Thursday, May 29, 2014


Via press release:

Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce its expanded agreement with New York Times Bestselling Jim Butcher to create two additional all-new original graphic novels based on The Dresden Files.

Dynamite published the best-selling Original Graphic Novel "Ghoul Goblin", an all-new, original story that takes place in the official continuity of the Dresden Files novels, subsequent to the events in the 2nd novel "Fool Moon", to critical and commercial acclaim in 2013.  The Ghoul Goblin gn was a top seller over the 2013 Holidays, and continues to move copies at a brisk pace online and in brick and mortar stores like Barnes and Noble.

Currently in the works is "War Cry" another original story taking place four months after the events depicted in Dead Beat, the 7th novel in the Dresden Files series. The first issue of War Cry ships next month, and the graphic novel will be published later this year.

Two more original Dresden Files graphic novels will be coming in 2015 and 2016.  The details around the creative teams and stories in each graphic novel will be announced at a later date.

"We're happy to see Jim Butcher and Dynamite developing more graphic novels together. Ghoul Goblin turned out terrific and it sounds like War Cry is shaping up to be a winner! We're excited to see what great stories these new projects will bring to Jim's fans," said Jennifer Jackson Vice President of Donald Maass Literary Agency and Butcher's literary agent.

"I couldn't be more pleased to announce our new agreement with Jim expanding our current agreement to release a trilogy of Original Graphic Novels," said Nick Barrucci CEO/Publisher of Dynamite.  "The response to Ghoul Goblin was incredible, and we expect the two upcoming graphic novels to build on our success.  Jim is a brilliant writer who knows both comics and prose, and has helped us by working hand in hand with Mark (Powers) to ensure that these are the best Graphic Novels available in both the comics fans and his prose fan base.  We look forward to continuing the series of Original Graphic Novels."

And be on the lookout for Skin Game, the latest Dresden Files novel, published by Roc Books and released to stores everywhere May 27th!


Via press release:

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce its latest project with New York Times Bestselling author Patricia Briggs.  This brand new, original story based on her popular Mercy Thompson character and series of novels is in the works and coming your way soon!

This all new story is called "Hopcross Jilly".  In Hopcross Jilly, Mercy Thompson, shapeshifting coyote and member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack, stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, and is soon hip deep in the mystery of a legendary fae--a mystery that could be the death of her!

Hopcross Jilly is an original story written by Patricia Briggs.  Writer Rik Hoskins is on board to script the comics, and Tom Garcia is delivering the stunning artwork to this new series.  The first issue of the 6-issue series is shipping monthly from Dynamite beginning in October, and will be available both digitally and in print.  The graphic novel collection will be published in 2015.

"Rik Hoskin, Tom Garcia and I have put together a creepy little tale for readers enjoyment," said author Patricia Briggs.  "Tom's art is just the right feel for this story and Rik shares my fondness for horror and humor.  It was a project that is better than any of us could have done alone.  I am delighted with the results."

Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci added: "Patricia is a fantastic writer who has woven an incredible tapestry within the world of Mercy Thompson.  The brand new story she laid out is fantastic and we're fortunate that she's involved every step of the way.  She hand-picked Rik (Hoskins) and Tom (Garcia) to help craft this incredible tale.  We're honored that Patricia is working with us to bring this new chapter in Mercy's life to her fans around the world."


Via press release:

 Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce its agreement with New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Sanderson for a brand new project titled "White Sand."  Sanderson gained renown for his Mistborn series of novels and his work in completing Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time fantasy series.  His current YA series The Reckoners commenced in 2013 with Steelheart, a #1 NY Times Young Adult bestseller, and his most recent novel, Words of Radiance, was a #1 NY Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller, continuing his Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series.

A brilliant, new fantasy world, White Sand is split into two halves: on one side are the Daysiders, and on the other the Darksiders.  Daysiders have a unique ability to control and manipulate sand, bending it to their will to attack, or protect, as they wish.  Darksiders have their own unique abilities and culture, and must wear thick dark lenses while on the Dayside.  Generally speaking, Daysiders and Darksiders do not get along…and White Sand follows the adventures of one particular Daysider, a boy named Kenton.

The White Sand Graphic Novels are based on Brandon Sanderson's manuscript, and the graphic novels are the first published work to explore these worlds. As with Brandon's other fantasy novels, White Sand takes place in his larger universe called the Cosmere, where consistent rules and themes are followed.  The White Sand Graphic Novels will be as integrated into the Cosmere as any of Brandon's other novels with many "Easter Eggs" for Brandon's large fan base.

