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The next issue of the Judge Dredd Megazine is shipping with an exclusive downloadable track from a brand new album by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Emmy-nominated composer Ben Salisbury.

DROKK is the pair’s ‘soundtrack’ for Judge Dredd’s world, creating a soundscape befitting a nightmare 22nd Century megalopolis filled with criminals and crazies, and policed by authoritarian Judges.

Megazine 322 goes on sale 28th March in the UK and in North America on 11th April. Readers will be able to scan a QR code and exclusively download the first track from the album: Lawmaster/Pursuit.

A founding member of Portishead, Barrow is the producer/owner of the Invada Records UK label and a lifelong 2000 AD fan. Salisbury is a soundtrack composer with over 200 film and TV credits to his name, including three David Attenborough series.

The issue also comes with an exclusive interview with Barrow about the album, his love of 2000 AD and the challenges of bringing Mega-City One to life with music.

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Conventions and events / Robert J. Sawyer book tour
« on: March 21, 2012, 03:58:03 AM »
Robert J Sawyer's twenty-first novel, Triggers, comes out in hardcover in just two weeks, on April 3, 2012, from Penguin in Canada, Ace in the US, and Gollancz in the UK.

It should also be available on or about that date in various ebook formats (including Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and Sony Reader) and as an audiobook from Audible.com, and it's also being offered by the Science Fiction Book Club.

The Toronto launch party for Triggers is Tuesday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Dominion on Queen Pub, 500 Queen East. You're invited!

I also have book tour events coming up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Waterloo, Hamilton, and Ottawa -- everybody is welcome! All events are free and open to the public, and there will be a local bookseller on hand at each one.

Details about the tour events are here: http://sfwriter.com/lnappear.htm

* Toronto: Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.: Dominion on Queen Pub, 500 Queen Street East

* Waterloo: Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.: John M. Harper Branch Library, 500 Fischer-Hallman Road North

* Calgary: Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.: Fish Creek Library Branch, 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE

* Edmonton: Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.: Audrey's Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue

* Vancouver: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.: W2 Media Cafe, 111 West Hastings Street

* Los Angeles: Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.: Mysterious Galaxy, 2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach

* Winnipeg: Saturday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.: McNally Robinson, 1120 Grant Avenue

* Hamilton: Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.: Hamilton Public Library Central Branch, 55 York Street

* Ottawa: Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.: Clock Tower Brew Pub, 575 Bank Street

* San Francisco: Thursday, June 21, 7:00 p.m.: Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street at Montgomery (1st floor of Hobart Building); an "SF in SF" event hosted by Terry Bisson. (Free but SF in SF suggests a $5-$10 donation to Variety Children's Charity of Northern California.)


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Hello everyone

Surely you must have an opinion on this.

Do you resent DVDs that have enormously long promos at the beginning and no command to jump to the main menu.

Geoff

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DARK HORSE JOINS THE GEEK & SUNDRY PROGRAMMING SLATE WITH REVOLUTIONARY NEW MOTION COMICS!

MARCH 17, ANAHEIM, CA—Today at WonderCon, it was announced that Dark Horse would be bringing their most well-known characters to Felicia Day’s all-new YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry, beginning on April 2!

This highly anticipated premium YouTube channel and company, founded by Felicia Day and the producers of the hit web series The Guild, today announced a lineup of six new original series premiering online starting April 2. The channel will present the very best of indie geek culture by exploring fun themes in comedy, gaming, comics, music, and literature that are sure to captivate audiences every week. Geek & Sundry will also provide a social destination and community for fans connecting online and offline about nerd culture worldwide (GeekAndSundry.com).

Alongside Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible, Eureka), Geek & Sundry will feature compelling original content by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory), Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt (Sword & Laser), and Paul and Storm (w00tstock), as well as the hit web series The Guild, and the very first Dark Horse motion comics.

