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ADDED 02.20.08:

2008 WONDER CON (February 22nd - 24th, 2008)
Source: Wonder Con, Newsarama, Aspen Comics

Aspen WC Exclusives - Books:

Aspen Showcase: Grace #1c
2008 Wonder Con
Exclusive
LE 2000
       
Aspen WC Exclusives - Prints:
Aspen Tour 2008 WC
Limited Edition Print - XXX copies

2008 Wonder Con
(February 22nd - 24th, 2008)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Aspen Showcase: Grace #1c
Limited Edition Print - 150 copies

2008 Wonder Con
(February 22nd - 24th, 2008)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Fathom Classic: Fathom Vol.1 TPB
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2008 Wonder Con
(February 22nd - 24th, 2008)

by Michael Turner, Jon Sibal & Peter Steigerwald
   

ADDED 08.06.07:

2007 WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO (August 9th - 12th, 2007)
Source: Wizard Universe, CBR, Aspen Comics

Aspen WWC Exclusives - Books:

Aspen Splash 2007: #1
2007 WWC
Exclusive
LE 2000

Fathom:
Kiani #3c
2007 WWC
Exclusive
LE 1000

Iron and
the Maiden #1e
2007 WWC
Exclusive
LE 1500

Spider-Man/
Red Sonja #1
2007 WWC
Exclusive
LE 4000

Marvel: World
War Hulk#1
Aspen Comics Exclusive
LE 5000

Aspen Splash 2007: #1e
2007 WWC
Ticket Exclusive

Shrugged #6b
2007 WWC
Exclusive
LE 500

Aspen Ashcan:
WWC 2007
White Queen
LE 400

Aspen Ashcan:
WWC 2007
Wolverine
LE 400
 
Aspen WWC Exclusives - Prints:
Aspen Tour 2007 WWC
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Chicago
(August 9th - 12th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Aspen Splash 2007 #1c
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Chicago
(August 9th - 12th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Fathom: Kiani #3c
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Chicago
(August 9th - 12th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Fathom Classic
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Chicago
(August 9th - 12th, 2007)

by Michael Turner, Joe Weems & JD Smith
Shrugged! #6b
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Chicago
(August 9th - 12th, 2007)

by Micah Gunnell & Beth Sotello
   

ADDED 07.30.07:

2007 SDCC NEWS - ASPEN COMICS SPOTLIGHT
Written by: Kevin Lerner
Source: Wizard Universe
At their San Diego Comic-Con panel yesterday, Aspen Comics—the house that Michael Turner built—revealed several new projects. The first, and biggest project covered was a 4-issue miniseries 2 years in the making titled Iron and the Maiden. Written by Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter Jason Rubin with art by Joel Gomez and Francis Manapul, each issue will be oversized (28 pages) and the series will ship monthly. Each issue will also feature at least 2 variant covers (those attending the panel got a look at the variants for every issue) by Michael Turner, Joe Madureira, Chris Bachalo and others. The series will lead into the new Aspen Showcase, a series of one-shots and short stories featuring Aspen properties done by various guest artists and writers. Also announced was the long-awaited debut of Ekos, written by Geoff Johns with art by Turner. More upcoming projects include the Spider-Man/Red Sonja crossover, a comic based on the hit video game Mercenaries, and a new Marvel project by Michael Turner that he says he is doing instead of Ultimate Wolverine. We’ll also be seeing Turner on an as of yet unnamed Marvel project in summer 2008.

As for Aspen’s current series, fans can expect to see the start of the third volume of Fathom starting in 2008 with art by Ale Garza. They can also expect a double sized (40 pages) fourth issue of Fathom: Kiani. And for you cheesecake lovers, you can expect the Aspen Splash swimsuit special shipping on Wednesday, August 8. You’ll also get an extra helping thanks to the Aspen Matthews and Kiani statues coming soon. For fans of Soulfire, you can expect issues #8-#10 coming soon. Issue #8 is complete and issues #9 and #10 are almost there. After the series’ completion, the saga will continue with a new series titled Soulfire: New World Order. Also announced by Aspen’s head honchos was guaranteed shipping on its titles, hopefully meaning no more late issues.

ADDED 07.28.07:

2007 SDCC NEWS - NILES MEETS FRAZETTA, DRACULA MEETS THE WOLFMAN
Written by: Michael Patrick Sullivan, CBR Contributing Writer
Source: CBR
Image's successful "Death Dealer" mini-series, based on the famous painting by Frank Frazetta, has led the publisher to announce at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego more such projects. Spearheaded by Jay Fotos, the books are in the pipeline for 2008.
One of the one-shots announced features "30 Days of Night" creator Steve Niles on some iconic horror characters: Niles spoke with CBR News about "Frank Frazetta's Dracula Meets the Wolfman."

" First of all, it's almost more of a challenge than an assignment," Niles said, "Because I just love that Jay Fotos and is going around asking, 'OK. What Frazetta cover do you want to do a story about?' So I responded, 'you know that one of the vampire and the werewolf ripping each other to shreds? That's the story I want to do. I just wish I could remember the title of the image. It's funny, with Frazetta I know every single image, but then I forget the titles on them!

