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 Diary Date: Thursday 22nd September 6 – 7pm

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning for the Titan Books hardcover edition of Legion Lost at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 22nd September from 6 – 7pm.
 The Legion of Super-Heroes finds itself stranded in a distant galaxy, on the home planet of the vicious alien race known as the Progeny, in this new hardcover collecting the cult favourite 12-issue epic. While some of our heroes struggle to repair their damaged spaceship, the rest attempt to forge an alliance with the peaceful Kwai. But can the Legion help the Kwai defeat their oppressors and still make their way back home to Earth?
Dan lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. He has laudable pile of comic titles to his credit, including work for both Marvel and DC; he’s also been one of 2000AD’s most prolific writers. He’s the Black Library’s leading author, and writes standalone novels for Angry Robot Books.
 Andy work has included inks for Marvel and DC and pencils for his own creation, The Sleeze Brothers. His writing has included his and Dan’s relaunch of The Legion of Super-Heroes. He and Dan have also worked together on an ongoing Nova series for Marvel and the latest incarnation of The Authority, as part of the World’s End relaunch of the core Wildstorm titles.

Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for signing events, including: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Mark Millar, Guillermo Del Toro, Brian Froud and Stephen King.
 For more news about our signings please go to:

Actor James Marsters Joins Vampire Empire Authors

for DragonCon Special Event
Amherst, NY—Actor James Marsters—best known for his iconic role as “Spike” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and familiar to genre fans for his roles in Torchwood and Smallville, among others—has signed on to narrate the Vampire Empire trilogy for the unabridged audio books being produced by Buzzy Multimedia for release in spring 2012. In support of this new collaboration, Marsters has announced a very special reading event for fans at DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday, September 4that 7:00 pm (ET).
This ticketed, limited-seating event will open with authors Clay and Susan Griffith introducing the Vampire Empire series—providing an overview of the characters, the setting, and the themes. For the bulk of the event, Marsters will read from The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book One). After his reading, Marsters will join the Griffiths for a conversation with the audience. There will be a book-signing and autographing session to close the event, at which copies of The Greyfriar and the newly published book two, The Rift Walker, will be available.

Marsters, acclaimed for audio work that includes being the voice of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, is ideal casting for The Greyfriar,called “so much more than a vampire novel,” by and “phenomenal . . . from start to finish” with “amazing vampire mythology, a chilling alternate history, and a poignant romance that grips your whole heart and refuses to let go,” by All Things Urban Fantasy.
            Tickets for the DragonCon event go on sale next week. Check the James Marsters Facebook page for more details and to order tickets.

Conventions and events / Arcanna Convention Schedule
« on: August 11, 2011, 01:04:46 PM »
Arcana Comics is expanding its convention schedule this year by appearing at the Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on November 5th and 6th. If you haven't heard about the convention, it looks to be an exciting one! Their web site states, "Comikaze is unlike any other comic-related event in the US. Having spent much time researching both local and national conventions in the United States, the Comikaze Team crafted an event that will thrill and excite even the most casual comic fan. Comikaze is a multi-tiered extravaganza created by real comic fans with deep ties to the entertainment world. While Comikaze might have a classic convention vibe, it’s much more than that. The Comikaze Team did not want to make an event for industry people and hardcore fans only. Instead, they designed a more balanced event as an alternative to the standard fan convention, dedicated to the Los Angeles and geek community above all else... Comikaze Expo is an integral part of the city of Los Angeles, something both residents and visitors can enjoy for years to come. Drawing inspiration from the city and the fans, Comikaze is an eclectic mix of LA and geek culture. Comikaze strives to create something unique for the city of Los Angeles. Between the Convention and Pre-events there will defiantly be something for everyone to enjoy." Arcana Comics is excited to be part of this new convention and looks forward to seeing fans there! Be on the lookout for more news on this convention as the date approaches, as we will debut books at the convention and several creators will be there as well, sharing in the fun. If you are an artist, we will be doing portfolio reviews and someone is always on hand to talk shop. Come by and say hi! Read more about Comikaze Expo by CLICKING HERE.

Arcana Comics' creators will be appearing at several other conventions in the coming weeks and months as well. Wizard World Chicago takes place from August 11th through the 14th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Nikola Jajic, creator and writer of Loosely Based and Devil's Island will be there for the entire show at Table #3305. Mario Wytch, creator of the upcoming Arcana release, Kutter Blaque will be in attendance as well.

