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Youth in Decline’s Ryan Sands talks ‘Frontier’ and the future

frontier3Ryan Sands is no stranger to the world of comics. Many comics fans – especially those drawn to the strange and wacky – no doubt came across the Same Hat blog and Tumblr he created with Evan Hayden. In addition, he has worked as a translator on such marvelous manga as Tokyo Zombie and The Strange Tale of Panorama Island, and more recently, as a publisher, releasing the Electric Ant Zine and (with Michael DeForge) three issues of the acclaimed sex-themed anthology Thickness.

Last year Sands fully immersed himself in publisher waters with the creation of the imprint Youth in Decline, whose flagship series Frontier is a rotating anthology similar to DC’s Solo series in concept, highlighting unique and little-known cartoonists and illustrators.

Four issues of Frontier have been released thus far, showcasing Uno Moralez, Hellen JoSascha Hommer and Ping Zhu. With his publishing venture off and running, I thought this might make for a good time to talk with Sands about his company, his plans for the future and just how he ended up here in the first place.

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SDCC | Action Lab summons ‘Puppet Master’ license

puppet masterAction Lab Entertainment, which publishes such titles as Princeless, Vamplets and Skyward, announced at Comic-Con International that it has acquired the license to the horror-movie franchise Puppet Master.

The comic series will be written and edited by Shawn Gabborin (Fracture, Snowed In), with franchise creator Charles Band selecting the roster of artists. No release date was given.

The film series debuted in 1989 with Puppet Master, the story of an elderly puppet maker named Andrew Toulon, who discovers an ancient Egyptian potion that he uses to bring his creations to life. Pursued by Nazis, Toulon hides the dolls and kills himself, only for the murderous marionettes to be revived 50 years later by a rogue psychic.

The original film spawned nine sequels and prequels, a four-issue comic, action figures and collectible cards.

SDCC | IDW & BOOM! team for ‘Star Trek’/'Apes’ crossover [Updated]

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In perhaps the most unexpected news to come out of Comic-Con International today, IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios announced a crossover between their popular Star Trek and Planet of the Apes franchises.

StarTrek.com reports that IDW will publish Star Trek/Planet Apes: The Primate Directive, a multi-issue miniseries featuring the original Enterprise crew and the characters from 1968′s Planet of the Apes. IDW’s Star Trek regulars Scott and David Tipton will write the comic, which will be illustrated by newcomer Rachael Stott.

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SDCC, Day 0 | A roundup of the Image Expo announcements

image logoPreview Night stopped being a leisurely affair several years ago, as Comic-Con International grew so large that four “official” days couldn’t contain all of the news. Heck, five days isn’t even enough, with more and more comics publishers rolling out major announcements before anyone even started packing their bags for San Diego (BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Dynamite, IDW and Marvel all did so this year).

Image Comics planted its flag on Wednesday, amid the usual buzz about movies, television and video games, with its Comic-Con-adjacent Image Expo, where it announced a dozen new titles from such creators as Warren Ellis, Kurt Busiek, Rick Remender, Sean Murphy, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire, Joey Casey, Dustin Nguyen, Marian Churchland and Gabriel Hardman. Comic Book Resources has the full report, and the text of Publisher Eric Stephenson’s keynote address, but we’ve gathered descriptions and images for each of the 12 comics below.

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Lion Forge bringing Care Bears and Madballs back to comics

care bearsOn the heels of its distribution agreement with IDW Publishing, Lion Forge Comics has announced it will publish digital and print comics based on American Greetings properties Care Bears, Madballs and Packages from Planet X.

A St. Louis-based digital publisher, Lion Forge has released licensed comics based on 1980s NBC television series Airwolf, Miami Vice, Punky Brewster, Knight Rider and Saved By the Bell. Under the IDW deal, Lion Forge will bring its titles to print, beginning with Airwolf, Knight Rider and its original series Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier.

American Greetings introduced the Care Bears in 1981 for greetings cards, but the colorful bears quickly made the leap to toys and television, first in animated specials and then in a Saturday-morning series that aired from 1985 to 1988. The cuddly Care Bears, with their different tummy symbols and personalities, couldn’t be contained to the small screen, however, and quickly became movie stars. The characters were revived for television in 2012 with the CG-animated Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot on The Hub. They’re no stranger to comics, either: Marvel published a 20-issue Care Bears series as part of its Star Comics line.

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Dark Horse announces artist line-up for ‘The Sakai Project’ benefit book

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Dark Horse Comics has announced the impressive list of artists who have contributed to The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo, the oversized hardcover benefit book for Stan and Sharon Sakai.

All proceeds from the book will go to the couple to help pay for the medical expenses of Sharon Sakai, who suffers from a debilitating illness that required an extended hospital stay and convalescence, followed by 24-hour home care and medications. The Comic Art Professional Society, which spearheaded a series of auctions to benefit the Sakais, is working in conjunction with Dark Horse to produce the book. The auctions are ongoing and can be found on the organization’s eBay page.

You can find the complete list of artists, along with the page number where their art will appear, below. The 160-page book will be released next Wednesday in comic shops and at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and will cost $29.99.

