Celebrity Guests Travel To Toronto ComicCon For March Break!

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CELEBRITY GUESTS TRAVEL TO
TORONTO COMICON FOR MARCH BREAK

ATTENDING STARS INCLUDE THE CAST OF STAR TREK: THE NEXT
GENERATION, MICHAEL HOGAN OF BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
AND SEAN ASTIN FROM THE LORD OF THE RINGS

– Tickets On Sale Now! –

 Toronto ComiCon is putting the pop in pop culture with an all-star lineup featuring stars from some of the most treasured TV shows and films in the sci-fi and fantasy universe.

The two-day extravaganza, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre March 9-10, 2013, will feature the following celebrity guests:

  • Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica, Teen Wolf)
  • Sean Astin (The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings)
  • Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V)
  • Daniel Logan (Star Wars Episode II)

The cast of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION:

  • Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
  • LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge)
  • Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf)
  • Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
  • Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi)
  • Brent Spiner (Lt. Cmdr. Data)

This year’s festivities will also bring together some of the biggest names in comics, horror and anime, including:

  • Kill Shakespeare’s creators: Toronto’s own Anthony Del Col and Connor McCreery made headlines across North American for their innovative comic series featuring epic battles between the bard’s greatest heroes and villains. The duo has inked a follow-up series called Tide of Blood launching in 2013.

For the complete list of Toronto ComiCon guests, visit www.comicontoronto.com.

Returning for a second spectacular year, Toronto’s ComiCon has established itself as one of the city’s defining pop culture and entertainment events. Presented by FAN EXPO CANADA™, Toronto ComiCon is filled with high-profile celebrity presentations, Q&A’s, autographs and photo sessions. Join hundreds of exhibitors and retailers – and a parade of costumed fans – in celebrating a jam-packed weekend of all things pop culture. Other highlights include a Star Wars photo session, sketching duels, as well workshops and seminars featuring some of the industry’s brightest talents.

Escaping to new worlds on March Break has never been so easy!

METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE
(South Building) 222 BREMNER BLVD.

TICKET DETAILS:

Saturday, March 9 All Access One-Day Pass
Sunday, March 10 All Access One-Day Pass
All Access Two-Day Pass
Child All Access One-Day Pass
$25
$20
$39
$16

For more information on Star Trek: The Next Generation cast photo-op sessions, autograph signings and VIP tickets, please visit http://www.lightspeedfineart.com/toronto-comic-con-vip-tickets

DC Comics – Tuesday Sneak Peaks

SUPERBOY ANNUAL #1 Superboy Annual #1     

Written by: Tom DeFalco
Art by: Yvel Guichet
Cover by: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
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Nightwing #16  NIGHTWING #16
Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira
Cover by: Eddy Barrows
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Supergirl #16  Supergirl #16
Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by: Mahmud Asrar
Cover by: Mahmud Asrar
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 Red Hood And The Outlaws #16RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #16
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Timothy Green, II
Cover by: Tyler Kirkham,Batt
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GL_Cv16 Green Lantern Corps #16
Written by: Dave Gibbons
Pencilled by: Patrick Gleason,Angel Unzueta
Inked by: Marlo Alquiza,Prentis Rollins,Vicente Cifuente
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Justice League #16 Justice League #16
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Ivan Reis,Joe Prado
Backup Art by: Gary Frank
Cover by: Ivan Reis,Joe Prado
Variant Cover by: Langdon Foss,Ivan Reis,Joe Prado
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For more January Round-ups go here DC Blog

Marvel Sneak Peek: Nova #1 – Ed McGuinness blasts off the new Human Rocket!

Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness are teaming up for up coming Nova series, it will feature  Sam Alexander as Nova from the Avengers vs x-Men arc, details of his origin will be a mystery along with his connection to the Guardians of the Galaxy! And way Sam is worthy of legacy of the Nova Corps. All will be revealed in another one of Marvels big Comic book event of  2013.!

Each issue of NOVA includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices) and in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. Additionally, each issue of NOVA features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/story/19994/sneak_peek_nova_1#ixzz2Ijm3mEqG

 

Star Wars Spanish Edition Hits Dark Horse Digital!

STAR WARS SPANISH LANGUAGE EDITIONS LAND IN DARK HORSE DIGITAL!

HACE MUCHO TIEMPO, EN UNA GALAXIA MUY, MUY LEJANA… 

Te gusta la guerra de las galaxias? Beginning today, Dark Horse Digital is releasing three volumes of Spanish-language editions for some of the hottest comics in the Star Wars universe!

EL EMPERIO – Tracion:  In the weeks before the events in Star Wars: A New Hope, as the Death Star is readied for its fateful first mission, a power-hungry cabal of Grand Moffs and Imperial officers embarks on a dangerous plan to kill Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader and seize control of the Empire! Imperials, bounty hunters, and Jedi collide in Star Wars: Empire-Betrayal!

LE GUERRA DE LOS CLONES – Aventuras:  Inspired by the Cartoon Network’s Clone Wars cartoons, the Clone Wars Adventures uses the television show as a jumping-off point to tell newstories of heroism and villainy in the same visual style

LA GUERRA DE LOS CLONES – La Defensa de Kamino:  The Clone Wars have begun! Ever since they were mentioned in the very first Star Wars film, fans have been dying to know more. Attack of the Clones offered a glimpse, but “The Defense of Kamino” brings the galaxy-wide conflict into full view! New characters and new worlds are revealed as the Clone Wars spreads throughout the galaxy!