Cola-Con runs on September 2nd at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC. The convention is where hip-hop and comic book culture intersect and will be an event of comic book artists, vendors, visual artists, lectures, panels, and music. Stephen Prouse, creator of Coin Operated Boy / Coin Operated Girl will be on hand for the event.

Sean Dulaney, creator of 51 Delta will be appearing at Comic City Tennessee, which runs on October 1st and 2nd at the TN State Fairgrounds with over 30,000 square feet of comic goodness

Press Releases / Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?- At Comic Con 2011
« on: August 10, 2011, 02:38:01 AM »
Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?- At Comic Con 2011
Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment and 1821 Comics Romeo and Juliet: The War to debut at New York Comic Con

Los Angeles, CA August 9th, 2011. Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and 1821 Comics announced today that they will debut Romeo and Juliet: The War at New York Comic Con 2011. Stan Lee will be on hand to showcase the book and sign special limited edition mini posters promoting the title. Pre-release orders are being taken at the 1821 Comic's booth #1458. Romeo and Juliet: The War will be in stores the end of November as a deluxe 10''x13" over sized coffee table book available in both hard and soft cover formats. Stan Lee and Terry Dougas created the story with artwork from Skan Srisuwan. The book is written by Max Work.
Romeo and Juliet: The War takes Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers and places them in the futuristic sci-fi/fantasy Empire of Verona, the most powerful territory on Earth. The MONTAGUES, powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA, and the CAPULETS, genetically enhanced humans known for their speed and agility, worked in tandem to destroy all threats to the city. With no one left to fight, the Montagues and Capulets found themselves a new enemy: each other.
Stan Lee commented, "This is the graphic novel I've always dreamed of doing. Take one of the world's greatest stories, known and loved throughout the globe, place it against the background of a future age, a more violent, science-gone-mad age--embellish it with the most powerful, dazzling, illustrations ever seen and produce it in the largest, most impressive format of all.Romeo and Juliet: The War! It's the crowning achievement in this, the age of the graphic novel."
Not able to attend the show and desperate to get a signed Stan Lee Romeo and Juliet: The War collector's item? Fear not True Believer! Go to and hit the “Like” button for 1821 Comics and you will be entered to win a limited edition Stan Lee signed mini poster of Romeo and Juliet: The War. Want to increase your odds? Go to and follow 1821 Comics. At the end every week, leading up to NYCC, we will draw the names of some lucky fans who will win this signed collector's item!

POW! Entertainment,Inc. (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media and entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book and entertainment figure Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the entertainment industry encompassing the creation, production and licensing of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is capitalizing on this combined expertise, specializing in creating and developing both the legacy and digital media components of the entertainment industry. This includes animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, multi-media, merchandising and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with other individuals and entities of entertainment’s top echelon, including studios and networks in the creation, licensing and distribution of new POW! character franchises.

1821 Comics is a new comic book/graphic novel company based in Los Angeles, California and founded by entrepreneurs Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas. The company is devoted to bringing exciting, eye-popping new titles to the world of comics. Along with its own titles, 1821 is teaming up with some of the top publishers on new cutting-edge books. 1821 Comics will remain a diverse publisher with projects for both men and women, spanning all age groups. The company is highly devoted to story, content and artwork that will move readers from beginning to end.

None of us can be blind to what's affecting one part of the world is affecting others. Want to express an opinion about our planet for a change. Be polite or just mark the survey.


Feedback / So how would you describe the atypical SF fan?
« on: August 06, 2011, 12:53:24 PM »
Hello everyone

I was tempted to do this as a poll but as I'm also supposed to be encouraging you folk to write, let's see what you think first before I segregate into some sort of divisions.

To my mind I don't think there is an atypical SF fan. Like in other media, we have extremes right down to commonplace. So let's take a different tactic. Can you pick out an SF fan from a crowd, assuming they aren't wearing a Trek, SG-1, etc uniform and if so what gives us away??

Don't be afraid to write.


Diary Date: Saturday 17th September 1 - 2pm
 Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by Tara McPherson. She will be signing her lithograph The Dull Sound, as well as many other artworks and items, at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 17th September 1 – 2pm.
Tara is based in New York City and creates art about people and their odd ways. Recalling many issues from childhood and good old life experience, she creates images that are thought provoking and seductive. People and their relationships are a central theme throughout her work.
 Tara exhibits her paintings and serigraphs in fine art galleries all over the world. Named the crown princess of poster art by ELLE Magazine, she has created numerous gig posters for rock bands such as Beck, Modest Mouse, and Melvins. Her array of art also includes painted comics and covers for various high-profile companies and she has created toys with KidRobot. Her art has also been featured in the Oscar Award winning film Juno, Veronica Mars, Point Pleasant, and Guitar Hero.
 Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for signing events, including: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Mark Millar, Guillermo Del Toro, Brian Froud and Stephen King.
 For more news about our signings please go to




July 27, MILWAUKIE, OR — Dark Horse Comics announced Preview night at San Diego Comic Con that its fall publishing schedule will include three major heavy hitters in the writing-talent department.

