Aspen’s May 2013 Solicitations

ASPEN MLT Inc.

    May 2013 Solicitation Copy

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CHARISMAGIC #1

Vince Hernandez – Story / Vincenzo Cucca – Art / Emilio Lopez – Colors

CHARISMAGIC returns as Aspen’s newest ‘10 for 10’ debut! 

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!

Joined by the sensational artwork of Vincenzo Cucca, CHARISMAGIC creator Vince Hernandez and colorist Emilio Lopez are ready to take you on an amazing ride in this newest volume of the acclaimed hit series. Be prepared because everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!

CHARISMAGIC #1 is in stores May 1st, 2013!

FC                               32 pages                                 $1.00

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JT Krul – Story / Paolo Pantalena – Art / Brett Smith – Colors

Take an incredible JIRNI with Aspen’s newest hit series!

Discover a whole new world of adventure! As Ara’s fortuitous quest continues, her path is shrouded in mystery. Upon arriving in a remote village struggling to survive through desperate times, she discovers someone who might offer answers to the questions that torment her. But as Ara has learned time and again, nothing shall come easy in this unrelenting world. Will she have the strength and courage to venture into the pit of darkness itself to find the truth – not only about her missing mother but about herself as well?

After years of preparation, creator JT Krul is ready to take you on a JIRNI unlike any other! Accompanied by the incredible talents of artist Paolo Pantalena and colorist Brett Smith, this is one JIRNI you won’t want to miss!

JIRNI #2 is in stores May 22nd, 2013!

FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99              

 

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SHRUGGED #3

Frank Mastromauro – Story / Jonathan Marks – Art / Beth Sotelo – Colors

The long awaited return of SHRUGGED continues!

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!

Perspecta has a new dark ruler as Lord Slive revels in his takeover and now plans his attack on planet Earth. Barely surviving with his life, Magnuss, the ousted true leader of Perspecta, reaches out for help, but who will come to his aid? Meanwhile, Theo’s girl troubles are heating up as he’s torn between the three women in his life. Those may be the least of his worries though because something bad has happened to Ange and Dev, and Theo may not survive their new transformations!

Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, with illustrations by newcomer Jonathan Marks and colors by Beth Sotelo, make sure to listen to the voices inside your head and pick up the newest issue of SHRUGGED today!

SHRUGGED #3 is in stores May 15th, 2013!

FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99


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LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN #4

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

What is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN?

Now that Morgan Himura and her family have learned that they’re descendants of a long line of ninja warriors called the Shadow Clan, one would think that their lives would vastly improve. Especially since the Himura siblings seem to be gaining a better understanding of their unique abilities and talents–especially Morgan, who has always excelled at anything she’s put her mind to. But, there’s a reason why the Shadow Clan had been in hiding for centuries–and now that the Himuras are out in the open, their ancient enemy, the Ghost Clan, has wasted no time in tracking them down. Ready or not, today is the day the Ghost Clan takes the fight to the Shadow Clan!

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 #4 is in stores May 8th, 2013!

FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99

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ASPEN SPLASH 2013 SWIMSUIT SPECTACULAR – ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Michael Turner / Peter Steigerwald / Joe Benitez / Alex Konat / Beth Sotelo / Micah Gunnell / Siya Oum / John Starr / Marcus To / Francis Manapul / Talent Caldwell / Ale Garza / Khary Randolph / Mike DeBalfo / and many more! – Art

 The fan favorite ASPEN SPLASH issue makes waves again this summer!

Join Aspen as we celebrate ten amazing years of publication by offering this special ASPEN SPLASH 2013 SWIMSUIT SPECTACULAR Anniversary Edition issue featuring a gigantic roster of Aspen’s finest artists from past to present! Including many of the most breathtaking and classic pin-ups over our first ten year span—including founder Michael Turner’s most iconic pieces, as well as a host of new gorgeous pin-ups showcasing tons of fan favorite Aspen characters. Jam-packed from cover to cover with nothing but breathtaking art, this exclusive Anniversary Edition is one swimsuit spectacular that simply cannot be missed!

ASPEN SPLASH 2013 SWIMSUIT SPECTACULAR – ANNIVERSARY EDITION

is in stores May 2013!

FC                               32 pages                                $3.99

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11

Vince Hernandez – Writer / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Teo Gonzalez  – Colors

Executive Assistant Lotus takes center stage!

Explore the creation of a master assassin and the tragic past of Executive Assistant Lotus in “Bloodline”, the origin of one of the EA Universe’s most popular—and deadly–heroines. As a child raised in India, Rani (Lotus) was continually teased amongst her peers for her vulnerability and proclivity towards technology and science. However, following a horrific turn of events that shatters her existence at its core, Rani must choose to grow up fast, and to rely on her survival instincts and technical expertise in order to survive—or die!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11 is in stores May 2013!

FC                               32 pages                                $3.99

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SOULFIRE (vol 4) #7

J.T. Krul – Story / Mike DeBalfo ; Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Nei Ruffino  – Colors

Michael Turner’s epic fantasy adventure approaches its climatic finale!

Once before, Malikai was lost to the world of the living, trapped in a hellish abyss of chaos and misery. Thanks to Grace and his friends, he was saved and given another chance at life. So what on Earth could bring him to return to that desolate realm? The time has come for Malikai to journey beyond the edge of all existence and come face-to-face with one of the driving forces behind all creation – Behold! The great god of Chaos!

SOULFIRE (vol 4) #7 is in stores May 2013!

FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99

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CHARISMAGIC VOL 1: THE VANISHING TPB

Vince Hernandez – Story / Khary Randolph – Art / Emilio Lopez – Colors

Everything we thought we knew about magic will…Vanish.


Hank Medley is a Las Vegas magician at the top of his game. For Hank, everything comes easy: women, fame, and overwhelming fortune. However, ‘Hank the Magnificent’ soon realizes that in Sin City, your luck can change at the drop of a hat–or wand–in his case. Powerful forces of magic once banished from our reality have returned, and Hank is about to step out of his stage show “Charismagic”, and into a world where the wonders of magic have not only come back, but are even flourishing! However, with some of these newly arrived beings intent on vengeance for deeds done to them in the past, will Hank be able to survive this new landscape of reality-and magic?

Collecting together the sold out zero issue and issues 1-6, along with a complete cover gallery and an extensive sketchbook section, magical creatures of myth and legend, wizards and sorcerers of immense power, and so much more come to life in this thrilling first volume of the critically-acclaimed series, CHARISMAGIC!

CHARISMAGIC VOL 1: THE VANISHING TPB is in stores May 2013!

FC                               184 pages                               $18.99

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #2!

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LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #2

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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For more Legend of the Shadow Clan, check out Comixology.com or The Aspen Store.

Advanced Reviews for Legend of the Shadow Clan #1!

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Reviews have been rolling in for the first book in our “10 for 10” initiative so, today, rather than featuring just one review, we wanted to thank all of the terrific sites that have been helping to promote our brand new series. To read the full reviews, click on the site’s name for more.
Thanks, everyone!

Bleeding Cool“The action is exciting while the story that’s told is interesting. I mean, who doesn’t like ninjas?” 

Speak Geeky To Me: “The opening issue is very much a fun, almost all ages, book of familial interaction with a slight ninja twist.” Score: 8/10

Comic Book Resources: “The art joins the story in lockstep to deliver a surprisingly entertaining and thrilling comic book.” Score: 4/5

Digital NoobBoth writers have combined to make these skilled people very believable, very crafty, and insanely fun to read.” Score: 8/10

Geekadelphia: “Wohl and Foxhoven have created the perfect vehicle for giving readers lots of ninjas doing ninja stuff in a ninja way. And it’s a blast!”

World of Aspen:This first issue does it well, and having sold over 35k copies, finding this first issue should not be hard to do.”

Omnicomic: “He [Wohl] effortlessly blends a greater criminal operation with the somewhat mundane family dynamic of the Himuras”

The Geekality: “The logos of twenty different comic shops are featured prominently on the covers of these variations. Now that’s what I call supporting the shops who actually support these books. Thanks, Aspen!” Score: 3.5/5

The Geek Girl Project: “Here is a story that promises it’s full of ninjas, skulking, and skullduggery!”

Team Hellions: “The action on the page moves so fast at times that I thought Brad called up Peter Jackson and put the 48 frames per second on his panels.”

Word of the Nerd: “Legend of the Shadow Clan promises 32 fully-colored pages with excellent artwork by Cory Smith and a story by David Wohl that quickly draws you in.” Score: 5/5

Florida Geek Scene: “I enjoyed this issue, solid graphics, character set up, story… There is a lot of potential.  It’s a whole family of ninjas who are just finding out that fact.” Score: 8/10

Major Spoilers: “Smith does a nice job portraying movement and, since this is a book about ninjas, this is a blessedly good thing.” Score: 4.5/5

Geek Mundo: “I have a feeling that it will get nice and bloody. I can’t wait!!”

Graphic Policy: “The first issue starts off with a great action sequence, like a high octane movie looking to hook you right away.” Score: 8/10

Comic Buzz: “This is a solid first issue that does what most first issues are mean to– set up the premise , introduce the characters, and tease what’s to come.” Score: 7.5/10

The Pull Box: “The plot was devious and exciting, the colors vibrant, and the illustrations really deepened the story and made the plot more intense.” 

Geeks Unleashed: “The writing and artwork for this book is polished and crafted with precision. Wohl and company set the stage for what has the potential to be a fantastic title.”

The Examiner: “The artwork captures the action as the ninjas appear through clouds of smoke. Their movements are fluid and their swords are sharp. Through Smith’s layouts you can follow the action as it moves across the page.”

Unleash the Fanboy: “The series writer brilliantly nails the correct dialogue to bring about a unique level of authenticity” Score: 4/5

Comic Bastards: “What a great looking book! This is the type of art and production that I’ve come to associate with Aspen and hopefully it’ll continue to look this good on the series.” Score: 4/5

Chuck’s Comic of the Day: “With a solid story by David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven and strong art by Cory Smith (with some strong hints of Sal Buscema’s style on display), this is a solid start to a new series.” Score: A-

Comic Related: “Writer David Wohl does an excellent job of not only pulling these separate images but also manages to skillfully do the thing that every first issue must do and so many fail to do, establish and interesting landscape with players that the reader cares about and a story that makes them want more.”

Interview with David Wohl on Unleash the Fanboy

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By Stephen Lemlek at Unleash the Fanboy

A few days ago we had the opportunity to talk with long time comic scribe David Wohl.  Most famous for creating indie titles The Darkness and Withcblade, Wohl’s has been involved with comics since his high school years (working for the House of Ideas at the time), and has dipped his toes in quite a few other publishing houses since.  So jump into the conversation as we talk about this time in the industry, his brand new series LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN, and a ton more!

 

To read the rest of this interview, check out UnleashTheFanboy.com, or for more exciting comics by David Wohl, take a look at the AspenStore.com and Comixology.com!

 

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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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.