Watch Max Bemis Build an Evil Empire

Or, read about it actually. Lowdown, and gorgeous covers from BOOM!’s new mini-series below, which debuts on March 5.

BOOM! STUDIOS ANNOUNCES ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ PRINT PROMOTION

FOR MAX BEMIS’ ‘EVIL EMPIRE’

Evil Empire Cover A by Jay Shaw

Evil Empire Cover A by Jay Shaw

Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is proud to announce the March debut of EVIL EMPIRE, the political thriller that asks: What would happen if modern society crossed the line and became the megalomaniacal force we’d always fought against? Instead of a story that picks up when this so-called “evil empire” is already in place, Say Anything lead singer Max Bemis (POLARITY) and artist Ransom Getty (Guarding the Globe, Suicide Squad) take us to the very beginning and show the devolution of society through the eyes of an outspoken, female hip-hop artist named Reese.

 

To add to the anticipation surrounding Bemis’ first long-form series, BOOM! has added a pre-Final Order Cutoff (FOC) incentive promotion for retailers. Similar to the DAY MEN #2 promotion, the publisher will have 50, limited-edition, screen-printed, and numbered prints created of one of Jay Shaw’s iconic cover images for EVIL EMPIRE. The “We The People” print promotion means that each one of the 25 top-ordering retailers will receive one print. Additionally, in keeping with the democratic nature of the series, 25 additional retailers, chosen at random, will receive one print each. Retailers have until the end of the day on Monday, February 10th to finalize their orders for EVIL EMPIRE #1.

 

“Max has created a provocative thriller in EVIL EMPIRE,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “At BOOM!, we want our comics to resonate beyond the page, and EVIL EMPIRE is the kind of explosive storytelling we love to get behind. We saw with POLARITY that Max is a bold new voice in the industry, and we were eager to work with him again. EVIL EMPIRE is an intense vision of a society’s dark transformation. It’ll turn some heads.”

 

WHY WE LOVE IT: After POLARITY, we just had to work with writer (and Say Anything lead singer) Max Bemis again, and his thrilling take on how a modern society could evolve into an evil empire is absolutely terrifying.

 

WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: Every fan of fiction is aware of the trope of the “evil, sinister empire” i.e. the Empire in “Star Wars.” Oftentimes, when we are introduced to these totalitarian establishments, they are already fully in power and it’s up to our hero to bring back order and peace. However, in EVIL EMPIRE, we explore how that would unfold in a real-world setting. How close to the precipice are we right now in the world we live in? Would we let it happen? More specific to this tale: Would we secretly WANT it to happen?

 

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Told through the perspective of an underground rapper named Reese, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve (or is it devolve?) into an evil empire.

 

 

Evil Empire Cover B by Robbi Rodriguez

Evil Empire Cover B by Robbi Rodriguez

 

Evil Empire Cover C by Jay Shaw

Evil Empire Cover C by Jay Shaw

 

 

Archaia’s The Joyners in 3D

Publisher Archaia (now part of BOOM! Studios) have been producing gorgeous graphic novels with great production values, and this tome, (a rare 3D presentation) will hit stands next month.

 

ARCHAIA INNOVATES WITH FIRST 3D GRAPHIC NOVEL WITH 

‘THE JOYNERS IN 3D’

 

Award-winning publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the February debut of THE JOYNERS IN 3D, the first, full-length, original graphic novel presented in red-blue anaglyph 3D. The book is the culmination of almost three years of research, development, and painstaking execution by writer R.J. Ryan (SYNDROME) and New York Times best-selling artist David Marquez (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, All-New X-Men).

 

“THE JOYNERS IN 3D is not only a labor of love and storytelling for R.J. and David, but a crowning achievement in presentation,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Archaia has consistently pushed the boundaries with the types of stories it publishes, and JOYNERS is no exception. I love that the use of 3D here is not a gimmick. It’s an essential tool for the narrative, and one you’ll enjoy discovering while reading the book.”

