A look at Rick & Morty’s Wormageddon (Updated 9/2/2022)

Special Update: An image of Chicago by P-CS occasional staff member Sam Fines. Additionally addendum has new info.:

The marketing for Season 6 of Rick and Morty has been so fascinating with a sort of ARG but also just fun promotion across the entire world. From places as far as South Africa to Netherlands and across the USA (and even Canada). Some locations were just given out easily so folks can just show up, but others involved clues before being revealed and then it became a race to the first to get there and say a code word for a golden Rick head.

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It seems that [adult swim] also sent out mini plush worms to select influencers and press folks as more of the marketing and to push the event as well as the premiere on September 6th.

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Photo courtesy Rob Keyes of Valnet Inc. on Twitter

Pop-Culture Spectrum would love to see some of the statues in person but they all come down on September 5th and a visit to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto or Malibu is as costly as Mexico City or Brazil even.  If you are in any of these cities though the rickandmorty.com website provides you all the directions you need on maps to visit. The sites range from the beach to private street apartments.

Most importantly though is not to forget to watch when Season 6 lands on September 6th. Will Wormageddon be part of it? Was it just a fun marketing ploy? We all shall have to wait and see how it falls out cause even with trailers, it seems a mystery… was that one episode? From various? That’s the fun of Rick and Morty. It always finds ways to surprise.

ADDENDUMS: The project has gone as far the Philipines with a Claw Grab machine featuring minor character Jub Jub and the ability to get the worm plushie mailed to people and a medieval castle on the eastern coast of Spain featuring an even more obscure character. All 9 Golden Rick heads have been recovered.  The final location is the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada. This final statue featuring Beth will be up till September 11th.

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Fantagraphics Books To Publish SEE YOU AT SAN DIEGO: 

cover to See You at San Diego

Author Matthew Klickstein has a very complicated reputation. This is not his first oral history, but he has been criticized at piecing together histories that reflect his own personal viewpoint as well as not interviewing subjects who have been discussed by others with disparaging reports without getting both ends of the story. It could be argued that while his works are called oral history, they are edited in such a way to be a singular vision of a time period.

That said, a book that explores the history of what is considered one of Pop-Culture’s largest conventions (and longest running as well as growing from what it was to what it became) is definitely worthy of a book. Especially one with views and stories from the people who were there to experience a small comic convention become the summer hub for film and television to majorly promote, market and announce their future products to what was once a niche market and is now THE market.

Following is the official Press release for SEE YOU AT SAN DIEGO.

Fantagraphics Books To Publish SEE YOU AT SAN DIEGO: AN ORAL HISTORY OF COMIC-CON, FANDOM, AND THE TRIUMPH OF GEEK CULTURE

Featuring Forewords by USAGI YOJIMBO creator Stan Sakai and BONE creator Jeff Smith, An Afterword by RZA, 400+ Photos and Art Bursts, And Stories by Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Bruce Campbell, Felicia Day, Scott Aukerman, Sergio Aragonés, Trina Robbins, the Russo Bros., Lloyd Kaufman, Tim Seeley, Kevin Eastman, and More

This fall Fantagraphics will publish SEE YOU AT SAN DIEGO: AN ORAL HISTORY OF COMIC-CON, FANDOM, AND THE TRIUMPH OF GEEK CULTURE, a comprehensive chronicle of the rise of fandom and pop culture nostalgia throughout the past century. Over the course of 480 pages, author and pop culture historian Mathew Klickstein presents the rise of both Comic-Con and modern geekdom itself, with behind-the-scenes observations from the likes of Ho Che Anderson, Sergio Aragonés, Scott Aukerman, Bruce Campbell, Felicia Day, Kevin Eastman, Mark Evanier, Neil Gaiman, Lloyd Kaufman, Frank Miller, the Russo Brothers, Stan Sakai, Scott Shaw!, Kevin Smith, Brinke Stevens, Trina Robbins, Tim Seeley, Maggie Thompson, and more. The book also includes forewords by Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai and Bone’s Jeff Smith, as well as an afterword by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA.

“Fandom is a tribe of people,” said Klickstein. “Geeks, nerds, fanboys/fangirls, misfits, outsiders, weirdos — all bonding over pop culture nostalgia. People who speak a shorthand based on the singular universe built around certain niche passions. It’s more than a subculture, but rather an entire network of interconnected and often overlapping nodes of fandom. The Marx Bros, Ray Bradbury, Flash Gordon, Bride of Frankenstein, Bruce Lee, Sailor Moon, all melding together and burbling a certain effervescent energy. I wanted to help organize and tell the story of how this all came together over the last century, focusing on the thrust of the before-during-and after the creation and expansion of Comic-Con over the past five decades in particular. These are my forebears, my people, and I think we together are telling the story of the progenitors of modern fan culture today. And at less than $50. What a steal.”

