You have a week to help save ‘The F1rst Hero’

Anthony Ruttgaizer’s book about insane extrahumans was canceled by Diamond, but you can help bring it to print through Kickstarter.

In Anthony Ruttgaizer‘s The F1rst Hero, anyone who develops super powers goes insane … until Jake Roth gains them. Then he has to decide whether he’s going to use them to help people and potentially put himself in danger from the U.S. Extrahuman Task Force, which hunts down these “extrahumans.”

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Teenagers quest for porn in ‘Smutt & Jeff’

Kody Chamberlain, Gavin Guidry, K. Michael Russell and Rob Guillory seek support to publish a new comic about one boy’s mission to find porn. Pre-internet, of course.

It’s a rite of passage that every teenage boy likely went through in the 1980s, before the internet made it so easy — seeing your first porn magazine. Now Kody Chamberlain, Gavin Guidry, K. Michael Russell and Rob Guillory are looking to bring one such teen’s mission to life in Smutt & Jeff. And they’ve turned to Kickstarter to help make it happen for Jeff.

“Jeff is a typical teenaged boy spending the last week of summer vacation stressed about high school,” their website reads. “It’s a very familiar feeling of being a boy unprepared for the journey into a man’s world. After being mocked and ridiculed, Jeff is determined to find and steal the one item he’s told will transform any boy into a real man: His very first porno magazine.”

Check out some of Guillory’s character designs below; the Chew artist will also provide covers:

Character designs by Rob Guillory
Character designs by Rob Guillory

They plan for Smutt & Jeff to be a five-issue series, and they’re offering copies of the issues, cameos in the book and creative workshops to backer. See more on Kickstarter, and check out a preview of the book below:








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

Lemire announces release dates for two projects

‘A.D.: After Death’ with Scott Snyder starts later this year, while ‘Roughnecks’ arrives in 2017.

Sweet Tooth and Trillium creator Jeff Lemire has revealed updated releases dates for projects he’s working on — A.D.: After Death with writer Scott Snyder from Image Comics and Roughneck, which he’s both writing and drawing himself, from Simon and Schuster’s new Gallery 13 imprint.

Announced back in January of 2015, A.D.: After Death tells the story of what happens when mankind cures death. A.D.: After Death will be serialized as three, oversized prestige format books written by Snyder and fully painted by Lemire. The first volume is due in November.


Roughneck, meanwhile, is about a former hockey tough guy living in small-town Canada, like his Essex County trilogy. It’s now due in April 2017 from Gallery 13, a new graphic novel imprint which will launch next year. In addition to Lemire’s book, the imprint will also re-release Stephen King and Bernie Wrightson’s Creepshow and will publish Alone, a French graphic novel by Christophe Chaboute, according to ICv2.


Bryan Lee O’Malley’s next graphic novel is ‘Worst World’

Planned trilogy by the creator of ‘Scott Pilgrim’ focuses on two new characters in Los Angeles.

Just as the Snotgirl ongoing series debuts this week by Bryan Lee O’Malley with artist Leslie Hung, Entertainment Weekly reveals more details on O’Malley’s next graphic novel, coming at an undisclosed date from Ballantine Books.

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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ comics to continue at Dark Horse

Company announces “Season 11” by Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs.

Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will continue to slay the undead courtesy of Dark Horse Comics and under the guidance of writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs. With Comic-Con International starting tomorrow, Dark Horse announced “Season 11,” which will run for 12 issues starting in November.

“Buffy fans have been wonderful to Rebekah and me throughout Season 10, so I couldn’t be more excited to keep our creative team together for Season 11,” Gage said in a press release. “True to form, Joss is not content to just rest on his well-earned laurels, so Season 11 will shake things up with a story that’s shorter, bigger, more epic and presents what may be the greatest challenge Buffy and the Scoobies have ever faced. We hope the readers will enjoy the ride!”

There’s not a lot of description in the press release as to what that big challenge is, but it says: “After overcoming the struggles of Season 10, Buffy and the Scoobies give themselves a well-deserved break from fighting evil. Unfortunately, the momentary peace comes to a screeching halt when a supernatural disaster wreaks havoc on the citizens of San Francisco, and the gang is forced to save the world from imminent doom, again.”


Fantagraphics holds 20% off storewide sale

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

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

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.

Hickman heads to space in ‘Frontier’

Hickman will write and draw a new Image Comics series, due in November, described as “like ‘Star Trek,’ but super depressing.”

Polygon has the scoop on a new title coming from Jonathan Hickman, his first to write and draw, I believe, since 2008’s “Pax Romana.” Andy Kuhn will assist with layouts.

Described as “like ‘Star Trek,’ but super depressing,” the comic will detail how Earth joined a peaceful galactic community — then got kicked out for being too violent. Eventually that galactic government finds itself at war, and agrees to let Earth back in if they’ll serve as cannon fodder during the war. So Earth sends their prisoners, who had been kept on the moon, to battle.

