Thursday, October 8, 2009

Comic News: Presents Marvel Animation Daily Exclusives

Glimpse Into Marvel Animation’s Secret Archives… Presents Marvel Animation Daily Exclusives

See all-new concept art, storyboards, character designs, backgrounds, videos, music and more

For the first time ever, Marvel Animation and ( invite fans to enter the vault of Marvel Animation’s never before seen images. Available for an exclusive sneak peek are some of Marvel Animation’s most popular shows The Super Hero Squad Show, Iron Man Armored Adventures and Wolverine and the X-Men, just to name a few. From original concept sketches of characters to backgrounds, storyboards, final colored character and background artwork, and so much more, the Marvel Animation vault is officially open and fans can see it exclusively at

Each unique feature offers engaging information and questions that will intrigue and excite all Marvel fans. Accompanied with all-new facts about Marvel Animation’s hit shows, each image offers a rare glimpse into the Marvel Universe. For the first time, Marvel Animation is delivering a behind the scenes look at the creation of some of its most popular animated series, giving fans a deeper look into Marvel’s past, present and future animated properties.

As if it could get any better, each animated series is linked to the “Related News” sections that include character biographies, episode synopses, music videos, trailers, sneak previews and so much more! For the first time ever, Marvel fans will be able to experience first hand the development and creation of the world’s greatest Super Heroes!

The Super Hero Squad
When the greatest (and coolest) heroes on the planet unite to face the world’s greatest villains, you get the biggest, most family-friendly Super Hero team-up in TV history. It’s no small job protecting Super Hero City from the wild, weird (& even wacky) villainy of VillainVille’s infamous baddies… but the Super Hero Squad is always up for the job. These brave heroes totally deliver the action – but with plenty of humor on the side.

Animation Exclusives featuring THE SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW include:
SHS Concept Art
Character Sketches
Background Sketches
Full Color Character Poses
Full Color Background Art
And so much more…

Iron Man Armored Adventures
Tony Stark is not the typical teenager… he’s a billionaire, brilliant inventor… and Iron Man! Iron Man Armored Adventures follows Tony Stark, 16-year-old genius and heir to the billion-dollar corporation Stark International, as he battles the enemies of world peace with his revolutionary power armor technology. Growing up, Tony had always lived a life of luxury, but everything went horribly wrong when a tragic plane accident robbed him of his father and nearly cost him his own life. Eager to honor the memory of his dad, Tony now uses his suit of invincible armor and technical know-how to protect those who would also fall prey to tragedy, corruption and conspiracy. With help from his friends Jim Rhodes and Pepper Potts, Tony’s activities as Iron Man usually result in high-speed flight, high-tech battles and high-octane quests for justice.

Animation Exclusives featuring IRON MAN ARMORED ADVENTURES include:
IMAA Concept Sketches
IMAA Rough Drawings
IMAA Screenshots
Iron Man Suit Concepts
Final Color Character Imagery
Background Artwork
And so much more…

Wolverine and the X-Men
The story begins as an explosive event shatters the lives of the X-Men and takes away their mentor, Professor X. The beaten heroes, including Beast, Storm, Cyclops and Nightcrawler, walk away from it all but then they are given a rare glimpse into the future, where they see a world in utter ruin…ruled by giant destructive robots. They discover the world has spiraled out of control because the X-Men have given up. So now the most legendary of all X-Men, Wolverine, must take the lead on the ultimate mission--to prevent the world's destruction—while fending off enemies Magneto and The Brotherhood.

Animation Exclusives featuring WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN:
WXM Concept Sketches
Rough Character Images
Colored Final Character Images
Exclusive Wolverine and X-Men Images
WXM Screenshots
Background Imagery
And so much more…


Read More


Charles Vess is one of the most revered artists in the field of fantasy and comic art. The three-time Eisner Award winner has worked on some of the most recognizable comic properties of all time, including Jeff Smith’s Rose and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, a retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for which he and Gaiman shared the prestigious World Fantasy Award.

For over thirty years Vess has positioned himself, through his art, as the best fantasy illustrator in recent history.

Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess collects decades of the artist’s unparalleled work and is scheduled to be released by Dark Horse on December 23, 2009. The hardcover, full-color, 200-page book costs $39.99.

But as a special treat, Dark Horse is happy to announce that the entire book is now available on for collectors, art connoisseurs, and newly introduced fans to browse for free.

“This book has taken a bit over two years from the completion of my initial layouts to actually seeing print,” said Vess. “So, in an effort to make certain that you know that the book will indeed be available this December, we are giving you a sneak peak of the entire 200 pages.”

“Above all,” Vess continued, “there’s the unique opportunity to view all the projects that you’d never have a chance to see except in a book like this: a 16’ bronze sculpture, event posters for local organizations, private commissions and previously unpublished paintings done just for the pure pleasure of doing them.”

Vess’s art immerses readers into a place of such fantasy and grandeur, one hopes to stay forever lost in the beauty. His masterful use of paint and brush stand out in an age of digital design, harking back to the golden age of illustration.

Dark Horse invites you to step into a realm of imagination and wonder. Anyone interested is welcome to join the magical journey.

To enter the world of Charles Vess, direct your browser to: and click on the Drawing Down the Moon icon.

We’ll be waiting.

Read More


Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's star studded benefit anthology to make debut at this weekend's Baltimore Comic Con!

LIBERTY COMICS #2, the newest edition of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's star studded benefit anthology, will make its exclusive debut at this year's Baltimore Comic Con! Get your copy of the comic, including the ultra-rare Jim Lee variant from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at booth 1912!

"We're very proud to partner up with the Baltimore Comic Con for LIBERTY COMICS #2's debut," Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Charles Brownstein said. "Given the convention's ten year dedication to supporting the comic book arts its a great venue to debut a book with this roster of talent including convention attendees Jason Aaron, Mike Allred, Stuart Immonen and Brian Wood."

In LIBERTY COMICS #2, JIM LEE and NEIL GAIMAN lead off an all-star ensemble of industry greats including a Painkiller Jane story by JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JIM RUGG; a new Mr. Gum adventure from MIKE ALLRED, DAVE JOHNSON and JAMIE S. RICH; The Apocalypstix by RAY FAWKES and CAMERON STEWART, a return to Channel Zero by BRIAN WOOD; a preview of Choker by BEN MCCOOL and BEN TEMPLESMITH; and a special Martha Washington piece by DAVE GIBBONS, alongside exclusive material by PAUL POPE; KATHRYN & STUART IMMONEN; CHYNNA CLUGSTON; PAUL GRIST; and JASON AARON & MORITAT. LIBERTY COMICS already features two covers, one by Batman: The Long Halloween's TIM SALE and a new Kick Ass image by creator JOHN ROMITA JR.

In addition to debuting LIBERTY COMICS, the CBLDF will be offering hundreds of great premiums, including signed comics and graphic novels for donations of $10 or less. There's never been a better time to show your support for free speech than this weekend's Baltimore Comicon!

LIBERTY COMICS #2 (AUG090303), a 48-page full color comic book for $4.99, can be found this weekend at Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's booth, #1912, and will be in stores October 14th, 2009.


Read More

Toy News: Hot Toys - Disney Friends Christmas Cosbaby (Twin Pack)

Each cosbaby stands 3 inches/ 7 cm tall, featuring your favorite Disney characters- Mickey and Donald in baby form and its unique design in Christmas costume.

Designs inclusive:

* Mickey
* Donald

Special features:

**Snap kits with joint articulations- 9 points of articulation
**Amazing detailed accessories

Note: simply assembly is required

Release date: DEC, 2009


Read More