(on comiXology) After losing the municipal election against Mr. Burgeois, D'Argencourt gets akumatized and turns into Darkblade! Using his sword he transforms people into knights and builds an army to turn the Mayor out. His forces storm City Hall where a class rep election battle between Marinette and Mr. Burgeois' daughter, Chloe, is brewing. It's up to Ladybug and Cat Noir to protect City Hall and all the students gathered inside!
I hope everyone enjoyed their June! This past month I did my very first audio interview with Ghost City Comics. It was a lot of fun. Learn more about the submissions process for Action Lab on iTunes:
Some adaptations that came out in June include:
Here are the Kickstarters I featured over the past month on Comic Frontline:
"This time on “Kickstart the Week(end)” we’re showcasing an original crime noir story, Broderick. Join the writer and artist as they talk about the Chicago underworld and its ties to their story. The creators say fans of Frank Miller’s Sin City, Brian Azzarello's 100 Bullets, and Richard Stark’s Parker by Darwyn Cooke will enjoy Broderick."
My Screen Rant lists from this month include:
Comic Maven's Archives May 2017 Update: The Miraculous Adventures of FCBD and Judging the Ghost City Comics Competition
A lot went on in May! I was interviewed by Free Comic Book Day for my FCBD book Miraculous: Illustrated Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir:
On May 6th, the Miraculous FCBD issue was released. It features a preview of things to come in July in Miraculous Adventures #1, as well as previews of the Action Lab books Kid Sherlock and Toyetica.
A few adaptations I worked on also came out this month, including:
In other news, I will be a judge at the first Ghost City Comics Competition!
I did several Kickstart the Week features in May, including one showcasing the immensely popular Kickstarter Sweet Dreams Cthulhu, which ended up raising $91,605. The power of Kickstarter is truly amazing sometimes!
"The Kickstarter that raised $21,000 in one day (and has now hit over $50,000), Sweet Dreams Cthulhu is an all-ages premium bedtime board book. The creators of the book also made C is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Book, the best reviewed Lovecraft children’s book."
"What do you get when you put aliens, rednecks and storage units into one comic book? You get Unit 44, a sci-fi comedy story about Area 51 employees who forget to pay the rent on their facility's storage unit, resulting in it being sold to two rednecks at auction. I spoke in-depth with writer about his book’s funny bone."
"Robin Hood meets cyberpunk in this Kickstarter for Robin Hood: Eons Edge #1. Along with some noir elements, this is Robin Hood as you’ve never seen him before. Learn more about the creators’ favorite interpretations of Robin Hood, their “Mobile Comic” and more in my interview with the creative team of Robin Hood: Eons Edge."
This month I also helped write two PR pieces for Action Lab, which included information about Dan Mendoza's DollFace and the first issue of Miraculous Adventures that I wrote:
Bryan Seaton and Dan Mendoza's DollFace series broke records and became Action Lab's biggest debut series. Over 20,000 copies were preordered and the regular covers for DollFace #1 sold out and needed to be reprinted.
Miraculous Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir features all-new stories that take place in the universe of the popular Zag Entertainment television show Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. These stories will appeal to readers 9 years and older looking for a fun superhero story.
Lastly, for Screen Rant I wrote the following lists:
8 Most Powerful (And 7 Insanely Weak) Nintendo Villains
Please let me know in the comments below how I can make these updates better and if there is anything in particular you'd like to see on the site!
Comic Maven's Archives April 2017 Update: PopCultHQ Interview, Comic Book Releases and Other Articles
This month, two more issues of my adaptations came out this month. Enjoy Peter David's Artful #5 and Zag Entertainment's Miraculous #12, in comic book stores and on comiXology. The Broken Infinite even gave Artful #5 a 9/10, commenting that it "the intrigue has you wanting to read every page and get the next issue."
My highlight of the month was when Jason Bennett of PopCultHQ interviewed me about my work at Action Lab Entertainment, which you can enjoy below!
