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Tense penultimate issue of OLD WOUNDS delivers surprises

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Old Wounds comic coverOLD WOUNDS, Russell Lissau and John Bivens’ four-issue comic book murder-mystery, has grabbed the attention of critics and readers alike with its tale of a man whose past literally comes back to haunt him. We’ve been right there with retired vigilante Michael Lane as he’s suffered the loss of his ex-wife and old friends.

In the third issue of this gripping mini-series, the investigation into those explosive attacks leads to Lane’s old enemy, Tommy Blast. But could this deranged mob enforcer have orchestrated the murders from inside his prison cell? Or has the evidence trail gone cold? Readers will find out in this shocking penultimate chapter that is not to be missed.

“A lot of this works for me for two reasons,” wrote Johanna Draper Carlson from Comics Worth Reading. “One: Lissau does a terrific job building suspense. As the series continues, he knows just how much information to dish out to keep the reader involved. The second reason is the art. Bivens’ style is scratchy, noir-ish, and toned to indicate many shades of grey.”

OLD WOUNDS #3 will be available on June 24 in comic book stores or directly from our website for $2.99, and is currently available digitally from ComiXology, ComicsPlus and DriveThruComics for 99 cents. To find a comic store near you, visit comicshoplocator.com.

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‘San Hannibal: The City of Love and Fear’ hits comic book stores June 10

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san hannibal trade coverHailed as what would happen “if Andy Warhol shot an Elmore Leonard movie but he never finished it and Ridley Scott and David Lynch got together and wrapped it all up,” Dan Schkade, Jesse Snavlin and JD Faith’s San Hannibal took the comic book world by surprise in 2014 with its cyberpunk spin on classic noir. Over the course of five issues, readers followed hard-luck private detective Ira Avery as he risked life, limb and sanity trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of photojournalist Savannah Loy, uncovering the twisted secrets of the city of San Hannibal along the way.

San Hannibal: The City of Love and Fear collects those five issues in one paperback edition, offering new readers a window into the electric-charged world of San Hannibal, while providing existing fans with a handsome volume to conveniently revisit the twists and turns of this neon-painted mystery. The trade paperback collection, which sports a new cover by Schkade, also features 10 pages of never-before-seen bonus material, including character studies, story notes, cover sketches and a few surprises.

San Hannibal: The City of Love and Fear, priced at $14.99, will be available on June 10 in comic book stores and is currently available for order through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and local booksellers. To find a comic store near you, call 1-800-COMIC-BOOK or visit comicshoplocator.com.

Praise for San Hannibal:

“One of the year’s best.” – Dustin Cabeal, ComicBastards.com

“Some of the best detective noir work in years.” – Jeff Provine, Blogcritics.org

“A sharp mix of futuristic cool and hard-edged detective fiction.” – Gordon Dymowski, Blog THIS, Pal!

“Do whatever you can to get this book in your hands.” – Blake Hamilton, Destroy the Cyborg!

 

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OLD WOUNDS earns praise from fans, critics, creators

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old wounds 1 coverRussell Lissau and John Bivens’ gritty mini-series Old Wounds just launched April 8, and already the series is getting terrific buzz based on the strength of the gripping first issue. Here’s just a selection of the generous praise that’s been offered:

“The writing is incredibly perfect.” – Lucy Myatt, Pixels & Pages

“For an opening issue, it did just what it should, which is have us engrossed enough to want more. Right now we really want more.” – Daniel Hickey, First Appearance Comics & Games

“Lissau and Bivens are off to a good start.” – Greg Burgas, Comics Should Be Good!

“The danger feels real, and I am genuinely interested in what happens to the characters, even though I just met them. I can’t wait to read more.” – Jim McClain, Of Masks and Men

You don’t have to take their word for it, however. Grab a copy and find out for yourself. Old Wounds #1 is available in comic book stores, at ComiXology, ComicsPlus, DriveThruComics, or directly from our website. Issue 2 hits stores on May 6. And be sure to pre-order issue 3 at your local comic shop, using Diamond order code APR151664.

