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‘Thrilling Adventure Hour’ Graphic Novel Sells Out Before On-Sale Date

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For Immediate Release: 

Second printing is underway, more copies expected in October

August 6, 2013 (Los Angeles) – Award-winning graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is proud to announce that the first printing of The Thrilling Adventure Hour (TAH) graphic novel is sold out at the distributor level. In fact, the title was marked “out of stock” three weeks before it was set to debut in comic book shops on August 7.

“We are the good kinds of sellouts? Thank you to the Adventurekateers for your support—you knock us out,” beamed Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, the creators and writers of TAH. “We know you’ll love this book!”

The Thrilling Adventure Hour ($19.95, hardcover, 136 pages, full color, 7.25” x 11.25”, ISBN: 978-1-936393-28-2) is an anthology collection of original genre tales based on segments included in the highly popular stage show and podcast of the same name. The TAH (thrillingadventurehour.com) live performance harkens back to the heyday of old-time radio entertainment, with well-dressed actors (known as the WorkJuice Players), scripts in hands, voice-acting their roles in front a live audience. The performance is recorded and later uploaded as part of the Nerdist Channel family of podcasts. The WorkJuice Players include Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Autumn Reeser, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, Craig Cackowski, Hal Lublin, and more. They are often joined by stars of film and TV who make cameo appearances, including Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn, and Jason Ritter.

In 2012, Acker and Blacker ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to pay for the artists for the graphic novel and wound up raising almost four times what they had initially asked for. All the funds were used to pay for the creative and the stretch goals associated with the campaign. None of the money was used to pay for the production of the book.

Copies of TAH are available at your local comic book shop now, and will be available in book stores and other mass market outlets on August 20. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! If you are unable to find a copy, Archaia and BOOM! have rushed TAH back for a second printing and will have more available by the time of New York Comic Con (October 10-13, 2013 at the Javits Center in New York City).

About Archaia Entertainment

Archaia (archaia.com) is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Rust, Cow Boy, Cursed Pirate Girl, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Artesia. Archaia has also published an entire line of graphic novels in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, including the multiple award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and such beloved tales as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. In addition to its partnership with Henson, Archaia has forged creative partnerships with storytellers in all facets of the entertainment industry, resulting in print and digital expansions of such noted properties as Bleedout and HAWKEN (video games), Immortals and Planet of the Apes (film), and Space: 1999 (television). Alongside these celebrated titles, Archaia has released English translations of numerous renowned foreign titles to much fanfare, including The Killer, Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De, and The Secret History. In June 2013, Archaia was acquired by BOOM! Studios. Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent.

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Things You May Have Seen Peter Capaldi In Previously

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A few hours ago, The BBC announced who the 12th Doctor will be in the hit series, Doctor Who. So that means at this point that the entire internet knows.  In case you’re new to the ‘Who, however, here’s a little info to clue you in. The 50th anniversary episode is coming up around Christmas time (that’s not 50 episodes, just for clarity, that’s 50 years since the series started), and current front-runner, Matt Smith, announced about two months ago that he was leaving the show at that time. If you listened carefully in that moment, you would have heard the thud of millions of Whovian hearts breaking a little bit, in unison.

However, that is the nature of the story: Timelords regenerate, and the story goes on. Today, we are welcoming Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor to grace the series. Capaldi has had a long, celebrated career, and is welcomed with open arms by many fans. Just in case you need a little convincing, or are having trouble placing him, here are a just a couple roles you’re likely to remember him from.

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John Frobisher was the Permanent Secretary to the Home Office and Torchwood Three’s liaison to the British government. (TVChildren of Earth: Day Two) He was later appointed informal ambassador to the 456. Passionate and driven, his job became increasingly difficult when all around him began to shirk any responsibility for the disaster that was unfolding.

 

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An actual angel dwelling in the sewers of London Below. Its duty is to watch over London Below, though (or maybe because) it failed at its previous task: guarding the city of Atlantis.

This TV mini-series, based on the beautiful and brilliant novel by Neil Gaiman, aired in 1996, and also starred Gary Bakewell, Laura Fraser, and Clive Russell.

