Image Comics reveals another eye-popping set of the highly anticipated team-up variants for the much buzzed about line of covers celebrating Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead 20 year anniversary.
This round of covers includes none other than: Gabriel H. Walta, Jeff Lemire & Jose Villarrubia (on Phantom Road #6), Rafael Albuquerque (on Creepshow #2), Conor Hughes (on Void Rivals #5), Andre Bressan & Adriano Lucas (on Firepower #28), Szymon Kudranski (on Something Epic #6), Roberto Meli (on Purr Evil #4), and James Harren (on The Sacrificers #3).
The Walking Dead first launched in 2003 from Image Comics and garnered critical acclaim and an escalating sales track-record before Hollywood picked up the hot IP and the series was adapted from TV by AMC in 2010. It was also in 2010 that Kirkman teamed up with David Alpert to launch the multiplatform entertainment company, Skybound Entertainment, which would expand his—and others’—IP beyond comics into other mediums. The Walking Dead has since gone on to become a pop culture phenomenon inspiring everything from hit video games, novelizations, merchandise, and a multitude of multimedia spin-offs across the walker universe. The series has sold over 45 million copies across multiple formats and has been translated into 21 languages globally.
Bestselling writer Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and superstar artist Pye Parr (2000 AD) team up for a pedal-to-the-metal, action-packed sci-fi series in the upcoming Petrol Head. First announced exclusively at ComicBook.com, this all-new ongoing series is set to hit the pavement this November from Image Comics.
In a climate crisis-ravaged future metropolis, an old, grumpy, obsolete, smoke-belching, cigar-chomping, hotrod-racing robot is one 12-year-old girl’s only hope. Together, can they outrace the chasing Robo-Cops with an invention that might just save humanity? Readers will jump straight into the non-human race with this robo-gorgeous launch issue featuring 42 story pages.
“Petrol Head is that rare thing in comics—art that feels like it’s actually moving on the page,” said Williams. “Pye’s racing sequences have this kinetic, Akira-like energy and he draws the best robots, and cars, and robots driving cars. We both come from a 2000AD background and we wanted to bring that same punky, funny edge to what is basically a heartfelt story about one smart little girl who may just be able to save the whole human race from a climate emergency, but she has to team up with a grumpy, obsolete hotrod-racing robot to do it.” Continue reading →
Announced last month at San Diego Comic-Con, fans will get a chance to return to Matt Murdock’s armored up ‘90s days in Daredevil: Black Armor. Written by D.G. Chichester and drawn by rising star artist Netho Diaz and JP Mayer, the four-issue limited series will take place during Chichester’s beloved run on the title. Remembered for epic storylines like “Last Rites” and “Fall From Grace,” Chichester’s run reintroduced Elektra to the Marvel Universe and suited up Matt Murdock in a sleek new armored costume. Now, witness a never-before-seen chapter of Daredevil that adds new depth and mystery to this fan-favorite era.
When civilians, heroes, and villains alike are disappearing into the dark depths of Hell’s Kitchen underground, Matt Murdock will need to push his extraordinary senses and his armored suit beyond their limits to find out who’s responsible. Throughout the saga, Daredevil will be pitted against a who’s who of Marvel’s deadliest villains including Hobgoblin, Sabretooth and more—all building towards an explosive confrontation with the mysterious evil that’s pulling all the strings! Matt’s armor will have to work overtime as the series delivers nonstop intense action and brutal fighting in extreme 90s’ fashion!
“If someone told me earlier that I’d have another chance to put on Daredevil’s horns (let alone horns attached to a suit of black armor) I’d have thought they’d taken one too many whacks to the head with a billy club. But apparently my passport to Hell’s Kitchen still works just fine!” Chichester said. “It’s an unexpected (but welcome!) thrill to visit Matt Murdock’s neighborhood again, and to work with Marvel on going back in time to discover a new adventure for the man without fear.
“The Daredevil office has been incredibly encouraging in taking some wild swings with this series,” Chichester continued. “Returning to Matt and Daredevil and that costume where I left them — as the writer I am now — has been an amazing experience. It’s knowing how to jump off a rooftop — but accepting the challenge that you don’t always know where you’re going to land. I hope fans of my Fall From Grace and Fall of the Kingpin stories find more to enjoy in my take on hyper senses and heightened action — especially seen in an entirely new way thanks to the dynamite art and visual storytelling of Netho Diaz and JP Mayer.”
United Voice Artists (UVA) and The National Association of Voice Actors (NAVA) have submitted an amendment proposal to the European Union’s Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act), seeking to safeguard the rights and interests of voice actors in the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence and voice technology.
United Voice Artists (EU Transparency register ID: 810100650765-18) is a global coalition of 35 voice acting guilds, associations and unions in Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Poland, Netherlands) together with Switzerland, the United States, Turkey, Canada, Africa, Asia and Latin America representing more than 20,500 artists that have united to ensure that the use of artificial intelligence in the creative and media industry does not harm artistic heritage and human creativity and to preserve artist’s rights in relation to the use of AI, in particular in the dubbing and voice-over industry.
