Aspen Announces 2013 Tour Dates!

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Aspen Comics Reveals Full 2013 Convention Schedule

Press Release

02-20-13

Aspen Comics has announced their complete convention schedule for the year, with more details to follow for each respective show. To help celebrate their tenth anniversary, the publisher has planned an extensive schedule of convention appearances to help usher in their new “10 for 10” initiative which began this February and runs through this November.

Aspen’s next stop will be at the Emerald City Comic Con on March 1st-3rd with Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged Volume 2), Peter Steigerwald (Zoo Hunters), Siya Oum (Charismagic) and David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan) appearing all weekend long at the Aspen Comics Booth #2206. Aspen will also be debuting a special Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 Emerald City Comic Con exclusive cover by Oum as well, in addition to an all-new Aspen Tour Print 2013 Anniversary Edition limited to 125 editions, and a new series of Aspen prints for the show.

For more details on Aspen’s 2013 convention schedule and their appearance at the Emerald City Comic Con please check www.aspencomics.com

Aspen To Go To Emerald City Comic Con!

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Aspen’s “10 for 10” Continues at Emerald City Con

 Press Release

 02-18-13

Aspen Comics heads north to Seattle on March 1st – 3rd for the Emerald City Comicon 2013 and will be continuing their huge push for their “10 for 10” anniversary initiative at the show. Creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Awaken Skies/Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (Zoo Hunters, Lady Mechanika), Siya Oum (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Iris) and David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, Executive Assistant: Iris) will be appearing all weekend long at the Aspen Comics Booth #2206.

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To celebrate the successful launch of the debut “10 for 10” title, Legend of the Shadow

Clan, Aspen is making a special Emerald City variant for the second issue. The Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 Emerald City Comicon 2013 exclusive cover is fully illustrated by Seattle native, Siya Oum, and is limited to only 200 copies. Oum and Legend of the Shadow Clan creator Wohl will be at the Aspen Booth all weekend long to sign copies of this limited exclusive.

 

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In addition to all new editions of their industry-leading art prints for the con, Aspen will also be unveiling their second offering in their Aspen Tour Print 2013 Anniversary Edition series by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, which debuted earlier this year to sold out success.

The Aspen Tour Print Anniversary Edition is limited to 125 editions.

Aspen encourages fans to arrive early to ensure their print edition of this highly limited product. Aspen will also be offering two new Legend of the Shadow Clan prints by J. Scott Campbell and Cory Smith, respectively. The publisher will also feature an all new print featuring popular characters Aspen and Grace by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 125 editions.

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Hope to see you there!

Press Release: Charismagic Vol. 2 To Be Fourth Title in “10 for 10”

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Popular Magical Series Charismagic Returns For Aspen’s Fourth “10 for 10”

Press Release

02-13-13

Aspen Comics has revealed more info on their fourth release in their successful “10 for 10” anniversary initiative that has been met with both critical and commercial success, with both issue #1’s of their first two releases, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Shrugged, exceeding 30,000 copies. For their fourth release on May 1st, the week of Free Comic Book Day, Aspen will be offering the return of the acclaimed magical series Charismagic, by creator and writer Vince Hernandez (Executive Assistant: Assassins, Fathom: Kiani) with art by Vincenzo Cucca (She-Hulk) and Emilio Lopez (Charismagic: The Death Princess). The solicitation for the all-new Charismagic reads:

Magician Hank Medley thought he had everything figured out. After saving the world from an ancient, ruinous evil, with the help of a Druid named Sudana and his magical talking cat Sparkles, Hank discovers the true nature of dark magic has arrived in his own realm—our world! Now, the trio must attempt to put an end to catastrophic events that will threaten to tear Earth apart under the weight of such a menace. Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic’s favorite characters along with several new and astonishing faces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfect jumping-on point for all!

