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Sun, 11/28/2021 - 08:10

The warrior Judah Maccabee, drawn by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

Hanukkah is an odd holiday. It is the only holiday in the Jewish calendar that celebrates a military victory. Also it is the only holiday that commemorates violence between Jewish factions. All other Jewish holidays focus on God and prayer.

The relationship between God and man is central to the Jewish faith and the Tanakh, what non-Jews call the old testament, is the stories of our ancestors personal relationship and iteration with God.

In fact Hanukkah isn’t even a bible story, it comes from the Megillat Antiochus. A Megillat is basically a scroll, and scrolls were the way stories were written before book pages were invented.

A Bernard Picart copper plate engraving circa 1730

Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration that commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where The Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.

Judah Maccabee by Arthur Szyk

Judea, now known as Israel, came under the control of Antiochus III, the Seleucid king of Syria, who allowed the Jews who lived there to continue practicing their religion during his occupation of Judea. After his death, his son, Seleucus IV became King of Syria. His brother Antiochus IV killed Seleucus IV became the new King of Syria and he outlawed the Jewish religion and ordered the Jews practice his religion Hellenism, what we refer to as Greek Mythology. Antiochus IV sent his soldiers to Jerusalem, massacring thousands of people and desecrating the city’s holy Second Temple and erecting an altar to Zeus in the Temple.

Jerusalem under Antiochus IV had fell into civil war between two camps of Jews: Hellenistic Jews who assimilated into the Greek and Syrian culture and customs; The Orthodox Jews who were determined to impose Jewish laws and traditions, even if by force and the killing of Hellenistic Jews who refused Orthodox Law.

The Maccabee International by Gustave Dore

The rebel forces were led by a Jewish priest named Mattathias and his five sons, a large-scale rebellion broke out against Antiochus and the Seleucid monarchy. When Matthathias died in 166 B.C., his son Judah, known as Judah Maccabee, Maccabee being the Hebrew word for Hammer. Within two years the Maccabee Army had successfully driven the Syrians out of Jerusalem, relying largely on guerilla warfare tactics. Judah called on his followers to cleanse the Second Temple, rebuild its altar and light altar lamp. The altar lamp is an eternal flame who’s oil is refiled before the flame is extinguished so that it produces an everlasting light.

In North America, Hanukkah has exploded into a major commercial phenomenon, largely because it falls near or overlaps with Christmas. Allowing Jewish Children to enjoy the cultural gift giving custom of Christmas with their own religious background.

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Sun, 11/28/2021 - 08:04

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Long Lost Volume 1 TP (New Edition), $19.99
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Redshift #4 (Of 6)(released 11/17 per Lunar Distribution), $3.99
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Thud #1 (Cover A Bryan Peabe Odiamar)(released 11/17 per Lunar Distribution), $3.99
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White Ash Season 2 #1 (Cover A Conor Hughes), $4.99
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Reborn As A Space Mercenary I Woke Up Piloting The Strongest Starship Light Novel Volume 2 SC (not verified by Diamond), $14.99
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Suicide Jockeys #4 (Cover A Davi Leon Dias & Iwan Joko Triyono), $3.99
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John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction Hell #8 (Of 8), $3.99

Star Wars Insider #200 Collector Pack, $15.00
Star Wars Insider Souvenir Edition 2022 (FOC Edition), $14.99
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Last Book You’ll Ever Read #4 (Cover A Leila Leiz), $3.99
Last Book You’ll Ever Read #4 (Cover B Jen Hickman), $3.99
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Resonant Volume 2 TP, $15.99

Master Of Mystery The Rise Of The Shadow SC, $29.95

Executioner And Her Way Of Life Light Novel Volume 3 SC, $15.00
Girl Saved On The Train Turned Out To Be My Childhood Friend Light Novel Volume 1 SC, $15.00
Goblin Slayer Light Novel Volume 13 SC, $15.00
Otherworlder Exploring The Dungeon Light Novel Volume 1 SC, $15.00
Rascal Does Not Dream Of A Dreaming Girl Light Novel SC, $15.00

Cheeky Brat Volume 1 GN, $13.00
Devil Is A Part-Timer Volume 17 GN, $13.00
Goblin Slayer Side Story II Dai Katana Volume 2 GN, $13.00
Golden Japanesque Yokohama Karentan Volume 3 GN, $13.00
Lust Geass Volume 4 GN, $13.00
Reborn As A Polar Bear The Legend Of How I Became A Forest Guardian Volume 6 GN, $15.00

Chuck D Presents Apocalypse 91 Revolution Never Sleeps GN, $19.99

Myths And Legends Quarterly #6: Blood Pharaoh (Cover A Igor Vitorino), $8.99
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Van Helsing Return Of The League Of Monsters #1 (Cover D John Royle Red Agent Variant)
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Sun, 11/28/2021 - 08:03

This week’s Cosplay Girl of the Week BLAKELEE ORTEGA

If you would like to be the Cosplay Girl of the Week! Please send your photo to and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Girls!

