Small Press Expo Announces Crowdfundr, the creator-friendly crowdfunding platform, as the Official Sponsor of the 2022 Ignatz Awards

Bethesda, Maryland -August XXX, 2022

Media Release – Small Press Expo, the premier event for indie comics, cartooning and graphic novels is pleased to announce that Crowdfundr, a free crowdfunding platform for creators, is the official sponsor of the 2022 Ignatz Awards.

Crowdfundr launched on June 21 to the delight of comics creators looking for a crowdfunding alternative that puts their interests first. Nearly all of the first comic book creators and publishers on the platform have already fully funded their projects. The mission of Crowdfundr is to empower and support the creator community by providing them with a free and robust crowdfunding platform.

The prestigious Ignatz Awards are held every year at SPX, recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The winners will be announced at SPX 2022 during the Ignatz Awards Ceremony, that occurs on September 17 at 9PM in the White Oak Room of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

“On behalf of the SPX Executive Committee, we are so pleased and honored that Crowdfundr has chosen to be a sponsor of the Small Press Expo Ignatz Awards.” said Warren Bernard, Executive Director Small Press Expo. “The Crowdfundr platform clearly fits the needs and values of the indie comics community, adding a great sales channel by which their works can get into the hands of the public. SPX graciously thanks the team of Crowdfundr for supporting the SPX 2022 Ignatz Awards.”

“The comics and indie publishing community has been so welcoming to Crowdfundr, and being able to sponsor the most important awards in indie comics affirms how aligned we are with the comics community in the goal of supporting and honouring creators,” said David Barach, president of Crowdfundr. “While not as thrilling as being nominated or actually winning an Ignatz, being asked to sponsor the awards is a huge privilege for us and an exciting win for our approach to creator-friendly crowdfunding.”

Small Press Expo 2022 will be held on September 17 & 18, 2022 at the Bethesda North Marriott. Information about tickets, transportation and the hotel can be found on the SPX web site. In a ceremony to be held Saturday September 17 at 9PM, the most outstanding indie comic’s creators will be awarded the prestigious Ignatz Award across ten nominee categories, such as “Outstanding Artist”, “Outstanding Anthology”, “Outstanding New Talent” and more.

Besides sponsoring the Ignatz Awards, Crowdfundr will also host two workshops for creators to learn more about crowdfunding and the platform. The workshop schedule and the signup form will be announced mid-August.

Crowdfundr is also pleased to present the CreatorHub, a free online community for creators to collaborate and exchange knowledge.

Create your free crowdfunding campaign at crowdfundr.com/create.

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New York Times Best-Selling Author Roberto Saviano and Illustrator Asaf Hanuka Debut Graphic Memoir I’M STILL ALIVE at BOOM! Studios

Discover The Shocking True Story of a Journalist’s Mission to Expose and
Survive the Mafia in October 2022 

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 27, 2022) –  BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at I’M STILL ALIVE, a new original graphic memoir from New York Times bestselling author Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah, ZeroZeroZero, The Piranhas) and Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Asaf Hanuka (The Realist, The Divine), detailing for the first time ever Saviano’s personal account of his 15 year-long existence as the Italian mafia’s greatest threat and his persistent will to survive, in stores October 2022.

When journalist Roberto Saviano wrote the groundbreaking international bestseller Gomorrah, he exposed the inner workings of the Naples mafia, resulting in real-world investigations into the corruption at the heart of the Camorra. But with the pursuit of justice and worldwide renown came violent death threats and the need for an isolated existence behind armed guards, which Saviano suffers to this day. Joined by award-winning cartoonist Asaf Hanuka, Saviano shares his deepest thoughts and experience of life in Naples, where he witnessed the power and violence of the mafia firsthand, as well as the unvarnished truth of his daily life after exposing the most ruthless and powerful criminal organizations of the 21st century.

“In I’M STILL ALIVE, resistance is expressed through the artillery of the written word and through the boundary of one’s body, understanding that, from any fight, you learn one rule and one rule only: it is not true that from battle you will either come back alive or you won’t come back at all,” said Saviano. “In the event of your return, you will return wounded, mutilated in body and soul. I’M STILL ALIVE is the story of my wound.”

