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100 BulletsBy Michele McMillan

1. 100 Bullets – Great storyline, great characters, and options to go the team-mission solving way, or, the vengeance seeking regular guy.
2. Sandman – Pretty sure this would have to be an RPG. Not really a shoot him up. Again, a nice set of characters to choose from with the Endless Ones there.
3. Saga – Yes. Yes. Yes. I love games I can play with my Sig Fig, and this is an excellent candidate for a well illustrated, couple friendly fantasy game.
4. Reiko Zombie Killer – This is an anime, but I think an anime style zombie fighting game with cool “familiar,” like characters would succeed in alt-world/Hot Topic Yugi-Oh collision of some kind.
5. The Goon – man I love the goon, another great illustrated comic, with a loveable lead, and awesome diverse villains for some cool special moves.
6. We3 – Obviously, it would have 3 characters, but cyborg animal fighters sound awesome!
7. Transmetropolitan/Doktor Sleepless – Crazy weapons, body modifications, and another awesome potential game world.
8. Dark Tower Series – Technically, it’s a book first, but I loved the illustrated series that Stephen King has, and if I had to choose one, it’d be this guy, and I’d play up the riddles.
9. Sweet Tooth – Cute. Who doesn’t love forest creatures in flannel? I’m obviously a big Ani-Morph fan.
10. Phonogram – But instead of Brit Pop, it’d really just be indie music mythical creatures, gods, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

flager seriesVampirate of Matanzas Inlet hits stores April 1, 2015

Roger is the street-punk descendant of a long line of pirates, including his namesake, Captain Rogerick Blimes, who is best known for defeating his dreaded rival, Captain “Mad-Eyes” Gaunt, an eighteenth-century pirate warlord possessed by demons. Now, centuries later, it’s up to Roger and his ragtag crew (which includes a mysterious vampire girl) to hunt for the buried talisman his ancestor used to defeat Gaunt before it’s found and the evil spirit of Gaunt is once again unleashed on the modern world!

The Vampirate of Matanzas Inlet is a thrilling urban, paranormal fantasy that blends the right amount of history and fiction to make for an enjoyable read. It’s a true treasure-hunting, swashbuckling, and spooky graphic novel for all ages to enjoy. The story is set in Florida. Native Andre Frattino grew up fascinated by the weird history of the Sunshine State and wants to share it with his readers in this graphic novel, using the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, as a backdrop. “Most comics are based in big cities like New York, which always ends up being the center of some global catastrophe. But what if the supernatural dangers came from some little tourist town? It’d be the last place you’d expect.
Blending two of pop culture’s recent favorite topics, pirates and vampires, The Vampirate of Matanzas Inlet has a little something for everyone, but purists can rest easy, as Andre claims he’s taken things back to basics. “There are no sparkling vampires or swaggering pirates in this book. It was important to me that all of the original rules apply to these legendary characters. I did extensive research on both vampires and pirates. I read biographies on Captain Kidd and Edward Teach (Blackbeard) and studied the origins and history of vampires, all in an effort to be more realistic and less flashy. When you’re trying to transport your reader into the story, you don’t necessarily want originality; you want realism. And taking these characters back to their raw, original mythos achieves just that!”

Andre Frattino has an extensive background in both illustration and the paranormal. He has worked as an illustrator for Wild Onion Press and Mascot Books, as a 2-D artist for Puppy Punch Production’s Terror Tower, and most recently as a social media designer for Firehouse Subs. The Vampirate of Matanzas Inlet is his third book with Pineapple Press as well as the third book in the Flagler’s Few series of graphic novels. As a paranormal enthusiast, Andre led ghost tours in Savannah, conducted his own investigations of previously unexplored haunted houses, and was a location scout and consultant on SYFY’s Ghost Hunters.

Joining Andre on this third endeavor is the talented Effie Rodriguez, who previously illustrated My Florida Pond, a Florida wildlife coloring book, and continues to create personal and commercial work in many media. Effie provided her inking and rendering talents to help accentuate the graphic style of Andre’s illustrations and give it a more dark and spooky feel.
The Vampirate of Matanzas Inlet will be on sale beginning April 1. You can purchase copies at all bookstores, and all of Andre’s books are available on Amazon as well. Visit Andre’s web blog at www.arfstudios.netfor more information on his projects and books.