Dynamite plans to produce White Sand as a series of 3 original graphic novels, the first of which will be published in 2015.  Look for more details on this exciting new project later this year!

"So far this has been a fantastic experience. I'm super excited to be doing this. For years we've wanted to do a graphic novel of one of my books, but I dragged my feet because I knew that my fans would want something new, not just an adaptation of one of the stories they've already read. It took us years to find the right project, but we finally settled on White Sand, which is one of the books in the Cosmere that I haven't published yet. We'll be doing it exclusively as a graphic novel, and this is awesome. I love graphic novels, and I love the company Dynamite. We took our time finding the exact right product, which I can endorse enthusiastically. I've hand chosen the artist and the writer who will be working on this. I hope that you will all really love the product we're producing. I look forward to showing you White Sand, the graphic novel," said author Brandon Sanderson.

"I can't express how excited we are that Brandon is entrusting us with creating original gns from his manuscript," said Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.  "It's an incredible responsibility, and we're working hard to execute the best trilogy of Graphic Novels possible.  As his fans know, Brandon's worlds are interconnected and build on each other.  His characters and universe truly are the ‘Marvel Universe' of prose.  This series of Graphic Novels continues to build on his mythos.  The best part, is that Brandon is completely vested in the project and overseeing it.  And we wouldn't have it any other way."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In Search of Captain Crown: Interview with Tristan Roulot & Patrick Hénaff

Early this year CBNAH caught up with writer and artist duo of Tristan Roulot and Patrick Hénaff to talk about their two part book series The Will of Captain Crown, which was first published in France and successfully funded on Kickstarter for an English version of the comic. Both men are from France and are now currently living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Captain Crown is something unique, it's a hard boiled pirate crime story about the death of Captain Alexander Crown and his will. His chief officer, Red is entrusted to reunite the five children of Captain Crown. In this interview, they talk about the comic, using Kickstarter, living in Montreal and much more!    

CBNAH: First off, how do you feel with the Kickstarter project in the last stage of sending out the rewards to the backers?

Patrick Hénaff: Well, we're pretty excited because we've been working on that for a few months now. Going through the campaign, it was very successful and sending out the final product, the book.

Tristan Roulot: That for us was our final sprint. The book is printed. We received it and are very content with the printing, the printer did a very well job, all that is left are the displays, the prints and little bonuses we promised to print. It is an end of a lengthy process.

CBNAH: Can you tell us the genesis of Captain Crown?

PH: It all started (it was the book in French) with me meeting Tristan. He had this story, he worked on the story long time ago, and tried it with another artist and never went through. When I moved into my own studio, I met with Tristan there and after awhile we wanted to do something together. He has this story with pirates that he told me about. We started to do a few pages and we sent that to the French publisher. The publisher was probably looking for that type of story. We signed the contract with them, very fast, and we started to work on the book right away.

TR: It was nice, I had arrived in Montreal, it had been five or six years, I went to a studio where Patrick and other comic book authors were at, and so Patrick and I, we thought about doing a project together, and for me being in North America, I had to do projects rather than comics, so I started proposing a story about Spider-Man, and, so one drunken night he asked why I proposed Spider-Man related things. He said, "I'm a Breton, my interests are boats, the sea, etc." And, well, there it was, a story of pirates was hatched, to which I replied "Sure". I had that story sitting inside my boxes for a very long time and so we went for it right after that evening. (laughs).

CBNAH: For those who didn't back the Kickstarter for the comic, what's the story of the comic?

PH: The story it's a little bit of a crime story set in a pirate environment. It's about an old sailor, an old pirate-- a legendary captain in the Caribbean. Who's killed and his second in command need to find all of the captain's children in order to give them the inheritance. Also, he has to unmask one of the children as the murderer of the father. He knows it's one of the children but doesn't know who. He has this double task to do in the comic.

CBNAH: Growing up were you either a big fan of Tintin or Spirou magazine?

PH: A little bit of both. I had a lot of them. My father used to collect them, so I had piles of both of those magazines. I also read those old style European, Belgium comic books and I learn to draw from them. And I was reading a lot of American comic books that were available in France at that time. But I had piles of Spirou at home, like the old ones from the 60s and 70s.

TR: I discovered Tintin when I was 16-17 years of age. My father bought a lot of comics, and that's what I read instead of magazines, there were tons of comics, piles and piles of them. I rather Tintin than Spirou, when it comes down to reading Tintin remains immortal.

CBNAH: What was your favorite strip from each magazine?

PH: Favorite one? They were a lot of great titles from both magazines. I used to like Gil Jordan. A lot of those titles are totally forgotten now. Too different kind of art that I do now, things like that I appreciate still.