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San Hannibal: The City of Love and Fear TP coming May 27

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san hannibal trade coverHailed as “a noir treat in monochromatic colored splendor,” “a breath of fresh air,” and “beautiful raw poetry,” Dan Schkade, Jesse Snavlin and JD Faith’s San Hannibal took the comic book world by surprise in 2014 with its cyberpunk spin on classic noir. Over the course of five issues, readers followed hard-luck private detective Ira Avery as he risked life, limb and sanity trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of photojournalist Savannah Loy, uncovering the twisted secrets of the city of San Hannibal along the way.

On May 27, San Hannibal: The City of Love and Fear (Diamond order code MAR151497) will collect those five issues in one paperback edition, offering new readers a window into the electric-charged world of San Hannibal, while providing existing fans with a handsome volume to conveniently revisit the twists and turns of this neon-painted mystery. The trade paperback collection, which sports a new cover by Schkade, will also feature 10 pages of never-before-seen bonus material, including character studies, story notes, cover sketches and a few surprises.

San Hannibal: The City of Love and Fear will be available on May 27 in comic book stores and booksellers for $14.99, as well as through digital platforms such as Comixology, DriveThruComics and ComicsPlus for $4.99. To find a comic store near you, visit comicshoplocator.com.

Praise for San Hannibal:

“One of the year’s best.” – Dustin Cabeal, ComicBastards.com

“Some of the best detective noir work in years.” – Jeff Provine, Blogcritics.org

“A sharp mix of futuristic cool and hard-edged detective fiction.” – Gordon Dymowski, Blog THIS, Pal!

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Mystery crime series OLD WOUNDS to launch in April

old wounds 1 coverRetired vigilante Michael Lane thought his secrets were long buried in the past, along with his cloak and mask. But when his ex-wife Lori is suddenly killed in a house explosion and his former associates become the targets of similar attacks, those secrets threaten to come back to haunt him.

Launching April 8, OLD WOUNDS is a four-issue comic book mini-series written by Russell Lissau and drawn by John Bivens that’s equal parts crime drama and action thriller, following Lane and police detectives Frank King and Alyssa Hess as they try to solve Lori’s murder…and prevent their own!

Lissau, who has written a wide variety of comic books, including THE BATMAN STRIKES!, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and SHREK, previously worked with Bivens on “One of Us,” a short story published in our OMEGA COMICS PRESENTS anthology, where detectives King and Hess first appeared. Like that first story, OLD WOUNDS is presented in pulpy black and white.

Minneapolis-based Bivens is also currently collaborating with writer Ryan Burton on the series DARK ENGINE for Image Comics, and his previous work has appeared in the award-winning COMIC BOOK TATTOO, POPGUN, and READING WITH PICTURES.

OLD WOUNDS #1 can be pre-ordered now from the February issue of Previews (Diamond Code FEB151566) and will be available in comic book stores on Apr. 8 for $2.99, as well as on digital platforms including Comixology and Comics Plus for 99 cents. To find a comic store near you, call 1-800-COMIC-BOOK or visit comicshoplocator.com.

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Final issue of ‘San Hannibal’ hits stores Dec. 17

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san hannibal 5 coverThe can’t-miss conclusion to San Hannibal, the comic book series that Dustin Cabeal of Comic Bastards calls “one of the year’s best,” is arriving in comic book stores everywhere on Dec. 17, and when it does, readers will finally learn not only the fate of missing photojournalist Savannah Loy, but also that of the city of San Hannibal, Calif. itself.

Throughout the course of San Hannibal’s five issues, writer/artist Dan Schkade and colorist/letterer Jesse Snavlin have put their protagonist, hard-luck private detective Ira Avery, through the ringer: He’s been shot at, beaten up, bombed, drugged and nearly buried alive in his search for Loy. And in the final issue of the “neon-noir” mini-series that Greg Burgas of Comics Should Be Good! declared “started strong and has only gotten stronger,” the truth behind her disappearance is finally revealed—and so is the true face of power in San Hannibal.

San Hannibal #5 will be available on Dec. 17 in comic book stores and via popgoestheicon.com for $2.99, as well as through digital platforms such as Comixology, DriveThruComics and ComicsPlus for just 99 cents. To find a comic store near you, call 1-800-COMIC-BOOK or visit comicshoplocator.com.