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Sun, 11/28/2021 - 08:02

This week’s Cosplay Dude of the Week

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Sun, 11/28/2021 - 08:01

This week’s Cosplay Team of the Week

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Monsters and Midways #1

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 22:00

Second Sight Publishing, one of America’s only black owned comic book publishers, strives for excellence in all of its endeavors. That said, mistakes happen in a small business and SSP is not immune to the mistake bug from time to time. The important thing we feel at SECOND SIGHT is to own our mistakes and have complete transparency with you, the retailers and life blood of the industry we all dearly love. In the December edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly catalog, PREVIEWS, Second Sight accidentally included a solicitation for MONSTERS & MIDWAYS #1. There were two covers in the solicitation: One by series co-creator and artist Jeremy Megert and one by industry legend, Ben Templesmith.


We weren’t supposed to solicit that series quite yet. We had planned to wait until February to unleash the art of Jeremy Megert, who we think is going to light this industry on fire with his first published series. We didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag that one of the wittiest comic book creators and writers we’ve ever discovered, Nick Goodwin… is about to wow the comic book readers in our industry. And we certainly didn’t want to let it on that we’re the company that brought Chuck Satterlee (KONG: KING OF SKULL ISLAND, OF BITTER SOULS, THIRTEEN STEPS) back to comics with his first series in a decade! And did we mention Templemsith?

So, we done screwed up. We’re sorry.

The Monsters & Midways crew is hard at work and way past the first issue, but we had a plan to release from April to September and we’re sticking to it. Our apologies for the slight confusion and look for Monsters & Midways #1, from one of the most exciting comic book publishers in the country… in February.

But just in case you missed the accidental solicitation, here it is again… A down on his luck heavy metal guitarist hasn’t gotten very far with his songs about elves and wizards and dark magic. Let’s see how he does with the real thing. Dave, a heavy metal guitarist, finds he is actually a latent barbarian in issue one. His partner, a wizard with less than charming people skills, explains the fate of the world is up to them. Welcome to magic, Dave! Set in 1976 Chicago, Monsters & Midways is a fun take on swords and sorcery with innovative concepts mixing magic, nuclear energy, heavy metal and elves.

We hope you’ll give Monsters & Midways #1 a try in the February previews!

Did we mention Templemsith?

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Sat, 11/27/2021 - 09:05


Los Angeles, CA – November 26th 2021 –  TRACKER COLLECTIBLES, a division of SCOUT Comics and Entertainment,  is excited to announce their brand new KICKSTARTER launching on Black Friday, November 26th 2021. The KICKSTARTER will feature 1:18 scale LIMITED EDITION “PRESTIGE COLLECTION” action figures of two of SCOUT COMICS most popular comic characters. “Phantom Starkiller” from Peter Goral (Killer Bootlegs) and Joseph Schmalke’s “Phantom Starkiller” comic book series and “Julius Black” from Joseph Schmalke and Rich Woodall’s “The Electric Black” and “Electric Black Presents!”

In the fall of 2020, Scout Comics & Entertainment announced the launch of TRACKER Collectibles, a new company that would specialize in the exclusive production of toys and other collectible merchandise for Scout Comics’ & Black Caravan’s HUGE catalog of creator-owned intellectual properties. The TRACKER Toy division of SCOUT Comics is run by Killer Bootlegs’s Peter Goral, who is at the forefront of the handmade action figure movement. Peter’s figures and art are highly sought after by collectors and have been in galleries all over the world. These new figures are heavily inspired by the nostalgia for the “classic” action figures and toys of Yesteryear. They push the boundaries of the sculpts to new heights incorporating a higher level of detail making them reminiscent of the higher-priced collectibles and thus appealing to the more serious and grown-up fans who have collected similar sized figures in the past.
“We met Killer Bootlegs when we started publishing Phantom Starkiller and knew instantly that we had the perfect person to launch our collectibles division in Peter Goral.” said Scout’s CMO Don Handfield. “We are so excited to release the first of many figures from the extensive Scout, Black Caravan and Scoot catalog. Peter, Joe and the rest of the team have been working very hard over the past year to make the best available figures. We can’t wait to share them with the rest of the world!”