Dark Horse will air a new motion-comics episode every Wednesday, featuring characters like Hellboy, Conan the Barbarian, Usagi Yojimbo, and Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy. With all-new motion-graphics techniques and compelling storytelling, these are sure to set a new standard for motion comics. Directed by Erik Bruhwiler and produced by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse motion comics offer comics fans an experience unlike anything they have seen before.

“We’re so incredibly excited to produce and develop a channel based on what we think the fans will enjoy the most,” said Felicia Day, cofounder, producer, and star of Geek & Sundry. “From Dark Horse Comics to Wil Wheaton, there’s a killer team of talent on camera and off that will help build on the success of The Guild and Dragon Age: Redemption.” 

"This is an exciting new extension of our comics business. Our technology is state of the art and the tales are extremely engaging. Add Erik's genius to some of the greatest creators in the comics business and the project becomes irresistible." Said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.

Dark Horse Motion Comics launches on April 2, 2012, on YouTube, with Mike Richardson’s forty-minute horror epic, The Secret!

Viewers can subscribe to the channel now at www.youtube.com/user/geekandsundry.

 

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 BIOWARE AND DARK HORSE ANNOUNCE MASS EFFECT 3 ­­IN-GAME ITEMS ON PC AND XBOX 360 FOR FANS WHO PURCHASE MASS EFFECT ART BOOK   

March 14, MILWAUKIE, OR—BioWare, a label of Electronic Arts, Inc., and Dark Horse Comics revealed today that fans who purchase the digital version of The Art of the Mass Effect Universe through Digital.DarkHorse.com will receive a limited code to unlock a Reinforcement Pack containing in-game items to be used on PC or the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system in the co-op campaign in 2012’s most anticipated game, Mass Effect 3. Showcasing the unique and iconic art featured in the Mass Effect series, The Art of the Mass Effect Universe was released in print and digitally on February 8. Additionally, Mass Effect fans who purchase the digital version of the four-issue comic miniseries Mass Effect: Invasion at the Dark Horse Digital store will also receive a limited code to unlock a Reinforcement Pack.*

Fans who gain access to the Reinforcement Packs will receive in-game items that can be used in the four-player cooperative multiplayer campaign in Mass Effect 3 on PC or Xbox 360. These packs will include powerful character boosters and the devastatingly lethal Collector Assault Rifle. With deadly efficiency, this special weapon uses the same principles as a human assault rifle, but its organic components set it apart. To learn more about how to obtain and redeem the special item code, visit DarkHorse.com.

Recently named by over 100 outlets around the world as one of the most anticipated games of 2012, including the fan-voted Most Anticipated Game of 2012 award at the Spike TV VGAs, Mass Effect 3 thrusts players into an all-out war to save the galaxy from an ancient alien race known as the Reapers. Players will assume the role of Commander Shepard, a war-torn veteran who’s willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate this nearly unstoppable foe. With a team of elite, battle-hardened soldiers at their side, each player decides how they will take Earth back, from the weapons and abilities they utilize to the relationships they forge or break.

Mass Effect 3 was released on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and PC in North America on March 6, 2012, and in Europe on March 9, 2012. For more information on Mass Effect 3, please visit MassEffect.com, follow the game on Twitter at twitter.com/masseffect, or “like” the game on Facebook at facebook.com/masseffect.

*Code expires March 31, 2013. Additional restrictions and conditions apply. See MassEffect.com for details.

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Flesk Publications Exhibiting at WonderCon, Booth #816



 
Flesk Publications will be exhibiting at WonderCon in Anaheim, California running from March 16-18. Our booth number is 816.

We will have our entire selection of books available including our latest titles Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm, The Art of Craig Elliott and Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings. The Bruce Timm book sold out in just one month, however we held on to a few cases of the paperback to sell at the show. The hardbound deluxe is gone. A new printing of the paperback edition is on the press and will be available in late May.

In addition we will have select artist chapbooks exclusive from us. Mysterious Islands by Gary Gianni, Blue Book by Mark Schultz, plus Reveries and Bombshells 5 by Terry Dodson all of which comes signed. Free Flesk catalogs and flyers will also be on hand.

