IDW Publishing Partners with Humble Bundle to Bring Readers Locke & Key and More from Bestselling Author JOE HILL

Purchases Support Comic Shops, Book Retailers, and Schools in Need with Contributions to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and DonorsChoose

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 13, 2020) – IDW Publishing (OTCQX: IDWM), the award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, trade paperbacks, and tabletop games, teams up with Humble Bundle to launch Joe Hill’s Locke & Key & More by IDW” Humble Comics Bundle, beginning today!

With this “Pay What You Want” promotion, readers pick their own price for a captivating selection of Joe Hill’s finest comics work, including Locke & KeyDying is EasyThe CapeTales from the Darkside, and more, while also supporting two important charity organizations with a portion of their contributions: Book Industry Charitable Foundation and DonorsChoose!

The retail value of the comics in this bundle is as much as $177. However, the value of the Humble Comics Bundle format is that readers can make a minimum $1.00 purchase to attain a basic tier, then increase their contribution to attain upgrades to their bundle.

The $1 Tier includes:

  • Dying is Easy #1
  • Locke and Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
  • Locke and Key Vol. 2: Head Games
  • Joe Hill’s The Cape
  • Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury

The $8 Tier includes:

  • Dying is Easy #2
  • Locke and Key Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows
  • Locke and Key Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom
  • Joe Hill’s The Cape: 1969
  • Road Rage
  • Joe Hill’s Thumbprint
  • Tales from the Darkside

The $15 Tier includes:

  • Dying is Easy #3
  • Locke and Key Vol. 5: Clockworks
  • Locke and Key Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega
  • Locke & Key: Heaven & Earth
  • Locke & Key: Dog Days
  • Locke & Key: Small World Deluxe Edition
  • The Cape: Fallen
  • The Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland

Joe Hill’s Locke & Key & More by IDW Humble Comics Bundle runs for three weeks from May 13 through June 2.

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New video shows The Waylanders character creator and gameplay

Player Classes, Races, and Backgrounds revealed!

A Coruña, Spain – May 13, 2020 – Gato Salvaje has released a new video showing a selection of the character creator options coming in The Waylanders. With multiple races, classes, and backgrounds to choose from, The Waylanders offers a wide range of customization options.

Coming to Steam Early Access this summer, The Waylanders begins in a myth-filled Celtic era of history and sets the player on an adventure through the region of Katia and into the medieval future.

Watch the new Character Creator Video:

Players creating their character in The Waylanders have six base classes to choose from: Warrior, Guardian, Rogue, Ranger, Sorcerer, and Healer. Each base class will have a variety of specializations available at later levels, giving a wide range of options for multiple playthroughs.

Formations are a new RPG gameplay element introduced in The Waylanders, granting special attacks, abilities, and transformations based on the class makeup of the player character and their accompanying companions. This video also shows just a few of the formation abilities available including the three shown in the video: Golem Transformation, Spear Rush, and Conclave.

In addition to to their class, players can pick their race (Human, Mourian, Half-Formorian, Werewolf) and select from a variety of backgrounds (Celtic Soldier, Celtic Druid, Egyptian, Mourian Diplomat, Mourian Protector, Dogs of Ares MercenaryAlpha Wolf, and Slave).

See below for a list of class, race, and background descriptions. More information about The Waylanders is available on the game’s website and Steam page.

Base Player Classes:

Warrior

Strong and reckless, Warriors inflict devastating damage with two heavy weapons. Shunning defense, they are merciless at close range, cutting down their enemies or flinging them across the battlefield. Warriors can also throw their opponents across the field of battle

Features: Dual Wielding, Heavy Weapons, Short Range, Melee

Guardian

A selfless defender and champion, Guardians shield their friends in battle. Fighting on the front lines with a sword and shield, they draw the attention of their enemies, exposing vulnerable flanks.

Features: Shield, Heavy Weapons, Tank, Melee

Rogue

Clever Rogues are masters of trickery, evasion, and assassination. They weaken and confuse their foes before finishing them off with lethal close-range attacks. If you like quiet assassinations, disappearing and reappearing at will, or just stabbing things, you’ll want to try this class.

Features: Daggers, Damage Over Time, Trickery, Evasion, Critical Damage

Ranger

Rangers are lethal sharpshooters with a loyal animal companion. Rangers excel at long-range combat, using their bows to inflict critical damage on foes’ hidden weaknesses.

