Fraggle Rock #1 Sells Out

Much loved and fondly remembered kid’s shows from the past seem to be the flavour of the moment for indie publishers. BOOM! have Mickey Mouse and The Muppets, Ape have Shrek and now Archaia have Fraggle Rock. It seems to be working so far. Details below regarding the sell out of the first issue.

THE JIM HENSON COMPANY’S ‘FRAGGLE ROCK’ #1 BY ARCHAIA HAS SOLD OUT!

SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED ISSUE #2 ALSO NEAR SELLOUT AT DISTRIBUTOR LEVEL

Archaia proudly announced today that copies of Fraggle Rock #1 have sold out at the distributor level. (Copies may still be available at local comic book shops.) Additional copies of issue #1 are being sent to Diamond Comic Distributors now to meet the demand.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response to Fraggle Rock, and I’m so excited that the first book of the Archaia/Jim Henson Company partnership has flown off the shelves so quickly!” said Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy. “Archaia is focused on long-term, generational brand building, and Fraggle Rock is one such property that allows us to bridge the gap between the generation that grew up with the original TV show and a new generation of kids, some of whom have never read comics before. Working with The Jim Henson Company is a thrill and an honor, and we hope to continue this success with future Henson comic books, including The Dark Crystal.”

Readers are clamoring for the Fraggle Rock comic after Archaia and The Jim Henson Company re-introduced the property as part of the Archaia Free Comic Book Day flip book issue, which also featured the Publisher’s popular all-ages series, Mouse Guard. Adults who grew up watching the classic “Fraggle Rock” TV series are happily introducing the property to their children, as evidenced by the large number of families present at Archaia, Lionsgate and The Jim Henson Company’s Fraggle Rock celebration held at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles during Free Comic Book Day. The original TV show is making its return to the small screen this fall as part of the inaugural lineup of Hasbro’s new children’s network, The Hub, and Lionsgate has recently released new DVD collections of all four seasons of the series.

Copies of issue #2, which go on sale May 26, 2010 in comic book shops, are also near sellout at the distributor level. Issue #3 goes on sale in June, followed by a hardcover collection in August.

Hotwire: Deep Cut

Woo hoo! Writer/artist Steve Pugh’s wild sci-fi series Hotwire is retruning to shelves in July. The gorgeous TPB collecting the first series is now out, and below is all you need to know on the next mini-series starring Alice Hotwire, Detective Exorcist.

HOTWIRE: DEEP CUT #1 NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER THROUGH DIAMOND PREVIEWS

Detective Exorcist Alice Hotwire is back in a brand new adventure! Radical Publishing is proud to announce that the first issue Hotwire: Deep Cut, follow-up to the acclaimed Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead, is now available for order through Diamond Previews. Written and illustrated by Steve Pugh and co-created by Warren Ellis, Hotwire: Deep Cut delves further into the life and mind of the city’s only supernatural investigator, Alice Hotwire.

Directly following the explosive events of Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead, Alice Hotwire is taking some much needed R&R. But when a ghost from her storied past appears at her door, it sets off a series of events that lead Hotwire and her partner, Mobey, across the city as they try to stop a secret government project from turning the city into a living nightmare. In Hotwire: Deep Cut, Steve Pugh takes readers on a new supernatural adventure that will offer a glimpse into Alice Hotwire’s past, as well as her future, with a host of familiar faces including the unsettling Coroner Love and the rest of the Metro Police.

“Iconic characters like Alice Hotwire deserve to have their stories told,” said Radical President and Publisher Barry Levine. “With Requiem for the Dead just released in trade paperback, we felt it was time to continue the story that Steve and Warren began. This time around, Steve has upped the ante for Alice and I can’t wait to see how the fans react to some of the surprises he has in store.”

Hotwire: Deep Cut #1 is the first of a three-issue miniseries and is listed in the May 2010 edition of Diamond Previews, shipping July 2010. Hotwire: Deep Cut #1 is 32-page comic retailing for $3.50.

Fans are encouraged to visit the Radical Publishing website at www.radicalpublishing.com for more information.

Next DC Art Book

I’m a big fan of coffee table books focused on comic book art, but due to their expense, my collection will never be as impressive as I’d like. However, I do have 2 DC-centric books, in the pages of DC Comics Covergirls (focused on the history of DC’s female characters) and Rough Justice (all about painter Alex Ross). According to DC’s blog, next up (after next month’s book on Adam Hughes, see the cover below) is this whopper of a project, and I want one. Here’s the official details.

DC Comics has joined forces with TASCHEN, the book publisher known for its eye for quality, modern design aesthetic and high-end art books spotlighting every aspect of culture: from art and movies to lifestyle and comics, to produce an ultra-comprehensive, extra large book so impressive, even super heroes may have trouble lifting it.

