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Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely hit the road for West Coast tour for “The Humans” volume two release

Writer Keenan Marshall Keller and artist Tom Neely will appear at comic book stores, events, and conventions this March and April to celebrate the release of the second volume in their runaway hit series: THE HUMANS, VOLUME 2: HUMANS TIL DETH.

THE HUMANS, VOLUME 2: HUMANS TIL DETH follows the gang as they rampage through drug runs with road pirates, strip club freak-outs and beatdowns, passionate sex in cheap motel rooms, and multiple bloody barroom massacres—all of which snowballs towards a brutal ending of bloody vengeance and death! It’s the feel-good hit of the year!

THE HUMANS, VOLUME 2: HUMANS TIL DETH (ISBN 978-1-63215-765-2) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 16th and bookstores Tuesday, March 22nd and will be available for $15.99. It can be ordered by retailers with Diamond code JAN160667. It can be preordered now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.

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Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely will be signing at these locations:

March 11th – SHQ Vol.2 Launch Party & Art Show!!!

March 18th – Nuclear Comics, Laguna Hills CA

March 19th – Shop Called Quest Claremont, CA

March 25th thru 27th – WONDERCON, Los Angeles CA (Artist Alley B-25)

April 1st – Dr Comics Mr Games, Oakland CA

April 2nd – Mission Comics, S.F. CA

April 5th – Floating World, Portland OR

April 7th – Arcane Comics Party!!!, Seattle WA

April 7th thru 10th – Emerald City, Seattle WA

April 23rd – 8th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown – Perris, CA

CARTOONIST SINA GRACE TO LAUNCH “SELF-OBSESSED” WEB SERIES

Cartoonist Sina Grace will debut a web series based on his 2015 Image Comics graphic novel SELF-OBSESSED on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Directed by friend and longtime collaborator on the hit comic series BURN THE ORPHANAGE, Daniel Freedman (Undying Love), SELF-OBSESSED is a comedic look at the life of a gay LA-based cartoonist who struggles to find his creative mojo amidst a break-up, a book cancellation, and an overall crisis of faith in his own work. Grace stars in the series alongside Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Adam Busch (Colony, Empire) and Jon Gabrus (MTV’s Guy Code, TVLand’s Younger).

When Sina breaks up with his latest boyfriend, he’s heart-broken. When the book he’s working on is cancelled, he’s devastated. SELF-OBSESSED follows Sina on a hilarious journey as he tries to rediscover his passions for drawing and life. From striking out at a gay bear sex party to getting sage advice from his best friend Amber to visiting an old flame Jon in San Francisco, Sina tries to keep it together. Will he remember why he started drawing in the first place or will he obsess over where he went wrong?

“Making the book Self-Obsessed taught me to follow every idea down every meta rabbit hole,” said Grace. “It seemed like the only logical next step to bare it all on screen, surrounded by my best friends.”

SELF-OBSESSED features a killer soundtrack thanks to musicians in and out of Los Angeles, such as Feels, Colleen Green, Nick Diamonds, Post Life, Hot as Sun, Exray’s, Caleb Nichols, Purr Snickety, Cold Showers, and more.

Sina Grace is the author and illustrator of the autobiographical Self-Obsessed and Not My Bag, which recounts a story of retail hell. He acts as the artist for Shaun Steven Struble’s cult hit, The Li’l Depressed Boy, and handles art chores along with co-writing the Image Comics hit series, Burn the Orphanage. Grace has also done illustrations for all-ages readers, including Among the Ghosts, written by Amber Benson, and Penny Dora & the Wishing Box, written by Michael Stock. His previous works include the slice-of-life Books with Pictures, and the neo-noir urban fantasy Cedric Hollows in Dial M for Magic. For a time, he acted as Editorial Director for Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics. To date, he’s worked for Marvel Comics, IDW, Boom, Dynamite, Valiant and more. His essays have appeared on several websites, most notably Thought Catalog.

“Demon Chicken Poyo” achieves a brutal finale this April

New York Times bestselling creative team John Layman and Rob Guillory will unleash the final one-shot chronicling the action-packed exploits of the beloved homicidal cybernetic kung-fu rooster this April.

Poyo, the secret agent; Poyo, the warrior chicken—and now: Poyo, the demon chicken.

The final episode of the groundbreaking and historic Poyo trilogy: DEMON CHICKEN POYO. Hell wants him. Heaven won’t take him. Earth needs him. That was also the tagline for that godawful Constantine movie. But Poyo is so badass, he stole it from Keanu Reeves!

