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!