Category: Press Release

Girl With No Name – Legion M

For a few weeks now, we have been getting teased about the comic book derived from the Slamdance award-winning screenplay of the same name currently in development with Legion M and Co-Op Entertainment. As of a few days ago, we finally got all of the information about the book, and the Kickstarter!! As of the writing of this article, the Kickstarter has DESTROYED expectations set at $6,000, and has reached just over $53K!! If this isn’t more proof, that Legion M is working, then you just aren’t paying attention! Here is the story, right from the Kickstarter page:

On the way to a new life on the frontier, a five-year-old GIRL’s parents are murdered by highwaymen. Orphaned, The Girl is taken in by her mysterious UNCLE, an ex-Confederate turned bounty hunter—not a man who ever wanted to raise a child. But The Girl demands he take her in because she knows that he is the man who will make her parents’ killers pay. And they will pay in blood.

Every day, The Girl pushes her Uncle to go after the people who killed “ma and pa.” At the age of ten, her Uncle finally teaches her to shoot. Like him, The Girl is a natural sharpshooter… a crack shot. She has more natural talent with a gun than anyone he has ever seen. It scares the Uncle to think what could become of her if she joined the “killin’ trade.”

As she grows, the bond between them grows, and he begins to see her as his own daughter.  But just when The Uncle is about to hang up his gun for good, a band of outlaws murders him and burns their ranch, leaving The Girl—now 18—for dead in their burning house. But The Girl survives the fire and now, orphaned once again, has only one drive: vengeance. With no one else willing to go after the outlaws, The Girl grabs her gun and takes justice into her own hands.

“By bringing the Legion M community to bear (and introducing Girl With No Name to an entire new community on Kickstarter), we hope to demonstrate that there is demand for an original story like this. The more traction we’ve got, the easier it will be to get the attention of the talent, agencies, studios, etc. that can bring this franchise to the big screen!

In addition, we believe that comics are an EXCELLENT way to develop a film—particularly one as heavily stylized (think 300Kingsmen, or even Sin City) as director Tanya Wexler’s vision for Girl With No Name. There’s no better medium to experiment with visual storytelling than comics, and there’s no better way to do that than by involving the community in the process!”

The Field Guide To Evil – March 29th

Before you read anymore, PLEASE take the time to check out the trailer!! This anthology series looks absolutely amazing if you are a horror buff. Just watching the trailer gives me goosebumps, and reminds me of horror films of my younger days!! The Field Guide to Evil hits theaters and all digital platforms, on March 29th!!

In FIELD GUIDE, eight of the most exciting new voices in international horror were asked to draw upon the folklore of their country, reimagining a legend through their own unique (and often twisted) creative lens. The film was also the very first equity crowd-funded feature in America, generating $500,000 of funding from 255 equity investors.

“We approach creating a project like this as fans. What do we want to see first and foremost. Then we assembled a team of filmmakers we felt to be among the most interesting new voices in horror on the planet,” says producer Ant Timpson. “We can’t wait for audiences to explore these diverse and dark paths they’ve created.”

THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL features segments by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE), Peter Strickland (THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO), Agnieszka Smoczynska (THE LURE, FUGUE), Katrin Gebbe (NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN, PELICAN BLOOD), Can Evrenol (BASKIN, HOUSEWIFE), Calvin Reeder (THE RAMBLER), Ashim Ahluwalia (MISS LOVELY), and Yannis Veslemes (NORWAY).

In addition to Tim League and Ant Timpson, who produced the successful ABCs OF DEATH franchise, THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL was executive produced by investors Christos V. Konstantakopoulos (BEFORE MIDNIGHT, THE LOBSTER), Keith and Jess Calder (ANOMALISA, BLAIR WITCH, YOU’RE NEXT), and Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company (MANDY, JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT).

Legion M will be hosting fan meet-ups for THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL at select theaters across the United States.