“Several years ago Rob Guillory and I changed the face of comics, and indeed all pop culture, with the release of Secret Agent Poyo,” said Layman. “They said it could not be done, but we followed that up with an even more vital, timely and sense-shattering sequel, Warrior Chicken Poyo. And here, we’ve done the unthinkable, as we’ve outdone ourselves YET AGAIN with our greatest triumph yet, Demon Chicken Poyo.”

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“We expect this book to shake the very foundations of the comics industry, with a comic so astonishing and impossibly amazing that the world will be forever altered,” Layman added. “Religions will be formed around this comic. Monuments will be built. This is the seminal comic for the 21st Century, and quite likely the new millennium. The wise consumer will buy multiple copies, and the canny retailer will stock their store shelves with this comic, and nothing else.”

CHEW: DEMON CHICKEN POYO #1 Cover A by Rob Guillory (Diamond code: FEB160499) hits stores Wednesday, April 20th. CHEW: DEMON CHICKEN POYO #1 Cover B sketch variant (Diamond code: FEB160500) will also be available Wednesday, April 20th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, March 28th.

IMAGE COMICS WELCOMES PRIDE & JOY ENNIS TITLE

Bestselling and Eisner-Award-winning writer Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, War Story) and artist John Higgins present the action-packed crime story, PRIDE & JOY, coming from Image Comics this May.

“Pride & Joy is an old favorite of mine, and I’m delighted to see it released in this lovely new Image edition,” said Ennis.

Still mourning the loss of his wife, Jimmy Kavanagh lives quietly in the backwoods of New England, raising his devoted daughter and resentful son. That is, until fate comes calling in the worst way and Jimmy’s criminal past threatens to destroy his family.

Higgins added: “Pride & Joy was the first comic story I had worked on that felt complete, like a suspense novel, visceral, and violent. Very pleased it will find a new audience with this Image graphic novel.”

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“Ennis develops every narrative strand in this scary, violent noir surprisingly fully, and Higgins makes it look richly moody… A guilty pleasure par excellence.” —Booklist

IMAGE COMICS CELEBRATES DIVERSITY WITH HUMBLE BUNDLE TO BENEFIT HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION

Image Comics is pleased to announce an all-new Humble Bundle digital sale — Humble Comics Bundle: Image Comics featuring Creators Own Worlds — set to bring awareness to equality and to support the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. This Humble Bundle highlights some of the series from Image Comics that are created by or significantly feature LGBT characters.

With the Humble Comics Bundle: Image Comics featuring Creators Own Worlds digital sale, fans will experience $400-worth of some of Image Comics‘ bestselling and award-winning series at pay-what-you want pricing.

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Fans will be able to pay what they want for the first collected volume of hot new series and original graphic novels like, Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C, Steve Orlando and JD Faith’s VIRGIL, Sina Grace’s SELF-OBSESSED, Alex De Campi and Carla Speed McNeil’s NO MERCY, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s PHONOGRAM, VOL. 1, Ales Kot and Matt Taylor’s WOLF, VOL. 1, Chip Zdasrky and Kagan McLeod’s KAPTARA, VOL. 1, Stjepan Sejic’s SUNSTONE, VOL. 1, Scott Snyder and Jock’s WYTCHES, VOL. 1, and more.

CREATORS OWN WORLDS customers will get a special bundle of introductory issues of series like Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s PAPER GIRLS, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s MONSTRESS, and Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque’s HUCK.

Fans who commit to purchasing at more than the average price will also snag: OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA, VOL. 1, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s JUST THE TIPS, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ SAGA, VOL. 4, Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s INJECTION, VOL. 1, Mark Millar and Wilfredo Torres’ JUPITER’S CIRCLE, VOL. 1, as well as the RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: BRAGA #1 by Kurtis Wiebe with art by Tess Fowler.

And for those die-hard fans paying $20 or more for all of the above, they will receive all of the above plus: David Lapham’s STRAY BULLETS UBER ALLES EDITION (collects issues #1-41), Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley’s INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM (collects issues #1-47), Jim Zub and Steven Cummings’ WAYWARD DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 1, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine DeLandro’s BITCH PLANET, VOL. 1, and Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini’s LOW, VOL. 1.

A digital comic book will be made available every day as a FREE download for fans to sample what kind of comics Image has to offer, beginning this Wednesday, January 13th at 11 a.m. Pacific time with BLACK MAGICK #1 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott.

That’s just for starters with additional titles to be unveiled mid-promotion.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publisher and charity. The Humble Image Comics Creators Own Worlds bundle supports the The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which works to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Diamond Announces Top Selling Comic Books & Graphic Novels of 2015

Star Wars returned to Marvel Comics in January with the million-selling Star Wars #1 from Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, kicking off a blockbuster year of Star Wars success that climaxed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattering box office records worldwide, earning Marvel not only the best-selling comic book published in 2015 but the best-selling single issue in over two decades with Star Wars #1, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty retailers, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.