Hernandez discusses the new series:

 “We’re really excited to bring Charismagic back for more fun, and we have really upped the stakes on the story to match the fans’ tremendous support for the first volume. And to top it all off, the book will debut in stores on Free Comic Book Day week so it’s the perfect time for new readers to jump in and experience this magical adventure! With Vincenzo coming onboard and combining his amazing artistic talents with Emilio’s colors and design work, this new volume already looks truly amazing. I’m certain fans will agree once they see the finished product. They are once again in for a visual feast like only this book can provide!”

The all-new volume of Charismagic will be written by Hernandez and will pair acclaimed international artist Vincenzo Cucca with returning, veteran colorist Emilio Lopez. Original series artist Khary Randolph will continue to deliver character designs and cover work for the series as well.

As with all of Aspen’s “10 for 10” releases, the publisher will be offering a host of incentives for retailers and fans alike, including the extremely affordable price of only $1 for the first issue, Charismagic #1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Charismagic #1 featuring art by Randolph and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve this all new Charismagic volume with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of Charismagic #1.

Fans who collect all ten of Aspen’s “10 for 10” Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers each month through their local retailer will be eligible to receive the full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster absolutely free.

In addition to the debut issue, Aspen is also offering an Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Charismagic #2 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts, along with a Charismagic #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover available in June. Aspen will be releasing more info on further Charismagic incentives and Aspen’s “10 for 10” soon.

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Need to catch up on previous issues of “Charismagic”? Check out Comixology.com or The Aspen Store!

Press Release: Overtaken / Awaken Skies Voting!

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Aspen Providing Fans With The Opportunity To Decide New Series

Press Release                                                                               

02-07-13

To celebrate the upcoming launch of their August release in their “10 for 10” initiative, Aspen Comics will be giving their fans and readers the opportunity to decide that month’s all new series. The choice will be offered between the following two properties:

Awaken Skies – Coping with high school is difficult enough, but when a young girl named Hilary makes the startling discovery that she has the ability of flight, her normal life suddenly takes on an all-new meaning. But, there are others who know of Hilary’s unique abilities, and they will stop at nothing to possess her in their pursuit of shifting the world’s power balance of mankind itself. High school doesn’t seem so difficult anymore.

Overtaken – Journalist Will Harden is well equipped for most situations, but nothing can prepare him for what’s about to come. Relocating from the big city to a small mountain town with his wife, everything is turned upside-down the moment she goes missing. Are the rumors of alien abductions true or did something far worse happen to his wife? No matter the cause, Harden will not stop until he uncovers the truth, or dies trying.

Both all new properties are created and will be written by Frank Mastromauro, co-creator of Shrugged and Dellec, and will feature the “10 for 10” incentives package including a $1 first issue price, an Aspen Reserved Edition cover, original hand drawn covers, Aspen Retailer Exclusive covers, and future covers by J. Scott Campbell, Eric “Ebas” Basaldua and more.

Aspen has made the online voting process simple for fans to select their favorite choice of Aspen’s two candidates: whichever book’s official Facebook fan page: facebook.com/AwakenSkies or facebook.com/OvertakenComichas the most “Likes” by 10:00 am PST Friday, March 1st will be chosen as Aspen’s next new series. Each page will be updated daily with first looks, artwork, news and more. Aspen encourages fans to select their choice and share their favorite with their friends.

For more information, Aspen will be posting updates on their official Aspen Facebook page as well as www.aspencomics.com.

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Valentine’s Day Exclusive: Charismagic: The Death Princess #2

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Aspen Offers Special Valentine’s Day Death Princess Exclusive Cover

Press Release         

02-04-13

Starting on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, Aspen Comics will be offering a special Charismagic: The Death Princess #2 Valentine’s Day exclusive cover by internationally-acclaimed artist Vincenzo Cucca and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald, limited to only 214 copies.

Charismagic: The Death Princess is Aspen’s newest fantasy adventure series, following on the heels of the sold-out first volume’s release last year. Written by creator Vince Hernandez with art by Emilio Lopez, issue two will be released in stores on February 14th.

