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Life Size Lego from The Hobbit July 16, 2013

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For any Lego and The Hobbit fans that will be in San Diego this weekend for Comic-Con, check out this life sized version of Bilbo’s house at Bag End.

 

“As seen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, fans can visit a life-size LEGO® model of Bag End, Bilbo Baggins’ underground home, complete with characters Gandalf, Dwalin and Bilbo, himself, among others. To see the making of these life-size builds, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg_CFCkXy4o. [The Hobbit Trilogy is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).]”

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Ask an Astronomy Brain Parasite! Science lessons made simple July 16, 2013

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I came across this little lesson in science put together in a humorous short video. Might be to advanced for younger kids but for older tweens and teens might be interesting.

 

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APE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES SESAME STREET COMICS! May 2, 2013

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APE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES SESAME STREET COMICS!

Ape Entertainment and Sesame Workshop release Sesame Street Comics for Free Comic Book Day

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -May 1, 2013 – Ape Entertainment today announced in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization, the release of the first comic book featuring the cast of the beloved children’s show Sesame Street to coincide with national Free Comic Book Day on May 4. The new and original comic book series emphasizes educational and entertaining content for younger readers.

A Free Comic Book Day edition of the standard comic will be made available for free from participating comic retailers.  The premier issue of Sesame Street comics will be available in stores nationwide on Wednesday May 1. Produced in full color, the standard Sesame Street comic edition features 5 interlocking covers, which when placed side by side depict an “on the Street” scene featuring Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover and the whole Sesame Street gang. Each of the 5 editions is full color, 28 pages, includes 5 Sesame Street stories and retails for $3.99.

The premier issue also includes the first in a series of “How to Read a Comic” features for parents to help new comic readers. Each “How to Read a Comic” highlights aspects of reading a comic aloud.  The first in the series describes how speech bubbles provide the narration and dialogue of the story. The “How to Read a Comic” features will be part of each Sesame Street comics issue and are also available online at http://ape-entertainment.com/kizoic/about/sesame-street/sesame-street-how-to-read/.

“We are so excited and proud to release our very first Sesame Street comic in time for Free Comic Book Day and to bring the Sesame Street characters to comics,” said Ape Entertainment COO Brent E. Erwin. “Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, and the whole Sesame Street gang have made the jump to the comic book page thanks to our talented comic creators here at Ape and we could not be more proud, it’s simply amazing.”

“Comics have always seemed a natural extension for Sesame Street because they reflect the banter and humor that’s such an iconic element of the TV show,” said Betsy Loredo, Executive Editor at Sesame Workshop. “We want to offer kids great content in every type of book that might attract them and to bring families together over a good story. We know comic book aficionados want to share their favorite format with their own preschoolers, so we are excited to offer an age-appropriate Sesame Street comic with stories that are designed from the start to be read aloud.”

Ape Entertainment’s mission to grow the comics industry by increasing awareness about comics among a new generation of readers takes a giant step forward with the release of its new Sesame Street comic this month.  Ape Entertainment hopes young readers and their parents will discover the exciting world of comics and start visiting a local comic book shop.  Parents can find a local comic shop in their area and plan a trip for Free Comic Book Day by visiting the Comics Shop Locator service at http://www.comicshoplocator.com.

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Which Comics Should I Get? Your Free Comic Book Day Cheat Sheet May 1, 2013

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What is Free Comic Book Day?

Well. Simply put, it’s a chance to get some free comics. Various publishers use this day to entice new readers to buy comics by giving away some free ones. They hope that new readers will like what they get for free and then start buying the regular books they offer. If you’re curious what it’s all about, have a read here:

 

From: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/05/01/180290321/which-comics-should-i-get-your-free-comic-book-day-cheat-sheet

 

This Saturday, May 4th, is Free Comic Book Day, the comics industry’s annual attempt to sail out past the shallow, overfished shoals where Nerds Like Me lazily and inexpertly spawn, to instead cast their line into the colder, deeper waters where Normals Like You swim free, blissfully unconcerned about the myriad nettlesome continuity issues surrounding Supergirl’s underpants.