Features: Long-Range Weapons, Pets, Critical Damage

Sorcerer

Mysterious and powerful, Sorcerers wreak magickal havoc across the battlefield. Reality is a sorcerer’s plaything, and they can bend it to teleport in and out of battle at will. Use lethal spells on individual enemies, cast incantations that cause havoc across large swaths of the battlefield, and bend reality to get yourself out of the way of attacking enemies.

Features: Destruction Magick, Area Spells, Teleporting

Healer

Healers call upon the aid of the spirits of the earth in order to provide your companions with defensive or offensive buffs, or use those same spirits to debuff your enemies. The Healer is the beating heart of any party.

Features: Healing, Buffs, Debuffs

Player Races:

Human

Humans are the most common and diverse race in Brigantia. The Celts are the main human race represented in The Waylanders, but as the seat of a thriving empire with trade routes that extend well beyond the continent of Europe, Brigantia has always been home to people of many different beliefs, nationalities, races, and ethnicities.

Mourian

The Mourians are an immortal race with dark skin, golden eyes, and a penchant for both fate-based magicks and intellectual pursuits. After centuries living amongst humans and other surface-dwellers, most Mourians have grown tired of mortal affairs, and have developed thriving communities of their own in the Underworld and the Medulas.

Werewolf

Descendants of the god Lug, werewolves do not transform humans with a bite, or change shape with the phases of the moon. Some appear almost human with lupine characteristics. Some are indistinguishable from wolves, but with human intelligence. The majority, however, are fearsome half-human beasts, ferocious in battle, and dangerous foes.

Half-Fomorian

The Fomorians are a race of monstrous immortal giants who once ruled Ireland. When the Tuatha came to power, they banished the Fomorians to a small corner of the Mourian Underworld. The Fomorians have been in exile for thousands of years, biding their time until they have an opportunity to retake their ancestral home. Half-Fomorians are the offspring of these titans: less monstrous in appearance, but just as fearsome.

Player Backgrounds

Background options depend on the race and class you choose. Some combinations allow different origins/backgrounds, others are limited to a specific one.

Celtic Druid

As a Celtic druid, you are deeply ensconced in the Celtic culture. Born with a natural aptitude for magick, you were sent to the druidic circle in Dumbriga as a child to develop your skills. The other druids at the circle are your main family and cultural touchstones, and the trees, stones, birds, and the sea are as alive and important to you as people.

Celtic Soldier

The Celtic soldier has been training in the ways of combat since they were a teen. They grew up in the Celtic culture and faith, but spent their early adulthood traveling around the world as a mercenary. During that time, they gained knowledge about other cultures and fighting styles that has made them more open to different ideas, good at cross-cultural negotiations, and very valuable on the battlefield. They’re now an honored, decorated member of King Ith’s personal guard.

Egyptian

Since the beginning of time, Brigantia has been deeply connected to Egypt. The two societies have traded goods and culture for as long as anyone can remember, and many Egyptians reside in Brigantia. Queen Escota herself was born in Egypt, and openly follows the Egyptian religion. A few years ago, the queen’s son, Prince Lugaid met you in Egypt, and offered you a position in his entourage. You have been traveling with him ever since, as a trusted advisor and friend.

Dogs of Ares Mercenary

As a teenager, Prince Lugaid of Brigantia was sent to Scythia to study their advanced combat tactics. You were his instructor. You believe strongly in the glory of battle and are one the best skirmishers in the world, specializing in the Greek spear-and-shield fighting style, as well as the bow.

This is your first time ever visiting Brigantia, and you may find their ways rather odd and difficult to understand compared to your own. It doesn’t bother you much. In your experience, most problems can be solved with close observation and, when necessary, a little bloodshed.

Alpha Wolf

You are the leader of a powerful pack of merchants and traders. This will be your first journey out of your family’s lands, and you hope to meet your ancestor, Lug.

Werewolves don’t prize the same qualities as other races do. You may not be as strong, tough, or smart as your packmates, but your speed is second to none.

Mourian Diplomat

The elders have been grooming you for Mourian leadership since a young age. Studies and travel consumed your early adulthood, and you have spent the last few years traveling with the Celts, learning about the world and teaching them about yours. This particular trip will be the first time you meet the Mourian Seer, and you hope to make a good impression on her.

You have a great deal of experience winning debates and are knowledgeable about cultures besides your own, but your devotion to intellectual pursuits have left you weaker and more frail than your famously sturdy people.

