Solid Snake from your TV to your dining room table!

KONAMI’S METAL GEAR SOLID TO SNEAK ONTO THE TABLETOP IN 2019
Miniatures-Based Board Game in Development by IDW Games
San Diego, CA (December 11th, 2018) IDW Games and Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that they have partnered to bring Metal Gear Solid to the tabletop with Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game.

Designed by Emerson Matsuuchi (designer of the Century game series, Reef, and Specter Ops)Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is a fully cooperative, miniatures board game. Following the story of the first Metal Gear Solid video game, players take on the roles of Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja. They’ll need to use their unique skill sets to avoid detection as they complete objectives across multiple campaign scenarios. Featuring a highly dynamic A.I. system and sandbox gameplay, missions can be completed in multiple ways and will always play out differently.

Jerry Bennington, IDW Publishing’s VP of New Product Development says, “Having partnered with Konami in the past to adapt Metal Gear Solid into comics and produce all new stories in the Silent Hilluniverse, we are extremely excited to be partnering again to bring Metal Gear Solid to a new gaming medium: tabletop. We know this a beloved franchise with a die-hard fan base, and as such we’re putting all of our energy into producing a premium gaming experience that is exciting to play over and over again.”

Game designer Emerson Matsuuchi says, “I’m probably the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid. Ever since playing the first Metal Gear Solid, it has forever altered the way I view games. The story it told was so memorable and the gameplay experience so rich that it has shaped my expectation of games as both a designer and gamer. So the opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the table has been an honor and dream come true. I’m excited to be able to capture the tactical stealth action that is the hallmark of the franchise as well as create a new experience and story for the Snake fans. Age hasn’t slowed him down one bit.”

Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will feature miniatures by the highly regarded sculptor Francesco Orrù, and art from lifelong Metal Gear Solid fan and comic artist Kenneth Loh.

Gaming media interested in playing Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will get their first chance at E3 2019. IDW Games will be booking play session for media outlets for Saturday, June 8, through Monday, June 10. Gamers eager to sample Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will have a chance to demo it at any of the following 2019 summer conventions: Origins Game Fair, Dice Tower Con, San Diego Comic Con, and Gen Con.

For more information on Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game, follow IDW Games on Twitter and like their Facebook page, where fans can discover art and gameplay development ahead of the game’s release in 2019.

Your First Look at the Legends in WWE: FOREVER #1

Discover Brand New Stories In and Out of the Ring in January 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 7, 2018) – BOOM! Studios and WWE today revealed a first look at WWE: FOREVER #1, the all-new oversized one-shot special featuring action-packed stories of the greatest WWE Legends on-sale January 30, 2019.

You’ve never seen the Legends like this before! The team of Michael Kingston (Headlocked) & Michel Mulipola (WWE) return to document the rise of the Excellence of Execution, Bret “Hitman” Hart. Brent Schoonover (Captain Marvel) recounts when Bobby “The Brain” Heenan attempted to kidnap Matilda the Bulldog. Lan Pitts (WWE) and Carlos Magno (Planet of The Apes) bring us a showdown between Razor Ramon and Ted DiBiase at a jewelry shop. Arune Singh and Kendall Goode (WWE: NXT Takeover) reveal the true origin of the partnership between Money Inc. tag team partners Irwin R. Schyster and Ted DiBiase. Derek Fridolfs (Adventure Time) shows us what happens when the electrifying Junkyard Dog gets pushed too far!

WWE: FOREVER #1 features a main cover by Rahzzah (Luke Cage), along with a wraparound preorder cover by Kendall Goode (The Doorman) and a variant cover by Marco D’Alfonso (I Am Groot) that will connect to variant covers for WWE #25 and WWE WRESTLEMANIA 2019 SPECIAL.

“Each of the stories in WWE: FOREVER #1 reminds us why these Superstars became Legends!” said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “An all-star team of writers and artists tackle the untold stories of some of WWE’s greatest performers, making this a special issue jam-packed with fun and action you won’t find anywhere else!”

WWE: FOREVER is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, Bone Parish, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.

Print copies of WWE: FOREVER will be available for sale on January 30, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) and on November 6th at bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on WWE: FOREVER and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

Mage’s Initiation Preview and PR

Initial quick thoughts via preview:

The Quest For Glory feel is real.  Understanding the RPG elements while still maintaining that point n click puzzle/talk/explore everything type game. The music is what caught my attention first, then the graphical style with combines 8-bit with more modern cartoony animation. This visual style really goes well with the variety of gameplay style. I for my quick run through only tested the visual coin but am very curious to see how the Sierra bar and compact UI function.  Story wise I can feel how big and intriguing the plot shall be just from the tasks presented and the dialogue with the initial characters.  This is going to be a not miss for fans of a variety type of games and I feel from that I assume you can actually get any of the Elements to work with multiple replay value. In 2019 P-CS shall have more to say but for now I have a feeling based on games I am aware of for 2019 that are available for computers (currently P-CS is without any modern consoles) it’ll land on a personal top 10.

