comiXology giving away The Walking Dead Vol. 1 free at ECCC 2012

Going to Emerald City Comicon? Yes we’ve asked this before, this time it serves as an even bigger boost, if you’re headed out to the show stop by comiXology at booth #308 for a free copy of The Walking Dead Vol. 1 to make your very own. If you have your phone on you it can be redeemed on the spot and you can start reading when you take a break from cruising the floor. They did this at Wondercon and while it was first come first serve they had plenty of cards to hand out to curious attendees, keep in mind they are noting only 2,500 copies will be available at the con so grab them while you can for a giant dose of zombie goodness.

comiXology will also be hosting an open panel on all things digital, if you want to catch that check out Room 3 on Saturday March 31st from 2:00pm – 3:00pm and get your latest pondering cleared up or just sit and listen to the flow of Q&A from the community.

3000AD and DC Entertainment working on Line of Defense Comic Book

Comics and video games are always crossing up in one way or another, today 3000AD and DC are bringing a comic called Line of Defense based on the 3000AD lore. Taking readers into space where Galactic Command is at odds with opposing forces taking over resources on a distant planet and super weapon is in the works to make it even worse.

The comic will launch with a special public first issue at San Diego Comic-Con this year at the DC Comics booth and it will serve as a launch platform for the upcoming video game as well. Private viewings will be available at popular conventions for industry like E3 as well, hopefully I can sneak a look at it there when we hit the show in June.

Some back story on the comic from 3000AD:

For many years the Terran military forces of GALCOM have been engaged in various conflicts with the Insurgents – a splinter group of military personnel opposed to the Terran governing body. In a surprise move, the Insurgents setup shop on the long abandoned planet of Lyrius, previously used by GALCOM for weapons testing, R&D and other forms of military operations. This move wouldn’t normally warrant a deep space troop deployment, except for the fact that the Insurgents were rumored to be developing a super weapon on the planet. The “Firefight” comic tells the story of the brave direct action team sent by GALCOM to neutralize the threat and destroy the weapon.

As a prequel we can only hope it serves as a full-bodied story and not just something designed to leave a lot of cliffhanger moments, comics are a great medium to build attention off when used properly. We’ll have to see how it turns out when preview pages start making their way out.

Links: 3000AD | Line of Defense

Dark Horse Comics Emerald City Comicon 2012 Schedule released

Are you a Dark Horse fan? Are you going to ECCC / Emerald City Comicon this year? You might want to look below for some great info on what they’ll be presenting and who they’ll be putting up on panels this year. You wouldn’t want to miss out on key panels like “Drawing Inspiration: The Art of the Whedonverse” now would you? On to the list!

Friday • March 30th

 ECCC Spotlight Series: Brian WoodRoom: 211 Time: 3:00 – 4:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, join creator Brian Wood as he talks about his work on Conan, DMZ, Northlanders and many others.

Falling Skies Screening and Q&ARoom: 4C1-2 Time: 3:00 – 4:00

TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies makes its debut appearance at Emerald City Comicon this year. Watch a never-before-seen clip from the season 2 premiere episode and hear from the show’s actors and producers about the new season. Falling Skies, basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011, is set to return this June to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle (ER) stars as Tom Mason, a former college professor and father of three, who has become an unlikely leader for the 2nd Massachusetts civilian resistance group. The series chronicles the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.

Drawing Inspiration: The Art of the Whedonverse  Room: 4C1-2 Time: 5:00 – 6:00

Join us for an exclusive behind-the-panels look at the dynamic artwork of Dark Horses Joss Whedon titles, from pencils to inks to colors to print. Dark Horses public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, will lead a discussion with artists Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Phil Noto (Angel & Faith, Dollhouse), Chris Samnee (Serenity), and inker Andy Owens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for an inside look at the artists processes. We’ll be showcasing a variety of art from past and future issues of these best-loved titles, including exclusive reveals and first looks!

ECCC Spotlight Series: Camilla d’ErricoRoom: 211 Time: 6:00 – 7:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, Camilla d’Errico talks about how she made her dreams reality by giving up on the 9 to 5 grind and becoming a full time artist.

EXPANDING THE EXPERIENCE: VIDEO GAMES TO COMICS AND BACK AGAINRoom: TCC 102 Time: 6:00 – 7:00

When Dark Horse partnered with BioWare to expand the Mass Effect story line into comics, video-game tie-in comics were finally legitimized. Now, Dark Horse is widely recognized as the leading publisher of video-game comics, with launches throughout 2012 digitally and in print. Join us for an hour long preview of what’s to come this year, with exclusive news and announcements on current and upcoming projects with BioWare, Valve, and Activision!


