Wednesday, April 30, 2014

'Almost Human' Canceled by FOX After One Season


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. III: Century - Hardcover!

From the press release:

The wait is over! Five years after Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill first brought their famous League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series to the trans-Atlantic partnership of Top Shelf (US) & Knockabout (UK), we're officially opening pre-orders for our most requested item: the collected "Century"!
This 256-page hardcover, scheduled to stores in July 2014, will collect all three installments of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. III: Century. Spanning the League's adventures in 1910, 1969, and 2009, this metafictional epic sees Mina Murray and her dwindling allies race across time to prevent an apocalyptic conspiracy, while the world they once knew crumbles around them. Woven throughout, of course, are countless colorful characters from 100 years of British popular culture, from Marxist opera to reality television, pulp fiction to experimental film, and even a touch of rock 'n' roll.
Discover the saga CBR called "arguably one of the greatest comics of all time"!
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol III): Century - HARDCOVER
by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
-- 256-page full-color hardcover with dust jacket
-- 6 5/8" x 10 3/8"
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-329-3
-- Diamond order code: MAY14-1615
-- For mature readers (18+)
-- $29.95 (US)
-- Co-published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout Comics (UK)
-- Pre-order now for release in July!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Justice League Movie Will Be Directed By Zack Snyder, With Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets and Fables Films Planned

It's finally official with The Wall Street Journal broke the news last night. Zack Snyder will be directing  Justice League after Batman/Superman:

First came “Man of Steel.” Next up is “Batman vs. Superman.” And then, “Justice League.”

Confirming the studio’s plans for a movie based on its iconic super-team for the first time, Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman said the studio has set plans to make a “Justice League” movie.

Like “Man of Steel” and its follow-up, which starts production next month, “Justice League” will be directed by Zack Snyder. Henry Cavill is expected to return as Superman, along with Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, who play Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively, in 2016’s “Man of Steel” sequel tentatively titled “Batman vs. Superman.”

“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” said Mr. Silverman. “’Superman vs Batman’ will lead into ‘Justice League.’”

A script is still in development and Warner has not set a release date, though the movie is unlikely to come out before 2018. Mr. Silverman would not comment on what other heroes might join Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the movie. However the studio has recently been casting the role of Cyborg, a half-robotic hero who is expected to have a cameo in “Batman vs. Superman” and then appear in “Justice League.” Other DC heroes who have been in Justice League comic books include Aquaman, Flash and Green Lantern.

Also announced in the article is that Warner Bros. will be making films based on Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets and Fables:

Warner Bros. has several other movies in development unconnected to the Justice League that are based on DC superheroes and fantasy and crime titles from its Vertigo line of genre comics, said Mr. Silverman and Toby Emmerich, president of Warner’s New Line Cinema label. They include “Shazam,” “Metal Men,” “100 Bullets,” and “Fables.”

All four of those properties have been in development by WB for years now. But the most confusing part of the article is that Shazam and Metal Men won't be connected to the DC Cinematic Universe, which is odd because these character have played huge roles in the DC comics universe for years. I don't know if this could be a misquote or the people at WB have a different vision on using these intellectual properties. I'll guess we have to wait and see at SDCC for any furthermore announcements.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Artists Assemble. LGBT superheroes

Artists Assemble is a weekly event where members of the Facebook group who like to draw can submit a drawing based on a specific theme. There is a new theme every Monday and pics need to be in by Sunday.

This weeks theme is LGBT superheroes. We have had 3 weeks of specific LGBT themes and for the final week I have decided to be nice and set it as LGBT superheroes so there will be lots of characters to chose from!! 