Mourian Protector

You have always been concerned with the protection of others, you have learned all the arts that allow you to be a great bodyguard. You have served as a defense for every diplomat they have sent you with, no matter how dangerous fate was and you have never failed. This time you will have the highest honor, being the guardian of La Vidente, leader and guide of your town and you hope to see on your return the great capital of the Underworld, which you never visited.

Slave

You grew up as a slave in the Mourian underground, with little knowledge of the outside world. You look human enough to most people, if a little tall. As a mercenary of the Mourians, you’ve fought on their side in various conflicts throughout your life. You arrive in Brigantia as their bodyguard, but also as a warning: your masters remember what the Tuatha did. Your Fomorian blood has given you strength, durability, and a tireless will

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EYE-POPPING WALT SIMONSON, FRANK CHO, ERIK LARSEN & RYAN OTTLEY COVERS FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SAVAGE DRAGON #250 ISSUE REVEALED

Cover by Walt Simonson
Cover by Frank Cho
Cover drawn by Erik Larsen, inked by Ryan Ottley
PORTLAND, Ore. 05/12/2020 — Legendary artists Walt Simonson (Thor), Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows), and Ryan Ottley (Invincible) join Rob Liefeld (Deadpool) and Skottie Young (Middlewest, I Hate Fairyland) in contributing to the eye-popping covers of the milestone Savage Dragon #250 issue by Image Comics partner and CFO Erik Larsen. This record breaking issue is set to release from Image Comics in July.

For 28 years, Erik Larsen has chronicled the lives and times of the Dragon and his extended family in one of comics’ only series set in real time. This monumental oversized milestone issue is a sweeping culmination that sets the stage for the next phase of comics’ most uncompromising series with its most shocking story yet!

Forces have conspired against Malcolm Dragon and his family—but is this a turning point or…THE END?! Find out as Savage Dragon becomes the second original Image title to reach its 250th issue and begins the countdown to #300.

Savage Dragon #250 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 15.

  • Savage Dragon #250 cover A by Erik Larsen (Diamond Code DEC190056)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover B by Frank Cho (Diamond Code DEC190057)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover C by Rob Liefeld (Diamond Code DEC190058)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover D by Walt Simonson (Diamond Code DEC190059)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover E by Skottie Young (Diamond Code DEC190060)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover F Blank Sketch variant (Diamond Code DEC190061)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover G drawn by Erik Larsen, inked by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code FEB209190)

Savage Dragon #250 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

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DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES Comes To BOOM! Studios in Fall 2020

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson Adapt Their New York Times Best-Selling Novel To Comics For The First Time

Credit: Bill Sienkiewicz

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 11, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today announced it has acquired the comic book and graphic novel publishing license to the New York Times bestselling DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES, a prequel novel to the groundbreaking series by Frank Herbert that is widely considered to be an unparalleled achievement in storytelling. This Fall, BOOM! Studios will debut the first issue of a twelve-issue DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES limited series in partnership with Herbert Properties LLC and in full coordination with Abrams ComicArts, who are publishing in the fall the first of three graphic novel adaptations of Herbert’s original classic novel DUNE.

The DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES comic book series will be adapted & scripted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the eponymous prequel novel based on Frank Herbert’s notes. Set in the years leading up to the explosive events of DuneDUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES transports readers to the far future on the desert planet Arrakis where Pardot Kynes seeks its secrets. Meanwhile, a violent coup is planned by the son of Emperor Elrood; an eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho seeks to escape his cruel masters; and a young man named Leto Atreides begins a fateful journey. These unlikely souls will come together as renegades and soon discover that fate has decreed they will change the very shape of history.

Created by visionary writer Frank Herbert, Dune debuted in 1965 has sold millions of copies and is arguably the most admired science fiction novel of all time. After winning the Hugo Award and inaugural Nebula Award, Dune inspired a best-selling novel series and led to multiple live-action adaptations, including the upcoming feature film from Legendary Pictures. The influence of Dune extends well beyond the world of entertainment, with an incalculable influence on modern scientific thinking about outer space, environmentalism and more.