Roberto Saviano is the author of the international bestsellers Gomorra: A Personal Journey, which has sold over ten million copies and been translated into more than 40 languages, and ZeroZeroZero, which was chosen by Lire as the best work of reportage in 2014. Gomorrah was adapted into a 2008 film that won the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe. It was also made into a critically acclaimed television series with worldwide distribution. The Piranhas was adapted into a prize-winning film at Berlinale.

Saviano’s journalism has been widely published, including in La Repubblica, L’Espresso, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vice, El País, Die Zeit, Expressen, Dagens Nyheter, The Times (London), and The Guardian. He has been living under police protection since October 2006, following threats received from the criminal organizations that he had denounced in his reporting. In 2011, he was awarded the PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage Award.

“Working with Roberto Saviano made me realize that freedom, which I enjoy as an endless resource, is not to be taken for granted. Roberto lost his freedom and the chance to live a normal life. But he never lost his words, he never stopped writing,” said Hanuka. “The work on the book was both inspiring and challenging. Inspiring because it’s a story of someone who always spoke for those who don’t have a voice, no matter what the price was. And challenging because his writing is made of metaphors, emotions and reflections. I had to find a visual language that corresponded to the complexity of the writing. The result was an unforgettable journey into his soul.”

Asaf Hanuka is an Eisner Award-winning and Ignatz Award-nominated cartoonist and illustrator whose work has been translated into many languages and has won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, 3X3 Silver Medal, and Communication Arts Award of Excellence. He teaches illustration and comics at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art.

“In I’M STILL ALIVE, collaborators Saviano and Hanuka embody the perfect union of words and images. Together, they show how this storytelling medium can be a platform for change and a tool for justice,” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Hanuka’s singular imagination pours onto the page, infusing the horrors of Saviano’s now daily life with pathos, drama, and heartbreak. Saviano’s voice is poetic and raw and as original in execution and sentiment as Asaf’s artwork. This book is not to be missed.”

I’M STILL ALIVE is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, and Albert Monteys; The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne-Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby; Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane, The Killer by Matz and Luc Jacamon, We Served the People by Emei Burell, New World by David Jesus Vignolli, Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra, Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure by Jeff Jensen and George Schall, The Short While by Jeremy Sorese, and About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, as well as Flavor Girls by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky, and licensed series including Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes, Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Storyteller, and Labyrinth. 

Print copies of I’M STILL ALIVE will be available for sale on October 5, 2022 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), October 11, 2022 at bookstores everywhere or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

For continuing news on I’M STILL ALIVE and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Moden classic – Irredeemable to return.

IRREDEEMABLE 
2009 – 2012
R.I.P.

TEN YEARS LATER…
MARK WAID IS STILL EVIL

  

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Your Magical First Look at FLAVOR GIRLS #1

MEET THE FLAVOR GIRLS in the Series Launch This July!

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 6, 2022) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at FLAVOR GIRLS #1, the premier issue of the new comic book series from highly acclaimed illustrator and cartoonist Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky (Persephone) and colorist Eros de Santiago, about a young woman suddenly called to join a group of magical heroes whose powers derive from the Earth in order to defend against a great looming danger, available July 2022.

Naoko, Camille, and V are the Dragonfruit, Pomegranate, and Artichoke FLAVOR GIRLS, Sacred Fruit Guardians of Earth! They defend the Mother Tree—the source of their power—from the threat of ever-looming aliens, who landed twelve years ago and whose motives regarding the planet are yet unknown…

Sara’s a young woman studying to become an international peacekeeper until one day she gets caught up in an alien attack. In the midst of battle, she is chosen by the Mother Tree as the newest FLAVOR GIRL with a sacred duty to defend the Earth and all its inhabitants. There’s just one problem… she’s never fought an alien in her life and she has no clue what she’s doing. Can she figure out her powers and her place on the team in time to help save the world?

FLAVOR GIRLS #1 features main cover art by series creator Locatelli-Kournwsky.

