Marvel Pics (& News) Galore

Over at the always informative MySpace ComicBooks  (become their friend! They’re lonely and in desperate need of companionship) you can check out a free issue of The Luna Bros’ new series, The Sword, and check out the trailer for novelist/comics scribe (Identity Crisis)  Brad Meltzer’s new book, The Book of Lies. Lies is an intriguing tale, which weaves humanity’s first murder, (when Cain killed his brother Abel in the Old Testament) with the little-known story of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel’s father’s unsolved murder.

Marvel head honcho, Joe Quesada also continues answering fans burning questions about Spider-Man’s New Ways to Die story arc, and the new DVD toon, Next Avengers, which centres on the kids of Captain America and his fellow Avengers teaming up with an ageing Hulk and Tony Stark (Iron Man) to take down the future Ultron.

A good starting point, though it may be too kiddie for hardcore Marvel zombies.

TwoMorrows Sale

I’ve picked up a few nifty items from these guys in the past. They have a wide selection of books and mags catering to the fan of comic book history, specifically stuff from the 1970s and 80s. And now they have a sale on! Woo hoo! The largest sale in their 15 year existence, in fact, including $2 magazines and 50% off books and DVDs, as part of a “Back-To-School Blowout” sale, now through September 30, 2008. You can check out the full list below, or grab further details at their official site. While you’re there, you may also like to download a few free PDFs, including the art lesson mag Comics 101, film and TV adaptation mag Comics Go Hollywood, or the Lego fan mag, Brick Journal #9.
The “Back-To-School Blowout” sale features all in-stock issues of Rough Stuff, Write Now, and Comic Book Artist, plus other miscellaneous magazines, for only $2 each. It also features more than 25 of the company’s acclaimed book and DVD titles at 50% off cover price, including several “Companion”, “Artist”, “Comics History”, and “How-To” titles. 
This sale is only valid for orders placed at through the end of September, and does not include shipping costs. Special categories atop the TwoMorrows’ home page link directly to the magazines and books on sale.
The complete list of sale items includes:
$2 magazines:
Rough Stuff #1-9 (edited by Bob McLeod)
Write Now #1-18 (edited by Danny Fingeroth)
Comic Book Artist (all in-stock issues) (edited by Jon B. Cooke)
Comic Book Nerd (by Pete Von Sholly)
Crazy Hip Groovy Go-Go Way Out Monsters #29 and #32 (by Pete Von Sholly)
Wallace Wood Checklist (edited by Bhob Stewart)
50% Off Books & DVDs:
Alter Ego Collection Volume One (by Roy Thomas)
Alter Ego: The Best of the Legendary Comics Fanzine (by Roy Thomas and Bill Schelly)
Best of the Legion Outpost (by Glen Cadigan)
Best of Write Now (by Danny Fingeroth)
Blue Beetle Companion (by Christopher Irving)
Brush Strokes With Greatness: The Life & Art of Joe Sinnott (by Tim Lasiuta)
Comic Book Artist Collection – Volume 3 (by Jon B. Cooke)
Comic Books And Other Necessities of Life (by Mark Evanier)
Comics Above Ground (by Durwin Talon)
Comics Gone Ape! (by Michael Eury)
Comics Introspective: Peter Bagge (by Christopher Irving)
Dick Giordano: Changing Comics One Day At A Time (by Michael Eury)
G-Force: Animated (by George Khoury and Jason Hofius)
I Have To Live With This Guy! (by Blake Bell)
Image Comics: The Road To Independence (by George Khoury)
John Romita… And All That Jazz (by Roy Thomas and Jim Amash)
Modern Masters: In The Studio with George Perez DVD
Modern Masters: In The Studio with Michael Golden DVD
Mr. Monster – Volume 0 (by Michael T. Gilbert)
Secrets in the Shadows: The Art & Life of Gene Colan (by Tom Field)
Streetwise (edited by Jon B. Cooke and John Morrow)
Superheroes In My Pants (by Mark Evanier)
The Art of George Tuska (by Dewey Cassell)
THUNDER Agents Companion (by Jon B. Cooke)
True Brit (by George Khoury)
Wertham Was Right! (by Mark Evanier)
Since 1994, TwoMorrows has been celebrating the art and history of comics through their magazine and book publications, and is preparing for its 15th anniversary celebration in 2009.

A Song of Fire and Ice Calendar

Dabel Brothers Publishing is proud to announce the publication of the first ever-illustrated calendar from the epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R. R. Martin. A New York Times #1 Bestseller, Martin’s fantasy series has garnered popular and critical praise since the first novel, A Game of Thrones, saw publication in 1996 and has recently been optioned for development by HBO.

