WonderCon 2023 Is Set For This Weekend

WonderCon 2023 is set to be held this weekend, March 24th-26th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

The event is set to feature features 900+ exhibitors in a 412,000 square foot Exhibit Hall filled with comics, original art, toys, and merchandise from many popular artists, publishers, and retailers.

Among this year’s special guests include award-winning comic book writer Jason Aaron, animator and director Tom Cook, and comic book and television writer Mark Stephen Evanier among many others. To see the full list of programs and guests here. https://comic-con.org/wca/2023/special-guests

Tickets are on sale online or in person. You can click here to buy tickets.

WonderCon 2023 also showcases exclusive movie and television programming, panels featuring the top comics publishers in the country, anime, autographs, games, the Masquerade, and portfolio review.


New Tales Of Syzpense Series Set To Bring Twin Tales To Life This June

New Tales Of Syzpense SeriesThe split-book revival is under way at Syzygy! Beginning in June, Tales Of Syzpense will present two titanic, 12-page tales of shock and awe, plus additional bonus material, published by Image Comics.

Up first—courtesy of Lore co-creators T.P. Louise and Ashley Wood—the lead-off mystery of “Les Mort 13” plays out on the surreal and mysterious island of Southport after a run-in with Eris, the goddess of strife…

Next, Chris Ryall and Nelson Daniel will present readers with the story “Dreamweaver,” about an aging adventurer with a mystical secret who looks to pass on his abilities to the next generation of hero… until they have much greater success than he did, and he decides he wants those abilities back at any cost.

Each issue will also feature two “Les Mort 13” covers by Wood, a “Dreamweaver” cover by Daniel, and a Syzpenseful tribute cover to famous split books of the past.

“Tales of Syzpense features two characters who Ash and I have long been developing in parallel ways without discussing them with each other—in fact, both lead characters coincidentally use swagger sticks and wear cloaks—so it made sense to present their initial adventures in the split-book format we love,” said Ryall. “And Tales of Syzpense gives us a nice outlet to tell both these stories, as well as carve out space for other creators to feature their own characters here as well.”
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Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Walta’s Phantom Road Premier Issue Rushed Back To Print

Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Walta Phantom Road Premier IssueHot new series Phantom Road—by Sentient creative team Jeff Lemire (The Bone Orchard Mythos, Little Monsters) and Gabriel Hernández Walta (The Vision, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D: Old Man Whittier)—is burning up the pavement with the first issue already wiped out completely at the distributor level and reorders escalating by the minute. Image Comics is fast-tracing the debut issue back to print this week in order to keep up with the breakneck speed of buzz for this wildly popular new title. This reprint will land on shelves same day as Phantom Road #2—just in time for customers eager to jump on board for the ride.

In an early exclusive reveal of the series, Forbes described the sizzling new grindhouse thriller as: “What do you get when you cross Stephen King’s The Langoliers with John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China? You’d probably get something close to Phantom Road.”

CBR called the new series, “a masterful use of setting, subtle incorporation of genre elements and tasteful exploration of the uncanny” while ComicsBook.com declared that it: “absolutely lives up to the hype.”
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Doug Wagner and Doug Dabbs’ New Revenge Story Klik Klik Boom To Launch This June

Klik Klik Boom To Launch This JuneFan-favorite writer Doug Wagner (Plastic, The Ride: Burning Desire) and artist Doug Dabbs (The Ride: Burning Desire) team up with Eisner award winning colorist Matt Wilson and letterer Ed Dukeshire for the forthcoming revenge comic, Klik Klik Boom. This five issue miniseries is set to launch in June from Image Comics.

“I can’t wait for everyone to see the insanity Doug, Matt, Ed, and I cooked up for this book. When this was all starting to stew, I told Doug Dabbs the muses were speaking to me about mixing movies like Fargo and The Fifth Element with the artistic inspirations of Robert Valley and Bengal,” said Wagner. “I wanted to try to find this balance between the old and the new, between neon cyberpunk and crime noir, and wrap all of that in a modern day action tour de force tortilla. The team didn’t let me down.”

