Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Image Comics Introduces Dark Engine #1

Ryan Burton teams up with John Bivens for an all-new ongoing series that blends elements of dark fantasy and action with mystery.

With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.

DARK ENGINE is about the evil things that lurk inside us all. “Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it's showing the stygian machinations of Sym's creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it's all there."

DARK ENGINE #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.

IDW and Gabriel Rodriguez Head to WonderCon

This weekend, April 18th – 20th, IDW will be bringing the festivities of its 15th anniversary to Wonder Con Anaheim! Continuing the yearlong celebration, IDW has big surprises in store for fans attending the show, and major announcements coming for fans around the world. Joining IDW all weekend long as our Guest of Honor is Locke & Key co-creator, Gabriel Rodriguez! Appearing on panels, and signing at the IDW booth, Rodriguez will be on hand to discuss his upcoming project, Little Nemo in Slumberland, with Eric Shanower.

While you’re at the booth be sure to stock up on any issues or trades you’re missing and add THESE convention exclusives to your collection:

- V-Wars #1 Exclusive Show Variant - $5.00

         (Limited to 300 copies, limit of 3 per customer)

- TRANSFORMERS: Regeneration One #100 Exclusive Show Variant - $10.00
         (Limited to 600 copies, limit of 3 per customer)

- 24 #1 Exclusive Show Variant - $10.00
         (Limited to 200 copies, limit of 3 per customer)

- Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega HC Exclusive Variant - $40.00
         (Limited to 300 copies, limit of 3 per customer)

- 7th Sword #1 Exclusive Show Variant - $5.00
         (By special arrangement with Darby Pop, See Employee for  details)

- Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key: Artist’s Edition Portfolio – Show Debut! $40.00
        (Limited to 150 copies, limit of 3 per customer)

- FREE Exclusive Winterworld Preview Ashcan!
- FREE Exclusive Little Nemo in Slumberland Preview Ashcan!
- FREE “America’s Army” Show Exclusive #0 issue variant edition
- FREE “America’s Army” Show Exclusive Poster                                                                                                               

Hear all of the big announcements first and win some veryspecial prizes at the five IDW panels throughout the weekend:

Friday April 18th
IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, G.I. JOE & More!
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Room 213
Join Editor & Writer John Barber and Editor Carlos Guzman, along with Flint Dille and Mairghread Scott for a sneak peek behind all of IDW's Hasbro titles!
Transformers! G.I. JOE! My Little Pony! Littlest Pet Shop! Prizes! Announcements! Q & A…and just
by showing up, you have a chance to win a My Little Pony
variant that was limited to only 12 copies!

Friday April 18th  
IDW Publishing: Hidden Treasures
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Room 213
Join IDW's VP of Marketing, Dirk Wood and a virtual cavalcade of some of today's most exciting creators, as they discuss some of IDW's more interesting programs and undiscovered gems. Featuring rising stars from David Wohl's Darby Pop imprint, the writer of the hit digital "America's Army" comics and more, come down and witness Wood pull back the curtain on IDW's most exciting new projects for 2014 and beyond!

Saturday April 19th
IDW Publishing: The Greatest Panel in the Known Universe
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Room 213
Join Chief Creative Officer and Editor-
in-Chief Chris Ryall, Senior Editor Scott Dunbier and VP of 
Marketing Dirk Wood, along with Gabriel Rodriguez, Eric Shanower, Brian Lynch, Sarah Gaydos, Mike Johnson, and Tom Waltz for announcements, prizes, Q&A, semi-professional wrestling, and more!

Saturday April 19th
IDW Publishing: The One & Only 
Original Artist's Edition Panel
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Room 210A
Accept no imitations! Join Artist's Edition editor Scott Dunbier as he gives attendees a guided tour of what will be happening in the coming year—including some really incredible announcements, and at least one that will have people saying, "didn't see that one coming!" Plus special giveaways, trivia contests, and more! Original art fans, this is the one panel you MUST attend! 

Sunday April 20th
IDW Publishing: Kids Comics! Ponies, Turtles & More!
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Room 213
Join editors Sarah Gaydos and Carlos Guzman, along with PR & Marketing Manager Rosalind Morehead, as they discuss the growing slate of all ages titles at IDW—including My Little Pony,
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, 
Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS Kids, and more! Plus, free comics…and just by showing up, you have a chance to win a My Little Pony variant that was limited to only 12 copies!

Fans have TWO chances to win a copy of the extremely rare My Little Pony 1,000,000th Cover over the weekend. All you have to do is get to the IDW & Hasbro panel on Friday and/or the Kids panel on Sunday for your chance to win!

The IDW booth will be filled all weekend long with singings by the best and brightest in the business!


Friday April 18th
12:00 – 1:00  Love and Capes – Thom Zahler

1:00 – 3:00  IDW MVP & Guest of Honor – Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)
*Check out the Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega HC show exclusive, and
Gabriel Rodriguez Locke & Key Artist’s Edition Porfolio!

2:00 – 3:00  Mars Attacks, The Hollows, The Colonized – Chris Ryall

3:00 – 4:00  America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman
*Check out the exclusive free comics & posters!

3:00 – 4:00  Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry

4:00 – 5:00  G.I. JOE: Special Missions – Paul Gulacy

5:00 – 6:00  Transformers – John Barber, Flint Dille, Mairghread Scott

6:00 – 7:00  My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs

6:00 – 7:00  Mean Streets: Baja – Ben Wagner

Saturday April 19th

11:00 – 12:00  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tom Waltz

11:00 – 12:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman
*Check out the exclusive free comics & posters!