Yes, Free Comic Book Day is about you, O person who hasn’t set foot in a comics shop in years, or ever. It’s the industry’s attempt to change that state of affairs: Walk into a participating shop this Saturday, and they will hand you a bunch of free comics. Or maybe just one free comic. Or maybe they’ll let you pick from a table heaped with piles of free comics.

The point is: Free comics! Woo!

This year there are a whopping 52 different FCBD comics that stores may have in stock, most of which you can preview on the Free Comic Book Day site. On this same site, you can enter your zip code and find the closest participating shop.

Understand that not every shop will have every comic. There are 12 titles that most shops will likely carry (those designated “Gold Comics” on the FCBD site) and 40 others that some shops will order, and others will not (designated “Silver Comics”).

That’s a lot of books to choose from, and that’s where the staff comes in: Tell them what you like — what movies, books, television shows you seek out, and they’ll be able to find something that should line up with your tastes, whether or not it’s an FCBD offering.

Herewith, however, is Monkey’s See’s annual FCBD Cheat Sheet. Below, we’ll list several different kinds of prospective FCBD customers and match them with the Free Comic Book Day comics best suited to them. Find yourself, or a reasonable analogue thereof, on the list below, and hie your butt to the nearest FCBD-participating comic shop this Saturday.

Yes, let’s begin with you, there, with the peanut butter on your sweater.

A. I’ve got kids. I want them to read good things.

Excellent! Some really nice all-ages comics on offer this year:

Marble Season – An excerpt from the great Gilbert Hernandez’s new semiautobiographical graphic novel. When your kids are done with it, read it for yourself.

Mr. Puzzle – Chris Eliopoulos’ stretchable, bendable superhero.

Molly Danger – Jamal Igle’s all-ages book about a brave and resourceful ten-year-old superhero. Great for girls, boys and parents and non-parents who’re looking for a fun, light book amid the current glut of grim, depressing spandex fare.

Top Shelf Kids Club – The usual suspects show up in this sampler for younger kids – Owly! Johnny Boo! Korgi! Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken! But in this case, the usual suspects are some of the very best kids’ comics out there. So: Win.

Scratch 9 – Superhero cat who can summon each of his nine lives to fight eee-vil. (Ben 10? Scratch 9? See what they did there?)

Rated Free For Everyone – Sampler comic from Oni Press featuring a story from Chris Schweizer’s historical tales of the Crogan clan, and an introduction to Mermin, the mer-boy.

Mouse Guard/Rust Flip Book – Archaia’s collection includes original short stories from Mouse Guard (a great book), an upcoming Jim Henson’s Labyrinth graphic novel, and an adventure of Jet Jones the rocket-boy.

World of Archie – The continuing adventures of America’s favorite sweater-vested, tic-tac-toe-headed ginger.

Dragon Ball and Rurouni Kenshen Restoration – The Viz Comics sampler looks to be the onlymanga represented on FCBD, which makes precisely no sense, but these two series are hugely popular in Japan, having spawned anime series, films, video games, etc. Don’t know if these specific stories make for particularly good jumping-on points, but at the very least you and your kids might get a sense of what all the fuss is about.

Finding Gossamyr – A special FCBD story that rounds out the world of the popular fantasy web series, in which a math prodigy is transported to a world where mathematics are magic.

Action Time Buddies – A web series that parodies Adventure Time, My Little Pony and many, many more.

BEST BETS: Marble Club, Molly Danger, Top Shelf Kids Club.

Ok? Yes, you there. In the mini-van.

B. I’ve got kids, too. But the backseat DVD player just conked out, and we’re driving to Tampa. So.

So quality isn’t the looming issue for you.

Right.

You want books you know they will read.

Yes. Quietly.

