Nathan Fox Limited-Edition Litho!
July 14, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – Claudio Sanchez, founder of Evil Ink Comics (EIC), creator of THE AMORY WARS and KILL AUDIO, as well as frontman for the epic rock band, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, returns for his eighth consecutive year at San Diego Comic Con with a new series, exclusive merch items and an early look at his forthcoming Amory Wars video game.

KEY OF Z, a brand new mini-series co-written by Sanchez and wife Chondra Echert, follows Ewing– a once proud father and finder of a special gift– across a post-zombie-apocalyptic New York City as he seeks revenge on the two warring gangs who murdered his family. Coming from BOOM! Studios this October, with interior art from The Amory Wars’ Aaron Kuder, cover Art by Nathan Fox and a variant by The WALKING DEAD’s Tony Moore. Key Of Z promises to be a visually stunning dramatic tale!

In celebration of this, Evil Ink will be holding a contest where YOU can be an extra in Key Of Z! That’s right, winners’ faces will be drawn into the comic and their names mentioned somewhere inside. Be a part of Key of Z history forever, look for the QR code at the booth!

SDCC Exclusive! Nathan Fox limited-edition Key OF Z lithograph will be available at the EIC booth (#1031), 250 signed and numbered!

Later this year, EIC will journey into new territory when the ultra-popular The Amory Wars springs into life as a video game for iPad and iPhone. Designed by Man Vs. Games, a display version will be available for viewing at the booth. The game will be available late this year!

The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (EIC/BOOM! Studios) just wrapped up its 12-issue maxi with a dynamic final battle-royale! Trade #3 will be collected just in time to be available at SDCC!

Sanchez and Echert will be on hand to do signings at the EIC booth (1031) at 3pm on Thursday, 4pm on Friday and Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday.

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BOOM! STUDIOS GUESTS INCLUDE:

IRREDEEMABLE’s Mark Waid
2010 Eisner Award nominee
I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER‘s Shannon Wheeler
PEANUTS’ Bob & Vicki Scott
DUCKTALES Author & EPIC MICKEY Creator Warren Spector
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST & STARBORN‘s Chris Roberson
28 DAYS LATER‘s Michael Alan Nelson
INSURRECTION v3.6’s Blake Masters
STATION’s Johanna Stokes

As well as KABOOM! Artists
Travis Hill
Allen Gladfelter
Shelli Paroline
&
DARKWING DUCK
Creator Tad Stones with
Comic Series Writer Ian Brill &
Artist James Silvani

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DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE VOL. 1
CCI EXCLUSIVE
SIGNED & NUMBERED BY
WRITER MARK WAID
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HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN
CCI EXCLUSIVE
SIGNED & NUMBERED BY
ARTISTS BOB & VICKI SCOTT
EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED ONLY DURING SIGNING TIMES
(ONLY 250 AVAILABLE)
$30


I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER
CCI EXCLUSIVE
SIGNED & NUMBERED BY
EISNER AWARD-NOMINATED CARTOONIST
SHANNON WHEELER
EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED ONLY DURING SIGNING TIMES
(ONLY 300 AVAILABLE!)
$20

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SCHEDULED SIGNINGS & PANELS

BOOM! Studios Booth #2743
Wednesday, July 20, 2010 – 5pm – 9pm

All Day Sketching – Travis Hill, Allen Gladfelter & Shelli Paroline

All Day Signing – Michael Alan Nelson, Johanna Stokes

6:00 – 7:00pm – Chris Roberson signing ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST & STARBORN

7:00 – 8:00pm – Mark Waid signing DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE CCI EXCLUSIVE (Available only during signing times!), INCORRUPTIBLE & THE TRAVELER

Thursday, July 21, 2010 – 9am – 7pm

All Day Sketching – Travis Hill, Allen Gladfelter & Shelli Paroline

All Day Signing – Michael Alan Nelson, Johanna Stokes

10:00am – 11:00pm – Planet of the Apes in Comics Present and Past with Editor Ian Brill & Writer Daryl Gregory Room 5AB

11:00am – 12:00pm – Chris Roberson signing ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST & STARBORN

1:00 – 2:00pm – Warren Spector signing DUCKTALES

2:00 – 3:00pm – Shannon Wheeler signing I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER CCI EXCLUSIVE (Available only during signing times!)

