Posts Tagged ‘Pulp Tales’

One-Two Punch Of Pulp Tales

July 16, 2008

As if I haven’t already convinced you enough that you need to get your grubby paws on a copy of BOOM! Studios’ Pulp Tales: Josh Medors Benefit Comic, I’m coming back at you and I’m swinging with a one-two punch — even if I’m a couple of days slow on the draw…

First, there is a preview of Pulp Tales over at Ain’t It Cool News. They’re offering up a sneak-peek at the first two pages of each story contained beneath both the Ben Templesmith and Josh Medors covers.

Second, at Newsarama Blog @ Q&A you’ll find a short interview where yours truly answers questions regarding how Pulp Tales came together, the talent involved, what sort of stories we packed in the issue, and what’s up with the man himself — Josh Medors.

BOOM! Studios Releases Josh Medors Benefit Anthology

July 8, 2008

Official Press Release

July 7th, 2008 (Los Angeles, CA) – Help BOOM! Studios support comic book artist Josh Medors, recently diagnosed with cancer, by ordering the benefit comic book PULP TALES. This two-fisted one-shot features all-new, action-packed stories by horror master Steve Niles, P.U.N.K.S’ Josh Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain, ’76’s B. Clay Moore & Seth Peck, CAPOTE IN KANSAS’ Chris Samnee, IN MY LIFETIME’s Tony Fleecs and features covers by Ben Templesmith and Josh Medors. All proceeds from the sale of PULP TALES will go to Josh Medors and his family.

A small advance print run of PULP TALES, which is sure to sell out, will be available at the BOOM! Studios booth (#2543) during San Diego Comic-Con 2008.

PULP TALES features two covers, one with cover art by Ben Templesmith that will retail for $3.99 (JUL083759) and a special “donation cover” with cover art by Josh Medors ( JUL083758 ) that will retail for $9.99, giving consumers two price options for helping Josh Medors in his fight against cancer.

Steve Niles and Sarah Wilkinson contribute LIMBO’S ASSASSIN, a prose story written by Niles, featuring art by Wilkinson. In this macabre tale of crime and punishment, a hired killer comes face-to-face with his victims and finds that perhaps he wasn’t as evil as he thought he was.

B. Clay Moore and Seth Peck contribute the debut of BLUEJACKET, illustrated by Chris Samnee. Former 1930s crimefighter-now- corporate-mogul Bluejacket and his supporting crew, the Men of Adventure, tangle with an Aztec were-jaguar. But he’s not half as bad as Bluejacket’s board of directors!

Created by Josh Fialkov and Andy B, NEWT LAWMAN AND THE SECRETS OF THE VALLEY is the story of the rootin’ist, tootin’ist cowboy in all of the Southwest, Newt Lawman, who’s found himself and his Indian pal Running Bear in a heap of trouble. They must square off against the protectors of the Golden Ox or the evil Hayes Rutherford will kill Newt’s ladylove, Maggie Mae!

THE CRESCENT FLAME!, written by Kody Chamberlain, focuses on a down-on-his-luck would-be photojournalist who may very well have snapped the photo that makes his career. That is, until the subject of the photo, the mysterious Crescent Flame, shows up with an alternate proposition.

Tony Fleecs’ CRASH WINTERS: PALOOKA P.I. features one-time champion brawler Marion (Crash) Winters, who has set up shop as Los Angeles’ punchiest gumshoe. When his movie-star client takes a dive off the roof of her hotel, will Crash be able to wrap her case up? Or will he once again find himself down for the count?

“When I was approached by BOOM! Studios to shepherd this project, I signed on right away” said Dan Taylor, PULP TALES acting editor. “Having known Josh for a handful of years, and knowing what a good person he is beyond just his artistic talents, it wasn’t hard to assemble a cast of creators to contribute to the cause. I appreciate the time and effort that the artists and writers put forth on this project to help Josh out – thanks again.”

