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Foreword Reviews announced the winners of its annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for the best indie books of 2014 and John Carpenter’s Asylum won silver in the graphic novel category.
Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, the winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 63 categories. This year’s list of winners includes the Dalai Lama, Lev Grossman, Jeet Heer, Chuck Palahniuk, Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Lee & Low Books, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kent State University Press, Rizzoli, Abingdon Press, Quirk Books, Cleis Press, and Six Sisters Stuff, among others. The winners exemplify the best work coming from today’s indie authors and publishers. The book also was included in Village Voice’s best of 2014 graphic novel list.
Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention awards were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers and announced at a special program during the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 26, 2015.
About John Carpenter’s Asylum:
There’s a war coming to the City of Angels. In tunnels beneath the city, in the dark alleys among the homeless, demons lurk and Lucifer bides his time. One man knows. One man sees. One man walks those dark streets. Father Daniel Beckett’s seen demons and he’s spoken to the Devil, but he’s never seen an angel and he’s never spoken to God. Obsessed and driven as much by betrayal as righteousness and anger as redemption, he walks the smoke-filled encampments of lost souls like Dante’s nine rings of the Inferno. He is God’s warrior at war with God.
With this step into the comic book world, John Carpenter brings it all to the serial world he’s loved since childhood. Supernatural horror with that twist of fate that only flawed mankind can provide.
About Storm King Productions:
Storm King Productions is headed up by writer producer powerhouse Sandy King Carpenter. Storm King focuses on artistic storytelling in all forms. Their flagship comic book title John Carpenter’s Asylum has become a global fan favorite. Other comic properties including Randy Queen’s DarkChylde, are also currently in production.
Foreword Magazine, Inc is media company featuring a FOLIO: award winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription.
CME’S The Gifted Rolling In Gold at San Diego Comic Con
(Bethesda, MD – July 6, 2015) Foreword Reviews recently announced the winners of its annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for the best indie books of 2014 and CME’s The Gifted won gold in the graphic novel category. Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, the winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 63 categories. This year’s list of winners includes the Dalai Lama, Lev Grossman, Jeet Heer, Chuck Palahniuk, Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Lee & Low Books, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kent State University Press, Rizzoli, Abingdon Press, Quirk Books, Cleis Press, and Six Sisters Stuff, among others. The winners exemplify the best work coming from today’s indie authors and publishers. Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention awards were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers and announced at a special program during the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 26, 2015.
To add to this momentous occasion, CME will be exhibiting at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con at booth 1220. Copies of the award winning title The Gifted will be available for purchase as well as early arrivals of their summer release Dixie Vixens AND Deadeye: Begun in Blood which will hit stores this October. CME will be giving away a free poster with every purchase. The entire team will be at the show including: Damian Wassell SR (President), Damian Wassell Jr (Editor In Chief), Nathan Gooden (Art Director), and Adrian Wassell (Managing Editor).
An emerging family business, CME, LLC develops original creative content for print, film, television and video games. Our projects range from comic books, to young adult novels, to feature length screenplays. We see ourselves as a creative think tank, and we approach our projects with one overriding goal: to create something absolutely amazing. At CME, we imagine extraordinary things.
Global Survey of Con Enthusiasts Finds Attendees Are Nearly Equally Male and Female, 64% of Serious Cosplayers Attend 3+ Fan Events per Year
SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Eventbrite, the global ticketing and events marketplace, today released a new study exploring the demographics, spending behavior, and cosplay habits of fan and con event enthusiasts. Recognizing the continued rise and economic impact of fandom convention events, Eventbrite surveyed more than 2,000 fan event attendees to find out who they are, why they attend, and what they buy at the event. The survey results will be discussed in depth by Rob Salkowitz, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, during the panel “The Future of Fan Culture” at San Diego Comic Con on Sunday, July 12 at 3:30pm in Room 26AB. More details are also available on the Eventbrite Academy.
“Fandom conventions have exploded from nerd niche to ‘peak geek’ and have an economic impact in the billions of dollars range,” said Salkowitz. “This survey gives us hard data to dispel some of the myths and stereotypes surrounding fandom, and can help organizers plan better events.”