“Not only were we obsessed with making a GREAT lineup of collectible action figures for display purposes, we really wanted to focus on the form, function, and playability of the figures as well.” said Peter Goral, CEO of TRACKER Collectibles.  “As action figure fans and collectors, we really wanted to make sure we avoided any issues such as, when a figure can’t properly hold it’s accessory, refuses to stand, or has limited or zero motion at articulation points on account of bad planning. So needless to say,  our team focused A LOT of thought, time, and consideration into making sure we had everything PERFECT, even going so far as to having some of the 3D models nearly rebuilt from the ground up to make sure they were absolutely flawless. We can’t wait for fans to see the final product and get their hands on them.”

Fans can contribute to the KICKSTARTER beginning FRIDAY NOV 26th HERE with tiers beginning at just $5. Check out some of the REWARDS below and check out the KICKSTARTER FOR full details, reward structure and stretch goasl!

5×7 Phantom Starkiller “Turnaround” Art Print (signed by Peter Goral) – $5 Reward & Add-on

5×7 Julius Black “Turnaround” Art Print (signed by Joseph Schmalke & Rich Woodall) – $5 Reward & Add-on

“Classic” Phantom Starkiller – $25 Reward & Add-on

Kickstarter Exclusive “Glow-in-the-Dark” Phantom Starkiller – $25  Reward

Kickstarter Exclusive “Glow-in-the-Dark” Julius Black – $25 Reward

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The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 182

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 03:00
Uncanny X-Men

Chris, Adam, Chris and Martin go all X-canny and X-stonishing looking back at their favourite X-Men comics. Mutant Massacre, Fall fo the Mutants, Days of Future Past. Somehow we managed to say a lot about nothing. But one thing is for sure, those Merry Marvel Mutants were a heck of a lot of fun.

If you are interested in older episodes please head to … !

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Fri, 11/26/2021 - 20:58

Los Angeles, CA – November 26th 2021 – As announced exclusively through,  SCOUT Comics, one of the fastest growing independent comic labels in the US, is coming to SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SPECIAL EDITION from Nov 26th to 28th 2021 with exciting and informative panels, a special Convention exclusive preview of the SCRIPT2COMIC 2020 First Prize Winner CHARM CITY and a interactive scavenger hunt for SCRIPT2COMIC Grand Prize Winner SHE BITES.

CHARM CITY, created by Ignatz Award winning writer Josh Eiserike (CW’s Legacies, MAD Magazine, G.I. JOE: RENEGADES), won first prize in the 2020 Script2Comic Contest. The comic tells the story of a serial killer who stalks the streets of modern-day Baltimore– but what the police don’t know is all the victims are witches, part of an underground secret society living among us for centuries. And when yet another body turns up, it falls on the victim’s sister– a witch who was excommunicated from the community years ago and hasn’t used magic since– to use her contacts as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun to unravel the mystery and catch the killer. Fans will be able to get their first look at the series in an ashcan EXCLUSIVELY available at the SCOUT COMICS booth located on the exhibition floor at booth 1518.

SCRIPT2COMIC Grand Prize Winner Heather Hale will reprise her SHE BITES interactive scavenger hunt from NYCC 2021 as she asks fans to find blood-stained ‘babysitter wanted’ advertisements that are posted around the San Diego Convention center. Scavenger hunters can find these posters, pull the tab and call the number. If they listen to the message and then bring the tab to the SCOUT comics Booth 1518 on the convention floor, they can receive a limited edition ash can featuring the first appearance of the characters for FREE. Interested applicants can follow @shebitescomic on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for additional clues about where flyers can be found. A limited number of the secret ‘ashcan’ will also be on sale during the show at the Scout Comics Booth for fans not quite up for hunting down the flyer.

In addition, SCOUT COMICS will also host two panels at SDCC Special Edition. The first on Friday, Nov 26th, SCOUT COMICS / THUNDER COMICS: FIRST LOOK featuring ETERNUS from DIRECTOR/ACTOR ANDY SERKIS & ARTIST/DIRECTOR ANDREW LEVITAS  moderated by host Coy Jandreau (Nerdist, Collider Coycast) showcases SCOUT’s upcoming slate of books with special guest panelists including a first look at ETERNUS from powerhouse duo Andy Serkis and Andrew Levitas. The second panel on Saturday Nov 27th, Making Your First Comic: The Good, The Bad & The Business Side hosted by comedian Janelle Draper, features some of SCOUT’s executives and some of their biggest creators as they discuss how to get your start in the comic business and what to avoid. Both panels will feature giveaways for the audience.