William Stout will be set up right next to us at booth number 814. Flesk has published five of Stout’s books. You can get them personalized at the show. These titles are the fantasy themed collections Hallucinations and Inspirations, and his prehistoric and dinosaur focused books, New Dinosaur Discoveries A-Z, Dinosaur Discoveries and Prehistoric Life Murals. Stout will have his own sketchbook collections, original art, prints and more.

Craig Elliott is just an isle over at booth number 710. Each copy of his The Art of Craig Elliott book comes with a special signed bookplate that includes an original sketch on the reverse side. This is only available when purchased direct from Flesk or Craig Elliott. Plus, we have a "red" cover of the book that is not available in the stores. Craig will have an eclectic collection of jewelry, books, art, prints and more to peruse and enjoy.

The legendary artist and art director Jim Silke will be in artist’s alley at table number AA-038. Jim always has a stunning portfolio of originals on display that can’t be missed. We will have plenty of copies of his Jungle Girls book that we published last year.
 

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Press Releases / Want to get a discount at Arcana?? Read on.
« on: March 07, 2012, 03:22:01 PM »

If you didn't already know, through March 31st, you can get 25% off of all of your Arcana purchases through our store by entering the code "ARCANAWINTER" at checkout. Be sure to pick up books while you can and keep in mind that some pre-sale items are available for order, too! They'll ship as they are released. There are over 180 books available for order, so definitely go check them out!
 

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MARK HODDER SIGNING BURTON & SWINBURNE: EXPEDITION TO  THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON

FORBIDDEN PLANET LONDON SATURDAY 14th APRIL 4 - 5pm

MARK HODDER will be signing BURTON & SWINBURNE: EXPEDITION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 14th April from 4 - 5pm. 

It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and now the first moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war and the fall of the British Empire. The prime minister, Lord Palmerston, believes that by using the three Eyes of Naga — black diamonds possessing unique properties — he’ll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. He already has two of the stones, but the third is hidden somewhere in the Mountains of the Moon, the fabled source of the Nile.

Palmerston sends Sir Richard Francis Burton to recover it. But, caught in a tangled web of cause, effect, and inevitability, little does Burton realise that the stakes are far higher than even he suspects.

FORBIDDEN PLANET Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in SF, Fantasy and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for events, including Jonathan Ross, Kevin Smith, Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Lee, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Stephen King.

For more about our signings please go to: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/ 
FORBIDDENPLANET.COM

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Hello everyone

Seeing the new Avengers film trailer and Hawkeye sans a mask, it struck me that on film (and ultimately on TV when a transition happens), doesn't the lack of a mask put into question the need to show off the actor's face against the need for a secret identity. After all, in this celebrity orientated world, how long do you think it would be before the press has everything about you in the newspapers?

So which do you prefer?? I've given some options above. Let me know if I've gotten any.

Geoff

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Press Releases / DARK HORSE’S FREE COMIC BOOK DAY OFFERINGS 2012
« on: February 27, 2012, 03:08:40 PM »
DARK HORSE’S FREE COMIC BOOK DAY OFFERINGS TO INCLUDE A SPECIAL FOUR-PAGE STORY FROM CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN AND STEVE LIEBER’S ALABASTER

FEBRUARY 27, MILWAUKIE, OR—One of Dark Horse’s most-anticipated new series premiered in the company’s flagship anthology last week in Dark Horse Presents #9.

Dark Horse celebrates this event with additional news today that Caitlín R. Kiernan’s highly anticipated new series will now be included in both of Dark Horse’s Free Comic Book Day books, with two pages in each book, to expose this exciting new series to as wide an audience as possible!

Alabaster is based on Caitlín R. Kiernan’s fan-favorite Dancy Flammarion stories, a dark fantasy series centered around a teenage protagonist of striking appearance and hidden, terrible depths. For nearly as long as she can remember, seventeen-year-old Dancy Flammarion has fought monsters, cutting a bloody swath through the demons and dark things of the world, aimed like a weapon by a merciless seraph more taskmaster than guardian.

