Wednesday, September 30, 2015


The tongue-in-cheek fantasy romp charms (and battle-axes) its way into fan hearts. Bestselling artist Skottie Young (Fortunately, the Milk, Rocket Raccoon, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz) and Jean-Francois Beaulieu (Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz) debut the creator-owned series, I HATE FAIRYLAND—which was first announced at Image Expo in July—nears its launch date of Wednesday, October 14th with growing enthusiasm within the comics industry and has collected high praise from critics early on. Satirizing the typical Alice in Wonderland/Wizard of Oz fantasy tale of a young girl dropped in a magical, irritatingly joyful kingdom, I HATE FAIRYLAND explores what would happen if someone was kept on steady diet of gumdrops and sunshine for years.

I HATE FAIRYLAND introduces readers to Gertrude, a snarky, slightly deranged 40-year-old with a battle axe who happens to be trapped in a Shirley Temple-esque body and confined to the technicolor funworld that is Fairyland. This is an all-new series full of morbid, dark humor and snark—perfect for fans of Invader Zim and Fight Club.

I HATE FAIRYLAND hits stores on Wednesday, October 14th.

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New York Times Bestselling Author Takes on T’Challa, a.k.a. the Black Panther. Marvel is excited to announce that next spring, one of the most thought-provoking and perceptive writers today, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) along with legendary artist Brian Stelfreeze, will helm a new BLACK PANTHER series, adding an exciting, erudite new voice to the All-New, All –Different Marvel lineup.

The indomitable will of Wakanda -- the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions -- has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now, the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change? “Wakanda is really the light of the world, in the Marvel Universe. And yet it's a system of governance that has not advanced beyond the idea of blood-rule,” says Coates. “It's always seemed to me that T'Challa was aware of this discrepancy. Among the monarchs of Marvel --Namor and Doctor Doom for instance-- T'Challa has always been distinguished to me by his discomfort on the throne, and with the problems of one-man rule. I am very much looking forward to exploring that tension.”

That tension and conflict is what will fire BLACK PANTHER #1 into a no-holds-barred adventure that will demonstrate why Black Panther is one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe. “Ta-Nehisi writes brilliantly about everything from race to politics to fatherhood to modern culture, but he’s also a longtime Marvel reader. And combining his writing skills with his passion for and understanding of Marvel’s characters, paired with the captivating and engaging artwork of modern master Brian Stelfreeze, has led to a truly amazing story that we can’t wait for the world to read,” says Wil Moss, editor of the newBLACK PANTHER series. “This story will have all the political intrigue of the best episodes of THE WEST WING and HOMELAND, but it’s also going to have the trademark Marvel action and energy that Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (Black Panther’s creators!) built into the foundation of the Marvel Universe. Look for some fun and unexpected Marvel villains to show up in this story, as well as an appearance or two by T’Challa’s new teammates, The Ultimates.”

Join us next year as Marvel continues to change the creative landscape of the comic book industry as Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze make history as the new creative team on Marvel Comics’ BLACK PANTHER.

On sale spring 2016

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The ultimate space road trip! Space goblins! Telekinetic aliens! Futuristic roller derbies! Space truckers! Daniel Warren Johnson (Ghost Fleet, Alabaster) brings his beloved web comic to print in the graphic novel collection Space-Mullet!: One Gamble at a Time! The perfect mix of drama, action, comedy, and heart, Space-Mullet! showcases Johnson’s style, which will appeal to fans of Japanese manga, European comics, and American comics alike.

Ex–Space Marine Jonah and his copilot Alphius rove the galaxy, just trying to get by. Drawn into one crazy adventure after another, they forge a crew of misfits into a family that must face the darkest parts of the universe together. Space-Mullet! is a richly detailed, accessible sci-fi world with heartfelt characters and an unforgettable story.

Space-Mullet!: One Gamble at a Time is in stores March 16, 2016.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

'68 LAST RITES kicking off final story arc

Set in New York City, 1970, '68 LAST RITES #2 hit shelves just last week. As salvation falls from the winter sky, Faye Kuen takes Alice Gleason back to Pitt Island, New Jersey for a tale of horror and loss. Heroes will rise and fall in the dark, frozen shadow of the infamous Zodiac killer's house of pain! The second part of the '68 universe's ultimate climax, with a haunting script by MARK KIDWELL and fear-shrouded artwork by JEFF ZORNOW and JAY FOTOS!

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Pre-order includes exclusive bonus tracks from BABYMETAL, Linkin Park ft. Daron Malakian, Pierce The Veil, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and more! Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. (“Harmonix”) is excited to reveal that Rock Band™ 4 is now available for digital pre-orders for Xbox One via the Xbox Games Store in North America, South America, and Central America. Players can pre-order the game by going here or from their Xbox One console.