In Klik Klik Boom, readers meet Sprout, a mute assassin who communicates exclusively through polaroid pictures. After being raised by her doomsday-prepping grandfather in the rolling hills of Idaho, Sprout has grown up with little exposure to other people, TV, or seen clothes outside of Army fatigues. Now she’s headed to the big lights of New York City to avenge her grandfather’s murder, but will the city’s mesmerizing glitz and glam help her succeed—or be the death of her?

Dabbs added: “I knew after working with Doug on The Ride: Burning Desire that there was a creative chemistry that had to be explored more. With Klik Klik Boom, Doug blew me away with his scripts and we ended up creating a story that’s so different, unexpected, and fun. Working with Matt and Ed was surreal, as they brought their god-level talents to the story. Our main character, Sprout, is a someone people haven’t seen before in any media. I can’t wait for people to meet her and see what we created!”

Klik Klik Boom #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 21. Klik Klik Boom will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.


From Local Man To Man-Of-The-Hour New Hit Series Rushed Back To Print

From Local Man To Man-Of-The-Hour New Hit SeriesFan-favorite creators Tony Fleecs (Stray Dogs, Star Wars Adventures) and Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash) have a hit on their hands with the popular new superhero series, Local Man. The hot debut is being rushed back to print this week in order to keep up with rapid reorder activity.

“Tony and I made Local Man because we loved it. We loved ’90s Image Comics, we loved crime noir stories, and we loved the unlimited potential of the comics medium,” said Seeley. “And to have it connect with readers who were hungry for something new and weird, rewarding us for loving it? Well, that’s the most Image Comics thing that can happen.”

Each issue of the series is a classic Image Comics “flip book”-style format with the lead story drawn by Fleecs and a superhero flashback—into the depths of the Image Universe—drawn by Seeley.

Fleecs added: “It’s been so fun, seeing people’s reactions to the book. I did a bunch of signings the week the first printing came out and watching people’s faces light up when they realized there was a whole other comic on the flip side… It reminded me of that charge I got 30 years ago when I flipped over Youngblood #2 and saw ShadowHawk busting onto the scene for the first time.”
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“Dracula, Motherf**ker” Creative Team Reunites For Upcoming Parasocial Graphic Novel This Octob er

Dracula, Motherf Creative Team ReuniteBestselling Dracula, Motherf**ker creative team—Alex de Campi and Erica Henderson—reunite for the upcoming, original graphic novel Parasocial. This thrilling, psychological suspense story will hit shelves this October from Image Comics.

“Parasocial is a twisted exploitation thriller that will leave you never feeling safe at a convention again. It’s a deep dive into all the things we’ve agreed not to talk about in modern fandom and celebrity… with an ending you’ll never see coming,” said De Campi. “Most importantly, it’s Erica’s most beautiful and strikingly innovative book yet. I’m just here to cover up some of her art with words.”

In the middle of the pandemic, a fading genre-TV actor, fresh from his long-running series’ cancellation, collides with an obsessive fan at a Texas convention. When she lures him to her home, he’ll have to put on the greatest performance of his life simply to survive until morning. Unless, of course, he’s the real monster…

Henderson added: “Parasocial is an unsettling glimpse at who we want to be, who other people see, and most horrible of all—who we really are.”
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Bestselling Phenomenon Battle Chasers Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Returns With New Story Arc In June

Battle Chasers Celebrates 25th Anniversary ReturnsThe bestselling, sales hit Battle Chasers by Joe Madureira will return to shelves this June featuring artwork by Ludo Lullabi and published by Image Comics.

The Battle Chasers Anthology trade paperback saw an unheard of sales spike upon its release in 2019 and has gone back to print multiple times in order to keep up with feverish enthusiasm for the series. Now Image will bring this popular series back to readers and continue the story in this new story arc.

The Battle Chasers #10 issue will also showcase variant covers by top talent, including: J. Scott Campbell, Humberto Ramos, Chris Bachalo, Skottie Young, and Mirka Andolfo.