… What am I, Supernanny over here? Let’s leave it at: books you know they’ll read because they’re already familiar with the characters. So we’re talking licensed tie-ins of existing properties, then. Of which there are a kajillion. But you should —

Look, could you speed this up? Our youngest is getting that look on his face. We shouldn’t have bought them the Pixie Stix back in Raleigh-Durham, I see that now.

Fine, fine. I was saying: You should know that licensed tie-ins have a spotty track record. But as long as you go into it knowing that there’s no knowing how good they’ll be –

Oh god, they’re gnawing on each other’s feet now. This is going downhill fast. Game over, man, game over—

Hold on, help is on the way!

It’s An Ugly Doll Comic And Other Stuff – It’s got, like, Pokemon in it.

Kaboom! Summer Blast – Grab-bag collection of such beloved properties as Adventure Time (which, let’s just note, is a very, very good comic in its own right), Regular Show, Peanuts, Garfield, Ice Age, etc.

Sponge Bob Freestyle Funnies – Nickolodeon’s wildly popular member of the phylum Porifera in square … well, technically they’re shorts, no?

Pippi Longstocking Color Special – Fairly crude reprints/translations of Swedish Pippi comics first published in the 1950s.

Bongo Free For All Comics – Dependably great Simpsons/Futurama comics.

The Tick – All new stories of the greatest superhero to ever boast an eating-utensil-based battle cry.

Sesame Street and Strawberry Shortcake – Together at last! I guess!

The Smurfs – Belgium has given the world two things: Thick crunchy delicious waffles, and this sobering account of a ruthlessly paternalistic socialist dystopia.

Star Wars/Captain Midnight/Airbender – Darth Vader and Boba Fett hangin’ out, sipping blue Mandalorian space-Prosecco, getting mani-pedis, just having a girls’ night out. Um, presumably. Also a story of Captain Midnight (yes, the radio guy), and a tale from Avatar: The Last Airbender Totally Not the Blue Cat People Whose Tails Are USB Ports Or Whatever.

NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians – This is a comic based on an animated series that premiered in 2010, and about which I know precisely nothing. Here’s the synopsis of the show’s second episode. I have not made any of the following up:

“After school, Ish revisits the Chargers’ stadium where he learns about the history of the Shards, the Rusherz and a powerful object called the Core; The Rusherz’ home planet which held the Core was peaceful, until an evil overlord named Sudden Death attacked the planet to take the Core for himself, but the Rusherz stopped him by drilling to the Core at the center of the planet and freeing it, destroying the planet in the process and casting the Core and the Rusherz into space. The Rusherz followed the Core to Earth, where it crashed upon landing and broke into 32 Shards (which are recognized as the symbols of the 32 NFL teams). Knowing Sudden Death would not stop until he had the Core, the Rusherz each took a Shard, built the 32 NFL stadiums to hide each one in and assigned the 32 teams to guard their respective Shard in those stadiums. If Sudden Death retrieves all the shards and rebuilds the Core, he’ll use the Core’s power to turn everything into Blitzbots.”

… Does, uh … does that help?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures – A comic book based on an animated series which is an update of an animated series that was based on a comic book.

Sonic The Hedgehog – A comic based on a video game.

Disney Fairies – A comic based on a series of DVDs.

Grimm – A comic based on a television show which might be a little grim/dark/gory for little kids.

BEST BETS: Bongo, The Tick

Ok. You there, in the back?

C. I used to read superhero comics when I was a kid, but then I discovered (girls/boys) and haven’t really spared them a thought since. I keep hearing there’s some good stuff, there.

There’s some great superhero books you need to check out. Fantastic Four, Hawkeye, Daredevil, Young Avengers, Wonder Woman, Invincible, Batgirl, Dial H for Hero. None of them are FCBD offers this year, I’m afraid. Here’s the ones that are:

Infinity – A preview of Marvel’s big summer superhero event.

