Thursday, March 31, 2016

Readers Are Over the Moon in Love with 'Jonesy'

Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce that readers are smitten with Jonesy, the new limited series from heartbreakers Sam Humphries (Legendary Star Lord, Weirdworld) and Caitlin Rose Boyle (Buck n’ Lou & the Night Crew), as the issue has sold out through its first printing at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to a second printing to fill demand.

Jonesy #1 saw an impressive 46% increase in retailer orders from initial orders to Final Order Cutoff. The debut issue saw another 25% increase when participating retailers placed their order for the second annual In-Store Convention Kickoff exclusive variant cover. This most recent sellout comes on the heels of activity following the In-Store Convention Kickoff.

Jonesy #1 second print ships with a modified cover by Boyle and carries a retail price of $3.99. Orders close on March 21, and copies are anticipated to be in stores on April 6. Jonesy #2 arrives in stores on March 16.

Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows: She has the ability to make people fall in love! Anyone, with anything. She’s a teenager in plaid with Cupid powers. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong.

Praise for Jonesy #1:

    “...this book is pure cute!” - Teen Vogue

   “...the awesome anti-Valentine you've been waiting for. I had a blast reading this…” - Comic Book Resources

    “...hilarious…” - Newsarama

    “Newcomer Caitlin Rose Boyle’s super bright style brings a freshness to veteran Sam Humphries' script.” - Paste Magazine

    “...a super fun comic to read…” - Pop Optiq

    “...gorgeous and fun art…” - Graphic Policy

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Announced at WonderCon - New Original Series from Kurt Sutter

BOOM! Studios announced LUCAS STAND, an original limited series coming in June from Kurt Sutter, the creator of "Sons of Anarchy." Below you will find the main cover image illustrated by Lee Bermejo and the solicitation information for issue #1, which will debut in comic shops on June 1, 2016.

Ever since we first saw "Sons of Anarchy," we knew creator Kurt Sutter had an amazing comic book story in him. Now we’ve got it in Lucas Stand, his first, original comic book series. If you’ve been looking for a new antihero like Jax Teller to root for, Lucas Stand fits the bill.

Lucas Stand is a military vet who can’t reintegrate into society and has emotionally cut himself off from the people he loves. At his lowest, Lucas does something he can't take back. Hell comes calling, offering him the opportunity to make things right. Demons escaping Hell are upsetting the balance of evil, and now Lucifer has recruited Lucas to send them back. It doesn't matter in what era the demons escape—World War II, old-timey Hollywood, Vietnam, present day—he must learn to fit in both the past and the present. Given new purpose, Lucas starts to rebuild himself and his life, even as he struggles at the human cost that comes with it.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Cosplay at Silicon Valley Comic Con

I attended the very first Silicon Valley Comic Con last weekend in San Jose, California. The three day convention (March 18-20) was a big success, attracting hundreds of cosplayers from around the Bay Area. I saw everything from Ninja Turtles to an awesome Boba Fett/Rocketeer mash-up to Captain Mexico roaming the show floor. Below is a look at some of my favorites from all three days.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Unboxing March's Loot Crate: Versus

Loot Crate tied their March theme into two EPIC face-off's with "Versus." With the release of the second season of Netflix's Daredevil (which features The Punisher) and the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, it was a no-brainer that we'd get items based on those properties. We also got swag that featured Harley Quinn, Alien vs. Predator, and Star Trek. I know I keep saying this, but this month's box was better than the last. The improvements Loot Crate made at the beginning of the year put them leaps and bounds ahead of other subscription boxes.

The box was full of exclusives like the awesome Batman v Superman Mighty Wallet. This wallet, which is made of Tyvek, is expandable, durable, and is worth just over half the price of the crate itself. The images come straight from the movie posters which feature Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. Last year, Loot Crate gave us a Simpson's version and I loved it, so getting another one was welcome.

Also in the crate was an exclusive Marvel beanie featuring Daredevil and the Punisher. The cool thing about this beanie is that it's reversible. One side is red and features Daredevil's "DD" logo. The other side is black and and sports the Punisher's skull logo. This was the coolest item in the box by a long shot. Also in the box were an exclusive Harley Quinn #1 comic and a Star Trek "Mirror, Mirror" T-Shirt featuring the art of Juan Ortiz.

Lastly the box contained not one, not two, but THREE Alien vs. Predator items. The first was an epic AvP pin. This thing is beautiful and is definitely going on the jacket. Next was a free rental to stream either the Aliens or Predator movie on the VUDU app. Finally was an exclusive Alien vs Predator blind box which featured one of two figures 4.5" figures. I received the Alien xenomorph with a "special glow-in-the-dark deco on its despicable dome." It's a very cool figure, but being a bigger Predator fan, I wish I'd have gotten it instead. Still, it's a minor quibble over an otherwise perfect box!

Inside this month's crate:

- Alien vs Predator Loot Pin (Loot Crate Labs)
- Aliens or Predator Movie Rental (VUDU)
- Star Trek "Mirror, Mirror" T-Shirt (Quantum Mechanix)
- Daredevil/Punisher Reversible Beanie (Bioworld)
- Batman v Superman Mighty Wallet (Dynomighty)
- Harley Quinn #1 Comic Book (DC Comics)
- Aliens vs Predator 4.5" Vinyl Figure (Titan Merchandise)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

'Lumberjanes Gotham Academy' Crossover Announced

Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #1 Main Cover by Mingjue Chen
BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, and DC Comics announced a Lumberjanes Gotham Academy crossover limited series, debuting in June. The announcement was made on The Village Voice.

The six-issue series will be written by Chynna Clugston-Flores (Blue Monday) and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (Lumberjanes). The main cover, revealed today, is illustrated by Mingjue Chen (Gotham Academy).

The crossover marks BOOM!'s first-ever partnership with DC Comics, and also the first crossover to be produced directly by the publisher.

Further details about the crossover and additional cover images will be revealed over the coming week.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Target Debuts Exclusive "DC Superhero Girls" Merchandise

Target has teamed up with DC and Mattel for a "DC Superhero Girls" line of merchandise. You can find toys, books, clothes, and more in stores now. Characters include Batgirl, Supergirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, and Bumble Bee. Target's website says that the line features some "industry-firsts: the first-ever 6-inch action figure designed for girls; first 12-inch collection of action dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses; and first-ever action role-play toys for girls."

The collection is based on characters in the DC animated shorts at There will also be a DC Superhero Girls special airing on Boomerang later this year. The special will see the heroes and villains "during their formative high school years, prior to discovering their full super power potential."

Keep an eye out at your local Target for the whole line of DC Superhero Girls items. Check out the pictures below taken at my local Target.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

BOOM! Studios Partners with Over a Dozen Comic Book Shops on 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' #1 Exclusives

Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studioshas partnered with over a dozen comic book shops to create store exclusives for its highly anticipated release of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 is written by Kyle Higgins and illustrated by Hendry Prasetya, with a back-up short story by Steve Orlando and Corin Howell. Based on Saban Brands' long-running Power Rangers franchise, five teens from Angel Grove High are granted superpowers and giant robot dinosaur Zords to defend Earth against the alien villain Rita Repulsa. When Repulsa creates an evil Green Power Rangers by brainwashing recent transfer student Tommy, the team is able to free him from her grasp and get him on their side. But with remnants of Repulsa's control still stirring in the back of Tommy's mind, he must confront the fact he may be more of a danger to his new team than a help. This is "Green Ranger: Year One."