As a special bonus, players who pre-order the game through Xbox Live, the world’s premier gaming community from Microsoft, will receive 12 additional songs to play in Rock Band 4 that are only available for free* at launch through this Xbox-exclusive offer.
  • All That Remains – “What If I Was Nothing”
  • BABYMETAL – “Gimme Chocolate!!”
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “September”
  • Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home”
  • Jefferson Starship – “Jane”
  • Linkin Park ft. Daron Malakian – “Rebellion”
  • Marilyn Manson – “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles”
  • Mastodon – “High Road”
  • My Morning Jacket – “One Big Holiday”
  • Pierce The Veil ft. Kellin Quinn – “King For A Day”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – “My Own Eyes”
  • The Wild Feathers – “Backwoods Company”

Rock Band 4 software will work with most previous wireless Xbox 360 Rock Band and third party wireless music game controllers via the Legacy Game Controller Adapter™, sold separately. The adapter supports up to four wireless Rock Band controllers simultaneously as well as many third party wireless instrument controllers for Xbox 360. This adapter is available at

During this exclusive pre-order window, players can enter the coupon code “RB4ADAPTER” at for $15 off the adapter purchase. Standalone Xbox One instruments, including the Rock Band™ 4 Wireless Fender™ Stratocaster™ Guitar Controller and the Wireless Drum Kit will be available for purchase in early 2016.

Winner of multiple awards and nominations at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), including “Best Music Game” from IGN and Game Informer, Rock Band 4 delivers the ecstatic rush of a live full-band game experience like never before. Rock Band 4 builds on the core gameplay people love, with brand new features, including game-changing Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay that allows players to craft their own face-melting and truly original guitar solos.

For more information on Rock Band 4 and to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements, head over to, and follow @RockBand on Twitter for updates.

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Looking forward to the launch of Vertigo's THE TWILIGHT CHILDREN by the legendary Gilbert Hernandez (LOVE AND ROCKETS) and Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER)? If you can't wait until the official release of the first issue onOctober 14 (and we don't blame you!), fans can read an exclusive black and white preview of the first issue onSeptember 30.

The black and white preview will be included with the digital purchase of Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #6, which is the final issue of Gaiman's prequel story to THE SANDMAN – his magnum opus which started 25 years ago.  "As a huge fan of Beto and Darwyn, I am thrilled to be allowed to present it to the world," says Gaiman. THE TWILIGHT CHILDREN is a surreal story wherein a woman emerges from a strange white orb that washes ashore and her presence transforms the lives of the villagers of a small fishing community in Latin America. Fans of Gilbert Hernandez' award-winning magical realism and Darwyn Cooke's kinetic, masterful storytelling will not be disappointed.

THE TWILIGHT CHILDREN is part of Vertigo's new Fall slate consisting of 12 series that will release over 12 consecutive weeks starting in October. Preorders for the official release of issue #1 are now available.

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Monday, September 28, 2015


Winner Of 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama

Just in time for its second season, catch up with the #1 show on The CW as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment release The Flash: The Complete First Season on Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 22, 2015. The Flash delivered the most-watched series premiere in The CW's history, and original episodes averaged 6 million viewers weekly throughout the season. Fans that purchase the set will be able to watch all 23 electrifying episodes, plus three hours of extra content, including episode commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. The Flash: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $59.98 SRP for the DVD and $60.10 SRP for the Blu-ray.

Fangirl Thoughts: First I must say this was the break out show. It was so well done and flowed flawlessly. It even one a People's Choice Award. This DVD contains all the season 1 episodes plus some great extra features. 
  • The Fastest Man Alive! 
  • Creating the Blur 
  • The Chemistry of Emily and Grant Screen Test 
  • Behind the Story: The Trickster Returns! 
  • DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow 
  • Audio Commentary 
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Gag Reel
I always go for the Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel. The deleted scenes always feel like they round out the show. It adds a depth to the series that you just cannot get since you are limited to time. I enjoyed watching the Gag Reel as well. It is always a plus to watch your favorite actors being messing up lines and playing tricks on each other. 

I would highly recommend this DVD to fans and potential fans. Check it out and let me know what you think. 

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The new drama series set in the world of wrestling exclusively revealed in THE WALKING DEAD. The next Image Comics ongoing series from writer Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER, Adventures of Superman), RINGSIDE, introduces artist and co-creator Nick Barber for an ensemble drama set around the world of professional wrestling. An exclusive teaser trailer featuring all-new material from RINGSIDE #1 will debut in THE WALKING DEAD #147 in stores on October 14th and will outline the new series' characters and storyline for the very first time.

First announced at Image Expo in July, the noir-inflected RINGSIDE explores the diverse relationships within professional wrestling as art conflicts with industry, fact conflicts with fiction and, overall, delves into how far people are willing to go for what they believe in, no matter how violent the result. As the series progresses perspectives will shift from the wrestlers themselves, the staff they work with, the suits in charge, and the fans cheering them all on.

