Changing Ways Launch

If you’re a West Australian like me, then this launch of Gestalt’s Changing Ways OGN by writer/artist Justin Randall will be of interest. I may even be there myself, but don’t let that stop you from going.

Changing Ways
Graphic Novel Launch

THURSDAY OCTOBER 7 AT 7PM

CURTIN UNIVERSITY

Gestalt Publishing and Curtin University invite you to the launch of Justin Randall’s Changing Ways graphic novel.
Celebrate the publication of the book that has been called “the most important step forward in Australian comics” with Writer/Artist Justin Randall and Editor Wolfgang Bylsma.

The launch speech will be delivered by Associate Professor Donal Fitzpatrick, Head of the School of Design & Art (SODA).

Justin will be discussing his vision and creative process and, of course, signing books! Artwork from Changing Ways Book 1 (and a sneak peek at pages from Book 2) will be projected onto the gallery walls!

VENUE:

The John Curtin Gallery
Building 200, Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley WA
Australia [Map]

Okko: The Cycle of Air #3 Preview

Inspired by my podcast co-host Mladen’s love of non-American comics, I present to you, courtesy of Archaia an elegant preview of this week’s issue of Okko.

OKKO: THE CYCLE OF AIR #3
Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale Date: September 29, 2010
Written, illustrated and cover by Hub

Left for dead after a terrible duel, Okko lies abandoned in the countryside as the Celestial Winds rise and the season of kamikaze cocoons begins. His traveling companions have but one thought: to avenge their friend and master. But can they, even together, hope to defeat that killing machine, the dread demon hunter known as Kubban Kiritsu?

Teen + 13 (this series contains material suitable for (Teen Readers 13 and above)

Chaykin And Clones In Star Wars Mags

Two new press releases regarding Star Wars magazines below.

STAR WARS INSIDER ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE HOWARD CHAYKIN COVER AND POSTER!

To mark the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Titan’s December edition of Star Wars Insider magazine includes an exclusive limited edition collector’s cover and large size pull-out poster drawn by original Star Wars comic book artist, Howard Chaykin!

Chaykin, who drew the first limited-edition Star Wars poster in 1976, has now created a special Empire Strikes Back image exclusively for Star Wars Insider, the official magazine of the Star Wars saga. This limited edition collector’s cover of Insider is only available through comic stores and the large size pull-out poster comes free with the regular Insider newsstand edition.

This issue of Insider explores the making of the original Star Wars comic book by Chaykin and writer Roy Thomas and includes a never before published transcript of a meeting between George Lucas and Chaykin regarding the adaptation of Star Wars for a Marvel comic series.

Chaykin on the Star Wars characters:
“I feel that kid who plays Luke is a little soft in the face so I’m going to harden him up a little bit. He’s got a great cleft and that’s fine, but he looks like he’s 16. It’ll make him more heroic in the picture. Han Solo is perfect. He looks like I drew him. He looks my cliché mercenary hero. He looks like [classic comic book hero] Cody Starbuck. Chewbacca will be no problem. Same thing is true of Darth Vader…. He looks like a comic book character—Doctor Doom.“

The magazine also features interviews with the team behind The Clone Wars series, remarks from the Mark Hamill panel at Star Wars Celebration V and an Endor location guide. Plus, there’s much more must-have material for all Star Wars fans.

Retailers can order this special Star Wars Insider with exclusive Howard Chaykin cover and large size pull-out poster from October’s Diamond Previews. See Star Wars Insider “Featured Item” listing within the Books & Magazines section in Previews for more information.

Star Wars Insider #122
On-sale December 14, 2010

To subscribe to Star Wars Insider click here:
http://bit.ly/9MJYpo

Star Wars Insider is also available to read in full on PC, Mac or iPad at Zinio.com, the world’s largest digital newsstand. To subscribe to the online version of Star Wars Insider click here:
http://bit.ly/bZYEDg

Readers can keep up to date with more news and announcements from Star Wars Insider at the official Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/StarWarsInsider

Star Wars : The Clone Wars  Magazine #1

Coming to newsstands and comic stores near you on October 5 is an all-new Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine bursting with action and adventure!

In the first awesome issue, find out all about your favorite characters and vehicles with in-depth profiles and re-visit some classic The Clone Wars moments with episode guides. There’s also a chance to win a bundle of fantastic Hasbro toys in the Issue 1 competition! Plus, if you’ve not had a chance to check out Sony Online Entertainment’s new Clone Wars Adventures virtual world, now’s the time as there’s a code for a one-month free trial in this issue! And the magazine is chock-full of games and puzzles that are all sure to entertain!

Each issue will also feature a mini The Clone Wars comic adventure, eight pages of pure action! Issue 1’s story is called The Droid Deception and finds Jedi Masters Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi on a Geonosian shipyard in deep space. Will they succeed in denting Grievous’ ability to maintain his vast fleet, or are they walking into a Separatist trap? Find out only in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine #1!

