BOOM! Studios presents DEAD LETTERS a new series from writer Christopher Sebela and artist Chris Visions.

Waking up in a fleabag motel with bandaged arms and a revolver on his desk, Sam doesn’t remember a thing – not how he got here, where here is, or who he is. But the armed men knocking on his door do and Sam will have to use every trick from his forgotten repertoire to outrun and outsmart his way through a hardboiled wonderland of gang wars, femme fatales and big secrets.

Available for pre-order today!

 

“The Rangers,” a new fantasy web series from the award-winning producers of “The Rise of the Fellowship” and one of the major creative forces behind the award-winning documentary “Darkon,” launches a Kickstarter campaign on March 8. They’re calling all fantasy fans to join their team of successful filmmakers, creative minds and talented craftsmen and actors to make this quality, fan-supported fantasy entertainment possible. The campaign rewards are enviable; the resulting series will be epic.

The series will follow an elite band of borderland protectors known as Rangers and their efforts to save their kingdom Olaran—and their entire world—from its greatest challenge. Even while they fight a mythic evil, they must overcome their own personal demons. Can the Rangers save their world without losing themselves?

“We’re developing a fantasy world of broad scope and depth that will be an immersive fan experience,” says Ron Newcomb, project creator and executive producer. “We’ve put together an incredible, successful team to bring fans the best fantasy content possible.”

Ranger Creed

We are the watchers in the woods,
The protectors of the realm.
We are the heralds of warning,

The beacon lighters of hope,
Violence prowls the land,
And hard men must meet it.

We are the judges…
We are the executioners…
Never will we fail,
Never will we give in.
The first to stand,
And if need be, the first to die.

We are the guardians.
We are the iron hand of the King.
The Body that fights,
The Mind that guards,
The Soul that endures.

We are the Rangers.
“The Rangers” team asks fantasy fans to:

  • Check out the campaign and learn more about the series at www.therangersfilm.com
  • Make a donation to put their name in the series and earn rewards
  • Encourage others to donate
  • Spread the word about the series to friends, bloggers, forums and social media influencers
  • Follow them on Twitter  (#TheRangersFilm) and Facebook

 

If the creators surpass their goal, they’re even considered making “The Rangers” into a feature-length film.  “We want fantasy fans to join their blades with ours and become part of this adventure,” Newcomb adds.

The World’s Leading Digital Manga Magazine Offers Limited Time Special For Fans That Renew Or Sign Up For A New Annual Subscription 

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, offers something special to YU-GI-OH! fans, manga readers and WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP subscribers. For a very limited time – until March 31st only – WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP brings back its popular 3-Card Annual Membership Promotion.

For the remainder of the month, fans that sign up for a new annual membership to VIZ Media’s popular weekly digital serial anthology or renew their current subscription will receive a special bonus premium in the form of 3 randomly selected YU-GI-OH! collectible trading cards. This is in addition to 4 exclusive YU-GI-OH! collectible trading cards that annual members already receive with each new paid subscription. Visit http://shonenjump.viz.com to renew or sign up for an annual membership today for only $25.99 and can claim 3 additional trading cards by entering the promo code, “YUGIOHPROMO,” in the checkout section. Limit one promo per customer; while supplies last.

Subscribers will each receive 3 bonus previously released YU-GI-OH! trading cards randomly selected from a collection that includes BLAST SPHERE, CYBER ELTANIN, ENDLESS DECAY, JUDGEMENT OF THE PHARAOH, NUMBER 30: ACID GOLEM OF DESTRUCTION, MALEFIC TRUTH DRAGON, MEKLORD EMPEROR GRANEL, RELIEVE MONSTER, and the UNITY card.

“This promotion is a wonderful incentive for fans to dive into WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and check out all of the great manga series we feature digitally with simultaneous U.S./Japanese release and also get an array of fun collectables and bonus premiums that come with each annual membership,” says Andy Nakatani, Editor-in-Chief, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP. “Don’t miss this special opportunity to receive 3 additional YU-GI-OH! cards, along with the 4 that already come with every annual membership, that will add power and prestige to a player’s deck!”

