Magnetic Press Opens Pre-Orders for Official LUPIN THE 3rd 50th Anniversary Art Book


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 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

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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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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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Superstar Artists Michael Allred, Stephen R. Bissette, Jae Lee, Nick Pitarra, Paul Pope, and Bill Sienkiewicz Join Writer Chanan Beizer and Artist Vanessa Cardinali for THE GOLEM OF VENICE BEACH 

An Original Graphic Novel Now on Kickstarter With Clover Press Featuring a Wrap-Around Cover by Sienkiewicz

(June 6, 2022) Superstar artists Michael Allred, Stephen R. Bissette, Jae Lee, Nick Pitarra, Paul Pope, and Bill Sienkiewicz and legendary letterer Clem Robins are teaming up with rising star artist Vanessa Cardinali and debut comic book writer Chanan Beizer to create an all-new graphic novel, The Golem of Venice Beach. This 152-page epic story about the adventures of a 400-year-old Golem spans from 16th century Europe, to the horrors of World War II, to modern day Venice Beach, where the Golem has become entangled in a war between a gang and the police. Both a riveting narrative and a celebration of Southern California, The Golem of Venice Beach is now on Kickstarter, featuring a wrap-around cover by Sienkiewicz.

In 2018, Chanan Beizer’s script for The Golem of Venice Beach won the very first ScreenCraft Cinematic Book contest for graphic novels. For the past three years, Beizer has been working with Eisner-Award winning editor Chris Stevens (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream) to bring the story of the Golem to life with a dream team of artistic collaborators, including five Eisner-award winning illustrators (Allred, Bissette, Lee, Pope, and Sienkiewicz), as well as Nick Pitarra (co-creator of The Manhattan Projects), and the main artist, Vanessa Cardinali, a brilliant Italian artist who is currently making waves with Image Comics’ Slumber.

The Golem of Venice Beach features:

  • A wrap-around cover and a seven-page prologue by artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Moon Knight) that showcases the Golem’s creation in the year 1580.

  • A 10-page flashback sequence by Jae Lee (The Inhumans) and colorist June Chung that depicts how the Golem was resurrected during World War Two.

  • A 2-page spread and map of Venice Beach that captures everything weird and wonderful about the bohemian spirit that permeates the neighborhood by Michael Allred and colorist Laura Allred (Madman).

  • An eerie phantasmagoria by Stephen R. Bissette (Saga of the Swamp Thing).

  • A 2 page-splash page by Nick Pitarra (the creator of the highly anticipated Ax-Wielder Jon) that features every single person who is on panel in the book in one huge, cinematic crowd shot.

  • A stunning 2-page portrait, featuring the iconic Santa Monica Pier by Paul Pope (Battling Boy) and colorist Lovern Kindzierski.

  • Over 100 pages of gorgeous art by the book’s main artist, Vanessa Cardinali.

“As a writer I know that story is important, but in comics if the art isn’t working, the story really doesn’t matter,” said writer Chanan Beizer. “It’s been truly thrilling to witness the artistic interpretation of my words. Every artist involved has left a lasting imprint on The Golem of Venice Beach. They’ve elevated the story beyond what I could ever describe on a two-dimensional piece of paper. That is what art should do.”


In The Golem of Venice Beach, Adam is a Golem, a creature of vengeance and destruction, of violence and death. He was created 400 years ago, a world away in Eastern Europe, but today he lives in Southern California. Adam spends his days adrift on the sunny boardwalks of Venice Beach, pining for release from his lonely existence. His only hope is the clueless Jake Loeb, the sole remaining heir of the Golem’s creator. But when Jake becomes involved with a mysterious tattooed woman and a drug-dealing death worship cult, things get complicated and dangerous for Adam. Golems are not meant to walk the Earth forever. Can Adam make a difference? Can he find peace in the California sun? And can a monster have a soul?


“When Chris asked me to draw this story, the first thing that interested me was the presence of a fantastic component,” said artist Vanessa Cardinali. “Creating ‘not real’ characters or worlds like the Golem continues to be one of the parts of this job that I enjoy the most! It was also very interesting to work on a story specifically set in Venice Beach: I’ve seen so many of those photos that I feel like I’ve been there now! In addition, the opportunity to work with the long list of comic superstars involved was truly unmissable.”


Notable pledge tiers for The Golem of Venice Beach include early bird pricing specials, Kickstarter exclusive prints by all the artists, and a limited-edition deluxe Sienkiewicz variant hardcover. For updates, follow Clover Press on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. To support the campaign, visit Kickstarter:

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RISE Above the Competition in C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad’s FENCE

I (RHC) have truly enjoyed the Fence series. Drama, comedy, action, all in a well crafted world of intrigue that at first seems simple and intimate but expands just by being.