 

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The band starred a young Peter Capaldi on vocals with an equally young Libby McArthur guesting on backing vocals (who was singer in, the pre His Latest Flame, Sophisticated Boom Boom with Jaqeuline Bradley). Temple Clark on Bass Guitar & Robert Livsey on Drums completed the line up. Trivia fact-Comedian Craig Ferguson had also played drums with The Dreamboys.

This little bit of trivia is just plain fun.

 

 

firedofpompeiiDoctor Who: Fires of Pompeii, Caecilius

And, of course, like seemingly most British television actors at this point, Capaldi has already been in an episode of Doctor Who. Funny enough, it’s the same episode in which Karen Gillan first made her appearance on the show (as a cultist / soothsayer), long before she took on the role of Amy Pond.

Lucius Caecilius Iucundus was a man who lived in Pompeii before Vesuvius erupted in 79. Husband of Metella and father to Evelina and Quintus, Caecilius was a marble trader with political ambitions.

 

 

Of course, Capaldi has been in many, many other things throughout the course of his career, and even played the W.H.O. Doctor in the recent zombie flick, World War Z.  I’m sure he will, no doubt, be a wonderful addition to the show. Still, it would have been nice to see a new face on the show, especially a less traditional one (I think we all considered Idris Elba at one point or another, right?).

Although, while I anxiously await Capaldi’s Doctor portrayal, personally, I really would have like to have seen Damien Molony take on the role.

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I guess we’ll just have to see how things go with the Christmas Special on November 23rd.

Happy Sunday, everyone.

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Archaia Announces Reprints of Four, Sold-Out Backlist Titles

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

After acquiring Archaia in June, BOOM! Studios prioritizes getting several of the publisher’s titles back into stores

 

Mouse_Guard_Legends_HC_CoverJuly 31, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) – Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment has announced that four of its sold-out backlist titles are now or will soon be back in print, ready for fans that missed out the first time to grab their copies! The Eisner Award-winning New York Times bestseller Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 1 was back in stock as of July 17, and sleeper hits Cursed Pirate Girl (a 2013 Harvey Award nominee) and Iron: Or, the War After were back in print as of July 24, so be sure to ask your local comic shop to order them for you! In addition, copies of the Eisner Award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand will be back for sale in comic book shops as of Sept. 11. The reprints come on the heels of Archaia’s acquisition by BOOM! Studios in June.

 

“One of our first priorities after acquiring Archaia was to get some of their most popular titles back into the marketplace,” said Filip Sablik, VP of Marketing and Publishing for BOOM! Studios. “These four books are the first of many more Archaia reprints to come.”

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Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 1 ($19.95, hardcover, 144 pages, full color, 8” x 8”, ISBN: 978-1-932386-94-3) is a collectionof short stories set in the world of David Petersen’s bestselling Mouse Guard series, with each story written and illustrated by creators he hand-picked himself, including Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), and Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin). Cursed Pirate Girl ($24.95, hardcover, 152 pages, black and white, 6.625” x 10.25”, ISBN: 978-1-936393-60-2) is a whimsical, swashbuckling tale of a young girl who sets out to find her lost father, illustrated with the most excruciating detail by Bastian that it has to be seen to be believed. Illustrated in beautiful watercolor, Iron: Or, the War After ($24.95, hardcover, 152 pages, full color, 6” x 9”, ISBN: 978-1-936393-28-2) is the critically acclaimed, Iron_GN_Coveranthropomorphic story of the rabbit Hardin, an intelligence spy for The Resistance, who steals secret documents that sets off a chain of events that will change the status quo. Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand ($29.95, hardcover, 152 pages, full color, 8.25” x 11.5”, ISBN: 978-1-936393-09-1), which won the 2012 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album, is based on an unproduced screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl and gorgeously illustrated by Ramón Pérez (Wolverine & The X-Men).

 

Archaia titles are available for sale at comic book shops (go to comicshoplocator.com to find the location nearest you) and wherever books are sold.