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is VIZ Media’s renowned weekly digital serial anthology that features the synchronized latest chapters of a variety of popular manga series debuting on the same day as the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump magazine counterpart. Subscribers can access issues via VIZManga.com, the VIZ Manga App, or with the Apple iPad Newsstand App. Exclusive 1 Year Memberships are available for only $25.99 and include 48 weekly digital issues as well as special premiums including 4 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectable Trading Cards, rare one-shot manga releases, digital-only promotions, and access to additional subscriber-only content including creator interviews and insightful promo videos.

Current WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP issues feature the latest chapters of many of the world’s most popular series such as ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, BLEACH, NARUTO, NISEKOI, ONE PIECE, TORIKO, SERAPH OF THE END and WORLD TRIGGER. Monthly series such as BLUE EXORCIST and YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL debut on the closest Monday after the Japanese release. Also serialized in the anthology is fan favorite ONE-PUNCH MAN, and the most recent addition to the magazine, STEALTH SYMPHONY. More information on WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is available at: http://shonenjump.viz.com.

For more information on WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and exclusive subscriber offers, please visit shonenjump.viz.com.

For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, please visit www.VIZ.com.

From Famed Manga Creator Arina Tanemura, A Young Girl With Magical Powers Becomes An Art Thief To Steal Paintings Possessed by Demons

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, steals the hearts of manga (graphic novel) fans with the launch of the series – PHANTOM THIEF JEANNE. The new magical-girl fantasy by beloved creator Arina Tanemura, is now available from the Shojo Beat imprint with an age raging of ‘T’ for Teens and carries an MSRP of $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN

A digital version is also available for $6.99 (USD/CAN) on VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores.

The remaining volumes of the 5-volume fantasy adventure series are scheduled to debut every other month.

High school student Maron Kusakabe has a secret – she’s Phantom Thief Jeanne. She sneaks into private art collections to steal paintings in which demons reside. Jeanne’s task is to seal the demons before they can devour human hearts. So far she’s been able to evade the police on her midnight outings, but now another thief has come onto the scene – Phantom Thief Sinbad – and he’s trying to take the paintings before she does!

“PHANTOM THIEF JEANNE is our translated editions of the beloved Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne series in Japan,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Editor. “These books feature new covers by Arina Tanemura and color pages. They are must-have for new and current fans alike.”

PHANTOM THIEF JEANNE creator Arina Tanemura began her manga career in 1996 when her short stories debuted in Ribon magazine. She gained further fame with the 1997 publication of I•O•N, and she has remained a major force in shojo manga ever since with popular series such as Time Stranger Kyoko, Full Moon, and The Gentlemen’s Alliance † (all of which are published in North America by VIZ Media). Both PHANTOM THIEF JEANNE and FULL MOON have been adapted into animated TV series.

For more information on PHANTOM THIEF JEANNE or other popular shojo manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit http://www.viz.com/manga/print/shojo-beat.

Manga Series About An Investigator With An Unorthodox Set Of Skills From The Award-Winning Creator Of MONSTER And 20th CENTURY BOYS Debuts In English In December

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced it has acquired the North American publishing rights for Naoki Urasawa’s post–Cold War suspense thriller, MASTER KEATON. The 12-volume manga (graphic novel) series has never before been available in English and is scheduled to launch in print in December under the VIZ Signature imprint.

MASTER KEATON was created and drawn by the award-winning manga artist Naoki Urasawa, story coproduced with Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki. MASTER KEATON will be rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. Each paperback volume will receive a deluxe treatment, including 18 pages of full-color artwork. In addition to publishing MASTER KEATON in North America, VIZ Media will also release it in print in the United Kingdom and Australia.

The riveting detective drama introduces Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, an archeology professor and part-time insurance investigator known for his successful and unorthodox methods of investigation. The son of a Japanese zoologist and an English noblewoman, educated in archaeology at Oxford and a former member of the SAS, Master Keaton uses his knowledge and combat training to uncover buried secrets, thwart would-be villains, and pursue the truth. The manga series was originally published in Japan between 1988 and 1994 in Big Comic Original magazine and also inspired a popular 39-episode anime adaptation.

“We’re thrilled to debut a deluxe edition of the Eisner Award-winning Naoki Urasawa’s MASTER KEATON series this December,” says Amy Yu, Editor. “Tales of intrigue and espionage are presented with the highly detailed artwork and masterful attention to plot development for which Urasawa is internationally renowned. Fans current and new won’t want to miss the tense action and the heady chase for truth in MASTER KEATON!”

