Friday, October 24, 2014

IN MEMORY OF ROB CHARPENTIER

This past week Rob Charpentier, the owner of my local comic book store in Toronto's east end, passed away after a battle with cancer. Rob will be missed by all the loyal patrons and friends at his shop Comics And More at Greenwood and Danforth.

When I first moved from the west end to the east end about seven years ago, I felt pretty displaced and Rob and his store were my anchor. It was great to not only have a comic shop in my new neighbourhood, but to have a really good comic shop with an owner who was willing to take chances on the work of newcomers. At the time I had very little published material under my belt, but Rob was always a very great supporter, making sure to order all off my books and promote them in the store.

Over the years, I got to know Rob better, visiting at least twice a week. Rob was always the first to  what new DC projects I'd be doing, based on the stacks of "reference material" I'd come in and buy.

I was saddened to learn about Rob's illness a couple months back. He was unable to work at the store anymore, but continued reading. One of his fears near the end was not getting a chance to see the end of Grant Morrison's long anticipated Multiversity project. (It should be noted that when I reached out to DC Comics about this they helped connect Grant with Rob. Grant spent nearly an hour talking to Rob on the phone in his hospital room. DC and Grant's kindness was not lost on Rob or his friends at the store, and was a real bright spot for Rob near the end).

Rob was a great guy, always full of opinions on the state of comics, but also always willing to support new ideas and new voices in the medium. His death leaves a big hole in our neighbourhood. Rob will be truly missed.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

4 NEW ONGOING SERIES IN 2015


MARCH 2015 - DESCENDER #1 w/ DUSTIN NGUYEN from IMAGE COMICS read more here.

MARCH 2015 - HAWKEYE #1 w/ RAMON PEREZ from MARVEL COMICS read more here

APRIL 2015 - BLOODSHOT:REBORN#1 w/ MICO SUAYAN from VALIANT COMICS read more here

JUNE 2015 - BLACK HAMMER #1 w/ DEAN ORMSTON from DARK HORSE COMICS read more here


Monday, October 13, 2014

LEMIRE & PEREZ RELAUNCH HAWKEYE IN 2015

With Matt Fraction and David Aja closing out their epic run on "Hawkeye" -- arguably one of the most critically acclaimed comic book series of the past decade -- Marvel Comics realized it would need a top shelf creative team to commit to the title if it was going to continue its high quality and craftsmanship.
The House of Ideas just hit a bullseye.
During the Axel-In Charge panel at New York Comic Con, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso announced that Eisner Award-nominated writer Jeff Lemire ("Sweet Tooth," "Essex County") and Eisner Award-winning artistRamón Pérez ("Jim Henson's Tale of Sand") would be teaming up on "Hawkeye" beginning in Spring 2015, thereby securing a dream team worthy of the series, which has generated multiple awards including being named an Official Selection for Festival d'Angoulême 2014.
This project marks Lemire's Marvel debut, with the superstar writer recently finished an exclusive deal with DC Comics and branching out with new projects at Image Comics, Dark Horse and Valiant. Once Alsonso and series editor Sana Amanat knew Lemire was open to creating comics for Marvel, Alonso reached out to the cartoonist personally to offer him "Hawkeye." Pérez has been illustrating series for Marvel for a few years, including bestselling titles like "Amazing Spider-Man" and "Wolverine & The X-Men."
In this exclusive first interview about the upcoming series, which will launch with a new "Hawkeye" #1 in March 2015, Lemire, Pérez and Amanat discussed the secret origin of the top secret project, how it was nearly named "Hawkeyes" to reflect the importance of Clint Barton's protégé Kate Bishop, and why the brand of storytelling will be reminiscent of Lemire's work on indie hits like "Essex County" and "The Underwater Welder."

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bloodshot Reborn: New Ongoing Series by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan 2015

BLOODSHOT REBORN #1






Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN with JEFF LEMIRE
Colors by DAVID BARON
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING APRIL 2015
From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and red-hot rising star Mico Suayan, Valiant delivers an all-new ongoing series for Valiant's most unrelenting hero!
Bloodshot's nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well.
Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him.