 

About Archaia Entertainment

Archaia (archaia.com) is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including suchTale_of_Sand_HC_Cover.2 domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Rust, Cow Boy, Cursed Pirate Girl, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Artesia. Archaia has also published an entire line of graphic novels in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, including the multiple award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and such beloved tales as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. In addition to its partnership with Henson, Archaia has forged creative partnerships with storytellers in all facets of the entertainment industry, resulting in print and digital expansions of such noted properties as Bleedout and HAWKEN (video games); Immortals and Planet of the Apes (film); and Space: 1999 (television). Alongside these celebrated titles, Archaia has released English translations of numerous renownedforeign titles to much fanfare, including The Killer, Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De, and The Secret History. In June 2013, Archaia was acquired by BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com). Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent.

 

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Northwest Press Announces: Anything That Loves

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Northwest Press is pleased to unveil its new comics anthology Anything That Loves, which features comics creators telling stories about romance and sexuality outside of the categories of “gay” and “straight.”  Even though the book hasn’t been released yet, it is already set to be one of Northwest Press’ most popular releases, garnering 1000 backers during its Kickstarter funding drive in May.

The anthology features contributions both long-established and new creators, with brand-new work from MariNaomi, Amy T. Falcone, Jason Thompson, Kevin Boze, Roberta Gregory, Tara Madison Avery, and Nick Leonard and a full roster that includes Erika Moen, Maurice Vellekoop, Ellen Forney, Leanne Franson… more than 30 contributors in all.

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Anything That Loves features an introduction from editor Charles “Zan” Christensen, explaining the origins of the project and the reason he felt it was important, as a gay man, to tackle the topic of prejudice against bisexuality.

“Could repression of same-sex attraction by bisexual people,” writes Christensen, “be the major contributor to the myth that gay people can ‘choose’ heterosexuality? They aren’t ‘gay’ and hiding it, and being ‘bisexual’ really isn’t something that straight or gay culture puts much stock in. It’s all-or-nothing, and people cram themselves into the box that seems to chafe the least. Could the refusal to accept the existence of bisexuality, then, be a root cause of homophobia itself?”

“Every reader will resonate with some of these tales; others will surprise,” writes PoMoSexuals author Carol Queen, PhD, in her foreword to Anything That Loves. “That’s just how it ought to be! We’re all the same and different, all at once. Between this book and The Rocky Horror Picture Show you ought to be equipped to meet, enjoy, love—and possibly sleep with—just about anybody.”

Northwest Press is a book publisher dedicated to publishing the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comics collections and graphic novels. The company has published eight full-length print graphic novels and over three dozen digital books since its inception in 2010. Its first book, Jon Macy’s Teleny and Camille, received a Lambda Literary Award, and Northwest’s publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen has been recognized as one of OUT magazine’s “OUT 100” and by Gay.net as one of “13 to Watch in 2013“.

Anything That Loves is 216 pages and retails for $29.99. The book made its debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego this month, and will be in Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog in September for sale in comics shops in November. It will also be available through Apple’s iTunes for reading on the iPad, iPod touch or iPhone, as well as Gumroad and other digital outlets, and direct from the publisher.

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Dark Horse Rocks EISNERS With Five Wins!

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 Official Press Release

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MILWAUKIE, OR, JULY 24—This past Friday, Dark Horse Comics, the number-one independent publisher in the industry, took home an impressive number of awards at this year’s Eisner Awards ceremony.

 

Below is a list of the company’s wins.

Best Anthology

Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson. A 2012 Eisner and Harvey Award winner, this legendary, premier anthology is back and here to stay! The eighty-page spectacular Dark Horse Presents returns with all-new stories.

 

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Blacksad: A Silent Hell, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. A 2011 Eisner and Harvey Award winner, the first Blacksad collection is already in its sixth printing and approaching 20,000 copies sold! Detective John Blacksad returns, with a new case that takes him to a 1950s New Orleans filled with hot jazz and cold-blooded murder!

 

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad. The hardcover collection features an extensive making-of section, with tons of preliminary sketches and watercolor studies.