For more information about SCOUT visit


FRI 11/26/21, 3:00PM – 4:00PM Room: 23ABC
SCOUT COMICS / THUNDER COMICS: FIRST LOOK featuring ETERNUS from DIRECTOR/ACTOR ANDY SERKIS & ARTIST/DIRECTOR ANDREW LEVITAS –Join indie comic studio SCOUT COMICS & ENTERTAINMENT partner DON HANDFIELD (Eternus, The Dark Age), LatinX imprint CHISPA’s DAVID BOWLES  (Clockwork Curandera) and Creative Executive PHILLIP BRAUN and comic fund THUNDER COMICS’ TIM ZAJAROS (Armory Films) as they present a first look at their brand new slate of comics and products alongside ETERNUS co-creator Artist/Director ANDREW LEVITAS (Minamata), writer ANASTAZJA DAVIS (Eternus) and Scout Comics co-publisher CHARLIE STICKNEY (White Ash).  Moderated by Nerdist / Collider reporter COY JANDREAU (Collider, Nerdist).


SAT NOV, 11/27/21, 2:30PM – 3:30PM Room: 24ABC
MAKING YOUR FIRST COMIC: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE BUSINESS SIDE—Join brand new comic creators HEATHER HALE (She Bites), Grand Prize Winner of the 2020 Script2Comic Contest, and ANASTAZJA DAVIS (Eternus) as they discuss the process of making their first titles with DAVID BOWLES (Clockwork Curandera), Scout Comics partner DON HANDFIELD (The Dark Age, Eternus), writer JOSHUA MALKIN (Unikorn, The Source) and Creative Executives PHIL BRAUN (Chispa) and JORDAN MOORE (Motor). Moderated by comedian JANELLE DRAPER. Room: 24ABC

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Project Superpowers & Dejah Thoris NFT Collectibles

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 20:52

November 26, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite and Terra Virtua announce the debut of two exciting NFT collectibles this Black Friday. Project Superpowers and Dejah Thoris make their way to the innovative format and marketplace.

Project Superpowers debuted in 2008 to great acclaim from comics fans old and new. Driven by the designs and story ideas of legendary painter and creator Alex Ross (Marvels, Kingdom Come), the series took many discarded but cult classic superheroes from the “Golden Age” of comic book history, the 1940s and 1950s, who had not seen print significantly for years. With a brilliant premise, these heroes were brought together and forward to the present day. In subsequent series and spinoffs, they have tangled with more threats and even some other characters like Red Sonja and Vampirella.

Now the first volume of their original outing makes its way into the NFT space. With contributions from Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, Stephen Sadowski, Carlos Paul, and others, it is one of the hallmarks of any Dynamite fan’s collection and an influential tale in the modern superhero canon across the board. A director’s cut edition is also available, in more limited quantities, with extra features. These are known to sell out quickly on all previous collaborations between Dynamite and Terra Virtua.

In addition to Project Superpowers, the latest hotly anticipated NFT statue is dropping today as well. Now fans can get this gorgeous three dimensional rendition of the Princess of Mars, Dejah Thoris. Based on the fan-favorite Martian artwork of Frank Cho, this beautiful piece is a great grail for any collector.

These limited-edition digital collectibles are available to purchase on Terra Virtua here:

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Wayne’s Worlds: Todd’s Toys Teaming with DC

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 17:51

One of the biggest developments in the toy industry focused on Todd McFarlane’s Toys signing a three-year contract with DC. It was reported on the IGN website, and it has a lot of fans talking about it and buying action figures!


I think it’s important to share some information from the IGN story before I dive in:

McFarlane Toys has entered a three-year licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer products to produce collectibles based on the DC Multiverse.

Starting in 2020, McFarlane Toys will begin releasing 6″-12″ ultra-posable action figures based on characters from DC’s stable of characters from comics, movies, and video games – along with corresponding vehicles and accessories.

There are no further details at the moment, but the prospect of a Batman or Superman action figure from McFarlane Toys is enough to pique the interest of even the most casual of toy enthusiasts. These figures will be available from both mass and specialty retailers.

For those new to comics, Todd McFarlane became famous for his art at DC and Marvel. He’s probably best known for his work on Spider-Man, even getting a comic with no adjectives describing the hero at one point.

He left comics to pursue action figures (or toys, to some).  While McFarlane Toys has had dozens of licenses over the years, including ShrekStar Trek: Discovery and Fortnite, most of their comic-based collectibles have been from Image Comics, which Todd co-founded in 1992.

This is a big deal because the McFarlane name continues to garner a lot of attention for his art as well as his action figures, which have been some of the best articulated in the business.


There are some comics fans who think that only the printed page counts, that all this extra stuff they see being sold in their LCS just distracts from the books.

In order for shops to survive, they need to sell more than just comics. Hats, t-shirts, glasses, puzzles, games, and everything else help keep the shop you buy comics from afloat.