Brian Herbert is the son of legendary science fiction author Frank Herbert and has written the definitive biography of him, Dreamer of Dune, a finalist for the Hugo Award. Brian has also written many highly imaginative novels, including the Timeweb trilogy, the ecological fantasy Ocean (with his wife, Jan), The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma, The Unborn, and The Assassination of Billy Jeeling. His earlier acclaimed novels include The Stolen Gospels, Sudanna Sudanna, and Sidney’s Comet, as well as Man of Two Worlds (written with his father). Brian has collaborated on many novels in the Dune series with Kevin J. Anderson, all of which became international bestsellers, and they also wrote the Hellhole trilogy together. Brian also co-manages the legacy of Frank Herbert and is an executive producer of the new motion picture Dune and the forthcoming TV series Dune: The Sisterhood. You can follow Brian on @DuneAuthor on Twitter@brianherbertnovels on Facebook or at brianherbertnovels.com.

Dune: House Atreides holds a special place in my heart,” said Brian Herbert. “It was the first novel Kevin and I wrote in my father’s fantastic Dune universe, and it is our first collaborative novel to be adapted for comics. In 1999, our novel was a surprise New York Times bestseller, and we have equally high expectations for this special BOOM! Studios adaptation.”

Kevin J. Anderson has published more than 165 books, 56 of which have been national or international bestsellers.  Some of his most prominent work is written in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, and he has written numerous novels in the worlds of Star Wars, X-Files, and Superman/Batman. Along with legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart, he created the unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Lives and Clockwork Angels (which he also adapted as a graphic novel for BOOM! Studios). His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. He has written comics for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW, Abrams, and Topps. He has edited numerous anthologies, composed the lyrics to two rock CDs, and is the director of the Publishing graduate program at Western Colorado University. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press. His most recent novels are Stake, Kill Zone, and Spine of the Dragon. You can follow Kevin @thekja on Twitter, @TheKJA or The Official Kevin J. Anderson Page on Facebook, @therealkja on Instagram or at wordfire.com

“It’s been more than twenty years since Brian and I published House Atreides, the first of our new novels set in Frank Herbert’s Dune universe,” said Kevin J Anderson. “We loved exploring all the possibilities Frank created for us, and those books introduced a whole new audience to Dune. Now, in adapting House Atreides into a vibrant graphic format, it’s like rediscovering the story and the world all over again. So much of the novel is visually driven, the union of comics and House Atreides is a natural.”

The DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES limited series is published in coordination with Abrams ComicArts, who will release a graphic novel trilogy adapting Frank Herbert’s original novel Dune, with volume one coming this fall. The Dune graphic novels from ComicArts are also adapted and scripted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, and will be illustrated by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín, and feature covers by Bill Sienkiewicz.

“There are few novels in modern history with bigger impact and continued relevance than Dune, so it’s an honor for BOOM! Studios – and for me – to be a part of sharing this unforgettable world with readers,” said Ross Richie, CEO & Founder, BOOM! Studios. “DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES is not only an exciting reward for long-time fans who get to experience Brian and Kevin returning to their unforgettable novel, but it’s also a perfect place for new readers to discover where the spice must flow – and why fans like me know Dune is unlike anything else you’ve ever read.”

DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith; The Red Mother by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert; and Alienated by Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

For continuing news on the DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES comic books from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

DUNE logo created by Bill Sienkiewicz for Dune: The Graphic Novel, adaptation by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, published by Abrams ComicArts. Used with permission.

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REEDPOP ANNOUNCES BOOKEXPO ONLINE AND BOOKCONLINE 2020

SAVE THE DATE!

BookExpo Online 2020 to take place May 26-29 with additional sessions this Summer

Storytelling and pop culture will collide at BookConline 2020 on May 30-May 31 featuring author panels, galley giveaways, quizzes and more

NORWALK, May 7, 2020 – ReedPop, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events, today announced that BookExpo and BookCon are going virtual with a full slate of free online programming to take place on May 26-31, the originally scheduled week of BookExpo and BookCon 2020.

BookExpo Online 2020 will offer the marquee programming that attendees look forward to each year, including the Children’s & Adult’s Book & Author Dinners, the Buzz Book panels, spotlights on New Graphic Novels and Picture Books, and curated content for librarians. BookExpo will also hold an additional day of programming in July featuring timely content curated with booksellers’ goals in mind.

On Tuesday, May 26, BookExpo Online will kick off with Librarians’ Day, offering a full day of library content. A list of sessions will be announced in the coming days.

Librarians’ Day will be followed by the Adult and Children’s Book & Author Dinners, now presented as evening events to accommodate viewers in different time zones, on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28, respectively. The 2020 Adult Book & Author Dinner will find Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Carmen Maria Machado, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rebecca Roanhorse taking the virtual stage for a discussion of their forthcoming works and initiatives with MSNBC political analyst and SiriusXM radio personality Zerlina Maxwell as host. The Children’s Book & Author Dinner will bring together several of literature’s most esteemed children’s and young adult authors for a lively discussion, featuring  Judy Blume, Natalie Portman, Marie Lu, Raj Haldar, Misty Copeland, and Kwame Mbalia.

