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Comixology to release four-issue Carnivale De Robotique miniseries

Carnivale De Robotique

Carnivale De Robotique

Comixology is releasing Carnivale De Robotique by Tony Trov, Johnny Zito and Mark Fidona on their digital application for the iPad, iPhone and the web. Originally a one-shot released during Indy Comic Book Week last December, the story has been expanded to a four-issue series.

Carnivale De Robotique is the story of a rebellious Nanny Droid, Wendy, who runs away to be a ballerina in the robot circus. She ends up in a bit of a love triangle with a clown and the artificial strong man.

“Carnivale De Robotique is a three ringed love triangle that explodes into a universal adventure under the big top. We originally put the one-shot together for Indy Skip Week,” Zito posted on his site. “The characters are so fun that we decided to expand into four issues. It’s about life and love and all the silly junk you have to get over to enjoy it.”

The first issue is available for free right now, and the rest of the series will be available monthly for $.99 each.

Meet Michael May at the Source Mini Indy Con in Minnesota today

Indy Comic Book Week

Indy Comic Book Week

The Source Comics in Falcon Heights, Minn. is hosting a big event today in honor of Indy Comic Book Week. The Source Mini Indy Con will feature more than 15 indy comics creators, including Robot 6 contributor and Cownt Tales writer Michael May! So if you’re in the area, head down there, tell Michael we said hi and get him to sign a copy of his new book. And pick up some of the other books they’ll have on hand as well — The Source will have a huge selection of indy comics available at the event.

You can find more details on the event, including a complete list of creators who will attend, on CBR’s recently launched Events Calendar.

This week Blackest Night, Siege and lots of indy comics rule the racks

cwfw-logoIf you think the Diamond skip week means that you’ll be missing out on new comics, think again.

As you may have already heard, the week isn’t completely dead … even if the one new mainstream comic you can buy features a bunch of guys who are. Blackest Night #6 shipped early, meaning your retailer should have a copy waiting for you. Marvel, meanwhile, is releasing a free comic book, Origins of Siege, along with a calendar and some Avengers ID cards. And Dark Horse doesn’t have any new books out, but they are updating their MySpace Dark Horse Presents site a little early, with new stories by folks like Jill Thompson and Mark Crilley.

And, of course, there’s Indy Comic Book Week. Indy comic creators saw the potential void left on retailer’s racks this week, so they kicked off a movement to get their books onto shelves. Tim spoke to four of the planners behind the event about their endeavor, and we’ve been running previews from various creators for the past couple weeks. You can see even more of them at the Indy Comic Book Week blog.

So, for this very special edition of Can’t Wait for Wednesday, Chris, Kevin and I thought we’d get into the spirit and pick out some of the indy releases that we thought looked kinda interesting. These, of course, are only a handful of books that’ll be available, and they may not all be available at your local shop. So follow the links we’ve provided to see if you can buy them locally … and if not, see if you can buy them online. You might also check out Indy Planet, Midtown Comics and Things from Another World, as many Indy Comic Book Week books can be found on those sites as well.

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Indy Comic Book Week preview: Invisible Sam, The Unremarkable Man

Adam O. Pruett, creator of Invisible Sam, The Unremarkable Man, will have hsi book in many, many comic shops this week, from California to the New York island, and many points in between. Here’s some info he sent over on the book:

Invisible Sam

Invisible Sam

It’s called “Invisible Sam, The Unremarkable Man”. It’s a one-shot 24-page B&W comic (with a color cover), and it’s priced super-cheaply at $2.00 a pop. We’re actually giving all of our copies to the retailers for free, as well as plugging each and every participating store in the back of the book itself as a way of saying “Thank You” for the exposure.

“Invisible Sam” deals with dreams, desires, and failures. I think we can all relate to the feeling of wanting to be loved, and this is a story about a man who isn’t loved, isn’t known, and really hasn’t made any discernible impact on the world.

