Preview: Shrugged #1!

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SHRUGGED #1

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

Aspen’s Ten Year Anniversary celebrates the return of SHRUGGED!

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!

Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, with illustrations by newcomer Jonathan Marks and colorist Beth Sotelo, make sure to listen to the voices inside your head and pick up a copy of SHRUGGED #1 today!

SHRUGGED #1 is in stores March 13th, 2013!

FC                               32 pages                                  $1.00

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Shrugged #1: Retailer Exclusive Covers!

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ASPEN’S SHRUGGED #1 SELLS OVER 32K COPIES, PERSONALIZED RETAILER EXCLUSIVE COVERS REVEALED

Press Release             

02-25-13

Aspen is pleased to announce that the second release in their ambitious “10 for 10” initiative, Shrugged #1, has ordered in excess of over 32,000 copies and will feature a large array of retailer exclusive covers personalized for each individual store. Aspen Owner and President Frank Mastromauro discusses:

“As the writer and co-creator of the series, I couldn’t be happier with the great response we’ve had to the long awaited return of Shrugged. After having it on the schedule for several years, seeing it come back as one of the ‘10 for 10’ launch titles is a complete thrill. This volume was born with an idea Michael Turner had for the sequel to our first volume of the series, and I couldn’t be more proud bringing to life for everyone!”

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. The Shrugged #1 Aspen Reserved Edition cover features artwork by series artist Jonathan Marks and Steigerwald.

Aspen encourages everyone to check out the release of Shrugged #1 for only $1 on March 13th.

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To catch up on Shrugged volume one, go to Comixology.com or The Aspen Store!

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