BookExpo Buzz Day will take place on Friday, May 29 and offer the Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade Editor’s Buzz panels, along with the New Picture Book and New Graphic Novel Showcases. The Editor’s Buzz panels will be presented in an updated format that brings together a discussion between editor and author for each featured title.

BookConline 2020, the event where storytelling and pop culture collide, will offer fans a virtual gathering place to interact with their favorite authors and publishers. Taking place on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, the two-day event will feature a full slate of Q&As and panel discussions with nearly 100 bestselling and debut authors including Cassandra Clare, Zoraida Cordova, Jenny Han, Judy Blume, Jodi Picoult, Nic Stone, and Mike Curato, discussing topics including the new age of super heroes, LGBTQ+ characters in young adult and middle grade literature, social justice, and much more. The full schedule of events will be announced in the coming days.

Jenny Martin, Event Director for BookExpo and BookCon, said, “We know how valuable it is for our community to gather and we felt it was important to reimagine the experiences you look forward to each year at BookExpo and BookCon to fit our current reality. We are excited to bring you BookExpo Online and BookConline this year, two unique digital events that will certainly be one for the books!”

BookExpo Online 2020 will also present an additional day of bookseller programming in late July that will include education sessions, speed dating, UnBound content, and publisher showcases. More details and a full schedule of content will be announced in the coming weeks.

All programming for both BookExpo Online and BookConline 2020 is open to the general public and presented free of charge. All BookExpo Online programming will be viewable on the BookExpo Facebook page and all BookConline programming will be viewable on the BookCon Facebook page and BookCon Facebook group.

Please visit BookExpoAmerica.com for more information about BookExpo and BookCon.com or BookCon’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for more information on BookCon.

BookConline My 30 & 31 Join us for two days of author panels, Q&As, trivia, quizzes, ARC giveaways and more as we celebrate BookConline streaming through our Facebook page and Facebook group!

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DISNEY+ GREENLIGHTS ‘JUST BEYOND’ SERIES FROM SETH GRAHAME-SMITH BASED ON THE BEST-SELLING GRAPHIC NOVELS BY R.L. STINE

Supernatural Series Hails from 20th Century Fox Television

Burbank, Calif (May 7, 2020) – Disney+ has ordered the 8-episode series Just Beyond from writer Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The horror/comedy anthology, based on the best-selling BOOM! Studios graphic novel series from iconic children’s writer R.L. Stine (Goosebumps) and artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews, was created by Grahame-Smith, who has a history of moving between horror and comedy as author of the bestselling novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and screenwriter of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, The Lego Batman Movie and The Saint for director Dexter Fletcher and star Chris Pine.

“I grew up watching Twilight Zone reruns and the original Amazing Stories with my parents,” said Seth Grahame-Smith. “I’ve always wanted to make a genre anthology series that families could enjoy together, and do it in a way that delivered for kids and adults alike.  R.L. Stine has been a part of millions of childhoods, and Disney+ has already proven itself as a place that knows how to make high-quality shows for the whole family. I couldn’t be more excited to be working with both of them.”

“Back in the day, we had a Goosebumps HorrorLand attraction at Walt Disney World,” said author R.L. Stine.  “It was one of the thrills of my life. Now I’m thrilled to be back with Disney for the TV series based on my graphic novels. Writing Just Beyond for BOOM! Studios has been a joy from the beginning, and I’m so happy to have the wonderful screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith bring the series to life on Disney+. How lucky can I be?”

A writers room is being assembled and the series is expected to come to Disney+ in the fall of 2021.

Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg’s KatzSmith will produce through their KatzSmith Productions and are represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

BOOM! Studios is represented by UTA and Matt Saver.

Just Beyond is produced by 20TH Century Fox Television, a part of Disney Television Studios. Seth Grahame-Smith will serve as writer and executive producer alongside David Katzenberg, Stephen Christy and Ross Richie.  R.L. Stine is attached as co-executive producer.

