Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #2!

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David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr – Colors

What is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN?

The Himuras believed themselves to be just an average family, but everything changed the night that Dr. Richard Himura inadvertently found himself in a battle with well-armed assassins, and he not only survived, but he defeated them! Exhilarated and confused, Himura 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!

Writer David Wohl is joined by the artistic talents of Cory Smith and colorist John Starr, as they bring to you the thrilling new adventures of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN!

LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #2 is in stores March 6th, 2013!

FC 32 pages $3.99

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Aspen Announces 2013 Tour Dates!



Aspen Comics Reveals Full 2013 Convention Schedule

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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

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”

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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.


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

Comic Book Resources Talks With J.T. Krul


By Andy Liegl from Comic Book Resources

Aspen Comics’ “10 For 10” initiative sees the release of ten new titles throughout 2013 for the introductory price of $1 each. One of the series involved is the April-releasing “Jirni,” a story of magic and sorcery by “Soulfire” and “Fathom” writer J.T. Krul. Fresh off of his exclusive contract with DC Comics and New 52 runs on “Captain Atom” and “Green Arrow”, Krul’s workload has not diminished as April will also see the release of his first prose novel, “The Lost Spark.” A story over a decade in the making, the novel spins a tale starring a young girl on a magical quest to save her grandfather.

CBR News spoke with Krul about both projects, with the writer readily providing new details about “Jirni” and “The Lost Spark,” the challenges of writing prose and how his real life experiences have influenced his creations. Plus, exclusive cover art.

To read the full interview, go to
For more books from J.T. Krul and Aspen Comics, check out Comixology, The Aspen Store, or a comic shop near you!

Geeks Unleashed Talks to Mark Roslan



By Christopher Romero at Geeks Unleashed

Mark Roslan, Director of Design and Production at Aspen Comics, has played an important role with the publisher’s creative team since its debut a decade ago. Now celebrating its tenth year in the comic industry, Aspen Comics has begun its “10 for 10″ initiative as of this month, with the release of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1, written by David Wohl. Mark discussed with Geeks Unleashed his role with Aspen, and the company’s upcoming plans for its new titles.

To read the full interview, go to GeeksUnleashed.Me!
To find more books from Aspen and Mark Roslan, check out or The Aspen Store.

Press Release: Overtaken / Awaken Skies Voting!

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Aspen Providing Fans With The Opportunity To Decide New Series

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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: or 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

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Geeks Unleashed Interviews Vince Hernandez

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By Mark Brassington of Geeks Unleashed

Founded by Michael Turner, Aspen Comics celebrates their 10th anniversary this month and they’ve planned something very special. We, at GeeksUnleashed, relished the opportunity to sit down with writer and Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez.

GU: Vince, thanks for talking to GeeksUnleashed. What can you tell us about the ’10 for 10’ campaign?

VH: Our “10 for 10” initiative is both an ambitious project as well as a huge celebration for our tenth anniversary as a publisher. At the core of the “10 for 10” are our ten new Aspen series released over a ten month span starting in February. This will include five popular returning series and five all new properties that we’re beyond excited about.

To read the rest of this interview, check out GeeksUnleashed.Me!

Legend of the Shadow Clan #2: Retailer Incentive Covers



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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.


Vince Hernandez Talks “10 for 10” With CBR

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By Steve Sunu at Comic Book Resources


CBR News: Vince, before we start talking in detail about some of the new 10-for-10 titles, I’d like to touch on the teaser Aspen released for the promotion. How was the decision made to feature the series’ female leads in such a prominent fashion?


Vince Hernandez: We didn’t start out intentionally to make it a full-on, all female piece; it just organically worked that way. I won’t say we sat down and said, “Hey, we’re going to do a poster with ten females.” Ultimately, a lot of times these things are decided by what we think will be the best character for the piece, what we thought would make for the strongest composition of the overall poster. When we did this 10-for-10 poster, looked at each title, looked at the main characters for each series and said, “Which character do we think visually will be the most striking for the piece and which will be the most recognizable?” For the five returning 10-for-10 books, we wanted to make sure we had a character that would be recognizable — for example, Aspen Matthews or Grace from “Soulfire” or Iris from “Executive Assistant.” Our fans, when they see those characters, they know instantly what to expect. So we definitely wanted to put those on the returning ones.

To read the rest of this interview, check it out at, or to catch up on all of the series talked about in this article, go to the!

Shrugged Volume 2 Retailer Exclusive Press Release




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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 or download it digitally on Comixology!