Union Jack by Richard Chin

Wiccan and Hulkling by Patrick Mohlmann

Twitch Hopeless-Savage by Patrick Mohlmann

Anole W.I.P. by Jason Graziano

Doop by Adam Bayes

Poison Ivy by Allison Julien

Doop vs Slimer by Richard Chin

Archie's pal Kevin Keller by Paul Hanson

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Evolve Trailer Showcases 4v1 Action from All Five Perspectives‏

From the press release:

2K and Turtle Rock Studios are proud to release the “Evolve – 4v1 Interactive Trailer.” In this trailer, viewers can switch between six channels to view the entirety of an Evolve match from whichever perspective they choose: Griffin the Trapper, Markov the Assault, Hank the Support, Val the Medic, the Goliath monster, or a sixth channel combining all five perspectives and featuring commentary by Aaron “Ayesee” Chambers and Chris Ashton, co-founder and design director at Turtle Rock Studios. To experience the full “Evolve – 4v1 Interactive Trailer”, visit

To download the sixth channel featuring commentary by Aaron "Ayesee" Chambers and Chris Ashton, please visit the 2K Press Hub at or download it here:

VALIANT Reveals World's Largest MEGA-COVER for ARMOR HUNTERS – Limited to Six Participating Retailers!‏

The summer's biggest crossover event is about to get even bigger! 

Valiant is proud to announce the ARMOR HUNTERS 18-PART MEGA-COVER – a limited edition, one-of-a-kind interlocking cover divided across all 18 issues of ARMOR HUNTERS, this summer's hotly anticipated crossover event featuring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, the Unity team, and many more of Valiant's most formidable heroes. 

Featuring a colossal, four foot tall by two-and-half foot wide cover image by heat-seeking rising star Diego Bernard (X-O Manowar, Red Lanterns), the ARMOR HUNTERS 18-PART MEGA-COVER is the biggest comic book cover ever attempted in the history of the medium, and will span all issues of the ARMOR HUNTERS crossover event beginning this June – ARMOR HUNTERS #1-4, UNITY #8-11, X-O MANOWAR #26-29, ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1-3, and ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1-3. 

Spotlighting each of Valiant's greatest heroes – and a few select classified recruits – as they combat the ARMOR HUNTERS' brutal invasion of Earth in search of the X-O Manowar armor, this is the only place to witness the true size and scale of the Hunters' deadliest asset – the gigantic alien robot simply called GIN-GR.

"As soon as we saw Clayton Crain's amazing character designs for GIN-GR, and the rest of the Armor Hunters, we knew that this was going to be an enemy and a crossover unlike anything else in comics. But we also wanted to present it in an equally bold manner on the shelf. When it comes to the biggest story that Valiant has attempted to date, what could be more appropriate than the world's biggest cover?" said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.

Available in limited quantities per issue, each component piece of the ARMOR HUNTERS 18-PART MEGA-COVER will be available exclusively from these six participating retailers nationwide:

10202-C Coldwater Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Graham Crackers Comics
At all 9 locations in Illinois!

Laughing Ogre
At all 3 three location in Virginia and Ohio!
(703) 437-9530
(703) 250-6479
(614) A-MR-OGRE

M & M Comic Service
3128 Hidden Haven
San Antonio TX, 78261

Midtown Comics

Mile High Comics
(303) 455-2659
4600 Jason Street, Denver CO, 80211 

In the tradition of the universe-shaking HARBINGER WARS, the year's can't-miss crossover event begins in ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4) – and then continues with new arcs beginning in UNITY #8 and X-O MANOWAR #26 in June; and ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1 (of 3) and ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1 (of 3) beginning in July – each featuring one of five wraparound Chromium covers by some of the biggest talents in comics today!

To get in on all the action from start to finish – and to assemble your own ARMOR HUNTERS 18-PART MEGA-COVER – contact a participating retailer today to pre-order!


SHERWOOD, TX #1 (of 5)
Written By: Shane Berryhill
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colors: Charlie Kirchoff
Covers A and C: Andrew Robinson
Cover B: Eben Matthews
Price: $1.00 24 pages

Re-imagining the legend of Robin Hood as a modern day Spaghetti Western, SHERWOOD, TX is set inside the world of biker gangs, drug wars, and human trafficking. 

After the same biker gang who murdered his father leaves ROB HOOD for dead, he returns seeking his own brand of justice and revenge. Hood is joined on his quest by Padre Elvin Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John, as they take on the crooked Sheriff of Nottingham, Texas and his partners in crime, The Nobles biker gang and their leader John Prince. Don’t miss out on the book calls “one of the most notable” titles of FCBD 2014— jump on board now at the special introductory price of only $1.00!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Max Brooks’ Extinction Parade Optioned by Legendary for an Original Television Series

From the press release:

Max Brooks and Avatar Press have announced Legendary Television and Digital optioned the New York Times Bestselling Author Brooks’ Extinction Parade as an original property for development as a new television series.  Brooks is closely tied to the development of the project and will be writing the Pilot episode.