Written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassaday, Star Wars #1 debuted in January, 2015 and each subsequent issue has consistently been a monthly top five bestselling title for Marvel Comics. The entire Star Wars comic book publishing line was a success in 2015, with Star Wars: Vader Down #1 (#6), Darth Vader #1 (#9), and Princess Leia #1 (#10) joining Star Wars #1 in the Top-10.

Overall, comic books and graphic novels continued their positive trends, with 2015’s annual sales increasing 7.17% over the previous year; comic book sales specifically were up 8.99%, while graphic novel sales rose by 3.14%. Over 98 million comic books were sold to comic book specialty stores in 2015, an increase of 6 million units over 2014, with just over 8 million graphic novels units shipped.

Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book specialty market’s top publisher, leading in both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 38.74% Dollar Market Share and a 41.82% Unit Market Share. Marvel Comics had seven of the year’s top ten comics; in addition to the four Star Wars titles, Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars #1, Spider-Gwen #1 (a spin-off from Spider-Verse), and Invincible Iron Man #1 (the launch title for the All-New All-Different Marvel relaunch) were among the top ten. On the year, Marvel had 78 titles placed in the top 100 best-selling comics.

DC Entertainment was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2015 with a 25.75% Dollar Market Share and a 27.35% Unit Market Share. DC Entertainment’s top comic book, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, John Romita., Jr., and Klaus Janson charted at #5 for the year, while perennial graphic novel bestseller, Batman: The Killing Joke HC, charted as the #5 graphic novel for the year. Several issues of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman run and the Convergence main issues from Jeff King contributed to a strong showing for DC among the top 100 comics for the year.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ science fiction epic, Saga from Image Comics dominated the top ten graphic novels chart and solidified Image Comics as the year’s third largest comic book publisher, with a 9.93% Dollar Market Share and a 10.70% Unit Market Share. Image Comics took seven of the top ten graphic novel spots, including all five collections of Saga as well as two volumes from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead series. The best-selling comic book for the year from Image was another Brian K. Vaughn bestseller, We Stand on Guard #1, at #124 for the year.

IDW Publishing’s was the comic book specialty market’s fourth largest publisher, propelled by its licensed titles such as My Little Pony, Star Trek, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others. The company’s Dollar Market Share was 5.59% for the year. Based upon the hit BBC America show, Orphan Black #1 was IDW’s top-selling comic book landing at #4 for the year.

Dark Horse Comics’ creator-owned titles helped the company to be the fifth leading comic book publisher to the comic book specialty market in 2015 with a 3.79% Dollar Market Share. Dark Horse’s top comic book for the year was Fight Club 2 #1 at #129, a sequel to the cult-classic movie penned by writer Chuck Palahniuk.

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty stores may be included as well.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during January to December 2014, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during 2014. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

“The Walking Dead” offers incentive cover for issue #150… if you don’t pre-order it

Image Comics/Skybound is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for any comics retailer who orders at least zero copies of THE WALKING DEAD #150.

Participating retailers who meet the minimum of zilch orders will receive one free variant featuring art by series artist, Charlie Adlard.

This very special Retailer Appreciation variant will be a black and white version of Adlard’s Cover A and will grace the cover of the landmark, anniversary issue of THE WALKING DEAD, which will feature 30 pages of pulse-pounding story for only $2.99. In this 150th issue, Rick Grimes finds himself… betrayed.

THE WALKING DEAD #150, Cover A by Adlard & Stewart (Diamond Code: NOV150561*), Cover B sketch variant (Diamond Code: NOV150562*), Cover C by Latour (Diamond Code: OCT158896*), Cover D by Moore (Diamond Code: OCT158897*), Cover E by Ottley (Diamond Code: OCT158898*), and the Retailer Appreciation Cover F by Adlard (Diamond Code: NOV158259) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, January 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, December 21st.

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Image Comics “LOW” blasts off with new story arc in issue 11

Bestselling writer Rick Remender (TOKYO GHOST, BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS) and artist Greg Tocchini (THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME) will launch a new story arc in their ongoing dark aquatic fantasy LOW this January.

Previously in LOW, Stel Caine fought to raise herself from the depths of the sea to set foot on the surface of the Earth, battling all manner of enemies.

In LOW #11, Sisters Tajo and Della Caine return to their family home haunted by ghosts of their past. Do they seek blood or redemption?