For now here is some of excellent advance PR on this promising game:

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So, you want to be a Mage? Then mark your calendar for the January 30 release of Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements — a lovingly crafted old-school adventure/RPG ten years in the making.

About Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements
Sixteen-year-old D’arc has spent most of his life confined to the Mage’s Tower, studying elemental magic under the instruction of Ele’Wold’s most accomplished scholars. Now his skills will be put to the test with three quests across a mystical land he knows only from stories and dreams.

But something’s rotten in Ele’Wold: the realm’s once benevolent winged guardians have turned hostile and restless redcap goblins are on the warpath. Can D’arc pass his initiation *and* rescue a kingdom on the brink of chaos?

Mage’s Initiation is an adventure/RPG hybrid inspired by the venerable Quest for Glory (a.k.a. Hero’s Quest) and King’s Quest series by Sierra On-Line. It’s the second commercial adventure game from Himalaya Studios, who have also released four free remakes of classic Sierra games under the moniker Anonymous Game Developers Interactive (AGDI).

Features:

  • Choose from four character classes — Fire Mage, Air Mage, Water Mage, or Earth Mage — each with unique magical spells and puzzle solutions.
  • Explore a vibrant fantasy world with hand-drawn graphics reminiscent of the Sierra, LucasArts, and Revolution adventure games of the early 1990s.
  • Select between three point & click interfaces: a Sierra-style icon bar, a LucasArts-style verb coin, or a streamlined compact UI.
  • Run into combat for an RPG experience, or avoid it for pure adventure.
  • Automatically gain new strengths, spells, and abilities as your character improves — no stat grinding required!
  • Get your money’s worth: branching storyline and optional side quests provide replay value.
  • Fully voiced and lip-synced.

 

Mage’s Initiation Development Background
In August 2001, the team behind Mage’s Initiation released their first game, a free remake of Sierra’s King’s Quest I with VGA graphics and a point & click interface. In the nearly two decades since, they have created three more Sierra remakes (King’s Quest IIKing’s Quest IIIQuest for Glory II) and one commercial adventure (Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine) — each a labor of love meticulously developed by a small core team focused on recapturing the magic of the games they grew up playing.

Development of Mage’s Initiation began in 2009 after a community poll identified an adventure/RPG as the type of game their fans most wanted. In 2013, the team raised over $125k on Kickstarter to supplement the development.

Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/270610/Mages_Initiation_Reign_of_the_Elements/

The duck in Mutant Year Zero is getting a friend, Funcom reveals in new trailer

She might look like a cute little heartbreaker, but she’s no sweet little love maker – meet the sassy vixen, Farrow! Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden launches in less than a week on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

OSLO, Norway – November 28th, 2018 – Remember the duck from the original Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden announcement trailer? Today, publisher Funcom and developer The Bearded Ladies revealed a new anthropomorphic hero that will be joining him when the game finally launches on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One next week, on December 4th. To introduce the new fur-clad mutant, Funcom has released a fresh, new trailer combining newly created cinematic footage with up-to-date gameplay.

Farrow is one of the recruitable characters you will encounter during your expeditions in The Zone. When you find her, you may notice that she is not quite from around here. Her true origins are a mystery – even to her. All she knows is her name is Farrow and she is a product of the Zone. Specializing in stealth and assassination, Farrow comes equipped with skills and gear that make her adept at quickly and quietly dispatching her foes. Her signature ability, Silent Assassin, makes her particularly valuable for initiating combat out of stealth, such as when picking off stragglers.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden combines XCOM-like turn-based combat with real-time stealth and exploration of a post-human earth. The game is developed by a team made up of former HITMAN and PAYDAY lead developers at The Bearded Ladies in Sweden. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden have been collecting both awards and praise from press who have gotten hands-on time with the gameBased on the Swedish pen and paper RPG Mutant, the game puts you in the hooves of Bormin the boar and the webbed feet of Dux the duck as they explore a post-human Earth.

For more information, please visit the official website at www.mutantyearzero.com.

Farrow will be joining a cast of unique characters in Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, including these:

Dynamite Delivers The Boys  Omnibus Publishing Schedule!

Volume One of Ennis & Robertson’s Critically-Acclaimed Series Released March 2019

November 21, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is releasing Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s Eisner-nominated series, The Boys, in a brand new format for fans and readers looking to jump on board with the critically-acclaimed series before the television adaptation debuts with Amazon Prime Video in 2019.  