TR: Something I read at the time and still read with great pleasure is Thorgal. Anything writer Jean Van Hamme does, I'm big fan of his work.

CBNAH: Who were your main influences growing up?

PH: Pretty much all the great talents that worked for both magazines.

TR:I had told you about Jean Van Hamme. He's a big influence because he is the best in France in terms of scenario, in technical scenario, meaning the narration is very precise, very condensed. He knows everything. The dialogues are complete, nothing gets disposed, it's perfection. So, Van Hamme, or else I'd say Alan Moore, he has a philosophical and social dimension. Alan Moore is in my opinion number one, and has been for a long time.

CBNAH: How's life living in Montreal compare to France?

PH: It's strange because I didn't do the transition from France to Montreal. I used to live in Alberta for about six years and then moved from Alberta to Montreal. So the transition was from the west of Canada to the east of Canada. I had my cultural shock while living in Alberta, and it wasn't all that different here(Montreal). I never been an artist in France, so I have no idea what's it like to be a comic artist in France.

TR: For me, it's very different because I had done a tour of Quebec, and I had plans of moving from France. I arrived in Montreal and found it absolutely incredible, the type of mix between the American and French culture, the people of Quebec have a really interesting culture, as well as a very interesting energy, an energy we may not have enough of in France. However, what hasn't changed for my career is that the culture in France is subsidized, which means that every single festival takes tremendous care of the authors, they go to big restaurants, big hotels, etc every weekend. They visit the castles! Here, on the contrary, during the Comiccons, the authors pay for their tables, they are the traders of their work. That's a big difference, in comparing the statuses of authors and artisan author...The kind of mix where you have to sell your production. It's very different.

CBNAH: Were there any doubts for starting a Kickstarter for Captain Crown?

PH: Yes, there were a lot of doubts of doing the Kickstarter at every stage. We did the Kickstarter campaign if there was some sort of interest for this type of title. We weren't sure at all if anyone wanted to fund this comic. Once we reached our stretch goal, our next thought was how to present a good looking book.

TR: The campaign was a real roller coaster. It did not stop from the beginning. You see the first 100$, 200$, 300$. We got up to 1000$ and still needed to gain 6000$. You tell yourself that you'll never make it and that there's only 30 days left. At the end of day 8 or 10 we had practically arrived at 5000$ or 7000$, and, once again, you tell yourself "Ouf, it's happening." and it continues. And, it happened again at day 10 or 12, and, reaching the three last days it was at around 15 000$. There's something extreme towards the end, you are immensely psychologically exhausted, it's that intense.  It requires a ton of work, to question and ask what we have to put as a new objective for the campaign, to keep things rolling and active, and what we would do differently, but overall it is amazing. For me, it's completely unexpected. We didn't know what was going to happen.

CBNAH: Will you do a Kickstarter for any of your previous works?

PH: Well, we're going to do a Kickstarter for the second volume of Captain Crown in the same exact model. We're hoping to be as successful as the first one. Going to plan that campaign around spring or in the summer. Also, we already kept the rights for North America on our current three book series called Hedge Fund, which deals with banks and the financial crisis of 2008. And by contact we kept all of the rights so we can do the same thing like Captain Crown. But for the future that's the plan to keep on doing this.

TR: Well, indeed, it is true that Kickstarter reaching the American continent is an absolutely amazing solution for us Europeans. Effectively, we have our public in Europe, and yes, the news for a new series is accurate, now that we can negotiate the contracts - we keep the American rights, as well as our chances, and introduce our work...Kickstarter is very interesting...I see no other way to commence it for the moment because we're not only talking about translation, we're talking about completely reformatting the album into a comic, it takes a lot of time, it needs funding...We cannot do it on our own, we need funding!

CBNAH: Has any North American publishers got in contact with you to publish Captain Crown?

PH: No, not yet. But once we got the two books, we're definitely going to send it out to all of the different publishers to see if there's an interest. Maybe or maybe there will be and if not the book still exists.

TR:  We went...In its inception, actually, when we imagined doing this translation, we had gone to check out Comiccon in New York to see if there was a possible interest and well we spoke to them about a story of pirates in theme of an Agatha Christie crime story and they asked if there were any zombies in our pirate story, so we very quickly noticed that they were a little skeptical in comparison to European productions, we had mentioned that the story had a historical background and it frightened them, they were maybe scared it would be a little boring, that is why we started Kickstarter. What is certain is that the books made by Kickstarter can't be found anywhere else, even if we go to another editor where we will consider a do-format graphic novel compiling the two books into one, but the object book offered by Kickstarter's backers will however be a specific kind.