Naoki Urasawa‘s career as a manga artist spans more than twenty years and has firmly established him as one of the true manga masters of Japan. The acclaimed creator won a 2011 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia for his series, 20th CENTURY BOYS (also published by VIZ Media). Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa debuted with Beta! in 1983 and hasn’t stopped his impressive output since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa’s oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic comedy (Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl), a suspenseful human drama about a former mercenary (Pineapple Farm; story by Kazuya Kudo), a captivating psychological suspense story (Naoki Urasawa’s Monster), a sci-fi adventure manga (NAOKI URASAWA’S 20th CENTURY BOYS), and a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka in Pluto: UrAsawa × Tezuka. Many of his books have also spawned popular animated and live-action TV movies, and 2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three live-action Japanese films based on NAOKI URASAWA’S 20th CENTURY BOYS.

No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and has received the Kodansha Manga Award. Urasawa has also become involved in the world of academia, and in 2008 accepted a guest teaching post at Nagoya Zokei University, where he teaches courses in, of course, manga.

For more information on MASTER KEATON, or other award-winning manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

 

Pre-orders begin for Sea Ghost Action Figure

Nemo Publishing announced today that pre-orders are officially open for The Sea Ghost action figure. Sea Ghost’s first appearance was in The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli Vol 1 and was so loved that the character spawned his own title in Sea Ghost #1: The Sea Ghost In The Machine and now he’s available as his own action figure. The 8” figure has a special pre-order price of $16 instead of the regular price of $20. The run will be limited so fans should not delay placing an order at www.captneli.com.

The collectible “maker” action figure is based on the classic Mego-style. Original character designed by Capt’n Eli and Commander X creator Jay Piscopo and handcrafted with the help of Paul “Dr Mego” Clarke. The head was created by custom toy artist Troy Younger. Piscopo explains, “The Sea Ghost figure was the next logical step after the success of the Commander X Figure. Sea Ghost is the one figure that resonates with all toy and comic collectors.”

Book 3 in the The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli is due out this summer. New to the world of Captn Eli? Check out The Sea Ghost, Commander X, Captain Midnight, and Capt’n Eli books as well as Captn’ Eli sodas at http://captneli.shipyardshopping.com/index.html. For a limited time,running you can get both Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli books for just $9.99!

For more information visit www.captneli.com
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About the Creator:

Maine native Jay Piscopo is the author and illustrator of “The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli” graphic novel series. He is also the creator ofSea Ghost #1: The Sea Ghost in the Machine” and Commander X All Star Special” one-shot comic books, which he wrote and illustrated in his unique signature style, combining 2D characters with 3D backgrounds. He is a featured contributor in the Reading With Pictures anthology and a regular illustrator for Moonstone Books. Past projects include working as an art director at Tom Snyder Productions where he produced educational CD-ROMs, including the award-winning Fizz and Martina’s Math Adventures, and animated the ABC Saturday Morning show Squigglevision.

VIZ Media invites fans to begin a sensational fantasy adventure with the launch of the new manga (graphic novel) series – STEALTH SYMPHONY – in today’s issue of its WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga magazine. Featuring an action-packed story by Ryohgo Narita (writer of Durarara!!) with bold artwork by Yoichi Amano, STEALTH SYMPHONY is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will have a simultaneous release in the English version of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP on the same day as its debut in Japan. New chapters will debut every week.

Jig is a young boy who has an unfortunate curse. He embarks on a journey to the town of Jinbo-cho seeking someone who can help him remove the curse. Little does he know he’s starting the adventure of a lifetime!

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is the world’s premiere manga brand and leading weekly manga magazine. The digital publication is available to North American fans as well as to readers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa via the Newsstand App for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini, or the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP App on the Google Play Store for Android devices. International issues debut each Monday at 10:00am (PST) and monthly subscriptions are available with automatic monthly renewals. Additional information on international subscriptions is available at: http://shonenjump.viz.com/international-wsj-app.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP features the latest installments of some of the world’s most popular manga series released each week to English readers on the same day as their general release in Japan. Currently serialized titles include the hot new sci-fi action series, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL (by DEATH NOTE and BAKUMAN? artist Takeshi Obata), as well as other ongoing favorites such as BLEACH, ONE PIECE, NARUTO, NISEKOI, SERAPH OF THE END, TORIKO, and WORLD TRIGGER. Monthly series such as BLUE EXORCIST and YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL debut on the closest Monday after the Japanese release. Also serialized in the anthology is the fan favorite ONE-PUNCH MAN.

