Usagi Yojimbo Comic Book Rings in 2022 with 25th Issue Milestone and Lone Goat and Kid Encore Presentation

New “Crossroads” Storyline and Seminal Usagi Yojimbo Tale Offer Excellent Entry Points to the World of Acclaimed Cartoonist Stan Sakai

SAN DIEGO, CA (October 20, 2021) – Celebrate the new year with two milestone events for Usagi Yojimbo, the beloved epic fantasy by Stan Sakai and winner of two of this year’s Eisner Awards, including “Best Continuing Series”! In January, a new storyline entitled “Crossroads” will debut in the pages of Usagi Yojimbo #25, while longtime fans and curious newcomers can revisit the early adventures of the rabbit ronin, now in full color, with the launch of the six-issue miniseries Usagi Yojimbo: Lone Goat and Kid.

Usagi Yojimbo reaches the 25th issue of its full-color, monthly series at IDW with a new two-part storyline, “Crossroads.” In this tale, Usagi and Yukichi have left the Northern Province where Usagi was branded a criminal as a Lord Mifune loyalist. They come upon a group of pilgrims traveling to the local temples, set upon and left for dead by a band of cutthroat ronin with no regard for the law. In hunting after them, Usagi and Yukichi must head back to the very province from which they just escaped!

“Yukichi is Usagi’s cousin, and someone with whom he will be traveling for a while,” says Sakai. “Yukichi is younger and less experienced so Usagi has to take on the role of mentor, though he learns a few things himself. I like the dynamics between these two and their travels make good springboards for new adventures.”

For comic readers interested in seeing vintage Usagi tales through a new lens, the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Lone Goat and Kid miniseries reprints a selection of seminal short stories in full color for the first time. The debut issue revisits the tale of “Frost and Fire,” wherein our hero is tasked with retrieving a slain samurai’s swords… provided that he can solve an impossible moral quandary first. As a special bonus, David Petersen, the acclaimed creator of Mouse Guard, will provide the cover artwork for all six issues.

“I grew up reading and watching Lone Wolf and Cub in manga, movies, and television, so when I was thinking of new characters, this series came to mind as a homage/parody. My first thought was ‘Lone Bear and Cub’ but changed it to ‘Lone Goat and Kid’, which I like even better. I love that kid because, as in the original, he does almost nothing but is still essential to the story,” says Sakai.

Written and illustrated by Sakai for more than 35 years, Usagi Yojimbo is set in a unique world based on 17th century Japan. A ronin, Miyamoto Usagi traverses this unique world – a landscape populated by ghosts, dinosaurs, monsters, and warriors of all kinds – honing his skills, saving villages, and often navigating delicate affairs of national/political significance.

Sakai’s deft weaving of history, folklore, and Japanese culture into Usagi Yojimbo has made it a critical favorite, adored by comic readers. New full-color adventures of Sakai’s classic character began in 2019 with IDW’s monthly comic series, collected in three volumes so far (Bunraku and Other Stories, Homecoming, and Tengu War!). Meanwhile, classic tales have been made available in full color for the first time ever as part of the Usagi Yojimbo Origins trade paperback series. This past June, Sakai and his wife, Julie Fujii Sakai, released Chibi-Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis, an original graphic novel illustrated in a fun, cartoony style welcoming to young new readers.

“It’s been a real treat to see Stan’s new stories come to life month-to-month while also revisiting his early work in our color reprint series,” says editor Bobby Curnow. “What’s utterly remarkable is how engaging the world of Usagi Yojimbo has always been and still is. The humanity of Stan’s characters and stories always shines through with wit, action, and heart, regardless of the year.”

For information on how to purchase IDW’s line of Usagi Yojimbo comic books and graphic novels, please contact your local comic shop or visit to find a store near you.

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Possibility Space, a new game studio with promise

ArenaNet and Undead Labs Founder Jeff Strain Announces Possibility Space, a New Distributed Game Development Studio

Industry Veterans From Double Fine, Electronic Arts, Magic Leap, Oculus, Ubisoft, VICE, Valve, ArenaNet and More Join Innovative Studio

NEW ORLEANS, La. — October 13, 2021 — Jeff Strain, Co-Founder of ArenaNet (Guild Wars, acquired by NCsoft) and Founder of Undead Labs (State of Decay, acquired by Microsoft), is happy to announce a new studio: Possibility Space. Possibility Space is built around an innovative model where game developers can create shared human experiences in an ambitious, physically distributed studio.

