BOOM! Studios – NEWS WEEK (January 14th, 2019)

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Along with the announcement of what they have planned at ALA Midwinter 2019, BOOM! Studios this week announced a few new titles including FAITHLESS from Brian Azzarello and artist Maria Llovet, NEW WORLD from David Jesus Vignolli, a new graphic novel based on the Emmy award-winning OVER THE GARDEN WALL, a new printing for BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 and more.

The news week kicked off with the announcement (and censored previews) of the first issue Azzarello and Llovet’s new title FAITHLESS coming on April 10th.

The title is a supernatural tale about a woman named Faith who is into the occult, and Hell notices her. The first issue will be available in two cover versions, one from Paul Pope, as well as a polybagged erotic variant cover from Tula Lotay.

Cover art from BOOM! Studios FAITHLESS #1 by Paul Pope

From David Jesus Vignolli will be a new graphic novel titled NEW WORLD, coming this August.

From the press release “Myth intertwines with history in this fantastical adventure that takes off as the New World collides with the old. The arrival of Europeans on the shores of South America sparks a fateful journey of discovery and daring for a native warrior seeking revenge against those who invaded her land, an African musician fighting for freedom against those who enslaved him, and a Portuguese sailor in search of redemption.”

Look for it at comic book stores on August 21st at at traditional book stores on August 27th.

From the team of writer Jonathan Case and artist John Golden comes a new tale set in the world of the Emmy award-winning animated show on Cartoon Network, Over the Garden Wall.

OVER THE GARDEN WALL: CIRCUS FRIENDS will see Greg, Wirt, and Beatrice as they try to find their way home, but instead run into two former circus performers who have run away.

Look for it at comic book stores and traditional book stores this October.

Cover of BOOM! Studios Over the Garden Wall

The new Buffy The Vampire Slayer series first issue sold out before it was officially released next week, so BOOM! announced a new printing for it.

The new printing will be released on February 20th with new cover art of Willow Rosenberg by Amelia Vidal.

Cover of BOOM! Studios BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 2nd printing by Amelia Vidal

Lastly for this week’s news is a new four issue series set in the land of O-town.

ROCKO’S MODERN AFTERLIFE will see the title character trying to survive a zombie outbreak in his hometown.

The first issue from the team of writer Anthony Burch and artist Mattia Di Meo will be released on April 3rd with two cover versions. Regular cover by Ian McGinty as well as a special preorder variant cover from Joey McCormick.

All press releases from the news this week are below. All artwork courtesy of BOOM! Studios.

Brian Azzarello & Maria Llovet Explore Faith, Sex, & The Devil in FAITHLESS from BOOM! Studios

New York Times Bestselling Author Debuts First Series From BOOM! Studios in April 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 14, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today announced FAITHLESS #1, from New York Times bestselling writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Maria Llovet (Loud), with Eisner Award-winning artist Paul Pope on covers in an unforgettable story of self-exploration, eroticism, and…maybe even love. 

Arriving in stores April 10th, 2019, FAITHLESS introduces readers to Faith, a young woman who likes to dabble in the occult. Her friends think it’s cute—and not just a little off-putting, but it’s part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she’s a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She’s right, of course. It just took a while for the supernatural, the temptation, the unknowable thing to find her . . . 

In short—Faith is bored as hell. And Hell has noticed.

FAITHLESS #1 features an erotic variant cover by superstar Tula Lotay (Supreme: Blue Rose), that will be polybagged and not publicly previewed due to sexually explicit material. Subsequent issues of FAITHLESS will continue this variant cover program with similar content and packaging.

Brian Azzarello is the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning co-creator (with artist Eduardo Risso) of 100 Bullets, along with Loveless and Moonshine.  The New York Times bestselling author’s work for DC Comics includes the titles HellblazerSupermanJoker,LuthorBefore WatchmenWonder Woman, & Dark Knight III with Frank Miller. Most recently he and artist Lee Bermejo launched DC’s groundbreaking Mature Readers imprint Black Label with the controversial and critically acclaimed Batman: Damned.