Facebook Creator Gets A Bio Comic

Bluewater’s timely biographical comics have run the gamut from politicians to entertainers to anyone who’s in the pop culture spotlight. Mark Zuckerberg falls into the latter category, especially with David Fincher’s film on the founding of Facebook, The Social Network opening late next month. Here’s the press release on Zuckerberg’s comic book tale.

“MARK ZUCKERBERG: CREATOR OF FACEBOOK” A DIFFERENT KIND OF COMIC BOOK BIOGRAPHY FROM BLUEWATER

In December, Bluewater Productions is publishing a biographical comic book called “Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook”, a 48 page giant sized issue priced at $6.99. Written by Jerome Maida and penciled by Sal Field, with cover art by Michal Szyksznian, it will be available from comic book stores and online retailers.

Who is the real Mark Zuckerberg? The answer, of course, is somewhere in between and Bluewater Productions is announcing it is filling that gap and exploring the background of the website’s founder in the medium of comic books.

The young billionaire and creator and CEO of Facebook who announced recently that he is generously donating $100 million to public schools in Newark? Or the cold-blooded businessman who walks over people to get what he wants – the way he is portrayed in the critically acclaimed movie “The Social Network”.

“This is a fascinating story” says Maida. “I enjoyed researching it because it’s extremely compelling. Think about it. Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire on the planet and created something that has already had a profound impact on the world. Yet hardly anyone knows much about him. It’s amazing.”

The road to success, Maida says, was not preordained nor was it always a smooth ride.

“Mark was offered loads of money at a young age and turned all his suitors down because deep down he knew he had higher goals than to work for someone else”, says Maida. “Bill Gates offered Mark a million dollars while Mark was still in high school to work for him and Mark turned it down. I mean, how many high school kids will ever be made an offer like that? Very few. And how many would have the confidence to turn it down and pursue their own path? Very few, if any. But that’s what Mark did.”

Of course, Mark wasn’t able to do everything on his own. He received help to various degrees and in different capacities from others. Many of these business relationships did not end well.

“Rightly or wrongly, Mark dealt harshly with some people on his way to where he is today”, says Maida. ” As we see, he left many people feeling betrayed. I try my best to be fair here. No one is totally innocent in this story. I try to represent each of the major players’ point of view.”

“Bluewater is looking to tell unique stories that are just not about celebrities”. Said publisher Darren G. Davis “The 1st biography one shot we are doing is about Father Yod and The Source Family and Mark Zukerberg will follow the next month. These books are not only good reading to get to know the subjects but are also being used as a tool in schools and libraries. ”

“Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook” will hit shelves in December but will be available to order at bookstores, comic stores or online at www.tfaw.com.

For more information, visit Bluewater online at www.bluewaterprod.com.

Extra Sequential Episode Eight

The eighth episode of our podcast is now online. Myself and my co-host Mladen chat about Spider-Man bedsheets and all manner of comic book-ery goodness. Hear it below, download it here or find us on iTunes or Mixcloud.

2:18 NEWS

The big shake ups at DC Comics, the outrageous prices of floppies at Borders, the diverse list of possible directors for the upcoming Superman film and our opinion on the All Star Superman animated trailer. Also, Ghost Rider 2 and Fantastic Four Reborn.

18:58 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

First up – video games, including Halo Reach and Scott Pilgrim.

Thor #615. The first issue from the new creative team of Matt Fraction and Pasqual Ferry.

Peter Pan by Regis Loisel. A French, and mature, prequel to the classic tale.

Skullkickers #1. The sleeper hit from Image by Jim Zubkavich, Chris Stevens and Edwin Huang. Lethal Weapon via Lord of the Rings.

Gon, “the little dinosuar with the heart of coal,” by Masashi Tanaka.

41:41 Trade Swap

Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark. A one-shot Image story that is insane and entertaining.

EmiTown by Emi Lenox. A cute and largely amusing visual diary.

1:00:40 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

Kick Starter. If you have an arty idea and need funding, or would like to fund others’ ideas, this is the place for you.


Read Zuda First Issues For Free

Yes, Zuda may be closing down, at least for the moment, though the unpublished issues will see life under DC’s main umbrella at some point. If you want to see a few first issues from DC’s digital initiative however, go here. You can check out 10 premieres on Comixology including the Australian series Deadly, Dean Haspiel’s Street Code and more.

Sonny Liew Interview

My interview with the editor of the second Liquid City anthology is up now at Broken Frontier right here. Sonny Liew is the man behind Image’s anthology which is an original collection of short tales from talented Southeast Asian creators. While you’re there, check out BF’s latest issue of The Frontiersman magazine. It’s free and has features on Return of the Dapper Men, Green Lantern Guy Gardner and much more.