Key findings of Eventbrite’s survey include:
Gender and the Single’s Scene
The demographics of fandom convention attendees are now trending equally male and female. In Eventbrite’s survey of the fan community, respondents were 48.9% female, 48.7% male, and 2.4% non-binary/other. Although the split is close to 50-50 male-female for attendees, the survey found differences in male and female attendee’s interests. Women reported they were most interested in comic and genre-based media (59%), while men said they were most interested in comics/graphic novels (64%).
Looking at the single’s scene, 50% of romantically available attendees are men, while 47% are women. Additionally, the survey found that single men are more likely to go to a fan event alone (29%) than single women (18%).
Con Attendees Spend Big
The majority of survey respondents (59%) said they spend between $100 and $500 at fan events they attend, not including basic costs such as tickets, food and parking. Overall, the most popular purchases that fans “always or usually” buy at conventions across all groups surveyed are original art and prints (37%), toys, figures and collectable (28%), fashion merchandise and t-shirts, and collectible comics and graphic novels (both at 27%). And, despite anecdotal reports to the contrary, only around 20% of people reported that they regularly purchase celebrity autographs at conventions. With nearly 38% reporting they “never buy” these items, they ranked among the least popular purchases according to the survey data.
Survey findings also revealed that 10% of con-goers reach into their wallets and shell out $500 or more at fan events over and above logistical costs and more men than women (66% vs. 33%) spend $500 or more at fan events.
Cosplayers Pay to Play
Serious cosplayers are repeat attendees; 64% of them attend three or more fan events per year and 27% attend five or more fan events per year. When they attend, seven in ten will spend $100 or more at the event. Age and gender are also factors; the majority of cosplayers (60%) are between the ages of 23 and 39 and female (65%).
Primary fan interests for cosplayers are unique to that group as well. The top three interests reported by cosplayers were anime/manga (29%), comic and genre-based media/entertainment (21%), and science fiction and/or fantasy (18%).
For more details, visit Eventbrite’s Event Academy, where infographics of the survey data are available.
Eventbrite is the global marketplace for live experiences that allows people to find and create events. Since 2006, the self-service platform has helped event organizers of all kinds to sell more tickets through robust technology and promotional tools, totaling $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales. In addition to providing technology for organizers, Eventbrite has become the destination for consumers looking to discover a variety of live experiences from small photography and yoga classes to large concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of attendees. More than 200 million tickets have been processed on the platform, and in 2014 alone, Eventbrite processed $1.5 billion in gross ticket sales for attendees in more than 180 countries. Eventbrite has eight offices around the world, and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more at www.eventbrite.com.
Extra Life initiative levels up at PortCon
Maine cartoonist Jay Piscopo partners with The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital to recruit local Extra Life participants
(Portland, Maine- June 24th, 2015) The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) Extra Life initiative at this weekend’s PortCon is getting an extra push from Maine’s comic educator, creator, and animator Jay Piscopo. Jay will be at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital table to promote the Nemo Publishing line of graphic novels and toys. 20% of all proceeds will support the BBCH Extra Life program. Volunteers from the hospital will host a booth at PortCon to recruit local Extra Life participants for the November 7th national Extra Life event. PortCon is Maine’s premiere geek culture celebration and runs from June 25th to the 28th at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel by the Maine Mall.
Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Development Manager, Kate Richardson explains, “Extra Life participants can play any game, on any platform and are asked to seek pledges from their family and friends for the 24 hours that they play. On November 7th, thousands of game-enthusiasts across the country will participate in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We’re excited to have the opportunity to connect with our local gaming community at PortCon to raise funds for BBCH. Jay drawing attention to our table is a win-win for everyone involved.”
Jay Piscopo will also be doing a presentation Friday, June 26th at 9am in the Whale Room entitled “Anyone Can Draw” teaching the basics of illustration that anyone can understand.
What is Extra Life?
Extra Life is gamers doing what they do best to help sick and injured children at their chosen Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Players sign up, commit to play games for 24 hours with Extra Life on November 7th, 2015 (or any day of your choosing), and ask their family and friends to support their efforts! www.Extra –Life.org
About Jay Piscopo:
Jay Piscopo is the author and illustrator of “The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli” graphic novel series and has created numerous titles featuring spin off characters from this series including “The Sea Ghost #1: The Sea Ghost in the Machine” and the “Commander X All-Star Special.” He is known for his signature pulp style and is a frequent contributing artist for Moonstone Books. He co-created the internationally distributed comic book series “The Scrap City Pack Rats,” featuring the world’s first disabled superheroes. This six-issue series received national attention for its groundbreaking approach and subject matter.
