Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tuesday's Headlines | LUNAR DISTRIBUTION Signs Deal With SCOUT COMICS

The press release follows:

Media Release — Scout Comics & Entertainment Holdings Inc. is proud to announce that it is expanding its comic book, trade paperback and merchandise programs by signing a non-exclusive distribution deal with Lunar Distribution effective immediately. Scout Comics and all of its subsidiaries (Black Caravan, Scoot!, Outsider Comics, and Tracker Collectibles) will also be available on Lunar’s platform beginning in April for June release.

“Since the launch of Scout in 2015, I have watched the company grow exponentially over the years and it’s been exciting to see more and more comic stores and fans discover our A-list titles and talent. We are thrilled for Lunar to help get our books into readers’ hands, and for more people than ever to discover the unique brand of Scout excellence.” — Brendan Deneen, CEO of Scout Comics

Lunar distribution is currently a distributor of DC Comics and is committed to providing their Direct Market partners the best products, price, and customer service. Their customers receive their merchandise quickly, accurately and as carefully packed as possible. They are continually growing and always striving to improve in every facet of the business.

“We are excited to partner with Scout and provide distribution for their products to retailers. Their continued growth and commitment to diverse comics will make a great addition to the Lunar family. All new Scout products will be offered on FOC each week along with all DC Comic titles.”–Christina Merkler, co-owner, Lunar Distribution

Scout Comics & Entertainment launched in October 2015 to immediate critical acclaim. Over five years later, the comic book and multi-media company has almost 200 titles published and scheduled for future release, spanning the gamut of genres. Scout has multiple specialty imprints: Black Caravan (horror), Scoot! (kids), Outsider (LGBTQ+), and Non-Stop (first issue releases followed shortly thereafter with the entire trade paperback). Additionally, Scout has multiple movie, TV and streaming adaptations in development, including projects with Amazon Studios, FilmNation, and Disney/Freeform, among many others.

For more information about Scout Comics, please contact James Haick, President of Scout Comics, at James.Haick@ScoutComics.com

Tuesday's Headlines | SDCC 2021 Cancelled..... Goes Online Now!

Yesterday, Comic-Con International: San Diego 2021 has been canceled as an in-person event and will instead be held as a three-day online only event, according to a statement from Comic-Con International. 

The statement cites health concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as financial strain as the primary factors in the decision to take its 2021 San Diego convention online.

CCI's decision comes hot on the heels of a similar decision by the organization to move its planned WonderCon 2021 event from an in-person convention to an online only event.

"It is the policy of the organization to continue to closely monitor information from local and national healthcare officials as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic. Never could we have imagined what the world experienced in 2020 and continues to experience today," reads CCI's official statement.

"While we are buoyed by the rollout of the vaccine and the growing number of individuals being inoculated, it appears that July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con," it continues. "For this reason, we have made the challenging decision to postpone Comic-Con 2021 as an in-person gathering until our 2022 dates, and once again hold this year's celebration as the free online Comic-Con@Home."

The statement goes on to explain that, because WonderCon and Comic-Con International: San Diego were both held as online cons in 2020, the organization has reduced its 2021 SDCC plans to just three days.

"Unfortunately, the challenges of this past year and the multiple postponements of our two largest events have left us with limited financial resources, so this year the online experience will be reduced to a three-day event, spanning July 23-25, 2021," explains the statement.

However, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for con-goers who have patiently awaited their next opportunity to gather, as CCI is also planning a three-day in-person event to take place in November at the San Diego Convention Center.

DVD Tuesday | New DVD Releases March 2nd, 2021

Monster Hunter (2020)

Theatrical Release Date: 12/18/2020

Language: English

Genre: Action/Fantasy

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Actors: Milla Jovovich, Meagan Good, Ron Perlman, Diego Boneta, Tony Jaa, T.I.

