Walter Koenig At Bluewater

Joining Star Trek veteran William Shatner as a comic creator at Bluewater is Walter Koenig. Lowdown below.

BLUEWATER SIGNS CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP DEAL WITH STAR TREK, B5 VET WALTER KOENIG

Known to Star Trek fans everywhere as Ensign Pavel Chekov, Walter Koenig has chosen his next frontier to be captured in the pages of a comic book.

The noted actor, writer and director recently completed a deal with independent comic publisher Bluewater Productions to pen a new, limited mini-series as well as redistribute an earlier comic book project into a graphic novel.

“I’m very pleased to be on board with Bluewater. I anticipate an exciting professional relationship and the opportunity to tell stories with style and artistry,” Koenig said.

According to Koenig, the mini-series will present a fresh perspective on a post-apocalyptic world in which vampires are the dominant species. Cover by GMB Chomichuk and interiors by Nathan Ooten.

“It’s quite epic,” Darren G. Davis, Bluewater Publisher said. “Fans of the genre might think they have seen this premise before, but Koenig’s vision for this is unique, creative and impactful. I am very excited to be a part of this project.”

In addition to the four-issue release, tentatively scheduled to debut next spring, Bluewater will be repackaging Koenig’s first foray into comics; a three-issue series called Raver. The comic books, originally published in the early 1990’s at Malibu Comics, should hit comic book stores and online outlets in 2011 with new material. A new cover was done by Gregg Paulsen.

Raver follows the trials of a reality-bending hero whose psychotic episodes create a nightmare world with real villains and victims. And Norman Walters (Raver) moves from one twisted reality to the next trying to return to his original safe and stable existence.

Koenig’s entertainment career has spanned more than five decades. Gaining fame as the aforementioned Chekov in the original Star Trek series, Koenig has appeared in more than 100 roles in television and movies including the recurring villain Alfred Bester on sci-fi favorite Babylon 5. He is also a respected screenwriter and stage director.

Death and the Frenemy’s Claw

Here’s a quick look at some new indie series.

Death Ship from IDW is a 4 issue mini-series based on an untold story from Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula. Behind Cliff Nielsen’s spooky cover I was pleasantly surprised to some equally moody art. Being printed on slightly rougher paper, with muted colours by Dom Regan, means that Death Ship will carry you to its 1897 setting with ease. Stuart Sayger’s artwork is like a more refined Bill Sienkiewicz or Klaus Janson. His work is suitably sketchy, yet equally enchanting and fits beautifully within the old world setting, which is filled with tough as nails sailors with manly beards. Sayger knows when to fill the pages with simplicity, which adds great tension to Gary Gerani’s script. The first few pages initially seem like a bland tale of sailors vs the sea; the kind of film you catch in black and white on a lazy Sunday arvo on TV, but it soon reveals itself to be something more, as a sinister force lurks about their vessel. There’s a boy, a tough veteran, a wise captain and a scared priest, but it all works well, plus the art is awesome. I’m thankful for comic moments like this, when I pick something by blind faith and it proves to be better than expected.

The Claw and the Fang. This new series has great covers, and that’s what intrigued me. That, plus the preview art looked unusual – in a good way. Bluewater Productions have become known as of late for their bio comics on stars of the moment, but that’s not all that they produce. This issue begins with Justin, a hardcore gamer losing his job before crossing to Outer Mongolia where a witch summons a huge, hooded demon to serve her. From then on it moves quickly, as Justin gets fed up with the MMORPG he’s invested his life in, and the supernatural world and his dull existence collide. There’s a slight awkwardness, as this hurriedly takes place and it would’ve benefitted from an extra few pages, but this debut ish has laid enough seeds to hopefully bear fruit in the remaining issues. Michael Kutcher’s script is filled with great captions that carry the tale without revealing too much just yet, and Matias Basla’s angular art lends a refreshing design to the pages. The sparse use of colour is a great addition to the mainly earthen look too.

Frenemy of the State has its Hollywood tongue planted firmly in its cheek and is an unashamedly fun adventure. It’s written by actress Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation), Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis and comes to us from Oni Press. Opening with a quick account of protagonist Ariana Von Holmberg’s life in the spotlight (via Twitter snapshots) as she attends an Alice in Wonderland theme party, we soon learn that she’s not just a dumb heiress, but a well educated woman. She also seems to know her way around hi-tech security systems, but with all those skills, she’s still not above seeking revenge on a cheating lover. The script is rather obvious from that point on, as she becomes a C.I.A recruit. The odd flashback transition comes from nowhere, when all that’s needed was a simple caption, but otherwise, the issue is fine. It’s not a remarkable debut, but the central concept leaves a lot of room for story possibilities. Jeff Wamester’s art is light, with a slight Kevin Nowlan approach and the simple feel adds to the bubbliness of the story. It’s not hilarious by any means, but fans of pop culture with an awareness of celebrity obsessed media will find this likeable enough.

Bluewater’s Jesus Comic Preview

Out this month is a one-shot from Bluewater focused on Jesus. There’s a few random preview pages below. The art’s better than I anticipated and the visual interpretation of Satan as a He-Man villain is interesting, but the approach at light humour, I’m unsure of.