12:00 – 1:00  Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two – Douglas Wolk

12:00 – 1:00  The Illegitimates – Marc Andreyko

1:00 – 2:00  Amelia Cole – D.J. Kirkbride

2:00 – 3:00  Darby Pop Bonanza!
                        Eric Garcia – City: The Mind in the Machine
                        John Raffo – 7th Sword
                        Andrew Robinson – 7th Sword
                        Bernard Chang – City: The Mind in the Machine, Indestructible

3:00 – 4:00  LITTLE NEMO LAUNCH PARTYIDW Guest of Honor Gabriel
                        Rodriguez, Eric Shanower * Check out the free advance ashcan!

4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry

4:00 – 5:00  The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle – Mark Evanier

5:00 – 6:00  T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents – Roger Robinson

5:00 – 6:00  G.I. JOE: The Cobra Files – Mike Costa

6:00 – 7:00  Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who – Scott Tipton

Sunday April 20th

12:00 – 1:00  Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col

1:00 – 3:00  IDW MVP & Guest of Honor – Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)
*Check out the Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega HC show exclusive, and
Gabriel Rodriguez Locke & Key Artist’s Edition Porfolio!

3:00 – 4:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry

The stage is set for a great convention, be sure to come find us at booth #309, and follow us online @IDWPublishing and https://www.facebook.com/idwpublishing for updates and news throughout the weekend!

Learn to Crawl this May in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1!

Direct from Marvel...

Learn to Crawl this May in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1!
Experience the Greatest Untold Story of Spider-Man!

This May, following the debut of the highly anticipated return of Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #1, experience his early days as Spider-Man like you’ve never seen before in Learning to Crawla new 5-issue series beginning in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1! New York Times Bestselling writer Dan Slott (Superior Spider-Man, Silver Surfer) and Eisner Award-Winning ArtistRamón Pérez (Wolverine and the X-Men, Tale of Sand) craft an all-new spin on the earliest days of the webbed wonder that have bitter consequences to this very day!

From that fateful night he lost his Uncle Ben, a new life began. But there is more to the story of how Peter Parker became the Amazing Spider-Man.  

“We all love a good ‘Year One’ story,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “But this is so much MORE! Not only does this address Spider-Man’s past, but it sets up a new villain that will be a huge part of Dan Slott’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN plans moving forward.”

We all know how Peter Parker learned responsibility, but this series tells the story of how Spider-Man became the super hero we all know and love!  Set within the first 60 days of his webslinging career, Learning to Crawl is an all-new tale set parallel to the character’s first appearance in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15 and 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 - #3 that will blaze new trails for upcoming Amazing Spider-Man story arcs in Dan Slott’s new series!

“It’s one thing to know that with great power comes great responsibility, but what do you do with it?” says series writer Dan Slott, in an interview with Marvel.com.

Fans eagerly awaiting Learning to Crawl can get their first taste early with a special 8-page lead-in story from Slott & Pérez in the back of the highly anticipated Amazing Spider-Man #1 later this month!

Now is your chance to experience the story you never knew about the story you know by heart! How did Peter Parker rise to the occasion to become the greatest hero the world has ever seen? And who is the mysterious new villain Clash? All will be answered when the exciting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1 – the first chapter of Learning to Crawl – swings into comic shops this May!

Written by DAN SLOTT
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. (MAR140640)
Alex Ross Sketch Variant Also Available! (MAR140639)
FOC – 04/14/14, On-Sale – 05/07/14

Dark Invasion Show at Toy Art Gallery

Dark Invasion, featured works by notable Kaiju toy artists, Paul Kaiju, Guumon, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, Galaxy People, DevilsheadProductions, and Scarecrow Oven.  Since Kaiju, and Japanese soft vinyl toys in general are so popular, it is no surprise that this show was a success, both for the artists and Toy ArtGallery.  In fact, almost all of the custom pieces sold out during the opening night of the show.

 In addition to the fantastic pieces contributed by the very select list of artists, Paul Kaiju and TAG released Slugbeard, Paul Kaiju’s newest kaiju figure, which sold out quickly.  Slugbeard’s popularity is so immense and fresh, that when TAG released the first painted colorway of the figure, they had to hold a lottery to give the kaiju fanatics a fair chance at the release.  It’s an amazing piece.  I wish I had the extra money to have purchased one.  Hopefully next time. 

Vive La Lolligag - Group Custom Show at Toy Art Gallery

Ok.  Slap me on the hand.  I am finally taking a moment away from customizing and sculpting out some new designs for resin casts to write about the awesome shows that have been going on over the past few months.  First up, the custom Lolligag show, “Vive La Lolligag!” which took place at Toy Art Gallery.  This show featured customs of the new vinyl toy, Lolligag.

 “Lolligag lives in a carefree place of imagination where fantasy, fun and fetching fashion are the sweetest things in life.  With a lollipop always in hand revealing her hidden emotions, Lolligag spends her days with her imaginary friend Moot in search of adventures both big and small.”

Over 40 artists contributed their interpretations for the show and it was nothing short of awesome, which is to be expected at any show held at Toy Art Gallery.  Many of the pieces from this show are still available at Toy Art Gallery’s online store, including mine (picture below.) 
My piece, "Lolli the Werecat"
Queen of Hearts - Gabby Custom Art
BFF - iRoc

Idol of Luck and Prosperity - DeeTen

Lonely Monkey Girl - Hyperactive Monkey

The Bride of Frankenstein - Rask Opticon