3:00 – 3:50pm – Mark Waid signing DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE CCI EXCLUSIVE (Available only during signing times!), INCORRUPTIBLE & THE TRAVELER

4:00 – 5:00pm – BOOM! IRREDEEMABLE/INCORRUPTIBLE Panel with Mark Waid Room 32AB

4:00 – 5:00pm – Tad Stones, Ian Brill & James Silvani signing DARKWING DUCK

6:30 – 7:30pm – Indie Comics Marketing 101 with BOOM! Marketing Director Chip Mosher, Sam Humphries (writer, OUR LOVE IS REAL, CBGB, creator, MySpace Comic Books), Laura Hudson (editor-in-chief, Comics Alliance), J.K. Parkin (managing editor, Robot 6 at ComicBookResources.com) and Ben McCool (writer, CHOKER, CAPTAIN AMERICA , FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT) Room 8

9:00pm – ?:??am – BOOM!’s 6th Year Anniversary Party, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Odysea Bar, 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. Come one! Come all! Open invite to professionals and fans alike!

Friday, July 22, 2010 – 9am – 7pm

All Day Sketching – Travis Hill, Allen Gladfelter & Shelli Paroline

All Day Signing – Michael Alan Nelson, Johanna Stokes

11:00am – 12:00pm – Warren Spector signing DUCKTALES

12:00am – 1:00pm – Mark Waid signing DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE CCI EXCLUSIVE (Available only during signing times!), INCORRUPTIBLE & THE TRAVELER

1:00 – 2:00pm – Bob & Vicki Scott signing HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN CCI EXLCUSIVE (Available only during signing times!)

2:00 – 3:00pm – Shannon Wheeler signing I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER CCI EXCLUSIVE (Available only during signing times!)

3:00 – 4:00pm – Tad Stones, Ian Brill & James Silvani signing DARKWING DUCK

4:00 – 5:00pm – Blake Masters signing INSURRECTION v3.6

Saturday, July 23, 2010 – 9am – 7pm

All Day Sketching – Travis Hill, Allen Gladfelter & Shelli Paroline

All Day Signing – Michael Alan Nelson, Johanna Stokes

10:00 – 11:00am – Mark Waid signing DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE CCI EXCLUSIVE (Available only during signing times!), INCORRUPTIBLE & THE TRAVELER

11:00am – 12:00pm – Bob & Vicki Scott signing HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN CCI EXLCUSIVE (Available only during signing times!)

12:00 – 1:00pm – Warren Spector signing DUCKTALES

1:00 – 2:00pm – Chris Roberson signing ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST & STARBORN

2:00 – 3:00pm – Shannon Wheeler signing I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER CCI EXCLUSIVE (Available only during signing times!)

3:00 – 4:00pm – Bob & Vicki Scott signing HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN CCI EXLCUSIVE (Available only during signing times!)

4:00 – 5:00pm – Mark Waid signing DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE CCI EXCLUSIVE (Available only during signing times!), INCORRUPTIBLE & THE TRAVELER

5:00 – 6:00pm – BOOM! Studios/KABOOM!/BOOM! Town Panel with Founder & CEO Ross Richie, Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon, and Marketing & Sales Director Chip Mosher Room 9

Sunday, July 24, 2010 – 9am – 5pm

All Day Sketching – Travis Hill, Allen Gladfelter & Shelli Paroline

All Day Signing – Michael Alan Nelson, Johanna Stokes

9:30 – 10:30am – Bob & Vicki Scott signing HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN CCI EXLCUSIVES (Available only during signing times!)

11:00am – 12:00pm – Mark Waid signing DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE CCI EXCLUSIVES (Available only during signing times!), INCORRUPTIBLE & THE TRAVELER

1:30 – 2:30pm – Editing Comics the BOOM! Studios Way Room with Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon as well as writers Chris Roberson (Starborn, iZombie, Superman), Daryl Gregory (Planet of the Apes, Dracula Company of Monsters), and Michael Alan Nelson (28 Days Later, Dingo, Hexed) Room 23ABC

 

 

THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE in Stores Today — Plus Killer INFINITE KUNG FU Video!

 

What a week! As we prepare for a giant San Diego Comic-Con next week, one of our most-anticipated graphic novels reaches stores TODAY! Meanwhile, another one of our big summer books drops an awesome video trailer! Check out both pulse-pounding books, and stay tuned for more Comic-Con news!

In stores today: THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE!