 

Best Coloring

Dave Stewart, Batwoman (DC); Fatale (Image); B.P.R.D., Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy in Hell, Lobster JohnsonThe Massive (Dark Horse)

 

Best Digital Comic

Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover. A costumed teen burglar by the nome d’arte of Bandette and her group of street urchins find equal fun in both skirting and aiding the law. The hardcover collection features guest art by Steve Lieber, Jonathan Case, Alberto J. Alburquerque, and Jennifer Meyer and will be released on November 6.

 

Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

 

Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the Eisner Awards are in their twenty-fifth year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.

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NerdMelt Offerings this Week, July 17-23!

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July 17th at 8:30pm – The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani helm the good ship Meltdown every single Wednesday, to host the show that’s been named one of the best live shows in LA by LA Weekly, Splitsider, and more. At The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, you’ll see some of the biggest comics, up and coming acts just before they get famous, and as always, surprise drop-ins that will knock your socks off. This week, Jonah and Kumail welcome: Andres Du BouchetHampton YountNate FernaldGreg FitzsimmonsDan LevyThe Sklar Brothers…and the continued Jeselnik Residency!
$8.

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July 19th at 7pm – The Mo Show with Mo Welch
The Mo Show is an hour long evening chat show packed with stand up comedy, guests and videos all hosted by Mo Welch! Stand Up from: Aparna Nancherla (FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) & Sean Patton (Comedy Central Half Hour, Conan, Jimmy Fallon). Plus special Guest: Tom Wilson (Back to the Future, Freaks and Geeks).
Sidekicked by Jet Eveleth and Ricky Carmona (MaxFun’s Wham Bam Pow!) and music by Alex Burke!

, $10 at the door.
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July 19th at 9pm – HELLOGIGGLES presents After Dark
HelloGiggles.com is once again bringing their unique, quirky web presence to the stage with HELLOGIGGLES: AFTER DARK at the Nerdmelt Showroom. Where things go from PG-13 to Rated D for Dark. Come see your favorite comedians doing what they do best- stand up, sketch, characters… anything. LITERALLY ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN! With Melinda HillDress up GangSean O’ConnerNeal BrennanBarbara GrayGilli NissimKristen Studard, and your host MELISSA STEPHENS!

, $10 at the door.
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July 20th at 7pm – Prompter
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‘s newest creation! Comics use a teleprompter to deliver a TED Talk-style presentation. When the teleprompter unexpectedly freezes, the performer must rely on their ability to improvise and continue their talk on the absurd subject until the prompter comes back on. How much fun can comics have with a supposedly “broken” teleprompter? Featuring presentations by Jake JohannsenCathy LadmanJon DalyHenry Phillips, and Harland Williams. Plus Special Guest!

, $10 at the door.
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July 20th at 9pm – An Evening with Dan Mintz
Join Dan Mintz for a night of Dan Mintz doing standup and more. Featuring special guests B.J. Novak (The Office, Inglorious Basterds), Dan Levy (Your Face or Mine), and Cameron Esposito (Put Your Hands Together).

$5.
 

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July 22nd at 8pm – Nerdist Open Mic

Come watch Matt Mira and Kyle Clark host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.
Free.
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July 23rd at 8pm – Bobcat Goldthwait presents “Willow Creek”
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 brings his new horror flick “WILLOW CREEK” back to NerdMelt for second chance to catch an exclusive screening of the film plus a Q&A with Bobcat himself. Get your tickets today. The first screening sold out fast! Despite warnings from the locals, Jim and his girlfriend Kelly venture into Bigfoot country to retrace the steps of famous researchers Patterson and Gimlin with hopes of capturing their own footage.

Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. Starring Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson.
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Archaia and Alyssa Milano Announce ‘Hacktivist’ Graphic Novel

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For Immediate Release

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July 16th, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment and actress/producer Alyssa Milano (Charmed, Mistresses) are proud to announce Hacktivist, a hardcover, original graphic novel that explores the modern world of hacking and global activism. Inspired by current events from around the world and Milano’s own philanthropic endeavors, Hacktivist is a fast-paced cyber-thriller about friendship and freedom in a time of war. The story follows Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft, the young founders of the world’s most innovative social media company who moonlight secretly as one of the most notorious black-hat hacker teams on the planet. When the U.S. government discovers their operation, they must face the real world beyond the code and choose between loyalty and what they believe to be is right.

