Robin Parrish’s Nightmare

Former music journalist Robin Parrish has his 5th book being released next year. I interviewed him for the last issue of Extra Sequential about his latest book Offworld. Like that sci-fi tale his upcoming book Nightmare is built on another great concept. Below is the official description.

“The nightmare is coming.”

Ghost Town is the hottest amusement park in the country, offering state-of-the-art chills and thrills involving the paranormal. The park’s main ride is a haunted house that promises an encounter with a real ghost.

When Maia Peters visits during her senior year of college, she’s not expecting to be impressed. Maia grew up as the only child of a pair of world-renowned “ghost hunters,” so the paranormal is nothing new. In fact, the ride feels pretty boring until the very end. There, a face appears from the mist. The face of Jordin Cole, a girl who disappeared from campus a few months ago.

Convinced what she saw wasn’t a hoax and desperate to find answers to Jordin’s disappearance, Maia launches into a quest for answers. Joined by Jordin’s boyfriend — a pastor’s kid with very different ideas about the spirit realm — Maia finds herself in a struggle against forces she never expected to confront.

Nightmare, arriving July 2010, is a nail-biting race against time through the world of the supernatural that will leave you breathless.

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Arcana Magazine Only $2.10!

Yep, as if $3.50 wasn’t already a bargain! Now you can get the premiere issue of our new full colour quarterly mag, with 96 pages of goodness for only $2.10. Go here to order it from Badger Comics.

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The Comics Journal Updated

Press release below about long running magazine The Comics Journal and its new look.

tcj299The Comics Journal is about to take two major steps forward in its evolution. First, after 33 years and several incarnations, TCJ is answering the peoples’ prayers and upping the Web content on tcj.com. Next, the print publication will be consolidated around two expanded semi-annual editions, each customized to fit its content.

The new, full-service tcj.com will deliver everything readers love — in-depth interviews, smart columns, sharp criticism, real journalism — on a daily basis. And not only will readers get the traditional Comics Journal content faster, but they will also be able to access features beyond the reach of print magazines: videos, slide shows, audio files, original-art galleries and an army of both new and established Journal-caliber bloggers filtering the comics world through their unique perspectives. In short, it is the dawning of a Comics Journal that knows no bounds.

Focusing on what print does best, the Comics Journal magazine will be more beautiful than ever, an elegant combination of interviews, articles, and objet d’art. Uniquely sized and formatted, evocatively visual and tactile, each issue will be an event. Readers will get their first look at the direction The Comics Journal will be moving in with issue #300.

Coming in November 2009: issue 300 of The Comics Journal and a comprehensive new website!

Mighty Avengers #31 Preview

The Avengers (Dark and Mighty) are about the only Marvel titles I read on any regular basis. I’ll pick up an issue every now and then and both titles are consistently enjoyable. Details, and text-free pages, below regarding Mighty Avengers #31 on sale November 18.

The Final Showdown With The Unspoken in Mighty Avengers #31!

The Mighty Avengers, Young Avengers, New Avengers and more must assemble in Mighty Avengers #31 to take down The Unspoken! Red hot writers Dan Slott and Christos N. Gage, along with fan-favorite artist Sean Chen, present the epic conclusion of the Avengers battle against the ancient enemy of the Inhumans! Hank Pym, newly named the Scientist Supreme, returns to Earth, but is his genius enough to help his Avengers allies turn the tide, after a lethal toxin turns many of the Avengers into a gang of mindless barbarians?

“This is the Avengers title you should be reading…” – Doug Zawisza, ComicBookResources.com

“There’s certainly an undeniable old-school charm about this new incarnation of the title.” – Bryan Joel, IGN.com

Marvel urges retailers to check all orders of Mighty Avengers as it continues to impress fans and critics. Will Hank Pym’s promotion to Scientist Supreme and the inclusion of multiple Avengers teams be enough to take down the dreaded Unspoken? Mighty Avengers #31 has all the answers!

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Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic

With the success of the Spider-Woman motion comic, it’s now the X-Men’s turn. From what I’ve seen it’s pretty impressive. Details below.

Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic Debuts On iTunes Today!

The most hotly anticipated motion comic of the season is here, as Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic Episode 1 is now available on iTunes! Based on the award-winning story by superstars Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and John Cassaday (Captain America), the X-Men are faced with a mysterious new villain and a possible cure for the mutant gene! Now Cyclops, Wolverine and all your favorite mutants must face the greatest threats of their lives and, before it’s all done, experience one of the most jaw-dropping moments in Marvel history! What are you waiting for? CLICK HERE to purchase the first episode now!

Don’t miss a single episode of the Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic— subscribe to a season pass, available on iTunes, by clickingHERE!