Superman Special Edition – Includes a preview of an upcoming Superman comic, and a reprint of a December 2006 story which reintroduced the character of General Zod into DC continuity. A continuity that has since been disposed of. Not once, but twice. But hey, who’s counting? (Me. I am counting. Me.)

DC Nation Super Sampler – Stories introducing two new animated series, Beware the Batman and the (welcome! Groovy!) return of Teen Titans, Go!

Hulk and the Agents of SMASH/Avengers Assemble – Two stories from comics based on two Marvel animated series.

Absolution: The Beginning – Reprinting the first two issues of the Christos Gage/Daniel Gete “superheroes gone bad” series, which began in 2009.

Stan Lee’s Chakra The Invincible – Set in Mumbai, this new series follows a young technological prodigy who develops a mech-suit capable of unlocking his mystical chakras. But not in the sexy way.

The Red Ten – A spandex-clad take on Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians.”

Valiant Masters – Reprints of stories from the 90s, the XXXXTREEEEME!!! era of Poochie-fied, hyperviolent comics storytelling. Your mileage may vary, but I find this stuff testosterrible.

BEST BET: I dunno. Teen Titans Go was a great series. The Red Ten, maybe? And Chakra, for at least taking the genre in a different direction?

Yes, you there, with the ear-trumpet.

D. I remember, back when I was a but a barefoot boy with cheek of tan, taking a shiny-new Indian-Head nickel over to Ol’ Mr. Crumblefeather’s Feed Store every Saturday morning, where I’d buy me a fizzy drink and some penny candy and Li’l Orphan Annie comic book.

Uh-huh.

Then, with the change I got back, I’d take myself over to the five and dime to buy my mother some ribbons and buttons and lotions, after which I’d head over to the motion picture show and –

Okay, gramps, we get it. You harbor fond, if frankly economically and numismatically questionable, memories of comics in the olden-timey days. So for you:

Buck Rogers – Reprints of old Buck Rogers comics from the pre-TV, pre-Twiki, pre-Erin-Gray-in-the-white-catsuit, era. You were warned.

Prince Valiant – Reprints of ye olde Arthuriane comicse.

BEST BETS: Either. Both.

E. I like science fiction. It never really occurred to me to try a comic, though.

Atomic Robo and Friends – This is your best bet on Free Comic Book Day. Ask for it if you don’t see it. It’s great. Fun and funny. Both at once.

2000 AD Sampler – Several comics from Britain’s long-running science-fiction anthology comic, including a new Judge Dredd tale. But if that doesn’t fill you with enough Dredd….

Judge Dredd Classics — … you can always pick up this sampler of old-school JD comics.

Valiant 2013 — Excerpts from Valiant’s current line of science-fiction comics.

Aphrodite IX – In a post-apocalyptic world, there be dragons. If you need to know more than that before committing, this probably isn’t for you.

Endangered Weapon B and the Tentacles of Doom – So is steampunk considered science fiction, nowadays? I can never keep up with you crazy kids and your rigid taxonomies. Anyway – dirigibles, a grizzly bear in a mech suit, the lost Library of Alexandia, squid-thingies-that-are-probably-aliens, more. As if more is needed.

The Steam Engines of Oz – Preview of an upcoming series set 100 years after Dorothy offs the Wicked Witch of the West. Also previews several titles in Arcana’s new steampunk line of comics.

BEST BET: Atomic Robo and Friends. Seriously.

F. I Am A Disaffected Narrow-Chested Self-Styled Intellectual Given to Wearing Knit Hats Out-of-Season Who Disdains Superhero Comics As Puerile Fodder for Idiot Children And Who Finds Science Fiction And Other Genres Asinine Who Much Prefers To Read Mature, Richly Nuanced Literature About Narrow-Chested Self-Styled Intellectuals Given to Wearing Knit Hats Out-of-Season.

… You seem fun.

Who Are Also Maybe Starting a Band.