"It's going to be short, but violent and everything that painting depicts. Basically, it's going to be Dracula and the Wolfman walk into a bar and get into a fight," Niles joked. "It'll be a lot more than that, really, but it's also because other than some very old films, those two ... don't have a lot of crossover. It's going to be fun. Dracula and Frankenstein have an entire history together -- and I do have a Dracula/Frankenstein thing I'm working on with another artist over at Wildstorm actually -- but this will be very visceral and I'm going to attempt to bring the sense of that picture to life. That's really the fun of this whole ride they've embarked on.

"Brutal violence is the first thing that comes to mind," said Niles of Frazetta's work, "But really it's incredibly strong characterization. The one thing that always strikes me, and what makes this project that Jay's is doing so brilliant, is it takes me back to when I was a kid. And I'd sit down with those old Frazetta books, and I'd look through them, and the stories that would come out of them had a huge effect on me. And, in a way, I could liken that to how I learned how to write. Spending that much time staring at just one image had an effect on me.

"There's that one image –- again, I'm bad with the titles –- but there's a creepy cover with a guy working at a table and there's some sort of ghoulish woman coming through a door –- holy Hell! That actually was one of the candidates to do a story on, but I decided I didn't want to burst the bubble for myself because that one haunted me as a kid and if I go and explain it I'll take away one of my good nightmares.

"There's also the famous image of the monster on the hill with the moon behind him overlooking a village. And I remember, as a kid, staring at that and thinking at first here's a monster and he's shown up there to kill. Then, as I got a little older, I thought, what if in fact he was a kid from that village who got turned into a monster and now he's standing there watching the village wanting to return home. Just looking at his paintings your imagination grows and that's what he brings: he jumpstarts your imagination.

"It's not just horror, he also paints scenes of incredible beauty, too.

"Jay's handling this very smartly," Niles said. "They let me pick my own artist. The Frazettas have to approve everything, which is for me surreal in its own way, but I'm really given total freedom. Of course, let's see how much freedom I get if I write a crappy script."

Niles hooked up with Fotos for the Frazetta projects because he has a certain history with the initial Frazetta comic series.

"I was supposed to write 'Death Dealer' –- don't I know the right project to jump off of!" Niles said, laughing. "It goes and sells 60,000 copies and I'm like, 'Yup, that's me! I'm the guy who dropped off that because I'm too busy.' While at the same time, I'm writing books that are selling four to six thousand copies! Oh, well.

"I don't think I've ever laughed as hard as I did when those numbers came in, especially after the rough year I had, that was just a perfect ending! 'Yup, I called that one right!' Seriously, I'm glad Joshua Ortega seems to have gotten a lot out of it and that just thrills the hell out of me."

CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland contributed to this story.


ADDED 07.28.07:

2007 SDCC NEWS - REMENDER UNLEASHES FRAZETTA'S "CREATURES"
Written by: Michael Patrick Sullivan, CBR Contributing Writer
Source: CBR

At Comic-Con International in San Diego, Image Comics announces it would follow-up on its popular "Death Dealer" mini-series, based on the painting by famous fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, with a new miniseries and a spate of one-shots all based on further Frazetta works. The projects are spearheaded by artist Jay Fotos and include a number of well-known creators. Among them is Rick Remender, who spoke with CBR News about his one-shot, "Frank Frazetta's Creatures."

" Jay and I did some hanging out at a show we did together and got to chatting about our love for Frazetta," Remender said. "Everyone who reads my book, 'Fear Agent,' knows what a huge inspiration Frank was on that series. So my passion for the work, and Jay's, made us fast friends. When he came to me with the possibility of doing a book based on a Frazetta piece I jumped -- very excited to be involved."

"Rick Remender is a workhorse and takes no shit, like me," said Fotos. "He's a good all-around creator, moves fast and if you're in his way he'll punch you in the face, like me. In my mind, it's a no-brainer, I love him."

The first step in expanding the Frazetta line of comics, after getting the painter's blessing, was to choose a piece for Remender's project.

"We went through a few different ones that I picked as my favorites before landing on 'Creatures,'" Remender said. "I wanted something very different than the fantasy stuff, [something] that had some sci-fi to it and this has that, plus mutant gorillas, giant snakes and all kinds of gorgeous Frazetta monsters. Jay loved the idea of this one as well, so off we went."

Remender was cautious in describing what "Creatures" the title refers to.

"Ah, but that would be spoiling so much," he said. "I will tell you the lead hero is Teddy Roosevelt, who as President of the United States moonlights as a paranormal investigator. As president, he is privy to things the rest of us don't and shouldn't know. Dark things that live among us, around every corner, where we work, where we live. Monsters and aliens have infiltrated us. With no one else he can trust with this horrible information, Teddy resumes his role as a Rough Rider. Part Indiana Jones, part 'X-Files,' it's perfect fun."

As one might guess, it does not tie-into the emerging Frazetta Universe being laid out in the current "Death Dealer" miniseries as well as the projects announced alongside "Creatures."