From Robert Venditti, the writer of the New York Times bestselling series The Surrogates, comes a brand-new graphic novel with jaw-dropping artwork from Mike Huddleston. THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE is a relentless thriller about privacy, national security, and technology’s dark potential — starring a researcher who, framed for murder and on the run from the government, discovers more than she ever imagined.

THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE
by Robert Venditti & Mike Huddleston

— $14.95 (US)
— 144-page full-color softcover gn
— ISBN 978-1-60309-024-7
— Diamond: MAR11-1271

Here’s what critics are saying about The Homeland Directive already:

“Venditti’s cat-mouse thriller demands edge-of-your-seat attention while raising serious questions about terrorism, personal privacy, and government responsibility … excellent writing and plotting, and dead suitable art.” — Library Journal

“An addictive page-turner that feels like an edge-of-your-seat theater experience.” — MTV Splash Page

“The conspiracy at the heart of this superbly paced thriller makes the Illuminati and the New World Order look like rank amateurs.” — Paste Magazine

?”It’s unlikely you’ll find a book that looks as good as The Homeland Directive this year.” — Robot 6

Kagan McLeod’s INFINITE KUNG FU comes alive in animated video!

One of our most anticipated launches at next week’s Comic-Con is Kagan McLeod’s martial magnum opus, INFINITE KUNG FU. It’s an epic saga over 10 years in the making, from one of the most talented illustrators of his generation. Now, to help spread the word of this monster book, Kagan and his brother Sean have created the coolest “book trailer” video we’ve ever seen! Click here to watch it (stay for the amazing ending), and please embed & share it with friends!

**AWESOME INFINITE KUNG FU VIDEO**

 

 

 

 

And don’t forget, you can read the first half of Infinite Kung Fu for free on our web site, here:

**READ INFINITE KUNG FU HERE**

INFINITE KUNG-FU
by Kagan McLeod
— $24.95 (US)
— 464-page deluxe flexi-bound graphic novel
— ISBN 978-1-891830-83-9
— Diamond: MAY11-1197


From Dark Horizons

More dwarf glamour shots have emerged from “The Hobbit” today, the third such shot with each containing a different mix of actors. Last week we had one English stage actor/performer and four New Zealand film, TV and stage actors. Today MSN has revealed a photo featuring two younger actors that genre fans may be more familiar with.

Arguably the ‘hunkiest’ of the dwarf actors, aside from Richard Armitage of course, the pair consists of Auckland-born actor Dean O’Gorman (who resembles my good mate Adam) as Fili and Irish actor Aidan Turner as Kili.

34-year-old O’Gorman, who replaced Brit actor Rob Kazinsky who left the project in April, has appeared on numerous TV productions shot in Australia and New Zealand including “Shortland Street,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Farscape,” “McLeod’s Daughters,” “Legend of the Seeker” and “Hercules”.

28-year-old Turner is best known for playing the vampire lead John Mitchell in the first three seasons of the original UK series “Being Human”.

The characters themselves are two of the more distinct of the company of twelve dwarves. They’re the youngest by far, they’re nephews of the party’s leader Thorin (Richard Armitage), and best guess is they’ll likely to provide the moments of levity much like Merry and Pippin did in the ‘Rings’ films.

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX &
BOOM! STUDIOS
LAUNCH
‘RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES’
FREE ONLINE DIGITAL COMIC BOOK PREQUEL
www.apescomics.com

‘RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES’
IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE
AUGUST 5, 2011

July 13, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – A free online digital comic book prequel to Twentieth Century Fox’s epic motion picture RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, will debut in time for the picture’s release in theaters across the world on August 5. The comic, whose story is set before the events detailed in the film, presents an epic tale of two apes brutally taken from the wild and driven into a life of captivity and experimentation – a journey that will alter the fate of the world forever.

Acclaimed PLANET OF THE APES comic series writer Daryl Gregory and sensational artists Damian Couceiro (HAWKS OF OUTREMER) and Tony Parker (DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?) set the stage for… RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the first live-action film in the history of movies to star and be told from the point of view of a sentient animal — a character with human-like qualities, who can strategize, organize and ultimately lead a revolution, and with whom audiences will experience a real emotional bond. The film was impossible to make until the technology, invented for Avatar and now advanced to a new dimension, caught up to the idea behind the movie.

A new free five page RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES digital comic book story debuts on http://www.apescomics.com July 13th and each Wednesday afterwards until the final 10 page epic conclusion on August 3rd, two days before the film’s release!

