BIG NEWS: Aspen Comics & Big Dog Ink!

Big news, Aspen Comics fans! Big Dog Ink is coming to Aspen exclusively as a new imprint in 2015! Wait ’till you hear what we have planned for the future with their amazing library of original titles and products!

Aspen Comics has reached an agreement with fellow Independent comic book publisher Big Dog Ink to acquire exclusive publishing rights for BDI’s entire library of comic book properties, in addition to their past catalogue of titles. The deal will see BDI launch forward as a distinct imprint of Aspen Comics’ books and products, with owner/publishers Tom and Kim Hutchison continuing to be the creative force behind BDI’s unique set of original titles at Aspen. Tom Hutchison discusses:

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“At Big Dog Ink we’ve always been devoted to creating high quality, unique comics for our readers. When it came time in the growth of our company to find partners that share our love of the comic genre and passion for storytelling, Aspen seemed like the obvious choice. From the beginning, everyone at Aspen has been supportive of our crazy adventure and we’re looking forward to being part of a truly top notch crew of creators and longstanding industry professionals. Fans can look forward to all of the great content they’ve come to expect from BDI, but bigger and better with Aspen in our corner.”

Founded in 2009, BDI has seen a substantial growth within the independent comic book market in collaboration with a wide variety of up-and-coming artistic talent on a multitude of original properties such as Legend of Oz: The Wicked West,ShahrazadPenny For Your SoulUrsa MinorCritterKnightingail and more.

Under the terms of this new agreement between the two publishers, Aspen and BDI will be widening the access to BDI’s diverse lineup of original properties through several of Aspen’s existing channels, including at the retail and digital levels, in addition to Aspen’s online webstore outlet, www.AspenStore.com. Aspen’s VP/Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez discusses:

“We are thrilled to be able to team up with Tom, Kim and Big Dog Ink to introduce their original and exciting titles to our fans, and welcome their own fans to our house as well. They have really built something special at BDI, and their passion for creating exceptional new titles is something we knew would make for a perfect fit here at Aspen Comics. Their creative vision will continue forward, and based off the early plans we have in place, I am certain BDI fans can expect more of the same high quality storytelling in addition to some exciting new ideas coming your way.”

Aspen and BDI have set a planned reprint release schedule for their existing library of books to feature new and re-mastered content, beginning with the re-release of Shahrazad in early Spring with more release dates to follow.

The publishers will also be utilizing their combined regional presence and bases of operation to build a broader convention appearance slate across more potential cities and avenues of promotion in 2015 and beyond!

 

ASPEN COMICS @ LONG BEACH COMIC CON

ASPEN COMICS WILL BE ATTENDING LONG BEACH COMIC CON!

The Aspen Tour’s not over just yet! Come see us at Long Beach Comic Con 2014 on September 27th &  28th to meet with Aspen creators you know and love! We’ll have David Wohl (All New Fathom), JT Krul (All New Soulfire), Scott Lobdell (Fathom), Frank Mastromauro (Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Vince Hernandez (Damsels in Excess), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun), Josh Reed (Fathom), Lori “Cross” Hanson (Executive Assistant: Assassins) and Beth Sotelo (Fathom) at our booth, so be sure to stop by, say hi, and pick up our exclusive Long Beach Comic Con covers for All New Michael Turner’s Fathom #8 by Pantalena and Damsels in Excess #3 by Valentina Pinto! And stay tuned for our reveal of our con-exclusive full size prints as well!

 

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Dragon Con 2014 Exclusives!

Aspen creators Siya Oum, Peter Steigerwald, Frank Mastromauro, Paolo Pantalena and Alex Konat will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth at this year’s Dragon Con 2014 on August 29th – September 1st, and will be signing autographs, drawing free sketches and offering several new Dragon Con 2014 exclusive items, including a DAMSELS IN EXCESS #2 cover by Alex Konat and Peter Steigerwald, LOLA XOXO #4 cover by Siya Oum, and an ALL NEW MICHAEL TURNER’S SOULFIRE #7 cover by Paolo Pantalena and Ula Mos! All covers limited to 200 copies.

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 ASPEN COMICS BEACH PARTY RETURNS AT DRAGON CON 2014!

Following last year’s amazing 10-year anniversary party at the Georgia Aquarium, Aspen and Dragon Con are teaming up once again to throw another amazing night for fans this August! Featuring appearances by Aspen’s top creators, this memorable night of music, dancing, exclusive art releases, and a special costume contest with celebrity cosplay judge Jessie Pridemore is capped off by a live dive event in the magnificent whale shark tank. Two very lucky fans will get the chance to swim alongside these magnificent creatures with the Aspen crew. Details on how to be one of those fans are coming soon!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 30, 2014, grab your favorite beachwear or ocean-inspired costume, and take the plunge into a thrilling, fun-filled evening you won’t soon forget!