The UVA acknowledges the efforts of the European legislators in designing the AI Act as the first European legislation for the regulation of certain use cases of AI. However, to ensure that the AI Act does not lead to the extinction of human creativity in the entertainment industry through synthetic and cloning AI techniques and the exploitation of artists and their work by infringing their rights, both from a privacy/publicity data protection and an intellectual property rights protection perspective, we have identified the following key areas that should be urgently addressed in the upcoming trilogue negotiations:
Prohibition to create or expand audio/vocal databases
Extension of transparency requirements
Introduction of unfair contract practices unilaterally imposed by generative AI providers
United Voice Artists and The National Association of Voice Actors call upon policymakers and stakeholders within the European Union to carefully consider the proposed amendment, recognizing its potential to elevate the voice acting community while setting a global standard for AI legislation that respects artistic integrity and the rights of creators.
“Heels” is a small-town sports drama series based on a wrestling league in rural Georgia, aptly named after the wrestling term for a villain or antagonist. Most stories center around heroes vs. villains, but in wrestling, it’s faces vs. heels.
Season two of the series brings fans back to the family-owned wrestling organization, Duffy Wrestling League (DWL), where brothers and rivals, Jack (Stephen Amell, “Arrow”) and Ace Spade (Alexander Ludwig, “Vikings”), continue to fight over their late father’s legacy and their individual versions of success, while also working to find their own identity as a “face” or a “heel.” The show invokes feelings of nostalgia akin to “Friday Night Lights,” while covering topics like the effects of trauma on communities, finding personal identity, and women taking the lead in every facet. It is centered around a small-town community where everyone knows each other and everyone in town follows the saga of the Heels and Faces in the DWL.
Season two also stars Alison Luff (“New Amsterdam”) as Staci Spade, Mary McCormack (“Deep Impact,” “The L Word”) as Willie Day, Kelli Berglund (“The Goldbergs,” “The Animal Kingdom”) as Crystal Tyler, Allen Maldonado (House Party, “The Wonder Years,” “The Last O.G.”) as Rooster Robbins, Chris Bauer (“Gaslit,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” “True Blood”) as Wild Bill Hancock, Trey Tucker (“The Outpost”) as Bobby Pin, Robby Ramos (“Chicago P.D.”) as Diego Cottonmouth,Alice Barrett Mitchell (“The Thing About Pam,” “Billions”) as Carol Spade, Roxton Garcia(“Reminensce”) as Thomas Spade, David James Elliott (Trumbo, “JAG”) as Tom Spade, Joel Murray(“Mad Men,” “Shameless”) as Eddie Earl, CM Punk(“Mayans,” “AEW Dynamite”) as Ricky Rabies, AJ Mendez (“Women of Wrestling,” “WWE”) as Elle Dorado, Josh Segarra (Scream VI, “Arrow,” “The Other Two”) as Brooks Rizzo, and Emmy Raver-Lampman as Jen Lussier.
“Heels” showrunner and executive producer Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”) also portrays Charlie Gully on the series. Michael Waldron (“Loki,” Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, “Rick and Morty”) is the show creator.Christopher Donnelly (By Sidney Lumet), Pete Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy,“Shameless”), Patrick Walmsley (JT LeRoy), and Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water, White Boy Rick) also serve as executive producers on the series. “Heels” is produced through O’Malley Ink and LBI Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television for STARZ.
Paramount+ today revealed the upcoming ninth episode of season two of its hit original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS will be a musical themed episode, the first ever in STAR TREK franchise history. The reveal was made during the STAR TREK universe presentation in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. In addition, a first look at the teaser trailer for the episode, titled “Subspace Rhapsody,” was released during the presentation.
Following an advance screening of episode seven of the current season, the highly anticipated STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS and STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS special crossover episode, it was announced that the episode will have a surprise early drop and be available to stream today, starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Paramount+ in the U.S. and all Paramount+ international markets exclusively on the service.
With the early drop of episode seven, the updated STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS season-two global release schedule on Paramount+ is as follows:
Saturday, July 22 – Episode 207, “Those Old Scientists”
Thursday, July 27 – Episode 208, “Under the Cloak of War”
Thursday, August 3 – Episode 209, “Subspace Rhapsody”
Thursday, August 10 – Episode 210 (Season Finale), “Hegemony”
The special musical episode “Subspace Rhapsody” will feature 10 original songs, plus a “Subspace Rhapsody” version of the series’ main title, with music and lyrics by Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) and Tom Polce (Letters to Cleo, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). Please click here to pre-save the “Subspace Rhapsody” soundtrack on all available digital music streaming platforms. Continue reading →
Just now at San Diego Comic-Con, retailers attended an exclusive lunch hosted by Diamond Comics where they got the inside scoop from Marvel’s VP of Print & Digital Publishing David Gabriel and Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski! Amidst exciting announcements for new titles, collections, and variant covers, retailers were the first to learn that industry legend Greg Capullo will make his long-heralded return to Marvel Comics later this year.