Strain is joined by an exceptionally experienced team of industry veterans: Jane Ng (Campo Santo, Valve) is Possibility Space’s Visual Director; Austin Walker (Waypoint Media, Friends at the Table podcast) is IP Director; Liz England (Ubisoft, Insomniac) is Simulation and Narrative Systems Director; Richard Foge (Undead Labs, ProbablyMonsters) joins as Design Director; Brandon Dillon (Oculus, Double Fine) is VP of Engineering; Leah Rivera (Undead Labs, ArenaNet) is Senior Narrative Systems Designer; Brian Jennings (NZXR, Magic Leap) is Technical Design Director; Charles Randall (Ubisoft, BioWare) and Erica Tam (Electronic Arts, Oculus) join as Senior Gameplay Engineers.

“We felt this was the right time to create something new–a studio built from the ground up to embrace evolving needs and perspectives for both players and developers,” says Possibility Space Founder Jeff Strain. “Like many others, the past year and a half has been a fraught time for me. While I am grateful that my family is safe, the anxiety, fear, and isolation of the last 18 months has been almost unbearable at times. That fear and isolation was the catalyst for Possibility Space, a modern kind of game studio, where we are creating a joyful game that’s been my dream for many years. I’m delighted and grateful for the team that has chosen to share in this vision and bring it life.”

“I’m so excited to join up with Jeff and the incredible team at Possibility Space,” adds Austin Walker, formerly Editor-in-Chief for Waypoint at VICE Media, host of Friends at the Table podcast, and IP Director for Possibility Space. “To be frank, I never thought I’d take the leap from media to development, but as I got to know the folks here, I realized just how badly I wanted to work with them. So many of our ideas and priorities line up, from our thoughts on what makes a compelling game to our commitment to an equitable and healthy studio culture. I’m very lucky to be working alongside so many talented people, and I’m thrilled to bring my experience as a storyteller and worldbuilder to the innovative projects we’ll be working on in the coming years.”

Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Possibility Space is drawing talent from around the world by allowing passionate developers to live and work wherever they want. It’s the natural next step in Strain’s decades-long commitment to creating world-class games within safe and ethical work environments.

As Possibility Space Visual Director, Jane Ng, formerly Lead Environment Artist on Firewatch at Campo Santo and artist on Half-Life: Alyx at Valve, puts it, “My mom says that the world is in great need of expelling ‘tired air,’ which probably makes more sense in the original Cantonese. But when I had the opportunity to shape a team and a company with ambitious, fresh goals that just seemed so right for the time, I shook off the fatigue of the pandemic and jumped in. The fact that I didn’t have to leave my home or uproot my family just made it easier to see it was the right team to join. I am thrilled to be part of Possibility Space, and to play a part in opening all kinds of possibilities for players and developers.”

Ng is joined by Liz England, Possibility Space Narrative Systems Design Director, formerly a Lead Designer of Watch Dogs: Legion and Designer on Sunset Overdrive and Scribblenauts. “A big motivation for me in joining Possibility Space is the opportunity to assemble a team of smart, hard-working creatives from a whole bunch of diverse backgrounds, and bring them together to do fantastic work within a culture where people are set up for success.”

“Turning the page on a new chapter can be scary, especially with all the uncertainty in the world these days,” says Possibility Space Technical Director Brandon Dillon, who previously worked as Product Management Director for Oculus VR and was the Technical Director for Grim Fandango Remastered at Double Fine Productions. “I personally made the decision to join Possibility Space to help build an organization that truly wants every employee to have a whole, healthy life away from work, and which supports and emphasizes community service and outreach no matter where we are based. Now I don’t have to compromise between where my family and I make our lives and making world-class games.”

Possibility Space is supported by partnerships including the State of Louisiana Office of Economic Development and Unity Technologies. Transcend Fund, a global venture capital firm focused on games and digital media, led an investment into Possibility Space in April of this year.