Plot: Lt. Artemis and her group of loyal soldiers find themselves transported to a strange, dangerous new world. Enormous monsters roam this world, threatening their lives at every turn. With their modern weapons seemingly useless against the beasts, they must rely on the knowledge of a stranger to survive this world and find a way to return home.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Monday's Headlines | Alien Comic Book News

The press release follows:

Media Release — ALIEN is coming! Marvel’s first venture into the iconic—and terrifying—world of the ALIEN franchise arrives next month. This exploration of never-before-seen corners of the Alien universe will entertain both longtime fans and newcomers to the legendary horror/science-fiction saga as writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Salvador Larroca tell an all-new tale of the titan of horror and science fiction that has scared audiences for decades.

The new series will introduce readers to Gabriel Cruz who years ago almost literally gave his life to Weyland-Yutani when he barely survived an alien attack. Recently retired, Cruz is trying to patch things up with his abandoned son with the help of his friend, a Bishop-model android, but his re-entry into civilian life is not going smoothly…and his encounters with the deadly Xenomorph are far from over. No one is safe. No one is innocent. And no one can hear you scream. See the terrors in store in this all-new thrilling trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork from the highly anticipated issue.

“As a lifelong superfan of the franchise, getting to write the launch of Marvel’s ALIEN was one of the biggest thrills of my writing career,” Johnson told Newsarama.com in a recent interview. “ALIEN coming to Marvel feels like the beginning of a new era for the franchise, especially with the announcement of the upcoming TV series, and the gravity of being the first writer of that era is definitely not lost on me. After all the amazing work Marvel has done with the Star Wars franchise, I know the fans want to see greatness come from ALIEN as well, as they should. We’re all giving everything we have to deliver on that, and I’m confident fans will love what they see.”

Visit www.Marvel.com now an exclusive first look and don’t miss this historic addition to the Alien legacy when ALIEN #1 arrives on March 24th.

Monday's Headlines | Marvel Comic Book News

The press release follows:

Media Release — Wolverine is currently slicing and dicing his way through his bloodiest adventures yet in WOLVERINE: BLACK, WHITE, AND BLOOD and soon Carnage will show readers why he’s Marvel’s most terrifying villain in CARNAGE: BLACK, WHITE, AND BLOOD. Come August, it’ll be Deadpool’s turn.

Just announced by Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski during yesterday’s Deadpool Nerdy Thirty Virtual Event, Deadpool will be starring in a brand-new series just in time for his 30th anniversary celebration. DEADPOOL: BLACK, WHITE, AND BLOOD will be packed with Deadpool’s wildest stories to date, all depicted in a prestige black and white format—with a heavy splattering of blood all over! Each action-packed issue will have an all-star lineup of creators teaming up to honor the character’s incredible legacy with the kind of chaos and violence that Wade Wilson loves!

Check out artwork from Declan Shalvey below and stay tuned for more information on this exciting series coming your way in August 2021! For more information, visit Marvel.com.



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Monday's Headlines | Dark Horse News

The press release follows:

Media Release — Dark Horse Books and Nickelodeon are pleased to reveal a new line of books for the smallest fans of Avatar the Last Airbender in the upcoming book line Avatar: The Last Airbender—Chibi, launching September 2021!

Avatar: The Last Airbender—Chibi launches with Aang’s Unfreezing Day. When Aang was frozen in an iceberg for a hundred years, he managed to forget his birthday! Luckily his friends Katara, Toph, Sokka, and Zuko plan to surprise him with a new special day to celebrate. But they’ll have to be careful while they prepare–it’s a surprise!

Celebrated children’s author Kelly Leigh Miller (I am a Wolf; I Love My Fangs) teams with Avatar fandom favorite artist Diana Sim to bring young Avatar fans and their families this heartwarming tale of love, celebration, and friendship, in collaboration with Nickelodeon and Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series writer Tim Hedrick.