Saturday • March 31st

ECCC Spotlight Series: Rick RemenderRoom: 211 Time: 11:00 – 12:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour Uncanny X-Force writer Rick Remender joins us. Rick is also the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature.

Dark Horse Comics: Powered By Creators Room: 4C1-2 Time: 4:00 – 5:00

Just over twenty-five years ago, Dark Horse stepped into the comics-publishing arena with a different agenda. While the publisher has gained much notoriety for its popular licensed titles, like Buffy and Star Wars, one mission remains the same: to give comics top creators a venue for showcasing their work and retaining their ownership of it. Join Dark Horse’s public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, along with a cast of premier talent, for news on all of Dark Horse’s 2012 publishing launches and new Dark Horse Presents stories. Guests include Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre),Steve Lieber (Alabaster), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple), Ethan Nicolle(Axe Cop), Adam Warren (Empowered), Paul Tobin (Falling Skies), and Brian Wood (The Massive), and a few surprise drop-ins!

 

Sunday • April 1st

ECCC Spotlight Series: Steve Niles Room: 211 Time: 12:00 – 1:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, modern master of horror, Steve Niles, talks about what it takes to craft a good horror story, working with artists like Sam Kieth and Ben Templesmith and how his creation of 30 Days of Night changed the face of horror comics.

Axe CopRoom: 3AB Time: 1:00 – 2:00

Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, creators of Axe Cop, will do a live Q&A, show images and videos of new Axe Cop material, etc. Always a fun and highly interactive panel.

Mythic Fiction Comics: The Next Mega-Genre?Room: 3AB Time: 12:00 – 1:00

From MageSandman and Bone to FablesCastle WaitingHellboy and more, mythic fiction has been a fascinating — and growing — presence in comics. What is mythic fiction? Why is it so popular? And could it really become the next big thing in the comics field? Join moderator Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Matt Wagner (Mage), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Bill Willingham (Fables) and Chris Roberson (Memorial) for a lively discussion about mythic fiction in comics, from its roots to it future.

ECCC Spotlight Series: Brandon Graham and Adam Warren in ConversationRoom: 211 Time: 1:00 – 2:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. Brandon Graham and Adam Warren join you this hour for a conversation talking about finer points of their work. Their western takes on manga have delighted readers locally and abroad. Expect a vivid and lively discussion.

I do have to say, that’s a pretty epic line-up, really wish they had hit Wondercon but we’ll catch them at SDCC for sure this year.

The Walking Dead Issue #95 hits retail today

Okay so it already did hours ago but we do have a pretty… well actually it’s not very pretty at all but it’s a cover and Rick is really trying there not to let something really bad happen to him.  Check out the plot for more and then scramble down to your comic shop for a copy of the book, or if you’re up in Seattle for ECCC check out the booths there for #95 and tons of exclusives for the show this year!

I should note if you’re behind in the show and you absolutely don’t want spoilers, don’t read the plot below as even though the show and comic are taking different twists, there are just some things you can’t un-see especially with this series.

The plot courtesy of Image Comics:

“A LARGER WORLD” CONTINUES
Rick and his group are welcomed into a new community, led by a new charismatic leader.  Rick has experienced this before.  Is this the beginning of a new era of peace for Rick and the others… or is this man every bit as dangerous as The Governor?

Links: Image Comics | Skybound

Marvel Comics App gets a weekly boost (3/28)

The new Marvel Comics App release list is here and they’re constantly making it easier to digitize your collections or fill in those voids you missed over the years with crossovers and universe changing sagas. If you haven’t heard of the Marvel Comics App you can check it out here but keep in mind it’s limited to iOS and Android right now.

Today Marvel has a ton of new books to pass your way and feed that comic addiction. Check out the massive list below.