I see. Okay, gimme a minute. Because this isn’t going to be easy. Historically, Free Comic Book Day has dutifully reflected the current status of the comics marketplace, which is to say: wholly dominated by superheroes, licensed tie-ins, and genre fare.

But this is a once-in-a-year opportunity to show the truly limitless breadth of comics storytelling, and FCBD offerings have never done a particularly good job of representing that. There areplenty of comics that fit your description, trust me. You’ll just have buy them.

Let me get back to you on this one, okay? Yes, you there, with the clear-eyed gaze and friendly expression.

G. I’m just curious to see what’s out there. I have no particular interest in superheroes, but other genres – Western, Thriller, Horror, Fantasy, whatever – are fair game. I like a good story.

Well, aren’t you just exactly who comics shops hope to meet on Saturday.

Kellerman/L’Amour Sampler – Two excerpts from upcoming comics adaptations – an Alex Delaware thriller by Joe Kellerman, and a “Louis L’Amour” Western yarn that’s actually a new story.

The Walking Dead – You’ve seen the show and wished they’d stop wringing their hands and maybe kill a freaking zombie already. Now read the book.

Mass Effect/Killjoys/RIPD – If you go by the cover, this looks like just another adaptation of a video game, which would mean it belongs up with licensed tie-ins. But it also includes two other stories, Killjoys and RIPD, both of which – but especially RIPD, about a police force that enforces supernatural law – show a bit more promise.

Damsels – A Fables-ish take which examines the life of fairy tale characters (in this case, The Little Mermaid) outside the tales we know.

FUBAR – Sampler-pack of “American History Z” stories about the American Experience … and zombies, including an incident at Valley Forge.

Ramayan Reloaded Preview – A series of short stories providing background information on the various characters and settings featured in the series Ramayan 3392AD, which serves up a clever post-apocalyptic take on the events and characters of great Hindu epic, The Ramayana.

The Strangers – Here’s how writer Chris Roberson describes this new series: “Swinging sixties supernatural super spies.” Here’s how I feel about that: “I’m in.”

BEST BETS: Walking Dead, Damsels, Ramayan Reloaded, The Strangers.

Yes, you there. Clutching that beat-up old issue of Maxim with a strange fervor.

H. I like boobs. And guns. And chicks with boobs and guns.

Got just what you’re looking for:

Worlds of Aspen 2013 – Here’s what we know: The preview on the FCBD site is just a series of pin-ups. It may be all we need to know.

BEST BET: I can’t help you here, buddy.

I. I wish to know more of these strange … “comical books” of which you speak.

Bleeding Cool Magazine – An online gossip/news (but mostly gossip) comics site has published a guide to collecting comics.

Overstreet Comic Book Marketplace – Overstreet’s guide is a staple of FCBD, and offers a dispassionate series of tips for the beginning collector.

BEST BET: Overstreet.

… And that’s everything. Good. Now go forth …

FWait, What About …

You again. Yeah, okay, listen, Mr. Mature, Nuanced Relationship Story Blah Blah Superheroes Are Dumb Blah, you’re just gonna have to suck it up and buy something, I’m afraid. Maybe next year, the FCBD organizers will wise up and throw you a bone, but not this year.

Happily, most stores will stock lots and lots of great somethings in which adults very like you negotiate the world of jobs, relationships and mortality utterly without the aid of spandex, magic, or rayguns. Without knowing exactly what kind of stories you like, I can’t reliably guide you to them – that’s something to discuss with the staff on Saturday. But here’s some titles to ask them about:

Love and Rockets. Strangers in Paradise. Blankets. Habibi. Box Office Poison. Jimmy Corrigan. Fun Home. Are You My Mother? You’ll Never Know. Too Kool To Be Forgotten. Make Me a Woman. Ice Haven. Ghost World. The Voyeurs. Marbles. The Underwater Welder. Heads or Tails. Stitches.

Okay? We good? Now, you and all the rest of you. Take yourself, and your kids, to the nearest comics shop on Saturday. Talk with the staff. Ask them questions. Answer theirs.