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An Unlikely Hero Arises in GETTING DIZZY #1 First Look  

From the Writer of ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ Comes a Teen Who’ll Rollerskate into Your Heart This November 

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 8, 2021) – BOOM! Studios today revealed the first look of the  original four-issue limited series, GETTING DIZZY #1, from New York Times bestselling author Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls, Wonder Woman Rebirth), acclaimed artist Celia Moscote (Juliet Takes A Breath), colorist Natalia Nesterenko (League of Legends), and letterer Jim Campbell (Power Rangers), with a superhero story that reveals a true hero is nothing without her friends, available in November 2021.

Dizzy wants to be the best! But with everything she’s tried, including roller skating, this teen can only achieve one thing –  disaster. Just when Dizzy is ready to pack it in, everything changes when the Negatrixes attack, forcing her to take up the super-powered mantle of ‘Burb Defender! But if she wants to save the world, she’s going to have to assemble the coolest skating crew the ‘Burbs have ever seen!

GETTING DIZZY #1 features main cover art by series artist Moscote, and variant cover art by Cara McGee (Star Wars) and Miguel Mercado (Mighty Morphin).

GETTING DIZZY 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, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera and Celia Moscote; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; 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; and educational series Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers.

Print copies of GETTING DIZZY #1 will be available for sale on November 3, 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use to find the one nearest you) 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 GETTING DIZZY and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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PORTLAND, Ore. 10/08/2021 — Kurt Busiek, the bestselling writer of Avengers, Superman, Thunderbolts, Iron Man, JLA, and more, is returning to Image in a big way in 2022, with new entries in fan-favorite series, including Astro City, Arrowsmith and others, plus new creations and more, as he brings his creator-owned work to Image Comics as his primary publisher.

“I’m thrilled to be back at Image and glad to be working with Eric Stephenson and the whole crew here,” said Busiek. “Image is the best comics publisher for creator-owned work, so it’s very nice to be bringing my books together here, where they can be available as a group, supported by the team here—and sitting alongside such great series as Saga, The Walking Dead, Criminal, Savage Dragon and so many more. And not just because Image is only about twenty minutes from where I live, so I can actually drop by the place, once the pandemic is in the rearview. My creative partners and I are looking forward to a having a home for the work we’re doing now and lots of new ideas to come.”

Chief Creative Officer and Publisher at Image Comics, Eric Stephenson, is just as excited Kurt is making the move to Image. “When I was editing comics for Extreme Studios back in the ’90s, one of my big regrets was that I couldn’t close the deal on getting Kurt Busiek to write Supreme, so working with Kurt to make Image the home for all of his creator-owned work—from Astro City to Arrowsmith to Autumnlands and more—has been nothing short of a thrill. In addition to being one of comics’ finest writers, Kurt is also a magnet for equally talented artists, and we couldn’t be happier to see the Image ‘i’ on work by the likes of Carlos Pacheco, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, Ben Dewey, Stephen Mooney, Jordie Bellaire, and Alex Sinclair.”

First up, Busiek and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco (Fantastic Four, Avengers Forever, Final Crisis, X-Men, Superman) bring fans the much-anticipated return of Arrowsmith in Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines. This six issue miniseries launches from Image Comics in January 2022—followed in February by an oversized, fully re-mastered hardcover collected edition of the original series.

In March, Arrowsmith will be joined by the return of Astro City, Busiek’s collaboration with Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, and Alex Sinclair, first with an Astro City one-shot special introducing new characters and setting the stage for upcoming dangers for the city and the world, plus new collected editions that will make the entire Astro City backlist available again.

Longtime fans will also be treated to a new urban-fantasy graphic novel, The Gods on Sunday Morning, from the whole Astro City team, after which they begin a new ongoing run on the acclaimed series.

Also in the works is Free Agents, a new series launch from Busiek with co-writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Stephen Mooney and the return of Autumnlands from Busiek with Benjamin Dewey and Jordie Bellaire, all planned for late 2022.

In addition to all the exciting new content from the mind of Busiek, there will also be re-releases of his popular backlist gems like Shockrockets and Superstar: As Seen on TV, both with Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger and Jeromy Cox, and The Wizard’s Tale with David Wenzel.

In the upcoming Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines, it’s World War I—but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war—and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers. Old friends and new favorites will appear, and the world of Arrowsmith will be deepened, as previously-secret history and machinations are revealed.