“I only brought the idea to one company, Legendary, because they do the kind of quality work of which any writer would be proud." stated Brooks. “Max Brooks is a visionary with an incredible ability to tell stories that deliver a fresh approach to the horrors that haunt our nightmares.  His work on Extinction Parade has been a stunningly rich tapestry of cultures in decline and a biting indictment of the perils of privilege.  It will make the perfect television series to appeal to fans who have until now settled for thinly veiled soap operas parading as horror,” said William Christensen, Publisher of Avatar Press. 

Legendary is the studio behind recent blockbuster film 300: Rise of an Empire and the upcoming release of Godzilla this spring.  Their slate of film projects has firmly targeted the pop culture and comic book reading community and provided some of the best blockbuster genre movies ever created.  They bring the ideal approach to adapting a hit property like Extinction Parade into a successful television series.

Brooks is known for his meticulously researched zombie fiction and is the author of the bestselling novels World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide. Recently World War Z was adapted into one of the biggest theatrical horror releases of 2013 and now Extinction Parade is set to follow suit as an upcoming television series.

“While the comic series from Avatar continues, I am thrilled to be working with Legendary to develop Extinction Parade into an innovative new series for television,” stated Brooks. 

As these two fan favorite undead species prepare to make their television debut under the direction of Brooks’ definitive vision joining programs like The Walking Dead and Hannibal as the best horror on television, the first chapter of the Extinction Parade graphic novel series is set to premiere this coming July.  The trade paperback collection offers a unique opportunity to step into the world of zombies vs vampires and experience a terrifying new chapter in horror.  

Extinction Parade, a softcover graphic novel with color interiors is available for preorder from your favorite comic book retailer, Amazon, and B&N, 6.5″ x 9.5″, 160 pages is on sale 7/1/14.    – ISBN 978-1-59291-234-6    $19.99 (US)

VALIANT Solicitations for JULY 2014

Mask Cover by RIAN HUGHES
Variant Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Artist Variant by BRYAN HITCH


Following the shocking final moments of the previous issue, the Armor Hunters have made their intentions clear, and unless X-O Manowar is turned over to them immediately, thousands of innocents will become additional casualties of this already brutal war. Valiant’s most formidable heroes are about to go on the offensive, but the Armor Hunters have another trick up their sleeve, and this one will change the battle forever. Who will live? Who will die? The world will know what it feels like to be POWERLESS as Valiant’s massive summer crossover continues!

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 9

Written by JOE HARRIS
Chromium & Standard Edition Cover by PHILIP TAN*
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN
Armor Hunters Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE

The hunters become the hunted!

With the major capitals of Earth under siege by the Armor Hunters, the world’s most dangerous weapon has decided to come in from the cold – and into the service of the top-secret Military Extraterrestrial Reconnaissance Outpost (M.E.R.O.)! But when one of the Armor Hunters’ own stages an extraterrestrial jailbreak inside of M.E.R.O.’s fortified command center, the nanite-enhanced commando known as Bloodshot will become the last thing standing between the galaxy’s most feared team of hunter-killers and a classified arsenal of secret weapons far too deadly for human hands!

32 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 23

*RETAILERS BE ADVISED: Due to the lead time needed to produce chromium, Armor Hunters Chromium Editions will be available in robust but limited quantities set prior to solicitation, and orders may be allocated.

Chromium & Standard Edition Cover by LEWIS LAROSA*
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN
Armor Hunters Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE

Earth is besieged by alien enforcers, and some of the most powerful people on the planet…are the kids!

The Harbinger Renegades are still reeling from a tragic death in their ranks, but in the face of monumental destruction they’ll find unlikely allies in a fellow group of super-powerful teenagers. But is Generation Zero here to help…or are they just looking out for themselves?

32 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 30

*RETAILERS BE ADVISED: Due to the lead time needed to produce chromium, Armor Hunters Chromium Editions will be available in robust but limited quantities set prior to solicitation, and orders may be allocated.

