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ECCC ’08: New Guests, Photo Ops and Cheesecake

Another round of great announcements for the upcoming Emerald City ComiCon.  First, three more guests have joined the lineup: Ivan (Machine Man, Secret Invasion: Home Invasion, Cross Bronx) Brandon, Kevin (The Clockwork Girl, Frog Children) Hanna and Whilce (Wetworks, Batman Confidential) Portacio.  Be sure to add them to your list of creators to stop by and say hello to!

Secondly, for the first time there will be photo-op sessions with our media guests. For $30 you can have a chance to get an 8×10 original photo that will be printed on-site and then you can then bring your photo to get autographed by the guest. Photo-ops will be in a private room with a backdrop and will be taken by our event photographer specialist. Take a look at the Celebrity Photo Op page for details.

Lastly, two more exclusives will be available from the folks at Top Cow Productions. These are covers by artist Eric Basaldua for Witchblade #117 and Witchblade/Devi. You can buy these at the Top Cow booth.

Keep checking back for the latest information out of Seattle for this fanastic show as well as our upcoming interviews with Mike Grell and Periscope Studios.

Tori Amos Gets A Comic Book Tattoo

Acclaimed musician Tori Amos gets interpreted in comic book form in July. Image comics will release a new book entitled Comic Book Tattoo, which will contain comic book translations of Amos’ songs. Amos has long ties to the comic book world as she is a close friend of writer Neil Gaiman, making references to him and his series Sandman in several of her songs. She even wrote the introduction to the trade paperback collection of Gaiman’s Death: The High Cost of Living. Here’s the full details courtesy of Image Comics:

This July the ever-growing
relationship between comics and music reaches new heights as Tori
Amos and Image Comics
release COMIC BOOK TATTOO, a 480-page, full color anthology adapting
the themes and ideas behind her songs into a lush volume of
sequential art.

“I have been surprised, excited and pleasantly shocked by these
comics that are extensions of the songs that I have loved and
therefore welcome these amazing
stories of pictures and words because they are uncompromisingly
inspiring,” says Amos. “It shows you thought is a powerful
formidable essence and can have a
breathtaking domino effect.

To assemble COMIC BOOK TATTOO’s diverse roster of talent, Amos worked
alongside editor Rantz Hoseley, co-creator behind the upcoming DISPLACED
PERSONS and VIX. Together they formed a line up featuring Y: THE LAST
MAN’s Pia Guerra, Leah Moore, John Reppion David Mack, Hope Larson,
Ryan Kelly,
Jonathan Hickman, Colleen Doran, Eric Canete, Ted McKeever, Jock,
Anthony Johnston, Dame Darcy, Carla Speed McNeil, Kelly Sue
DeConnick, Mark Buckingham,
Ivan Brandon, C. B. Cebulski and many more, including an introduction
by SANDMAN creator Neil Gaiman.

Editor Hoseley added, “While the connections between comics and music
have been long established by generations of creators, Comic Book
Tattoo is the pure
distillation of how these two art forms inspire and feed off of each
other across all the classifications, genres and styles of comic
storytelling. Like Tori’s music, these
stories run the gamut of human experience, emotion and imagination
brought to life by some of the most compelling and innovative
creators in the field of comics.”

COMIC BOOK TATTOO, a 12” x 12” 480-page anthology, will be in
stores July 23rd.

Image Comics’ Cemetary Blues Online And Collected

From Image Comics:

PRESS RELEASE – DIG FREE YOUR CEMETERY BLUES!
The sold out first issue from Image Comics’ Shadowline now available
online!

8 April 2008 (Berkeley, CA) – After two sold out issues, Image
Comics’ Shadowline is now offering CEMETERY BLUES #1 online at no
charge.

“The reception to CEMETERY BLUES has been really stunning,” said
series illustrator and co-creator Thomas Boatwright. “After going
through all of our options, including a much demanded second
printing, we opted to put the issue online to reach the most amount
of people possible.”

