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King Kirby

release date: Jul 31, 2014
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King Kirby
"Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente, the husband-and-wife playwrights behind 'King Kirby, ' know the score. She wrote the smart Off Off Broadway shows "Cut" and the fangirl-friendly 'Geek'; he was a co-author of the graphic novel 'Cowboys & Aliens, ' later adapted for a Hollywood sci-fi western. With this supple, informative and poignant portrait, they offer penetrating insight into the tirelessly prolific Kirby (1917-94), whose brawny and dynamic yet nuanced style dominated comics for more than 40 years. Their play (Kirby was known as the king) documents a creator who attained immortality even as his life ended amid a morass of corporate exploitation." - Andy Webster, The New York Times KING KIRBY is a play by the husband-and-wife team of New York Times bestselling comics writer Fred Van Lente and NYIT award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman about the life and times of Jack Kirby, the great comic book artist who created or co-created some of your favorite heroes on the page and screen, Captain America, the Avengers, Thor, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Young Romance, the New Gods, Darkseid, The Demon... the list goes on and on. From the Jewish ghetto of New York's Lower East Side to the battlefields of France to the Senate hearings of 1950s, this is a hysterical and heartbreaking story about a man who pours his quintessentially Twentieth Century life into his comics, only to make the fateful mistake that sends him into obscurity while his creations become known to every person on Earth. A real-life "Adventures of Kavalier & Klay," King Kirby asks what happens when an artist doesn't own his own legacy? Can he ever get it back?

Resurrectionists: Near Death Experience

release date: Sep 01, 2015
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Resurrectionists: Near Death Experience
Resurrectionists are a select group of people who cannot only remember their past lives, but also become them. Framed architect-turned-thief Jericho Way and his crew of modern-day tomb robbers aren’t born knowing they’ve been trying to pull off the same heist for three millennia. First, they have to wake up. But with enlightenment comes grave danger—the eternally antagonistic Sojourn Corporation is now hot on their heels! Collects Resurrectionists #1–#6. “Resurrectionists [is] great! Action, intrigue, and mystery aplenty!”—Jim Zub (Conan Red Sonja)

The Con Artist

release date: Jul 10, 2018
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The Con Artist
This illustrated mystery will appeal to comic book fans and anyone who appreciates an unconventional whodunit. Comic book artist Mike Mason arrives at San Diego Comic-Con, seeking sanctuary with other fans and creators—and maybe to reunite with his ex—but when his rival is found murdered, he becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, Mike will have to navigate every corner of the con, from zombie obstacle courses and cosplay flash mobs to intrusive fans and obsessive collectors, in the process unraveling a dark secret behind one of the industry’s most legendary creators.

Make Comics Like the Pros

release date: Jan 01, 2014
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Make Comics Like the Pros
Provides an introduction to the comics industry, with information on how to create a comic, the importance of artistic collaboration, and selling personal comics.

Weird Detective: The Stars Are Wrong

release date: Feb 21, 2017
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Weird Detective: The Stars Are Wrong
The streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn't a man at all. Detective Sebastian Green is one of them--it takes a monster to catch a monster. New York Time's best-selling author, Fred Van Lente, and artist Guiu Vilanova are on the case for Weird Detective, a Lovecraftian mystery tale!

Marvel-Verse

release date: Nov 04, 2020
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Marvel-Verse
Collects Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2010) #4, Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors (2014) #8, Free Comic Book Day 2009 (Wolverine: Origin Of An X-Man), Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (2010) #3. Feisty fun for the whole family with two of Marvel’s most popular superstars! Everybody loves Deadpool, right? Somebody ought to tell the Avengers! Can the Merc with a Mouth fast-talk his way out of a confrontation with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? At least Spider-Man can see Wade Wilson’s appeal - until a day in the life of Deadpool shows him a little something about power and irresponsibility. Wolverine’s keen to teach Spidey a lesson too, when he finds out the webhead is following him -and he is one tutor who makes sure you get the point! And what was Wolvie up to just before he first tangled with the Hulk?