Written by MATT KINDT
Variant Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

Time to bring in…Bloodshot!

The unrelenting forces of the Armor Hunters have wreaked havoc on planet Earth, leaving terror and destruction in their wake. Now, our last, best chance at standing against the calculating wrath of the Hunters comes in the form of Unity – Livewire, Ninjak, Eternal Warrior, and their latest recruit…BLOODSHOT?! But can they stop these galactic intruders before they capture X-O Manowar and destroy the Earth?

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 16

Variant Cover by DIEGO BERNARD

Hunt it. Trap it. Kill it.

The Armor Hunters are the most dangerous fighters in the universe – unparalleled in their abilities to catch and destroy their prey. Their mission has been long and unforgiving...and has featured the destruction of many X-O Manowar armors. For the first time, we see the brutal beginnings of the Hunters...and the devastation they have vowed to combat.

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 30

Written by MATT KINDT
Variant Cover by CAFU

Nothing is what it seems…not even yourself...

A seemingly random murder – the first in a thousand years – is unraveling the mysteries at the heart of Rai’s very existence. As the country of Japan completes another orbit around 41st century Earth, Rai, its sole protector, turns his investigation toward two figures he never questioned before: Father, the A.I. that controls Japan…and himself.

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 9 

Variant Cover by LUCY KNISLEY
Throwback Variant by SEAN CHEN
Variant Cover by BARRY KITSON

Toyo Harada’s last stand! The future of Harbinger starts here with a star-studded, 48-page anniversary milestone – packed with brand new contributions from an all-star cast of creators and shocking new revelations about the fate of Valiant’s teenage superteam!

A Renegade has fallen and, now, there is no turning back. Stripped of his allies and all sense of self-preservation, the world’s most powerful “harbinger,” super-powered billionaire Toyo Harada, is about to inflict a terrible reckoning on a world he thought he could control…and everything we thought we knew will be forever changed in its wake.

Original series creators Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans reunite to deliver a devastating climax to the second year of the series that The Onion/A.V. Club calls “the crown jewel of Valiant’s lineup” – and officiates the “Death of a Renegade” with all-new artwork and stories from an incredible roster of award-winning talents, including Dan Goldman (Red Light Properties), Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode), Barry Kitson (Empire), Lucy Knisley (Relish: My Life in the Kitchen), Andrew Pepoy (Fables), Rafer Roberts (Carpool Buddies of Doom), Riley Rossmo (Drumhellar), Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats), and more!

$4.99 | 48 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 16



Archer and Armstrong have survived their stay in the Hotel California, but now they are at the mercy of the Church of Retrology and the despicable Lizard King! What does this disgraced former rock star have in store for our dysfunctional duo, and what secret does he hold that has affected celebrities (both living and dead) for untold decades?

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 23

Written by JAMES ASMUS

Beaten! Bloodied! Bamboozled!

Quantum and Woody took the battle straight to the enemy – the mad-science cabal called Edison’s Radical Acquisitions and their mysterious, monstrous new leader – and the enemy kicked their ass! When these rogue biologists (and roboticists) get their hands (and robo-claws) on their new lab subjects, Quantum and Woody are as good as vivisected! (And, by vivisected, we mean dead.)

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 2


For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. First came UNITY… Now meet WEBNET!

Coming off of the earth-shattering repercussions of their first mission, Ninjak is leading the newly formed Unity team right back into the trenches to face the Valiant Universe’s next colossal threat – the enigmatic Dr. Silk and his high-tech terror cell: WEBNET! With the fate of untold millions on the line, can this team of cutthroat heroes uncover Silk’s endgame – and his connection to Ninjak’s shadowy past?

From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and superstar artist CAFU (Action Comics), start reading here when X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior, Livewire and the rest of Valiant’s best-selling superteam begin an all-new, high-stakes adventure! Collecting UNITY #5-7, plus the landmark first appearance of Ninjak from X-O MANOWAR #5!