For the re-mastered hardcover, Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms, readers are introduced to young Fletcher Arrowsmith who learns the true cost of war in an alternate history where dragons and magic spells are as much a part of World War I as bullets and barbed wire. This edition, deluxe-sized and in hardcover for the first time, will present the art as Pacheco originally intended, and will feature ancillary material about the creation and history of Arrowsmith.

Of the return of Arrowsmith, Busiek said: “Stepping back into this universe at long last, and writing these characters again feels like coming home, and visiting with old friends—admittedly, old friends we do dangerous, stressful things to in the name of adventure. And the art, by Carlos, Rafael, and Jose, is just astounding. Arrowsmith fans have been very patient, but have never been shy about letting us know they want more—and I can’t wait for them to see both the new series and the re-mastered original in the kind of hardcover edition we think it deserves.”

Carlos Pacheco added: “It seems like only yesterday Kurt and I were dreaming of creating a book about WWI and magic. It’s been a long trip since then. We kept hoping to bring the world of Arrowsmith back to life, but the stars didn’t line up properly until now. And maybe the stars didn’t help, but the readers have. I feel like we’ve had an unwritten agreement with all the people who’ve supported Fletcher and Hilda since the day they both took flight, and pushed us to bring them back. We’re very happy to say here they are, after all these years.”

“It’s also wonderful to be back in the world of Astro City,” said Busiek. “Alex, Brent, and I have been planning this for a long time—we’re introducing a teen-hero team, The Jayhawks (and more), in the special, and setting off a mystery as important to Astro City as what happened to the Silver Agent or the story of the Broken Man. Alex has designed a cornucopia of new characters, and Brent is going to town on the artwork. It’ll be a very fun ride—and yes, longtime readers, we will get to the story of the N-Forcer, I promise! Plus, I think The Gods on Sunday Morning will be a treat, both for Astro City readers and others. It’s a standalone urban fantasy graphic novel about a group of long-forgotten gods in the world today, taking a similar approach to fantasy as what Brent, Alex, and I have done with superheroes, and it’s looking just gorgeous.”

Artist Brent Anderson added: “Twenty-seven years ago Kurt Busiek offered me the chance-of-a-lifetime to co-create an entire universe filled with super-powered heroes, crazy villains, wizards, sorcerers, mad geniuses, monsters of all stripes, and extraterrestrial aliens, a universe the center of which is Astro City. Originally published by Image in 1995, these are comic book stories I am proud to see on my bookshelves, and I look forward to creating many more. Like I said, chance-of-a-lifetime! Over the years, Kurt has asked me to draw several non-Astro City stories—The Spirit, Green Lantern, the Avengers, but the most recent is The Gods on Sunday Morning, an excitingly original graphic novel published exclusively through Image Comics by Kurt Busiek. Drawing it made me feel young again.”

On future projects, Busiek said: I can’t wait to start telling you about what’s coming for Dusty and Learoyd in Autumnlands, what the Free Agents are all about, and beyond. We’ve been cooking up a lot, and it’s great to finally get to see it becoming a reality.”

Ben Dewey said of Autumnlands, “Kurt is one of my favorite creators. He can invent captivating stories that have a grand, high-concept cosmological scale or get a reader deeply invested in the details of a simple fireside conversation between two regular people. He understands characters and why we love or despise them. His work is proof that comics can be magical.”

“Working with him on Autumnlands pushed me to be my best and it’s a world that has many exciting frontiers ready to be explored. When it returns I think it’ll be just as big a challenge for me as it was when we started off because the scale of the world demands it. I treasure every project I’ve gotten to work on with Kurt; as his collaborator there’s always opportunities to learn more about the craft of storytelling in comics. He never fails to inspire me with his boundless  imagination, enthusiasm and wit. I’m a fan and I’m looking forward to seeing what new worlds he’s going to show us. I’m lucky because I get to see them first!”

“Kurt and I have always had fun working together,” said Fabian Nicieza. “I’ve been waiting 30 damn years to have an Image book! Free Agents hits all our strengths and sweet spots, and Stephen and Tamra only add to my excitement.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a top-notch team,” added Stephen Mooney. “Kurt and Fabian put together some incredible concepts, and I’m eager to show what Tamra and I can bring to the party. Teaming up with Image again just makes it all the sweeter.”

Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 19:

Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms (Diamond Code: NOV210098, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2206-6) will be available on Wednesday, February 23 and in bookstores on Tuesday, March 1. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

Busiek’s upcoming releases will all also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.



