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Wacky Wizard Games Imprint and Three New Games Announced by @wwizardgames

Wise Wizard Games announced the launch of Wacky Wizard Games, a new brand imprint focused on family-friendly, lightweight games. Three games are planned for release in 2024 as part of this new brand imprint: Star Realms Academy, Caution Signs, and Pack the Essentials. If you are interested and attending PAX Unplugged they will have prototypes of Caution Signs and Pack the Essentials. "We are super excited to be adding this new family friendly product line to our catalog. We wanted to maintain the focus of Wise Wizard Games on strategy card and dice games with geeky themes, and have created Wacky Wizard Games as an umbrella for lightweight games with a more whimsical, cute vibe," shared Debbie Moynihan, COO of Wise Wizard Games. Star Realms Academy Forge your own star realms, overloaded with cuteness! A kid friendly but still fun for grown-ups version of the popular Star Realms deckbuilding game for 2 players. A little less math, no reading necessary, but still tons of fun! 

#NYCC Day 2 Wrap-Up @DCComics @Marvel @DynamiteComics @DarkHorseComics @IDWPublishing

New York Comic-Con 2013 started Thursday and here is my Wrap-Up of the Day 2 events.

  • DC - Batman Panel, WB Animation, Superman Panel
  • Marvel - X-Men Panel, Avengers Panel
  • Dynamite - Dynamite Teasers, Chaos Comics!
  • Dark Horse - Aw Yeah! TPB
  • IDW - Crow, G.I. Joe/Transformers, 44Flood

DC - Batman Panel, WB Animation, Superman Panel

Writer Scott Snyder confirmed that Stephanie Brown will be coming back in Batman: Eternal. Bleeding Cool also has a nice Q&A rundown you can read here.

WB Home Entertainment Panel discussed the upcoming deluxe edition of the Dark Knight Returns, that will include both movies along with a new documentary on Frank Miller and the source material. They then talked about the upcoming Justice League: War set for release sometime early 2014, it is a loose adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s first 6 issues of the current Justice League title. It will feature Cyborg’s origin and will have Captain Marvel taking the place of Aquaman in the story. But fear not, Arthur Curry fans! Miereanu eluded to a solo animated movie in the near future.

Future titles hinted at by DC Home Video include; Blackest Night, Sinestro Corps War, Knights of Vengeance, Gotham by Gaslight, Curse of Robins, and Batman Beyond movie was suggested. There were also the normal requests for more Young Justice and Justice League TV series, with no response from the panel. Finally the panel ran down the previously announced future titles which are Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham (tied into the video game franchise).

The DC Comics Superman panel had the creators of Superman Unchained, Superman/Wonder Woman, Superman, and Action Comics discuss the books. Scott Snyder discussed difference between writing Batman and Superman. Charles Soule then spoke of the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman. Greg Pak spoke about how much fun he was having telling of the first time Batman and Superman meet.

Scott Lobdell then discussed the Krypton Returns storyline that runs across the 25th issues of Action Comics, Supergirl, Superboy and Superman. The Super Family was going back in time to stop the destruction of Krypton. He also said that Superboy would die at the end of #25 and the series would then be about John Wayne Kent, the original son of Clark and Lois. Also Supergirl will be moving on to a new title. Lobdell also mentioned that Parasite would show up in Action Comics and start to feed off of Lois, which Superman allows. Finally Pak talked about his and Aaron Kuder’s upcoming Action Comics run that would tie into Zero Year and have Superman learn about what’s going on in Gotham City.

Marvel - X-Men Panel, Avengers Panel

We received a lot of teasers from Marvel for All-New Marvel NOW! over the past few weeks, it's finally time to reveal what they mean. The Avengers Panel reveals 7 new titles.

  • MINDBUBBLE - Captain America's next arc from writer Rick Remender, with Pascal Alixe on art for issue #16 and Nick Klein on issue #17. The story introduces a new threat, Dr. Mindbubble, an assassin from the “Weapon Minus” program, created to “erase” Super Soldiers. “He will kill you with kindness,” said Brevoort of the new villain.
  • EXTINCTION - Avengers A.I.'s next chapter by Sam Humphries, starting at issue #8 with art by Andre Araujo. Who or what is going extinct? Apparently it’s us. “Humanity is at an end,” said Lauren Sankovitch. “Lay back, relax, the robots will take over for you.”
  • FRENEMIES - Secret Avengers #1, from the creative team of Ales Kot and Michael Walsh. Kot described it as “Michael Bay meets Arrested Development.” The new team features Spider-Woman, Nick Fury Jr, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Phil Coulson, plus an unusual sixth member who wasn’t identified, though the cover to #1 features a strange MODOK motif that had people in the audience speculating.
  • GLOBAL - Avengers World is a new ongoing series coming out of Infinity, written by Nick Spencer based on stories by Spencer and Jonathan Hickman, and with art by Stefano Casseli.
  • DESCENT - Avengers Undercover is a title from Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker – and a replacement or sequel of sorts to Avengers Arena. The new book sees some of the survivors of Arcade’s Murderworld go undercover in the Masters of Evil to try to bring it down from the inside. Hopeless notes that, after what these characters have been through, “they find they might fit in better with the villains.”
  • TRUST - Loki: Agent of Asgard is a new ongoing series from Al Ewing and Lee Garbett. The cover shows a young adult Loki, which suggests two things. First, the version running around in Young Avengers is going to grow up. Second, Marvel perhaps finally understands that there’s an audience out there that wants a Loki they can lust after. “The first thing you need to know; page one, panel one, Loki kills Thor. He’s dead,” said Ewing. “Second thing you need to know. We are always, always, always going to lie to you.”
  • ATONEMENT - Black Widow series from Nate Edmondson and Phil Noto, with the tagline “Agent. Avenger. Assassin.” That title and the new She-Hulk title will be explored in more detail at the Women of Marvel panel on Sunday afternoon.
The X-Men Panel talked about Amazing X-Men and Nightcrawler's return, X-23 joining All-New X-Men, Money joining X-Men, Uncanny X-Men will deal with the events of Inhumanity, and Cable & X-Force and Uncanny X-Force will have a crossover called Vendetta. They then discussed the infamous teasers.