CBNAH: Any upcoming Con appearances?

PH: We're going to do that. First one will be at the one in Montreal in the fall. We're going to contact someone from the con to see if we can get a table there.

TR: Yes, it's going to be really interesting to meet and get feedback from our readers. There will definitely be a return. We sent Captain Crown's PDF about a month and a half ago and we already have very pleasant replies, but it will be interesting to see once people have the physical copy of the book in hand.

CBNAH: Where you do see yourselves in three to five years from now?

PH: That's a very good question. I would like to have the answer for that (laughs). We're working on Hedge Fund at the moment and it's going to be done around 2015. And after that, I'm going to be unemployed (laughs).

TR: I heard about a reward. I don't know, it interests me (laughs).

Special Thanks to Lori T. for helping out on this interview.

FREE DOWNLOAD - EXPAIN Offer 'Aggressions Progression' On SMNNEWS From Upcoming Album 'Just The Tip'‏

FREE DOWNLOAD ALERT! That's right! The guys in Vancouver, BC's comedic blenders of tech/prog/thrash/jazz metal EXPAIN (formerly known as The Almighty Excruciating Pain) have teamed up with for an exclusive FREE DOWNLOAD of their new track 'Aggressions Progression' from their forthcoming debut album 'Just The Tip' set for official release on Tuesday, June 24th.

In additional news, EXPAIN will be performing at this year's Vancouver concert promoter The Invisible Orange's 5th anniversary metal cruise on May 31st.

Top Shelf joins Humble Bundle: Pay what you want for DRM-free WIZZYWIG, FROM HELL, and MARCH!‏

Via press release:

We at Top Shelf Productions are very pleased to partner with the team at Humble Bundle to offer several of the comic industry’s most acclaimed graphic novels, completely free of DRM restrictions, as part of “Humble eBook Bundle IV.” For the next two weeks, customers can name their own price for the bundle, which marks the first ever DRM-free release of Wizzywig by Ed Piskor and From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, plus March: Book One, the award-winning civil rights graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

Those three titles alone are worth a cover price of $70, but the eBook Bundle also features work by many other authors, including George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Terry Goodkind, and Yahtzee Croshaw. What's more, this project serves as a fund-raiser for both Doctors Without Borders and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Upon purchasing the bundle and choosing how much to pay, customers can select how they’d like the funds to be split among the books’ creators, the two charities, and a “tip” for the Humble Bundle team.

For more details and to name your own price for these outstanding books, visit Humble Bundle now! The promotion ends after two weeks, on June 11th.

First Look: July's Massive HARBINGER #25 Anniversary Spectacular Adds VIVEK J. TIWARY, JANET LEE, LEWIS LAROSA, and More to All-Star Line-Up!

Via press release:

Hot on the heels of this month's X-O MANOWAR #25, Valiant is gearing up to celebrate yet another precedent-setting milestone for the most daring and real team of teenage superheroes in comics today – the Harbinger Renegades!

Just as "DEATH OF A RENEGADE" steals one of the team away in today's HARBINGER #23, Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of HARBINGER #25 – July's oversized, 48-page anniversary spectacular, capping off the first two years of Joshua Dysart's widely acclaimed vision of superpowers in the real world, and a direct introduction to a bold new year of Harbinger beginning with August's HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3)!

Joining previously solicited creators Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Wars), Khari Evans (Archer & Armstrong), Dan Goldman (Red Light Properties), Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode), Barry Kitson (Empire), Lucy Knisley (Relish: My Life in the Kitchen), Rafer Roberts (Carpool Buddies of Doom), and Riley Rossmo (Bedlam), Valiant is proud to add all-new contributions from New York Times best-selling writer and Eisner nominee Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story), Eisner Award-winning artist Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), and acclaimed artist Lewis LaRosa (Punisher MAX) to the all-star line-up for HARBINGER #25!

Discover a definitive new vision of what superhero comics can be right here with an all-new climax to "DEATH OF RENEGADE" by the original series creative team of Joshua Dysart & Khari Evans, plus a never-before-seen exploration of the past of troubled runaway superhuman harbinger Peter Stanchek with a new tale from Vivek J. Tiwary & Janet Lee. Plus: the origin of Peter Stanchek and the Renegades by Joshua Dysart & Lewis LaRosa; Zephyr's first solo outing by Lucy Knisley; the complete cast of Harbinger universe by Barry Kitson; a new short story by Justin Jordan & Rafer Roberts; and much, much more!

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.

