Cliff Chiang launches ‘Paper Girls’ T-shirt shop

Rita Pearl, Petey Boy and more jump from the comics page to the front of your chest.

Many comic creators, especially those on the creator-owned side, have taken merchandising into their own hands and launched their own T-shirt sites through places like Threadless. Joining them this week is Cliff Chiang, who announced a site dedicated to his hit Image comic with writer Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls.

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Trick or Treat with ‘Street Angel’ this Halloween

Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s orphan ninja celebrates the season in this Halloween tale.

Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca have posted several Street Angel comics on the web over the past year, and this month brings a Halloween-themed comic featuring a ghost, trick or treating, and of course candy.

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Hellboy sets sail — with ghosts! — in ‘Into the Silent Sea’

Check out a preview of the original graphic novel, coming next spring from Dark Horse.

Next spring a third Hellboy original graphic novel will arrive from Mike Mignola, Gary Gianni and Dave Stewart. Titled Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, the OGN follows up on 2002’s “The Island” as we learn what happened next to our brave hero.

“The biblical Jonah was vomited up by a whale, but Hellboy might not be as lucky,” Gianni said in a press release. “A superstitious crew and a figure in black will make sure there’s no escaping the silent sea.” Taken captive by the phantom crew that plans to sell him to the circus, Hellboy is dragged along by a captain who will stop at nothing in pursuit of a powerful sea creature.

In the spirit of Halloween, Dark Horse has provided a preview of the upcoming OGN:

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Get your subscription for Michel Fiffe’s ‘Copra’ now

Fiffe offers the next six chapters in the ‘Copra’ saga for $30.

Michel Fiffe is up to issue #29 of his hit independent series Copra, which he self-publishes and sells on Etsy. The single issues can sell out pretty quickly, but if you want to make sure you get your hands on his next six comics, he’s now offering a subscription.

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Check out a preview of Z2’s ‘Grave Lilies’

Cullen Bunn, George Kambadais team up for super-powered, science fiction mystery saga.

A few weeks ago we learned that Cullen Bunn and George Kambadais are teaming up for a new title from Z2 Comics — Grave Lilies, which is about five super-powered women who emerge from coffin-like stasis tubes with no recollection of who they are.

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Smash Pages Q&A: Fabian Rangel Jr. on ‘Blood Brothers’

The prolific writer of ‘Doc Unknown’ talks about his newest Kickstarter campaign for a graphic novel with artist Javier Caba.

Fabian Rangel Jr. has been building up a strong portfolio of comics work over the last few years, both as a self publisher and for various companies. In addition to working with places like Stela and Black Mask Studios, he’s taken crowdfunding to heart, and recently kicked off his fifth campaign to fund a new graphic novel called Blood Brothers.

Rangel is working with artist Javier Caba, letterer Ryan Ferrier and editor Jim Gibbons on the new supernatural/pulp story, which features two brothers solving mysteries in a city populated by monsters from myth and fantasy. Oh, and one of the brothers is a glow-in-the-dark luchador, which was enough to win me over.

I spoke to Rangel about the project, the appeal of Kickstarter and the recently formed Two Headed Press, an imprint he helped found with Ferrier, Chris Sebela, Ed Brisson, Curt Pires and Tini Howard.

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‘The Once and Future Queen’ imagines King Arthur as a chess champ

Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride and Nickolas Brokenshire update Arthurian legend in a new comic coming from Dark Horse next March.

The team behind the MonkeyBrain/IDW series Amelia Cole is putting the band back together for a new series that ties into the legend of King Arthur.

Dark Horse Comics announced today The Once and Future Queen, a five-issue miniseries by Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride and Nickolas Brokenshire, along with letterer Frank Cvetkovic. Per the release, a teen named Rani Arturus travels to the UK to compete in a chess championship, where she finds the sword Excalibur and meets a “surprisingly modern” Merlin.

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Extra, extra: Get your own ‘Paper Girls’ pins to support the CBLDF

Wear Rita Pearl and Petey Boy proudly by donating to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

At the New York Comic Con, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund delivered a set of pins based on Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls — and now they’re offering them on their website.

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‘Edison Rex’ returns via Patreon, the web

Read the adventures of Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver’s villain-turned-hero every Tuesday and Thursday.

Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver are setting their villain-turned-hero free — free on the web, that is. They’ve launched a new website for Edison Rex, where they plan to post all 18 issues of the series, as well as a Patreon campaign to fund the creation of new issues.

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