“Comics are tricky when it comes to real issues like cancer,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid. “This is an industry that deals with men and women who are larger than life, who by all rights could cure cancer in an afternoon. But those heroes can’t do that, even in a world of limitless possibility – they are powerless because we are. Using PULP TALES to raise money for Josh Medors proves just how powerful comics and their fans can be in the face of adversity, and the important thing here is showing Josh and his family how true that is.”

PULP TALES is edited by Dan Taylor and designed by Ed Dukeshire, who both donated their time to this book.

About BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios is a unique new publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry’s biggest talents. In its inaugural year, Wizard Magazine named BOOM! “Best New Publisher.” Founded by the creator of the TV show EUREKA, Andrew Cosby, and his partner Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios continues to be on the leading edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.

Eight To Anticipate In September

July 2, 2008

July’s just getting underway, so it’s time to take at look at some comic books and graphic novels that I’m looking forward to checking out when they’re released in September according to Vol. XVIII, #7 of the Previews catalog…

Superman #680 (DC Comics) — “Atlas,” part 4! The grand finale of the Atlas epic finds Superman’s foe seemingly victorious! With Superman down for the count, who can stand in the way of the city’s supposed new ruler? Enter Krypto, (Super)man’s best friend, who will do anything to protect his master. Don’t miss Krypto at his most heroic, a worthy addition to the Superman Family – and a very good boy. Plus: A new, magical character settles in Metropolis, just when Superman needs him most.

I have to admit, I’m more than a little behind on my Superman reading, but this cover image of Krypto has me sold. I might not know what’s going on as I jump aboard on part 4 of the current arc. There’s just something that I dig about that dog when they work him into the current/regular Superman run.

Greatest Hits #1 (Vertigo) — Meet the Mates! They’re the greatest super team of all time, straight out of England and into our hearts: Crusader, The Solicitor, Vizier and Zipper. But who are the heroes behind the mania? How did they meet? And what’s next for The Mates? GREATEST HITS looks at The Mates, from their humble 1960s beginnings, through the drug-fueled 1970s, and into the techno ’80s, the grungy ’90s, and to the present day. This is The Mates from the height of their glory to the depths of excess, as filmed by a struggling Hollywood director – one with his own dark ties to the team.

Honestly, I might have normally skipped on this comic, but seeing that it’s written by David Tischman I have to check it out. The concept sounds interesting enough, and I’m interested to see how David handles it. (Did you read that, David? That means you’ve got a book or two of mine that you have to buy in a couple of months.)

Four Eyes #1 (Image Comics) — Brooklyn 1930. America struggles in the grip of the Great Depression, and ten-year-old Enrico is willing to make any sacrifice to take care of his mother. Even if it means taking a job in the one place he’s forbidden to go…the ring of fire where dragons are trained and fought for cash and glory.

This is probably the September book that I’m most interested in checking out. I generally dig Joe Kelly’s writing — and the concept of dragon-fights being run in the Depression Era is one of those “damnit, why didn’t I think of that first” concepts. And, seeing how I’m working on a couple of dragon ideas myself…

13 Chambers (Image Comics) — After Abraham Lincoln’s death, one of President Jackson’s first orders was to disband the 13 Marshals: a secret group of lawmen operating with complete federal authority. Set in a fantasy 1860s, 13 CHAMBERS is the story of the 13th Marshal and his Presidential mission to retrieve all 13 Territory Peace Keeper pistols and return them to Washington D.C. for retirement. All is well until he reaches a small town in four corners where an insane mining baron named YORK has killed the 12th Marshal and stolen his pistol. The 13th Marshal must get the pistol back at all costs and bring York to justice…or die trying.

This title just sounds damn cool. And, it’s got the advantage of being a One-Shot — so not a lot to invest in.

Skarr: Son Of Hulk Presents: Savage World Of Sakaar (Marvel) — As Skaar and Omaka make their way towards Prophet Rock, frightened refugees tell terrifying tales of unbounded power that could rock the very foundations of Planet Sakaar. Get ready for revelations galore in this one-shot about characters new and old, shocking developments regarding Skaar himself, and maybe even the biggest, angriest, and greenest guest star the planet’s ever seen.