If you don’t have the app you can find it on iOS and Android

Digital Comics On-Sale This Week:
ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) #48
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN (2012) #0
AVENGERS (2010) #24.1
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN (2011) #5
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY (2011) #628
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #23
DAREDEVIL (2011) #10
DAREDEVIL (1998) #76
DAREDEVIL (1998) #77
DAREDEVIL (1998) #78
DAREDEVIL (1998) #79
DAREDEVIL (1998) #80
FF (2011) #16
IRON AGE (2011) #1
IRON AGE (2011) #2
IRON AGE (2011) #3
IRON AGE: ALPHA (2011) #1
IRON AGE: OMEGA (2011) #1
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS PRELUDE: FURY’S BIG WEEK (2012) #8
MIGHTY THOR (2011) #12
MOON KNIGHT (2011) #11
NEW AVENGERS (2010) #23
SECRET AVENGERS (2010) #24
STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI (1986) #1
STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI (1986) #2
STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI (1986) #3
STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI (1986) #4
STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI (1986) #5
STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI (1986) #6
THE TWELVE (2008) #11
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES (2011) #8
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN PREMIERE COMIC (2012) #1
ULTIMATE X-MEN (2000) #98
ULTIMATE X-MEN (2000) #99
ULTIMATE X-MEN (2000) #100
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #23
X-FACTOR (2005) #39
X-FACTOR (2005) #40
X-FACTOR (2005) #41
X-FACTOR (2005) #42
X-FACTOR (2005) #43
X-FACTOR (2005) #44
X-FACTOR (2005) #45
X-MEN: LEGACY (2008) #242
X-MEN: LEGACY (2008) #243
X-MEN: LEGACY (2008) #244
X-MEN: LEGACY (2008) #248
X-MEN: LEGACY (2008) #249
X-MEN: LEGACY (2008) #264

Digital Collections On-Sale This Week:
AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS VOL. 1
CABLE/DEADPOOL VOL. 3: THE HUMAN RACE
IMMORTAL IRON FIST VOL. 2: THE LAST IRON FIST STORY
NEW AVENGERS VOL. 6: REVOLUTION
NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON VOL. 3
RUNAWAYS VOL. 4: TRUE BELIEVERS

The Avengers play closer slot for Tribeca Film Fest 2012

Marvel is going all out with The Avengers, today the team announces they’ve secured the closing spot to the festival and will air a special screening there for the event on April 28th, the promotion will allow local heroes from police, rescue and armed forces to sit in on the screening and meet the cast. It’s a nice gesture by the group at an event often out of reach, it’s a huge treat though as they’ll get to catch the actors behind the magic on the screen as well.

Joss Whedon of course was excited at the news and had this to say

“Showing at Tribeca is both an honor and a double homecoming for me, who grew up in Manhattan, and for the movie, which wrapped production there.  I’m thoroughly psyched to be closing the festival with our intimate little think-piece.”

For the rest of us the film will still be on schedule to release May 4, 2012 but hey if you’re going to Tribeca and know someone at Marvel, maybe you can sneak in.

Links: Marvel News | Tribeca Film Fest

DC is giving away SHAZAM! Chapter 1 today only

Middle of the week, comics are releasing and your wallet is crying, well DC is making things a little easier by offering SHAZAM! Chapter 1 for free today if you sign up on their digital service.

Details:

  • SHAZAM!: Chapter 1 on comiXology
  • Plot: “The Curse of Shazam!” How does the emotional journey of a troubled teenager collide with the fate of the world? When Magic returns, every move young Billy Batson makes forces him deeper into trouble. If the world is to survive, he must face the legacy of SHAZAM!
The offer expires tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. so get it while you can, the issue is a great starting point of course as part of the New 52 reboot and it dives into the back story of Bill Batson and how he came to inherit his new powers. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank work as the creative duo powering the new series.

DC is also hoping fans will take advantage of their news letter noting offers like this may also be appearing on there in the future. In the meantime you just need to hit their redemption page and input #SHAZAM! to collect your prize!

Links: DC Comics News | SHAZAM #1 Redemption page

Avengers vs X-Men #0 sells out, second printing on the way

Marvel certainly has their hands full with AvX, the company announced that they’ve run out of copies of #0 to Diamond but there will likely be retail chains still holding onto a small pool of them still. As a result Marvel is going back into printing and putting out a new variant second edition to help cater to fans eager to catch how this new saga is going to kick off. Given the issue helps elaborate on The Scarlet Witch and Hope Summers leading into this it’s no surprise that everyone is grabbing it.

Frank Cho is heading up the cover for the second print variant, hopefully this one lasts a little longer than a day otherwise Marvel will really be in trouble with the fans. Honestly while I like the current issue 0 cover I really want that variant because it looks awesome. This is going to be a hard series to follow if the art keeps to this level of temptation in each issue. Check out the full size image to the right for a better look.

Link: Marvel News