"All these titles are based off Frank's art," Fotos said. "We're building the Time-Life library of Frazetta comics. There are titles that tie into each other, 'Death Dealer,' 'Silver Warrior,' 'Dark Kingdom' and 'Swamp Demon.' But we don't want all the titles to do that, hence 'Creatures' and 'Dracula Meets the Wolfman.'

"'Creatures' has such a cool concept that I don't see it just a one-shot, so be prepared to see somewhat of an ongoing with that title. It's just too cool, with potential for movies or even a TV series."

Like his co-creators in the Frazetta line, Remender's first contact with the legendary fantasy artist's work goes way back.

"Art class," in Remender's case. "Freshman year of high school, I had an art teacher who was pretty lazy. He would give us Xeroxed images and simply have us reproduce them. For two to three months, he handed us Frazetta images and we would redraw them. I fell in love with the stuff.

"Every Frazetta image tells a story that you want to know. You look at one of his paintings, and it demands that you create a story to fit it. Frank creates pure imagination like the Willy Wonka -- Gene Wilder version, please -- of fantasy art. It is one of the most inspirational bodies of work I can think of. When I have a block or need a big idea, I look through his paintings for inspiration and I always find it. He painted scenarios that send the mind reeling in a million directions with endless possibilities. No one artist does that for me like Frank does."

"Creatures," like the other Frazetta projects announced at the convention, is not due in stores until 2008. Thus, certain decisions are yet to be made.

"We have a few of the usual amazing suspects in mind," said Remender. "I think the announcement about the artist is going to wait till we have some pages to show."


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2007 SDCC NEWS - ORTEGA DEALS WITH WARRIORS AND DEMONS
Written by: Michael Patrick Sullivan, CBR Contributing Writer
Source: CBR
Novelist Joshua Ortega has worked on many of comics' top properties since his first published comics work in 2005, not the least of which is the 'Death Dealer' mini-series from Image Comics, based on the works of legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. Now, Ortega is continuing that association as Image announces further Frazetta-inspired projects this weekend at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

" Long story short: Steve Niles was originally tapped to write 'Death Dealer,' when he realized his schedule was too packed, he suggested me to take over the writing reins. ... Luckily, I was Nat's first choice as well, and the rest is history in the making.

"As far as working on titles beyond 'Death Dealer,' from the start I knew if we nailed the first book we'd have a chance at doing an interconnected Frazetta Universe, so I started seeding some hints throughout the story that dealt with some larger events and other places and characters. Nat and Jay were also thinking along the same lines, and we were fortunate that the Frazettas loved what we were doing and gave us the green light for the idea."

While the "Silver Warrior" mini-series is still in development, Ortega spoke about why the painting was selected to be the basis for the centerpiece of the expansion of the Frazetta line.

"From the get-go, that was my first choice after 'Death Dealer.' 'Silver Warrior' was painted by Frazetta at the same time as 'Death Dealer,' and it has that same incredible energy, but with a very different feel to it. It's one of those paintings that really resonates with people and has a huge following. Heck, you can even buy Zippos of both of them!

"When it came time to pick the follow-up mini-series to 'Death Dealer', I think we all sensed that 'Silver Warrior' was the best image we could choose. I couldn't be happier to be working with that image, and we've got a killer story for him."

In addition to 'Silver Warrior,' Ortega will also be writing a one-shot based on another Frazetta work.

"'Frank Frazetta's Swamp Demon' is the one-shot that I'm writing, which will most likely be released before the 'Silver Warrior' mini-series. It's a dark fantasy tale in the vein of 'Death Dealer,' very different from 'Silver Warrior' -- which is more high fantasy -- and it even features some of the characters from 'Death Dealer,' albeit 500 years before the 'Death Dealer' story takes place.

"The same creative team from 'Death Dealer' will be featured on 'Silver Warrior' -- me, Nat Jones, and Jay Fotos -- though we aren't quite yet ready to announce who's on 'Swamp Demon' yet. Suffice to say, the artists on the book will not disappoint...after all, you've gotta bring your A-game to the table when you're working on a Frazetta book!

"'Death Dealer,' 'Silver Warrior,' and 'Swamp Demon' are all very interconnected through various characters and events, and all take place in the same world. These books are the foundation of the Frazetta Universe, and reading all three of these will allow you to get a good feel for this brand new world of fantasy fiction. Mark Kidwell's 'Dark Kingdom' will also tie into the Frazetta Universe, though the land of Vikavia is still somewhat isolated at the time that his story takes place...however, it's still essential reading for those who want to explore every corner of the Frazetta Universe."

Ortega's connection to the works of Frazetta goes back further than he can pinpoint.

"I can't even remember the first time. I just know that when I realized that the same man had painted so many of these great, inspiring images that I had seen, I was hooked. There's no other painter like Frazetta. Simply put, the man's a genius.

"They have been incredibly inspiring. ... I can go on at length, but that pretty much sums it up. Inspiration is a powerful thing, and all great art and great artists have the ability to inspire. Frazetta's work does just that."