Contact Andre directly at arfstudios@gmail.com

 

 

File 13Small press publisher Castle Comics has launched File 13, a high-tech action-adventure comic book with a healthy dose of absurdist humor. Featuring shorter story arcs, crisp coloring and dynamic action scenes, File 13 hearkens back to the Bronze Age comic books of the 1980s. Made possible by a Kickstarter campaign, File 13 also reflects the latest trends in comic self-publishing, with a compelling DIY backstory that appeals to fans who also had childhood dreams of making their own comic books.

File 13 #1 introduces readers to Scott and Randall Solson, twin brothers who inherit their father’s research company, SolTech. Led by Randall’s ruthless business savvy and Scott’s scientific genius, SolTech thrives – but when Randall buys out Scott and fires him, family bonds are broken. Feeling a need to serve the greater good, Scott steals the prototype combat assault neuro-armor (C.A.N.) he had just developed for SolTech, puts it on, and embarks on his hero’s journey. Along the way, Scott encounters an amazing assortment of super-powered beings that populate the File 13 universe – some dangerous, some friendly, but almost all ridiculous weirdos.

Harvey Award Nominee Dan Hosek first dreamed up the File 13 universe when he was a child. “I created the ‘Can Man’ character, who was based around a garbage can, when I was 12,” he explains, “That’s right when I met Keith Koppenhoefer, who has been my friend and story collaborator ever since.” In 2012, Hosek and Koppenhoefer rediscovered the original “crudely drawn” Can Man comics and vowed to finish what they had started 30 years earlier. Hosek and Koppenhoefer founded Castle Comics, surrounding their writing with the artwork of Ryan Gutierrez and lettering of Paul Tutrone to create File 13.

Castle Comics successfully crowdfunded to self-publish File 13’s critical first print run. “Kickstarter is revolutionizing publishing and art in general,” says Hosek. “Instead of one person deciding if an artistic vision can become reality, the audience decides what they want to see.” In this case, the audience enthusiastically approved: Eclipsing the original Kickstarter goal and setting File 13’s mythology in motion for many issues to come.

Although Castle Comics’ submission of File 13 to Diamond Comic Distributors was turned down, the Kickstarter campaign and a successful pre-sale event through local comic shops has the team of File 13 confident that their self-distribution model will work, and get the series the momentum it needs.  Full-color print and digital copies of File 13 #1 may be ordered from www.whatisfile13.com, where retailers can also place risk-free, 100% returnable wholesale orders. Preview art and review copies are available upon request.

Contact Info: Dan Hosek/Dhosek@rochesterr.com

asylum Hollywood, CA – Storm King productions web store is officially open for the gift giving season. Storm King’s premiere title John Carpenter’s Asylum has great gift ideas from t-shirts to posters including their web store only limited edition art book style hardcover graphic novel. Want your gift giving to help someone in need? Numerous John Carpenter related Hero Initiative prints are available as well. Order cut off for guaranteed Christmas delivery is December 14th using standard shipping and December 19th if you choose to ship FedEx. If you place an order by December 15th for the limited edition John Carpenter’s Asylum Hardcover you will receive an exclusive Asylum crucifix flash drive with a copy of the animated trailer! Go to htttp://www.stormkingproductionsstore.com/ today!

The hardcover trade release is a full 200 pages which contain the 144 comic pages from the first six issues as well as a sketchbook from Leo Manco that shows pages in the three different stages of development (pencils, inks, colors), a “how to”guide covering the cireation of the John Carpenter’s Asylum animated trailer, and three new demons never before seen in the comic! The limited edition artbook style hardcover will have the same interior with no new demon information but does include book plates that have been hand numbered with signatures by Sandy King Carpenter, John Carpenter, Leo Manco, Bruce Jones, Trent Olsen, Janice Chiang and Thomas Ian Griffith. The run will be strictly limited to 500 and is available ONLY in the webstore.

About John Carpenter’s Asylum:
There’s a war coming to the City of Angels. In tunnels beneath the city, in the dark alleys among the homeless, demons lurk and Lucifer bides his time. One man knows. One man sees. One man walks those dark streets. Father Daniel Beckett’s seen demons and he’s spoken to the Devil, but he’s never seen an angel and he’s never spoken to God. Obsessed and driven as much by betrayal as righteousness and anger as redemption, he walks the smoke-filled encampments of lost souls like Dante’s nine rings of the Inferno. He is God’s warrior at war with God.
With this step into the comic book world, John Carpenter brings it all to the serial world he’s loved since childhood. Supernatural horror with that twist of fate that only flawed mankind can provide.