$14.99 | 112 pages, full color | T+ | On sale JULY 9
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 9781939346346 

Monday, April 21, 2014


From the press release:

Originally introduced from Matt Wagner's epic Zorro Rides Again epic series, comes Lady Zorro #1 this July from Dynamite Entertainment!  The series is written by Alex De Campi, working with Dynamite for the first time.  Lady Zorro #1 is drawn by Rey Villegas and has a beautiful cover by Joseph Michael Linsner. Other cover incentives include a Steampunk cover by Sergio Fernandez Davila and a special retailer shared exclusive variant cover by Joseph Cooper!

"I'm thrilled to be able to take on Lady Zorro," says writer Alex De Campi.  "She's such a clean slate, having only appeared in three issues of the main Zorro book, and as a kid who grew up devouring swashbuckling adventure stories, being able to have my own lady heroine with a sword is like a dream come true.  For those that don't know much about her, she's a Spanish gal whose family was killed by soldiers and, burning with vengeance, she decides she will become... a fox (Zorro means "fox" in Spanish).  Unlike the noble, never-kills-if-he-can-help-it Zorro, Lady Zorro is a bit more bloodthirsty.  We're joining her in exile up the coast of California, where she is cultivating roses... and forgiveness."

In the new series, Lady Zorro is called back to Alta California to recover a sacred Indian war axe, stolen by mercenary soldiers.  Only she can stop an all-out war across the ranchos, and more deaths like the one that consumed her family…if she can stay on the mission.  When an opportunity for ultimate vengeance presents itself, can she ignore it?  Will the raging fire that drives Lady Zorro consume her... and all of Alta California with it?  What follows is a violent, sexy tale of intrigue and swashbuckling as the female Fox must use all her wits and skills to get herself out of trouble.

De Campi expands upon the premise, "A wicked Spanish countess is buying up the local ranchos and has hired German mercenaries to wipe out indigenous peoples so she can have a vast cattle ranch.  The evil countess has even tried to get her hands on Zorro's estates, so he must go back to Spain to try to stop her.  But before he leaves, he recruits Lady Zorro to pick up her sword and mask once more, and steal back the important Indian artifact that would hopefully avert war between the Spanish settlers and the Indians."

"I've wanted to work with Alex De Campi for quite a while," adds Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Lady Zorro is a new character with endless possibilities, and there's no better writer than Alex to spearhead Lady Zorro into the future!"


From the press release:

An event 75 years in the making!  Stretched across time, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Avenger meet for the first time in Justice, Inc. #1! With the stakes this high, it will take three heroes to fight together as the Justice, Inc.! In time for Dynamite's 10th Anniversary celebration, Justice, Inc. #1 will be released in August 2014 and is written by Michael Uslan with interiors by Giovanni Timpano.  The Original Avenger has been the star of his own Justice, Inc. series and previously drawn by some of the greatest artists in comics: Jack Kirby! Joe Kubert! Kyle Baker! And now joining those illustrious ranks of illustrators, come covers by Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla, Stephen Segovia, Ardian Syaf and Gabriel Hardman!

"Doc Savage inspired the creation of Superman. The Shadow directly inspired the creation of Batman. The Avenger sparked the creation of a multitude of... Well... Avengers! What an honor to write a story starring them all! It's always been beyond my comprehension how Street & Smith pulp magazines and comics never ever in 75 years teamed the three of them up! Can you imagine if up till now DC had never crossed/over Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman? Could you grasp Marvel never teaming up Captain America, Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch? I love history! And THIS, fellow fan-boys, IS history! I am so excited that this task has fallen to me. I love these characters and knew Walter Gibson, creative force behind The Shadow. I feel a personal obligation to him to do the very best job I can, and I'm grateful to Nick Barrucci and the Dynamite team for making this happen at last!" - Michal Uslan, writer of Justice, Inc.

"Michael is one of the most inspired and versatile writers in the industry with his experience in comics, film and prose," says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Michael doesn't write many series due to his schedule, but when he does, he puts all of his energy and a passion that few can bring to a series, and it shows.  This IS a historic cross-over, and we couldn't be more pleased that Michael is the person spearheading the series.  And the best part is that Michael will use his PR machine to help promote the series every issue in stores for retailers to help them have higher sell through as more fans will know of the series.  And nothing is more exciting than having a series reach as many readers as possible."