Discover something.

KIDS COMIC CON 2013 TAKES OFF ON MAY 11 in New York March 26, 2013

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Family Friendly FREE Event Offers Fun, Excitement and Adventure for All Ages

NEW YORK CITY (March 26, 2013) – Hey kids, parents, teachers, and comic fans, the KIDS COMIC CON 7 (KCC 7) is rocketing to earth on Saturday, May 11 at Bronx Community College from  10 a.m to 6 p.m.

Why the outer space reference?

Because this year our theme is: Sci-Fact to Sci-Fiction, Where Creativity and Technology Meet. 

Kids will be able to meet with over 30 acclaimed artists who use different forms of science and technology to create comics, animation, video games, puppets, and more. And this year admission is totally FREE — making the KIDS COMIC CON one of the best entertainment values around! Artists will also join Ronald McDonald House NY, and others, in its fight for children, against cancer.

KCC creator and founder Alex Simmons, writer for Archie, Scooby-Doo, and Tarzan, among others, said he’s particularly excited about this year’s KIDS COMIC CON.

“Since 2007 our annual event has introduced thousands of kids and families to the power of imagination and creativity,” he said. “Our road shows have traveled from Upstate New York to Miami Florida, to Senegal in Africa. This year, we’re developing programming for students and teachers in the West Indies, and we’ll be screening a documentary about comics in Guatemala.”

Featured events include:

KCC 7 Patrolled By NEW CRUSADERS! This year, the creators of Archie Comics’ sci-fi superheroes will be there to answer questions, sketch, and share an inside peek of their creation.

Around the Corner to SESAME STREET! Come meet members of the Jim Henson/Sesame Street creative team. Learn how they work with the Muppets, and much more.

Expand your reading library with an on-site SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! Representatives from Scholastic will be on hand with special offers just for KCC attendees!

Notable guests at this year’s event include veteran editors Jim Salicrup and Joan Hilty, artist Rick Parker, Louis Mitchell and Diana Leto from Sesame Workshop, Karen Falk from the Jim Henson Company and a variety of writers, artists and editors from Archie Comics including  Suzannah Rowntree, Alex Simmons, Jamal Peppers, Alitha Martinez, Ryan Jampole, Joe Morciglio, Angelo DeCesare and Paul Castiglia.

“KCC’s primary goal is to promote reading, creativity, and exploration in kids’ lives,” Simmons added. “Now more than ever it is imperative that young people embrace a continuous flow of positive ideas, skills, and outlets for their thinking as well as self-esteem. This year we’ve found even more people who share these ideas and goals so come share the day and the magic.”

The 2013 KIDS COMIC CON is set for May 11 at Bronx Community College, 181st Street and University Avenue, Bronx, NY from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Admission is FREE. For additional information, please visit www.facebook.com/KidsComicCon.

 

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ARCHAIA ANNOUNCES VOLUME 2 OF THE EISNER AWARD-WINNING ANTHOLOGY ‘MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD’ March 21, 2013

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Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard v2 001
For Immediate Release
ARCHAIA ANNOUNCES VOLUME 2 OF THE EISNER AWARD-WINNING
ANTHOLOGY ‘MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD’
‘Mouse Guard’ creator David Petersen invites a new group of creators to come and play in his sandbox in this new, four-issue miniseries!

Los Angeles, CA (March 20, 2013) – New legends will be forged! Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment is excited to announce the launch of Volume 2 of the Eisner Awardwinning anthology miniseries Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard. The first of four issues is set to debut in May 2013. Mouse Guard is the best-selling fantasy comic book series created by Michigan-based David Petersen about a group of elite warrior mice who serve to protect and guide the common mice under their care.