Jay has conducted hundreds of comics workshops and classroom events teaching drawing and storytelling techniques across the country. He is an engaging presenter with extensive teaching experience.
On the web: http://www.captneli.com
About Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, one of the country’s leading children’s hospitals, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research, and education. With over 51,000 annual patient visits, the hospital is recognized for excellence in cancer treatment, cardiology, neonatal care, and numerous other pediatric specialties. From the state-of-the-art hospital equipment and specialty programs, to the spacious children’s play areas, Maine’s only certified children’s hospital is designed with children in mind.
ROBOT SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS TAKE OVER MIDDLE SCHOOL
ALBERT THE ALIEN VOLUME 2 KICKSTARTER LAUNCHES!
CHICAGO, IL – Writer Trevor Mueller (READING WITH PICTURES) and artist Gabo (THE LIFE AFTER, ELEPHANT MEN) have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the second print volume of the popular webcomic series ALBERT THE ALIEN, titled THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FROM PLANET X. Trevor Mueller has been nominated for several webcomic awards in the past, and Gabo was nominated for a Russ Manning Award in this year. The two local comic creators are self-publishing the book, wanting to make “the best younger readers story that’s fun for adults, but appropriate for all ages.” The Kickstarter campaign is live here.
“Weird and funny and charming and… it’s so much fun to read.” – Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, KINGDOM COME)
ALBERT THE ALIEN originally appeared in the educational anthology READING WITH PICTURES. Trevor and Gabo loved the character so much, they launched him into a webcomic series in 2013 (updates Wednesdays and Fridays atwww.AlbertTheAlien.com) and the series was picked up by Mark Waid for his Thrillbent website (updates Tuesdays atwww.Thrillbent.com). In 2014, Trevor and Gabo raised over $8,500 through Kickstarter to produce ALBERT THE ALIEN VOL 1: NEW IN SCHOOL, which had themes around making friends and anti-bullying. This second volume will continue to have strong positive themes for kids, but a fun adventure story they want to read.
“This is absolutely EXACTLY the sort of comic we should all be reading. Smart, addicting, good-hearted and brilliantly put together, Albert the Alien is a wonderful comic.” – Steve Morris (Comics Beat)
Created by Trevor Mueller and Gabo, the series stems from their mutual love of Saturday morning cartoons when they were both growing up. Albert the Alien is the first foreign exchange student from another planet. And whenever Albert gets involved, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. The second volume takes place a week after the first, when all of the teachers mysteriously call in sick and are replaced by robot substitute teachers. And it’s up to Albert and his friends to find out who’s responsible, and stop them before they take over the school and ruin his first Homecoming Dance. Trevor will once again write the story, with art and colors by Gabo.
The campaign is now live at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/trevoramueller/albert-the-alien-vol-2-the-substitute-teacher-from and runs through Monday, June 29.
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Trevor Mueller works at an advertising agency by day, and writes comics by night. His latest project is ALBERT THE ALIEN, appearing on Mark Waid’s THRILLBENT site. He has contributed stories to several anthologies, including READING WITH PICTURES, KILLER QUEEN from Red Stylo Media, and HOPE: THE HERO INITIATIVE from Ronin Studios. He is also the writer / artist / creator of several award-winning webcomic series (www.trevoramueller.com). Trevor currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Beth, and his cat, Waffles.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
GABO, also known as Gabriel Bautista is a Chicago based Illustrator who has worked for DC Comics, Image Comics and Oni Press. He is the artist for THE LIFE AFTER written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, published by Oni Press. He is a recurring artist on ELEPHANTMEN (Image Comics), and series artist on ALBERT THE ALIEN (Thrillbent).
On top of being a Russ Manning award nominee, he is also Eisner and Harvey award winning colorist for his work in COMIC BOOK TATTOO (Image Comics), his color art can also be found in several issues of THE SPIRIT and ALL-STAR WESTERN (DC Comics).