This special four-page story, told across Dark Horse’s two FCBD offerings, will give readers a compelling glimpse into Dancy’s world and the blurry line that separates her from the angels she serves—and the monsters she hunts.

Look for Alabaster: Shelter in the back of both Dark Horse’s Star Wars/Serenity and Buffy/The Guild Free Comic Book Day comics on Saturday, May 5. Remember, you have to pick up both to read the whole story!

Pick up a copy of Dark Horse Presents #9 at your local comic shop for a special sneak peek at the highly anticipated series Alabaster: Wolves!

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Press Releases / Tachyon give away De Lint book on Facebook
« on: February 23, 2012, 02:17:50 PM »
Tachyon is proud to announce our new release of Charles de Lint's classic fantasy novel EYES LIKE LEAVES (9781616965056, $15.95 trade paperback).  We are joining Charles and his partner MaryAnn Harris for a special giveaway on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/305982246132381/.  By joining the novel's Facebook group, members are entered into a March 7th drawing to win copies of the novel and signed CDs of Charles and MaryAnn's music.

EYES LIKE LEAVES, called "an enchanting epic fantasy" by Publishers Weekly, is a tale set in the mythical Green Isles, where the summer magic is waning. Vikings in snake ships pillage the coastal towns, driving the terrified Dathenan from their homes. There is a growing chill in the air even during the longest days of the summer solstice. The priests pray for deliverance, but to no avail; soon the isles will be encased in permanent frost.  The harpers tell a tale of two feuding siblings: Hafarl, the Summerlord, has grown silent, his staff broken and his power dwindling. His brother Lothan, the Icelord, hunts the Summerlord like a hound, bringing chaos in the guise of the marauding ships.  The Oracle at Pelamas Henge has decreed that the Summerlord’s staff must be restored. Their hopes rest upon a mysterious old dhruide, his inexperienced apprentice, a naïve young woman, and her adoptive family of tinkers and musicians carrying the magic of the Summerborn....

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Charles de Lint is the bestselling and much-beloved author of over more than seventy adult, YA, and children's books, including Moonheart, The Onion Girl, Widdershins, and Medicine Road. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a book review column for Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Tachyon Publications is an independent publishing company that specializes in smart science fiction and fantasy.  Our recent titles include Context by Cory Doctorow, The Bible Repairman by Tim Powers, and Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly.  For more than fifteen years we have been saving the world one good book at a time.

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Press Releases / ImageExpo 25-26 February 2012
« on: February 23, 2012, 05:03:10 AM »
ImageExpo this weekend!
 
Celebrating the creative spirit of independence, the Image Expo commemorates the formation of IMAGE COMICS 20 years ago. Guests include IMAGE COMICS Founders & Partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, plus many more.

Come see Elephantmen writer/creator Richard Starkings, designer JG and sketchmaster extraordinare Gabriel 'GABO' Bautista at booth #40 and the following panels...

Saturday, 12 p.m.
 Stories and Scripts: Writing Comics
 
How do comics readers get their vision from their minds, to script, to the drawn page? What do you need to know about successful collaboration with artists? Some of comics’ best writers will talk about the challenges, triumphs, and idiosyncrasies of the comics creative process. Find out how comics like Fatale, Haunt, Chew, Morning Glories and Saga are conceived, written, and brought to the printed page from the writers who knew them from "PAGE ONE, PANEL ONE."

 Panelists: Ed Brubaker, Steve Seagle, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, John Layman, Nick Spencer, and Brian K. Vaughan
 Moderator: Richard Starkings

Sunday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Workshop Room B)
 Putting Words in Their Mouths: The Art of Lettering
 
Join Chew co-creator and letterer John Layman, and letterer J.G. Roshell for a workshop on creating professional, pleasing lettering.

See you there!