“Being a fan-owned entertainment company, we’re not only financially invested in FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL but our fast-growing community of 70,000 members and investors are empowered to share our project with the world so they can experience it with us,” says Paul Scanlan, cofounder and CEO of Legion M. “FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL was one of Legion M’s earliest investments and we have been eagerly awaiting this opportunity to activate our proven experiential meet-up model across the country, which will eventize screenings and feature cool perks like exclusive FIELD GUIDE merchandise for all meet-up attendees.”

Tribute To Stan Lee Event


Breaking news coming from our friends at Legion M! Legion M, Kevin Smith, and Agents of Mayhem, in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, announced today “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee.” This event is a tribute to the life and career of the great Stan Lee! This will be a time for Stan’s friends to memorialize one of the greatest storytellers of all-time, and benefit one of Stan’s favorite charities: The Hero Initiative.

There will be only a limited amount of tickets for sale, for this event! The tickets officially went on sale TODAY 1/9/19 at 6pm MST. You can purchase your tickets at – https://legionm.com/stantribute. All of the net proceeds of the ticket sales will go to The Hero Initiative! Amazingly, The Hero Initiative is a charity. The money that they receive, goes to help comic book creators, artists, and writers in need!

The tribute event on Wednesday, January 30, will begin with a public appreciation of Stan’s life and work at Hollywood’s iconic TCL Chinese Theatre forecourt that will feature fan-favorite speakers, an art exhibit celebrating Stan’s legacy by famed pop-culture artist Rob Prior, select costumes and props from Stan’s cameos and creations, a musical performance and a special moment of remembrance centered around Stan Lee’s hand and foot imprint. After a red carpet arrival of guests, the evening will proceed with a private tribute inside the IMAX Theatre hosted by one of Stan’s biggest fans, Kevin Smith.

Kevin will moderate conversations with celebrity speakers from the entertainment industry such as Mark Hamill, Rob Liefeld (Co-Creator of Deadpool), Michael Uslan (Executive Producer, “The Dark Knight”), Vincent D’Onofrio, RZA, and Tom DeSanto (Producer, “X-Men,” “Transformers” franchise) among others who will share their favorite memories and personal stories of Stan.  The evening will be rounded off with video tributes and live performances of Stan’s favorite music and poetry.

The tribute event is being produced by fan-owned entertainment company Legion M, which is revolutionizing the way entertainment is made in Hollywood by uniting a growing fan community of 50,000+ members, including more than 10,000 fan-owners. In addition to producing film and television projects, Legion M organized Stan Lee’s hand and foot imprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in 2017. Legion M is producing the tribute with the production and consulting company Agents of Mayhem whose founder Darren Passarello worked for Stan for several years.

Both companies are working in close partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, the multimedia company founded in 2001 by the iconic comic book creator Stan Lee with his friend and business partner Gill Champion, who is the company’s president. Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment is the sole owner of the Stan Lee name and all new original content he created since 2001. Under the leadership of CEO Scott D. Williams and Gill Champion, the company has been and will continue to be the guardian of Stan Lee’s legacy and is excited to roll out new projects and new adventures Stan had been working on. On behalf of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, Chief Marketing Officer Bob Sabouni will be overseeing and guiding the tribute day alongside the other event partners.

Scott D. Williams, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment said, “We are honored for this chance for Stan’s fans and friends to come together in a celebration of his remarkable life. Despite his passing, Stan’s name, work and legacy will continue to flourish and be revealed to the world. We are committed to honor Stan’s extraordinary life and work.”  

 Gill Champion, Stan Lee’s partner and confidante for over 18 years, said, “Stan was a unique and unforgettable human being, truly adored worldwide. He loved coming to work and creating endless new ideas and stories and in spite of his genius he was a relatable and kind man that his admirers could relate to with ease. He will be dearly missed and his legacy will live on now and for many more generations to come.”