I guess there’s a good reason why they’re referred to as “action figures” instead of toys these days. It’s probably the same reason why they’re called “comics” instead of comic books—the previous terms have been deemed “for kids” and thus unacceptable to fans who believe these things appeal to those older than 12 years of age. (Pay attention, Bill Maher!)

The truth is, there are a LOT of fans and collectors who love their action figures and have collections that are the envies of others. On Facebook, I often see fans show off their “wall of heroes,” as one fan called it.

It’s also important that action figures help your imagination work for some better than comics. It just depends on the person. When I was a kid, I used to cut out covers that had great images of my favorite heroes to play with. Eventually, those turned into action figures, some of which I still have.

As I write this, a small group of Hawkmen is staring at me, encouraging me to write the best I can! And I appreciate that!

Whether they are Marvel figures, POPs, DC characters, or any number of toys, they function much like candy or magazines in a supermarket. They add to your expenses in a way that increases a store’s income.

So your local store owner is working hard to survive when that LCS sells comics-related items! You should support them by buying some of them, particularly the ones you like!


I’m always happy to see a comics company do something that might attract new readers. Bringing in Mr. McFarlane and company has attracted new readers or even those who had to pay their bills instead of buying comics. Hey, we’ve all gone through those times!

I have often ragged on McFarlane’s art, how Spider-Man’s toe would end up in his ear and the like. However, you have to give the man credit—his fans are devoted to him and his work, and any time you can cross over between an established fandom and comics is a plus, in my book.

And the toys are cool, too! Just go into any Wal-Mart, and you’ll see them there… if you’re lucky!

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Fri, 11/26/2021 - 06:05

Tony Kittrell has been very active in the comic book industry for thirteen solid years, as a comic book company owner, publisher, editor, and writer of numerous titles under his Advent Comics company umbrella, writing numerous comic book titles. Tony kindly took the time to speak to me about his company, for First Comics News.

First Comics News: Perhaps you could tell me when you got started, how long ago was that and how you market and sell your comics?

Tony Kittrell: I started creating comics professionally in 2009, and I am now going on fourteen years in the industry as an Owner, Publisher, Editor, and Writer. When I first started, Advent Comics could be found on our website, Barnes and Noble, Comixology/Comixology Unlimited, DriveThruComics, IndyPlanet, and Kindle. As time went by, we expanded to individual comic shops, and other outlets as well. Earlier this year, we were picked up by the Diamond/-Previews monthly comics catalog, and our comics are now available in all comic shops, globally. If you don’t see our books in your shop, simply add us to your pull list, and ask them to order us.

1st: I’d be interested in knowing who the artists of each title are, and what other titles (outside your company), if any, that they have worked on.

Tony: We have over twenty-five ongoing titles, and just shy of one hundred artists, inkers, colorists, and letterers working on our books. I affectionately refer to the Advent Comics Creators as “The Untouchables.” Some of the artists that I have collaborated with on Advent Comics titles reads like a who’s who of comic book talent, which includes Paul Gulacy, the late Rich Buckler, Bart Sears, Andy Smith, Ace Continuado, Jimbo Salgado, Netho Diaz, Paris Cullins, Allan Goldman, Greg LaRocque, Chris Cross, and many more.

1st: Some of these names I am familiar with. Let’s see: Paul Gulacy, of course, Rich Buckler, Bart Sears, Andy Smith, Paris Cullins, who, by the way, if memory serves, used to live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, right across the harbor from where I live; Greg LaRocque, and possibly Chris Cross. Because the cover of the Cosmos issue that I DID see, intrigues me, although the others look VERY interesting, as well — Tony, can you tell me what the title COSMOS is about?

Tony: COSMOS is a multi-layered, twelve-issue maxi-series that, on the surface, tells a sprawling story that brings together the cosmic characters within the Advent Universe. But on the other hand, it functions as an Indie Comics Crossover that brings together over eighty-five Indie Comics Creators and Publishers. Characters big and small have shown up, like Punt Press’s Celtic Clan/The Globalists, Fist of Justice, Mike Baron’s Nexus from Dark Horse Comics, and many more.

1st: I am, of course, very familiar with Mike Baron’s Nexus, and also Fist of Justice.

Tony: We have reached the halfway point, as COSMOS #6 is finishing, with colors and letters. It will be released on Kickstarter in 2022, as a special edition, before a regular edition hits comic shops later in the year. There will also be two bookend books, COSMOS: Omni, and two COSMOS Handbooks that are each 70-page editions that introduce some of the characters in the series.