THE FAITH SERIES: Jesus CHRIST
Author(s): Don Smith
Artist(s) Jacob Bear
Cover Artist(s): cover by Mike S. Miller

Bluewater Productions has pioneered and popularized the “bio-comic” genre with its series “Female Force” and “Political Power.” Now Bluewater will make history again as it tackles the life of, arguably the most famous person in history, Jesus Christ.  The book  highlights different aspects of the life of Christ to show that Jesus of Nazareth was more than just a great man in history, but proof of a providential force at work in the universe.


The Week In Pictures Feb 14 2010

Last week I revealed Andy Kubert’s covers for the first two issues of the upcoming Return of Bruce Wayne storyline. Now here’s the remaining 4.

Oh yeah, a time-travelling Batman just screams cool to me. On an unrelated note, Bluewater Productions continue to churn out  bio comics for the curious, as evidenced by their May offerings.

and available (and on sale) from Feb 16 from Mattel on their Matty Collector on-line store are a few updated He-Man figures for those nostalgic Gen Xers, as well as The Dark Knight and Justice League Unlimited figures.

The Claw and Fang Preview

Bluewater may just be getting more success (besides their never ending bio titles) with this intriguing prospect. Interior pages from April’s debut issue below, plus some groovy concept art can be seen here.

FILMMAKER’S “THE CLAW AND FANG” DEBUTS IN APRIL WITH COVER BY DAN BRERETON

Film maker, Michael Kutcher debuts his first stint into the comic book world this April with “The Claw and Fang.”

Kutcher is new to creating comics, driven by his experience working on two feature films, “Bulletface” directed by Albert Pyun and “Kung Fu Joe” directed by Glen Berry, he wanted to move away from the production process over to the creative side. Matias Basla draws the gritty series “The Claw and The Fang” with covers by Dan Brereton, GMB Chomichuk and Steve Babb.

“The Claw and Fang” is a modern action drama with gothic horror elements. The characters are pulled from many of Kutcher’s real life experiences and that personal relationship adds greatly to the story.

The four-issue story arch begins in the present with Justin, a 21-year old warehouse worker, who has given up on life in the real world choosing to live in a virtual one where he is a natural leader. Other important characters are Noro, a demon summoned back to Earth after being banished to the Darkness for thousands of years; and the Firewoman, the last shaman of the old ways who forces Justin to confront his destiny and save us all.

“The Claw and Fang” will be released as a four book series through Bluewater starting in April 2010.

To learn more about “The Claw and Fang” go to www.theclawandfang.com.

Bluewater’s March Goodies

Those crazy cats at Bluewater Productions keep pumping out comics on celebrities, and I can’t blame them. Here’s the latest two new comics for release in March, focused on Bill Clinton and Ellen Degeneres. Sounds like a sit-com just waiting to happen!.

Political Power: Bill Clinton
Author(s): Robert Schnakenberg
Artist(s) David McNeil
Cover Artist(s): cover by Vinnie Tartamella
They call him Bubba, the Big Dog, Slick Willie, and the Man from Hope. Everyone’s got an opinion about Bill Clinton, but how well do we really know him? Take a fresh look at the life and career of America’s 42nd president, from his hardscrabble Arkansas childhood to the days of triumph and turmoil in the Oval Office and beyond.

Female Force: Ellen Degeneres
Author(s): Sandra C. Ruckdeschel
Artist(s) Pedro Ponzo
Cover Artist(s): cover by Viinie Tartamella
Ellen DeGeneres is taking the world by storm!  Emmy’s!  Endless accolades!  It all seems so easy, but Ellen’s journey to get where she is now was not always a smooth one. She’s felt the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. But through it all, she managed to stay true to herself and prove that she is a female force to be reckoned with!

Stephenie Meyer Bio Comic Preview

Before the Twilight sequel, New Moon hits the screens in mid-November, here’s a preview of the biographical comic about the novelist behind the magic – Stephenie Meyer. I’m one of the few fanboys who didn’t mind Twilight and I certainly don’t think the stars and its many fans, “ruined Comic-Con,” this year. The more people that maybe get exposed to comics, the better. I always thought Kristen Stewart would be a star one day too as I’ve seen her in indie flicks and popcorn films over the years. I am looking forward to New Moon, but I can wait for the DVD.

Anyway, here’s a few random pages of the Meyer bio comic from Bluewater Productions, which arrives on November 11. At least Meyer seems to have faith and talent. Boo to you Dan Brown! Underneath the pics is the official info from Bluewater.

STEPENIEMEYER Bio Comic

Stephenie Meyer Bio Comic Page-01

Stephenie Meyer Bio Comic Page-05

Stephenie Meyer Bio Comic Page-11

Stephenie Meyer Bio Comic Page-13

Stephenie Meyer Bio Comic Page-14

The Diamond Comics order codes are:

$3.99 – comic book SEP090667

$6.99 -graphic novel version – SEP090668

Call your local comic book store to order.

Female Force: Stephenie Meyer

From a dream to a string of best sellers to a successful movie franchise, Stephenie Meyer has captured the imagination of millions with her stories about a young girl and her vampire lover. Now the tables are turned as Stephenie Meyer becomes the featured protagonist in a special Female Force doubled-sized one shot. Female Force: Stephenie Meyer, released just in time for the upcoming movie sequel based on her book “New Moon,” examines her rise to popularity, her Twilight saga novels and her future plans. This book will also include the history of Forks; the Washington peninsula town where her stories take place as well as other bonus material not found anywhere else.

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