Producer of the event David Baxter, VP Development at Legion M, writes, “Stan Lee played a major cameo in all the lives of the fans he loved, be it through his writing, his acting or his personal interactions.  We feel this tribute is a perfect opportunity for Stan’s beloved fans to unite with celebrities and friends of Stan to give the man the grand sendoff he deserves.”

Agents of Mayhem founder Darren Passarello, who got his start in entertainment from Stan and is also co-producing the event added, “Stan saw the good and the potential in everyone he met, and he never hesitated to help them if he could.  It is not only an esteemed privilege but a personal honor to be a part of this tribute.”

The head of The Hero Initiative Jim McLauchlin knew Stan for decades and said, “Stan believed in the ‘golden rule,’ and always went out of his way to make time for others and make their day just a little bit better. I think this tribute is absolutely in that spirit, and a great chance for fans to get together, share their love for Stan, and find strength in that.”

Producers of the tribute event plan to announce additional details for the event soon via social media feeds. Details of specific speakers, performers and other activities will be shared on the social channels for Kevin Smith, Legion M, Agents of Mayhem, and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. (@TheRealStanLee, @ThatKevinSmith, @LegionMofficial, @AgentsofMayhem).

Legion M & Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Partnership

Are you ready for what promises to be another awesome partnership with Legion M!? It was announced that Legion M and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment would be partnering to jointly source, develop, and produce community driven original content that not only embraces entertainment fans but also gives them a chance to potentially invest and receive equity in the projects. CSS Entertainment is already growing a network of successful VOD channels.

In addition to “Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Being Dad” on Netflix, CSS Entertainment has “Vacation Rental Potential,” “Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes,” and “Going from Broke” in production! Moving forward, Legion M and CSS Entertainment will develop these projects jointly:

·      “POSITV” – A weekly collection of inspirational, uplifting and positive news, stories and real life moments that are submitted by individuals from around the world, curated by the Legion M community.

·      “Comedy Royale” – A next generation sketch comedy show where online viewers play the role of a production executive as up-and-coming creators, actors, comics and comedy troupes compete for cash, prizes and the opportunity to break into the industry.

·      “Up$ide” – At-home viewers become venture capitalists as entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas on live television.  The audience selects which companies they’ll invest in, receiving equity in return.

·      “New York Rock Exchange” – Solo acts and bands perform on a weekly TV series that puts the audience in a record label’s executive seat.  Participants compete for financial backing to fulfill their rock star dreams while viewers invest in their favorite act and receive equity in the winner’s first studio album and/or tour.

·      “Legion M” – Creators, directors and dreamers pitch their TV or film concepts to an TV audience who “green light” their favorite projects by investing in their productions.  The newly minted fan-producers receive equity once a project reaches its minimum funding goals.

“Partnering with CSS Entertainment comes at an exciting time for Legion M.  Our fourth round of equity crowdfunding is currently open, and we’re building on the momentum of two recent projects that have received unbelievable attention:  MANDY, which had a very successful theatrical release this fall, and our recently announced comic book and feature film project GIRL WITH NO NAME” said Jeff Annison, cofounder and president of Legion M.  “We’re thrilled to be working with CSS Entertainment, and adding uplifting, community-driven series to our growing slate of projects.”

“We are excited to be working with an innovator like Legion M,” said Elana Sofko, COO of CSS Entertainment.  “It’s a great time to take advantage of the changes in the entertainment industry and foster direct relationships with fans in an engaging way.  We look forward to working with Legion M on Screen Media theatrical releases as well as developing and delivering great television series.”

Remember, you can join Legion M WITHOUT investing. This will give you the opportunity to participate in the “members only” forum, and possibly give some input into future projects! It’s definitely a fun group of people to watch grow, as well as the company!! This is exciting news for both companies, and we hope that it ends up being a great partnership!

If You Have an iPad Dark Horse Needs You!

Here is the message Dark Horse sent out for Beta Testers.  Join up and get something free!