While Ortega has not yet had the opportunity to meet the man who has inspired so much, he did mention a planned trip to Frazetta's home state of Pennsylvania in the near future.


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2007 SDCC NEWS - KIDWELL ENTERS FRAZETTA'S DARK KINGDOM
Written by: Michael Patrick Sullivan, CBR Contributing Writer
Source: CBR
The success of Image's "Death Dealer" mini-series, based on the famous painting by Frank Frazetta, lead the publisher to announce at this year's San Diego Comic Convention that further Frazetta-inspired projects, spearheaded by the 'Death Dealer" team, are on the horizon. Horror comics creator Mark Kidwell will be stretching into the realm of fantasy on one of those projects. Kidwell spoke with CBR news about "Frank Frazetta's Dark Kingdom."
Kidwell began by speaking about how he became involved in the expanding Frazetta Universe.

"Basically, it was by invitation," Kidwell said. "Nat, Jay and I had worked together on the Vietnam/Zombie book '68' from Image and Jay and I have worked together on several projects, so they knew my scripting work and asked me to look over the Frazetta catalog and choose a couple of paintings I thought might lend themselves to a good one-shot story. I'm always more than happy to work with these guys and was instantly excited about the chance to work on one of the Frazetta pieces."

Once on board the team, it came time to select a piece on which to base his one-shot.

"That's a funny story," said Kidwell. "Since most of the stuff I've had published is predominantly in the horror genre, the guys asked me to focus on one of the horror paintings. I spent an evening scanning the Internet for galleries of Frazetta's work and looked at everything. There were, of course, dozens of pieces that rocked, but the horror stuff just didn't affect me like the fantasy paintings. I'm a lifelong junkie for Robert E. Howard's work and the sword and sorcery genre in general, and the 'Dark Kingdom' painting has long been one of my all time favorite depictions of barbaric fiction. I just kept coming back to that one. I couldn't shake it. Over the next week or so, the story started forming in my head and fleshed itself out so fully, I had to sit down and write it. When I got in touch with Jay to tell him which painting I'd decided to do, I sent him a finished panel-to-panel breakdown script. He was a little freaked out and E-mailed me back, saying simply, 'You're nuts.' He and Nat read the script, liked it, made some changes, I tweaked the script and Voila! 'Dark Kingdom.'"

"The 'Dark Kingdom' in the story has a double meaning," Kidwell explained. "Physically, it's the part of the Frazetta painting that you don't see. The warrior in the piece is pensively entering a cave opening, leaving the world of light and sun behind. What he faces in the wet shadows of that cavern is the tangible aspect of the 'Dark Kingdom' story.

"Secondly, due to the situations surrounding the character in the script, the 'Dark Kingdom' also applies to the internal motivations driving the warrior to enter the dangerous darkness before him. Elements of the story set him on an inescapable path toward something deadly and force him to overcome his own personal fears. So, the 'Dark Kingdom' resides in his mind as much as his physical environment."

The tale of the "Dark Kingdom" is centered on a legendary sea-raider, reminiscent of a Viking. And known for remarkable abilities in combat and savagery.

"His name is Morden," said Kidwell, "but he's known on the high seas as 'Red Morden, the Crimson Reaver.' He's a member of a clan of pirates who prey on merchant ships in an untamed region of the northern seas. His prime motivation is plunder and wanderlust, both satisfied by his wild, seafaring nature."

The one-shot also has a rich supporting cast. "Other characters include Morden's wife, Brynna," added Kidwell, "a gentle woman who is looked up to in their home village as healer, teacher and seer. She's also an artist and has some limited, latent psychic abilities." The rest of Morden's Viking crew and a shepherd who narrates the tale round out the cast.

Kidwell spoke of the themes of the story and what readers can expect.

"The story is one of human loss and the lengths one will go to for vengeance and acceptance. All this is wrapped up in an overall tale of high adventure that moves fast and doesn't skimp on action. There's plenty of barbaric combat and daring-do, but it's laced with a lot of heart and characterization as well. Oh, yeah, and there are monsters…"

While standing on its own, Kidwell's one-shot is firmly set in the emerging Frazetta Universe.

"'Dark Kingdom' shares the same world with the 'Death Dealer' books and there will be some references to geographical elements that work within the framework of what Josh has set up in the first series. He has been very cool about sharing his vision of the fantasy world in which the two stories are set. I wanted to make sure everything I did blended seamlessly with his current and future plans for the Frazetta universe. Some of the other Frazetta books will take place in separate worlds, but mine is locked into the 'Death Dealer' canon."

"When you're a lifelong fan of fantasy art and pulp fiction, it often feels like Frazetta has always been there and you've been a fan since birth," said Kidwell when asked to trace back to the time he first discovered Frazetta's work. "I guess the first stuff I saw were the Conan book covers. I credit Mr. Frazetta with leading me to the actual stories behind those amazing pieces of art. Without his paintings to draw me to them, I might never have discovered characters like Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane and all the other Howard properties. Other than that, probably the 'Death Dealer' and 'Dark Kingdom' paintings on the old Molly Hatchet album covers. I remember just staring at those things when I was a kid and thinking, "How the hell does he do that?"

