Viz Media joins Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as a corporate member

Viz and CBLDF also release “The Manga Handbook” for retailers and libraries this week.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has added another company to its list of corporate sponsors — manga publisher Viz Media. Viz and the CBLDF released this week The Manga Club Handbook, available here, which is aimed at libraries and retailers so they can start manga book clubs.

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Valiant lures Pokémon Go players into comic shops

Limited-time Pokémon Go lures sponsored by Valiant will be dropped at 11 retailers in New York and California.

In a move that would make Team Mystic proud, Valiant has announced they are sponsoring “special Pokémon Go sponsorship program” to lure potential new readers into comic shops in New York and California.

According to the press release, Pokémon Go players can “join the excitement as your local comic shop transforms into your next PokéStop when Valiant drops Pokémon Go Lures at a slate of specially designated comic book retailers.” If you aren’t familiar with the worldwide sensation that is Pokémon Go, the virtual-reality-meets-actual-reality game combines the popular “Gotta catch’em all” collector’s drive that naturally comes with the Pokémon franchise with getting off the couch and walking around. Some have already suggested using it as a way to lure folks to polling places this November, so why not comic shops as well?

The lures only last for a limited time, so watch Valiant’s Twitter feed for details on when they’ll be available. And hopefully they’ll spread this to other parts of the country as well. Participating retailer include:

Bulletproof Comics
4506 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11219

Carmine Street Comics
34 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Comickaze Comics Books and More
Madison Square Shopping Center
5517 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117

Collector’s Paradise
7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306

Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Hi De Ho Comics
1431 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Level Up Entertainment
Hamilton Mall, 4403 E Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Meltdown Comics & Collectibles
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

Midtown Comics Grand Central
459 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017

Midtown Comics Time Square
200 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Fantagraphics holds 20% off storewide sale

Annual “Can’t Make It To Comic-Con Sale” offers 20 percent off everything on Fantagraphics.com.

If you can’t make it to Comic-Con International in San Diego this year, you can still get some pretty good deals on comics and graphic novels from Fantagraphics. Through July 24, they’re offering 20 percent off everything they sell on Fantagraphics.com.

The sale includes their Comic-Con debuts, including Moto Hagio’s “Otherworld Barbara”, Gilbert Hernandez’s “Blubber” #3 and “Garden of the Flesh,” “Meat Cake Bible” by Dame Darcy and “Real Deal Comix” by Lawrence Hubbard and H.P. McElwee. You can also grab the new “Kramers Ergot” 9 if you are so inclined.

Take a look at Nobrow’s fall/winter catalog

New books from Luke Pearson, Wren McDonald, Lorena Alvarez, Luke Healy and Dilraj Mann will arrive starting in September.

The fine folks at Nobrow have released their fall/winter catalog, which includes several new graphic novels from Luke Pearson, Wren McDonald, Lorena Alvarez, Luke Healy and Dilraj Mann. It’s an impressive line-up that features several strong debuts.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect:

Hilda and the Stone Forest, by Luke Pearson. Due in stores in September.

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I’ve got a young kid at home, so I’m constantly looking for fun, age-appropriate comics and graphic novels I can introduce him to. Recently we read through Nobrow’s Free Comic Book Day offering, and the preview of Hilda and the Stone Forest was a big hit. The Stone Forest is the fifth Hilda book, so we have plenty of catching up to do before it arrives this fall. Here’s the publisher’s description:

The city of Trolberg has some dark secrets to reveal and Hilda is about to discover them! Hilda may be grounded, but that won’t stop her from heading off on another daring adventure! But everything is thrown off course when her mother catches her and is dragged along for the ride. Furious with each other, the bickering pair find themselves lost in the land of the trolls, forced to embark on a dangerous journey to make their way home. And to make matters even more difficult, Hilda has to do so . . . as a troll? Buckle your seatbelts for a crazy body-swapping adventure!

In addition, Nobrow will release a paperback version of Hilda and the Bird Parade in November.


How to Survive in the North, by Luke Healy. Due in November.

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The debut graphic novel from Healy, who has published several minicomics and worked as the coloring assistant on Lucy Knisley’s Something New. Here’s the publisher’s description:

A unique graphic novel telling the stories of real and fictional Arctic castaways struggling to survive the long Northern winter.

With stunning narrative skill, this compelling graphic novel intricately weaves together true-life narratives from 1912, 1926 and a fictional story set in the present day. How To Survive in the North is an unforgettable journey of love and loss, showing the strength it takes to survive in the harshest conditions.

