An Aspen Universe is coming!

Newsarama has the first look at July’s Aspen Comics crossover event Revelations, due to debut in July. This event is the first time that Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire are crossing over, and it will “forge a brand new Aspen universe’ according to the publisher.

FIRST LOOK: Aspen Universe

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Comics that are real page Turners! Michael Turner founded Aspen in 2003, and since then, they’ve built up quite the assortment of comics — ranging from Fathom to Soulfire to Lola XOXO. Get started reading Aspen with this bundle’s selection of titles, or build your collection if you’re already a fan!

Pay what you want for The Four Points: Volume 1, The Art of Aspen: Volume 1, Shrugged: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom Kiani: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Volume 1, Executive Assistant Iris: Volume 1, and Charismagic: Volume 1.

Pay more than the average price to also receive The ZooHunters #1-3, Legend of the Shadow Clan: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Omnibus Edition 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Omnibus Edition 1, Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam: Volume 1, Lola XOXO: Volume 1, Jirni: Volume 1, Jirni: Volume 2, Executive Assistant Iris: Omnibus 1, Damsels In Excess: Volume 1, and Charismagic: Omnibus Edition 1.

Pay $15 or more for all of that plus Michael Turner Sketchbook: Digital Remastered Edition, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Swimsuit Edition, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Killian’s Tide, Homecoming: Volume 1, Ekos: Volume 1 Preview, and Aspen Extended Edition.

Name your price. Together, the comics in this bundle are worth as much as $585. Here at Humble Bundle, though, you choose the price!

Read them anywhere. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here.

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FATHOM/SOULFIRE Mega Crossover Event!

FATHOM/SOULFIRE Crossover

‘A Long Time’ Coming

 "Worlds of Aspen 2016" concept art

ETERNAL SOULFIRE ‘Fresh Starting Point’ For Tech/Magic Series

On July 8th, Aspen Comics will debut ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 – A ‘Fresh Starting Point’ for readers.

Writer J.T. Krul sits down and talks with Newsarama.com about the upcoming new Tech/Magic Series from Krul, penciller Alex Konat and colorist Federico Blee.

Michael Turner’s Soulfire series at Aspen is getting a new fire — one who, in a way, is a lot like you.

Aspen is launching a new series, Eternal Soulfire, on May 2 as part of Free Comic Book Day inside their title Worlds of Aspen. The new series, by J.T. Krul and Alex Konat, follows a fresh-faced young girl named Cassidy whose life is changed when she realizes she has magic powers inside the tech-heavy world of Soulfire. Whereas previous series focused on the adept Malikai who had a destiny for greatness, Eternal Soulfire’s Cassidy is just a normal girl pulled into something much larger than herself.

After debuting in May 2’s Worlds of Aspen 2015, the series launches on its own July 8 with Eternal Soulfire #1. Newsarama talked with Krul about relaunching Michael Turner’s series, creating this new avenue — and new guide — into the Soulfire universe, and what he’s doing to make this a fresh entry point for new readers.

Newsarama: J.T., for people who may not know about Soulfire — what can you tell us about it?

J.T. Krul: Soulfire is a futuristic fantasy adventure where the ancient power of magic returns amidst a world dominated by technology. Sort of a Lord of the Rings meets Blade Runner. The magic has affected some people but not others, and it largely stays hidden in the shadows, but with winged-warriors, dragons, and monstrosities that merge the magic and the technology – it’s getting harder and harder for the world to ignore the truth.

Newsarama: And what is going on in this new series, Eternal Soulfire?

J.T. Krul: Eternal Soulfire is something of a fresh starting point in which we explore a new corner of the Soulfire Universe. Whereas the story up until now in the main Soulfire book has focused on Malikai, a unique spirit that was destined to spark the return of magic in this new age, for Eternal Soulfire, we are telling a different kind of story as we introduce a new character – Cassidy.

Newsarama: What can you tell us about Cassidy, and how you came up with her?