FAITHLESS is a black pearl born over a shared platter of oysters on a summer night in Los Angeles. It’s amazing what those briny jewels can spark,” said Azzarello. “Maria’s work inspires me, and what Sierra (Hahn, Executive Editor) is pulling together I find exciting. I think what we’re doing here, our total approach, is pretty unique in comics. The last thing I ever want to do is repeat myself. Well, these are beautiful, dark, uncharted waters.”

Maria Llovet is a multidisciplinary artist from Barcelona, who has published four graphic novels, including There’s Nothing ThereLoud, and Heartbeat. Her illustration has been characterized by a great cinematographic influence in its visual narrative, with sex and death as central themes permeating her work.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this team and this project,” said Llovet. “Brian created a cool bunch of characters who I loved instantly—it feels as if the script was made to measure because it touches many subjects and themes I’ve loved exploring in my career.”

FAITHLESS is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä;Bury The Lede from Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Grass Kings from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; and Klaus from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid and Buffy The Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora.

“Collaborating with Brian and Maria on FAITHLESS has allowed us to create an honest, nuanced portrayal of female identity in a modern world. As we see Faith challenge the rules of society around her, we’re hoping to challenge readers to reflect on the way they interact with their own personal realities…and to rediscover a bit of magic in the everyday, even when that comes with unintended perils,” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Brian and Maria have crafted a resonant examination of what it means to be your true self in a world that asks us to assume false identities to better suit those around us instead of asking those same people to embrace our hidden depths.”

For continuing news on FAITHLESS and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

Your First Look at NEW WORLD from BOOM! Studios

Discover Excitement, Adventure, and Magic Around Every Bend in August 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 15, 2018) –  BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at NEW WORLD, a new original graphic novel debuting in stores August 2019 from visionary Brazilian cartoonist David Jesus Vignolli, creator of the acclaimed A Girl in The Himalayas

Myth intertwines with history in this fantastical adventure that takes off as the New World collides with the old. The arrival of Europeans on the shores of South America sparks a fateful journey of discovery and daring for a native warrior seeking revenge against those who invaded her land, an African musician fighting for freedom against those who enslaved him, and a Portuguese sailor in search of redemption. 

NEW WORLD is a timely story about the ways our differences unite us in our darkest hours, intertwining the cultures of Vignolli’s personal heritage to explore a legend that mixes vibrant blends of fantasy and history together to explore a world unlike any other. 

NEW WORLD is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Rust by Royden Lepp; Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez;About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau; Waves by Ingrid Chabbert; and licensed series like Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.

“David Jesus Vignolli weaves a powerful tale of people coming together in the face of evil the way only someone with his unique perspective and boundless imagination could,” said Cameron Chittock, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “The blend of history, fantasy, and undeniable heart in NEW WORLD are further proof that Vignolli is a special voice in the comics medium.” 

Print copies of NEW WORLD will be available for sale on August 21, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), and on sale August 27, 2019 at bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app..

For continuing news on NEW WORLD and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

BOOM! Studios Announces New OVER THE GARDEN WALL Original Graphic Novel in October 2019

Step right up into the Greatest Show in The Unknown this Fall 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 16, 2019) – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce OVER THE GARDEN WALL: CIRCUS FRIENDS, a brand new original graphic novel set in the world inspired by the Emmy® Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series,Over The Garden Wall

Writer Jonathan Case (Over the Garden Wall: Distillatoria) and artist John Golden follow Greg, Wirt, and Beatrice deeper into The Unknown on their search for a path home and instead stumble upon a distraught Strongman and Clown who have run away from their circus. But when they follow the two disgraced performers back, Greg and Wirt lose Beatrice to the greedy Ringmaster who’s found his newest act: a talking bird! The boys will have to team up with the reluctant circus acts to save Beatrice and escape the clutches of the biggest show in the Unknown.  

“I’m so pleased to be dabbling in the Over the Garden Wall universe again.” said writer, Jonathan Case. “John’s doing a great job bringing our new characters to life and filling every inch of the circus with funny and creepy details.”

