It may be a little early to speculate on this, but I think it’s safe to say that Jonathan Hickman will be in the runnings for creator of the year. He’s killing it on both of his “Avengers” titles, his new series “East of West” is a hit, and Bleeding Cool has just announced that he has yet another original series called “God is Dead” from Avatar Press. Taking a page from Nietzsche, the books follows the journey of God as he returns to a modern day Earth to deal with all the crap that has gone down in his absence. Unfortunately, he’s got to deal with the people who don’t want him back. READ MORE
Avatar Press just uploaded a couple videos of Max Brooks, World War Z writer, chatting about zombies and his new comic, “The Extinction Parade”, that shows the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of vampires. He’s an intelligent dude with some unique views about the undead. You should really check out these videos. You may learn something. READ MORE
Bleeding Cool reports that Avatar Press, one of the leading horror comic publishers, was struck by lightning early this morning. The Illinois based publisher states that while some equipment destroyed, there are no injuries to report. They are working hard to get communications back up and running. READ MORE
Alan Moore announced last year that he would be writing “Providence” as a sequel to his Lovecraftian “Neonomicon”. Moore spoke with Comics Beat at length about the new book and he’s included a bunch of new details. Most interesting are his statements that it is the heaviest research he has done since “From Hell”, and secondly, Moore claims that “Providence” is sort of like “Watchmen”. Moore plans to dive even further into the Lovecraft mythology this time around, and it sounds like it’s going to be another masterpiece. I’m a bit excited for this, if you couldn’t tell. READ MORE
C-Day 2013 starts tomorrow, March 13th. The event is celebrated by comic retailers in North America, celebrating Garth Ennis’ brutal, bloody, and entertaining horror series, “Crossed”. The day also marks the release of Crossed: Badlands #25, which sees Ennis’ return to the series.
Stores participating in the celebration will be handing out loads of gross-out goodies including collectible buttons, tattoos, stickers, shirts, and some of you lucky dogs will even be treated to a full on party.At a Crossed party, anything can happen (please don’t bring weapons to your comic shops). READ MORE
Writer David Hine (“The Darkness”) is turning out a bizarre and twisted horror tale in the new story-arc that began in Crossed: Badlands #14. Hine tells the tale of a hedonistic writers retreat, secluded from the rest of the world, as the Crossed epidemic spreads further into the breaches of humanity. The story is filled with enough plot twists and brutal gore to delight even the sickest of horror hounds.
Hine sat down with Bloody-Disgusting to discuss his brutal take on “Crossed”, his upcoming “Night of the Living Dead” series from Avatar, his creator-owned book from Image “The Bulletproof Coffin”, and how he manages to find inspiration in dark places. READ MORE
There’s no better time for horror comic fanatics than Halloween week. Luckily, new comic day happens to fall on Halloween this year. In partnership with Avatar Press, who will be releasing the first issue of their new Night Of The Living Dead: Aftermath book, some comic shops will be hosting celebration parties. Ask your local shop if they’ll be participating in the fun. All details about the parties below READ MORE
Avatar Press, the publisher that brought you books like “Neonomicon”, “Crossed”, “Ferals”, and “Fashion Beast”, is doing portfolio reviews this coming weekend at New York Comic Con. If you think you’ve got the goods, head to booth #812 on Sunday, between 10:00 – 11:00am. Jim Kuhoric, Vice President of Publishing for Avatar Press, will be reviewing pitches and samples in person. READ MORE
From the creative mind of Alan Moore comes Antony Johnston’s adaptation Fashion Beast, an incredible spin on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s as weird, surreal, and bizarre as any Moore story, but most importantly it makes me feel deeply unsettled. Moore is a master of suspense and unease, and “Fashion Beast” highlights those aspects of his writing without going too far over the edge as he has in the past. The book centers around a cross dresser known as Doll who wants nothing more than to be apart of show biz. Doll is able to bear a striking resemblance to any woman, which undoubtedly comes into play. The beast himself, Le Patron, is a fashion designer for his own company, Celestine. Le Patron is hideously disfigured but he is still able to design incredible clothing, at least that’s what I gather. “Fashion Beast” is as dark and twisted as any of Moore’s work from the 80s. READ MORE
Fans of Moore know how much he loves loading his work with Lovecraftian themes, as he did with his controversial “Neonomicon” in 2010. Over the weekend, Moore made his first con appearance in years at the N.I.C.E. comic convention in Northamptonshire, England, where he announced his new book from Avatar Press titled Providence. Moore noted that the maxi-series will indeed be a follow up to “Neonomicon”, and will continue to explore Lovecraft and the surrounding lore.