Avatar: The Last Airbender — Chibi Vol. 1: Aang’s Unfreezing Day arrives September 7, 2021 and is available for pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local comic shops. Follow Dark Horse Comics for more Avatar: The Last Airbender—Chibi announcements and reveals! 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Weekend Trend | Top 5 Manga Countdown

5. Berserk of Gluttony GN Vol 01 $12.99 Seven Seas Entertainment
A gripping dark fantasy, in which a frail young man's terrible magic could lead him to ultimate power! Fate Graphite has never tasted real power. Born with the magical skill Gluttony, he has been shunned and looked down upon his entire life, and constantly hungers in a way that can't be satiated. One day, while working as a gatekeeper for a noble family and fighting a trespassing thief, he discovers Gluttony's true power: when he kills someone, he devours their skills and feeds his gnawing hunger at last. In that grisly realization, Fate is awakened to his true potential. How many lives will he feed on to satisfy this hunger, and is the world ready for the terrifying warrior he'll become?

4. Sword Art Online Alt Gun Gale Light Novel SC Vol 08 $15.00 Yen On
Llenn's stuck between a rock and a hard place! With a pesky marriage proposal on one side and her long-awaited rematch with SHINC on the other, the stakes are higher than ever in this fourth Squad Jam! The battle for first place--and Llenn's heart--continues!

3. Solo Leveling GN Vol 01 $20.00 Yen Press
The official English print publication of the popular Korean webcomic! E-class hunter Jinwoo Sung is the weakest of them all. Looked down on by everyone, he has no money, no abilities to speak of, and no other job prospects. So when his party finds a hidden dungeon, he's determined to use this chance to change his life for the better...but the opportunity he finds is a bit different from what he had in mind!

2. Skeleton Knight in Another World Light Novel Vol 08 $13.99 Seven Seas Entertainment
One day, a gamer played video games until he fell asleep and when he woke up, he found himself in the game world as a skeleton! Equipped with the powerful weapons and armor of his avatar but stuck with its frightening skeletal appearance, Arc has to find a place for himself in this new, fantastical land. All his hopes for a quiet life are dashed when he crosses paths with a beautiful elven warrior, setting him on a journey full of conflict and adventure.

1. Sword Art Online Project Alicization GN Vol 02 $13.00 Yen Press
In Underworld, a virtual land from which there seems no escape, Kirito meets Eugeo, an NPC destined to follow his Calling-his life's goal that must be achieved before he can follow his own path. What awaits Kirito in this new land?

Weekend Trend | Top 3 TPB Comic Books

3. Faithless II TPB $17.99 Boom! Studios
New York Times bestselling writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned, 100 Bullets) and artist Maria Llovet (Heartbeat, Loud) present the next chapter of their acclaimed erotic thriller as Faith descends into the world of dark magic and the even darker corners of the human soul. Faith embarks on a journey deep into the exclusive art world with hellish consequences after she accompanies her lovers, the free-spirited Poppy and the elusive Louis, straight into the epicenter of dark magic: Turin, Italy. As she dabbles with new paint and new partners, her own power begins to shed light on who or what she truly is and the devil will be by her side to guide her hand. Power has a price and Faith has only begun to pay. Collects Faithless II #1-6.

2. Joker War Saga HC $39.99 DC Comics
The summer 2020 blockbuster The Joker War is collected in this new hardcover that includes the tie-in chapters starring Batgirl, Red Hood, Nightwing, Catwoman, and, of course, Harley Quinn! As the Clown Prince of Crime battles the Dark Knight Detective head-to-head one last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before he's never wanted his battle with Batman to end. But now his motivation has shifted. This collection features the Joker's confrontation with Batgirl; his manipulation of the amnesiac Nightwing; and a turf war between Gotham City's many evildoers! Plus, the debut of Clownhunter, a cameo by Ghost-Maker, and an epic battle between Harley Quinn and Punchline! Collects Batman #95-100, Batgirl #47, Detective Comics #1025, Red Hood: Outlaw #48, Nightwing #74, The Joker War Zone #1, plus stories from Harley Quinn #75 and Catwoman #25.