The Charismagic: The Death Princess #2 Valentine’s Day cover will be available starting on the day, and will be offered for a Valentine’s Day special price of $4.99 (sale price available on February 14th only) exclusively on the AspenStore.com. Also, all customers who purchase this exclusive cover on February 14th will receive a free Charismagic: The Death Princess #1 along with their order. Based on recent holiday exclusive covers including the sold out Black Friday and Boxing Day exclusives, Aspen strongly encourages fans to order the Valentine’s Day special cover early, while supplies last. The publisher will also be offering a special Valentine’s Day limited edition print and other holiday specials on the AspenStore.com starting February 14th.

For more information please see www.aspenstore.com or www.aspencomics.com

For more Charismagic: The Death Princess, go to the Aspen Store or Comixology!

Legend of the Shadow Clan #2: Retailer Incentive Covers

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ASPEN’S LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN #2 TO CONTINUE “10 FOR 10” WITH J. SCOTT CAMPBELL INCENTIVE COVERS AND NEW RESERVED EDITION

Press Release

01-23-13

On the heels of the successful launch of their “10 for 10” anniversary initiative and the first release, Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 selling over 35,000 copies, Aspen Comics plans to keep the momentum going for issue number two, highlighted by a special J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover amongst other incentive offers for fans and retailers. Created by David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven and written by Wohl with art by Cory Smith and John Starr, the solicitation for Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 reads:

The Arashis believed themselves to be just an average family, but everything changed the night that Dr. William Arashi inadvertently found himself in a battle with well-armed assassins, and he not only survived, but he defeated them! Exhilarated and confused, Arashi now discovers that this attack was not random, and that he and his family are anything but ordinary–they are members of an ancient and powerful ninja family known as the Shadowclan. But now that their secret has been discovered, they realize they are ALL in great danger!

Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 will feature a direct cover by series artists Smith and Starr, and will also feature an Aspen Reserved Edition cover by guest superstar penciler Billy Tan with colors by Aspen’s Peter Steigerwald. Fans and new readers who add the series to their local comic shops’ subscription service are eligible to receive the special Aspen Reserved Edition cover. Those customers who add all ten new Aspen “10 for 10” number one issues to their store’s pull box will then be eligible to receive the free full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster featuring all ten Reserved Edition covers on one image colored by Steigerwald.

Aspen also encourages fans and new readers to check with their local retailer to reserve the exclusive Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 Retailer Incentive cover by industry superstar J. Scott Campbell. Aspen is pleased to announce Campbell will be providing covers for all Aspen “10 for 10” number two issues for ten straight months.

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Shrugged Volume 2 Retailer Exclusive Press Release

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ASPEN COMICS CONTINUES “10 FOR 10” RETAILER EXCLUSIVES WITH SECOND RELEASE SHRUGGED IN MARCH

Press Release

01-21-13

Aspen is continuing to celebrate the publisher’s tenth anniversary this March with the return of their popular series Shrugged. The second release in the publisher’s “10 for 10” initiative, that will feature ten new series releases over a span of ten months, Aspen will release Shrugged #1 on March 13th, 2013. From creators Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, and the art team of Jonathan Marks and Beth Sotelo, Shrugged marks the first returning Aspen property of 2013. Below is the publisher’s solicitation for the new Aspen release:

You think you’re prepared, but you’re not. You’ve been decisive in your actions up to this point, but now things have been turned upside down. You feel you’ve conformed your mindset and are ready to accept what you’re about to experience, but you haven’t. That’s because SHRUGGED is back and ready to blow your mind!

 Theo and his friends are entering their final year of high school, and even though Ange and Dev are still along for the ride, a host of new characters have joined in on the adventure! But, everything isn’t all fun and games this time around as an evil force has also returned and is preparing to silence those voices inside their heads…permanently. If you thought you knew what fear was, you haven’t seen anything yet!

As part of the “10 for 10” initiative and to thank retailers for their support in getting Aspen Comics to the milestone decade mark, Aspen is releasing the first issue of Shrugged for the affordable price of only $1. As well, every subsequent #1 issue for each new release in Aspen’s “10 for 10” program will be offered at the same low price.