Image Expo
 Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26
 Oakland Convention Center
 Purchase tickets or get more info at ImageComicExpo.com

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GOLDEN APPLE COMICS SLICES

INTO SAMURAI’S BLOOD
 
On February 29th, starting at 6:00 P.M., Golden Apple Comics present an autograph signing with Owen Wiseman, for the release of SAMURAI’S BLOOD VOL1 PAPERBACK from Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing. In addition, Golden Apple Comics and Owen Wiseman will be giving way FREE copies of Samurai’s Blood #1 comic book for readers looking for a taste of something new and exciting from the Image Comics brand.
 
Set in feudal Japan, an era when lineage defined you, SAMURAI’S BLOOD involves three teenagers who must make their way through the world hiding their identities in order to find their destinies. As their village burns behind them, they are headed for a city they’d heard about only in stories. The three young samurai must now struggle to stay alive and take vengeance on the evil usurper who has destroyed the rest of their clan and the only world they’d ever known. Will they rise on the tides of vengeance, or they will they fall on the swords of fate?

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Press Releases / 200AD means prizes
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:07:54 PM »
In 1977, something amazing happened. All across the land the first issue of 2000 AD, dated 26th February, arrived in newsagents. And your world has never been the same since.

Thirty-five years on and The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic is still going strong, still packed with top-notch Thrills by some of the world’s greatest comic book artists and writers, and still bringing intense weekly bursts of Thrill-power to the starving masses.

To celebrate this milestone, this Wednesday sees the anniversary edition, Prog 1771, hits newsstands in the UK (7th March in North America) with the choice of two amazing variant covers - one by Chris Weston (The Filth, The Twelve), riffing on a classic image by Brian Bolland and showing some of the classic characters of the past 15 years. The second cover by 2000 AD legend Mick McMahon shows the alien editor, Tharg the Mighty, surrounded by his loyal editorial droids!

This week will also see 2000adonline.com give away some exclusive prizes to Squaxx Dek Thargo everywhere, including:

•           copies of Kingdom: The Promised Land signed by New York Times bestselling writer Dan Abnett

•           copies of dinosaurs-farmed-by-cowboys-from-the-future classic Flesh: The Dino Files signed by 2000 AD’s creator and first editor, Pat Mills

•           copies of the hilarious mobster comedy Al’s Baby signed by Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra

Thanks to Planet Replicas, we’ll also be giving one lucky Earthlet the chance to get a custom made Judge badge – featuring their own surname! These high-quality fully licensed badges are a must for budding agents of the law, and the winner will get one embossed with their own name.

And as we head toward 2000 AD’s official birthday, we have the pièce de résistance – an exclusive Mongrol figure from Ashley Woods’ threeA Toys. That’s right, we’re GIVING AWAY one of the most hotly desired piece of 2000 AD merchandise in recent years. Standing over 11-inches high and over 13-inches wide, this fully articulated 1:6 scale figure has been drooled over by fans since its release last year and you’ll get the chance to try and win this stunning figure!

Keep your glues glued to 2000adonline.com, as well as our official Twitter and Facebook feeds, as we gear up to mark 35 years of Thrill-powered awesomeness!

Happy birthday, 2000 AD – it’s going to be a zarjaz week!

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DOCTOR WHO ‘SHADA’ SIGNING!

FORBIDDEN PLANET LONDON WEDNESDAY 14th MARCH 6 – 7pm

GARETH ROBERTS will be signing the Doctor Who  novel, SHADA (BBC books) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 14th March from 6 – 7pm.

Based on the scripts for the original television series by the legendary Douglas Adams, SHADA retells a Tom Baker era adventure of the Doctor that never made it to the screen in 1979, due to industrial action.

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

Gareth Roberts has written a huge number of Doctor Who spin off titles and has also written scripts for the TV Series and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

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Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in SF, Fantasy and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for events, including Jonathan Ross, Kevin Smith, Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Lee, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Stephen King.

For more about our signings please go to: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/ 


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