"Bloodshot Reborn" pages by Mico Suayan



Friday, September 19, 2014

UPCOMING NYC and UK APPEARANCES

NEW YORK COMICON-OCTOBER 10-12

Friday:
12:15 - VALIANT PANEL RM 1A24
http://nycc14.mapyourshow.com/6_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?ScheduleID=195


1:45 - SIGNING @VALIANT BOOTH: Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Paolo Rivera

Saturday: 
2:00 -  SIGNING @VALIANT BOOTH: Jeff Lemire

8:00 - 10:00pm - SIGNING AT St Marks Comics: Kindt, Venditti, Lemire, Rivera

Sunday: 
11:00am - SIGNING @VALIANT BOOTH: Jeff Lemire

*****


SIGNING at GOSH COMICS in LONDON, UK with SCOTT SNYDER NOV 14, 2014
(*Limited edition SWEET TOOTH/AMERICAN VAMPIRE PRINT available)


THOUGHT BUBBLE UK, LEEDS UK-NOV 15-16, 2104 w/MATT KINDT and SCOTT SNYDER

Friday, August 29, 2014

THE VALIANT: EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW!

In July, Valiant Entertainment announced its next major title, a four-issue miniseries the publisher states will have a dramatic effect on the direction of its entire universe.
Written by Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt and featuring art by Paolo Rivera, "The Valiant" teams Bloodshot, the Eternal Warrior and the Geomancer for a mission to thwart the plans of the Immortal Enemy. Along the way, other characters from the Valiant U will join the battle, including the Eternal Warrior's brother, Armstrong, Archer, Ninjak, X-O Manowar and more.
Check out the covers, the first issue preview and solicitation copy below!
A battle ten millennia in the making...
Valiant Entertainment is proud to present the first look inside THE VALIANT #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of a new prestige format four-issue limited series beginning in December from New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man) and Matt Kindt (RAI, UNITY, Mind MGMT), and Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil)!
An entirely self-contained, new reader friendly comics event spotlighting Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and a cast of heroes and villains from across the Valiant Universe, THE VALIANT is a visionary new adventure from three of the greatest creative talents in comics today.
The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has…THE VALIANT.
Featuring covers by Paolo Rivera, Jeff Lemire & Matt Kindt, and Eisner Award winner Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie), THE VALIANT is a universe-spanning journey featuring all of Valiant's biggest heroes! 
For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.
 For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.
THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) 
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Interlocking Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
B&W Sketch Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
Blank Cover also available
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 12/10/14 (FOC –11/17/14)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen Bring DESCENDER to IMAGE COMICS in 2015




Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Trillium, Animal Man) and Dustin Nguyen (Batman, Little Gotham, American Vampire) team up to bring a brand new monthly science fiction series to Image Comics in March 2015 about one young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.

Ten years ago massive, planet-sized robots called “The Harvesters” materialized without warning and invaded the orbits of all the United Galactic Council’s worlds wiping out entire planets and civilizations before disappearing again. In a fear-fueled response to this machine holocaust, the galaxy blamed millions of robotic companions, whom they suspected of somehow spawning The Harvesters. All robots and androids were immediately outlawed and ruthless bounty hunters called Scrappers were charged with scouring the universe for any surviving robots.

The incredibly life-like artificial boy, TIM-21 may hold the secrets to the origin of The Harvesters deep in his machine DNA—and as a result is the most-wanted robot in the universe. With only his small pet-bot, Bandit and the lumbering mining droid, Driller at his side, TIM-21 goes on the run. Before long the entire galaxy is looking for this rag-tag group of unlikely companions, as they make their way from one exotic planet to the next with new foes advancing on them at every turn.

“I’m incredibly excited to bring DESCENDER to IMAGE COMICS with Dustin Nguyen. Descender is a huge sprawling sci-fi epic, full of mystery and adventure, but at its heart it’s also the story of a little boy looking for a home in a universe that hates and fears him.”


A rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey, DESCENDER will pit humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling space opera from Image Comics this March 2015.