In Justice, Inc. #1, an airliner vanishes without a trace! It's the crisis that brings together, in a historic team-up for the first time ever, Street & Smith's super-star trinity: The Shadow! Doc Savage! The Avenger! 75 years in the making, JUSTICE, INC. begins here, spawned by a horrific tragedy of death and destruction secretly orchestrated by some of the most powerful and unexpected villains in the history of the pulps! Chapter 1 (of 6): "The Time Machine!"

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Celebrate today's date, Dynamic Forces is giving fans 20 reasons to check out this DF Daily Special! This collector's set has 20 amazing collectibles, all topped off by a classic Marvel comic signed by Stan "The Man" Lee! It has more signed Marvel and DC books, retailer variants, limited editions, rare foil editions, DF exclusives, and a remarked book, giving each set an original piece of art! Signatures from the industry's most talented creators! Covers created specifically for Dynamic Forces! Those hard to find variants that can help you complete your set! Everything a fan needs!

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DF Daily Specials are our way of saying an extra special thanks to our customers! A new special is available every day at noon, only on Numbers are limited and once they are gone, they are gone.

Interview with Giusseppe Pennestri of DieGo Publishing

From the United Kingdom, DieGo Publishing is one of the newest and rising publishing companies in the country. The company started up a few years ago and already has produce a strong core of titles ranging from different genres such as horror and steampunk. CBNAH staff writer Panagiotis Drakopoulos spoke with the CEO of DieGo Publishing, Giusseppe Pennestri to chat about the history of the company, past and current titles, and much more.

CBNAH: First off, how did DieGo Comics Publishing start up? 

Giusseppe Pennestri: Reading has always been one of my biggest passions. I grew up with comics and books and I always had the desire to do something in the publishing industry. Looking back now, I can see it has been my dream since I was just a little boy wearing shorts.

In 2012, I took the final step to make this dream come true. I started to research the market, got in touch with authors and illustrators and developed an idea about what to do. I knew that I wanted to publish comics and I was not alone with this idea. I started a partnership with my little sister, Marcella, who is a painter and anatomy teacher. Our niece Denise Di Prima, an amazing graphic designer, joined us in our venture and now brings life to all our titles. I admit that we would not be where we are without her graphic skills and dedication. Of course I can’t forget to name Matthew Perryman as well, who started last year as an intern and has became an editor, a friend and important part of the crew. Furthermore, we are supported by several renowned authors and illustrators, who give us confidence to publish their titles and represent them internationally. Last but not least, our crew of translators, who yield the Italian texts into English, while remaining faithful to the originals.

CBNAH: Can you tell us about the current titles at DieGo: Dark Rock Chronicles and Rourke the Hexbuster?

GP: Rourke the Hexbuster stars Rourke, a character created by the renowned Italian author Federico Memola. The story is a dark fantasy set in Ireland, centred around a very dysfunctional family. Rourke has the gift to bear the curses cast upon other people, a job that he conducts with a troubled heart, until he and his family find themselves involved in an ancient witch hunt. The series has eight episodes that we will publish twice a year in four volumes each 208 pages each in length. The first was published last October and the second volume will follow this May.

Dark Rock Chronicles is a contemporary fantasy novel by the emerging Italian author Marco Guadalupi. DRC is set in a world, where rock music has a very important role. The book is a must for fans of both, fantasy and metal: the young protagonists find themselves involved in a deadly tournament, in which they use their rock music to fight dragons, werewolves and demons.

CBNAH: For those who haven't read Desdemona and Clockwork, what are both titles about?

GP: Desdemona stars a comic heroine created by authors Giuseppe Di Bernardo and Andrea J. Polidori. This year it's the twentieth anniversary of its first publication in Italy. To celebrate, we enlisted a few illustrators to create contemporary covers that will maximise the effect of Desdemona's return to the public. To introduce this awesome young character, we’ll launch a Kickstarter project that will help create a base of readers.