Tom Morello’s Orchid, P. C. Cast’s House of Night, and Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain will be joining the Dark Horse roster. These titles are sure to keep your eyes on the comics.


The first issue of each of these new series will be priced at $1.00 in comic stores, giving every fan something to talk about and a great starting point to begin reading these amazing new stories!

If you’re a comics fan who’s made the jump to digital, every issue of each comic will be available on release date through Dark Horse Digital for $1.99.

With prices like that on titles like these, expect a high demand and expect to read the whole series. They are not to be missed!


Tom Morello’s Orchid is on sale October 12.


P. C. Cast’s House of Night is on sale November 9.


Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain is on sale December 14.


About Dark Horse Comics


Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.

« on: July 27, 2011, 01:57:57 PM »




July 27, MILWAUKIE, OR— The Eisner Awards took place on Friday night of Comic Con International.  These prestigious awards honor the best of the best within the comics world. With the madness of San Diego Comic-Con behind us, Dark Horse Comics looks forward to an amazing fall publishing schedule ahead. But first, we’d like to congratulate our Eisner Award winners!

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot):
Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior Art):
Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad

Best Cover Artist:
Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Baltimore: The Plague Ships

Best Coloring:
Dave Stewart, Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Let Me In (Dark Horse); Detective Comics (DC); Neil Young’s Greendale, Daytripper, Joe the Barbarian (Vertigo/DC)


The Eisner Awards are part of, and underwritten by, Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.


Well done, boys! Well done!


About Dark Horse Comics


Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.



On July 27th, starting at 7:00 P.M., Golden Apple Comics will present an autograph signing with Sam Sarkar, for the release of the new comic book from Image Comics, THE VAULT.
THE VAULT is about a small team of treasure hunters, struggling to excavate a dangerous and legendary treasure pit before a massive storm hits Sable Island, the "Graveyard of the North Atlantic." Equipped with all the latest technology, the scientists believe they are prepared against all of nature's fury, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to unleash.
"THE VAULT is kind of a contemporary Pandora’s Box story," explained creator and writer, Sam Sarkar. "Though it appears on the surface to be a pretty straightforward story, it has most of its mythology buried deeply. It gets uncovered both literally and figuratively as the pit gets excavated."
 THE VAULT issue #1 autograph event will take place in Los Angeles at Golden Apple Comics on July 27th, 2011 from 7-9 P.M. at 7018 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. For more information, please call               323-658-6047      .

Golden Apple Comics has been the premier comic book & pop culture store in Los Angeles for over 30 years.Always cutting edge & proactive in the community, Golden Apple views this as a great opportunity to attract new readers to our thriving industry. A place in LA for anything groundbreaking in the comic world.

 Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sam Sarkar is a 23-year veteran of the entertainment industry. He began his career as an actor and was one of the leads on the long-running, syndicated television series Neon Rider. Following the series, Sam decided to pursue writing and worked for the hit television series Beverly Hills 90210. Stemming from his work on the show, he also co-wrote a television pilot for Spelling Entertainment under the direct guidance of TV legend Aaron Spelling. Deciding then to embark on feature films, Sam took some chances, following a varied path of writing screenplays and working as a sound technician. In 2004, after working on several films with actor Johnny Depp, Sam was asked to help run Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil, headed by Christi Dembrowski. As Senior VP at the company, he continues to serve the varied needs of Hollywood as an executive, producer and writer.
 Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
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  Orbital Comics  8 Great Newport Street  London

Orbital Comics is very proud to present an exhibition of work by the great Garry Leach (Miracleman, Hitman, Dan Dare), including pages inked by Garry from Benaroya Publishing's upcoming comic, MARKMEN, which goes on sale Wednesday, July 13th.
The exhibition, which will run from Monday, July 11th for one month, also includes pages from Judge Dredd, Warrior, The Twelve, pencilled by Chris Weston, Transmetropolitan and more.
Garry and David Elliott (A1, 2000AD, Radical Publishing and editor-in-chief of Benaroya Publishing) will be signing copies of their comics on July 27th, starting at 5:00 P.M.
Orbital Comics is one of the finest comic shops in the UK. We stock everything the modern comic enthusiast could possibly desire, from weekly shipments of imports, tons of those hard to find back-issues, graphic novels and all the latest trade paperbacks for all you trade waiters out there.
Orbital is very conveniently located in London's West End, just a few seconds away from Leicester Square Station. We are open seven days a week, from 10:30 to 19:00 Mondays to Saturdays and 11:30 to 5:00 on Sundays, with an extra half hour every Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, visit