1. Department of Truth TPB Vol 01 $9.99 Image Comics
SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $9.99! COLE TURNER has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn't prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK Assassination to Flat Earth Theory and Reptilian Shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of Truth? From bestselling writer JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) and breakout artist MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy)! Collects THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #1-5.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Friday's Headlines | Monster Hunter Rise for Nintendo Switch Console

Following the US release of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Monster Hunter Rise edition, the special edition Nintendo Switch console bundle based on the game went up for pre-order last week and quickly sold out. However, they were back up here at Best Buy for $369.99 at the time of writing.

The Monster Hunter Rise Nintendo Switch console features a striking design based on art the flagship monster, Magnamalo. It's bundled with a digital code for the Deluxe Edition of Monster Hunter Rise, which explains the additional $69.99 price tag over a standard Switch. That said, if you just want the game, you can pre-order it here at Best Buy with an exclusive SteelBook bonus.

Marvel Friday's | WandaVision Recap Episode 7

Before you start watching episode 8 today. Here's a quick breakdown and recap of episode 7. 
Thanks for watching and have a great day!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Weekly Top 5 Comic Book Countdown For 02/24/2021

Greetings Comic Book Fans!

Welcome as Northwest Comics & Games Presents the Weekly Top 5 Comic Book Countdown. Sorry, the delay this week but there is so much happening in the comic book world. Please remember to be safe, wear a mask and keep on reading comics!

5. By the Horns #1 (of 6) $3.99 Scout Comics
Elodie hates unicorns. For nearly a year, she's dedicated her life to tracking down and killing them all for trampling her husband, Shintaro. Now exiled from her farming village of Wayfarer for selfishly neglecting her duties, Elodie and her half wolf/half deer companion, Sajen, search the continent of Solothus for clues to the whereabouts of unicorns. When they discover a lead in the port city of Lycus, their revenge mission suddenly takes a dangerous turn.

4. Bloodshot #11 $3.99 Valiant Entertainment
'One Last Shot' fires away as Bloodshot and his crew hunt down the resurrected Project Rising Spirit! Featuring the appearance of a classic Bloodshot villain Best-Selling writer Tim Seeley and rising star Pedro Andreo push the one-man army to a pulse-pounding point of no return.

3. Amazing Spider-Man #60 $3.99 Marvel Comics
Peter and Mary Jane have been through so much Spider-Man has been a constant strain on them from day one. With the events of the past few months, is there anything left? 

2. Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn #5 (of 6) $4.99 DC Comics
The Producers scheme is in motion, and the GTO is on high alert as Gotham's hope of a peaceful new horizon begins to collapse. Rattled and recovering from a close encounter with Starlet, Harley examines whether her complicated past with villainy is a burden or a boon to her new identity. She weighs two final options: break all ties and retire to a quiet life, or embrace the chaos, risk, and responsibility of protecting the people and the place that created her. The choice itself may be fantasy, as a targeted attack on Harley ends in tragedy and drives Bruce to a reckless decision that could extend his prison sentence indefinitely.

1. Spawn #315 $2.99 Image Comics
'CHAIN GANG,' Part Two-A NEW TEAM... THE CHAIN GANG! BUT WILL THEY LAST? She-Spawn! Gunslinger Spawn! Medieval Spawn! The Reaper!

Spider-Man 3 Title Officially Unveiled

Spider-Man 3 officially has a title. 

The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home is called Spider-Man No Way Home. Looks like Tom Holland's Spider-Man movies really are sticking to shoehorning the word "Home" in there somewhere. 

The title was revealed via a video featuring Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon walking and talking about how the lead actor does not spoil things. “Name me one thing I’ve actually spoiled,” he asks his co-stars. 

“The last movie title?” Zendaya replies. The camera then pans out and Spider-Man: No Way Home can be seen written on a whiteboard with a few crossed-out choices. 

 A day earlier, Holland, Zendaya, and Batalon all shared fake Spider-Man 3 titles on Instagram – they were Spider-Man: Phone Home, Spider-Man: Home Slice, and Spider-Man: Home-Wrecker, respectively. This gave way to fans believing that the multiple titles could be because of the multiverse potentially being involved in the Spidey sequel somehow.