Smash Pages Q&A: Ekstrom & Brownfield on Imminent Press and ‘Terminal’

Two members of the newly formed collective discuss their current Kickstarter campaign as it nears its completion date.

In January, a new comics imprint, Imminent Press, took to Kickstarter to raise funds to bring their graphic novel anthology, titled Terminal, to life. The campaign failed.

But more importantly, they didn’t give up.

The second time’s the charm, as they dusted themselves off and retooled their project and campaign. Now with less than a week left, they’ve hit their funding goal for the first issue of a Terminal miniseries, with hopes that they can earn enough to publish the second issue as well. Contributors to the project include a mix of veteran and emerging comic and webcomic creators, along with several names you might recognize from the comic press — one of whom is even our former boss.

I spoke with two members of their “board,” Steve Ekstrom and Troy Brownfield, about Imminent Press, Terminal, their Kickstarter campaign and more.

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‘The Damned’ returns this week for a buck

Check out a preview of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s new ongoing featuring gangsters and demons.

If you have an extra buck tomorrow at your comic shop or on comiXology, be sure to check out the first issue of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s latest, The Damned. The comic started as a series of miniseries back in 2006, but after a long hiatus, the book returns tomorrow — as an ongoing series.

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Adventurers battle alternative realities in ‘Retcon’

New Image Comics title from Matt Nixon and Toby Cypress debuts in September.

Matt Nixon and Toby Cypress will tackle alternative realities in their new series Retcon, due out from Image Comics in September.

“Artist Toby Cypress and I set out to make Retcon a ‘craft’ comic book,” Nixon said in a news release. “We took our time and made sure from layout to panel design to colors and letters—every piece fits, nothing was rushed. We made the best book that we could, and we believe it will find its audience.”

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How about a monster-sized preview of ‘Kaijumax Season 2’?

The second miniseries of Zander Cannon’s “giant monsters in prison” comic from Oni Press gets collected on Wednesday. And boy is it worth your time.

Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax is one of the more oddly awesome comics out there, about a prison for giant monsters and all the crazy prison drama they get into. With the “season two” trade paperback set to arrive on Wednesday, Oni Press has released a 22-page preview, which you can see below.

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Tobin and Susini’s ‘Made Men’ digs itself up in September

One of Frankenstein’s descendants looks for revenge in Detroit in the new miniseries from Oni Press.

The dead will return in September thanks to Paul Tobin, Arjuna Susini and Gonzalo Duarte, as Made Men arrives from Oni Press. The miniseries revolves around Detroit special ops officer, who happens to be a member of the Frankenstein family, looking for revenge.

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Starks, Gabo warm up for ‘Dead of Winter’ from Oni Press

Plaid Hat Games’ popular board game comes to comics.

In advance of this year’s C2E2 convention in Chicago, Oni Press announced that Kyle Starks and Gabo will team up for a new horror-comedy mini-series based on the board game Dead of Winter by Plaid Hat Games.

The story will feature Sparky, a former canine TV star turned undead killing machine, as he tries to help survivors out during the zombie apocalypse. I couldn’t tell if he’s a fixture of the games or not, but if so, boy do I want to play them now.

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Kirby and Simon’s ‘Fighting American’ returns from Titan Comics

Titan Comics has announced the return of the Fighting American, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon’s 1950s commie-punching patriot.

They’ve tapped Gordon Rennie (2000AD, Starship Troopers) and Duke Mighten (Judge Dredd) to essentially pick up right where Kirby and Simon left off in 1954, at the end of the comic’s seven-issue run.

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Gene Ha pinup pays tribute to Jack Kirby’s WWII service

Over on Tumblr, artist Gene Ha shares a stunning pinup he created for the Festival BD in Moselle, France, which is paying tribute to comics legend Jack Kirby in June.

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Lights announces new album and comic series

Skin & Earth #1
Skin & Earth #1 by Lights
Canadian electropop queen Lights has announced her fourth studio album in conjunction with a comic series. The project, called Skin&Earth, is entirely written and drawn by Lights and published by Dynamite Entertainment.

In the official press release, Lights commented, “I feel my whole life has lead up to a project like this. It’s a complete convergence of everything I love – music, comics, post-apocalyptic romance, crystals, wine and powerful ladies, all perfectly entwined. It’ll be by far my most care-free and fierce album yet. I think now, more than ever, people need a reason to listen to a whole record, and this is mine.”

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