"Ringside’s set in the often brutal crossroads between what people do for the things they love most and what they're willing to sacrifice for them," said Keatinge. "While Ringside's certainly a dramatization, you would be hard pressed to find a group of women and men who give up their lives for the entertainment of millions across the world as much as those who enter the ring."

Barber added: “As over-the-top as a wrestling match can get—the world outside of the ring can be even more compelling. Ringside is about the personal struggles and conflicts of those involved in, and around the sport (and business) of professional wrestling. While wrestling is the landscape, you certainly don't need to be an expert to enjoy this epic story.”

RINGSIDE #1 hits stores on Wednesday, November 25th.

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Image Comics Brings Fan Favorite BITCH PLANET to Local Comic Shop Day™

Exclusive Hardcover Edition Adds to November 28 Event. ComicsPRO, the trade association of storefront comic book specialty retailers, and Image Comics are pleased to announce support of Local Comic Shop Day™ participating retailers with the first hardcover collection of BITCH PLANET. Written by Eisner Award nominee Kelly Sue DeConnick (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) with art by Valentine De Landro (X-Factor), BITCH PLANET takes place in a dystopian reality where non-compliant women are jailed in an off-planet prison. The LCSD hardcover edition features cover art by Filipe Andrade and is limited to 750 copies. It collects the first five issues of the series.

“We’re thrilled to have Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Image Comics choose Local Comic Shop Day™ as the event to release the first Bitch Planet hardcover,” said Marco Davanzo, ComicsPRO Executive and owner of Alakazam Comics in Irvine, California. “Image Comics continues to be ahead of the curve with originality, quality, and vision.” Founded in 1992, Image Comics is the publisher of many award-winning, creator-owned and fan-favorite series.

Local Comic Shop Day™ is a new event focusing on locally owned independent comic book specialty stores and their role in shaping the pop culture market. The first Local Comic Shop Day™ will be Saturday, November 28, two days after Thanksgiving and coinciding with American Express’ “Small Business Saturday” event. On Local Comic Shop Day™, participating retailers will have exclusive, and in some cases, limited items debuting from supporting publishers. The goal of Local Comic Shop Day is to jump start the holiday buying season for storefront comics specialty retailers by giving comics fans more of what they most desire.

ComicsPRO invites all brick and mortar comic book specialty stores to be part of Local Comic Shop Day™.

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#DKIII - 5 new covers by Rafael Albuquerque, Klaus Janson, Eduardo Risso, Tyler Kirkham and Lee Bermejo

More covers for DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1 are in! The list of retailers with custom variant covers is also updated (below). DC just put up new artwork by Rafael Albuquerque, Klaus Janson, Eduardo Risso, Tyler Kirkham and Lee Bermejo. Did your local comic book retailer order a unique DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1 variant cover? They'll hit shelves on November 25th along with the standard covers, but supplies will be limited.

Participating retailers have the opportunity for an artist to design and illustrate a cover exclusively for their store, and the list of retailers and artists is growing by the day. DC will be revealing artwork on a regular basis, with more to come in the weeks ahead.

Frank Miller has inspired artists and storytellers in the industry for generations. Paying tribute to 1986's BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, this week DC is revealing cover art designed by Rafael Albuquerque, Klaus Janson, Eduardo Risso, Tyler Kirkham and Lee Bermejo!

Stay tuned—DC is excited to show you the rest! The current list (to date) is below.

Comic*Pop Collectibles – Matt Wagner
ConBox – Kenneth Rocafort
ComicXposure – Babs Tarr
Heroes Aren't Hard to Find – Brian Stelfreeze
Past Present Future Comics – Tony Daniel – Gary Frank
Newbury Comics – Michael Allred
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – Paul Pope
Books-A-Million – Rafael Albuquerque
Silver Snail – Francis Manapul
Hypno Comics – Bill Sienkiewicz
Borderlands Comics and Games – Klaus Janson
Graham Crackers Comics – Darwyn Cooke
Yesteryear Comics – Jason Fabok
Third Eye Comics – Brian Bolland
M&M Comics Service – Dave Dorman
Legacy Comics and Cards – Artgerm

Dynamic Forces – Jae Lee
Midtown Comics – Greg Capullo
Midtown Comics – Marc Silvestri
Rebel Base Comics & Toys – Sean Murphy
Lone Star Comics ( – John Cassaday
Dragon’s Lair – Ivan Reis
Tate’s Comics + Toys + More – Kevin Eastman
Cards, Comics & Collectibles – Amanda Conner
Diamond UK – Jock
Forbidden Planet Limited – Adam Hughes
AOD Collectibles – Dale Keown – J. Scott Campbell
Heroes and Fantasties – Tim Sale
Yancy St. Comics – Kelley Jones
Zapp! Comics – Terry Dodson
Madness Games & Comics – Joshua Middleton
Ssalefish Comics – John Romita, Jr.
Lange's Sports – David Finch
Disposable Heroes Comics – Simon Bisley
Phantom – Walter Simonson
Hastings – Tyler Kirkham
Beyond Comics – Eduardo Risso
Instock Trades – Lee Bermejo
Discount Comic Book Service – Neal Adams
Bulletproof Comics – Gabriele Dell’Otto

Want to know more? Is your favorite artist tapped for a Custom Retailer Variant? Connect with your local comic book retailer and find out which cover(s) they’re ordering or which artist they secured.