Moore expressed that “Providence” will be a 10-part series set in 1919 starring H.P. Lovecraft himself. The series delves into Lovecraft’s world to examine how he came to write such tales of terror. There has been no news as to who will be on art duties for the series, though Jacen Burrows is a likely candidate. READ MORE
Writer Jamie Delano is a legend in the horror comics scene. His lengthy, and essential runs on “Hellblazer” and “Animal Man” still stand the test of time, and are recognized as some of the best works with those characters. Delano is making his triumphant return to the comics world with a six issue arc on Avatar’s brutal, twisted, and violent series, ‘Crossed: Badlands‘, beginning this week with issue #4. Bloody-Disgusting caught up with Delano to discuss his upcoming work on “Crossed”, his thoughts on DC’s New 52, and his inspiration within the darkness. READ MORE
The classic monster werewolf has taken a beating in recent years. Hollywood has removed any sense of fear associated with werewolves by making them comical (Teen Wolf), teen heartthrobs (Twilight), or just plain lame (2010’s The Wolfman), which typically makes them the subject much of critical scorn. Thankfully Avatar Press has stepped up to the plate to give readers a story where the werewolves haven’t been castrated in their new series Ferals.
I’ve been reading comics since I can remember. I recall running around my house as a little boy with a towel tied loosely around my neck, pretending to be The Dark Knight, Superman, or Thor. Suffice it to say that comic books have always been an extremely important part of my life. However, this was the first year I was able to work as a critic for BD, and what a magnificent year it has been. Having to read comics and consider which ones belong on a “Best of the Year” list was quite intimidating at first, there are so many I love, so many that truly take the medium to a new plateau.
I had my list narrowed down to about fifteen titles, but when push came to shove, what it really came down to was, which books do I always have on the top of my pile week after week? Which books am I just bursting at the seams to read? Any of the books in the top 5 could have landed the spot as number 1, proving that it has been a groundbreaking year in the comics industry.
As Lonmonster said below, we’ve been told a million times not to judge a book by its cover. Well, I disagree too; how else are you supposed to be introduced to books with mainly illustrations? The cover art of a print novel doesn’t always matter, because what’s inside is all writing; you’re not directed through the story by images. The cover art of a comic, however, is essentially its central image. The first impression, if you will. The cover is what first draws you in, and it all depends on who you are and what you like. It’s up to the inside to entice you to stay awhile, but that’s another article entirely. Compiled below are some of the most badass covers of 2011.
Whether they were gory, classic, funny, eccentric, or all of the above, there have been some great comics released this year. All of the titles presented above did have cool covers, but in the end, the comics inside are what won our hearts. Don’t judge a book by its cover – judge the cover and the book.
2011 was a great year for comics. While this year saw many great titles get optioned for television or movies, it was also one of the strongest years in recent memory for strong storytelling and compelling books. Read on for the skinny…
Avatar press almost feels like it should be renamed to Garth Ennis’ Sandbox of Depravity these days. The fact that the “PREACHER” scribe was finally able to find a publisher crazy enough to give him full artistic freedom is true miracle to the horror world, as evidenced by each and every issue of “CROSSED”. However, it appears that this November fans will have another story from the author to sink their teeth into with “STITCHED”. Below you can check out all the details on the new series and get a look at the wrap-around cover, while if you make the jump you can take a look at two more covers. Read on for the skinny…
WRITTEN BY: Garth Ennis
ILLUSTRATIONS AND COVERS BY: Mike Wolfer
“From the mind of Garth Ennis comes the modern chapter of an ancient horror. Ripped straight from the debut of his first-ever writing/directing effort comes the ongoing comic book continuation of the acclaimed short film, Stitched! The three survivors of an American military helicopter crash discover that there is something even more deadly than the Taliban controlled countryside they find themselves trapped in. Garth Ennis weaves a tale that combines today’s headlines with his trademark vision of the supernatural into a modern horror masterpiece. Supported by the largest promotional campaign Avatar has ever done, this new on-going series is certain to appeal to Ennis’ legions of fans as it pushes the envelope of horror beyond the boundaries of sanity and into fresh nightmares. Stitched #1 is available with a Regular cover, Wraparound cover, and Gore cover by series artist Mike Wolfer, and a special Stitched Movie Photo cover retailer incentive cover.”
“STITCHED” Issue #1 Drops This November From Avatar Press! (MSRP – $3.99)
For fans of Romero’s original masterpiece, Avatar Press’s ‘NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’ might be a tough pill to swallow, but there is one thing for sure, and that is that the publisher really does know how to deliver the over the top kills and all the blood ‘n guts a gorehound could ask for. Today the publisher announced the first ever ‘ANNUAL’ issue of the series, and you can get all the details below.
WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY: Mike Wolfer
COVERS BY: Wolfer and Raulo Caceres.
“Mike Wolfer delivers an all-new gore-filled tale of zombie mayhem! When the contagion began in rural America, we were instructed to flee to the cities. When the cities became inundated, they became veritable death-traps. Nowhere was safe, and there was nowhere to run to escape the evil of the living dead. Now, the fight for life is reduced to desperation, as a group of refugees clings to the hope that sanctuary lies deep in the alligator-infested bayous of Antebellum Louisiana. But that hope is about to be dashed, because their fortified mansion stronghold on an abandoned sugar plantation becomes the very thing that lures the undead out of the swamps… that, and the tantalizing smell of tender human flesh! Wolfer draws the Regular and Wraparound covers, and Raulo Caceres draws the Gore covers.”
“NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: ANNUAL” #1 Drops This April From Avatar Press! (MSRP-$3.99) READ MORE
There is no denying that “CROSSED” has single handedly made publisher Avatar Press a literal killing in sales since its inception, and that is why it should come as no surprise that the monthly story will not be stopped no matter how controversial it might be. This February the publisher will release “PSYCOPATH”, an all new 6 issue mini-series centered in the ultra violent universe, and if you make the jump you can get all the details. Read on for the skinny!
Alright, I swear to all of you that I don’t have anything against the fictional creeper that parents used to say that they allowed to slide down your chimneys in the middle of the night and eat your favorite holiday cookies. Now I know that this is the second day in a row that I have chosen a Christmas themed news bit as my “WTF Of The Day”, but with all that said I feel as if I might have helped clear the air just a bit. Now that we are all on the same page let’s look at today’s mind f*ck that is the George A Romero (“DAY OF THE DEAD”, “DAWN OF THE DEAD”) inspired ‘NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD HOLIDAY SPECIAL’ #1 that drops this December. The story is part of publisher Avatar Press’s ongoing “NIGHT” series, and if you scroll down you can get all the details on the book.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Wolfer
COVERS BY: Wolfer, Raulo Caceres and Matt Martin.
“Ho ho ho ’tis the season.. for zombies! There will be more than just chestnuts roasting on an open fire as a large family gathers to celebrate the season, a raging snowstorm has buried their remote, mountain farmhouse in virgin snow, with no way in, and no way out. But a dark, despicable family secret that lay buried in the barn will not stay dead, and the resulting orgy of bloodshed, murder and cannibalism will transform this into anything but a silent night! Warn your children: This year, it is NOT Santa Clause coming down the chimney! Mike Wolfer provides the Regular edition cover, Raulo Caceres shares the spirit with the Wraparound cover, and twisted Matt Martin’s Gore cover spreads the Holiday cheer all over the floor.”
“NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD HOLIDAY SPECIAL” Drops This December From Avatar Press! (MSRP-$3.99) READ MORE
Okay, so we all know that the Garth Ennis created “CROSSED” is screwed up in every way possible. That’s half the reason we all love it. Sure, there are plenty of moments while we are reading it that we feel like vile, horrible, despicable people for even touching the thing much less spending $4s on it. In most cases I am less than shocked, sometimes I go “Oh, dang”, few times I’ll even mutter a few choice expletives. Well you can chalk this one up to an all new category of ‘THEoDEAD sat staring at the computer monitor for a good minute trying to process what he was seeing’. Before we go any further I have to warn you that not only is this photo NSFW and full of spoilers, but it is also more than a little disturbing to the average reader. Even I feel a bit violated after seeing this, and it makes me question my moral fortitude. (Sounds like fun, right?!) Therefore I feel obligated to warn you that you should think before making the jump. In any event…read on for the skinny.
This weekend at the Avatar Press junket the publisher added more news to the already smoldering pot that they have brewing for “CROSSED” fans as they announced plans to bring series creator Garth Ennis (“PREACHER”) back to the series next year for an all new monthly series. The series titled “BADLANDS” will premier next year from the publisher and be written by Ennis with illustrations from Jacen Burrows. “BADLANDS” will be the first arc of the ongoing series, and will be picked up once the arc ends by scribe Jamie Delano.
“CROSSED: BADLANDS” Issue #1 Drops Next Year From Avatar Press! READ MORE
The absolute most important weekend of the year for comic book fans all over the world is undoubtedly ComicCon San Diego which is swiftly approaching. Already publishers, production companies, and industry heads all over the world are making waves by giving fans some early glimpses into their plans for the 3 day event. One such publisher is the ever growing Avatar Press who are best known for their absolutely f**cked up monthly series “CROSSED”. So unsurprisingly enough the company has some big plans for the series, and according to several reports (including the publisher’s official Twitter account) the series will be making the jump into, get this, the 3D format! The best part of all?! It doesn’t look lame! I know, I didn’t believe it later. The all new graphic novel will be formally announced at the Con, but if you make the jump you can get all the info including a first look at the covers. Read on for the skinny.
If you have been paying any attention at all the past few months then you know by now that “WATCHMEN” creator Alan Moore has an all new monthly mini-series coming out this August from Avatar Press (Yes, the same people that bring you the kid friendly, “CROSSED”) titled, “NEONOMICON”. The serialized graphic novel isn’t debuting for another couple of months, but if you make the jump you can get a 3 page preview of the first issue. Read on for the skinny.
After months of teasing, publisher Avatar Press has formally introduced its newest project coupling the legendary Alan Moore (“WATCHMEN”, “V FOR VENDETTA”) with “CROSSED” artist Jacen Burrows titled, “NEONOMICON’! Not only that, but the creative team behind the project is also bringing fans some Cthulhu love with the title due out this August. Inside you can get a first look at all 3 covers for the first issue of the title as well as all the details on the synopsis straight from the publisher! Read on for the skinny!