Discover a Brand New Graphic Novel Set in World of the GLAAD Award-Nominated Series in August 2022 

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 26, 2022) – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce a new original graphic novel, FENCE: RISE, from the GLAAD Award-nominated series and best-selling novelist C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince), fan favorite artist Johanna the Mad, colorist Joana LaFuente (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and letterer Jim Campbell (Giant Days), presenting the next all-new thrilling chapter in the story of the Kings Row fencing team, available in August 2022.

Excitement is in the air as Nicholas and his friends celebrate their coveted invitation to the Halverton Training Camp. They immediately come face-to-face with the best fencing teams in the country, and Nicholas struggles as he suffers defeat after defeat by an old enemy. Will a new addition to a rival team bring Nicholas closer to the rest of the Kings Row team and awaken the resilience within that he needs to prevail?

But Seiji, in contrast to Nicholas, remains unchallenged and let down by the camp. With Seiji’s goal to learn (instead of win) stuck in his head, will Nicholas step up to pose a real challenge to Seiji, maybe even growing their friendship as a result?

FENCE: RISE 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, ND Stevenson, and Gus Allen; 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; Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams; Misfit City by Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz; educational series Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers; and the upcoming Hollow by Shannon Watters, Branden Boyer-White, Berenice Nelle.

Print copies of the FENCE: RISE will be available in August 2022 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) and at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

For continuing news on FENCE and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Books I learned of from U.S. Book Show 2022

Kate Beaton’s DUCKS (Drawn & Quarterly) – Memoir about her life in Canada. First ever full graphic novel by Beaton.

Adventuregame Comics by Jason Shiga, a decade year later follow up to Meanwhile, a series with book Two called The Beyond, published next year.

TOR Nightfire, a new imprint has their first graphic novel, Where the black Stars rise

Two-Headed Chicken by Tom Angleberger from Walker Books US

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Rescue Rangers Obscure Easter Eggs

Most sites have caught the many references and easter eggs and cameos within Rescue Rangers and before posting these I looked around the journalism square.  Here are ones I saw mentioned no where else (in terms of pop culture news) before bringing them up. A version of this article originally appeared on the reidhcooper twitter.

At Fan Con some indie books can be seen with a quick eye. One of them are @Sheri_Fink  aka Whimsical World.


Another book series you’ll see with a booth is Road House Sons @RoadhouseSons


One more book if you blink you’ll miss is just as the munks leap onto Voltron. The cover to Laura Levine’s Death of Neighborhood Witch.

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A Star Wars easter egg I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere for Rescue Rangers is a parody of tennis versus poster with Greedo vs Salacious. In the same shot you also see what looks like a Fleischer studios character & a dog I can’t place.


Finally, The beer that Chip, Dale and Ellie share is Akupara, the fictional beer created for the film Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg.

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US Book Show 2022 Day One

Virtual cons are really not the same as a the real thing. Getting to really breath in an elaborate booth, truly meet fellow fans and professionals, waiting in lines for that one ARC, or better yet in my opinion THE SWAG. Bookmarks, exclusive enamel pins, weird collectibles, tote bags promoting a publisher or book to use all over your city like a walking advertisement. That was different world though. Maybe it’ll return for those in the industry who aren’t librarians (but wishes they could be), maybe it won’t.  None of that takes away from some of the pros of a Virtual con. One of those top ones I’d say is experiencing a panel while still exploring other things be it at the con, or websites related to books and entertainment.

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One such experience came during David Sedaris’ Monday afternoon sitdown where one could enjoyably chat with others watching from home or work, be engrossed but continuing to look through the exhibit halls.  Sedaris was also a complete joy, I loved his statement of hating his work being lumped in categories such as humorist currently or in the past slotted as gay, when it should be considered writing. He even suggested his category be “King of Writing” and he said it so nonchalantly that it was charming as heck.

In those exhibit halls which I am still walking now on day 2 I discovered books I was unaware of either coming out soon or that escaped my radar. Aconyte’s line of UBISOFT fiction, original novels based in Assassins’ Creed, Watchdogs, and the Tom Clancy games with quote a few already out but ones such as The Magus Conspiracy by Kate Heartfield , Available August 2, 2022

Also was Welcome to St. Hell by Lewis Hancox. The graphic novel/memoir/coming of age transexual tale forthcoming from Scholastic is fascinating and I look forward to reading the ARC. Before this I had not known of Lewis Hancox either but now I am a huge fan.  They are funny, their comic art style is also super fun. Check it out.

I look forward to learning of more books through the panel discussions and already have a few I really look forward to in the graphic novel reign from a Day 2 session.


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