“It’s incredibly exciting to be a part of a new dynasty with one of the most beloved franchises of all time,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “We’re proud to be working closely with Fox to tell a prelude story in the fantastic and story-rich world of the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. From what I’ve already read I can tell you that the online prelude will be exploding with enough excitement and surprises to whet the appetites of Apes fans new and old. Prepare for the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES with the free online prelude!”

In April BOOM! Studios announced they were publishing an all new ongoing PLANET OF THE APES comics series set in the original classic 1968 movie continuity. Subsequently, a flurry of fan interest caused a complete sell-out of PLANET OF THE APES #1, sending the seminal issue into second print even before hitting store shelves!


WORLDWIDE DIGITAL AND PRINT
DAY AND DATE RELEASE
SPURS PRINT SELL OUT!

July 11, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Today BOOM! Studios is proud to announce their worldwide launch of ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 in digital and print has spurred a sell out of first printing of ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1. Written by New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE, SUPERMAN) and drawn by white-hot artist Francesco Biagini (DINGO), ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST is based on Michael Moorcock’s seminal fantasy creation that has long been known to comic book and fantasy fans the world over.

“Michael Moorcock’s ELRIC has once again captured the imagination of comic fans everywhere!” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, “With such a fantastic team as Chris Roberson and Francesco Biagini behind ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST it’s no wonder this first issue was able to sell out as fast as it did. Add to that the accessibility of not only being able to read the new ELRIC in print but also digitally and you have a sure fire way to spread the word and get people excited once more for the Eternal Champion of Melniboné!”

The second printing is being made available today through Diamond and Haven with the second printing featuring cover art by Francesco Biagini and carrying a Diamond Code of APR118234. This cover is exclusive to the print edition and will not be reproduced digitally.

Fans everywhere should know that while the first printing is sold out at the distributor lever, they may be able to find first printings of the print edition at their local comic shop. Digital copies can still be purchased from the BOOM! Studios Comics App, Comics on ComiXology App or bought and read through your browser at this link https://comics.comixology.com/#/series/6336/Elric-The-Balance-Lost

BOOM! Studios launched ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 this past Wednesday with an innovative microsite www.elriccomic.com that featured the full 10 page original prelude that was included in the ELRIC FREE COMIC BOOK DAY edition. The Elric microsite encouraged fans to read the prelude, and then buy the #1 issue at their local comic shop, on their mobile device or through their browser.

News of ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 launching day-and-date was featured in over 130 newspapers across America and beyond, spurring international interest in the comic.

Created by Michael Moorcock, Elric has thrilled comic fans for more than 40 years beginning with an appearance in Marvel Comics’ CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15 in 1972. Neil Gaiman called Michael Moorcock “my model for what a writer was” while Warren Ellis said he is one of the “eight core sites in my creative genome” — now, the godfather of the Multiverse concept brings one of the most critically acclaimed and most recognizable figures in the history of fantasy fiction back to sequential art with BOOM! Studios’ ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST!

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST features the return of Michael Moorcock’s legendary Multiverse, featuring some of the greatest fantasy characters of all time: Elric of Melniboné, Corum of the Scarlet Robe, and Dorian Hawkmoon in a brand-new story that will test the courage of the Eternal Champion! In this new series, the workings of Fate are being tampered with across the Multiverse, upsetting the Cosmic Balance. Elric of Melniboné must preserve the Balance and save the entire Multiverse from ruin. But no sooner has his journey begun than he is waylaid by dark forces and lost on the Moonbeam Roads. Elric finds himself stranded on a world where Chaos holds sway and where change is the only constant. Heroes are forced into action far and wide, but will they fight on the side of Law or Chaos?

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 debuted in print and digitally today, July 6, 2011, and is written by Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE, SUPERMAN) and drawn by Francesco Biagini (DINGO) and includes an afterword by Neil Gaiman. The first printing of this title shipped with A & B covers in a 50/50 split with art by Francesco Mattina and Francesco Biagini respectively, as well as a 1-in-10 incentive cover by Dennis Calero and a 1-in-25 incentive cover by Tim Bradstreet. The second printing cover features art by Francesco Biagini which is exclusive to that print edition.

This premiere issue can be purchased at your local comic shop, through the BOOM! Studios Comics App, Comics by comiXology App and also purchased and read through your web browser at comics.comixology.com for $3.99. ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 2nd Print carries a Diamond Code of APR118234.

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