FLAVOR GIRLS is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, and Albert Monteys; The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne-Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby; Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane, The Killer by Matz and Luc Jacamon, We Served the People by Emei Burell, New World by David Jesus Vignolli, Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra, Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure by Jeff Jensen and George Schall, The Short While by Jeremy Sorese, and About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, as well as the upcoming I’m Still Alive by Roberto Saviano and Asaf Hanuka, and licensed series including Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes, Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Storyteller, and Labyrinth. 

Print copies of FLAVOR GIRLS #1 will be available for sale on July 13, 2022 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 Kindle.  

For continuing news on FLAVOR GIRLS and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

         

         

         

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AMAZON STUDIOS ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO CHARLES SOULE & RYAN BROWNE’S COMIC BOOK SERIES EIGHT BILLION GENIES AFTER A HEATED AUCTION

PORTLAND, Ore. 07/07/2022 — Last week The Hollywood Reporter announced that Amazon Studios has acquired the development rights to Charles Soule and Ryan Browne’s bestselling comic book series, Eight Billion Genies, after a heated auction.

The first project coming out of the deal is a feature film, which will be executive produced by Soule and Browne and serve as the cornerstone in a cross-media Universe of storytelling.

Charles Soule and Ryan Browne are represented by Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company and Eric Feig of Feig Law.

The Eight Billion Genies comic book series asks, If you had one wish… what would you wish for? Now, what if everyone else on the planet had one wish too? At exactly the same moment, everyone on earth gets a genie and one wish. Eight seconds later, the world has transformed forever…and that’s just the beginning.

The comic series is available now in print at comic book shops and digitally across many platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play:

  • Eight Billion Genies #1 – Diamond Code MAR220018
  • Eight Billion Genies #2 – Diamond Code APR220186

And coming soon:

  • Eight Billion Genies #3 – Diamond Code MAY220220 – on sale Wednesday, July 13
  • Eight Billion Genies #4 Cover A by Browne – Diamond Code JUN220264 – on sale Wednesday, August 10
  • Eight Billion Genies #4 Cover B by Christian Ward – Diamond Code JUN220265 – on sale Wednesday, August 10
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 Magnetic Press Opens Pre-Orders for Official LUPIN THE 3rd 50th Anniversary Art Book

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five Decades of the Adventurous Thief’s Anime History is Featured with Artwork, Insights, and Exclusive Pre-order Incentives.

CHICAGO, IL (June 22, 2022) — Today, Magnetic Press, acclaimed publisher of graphic novels and art books, launched the official pre-order site for the long-awaited coffee table art book 50 Animated Years of LUPIN THE 3rd, a 200-page hardcover volume celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the beloved character’s anime adventures to be released this Fall. The project has been developed in official partnership and full cooperation with TMS Entertainment, the prolific Japanese animation studio behind LUPIN THE 3rd, showcasing the many madcap exploits of the master thief throughout his entire franchise career to date.
Originally based on the manga by acclaimed creator Monkey Punch in 1967, Lupin III has starred in hundreds of serialized animated episodes, specials, and feature films adored worldwide. The anniversary art book chronicles the franchise’s evolution from the very first televised episode in 1971 to the newest season LUPIN THE 3rd PART 6, as well the franchise’s many animated specials and feature films, including LUPIN THE 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro — notable for being the theatrical debut of renowned director Hayao Miyazaki — and LUPIN III: The Firstthe franchise’s first foray into feature-length CG animation released in 2019.
“As a life-long fan of Lupin, this project has been a dream come true, and wading through the archives of classic Lupin material from TMS Entertainment has been somewhat overwhelming,” said Mike Kennedy, Founder and Publisher of Magnetic Press. “The wealth of amazing artwork and adventures produced for the series over these past five decades is simply mind-blowing. Assembling this book was a monumental task, but one of passion, and we’re excited that this official sourcebook is finally on its way! Lupin fans rejoice!”