From THE TWILIGHT ZONE to Ray Bradbury to STAR TREK to FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND to STAR WARS to Bruce Lee flicks to TWILIGHT, SEE YOU AT SAN DIEGO: AN ORAL HISTORY OF COMIC-CON, FANDOM, AND THE TRIUMPH OF GEEK CULTURE explores how fandom has transformed popular culture. Featuring more than 400 photos and art bursts, the book is an essential and defining resource of the forces that have transformed popular culture over the course of the past century.

“Having attended Comic-Con from the early ‘70s to the present, I’ve literally experienced it grow from a small, intimate con to the frenetic, hyper commercial mass media extravaganza it is today,” said Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth. “ I can say with some authority that Klickstein’s oral history captures evolution of the convention itself and the concomitant devolution of American culture — a sociological spectacle told with verve and humor by the participants.”

Here’s what folks are saying about SEE YOU AT SAN DIEGO:

“Finally! An unexpurgated history of Comic-Con and fandom that comes directly from the horse’s mouth – actually a whole herd of horses. The overall result is as pleasantly chaotic as the Con itself. What a relief!” — Scott Shaw! (cartoonist; Comic-Con co-originator)

“These wild and wooly origin stories of San Diego Comic-Con and fandom take us back to the thrilling days of yesteryear, before the crowds and lines, before Hall H and Hollywood celebrities, before the endless summer of superhero box office blockbusters, to the halcyon days of the early 1970s when San Diego Comic-Con was the ramshackle creation of first-generation fans, teenagers, and stoners. All of this makes for a colorful oral history, especially from the mouths of the people who lived it firsthand.” — Rob Salkowitz (author, Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture)

“The rambunctious, delicious story of how the biggest pop culture event in history was born – and grew from nothing to everything.” — Allen Salkin (journalist, Vanity Fair; bestselling author, From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network)

“Mathew Klickstein might be the geek guru of the 21st century.” — Mark Mothersbaugh

See You At San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture will be in stores on September 6, 2022. For more info, follow Fantagraphics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Your First Look at the Special Milestone 100th Issue of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS

Here at PC-S we are super excited by that Dan Mora cover.

 Discover the Explosive Milestone Issue of the Morphinominal Series in September 2022 

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 25, 2022) – BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), revealed a first look at the historic milestone issue of the bestselling comic book series based on the global pop culture phenomenon with a special oversized issue, MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #100. The CHARGE TO 100 builds to a celebratory and shocking 100th issue from acclaimed writer Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/TMNT), series artists Marco Renna and Moisés Hidalgo, with colorists Tamra Bonvillain and Matt Herms, as well as the return of several all-star fan favorites as guest artists on this epic culmination of a story years in the making, available in September 2022.

A legacy that began in Go Go Power Rangers finally converges here as CHARGE TO 100 reaches its milestone issue—and kicks off brand new beginnings! Rangers fans will not want to miss Ryan Parrott’s FINAL issue on the main series, joined by a superstar lineup of returning artists including such iconic illustrators Eleonora Carlini, Francesco Mortarino, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Dan Mora, Hendry Presetya, and Miguel Mercado.

News of a deathly threat reaches the team—one that threatens every Ranger and everyone else in the entire Universe. As the climactic battle against unspeakable enemies unfolds, the lines between friend and foe blur, and difficult decisions await even the strongest of Rangers.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #100 features main cover art by superstar artist Dan Mora (Once & Future) and variant covers by acclaimed illustrators Bon Bernardo (Mighty Morphin), Miguel Mercado (Magic), Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Mike del Mundo (Hulk), Tyler Kirkham (BRZRKR), and InHyuk Lee (Venom).

Each copy of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #100 will also contain 1 of 10 evenly intermixed collectible trading cards featuring your favorite Rangers and villains with art by fan favorite artist Kris Anka and design by Dylan Todd, as well as an exclusive art print by superstar artist Dan Mora!