We’re very pleased to be participating in Indy Comic Book Week, and the retailers have been incredibly supportive. As of this writing, “Invisible Sam” is going to be available at 42 stores in 20 states! You can check out the website for a complete list, which includes (among many others):
– Comic Relief in Berkeley, California
– Isotope – The Comic Book Lounge in San Francisco, California
– Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, California
– Meltdown Comics & Collectibles in Los Angeles, California
– Mile High Comics in Lakewood, Colorado

Check out some additional preview pages after the jump.

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Talking Comics with Tim: Indy Comic Book Week Planners

Indy Comic Book Week

Indy Comic Book Week

As you may have heard, Diamond’s not shipping comics this week. Hopefully you may have also heard that some independent creators banded together to help fill the void this week with Indy Comic Book Week (ICBW). As defined at the website: “Diamond Comic Distributors announced they will not ship any new comics for the last week of December. This company is the primary distributor of comic books in North America. What some would call a sad week without our favorite mainstream titles, we are calling an opportunity. This vacancy allows independent and small press comic book creators to claim this week as their own.

We challenge writers and artists to self publish new material for this week, and offer it to their local stores. We ask for retailers to take this as an opportunity to showcase local independent talent on the new release shelves. We encourage fans to break from their buying habits and try something new.”

I contacted the planners of the effort and did an email interview with all of them.

Prior to the discussion, here is a brief bio for each planner.

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Indy Comic Book Week preview: Cownt Tales

Here’s another Indy Comic Book Week preview for you, this one for a comic written by our own Michael May. Here’s his pitch:

Cownt Tales

Cownt Tales

There are stories on the farm to make you shiver. Tales too terrible to tell (though we’re gonna tell them anyway). Legends that the livestock only have the courage to share with one another in whispered whinnies and hushed honks. Histories of the Horned Horror who stalks through corn to feed on living blood! He is the Teated Terror. The Uddered Upir. The Blood-sucking Bovine. The Nutritious Nosferatu. Fear the vampire cow. Fear… the Cownt!

Cownt Tales is a one-shot comic written by Michael May and illustrated by Gavin Spence, Friends of Lulu Award-Winner Paul Taylor (Wapsi Square), and LucasFilm artist Jessica Hickman. Each artist illustrates a different story revealing the Cownt’s horrifying origin, what the heck’s up with that udder, and his first encounter with a lactose-intolerant, farm-girl vampire-hunter named Penny. There’s a reason that another word for Blood is Humor. That reason is the Cownt.

Check out a preview and where to buy it after the jump.

If you have a comic book that will be in some shops on Wednesday and would like to send us a few pages as a preview, send me an email (quickly, of course … Wednesday is almost here). Be sure to include all the pertinent information, like price and where people can buy it.

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Indy Comic Book Week preview: Omnitarium

Omnitarium

Omnitarium

Jamie Gambell, writer of the four-issue horror mini series, Omnitarium, sent us word that issue one of the series is being released in conjunction with Indy Comic Book Week.

With art by J.C. Grande, Omnitarium is “a black and white period tale, set in a Victorian prison in which a long-dead black magician is attempting to return to our world using the misery of condemned souls,” Gambell said.

Check out a preview of the first five pages after the jump.

If you have a comic book that will be in some shops on Wednesday and would like to send us a few pages as a preview, send me an email (quickly, of course … Wednesday is almost here). Be sure to include all the pertinent information, like price and where people can buy it.

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Indy Comic Book Week preview: Dead Man Holiday

Dead Man Holiday

Dead Man Holiday

Here’s another preview of a release that’s hitting shops next week in conjunction with Indy Comic Book Week. The third issue of Colin Panetta‘s hand-painted Dead Man Holiday will be available in shops in New York, Texas, Illinois and several other locations (check out the complete list here). And if you’re worried that you’ve missed too much of the story to enjoy the book’s third issue, fear not — the first two issues can be downloaded from the book’s website.