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Review – Conan The Barbarian – The Death #1-3

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Conan The Barbarian – The Death Is a unusually story for the simple fact that Conan is vulnerable though out the arc, Struggling with his new found feelings of love and fear qualities that’s usually not shown in a Conan storyline, In the beginning of the 3 part issue Conan and Beilt along with her crew of pirates continue to sail the sea’s raising hell on all who come across the two.  One day while sailing the western ocean the a worried Belit confides in N’Yoga wondering if Conan is truly happy with her at sea. N’Yoga warns her of the death and form that moment on Belit withdraws form conan and crew, hiding away in her sleeping quarters. Meanwhile Conan and N’Gora come across a slave passenger who looks to be gravely ill, not trusting the stranger they put him back on the boat they found him in. The next morning Conan wakes up to find the slave has been killed and crew all stricken with an unknown illness, quickly he disposes the body and boat of the mysterious slave and checks in on Belit who has also fallen ill of the same sickness the crew is hit with.

As Belit lays in her death bed Conan promises to find the cure of the mysterious illness and ports at the docks of Bakal, with so much resting on his success of finding a cure Conan hits a local pub to contemplate on what he must do. After a brief encounter with the locals that was interrupted by Belit, who asks for their help to find a healer concern with her health Conan escorts her back to the Tigress not before telling him that he is free to leave her and the crew to die, for that’s not the burden she wanted for her love. Once they reach the ship the dockmaster gives Conan a hard time with the Dock saying news of Belit in town has spread around Bakal prompting Conan to pay an extra fee to stay unnoticed as he travels to the healer’s location.

There Conan meets up with a local shaman woman and is given an unknown drink that causes him to fall in a dreamlike state where he is stuck under water and has to swim ashore to a endless desert, once he awakes form his sleep the shaman asks him what did he see in his dream to which he tells her of how he was drowning in the ocean due to his armor and had to fight his way up to shore, she states that maybe the drowning and the endless desert are signifying that the weight of this quest is holding him down, he agrees and takes a walk outside to contemplate on what Belit wanted him to do which is to leave her and be free of all of it. Unsure again on what to do he goes back to the pub he had fought in earlier for a drink, again he is confronted but this time its owner of the pub who says that her mother could help him on is quest to heal everyone on the ship.

Back on Tigress he is once again confronted by the Dockmaster who this time warns Conan saying the wolves are at the gate and that Belit is a devil in the eyes of the people, angered Conan places his sword to the throat of the Dockmaster and threatens to spill his blood if he interferes. As the healer begins to cure everyone Conan and N’gora notice a crowd of hostile townsmen intended on ending Belit’s life, with sword in hand Conan and N’gora quickly get rid of them in what I say is one of the most barrack and violent skirmishes that I have seen as of late, at one point he’s hold a man he just gutted and tells the others to look at the man as he dies in his arms.

The Arc ends with Conan hearing the screams of Belit but is unable to enter the room, as he sits outside the door waiting, the healer walks out saying that she is saved and that there were complications, saying Belit was 2 months pregnant and that the baby was lost. Shocked Conan tries to comfort Belit but she doesn’t want to speak to him, as he walks out of her chambers he and N’yoga glance at one other with the narrator implying that maybe the death was not towards Belit but towards her and Conan’s relationship.

Final Thoughts: Conan The Barbarian – The Death is one of the best arcs I have read, ever since the Road of Kings Arc which was a favorite of mine , I’ve been waiting for someone to deliver another great arc and up till now I haven’t been satisfied with how arcs were written, not saying that the pass ones are terrible just that something was missing form each arc such as story and character development, but The Death in my opinion seems to cover all of those issues. Writer Brian Wood does a masterful job in this arc, the way he has Conan struggle back and forth with his emotions. Each issue shows a different side of Conan such as fear, anger, joy, love all things that make us human. To be able to include all of those things in a 3 part issue is quite a feat. Artist Declan Shalvey and Colorist Dave Stewart captures and brings all of those emotions to life with his sketch heavy style that includes alot of shading and not so much detail, surprisingly this style fits particularly well for this arc.

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Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Dark Horse & American McGee’s Spicy Horse Studios to launch “The ARPG Akaneiro” to Comics

 

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DARK HORSE TEAMS WITH

AMERICAN MCGEE’S SPICY HORSE STUDIOS TO BRING THE ARPG AKANEIRO TO COMICS!

Following up on last week’s Kickstarter launch of Spicy Horse’s upcoming ARPG, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, Spicy Horse Studios and Dark Horse Comics announce that this soon-to-be-released game will be expanding into comics!

From the brilliant minds behind video game auteur American McGee’s Spicy Horse Studios, Akaneiro mixes a foundation of Japanese folklore with an original mythology inspired by Red Riding Hood, yielding a fantastic and exciting setting for players to explore and perfectly setting the stage for the visual storytelling of comics. Written by Justin Aclin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and illustrated by Vasilis Lolos (Conan the Barbarian), the comics follow Kani¾a young woman torn between two cultures¾on an epic adventure hunting devious Yokai and pursuing a destiny far greater than even she can perceive as a member of the fabled Order of Akane.

Known for his bold artistic vision and high-concept reimaginations of well-known characters, American McGee builds on the success of American McGee’s Alice, its sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, and the episodic game American McGee’s Grimm. This reinterpretation of Red Riding Hood as a monster hunter in a mythological Japan is sure to excite fans and game critics alike.

“Though I hate being categorized as some sort of auteur, I’m thrilled to be working again with the rocket-scientist sex machines at Dark Horse,” said Spicy Horse Studio head American McGee. “Our previous collaborations with Dark Horse have produced stunning results, like the art book for Alice: Madness Returns. It’s a perfect marriage of art and execution.”

An original story expanding the universe of Akaneiro, featuring covers by the Spicy Horse artists creating the game, this three-issue comics series debuts on May 22!