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Writing updates takes time, finding all the relevant information to your audience is just as hard. With that, we’ve joined our brothers and sisters at BAM. and released their NewsWire platform with a comic focus.

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We’ll poll active publishers and creators for information, if you’re a publisher or indie that we haven’t indexed yet, follow the contact link on the NewsWire site and submit your site for consideration. There are no promises but the goal of the site is to capture as much data for readers as possible.

Check it out, we’ll continue to post updates on BAMFAS but this is an effort to level the playing field for everyone that reports comic news, stop running everywhere, just stop by our newswire from now on.

This is the start of many new developments as our teams push into new phases, we hope to continue seeing everyone around.

Marvel Comics App update for June 26, 2013

Another week another section of your bank account gone, that really is the reality of collecting comics and has been for quite a while. This week Marvel wants to help target your phones and tablets with a splash of new comics in digital form. Check out the list below for the details and enjoy as your virtual stacks grow.

Digital Comics On Sale This Week
AGE OF ULTRON #10AI
ALL-NEW X-MEN #13
AVENGERS ARENA #11
CAPTAIN AMERICA #8
DAREDEVIL #27
DEADPOOL #12
FF #8
GAMBIT #14
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4
HAWKEYE #11
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #653
NOVA #5
SCARLET SPIDER #18
SECRET AVENGERS #5
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #28
UNCANNY X-FORCE #7
UNCANNY X-MEN #7
WOLVERINE #5
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #32
X-MEN #2
YOUNG AVENGERS #6

 

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

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Review – Ghost #1 In The Smoke and Din 1 of 4

Story: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Art: Phil Noto
Letters: Richard Starkings
Cover: Phil Noto
Variant Cover: Alex Ross
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue is told by a woman, a mysterious woman who doesn’t know who she is or why she is here. She does know one thing though, how she came to be here. Two men (isn’t that always the case?) Tommy and Vaughn, stars of the T.V. Show Phantom Finders used a black market contraption to pull this woman into our world. Feeling lost and angry she wants to know who she is. She randomly goes into “ battle mode” and can not control it. She can not take it anymore and demands that Vaughn and Tommy track down the guy they bought the device from, Alexander Smalls, and off they off they go to find answers. Aside from the larger story line is a story that focuses a little bit on Vaughn’s ex, Caroline, who is now in a different relationship but still feels attached to Vaughn, even if it is in just a pity kind of way. I have a feeling Caroline and her new relationship are going to play an important role in the rest of this story, as her boyfriend may not be exactly as he seems!

Ghost is a fascinating story and a really great idea. I love the strong women characters and whether they are good or bad it is refreshing to see powerful women portrayed in this medium. I love some of the questions that the comic raises and it is a really great, enjoyable read. I love the narrative and how it really conveys a sense of sorrow, anger and determination. Phil Noto’s art is as always fantastic and as an added bonus Alex Ross drew the variant cover of this issue. One issue in and this is already a great story and a definite must read!

Release Date: October 24th, 2012

Links: Preview | Order (Digital) | Order (Print)

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Spike #3 A Dark Place Part 3

Script: Victor Gischler
Pencils: Paul Lee
Inks: Andy Owens
Colors: Cris Peter
Cover: Jenny Frison
Alternate Cover: Steve Morris
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue begins with a flashback, Pearl (of Pearl and Nash fame) has just spent a “romantic” evening with a demon, who after their romp, thinks she needs to die. After Nash fails at rescuing her, the ever gallant Spike (joined by Dru) arrives. However, more than chivalry this is mainly just coincidence, this particular demon happens to owe Spike cash and the demon’s inevitable demise just happens to save Pearl in the process. Cut to present day where Spike, Pearl and Nash just happen to run into each other but, Spike who is running low on patience, tangles with the terrible twosome. Finally away from danger, Spike and his bug crew are joined by their new mystery gust Morgan. They set off into space to their next destination, a hell mouth. The bugs are none too happy with the new plan and they do not hesitate to let Spike know; however, Spike as captain of this boat want to stay on course. Luckily the bugs suspicions have got Spike thinking and he decides to do some investigating of his own. Spike and Morgan have a long chat and she explains who and what she is, while this puts Spike at ease the bugs are still not convinced!

I think out of all the Buffyverse titles the Spike series thus far represents the feeling and voice best. I have enjoyed all the titles but this one seems to have a lot of the elements that give you that Joss feeling and this issue is no exception. Spike is really captured amazingly and perfectly. I also really love the bugs, they have a lot of personality and really add humor and heart. I really enjoyed this issue and I think fans of all things Buffy will as well!

Release Date: October 24th, 2012

Links: Preview | Order (Digital) | Order (Print)

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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Review – Colder #2 of 5

Script: Paul Tobin
Art and Cover: Jaun Ferreyra
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue finds the very cold (literally) and mysterious Declan attempting to explain to the extremely confused Reece what the hell is going on. Declan has been in an essentially comatose state for years when he suddenly snaps out of it. As he and Reece walk around the city she begins to demand answers, but with each of Declan’s “answers”, Reece understands less and less. Declan is very hands on and decides to show Reece rather than tell her. We also see a man who knows Declan and seems, to put it lightly, off. This guy is wreaking havoc throughout the city and Declan knows that he and Reece need to make a quick getaway before the crazy mystery man catches up with them. In a quick instant we learn that Declan and this man have a very long history. Longer than expected!