According to the press release for the book:

The series’ plot centers around Thad Planck, a low-rent security guard in a flooded and abandoned neighborhood known as Little Atlantis, where there have been some strange things growing and walking around as of late. The fittingly aloof blurb for the new issue reads: “Little Atlantis is getting weird. So when a straw (in the form of a falcon carrying a dismembered hand) breaks the camel’s (our man Thad Planck’s, that is) back, the camel decides to strike back and show the weirdness who’s in charge. But not before making a sandwich. Can Thad keep Little Atlantis in check? Not without a little help from his friends. Or maybe just not at all.”

Check out five pages of previews after the jump.

If you have a comic book that will be in some shops next Wednesday and would like to send us a few pages as a preview, drop me an email. Be sure to include all the pertinent information, like price, where it’ll be sold and all that good stuff.

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Indy Comic Book Week preview: Dusk one-shot

Dusk

Dusk

David Doub‘s Dusk one-shot joins Venger, Carnivale DeRobotique and many more indy comic books in select shops next week, as a part of Indy Comic Book Week.

“Eve’s life is a living hell of her own choosing,” Doub says about the story. “She struggles to survive in a dark world of magic and horror, all in an attempt to please her vampire master. Now Eve has crossed a line and and innocents have been harmed. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by a well meaning cabal of occultist that’s mandate is to police the occult world. What will happen when these two forces clash? Is there ever a ‘winner’ in the supernatural underworld of Dusk?”

If you have a comic book that will be in shops the week of Dec. 30 and would like to send us a few pages as a preview, drop me an email. Be sure to include all the pertinent information, like price, where it’ll be sold and all that good stuff.

Find out where to buy Dusk on Dec. 30 and check out some additional preview pages pages after the jump.

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Indy Comic Book Week preview: The Venger: Dead Man Rising #2

Venger: Dead Man Rising

Venger: Dead Man Rising

Matt Spatola’s The Venger: Dead Man Rising is one of several books that will be available during Indy Comic Book Week, i.e. on Dec. 30, at select stores.

“The second issue is out now and will be available for purchase, as well as the first issue, at several of the Indy Comic Book Week supporting stores including Brain Storm Comics in Chicago and others that are still being finalized,” Spatola said. “The series is created and written by me, with art in issue 2 by Tim Baskin. The first issue featured art by Jason Ossman.”

Solicitation information and a preview of the first five pages can be found after the jump.

If you have a comic book that will be in shops the week of Dec. 30 and would like to send us a few pages as a preview, drop me an email. Be sure to include all the pertinent information, like price, where it’ll be sold and all that good stuff.

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Indy Comic Book Week preview: Carnivale DeRobotique

Carnivale DeRobotique

Carnivale DeRobotique

Tony Trov, Johnny Zito and Mark Fidona will release a comic called Carnivale DeRobotique — “the story of a rebellious Nanny Droid, Wendy, who runs away to be a ballerina in the robot circus” — as a part of Indy Comic Book Week later this month. The book will be available at shops in Philadelphia, New York and Austin (click on the link above to see where exactly you can buy it). You can check out artwork from the book after the jump.

So what is Indy Comic Book Week? Kevin mentioned it back in October, but basically the idea is that since Diamond Comic Distributors won’t be shipping any comics the last week of December (although some comics, like Blackest Night #6, will ship early and be available that week), many independent creators are self-publishing their own comics and asking shops to carry them on Dec. 30. Things From Another World, the large Oregon-based chain and online retailer, has even set up a submission process so creators can have their books carried on their website. (They’ve also got an interview up with the founders).

You can find a list of shops that are participating, as well as a list of some of the books that’ll be out, here. The Indy Comic Book Week blog also has ongoing updates on its blog.

I’ll also add that if you have a book that will be in shops that week and would like to send us a few pages as a preview, drop me an email and we’ll run it here. Be sure to include all the pertinent information, like price, where it’ll be sold and all that good stuff.

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