The incomparable Michael Komarck, an artist who has amazed fans with his faithful, detailed artwork inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire, illustrates the twelve images in the calendar. His renderings for the calendar are immaculately executed depictions of some of the most popular characters of the series and bring to vivid life some of the most memorable scenes in the epic that’s taken the publishing world by storm.

As the only calendar sanctioned by Martin, Dabel Brothers Publishing’s A Song of Ice and Fire 2009 Calendar is unarguably a rare treat, and will be limited to 1,000 copies, which will be distributed to the Direct Market and booksellers. Of these, 500 will feature an exclusive, Jon Snow cover and only 250 of them will be numbered, as well as personally signed by George R.R. Martin himself. These exclusives will be sold exclusively from Dabel Brothers Publishing’s on-line storefront.

“I am a long time fan of ASOIAF, says Dabel Brothers Vice President, Les Dabel, “being able to help bring it to life visually is a dream come true.”

The A Song of Ice and Fire 2009 Calendar will be available in December 2008, well in time for the holiday season.

For more information about George R. R. Martin and the A Song of Ice and Fire series, please visit the author’s official site For more information about the artist, Michael Komarck, please visit his site.

Radical Trailers

No, I’m not attempting to describe caravans in 1980s vernacular, but rather shine the light on a few trailers from new publisher, Radical Publishing. These trailers for their new comic series had their debut at July’s Comic-Con, and I gotta say, they all look very impressive. I’ve seen a few dodgy comic book trailers in my day, but these are very well crafted. First up is the fantasy Mateki: The Magic Flute, followed by the Western, Caliber: First Canon of Justice and lastly, there’s the sci-fi of Shrapnel, which is being released in 2009. You can also check out my review and the trailer for Freedom Formula here.

Read Daredevil and The Sentry for Free

If you’re a fan of bold crime fighters, without super powers (well, sort of) then Daredevil may just be the hero for you. Forget the bad Ben Affleck film, Ed Brubaker has carefully woven an intricate, violent crime saga in blind lawyer Matt Murdock’s title these last few years. Ol’ Hornhead has certainly had an eventful life and you can read all about it in The Daredevil Saga, a handy recap of his recent events, right here. A great jumping on point for curious readers, or catch up to past readers, it’s an insightful look at DD’s busy life, as well as offering a sneak peek at Daredevil #111, the debut of Lady Bullseye.

Known as the Golden Guardian of Good, he has the power of a million exploding suns. (That’s a lot of suns.) The Sentry is an interesting character. Created by writer Paul Jenkins and artist Jae Lee in 2000, Marvel touted the character as a forgotten creation from way back in the dawn of Marvel, and only recently discovered in a drawer somewhere. It was all later declared to be a prank, but now the character exists in the pages of The New Avengers as shy, mysterious and way too powerful.

You can now read his adventures in The Age of Sentry by Jeff Parker & Paul Tobin, with art by Nick Dragott & Ramon Rosanos. Yeah, I’ve never heard of them either, but this series, done in the retro style of the classic Silver Age may be some good old fashioned fun. You can find out yourself by reading the first issue for free, right here, on Marvel’s new Digital Comics Unlimited extravaganza. You can buy the paper version on September 17.

War Machine Pics

With Iron Man occupied in the  Savage Land , the Skrulls may think they’ve eliminated their armored opposition, but War Machine (ie, Tony Star’ks mate, James Rhodes) is out to prove them wrong in this must-read Secret Invasion tie-in! Iron Man: Director S.H.I.E.L.D #33, from acclaimed Thunderbolts writer Christos Gage and fan favorite artist Sean Chen (Nova), kicks off “War Machine: Weapon on S.H.I.E.L.D,” which redefines War Machine’s place in the Marvel Universe as a result of Secret Invasion…and setting the stage of his upcoming ongoing series! A major new chapter in Tony and Rhodey’s history begins right here!

The ish goes on sale September 17. A preview art of the first four interior pages below, and the cover by Adi Granov, courtesy of the fine folks at Marvel.

The Art of Marc Silvestri

Those Image Comics founders sure know how to draw. Without those mad pencilling skills, there’s no way they ever could’ve jumped Marvel’s ship back in 1992 and bring a whole lotta fans with them. Silvestri is one of those original rebels and his pencils on his own creations like Witchblade, Cyberforce and The Darkness (also a freakily good console game) are things of equal beauty and horror. He has returned to Marvel over the last few years to perty up the pages of X-Men, primarily during the Messiah CompleX series.

The Art of Marc Silvestri book covers the Top Cow CEO’s whole career and also features commentaries by fellow artists Dave Finch, Brandon Peterson, Billy Tan, Mike Choi and Michael Broussard.

The full colour 96 page hard cover book goes on sale August 20, for $US29.99. It’d make a great coffee table book for art lovers or fans of superheroes and villains and the tight bodies that they all possess. See what I mean by checking out a few luscious pages below.