Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con 2014 is just around the corner, and while I've been trying to figure out if I can make it to the very first Starbucks to complete my tour of original chain restaurant locations (I went to the first KFC back in 2005, there is a museum attached), the folks at Boom! Studios have been busy with a new set of variant covers! They'll be offering a handful of Emerald City exclusive covers at the show, and they're all pretty awesome.
Check below to see the roster of ECCC variants, including a Nirvana-inspired take on Adventure Time, a new look at Lumberjanes #1, a Punch-Out!! homage for Regular Show: Skips, and a new cover for The Midas Flesh #1 by Sex Criminals artist Chip Zdarsky!
On sale March 5, Day Men #3 will be the first issue of the BOOM! Studios vampire noir to be released since December. The reason for the delay is of course the uncommonly intricate nature of Brian Stelfreeze's artwork, which is rarely seen in serial projects at all, much less in an ongoing series. Co-writer and BOOM! Editor in Chief Matt Gagnon has referenced the "insane amount of effort" Stelfreeze brings to each issue, some of which is certainly apparent in these Day Men #3 images you're seeing here for the very first time.
The shift from summer to fall brings with it scarves, hoodies, pumpkin spice... everything and, for Boom! Studios, special comic book covers and prints. Yes, New York Comic Con 2013 is nearly upon us, and Boom! is prepared with a lineup of exclusives that will be available at Booth 1344 come October 10-13. In anticipation, Boom! has given ComicsAlliance a first-look at all of its NYCC Adventure Time, Sons of Anarchy, Polarity, Day Men and The Midas Flesh offerings. Click through for a full look at the entire lineup of Boom!, Kaboom! and new Boom! Box items.
With only one issue released so far, the BOOM! Studios series Day Men has already attracted serious Hollywood attention in the form a reported seven-figure deal for the film rights. Drawn by Brian Stelfreeze and co-written by Matt Gagnon (also BOOM! Editor-in-Chief) and Michael Allan Nelson, Day Men imagines vampires as clans of supernatural crime families secretly controlling everything in the world. The titular Day Men are specially trained human agents tasked with doing the vampires' dirty work during the day.
Because there have been some unfortunate circumstances with respect to films based on comics whose original creators are not compensated to their or their families' liking (or even credited), we reached out to the BOOM! and the Day Men team to see if the news was indeed good from their points of view.
On sale this week from BOOM! Studios is the first issue of Day Men, a new series that introduces readers to the human helping hands of the violent vampire elite who rule the world in secret. Written by Matt Gagnon (Freelancers) and Michael Alan Nelson (Supergirl), Day Men is a cool organized crime-tinged take on the enduringly popular vampire genre, but the major selling point for the series is that it marks the return to monthly comics of one of the American industry’s most talented but elusive artists: Brian Stelfreeze. Does the final product live up to the auspicious occasion? Yes and no, but that it exists at all might be more important.
This July 18-21 at San Diego Comic-Con International, Boom! studios will be selling a sweet 16 exclusive comics at its booth. On top of variant covers transporting characters into the San Diego Convention Center and its Gaslamp'ed surrounding, Boom! will also offer original content created just for the show. Robocop, Six-Gun Gorilla, Suicide Risk and Day Men will be represented in the exclusive rollout, with all-ages titles like Adventure Time, Fionna & Cake, Regular Show, Herobear and the Kid, Peanuts and Bravest Warriors on hand as well.You can get your fist look at all of Boom's SDCC-ery after the jump.
One of the forthcoming new titles most discussed around the ComicsAlliance water cooler (which is filled not with water but with blood) is Day Men, a BOOM! Studios project that sees the return of Brian Stelfreeze to monthly comics for the first time in seven years. Possibly best known for a gorgeous run of painted covers for Batman: Shadow of the Bat and one of our most favorite artists ever, the ultra-meticulous and stylized Stelfreeze normally keeps himself busy with smaller projects including comic book covers, commissions in the collector's market, and short contributions to things like DC Comics Art Director Mark Chiarello's auspicious Wednesday Comics anthology. But when BOOM! offered Stelfreeze the chance to create a world from the ground up, the "artist's artist" decided all the conditions were in place for him to get back to a monthly grind.
Penciller, inker, colorist and painter Brian Stelfreeze is a longtime favorite of art and illustration enthusiasts. Beloved by a generation of readers for his memorably stunning run of painted covers for Batman: Shadow of the Bat in the 1990s, Stelfreeze's work is at once luscious and razor sharp, flying off the page (or screen) in hypnotic, ultra high contrast black and white or in a frenzy of electric, eccentric color...
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