“I’m very involved with in global activism and philanthropy. I like the idea of everyday people doing good,” explained Milano. “My inspiration for Hacktivist is actually Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter and Square. I picture him leaving the office at night and going home, where he locks himself in his room and starts hacking to change the world.

“I felt Hacktivist was a strong story that I really wanted to tell visually,” Milano expressed. “Doing a graphic novel allowed me to dream big and it gave me the freedom to create without boundaries.”

Hacktivisfeatures the talents of screen and comic writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, artist Marcus To (Cyborg 009, Red Robin), Eisner Award-nominated colorist Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Cyborg 009), and Eisner Award-nominated letterer Deron Bennett (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths), who bring the underground world of revolution and cyber-warfare to pulse-pounding life.

Hacktivist is literally ripped from headlines,” said Archaia VP of Development Stephen Christy. “It’s a story focusing on the benefit and consequences of our increasingly connected world. To be able to bring Alyssa Milano into the world of comics is very exciting for all of us at Archaia, and by teaming her with Marcus To and Ian Herring fresh off of their brilliant work on Cyborg 009, we’ve built a comic that will hopefully connect with and inspire people all over the world.”

Hacktivist will debut digitally in Fall 2013, followed by the hardcover print release in Summer 2014. A Hacktivist Ashcan comic, limited to 500 copies and containing exclusive preview content, original concept art from Marcus To and Ian Herring, and an interview with Milano, will be distributed for free at the Archaia booth (#2229) at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif. (July 17-21).

About Archaia Entertainment, LLC
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Rust, Cow BoyCursed Pirate Girl, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Artesia. Archaia has also published an entire line of graphic novels in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, including the multiple award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and such beloved tales as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. Alongside these celebrated titles, Archaia has released English translations of numerous renowned foreign titles to much fanfare, including The Killer, Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De, and The Secret History.

In 2012, Archaia was honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations, and three Eisner Awards (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand won for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Penciller/Inker, and Best Publication Design). Also in 2012, Archaia earned both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology.

In addition to its partnership with The Jim Henson Company, Archaia has forged creative partnerships with storytellers in all facets of the entertainment industry, resulting in print and digital expansions of such noted properties as Bleedout and HAWKEN (video games), Immortals and Planet of the Apes (film), and Space: 1999 (television).

Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation within the creator community for producing meaningful, transformative content, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels.

In June 2013, Archaia was acquired by BOOM! Studios. Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent.

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Los Angeles Nerds! July 10 – July 16 at NerdMelt

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July 10th at 8:30pm – The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
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 and Kumail Nanjiani helm the good ship Meltdown every single Wednesday, to host the show that’s been named one of the best live shows in LA by LA Weekly, Splitsider, and more. At The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, you’ll see some of the biggest comics, up and coming acts just before they get famous, and as always, surprise drop-ins that will knock your socks off. July 10, catch: Al MadrigalChip PopeJohn MulaneyNate FridsonNatasha Leggero!
$8.

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July 11th at 9pm – This Show Is Your Show with Matt Bennett
This show is more than a show. It’s your show. Matt Bennett (“Victorious”, “The Virginity Hit”) presents a night featuring Matt Bennett, Matt Bennett’s friends, and even some special guests, for an hour of music, comedy, interviews, and general Matt Bennett-ness.
$8 in , $10 at the door.

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July 12th at 8:30pm – SketchMelt
SketchMelt proudly presents a showcase of the best of new live and video sketch comedy every month! Guaranteed to be totally sketch. See live and video sketches by: Josh Fadem, John Ennis & Cale HartmannThe Dress Up GangEd Salazar! Submission winner Lyrical Flash MobMonster PartyLeave it For MeThe Fringe Riders!
Hosted by Brad Gage [Family Sandwich] and Christian Spicer [Double Jump, IMPRO(vs)TANDUP] with Danielle N. Kramer!
$8 in , $10 at the door.