 

We’ve been working hard to improve the Dark Horse iOS app and now we need your help!

PRIZES FOR SUBMITTING THE BEST BUG REPORT

We’re looking for beta testers for the next update. We will be rewarding testers that provide the best written, most actionable feedback that help us make the Dark Horse app the best it can be. The tester who, in our judgement, provides the best feedback will receive $50 in-store credit on Dark Horse Digital. The second and third best will each get $25 credit. We will select and notify the winners within 7 days of the release of this update.

Got the point already and want to get started? Just click this link from your iPad or iPhone, and follow the instructions here: https://testflight.apple.com/join/Otko4RrC.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY ACTIONABLE FEEDBACK?

A crash, a bug, or something we need to fix. Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • A crash or bug has consistent steps to reproduce it.
  • A crash either causes the App to close or freeze/lock up.
  • A bug is unexpected behavior. This doesn’t mean it’s not doing what you want. It means that the app isn’t doing what it is designed to do.
  • If you are not sure if it’s a crash or bug but something is definitely off/not behaving well, please submit it!

WE’RE ALSO LOOKING FOR FEATURE SUGGESTIONS

This app is for you, our comic readers! A feature is something that enhances our app’s usability, improves the reading experience, purchase path, etc. Here are some examples :

  • Displaying your bookshelf as a list
  • Allowing you to select multiple books on your bookshelf and download them or archive them all at once.
  • From the store or bookshelf, download whole bundles or series all at once.

Please note: We have no control over the quality of your internet connection. Also, we cannot make very, very old iPads work faster, would that we could.

HOW DO I REPORT BUGS?

Please use the contact form in the app Settings, which is available by tapping the gear in the upper right-hand corner and then tapping “Help”. You can also send email to iosbeta@darkhorse.com. Please don’t forget to include steps to reproduce any bugs you are reporting.

OK, I WANT TO HELP! HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Just click this link and follow the instructions: https://testflight.apple.com/join/Otko4RrC.

Thanks for your continued support! And for the help!
~The Dark Horse Digital Dev Team

Love Is Love Raises Additional $51,000 in Support of LGBTQ Community

SAN DIEGO, CA (December 3, 2018) – IDW Publishing, with the support of DC, is proud to report that Love Is Love, the impactful graphic novel anthology published as a response to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub tragedy, has raised over $51,000 for this year’s charity recipient: The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.

Curated by writer Marc Andreyko, the Love Is Love anthology was published in December 2016, and by March 2017, it raised $165,000 for the OneOrlando Fund supporting Pulse victims and families. All proceeds are donated to LGBTQ charities, with a new recipient designated each year. The anthology made the 2018 donation at last night’s TrevorLIVE LA gala, which celebrates the organization’s work to save young LGBTQ lives.

“The Trevor Project hears from LGBTQ young people every day who fear violence, victimization, and bullying just for being who they are,” says Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “The support of Love Is Love and its prolific editors and contributors sends a message to LGBTQ youth everywhere that they are loved, valued, and never alone.”

Marc Andreyko says, “It is incredibly humbling to see how Love Is Love continues to resonate with readers around the globe and continues to raise money for the LGBT community, and I could not think of a more deserving organization than The Trevor Project. Helping at-risk LGBTQ youth is a beautiful way to honor the 49 lives lost at Pulse and celebrate their too-short lives.”

“We’re grateful that so many have embraced Love Is Love’s message of awareness, acceptance, and support, and that the project continues to benefit vital organizations helping the LGBTQ community,” says Greg Goldstein, IDW President and Publisher.

Contributors to the Love Is Love project included such comic and entertainment luminaries as Brian Michael Bendis, Marguerite Bennett, Marc Bernardin, Paul Dini, Ming Doyle, Kieron Gillen, Sina Grace, Phil Jimenez, Jim Lee, David Mack, Brad Meltzer, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Nyambi Nyambi, Patton Oswalt, Ivan Reis, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder, Cat Staggs, José Villarrubia, and G. Willow Wilson, among many others.

