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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 3 Wrap-Up @DCComics @Marvel @IDWPublishing @DarkHorseComics

New York Comic-Con 2013 started Thursday and here is my Wrap-Up of the Day 3 events. And if you missed them check out my Wrap-Up from Day 1 and Day 2.

  • DC - Forever Evil, Vampire Diaries, New 52 Panel
  • Marvel - Inhumanity Panel, Cup O'Joe Panel, Marvel Universe Live
  • IDW - Artist Editions, My Little Pony
  • Dark Horse - Joss Whedon

DC - Forever Evil, Vampire Diaries, New 52 Panel

The Justice League is missing, presumed dead, and doppelgängers from a dark parallel universe have stormed in to conquer the Earth. Two issues in to "Forever Evil," Nightwing has been unmasked as Dick Grayson, the Crime Syndicate has DC Comics' greatest villains doing its bidding, and Lex Luthor may be the last man standing against the subjugation of Earth.

Brian Buccellato, Artists Joe Prado and David Finch, writer Ray Fawkes, and moderator VP - Marketing John Cunningham were on hand at New York Comic Con to talk with fans about their corners of the "Forever Evil" event, discussing the story so far and hinting at what may be to come. You can read the rest of the article at Comic Book Resources.

This Halloween DC has announced they will add another digital comic to the mix with the hit CW show Vampire Diaries. The Vampire Diaries digital first anthology series will feature stories by B. Clay Moore, Colleen Doran, Leah Moore and John Reppion, Tony Shasteen and Cat Staggs, among others. For more info the official Vampire Diaries Facebook page.

At the New 52 panel DC's creators came together to chat with fans about major events and what's coming next in the New 52. Brian Buccellato spoke about Reverse Flash Daniel West's quest to go back in time to kill his father, but this twists time, causing him to become more monstrous. Paul Levitz announced the next "World's Finest" arc "takes place very assertively in New York." He also said the annual would see Power Girl and Huntress in their Earth-2 days as Supergirl and Huntress in a story involving Kara "going out with a fake ID." Nicola Scott discussed Earth 2 and how unlike the premiere universe, the good guys don't always win. Issue #17 will be a short arc bridging Robinson's era with new writer Tom Taylor's. The new arc will take place in the immediate aftermath.

Charles Soule talked about "Swamp Thing," and stated that issue #24 reveals Seeder as Jason Woodrue. Though Swamp Thing defeats him, the Parliament of Trees gives Seeder the chance to become the Avatar of the Green. James Tynion IV said "Red Hood and the Outlaws" would be the culmination of his run to date, seeing "the person who's been orchestrating the events from the shadows come to light." Jason Todd's command of the League of the Shadows has isolated him from his allies. The zero year issue of "Red Hood" will focus on Jason Todd as a young teenager in Gotham. Tylion then talked about "Talon" and the legend of the Gotham Butcher, where Talon and Batman team-up.

Marvel - Inhumanity Panel, Cup O'Joe Panel, Marvel Universe Live

First Brevoort talked about how Inhumanity would be both “a book and an aftermath event,” exploring the fallout from Infinity across multiple titles in December and January. Those titles include Iron Man, Avengers A.I., Avengers Assemble and Incredible Hulk. There will also be a two part bookend called Inhumanity: The Awakening, from Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel and one-shots starring Spider-Man and Medusa.

Marvel then showed Cataclysm: The End of the Ultimate Universe covers, but when asked to talk about the event, line editor Paniccia was “overcome with emotion” and staged a walk-out from the panel. He came back a few minutes later when the panel had moved on. During the Q&A he did say that Galactus "is" going to destroy the whole planet.

Next Alonso gave some background on the recently announced All-New Invaders title from writer James Robinson and artist Steve Pugh. The story will relate to a Kree device that can control Asgardians that was hidden away by the Invaders during World War II. Following the events of Infinity, the Kree want it back, which forces the Winter Soldier, the Human Torch and Namor to come together again.

We received answers to two more teasers for Marvel's All-New Marvel NOW! during the Infinity Panel.

  • DEFEND - Iron Patriot ongoing, starring James Rhodes in the star-spangled armor, from the creative team of Ales Kot and Garry Brown. “Overdrive” was, inevitably, a new Ghost Rider series, from Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore.
  • RAD! - Silver Surfer with the creative team of Dan Slott and Mike Allred. Brevoort unveiled a cover with a very cool retro logo, and Slott confessed, “Surfer’s the first Marvel hero I ever met…. I've been dying to do this. This book is going to be the most Kirbyish of characters doing the most insane stuff in … cosmic places.”

Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada's convention staple "Cup O' Joe" panel came to New York Comic Con Saturday afternoon, where they announced the end for both the Fantastic Four and FF. Both will end with issue #16 in January. Forever? Probably not, but I saw this coming as personally I don't think the current series really fit into the Marvel Universe. It also marks the end of Tom Brevoort’s long run as editor on the title after around 150 issues.

Marvel also announced the latest books in the Marvel Universe and to announce the return of Neil Gaiman's "MiracleMan" to print beginning in 2014. "MiracleMan #25 has been sitting in the darkness, nobody’s seen it...I love the idea that it’s finally going to be seen," says Gaiman. They also announced a new Deadpool series called "Deadpool: The Gauntlet," by Duggan and Brown. They also talked about George A. Romero Empire of the Dead which I posted about last week.  Romero explained, "It’s a zombie story, of course, but there are other characters in it that are living dead but they are not zombies...[there are] two kinds of living dead, zombies and vampires, trying to survive."

Also Marvel announced Marvel Universe Live. A live action tour that will be coming in 2014. “We’re going to have 25 Marvel heroes coming together...it’s an original storyline,” Feld elaborated after the video, throwing it to a trailer for Marvel Universe Live. The trailer then showed a teaser with the Cosmic Cube, plugging the website, which you can watch below.

IDW - Artist Editions, My Little Pony

During the IDW Panel Chris Ryall told the crowd that there would be a second ongoing My Little Pony comic next year, entitled Friends Forever.

IDW announced several Artist Editions coming out next year. Included are Jack Kirby's New Gods issues 2′ 5′ 7 and 8. Watchmen, The Artist Artefact Edition, reproducing 150 pages of Watchmen. Encouraged by Darwyn Cooke, IDW will republish the original prose Parker novels by Richard Stark in hardcover, with new illustrations by Cooke. The Peanuts Artist Edition will be two feet wide and reproduce the original art to the Charles Schultz strips. Jim Steranko will be the subject of two Artist’s Editions with Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. featuring the initial twelve stories by Steranko from Strange Tales #151 through #162, and The Steranko Nick Fury and Captain America Artist’s Edition, collecting the remaining Nick Fury stories from Strange Tales 163-168, and issues 1, 3, and 5 of the Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Dark Horse - Joss Whedon

On my Day 1 Wrap-Up I mentioned  Season 10 to Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Faith & Angel series, well Dark Horse isn't done there. Yesterday Dark Horse released some more great news, "Serenity" is returning. The series will continue the story directly following the events from the film and creator Joss Whedon will act as the executive producer. The series will feature art by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Seasons 8 & 9), covers by Dan Dos Santos and script by Zack Whedon. Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64—Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6) is on sale January 29. You can read more at Comic Vine.


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