Josh Medors Benefit Book

BOOM! Studios will be unveiling an anthology book, called, Pulp Tales, to aid comic artist Josh Medors in his battle with recently diagnosed cancer. These types of books are not uncommon, and it’s always great to see the publishers, creators, retailers and fans rally around to help one of their own. The full colour, 24 pager will be available with two different covers, one for $3.99 and one for $9.99, for those who want to donate a little more. It’s a unique and meaningful way to not only feed your comics habit, but also help Josh and his family during this tough time. Details (and groovy artwork) below, straight from BOOM! Looks like some great pulpy tales to be found. For those going to San Diego Comic-Con (like me!) you can be one of the first to pick up a copy there, from BOOM!’s booth (no.2543). Here are some of the strange stories you can look forward to….

Steve Niles and Sarah Wilkinson contribute LIMBO’S ASSASSIN, a prose story written by Niles, featuring art by Wilkinson. In this macabre tale of crime and punishment, a hired killer comes face-to-face with his victims and finds that perhaps he wasn’t as evil as he thought he was.

B. Clay Moore and Seth Peck contribute the debut of BLUEJACKET, illustrated by Chris Samnee. Former 1930s crimefighter-now-corporate-mogul Bluejacket and his supporting crew, the Men of Adventure, tangle with an Aztec were-jaguar. But he’s not half as bad as Bluejacket’s board of directors!

Created by Josh Fialkov and Andy B, NEWT LAWMAN AND THE SECRETS OF THE VALLEY is the story of the rootin’ist, tootin’ist cowboy in all of the Southwest, Newt Lawman, who’s found himself and his Indian pal Running Bear in a heap of trouble. They must square off against the protectors of the Golden Ox or the evil Hayes Rutherford will kill Newt’s ladylove, Maggie Mae!

THE CRESCENT FLAME!, written by Kody Chamberlain, focuses on a down-on-his-luck would-be photojournalist who may very well have snapped the photo that makes his career. That is, until the subject of the photo, the mysterious Crescent Flame, shows up with an alternate proposition.

Tony Fleecs’ CRASH WINTERS: PALOOKA P.I. features one-time champion brawler Marion (Crash) Winters, who has set up shop as Los Angeles’ punchiest gumshoe. When his movie-star client takes a dive off the roof of her hotel, will Crash be able to wrap her case up? Or will he once again find himself down for the count?

“Comics are tricky when it comes to real issues like cancer,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid. “This is an industry that deals with men and women who are larger than life, who by all rights could cure cancer in an afternoon. But those heroes can’t do that, even in a world of limitless possibility – they are powerless because we are. Using PULP TALES to raise money for Josh Medors proves just how powerful comics and their fans can be in the face of adversity, and the important thing here is showing Josh and his family how true that is.”

So there you have it. For those of you who won’t be at Comic-Con, the book will be available, from your friendly neighbourhood comic shop sometime in September, but you are able to order it now.

delirious? Split Up

Sad news indeed. delirious? are one of the biggest Christian bands of the last decade, (and yes, the question mark is part of their name) They really re-invented what that term actually means. With songs you can worship to in church and songs you can shout out your car window, driving on a sunny day, they are a very anointed group of English lads. With I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever and History Maker they ushered in a new style of church music, but still managed to get mainstream radio-play at the same time. The ultimate cross-over band, though they were never really aiming for such. Just five humble guys serving God, who were amazed at the heights God took them to, which included touring with Matchbox Twenty and Bon Jovi. If you’ve never heard their sounds, most people make the U2/Coldplay comparison, which is probably the best one to make. I was blessed enough to see their first live show in Perth, but missed out on their second. However, Martin and the fellas kindly gave me a signed poster and copy of Mission Bell, one of their best albums. I’d also recommend Glo and their live CD/DVD, Now Is The Time, which includes an amazing doco on the band’s formation and success. Their latest, Kingdom of Comfort, was released in April and you can hear a sample of it here.

There won’t be another band like delirious? for quite some time. From the band themselves…

The End of an Era……

We would like to address all our fans, our friends and people around the world who have faithfully supported Delirious?

After 14 albums, thousands of shows in front of millions of people, and many extraordinary memories, we have decided that at the end of 2009 we will take a break from recording and playing as a band.

Our decision was triggered by a request from Martin to be released from the band to pursue new projects including his work with CompassionArt and the desire to be at home more with Anna and his children. We have of course honoured this request and made a decision together that now is the time to end this chapter of our lives.

We will continue to play and be excited about our current tours and bookings but will not be adding many more over the coming 17 months..

We are all so deeply grateful to our incredible fans who have sung the songs and allowed Delirious? the privilege of providing the soundtrack to many lives over the years. From the school hall in Littlehampton to the stadiums of the world we have many stories to tell our children’s children. Delirious also would not be what it is without our amazing wives and families, and our gratitude to them is immense. We will now move forward to the next part of our lives where new challenges unfold and greater stories will be written.

We want to make it absolutely clear that although this decision has been extremely painful and difficult, we are still great friends and our respect for each other is unquestionable. We love playing in this band together and know that even though 2009 will bring an end to this current journey, there will be more adventures together in years to come.

We always used to say that we were ‘taking it wherever it goes’. The music ended up going further and deeper than we could ever have dreamed, yet we are now at a point where our creative futures will spread out and take on different journeys.

Thanks again for believing in us through all these years. We believe the best is yet to come.

Jon, Martin, Paul, Stu G and Tim