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A slew of Video Game Trailers

On May 7th many trailers dropped for the XBox X Series. The games were mostly multi-platform though, including Steam. Here are the ones that caught our attention:

From Bloober Team, the makers of Layers of Fear and -observer-:

From Ebb Software, a H.R.Giger inspired game, first Kickstarted in 2017:

The newest Yakuza adventure, with an American subtitle of the games actual Japanese title, Ryū ga Gotoku (Like a Dragon):

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Voices of The Waylanders, revealed!

Gato Salvaje Studio shares voices behind companions and major characters coming to the upcoming time travel RPG

A Coruña, Spain – April 30, 2020 – Gato Salvaje Studio shared the first round of voices behind their cast of companions and pivotal characters in a new casting trailer. Set to enter Steam Early Access this summer, players will be able to explore the Celtic Age of The Waylanders as an adventurer who has been cut loose from time.

The Waylanders team has assembled a powerful cast of veteran voice actors with casting credits from RPG classics like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, as well as TV and film roles. Simon Templeman, Ash Sroka, Sara Kestelman, Rosalind Eleazar, Colin Salmon, Lisa Jacobs, Fred Tatasciore, and Ralph Ineson, as well as many others, have all come together to lend voices to Celtic heroes, villains, and mythological creatures.

The full cast list will be released closer to early access launch this summer.

 COMPANIONS

Simon Templeman joins the party as Amergin – A charming and witty master druid determined to restore the balance of the world. As the Master Druid of King Ith’s court, Amergin is regarded as a magickal and political authority by other humans, but due to his youth, immortals rarely take him seriously. They should – he’s the most powerful druid to grace the Celts in generations.

As an accomplished actor in TV and video games, Simon Templeman is credited on many AAA titles. RPG fans will recognize him as the voice of Loghain from the popular Dragon Age series.

Rosalind Eleazar is the proud and intelligent necromancer Khaldun. Eldest daughter of a noble family in Meroe, she was sent to Egypt to be educated in the best schools Alexandria could offer. Now as a priestess of the god Osiris, in King Ith’s court, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Rosalind Eleazar’s experience in TV dramas Howards EndRellik, and Harlots, brings weight to this fearsome magic user.

Colin Salmon is Berath, an immortal Mourian professor. Blunt, calm, and deadly, Berath has spent the human generations since his childhood traveling and learning, and has become a skilled and dangerous Pathfinder. Despite everything he’s learned, however, he still finds wonder and mystery in the tiniest butterfly.

As a well-known TV and film actor, genre fans will know Colin Salmon from his roles in ArrowKryptonMortal Engines, and Sofia the First amongst others.

Lisa Jacobs dreams of the sky as Delba, a huge Fomorian warrior. As a champion of her underground race, she’s known for her strength, considerable size, ferocity, and love of dirty jokes. Youngest daughter of the Fomorian king, as well as one of the youngest Fomorians alive, with only a scant few centuries under her belt, Delba dreams of following her mother to the surface and showing the humans that Fomorians aren’t the monsters they appear to be.

Lisa Jacobs is known for her work in The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, The Politician’s Wife, and The Criminal.

Sara Kestelman joins the cast as Brigg, a veteran commander seeking new adventures. As former commander in King Ith’s army, Brigg may have retired a few years ago but they are nowhere near ready to settle down. A world of adventure awaits!

In addition to her many TV and film roles, Sara Kestelman voiced Kreia in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords.

Fred Tatasciore has become a boisterous Heraklios. This mighty Greek mercenary is trying to live up to the legends. Heraklios likes beer, hates injustice, and loves a good belly laugh. He has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of Greek legends and myths, and will recount them – loudly, and with many embellishments – to anyone who asks.

Fred Tatasciore’s work includes a substantial list of credits in film, TV, animation, and video games. Gaming fans will recognize him as the voice of Overwatch’s Soldier: 76 and Don Corneo from the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

STORY CHARACTERS

Amber Rose Revah sees the future as Nazhedja. This Immortal Seer has existed for as long as anyone can remember, and has held a high position in Mourian society for centuries. She’s regarded as the world’s foremost magical authority, and she absolutely loves it. Nazhedja can see every aspect of the past and the future… until she met you.

Among her many roles, Amber Rose Revah plays Dinah Madani in The Punisher TV series on Netflix.

Ralph Ineson, is crowned King Ith of Katia, beloved ruler of the Celts in Spain. His relationship with the main character will depend on the background chosen by the player.

Ralph Ineson has played many roles in feature films and television series including The Hunter in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, as well as roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Chernobyl.