1st: Wow! Tony, are you the owner of the company that publishes all of these numerous comic titles? And if so, perhaps we could always talk about many of them. How did you get started with this huge endeavor? Are you an artist or a writer?

Tony: Yes, I am the Owner/-EIC of Advent Comics. All IPs except for those on the Creator-Owned UNBOUND REALMS Imprint are mine.

1st: How long has Advent Comics been around?

Tony: Advent Comics was started in 2009, and is headed towards its’ fourteenth year.

1st: What is the most recent title?

Tony: Advent Comics produces comics covering nearly every genre, such as Black Characters & Creators in BLACK STAR LINE, Crime Fiction/Action Thriller SOUTHSIDE, Horror in CHAMBER OF TERROR, Martial Arts Mayhem in FIST OF THE DRAGON, Sci-Fi/Fantasy in DARK MATTER: RISE OF THE LEXICONS, Religious/Spiritual aspects in SAVIOR, and of course superheroes, in TITAN THE ULTRA MAN. These titles are just a few of the offerings that Advent Comics has. My most recent completed titles are ACE ONE-SHOT, OLD GLORY #1, SINISTER INC. ONE-SHOT, and one that I can’t talk about, just yet. None of these have gone on sale yet, but they will drop in 2022. Also, over on the UNBOUND REALMS Imprint, we will have more of InVision Comics GENECY, comic industry veteran Michael A. Baron’s BUDDY MCGILL title, plus new additions such as Travis Hill & Mark Pate’s THORN, Mike Shea’s MISKATONIC HIGH, and titles from France’s Chris Malgrain’s Oniric Comics Group, including THE FORMIDABLES.

1st: Perhaps you could give me a blow-by-blow synopsis of each title? Or, do you instead want to focus on one title?

Tony: ACE features our mysterious vigilante as he seeks to stamp out crime on the West Coast, by bringing down Crime Kingpin Vincent Neptune. OLD GLORY sees the return of America’s Greatest Heroes…for the first time! SINISTER INC. revolves around a group of extremely demented and evil individuals, who come together in response to the growing threat of superheroes.

1st: Sinister Inc. sounds neat, to me, because the concept of it reminds me, somewhat, of the way that you described it, above, of DC Comics’ 1970’s title, the Secret Society of Super-Villains, a title in which the battles, etc., between superheroes and supervillains, are told from the point of view of the villains, instead of the point of view of the heroes. I remember buying the Secret Society of Super-Villains title, way back then, from DC Comics, when they were on the newsstands, brand new. Marvel also had a title like that, around then, entitled Super-Villain Team-Up, which also, like DC’s Secret Society of Super-Villains, had a healthy run… There were also two extra ‘Giant Size’ issues of Super-Villain Team-Up. And then, there was a nine-issue run of The Joker, Batman’s main nemesis, all of these, in the 1970s. But ideas like this are rarely done, and are always welcomed, by readers!

1st: Perhaps you could tell me when you got started, how long ago was that and how you market and sell your comics?

Tony: I have had a 40 plus year love affair with comics, but I professionally entered the industry in 2009. I built Advent Comics from the ground up, going from nothing to having consistent sales on six continents and in 53 countries, before securing distribution with Diamond. You can find Advent Comics titles everywhere, including on our website (, Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, Comixology/Comixology Unlimited, DriveThruComics, IndyPlanet, Kindle, and in comic shops, globally.

1st: Who writes them, who draws them, and so on?

Tony: I am the primary writer of most of the Advent Comics titles, at the moment. Across the twenty-plus titles currently in the Advent Universe, there is a core story that has been developing over the last decade, which comes to a head in the twelve-issue COSMOS Maxi-Series. I have started to hire additional writers to craft the titles that I cannot do, right now. There are about 100 people who are working on the various projects, within the Advent Universe. In 2022, you can not only expect more great comics from Advent Comics, but also a few Kickstarter campaigns, such as the Advent Universe Trading Cards Series 3 campaign, and other products & merchandise.

1st: Tony, Can you name which titles that you created and write, which titles are written and/or created by others, and what artists are on each title?

Tony: Not on almost thirty titles LOL.

1st: I see what you mean! LOL

1st: Tony, can you tell us which titles are creator-owned? I ask this, as you indicated that some of them are if I have that correct?

Tony: GENECY, BUDDY MCGILL, THORN, MISKATONIC HIGH are the newest ones in the UNBOUND REALMS Imprint, that are creator-owned.

1st: Of the particular titles which go to comics brick and mortar shops, what is the print run of each title –assuming that question isn’t too personal — (or), is each copy printed based on orders from the Diamond/’Previews’ monthly phone book-sized comics, etc. order catalog? Because that would make a lot of sense.