Print copies of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #100 will be available for sale on September 28, 2022 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 MIGHTY MORPHIN series and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Drawn Together Creators To Develop Comic Book And Television Series Based On Comedy Sci-Fi Project, Family Time

IDW TEAMS UP WITH WRITING DUO MATT SILVERSTEIN AND DAVE JESER IN LANDMARK CO-DEVELOPMENT DEAL

SAN DIEGO/LOS ANGELES, CA (August 25, 2022) – IDW (NYSE American: IDW), a leading media company providing uniquely compelling stories in various genres for global audiences across all entertainment platforms, today announced a new co-development deal with writing duo Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser (Drawn Together, Solar Opposites, Accidental Love). Under the partnership, the team will develop and produce the sci-fi comedy, “Family Time”, into a television series and original comic book property. The comic is scheduled for release next summer. Writer James Asmus (Quantum and Woody, Survival Street, Gambit) and Artist Edison Neo (Snake Claws, No-Brainer, Tights) are also attached to the project. This is the first of many creative partnerships that leverage IDW’s experience and resources to develop stories that reach audiences through a variety of ways.

“At IDW, we are perfectly poised to develop properties that live in the same universe, across various platforms,” said Nachie Marsham, Publisher, IDW. “We’re thrilled that our first Entertainment and Publishing co-development project is with Matt and Dave; their comedic talent is off-the-charts. We know their vast background, combined with IDW’s robust expertise, will produce great content, both in print and on-screen.”

“Working in tandem with our colleagues at every level within our Entertainment and Publishing divisions brings a wealth of opportunities for writers, producers, and other creatives to develop projects across various verticals simultaneously,” said Paul Davidson, Executive Vice President IDW Entertainment. “It’s an ideal landscape for a creator’s vision to be realized.”

Silverstein and Jeser have been creating together for more than 20 years, first writing and producing segments for Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers and Drawn Together, as well as Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Golan the Insatiable, and Solar Opposites.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with the entire IDW team, who are exquisitely talented, collaborative, and as charming as we are,” said  Silverstein and Jeser. “We appreciate being given the opportunity to fail and we truly look forward to doing just that.”

“Family Time” falls within IDW’s recently announced slate of new original projects that include Dark Spaces: Wildfire, Trve Kvlt, Crashing, Earthdivers, Dead Seas, Golgotha Motor Mountain, Arca, The Sin Bin, and The Hunger and the Dusk. IDW is currently in negotiations for numerous other co-development projects that will also leverage this unique partnership opportunity. Jonny Gutman, Vice President of Original Series, and Julie Winograd, Director of Development, will run point on the development of the series adaptation for IDW Entertainment.

This partnership also comes on the heels of IDW Entertainment (IDWE) announcing that it has inked six series development deals with Ánima Studios, Cartoon Network Studios, HBO Max, Universal Content Productions (UCP), Universal International Studios, and Warner Bros. Television to develop television series based on IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Productions (an imprint of IDW) graphic novels and comics. The five projects publicly revealed so far include Dark Spaces: Wildfire (UCP), The Delicacy (WBTV), Rivers (HBO Max), Ballad For Sophie (Universal International Studios), and Brutal Nature (Ánima Studios). In addition, IDWE continues to produce the Netflix hit Locke & Key, as well as co-produces the first season of its Apple TV+ series, Surfside Girls, with Endeavor Content. The show, based on  Kim Dwinell’s Top Shelf graphic novel series of the same name, debuted on August 19th, 2022.

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BOOM! Studios Announces MAGIC: NAHIRI THE LITHOMANCER #1 Special Issue

Discover a Brand New Special Issue From the Magic Comic Book Universe This November 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 12, 2022) – BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), with Wizards of the Coast LLC, announced today MAGIC: NAHIRI THE LITHOMANCER #1, a special one-shot issue from Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and Alex Award-winning novelist Seanan McGuire (Ghost-Spider) returning to the world of Magic: The Gathering with artist Fabiana Mascolo (Firefly, Cyberpunk 2077: Blackout), to bring Nahiri the Lithomancer to comics this November!

Nahiri–also known as The Harbinger–has protected her home plane of Zendikar for centuries, her ruthlessness and terrible deeds kept in check by a strong sense of justice. But her fate is far from decided, and a new challenge awaits that may change the way the entire Multiverse perceives her…

MAGIC: NAHIRI THE LITHOMANCER #1 features main cover art by artist Ariel Olivetti (Conan), and a variant cover by artist Suspiria Vilchez (Swamp Dogs).

“You’ve never seen NAHIRI THE LITHOMANCER like this before – get ready to be stunned and amazed by the darkness and the light that balances within this fan favorite character” said Kathleen Wisneski, Editor, BOOM! Studios.