The Anniversary artbook can now be pre-ordered through the dedicated website www.lupin-3-rpg.com and is available in two editions, both of which will include exclusive items available only through this pre-order site. The standard 200-page hardcover will include an exclusive 48-page softcover sketchbook filled with additional artwork and designs from Lupin’s storied history, including artwork from LUPIN THE 3rd PART 1, LUPIN THE 3rd PART 2, LUPIN THE 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro, LUPIN THE 3rd PART 3, LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5, LUPIN THE 3rd PART 6, and the LUPIN THE IIIRD seriesas well as a Limited Edition Golden Metal Coin featuring the Cagliostro and Lupin Emblems.

Limited Deluxe Slipcase Edition will also be available featuring the book inside a premium gold-foiled slipcase, a Limited Edition 11×8.5″ Linen Cardstock Print from The Castle of Cagliostro, a gold foil-stamped bookmark, an exclusive golden lapel pin featuring the official 50th Anniversary Lupin logo, and a numbered tip-in bookplate in addition to the standard edition’s bonus sketchbook and collectible coin. This Slipcase Set will only be available through this pre-order site, and only 1000 copies will be produced.
Both editions are expected to ship in October.

For more information and to pre-order 50 Animated Years of LUPIN THE 3rd, fans are encouraged to visit www.lupin-3-rpg.com.

More info about Magnetic Press is available on Facebook, Twitter, and the official website, www.magnetic-press.com.

For TMS Entertainment’s latest announcements regarding LUPIN THE 3rd and other titles, be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Visit the pre-order page
About Magnetic Press

Magnetic Press is a subsidiary of Polarity that publishes graphic novels, art books, and periodicals curated with a focus on internationally recognized content and talent, presented with premium quality design and production value. The Magnetic brand was founded by writer and video game veteran Mike Kennedy in 2013 as the independent publishing company Magnetic Press, Inc, featuring creators both new and established from around the world, sharing their stories with an English-language audience often for the first time. Their award-winning library includes such celebrated titles as the Love series of wordless wildlife graphic novels, as well as Eisner-nominated books Mister Invincible, Pistouvi, Irena, Stay, A Sea of Love, Watersnakes, Herakles, Doomboy, A Glance Backward, Little Tails, The Ghost of Gaudi, and Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands Omnibus. Magnetic has earned a total of 23 Eisner Award nominations in their first six-of-six years of eligibility. Magnetic also won the Gold Medal of Excellence in the graphic novel category of the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards for Love: The Fox.

In 2021, Magnetic launched Magnetic Press Play, an imprint dedicated to tabletop gaming and new media endeavors. Projects and properties include Carbon Grey, based on the Image Comics series by Hoang Nguyen, and an official tabletop role-playing game based on the popular anime series LUPIN THE 3rd.

About TMS Entertainment USA, Inc.

TMS Entertainment USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. (better known as TMS), one of the largest anime studios in Japan. With a strong focus on anime production, licensing, and distribution businesses, TMS boasts a library of over 12,000 episodes across a total of 420 titles that include much-loved anime titles such as LUPIN THE 3rdDr. STONE, and MEGALOBOX. For more information, visit www.tmsanime.com

Follow TMS Anime to keep up with the latest announcements regarding LUPIN THE 3rd and other titles.
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About Polarity

David Steward II’s Polarity is a diversified global media company with a mission to bring authentic content to a diverse global audience. To create a richer content experience and offering, the company believes in the value of embracing diversity and highlighting previously unheard voices, as well as new and emerging views and voices. In addition to Magnetic Press, the Polarity portfolio also includes Lion Forge Animation, Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group, and Illustrated Syndicate.

With broad operations in animation, publishing and general media, Polarity has established itself as an impactful force in the entertainment industry. Steward II has been putting resources behind his vision of expanding the market for comics and comic-related pop culture to new age groups and demographics since the early 2010s, building a portfolio of titles and imprints that feature characters and creators from a wide variety of backgrounds. He’s extended that vision and ethic to the larger media landscape with an organization that can orchestrate content development, production, financing, and distribution across different channels.