To support comic shops’ push for Shrugged #1 and the Aspen “10 for 10” titles to follow, Aspen is offering a multitude of special incentives for stores to choose from on the debut issue, wholesale priced at a near Free Comic Book Day level to retailers:

Every fan or new reader who lets their local retailer know to add Shrugged #1 to their subscription box is eligible to receive the special  “Aspen Reserved Edition” cover. Fans who collect all ten Aspen “10 for 10” #1 Reserved Edition covers at their local comic book store will then be eligible to receive the free Aspen “10 for 10” Jam Poster featuring characters from all ten titles and colored by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald.

Any retailer who orders 50 copies of the dollar-priced Shrugged #1 will receive a signed and numbered copy of the direct cover edition, along with a certificate of authenticity.

Retailers who order 100 copies of the dollar-priced issue one will receive the above listed incentive as well as one free CCG 9.8 Reserved Edition cover of Shrugged #1.

For every 250 total combined copies of the standard and Reserved Edition covers ordered, retailers will receive all of the above listed incentives and one free original hand drawn Sketch Cover by Shrugged series artist Jonathan Marks.

Each retailer who orders 750 total combined copies of the standard and Reserved variant edition covers ordered are eligible to receive those copies (minimum 300 copies) with an exclusive cover featuring their store logo or image incorporated into the cover illustration. Qualifying retailers will be contacted to confirm the specifics of your exclusive image.

And for stores who order 1500 total combined copies of the standard and Reserved variant edition covers, those retailers will receive a special store signing appearance by either the creator or an artist of Shrugged, receive 200 additional past Aspen exclusive comics for the signing, and be included in an interior ad page of the comic promoting the event. Qualifying retailers will be contacted to confirm the specifics of your signing. This incentive is limited to five participating stores.

 

To catch up on volume one of Shrugged, check out the AspenStore.com or download it digitally on Comixology!

Legend of the Shadow Clan Retailer Covers: Revealed!

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ASPEN’S LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN #1 SELLS OVER 35K COPIES, PERSONALIZED RETAILER EXCLUSIVE COVERS REVEALED 

Press Release             

01-17-13

Aspen is pleased to announce that the first release in their ambitious “10 for 10” initiative, Legend of the Shadow Clan #1, has ordered in excess of over 35,000 copies and will feature a large array of retailer exclusive covers personalized for each individual store. Aspen Owner and President Frank Mastromauro discusses:

“We are tremendously thankful to our fans and retail partners who helped make our first “10 for 10” release a huge success. Legend of the Shadow Clan is an exciting new property for us, and we’re honored to have such a great response to the launch. We worked extremely hard to make sure to contact each and every retailer who participated in the exclusive cover incentive, in order to ensure that their cover was unique and personalized to their own retail shop’s logo design. No two covers turned out alike, and I think they all look amazing.”

Aspen is pricing each debut #1 “10 for 10” issue for the affordable price of only $1 and is also offering other incentives for each release such as original hand-drawn sketch covers, CGC editions, and special retailer incentive covers by popular artists J. Scott Campbell and Eric “Ebas” Basaldua.

Fans and new Aspen readers who add each of the “10 for 10” titles to their comic shop’s local subscription service will be eligible to receive the special Aspen Reserved Edition variant covers. Those fans who collect all ten Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers will receive a free full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” Jam Poster featuring all ten “10 for 10” covers on one image colored by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald.

Aspen encourages everyone to check out the release of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 for only $1 on February 6th.

 

To see all twenty of the retailer covers close-up, check out the Legend of the Shadow Clan Facebook page for a new cover every day, or any of our wonderful reviewer’s sites, such as ComicBastards.com.

Aspen Heads to Amazing Arizona Con!

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Aspen Comics Kicks Off Their 2013 Convention Season and their “10 for 10” Initiative at Amazing Arizona Con

Press Release           

01-16-13

Aspen Comics is looking forward to attending their first convention of the new year, the upcoming Amazing Arizona Con 2013 on January 25th-27th, and the publisher is launching their all new “10 for 10” initiative over a week early at the show with the release of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 and an appearance by series creator and writer David Wohl.