Capullo, an artist who catapulted to stardom after his acclaimed work on X-Force in the 90s and numerous impactful runs across the comic book world, is back at Marvel for the first time in decades. Marvel Comics is proud to welcome Capullo back into the fold, and right now, fans can check out his first new work for the Marvel mythos: an explosive variant cover for WOLVERINE #37! Previously listed as a top secret classified variant cover, the cover will hit stands on September 20. Preorder it at your local comic shop today.
Capullo will also provide a glorious and action-packed cover for a special one-shot this November, DEADPOOL: SEVEN SLAUGHTERS #1. Witness seven kills in seven days as fan-favorite Deadpool creators past and future, including co-creator Rob Liefeld, Gail Simone, Cullen Bunn and more, welcome readers to a week in the life of Wade Wilson, the best mercenary Marvel’s ever had (just ask him)! From facing off with an all-new rival killer to top secret assassinations to multiverse shenanigans, Deadpool has a lot of work to do in this blood-soaked oversized collection of seven stories as Deadpool takes one thrilling mission after the next. Continue reading →
Roddenberry Entertainment, the iconic company behind the Star Trek universe, has announced its partnership with Den of Geek on Does It Fly, an original video podcast that puts science fiction to the test to prove whether or not movie magic could possibly function in the real world. The announcement follows today’s panel at San Diego Comic Con, during which audience members were treated to a live sampling ahead of the podcast’s official debut this Fall.
Hosted by scientist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi and pop-culture aficionado Tamara Krinsky, each week’s episode will dissect a favorite entertainment conceit, examining it from all angles to see what makes it tick: whether it’s socially valuable, how it’s scientifically intriguing, if it’s even possible, and whether it’s just plain cool. By the end of the episode, science and fiction will have collided in the service of a single question, “Does it fly?”
In the beginning stages of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry approached a production designer by the name of Matt Jefferies and tasked him with a job of creating a starship for his crew. There was one big stipulation however: it couldn’t just look like a spaceship, it had to follow “aircraft logic.” The Starship Enterprise couldn’t simply be cool Sci-Fi, it had to be a true SCIENCE fiction vehicle, designed with an eye towards physics, engineering and believability. Above all, Roddenberry told Matt Jefferies, “I want it to fly.” Continue reading →
The official trailer for the final seven episodes of the first season of TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK was revealed during an exclusive panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2023.
New episodes will be available to stream in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, July 28, with additional international territories to follow. The first 15 episodes of the 22-episode season are already available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, Latin America, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Korea and France.
TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK introduces a new generation of Transformers robots, Terrans, the first earth born Transformers. Introduced to the Malto family, together they form an alliance with the Terrans and legendary Autobots to unite on shared missions.
The dynamic voice cast of TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK includes Alan Tudyk (Resident Alien) as Optimus Prime, Diedrich Bader (“Better Things”) as Mandroid, Rory McCann (“Game of Thrones”) as Megatron, Zion Broadnax (“Day Shift”) as Mo Malto, Danny Pudi (“Community”) as Bumblebee, Cissy Jones (“The Owl House”) as Elita-1, Jon Jon Briones (“Ratched”) as Alex Malto, Sydney Mikayla (“Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts”) as Robby Malto, Benny Benni Latham (“Cornerstones: Founding Voices of the Black Church”) as Dot Malto, Zeno Robinson (“Big City Greens”) as Thrash, Kathreen Khavari (“Dead End: Paranormal Park”) as Twitch, Cyrus Arnold (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) as Jawbreaker, Z Infante (“Dead End: Paranormal Park”) as Nightshade, Stephanie Lemelin (“Dawn of the Croods”) as Hashtag, and new to this batch of episodes, Kari Wahlgren (“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”) as Agent Croft, Steve Blum (“Lilo & Stitch”) as Starscream and Marc Evan Jackson “The Good Place”) as Agent Schloder.
TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK is created and co-executive produced by Dale Malinowski (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and executive produced by Ant Ward (“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”). The series is developed for television by Claudia Spinelli, senior vice president of Big Kids Animation, Nickelodeon. Production is overseen for Nickelodeon by Mikiel Houser, executive in charge of production, and for eOne by Kari Rosenberg.
Today, Thursday, July 20, Peacock will host the world premiere of the upcoming live-action comedy series TWISTED METAL at San Diego Comic-Con. The action-packed day kicked off this afternoon with free servings of Salt + Straw’s exclusive TWISTED METAL ice cream flavor debuting for the first time at Sweet Tooth’s ice cream truck.
While fans were being delighted with complimentary ice cream, Sweet Tooth had a few more tricks up his sleeve, leading in a post-apocalyptic Y2K drumline that culminated with a surprise finale and nostalgic performance by R&B singer Sisqó, who lit up the stage with his Billboard chart topper “Thong Song” and a medley of his greatest hits.
Tonight, Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller will host the world premiere screening of the first episode of TWISTED METAL, followed by a TWISTED METAL-inspired version of Kinda Funny’s interactive game, “Kinda Feudy,” at 10:00 PM PT in Room 6DE. The lucky winners of the game will be awarded with a special prize.
All 10 episodes of TWISTED METAL premiere on Thursday, July 27 only on Peacock.