The Irredeemable/Incorruptible Crossover

The epic match-up between the world’s greatest hero-turned-villain and his arch villain-turned-hero is here! This December, read both IRREDEEMABLE and INCORRUPTIBLE for the full story on The Plutonian vs. Max Damage and their superhero adventures. These epic new titles from BOOM! Studios are both written by Mark Waid (KINGDOM COME, THE TRAVELER) with INCORRUPTIBLE’s art by Marcio Takara and IRREDEEMABLE’s art by Diego Barreto. BOOM! Studios offers the first part of this four issue crossover in the 22-page issue of IRREDEEMABLE #32 and the story continues in INCORRUPTIBLE #25. This action-filled arc concludes in IRREDEEMABLE #33 and INCORRUPTIBLE #26.

The legendary IRREDEEMABLE/INCORRUPTIBLE crossover continues toward its explosive conclusion! The Plutonian and Max Damage have always been epic adversaries… but how did they get that way? The crossover event that tells the story of their first face-off starts here! Not Reading INCORRUPTIBLE? You’re missing out! This is the first issue of the IRREDEEMABLE/INCORRUPTIBLE crossover: a can’t-miss issue of Mark Waid’s multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated superhero series! For more information, go to www.boom-studios.com

Brandon Graham’s “The Speaker” Debuts

Brandon Graham, creator of King City and Multiple Warheads and writer of Prophet, one of the series in the heavily hyped Extreme Studios relaunch, will be making his Dark Horse Presents debut in issue #7!

A man loses his voice—his voice goes off to see the world. Years later the man dies and the voice that walks like a man hears the news and returns home. The Voice has to deal with all the personifications of the man’s doubts, secrets, and ideas that are left behind.

Graham’s work is widely known and followed through his blog, http://royalboiler.wordpress.com/. Stay tuned for more about original stories premiering in Dark Horse Presents! Dark Horse Presents #7 is on sale December 21, 2011, and also contains brand-new Age of Reptiles, Skeleton Key, and Hellboy stories. For more information, go to darkhorse.com

Top Shelf Productions offers its graphic novels for sale in digital form

The comic book industry takes another significant step into the future today, as Top Shelf Productions offers its award-winning library of graphic novels for sale in digital form through two dedicated apps — one for general readers and one for kids.

Additionally, Top Shelf expands the availability of its books across multiple digital platforms, for every device. As the publisher of critically acclaimed and popularly beloved books such as FROM HELL, ESSEX COUNTY, and OWLY, Top Shelf breaks new ground as the first “indie” or “alternative” publisher to offer such a substantial catalog of digital graphic novels.

To celebrate, Top Shelf is offering five keystone graphic novels at radically reduced digital prices — as low as 99 cents! — for the next week. What’s more, a newly remastered edition of Jeff Lemire’s LOST DOGS makes its Top Shelf debut this week as a digital graphic novel.

The flagship of this launch is a pair of new apps, developed by industry leader Comixology, available now for Apple devices: Top Shelf Productions and Top Shelf Kids Club. For more information, go to www.topshelfcomix.com

NBM Previews A Complete Story From Upcoming Graphic Novel

Death of a Doll From Ernie Colón’s INNER SANCTUM
This December comics legend Ernie Colón makes his NBM debut with his adaptation of stories from the classic radio series, Inner Sanctum.

Proud to present one of the stories from the book in it’s entirety, “Death of a Doll”.

Originally broadcast on October 18, 1948, “Death of a Doll” is one of the most fondly remembered episodes of the thrilling series, and Mr. Colón certainly delivers with his adaptation. For more information, go to www.nbmpub.com

They also have seven more books coming out as well

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT VOLUME ONE-Adventures of a daring pilot/detective who encounters lost worlds and oddities galore!
Writers- Josh Reynolds
Barry Reese
Adam Lance Garcia
I.A. Watson
Frank Schildiner
Terry Alexander

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE EAGLE VOLUME ONE-Classic Two Fisted Spy Stories! Pulpy Espionage and Intrigue!
Writers- Rich Steeves
Bobby Nash
Teel James Glenn
Lee Houston, Jr.
Ashley Mangin
Nick Ahlhelm

PRICE OF THE MISSIONARY’S GOLD: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ARMLESS ONEIL VOLUME ONE- Classic Pulp Adventure in Exotic Lands seeking Treasure and Action! And with a Tough as Nails Hook Handed Hero!
Writers- Sean Taylor
Rich Steeves
I.A. Watson
Chuck Miller
Andrew Hind
Nick Ahlhelm

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE GRIFFON VOLUME ONE-Thrill to the adventures of Kerry Keen, the masked hero known as The Griffon! High Flying Escapades in the Pursuit of Justice!
Writers-Don Thomas
Rich Steeves
Chuck Miller
Van Plexico
Phil Bledsoe
Stefan Dogaru

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THUNDER JIM WADE VOLUME ONE-Globe Spanning Adventures into the Darkest, Strangest Corners of the World with A Hero Like No Other!
Writers- Barry Reese
Andrew Salmon
Ashley Mangin
Nick Ahlhelm
Andrew Hind
Frank Schildiner

