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Marvel presents “THOR” a new Asgardian warrior

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Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops).THOR 001_cover

This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel’s “big three” – Captain American, Iron Man and Thor – Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge who will be worthy of the name THOR. Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?

“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!

Thor 001Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This femaleTHOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.

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Dark horse Celebrate Earth Day with Brian Woods The Massive

tabletThere are no shortage of ways to celebrate the 44th Earth Day, and today Dark Horse offers comics fans the perfect opportunity to get in the worldwide celebration of eco-consciousness!

Today, and today only, Dark Horse is offering digital comics readers two special offers to catch up on Brian Wood’s acclaimed series, The Massive! Fans can catch up on all 22 issues for only $10! Not only that, we are giving away the first four issues absolutely free!

The Massive follows a group of direct-action environmentalists after the world has experienced a crippling ecological disaster.  With society grinding to a halt and the planet itself in a state of rebellion, this group sails the world’s oceans looking not only for its lost sister ship, the titular Massive, but for some sense of logic in all the chaos.  What does it mean to be an environmentalist after the world’s already ended?

Download Brian Wood’s The Massive to your iOS or Android device, and head to your local comic shop tomorrow to pick up The Massive #22, and find out what critics have been raving about!

Praise for The Massive:

Wood manages to perfectly blend suspense and moral philosophies with geo-political brushstrokes to create one of the freshest books on shelves.”Complex

“Wood’s post-crash world is still just as big as it was before, and he continues to find intriguing ways to explore it, while building up enough history and characters within the context of the series to keep it exciting. The Massive…remains as interesting as it did when it began.” Comic Book Resources

“The Massive is a gripping read that should have no trouble winning over many readers to Wood’s newest creator-owned venture.”IGN

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WONDER CON 2014 NEWS: 20th Century Fox Schedule

Saturday, April 19th

11:00AM                              20th Century Fox Wondercon Press Line and Roundtables Begin

                                                Room: AR1 (directly next to Arena)

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  •   Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and Director Matt Reeves

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  •   Director Bryan Singer

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  • Jay Baruchel and Writer/Director Dean DeBlois

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  • Dylan O’Brien, Writer James Dashner and Director Wes Ball

12:45PM                              20th Century Fox Wondercon Presentation

                                                Location: Arena

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Release: May 23, 2014, in 3D

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

Release: June 13, 2014, in 3D

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless.  The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Release: July 11, 2014, in 3D

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.  They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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THE MAZE RUNNER  

Release: September 19, 2014

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.  Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.  Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

 

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Wonder Con 2014 News: Cartoon Network Panel And Signing Schedule

The Land of Ooo will go quiet, the streets of Aberdale will be empty, the Gem’s temple will be dark, the park will be closed and Uncle Grandpa is packing up his RV because Cartoon Network is taking Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence, respectively, to WonderCon 2014 held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Fans will get an inside look at the Network’s hit original animated comedy series with exclusive clips and answers to all their burning questions from series producers and voice talent at Cartoon Network panels scheduled for Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19.

Making their WonderCon debut this year are the newest original animated comedy series Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence from Cartoon Network. All three series originate from Cartoon Network Studios’ prolific shorts program. Steven Universe, created by Rebecca Sugar, is about the misadventures of a boy named Steven, the ultimate “little brother” to a team of magical guardians of humanity—the Crystal Gems. The hilarious series, Uncle Grandpa, created by Pete Browngardt, is about everyone in the world’s magical Uncle and Grandpa and his gang that travels in an RV, bringing magical fun everywhere they go. From first time series creator, Skyler Page, Clarence tells the story of an optimistic, spirited, lovable boy who sees the best in all things and wants to try everything. Because everything is amazing!

Cartoon Network’s WonderCon Anaheim 2014 panel and signing schedule is detailed below. Please note all times, dates and locations are subject to change.

CARTOON NETWORK PANELS 

FRIDAY, APRIL 18

Cartoon Network Presents: Steven Universe

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: 300DE

Believe in Steven! Come fix your eyeballs and ear lobes on the Steven Universe panel at WonderCon 2014, brought to you by Cartoon Network!  You won’t want to miss the magical guardians of this new comedy dish, or sing, or whatever… on all things Steven!

Teen Titans Go! Screening and Q&A

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: 300AB

Producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD), and members of the voice cast take the stage for a lively conversation and Q&A about your favorite teenage superheroes. And, of course, they won’t be coming empty-handed as they will be bringing an all-new episode to screen exclusively for WonderCon Anaheim. From Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesdays at 6:30/5:30c on Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network Presents: Uncle Grandpa & Clarence

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: 300AB

What’s better than a panel of one Cartoon Network comedy? TWO CARTOON NETWORK COMEDIES! Join the talented magic-makers behind two of the newest comedies to join the Cartoon Network family: Uncle Grandpa and Clarence. Get your laughing muscles ready for an hour of cool content and commentary…times TWO!

Cartoon Network Presents: Regular Show

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: 300AB

Regular Show is bringing back a taste for the extra-ordinary to WonderCon 2014. YEAUUUUUH! Join Cartoon Network at the Regular Show panel as the ultra-talented cast and crew dish the exclusive scoop, sneak a few sweet treats, and delight your funny bone.  There is nothing regular about this panel and anything could happen!