On July 16th, 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 acclaimed teenage superteam! Featuring covers by Mico Suayan, Jenny Frison, Lucy Knisley, Sean Chen, and Barry Kitson, don't miss a pivotal turning point for the series that The Onion/A.V. Club calls “the crown jewel of Valiant’s lineup,” only in HARBINGER #25!

Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (MAY141659)
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Variant Cover by LUCY KNISLEY (MAY141661)
Throwback Variant by SEAN CHEN (MAY141662)
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Montreal Thrashers MUTANK Announce Festival Dates in Quebec, Newfoundland; New Video ‘The Heavy Hand of The Doomsday Clock’

Via press release:

Montreal, QC thrash band MUTANK are proud to announce they will be performing a series of festival show dates this summer that includes a stop at the 709 Metal Fest in St. John’s, Newfoundland, which includes headliners Havok. MUTANK will be on tour in support of their latest release ‘M.E.C.H. Metal’, which is available as a pay what you want download on bandcamp plus audio cassette.

MUTANK vocalist / bassist Stephen Reynolds comments:

“Hey thrash addicts we are back at it. Mosh in horror as MUTANK enters your vicinity and leaves you with an affinity for warp-speed heavy metal. Catch us this summer at the following dates, including shows with Havok in St. John’s, NL!”

Show Dates:

May 28 – Katacombes – Wacken Metal Battle Canada Semi-Final – Montreal, QC

June 14 - Vieux St. Paul – Repentigny, QC w/ Warsenal

July 4 – Rockhouse – 709 Metal Fest – St. John’s, NL w/ Havok

July 5 – The Deck – 709 Metal Fest – St. John’s, NL (two shows: Early Show TBA and Late Show TBA)

July 12 – Samstock – St-Liguori, QC w/ Warsenal, Vicious, Venomenon

Aug 22 – Trailer Thrash Fest – Saint-Pie, QC w/ Reanimator, Eternal Judgment, Death Lullaby, Venomenon, Dissension and more!

Music Video – The Heavy Hand of The Doomsday Clock’ –

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - PAX East 2014 Narrated Gameplay Walkthrough

Via press release:

2K and Gearbox just released a narrated gameplay walkthrough of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel based on their PAX East presentation, which gave fans a closer look at the all-new Borderlands set on Pandora’s moon. The 15 minute co-op walkthrough is narrated by James Lopez of Gearbox Software and Joel Eschler of 2K Australia and is from the POV of Athena the Gladiator with Wilhelm the Enforcer joining her in battle as the main co-op player. Also, make sure to look out for a special cameo from the one and only Claptrap the Fragtrap!

Dynamite Previews for 5/28/2014‏

Mark Waid (w)
Neil Edwards (a)
Christian Ward (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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“TV legend. Wall Street wolf. Internet mogul. Tabloid bad boy. Master metaphysicist. Spiritualist. Monster hunter. Doctor Adam Spektor is all of these things…and less." For fifteen years, Spektor has traveled the globe to smoke out and defeat werewolves, vampires, ghosts and everything else that goes bump in the night. Yet his success has brought him no peace…some part of him is missing, something he needs but can’t name. But he’s about to find what’s missing…in an unlikely place… UNLOCK ANOTHER PIECE OF THE GOLD KEY UNIVERSE, courtesy of MARK WAID (Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk) and NEIL EDWARDS (X-Factor)!

DEJAH OF MARS #1 (of 4)
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Following the events of Warlord of Mars #100, John Carter has gone missing. And to find him there’s nothing Dejah Thoris won’t break. No one she won’t hurt. No hornet’s nest she won’t kick. But the Warlord of Mars stole an important Helium artifact before he disappeared, so not only is the princess on her own this time – she has to get Carter before anyone else does.

Shannon Eric Denton (w)
Roberto Castro (a/c)
FC • 48 pages • $5.99 • Teen+

Doc Savage and the Ghosts of War: After the recent loss of a squadmate from the War To End All Wars, Doc will travel to South America to connect with an old love and reassess his place in the world. His sabbatical is anything but relaxing as Doc confronts a mysterious ghost-army, a secret league of scientists and all the dangers of an ancient death-temple but these encounters are nothing compared to what Doc will discover about himself…a truth that will change Doc Savage forever.

J. Michael Straczynski (w)
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Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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For three years, Diana Tyler has been working at a small café in the shadow of Wall Street, putting in long hours to pay for her college education. She's level headed, strong, not given to flights of fancy...until the day when she suddenly finds herself able to listen in on the thoughts of other people. Suddenly a new world is revealed to her, with mysteries and wonders and an unforeseen threat that could mean the death of millions.