Clocking in at nearly 15 pounds and with over 650 pages (all details are still to be confirmed), 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking features more than 1,500 images — including covers, interiors, original illustrations, photos, film stills and collectibles — using the latest digital reproduction technology to bring you the characters, stories and the creators that brought them to life as they’ve never been seen before.

And the man behind the story, telling the tales? None other than Paul Levitz, former DC Comics Publisher and upcoming LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and ADVENTURE COMICS writer. Paul’s in-depth essays trace the history of DC Comics, from its pulpy beginnings to the modern era.

The book also features massive fold-out timelines and an in-depth appendix that includes bios on artists, writers, editors, publishers and actors — what more do you need to know before this gets an automatic spot on your wish list? I was sold before I even started writing this here blog post.

Batman: Odyssey Preview

Bleeding Cool has the scoop on two pages from legendary artist Neal Adam’s Batman: Odyssey mini-series. The first ish (of apparently the first of two 6 ish series) launches on July 7, with Adams as writer and artist. DC’s official blog also have the cover to the 2nd issue up. Now with Batman waving a gun, swimming to the ocean depths with Aquaman and apparently becoming bulletproof, this could be one dangerously audacious series. It’ll sure look good though.

The Cape TV Series

So Heroes is cancelled, but may come back as a wrap-up TV film. I only got into the first season, much like Lost, and then quickly lost interest. Most of my TV watching these days (The Office, 30 Rock, The IT Crowd) is done with the convenience of DVD boxsets. This new series from NBC sounds interesting though. Here’s the official description.

The Cape is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons (ER) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, Life on Mars) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, Flash Forward). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes The Cape his son’s favorite comic book superhero—and takes the law into his own hands. Rounding out the cast are James Frain (The Tudors) as billionaire Peter Fleming—The Cape’s nemesis—who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David (Death at a Funeral) as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape; Summer Glau (FireflyTerminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick (Six Degrees) as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday.

It seems like a comedy rather than a drama, and these kinds of superhero parodies have been done before, as far back as Blankman (remember that film?) so we’ll see how successful The Cape is. The best types of stories like this are often in comics themselves, such as Caped from BOOM! Studios, Super Human Resources from Ape Entertainment or the excellent Justice League International run from the ’80s. Hopefully The Cape will be an interesting look at the cross over between comic book fantasy and ugly reality, and will not be filled with the kind of ‘wit’ that makes fanboys roll their eyes. It seems to have an understanding of the classic tropes of superhero storytelling, combined with an eye on the here and now, with the inclusion of an investigative blogger rather than journalist. Palm City, Chess and Vince Faraday all seem like names from a 1950s comic, but the twist of having bank robbers mentor the hero is an interesting choice.

Steve Rogers: Super Soldier Variants

Steve Rogers is back in the world of the regular Marvel Universe (and will be a cinematic hero in the form of Chris Evans in next year’s film) and to kick off his new mini-series in July, Marvel have provided images of the first issue’s covers. Carlos Pacheco provides the regular cover, while David Finch creates two variants.

Marvel Debuts Two New Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #1 Variants

As Steve Rogers takes control of the Marvel Universe and ushers in the Heroic Age, the former Captain America faces deadly threats from his past in Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #1 (of 4)! Beginning in July, Eisner Award-winning writer Ed Brubaker and superstar artist Dale Eaglesham team up to bring fans the sequel to the chart-topping Captain America: Reborn. In commemoration of this event, Marvel is proud to reveal two stunning variant covers featuring an iconic image of Steve Rogers and the Invaders from artist David Finch. What does the Heroic Age hold for one of its greatest heroes? Find out in SteveRogers: Super Soldier #1 (of 4)!

STEVE ROGERS: SUPER SOLDIER #1 (of 4) (MAY100612)

STEVE ROGERS: SUPER SOLDIER #1 (of 4) FINCH VARIANT (MAR10829)

STEVE ROGERS: SUPER SOLDIER #1 (of 4) SKETCH VARIANT (MAR10830)

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Penciled by DALE EAGLESHAM

Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

Variant Cover by DAVID FINCH

Sketch Variant by DAVID FINCH

Rated T …$3.99

FOC – 6/17/10, On Sale – 7/8/10

The Inception Bureau

A couple of new trailers for high concept films below. The second trailer for the mysterious Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and created by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) shows a few more plot details. It opens on July 16.

The Adjustment Bureau opens on September 17 and is loosely based on a Philip K. Dick story. It stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in a tale entangled in free will and fate.

It looks to be a good couple of months for mind bending movies.