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Locomotion, by Golden Cosmos. Due in December.

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The latest in Nobrow’s “leporello” line of concertina books sees the return of Daniel Dolz and Doris Freigofas, a.k.a. Golden Cosmos, the German duo whose High Times remains one of Nobrow’s most popular titles (I wonder how many people thought they were getting something besides a book about planes, based on the title?). Locomotion, meanwhile, isn’t about the popular dance craze that once ruled the Earth, but is focused on trains.

Here’s the publisher’s description:

A stunning double-sided panorama measuring 54 inches on the history of trains printed in glorious spot color!

The beautiful concertina book folds out to a stunning 54 inch panorama detailing the history of trains and locomotives from the very first railroads and machines to sustainability in the twenty-first century and beyond! A brilliant wraparound cover details the notable benchmarks in the history and mythology of trains.

Golden Cosmos was set up in 2010 as a collborative moniker for German artistic couple Daniel Doltz and Doris Freigofas. Their deep knowledge of traditional printmaking techniques and experiences in self-publishing that have won them widespread critical acclaim in illustration circles made them the perfect choice for our trademark concertina series. Their bold use of color and adeptness for shape and form recall the bold patterns and geometry of early Russian constructivism, with a nod to mid-century French commercial art. There is no doubt that this will be a beauty!


SP4RX, by Wren McDonald. Due out in December

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This is the follow-up to Cyber Realm, McDonald’s previous book from Nobrow, which was a part of their 17×23 series of comics. Here’s a description:

SP4RX is the story of mankind clawing for survival. Set in a future where a class system has emerged, the world is divided into five levels, with the elite ruling from the extravagant top level. An abandoned ground level is used as a garbage dump. No living organisms are permitted there. But that doesn’t stop SP4RX, an extremely young hacker who lives off grid, eluding the military force that governs the other levels. He hacks into corporations and sells stolen data to wealthy buyers on the black market—just your average thief.

Structus Industries introduces a welfare program called the “Elpis Program”, which allows the working class to apply for Cybernetic implants to make workers more efficient. On the surface, it seems like a program to empower the poor and allow them to rise to the ranks of the elite. But SP4RX soon discovers all is not as it seems. The welfare program is a highly politicized and intelligent ploy to destroy the working class and replace them with highly effective technology. SP4RX and Structus are set on a collision course with the fate of humanity at stake in Wren McDonald’s latest sci-fi tale of survival and corruption!

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Dalston Monstazz, by Dilraj Mann. Due in February.

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Hipsters battle monsters in this new one by the Puck Collective member. Here’s the publisher’s description:

A gripping graphic novel set in the heart of East London’s trendy center as it falls prey to monstrous calamity.

Dalston, East London . . . sometime in the future. Below the city’s creaking pavements, where the slabs sag from the weight of soulless new glass fronted apartment blocks, chain coffee shops and hoards of real estate agencies, the earth is beginning to crack. And from these fissures, like woodlice crawling from under ancient stone, the Monstazz emerge . . .

Roshan and K had heard about the shadowy Monstazz that were emerging from the foundations beneath Dalston’s recent hyper-development. But they didn’t expect to be tangled up in its murky underbelly; fighting gangsters, megalomaniacal property developers and amongst themselves. Not in the least because of a girl. Even if she is the most badass girl in town.

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Nightlights, by Lorena Alvarez Gomez. Due next March.

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Gomez is a Bogotá-based cartoonist and puppeteer; she’s done work on BOOM!’s Adventure Time books as well as for Disney and Nickelodeon. Here’s the publisher’s description:

A beautiful, mysterious graphic novel about fear, insecurity and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Alvarez Gomez.

Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy’s bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room.

One day, Morpie, a mysterious pale girl, appears at school. And she knows all about Sandy’s drawings…

Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Gomez.

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‘King-Cat Comics and Stories’ joins with Alternative Comics

John Porcellino’s long-running and well-regarded series, along with his Spit and a Half publishing imprint, joins with the publishing co-op.

John Porcellino’s long-running and well-regarded King-Cat Comics and Stories series will hopefully find its way into more comic shops, as Porcellino’s Spit and a Half imprint joins Alternative Comics’ publishing co-op.