J.T. Krul: Sure. Like I said, so much of Soulfire has focused on Malikai and his special destiny in the grand scheme of the Soulfire mythos. Other books have delved into the rich mythology of the universe, touching upon everything from the last age of magic eons ago to the very elder gods responsible for all creation itself. With Cassidy, I wanted to tell a story about a person, an average ordinary girl who is just trying to live her life, but things go a bit crazy when she discovers that she has the magic inside of her. And because these powers partially manifest themselves in wings on her back, it’s not something she can hide. How it changes her and the decisions she is forced to make because of the magic really propels the story forward. Magic is wonderful and super and powerful, but it can also be terrifying and isolating.

Newsarama: And she’s working with the relatively more experienced Miya. What’s her story?

J.T. Krul: Miya is the main familiar face from the Soulfire universe that appears in the book. She has been around for ages, going all the way back to the very early wild times of magic. Over the centuries, she has remained hidden away as she focuses all her energy on fighting the chaos of magic. In the Soulfire Universe, there are two primary parts of the magic. The chaos and the order. She’s seen firsthand the destructive nature of the chaos and does everything she can to combat it. She’s very Amazonian in a way and has amassed a small tribe of magical females to both protect and use in her battle. She’s intense and brutal and very driven.

Newsarama: And what are these two up against?

J.T. Krul: Even though the notion of magic existing in the world is still something of an urban legend, certain figures in positions of authority have been smart enough to see the truth. And, it terrifies them. A special military unit has been established to fight this emerging threat in all the forms it takes – even if that means a frightened and confused teenage girl.

Newsarama: What can people expect in the Free Comic Book Day issue coming out May 2?

J.T. Krul: For FCBD, we’ve crafted an original 12 -page tale that really sets the stage for the larger story to come. It’s the perfect place to jump into the Soulfire Universe. And, heck, it’s free!

Newsarama: And if they like it, where should they go to read next?

J.T. Krul: Eternal Soulfire #1 will be out July 8.

Newsarama: Working with you on this is your Mindfield collaborator, Alex Konat. What’s it like having someone you know, specifically Alex, on this project?

J.T. Krul: I cannot say enough about Alex and his art. We’ve known each other for years now, going back to way before we even partnered up on Mindfield. I was thrilled when I found out that he was joining Eternal Soulfire. His work reminds me a lot of Gary Frank – very realistic and grounded. Which actually serves a story about magic quite well. It makes everything seem more genuine and tangible. And his ability to convey emotion through facial expressions is critical for this story. I am lucky to have him. I really think people are going to love his work.

All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire!

AllNew_SOULFIRE-01a-Marion AllNew_SOULFIRE-01b-Marion-reserved AllNew_SOULFIRE-01d_RetailerSpecOur final “10 for 10” release, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire returns on March 13th! For only $1 you can discover the all new reader-friendly direction in the Soulfire universe! From writer J.T. Krul and an all new art team of V. Ken Marion and Kyle Ritter, this exciting debut issue features this awesome direct edition cover by Marion and Ritter, as well as the Aspen Reserved Edition cover by Marion and Peter Steigerwald! Also, select retailers participated in the Retailer Exclusive incentive and will receive this highly limited custom cover for their stores! Don’t miss out on one of our biggest releases of the year!

Alamo City Comic Con Exclusives!

EA_ASSASSINS-16d-Pa#A0A6520 AllNew_FATHOM-03d-Oum-Alamo AspenTOUR08-Alamo2013-epson FAV5-3d-Oum-Alamo2013-epson EASS-16d-Pantalena-Al#62833Aspen is headed to San Antonio for the Alamo City Comic Con on October 25-27th and we’re bringing a TON of new exclusives comic books and prints as well as some of your favorite Aspen creators! Join Frank Mastromauro (Overtaken, Shrugged), Vince Hernandez (Trish Out of Water, Charismagic), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni) and Brian Buccellato (All New Executive Assistant: Iris, The Flash) as will be appearing all weekend long at the Aspen Comics Booths #’s B6, B7 and B8! Also check out these awesome exclusive titles and prints we’ll have available at the con and also on www.aspenstore.com!

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 ComicBookResources.com, or to catch up on all of the series talked about in this article, go to the AspenStore.com!