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Friday, September 25, 2015


CAMP MIDNIGHT—the upcoming original graphic novel by Man of Action's Steven T. Seagle (Ben 10, Big Hero Six) and New Yorker contributing cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein—will release from Image Comics in April 2016. “When we first announced Camp Midnight at Image Expo we were expecting it to be a fun all-ages book that retailers would latch onto for the Halloween holiday, but we didn’t anticipate the level of early enthusiasm we’d receive from the mass market as well. In favor of giving Camp Midnight more time to find this wider audience we’ve decided to reposition the book for Spring 2016 and look forward to seeing this title thrive,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics.

CAMP MIDNIGHT tells the story of reluctant teen camper Skye, who is accidentally sent to the wrong camp for the summer. In an effort to spite her "step monster," Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. Luckily, that won’t be a problem as everyone at Camp Midnight—with the exception of fellow camper and fast-friend Mia—seems to be a full-fledged monster. Can Skye keep her identity as a human secret until she catches the bus back home? Is all of this a figment of her overactive imagination? And what about Skye’s major crush on a boy who is far (really far) from her usual type?

“Camp Midnight is a horror comedy about feeling like a weirdo—and who doesn't feel like a weirdo now and then?” said Katzenstein. “I'm excited that we made something for comics geeks and new readers alike, and that with this push for a wider release we can find both of those audiences.” Seagle added: “I've worked for years on comics and graphic novels that are decidedly not for younger readers, so I'm thrilled that in Camp Midnight I have a book that I can hand to my younger fans of Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 right up to people who enjoyed House of Secrets. Jason is a major new cartooning force, and this is going to be a stellar debut for him.”

CAMP MIDNIGHT is set to make its splash just in time for Book Expo America, the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in the summer, and of course San Diego Comic-Con.

CAMP MIDNIGHT (ISBN: 978-1-63215-555-9) is an original, 248 page graphic novel from the Man of Action imprint of Image Comics and will be available in comic book stores on Wednesday, April 6th (Diamond Code: AUG150485), and in bookstores on Tuesday, April 14.

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Just in time for Halloween, Dark Horse Comics and PopCap Games are releasing a spooktacular Plants vs. Zombies™ boxed set collecting three critically acclaimed graphic novels! Eisner Award–winning writer Paul Tobin and artist Ron Chan deliver hilarious, action-filled zombie romps to your neighborhood as young adventurers Patrice Blazing and Nate Timely join forces with Crazy Dave to fend off several fun-dead invasions!

This deluxe boxed set includes Plants vs. Zombies Volume 1: Lawnmageddon, Plants vs. Zombies Volume 2: Timepocalypse, Plants vs. Zombies Volume 3: Bully for You, and an exclusive Plants vs. Zombies double-sided poster!

In fall 2014, Dark Horse announced record sales of over 500,000 copies of Plants vs. Zombies books following multiple sold-out print runs! Tobin (Bandette) and Chan (The Guild, Husbands) take readers on original Plants vs. Zombies escapades that’ll charm the young, the old, and Crazy Dave, too!

The Plants vs. Zombies Boxed Set hits comic shops October 14 and bookstores November 3. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers: AmazonBarnes and Noble and, IndieBound.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Amazon and comiXology Celebrate National Comic Book Day with Digital Comics Sweepstakes Promotions

This Friday, September 25th is National Comic Book Day – a great day to buy, read, and share digital comics, graphic novels and manga. To celebrate, comiXology and Amazon are hosting parallel sweepstakes promotions, with one grand prize winner for each promotion receiving their choice of a new Fire 7 HD tablet or a $100 gift card. That gift card will be a $100 comiXology eGift card for the comiXology sweepstakes, good for digital comic purchases on comiXology, and a $100 Gift Card for the Amazon sweepstakes, good for purchases of digital comics and millions of other items at

The sweepstakes for both comiXology and Amazon start at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday September 22, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET onSeptember 25, 2015.

To participate in the sweepstakes on comiXology, visit and submit your email address. Entrants must have a comiXology account to be eligible for this sweepstakes and by submitting your email address you are signing up to receive updates on sales and new releases from comiXology. The comiXology sweepstakes is open to new and current newsletter subscribers. To participate in the sweepstakes on Amazon, visit and subscribe to the weekly Comics Delivers email newsletter. The Amazon sweepstakes is open to new subscribers only. Two grand prize winners will be selected - one grand prizewinner from among the entrants on comiXology and one from Amazon's Comics Delivers newsletter subscriber list.