At a massive 344 pages, the fan-favorite series draped in controversy is now presented in an omnibus edition as Dynamite releases the first 14 issues of the acclaimed series in one oversized trade collection!  Join the most brutal government operatives ever assembled in tales of mayhem and dark humor, as chronicled by Garth Ennis, Dennis Robertson, and Peter Snejbjerg. Meticulously restored, The Boys Omnibus Edition Volume 1 also features bonus art materials, the script to issue #1 by Garth Ennis, a complete cover gallery with iconic artwork by Darick Robertson, and much more.

Some superheroes have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them — sometimes — need to be taken out of the picture. That’s when you call in The Boys!  In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone’s got to make sure the “supes” don’t get out of line. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female are The Boys: A CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth – superpower!  ​

The Boys has long been one of our proudest achievements in our 14 years of publishing,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Garth and Darick poured blood, sweat, and tears into the project for six years and 72 issues and we’re excited to see new, affordable, collected editions for fans on stands in time for the much awaited Amazon Prime Video adaptation.  There’s never been a better time to read this series.”

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be released in stores everywhere March 2019.  The Boys Omnibus Volume 2 and The Boys Omnibus Volume 3 are expected to see May and July release dates, respectively.

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ December 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in February 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve a copy of The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 with their local comic book shop or pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or retailer of their choosing.

BOLDLY GO WHERE NO GEM HAS GONE BEFORE IN STEVEN UNIVERSE™ #25

Reach for the stars in an all-new epic with Space Captain Lars in February 2019


LOS ANGELES, CA (November 20, 2018)  – BOOM! Studios today announced thatSTEVEN UNIVERSE™ #25, on-sale in February 2019, will kick off an epic new comic book exclusive storyline featuring fan favorite space hero, Lars of the Stars! Writer Terry Blas (Hotel Dare) and artist Gabriele Bagnoli reveal Lars and the Off Colors’ hidden truths, as Steven and Connie join them in space for a mind-bending adventure no fan can miss.

Bingo bongo, spacefarers! From slinging donuts in Beach City to swashbuckling his way across the galaxy in a stolen spaceship, Lars has come a long way. And now with the Off Colors as his dependable and devoted crew, he’ll travel even further into the cosmos. But how deep is this newfound confidence? And what happens when the entire crew’s lives depend on him? Blas and Bagnoli blast us into hyperspace for an out-of-this-world journey into a mysterious nebula that forces our daring cast of gems, humans, and fusions to confront their deepest, darkest fears.

Steven Universe and its characters have had a great impact on so many, so the opportunity to add to this amazing world was too good to pass up. To be able to breathe life into a story about Lars and the Off Colors, a group of misfits trying to find their confidence and where they belong in the cosmos, is exactly the type of story I enjoy writing.” said writer Terry Blas.

“When I received the proposal to draw this adventure I was enthusiastic! Steven Universeis a series full of crazy things and incredible characters that I love. I really enjoyed drawing it, and I hope the readers will have as much fun as I did while working on this comic book.” said artist Gabriele Bagnoli.

“There’s so much left to discover about this new space pirate version of Lars and the rest of the crew. We’re excited to give fans a story that shows new facets and sheds new light on these uniquely fascinating characters.” said Matthew Levine, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Sometimes it takes a death-defying adventure into the darkest recesses of the universe to confront what’s hidden inside.”

STEVEN UNIVERSE™ #25 features a main cover by fan favorite artist Missy Peña (Steven Universe), along with a preorder variant cover by Francesca Perrone.

STEVEN UNIVERSE™ is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Over The Garden Wall, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and  Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of STEVEN UNIVERSE™ #25 will be available for sale on February 27, 2019 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on STEVEN UNIVERSE™ comic books, graphic novels and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

A Heads Up for You All: BookCon Tickets On Sale Now!

BOOKCON 2019 TICKETS ON SALE NOW — HEADLINERS INCLUDE

CASSANDRA CLARE, RAINBOW ROWELL, MARIE LU, EVA CHEN AND OTHERS

 

Two-Day Convention Where Storytelling is Celebrated in all its Forms Returns to the Javits June 1 and 2, 2019

 

NORWALK, CT – BookCon, the place where storytelling and pop culture collide, is returning to the Javits Center in New York City on June 1 & 2, 2019. Produced by ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, the groundbreaking consumer book event offers fans access to Panels, Screenings, Author Q&As, Autographing sessions and more featuring bestselling authors and A-list Hollywood talent. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.thebookcon.com/Tickets/.

The initial Guest list for BookCon 2019 includes poet and National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet XWith the Fire on High), director of fashion partnerships at Instagram and children’s book author Eva Chen (Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes) and bestselling author Rainbow Rowell with illustrator Faith Erin Hicks, who will preview their upcoming graphic novel Pumpkinheads. Young Adult powerhouses Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments), Marie Lu (Legend trilogy), Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles), Victoria Aveyard (Red QueenWar Storm) and Sandhya Menon (When Dimple Met RishiThere’s Something about Sweetie) have also joined the lineup. Hundreds of authors representing all genres will be announced over the next few months.