MAGIC 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; Basilisk by Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf; Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body by Christopher Cantwell and Luca Casalanguida, Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Alice Ever After by Dan Panosian and Giorgio Spalletta; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; and Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott, Mat Groom, Moises Hidalgo, and Marco Renna.

Print copies of MAGIC: NAHIRI THE LITHOMANCER #1 will be available for sale on November 30, 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 MAGIC and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: THQ Nordic’s Digital Showcase 2022 Airs This Friday!

Vienna/Austria, August 11th, 2022: What has THQ Nordic been up to, you might ask? Well, soon the wait will be over. Our Digital Showcase 2022 takes place tomorrow, Friday, August 12th, 2022 at 12 PM PDT / 3 PM EDT / 8 PM BST / 9 PM CEST / 10 PM EEST. Following in last year’s footsteps, we’ll have a pre-show leading up to the showcase where our friends from HandyGames will show what they´ve got, so make sure to tune in early!

You can expect to see brand-new announcements along with updates and reveals for previously-announced games.
Get ready to spend around 45 minutes with us and our two extraordinary hosts: Elle Osili-Wood and Richard Kiess, who will be guiding you through the show! We don’t want to spoil anything, but if you are a fan of SpongeBob, Destroy All Humans! 2, Jagged Alliance 3, or Outcast 2, be sure to tune in (and be surprised by the other 10 titles!).

Official THQ Nordic Channels to watch the Showcase:
https://www.youtube.com/c/thqnordic/
https://www.twitch.tv/thqnordic
https://store.steampowered.com/publisher/THQNordic

Invitation to co-stream the Showcase
Content creators and media outlets all over the world of any size are invited to co-stream the showcase on August 12th on their own channels. If you’d like to participate, or if you have any questions, please reach out to: contentcreators@thqnordic.com

There are two signals being broadcasted with copyright-free music to prevent any issues:
Copyright Free (for streamers):
www.youtube.com/thqnordicinside
www.twitch.tv/thqnordicinside

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SKYBOUND COMET DEBUTS A BRAND-NEW LOOK AT SCURRY BY MAC SMITH

“An incredibly beautiful book!” – James Tynion IV (Something Is Killing the Children, Batman, Wynd)

LOS ANGELES 08/08/2022 – Today Skybound Comet unveiled a new look at the world and characters of Scurry, the new Middle Grade graphic novel from webcomics superstar Mac Smith, which marks the first-ever collection of the smash-hit webcomic in a complete volume.

The upcoming original graphic novel is an exciting release for Skybound Comet, a new original graphic novel imprint aimed at Young Adult (Ages 12+) and Middle Grade (Ages 8-12) audiences, but sure to captivate readers of all ages.

Scurry depicts a world in which humanity has disappeared, but danger is still lurking around every corner for a colony of house mice struggling to survive a long and strange winter. When Wix, the colony’s best scout, embarks on a perilous journey to find food and shelter, he suddenly finds himself lost and alone in the forest. To find his way home, the little mouse must navigate dangerous new threats, strange new creatures, and a destiny he never expected.

Wix recently made his first comic book appearance in Skybound X #25, available in comic shops and via digital providers now.

Scurry kicks off an exciting 2023 Skybound Comet slate that includes the April 2023 release of Outpost Zero (Diamond Code MAR228457, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2437-4), which collects the acclaimed YA series from the superstar team of Eisner Award winner Sean Kelley McKeever (Spider Man Loves Mary Jane) and Alexandre Tefenkgi (The Good Asian) in a single volume; acclaimed author Michelle Fus’ first book in a new series of graphic novels collecting their groundbreaking YA webcomic with Ava’s Demon Book One: Reborn (MAR228458, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2438-1) coming June 2023; and Clementine Book Two (APR228664, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2519-7) by acclaimed writer/artist Tillie Walden (Spinning, On a Sunbeam), which continues the trilogy set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead in October 2023.

Skybound Comet’s other forthcoming releases include Everyday Hero Machine Boy OGN (MAY218589, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2130-4) from rising star voices Tri Vuong (the LEGO® NINJAGO®: GARMADON comic book series) and Irma Kniivila coming September 2022, followed by Sea Serpent’s Heir Book One (MAY218588, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2129-8) from acclaimed creators Mairghread Scott (Star Wars: Resistance, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Pablo Tunica (TMNT Universe) coming October 2022, with Sea Serpent’s Heir Book Two also coming Fall 2023.