CAMP MANNA to Release to Home Entertainment October 15

Faith based films are not something I would traditionally promote, but… Gary Busey is in it.
Grand Rapids, MI – In the vein of throwback classic summer camp movies of the 80s and 90s, the new comedy CAMP MANNA promises to bring back hilarious memories of Christian Camps past. Produced by GRLA and is distributed through Ocean Avenue Entertainment, Camp Manna will be available on digital platforms and DVD October 15.
See the trailer here:
CAMP MANNA follows Ian Fletcher, a ‘non-believer’ from Florida who is shipped off to a backwoods all-boys Christian camp by his well-meaning aunt and uncle. There, he is forced to navigate the hierarchy of the camp, lead by Camp Director Jack “Cujo” Parrish (Gary Busey) and overzealous counselors Clayton Vance (Jimmy Tatro) and Bradley Sommers (Evan Koons); find a new community of friends; and survive a biblically-themed Olympiad known as The God Games.
Creators Eric Machiela and Eric Scott Johnson both grew up going to church camp in Michigan, and wanted to create an entertaining satire that would both celebrate and lampoon this summer ritual from their childhood.
Eric Scott Johnson shares, “Our summers centered around going to or working at church camps.  We wanted to make a nostalgic film that mirrored our fun memories, silly customs, lasting friendships, and the challenge of hanging on to our beliefs as we started asking tougher questions as teenagers.  We believe that sometimes getting to the heart of our faith is best told with laughter.”
A little film with a big heart, CAMP MANNA ultimately hopes to bring people together. Eric Machiela continues, “We hope that Camp Manna can help us laugh at ourselves and celebrate this beloved symbol of summer for Christian kids everywhere.”
CAMP MANNA will be available on digital platforms including Prime Video (Amazon), iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu. Physical DVDs available at outlets including Amazon and OceanAve.TV. More information on CAMP MANNA can be found at the website
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A Real Horror Show in R.L. Stine’s JUST BEYOND: MONSTROSITY

 Discover the Latest MONSTROSITY from Author of Bestselling ‘Goosebumps’
and ‘Fear Street’ in October 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 1, 2021) –  BOOM! Studios today revealed a new look at JUST BEYOND: MONSTROSITY, from R.L. Stine, the award-winning, bestselling author of Goosebumps and Fear Street, artist Irene Flores (Heavy Vinyl) with additional inks by Lea Caballero, colorist Joana LaFuente, and letterer Mike Fiorentino, set in the world of the highly acclaimed middle grade horror series Just Beyond, soon to be a television show on Disney+.

THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE HORROR BUSINESS! Ruthie and Ezra Dillon’s dad and uncle just bought an old Hollywood movie studio. And while the family has plans for reviving it to make scary movies for a modern audience, the monsters hiding in the backlot have other ideas. Ruthie and Ezra are eager to star in their family’s films, but they’ll soon find themselves in a real horror show with Wolfenscreem, the Lagoonatics, and the Wasp-Keeper…who are all ready for their revival with a vengeance!

JUST BEYOND: MONSTROSITY will be published through the company’s award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, where R.L. Stine has originated his first new concepts in the comic book medium as part of his multi-book agreement with the publisher. With the release of his debut novel Blind Date in 1981, R.L. Stine established himself as one of the most important voices in horror for a new generation. This was followed up with the release of Fear Street in 1989, which remains the best-selling YA series in history with more than 100 books published thus far, and Goosebumps in 1992, which transformed Stine into a worldwide celebrity. The series was soon adapted as a hit TV series and recently returned as a blockbuster film starring Jack Black in 2015 from Sony/Columbia Pictures, with a sequel hitting theaters in 2018. Stine has continued to create exciting new horror concepts for younger audiences each year, in turn becoming one of the most successful American novelists of all time.

Print copies of JUST BEYOND: MONSTROSITY will be available for sale on October 20, 2021 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one), on October 26, 2020 at bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond: The Scare School, Just Beyond: The Horror at Happy Landings, and Just Beyond: Welcome to Beast Island are available for purchase wherever books are sold.

For continuing news on the JUST BEYOND series and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. 