“After winning the Eisner Award for the first volume, the talent that David has brought to the table for the second volume of Legends is incredible,” said Stephen Christy, Editor-in-Chief of Archaia. “Between industry legends like Stan Sakai, Bill Willingham, and Rick Geary to amazing up-and-comers like Cory Godbey, Mouse Guard fans are going to have a lot to look forward to in this miniseries.” As in the first volume, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 finds a group of mice at the June Alley Inn trying to outdo one another in a storytelling competition, spinning typically fantastic tales of the Mouse Guard and their adventures. After all, the mouse that tells the best story gets their bar tab cleared! Petersen writes and illustrates the tavern scenes, while each contributor (or team of contributors) writes and illustrates the different mouse tales.

Petersen has assembled another all-star lineup for this four-issue miniseries. The contributors to issue #1 of Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 include Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Ben Caldwell (The Dare Detectives!), and the team of writer Nick Tapalansky and illustrator Alex Eckman-Lawn (Awakening). Subsequent issues will include contributions from Christian Slade (Korgi), Rick Geary (The Adventures of Blanche), Jemma Salume (Unicorn Life Cycle), Jackson Sze (concept art on films like The Avengers and Iron Man 3), Cory Godbey (Fraggle Rock, the upcoming Jim Henson’s Labyrinth), Eric Canete (Fear Itself: Spider-Man), C.P. Wilson III (The Stuff of Legend), Bill Willingham (Fables), and fantasy illustrator Justin Gerard.

Archaia will release the hardcover collection in late Fall of 2013. “It’s been amazing to have people I admire write and draw stories for Mouse Guard,” said David Petersen. “Getting the behind-the-scenes view of their process is a treat for me. These contributors are putting together some great stories and I’m anxious for the fans to get to see what I’ve been watching come together!”
The first volume of Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard spent five weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list and won the Eisner Award for Best Anthology in 2011. A new printing will be available for sale in June (ISBN: 978-1-932386-94-3; Diamond Order Code MAR130807). Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 issue #1 is available for pre-order now at your local comic book shop. To pre-order, provide your retailer with this Diamond Order Code: MAR130802. To find your closest comic book shop, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com.

About Archaia Entertainment, LLC
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Rust, Cow Boy, Cursed Pirate Girl, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Artesia. Archaia has also published an entire line of graphic novels in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, including the multiple award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and such beloved tales as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. Alongside these celebrated titles, Archaia has released English translations of numerous renowned foreign titles to much fanfare, including The Killer, Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De, and The Secret History.
In 2012, Archaia was honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations, and three Eisner Awards (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand won for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Penciller/Inker, and Best Publication Design). Also in 2012, Archaia earned both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology.
In addition to its partnership with The Jim Henson Company, Archaia has forged creative partnerships with storytellers in all facets of the entertainment industry, resulting in print and digital expansions of such noted properties as Bleedout and HAWKEN (video games), Immortals and Planet of the Apes (film), and Space: 1999 (television). Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation within the creator community for producing
meaningful, transformative content, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels.

Archaia Media Contact:
Mel Caylo
m.caylo@archaia.com
(323) 391-1282

 

 

$10 off DC Comics toys, clothing and more on order more then $50 March 14, 2013

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Want savings on DC Comics products for the kids, adults and everyone in between? DC Comics Fan Family is giving you $10 off orders of $50 or more. Find out how here: http://bit.ly/12Ta02e

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 Tops February Comic Book Sales March 9, 2013

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DC Entertainment sees strong February numbers

BookScan numbers up 65 percent from 2012

Digital-to-print series INJUSTICE sells out in comic shops

BURBANK, CA, March 8, 2013—DC Entertainment (DCE), the largest English-language comic book publisher in the world announced today that JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1, written by the acclaimed Geoff Johns and drawn by superstar artist David Finch, was the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in February 2013, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors. This caps off a hugely successful month for DCE – with robust sales coming via comic retail, book trade and digital channels.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 launched in February with a cover featuring the U.S. flag along with 52 variant covers, one for every state plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. DC Comics is currently sold out of 14 state covers, the digital combo pack and the collector’s bundles containing all the covers.