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New Girl Meets Queen Bee Crush in a New Look at HOLLOW 

Discover a Queer Supernatural YA Graphic Novel from ‘Lumberjanes’
Co-Creator in September 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 22, 2022) –  BOOM! Studios revealed a new look at the brand new original graphic novel, HOLLOW. From Shannon Watters, the co-creator of the bestselling worldwide phenomenon Lumberjanes, and co-writer debut author Branden Boyer-White, rising star artist Berenice Nelle (Wanderlicht), and colorists Kaitlyn Musto (Specter Inspectors), Kieran Quigley (An Ember in the Ashes), and Gonçalo Lopes (Gamera: The Comics Collection), comes a supernatural queer romance and adventure set in the infamous town of Sleepy Hollow, available in September 2022.

Isabel “Izzy” Crane and her family have just relocated to Sleepy Hollow, the town made famous by—and obsessed with—Washington Irving’s legend of the Headless Horseman. But city slicker-skeptic Izzy has no time for superstition as she navigates life at a new address, a new school, and, with any luck, new friends. Ghost stories aren’t real, after all….

Then Izzy is pulled into the orbit of the town’s teen royalty, Vicky Van Tassel (yes, that Van Tassel) and loveable varsity-level prankster Croc Byun. Vicky’s weariness with her family connection to the legend turns to terror when the trio begins to be haunted by the Horseman himself, uncovering a curse set on destroying the Van Tassel line. Now, they have only until Halloween night to break it—meaning it’s a totally inconvenient time for Izzy to develop a massive crush on the enigmatic Vicky.

Can Izzy’s practical nature help her face the unknown—or only trip her up? As the calendar runs down to the 31st, Izzy will have to use all of her wits and work with her friends to save Vicky and uncover the mystery of the legendary Horseman of Sleepy Hollow—before it’s too late.

HOLLOW features cover art by acclaimed artist Naomi Franquiz (Proctor Valley Road).

HOLLOW is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Gus Allen, and ND Stevenson; Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera and Celia Moscote; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; Buckhead by Shobo and George Kambadais; Mamo by Sas Milledge; Save Yourself! by Bones Leopard and Kelly and Nichole Matthews; Specter Inspectors by Bowen McCurdy and Kaitlyn Musto; The Last Witch by Conor McCreery and V.V. Glass; Ghosted in LA by Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan; The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad; Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams; Misfit City by Kirsten Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz; and educational series Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers.

Print copies of HOLLOW will be available for sale on September 28, 2022 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), October 4, 2022 at bookstores everywhere or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

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

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Gil Adler Productions Group Options Jason Starr’s Highly Anticipated Science Fiction Thriller  The Next Time I Die 

(June 22, 2022) Jason Starr’s forthcoming science fiction thriller The Next Time I Die has been optioned by Executive Producer Gilbert Adler (Constantine, Valkyrie, Superman Returns).  The highly anticipated novel, which is being published by Hard Case Crime later this month, will be the first ever science fiction thriller from Jason Starr, the two-time Anthony Award-winning crime novelist (Twisted City).

“Once my team and I  started reading, we couldn’t stop,” said Adler. “We usually can tell where a plot is heading, but this book has genuine surprises and twists you just don’t see coming! Move over Harlan Coben, this sci-fi thriller will be the next ‘big deal’ on a streaming service.”

In Starr’s mind-bending novel The Next Time I Die, New York defense attorney Steven Blitz is stabbed trying to break up a crime. He should have died on the spot. Instead, he wakes up the next morning, stuck in a new reality, one that is somewhere between Philip K. Dick and The Twilight Zone. There’s a different president in the White House; a loving family when he’d been on the verge of divorce; more money in the bank than he’s ever seen. There’s a dark side, though: in this world, Steven Blitz is not a good man. And now he’s got to get himself out of serious trouble without even knowing what it is he’s done wrong.

“Gil is one the best producers in the business,” says Starr. “We have a similar vision for The Next Time I Die and I’m thrilled to be working with him.”