  • SINNERS - Thunderbolts with the creative team of Charles Soule and Carlos Barberi. The Thunderbolts get a new team member; Ghost Rider. “He fits the tone of the book,” said Soule. The character joins in issue #20, with a story called “No Mercy” that will presumably have repercussions for the Thunderbolts character Mercy. “Maybe there’s more than one meaning to it,” Soule noted.
  • WRATH - Savage Wolverine's next arc which will allow writer-artists to bring their own visions to the character. Richard Isanove will follow Phil Jimenez on the title with issue #14 in January, and a story set in the Dustbowl in the 1930s Prohibition era.
  • TRIAL and JUDGEMENT - All-New X-Men & Guardians of the Galaxy's crossover “Trial of Jean Grey”. The story will will cross over between both of Brian Michael Bendis’s books next year in issues #22-24 of All-New X-Men, with art by Stuart Immonen, and issues #11-13 of Guardians of the Galaxy, with art by Sara Pichelli. “When the rest of the universe learns that there’s a Jean Grey on Earth again, that’s not good news to a lot of broccoli people or friends of broccoli people,” said Lowe, referring to the scenes in the original ‘Dark Phoenix Saga’ when the Phoenix destroyed a planet of broccoli people. The story will see Jean taken to Chandilar by the Shi’ar to stand trial, and the Guardians of the Galaxy fighting to get her back. And yes, Lowe confirmed, this means that “the All-New X-Men will be sticking around after ‘Battle of the Atom.’” The covers shown also revealed they’re getting spiffy new costumes courtesy of Stuart Immonen.
  • CORPORATE - All-New X-Factor with the creative team of Peter David and Carmine Di Gandomenico. It involves a corporate owned mutant super team that includes Quicksilver, Polaris and Gambit, and three other team mates not yet revealed. David said he’s especially excited to write Gambit, having never written the character before.

Dynamite - Dynamite Teasers, Chaos Comics!

With the teasers last week by Dynamite we knew they had something big. Dynamite announced their 4 new series. The series are titles originally published by Gold Key, and then Valiant. Included are Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Solar: Man of the Atom and Magnus: Robot Fighter. The new line of comics are under a license with Dreamworks Classics. Also part of the deal is Doctor Spektor. The line will be edited by former Marvel editor Nate Cosby, Mark Waid will be penning the new Doctor Spektor series, Greg Pak will write Turok, Fred Van Lente will write Magnus and Frank Barbiere will handle Solar. Only two artists, Mirko Colak and Cory Smith, have been announced so far, and they haven’t been connected to specific titles yet. The new line is set to get going in February 2014.

Dynamite  Entertainment also announced they are bringing back Chaos! Comics, an expansive universe of fan-favorite horror characters including Evil Ernie, Purgatori, and Chastity.  Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, G.I. Joe) will write a six-issue Event Series reintroducing the entire cast, with art by Mirka Andolfo. The Chaos! Comics revival is slated for release in early 2014.

Dark Horse - Aw Yeah! TPB

Art Baltazar and Franco’s Kickstarter funded self published series Aw Yeah Comics is being picked up by Dark Horse to be collected and published in the second half of next year as Trade Paperbacks.

IDW - Crow, G.I. Joe/Transformers, 44Flood

I already posted about the IDW G.I. Joe/Transformers Ongoing Series coming next year. But IDW also announced they will be bringing the spirits of vengeanceback with brutal force in The Crow: Pestilence, a new miniseries coming from IDW in early 2014. This series marks the comic-book debut of prose author Frank Bill (Crimes in Southern Indiana & Donnybrook). He will be joined by artist Drew Moss (TheColonized), with Crow creator James O’Barr supplying covers for the series.

IDW also announced the aquisition of 44Flood, a company that gained a reputation for producing exemplary art books.


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