VIZ Media offers North American fans single issues of WEEKLY SHONN JUMP for only $0.99 each. Exclusive 1 Year Memberships are available for only $25.99 and include 48 weekly digital issues as well as special premiums such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectable Trading Cards, rare one-shot manga releases, digital-only promotions, and access to additional subscriber-only content including creator interviews and insightful promo videos. (*Note: Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are not available to iPad Newsstand or international subscribers) Current subscribers can also access their accounts via VIZManga.com, the VIZ Manga App, or with the Apple iPad Newsstand App.

For more information on WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and exclusive subscriber offers, please visit shonenjump.viz.com.

For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, please visit www.VIZ.com.

Comic veteran Mario “OMG” Gully launched his latest comic book on Kickstarter this week. Written and illustrated by Gully and colored by Thomas Mason, Dirty Bones is the story of a dog named Rover who’s caught up a world of organized crime and forbidden love. With incentives including signed printed copies of the comic book, posters and commissioned art, Gully aims to raise $50,000 to complete the artwork and get issue #1 on the stands.

“This is my first big project since I created ANT. I’m a much better artist and writer than I was a few years ago, and Thomas is just killing on the colors,” says Gully. “ANT was my Off the Wall album.Dirty Bones is my Thriller.”

At the center of this epic tale is Rover – an ex-gangster who gave up his life on the streets to embark on a quest of self discovery while standing against the segregation between the mutts and the pedigrees. Rover quickly finds out that life in the city has changed as Dirty, the notorious “Big Dawg”, has taken control of New Bark City by force, while fighting a vicious turf war with Madam Kitty for ultimate power.

“We’ve put a lot of energy into creating the best possible Dirty Bonespreview and incentives for fans, collectors and retailers,” says Gully. “I can honestly say this is the best project I have ever been a part of.”

To view his Kickstarter video and back the project, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/754131023/dirty-bones or click http://kck.st/1fiVaWN

 

The Arcane Awakening is “X-men” meets “The Da Vinci Code”. The descendants of ancient angel/human hybrids, or Arcane, long dormant abilities spring to life when Satan’s appears on earth. God’s army (The Ministry) and Lucifer’s army (The Demonic Blight) battle each other one last time for all the marbles… earth and humanity… winner take all.

The Arcane Awakening continues in the thrilling second volume of the trilogy. Available now!

Where to buy The Arcane?

The Arcane Awakening #2 is available now at http://messbucketcomics.bigcartel.com/. Dominic Riggio, writer/creator of The Arcane Awakening will be signing copies of The Arcane Awakening #1 & #2 at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago August 21-24 2014, Detroit Fanfare Comic Con October 2014, and Motor City Comic Con May 16-18. 2014.

What’s Next?

Mess Bucket Comics is now in pre-production of the final book of The Arcane Trilogy, The Arcane #3. This will conclude The Arcane Awakening introduction trilogy.

What reviewers are saying:

“The Arcane Awakening is a really great read! Awesome quality! Great concept- great art… Can’t imagine someone not wanting to pick this up!” Matt Busch Official Star Wars Artist

“The Arcane Awakening makes for an interesting introduction. Written by Dominic Riggio, The Arcane Awakening has interesting tone and details that both allow for extreme super-powered action as well as a quick development of story. The Arcane Awakening is an interesting read with excellent art and well worth checking out, especially if you’re interested in a super-powered celestial war.” BuyIndieComics.com –Dale Wilson

“Mess Bucket Comics has done something unique in recreating a biblical story overlaying what can only be described as a Tarantino-style explosion of violence, mayhem, and overt raucous behavior. It is a brief and absorbing jaunt that is over so quickly that you are left wondering: What the hell just happened? I imagine we will be seeing more of The Arcane Awakening very soon.” Empirical Magazine- Dan O’Brien.

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Anime Streaming Brand To Be Carried By Hulu And Hulu Plus Video-On-Demand Services, And Will Continue To Offer Simulcast Premieres And Exclusive Content To An Expanded Audience

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces a significant milestone in the evolution of Neon Alley as the company moves to consolidate all of its digital streaming anime content offerings under its Neon Alley brand.