Scurry (Diamond Code MAR228456, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2436-7) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 and everywhere books are sold, along with digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

For more info and updates on Skybound Comet, visit www.skyboundcomet.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Small Press Expo Announces Signups for Workshops at SPX 2022

SPX is proud to announce our Workshop track for our 2022 show.

For the first time in three years, participants will be able to sign up for a variety of workshops. They’re aimed at a wide range of ages and skill sets, from kids just starting out to experienced cartoonists looking to sharpen their skills.

We are proud to have Tom Hart, founder of the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW), leading a workshop, as well as several cartoonists associated with SAW. We’re also happy to have several graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies leading workshops.

SPX is also excited to host two sessions from Crowdfundr, the sponsor of the Ignatz Awards, who are presenting exciting new alternatives for comics project fundraising. Here are a few highlights of this year’s workshops:

Bodies, Birth, and Death: A Comics Workshop With Tom Hart

Drawing Cute, a Comics Workshop With Shauna A. Grant

Making Science Comics: Dinosaur Edition With Coco Fox and Annabel Driussi

Figure Drawing For Cartoonists with Danielle Corsetto and Babs New

You can sign up for any of the 14 workshops at this year’s show here on the SPX web site.

Any questions on the workshops, please send them to rob.clough@smallpressexpo.com

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Supernatural Horror Series SPECS Announced at BOOM! Studios

Discover a Brand New Original Horror Series From Highly Acclaimed
All Star Creators in November 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 10, 2022) – BOOM! Studios announced today SPECS, a mysterious new series from highly acclaimed writer David M. Booher (Canto, All-New Firefly), artist Chris Shehan (House of Slaughter) and colorist Roman Stevens, about a group of misfit teens who mail-order a pair of novelty glasses, and realize they’ve received much more than they bargained for, in stores November 2022.

All that high school students Kenny and Ted want is to not feel like outcasts in their small town in Ohio. But their world is turned upside down when the Magic Specs they ordered unlock a world of unforeseen possibilities. . . and consequences. Their fun starts out innocent enough, but when they wish that their bully would disappear, things take a cursed turn, with far darker results than they thought possible…

Channeling his love of 80’s sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, David M. Booher writes for TV, film, and comics. He co-created and wrote fan-favorite fantasy Canto from IDW, now in development as a motion picture with Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and with David adapting the screenplay. David’s credits also include All-New Firefly for BOOM! Studios, Killer Queens from Dark Horse Comics, the comic adaptation of Joe Hill’s novella Rain for Image Comics, and Alien Bounty Hunter and Powerless from Vault Comics. An attorney by training, David lives in Los Angeles with his husband and the true brains behind their operation—their adopted greyhounds.

SPECS is my most personal story so far. As a gay kid who grew up in the Midwest, I know how it feels not to fit it. Kenny and Ted’s story as outsiders, filtered through the lenses of wish-granting novelty glasses, is my way of reminding that little kid that he’ll find his place in the world,” said Booher.

Chris Shehan is an American comic artist living in Austin, TX. They have been published by Vault Comics, Black Mask Studios, Scout Comics, A Wave Blue World, and Titan Books. Chris is best known as the artist for the bestselling series House of Slaughter from BOOM! Studios. They are also the artist and co-creator of The Autumnal from Vault Comics. They can be found on Twitter and Instagram @ChrisShehanArt.

“A story about a magic item that grants wishes… what could possibly go wrong?” said Shehan.  “David Booher, as usual, poured a lot of heart into SPECS and bringing that to life has been such a joy for me.”

SPECS #1 features main cover art by highly acclaimed artist Skylar Patridge (Trial of the Amazons), and variant covers by fan-favorite illustrators Kevin Wada (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Chris Shehan (House of Slaughter), David Talaski (Nightwing), and more.

SPECS is ’80s adventure movies, supernatural horror, and small town kids going through some very strange events that will change them and their friendships forever,” said Elizabeth Brei, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “David and Chris have perfectly captured the chaos of teens caught in a trap of their own making and it’ll be up to you, dear readers, to find out if they manage to escape with their lives or sanity intact.”

SPECS 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; Basilisk by Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; and the upcoming series Briar by Christopher Cantwell and Germán García, Stuff of Nightmares by R.L. Stine and A,L. Kaplan, Damn Them All by Si Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; The Approach by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley, and Jesus Hervas, and BeholdBehemoth by Tate Brombal and Nick Robles. 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, Mat Groom, Moises Hidalgo, and Marco Renna; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.

Print copies of SPECS #1 will be available for sale in November 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 SPECS and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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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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