BookCon is the consumer extension of BookExpo, North America’s largest gathering of book industry professionals from around the globe. It is the ultimate fan event where storytelling is celebrated in all its forms – offering fans unprecedented access to authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influences everything we read, hear and see. Previous BookCon guests have included John Green, Jenny Han, Mindy Kaling, Abbi Jacobsen, Bill Clinton, Margaret Atwood and Brie Larson, in addition to hundreds of Exhibitors.

Tickets for BookCon are available now at TheBookCon.com. Additional exciting details about BookCon Exhibitors, Guests and sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information and to purchase Tickets, please visit TheBookCon.com or BookCon’s social media pages (FacebookTwitter and Instagram).

Your First Look at “THE SONS OF EL TOPO” From BOOM! Studio

Discover The Sequel To The Groundbreaking Film in December 2018


LOS ANGELES, CA (October 29, 2018) – – BOOM! Studios today unveiled a first look at THE SONS OF EL TOPO VOLUME ONE: CAIN, a hardcover original graphic novel, available in December 2018, from legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain) and virtuosic illustrator José Ladrönn (Incredible Hulk) that continues the 1970 Mexican Acid Western film written, scored, directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky himself.

The merciless gunslinger El Topo has abandoned his pursuit of ultimate gun mastery to find enlightenment in the unlikeliest of places and is forever transformed, becoming a holy vessel imbued with the power to perform miracles and cheat death. But just as he gains sainthood, tragedy strikes as his community of outcasts is murdered before his eyes and his long-abandoned Hijo, Cain, returns to kill the father who discarded him many years ago.

Fueled by resentment but unable to strike his saintly father, Cain instead vows to hunt down his half-brother Abel, leading to an astonishing quest in THE SONS OF EL TOPO VOLUME ONE: CAIN, featuring a haunting cover by José Ladrönn, and continuing the legend in graphic novel format.

“The son becomes the father in this new chapter of El Topo’s saga as we follow Cain’s journey through the same desert wastelands and twisted mental landscapes that Jodorowsky built for us in the original film. Longtime devotees and new fans alike will love to explore this world with Jodorowsky and Ladrönn at the helm,” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios.

THE SONS OF EL TOPO VOLUME ONE: CAIN is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as the Eisner Award-winning Mouse Guard by David Petersen; the Eisner Award-winning The Realist by Asaf Hanuka; the Eisner Award-nominated The Killer by Matz and Luc Jacamon; and licensed series like Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.

Print copies of THE SONS OF EL TOPO VOLUME ONE: CAIN will be available for sale on December 19th at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), at bookstores on December 25th, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on THE SONS OF EL TOPO and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Announce BEN 10: FOR SCIENCE! Original Graphic Novel

Ben, Gwen, and Grandpa Max Return With A New Comic Book Adventure in July 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 26, 2018)  – BOOM! Studios today announced BEN 10: FOR SCIENCE!, the next middle grade original graphic novel based on Cartoon Network’s 2017 hit series, which will debut in stores July 2019.

Ben 10 tells the story of fun loving, 10-year-old, Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max, as they discover new adventures around every corner. Once Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different heroic aliens, a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him. Ben 10 is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment.

In BEN 10: FOR SCIENCE!, from Rainbow Award-winning writer CB Lee (Not Your Sidekick) and artist Mattia Di Meo (Adventure Time/Regular Show), a science camp is attacked by a mysterious threat and Ben and Gwen must go undercover as campers to find out who or what is responsible. To have any chance of saving the day, they’ll need to follow the grisly trail of science experiments gone wrong.

“I’m so excited to bring Ben and Gwen to the dynamic world of discovery in FOR SCIENCE!” said writer CB Lee. “As they go undercover at a science camp to investigate monster rumors, they get swept up in making new friends and learning the wonders of space, robotics and more!”

“I can’t wait to start this new adventure with BEN 10!” said artist Mattia Di Meo. “Ben and his family are such strong characters, so it’s a treat to bring them to life…along with robots and space aliens. What else could I ask for?”

This is second original graphic novel release from the partnership between BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network, following the upcoming debut of BEN 10: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE from Lee and artist Lidan Chen in March 2019.

“We’re excited to jump back into all new adventures with Ben, Gwen, and Grandpa Max in BEN 10: FOR SCIENCE!,” said Cameron Chittock, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “C.B. Lee and Mattia Di Meo bring vibrant energy and heart to every page, worthy of this incredible series.”

BEN 10: FOR SCIENCE! is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning  KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Regular Show and Over The Garden Wall, along with original series like Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard, Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, and The Deepby Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of BEN 10: FOR SCIENCE! will be available for sale in July 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores and the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on BEN 10 original graphic novels and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.