Ahead of publication, The Next Time I Die is already receiving major attention:

“The Next Time I Die is a paranoid noir freakout playing its own one-of-a-kind game… and a shameless page-turner.” —Joe Hill

“Mind-bending, genre-blending…the story is dark, twisted, funny, frightening, and—in a strange way—uplifting.”—Booklist

“So fresh and clever and compelling. I don’t know when I last turned pages so quickly.”—Ian Rankin

“As in the best nightmarish noir, Starr ups the ante.”—Publishers Weekly

“I really don’t know how Jason Starr does it: I start out thinking I’m only going to read a chapter of The Next Time I Die and an hour later I’m on page eighty.”—Bret Easton Ellis

“Beautifully and perfectly crafted. Halfway between Christopher Nolan’s Memento and a story by Philip K. Dick.”—Matteo Strukul

“With The Next Time I Die, Jason Starr has taken a next level leap… It’s like Philip K. Dick is still with us and has just written a new, brain-frying work of New York noir.”— Brian Greene, Criminal Element

THE NEXT TIME I DIE will be published on June 28, 2022 by Hard Case Crime, the award-winning publisher Hard Case Crime renowned for publishing some of the biggest names in the history of mystery and crime fiction, including Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, James M. Cain, Erle Stanley Gardner, David Goodis, Stephen King, Ed McBain, Mickey Spillane, Donald E. Westlake, and Cornell Woolrich.

For more details follow Hard Case Crime on Twitter and Facebook and follow Jason Starr on Twitter and Instagram.

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Master of Horror R.L. Stine Puts His Twist on Legendary Monsters in STUFF OF NIGHTMARES

Discover the First Original Comic Book Series From ‘Fear Street’ &
‘Goosebumps’ Author in September 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 16, 2022) – BOOM! Studios announced today STUFF OF NIGHTMARES, a brand new four-issue limited comic book series from R.L Stine, the legendary author of Fear Street and Goosebumps, who’s back with a chilling new take on iconic creatures from horror legend in his first creator-owned comic book series, with chilling art by A.L. Kaplan (Maw, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller), and colors by Roman Titov (Eat the Rich). Available in September 2022.

In the premiere of Stine’s reanimated reimagining, the monster you enounter isn’t the one you thought it’d be—you might be familiar with the classic tale of a mad scientist hell-bent on creating life, but what these two demented brothers have created is something else entirely! Get ready for a darker, more gruesome, and even more terrifying series for horror fans who are ready to face their fears in … STUFF OF NIGHTMARES!

R.L. Stine is one of the best-selling children’s authors in history. Now in its 30th year, Goosebumps has sold more than 400 million books. The Goosebumps series made R.L. Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer). His other popular children’s book series include Fear Street, (recently revived as a feature film trilogy), The Garbage Pail Kids, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Rotten School. His newest Disney+ TV series is Just Beyond, based on his graphic novels for BOOM! Studios. Other titles include: It’s The First Day of School Forever, A Midsummer Night’s Scream, Young Scrooge, and two picture books, with Marc Brown—The Little Shop of Monsters and Mary McScary. R.L. lives in New York City with his wife Jane, an editor and publisher.

“AT LAST I’m free to let my most horrific fantasies out! Hey, kids– stay away from STUFF OF NIGHTMARES,” said R.L. Stine. “It’s my first horror comic book work for grownups. Ghastly, gory, and I hope, good stomach-churning fun!”

A.L. Kaplan is an American cartoonist and horror aficionado currently living, drawing, and blasting doom metal to his cats in the Wild West. He is best known for his work as the artist on Jude Ellison S. Doyle’s original series Maw, as well as Jim Henson’s The Storyteller from BOOM! Studios. He also self-published the comic Full-Spectrum Therapy. 

“As a lifelong fan of horror, and especially R.L. Stine, it’s been an exciting experience to work with him on this dark and twisted series about the monsters that fuel our nightmares,” said Kaplan. “It was thrilling to get a chance to bring the truly macabre and creepy elements of the characters that Stine created onto the page so I hope readers get just as many chills down their spine as I did when they read this series for the very first time!”