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NY Times Best Selling Author Frank Beddor announces new young adult series on The View
Hatter Madigan: Ghost In the H.A.T.B.O.X coming in 2016
New York Times Best Selling Author and head of Automatic Studios Frank Beddor announced today that his new young adult prose novel series will officially launch May 29th at 11am EST on ABC’s The View. The new book is a prequel to the existing Looking Glass Wars time line and will hit stores in March of 2016 Looking Glass Wars super fan Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act, The View) chose a Tier level from Automatic Studios recent graphic novel Kickstarter campaign to fund Love Of Wonder that allowed her to become a character in the book. She was such a fan of the series that she also wanted to help launch the new title on the morning talk show where she is a co-host. The new book is the first title in a new three year publishing deal with Publishers Group West. The first non Looking Glass Wars related title will be a murder mystery by Eric Laster (Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor). You can find Frank Beddor this week in New York at Book Expo America- Booth #3006. Frank will be signing and giving away free posters and sample chapters of Static.Beddor literally brought his characters to life on The View by inviting a team of cosplayers dressed up as his characters to appear on the show. “The audience exploded when they saw them come out. Fantasy rules reality. The reaction was amazing.”
Looking Glass Wars is an alternative history loosely based on the characters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. With prose titles and graphic novels and the launch of a young adult series there is a Looking Glass Wars book for all age ranges. Titles can be purchased in both mainstream and comic retailers. Books in NYC at Forbidden Planet and Midtown Comic stores, or at http://frankbeddor.com/store/
About Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X.
Swordplay! Newfound friendships! School bullies! Budding love! Self-serving rivals! Scheming adults and soulless rebel plotters! Welcome, to the world of Cadet Hatter Madigan, who has just entered Wonderland’s Millinery academy as one of the freshmen ‘Caps’. Those born to be Royal Bodyguards are trained at one of the four academies (Heart, Clubs Diamond, Spade) linked to the royal houses. Cadets will study the mystic and martial arts, as well as the sometimes more difficult art of successfully dealing with others. Once Hatter begins his training he is thrown into a competitive world of both boys and girls vying to be the best. Arsenal cubes, blade chasers and Hat blocking 101 are all rites of passage the young milliners first take on together but must eventually perfect, separately.
As readers of The Looking Glass Wars already know, Hatter will grow up to one day serve as bodyguard to two queens and become Wonderland’s most famous traveler. But in the Young Hatter series—each installment of which chronicles a single year of our hero’s education—readers can live through the experiences that shaped this extraordinary Wonderlander. They will share young Hatter’s joy as he forges new friendships at the Millinery; suffer his frustrations as he strives to maintain these friendships; come, and witness young Hatter struggle with the first stirrings of love; watch him defend himself against rival cadets and contend with the expectations of teachers all too familiar with his infamous older brother … and all while he tries to keep up with his studies.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Uses Offworld Designs Shirt During Speaking Engagement
(Sandwich, IL – May 18th, 2015) Offworld Designs was thrilled to see legendary astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson reference one of their shirt designs during his speaking engagement May 13th at the Peabody Opera House in St Louis, Missouri . The shirt in question was “Asteroids are nature’s way of asking…” Dr. Tyson used the design to highlight discussing the asteroid that passed close to the earth May 14th, 2015. The shirt was designed by Aaron Williams (PS 238, Nodwick) and is available online at http://www.offworlddesigns.com/asteroids-t-shirt/.
Offworld Designs CEO Barbara VanTilburg commented, “We were thrilled to see the picture of our shirt on Dr.Tyson’s Facebook page. He came by our booth at New York Comic Con in 2014 and laughed when he saw the shirt. Our products are created to make people smile. Dr.Tyson is one of those rare breeds who understands that education doesn’t have to be boring. To see it used to accentuate his speaking engagement was flat out amazing. Serious nerd pride in our offices right now.”
You can find Offworld Designs at these conventions in May: Awesome Con, Dallas Comic Con, Phoenix Comic Con, and ConCarolinas New designs can be viewed online at http://www.offworlddesigns.com/c-24-all-new-designs.aspx.
About Neil deGrasse Tyson:
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City
About OffWorld Designs:
Founded in 1990, OffWorld Designs is a family owned and operated business of geek love and pride. Their company motto is “The best t-shirts in fandom”. The designs of in house artist Ray VanTilburg helped launch the company, and OffWorld Designs product line has grown to include some of the best artists in multiple genres including Science Fiction, Comics, Gaming, Anime and more. Selling at over 40 conventions around the country each year, OffWorld Designs products can be found on the finest geek physiques the world over. Visit us online for our complete line of products at www.offworlddesigns.com