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Daedalic showcases upcoming publishing line-up at Steam Next Fest

All games are available as free demos during the event
Hamburg, Germany, September 28th, 2021 – Publisher Daedalic Entertainment is going to participate in the Steam Next Fest from October 1st to 7th with multiple demos of upcoming games from a variety of genres. Players will have the opportunity to try out three games from their portfolio for free.

Life of Delta 
In the point & click adventure Life of Deltaa small robot named Delta tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic world and goes on a journey to find his friend. On his travels he meets a host of interesting characters and faces countless challenges. Players solve puzzles, play mini games and interact with the characters.
The announcement trailer:

Wildcat Gun Machine
Armed with a wide variety of guns, a meowntain of bullets and a bad cattitude, players will enter the bullet hell dungeons and face hordes of fur-midable opponents like disgusting flesh beasts and other fur-ocious trigger happy monsters. Coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in late 2021, Wildcat Gun Machine is a purrfectly executed dungeon crawler like no other.
Watch the trailer here:

In the musty depths of his parent’s basement, young Victor tries to discover the secrets buried beneath his house. JARS is a strategy game with puzzles and tower defense elements. In order to reach their goal, players must deploy minions to destroy every jar and defeat the nasties crawling through the cellar. The grim, hand drawn art style is inspired by spooky and funny classics, giving JARS a distinct look. The game will be released on October 20th on PC and Switch.
The trailer teaches more about the game’s mechanics:
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HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #1 Hits Industry Record-Breaking Numbers

 Discover a New Horror Series  from the Creators of ‘Something is Killing the Children’ in October 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 21, 2021) – BOOM! Studios announced today that the highly anticipated series premiere of HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #1 received record-breaking orders of over 460,000 copies, making it the best selling original comic book series in BOOM! Studios history after Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, and resulting in a new release date of October 27, 2021, to accommodate the volume of orders and ensure quality.

HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #1 is a brand new ongoing original series set in the world of creators James Tynion IV (The Department of TruthThe Nice House on the Lake) and Werther Dell’Edera’s (Razorblades) Eisner Award-nominated global phenomenon Something is Killing the Children. The series is co-written by James Tynion IV and writer Tate Brombal (Barbalien), and illustrated by Werther Dell‘Edera and artist Chris Shehan (The Autumnal), colorist Miquel Muerto (Something is Killing the Children), and letterer AndWorld Design (The Many Deaths of Laila Starr).

You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica’s handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. Discover the inner workings of the mysterious House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today.

“In 2019, James and Werther took the industry by storm with a new original horror series, Something is Killing the Children. It quickly became a worldwide sensation, selling over 1.1 million copies in its first 18 months, garnering numerous award nominations,” said Filip Sablik, President, Sales & Publishing. “The nearly half a million copies ordered of HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #1 is a thunderous show of support from our retail partners, but necessitated we adjust the release date by one week to ensure the world class production quality retailers and fans have come to expect from BOOM! Studios.”

HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #1 features main cover art by series artists Dell’Edera and Shehan, as well as variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Alvaro Martinez Bueno (The Nice House on the Lake), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), Mike Del Mundo (X-MenThor), Gabrielle D’Otto (Detective Comics) and more.

“I’m thrilled we’re able to expand the rich world that James and Werther crafted within the bestselling Something is Killing the Children,” added BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief, Matt Gagnon. “It truly opens the doors to endless opportunities to explore everything the HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER has to offer, a vast tapestry of brilliant horror stories just waiting to be told. We’re excited to embark on this new journey with James, Werther, Tate, and Chris as they lead us ever deeper into the world that birthed Erica Slaughter and the monsters she hunts.”

HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER 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;  Proctor Valley Road by Grant Morrison, Alex Child, and Naomi Franquiz; The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade; and Eve by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott, Marco Renna, and Francesco Mortarino; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.

Something is Killing the Children is the bestselling, Eisner Award-nominated hit series created by acclaimed comics writer James Tynion IV and illustrator Werther Dell’Edera. It has sold over one million copies worldwide, has been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo Awards, and garnered widespread critical acclaim. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is developing a Something Is Killing The Children series with Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy and Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House). Readers and fans can find the first three volumes collecting the first fifteen issues of the ongoing series in bookstores everywhere. Something is Killing the Children Book One Deluxe Edition will be available in hardcover and slipcase format in October 2021.