I also kickstarted a week with my friend Steve Bryant and talked with him about his project Athena Voltaire.
"As a member of Action Lab Entertainment, I've been helping with their latest Kickstarter for the Eisner-nominated Athena Voltaire. The story follows the globetrotting pulp heroine Athena Voltaire’s adventures. Writer Steve Bryant and Action Lab Entertainment are making a new ongoing series starring the titular heroine. I spoke with Steve about what we can look forward to from the new series."
Other Articles from April 2017
My Screen Rant lists include:
15 Things You Forgot About Neopets
Sailor Moon: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Sailor Venus
Here are the articles I reprinted this month:
Best/Worst Comic Book Covers of January 2015
Best/Worst Comic Book Covers of February 2015
Best/Worst Comic Book Covers of March 2015
Con: Why Barbara Gordon Should NOT Be Batgirl
It's Time for Some REAL Heroes
Marvel’s “Sexist” T-Shirts
New Captain America Flying High
New 52 Year One Retrospective: Bats in the Belfry Part 1 - Villains
New 52 Year One Retrospective: Bats and the Belfry Part 2 - Villains
Perchance to Dream Police
Titles that Should Have Been Part of the New 52
Hey all! Hope you enjoyed your March.This month I decided to reformat my website, collapsing my reviews, news stories and features into a "My Articles" tab and dividing them up based on website. I hope you enjoy the tweaked look!
This past month, my adaptations for Miraculous #11 (based on the "Horrificator" episode) and Peter David's Artful #4 came out. A big thanks to everyone who covered the titles.
Check out my latest Screen Rant articles as well (can you tell Power Rangers came out this month?):
Power Rangers: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Rita Repulsa
15 Most Powerful Power Rangers, Ranked
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Sailor Jupiter
Here are the interviews I did this month for Comic Frontline:
"This week I’m interviewing the co-editors of Dates Volume 2. This anthology of "queer historical fiction" focuses on happy endings rather than the tragic ones that often befall fictional characters in the LGBT+ community. The stories take place in a variety of time periods and settings."
"Today we’re showcasing The Golden Guard, an annual comic book magazine and tabletop RPG about legacy heroes. The story takes place during WWII and present day, exploring both the golden and modern ages. Learn more about the project with an in-depth interview featuring creators Vito Delsante (Stray), Charlie McElvy (WatchGuard) and Carlos Cabaliero (Thrillbent, Cloudwrangler)."
"Celestial Falcon is the first superhero series from the new Last Ember Press imprint 529 Studio. The story of Celestial Falcon follows Chris, who finds out there is something more to his life. As the Celestial Falcon, he must protect the world from the evil being that wants to destroy everything and plunge it into darkness. Learn more about this new project from the creative team themselves, which includes Frontline’s very own Chris Dibuduo, Brant Fowler and Lisa Moore, as well as Lucas Santos."
And finally, please enjoy the articles I reprinted this week:
Best Comic Book Covers of 2014
Eight Archie and IDW Publishing Mash-Up Covers Unveiled
First Look: Angel & Faith Season 10 #1
Hector Hammond Bio
IDW Games Kill Shakespeare Artists Announced
Indestructible: Stingray #1 Review A Good Introduction to the World of Indestructible
NYCC 2014: Archie Meets Predator Announced
NYCC 2014: Spider-Gwen Gets Her Own Ongoing Series
Raven vs. Emma Frost
SDCC 2014: James Gunn Directing/Writing Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Stolen Comic Story Becoming Feature Length Film
Thor is a Woman
The Walking Dead Works with Hero Initiative for Charity
Worst Comic Book Covers of 2013
Worst Comic Book Covers of 2014
Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers: Odyssey #3 Review
Zombie Outlaw #1 Review
Comic Maven's Archives February 2017 Update: Original Miraculous Comic Books and Leaving Entertainment Fuse
Great news unveiled this month! I will be writing the scripts for the original Miraculous comic book. I've previously helped with the adaptations based on the episodes from TV, but now Action Lab will be releasing original stories you can only get in the comics. You'll be able to check it out starting this May for Free Comic Book Day. See some preview pages below:
Another important announcement: I will be leaving Entertainment Fuse this week. I've enjoyed being their editor-in-chief and head of their comic book department, but I've found myself focusing much more on my other work and believe it's time to move on from the website.
