July 22, 2014 | 4:16 p.m.

IDW at 15: Ted Adams, Chris Ryall talk growth, risks, Comic-Con

Chris Ryall, IDW's editor in chief and chief creative officer, joined the company in 2004. He has also written for IDW in both licensed Clive Barker adaptations and originals such as "Zombies vs. Robots." (Victor Ha)
Fifteen years ago in San Diego, IDW wasn’t publishing comics and Comic-Con drew about 45,000 people. How times have changed. The company that Ted Adams co-founded in 1999 with three fellow comic industry veterans has evolved into one of the top four comic book publishers, competing with 22-year-old indie innovator Image Comics for No. 3, albeit well behind superhero stalwarts Marvel and DC, both at least five times its age. Last year, IDW sold more than 1 million graphic novels. And the pop-culture phenom of a convention it shares a city with? A long-ago sold-out crowd of 130,000 is expected this week. IDW – publisher of original horror hits “30 Days of Night” and “Locke & Key,” and comics home to brands as realities-apart as “The X-Files” and “My Little Pony” – is celebrating 15 years of slow-and-steady but risk-taking […]
July 22, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Charity events from CBLDF, Hero Initiative, more

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Many of the 125,000-plus expected for this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego will arrive with lists of things they want to get — comics, toys, T-shirts, a seat in Hall H (good luck, brave souls) — but many also will give to charitable causes. Whether it’s the 1st Amendment, comics creators in need, or life itself, the pop-culture fan gathering offers plenty of opportunities to help support social and health initiatives. After exploring Comic-Con’s charitable side in a story last year, Hero Complex decided to put together a day-by-day listing of charity-related events ahead of this year’s convention. Take a look below. Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Comic-Con’s annual Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive has a new location (but is still sponsored by HBO’s “True Blood,” which offers a T-shirt, yes, but more important, bandages and water bottles). […]
July 22, 2014 | 1:36 p.m.

‘Afterlife With Archie’: Sabrina the Teenage Witch returns

"Afterlife with Archie" No. 6
It’s been a busy time in the Archie universe. Last week marked a milestone in Riverdale, as the beloved redhead died in the pages of the future-set “Life With Archie,” taking a bullet for his friend — and newly elected senator — Kevin Keller. Now “Afterlife With Archie” keeps the ball rolling with a new story set to hit stores Wednesday that promises to raise the drama quotient as well as mark the return of Sabrina the Teenage Witch to the series. Hero Complex has a preview of the issue, which hits stores this week. You can view them in the gallery above or by clicking the links below. Cover | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Comic-Con Cover Sabrina hasn’t been seen since Issue […]
July 22, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

Hitting the target: David Lapham on ‘Stray Bullets,’ ‘Murder Me Dead’

The lead panel of "Murder Me Dead." (Image Comics)
“Comics isn’t like being a doctor, where you need to have all this schooling and technical knowledge,” David Lapham says. “You just have to put in the work.” The creator of the acclaimed crime series “Stray Bullets,” Lapham has certainly logged the hours, getting his start drawing comics for the first incarnation of Valiant Comics before beginning his seminal independent series in 1995. A comic-book fan from an early age, Lapham devoted a year to sharpening his craft and sending out samples to publishers, a strategy that put him on Valiant’s radar. He received a major comics education at the publisher, where he was immediately put to work drawing such comics as “Ultimate Warrior’s Ultimate Workout.” “When I left that day, they didn’t think I was going to come back,” Lapham says regarding his first day at Valiant. “Everyone was […]
July 22, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

Batman at 75: Celebrate Batman Day with digital sale on 750 DC titles

DC has declared July 23 Batman Day to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader. (DC Entertainment)
Good news for those with Bruce Wayne tastes but discount budgets: The celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary continues this week with the largest digital sale ever from DC Comics. Starting today, fans can buy 750 Batman titles for 99 cents a pop. Some of the titles included in the sale: “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” “Batman: The Long Halloween,” “Batman: No Man’s Land” and “Batman: Year One.”(Check out the other titles for sale in the poster to the right.) The sale, which lasts for one week, celebrates Batman Day on July 23 as well as the weekend festivities planned for San Diego’s Comic-Con International. One of the hallmark celebrations will be “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” which will get a preview at the confab with a panel on Thursday featuring Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman, meow). The revival of the campy but beloved TV program isn’t the only fete for the DC comics superhero. Throughout the […]
July 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Divergent’ producers tap Veronica Roth’s Dauntless power for sequel