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SDCC | Image Comics reveals convention exclusives

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Image Comics has announced a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that range from the foil-covered Chew: Chicken Warrior Poyo #1 and the debut of Low to the connecting covers of Manifest Destiny #8 and The Walking Dead #129.

The Image and Skybound releases will be available at the Image booth (#2729), while the Top Cow titles can be found at the Top Cow booth (#2629). Comic-Con kicks off Wednesday with Preview Night and continues through Sunday.

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SDCC | Oni Press rolls out convention exclusives

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As the clock ticks down to Comic-Con International — Previews Night is a week from Wednesday! — Oni Press has announced its full slate of convention exclusives, ranging from the Evil and Collector’s editions of Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5, and the Official Ramona Flowers Bag to variants of The Bunker and Letter 44.

In addition to creator signings, the Oni Press booth (#1833) will play host to numerous special events, including a Princess Ugg Barbarian Makeover, a kids’ coloring contest and The Bunker Time Capsule. See the full schedule here, and check out the convention exclusives below.

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DC will allow Jeffrey Baldwin statue to bear Superman logo

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Reconsidering its decision, DC Entertainment will allow Superman’s iconic S emblem on a statue memorializing a 5-year-old Toronto boy who died in 2002 following years of abuse by his grandparents.

“We are honored by the relationship that our fans have with our characters, and fully understand the magnitude of their passion,” a company spokesperson said in a statement released this morning. “We take each request seriously and our heartfelt thoughts go out to the victims, the family and those affected. DC Entertainment uses a flexible set of criteria when we receive worthy requests such as this, and at times have reconsidered our initial stance. After verifying the support of appropriate family members, DC Entertainment will be allowing the Jeffrey Baldwin Memorial Statue to feature the Superman S Shield.”

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SDCC | BOOM! Studios unveils convention exclusives

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BOOM! Studios and its imprints KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box and Archaia are returning to Comic-Con International with a packed roster of creators — from David Petersen and Noelle Stevenson to Eric Powell and James Tynion IV — signing at the publisher’s booth (#2229).

Of course, there’s also a long list of convention-exclusive variants, for the Cartoon Network titles, Lumberjanes, The Woods and more, and limited-edition hardcovers. Plus, don’t forget those Lumberjanes Scout Badges.

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SDCC | IDW announces convention exclusives and debuts

idw-watchmenWith two weeks until Preview Night, IDW Publishing has announced its lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives and debuts, ranging from limited-edition variants of Artist’s Edition hardcovers and Locke & Key: The Covers of Gabriel Rodriguez to a reissue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 and a special My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #21.

Some of the exclusives are available for preorder from the IDW website; preordered titles can be picked up during the convention at the publisher’s booth (#2643).

Comic-Con International will be held July 23-27 in San Diego. Here’s the rundown, courtesy of IDW:

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DC won’t allow Superman logo on dead child’s memorial

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What was likely viewed by DC Entertainment as a prudent — even standard — legal decision has snowballed into wincingly bad PR for the company, which now faces headlines like “Comic publisher blocks Superman logo on statue of murdered Toronto boy.”

The Canadian Press reports DC has denied permission for the trademarked “S” emblem to be engraved on a memorial statue for 5-year-old Jeffrey Baldwin, who died in 2002 of starvation and septic shock after years of abuse by his grandparents.

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SDCC | Tynion and Donovan upload ‘Memetic’ at BOOM!

memetic1On the heels of its three-project deal with Justin Jordan, BOOM! Studios has announced a new horror miniseries from The Woods writer James Tynion IV and his House in the Wall collaborator Eryk Donovan.

Told in three 48-page issues, each covering a 24-hour period, Memetic follows “the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a ‘meme’ in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything.”

The meme in question is the hypnotic “Good Times Sloth” (above), which the publisher unleashed last week online. Presumably our world is safe, at least for the time being.

“James Tynion IV is one of the brightest new voices to emerge in recent years, and it’s been a flat-out joy to make a home for his original projects at BOOM!” Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon said in a statement. With Memetic, James and Eryk show us the destructive power of the internet, a terrifying look at how imagery and ideas can shape the behavior of our culture.”

Memetic #1 is scheduled to arrive Oct. 22.

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SDCC | BOOM! to publish three projects from Justin Jordan

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BOOM! Studios continues its march to Comic-Con International by announcing it will release three projects from writer Justin Jordan over the next year. More details are expected to be revealed in San Diego.

“I’m going to be working with BOOM! Studios in this coming year on not one, not two but three new projects,” Jordan says in a brief but colorful video accompanying the announcement, “and I am really excited about it. So if you want to see all the me you can handle, you want to go with BOOM! Studios.”

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BOOM! and Steve Jackson Games team for ‘Munchkin’ comics

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Steve Jackson Games announced Friday at Origins Game Fair that it’s partnering with BOOM! Studios to produce comic books based on the popular Munchkin line of card games.

In the unlikely event you’ve never heard of Munchkin, it takes a humorous approach to traditional role-playing games — its slogan is “kill the monster, steal the treasure, stab your buddy” — based on the concept of “munchkins,” immature players whose aim is simply to “win.”

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