Tony: When I submitted to Diamond, they approved pretty much our entire line! lol.

1st: Is every comic title under the Advent Comics umbrella all set in one big comics ‘house’ universe, with the possibility that some (or all) of these characters might cross over with each other’s titles? And, if so, has this happened? And, if that is true, where and when? Also, Tony, if you want to talk, either shortly, or at great length, about any aspects of all of this, that I haven’t asked questions about it as yet, please feel free to do so.

Tony: Every title under the Advent Universe banner takes place in the Advent Universe (pretty much all the titles that I write.) The Creator-Owned UNBOUND REALMS books take place within their own unique universes, that their creators have created.

1st: I’d be interested in knowing who the artists of each title are, and what other titles (outside your company), if any, that they have worked on. You’ve mentioned you’ve been into comics for four decades. That is impressive!

Tony: No, I have been a “Comics Fan” for over four decades. I have only been working in the industry for 13 years.

1st: Oh, I see! It is not a contest, but I suspect I am older than you, because I, myself have been into comics, for well over five decades.

Tony: Awesome!

1st: Tony, thank you very much for taking the time to chat with me, today! I’m looking very forward to exploring the comics universe of Advent Comics! Have a super day!

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Thu, 11/25/2021 - 21:46

PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
STORY & ART: Rob Liefeld
DIALOGUE: Chad Bowers
COLORS: Bryan Valenza, Federico Blee & Mirza Wirawan
LETTERS: Joe Sabino
EDITOR: Mark Basso
PRICE: $4.99
SUMMARY: Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the iconic team, creator Rob Liefeld returns to the characters he introduced three decades ago to tell a brand-new adventure featuring these hard-hitting heroes! In this special issue, the man called Cable assembles the combined might of five different X-Force squadrons, each gathered across various points in time for one final mission: to defeat Stryfe once and for all – AT ALL COSTS! Sacrifices, betrayals and revelations await as X-Force attempts their most daring assault ever!
COMMENTS: This comic for you if you missed real kickass action comics. It’s everything fans loved from Robs glory days of the original X-Force run of the 90s. it’s a throwback from a time when comics we’re all about action and fun. If you’re looking for a comic with a deep story and a lot of talking heads you’re going to be sorely disappointed. But if you remember when comics sold millions of copies and it was the hottest time in comic history and you miss it, don’t miss this comic.

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COMIC-CON SPECIAL EDITION: How to Get News Coverage panel

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 16:38
Sunday, 11/28/21, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, How to Get News Coverage – Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn’t?  A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage.  Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include, in alphabetical order, Tim Chizmar (Fangoria, co-chair of the Horror Writers Association. First Comics News), Kallie Chris (Conversations with the Void), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), Jason LiVecchi (NBC News), and Rob Salkowitz (ICv2, Forbes). Along with independent comic creators Michael Kingston (Headlock Comics) and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics) who explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage. Find out what it takes to self-promote your project and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comics project. Room: 9
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Thu, 11/25/2021 - 15:47

We've all known this for months, but CCI posted the dates and then quietly removed them from their website — but it's officially official (again). Next year's #SDCC and #WonderCon 2022 dates:

— SDCC Unofficial Blog (@SD_Comic_Con) November 24, 2021

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A KING’S VENGEANCE Is A Steampunk Revenge Story Coming In December From Scout Comics

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 19:26

A vexed warrior who was once a loving father and husband is brought back to life 25 years later to avenge the demons responsible.

WRITER: Peter Ricq and Davila LeBlanc

ARTIST: Peter Ricq

STORY EDITORS: Fronc Ng and Philippe Ivanusic Vallee

SCOUT EDITOR: Malissa White

A King’s Revenge is a steampunk medieval fantasy adventure wrapped in an action packed revenge story. We follow King Olric who on the last day of a 4 year war confronts the demon responsible. Unable to kill him, the demon assumes the form of his son and slays Olfric. Resurrected by necromancer Beltho Krane 25 years later, Beltho offers Olfric vengeance in exchange for his service. Together, the pair hunt the demon and all those connected to his and his family’s death. Even if it means taking them on one enemy at a time. Inspired by Conan The Barbarian, Robocop, Game of Thrones and Hellboy, fans of  will love this story.

Quote from Andy Patch, Contributing Editor,

“If Ricq and LeBlanc’s writing and story is R.E. Howard meets Edward Neumeier, then Ricq’s art is Mike Mignola meets Box Brown. Deceptively simple, highly stylized, a little cartoony and a whole lot gory, Ricq’s deeply-shadowed style is highly reminiscent of Mignola’s Hellboy, while his faces are a bit of Brown’s Is This Guy For Real (both identified as inspirations by Ricq himself).”