SATURDAY, APRIL 19

Cartoon Network Presents: Adventure Time

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: 300AB

What time is it? It’s panel time! Cartoon Network is bringing back the coolest show on TV and the team behind it, in the Adventure Time panel at WonderCon 2014.  Grab your friends and check out this righteously entertaining panel. Get the goods, be in the know and laugh your chops off during this interactive & engaging hour of awesome adventure – it would not be cool to miss this. Not cool at all.

CARTOON NETWORK SIGNINGS

FRIDAY, APRIL 18

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                         Cartoon Network Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa, Clarence Creator Signing   

Location: WCA Signing Area in Hall B

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                         Regular Show Signing

Location: WCA Signing Area in Hall B

SATURDAY, APRIL 19

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                         Adventure Time Signing

Location: WCA Signing Area in Hall B

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ECCC: Elfquest gets a gallery Edition

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In 1978, Wendy and Richard Pini first published what would become one of the most revered classic-fantasy epics in comics. Today, ElfQuest continues to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages, as Chief Cutter and his Wolfriders battle savage humans, forge lasting alliances, and discover strange new lands in this ultimate fantasy adventure!

Dark Horse proudly presents ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition, a one-of-a-kind edition, which collects the first five issues of The Original Quest (“Fire and Flight”) in their gorgeous original glory. Each page is carefully scanned from Wendy Pini’s original art to capture every stroke and detail. At 12 1/8″ by 17″, it’s as close to holding Pini’s original art as a fan can get.

For readers looking to explore ElfQuest for the first time, there’s no better place than The Complete ElfQuest Volume 1: The Original Quest! This edition boasts 720 pages, collecting the entirety of what is now known as The Original Quest in stunning black and white, including an extensive gallery of concept art, pinups, and covers, with commentary from series creators Wendy and Richard Pini.

ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition is in comic shops October 8 and bookstores October 21.

The Complete ElfQuest Volume 1: The Original Quest is on sale August 6. Preorder your copy today!

Praise for Wendy and Richard Pini’s ElfQuest:

“If you’re looking for some engaging fantasy, don’t miss ElfQuest! It’s something special and will pull you in from the first time you read it!”—Major Spoilers

ElfQuest really isn’t like any other comics currently hitting the shelves.”—Big Comic Page

“It’s certainly worth taking a look at especially if you are interested in following the career of one of comics’ first female artists self-publishing in a male dominated medium.”—Rhymes with Geek

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Darkhorse & Bethesda team up for three Art books this May

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Bethesda to create three incredible art books – “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, “The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives”. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.

The first in the collection, “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, features full-color artwork from MachineGames’ upcoming first-person action-adventure shooter as well as developer commentary from the team. The book spans more than 200 pages and covers all facets of the game’s design, including concept art, character designs, , settings and technology – all of which was inspired by Wolfenstein’s alternate 1960′s setting. Check out sample pages from the book on http://www.bethblog.com.

“The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order” will available in North America at your local comic retailer on May 14th and your favorite bookseller on May 27th.

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“The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives” follow, with release dates in August and November respectively.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information on the game visit: www.wolfenstein.com.

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Phoenix Online Publishing announces “Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller” earns six readers choice awards

Indie game publisher Phoenix Online Publishing today announced that its debut title, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller™ has garnered an unprecedented six readers’ choice awards from AdventureGamers.com.

Created by Phoenix Online Studios in partnership with story consultant Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight®, Moebius: Empire Rising™), Cognition was voted by readers as theAdventure Game of the YearBest Independent Adventure and Best Traditional Adventure of 2013. In addition, Cognition earned “Best of” kudos in the Soundtrack,Writing-Drama and Storycategories, and earned runner-up status for Best Gameplay,Best Character and Best Voice Acting.

Indie game publisher Phoenix Online Publishing today announced that its debut title, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller™ has garnered an unprecedented six readers’ choice awards from AdventureGamers.com.

Created by Phoenix Online Studios in partnership with story consultant Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight®, Moebius: Empire Rising™), Cognition was voted by readers as theAdventure Game of the YearBest Independent Adventure and Best Traditional Adventure of 2013. In addition, Cognition earned “Best of” kudos in the Soundtrack,Writing-Drama and Storycategories, and earned runner-up status for Best Gameplay,Best Character and Best Voice Acting.

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Hasbro, DeNA, and IDW Publishing the Ultimate Fan Experience for TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS’ Dark Cybertron

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Hasbro, DeNA and IDW Publishing today announced a collaboration to bring Dark Cybertron to life in a new interactive experience for the action-packed mobile card battle game TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS. Fans that play the TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS in-game episode that starts on February 5 and runs through February 11 will gain free access to a special edition Dark Cybertron comic from IDW Publishing, in addition to exclusive discounts on select TRANSFORMERS action figures from Hasbro featured in the Dark Cybertron story, such as ARMADA STARSCREAM and SKYWARP. Continue reading

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