For more information on motion comics please visit Marvel.com at www.marvel.com/motioncomics

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Assassin’s Creed Short Film

The trailers look great, the game looks great, and now Ubisoft have raised the bar even higher and created a series of short films, and yes, they look great too! Since debuting 2 days ago Part 1 of Assassin’s Creed: Lineage has gained almost half a million views. The live action direction and the luscious cinematography make for a perfect entry into next month’s game. Future film directors won’t come from the well trodden path of music videos, but from next-gen games. Under the 14 minute film is how Ubisoft describe the series.

When the Duke of Milan is brutally murdered, the Assassin Giovanni Auditore is dispatched to investigate. The answers he uncovers implicate Italy’s most powerful families reaching all the way back to the Vatican itself. As Giovanni draws closer to the truth, he becomes hunted himself. He must expose the conspirators before he joins their ever growing list of victims.

Lineage is the prequel to the Assassin’s Creed II story, revealing the machinations of 15th century Italy through the actions of Ezio’s father, Giovanni.

Episode # 1: 1476, Florence. Giovanni Auditore, an assassin, attempts to thwart a conspiracy against one of Lorenzo de Medicis allies. The ensuing inquiry will take him to Milan where he tries to prevent the worst from happening.

Arcana Magazine Peek

At the start of the year my mate Dave Lapsley and I created a free, comics based on-line mag called Extra Sequential. We pumped out three pretty good issues, (if I do say so myself) and then got noticed by Arcana Comics, the biggest comics publisher in Canada. Since the third and final ish of ES landed in June we’ve been hard at work on the first issue of Arcana. It’s exciting to be this close to the finished product. It’ll be a full colour 96 page quarterly for $3.50US. Below is a look at the (non-final) cover. The mag makes it debut in Wednesday’s new Previews catalogue, for January releasing products. Check the Arcana Comics section on page 184 and we’ll be there.

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Our goal with Arcana is to be a bridge of sorts for those new to comics (like Dave), but also those who are long-time readers (like me). We have an interview with Tom Taylor, the Aussie writer of Star Wars: Invasion, the creator of The Surrogates Robert Venditti, legendary writer Marv Wolfman, artist Josh Medors, BOOM!’s marketing guy Chip Mosher, awesome artist David Mack and oh, so much more. When you see it in Previews, please order it, so I can quit my cubicle existence and introduce myself to all the parties I don’t go to as a professional writer. Oh, to dream!

Robot 13 #2 Review

At Broken Frontier now is my review for Robot 13 #2, the self-published adventures of a skull headed robot from Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford. It really is  a great series, filled with Mignolaesque style and grand storytelling. Read my review here.

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The New A-Team

Arriving on screens in June is the latest ’80s re-make – The A-Team. I still remember the them song, and of course, “”I pity the fool,” will live on forever. This new incarnation stars Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck, Quinton “Rammpage” Jackson (from UFC) as B.A Baracus, Sharlto Copley as Captain “Howling Mad” Murdock and Liam Neeson as Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith. Mmm..I have my doubts. It’s being directed as we speak by Joe Carnahan, who also created the excellent films Narc and Smokin’ Aces, so maybe he’ll save it. The story centres on the titular veterans from the Iraq war (moved forward from the Vietnam war in the original TV series) who become farmed for a crime and must prove their innocence to the U.S military.

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The God Machine Preview

I met creator Chandra Free at Comic-Con this year at the Archaia booth as she was promoting her upcoming original graphic novel, The God Machine. It looks pretty impressive. Below are a few random pages of the preview book, as well as what Archaia say about it.

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A Preview Book of the upcoming God Machine graphic novel! Guy Salvatore can’t get a break. After his girlfriend Sith dies, he can’t seem to go through a morning without monsters coming out of the bathroom mirror, or being pressed at school with his friends’ concern over his well-being. All Guy wants is to be left alone. One night after a bad dream, Guy seeks solace in the graveyard by Sith’s tombstone and is confronted by an odd bunch of characters that will change his life forever with the promise that Sith might be alive! Meanwhile, a beautiful Goddess known as Good God has lost the key to heaven. She needs the help of her fellow compatriot, Evil God, to search for it down on Earth. But what starts off as a minor chore becomes more when Guy catches them in the graveyard, especially since Gods are supposed to be invisible to mortals…

Full Color      48  pages        $3.95       Mature Readers (Contains Adult Content)

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Isolation Review

Isolation FilmThis film was made in 2005 and screened at the Fantastic Fest film festival a year later, winning best picture and best director. It deserves it. There are so many gems like this that get overlooked, and it’s also one of those films that you recommend to everyone you know – thus this review.

For some reason it was a new release at my local Blockbuster, but we do tend to get films later than everyone else in Australia. I like the odd horror film and this is nothing like any other recent entry in the genre. There’s no masked killer, no attractive girls running through the forest and no creatively vicious deaths.