From the press release:

Alternative Comics is very excited to announce that John Porcellino’s publishing imprint Spit and a Half, and its flagship title King-Cat Comics and Stories are joining our publishing co-op with the 25th anniversary 75th issue of King-Cat. The long-awaited All-Maisie issue features the life story of John’s beloved cat Maisie Kukoc, who lived with him for 15 years. The 48 page black and white digest will be the first solo King-Cat comic book to go out direct to comic shops through Diamond Comic Distributors bearing a barcode. King-Cat did previously appear in split standard comic book-sized editions paired with Joe Chiapetta’s Silly Daddy, some two decades ago; and, collections of King-Cat have long been available to the direct market through Drawn & Quarterly, and La Mano 21. King-Cat #75 will be in comic book shops in April, 2016.

Spit and a Half joins an impressive list of small-press publishers who partner with Alternative Press, including Study Group Comics, Hang Dai Editions and Floating World Comics.

And if you’re used to ordering directly from Porcellino, you can still do that; you can find information on ordering issue #75 on the King-Cat website.

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Valiant partners with publishers in Spain, Italy and France

Comic fans in France and Italy will soon have access to Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger and the rest of Valiant’s comic line in their native tongue.

Comic fans in France and Italy will soon have access to Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger and the rest of Valiant’s comic line in their native tongue.

Today Valiant announced partnerships with Italy’s Star Comics and France’s Bliss Comics for print and digital translations. In addition, they’ve also announced a long-term extension to their partnership with Spain’s Aleta Ediciones. Along with the comics, they’re also planning creator appearances at various conventions in Europe.

More details are available in the press release below.

Press Release

Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce new foreign-language publishing partnerships with three of Europe’s preeminent publishers of comic books and graphic novels – Spain’s Aleta Ediciones, Italy’s Star Comics and France’s Bliss Comics – for print and digital translations of Valiant’s award-winning superhero library.

Valiant and Aleta, whose inaugural line of Spanish-language Valiant titles debuted earlier in 2015, will soon begin a long-term extension to their partnership with an expanded array of series encompassing many of Valiant’s most acclaimed titles.

Meanwhile, Valiant’s newly announced publishing partners in Italy and France will begin publication in both print and digital in early 2016 with new editions of best-selling series including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong, Divinity, Quantum and Woody and many more.

Additionally, each publisher will be introducing Valiant’s line of titles to fans in Spain, Italy and France with appearances and promotions at some of the largest conventions across Europe.

“Valiant has a large, vibrant, and ever-growing fan base throughout Europe. Each of these publishers has been specifically selected for the quality of their foreign-language editions and their extensive knowledge of their respective marketplaces,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Licensing, Promotions & Ad Sales. “In concert with our new publishing partners at Aleta, Star, and Bliss, we look forward to bringing Valiant’s beloved library of characters to fans in print and online in Spain, Italy, France and beyond.”

Aleta Ediciones has already begun to publish 10 of Valiant’s most notable titles, including Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior and Harbinger. Aleta is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks since 1996, based in Valencia, Spain. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, Aleta publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including Invincible, Tex, Dylan Dog, Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Robocop and Xenozoic by creators like Alan Moore, Tiziano Sclavi, Frank Miller, Robert Kirkman, Mark Schultz, G. R. R. Martin, Michael Avon Oeming, Alfonso Font and Paul Grist.

Star Comics is one of the leading Italian publishers active in the comic field. Since its foundation, Star Comics’ mission has been to encourage the diffusion of comic books as a form of entertainment and as a cultural phenomenon by making comic books available to all readers in Italy. Star Comics was founded in Perugia by publisher Giovanni Bovini in 1987. Its first publications were translations of several Marvel Comics series including Spider-Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four. Since that time, Star Comics has gone onto produce foreign-language editions of titles by DC Comics, Image Comics, and Wildstorm, in addition to the first Italian language line of Japanese manga. In just over 25 years, Star Comics has published more than 500 titles including monthly series, limited series and standalone books.

Bliss Comics is a relative newcomer to French publishing. Bliss is dedicated to bringing Valiant’s fan-favorite series to France starting in 2016. With an incredible number of talented creators working on Valiant’s strong, diverse characters and epic stories, Bliss looks forward to introducing Valiant’s award-winning universe to new French readers as well as longtime comics fans.

Bliss Comics, Star Comics, and Aleta Ediciones are just the latest additions to Valiant’s growing roster of international publishing partners. They join OVNI Press Editorial in Argentina, HQM Editora in Brazil, Tencent in China, ShoPro in Japan, Kamite in Mexico, Viverra in Russia, and Büyülü Dükkan in Turkey in bringing Valiant’s award-winning library of superhero titles to an international audience.

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