Print copies of HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #1 will be available for sale on October 27, 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use 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 SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Burtonesque Strategic Puzzle and Tower Defense Game JARS Releases October 20th on PC and Nintendo Switch

A playable demo will be available on Steam starting Oct 1st
Hamburg, Germany, September 23rd, 2021 – Publisher Daedalic Entertainment and developer Mousetrap Games today announced the strategic puzzle and tower defense game JARS. The game is set to release on October 20th on PC and Nintendo Switch. Interested players can check out a free demo of the game as part of Steam Next Fest between October 1-7, 2021.
In the musty depths of his parent’s basement, young Victor tries to discover the secrets buried beneath his house. Why are there pages missing from this mysterious book and whatever is Dracula doing down there? On his bizarre adventure Victor will come face to face with nasty creatures, hiding in the shadows, and will have to keep them away from the Sarcophagus.

JARS is a strategy game with puzzles and tower defense elements. In order to reach their goal, players will have to break the jars littering the cellar. What waits inside of them is always different, making the reveals exciting and forcing the players to adapt to ever changing levels. The grim yet endearing, hand drawn art style gives  JARS a distinct look and is inspired by the animated movies of Tim Burton and Studio Laika.
To defend each level’s Sarcophagus, the players must deploy minions and items like mosquitos, acorns and hedgehogs to destroy every jar and defeat the nasties crawling through the cellar. Finding the perfect strategy by choosing the right minions at the right time, and combining them with items and other upgrades, is essential to ensuring Victor’s victory.
A free demo of JARS will be available during the Steam Next Fest from October 1-7. JARS is developed by Mousetrap Games and published by Daedalic Entertainment and will be released on October 20th for PC and Nintendo Switch.
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THQ Nordic is Celebrating Its 10th Anniversary!

THQ is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a showcase, sales and free game giveaways!

Vienna/Austria, September 16th, 2021: THQ Nordic is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and we’re gonna have a digital party: Join us on our first digital showcase on September 17th at 9 pm CEST / 12:00 PM PST / 8 PM BST / 10 PM MSK. It will be streamed on YouTube, Twitch, and Steam. We’ll also give YOU a present: claim two free games and keep them forever. Details below.

Official THQ Nordic Channels to watch the Showcase:

The Showcase will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, executive producer and host of The Game Awards. On the THQ Nordic Showcase, six new game announcements will be made on a journey through time and space. Witness the return of legendary franchises, where the fans are waiting for decades to get their hands on a new installment, sequels to beloved games, and new original IPs. We hope you are ready, kids! Besides these six announcements, new information and footage for Open-World-Sci-Fi-Fantasy RPG ELEX II will be shown and the developers from CRPG Expeditions: Rome will give an update & show what they’ve been working on.

Publisher Week on Steam including Free Games
Part of our 10th anniversary celebration is a week-long publisher sale on Steam from September 16th to September 23rd, 2021, including all games and franchises from THQ Nordic. Expect the best deals to date for games like Destroy All Humans!, Biomutant, Wreckfest, Desperados III, SpongeBob Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, the Darksiders series, SpellForce series, and many more.

Two games will be free to claim and can be kept forever:
The Titan Quest Anniversary Edition is a remaster of the critically acclaimed Action-RPG and includes the expansion “Immortal Throne”. Get your sandals on the ground of Greece, Egypt, and on Asian soil and hack and slay your way through hordes of monsters to eventually stop the Titans. Are you the hero who can turn the tide in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of both men and gods? Claim Titan Quest Anniversary Edition between September 16th and September 23rd for free and keep it forever.…

The second free game is Jagged Alliance Gold Edition. This game is a true legend, combining strategy, turn-based tactics, and RPG elements into one of the best games ever made. Take command of an elite mercenary agency and help the people of Metavira to reclaim their island. Conquer sectors, train a militia, get the economy running and liberate Metavira! Claim Jagged Alliance Gold Edition between September 16th and September 23rd for free and keep it forever.…

All good things come in threes so there is another game free during one weekend: The critically acclaimed tactical stealth game Desperados III is free to play from September 16th until September 20th.…

Additional Sales
Starting on September 14th until September 28th, you can find great discounts on THQ Nordic Games on the Xbox Marketplace and on Google Stadia. Owners of a Nintendo Device can get THQ Nordic Games for less between September 16th and September 29th! Check it out here:

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