This comic is pretty awesome, it’s interesting and very different from anything I have ever read. Reece is assertive but at the same time she is freaking out and Declan is calm but cryptic. Both of these characters play off of each other very well. Juan Ferreyra’s art is great, I really loved it and especially loved the monsters! The writing is great as well. In a kind of confusing story the dialogue really keeps everything on track. I’m not sure where this story is going but I’m excited to take the ride!

Release Date: December 5th, 2012

Links: Preview | Order (Digital) | Order (Print)

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 
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Review – Willow #2 Wonderland Part 2

Script: Jeff Parker
Inks: Jason Gorder
Pencils: Brian Ching
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: David Mack
Alternate Cover: Megan Lara
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Willow, in a magical wonderland with her new friend Marrack, is in a fight with a big nasty who almost gets the best of Marrak before Willow works her magic mojo. With the nasty inevitably meeting a particularly gruesome end she now has to deal with a snide caterpillar who is quite pissed at the mess she has left behind. Soon into her journey Willow starts meeting some interesting creatures, some of which are good and others that are very bad. Willow quickly learns that she has quite a reputation when she meets up with an old friend. She thinks she has found what she has been looking for but is disappointed in the results. Will she find the answers to restore magic in the world or is the journey hopeless?

I really like this Willow series, she has always been an interesting character and she has always been deserving of a more concentrated storyline. Her voice is captured nicely and the art is beautiful. The story itself is progressing at a nice pace and the extra characters have proved to be pretty interesting thus far. I enjoyed this issue, it is definitely an entertaining read and obviously a must read for Buffy fans!

Release Date: December 5th, 2012

Link: Dark Horse Digital

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

CELEBRATE THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3 PREMIERE WITH COMIXOLOGY’S “THE WALKING DEAD HALF-OFF SALE” ALL WEEKEND LONG, OCT 12th THRU OCT 15th

Don’t want to wait for The Walking Dead Season Three premiere this Sunday night to get your zombie fix? Then make sure you take advantage of THE WALKING DEAD HALF-OFF SALE. This pre-premiere event brings together Robert Kirkman, creator and writer of The Walking Dead and writer/Executive Producer of the hit AMC TV show based upon his groundbreaking comic series and bestselling graphic novels; Skybound, his imprint at Image Comics; and comiXology to offer a well-timed sale this weekend from Friday, October 12th to Monday October 15th on the original, comic series that inspired the show, the novels, the games and the entire universe of The Walking Dead. Now is your chance to read the original The Walking Dead ongoing comic book series.

“All The Walking Dead TV show fans should discover the original source material for the show,” said David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology. “If you have enjoyed The Walking Dead TV show, but have yet to dive in to the comic, this sale is one of the best opportunities to experience the real deal. ”

All the issues of The Walking Dead will be .99 cents, and Volume 1 through Volume 16, collecting the first 96 issues of the series will be half-off! Where else can you get this level of entertainment for under a buck?

Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written and created by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead.

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Review – Hawkeye #2

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: David Aja
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: David Aja
Published by: Marvel Comics

Hawkeye is back, casual as ever and cool as a cucumber as he brings Kate Bishop into the picture. The young shooting ace for those unaware played a role filling in for Clint over the years. She’s back now but not as some majestic super hero or sidekick but just because she can, it’s a growing trend in this new series and a refreshing one. The thing to remember about this new Hawkeye branch is that it’s a refreshing take on character and storytelling. We’re not always going to be in a life or death situation with the galaxy at stake, when we come into Hawkeye #2 we see that as almost a sitcom introduction as their lives continue on without the reader.

The issue itself gets momentum fast, we learn about things Clint has been up to since we last saw him tackle his own landlord. We also find out why Kate is looming around the apartment reading his paper and drinking his coffee after a dramatic opening panel. The problems never stop in the city and they’re about to explore of them firsthand as an undercover duo tackles a new mystery invading New York. If you enjoyed the easy and direct dialogue of the first Hawkeye, this new one remains just as interesting and even dives into back story around Clint in his youth.

Instead of feeling like a regular action comic I can say Fraction and Aja have created a table piece in my eyes. You read Hawkeye and you don’t just get a quick slap of adventure and a hook for a new issue, instead you get an opening, body and closure to the issue that doesn’t always rely on a hook to keep you going. In theory you could stop reading right now and be perfectly satisfied. That’s how well they’ve handled it and how much of a departure it is from other books running around right now.

Carnivals, criminals, aspiring heroes and a hero all pack themselves into the short amount of pages in Hawkeye #2 and honestly I think fans should really give this series a shot because it doesn’t stop delivering good experiences.

Release Date: September 5, 2012

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

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