 

On the bookstore side, February saw DCE publish 15 out of the top 50 titles according to Nielsen Bookscan. Additionally, overall February book trade sales were strong, up 65 percent from last year. Notable sellers include: BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE OWLS, FABLES: CUBS IN TOYLAND Vol. 18 and JUSTICE LEAGUE Vol. 2.

 

On the digital comics front INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, the weekly digital-first comic based on the upcoming video game from Warner Bros. Interactive, continues to dominate the charts, selling four out of the top five digital books for the month and seven out of the top 10. BATMAN INC. #8, BATMAN #17 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #17 were also top sellers.

 

“February was a tremendous month for DC Entertainment, and the numbers show that fans are engaging with our stories across all platforms – from digital to retail,” said Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment. “We had a record-breaking 2012 in terms of sales, critical acclaim and visibility, including a near 50 percent increase in fan reach through our websites.  Last year also represented our first full year of support and commitment to We Can Be Heroes, our philanthropic initiative to raise funds and awareness for the famine-stricken Horn of Africa. We are incredibly proud of where the business is and where we are headed in 2013.”

 

Hitting The New York Times Hardcover Bestseller lists in February, DC Comics titles included JUSTICE LEAGUE Vol. 2 appearing at #1, WONDER WOMAN Vol. 2, BATWOMAN Vol. 2, GREEN LANTERN: REVENGE OF THE BLACK HAND, BATMAN: THE COURT OF OWLS, Vertigo’s THE BOOKS OF MAGIC: DELUXE EDITION, and backlist favorites like BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE and ABSOLUTE BATMAN & ROBIN: BATMAN REBORN.

 

While over on The New York Times Paperback Bestsellers lists Vertigo’s FABLES vol. 18 arrived on the list at #1 and DC Comics JUSTICE LEAGUE vol. 1, SUICIDE SQUAD Vol. 2 and backlist favorite WATCHMEN all made appearances in February.

 

Earlier this month, DC Entertainment was acknowledged as the recipient of several Gem Awards including Comic Book Publisher of the Year, Backlist Publisher of the Year and Toy Manufacturer of the Year for 2012 for DC Collectibles. Notably, DC Collectibles spotlighted the We Can Be Heroes initiative with their We Can Be Heroes Justice League 7-Pack, which saw 10 percent of proceeds go to providing relief for the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. The Gem Awards are recognized within the comic book industry as the pinnacle of sales achievement from Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels and pop culture merchandise.

 

The print comic book version of INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US #2 went back to press for a second printing, while over at DC Comics’ mature readers imprint Vertigo, DJANGO UNCHAINED #1, based on the Academy Award-winning Best Original Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, went back to press for a third printing.

 

About DC Entertainment: 

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

DC Comics announces new Family Friendly website March 7, 2013

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From DC Comics:

We are excited to announce a new section of DCComics.com and it’s dedicated to all our young super hero fans! You won’t want to miss the exclusive deals, activities and news in the new Fan Family section of DCComics.com: http://bit.ly/DCFanFamily

Emerald City Comic Con – Seattle, WA, March 1-3, 2013 February 28, 2013

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For those out there that are into comics, toys, gaming and general nerd/geek-related things, this weekends Emerald City Comicon is the place to be. Guests range from Patrick Stewart of Star Trek and X-Men, Adam West from the Batman TV Show, Gillian Anderson of X-Files, Walter Koenig from Star Trek, to Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton, both known for various internet based projects as well as TV roles.

Along with the TV and Movie celebrities, will be a long list of comic book creators, writers and artists. The legendary Neal Adams who is best known for drawing Batman and Green Lantern for many years will be there along side Denny O’Neil, a long time writer of Batman and Green Lantern. Many other well known artists and writers will be there as well.

There are also a variety of panels and discussions on a variety of pop-culture topics.

You can get more information and order tickets at: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com.

I’ll be keeping tabs on any announcements that might be of interest and posting updates as I can.