Garry Leach studied Graphic Design at St. Martin's School of Art. He was first noted for his early work for 2000 AD, which was mainly on one-off stories featuring Dan Dare and M.A.C.H. 1. He then became a fan-favourite for his work on Judge Dredd, Future Shocks and the series The VCs.
In 1981 he joined Quality Communications. where he worked as art director and was the first artistand co-creator with Alan Moore on the revival of Marvelman in Warrior. Leach and Alan Moore also created Warpsmith for Warrior together; Warpsmith featured in its own strip and eventually became a supporting character in Marvelman. With Dave Elliott, Leach set up Atomeka Press in 1988. Their first title was the anthology title, A1. Other titles Leach has worked on includeGarth Ennis and John McCrea's Hitman , Warren Ellis’ Global Frequency and with Chris Weston on Marvel’s The Twelve. He was also the cover artist for Garth Ennis’ highly successful Dan Dare series with Virgin Comics and for Ennis’ war series Battlefields for Dynamite Entertainment.
Dave Elliott has more than 25 years of experience working in every aspect of the comic book industry from writer and artist to editor and publisher.He has worked on diverse titles such as A1, Deadline, Heavy Metal, Penthouse Comix, 2000 AD, Justice League of America, Transformers, GI Joe and Doctor Who.

In 2006, Dave co-founded Radical Studios. As both the co-publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Dave was integral to the development and launch of Radical’s premiere comic book titles, which included Hercules, Caliber (created by Sam Sarkar of The Vault), Freedom Formula, City of Dust (created by Steve Niles of 30 Days of Night), Hotwire (created by Steve Pugh) and Lords of Misrule, as well as a complete re-imagining of Aladdin, which was conceived by Dave.The success of these titles led to Radical winning the Diamond Comic Distributor's Gem Award for New Comic Book Publisher of the Year in 2009. Currently, Dave serves as Editor-In-Chief of Benaroya Publishing, a subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, with titles Red Spike, Samurai’s Blood and Marksmen released under the Image Comics brand. Additionally, Dave Elliott has worked with the band Fall Out Boy for Image Comics’ Fall Out Toy Works as well as with Nascar/MMI to create and brand new IP, which he sites as examples of new media integration for a more immersive entertainment experience.

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Press Releases / 2011 Mythopoeic Award Winners
« on: July 20, 2011, 12:40:20 PM »
2011 Mythopoeic Award Winners

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Karen Lord, Redemption in Indigo (Small Beer Press)
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen’s Thief  Series, consisting of The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings (Greenwillow Books)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Michael Ward, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford, 2008)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

Caroline Sumpter, The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for adults published during 2010 that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings.” Books are eligible for two years after publication if not selected as a finalist during the first year of eligibility. Books from a series are eligible if they stand on their own; otherwise, the series becomes eligible the year its final volume appears. The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for younger readers (from “Young Adults” to picture books for beginning readers), in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult Literature award. The question of which award a borderline book is best suited for will be decided by consensus of the committees.

The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams
that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the last three years (2008–2010) are eligible, including finalists for previous years. The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies is given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The period of eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award.

The winners of this year’s awards were announced at Mythcon XLII in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 17, 2011. A complete list of Mythopoeic Award winners is available on the Society web site:





July 18, MILWAUKIE, OR—Just in time for San Diego Comic-Con, Bob Burden is back and bringing his wild side to America’s finest city! Back with Dark Horse after ten too many years, He’s even brought his own publishing house, Marble Comics!



The new Mysterymen trade, will collect the first four issues of the classic series that spawned the movie, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 200 just for San Diego. As a special added attraction to this convention preview edition only, there will be a first peek at a new line of superheroes from Bob, The MYSTERIANS. Bob Burden will be doing a number of signings over the weekend, and the book will be on sale at the Dark Horse retail booth #2615 for $19.99!


Oh, and hey, the back cover features the first appearance of FLIP FLAP FLOP, a pre-superhero Kirby-esque monster from JOURNEY INTO ASTONISH out of Bob’s now MARBLE COMICS GROUP line.

Bob Burden will also be giving away exclusive limited edition Mysterymen trading cards at the Dark Horse Booth! Try to collect the whole set!