 

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve been fans of R.J. Ryan and David Marquez ever since we published their first collaboration (along with co-writer Daniel Quantz), SYNDROME. When they came to us with this idea—with Marquez proclaiming he and his studio assistant, Tara Rhymes, were going to teach themselves how to do all the 3D conversion—we knew it was exactly the ambitious challenge we love to take on. Add to that the fantastic book design by Eisner Award-nominated Jon Adams (TRUTH SERUM), and the final result simply blew us away.

 

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: On the surface, you’ll be attracted to THE JOYNERS IN 3D for its 3D novelty, but once you read it, you’ll be engrossed by Marquez’s line work, the visions of a possible future (flying cars, floating skyscrapers, and robot butlers!), and the haunting story of a successful businessman whose deteriorating life at home leads to a tragic conclusion. This is the idyllic 1960s Jetsons-inspired vision of the future turned on its head with a deconstructive eye in the spirit of Warren Ellis.

 

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Regardless of the technological advances made by the year 2062, people are still just as fallible as they’ve been for thousands of years. Brilliant engineer George Joyner and his team have just invented a revolutionary device that will change the course of human history, yet George is teetering on the edge of self-destruction thanks to his selfishness, narcissism, and relentless pursuit of success in the business world. THE JOYNERS IN 3D is the complete account of the sudden unraveling of the “perfect” family of the future, and the hubris that brings about George’s professional demise.

 

THE JOYNERS IN 3D arrives in comic shops on February 19th with a cover price of $29.95 under Diamond order code SEP130875. Every copy ships with a pair of custom “his” and “hers” 3D glasses. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

The Joyners 3D

 

 

 

Hacktivist #1 Preview

Out now from BOOM! Studios is the premiere issue of a new four issue mini called Hacktvist, from a concept by TV star Alyssa Milano (Charmed). Below is a nice looking preview, plus BOOM!’s official description.

WHY WE LOVE IT: From the creative mind of Alyssa Milano, with artist Marcus To (Huntress, Red Robin), and writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, Hacktivist is a fast-paced cyber-thriller about friendship and freedom in a time war.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: Fantastic characters and stunning action set pieces, beautifully illustrated by Marcus To (Cyborg 009, Red Robin) and Eisner-nominated colorist Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand).

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are young, brilliant, and the co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world stays connected. In secret, these best friends are also “sve_Urs3lf,” the largest, white-hat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe.

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Curse #1 Review

Curse_01_rev_Page_1Released last week was the debut issue of this new four issue mini-series from BOOM! Studios. It’s got werewolves in it. With Teen Wolf and the new series Bitten starring Laura Vandevoort (Supergirl on Smallville), could werewolves be the new vampires or zombies? If Curse, has anything to say about it, then yes, and what it does say, it says in style.

Written by Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel and with art by Colin Lorimer, and Riley Rossmo, Curse is so far, a horror debut executed very well.

The creators may not necessarily be household names in the world of comics, but they have some impressive titles on their resume, with Moreci’s work on Hoax Hunters, and Daniel’s on Enormous, both with Image Comics. Lorimer created UXB in the pages of Dark Horse Presents, and Rosmo has crafted the art for Drumhellar and Cowboy Ninja Viking, both from Image Comics.

As you can see by the preview pages after the jump, it starts in a most intriguing fashion. Two men – one chained, and one angry. Then we see how they got there.Well, we get hints as to how they got there in this premiere.

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A Different Kind Of Loki

The most loved bad guy since…umm..well another bad guy doesn’t spring to mind, but thanks to that talented thespian (and dancer! look at him go!) Tom Hiddleston’s three turns as the evil Loki in recent Marvel films, Loki has never been more popular. And along come publisher BOOM! Studios with a new take on Loki. This looks pretty wild, and it’s released on my birthday!

LOKI GOES FROM MISCHIEF TO METAL IN NEW ORIGINAL SERIES

FROM BOOM! STUDIOS

Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the February debut of LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL, a heavy metal twist on Norse mythology. Writer Eric Esquivel (FREELANCERS) and artist Jerry Gaylord (FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES) show what happens when you take the classic Norse god Loki and throw him into a rock and roll band in the underground goth clubs of Los Angeles in this new BOOM! original series.

“LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL is one of those crazy mash-up ideas that, when you see them put together, is immensely entertaining,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Combine that with the talents of Eric and Jerry—two of BOOM!’s home-grown talents—and it makes for the perfect recipe for a rockin’ good time!”

WHY WE LOVE IT: Up-and-coming writer Eric Esquivel first caught our attention with Thor: The Unkillable Thunder Christ, and wowed us with his work on FREELANCERS. When he told us he wanted to bring those sensibilities to the trickster god Loki, we had to say, “Yes!” Pairing him with FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES artist Jerry Gaylord sealed the deal.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Loki steps out of the shadow cast by his thunderous brother as Norse mythology crosses over with the only thing on Earth as wild and crazy—rock and roll!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: What happens when Odin banishes Loki to Earth? He finds a world of outcasts that appreciate his style! While his kin sharpen their weapons, he picks up an electric guitar.

LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL #1 arrives in comic shops on February 19th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code DEC130966.

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BOOM!’s Third Shannon Wheeler Collection

Publisher BOOM! Studios are set to deliver the third volume of The New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler’s humorous pieces, with I Don’t Get it hitting comic book stores next week. Official details, and a few funny preview pages, below.

BOOM! STUDIOS RELEASES THIRD COLLECTION OF EISNER AWARD-WINNING SHANNON WHEELER CARTOONS

BOOM! Town, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the January 22nd release of I DON’T GET IT, a follow-up hardcover collection to Shannon Wheeler’s I TOLD YOU SO and Eisner Award-winning I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER books. As with the previous two volumes, I DON’T GET IT is a “best of” collection of cartoons Wheeler created for The New Yorker that were not accepted for publication. The New Yorker is a weekly magazine containing articles, short stories, and essays that focus on the cultural life of New York City.

“A new collection of cartoons from Shannon is always a highlight for me,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Shannon is one of a kind, a cartoonist with a singular voice and a gift for delivering sharp humor and biting observations. We’re thrilled to continue this award-winning tradition of collecting Shannon’s best cartoons that ended up on the cutting-room floor!”

Where do cartoons go when they’ve been bounced by The New Yorker? When they’re as funny as what’s floating in TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN creator Shannon Wheeler’s brain, they’re boiled down to the best of the bounced and presented in one laugh-out-loud volume. Featuring an introduction by Keith Knight (THE K CHRONICLES, THE KNIGHT LIFE), I DON’T GET IT is the latest collection of wheeler cartoons that will leave you wondering why they never made it to publication.

I DON’T GET IT arrives in comic shops on January 22nd with a cover price of $17.99 under Diamond order code NOV130881. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

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BOOM! Buys Archaia, Relaunches Site & Signs George Perez

BOOM! Studios surprised the industry two weeks ago by announcing they had purchased independent, and critically acclaimed publisher Archaia, which you can read more about here. Now they’ve unveiled their shiny new website. Official lowdown about that below. Oh, and they’ve also just announced that they’ve signed legendary artist George Perez to an exclusive deal. Wow.

BOOM! Studios is pleased to unveil their newly redesigned website (boom-studios.com) today. Beginning today, fans will find a fresh, modern look with an easier-to-navigate interface along with more social media integration.

The new boom-studios.com was designed by At Play Creative, the same design agency responsible for the redesigned BOOM! Studios logo that debuted earlier this year. The design team, led by Founder and CCO Gary M. Smith, worked closely and collaboratively with BOOM! to deliver a design that showcased the comic art first and foremost. At Play clients include ABC, Disney, and Hasbro among others.

In addition to a comprehensive online store, the relaunched website incorporates live feeds from BOOM!’s Twitter, Facebook, and BOOM!Pen Tumblr on a new Trending page with spotlighted Featured posts. The site includes information for Press and Retailers, with more to be added in the future. An Events page adds an easy reference point for all BOOM! convention appearances, signings, and launch parties.

BOOM! Studios New Site