Fans may enter either or both sweepstakes promotions. The grand prize winners of each will be selected and notified on Monday, September 28.

You can checkout more info about this promotion at and

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Fan Favorite Character Karin Returns in Street Fighter V!

The long-awaited return of one of the most popular Street Fighter characters ever was announced live moments ago at Tokyo Game Show (TGS) in Japan. Karin Kanzuki, last appearing in Street Fighter Alpha 3, is officially making her highly anticipated return to the series and has been confirmed for Street Fighter V. Attendees at TGS are invited to play the new demo build that includes Karin, in addition to all of the previously announced new and returning challengers: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Cammy, Vega, M. Bison, Birdie, Charlie Nash, Necalli, Rashid and R. Mika. The Street Fighter V roster count is now at 12… who will be next?

Also announced today, the Capcom Fighters Network (CFN) has been confirmed as the official community destination that will be integrated into the online infrastructure of Street Fighter V. Fans and players will be able to visit CFN at any time to view player profiles, match statistics, replay videos, as well as register friends and send battle invitations. Players can quickly and easily see where the action is happening via a global “heat map” and stay up to date on the latest game news and tournament information. Additional CFN details and features will be shared in the coming months leading up to the release of Street Fighter V.

About Karin
Behind Karin’s golden locks and razor-sharp wit lies a true martial artist trained in the unique “Kanzuki style” of fighting. Utilizing her new dash move allows her to close distances quickly with her opponents and go in for quick high-low attacks or throws. Her well-rounded skills allow her to possess a full set of tools and deploy a wide array of strikes and maneuvers that will have opponents feeling the pressure. For fans who’ve longed for her return, or for those just looking for a quick fighter with lots of versatility, Karin is a welcome addition to Street Fighter V!

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The latest installment of the Championship Manager series confirmed for mobile devices and coming soon. Square Enix is excited to announce that Champ Man 16 is locked and ready for release. The latest in the Champ Man series brings an advanced single player campaign with incredible new features, an expanded game experience, and tens of thousands of real players from over 450 clubs from 25 playable leagues to manage. So now is the time to live the dream and take control of your club! Watch the Champ Man channels as we reveal more and more information about the game in the coming weeks.

Champ Man 16 is Free to Play and delivers the emotion and tension of what it takes to be a real football manager, but with the advantage of having it all at your fingertips. Fans need to nurture and develop their players by designing training programs to hone their skills and ultimately lead their team to victory. Choose your formation, give tactical instructions, select specific roles for your key players and watch how it affects your overall team performance on match day.

‘I’m so excited for fans to see the latest installment in the Champ Man series. Champ Man 16 is our longest ever playable game on mobile, giving our fans more excitement and in-depth game play’ said Des, Producer for the Champ Man franchise. ‘Having personally worked on this brand for many years, I can honestly say Champ Man 16 is the football game our fans have been waiting for.’

Want to prove yourself to be the best in Asia and South America? With Champ Man 16 you can! South America and Asian Champions Cups have now all been added alongside the European Champions Cup to give you the chance to become the ultimate football manager.

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YOUR FIRST DAY OF CLASS IS GOING TO BE…MURDER! Dark Horse is thrilled to announce the publication of a four-volume series of the critically acclaimed Danganronpa.

Inspired by the Danganronpa video game series and based on the anime of the same name, the Danganronpamanga is a quirky, fun, weird, and dynamic take on the high-school battle royal genre.

Each year, the elite Hope’s Peak Academy selects only the most gifted and talented students to enroll…plus one ordinary student, chosen by lottery. Makoto Naegi is that lucky person—or so he thought! When he shows up for class, he finds the elite students are a bizarre cast of oddballs under the ruthless authority of a robot teddy bear principal, Monokuma. The bear lays down the school rules: the only way out of Hope’s Peak is to not only murder another student…but get away with it, as every murder is followed by a tribunal where the surviving students cross-examine each other!

Danganronpa is in stores March 16, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers: AmazonBarnes and Noble, and IndieBound

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. (“Harmonix”) and Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/ TSX: MCZ) today announced additional tracks for the highly-anticipated Rock Band 4, including music from Brad Paisley ft. Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mumford & Sons, and more. “With less than three weeks to go from release, we’re excited to announce the final group of songs for our on disc soundtrack, so that Rock Band fans have a clearer idea of what they’ll be rocking out to with their friends and family this October,” said Product Manager Daniel Sussman. “And this is just the start – with more than 1500 songs available on the Rock Band Music Store at launch and more to come, we’re confident that Rock Band 4 will provide the best music gaming experience for fans this fall.”