Fans won’t want to miss celebrating the series premiere STUFF OF NIGHTMARES #1 with a main cover from acclaimed artist Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) and highly collectible variant cover art by illustrators Miguel Mercado (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Adam Gorham (The Immortal Hulk), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), and Kyle Holtz (Savage Spider-man), as well as an incredibly rare variant cover from artist Björn Barends (Something is Killing the Children) signed by R.L. Stine and not one but two extra spooky glow-in-the-dark covers by Francavilla and original Goosebumps cover artist Tim Jacobus!

“For all of us who grew up reading R.L. Stine’s work, we now have something terrifying to sink our teeth into as adults, especially those who have a sordid love for Fear Street, EC Comics, and classic horror,” said Bryce Carlson, VP, Editorial & Creative Strategy BOOM! Studios. “I can’t wait for the Nightmare Keeper to lead everyone into this horrifying new series that is truly the STUFF OF NIGHTMARES!”

STUFF OF NIGHTMARES is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade; Eve by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong; Basilisk by Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Alice Ever After by Dan Panosian and Giorgio Spalletta, and Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreides om Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott, Mat Groom, Moises Hidalgo, and Marco Renna; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.

Print copies of STUFF OF NIGHTMARES #1 will be available for sale in September 2022 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle. 

For continuing news on STUFF OF NIGHTMARES and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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U.S. Selfies Winners Revealed

U.S. Selfies

Black Discos in New York, Historic Great Lakes Fiction and a Girl Engineer Named Amanda Take Top Honors at U.S. Selfies

– U.S. Selfies Winners Revealed at Virtual Awards Ceremony  

NEW YORK, N.Y.—June 16, 2022—A history of the Black-owned discos in 1970s New York, After Dark: Birth of the Disco Dance Party by Noel Hankin, won the top prize for the inaugural memoir/autobiography category at the U.S. Selfies awards ceremony this evening. The winner in the fiction category, Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury by Kinley Bryan, tells the tale of the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, with stories inspired by the author’s great-grandfather, who was at the helm of the four-masted schooner Golden Age, and his wife, Annabel, serving as ship’s cook, when the storm hit. Amanda, Toy Engineer by Aubre Andrus, won in the children’s category. A book for young readers about a mechanical engineer and marathon runner, Amanda teaches readers about science, technology and more.

Emcees at the virtual event were Jo Henry, managing director of BookBrunch, and Carl Pritzkat, president of BookLife, which administered the awards in conjunction with the award’s co-presenters, Publishers Weekly and BookBrunch.

“With the announcement of the winners of the third annual U.S. Selfies awards, the publishing industry has further testament to the advancements indie authors have made in bringing vital, captivating stories to life,” said Cevin Bryerman, CEO and publisher of Publishers Weekly.

Runners-up were The Puppet Maker’s Daughter by Karla M. Jay for adult fiction and Daughter of Light by Garrett Curbow for the children’s category. There was no runner-up in the memoir/autobiography category.

“The U.S. Selfies awards illustrate the wealth of talent in self-publishing today,” said Carl Pritzkat, president of BookLife and COO of Publishers Weekly. “Noel Hankin, Kinley Bryan and Aubre Andrus give us new worlds to explore—whether the dance party discos of New York, the early 20th century danger of the Great Lakes or a new frontier of mechanical engineering for girls.”

“It was harder than ever this year to choose winners from such strong shortlists, and I’m delighted that the winning titles in each of the three categories showcase such an impressive range of great books now available from indie authors,” said Jo Henry, managing director of BookBrunch, founders of the Selfies Book Awards.

U.S. Selfies jurors for memoir/autobiography were Jo Henry of BookBrunch; Mary Webber O’Malley, a writer and a bookseller for Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri, and scheduling producer and co-host of the Blaze Boudoir on A Mighty Blaze; and Sophia Stewart, deputy editor of the Millions, an associate editor at Publishers Weekly and a 2021-2022 Emerging Critics Fellow at the National Book Critics Circle.

“Anyone with any sort of interest in ’70s music or music history will find this a fascinating read,” the jury wrote about the winning memoir, After Dark: Birth of the Disco Dance Party.

Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury was praised by the adult fiction jury as “[an] impressive debut. Packs a lot, but with a solid economy of language and good pacing. Well researched too.” Jury members included Robin Cutler, president of LMBPN Worldwide Publishing, CEO of HowToPublishBooks.com and creator and developer of IngramSpark; Rachel Kerr from BookBaby Publishing who previously worked with local Philadelphia radio and TV stations as a producer; and Gabino Iglesias, a writer, professor and book reviewer for NPR, the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle who lives in Austin, Texas, and whose work has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, the Anthony Award, the International Latino Book Award and has won the Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel.

In the children’s category, jurors said, “Amanda, Toy Engineer is an informative, fun, and friendly insider’s look at what goes into toy design…. It’s approachable, dynamic, and effectively blends infographics with photographs, captions, and prose.”

Judges were Joshua Carlson, Librarian III: Manager, Youth Services at the White Plains Public Library; Leslie ‘Lam’ Miller, a published author, CEO and chief instigator at book production firm Girl Friday Productions and former executive editor of Seal Press, where she acquired and developed projects written by and for women; and Matia Madrona Query, BookLife editor and former associate children’s reviews editor for Publishers Weekly.

The winning authors each receive a $1,000 cash prize, promotional book displays valued at over $2,500 from Combined Book Exhibit (CBE) at major book fairs around the world, a feature in the CBE librarians’ newsletter reaching 30,000 librarians and a $5,000 package of print and digital advertising in Publishers Weekly.

About the Authors

Noel Hankin (After Dark: Birth of the Disco Dance Party, ISBN 9781736614907) is a founder of The Best of Friends, Inc. (TBOF), a group that promoted discotheques in New York City starting in 1971. They owned Leviticus, Justine’s and Bogard’s in midtown Manhattan, Brandi’s in Brooklyn and Lucifer’s in Queens. These nightclubs paved the way for Studio 54, Saturday Night Fever and the nationwide explosion of disco in the late ’70s. Hankin is a retired senior executive who managed some of the world’s most successful brands at Moët Hennessy USA and Miller Brewing Company. He also wrote speeches for CEOs and has been published in Vital Speeches. He has a B.A. from Queens College, a Marketing Certificate from the Wharton School of Business and an Honorary Doctorate from Medgar Evers College/CUNY.

Kinley Bryan applied her love of writing to the world of corporate communications before her fascination with historical fiction became too great to ignore. Her debut novel, Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury, is set during the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. It was inspired by stories of her great-grandfather Walter Stalker, who was at the helm of the four-masted schooner Golden Age, his wife, Annabel, serving as ship’s cook, when the storm hit. Bryan graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University with a degree in English and earned a master’s degree in communication from John Carroll University. Her love for the inland seas swelled during the years she spent in an old cottage on Lake Erie. She now lives on the Atlantic Coast, where she prefers not to lose sight of the shore.

Aubre Andrus is the award-winning children’s book author of The Look Up Series, a nonfiction biography series featuring real women in S.T.E.A.M. careers. She also has written dozens of books for National Geographic Books, Lonely Planet, American Girl, Disney, Scholastic and young YouTube stars. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family where she’s the founder and CEO of Adjective Animal Publishing, an indie kids press.

About the U.S. Selfies

The mission of the awards initiative, which was the creation of BookBrunch and introduced to great acclaim in the U.K. in 2018, is to discover new talent and reward the best self-published titles each year. The U.S. awards’ first year focused on adult fiction published during 2019; in 2020 the categories were expanded to included children’s books (picture books, middle grade and YA). In 2022 the U.S. awards added the memoir/autobiography category. Awards are granted to books self-published in the year prior by authors and illustrators currently living in the U.S.

The 2022 U.S. Selfies book awards were co-sponsored by IngramSpark®, Ingram’s award-winning self-publishing platform; Combined Book Exhibit, which showcases published works at trade shows and expos around the world; Girl Friday Productions, a book production company; and BookBaby, a book publishing service provider for indie authors.

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