After a successful appearance at last year’s edition of New York’s premier comics and pop culture gathering, independent publishing house StarWarp Concepts—home of critically acclaimed dark-urban-fantasy books and graphic novels—returns for the 2012 New York Comic Con, being held on October 11–14 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Booth #2139 is where you’ll find bestselling author Steven A. Roman (X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy) promoting The Saga of Pandora Zwieback—a young adult novel series about a teenaged Goth who teams up with an immortal shape-shifter to hunt monsters—and Lorelei: Sects and the City, a Mature Readers graphic novel that reintroduces StarWarp Concepts’ first horror heroine.
Joining Roman will be author Richard C. White (Gauntlet: Dark Legacy), who will be promoting The Chronicles of the Sea Dragon, his pirate-fantasy comic book that’s perfect for fans of classic adventure and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Also appearing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons will be Steve Geiger, contributing artist to Lorelei: Sects and the City, who will be signing copies with Roman and taking commissions. Geiger is a former Marvel Comics art director and was the artist of such titles as Web of Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.
NYCC is the talk of the town now, but check out some of these cool events at F.A.C.T.S. 2012! Belgium is a little outside my travel itinerary this year, but it’s at least nice to be reminded every now and then that our fandom is an international community!
Zombie-guests galore at F.A.C.T.S. 2012, a Zombie-Comic and now True Blood’s favorite female shape shifter Luna Garza!
TRUE BLOOD fans beware! FACTS is proud to announce our newest guest: Mrs. JANINA GAVANKAR.
Besides being a member of the True Blood main cast from season 4 onwards as the shape-shifting Luna Garza, she has also starred in The L-Word, Stargate Atlantis, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, The League and much more.
“Oh and she’s a very nice person as well”, said Emmanuel van Melkebeke, F.A.C.T.S. Convention Director. “Seriously. She is great with fans. And I really could not be more excited because the just amazing role she is playing in True Blood is more then enough. Moving, strong, emotional… great acting!”
Apart from shape-shifting ladies, there is zombie-hunting Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints) as well as zombie-drawing artists who all contributed to a special charity event comic, named “Dead Cold”.
Artists included are Sean Philips, Paul Duffield, Dean Yeagle, Colin Wilson, Tyler Kirkham, Lectrr, Romano Molenaar, Louis & Lamirand, XA, Emmanuel Nhieu, Popescu, Kristof Spaey & Sophian Cholet.
The cover will be provided by Guest Of Honor Charlie Adlard, who also provided an introduction as well as picked Greenpeace as beneficiary to the proceedings of this special edition, called “Dead Cold… zombie art”.
Finally we have Fighting Lion Comics, a new print and web publisher clawing for its share of the market!
Fighting Lion Comics is showing off new interiors by J.K. Woodward as a LAST push for its Kickstarter campaign for Human: Oceanic; a 160 page, digest sized, Hard Cover with dust jacket, Original Graphic Novel written by Phil Smith (Top Cow´s Trinity: Blood on the Sands) and illustrated by J.K. Woodward (X-Men Origins: Beast, Peter David’s Fallen Angel, and Star Trek/Doctor Who).
What is Human: Oceanic?
Human: Oceanic is the story of future where human experimentation has become accepted by the worlds nations, giving the benefit to some and damning others to a life of forced servitude and torture. Of course it does not stop there. With the doors to Human experimentation blown open the Military Industrial complex initiates a series of trials secretly called “Human: Oceanic.” A research project designed to give soldiers on the front lines the ability to predict enemy actions in both hand to hand combat as well as higher level precognitive abilities at the command level. The project has an unintended side effect opening up the subject’s consciousness to past and future realities as well as the path of particular lives. The consciousness splinters as the subject’s mind travel’s various paths into alternate pasts and futures.
“Human Oceanic has been coming together for about 10 years…” explains publisher Phil Smith, “In 2001/2002 I met J.K. Woodward via the internet while he was living inGermany. I pitched him an idea for a Science Fiction adventure story. Together we created several comics worth of material that never made it to the market. 10 years in the comics industry later working for different companies (Top Cow, IDW, Marvel, Skybound and others) we are re-editing and re-launching the project with what we’ve learned in the last 10 years”.
New Comics Imprint launched at Stan Lee’s Comikaze promoting two titles!
Fighting Lion Comics, a new print and web publisher, launches its first title BRIK JONES: ATTORNEY FOR EARTH™ with a limited edition Ashcan comic book written by Phil Smith (Witchblade: Due Process) and illustrated by Sid Kotian (Pilot Season: Twilight Guardian).
Brik Jones is, minimum, a 5 issue comics series that is in the process of becoming a print and web comic. Issues will be sold periodically as assets come to critical mass and are ready to print. The website www.FightingLionComics.com will act as part production blog and part webcomic.
Who is Brik Jones? The character is the Interstellar appointed Attorney for Earth. The Ashcan story, “The Case of Case number 69″ is more of a “day in the life” type of story told well after the classic comics style origin story. The Origin Story? That will be forthcoming in future installments via web and print. At this time we are securing an artist for the first 5 issue arc. Sid had time in his schedule between bookings to do this installment for which I am very grateful!
F.L.C. will also be giving away bookmarks and stickers as well as selling a limited edition print of the cover to “The Case of Case Number 69.”
Following the success of the launch at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Fighting Lion Comics is going into production of the first 5 issue limited series starting with the search for an artist to commit to the series for 5 issues. More news as it becomes available. First issue estimated to be available by the end of 2012. Check www.fightinglioncomics.com for updates.
Early reviews of Brik Jones:
“Here’s a quote from BRIK JONES: ATTORNEY FOR EARTH: ‘I just had sex with a giant alien jellyfish.’ If that doesn’t make you want to read this book, I can’t imagine what will. This is science fiction like you’ve never seen, with one hand on a laser pistol, one hand on the intergalactic law review, and tongue planted firmly in cheek. Phil Smith and Sid Kotian have come up with something clever and original, and executed it uncommon flair. This one will have you saying, ‘I want my lawyer!’ “
– Ron Marz (Witchblade, Artifacts, Samurai: Heaven and Earth, Green Lantern)
“Not only is Smith writing about a lawyer, he’s made him…wait for it…the good guy. I told you he had imagination.”
– Mark Waid (Daredevil, Luther, The Flash, Kingdom Come)