Tracks announce to be included on the Rock Band 4 disc are:
  • Brad Paisley ft. Keith Urban – “Start A Band”
  • Brandi Carlile – “Mainstream Kid”
  • Dark Wheels – “V-Bomb”
  • Gary Clark Jr. – “Ain’t Messin ‘Round”
  • Gin Blossoms – “Follow You Down”
  • Grouplove – “Tongue Tied”
  • Imagine Dragons – “I Bet My Life”
  • Jeff Allen ft. Noelle LeBlanc and Naoko Takamoto – “Recession”
  • Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys – “Cold Clear Light”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – “That Smell”
  • Mumford & Sons – “The Wolf”
  • R.E.M. – “The One I Love”
  • The Warning – “Free Falling"

These tracks join an already impressive soundtrack line-up of more than 60 tracks including music by Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold, The Black Keys, Elvis Presley, Foo Fighters, Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, St. Vincent, Van Halen, and more! A full list of songs announced for Rock Band 4 can be found here

Winner of multiple awards and nominations at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), including “Best Music Game” from IGN and Game Informer, Rock Band 4 delivers the ecstatic rush of a live full-band game experience like never before. Rock Band 4 builds on the core gameplay people love, with brand new features, including game-changing Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay that allows players to craft their own face-melting and truly original guitar solos.

Rock Band 4, the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music gaming platform launches globally on October 6, 2015 for Xbox One and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

For more information on Rock Band 4 and to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements, head over to and, and follow @RockBand and @MadCatz on Twitter for updates.

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SHOGAKUKAN PARTNERS WITH DARK HORSE! Kengo Hanazawa’s award-winning zombie-survival manga I Am a Hero begins at Dark Horse in early 2016. This nail-biting page-turner is sure to leave readers on the edge of their seats! This realistically drawn international bestseller takes us from initial small battles for survival to a huge body-horror epidemic that threatens all of humanity. Each Dark Horse omnibus volume will collect two of the original Japanese books.

The zombie apocalypse has never been more surreal. A mentally unhinged manga artist witnesses the beginning of a zombie outbreak in Tokyo, and he’s certain of only two things: he’s destined to be the city’s hero, and he possesses something very rare in Japan—an actual firearm!

I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1 is in stores April 6, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers: AmazonBarnes and Noble, and IndieBound

Praise for I Am a Hero:

“It has the slow buildup of a psychological horror manga, but when the zombies hit, they hit hard, and the manga accelerates into volumes-long fight-or-flight sequences that seem like they’ll never stop.”—Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide)

“The level of story telling put here is one of the best in the industry, well-done and just far ahead from the rest.”—Deremoe

Coming soon:

I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1 TPB
978-1-61655-920-5 | $19.99 | 4/6/2016

I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 2 TPB
978-1-50670-019-9 | $19.99 | 10/5/2016

I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 3 TPB
$19.99 | 4/5/2017

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Acclaimed YA author Dan Jolley (Warriors, My Boyfriend Is a Monster), writer Shawn deLoache and artist Marlin Shoop deliver a coming-of-age story for nerds and jocks alike!

Lifelong nerd Pete Ford’s been living two lives. In one, he’s a cool kid on the tennis team, and in the other he’s Lord Blackmane in the South Haven Action Roleplaying Club. Can Pete keep up both, especially once he falls for a fellow SHARC, or will his separate lives collide?

LARP! Volume 1 is now in comic shops and bookstores everywhere! Order your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers: AmazonBarnes and Noble and IndieBound

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Video Game Con Review

AVGC stands for A Video Game Con. The event was held on Saturday September 19th at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany NJ from 10:00am – until the last tournament or musical performance was finished. AVGC was committed to hosting a full convention experience dedicated to both retro and modern video games.  This con was exactly what I needed to satisfy my gaming needs. I arrived on time and the line was moving quickly into the venue. I was granted a press badge and was greeted warmly as soon as I entered by Chris (Media Relations). Chris was helpful throughout the day and made the experience better. 

The games! Wow! There was everything from Atari to current gen! There were indie developers as well. I enjoyed watching people play on the arcade gamepad and realize that they were not nearly as good as they originally thought. I had the chance to play Legend of Zelda for NES to Smash Bros for the Wii U. My favorite game that I got to play by far was an indie game from PXLPLZ, "Robo Puzzler Smash". This game was amazing and I cannot wait to play this more and I plan on challenging the developer to a rematch! 

The vendor room was great for anyone looking to pick up some games or game related items. I was looking for some DS games but unfortunately I did not find anything. Next time I will be better prepared. I do have my GBA so maybe next time I will collect games for that system instead. The panels were great. I especially enjoyed Chipocrite's "How to Make Music w/ Gameboys". I was amazed by the talent and the complexity. The cosplay throughout the Con was well done and I even got to meet the Squid Sisters. 

I only have two complaints. There were only two stalls in the ladies bathroom which was not good at all and that we were given wrist bands instead of badges. I love to collect the badges for the cons that I attend so I was a bit bummed that I do not have a badge from the first video game con. I am sure they will move venues to allow for more space and better electric capacity. 

King of Kong - Billy Mitchell

Overall it was a great con and I truly enjoyed myself. I look forward to watching this con grow.