"It makes me cry, deep in the night, knowing that I'll never be anywhere near that good," Kidwell joked on the subject of the effect Frazetta's work has had on him. "Seriously, the Frazetta stuff inspires generations. It has and continues to bring thousands of new fans to the dark fantasy genre, year after year. It's timeless and iconic and makes me, like I'm sure it does everyone, want to be part of the worlds it depicts."

While Kidwell has "Dark Kingdom" firmly worked out and is scheduled for a 2008 release, there's still much work to be done.

"Nat and Jay have an artist in mind for the 'Dark Kingdom' project, but nothing has been firmed up yet. Once everything is in place, they'll be shouting it to the rooftops. Not naming names, I'll just say that the guy they have in mind is another one of my biggest influences art-wise, and a legend in his own right. I'm hoping it works out, 'cause the book will be simply amazing to look at."

Discuss this story on CBR's Image Comics Forum.


ADDED 07.27.07:

2007 SDCC NEWS - FOTOS EXPANDS FRAZETTA LINE OF COMICS
Written by: Michael Patrick Sullivan, CBR Contributing Writer
Source: CBR

Building on the success of Image's "Death Dealer" mini-series based on the painting by renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, the book's shepherd, artist Jay Fotos, is moving forward on expanding the line of Frazetta-inspired comics. Fotos has announced, at the San Diego Comic Convention, a line-up of several one shots and a new mini-series, all based on famous Frazetta paintings and featuring the work of a team of recognized comics creators. Fotos spoke with CBR News about the project.

" The Silver Warrior" is a four-issue mini-series by Fotos, Nat Jones and Joshua Ortega. One-shots include Rick Remender on Frazetta's "Creatures," "Swamp Demon" written by Joshua Ortega, Steve Niles handling "Dracula Meets The Wolfman," and Mark Kidwell doing the same for "Dark Kingdom."

The origins of the Frazetta projects go back to Fotos' love of the artist's work as simply a fan. "Always a Frazetta fan and a art collector I scraped up some money to finally purchase a Frazetta original," explained Fotos. "I contacted the Frazettas [Frank and his wife, Ellie] about purchasing some art, with many phone conversations we became friendly. I sent out comics and prints that I worked on and they were impressed. So I just asked if I can do a 'Death Dealer' series, they said 'okay,' but they were pretty strict on how they wanted Frank's art to be portrayed and insisted on approving everything. I was fine with that. I wanted them involved as much as possible. It slows things down but in the long run everyone is happy with the results, which was my first concern."

"Frazetta sees everything," Fotos added. "For the most part, from having conversations, I know what he doesn't want to see. So before stuff goes to him it'll be filtered."

The 'Death Dealer' mini-series has seen sell outs and second printings, proving successful for Fotos, Frazetta and publisher Image Comics, giving Fotos an idea.

"The Frazettas are so pleased with how 'Death Dealer' is turning out and sales are good, that I approached them about continuing on with the 'Frazetta Comic Universe,'" said Fotos. "They think I'm nuts, but I feel these books will be like the Time-Life books of the comic world. If you're a Frazetta fan you must have these on your shelf!"

Looking over the upcoming event's projects, Fotos said, "Nat Jones and I are the 'go to' guys on all this. We (along with Frazetta) decide on the direction/look we are looking for. "

Fotos explained, "With the new 'Silver Warrior' four-issue mini, we wanted to keep in the same world as 'Death Dealer,' tying them together, but still keeping them at arms length from each other. 'Dark Kingdom' and 'Swamp Demon' tie in with the Death Dealer world. 'Dracula Meets the Wolfman' and 'Creatures' are all on their own and all with room to expand if we wanted."

"All titles will bare the name 'Frank Frazetta's...' with logos and layout similar to the 'Death Dealer' series," Fotos continued. "Like I said, we are building a library, kind of a brand name with these books so when you see it on the shelf you know it came from us and can expect the same quality."

Once it was decided to build on the success of "Death Dealer," Fotos expanded his team. "Writers were picked from who we know and from what ideas they had," he said. "We kept it pretty open, saying 'What would you like to write?' Being we have full reign over the whole Frazetta library there's a ton to pick from. "

Fotos continued, "Choosing the paintings, it was a two-way street, stuff we thought would work and what the writers wanted. I approached the writers saying 'pick up some Frazetta books and pick out your top 3 paintings you would like to do.' From there we discussed story ideas and went with what worked best. In no way I would say, 'This is what you're doing!' I want the other creators to be excited about working on these projects so having them choose what they want is the best way to go in my opinion."

"We are still in development with most of these books," added Fotos. That's why we have all these titles slated for 2008 releases.

Fotos is more directly involved in one of the announced projects, the mini-series, "Silver Warrior." "'Death Dealer' was plotted by Nat and myself then Joshua [Ortega] came in an took the reigns, adding on, and is doing a fantastic job. With 'Silver Warrior,' it's very collaborative, we (Joshua, Nat and I) will go over story ideas and we'll all put I our two cents in. The basis is another epic story like 'Death Dealer'...but in the snow."