New for this year, Dragon Con has added a VIP ticket option for $75 and includes admission to aquarium, private lounge area with scenic intimate views of animal gallery, open bar, light appetizers, and an exclusive meet-and-greet with Aspen Comics creators. The VIP experience is limited, so be sure to purchase tickets before it sells out!

Check the link below for more details:

http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=node%2F396

 

 

Aspen SDCC 2014 Panel News!

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A hearty “aloha” rang out from the medium-sized but enthusiastic crowd in attendance at the official Aspen Panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The stage was so packed with artists and writers, there wasn’t enough space for the full roster of assembled talent. Hannibal Tabu, Scott Lobdell, Mark Roslan (VP, director of design and production), Josh Reed, J.T. Krul, Paolo Pantalena, T.G. Roberts, Giuseppe Cafaro, Jordan Funderson, Siya Oum, Beth Sotelo, and Vince Hernandez (VP, editor-in-chief) squeezed around the table while Laurie Hanson sat in the front row. Cosplayer MapleBunny dressed as the lead from “BubbleGun” helped pass out prizes to people asking questions later in the panel.

Frank Mastromauro ran down the books in a quick pace, primarily because there was so many to talk about and so much art and covers to show. The first title featured was…
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Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 Convention Exclusives

Aspen Comics is bringing its largest gathering of creators and exclusives of the year to San Diego for Comic Con International 2014. The list of Aspen Comics #SDCC exclusives and schedule of creator appearances at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 and schedule of events is listed below:

Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 Convention Exclusives:

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•The Art of Aspen Comics: Volume One! A must own collection of some of Aspen’s greatest images!

•All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire #6 SDCC 2014 exclusive cover by Giuseppe Cafaro and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies.

•Damsels in Excess #1 SDCC 2014 Century Edition, cover by Siya Oum limited to 100 copies.

•Damsels in Excess #1 SDCC 2014 exclusive wraparound cover by Jordan Gunderson and Mirka Andolfo limited to 200 copies.

•Lola XOXO #3 SDCC 2014 exclusive cover by Siya Oum, limited to 250 copies.

•The ZooHunters Sketchbook Convention Exclusive Limited to 200 copies (Featuring Two Different Covers by creator Peter Steigerwald).

•SEVEN Brand New Aspen Comics Full Size Art Prints featuring: Lola XOXO, Damsels in Excess, Jirni and All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire!

•FIVE SDCC 2014 exclusive full color “Daily Prints” by J. Scott Campbell and Peter Steigerwald, only available on respective show days (Wed-Sun), limited to 50 editions! These will surely go fast, so stop by the Aspen Comics booth first thing in the morning each day!

•Aspen Comics Lip Balm SDCC exclusives – Michael Turner’s Fathom, Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris, Lola XOXO and Damsels in Excess flavors available.

•Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 exclusive lanyards.

The Official Aspen Comics Panel will be Friday at 11:00 – 12:00pm in Room 9:
Frank Mastromauro (co-owner), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP, editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP, director of design and production), David Wohl (Executive Assistant: Iris), J. T. Krul (Jirni), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Scott Lobdell (Superman), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni),Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), Jordan Gunderson (EA: Assassins), Lori Hanson (EA Assassins), and Beth Sotelo (Fathom) will reveal upcoming Aspen titles as well as projects on the horizon. They will also hold a Q&A session with fans. All fans in attendance will receive a gift courtesy of the publisher.

Aspen Comics Creator Signings:

Thursday:
11:00-12:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Beth Sotelo (Fathom), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire),

2:00-4:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire).

Friday:
1:00-3:00
Ale Garza (Fathom, Fathom: Kiani), Oliver Nome (Fathom: Kiani), Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire), Lori Hanson (Executive Assistant: Assassins).

5:00-6:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire), David Wohl (Fathom).

Saturday:
11:00-1:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire).

3:00-5:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire), David Wohl (Fathom), Beth Sotelo (Fathom)

Sunday:
12:00 – 2:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire).

Please Note:
Aspen Comics will also be offering photo opportunities throughout the weekend with Aspen Cosplayers Katy Mor, Rosanna Rocha, Reva Dawn and Heather Finley.

For more information please check www.aspencomics.com and the following official Aspen social media sites:

Facebook.com/aspencomics

Twitter.com/aspencomics

Instagram: aspencomics

Aspen SDCC Signing Times

Aspen SDCC Signing Times

Thursday:

11:00-12:00
Peter Steigerwald (“The ZooHunters”), Siya Oum (“Lola XOXO”), Paolo Pantalena (“Jirni”), Beth Sotelo (“All-New Fathom”), Jordan Gunderson (“Executive Assistant: Assassins”), Giuseppe Cafaro (“Fathom: Kiani”), J.T. Krul (“Jirni,” “All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire”), Mark Roslan (“Broken Pieces,” “BubbleGun”)