Some of my Screen Rant lists this month include:
13 Craziest Dragon Ball Fan Theories
20 Marvel Movies And TV Shows You Forgot Existed
Sailor Moon: 15 Ways It Was Censored In America
My comic book releases this month include Miraculous #10 (based on the Valentine's Day episode) and Peter David's Artful #3:
Thanks to everyone who took the time to post about these titles and even review them! I created a new page showcasing some of the lovely reviews these adaptations have received so far.
Kickstart the Week
"Ever wonder what happened to some of those golden-age superheroes you never saw again? The Not Forgotten Anthology brings back dozens of golden-age superheroes from the public domain with this 200 page book that features 20 stories featuring these overlooked characters. Find out what superheroes you’ve been missing out on all these years and enjoy interviews with both of the editors and the writer of the “Moon Girl” story."
Comic Frontline News Story
"March marks the 25th anniversary of Image Comics’ theme month “Women’s History.” In celebration, 11 variant covers will be released that highlight women in comics. All the proceeds for the covers will go to Planned Parenthood."
"Tired of the numerous story arcs Batman series have been entrapped in issue after issue? Here’s a great one issue story that should get you shivering a bit."
"Telltale is an independent video game developer and publisher responsible for acclaimed choice based games such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Minecraft: Story Mode and The Wolf Among Us. This time the developer is tackling yet another comic book related game. The Dark Knight himself will be getting a Telltale makeover! The first details of the game have just been released."
"For over 30 years Comic Buyer's Guide provided comic book fans with quick reviews of comics and in-depth pieces by a slew of veteran comic book buffs. As of Comic Buyer's Guide #1699 in March 2013, Comic Buyer's Guide is over."
"Rich Johnston, whose popular website Bleeding Cool features comic book news and rumors, has been engaged in a twitter war with Dan Slott, the writer of Superior Spider-Man."
"Box-office hit production company Legendary Pictures (which produced such titles as The Dark Knight, 300 and Watchmen) is about to try their hand at comic book production! They will begin marketing graphic novels in 2011 and become Legendary Comics. But will the comics be stuff made of legends, or is this just another company looking to make another quick buck?"
"When Suicide Squad’s cancellation in April was announced I was disappointed. While I think the series had the potential to be better than it was, it still had a lot of really great moments. I grew to love the character of Deadshot through the series, James Gordon Jr. was a treat and Amanda Waller's redesign became a big part of my New 52 Year One Retrospective... not a positive part but a part nonetheless! Fortunately, my disappointment was short-lived. It has been announced by DC that the Suicide Squad will be returning in a new series entitled New Suicide Squad this July!"
"Damien Darhk, a villain (which I’m sure you never would have guessed given his oh-so-subtle name), will be seen for the first time in Arrow Season 4. He did make a couple of appearances towards the end of Arrow Season 3 but he was never shown on screen. Neal McDonough has been cast as Damien Darhk."
"After a long decade hiatus from the comic book world, Valiant Entertainment will be returning to the realm of comics. The company announced they were bringing back several of their popular 90s’ titles including Bloodshot and Harbinger. Valiant will also be taking on a new name: Diamond Book Distributor, its global comic book distributor."
Updates on Weekends
Wizard World Philadelphia 2014
The Great Allentown Comic Con 2014
New Jersey Comic Expo 2015
SDCC 2016 Day 1
SDCC 2016 Day 2
SDCC 2016 Day 3 & 4