Theo James, left, and Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)
While the spring blockbuster “Divergent” doesn’t arrive on Blu-ray and DVD until Aug. 5, the first film based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult book trilogy is available for digital download Tuesday, giving fans a chance to catch up with the dystopian adventure set in a future version of Chicago.   “Divergent,” which has earned nearly $275 million at the worldwide box office since opening in March, follows Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), a young heroine where people are tested and sorted into five factions based on personality. Tris finds out she is divergent, meaning she has an aptitude for multiple factions and doesn’t fall neatly into one category — a dangerous trait in the rigidly divided society. She hides her divergence and decides to join Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she finds herself among a group of tattooed warriors. […]
July 21, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Sex’: Joe Casey talks salacious Image series, Comic-Con plans

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Joe Casey is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers. The long heralded scribe of such popular titles as “Uncanny X-Men” and “Adventures of Superman,” Casey began producing his own creator-owned work in 2001 at Image and made a name for himself as a writer unafraid to explore mature themes and taboo subjects. As of late, he’s been making waves with creations like “Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker,” about an all-too-realistic hero coming out of retirement, and “Bounce,” which stars a drug-using slacker-type, Jasper Jenkins, as the costumed protagonist. He’s also been busy with his work as a collaborator with the Man of Action collective of creators, which includes Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, who, as a team, created the wildly popular series “Ben 10,” and serve as producers and story editors on Disney XD’s  “Ultimate Spider-Man” […]
July 21, 2014 | 1:17 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams reveals X-wing fighter in new video

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Want to take a spin in a battle-scarred X-wing starfighter? In his new video promoting Star Wars: A Force for Change, the charitable project benefiting UNICEF and offering a lucky fan a chance to appear in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII,” director J.J. Abrams doesn’t offer the winner a ride in the X-wing, per se, but hey, it can’t hurt to dream big, right? The video, shot from the Pinewood Studios set in London, shows Abrams standing next to the single-passenger spacecraft, coated in planetary dust. Early speculation from fans online initially labeled the needle-nosed fighter as a Z-95 Headhunter, the clone starfighter first mentioned  in the “Star Wars” book “Han Solo at Star’s End” from 1979, but Lucasfilm verified via Twitter that it is indeed an X-wing. @CDCanimation It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.— Star Wars (@starwars) July 21, 2014 Though […]
July 21, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

‘Batman and Robin’ No. 33 preview: Batman argues with Justice League

Batman and Robin No. 33
When Hero Complex talked with “Batman and Robin” writer Peter J. Tomasi earlier this year about his upcoming plans for the series, he didn’t mince words about the importance of the Boy Wonder to the Dark Knight. “Batman needs a Robin and Robin needs a Batman,” he said. With this week’s release of “Batman and Robin” No. 33, it appears readers will get one step closer to that necessary relationship as Bruce Wayne is more determined than ever to retrieve the coffin of the last Robin, his son Damian Wayne. You can grab a sneak peek at Issue no. 33, from Tomasi and his longtime artist ally Patrick Gleason,  in the galley above or by clicking the links below. Cover | Variant Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 Last week […]
July 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Batman’ No. 33: Scott Snyder calls ‘Zero Year’ end personal, over-the-top

A scene from "Batman" No. 33 (DC Entertainment).
Batman and the Riddler are finally face to face for their final showdown – but the hero isn’t going to just slug Gotham City’s brilliant tormentor. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s sweeping, bestselling “Zero Year” story line, a 12-issue re-imagining of how the orphaned Bruce Wayne became the Bat in DC Comics’ New 52 reality reset, concludes in Wednesday’s “Batman” No. 33 with a battle that the Eisner Award-winning Snyder says is more about brains than brawn. Hero Complex readers can get a sneak peek at scenes from the 48-page finale in the gallery above – which also includes a look back at scenes from throughout “Zero Year” — and via the links below. “Batman” No. 33: Moment of Truth | Lucius | Reboot | Signal The Riddler, a.k.a. Edward Nygma, has turned Gotham into a wild, postapocalyptic […]
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