Desdemona is an esoteric, mind-bending graphic novel series, that follows the turbulent life of Desdemona 'Desdy' Metus, a young night-time radio DJ. Aside from her show, 'The Sleepless', which introduces the mysterious, dangerous and compelling sorts of characters that make up her audience, Desdy is connected to a timeless feud between two warring secret sects. Her father, Isaiah Metus, is affiliated with one of them – the mysterious Brotherhood. But his past is not clean-cut, and we discover the dense history that he has with both the Brotherhood and their mortal enemies – the Black Lodge. Run by a female triad of Mothers, consisting of Cybele, her daughter Sarah and granddaughter Cronilde, the Black Lodge is hell-bent on disrupting the political state of the modern world. Throughout the series, Desdy becomes more and more embroiled in their feud, especially as the history of her parents is revealed.

Desdemona is set in Florence and on her adventures, Desdy must travel to many of the most beautiful locations in Europe. Sometimes this is in her modern time, while other times it is in historic events of the past. This is due to her special strain of insomnia, which takes her, sometimes unwillingly, back to alternate planes of reality that are kept hidden from those with a normal mind. Each episode sees an exhilarating entanglement between the threads of the past and present, providing a cerebral and tense world for the reader to inhabit.

Clockwork is the first book of a steampunk trilogy, written by author Augusto Chiarle. It takes the reader on a journey through an alternative Europe, one that is made up of robotic and alien plots. Chiarle’s prose is smooth, never dull, with a strong characterization that emerges from his meticulous historical research. This is no mean feat, regardless of how well-known the era is. Chiarle successfully interprets and adapts places, dates and characters in telling a story that spreads across decades. These characteristics, and their manipulation from the normal to the fantastic, are precisely what makes the steampunk genre so fascinating.

The story in Clockwork begins in Nice in 1921, where the suffragette Carola Dubois is investigating the mysterious death of her brother. Lieutenant Bertrandt of the Royal Savoy Dragoons finds a mysterious Martian relic in the Alps. In Turin, chosen once again as capital of the new Italian Kingdom, Marshal Scotti of the Royal Carabinieri thwarts dangerous, mutilated killers. Clockwork is characterized by conspiracies, alien technology and science fiction.

We are currently running a crowd-sourcing campaign through kickstarter to finance the translation of this amazing novel. Our plans are to translate and publish one book a year. To promote the publication of Clockwork, we will be participating in a series of steampunk events across the UK this summer, where we will present this novel to the steampunk community. We will also hold a themed art exhibition to accompany Clockwork's promotion and presentation.

CBNAH: Is any of this material on Comixology?

GP: No, not yet. I have heard a lot of positive feedback about Comixology within the online small press community and I’d like to give it a try. Right now I'm searching other similar platform as DriveThruComics though. I definitely want to find even more solutions for offering our titles to an overseas audience. Moreover, the recent news of Amazon acquiring Comixology can open new opportunities for small press. There are pros and cons when a big fish like Amazon conducts such an operation, however, and therefore I’m cautious.

CBNAH: What's your publishing schedule for the rest of the year and into 2015?

A. In July we will present the Desdemona and Rourke comics at the Comic Con in London. In October and November you will see the first volume of the steampunk saga and an Anthology of short stories. In 2015 the Rourke saga will come to an end. If the public response to Desdemona is positive, we will continue with the publication of this comic. I will also be working hard to start the production of another Federico Memola series, Enchantment Agency, with its main characters being a sexy duo of witches. Further new books are also planned: The Airship to Mars that continues Chiarle’s trilogy, and more Italian fantasy authors will be translated into English.

CBNAH: Any upcoming Con appearances?

GP: We’ll be attending various events this year across the UK. The most important for us will be in July at the London Film & Comic Con. We plan to introduce the first volume of Desdemona and the second of Rourke the Hexbuster there.

CBNAH: Where do you see the company in the next few years? 

GP: I know where I’d like to take it and I have a clear plan how to do it. Publishing is a hard business, even harder considering that we are introducing a new concept of making comics, one that is very different from the popular style of American superheroes or Japanese Manga. Every day we face new difficulties. But I love challenges. If we can cut ourselves a slice of the market in a few years, with our trustful base of readers, and if we can make the jump to produce more all-new series, beginning with Enchantment Agency, I will be happy

CBNAH: Do you have any words or advice for young writers and artists trying to get into the industry?

GP: Never give up! All the best have been rejected at their first try. And remember: you write or draw for your own pleasure, first and foremost. Appreciation by others will come with time - and hopefully rewards too.