THE CASES OF MAJOR LACY VOLUME ONE –Follow The Major and his intrepid team of men as they take on crimes and criminals No One Else Can Stop!
Writers-C. William Russette
Andrew Salmon
Bobby Nash
Andrew Hind
Don Thomas

Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse Come To the Darl Horse Digital Store

Dark Horse and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announce the arrival of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse and Angel in the Dark Horse digital store! As rave reviews and support for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 and the all-new series Angel and Faith continue, casual and hardcore fans will now be able to experience previous Buffy, Angel, and Dollhouse comics on all-new platforms! Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse are licensed through an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

Now, fans are encouraged to head over to Digital.DarkHorse.com to download issues of all three of these titles today, with multiple issues available for purchase! Fans can now download the first twenty issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #1-20, as well as Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #1,2 &3. For more information, go to Digital.DarkHorse.com

Dead or Alive #1 of 4

Dead or Alive #1 of 4
Red 5 Comics
Written by Scott Chitwood
Art by Alfonso Ruiz

Sam and Jed are a couple of cowboys back in Texas in 1870. They’re just trying to make it to the next day, get their pay for whatever ranch hand work they can find, and move in life. In one of their days work, they see a fire at a local ranch and look into it. When they find the owner of the ranch and his workers all murdered and the owner’s daughter rushing in after being in town, they decide to find the murder and bring him in to face justice (the reward was a good motivator too). This is where everything goes down hill.
This book was different from most western comics out there, because it brings in everyone’s favorite monsters to life, zombies. The story was well written and leads into areas that you don’t expect. The characters are each unique and come off the page. Yet their accents didn’t carry in the book which is a little peeve of mine. The art is well drawn; again something where you know where they are in the time but it’s just off enough to know something is different. Now, the paneling is pretty standard but they do have a few differences to keep it interesting.

I liked this book, parts of it were routine but this story has been done a bunch of times and in a bunch of time periods. This one was unique enough to make it new again. They give the back-story to let you know who’s who and what’s going on. You can almost see each character in different times or you may even say, hey, I know that guy. In my humble opinion, I plan on checking out the rest of the story when they come out. I give this book 4.5 caps out of 5.

The Stress Rescue by Diane Schofield

Seasoned stress counselor Diane Schofield announces today the release of The Stress Rescue: Your Guide to Stressless Living, published through Xlibris. Schofield answers the global SOS from stress with her indispensable handbook.

Schofield throws out a lifeline to the stress-swamped world as she answers pertinent questions on the causes behind the stress epidemic, high-risk personality styles that attract stress, common life stressors and how to begin what she calls “stressless living.” The Stress Rescue offers advice on stress management through easy stress exercises, rescue lifelines and stress prevention tips to help readers de-stress, simplify and gain control over their lives.

The Stress Rescue: Your Guide to Stressless Living is now available through www.Xlibris.com

How Would It Feel To Live Forever?

They froze the frog, and it lived. And they hope one day they can do the same to a human.

The fact is, they knew it would because this species of wood frog lives in the abject cold, and it has evolved to be able to endure extreme weather to such a point that if it is frozen solid, properties in its blood stream will enable its cells to stay alive even after a deep freeze.

Scientists have been studying these frogs in hopes that they can provide the answers necessary to allow doctors to freeze human organs for transplant, or even further, cryogenically freeze living people to awaken them at a later date.

The moral, philosophical, and economic questions of cryogenic stasis for humans are vast, and few are better to speculate about them than Lois McMaster Bujold, author of the novel Cryoburn (www.baen.com), which chronicles how these questions are addressed in an otherworldly futuristic society. Check out the book today!

Presents Startling POEtry

Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library will present “Startling POEtry” by Florida poet Rick McKenzie in celebration of The Big Read: Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation and Wednesday, October 13 at 2 p.m. at Tamarac Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd. For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.

Essex County

The CBC’s Canada Reads, a nationwide book club program in which 5 books compete (each championed by a Canadian celebrity) to be named the #1 book of the year, has officially announced the final 5. Jeff Lemire’s phenomenal Essex County has made the cut, becoming not simply the first Top Shelf book, but the first graphic novel ever, to be in Canada Reads! This year, the Canada Reads program bears the theme “the essential Canadian novels of the past decade,” so the honor is even more prestigious.

The celebrity champion of Essex County has also officially been announced: indie rocker Sara Quin, one-half of the award-winning band Tegan and Sara ! Along with Sara’s spirited defense of the book in the Canada Reads broadcasts, we can expect plenty of attention on author Jeff Lemire, ranging from this Q&A to a variety of podcasts, interviews, and more!

The selection of Essex County for this program is a huge honor for Jeff Lemire, Top Shelf Productions, and the comics industry at large. It poses an opportunity for an entire country to discover the power of Jeff’s work, and to debate its values against four other excellent books. Our deepest congratulations to Jeff and the other finalists!

Canada Reads encourages everyone to spend this winter reading all 5 books, with various programming allowing readers to get to know the finalists better, all building up to the official competition in February 2011. Happy reading, and may the best book win!