Starting on February 6th, Aspen will be launching their “10 for 10” initiative featuring an all new series release for ten consecutive months, with each debut #1 issue offered for only $1. Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 will be the first offering for Aspen’s “10 for 10”, and is created by Wohl and Brad Foxhoven with art by Cory Smith and John Starr.

Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 will be released nearly a week prior to its release date, featuring an exclusive cover by Soulfire artist Mike DeBalfo and colorist Peter Steigerwald, the Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 Amazing Arizona Con 2013 will be available at the Aspen Comics Booth all weekend long and is limited to 200 copies.

The Aspen Comics Booth will see a host of Aspen’s creators and artists all weekend long including Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Dellec), Peter Steigerwald (Soulfire, Fathom), David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, EA: Iris), Mike DeBalfo (Soulfire), Nei Ruffino (Soulfire),Tony Parker (Dead Man’s Run) and Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Assassins.

Aspen will also be featuring all new editions of their industry-leading art prints available at the Aspen Booth all weekend long, including the year’s first edition of their anniversary flashback Aspen Tour Print 2013, featuring Aspen Matthews by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 100 editions. The publisher will also be offering a new Fathom print by Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald (Limited to 75), and two new Executive Assistant: Iris prints by Elizabeth Torque (Limited to 50).

Aspen encourages fans to check out the release of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 for only $1 on February 6th.

Shrugged Volume 2 Is Announced!

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Aspen Comics To Bring Back Classic Series Shrugged For “10 for 10”

Press Release

01-14-13

As their second release in their tenth anniversary “10 for 10” initiative, Aspen Comics is returning to the world of Perspecta and their popular series Shrugged. Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, Shrugged will feature a mix of both a returning and brand new art team. The official Aspen solicitation for the new series reads:

You think you’re prepared, but you’re not. You’ve been decisive in your actions up to this point, but now things have been turned upside down. You feel you’ve conformed your mindset and are ready to accept what you’re about to experience, but you haven’t. That’s because SHRUGGED is back and ready to blow your mind!

Theo and his friends are entering their final year of high school, and even though Ange and Dev are still along for the ride, a host of new characters have joined in on the adventure! But, everything isn’t all fun and games this time around as an evil force has also returned and is preparing to silence those voices inside their heads…permanently. If you thought you knew what fear was, you haven’t seen anything yet!

Creator and writer Mastromauro discusses the new volume:

“It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t be happier working on Shrugged again. When we created this series almost eight years ago, Michael [Turner] always had an idea for where he wanted the story to go after the first volume was completed. I’ve kept that idea in mind ever since for when we were able to get the series scheduled back into production and back into stores for the fans and readers. Now that Aspen’s ten year anniversary is here, I’m thrilled to have Shrugged return as a part of that celebration, and I’m looking forward to bringing Michael’s incredible vision to everyone to the best of my ability.”

This newest volume of Shrugged will be written by Mastromauro and will pair up-and-coming Aspen newcomer Jonathan Marks with returning, veteran colorist Beth Sotelo. Volume one artist Micah Gunnell will also return to provide a special lead-in to the new art team for this new volume.

As with all of Aspen’s “10 for 10” releases, the publisher will be offering a host of incentives for retailers and fans alike, including the extremely affordable price of only $1 for the first issue, Shrugged #1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Shrugged #1 featuring art by Marks and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve this all new Shrugged volume with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of Shrugged #1.

Fans who collect all ten of Aspen’s “10 for 10” Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers each month through their local retailer will be eligible to receive the full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster absolutely free.

In addition to the debut issue, Aspen is also offering an Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Shrugged #2 by Gunnell and Sotelo, along with a Shrugged #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover. Aspen will be releasing more info on further Shrugged incentives and Aspen’s “10 for 10” soon.

 

You can find Shrugged vol. 1 here on the AspenStore.com, or for those of you with e-readers, check out our page on Comixology.com