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FantaCo to publish Eerie Publications the Complete covers, the Whole Bloody Mess!

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 19:22


On the 60s and 70s newsstands, the notorious Eerie Publications magazine covers shocked petrified comic readers everywhere with garish sideshow covers depicting torture, and gore.

These shocking covers burned themselves into the brain of everyone who saw them.

Now for the first time, collecting every known cover from this putrid publisher presented chronologically, fully annotated and in full ‘Picto-Color’. The good, the bad, and the ugly – the Whole Bloody Mess in one book available in March 2022.

Collected by Eerie Publications collector/historian/author Mike Howlett.

FantaCo is offering preorders serialized and numbered with an exclusive set of ten Eerie Publications trading cards for a limited time.

Available for preorder at


Mike Howlett is author of The Weird World of Eerie Publications: Comic Gore That Warped Millions of Young Minds, The Worst of Eerie Publications (Chilling Archives of Horror Comics!) and The Weird Indexes of Eerie Publications.


240 Pages, March 2021. Softcover $39.95, Smyth sewn hardcover $59.95

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Wed, 11/24/2021 - 16:11




Just in time for Kate Bishop’s small-screen debut, Lucky the Pizza Dog is getting his own story! On Wednesday, November 24, the LUCKY THE PIZZA DOG one-shot launches exclusively on Marvel Unlimited in the Infinity Comics format.


Writer, Artist & Colorist: Jason Loo

              Editor: Caitlin O’Connell

In LUCKY DELIVERS, Kate Bishop waits for her pizza to arrive. And waits. And waits… What’s a Hawkeye’s best friend to do but some investigating of his own? You can count on Pizza Dog to save the day… and dinner!

Marvel Unlimited is a one-stop destination for over 29,000 comics spanning the entire Marvel Universe. The app available on For iPhone®, iPad®, Android devices™ and web. For more information on new Marvel Unlimited comics, please visit:

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AWA (Artists, Writers & Artisans) Announces That PRIMOS

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 16:09

An All-New Latinx Superhero Comic Series from Comedian, Actor, Writer, and Producer, Al Madrigal and Artist Carlo Barberi, Will Be Available February 2, 2022


Every Issue of the PRIMOS Series will be Available in both Spanish and English Versions at their Release


AWA (Artists, Writers, & Artisans), the creative business that develops ground-breaking original stories owned by creators across all forms of exploitation including publishing, film, television and NFTs, announced today that the All-New Latinx Superhero Comic Series, PRIMOS will debut February 2, 2022 in both Spanish and English (solicitation date: November 19, 2021).  From the mind of renowned Latinx comedian, actor, writer and producer Al Madrigal (The Daily Show, Morbius, Night School) and artist Carlo Barberi (Deadpool, X-Men: Milestones, Avengers No Road Home, Spider-Geddon), PRIMOS brings together three distant cousins, bound by their ancient spacefaring Mayan lineage to the historical King Janaab, with a profoundly special purpose: to save the world as we know it. They are the “Primos,” and they are Earth’s last hope.

“Al and I have been wanting to work on a project together for some time where we could share our Mexican heritage with a broad audience and create the ultimate Latinx heroes for the 21st Century. PRIMOS is the Latinx Guardians of the Galaxy; they squabble with each other, they assemble as a team, and ultimately save the universe,” said Axel Alonso, AWA’s Chief Creative Officer.

“The lack of Mexican representation in the superhero genre is surprising to say the least.  Everyone, including Latinos, should be able to see heroic but flawed, badass versions of themselves represented in media,” said Madrigal. “I couldn’t be happier to work on PRIMOS with three formidable Mexicans: Carlo Barberi, an incredible artist, along with my friends Felipe Flores and Axel Alonso.”


Writer: Al Madrigal

Artist: Carlo Barberi

Release Date: February 2, 2022

Pre-Order Deadline: January 10, 2022

The ultimate Latinx heroes for the 21st Century are here!  Centuries ago, two Mayan brothers constructed a spacecraft that sent them hurtling into outer space.  Returned to Earth only to find their culture and civilization destroyed, one of the brothers vows revenge and seeks to decimate the planet with intergalactic technology gathered on his travels.  To prevent this, his sibling creates a contingency plan that activates the world’s protectors – three descendants of their own family who have been granted great power.  Now, the fate of the universe lies in the hands of three cousins scattered throughout Central and North America who have never even met.


PRIMOS #1 will be available in both Spanish and English versions at comics shops,, Simon & Schuster, ComiXology, Amazon Kindle, GlobalComix, on February 2, 2022.

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