“I’ve been really moved over the years by the level of excitement Battle Chasers still generates decades after its original release,” said Madureira in an exclusive on the announcement with io9/Gizmodo. “With the success of the Battle Chasers game ‘Nightwar’ and a TV show in the works, it felt like the perfect time to drop some new books. Working with these characters again has healed some part of my soul, and Ludo’s artwork is so incredible, I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on it.”
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Newcomer 247 Comics Announces Full Creator Roster For 2023

Newcomer 247 Comics Announces Full Creator Roster For 2023Last month, the publisher with a mission to change the landscape of comics publishing announced that their first title would be created by Sean Chen, who 30 years earlier led the creative charge of one of modern comics greatest disruptors: Valiant Entertainment, and moving on to widely acclaimed runs on some of Marvel and DC’s most well-known characters.

Now, following the announcement of this inaugural title, 247 announces the next wave of creators leading a change in not only the way that comics are published, but the way that creators are paid for their work.

The future of 247 Comics output will be guided by the community who will have unique access to the creative process and creators themselves as well as the ability to monetize their own contributions and their collectibles along the way. The future of 247 Comics output will be guided by the community who will have unique access to the creative process and creators themselves as well as the ability to monetize their own contributions and their collectibles along the way.
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Saladin Ahmed & Megan Levens Team Up For Astrologically Superpowered New Series “Starsigns”

Eisner Award winning writer Saladin Ahmed (Miles Morales, TerrorWar), superstar artist Megan Levens (Star Trek, Madame Frankenstein), and colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick team for the forthcoming Starsigns. This exciting new series about astrology, superpowers, and diverse found family—in the tradition of X-Men and Heroes—is set to launch in May from Image Comics.

“Since ancient times, the western zodiac’s strange iconography has been a rich wellspring for tale-telling. Starsigns draws from that ancient wellspring to tell a very modern story of superhuman ‘found family.’ Starsigns is a ‘real world’ superhero story that refuses to succumb to cynicism. An insistence that no matter how bleak things are, the universe still holds love and solidarity, kindness and hope,” said Ahmed. “Megan’s striking designs and bright, clean lines have leveled up the story at every turn, and I can’t wait for readers to experience this new world we’ve built.”

In Starsigns, the constellations of the zodiac fall to earth, granting twelve ordinary people from very different walks of life the superhuman powers of the Starsigns. But each of them is about to learn that power always comes with a price.

Levens added: “Working on Starsigns has been an artist’s dream, with its balance of classic superpowered action and deeply relatable human heart. I’ve fallen in love with this wonderful cast of unlikely heroes and villains that Saladin, Kelly, and I have built together, and I can’t wait for readers to meet them.”


Massive-Verse Plans Explosive Supermassive 2023 One-Shot Crossover Event

Massive-Verse Plans Explosive Supermassive 2023 One-Shot Crossover EventMassive-Verse architects Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott, Melissa Flores, and Mat Groom join up with superstar artists Daniele Di Nicuolo and Walter Baiamonte (Power Rangers: Shattered Grid, Seven Secrets) for the upcoming Supermassive 2023. This explosive, 50-page one-shot crossover event will land on shelves this May from Image Comics and kick the Massive-Verse into high gear.

A doorway has opened. Beyond it lies the Holy Grail. Yes, that Holy Grail. But why are Radiant Black, Rogue Sun, and The Dead Lucky all so desperate to get their hands on it—and who is the mysterious woman who stands in their way?

“The first Supermassive ignited this shared universe—but now, with all of our series in motion, Supermassive 2023 feels like the Massive-Verse in its prime,“ said the one-shot’s writers in a statement about the upcoming release. “Wildly different characters with wildly different personalities and motivations, each with their own history, colliding in a pressure cooker. It was almost too much fun to write, and getting to bring Daniele Di Nicuolo and Walter Baiamonte into the fold felt momentous—because their work has been a big inspiration for this initiative since the beginning.”
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