Ten Dead Comedians

release date: Jul 11, 2017
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Ten Dead Comedians
Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both a savagely funny homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and a thoroughly contemporary show-business satire. As the story opens, nine comedians of various acclaim are summoned to the island retreat of legendary Hollywood funnyman Dustin Walker. The group includes a former late-night TV host, a washed-up improv instructor, a ridiculously wealthy “blue collar” comic, and a past-her-prime Vegas icon. All nine arrive via boat to find that every building on the island is completely deserted. Marooned without cell phone service or wifi signals, they soon find themselves being murdered one by one. But who is doing the killing, and why? A darkly clever take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and other classics of the genre, Ten Dead Comedians is a marvel of literary ventriloquism, with hilarious comic monologues in the voice of every suspect. It’s also an ingeniously plotted puzzler with a twist you’ll never see coming!

War Mother TPB

release date: Feb 28, 2018
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War Mother TPB
Out of the pages of 4001 A.D., the breakout hero of the 41st century charges onward in an high-powered tale of tomorrow from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and high-octane artists Stephen Segovia (NINJAK,?Action Comics) and Tom?s Giorello (X-O MANOWAR)! Two millennia from today, Earth is not the hospitable home we once knew. Ravaged by an endless onslaught of war, disaster, and time, the world is littered with desolate badlands, fortified kingdoms, and secretive enclaves where humanity still clings to life? Enclaves like The Grove ? Earth?s last known repository of scientific knowledge and bioengineered prosperity. Now, under the leadership of the lone protector called WAR MOTHER and her sentient sniper rifle, the denizens of The Grove face a critical choice: remain where they are and die, or find a new land and flourish. Can War Mother lead her people out of isolation and reignite the fires of a dying planet? And even if she can locate the distant citadel she seeks, can she fight back the horrors and perverse monstrosities that lurk just beyond her doorstep? In the footsteps of RAI and BOOK OF DEATH, raw power meets tribal warfare as Fred Van Lente & Stephen Segovia forge a modern myth of the near future through the fire-tempered frontier of 41st century Earth for Valiant?s next stunning science-fiction showdown! Collecting WAR MOTHER #1?4 and 4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1.

Action Presidents #4: John F. Kennedy!

release date: Jun 16, 2020
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Action Presidents #4: John F. Kennedy!
“A delightful, educational spin on history—and plenty of jokes,” said School Library Journal. “Sheer joy,” praised Booklist in a starred review. Finalist for the 2019 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award in Middle Grade Nonfiction U.S. history comes to life like never before in this full-color graphic novel! We all know that John F. Kennedy was a World War II hero and a pro at giving speeches. But did you also know he survived shark-infested waters, suffered a case of mistaken identity, and once used a coconut to send a secret message? Wimpy Kid meets the Who Was... series in these hilarious new graphic novels—where the history is real and the jokes are fake—from New York Times bestselling comic book author Fred Van Lente and award-winning cartoonist Ryan Dunlavey. Historically accurate and highly entertaining, Action Presidents’ bold and hilarious comic-style illustration is perfect for curious minds, filled with timelines, maps, charts, and more, readers will keep learning until the last page.

Marvel Zombies 5

release date: Jun 11, 2014
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Marvel Zombies 5
Collects Marvel Zombies 5 #1-5. MACHINE MAN IS BACK! Zombies of the multiverse, watch your rotting backs! To obtain a cure for the zombie virus for Morbius the Living Vampire, Aaron Stack, Agent of ARMOR, must traverse alternate realities hunting down the plague in all its myriad forms...with a most unusual (but somehow oddly appropriate) partner! First up: in the Alterniverse known as "The Territory," the Old West never died. But when the greatest gunslingers of Marveldom - Two-Gun Kid, Phantom Rider, Kid Colt, and many others - rise from their graves in Boot Hill, the stage is set for a High Noon showdown with flesh-eating outlaws the likes of which you've never seen! Also featuring a trip to Camelot to battle the original Black Knight!
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