“I just wanted the story to reflect kind of how I feel about society right now,” Hickman told Polygon. “Like, why would we assume expansion is going to work out? I mean, I have hope, but that’s it, any expectation I had as a kid when I first started reading this stuff — that the future, or exploration, or colonization is guaranteed — is nonexistent … I have hope, but the idea that some species would take a long, hard look at humanity and think, ‘Yeah, those guys look awesome, got to have them in our utopian society, immediately’ seems like wishful thinking.”

While it has been some time since Hickman provided interior artwork for a series, it’s actually how he got his start, with the Image Comics miniseries “The Nightly News” in 2007, which he both wrote and drew. Even when he doesn’t draw a book, you can see his graphic design skills at work on covers and backmatter in “Manhattan Projects” and “Secret Warriors,” among many other titles.

“Frontier” kicks off in November.


Europe Comics and Cinebook debut on comiXology

comiXology debuts 15 new titles today, with many more coming soon, including ‘XIII,’ ‘The Survivors,’ ‘Thorgal’ and ‘Lucky Luke.’

comiXology debuted 15 new titles from Europe Comics and Cinebook today, including English versions of “XIII Vol. 17,” “Largo Winch Vol. 15,” “Lucky Luke Vol. 15” and other popular European comics. In addition, they announced more French comics will be available in the coming months.

“French comics have been making major inroads with U.S fans for the last few years at a rate never seen before. With both Europe Comics and Cinebooks, it’s wonderful to see the catalog of amazing English language BD grow at such a phenomenal pace,” said comiXology’s Chip Mosher. “Thanks to this deal, the ‘French Invasion’ of the comics on comiXology continues.”

Selections available today include:

  • 1066 Vol 1 by Patrick Weber
  • Antares Episodes 16 by Leo
  • Blake & Mortimer Vol 13 by various
  • Blast 1 by Mamu Larcenet
  • Crusade Vol 14 by Jean Dufaux and Phillippe Xavier
  • Harmony 1 by Mathieu Reynès
  • The Keeper by Yves Sente and François Boucq
  • Lady S Vol 15 by Philippe Aymond and Jean Van Hamme
  • Largo Winch Vol 15 by Philippe Francq and Jean Van Hamme
  • Lucky Luke Vol 15 by Morris, René Goscinny and various
  • Raptors by Jean Dufaux and Enrico Marini
  • Thorgal Vol 1-3 by Grzegorz Rosinski and Jean Van Hamme
  • Valerian Vol 110 by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin
  • Water Memory by Mathieu Reynès and Valérie Vernay
  • XIII Vol 17 by Youri Jigounov, Yves Sente, Jean Van Hamme, William Vance, Jean Giraud and more

While those that are coming soon include:

  • Aldebaran by Leo
  • Alone by Bruno Gazzotti and Fabien Vehlmann
  • Alpha by Youri Jigounov and Mythic
  • Barracuda by Jérémy and Jean Dufaux
  • Berlin by Marvano and Mark Van Oppen
  • Betelgeuse by Leo
  • Billy & Buddy by Jean Roba
  • The Bluecoats by Raoul Cauvin and Willy Lambil
  • Cedric by Laudec and Raoul Cauvin
  • The Chimpanzee by Richard Marazano and Jean-Michel Ponzio
  • Cinebook Recounts by Chauvin, Uderzo, B. Asso, and Bergese
  • Clifton by Bob De Groot and Michel Rodrigue and Turk
  • Damocles by Alain Henriet and Joël Callède
  • Darwin’s Diaries by Sylvain Runberg and Eduardo Ocaña
  • Ducoboo by Zidrou and Godi
  • The Fascinating by André-Paul Duchâteau and René Follet
  • Insiders by Jean-Claude Bertoll and Renaud Garreta
  • I.R.$. by Stephen Desberg and Bernard Vrancken
  • Iznogoud by René Goscinny and Jean Tabary
  • Kenya by Rodolphe and Leo
  • Lament by Grzegorz Rosinski and Jean Dufaux
  • The Last Templar by Miguel Lalor and Raymond Khoury
  • Long John Silver by Xavier Dorison and Mathieu Lauffray
  • The Marquis of Anaon by Matthieu Bonhomme and Fabien Vehlmann
  • Melusine by François Gilson and Clarke
  • Namibia by Bertrand Marchal and Leo
  • Orbital by Sylvain Runberg and Serge Pellé
  • Papyrus by Lucien De Gieter
  • The Rugger Boys by Poupard and Béka
  • The Scorpion by Stephen Desberg and Enrico Marini
  • Spirou & Fantasio by Franquin, Tome and Janry
  • The Survivors by Leo
  • Wayne Shelton by Christian Denayer and Jean Van Hamme
  • Wisher by Giulio De Vita and Sébastien Latour
  • XIII by Youri Jigounov, Yves Sente, Jean Van Hamme, William Vance, Jean Giraud and more
  • Yakari by Job and Derib