I’m interested is seeing where Marvel is going to go with the whole Planet Hulk/World of Sakaar thing. It seems to be an interesting sandbox to play in with just the right amount of varying elements. I seriously think the World of Sakaar could be a great realm to explore.

Pulp Tales One-Shot (Boom! Studios) — Help BOOM! Studios support comic book artist Josh Medors, recently diagnosed with cancer, by ordering the benefit comic book PULP TALES. This two-fisted one-shot features all-new, action-packed stories by horror master Steve Niles, P.U.N.K.S’ Josh Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain, ’76’s B. Clay Moore & Seth Peck, Capote in Kansas’ Chris Samnee, In My Lifetime’s Tony Fleecs, and more! Featuring a cover by Ben Templesmith! All proceeds will go to Josh Medors and his family.

It’s not hard to figure out why I’m anticipating the release of this title in September. Serving as the editor of this book and assembling a team of great talent to help out Josh Medors was rewarding as well as an honor. There are some great tales of pulp in this issue — trust me.

Crogan’s Vengeance (Oni Press, Inc.) — The first in a series of adventure graphic novels spanning continents and centuries! The first volume introduces “Catfoot” Crogan, an honest sailor who finds himself thrust into a life of piracy! Crogan never wanted to be a pirate and he never dreamed he’d wind-up at odds with the most dangerous buccaneer ever to sail the Spanish Main! Sword fights! Sharks! Naval battles! This graphic novel has everything you need to buckle your swash!

There looks to be a lot of story packed into this book. And, I’m interested in the concept of each volume of this series taking a look at a different member of the Crogan family tree. For an added bonus, the art looks like a lot of fun.

That wraps up my eight to anticipate in September. With San Diego Comic-Con International just around the corner I’m sure there’ll be all sorts of announcements to grow my anticipation through the fall and into the winter.


June 13, 2008

Happy Friday the 13th! For those of you that suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia, I suggest that you stay in bed. Scary Friday the 13th fact — Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson were born twenty-two years ago today, which also fell on a Friday. The image below is by artist Andy B, from the Wildstorm comic book Friday the 13th: The Abuser and the Abused, written by Josh Fialkov. The same writer/artist team reunite an action-packed western in the Josh Medors benefit book Pulp Tales coming soon from Boom! Studios (which I happen to be shepherding as editor).

Benefiting To A Pulp, Or Pulping To Benefit

May 13, 2008

Contributions by Steve Niles, Josh Fialkov, Kody Chamberlain, Tony Fleecs, Dan Taylor and more! Covers by Ben Templesmith and Josh Medors. 24pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

Help BOOM! Studios support comic book artist Josh Medors, recently diagnosed with cancer, by ordering the benefit comic book PULP TALES. This two-fisted one-shot features all-new, action-packed stories by horror master Steve Niles, P.U.N.K.S’ Josh Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain, ‘76’s B. Clay Moore & Seth Peck, Capote in Kansas’ Chris Samnee, In My Lifetime’s Tony Fleecs, and more! Featuring a cover by Ben Templesmith!

ALL PROCEEDS will go to Josh Medors and his family. HELP NOW AND PRE-ORDER THIS BOOK TODAY!

When I was approached by Boom! Studios’ editor Matt Gagnon to serve as the editor of this project and shepherd it along it didn’t take long for me to enthusiastically jump on board. And, the same can be said about the talent that have offered to roll up their sleeves and spin some action-packed, two-fisted tales of pulp-goodness to back up our guy, Josh. Another great talent that has stepped up is artist Andy B. I had previously mentioned Josh when I posted about the Benefit Auction being held for his cause at last weekend’s Emerald City Comic Con. It’s great when an industry such as the comic book industry — that in all aspects is rather tight-knit — can answer the call, rally the troops, and help one of our own. As for Pulp Tales, we’re packing a lot into this beauty and I couldn’t be more honored to be part of this team. Thanks to everybody on board so far, and thanks in advance to everybody who’ll be picking up a copy upon its release. Now, check out Ben Templesmith’s pulpy-creepy cover below…