TV Show Comics On iPhone

We have a feature in the first issue of Arcana on comiXology and the work they’re doing bringing comics to the wonders of the iPhone. The number of  TV shows comic adaptations  on the handy device seems to be increasing too, with The Middle Man and Spartacus: Blood and Sand comics giving fans of the live action shows to follow their digital counterparts. There’s a short article here on the topic, even though they do describe X-Men as “animation influenced.” Oh well. At least comics are being promoted in various formats these days and it’s not just the sometimes intimidating/bewildering LCS as the only option for getting your mitts on some sequential art goodness.

Casper And The Spectrals #1

Casper and the Spectrals #1Ardden Entertainment made a good impression with their new Flash Gordon series and look set to use the same contemporary approach to another classic character – Casper. I know when the cover of the first issue was released a while back a few jaded fanboys rolled their eyes with this apparently desperate attempt to make the loveable ghost “down with the kids,” but really there are so few all-ages series on the shelves today, especially those in which parents, (or even grandparents in this case as Casper is turning 60!) can enjoy with their children. Newsarama seemed to enjoy the first issue and it is written by Ardden’s Brendan Deneen as well as great Spider-Man writers J.M DeMatteis and Todd Dezago, so is worth a look. Details below. The first issue is available this week.

Just in time for Casper the Friendly Ghost’s 60th anniversary, Ardden Entertainment proudly debuts Casper And The Spectrals, an all-new take on the world’s most famous ghost and his two friends, Wendy the Witch and Hot Stuff!  There is a city within New York City known as Spooky Town, but most humans are unable to see it. Within this city live the Spectrals, the ghosts, goblins, demons and witches of the world. When an ancient entity known as the Volbragg threatens both New York and Spooky Town, Casper and his friends are forced to band together and defeat an unimaginable evil!

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Story by JM DeMatteis & Brendan Deneen; Script by Todd DeZago; Art by Pedro Delgado; Color by Kieran Oats

Bryan Talbot Interview

Over at the always insightful Sci Fi Pulse (they cover not just comics, but films, TV, etc too) is a rather interesting interview with British creator Bryan Talbot. Talbot is the man behind the classic Luther Arkwright and recently released Grandville. The full interview can be heard, yes heard, next month at Blog Talk Radio, and while you’re there you may like to listen to the other interviews, with people such as Amanda Tapping from TV’s Sanctuary and Richard Emms from publisher Ardden (Flash Gordon, the new Casper and the Spectrals). For a teaser of the Talbot interview and more details visit Sci Fi Pulse.

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Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 Covers

Hitting stores on November 18 is the penultimate part of the pretty, and action packed Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer series. Details from Top Cow below.

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CYBERFORCE/HUNTER-KILLER #4

Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today the upcoming release of the penultimate installment of Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 the first crossover between Top Cow’s Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer teams. Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 is written by Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Strange), who co-created Hunter-Killer with Top Cow’s CEO and founder Marc Silvestri in 2005, with artwork by Kenneth Rocafort (Madame Mirage, Pilot Season: The Core), who drew the final four issues of the initial Hunter-Killer Season One series.

In Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4, both the Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer teams have discovered that Morningstar and Cyberdata are working towards a frightening global-spanning goal, but will the two teams be able to trust each other enough to survive the encounter against their true foes?

Silvestri created Cyberforce as the first comic book title to be produced by his newly-formed company in 1992. Hunter-Killer was created in 2005 by Silvestri and Waid. Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer picks up after Hunter-Killer: Season One wrapped up.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 will arrive in stores on November 18th and features covers by Rocafort and Whilce Portacio (Image United).

Two cover variants will be offered for Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4, one by series artist Rocafort and another by Top Cow “Artist Pit” alumni Joe Benitez (Soulfire, Teen Titans). The fully colored Benitez cover is revealed for the first time now.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 will retail for $2.99 as part of Top Cow’s own initiative to keep all of their regular comics priced at $2.99 for the duration of the 2009 calendar year.

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