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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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