Effective April 1st, VIZ Media will transition its weekly episodic anime programming to the successful free ad-supported Hulu and subscription-based Hulu Plus Video-On-Demand services. The move also expands VIZ Media’s role as a content partner for one of the U.S.’s biggest video streaming providers.

U.S. fans will be able to catch a wide variety of brand new anime, as well as classic content distributed and/or licensed by VIZ Media, for FREE at www.NeonAlley.com. The site will also become the new home for all FREE streaming anime content previously available on VIZAnime.com, including first-run simulcasts for hit series such as NARUTO SHIPPUDEN. Titles will be presented with easy-to-use selections for dubbed and/or subbed content (when available).

Neon Alley will reach an expansive on-demand audience on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service, which enables viewers to watch shows anytime, anywhere across devices, including PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, Chromecast, and a multitude of additional mobile devices that already support the app. Additional details on Hulu Plus enabled devices can be found here. VIZ Media will continue to make programming decisions for Neon Alley, and will release additional news on Neon Alley availability for Canadian users in the near future.

“Neon Alley’s mission has always been to offer an innovative way for domestic fans to access and enjoy dubbed high-quality anime content legally, and as a content partner for Hulu and Hulu Plus, the Neon Alley brand makes a big stride to fulfill this objective and expand our audience substantially across the most widely used digital platforms and devices,” says Brian Ige, Vice President, Animation. “Viewers will have more free ways than ever to access and watch their favorite shows, and we look forward to fans joining us for a new era of anime enjoyment!”

Additional information on Neon Alley is available at: www.NeonAlley.com.

For more information on anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit: www.VIZ.com.

from Loaded Barrel Studios:

Loaded Barrel Studios, the graphic novel studio that brought you GREY, the Independent Publishers Book Awards Silver Medalist for Best Graphic Novel, is proud to announce the long awaited release of the live-action, 200 Page, Full-Color Graphic Novel BRIELLE AND THE HORROR! Written by the Barel Brothers with artwork by Jared Barel, BRIELLE AND THE HORROR is the horror-action-mystery story of Brielle Hicks, a sixteen-year-old who was born possessed by an evil demon. Now, as she matures into adulthood, the beast inside of her is clawing its way to the surface. With a secret agency after her and a group of fanatical priests on her tail, can Brielle learn to control The Horror inside of her and arise a new kind of hero before it unleashes Armageddon?

BRIELLE AND THE HORROR is illustrated in the Loaded Barrel Studios signature “live-action” style derived from the creative team’s backgrounds in film and photography; shooting every panel of every book as if it were a movie shoot and converting those images into the unique artwork in every LBS project through a fusion of digital and traditional illustration, photo manipulation, and cgi. Here’s what some critics had to say about BRIELLE AND THE HORROR:

“It’s frigging impressive. You could put it on the shelves beside most of the output from the big two, and this book, just production wise, will take em. Absolutely gorgeous book, and possibly the future of comics.” – Heroic Times

Heartwarming and haunting, this book introduces a talented new trio to the world of comics!” – AmishOtaku.com

“BRIELLE AND THE HORROR was our favorite book from the con, no doubt. It’s just such a cool-looking book and great story, we absolutely loved it.” – N3RDCAST

Without further ado, Loaded Barrel Studios would like to invite you to take a look at the live-action trailer for BRIELLE AND THE HORRORhttps://vimeo.com/77170834

Not enough? You want a preview of the book too? Check out a preview of some of the stunning interiors and get a snippet of Brielle’s story here: http://imgur.com/a/L2YVD#0.  Please feel free to repost artwork from the imgur file!

BRIELLE AND THE HORROR is only available from Diamond Comic Distributors, which means if you want your copy tell your local retailer you want BRIELLE AND THE HORROR! PREVIEWS Item# FEB141343 F

Stop on over at www.loadedbarrelstudios.com where you can order other great books, exclusive autographed merchandise, t-shirts, skatedecks and more! Also check out our website to find out more about Loaded Barrel Studios and check out a preview of all the Loaded Barrel comics.

GREY is available internationally through Diamond’s PREVIEWS (item #: SEP111172). GREY is available DIGITALLY through DriveThruComics.comGraphic.ly, and Comics+ from iVerse.

For a look at a kick-ass live-action/animated hybrid trailer of GREY click here: https://vimeo.com/54650556

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-Loaded Barrel Studios

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