2:00-4:00
Peter Steigerwald (“The ZooHunters”), Siya Oum (“Lola XOXO”), Paolo Pantalena (“Jirni”), Jordan Gunderson (“Executive Assistant: Assassins”), Giuseppe Cafaro (“Fathom: Kiani”), J.T. Krul (“All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire”)

Friday:

1:00-3:00
Ale Garza (“Fathom,” “Fathom: Kiani”), Oliver Nome (“Fathom: Kiani”), Peter Steigerwald (“The ZooHunters”), Siya Oum (“Lola XOXO”), Paolo Pantalena (“Jirni”), Jordan Gunderson (“Executive Assistant: Assassins”), Giuseppe Cafaro (“Fathom: Kiani”), J.T. Krul (“All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire”), Lori Hanson (“Executive Assistant: Assassins”)

5:00-6:00
Peter Steigerwald (“The ZooHunters”), Siya Oum (“Lola XOXO”), Paolo Pantalena (“Jirni”), Jordan Gunderson (“Executive Assistant: Assassins”), Giuseppe Cafaro (“Fathom: Kiani”), J.T. Krul (“Jirni”), David Wohl (“Executive Assistant: Iris”)

Saturday:

11:00-1:00
Peter Steigerwald (“The ZooHunters”), Siya Oum (“Lola XOXO”), Paolo Pantalena (“Jirni”), Jordan Gunderson (“Executive Assistant: Assassins”), Giuseppe Cafaro (“Fathom: Kiani”), J.T. Krul (“Jirni”), Mark Roslan (“Broken Pieces,” “BubbleGun”)

3:00-5:00
Peter Steigerwald (“The ZooHunters”), Siya Oum (“Lola XOXO”), Paolo Pantalena (“Jirni”), Jordan Gunderson (“Executive Assistant: Assassins”), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (“All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire”), David Wohl (“Executive Assistant: Iris”), Beth Sotelo (“All-New Fathom”)

Sunday:

12:00 – 2:00
Peter Steigerwald (“The ZooHunters”), Siya Oum (“Lola XOXO”), Paolo Pantalena (“Jirni”), Jordan Gunderson (“Executive Assistant: Assassins”), Giuseppe Cafaro (“Fathom: Kiani”), J.T. Krul (“Jirni”), Mark Roslan (“Broken Pieces,” “BubbleGun”)

*ALSO – PLEASE NOTE*
Aspen Comics will also be offering photo opportunities throughout the weekend with Aspen Cosplayers Katy Mor, Rosanna Rocha, Reva Dawn and Heather Finley.

Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 Exclusive Art Prints

Aspen Comics is bringing its largest gathering of creators and exclusives of the year to San Diego for Comic Con International 2014. Visit us at BOOTH #2320 and check out the 7 New Aspen Comics Full Size Art Prints featuring: Lola XOXO, Damsels in Excess, Jirni and All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire. Plus Five #SDCC 2014 exclusive “Daily Prints” will be revealed at the Aspen Comics booth at the start of each day of the show!

Michael Turner’s Fathom Annual #1!

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This summer, Aspen Comics is set to release the first of two Aspen Annual oversized issues, beginning with their flagship title, Michael Turner’s Fathom, on June 18th. Followed by the release of Michael Turner’s Soulfire Annual #1 this July, these all-new Annual issues will showcase both current Aspen talent, as well as new Aspen writers and artists.

 

Michael Turner’s Fathom Annual #1 will feature three all new stories featuring the talents of David Wohl (Fathom) with Dennis Calero (X-Factor), Nei Ruffino (Soulfire) writing and illustrating her first Fathom tale, and Vince Hernandez (Fathom: Kiani) with Jordan Gunderson (Executive Asssitant: Assassins) and Jasen Smith. The oversized Fathom Annual #1 issue will also contain a special classic Fathom Preview story by Michael Turner, Scott Lobdell, Joe Weems and Jonathan D. Smith and Peter Steigerwald.

 

The publisher’s Fathom Annual #1 will be in stores on June 18th and will feature a direct edition cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, along with an exclusive Fathom Annual #1 AspenStore.com variant sketch edition by Turner, limited to 200 copies, available on the release date.

 

For more information please check www.aspencomics.com and the following official Aspen social media sites:

 

Facebook.com/aspencomics

Facebook.com/fathomcomic

Twitter.com/aspencomics

Instagram: aspencomics

Jirni Volume 2 Begins!

JIRNI-V2-01a-Pantalena JIRNI-V2-01b-Pantalena JIRNI-V2-01c-RET-Pantalena JIRNI-V2-01d-RET-PantalenaJirni Volume 2 launches with the release of issue #1 on June 4th! Created and written by J.T. Krul with art by Paolo Pantalena, Ross Campbell and Josh Reed! Also, featuring two interlocking direct edition covers by Pantalena and Peter Steigerwald, an additional direct edition cover by Pantalena and Steigerwald, and a Retailer Incentive cover by Pantalena! Grab all four covers! Also available on www.aspenstore.com!