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“LOW 11 is the beginning of the third story arc and a very new direction for the series. Stel and her crew have made it to the surface and finally get to see what’s up there. She’s in a very different headspace now, with a new engine pushing her forward, but we’ve got some pretty devious plans on testing her. At the same time, her daughters Tajo and Della have reunited and are beginning a journey to find their mother. They’re both in very different places mentally, and want different things from the reunion,” said Remender. “Greg, Dave McCaig, and Rus Wooton are producing the work of their careers; every page is doused in love. If you haven’t been reading the book this is a good time to jump on as we set the stage for an entirely new adventure following the first humans to set foot on the surface of Earth in over 10,000 years.”

LOW #11: SHORE OF THE DYING LIGHT PART 1 Cover A by Greg Tocchini (Diamond code: NOV150511) hits stores Wednesday, January 27th. LOW #11: SHORE OF THE DYING LIGHT PART 1 Cover B by Greg Tocchini (Diamond code: NOV150512) will also be available Wednesday, January 27th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, January 4.

Image Comics announces new Erotic-thriller “The Discipline”

Bestselling writer Peter Milligan (X-Force / X-Statix) and artist Leandro Fernandez (Queen & Country) team up for an all-new series, THE DISCIPLINE, launching from Image Comics this March.

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In THE DISCIPLINE #1 readers meet Melissa, one woman who—between fighting her sister and hating her husband—still finds time to fall in lust with a stranger who’s an awful lot more than he seems.

“This might be the edgiest story I’ve written,” said Milligan. “In most ‘erotic thrillers’ sex is the end-game, the objective. In The Discipline the erotic charge is simply a step towards something stranger, darker… beyond human.”

What appears to be a simple seduction is revealed as something much darker and more dangerous.

This controversial and erotically-charged tale of sex, death, and metamorphosis begins with an explosion of carnality and weirdness. THE DISCIPLINE #1 (Diamond Code JAN160523) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, March 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, February 8th.

‘The Walking Dead’ Comic Series 2 Figures Announced

McFarlane Toys is announcing the second comic series inspired by the highly acclaimed, Eisner Awarding-winning The Walking Dead comic book series from creator/writer Robert Kirkman.

The Walking Dead, the top-selling graphic novels of 2011 and 2012, from Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics, tells the story of the months and years that come after the zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by Rick Grimes, who travel in search of safety and security, all while fending off the hordes of undead and even deadlier humans they encounter on their journey.

The character list in series 2 includes:

GLENN
Glenn, an original Atlanta survivor, has become crucial to the survival of Rick’s group due to his ability and agility at getting in-and-out of zombie-infested areas in order to search for food and supplies. Glenn, in full riot gear, features 28 points of articulation and is equipped with two pistols, riot shield, baton, gas can, and removable helmet with flip-up visor.

THE GOVERNOR
Zombies are not the only threat to Rick and his band of survivors, the Governor is truly the first human antagonist that the group encounters within the comic series. The Governor features 28 points of articulation and includes a kitchen knife, pistol, and alternate mutilated head & right arm.

MICHONNE’S PET ZOMBIE
It’s not until Mike, Michonne’s boyfriend, is bit by a zombie that Michonne discovers the true nature of the zombie epidemic. A bite is a death sentence! Michonne quickly realizes that Zombies don’t attack other Zombies and uses Mike as camouflage and protection against the hordes of the undead awaiting her in this new world. Michonne’s Pet Zombie features 17 points of articulation and includes a neck collar & chain, tear off arms & jaw, and push in/ pull out intestines.

PENNY, THE GOVERNOR’S DAUGHTER ZOMBIE
Nothing is stronger than a father daughter bond, as we see with The Governor and his daughter Penny. Infected early on with the zombie virus, Penny has been cared for and fed by her unconditionally loving father. Penny features 12 points of articulation and includes a bucket of fresh body parts (severed leg, severed foot, severed hand, intestines, heart and Rick’s severed hand) that the Governor feeds to her. Figure also includes a fish tank with trophy heads collected by her father. One of the heads can be used as an alternate head for Michonne’s Pet Zombie Mike, allowing you to build Michonne’s 2nd pet and Mike’s best friend, Terry.

BLOODY BLACK & WHITE THE GOVERNOR
WITH ZOMBIE DAUGHTER 2-PACK

Staying true to the comic, this blood-splattered black & white version of The Governor & Daughter Zombie is the perfect addition to any The Walking Dead collection. This box set still includes all the articulation and gory accessories included with the standard figures.

All of these The Walking Dead Comic Series 2 figures will be available in June of 2013.