Fotos can't be entirely forthcoming on what the story of 'Silver Warrior' will be about just yet. "That's a tough question to answer at this point," he explained. "Like I said, things are still brewing with this storyline and to give a definitive who and what that might change...we are still focused on finishing up the 'Death Dealer' series."

For Fotos, these projects are the culmination of something that started long ago."[When I was in] third grade, my father was big on 'Heavy Metal' magazine, back in the seventies, and he picked up 'The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta.' That book changed my life, along with a million other people."

"The effects of Frank's art that you can still see within my own art is the sense of depth and movement," Fotos continued. "I pretty much base all that from Frazetta."

Are these projects all that are planned for this Frazetta line of comics?

"Five new titles aren't enough? Geez! I kid! We plan to go as long as fans still pick up the books. Like I said, we have full reign on all the Frazetta paintings...and there are a lot of them. Stay tuned."

Discuss this story on CBR's Image Comics Forum.


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DC NEWS - DC COMICS TO PUBLISH WORLD OF WARCRAFT COMIC SERIES
Source: DC Comics, Official World of Warcraft Comic Site
New York, NY – DC Comics, the world's largest English language comic book publisher and home to SUPERMAN, BATMAN and WONDER WOMAN announced plans today to publish a new comic book series based on World of Warcraft®, Blizzard Entertainment®'s popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Preview art from the series will debut at Comic-Con International, held in San Diego, CA from July 26–29. The World of Warcraft comic book will be published through DC's WildStorm imprint and debut this fall.

The ongoing monthly series will be written by industry veteran Walter Simonson (Thor, ORION) and feature art by Ludo Lullabi and inker Sandra Hope. The first six issues of the WORLD OF WARCRAFT comic series will each feature two covers, one by superstar comic book artist Jim Lee and a second by Blizzard Entertainment Senior Art Director Samwise Didier.

The Warcraft® series has been a pillar of gaming culture for over a decade, with multiple #1-selling titles. Blizzard's World of Warcraft MMORPG allows thousands of players to explore the rich, war-torn setting of the franchise together, and has attracted more than 8.5 million subscribers worldwide. The Burning Crusade, the first expansion to World of Warcraft, recently shattered PC game sales records by selling more than 2.4 million copies in its first 24 hours of release and approximately 3.5 million in its first month.

The first storyline of the new ongoing series begins when a human is found unconscious on the shores of Kalimdor, with no memory of who he is or how he arrived there. Enslaved by an orc shaman, the man must fight for survival against members of both the Alliance and the Horde. He strikes uneasy relationships with other races in his quest to find the secrets of his past

WORLD OF WARCRAFT COMIC
(Release Date: November 14, 2007 )

Written by Walter Simonson; Art by Ludo Lullabi and Sandra Hope; Cover by Jim Lee; Variant cover by Samwise Didier

When a human is found unconscious on the shores of Kalimdor, with no memory of who he is or how he arrived there, how will he survive? Enslaved by an Orc Shaman, he must fight for survival against members of both the Alliance and the Horde. Will he strike the uneasy balance with the other races he'll need to find the secrets of his past?

ADDED 07.24.07:

2007 SAN DIEGO COMIC CON (July 25th - 29th, 2007)
Source: CBR, Newsarama, Aspen Comics

Aspen SDCC Exclusives - Books:

Aspen Splash 2007: #1b
2007 SDCC
Exclusive
LE 2000

Iron and
the Maiden #1d
2007 SDCC
Exclusive
LE 1000

Aspen Ashcan:
SDCC 2007
Batman
LE 750

Aspen Ashcan:
SDCC 2007
Vixen
LE 750

Marvel: World
War Hulk#1
Aspen Comics Exclusive
LE 5000
Aspen SDCC Exclusives - Prints:
Aspen Tour 2007 WWP
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 San Diego Comic-Con International
(July 25th - 29th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Aspen Splash 2007 #1a
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 San Diego Comic-Con International
(July 25th - 29th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Aspen Splash 2007 #1b
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 San Diego Comic-Con International
(July 25th - 29th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Aspen Splash 2007 - Swimsuit Pinup
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 San Diego Comic-Con International
(July 25th - 29th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Fathom Classic
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 San Diego Comic-Con International
(July 25th - 29th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald

ADDED 06.19.07:

SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN/RED SONJA #2 (of 5)
Source: Newsarama, Marvel

SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN/RED SONJA #2 (of 5)
( Release Date: September 2007)

Written by Michael Avon Oeming; Pencils by Mel Rubi; Cover by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald

Look out, Spidey, the She-Devil with a Sword is out for your blood! Two legendary heroes come together at the command of the sinister sorcerer Kulan Gath–so you know it won't be for tea and crumpets! Oh, and did we mention that Venom has entered the fray? No man can defeat Red Sonja in battle–but what about a symbiote? It's more web-slinging and sword-swinging, courtesy of Michael Avon Oeming (OMEGA FLIGHT) and Mel Rubi (Red Sonja)–plus another killer cover by Michael Turner!


MARVEL UNIVERSE| 32pg. | Color | $2.99


Also as a reminder.....


SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN/RED SONJA #1 (of 5)
Source: Newsarama, Marvel

SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN/RED SONJA #1 (of 5)
(IN STORES: August 1, 2007)

Written by Michael Avon Oeming; Pencils by Mel Rubi; Colors by Brian Buccellato; Cover by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald

The wise-cracking Wall-Crawler collides with the She-Devil with a Sword! Longtime Marvel readers know that these two legends have met before -- but that was just the warm-up! They may be from two different eras, but Spider-Man and Red Sonja have both faced the maniacal mage known as Kulan Gath. Now the sadistic sorcerer makes a play for power that will once again bring these two famous heroes together -- but will it be as friends or foes? Writer Michael Avon Oeming (OMEGA FLIGHT, Red Sonja) and Mel Rubi (Red Sonja) – plus series cover artist Michael Turner (CIVIL WAR) – answer the eternal question: What's better in a fight, the proportional strength and speed of a spider, or cold, hard steel and a chain–mail bikini?


MARVEL UNIVERSE| 32pg. | Color | $2.99

ADDED 06.18.07:

FALLEN SON: DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #4 – SPIDER-MAN
Source: Marvel

FALLEN SON: DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #4 – SPIDER-MAN
(IN STORES: June 20th, 2007)

Written by Jeph Loeb. Krul; Pencils by David Finch; Inks by Danny Miki; Variant Cover by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald

He’s confronted the deaths of family and friends – but how will the passing of a fellow hero rock the Wall-Crawler? We know we’re being secretive about these FALLEN SON issue descriptions, but it’s Jeph Loeb, David Finch (NEW AVENGERS) and Spider-Man all dealing with life’s greatest foe – so you know it’s going to rock!

MARVEL UNIVERSE| 32pg. | Color | $2.99


ADDED 06.17.07:

2007 WIZARD WORLD PHILADELPHIA: MICHAEL TURNER INTERVIEW (VIDEO)
Source: Wizard Universe

Aspen artist Michael Turner chats about Kiani, Soulfire and his other Aspen work, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at his new 'World War Hulk' cover.


ADDED 06.17.07:

2007 WIZARD WORLD PHILADELPHIA: ASPEN PANEL
Source: Comics Continuum

PHILADELPHIA -- Convention stalwart Aspen Comics staged a panel Saturday afternoon, detailing some of its upcoming projects:

Below are highlights.

* Aspen's first creator-owned series Iron and the Maiden will launch on "Iron Day," August 1st. The series is the brainchild of Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter creator Jason Rubin and features character designs by Joe Madureira and Jeff Matsduda. The book is penciled by Francis Manapul with Joel Gomez and is colored by Danimation. Each book of the four-issue series is 28 pages with behind-the scenes content.

* Aspen Splash 2007 will feature pinups by Aspen artists and guest artists. Michael Turner, Peter Steigerwald, Micah Gunnell, Marcus To, Francis Manapul, Ale Garza, Billy Tan and more will provide their own "Swimsuit Special" take on the unique and diverse Aspen characters, including Soulfire, Fathom and Shrugged.

* Turner has been dealing with his health issues and has recently begun working on Soulfire #8. He will wait until that issue and more are done before determining a release date.

* Aspen will be releasing an Aspen Seasons: Winter 2007. The book will follow the previous incarnations of the compilation, offering an exploration of the Aspen universes.

* Fathom: Kiani will wrap up over the summer with a 40-page #4.

*Shrugged will also be ending this falll with #7 and #8.

*Aspen will continue to produce webcomics for the NBC television show Heroes this summer and fall.


Iron and
the Maiden #1a
solicit

Iron and
the Maiden #2a
solicit

Aspen Splash
2007 Preview
Kiani by Philip Tan

Kiani #3
page 1
preview solicit
 

ADDED 06.11.07:

CBR: EXCLUSIVE SOULFIRE: NEW WORLD ORDER BEGINNINGS PREVIEW
Source: Comic Book Resources, Aspen Comics

SOULFIRE: NEW WORLD ORDER BEGINNINGS
( Release Date: June 15th, 2007)

Written by J.T. Krul; Pencils by Francisco Herrera; Colors by Leonardo Olea; Cover by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald

Aspen is proud to offer you the first fully ORIGINAL Soulfire: New World Order story with the Wizard World Philly exclusive debut of Soulfire: New World Order Beginnings. This COMPLETELY ORIGINAL 7 page story will introduce you to a futuristic land ruled by technology and thriving in magic! World renowned artist Francisco Herrera and colorist extraordinaire Leonardo Olea, along with scribe J.T. Krul, bring you one of the most anticipated Soulfire comics of the con season! Limited to only 2500 total copies, don’t miss your chance to get this amazing new exclusive. You will not be disappointed!!