CEMETERY BLUES follows Ridley and Falstaff, two bumbling monster
hunters who battle evil forces, drink a few pints and destroy untold
amounts of private property in the process! Fans who enjoy the first
issue can be on the look out this July as the entire mini-series will
be collected in THE UNEARTHED CEMETERY BLUES VOL. 1, which includes
81 pages of rarely and never before seen material, including the
scarce self-published stories.

Image Comics Shadowline President Jim Valentino said, “CEMETERY BLUES
is unique in its ability to combine hilarious gags with truly
horrifying moments. This aspect is why its a perfect fit into the
Shadowline lineup.”

CEMETERY BLUES #1 can be read for free at http://www.imagecomics.com/
onlinecomics.php. THE UNEARTHED CEMETERY BLUES VOL. 1 TP, a 184-page
black and white tradepaperback for $16.99, will be available July 9th.

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992
by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has
gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United
States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik
Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino), and Image
is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane
Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, and Image Central).
Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre,
and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,
crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest
artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit
www.imagecomics.com.

ECCC ’08: Costume Contest/Another Exclusive

The folks at Emerald City ComiCon are keeping the announcements coming fast and furious.  First up is the addition of a Costume Contest, judged by Who Wants To Be A Superhero? alumni Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen, Trisha “Ms. Limelight” Paytas and Nell “Fat Momma” Wilson. All the categories and rules can be found at the Con website. It’s sure to be a hoot.

Also, another exclusive will be available, this one being a special cover to Uncanny X-Men #497 by Marko Djurdjevic. Both the writer and artist for this issue, Ed Brubaker and Mike Choi, respectively, will be in attendance so be sure to visit both gentlemen to get yours signed. There are bound to be further announcements and well let you know as we see them!

New General Manager At BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios announced their new General Manager today, Wendy Wallace. The full press release is as follows:

For Immediate Release:

BOOM! STUDIOS ANNOUNCES
WENDY WALLACE AS NEW GENERAL MANAGER

Entertainment Industry Veteran Brings Vast Experience to BOOM!

April 7, 2008 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios announced today the appointment of Wendy Wallace to the role of General Manager. Bringing an unprecedented level of entertainment industry experience, Ms. Wallace will oversee the day-to-day operations of the studio, providing steady leadership to the expanding BOOM! team as the company continues its explosive growth.

“Wendy is perfect to keep BOOM! running like clockwork. I’m truly excited to have her aboard in such a critical capacity as our GM. When it comes to organization and efficiency, Wendy doesn’t mess around. What’s more, she brings out a professionalism in those around her while still inspiring a highly creative atmosphere,” said Mark Waid, BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief. “Also, she has a mean left hook.”

“Wendy brings a high level of energy and experience to BOOM!” says Ross Richie, the company’s co-founder and CEO. “She’s an industry vet with a decade of experience doing everything from development to production to publishing. All of this makes her a perfect fit for our company.”

The announcement of Ms. Wallace as General Manager follows last year’s appointment of Mark Waid as Editor-in-Chief and Chip Mosher as Marketing and Sales Director. Ms. Wallace completes an executive team put in place to strengthen the company through its next phase of growth.

Ms. Wallace started out at Universal Studios in the cable television department, ultimately becoming involved with the development, production, and distribution of many television series, movies-of-the-week, miniseries, and DVD releases. Some of her efforts include USA Network’s MONK and PRANCER RETURNS, as well as The Sci-Fi Channel’s INVISIBLE MAN series and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA mini-series.

Since leaving NBC/Universal, Ms. Wallace has worked on such diverse projects as UPN’s AMISH IN THE CITY, USA Network’s DC SNIPER: 23 DAYS OF FEAR and the cable comedy hit, PSYCH. Most recently, she served as Co-Producer on The Sci-Fi Channel’s number one series to date, EUREKA. She has also functioned as a producer and consultant for feature films, music videos and various Internet-exclusive and print projects.

Ms. Wallace currently serves as a Vice President of the Producers Guild of America, is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and is an Executive Member of Women in Film.

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (http://www.boom-studios.com) 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.