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About Storm King Productions:
Storm King Productions is headed up by writer producer powerhouse Sandy King Carpenter. Storm King focuses on artistic storytelling in all forms. Their flagship comic book title John Carpenter’s Asylum has become a global fan favorite. Other comic properties including DarkChylde, are also currently in production.

 

 


giftedBethesda, MDGraphic novel publisher Creative Mind Energy (CME) has announced that their premiere title The Gifted (Diamond Code: OCT141241) will be hitting stores almost a month early so it will be available for holiday purchases. Originally scheduled for January 7, 2015 the book will be available in the direct market December 10, 2014. It will be in book stores shortly after that. Customers looking to order Creative Mind Energy titles should contact their local retailer, or find a comic shop near them at www.comicshoplocator.com.

The first volume in an ongoing series, The Gifted, shows what life is like for animals struggling to survive in a world laid to waste by humanity’s violence, abuse and exploitation. Through the eyes of the lone wolf the reader gains a unique perspective experiencing first hand his desperation, hunger and fight for survival. Hand painted watercolors and minimal text is all that is needed to depict a strong and moving story in this graphic novel. This edition combines the first two volumes of the story that were convention sellouts. The second release from CME is called Dixie Vixens and releases in March 2015.

What others are saying about The Gifted!

The Gifted is an exceptional work, something that both transcends the medium of comics and yet utilizes the medium to its fullest.”-BlackShipBooks.com

While the Wassel’s script is nearly dialogue-free, the art is complemented by large and intentionally intrusive onomatopoeic words, and the result is a book that defies comparison to anything else I’ve read in recent years.” – ShelfAbuse.com

One cannot gorge on THE GIFTED. This review took me so damn long to complete from UPS drop off to publishing because I saw care and craftsmanship from all parties. I was not going to sully this hard work with a phoned in write-up.”-Aintitcool.com

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About Creative Mind Energy (CME) – An emerging family business, Creative Mind Energy, LLC (CME) develops original creative content for print, film, television and video games. Our projects range from comic books, to young adult novels, to feature length screenplays. We think of ourselves as a creative think tank. We live at the crossroads of quality and innovation. We approach our projects with one overriding goal…to create something absolutely amazing. At CME, we imagine extraordinary things. Are you nowhere near a local retailer? Creative Mind Energy has an online store. Visit http://store.cmecomics.com/ today

The Plunge of IcarusAvailable now, exclusively at the iTunes/App Store

Los Angeles, CA – Independent content producer Cinenovel releases new genre Novel/App. An industry first, this highly unique visual- and audio-augmented literary work takes the tablet reading experience to a new level. Produced specifically to take full advantage of the capabilities of the iPad “The Plunge of Icarus” is a near-future fiction with an unusual theme that makes it a perfect platform to showcase this visual genre. The epic 500-frame download combines text and cinematic elements with sonic accompaniment and voice-over (both cancelable) to create a totally immersive reading experience. “The Plunge of Icarus” expands the definition of apps and reading on the iPad. Available exclusively on the iTunes/App Store for just $15.99. Download the Novel/App today at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-plunge-of-icarus/id896215337?mt=8.

Cinenovel founder Jeff Buchanan, an award-winning director, commented; “Cinenovel was created to develop and produce quality content for emerging platforms. As a lover of books I felt that evolving tablet technologies warranted giving ardent readers an alternative to traditional offerings, and Cinenovel was born. We are in a very unique position, being an independent, yet the first to take this approach to storytelling. Cinenovel is, first and foremost, a reading experience dedicated to honoring the tradition of the written word while embracing the future.”

Learn more about Cinenovel and The Plunge of Icarus at www.theplungeoficarus.com

About “The Plunge of Icarus”:

In the not too distant future, on the Isle of Crete in the Aegean Sea, a modern Mount Olympus has been resurrected as an Air Force superpower. The pilots here have been raised since birth to believe they are the new Greek gods, fighting a never ending war.

Icarus is Olympus’ most decorated pilot. Calloused by battle the young flyer has never questioned what it is he does. All of that changes one day in a revelation high above the clouds that begins to unravel the labyrinth of mysteries surrounding the war. Icarus inadvertently discovers love as he is plunged into a conscience about killing.

Contains mature themes. Reader discretion advised.

About Cinenovel:

A selective, craft publisher Cinenovel is dedicated to making the highest caliber original stories and classics of literature accessible to a broad audience through its innovative, artful presentation. This tasteful blend of literature with visuals enhances the reading experience in dynamic new ways, on a scale never before seen with full-length fiction.

 

For more information, contact: Lys Galati/lys@sphinxgroup.com