Ash Sroka plays Tiana, Commander of the Celtic army, and one of the people currently vying for the throne of Brigantia. Her quest for the throne is a reluctant one; she’d prefer to be a commander for the rest of her life, but she truly believes that no one else has her qualifications and support.

Fans of BioWare’s Mass Effect series will immediately know Ash Sroka as Tali’Zorah vas Normandy. Ash has had a long history with Gato Salvaje, playing Alicia in Gato’s Ar-k games.

More information on The Waylanders can be found on the game’s websitesocial media accounts, and Steam page. The Waylanders is available to wishlist on Steam and is set to enter Early Access this summer.

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BOOM! Studios Announces New DAY ONE Retailer Support Services Program

Award-Winning Publisher Introduces First Worldwide Initiative to Support
The Reopening of Comic Shops


LOS ANGELES, CA (April 29, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today announced the new DAY ONE RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM, an industry-first plan to immediately support comic shops and their communities worldwide.  Every comic shop will have their own “Day One” – the date they reopen their doors to their communities and engage with new customers. BOOM! Studios has committed to arm their retail partners with clear advance information in support of every comic book store having a successful Day One. In that spirit, the groundbreaking program from BOOM! Studios was announced alongside the award-winning publisher’s new single issue comics release schedule beginning May 20th (a full release schedule through the end of June can be found here).

“We know that comic shops will reopen their doors soon on the schedule that’s right for them, so our DAY ONE RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM is built to provide each one with everything they need to make that first day incredibly successful,” said Filip Sablik, President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios. “This new program allows retailers to not only receive the new comics they need to drive much needed business every week beginning May 20th, but also arms them to stock up on their best-selling books right now in advance of their Day One at industry best discount levels with absolutely no risk and begin generating revenue before they reopen.”

The DAY ONE RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM brings comic shops an unrivaled slate of discounts, returnability and sales tools including extensions and expansions of previously announced benefits, as part of their commitment to ensuring comic shops remaining a thriving part of every community:

  • Full Returnability Through August: BOOM! Studios will extend the industry’s best returnability program, the BOOM! Guarantee, by making all items that ship between May 20th through August 26th fully returnable via affidavit in order to allow retailers to order with confidence. Any retailer not already enrolled in the BOOM! Guarantee can sign up for free right here.

 

  • Rare Variant Cover Gift Set: BOOM! Studios will offer retailers a direct cash infusion by providing previously released rare and popular variant covers for free to qualifying Diamond accounts in June. These gifts will create an opportunity for retailers to generate additional revenue and promotion at no cost. For retailers who do not normally sell variant covers at an increased price, these can be used to reward loyal pull-box subscribers or used to further incentivize customer engagement as prizes or purchasing rewards.

 

  • Monthly 1-Per Store Variant Covers: BOOM! Studios will provide new, previously unannounced 1-per-store variant every month through December 2020 free to qualifying Diamond accounts. This program will begin with a new 1-per store variant for in June.

 

  • Deep Discounts on OGNs & Collections: BOOM! Studios is offering an additional 15% discount on OGNs & Collections through Simon & Schuster, which are fully returnable. This covers all releases through April 2020 and is in effect until May 15th, marking the highest discount level of any graphic novel publisher for accounts in the US, Canada and the UK.
    • Please note: For accounts distributed by Simon & Schuster UK, any account signing up will receive the same discount off their OGN & Collections. BOOM! Studios is extending promotional discounts to ALL Simon & Schuster UK accounts, and existing UK accounts should check with their sales representatives for available offers.

 

  • Deep Discounts on Top-Selling Titles: Beginning on April 27th and running until May 11th, select top-selling BOOM! Studios backlist titles will be an additional 25% off to encourage stocking up on key titles in preparation of customers returning to your stores.  This includes recent releases such as All My Friends Are Ghosts and Something is Killing the Children along with popular series like Fence and Jim Henson’s Power of the Dark Crystal.

 

  • Affiliate Sales Opportunities: BOOM! Studios is the first comic and graphic novel publisher to work with Simon & Schuster, Ingram and Bookshop.org to bring comic shop retailers new affiliate sales opportunities. These opportunities allow retailers to drive additional revenue through online sales opportunities even when they’re not able to reopen their doors for their new Day One. Once stores are open, they can lower their inventory exposure by offering a wider selection of graphic novels and collections to their communities.

 

  • Curated Retailer Support Tools: BOOM! Studios will continue their weekly communications to retailers every week with information on the tools to benefit them like bookstores through Simon & Schuster, the ABA (American Booksellers Association) and more.