“I look forward to introducing readers to a colorful new cast of characters on Wirt and Greg’s latest adventure!” said artist, John Golden. 

OVER THE GARDEN WALL: CIRCUS FRIENDS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure TimeSteven UniversePeanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

“You never know who you’ll run into in The Unknown, but each new encounter has shaped Greg, Wirt, and Beatrice in unexpected ways as they wander ever deeper into the surreal and bewildering forest around them, ” said Matthew Levine, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Jonathan and John throw our brave young heroes into the thick of it as they overcome their fears and step up to fight to save their friend from a lifetime of misery and servitude.”

Print copies of OVER THE GARDEN WALL: CIRCUS FRIENDS will be available for sale in October 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on OVER THE GARDEN WALL: CIRCUS FRIENDS and more previews from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

BOOM! Studios Announces Second Printing of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1

The Reimagining of Joss Whedon’s Pop Culture Phenomenon Sells Out Before It Goes On-Sale & Returns With Second Printing
 

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 17, 2019) –  BOOM! Studios announced today thatBuffy The Vampire Slayer #1, reimagining the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon from the very beginning in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, has sold out at the distributor level before arriving in comic book shops on January 23rd.

To meet this overwhelming demand from fans, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT will arrive in stores on February 20th with a stunning all-new cover by Amelia Vidal, featuring everyone’s favorite young witch – Willow Rosenberg!

Eisner Award nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ Manning award-winning artist Dan Mora (KlausSaban’s Go Go Power Rangers), along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon (the visionary writer/director behindFireflyMarvel’s The Avengers, and more) welcome you back to the Hellmouth for the very first time!

This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil. But the Slayer’s world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as this new series brings her into a new era with new challenges, new friends…and a few enemies you might already recognize. The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang – Giles, Willow, Xander, Cordelia and more – faces brand new Big Bads, and a threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High, confirming what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as “Buffy Summers.” Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the “Scooby Gang.”

“Everyone working on this series is incredibly thrilled by and grateful for the response from retailers and fans to this new beginning for the story of Buffy Summers,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “The faith and support in us is the thing that motivates us to go big or go home on every issue. Believe me when I say you haven’t seen anything yet: the events of issue four alone will have every Scooby talking.”

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT is available exclusively in comic shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) on February 20, 2019. 

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Abbottfrom Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede from Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Grass Kings from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; and Klaus from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Marguerite Bennett and Simone Di Meo.

For continuing news on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER comic books, graphic novels and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. And follow Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram

Face the Mindless Hordes in ROCKO’S MODERN AFTERLIFE from BOOM! Studios 

O-Town Overrun by Mysterious Epidemic in April 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 17, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced ROCKO’S MODERN AFTERLIFE will be available in stores on April 3, 2019. In this four-issue limited series from writer Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) and artist Mattia Di Meo (Adventure Time/Regular Show), everyone’s favorite wallaby, Rocko, is trying to survive the zombie outbreak that’s taken over his home of O-Town! 

Too much screen time was already making O-Town’s citizens mindless, but now something is turning them into mindless zombies, and Rocko wants nothing to do with it. He barricades himself and his pup Spunky in their home, determined to outlast the hordes. But desperate times call for desperate measures when Rocko’s best friend Heffer becomes infected. Rocko will have to risk everything to save his friends and his city! 

Rocko’s Modern Life has always been laced with hilarious social commentary, but now we’re taking things up a notch by infusing that humor with a dose of the undead,” said editor Matthew Levine. “Anthony and Mattia are crafting a Rocko story like never before and one that can’t be missed.”

ROCKO’S MODERN AFTERLIFE #1, featuring a main cover by Ian McGinty (Adventure Time, Invader Zim) and preorder variant cover by illustrator and artist Joey McCormick (Teen Titans Go To The Movies), is the latest release as part of the partnership between Nickelodeon and BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers.

Print copies of ROCKO’S MODERN AFTERLIFE #1 will be available on April 3, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on ROCKO’S MODERN AFTERLIFE #1 and more previews from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.


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