ASPEN | 12pg. | Color |

Soulfire: New World Order Beginnings Preview:

page 2

page 3

page 4

 

ADDED 06.08.07:

IGN: EXCLUSIVE FATHOM: KIANI #2 PREVIEW
Source: IGN, Aspen Comics


FATHOM: KIANI #2
(IN STORES: June 20th, 2007)

Written by Vince Hernandez; Pencils by Marcus To; Colors by Peter Steigerwald

With a shocking discovery turning her world upside down, the Elite warrior KIANI finds herself facing the toughest decision she's ever been forced to make!

Meanwhile, a race of isolated, and deadly, Blue inhabitants come closer to linking the fate of their civilization to the fate of Kiani herself! Following on the heels of the shocking conclusion to issue one, Kiani #2 will finally answer the long-anticipated mystery surrounding Kiani's secret heritage!

The cover on the right is a Wizard World Philadelphia Variant Exclusive available on June 15, 2007.

ASPEN | 32pg. | Color |


Kiani #2 Preview:

page 1

page 10

page 14

page 17
 

ADDED 06.07.07: (updated 06.08.07 - print pics added)

2007 WIZARD WORLD PHILADELPHIA (June 15th - 17th)
Source: Wizard Universe, Newsarama, Aspen Comics

Aspen Exclusives - Comic Books:

Marvel: World
War Hulk#1
Aspen Comics Exclusive
LE 5000

Fantastic Four
#546
2007 WWP
Exclusive

Iron and
the Maiden #0b
2007 WWP
Exclusive
LE 3000

Fathom: Kiani #2c
2007 WWP
Exclusive

Fathom:
Killian’s Vessel #1
2007 WWP VIP
Exclusive

Soulfire:
New World Order Beginnings
2007 WWP
Exclusive
LE 2500
       
 
Aspen Exclusives - Prints:
Aspen Tour 2007 WWP
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Philadelphia
(June 15th - 17th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Fathom Kiani #2b
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Philadelphia
(June 15th - 17th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Fathom Classic
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Philadelphia
(June 15th - 17th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Iron and the Maiden #0b
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Philadelphia
(June 15th - 17th, 2007)

by Michael Turner, Francis Manapul &
Peter Steigerwald
Soulfire: New World Order Beginnings
Limited Edition Print - 100 copies

2007 Wizard World Philadelphia
(June 15th - 17th, 2007)

by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald

ADDED 06.07.07:

IRON AND THE MAIDEN #0
Source: Newsarama

IRON AND THE MAIDEN #0
( Release Date: June 15th, 2007 - Wizard World Philadelphia Exclusive)

Created/Written by Jason Rubin, Pencils by Francis Manapul with Joel Gomez; Colors by Danimation; Character Design by Joe Madureira and Jeff Matsuda; Background & Concept Design by Blur Studios; Color Design by Chris Lichtner

In a nutshell, Rubin explained that Iron and the Maiden is “a cross between a '30's gangster film, Escape from New York, and Beauty and the Beast. The books follow Michael Iron, a Syndicate hit man who is trying to reform, and Angel Chase, a debutante who loses her family in a mob collection gone awry. Iron and Angel form an unlikely alliance to fight and evade the Syndicate, the Government and the Church, the three dominant forces in the City, which is a futuristic alternate universe 1930's metropolis. Their dream of escaping the City's oppressive morass for a more a peaceful life in the countryside in a house with a white picket fence mirrors the struggle of everyman to get ahead of the rat race of life.

The series’ antagonist is a “truly unique” character named Big Daddy. “He has clawed his way up the Syndicate hierarchy through deceit and backstabbing. The entire City, including his organization fears him and his edicts. Yet he can’t reach the top shelf at a grocery store.

“Besides Iron, Angel, and Big Daddy, we are keeping the rest of the characters under wraps for now. I will say that MAD and Jeff Matsuda have designed 20 unique characters between them for the project. It’s a big cast, and a lot to get in to the mini-series!”

Rubin admitted that the world of Iron and the Maiden was created with film, television, and video games in mind. “However, I am focusing on the comic first,” he said. “As I said, my goal is to provide a great comic first and then work on the rest.”

Preview:


ADDED 05.14.07:

CBR: IRON AND THE MAIDEN #1
Source: Comic Book Resources
IRON AND THE MAIDEN #1
(IN STORES: August 1st, 2007)

Created/Written by Jason Rubin, Pencils by Francis Manapul with Joel Gomez; Colors by Danimation; Character Design by Joe Madureira and Jeff Matsuda; Background & Concept Design by Blur Studios; Color Design by Chris Lichtner

Iron and the Maiden, a four issue mini-series portraying an alternate-universe 1930s metropolis. "The City" is struggling to survive a three-way battle for power between The Government, the ominous religious sect The Order, and the seedy criminal underbelly led by The Syndicate. Caught in the middle of this war for power, Michael Iron discovers firsthand the meaning of sacrifice, his only hope for survival coming in the form of a forgiving Angel and several more unexpected surprises along the way!

The first issue will feature 50/50 split covers, one by Manapul and the other a Madureira/Matsuda compilation cover. The Michael Turner cover is a 1:35 Retailer Exclusive Variant. The series will also feature guest covers by Jim Lee, Michael Turner, Chris Bachalo and others.

ASPEN | 40pg. | Color |
 
 
 
 
 
 
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