 

  • #BoostYourLCS Paid Promotion: BOOM! Studios will increase targeted advertising and promotion around comic shops, and specifically spotlight stores offering Safe Services (like curbside and mail order options), using the #BoostYourLCS hashtag to reach over 361,000 fans worldwide. A full list of BOOM! Guarantee and Safe Service retailers (with regular updates) can be found right here.

 

  • Diamond Summit Variant: BOOM! Studios will deliver our promised free Diamond Summit retailer variant cover for Faithless II #1 to all qualifying stores in June so that retailers don’t miss out on this new Must-Read series.

 

  • Exclusive Convention Variant Opportunities: BOOM! Studios will offer select variant covers and other items previously planned for 2020 conventions direct to retailers through Diamond, as long as supplies last. Since fans can’t go to conventions, we’re bringing the conventions to the fans!

Diamond Comic Distributors and BOOM! Studios will be sharing more information directly with retailers as soon as it is finalized to clearly outline how to receive benefits from the  DAY ONE RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM.

For continuing news on the  DAY ONE RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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INITIATING PROBAL DEFENCE MEASURES: THE DESTROY ALL HUMANS! INVASION DATE IS SET FOR JULY 28TH, 2020

Brand New gameplay trailer released and digital preorder is now ready for pre-probing

Vienna/Austria, Offenburg/Germany, April 28, 2020: What follows is an incoming transmission originating from somewhere between Earth and Mars:

“Greetings, fleshy Earthbeings. Cryptosporidium here, though you skin-wrapped water wads can call me Crypto-137.

I wanted to let you know that my Abducto Beam is finally ready and I’m journeying Earthwards right now. If my calculations are correct then P-Day – that’s Probe-Day to you mortal meat morsels – is set for July 28th, 2020. On that day I will officially Destroy All Humans!

I’ll see you future-victims soon on PC, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One™!”

Destroy All Humans! has already been available for pre-order on PC, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One™ from your preferred retailer, and is now also available for pre-order digitally on PC and Xbox One™. The SRP of the PC version is €29.99 / $29.99 / £24.99 / ₽1.529, and the SRP for consoles is €39.99 / $39.99 / £34.99 / ₽2.799 (PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™). Pre-order Skins available via selected channels only!

Preorder Here!

The Crypto-137 Edition, featuring a Crypto-137 figurine, a Crypto backpack, keychain, six lithographs, anti-stress toy and all in-game Crypto skins, all contained within a premium box, is available for pre-order now and has an SRP of €399.99 | $399.99 | £349.99 | seven tons of mutilated cow corpse juice’s worth of Crypto currency.

The DNA Collector’s Edition, featuring a Crypto’N’Cow figurine, keychain, six lithographs, anti-stress toy, and all in-game Crypto skins, all contained within a premium box, is available for pre-order now and has an SRP of €149.99 | $149.99 | £139.99 | twelve charred human femurs’ worth of Crypto currency.

About Destroy All Humans!

The cult-classic returns and invades everything but your privacy on July 28 2020! Terrorize the people of 1950s Earth in the role of the evil alien Crypto-137. Harvest DNA and bring down the US government in the remake of the legendary alien invasion action adventure. Annihilate puny humans using an assortment of alien weaponry and psychic abilities. Reduce their cities to rubble with your flying Saucer!

One giant step on mankind!

Destroy All Humans! is a cult classic and one of the few games that will have you laughing out loud. Many games have taken inspiration from its mix of humoristic story-telling and easily accessible open world shooter action, as well as its wide range of over-the-top weaponry. But there can only be one Cryptosporidium: the human-hating alien with the voice of an angry Jack Nicholson and a shorter fuse than a xenomorph on steroids.

Step right up and enjoy the show!

Only Destroy All Humans! allows you to explore idyllic US cities of the 1950s, read the thoughts of their citizens to uncover their secret desires… and then burn the very same cities to the ground with the mighty Death Ray of your flying saucer!

Features

  • Use your Abducto Beam to throw tanks around!
  • Use your psychokinesis powers to crush a farmer under his own cow!
  • Discover which seemingly prude ’50s housewife secretly has the hots for her hairdresser!
  • Slowly batter a human to death with his own hat!
  • Light up the night by zapping your enemies with teslatastic electricity!
  • Take. One. Giant. Step. On. Mankind!

Visit the website for more information:

Official Destroy All Humans! Website

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