Isolation is an Irish film written and directed by Billy O’Brien (who has criminally made nothing since for some reason). It really is an edge of your seat thriller with an indie film approach and the suspense of Hitchcock at his best. There’s not a huge cast, or lots of eerie music, and it’s arty look makes it immediately leave all standard slasher films in its wake.

Now, here’s the hard sell. Isolation is set in a remote farm where a genetically engineered cow gives birth to something rather nasty, and blood and terror ensues. It may seem like a laughable concept but it’s anything but. There’s definite nods to the classic Alien and even though it’s set in a somber and muddy place the farm looks textured and claustrophobic. I was genuinely surprised a few times and the make-up effects are subtly gross, but don’t worry there’s nothing resembling a cow on its hind legs squirting acid from its udders. It’s a slow burn with engaging characters in a desperate situation.

Just watch this film if you see it on the shelves. It’s a daring approach in a genre that too often tries anything but.

Psylocke Preview

Like Archangel, I’ve always liked Psylocke. I mean, she’s a mutant ninja with a British accent. What’s not to love? Her own mini-series launches on November 4 and on Marvel’s site you can check out an 11 page preview.

X-Men’s Deadliest Ninja Gets Spotlighted In The Free PSYLOCKE Sketchbook

Psylocke_01_CoverTorn from the pages of Uncanny X-Men, the most dangerous mutant ninja assassin is getting her own mini-series, and you have a chance to go behind the scenes of Psylocke for FREE! Discover the Psylocke Sketchbook, courtesy of Marvel Digital Comic Unlimited, right here! Red hot writer Christopher Yost and fan favorite artist Harvey Tolibao provide in depth commentary on never before seen sketches from the upcoming series! What sends Psylocke into a murderous frenzy? And how is Wolverine involved? Fans can’t afford to miss this sneak peak into an explosive story of betrayal and revenge!

This highly anticipated mini-series promises to change the already significant role of Psylocke forever! Be sure to check out the Psylocke Sketchbook for FREE right here! Don’t forget to get your hands on the very pulse-pounding Psylocke #1, in-stores November 4!

Dani Baptiste Is Angelus

Any excuse is a good one to show some Stjepan Sejic art, so here’s the cover for December’s Angelus #1 from Top Cow, and the official info from the Cow about the new series.

DANI BAPTISTE IS THE ANGELUS

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Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that the Witchblade character Dani Baptiste will assume her new role as the Angelus in Angelus #1, the first in a six-part series, hitting comic book store shelves December 2, 2009.

Written by Ron Marz (Witchblade, Magdalena) and featuring art by Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade), Angelus #1 finds Danielle Baptiste returning home to New Orleans and coming to grips with her new role as the Angelus—the human bearer of the primal force of light. To complicate matters, Dani must sort out her undefined relationship with Finch, all while maintaining control of the Angelus host who covets her power.

“Sara and Dani were really dual leads for the better part of the last three years in Witchblade, and I liked having both characters be part of the storyline. But now that we’ve paid off everything we’d been working toward since issue #100, I’m looking forward to Sara regaining the solo spot in Witchblade.” said Marz. “Moving Dani into her new role as the Angelus, and into her own mini-series, allows me to approach her character and the concept from a fresh perspective. Just like when I took over Witchblade, my goal with Angelus is to start with the foundation we already have, and build something new and exciting from there.”

Angelus #1 begins where the Witchblade: War of the Witchblades storyline left off. The issue will carry a cover price of $2.99, maintaining Top Cow’s pledge to keep all normal comics locked in at $2.99 for the 2009 calendar year.

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Huge NBM Sale

Publishers of unique books, NBM have an impressive sale on at the moment until November 15. Now those expecting cheap superhero comics will be disappointed, but if you like more arty fare from indie creators and international stars it’s defintely worth a look. From their blog:

*P. Craig Russell’s Opera adaptations: $4 for the paperbacks (normally $18!), $8 for the clothbound (normally $25).

*Ted Rall’s My War with Brian and 2024: $4, normally $10 and $16.

*Prado’s masterpiece Streak of Chalk: $4! normally $17!

*Mattotti’s amazing Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: $4, normally $16.

*Peter Kuper’s Eye of the Beholder collections: $4, normally $11-12.

*Schuiten gorgeous art book The Book of Schuiten: $8! Normally $45!!

+ a number of books we are liquidating: House of Java, Raptors, Invisible Frontier. a Manara art book…

NOTE: We just ask you buy at least $32 worth of these sale books (ie. 8 paperbacks or 4 clothbound)

+ many books from Random House and First Second/Macmillan, including American Splendor volumes, Flight issues and books by Eddie Campbell, all at half price!

This runs out in a few weeks, act now. A great chance to grab some superb NBM and other pubs’ books at VERY low prices.

For the full list go here.

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