On a bleak, cold, overcast winter Sunday morning, a hung-over detachment of Mysterymen scour a Brooklyn ship scrap yard for a monster of unknown origin. Auteur Bob Burden’s most riveting new era of stories are drawn by an international host of artists. This issue features the Strangler, Spleen, Hummer, and Masked Marauder.


One of the wildest origin stories ever! While yuppie Lance Fortnight is converting a downtown loft into his new dream home, he discovers seven mysterious discs in a wall. These strange “living” discs will save his life, wreck his life, and change him forever! The story of Lance’s transition from carefree youth to grim avenger is complete in this issue, featuring the Amazing Disc Man.


In his first solo appearance, Screwball, the happy hero, and his pet shoelace go for a walk around town. Screwball writes “wash me” on the backs of dirty cars, eats a dandelion sandwich, buys some pants, and battles some renegade gondoliers with his wits and his bubble gun! A story that’s more fun than dogs driving cars.


Lust! Murder! Insanity! Drugs! Betrayal! Gangs! Torture! Attorneys! Violence! It’s ALL here in All Villain Comics! Read about the lost lives of the wicked and the greedy! Go inside the twisted minds of the demented and the morally bankrupt! See CRIME at its most craven and vicious! Go wild with the Yellow Rider, the Tennessee Thunderbird, and SexFly, as they burn it up across the LA skyline!

Touchwood: Miracle Day: Episode One

appraisal day by: GF Willmetts

  That bosaris Jack Harkness messed up the website when every time I typed Touchwood it came out Touchwood. It took five days to beat it. Actually, it still does but don’t tell anyone else that but you know what I’m talking about.

  Trying to avoid spoilers here so feel safe because nothing will be said that should spoil it for you.

  Still puzzling over what has happened to Eve Myles’ freckles. Were they covered over for the American audience?

  John Barrowman’s portrayal of a certain Harkness seems somewhat subdued even before he realises he’s back to mortal status. He’s normally long-lived so it shouldn’t take long to have restored his joie de verve.

  It’s hardly spoiler to say that all the humans in the world find they can no longer die. Unlike the Harkness though, if you get damaged, you stay damaged so no bungee jumping without a bungee. It also means that it isn’t sharing his ability around. Well, if it, it’s only partial.

  Who or what is causing it? Was Harkness’ erasure of Touchwood mentions on the Net the trigger? I mean, why choose now to come back to Earth? Then again, who ordered up the helicopter to attack Gwen Cooper or was the real target, Rex Matheson, the man from CIA? It could hardly be Harkness because none of the them he was going to arrive.



Heavy Metal, the premiere magazine for fantasy and science fiction, is proud to announce a special edition that will feature the artists of Imaginary Friends Studios. Set for mass release in September 2011, Heavy Metal will also be presenting a limited edition version at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 with a wraparound cover from IFS co-founder Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.
Based in Singapore and Jakarta with a stable of 30 full-time digital artists, Imaginary Friends Studios has worked on such familiar titles as Dragonlance Chronicles, Powergirl, Batman, Spiderman, Justice League, Superman, Exalted, Witchblade, Contra 4, Front Mission, Everquest, DOTA, World of Warcraft, Warhammer, Street Fighter 3 & 4, Planetside 2, Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars Galaxies, Sideshow Collectibles, Magic the Gathering, as well as promotional and licensing material for major motion pictures including Spiderman 3, The Dark Knight and Green Lantern.

Prior to Heavy Metal, Imaginary Friends Studios has had features in publications 2D Artist, ImagineFX, Advanced Photoshop, Fantasy Art China and international art annuals such as Spectrum and Expose. The studio was even featured separately in FHM South Africa and FHM Singapore, in addition to appearances on television shows, radio segments and news programs.
“This has to be the most exciting project of the year for my beloved Imaginary Friends Studios.” States Imaginary Friends Studios co-founder, Stanley “Artgerm” Lau. “We are proud to announce our collaboration with world renowned magazine Heavy Metal, for a special issue which was completely done by our studios from Singapore & Indonesia. Heavy Metal has always been the premium platform to showcase creative and artistic talent in the industry and we are thankful that Kevin has entrusted us with this precious opportunity.”
Heavy Metal publisher, Kevin Eastman adds, " I am a huge fan of the Imaginary Friends Studio and suggested a featured Gallery on them to guest editor Dave Elliott--what I got was the chance to showcase their legendary talent in an ENTIRE issue of Heavy Metal Magazine! Talk about winning the lottery!"

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