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July 13th at 8pm – The Fringe Riders present Stampede!
A rip roaring raucous wild west revue featuring LA’s best comics. Hosted by Mustang, Papa D, and The Birdman. July 13, catch: Sean PattonJerrod Carmichael, and more!
$8 in , $10 at the door.

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July 14th at 8pm – Harmontown
What is Harmontown? It’s awesome. It’s unique. It’s one of a kind. It’s something only Dan Harmon (creator of Community and the upcoming Rick and Morty) and Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway) can do. It’s a different show every time and it’s every week. Lucky us! Playing Dungeons and Dragons? It’s happened. Dan Harmon freestyle rapping? Yup, that too. Calling Chevy Chase from stage? Happened…more than once. A celebrity guest? Allison Brie, Donald Glover, and Gillian Jacobs among others have all stopped in. Getting super personal with an intimate audience? Always. It’s Harmontown. It’s awesome. It’s unique. Don’t miss a single week.
$10.

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July 15th at 8pm – Nerdist Open Mic
Come watch Matt Mira and Kyle Clark host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.
Free.

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July 16th at 9pm – Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction is a comedy show (and soon-to-be podcast) founded in Seattle, created & hosted by Bryan Cook. Each event features 10 comics, writing and performing Erotic Fan Fiction pieces, based on their whims or audience suggestions. It’s really stupid. Featuring: Sean PattonAndy HaynesBeth StellingJohn RoyDavid HuntsbergerBarbara GrayMatt GoldichJoe StarrVirginia Jones!
$8 in , $10 at the door.

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Ballistic: New Series From Black Mask Studios

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Perhaps you recall a certain futuristic, sci-fi, completely insane series back in the 90’s called Transmetropolitan? The series was written superbly by Warren Ellis and inked in a brilliant, hyper detailed style by an artist named Darick Robertson. The intensity and balls-to-the-wall attitude of that story has not been matched yet in comics, in my opinion, but a new series with artwork by Robertson and writer Adam Egypt Mortimer appears to be taking a stab at something close to it.

Ballistic is the tale of a failed bank robber in a post apocalyptic world where all technology is alive and has an attitude. Butch is an air conditioning repairman with big dreams of the criminal kind and he’s working to get there with the help of his genetically modified and foul-mouthed gun. They call Repo City State, a reclaimed trash island, home and the place provides plenty of opportunity for Butch and Gun to raise hell.

Matt Pizzolo of Black Mask Studios says “Mortimer’s mix of speculative science, pulpy noire, and drug-addled adventure cooks up a strange brew of Lethal Weapon by way of Cronenberg meets Dr. Who if written by Odd Future.” This promises to be an impressive and wild series with tons of talent behind it. I’m very excited to have the chance to review issue #1 on July 10 and I highly recommend you all check this one out.

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The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition On Blu-Ray September 24th

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 Burbank, Calif. July 1, 2013 – Christopher Nolan’s reimagining of the Batman franchise beginning with 2005’s Batman Begins enjoyed phenomenal critical and box-office success.

Now on September 24, Nolan’s three Batman films  Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The six-disc set will feature all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. This must-own collection for fans of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader is available in premium packaging and will sell for $99.97 SRP.

 

About the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (UCE):

*Disc 1 – Batman Begins Feature and Special Features

*Disc 2 – The Dark Knight Feature

*Disc 3 – The Dark Knight Special Features

*Disc 4 – The Dark Knight Rises Feature

*Disc 5 – The Dark Knight Rises Special Features

*Disc 6 – Bonus Disc of New Special Features (details follow)

 

NEW Special Features:

  • The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy  The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making….forever.  Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with  Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.
  • ·         Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation – For the first time, Directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.
  • ·         IMAX® Sequences: The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises – See your favorite scenes as they were intended in the original IMAX© aspect ratio

 

Exclusive NEW Memorabilia:

  • ·         Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler
  • ·         Newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra’s al Ghul
  • ·         48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies

 

 

About The Films

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

 

The Dark Knight (2008)

The follow-up to Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Oldman, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

 

Dark Knight Rises (2012)

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

 

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. Christian Bale stars, along with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.

 

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About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com and WB Ultra.

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.

 

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

 

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