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Newark Comic Con Review

Newark Comic Con is the first Comic Con to come to the city of Newark. It was an exciting pop culture convention. Newark Comic Con hosted the latest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. There was be a Cosplay Ball and a fantastic lineup of panels. Newark Comic Con was held at the Robert Treat Hotel and Military Park on September 12th, 2015 from 9am - 8pm.

I had the chance to really take part in the Newark Comic Con and even was in the commercial. The founder Mark Boulding was the driving force behind bringing the con to fruition. It was a learning to experience and I am grateful to have gone through it. 

The Panels were very informative. I especially enjoyed the panel by Daryl Goza, "Black Characters in American Comics". This was a powerful and educational panel. I found myself ready to jump up and say, "The revolution will not be televised." Goza broke down all aspects and started from the beginning of comics. If you see his name anywhere and he is speaking about comics, then you need to find a way to check it out. 

The Walking Dead Panel featuring Jeryl Prescott, Steve Coulter, and Stephen Vining. The panel had the most awesome moderator ever. Frankly it was the best moderator that any panel could possibly have. Yes I was the moderator. As a moderator for the first time, I had to think quick but it was fun and the talent was very helpful in making my first time as a moderator easy. Thank you Jeryl, Steve, and Stephen.

The cosplay was great. The talent included The Amazing Kreskin, Efren Ramirez, Michael Wright, Zuzana Vee, Steve Coulter, Taimak, Jeffrey Papazzo, Kevin Duhaney, Ron Wilson, Tommy Dreamer, Rocky Johnson, Kadrolsha Ona, Monique Dupree, Empire Saber Squad, The Mint Maids, Paris Cullins, The Gata Negrra and many more. 

The con was well done and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I cannot wait until next year.

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Guide to the REQ System in “Halo 5: Guardians”

On Halo Waypoint, 343 Industries shared expanded information and a new video detailing how the all-new Requisition System (REQ System) works in “Halo 5: Guardians.” The REQ System ties all of “Halo 5: Guardians” multiplayer together, richly rewarding players with REQs in the form of armors, stances, weapon and vehicle variants, and more. “Halo 5: Guardians” will launch with over 1,000 REQ items, and hundreds more will be added post launch. Additionally, “Halo 5: Guardians” will feature more than 20 multiplayer maps at launch, with more than 15 free maps added from launch through June of 2016.

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Brand New Character Rashid Spins Into Street Fighter V!

Another NEW challenger has been introduced to the Street Fighter V roster! Rashid was recently revealed at the Games 15 event in Dubai, where Yoshinori Ono took to the stage to introduce the newest member of the Street Fighter family to the crowd. Attendees at Games 15 were then treated to a brand new playable demo starring Rashid, in addition to all of the previously announced challengers: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Cammy, Vega, M. Bison, Birdie, Charlie Nash, Necalli and R. Mika.

About Rashid
Joining the series from the Middle East, Rashid is an easy going and laid back character that has a very keen interest in technology and the latest gadgets on the market. His fighting style takes cues from parkour and he mixes it up with his unique ability to harness the power of wind. Always first in line to buy new tech, he uses these devices to research and create his fast-paced acrobatic moves, leaving his opponents in the dust and wondering what’s coming next.

About Street Fighter V
The legendary fighting franchise returns with Street Fighter V! Stunning visuals depict the next generation of World Warriors in unprecedented detail, while exciting and accessible battle mechanics deliver endless fighting fun that both beginners and veterans can enjoy. Challenge friends online, or compete for fame and glory on the Capcom Pro Tour.

For the first time in Street Fighter history, all post-launch gameplay-related content in Street Fighter V can be earnable via gameplay, free of charge. All balance and system adjustments will also be available for free, so players will always have access to the most current version. Through a strategic partnership between Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Capcom, the next generation Street Fighter experience will offer cross-platform play that will unite PlayStation 4 and PC fans into a centralized player base for the first time ever. The path to greatness begins here: RISE UP!

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KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Coming To The PlayStation®4 System

SQUARE ENIX® and Disney Interactive today revealed that development has begun on KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, a compilation that brings the popular KINGDOM HEARTS [Dream Drop Distance] to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system platform remastered in high definition.  Originally released in 2012, KINGDOM HEARTS [Dream Drop Distance] HD is a full-HD remastered version of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]. Series protagonists Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for coming threats. The signature action of the KINGDOM HEARTS series has evolved, allowing players to experience faster-paced battles and exploration at a blistering pace.

This newly remastered title also features:
  • KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage –
    • A completely new playable episode that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III, taking place after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep played from the perspective of Aqua.· 
  •  KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] Back Cover (movie)
    • A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the upcoming mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchainedχ[chi].
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is being developed for the PlayStation®4 system. This title is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at for more information about ratings.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Latest WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY Trailer Debuts

During the PlayStation® press conference at Tokyo Game Show, SQUARE ENIX® showcased the latest trailer for WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY™. The trailer follows the journey of siblings, Reynn and Lann, as they enter the world of Grymoire and encounter a multitude of familiar FINAL FANTASY® characters and monsters.

WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY combines classic RPG gameplay mechanics with fresh and imaginative toy-like visuals. As a brand-new title in the FINAL FANTASY franchise, this game can be enjoyed by both fans and newcomers to the series. Players will lead a pair of twins through varied FINAL FANTASY worlds and encounter the adorably familiar monsters therein. Capture and raise such familiar beasts as cactuar, chocobo, and behemoth to discover alternate forms and learn new abilities.

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Drawn & Quarterly debuts on comiXology and Amazon's Kindle Store

Drawn & Quarterly, comiXology, and Amazon announced a distribution agreement to sell Drawn & Quarterly's digital comics and graphic novels across the comiXology platform as well as Amazon's Kindle Store. The debut sees such internationally renowned and bestselling Drawn & Quarterly titles as Lynda Barry's One! Hundred! Demons; Guy Delisle's Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City; Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds and Anders Nilsen's Big Questions available on both comiXology and the Kindle Store.

"It is fitting that on our 25th anniversary, D+Q moves forward with our list digitally with comiXology and the Kindle Store," said Drawn & Quarterly Publisher Peggy Burns, "ComiXology won us over with their understanding of not just the comics industry, but the medium itself. Their team understands just how carefully we consider the life of our books. They made us feel perfectly at ease and we look forward to a long relationship."

"Nothing gives me greater pleasure than having Drawn & Quarterly's stellar catalog finally available digitally on both comiXology and Kindle," said David Steinberger, comiXology's co-founder and CEO. "D&Q celebrate their 25th birthday this year, but comiXology and Kindle fans are getting the gift by being able to read these amazing books on their devices."

The digital debut of Drawn & Quarterly on comiXology and the Kindle Store sees all the following titles available:
  • Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge
  • The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry
  • One! Hundred! Demons! by Lynda Barry
  • Ed the Happy Clown by Chester Brown
  • I Never Liked You by Chester Brown
  • The Playboy by Chester Brown
  • Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle
  • A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting by Guy Delisle
  • Goliath by Tom Gauld
  • You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack by Tom Gauld
  • Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez
  • Letting it Go by Miriam Katin
  • Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
  • Jamilti and Other Stories by Rutu Modan
  • The Property by Rutu Modan
  • Big Questions by Anders Nilsen
  • Dogs and Water by Anders Nilsen
  • Don't Go Where I Can't Follow by Anders Nilsen
  • Daybreak by Brian Ralph 
The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android and more.

With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology's immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comic fans worldwide.

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SQUARE ENIX® unveiled the FINAL FANTASY® XV“Dawn Trailer 2.0” at Tokyo Game Show 2015. This is an updated trailer that depicts protagonists Noctis and Luna as they reflect on the tragic events of their respective pasts, which set the stage for the narrative of FINAL FANTASY XV. Players will catch a glimpse of the fateful duo's internal strife as Luna struggles against the restrictive imperial hold over Niflheim and Noctis prepares himself for the journey ahead.

New screenshots were also unveiled, in which Noctis and his crew will be able to ride chocobos®, the iconic winged mounts of the FINAL FANTASY series in their most realistic portrayal ever. Players can also spend quality time in the great outdoors through fishing, one of the few different activities and mini-games offered in the game.

Finally, the company released the “ Location Hunting” video, a series of footage of the development team members scouting locations with in-game footage inspired by those experiences. These new videos can be viewed through the following YouTube links.

Dawn Trailer 2.0:
Location Hunting:

FINAL FANTASY XV tells the engaging tale of Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades, out on the road and fending for their lives after the armed forces of Niflheim launch a surprise assault upon the Kingdom of Lucis.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Smart Lists and Enhanced Library Options debut on

ComiXology expands customizable Smart Lists and Enhanced Library Options to These are features that debuted on June 22nd with the 3.7 Fire Tablet, Android, and iOS comiXology app update. Now available on the web, these features make it easier than ever for fans to organize and dive into their library of comic books, graphic novels and manga.

Just navigate to My Books on to experience these new features, including:
  • Smart Lists allow for a quick and easy way to track what you're reading through "In Progress" and "Unread" lists. You'll also have the ability to see what you've recently downloaded through the "Recently Purchased" list and create your own "Wish List" using our enhanced recommendation feature.
  • You can also navigate to Browse Library, Bundles, Wish List, Backups, and Archive. Browse Library is where you can drill down into the depth of your collection with new sorting and filtering options.
  • Clicking on "See All" to the right can expand each of these lists. In addition, there's a menu on each title that opens a pop-up with power user options.
  • You also can select from the same views offered in the comiXology apps – cover view, detail view, and list view. These, as well as three quantity options, can be selected on the upper-right corner.
  • "Wish List," "Backups," and "Archive" sections all received these same helpful sorting options listed above.

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