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Get San Hannibal #4 on October 15

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San Hannibal 4 coverThe penultimate issue of Dan Schkade and Jesse Snavlin’s five-issue, neon-noir comic book series, San Hannibal, is set to hit comic book stores across the globe on Oct. 15, 2014, and this is one you cannot miss! Private detective Ira Avery’s investigation into the disappearance of photojournalist Savannah Loy has uncovered a vile conspiracy among San Hannibal’s political elite, but it looks like his search reached a dead end: his own!

Written and drawn by Schkade with colors and letters by Snavlin, San Hannibal has been winning over fans and critics alike with its mixture of old-school pulp storytelling and cyberpunk visual sensibilities. The Fight for Comics podcast said of San Hannibal that it “doesn’t sound like stuff you’ve heard before. It has that cool, rough poetry to it without feeling cliched.” Blake Hamilton of DestroyTheCyborg wrote that the series “hits all the right notes for me.” And Gregory Burgas of Comics Should Be Good! raves “San Hannibal started strong and has gotten stronger. You’re missing out if you’re not reading it!”

The final issue of San Hannibal, slated for mid-December release, is now available for pre-order at comic book stores everywhere using Diamond code OCT141604.

San Hannibal #4 will be available for $2.99 in print and 99 cents digitally through ComiXology, ComicsPlus and DriveThruComics. To find a comic book store near you, visit comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-COMIC-BOOK. The comic can also be ordered directly through the Pop! Goes the Icon website.

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San Hannibal #3 hits stores August 20

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In the third issue of five-issue mini-series San Hannibal, cut-rate private detective Ira Avery’s investigation into the disappearance of photojournalist Savannah Loy takes him outside the urban beast that is San Hannibal, Calif., and into the hidden enclave of the rich and powerful known as the Stockbridge Club. But will the secrets he uncovers outside the city lead him closer to the truth? Or closer to the grave?

Find out on Aug. 20 when San Hannibal #3, by Dan Schkade and Jesse Snavlin, ships to comic book shops all across the globe. The issue is also available for direct order from our website, and will be available on Comixology, ComicsPlus and DriveThruComics. Check out a five-page preview of the issue below:

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‘San Hannibal’ creators coming to San Diego Comic-Con

Jesse Snavlin, Dan Schkade

Jesse Snavlin, Dan SchkadeFor the first time in its five-year history, Pop! Goes the Icon will have an official presence at San Diego Comic-Con International, and to do it up right, we’re bringing Portland, Ore.-based comic creators Dan Schkade and Jesse Snavlin with us to the country’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Schkade and Snavlin, of course, are the writer-artist and colorist-letterer behind our five-part limited series San Hannibal, whose third issue is coming to comic stores everywhere on Aug. 20. The duo, which also collaborates on webcomics such as The Private Files of The Fowl over at The Committee Building, will be hanging out at our table, located at Small Press M-03, during most of the four-day convention, which runs from July 24-27 inside the San Diego Convention Center. If you’re coming to the show—and really, who isn’t?—be sure to stop by, meet Jesse and Dan, and check out our goodies. We’ll have plenty of copies of San Hannibal #1 and 2 available for purchase and signing, as well as many of our other recent releases including Omega Comics Presents and Tales from Lost Vegas.

UPDATED: Here’s a handy map to help find Pop! Goes the Icon at SDCC:

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Pre-order ‘San Hannibal’ #3 in June’s ‘Previews’

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San Hannibal 3 coverThe case of missing photojournalist Savannah Loy has put low-rent private detective Ira Avery through the ringer, and with each new lead he’s just left with more and more questions. Why did Savannah’s meathead boyfriend attack him? Who is the mysterious diminutive heroine who came to Avery’s rescue? What is rock singer Diane Thrax’s connection to all of this—and should she be trusted? And just what awaits outside of San Hannibal’s city limits inside the elite, members-only Stockbridge Club?

To find out, be sure you ask your local comic book store to pre-order a copy of San Hannibal #3 from the June issue of Previews. The third issue of this acclaimed, neon-noir miniseries by Dan Schkade and Jesse Snavlin is slated to hit comic book stores and mobile apps on Aug. 20, and believe us, you won’t want to miss a single, pulse-pounding installment.

Find a comic book store near you by visiting comicshoplocator.com or by calling 1-800-COMIC-BOOK.