Love Is Love is currently in its sixth printing, available via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers. The anthology is also available through digital platforms.

 

VALIANT HEROES Collectible Card Game App Now Available

London (November 28, 2018) – VirtTrade and Valiant Entertainment have announced the official launch of VALIANT HEROES – CARD BATTLES, available now for iOS devices. Developed by VirtTrade, the card-collecting and battle game features characters from the vast Valiant Universe, including Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and Faith, plus many more. The game was initially announced in September.

In VALIANT HEROES, characters join forces to fight in single and multiplayer battles across the Valiant Universe. Players can collect cards and battle with them to gain XP, and build collections to improve their ranking against other players globally.

Additionally, players can compete in the “Fight Zone,” where they are able to trade and upgrade for cards with improved health and attack scores, giving them enhanced skills and powers for the battles ahead. Players can also earn regular rewards, including coins and free cards, as they return to the game each day.

VirtTrade has previously found success developing apps for the NFL, NBA, Discovery and, most recently, partnering with Formula 1 to make F1 Pack Rivals.

VALIANT HEROES is out now and free to download on the App Store and will be available soon on Google Play for Android devices.

Dynamite Delivers The Boys Omnibus Publishing Schedule!

Volume One of Ennis & Robertson’s
Critically-Acclaimed Series Releasing March 2019

November 21, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is releasing Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s Eisner-nominated series, The Boys, in a brand new format for fans and readers looking to jump on board with the critically-acclaimed series before the television adaptation debuts with Amazon Prime Video in 2019.

At a massive 344 pages, the fan-favorite series draped in controversy is now presented in an omnibus edition as Dynamite releases the first 14 issues of the acclaimed series in one oversized trade collection! Join the most brutal government operatives ever assembled in tales of mayhem and dark humor, as chronicled by Garth Ennis, Dennis Robertson, and Peter Snejbjerg. Meticulously restored, The Boys Omnibus Edition Volume 1 also features bonus art materials, the script to issue #1 by Garth Ennis, a coboysomni.jpgmplete cover gallery with iconic artwork by Darick Robertson, and much more.

Some superheroes have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them — sometimes — need to be taken out of the picture. That’s when you call in The Boys! In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone’s got to make sure the “supes” don’t get out of line. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female are The Boys: A CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth – superpower!

“The Boys has long been one of our proudest achievements in our 14 years of publishing,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Garth and Darick poured blood, sweat, and tears into the project for six years and 72 issues and we’re excited to see new, affordable, collected editions for fans on stands in time for the much awaited Amazon Prime Video adaptation. There’s never been a better time to read this series.”

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be released in stores everywhere March 2019. The Boys Omnibus Volume 2 and The Boys Omnibus Volume 3 are expected to see May and July release dates, respectively.

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ December 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in February 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve a copy of The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 with their local comic book shop or pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or retailer of their choosing.

Love Town #0 In Stores Now!

The very first issue of Matt and John Yuan’s (Serving Supes, Inspector OH) latest series Love Town #0 is now available at a fine comic retailer near you!

Love Town follows Detective Allie Saxon who is not only the first female on the Los Amores police force; she’s also the department’s only vampire. On her first case, Allie learns that on the mean streets of Love Town, money, power, and magic can make anything happen if you’re willing to pay the price. Magic in Love Town isn’t the usual witch or magician casting a spell that we’re all accustomed to. Magic consumes the user in profound ways. Once a fraction of your being is spent, there’s no getting your soul back.

According to ThePullBox.com’s review “It’s got all the makings of a hard-biting murder mystery, with a heroine determined to prove herself – as a cop, a woman, and a vampire – in a world that’s set against her making it”.

Can’t make it to your local comic shop this week? Order Love Town #0 and reserve your copy of Love Town #1 directly from the Devil’s Due/1First Comics web store!