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Murder-mystery tale ‘Old Wounds’ collected in paperback on Nov. 18

old wounds TP cover

old wounds TP coverMost comic books tell the stories of their heroes battling villains and conquering seemingly insurmountable odds. But in the four-part series Old Wounds, writer Russell Lissau and artist John Bivens went against the grain, showing the harsh consequences of a crime-fighter’s life after he’s hung up his mask. On Nov. 18, fans of crime and mystery fiction will be able to pick up the entire story in one, deluxe trade paperback edition.

In Old Wounds, retired vigilante Michael Lane’s former associates and loved ones are being killed one by one. As police detectives Frank King and Alyssa Hess move to protect him, Lane struggles to keep his secrets hidden, all while racing against the clock to find the killer before it’s too late.

“There aren’t many comics about what you do in the second or third phase of your life, once youth is past and you’re making decisions for different reasons,” wrote Comics Worth Reading’s Johanna Draper Carlson. “A lot of this works for me.”

In addition to the 96-page murder-mystery, the collection will include a reprinting of detectives Hess and King’s first appearance in Lissau and Bivens’ “One of Us,” which previously appeared in the indie anthology series Omega Comics Presents. The paperback will also feature a look into the collaborative process between the creators, as well as a brand-new cover by Bivens.

Old Wounds will be available on Nov. 18 in comic book stores for $12.99, and can be pre-ordered before Sept. 18 using Diamond order code SEP151548. To find a comic store near you, visit comicshoplocator.com.

Praise for Old Wounds:

“Russell’s writing is so real.  It’s humanizing the mystery man a lot more than other things have done. John’s splash pages are amazing. he does it so well. The visuals tell just as much of the story. Front to back, every part of it is so well thought out.” – The Basement Fodder Podcast

“I never expected to get teary-eyed at a comic. This was an amazing miniseries that I am sad to see end. Both Lissau and Bivens have found a very big fan in me.” – Kelly Smith Reviews

“Lissau’s writing style feels concise and tight, as if each word was carefully chosen to have just the right impact. The style pairs fantastically with the hard grit of a crime story such as this. Bivens’ art is expressive and evocative, working perfectly with black and white to evoke an atmosphere of grit and shadows.” – The Adventures of Scott

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Tense penultimate issue of OLD WOUNDS delivers surprises

Old Wounds comic cover

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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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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PGTI talent descends upon Stumptown Comics Fest

John Bivens, Pj PerezIf you’ll be in Portland this weekend and love comic books, there’s really no excuse for you not to be at the eighth annual Stumptown Comics Fest. Held at the Oregon Convention Center on April 16 and 17, this unique and growing gathering focuses on creators of comics, as opposed to publishers or retailers. So it makes sense that a creator-driven company like ours will be representing at this year’s event, holding court at table #F8 all weekend.

Come by our table and meet editor/Utopian creator Pj Perez, as well as frequent Omega Comics Presents contributor John Bivens. We’ll have a whole slew of Pop! Goes the Icon goodies there, including the latest issue of Omega Comics Presents, the Utopian trade paperback and the Tales from the Boneyard one-shot. If you’re nice, the guys will probably do sketches, sign comics and kiss babies.

If you’re an iPhone or Android user, there’s a neat, FREE app called “Conventionist” available. Install the app, download the info for Stumptown Comics Fest, and you’ll be able to plan out your Stumptown experience, including adding a to-do reminder to stop by our table, of course. See you there!

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Photographic evidence of PGTI takeover at C2E2

This past weekend, the second annual  Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) successfully brought together fans of comics, sci-fi, pop culture, toys, gaming and more to Chicago’s McCormick Place. The event counted among its guests Omega Comics Presents contributors Russell Lissau and John Bivens, who both also manned tables on the convention floor. Our buddy Russell, who reports having sold a TON of copies of OCP (thanks y’all!) brought back some photos from the con floor:

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Russell Lissau poses at the Reading With Pictures table.
John Bivens
Artist John Bivens surrounded by his array of published work.
Michael Montenat
Artist Michael Montenat showed up unexpectedly, seeing his work published in Omega Comics Presents #3 for the first time at the show.

Stay tuned for more creator appearances and special events!

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PGTI creators invade North America

russell lissauWant to meet some of the knuckleheads that write and draw these comics we force upon you? Well, pardners, you’re in luck … at least if you live in the Midwestern United States or that Canada place, because convention season has started (does it ever end?), and we have our highly trained comic book agents visiting comic book shows and stores aplenty the next few weeks:

  • Frequent Omega Comics Presents contributor Dino Caruso will be appearing at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con from March 18 to 20 at the Direct Energy Centre. We’re guessing he’ll have lots of stuff to sell ya. Bring cash, eh?
  • That same weekend in Chicago, you can check out more OCP co-conspirators, Russell Lissau and collaborator John Bivens , who will both be guests at this second annual Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (lovingly known as C2E2).
  • If you haven’t gotten sick of him yet, Lissau will also be appearing — after a month’s delay — at Comix Revolution in Mt. Prospect, Ill., on March 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. with Trevor Mueller to celebrate the release of Hope: The Hero Initiative, which we have nothing to do with, but it’s a great book for a great cause and you should buy a copy now. And if you live near Chicago, go to the signing and have it signed. We’ll bet Lissau will also have a few copies of his contributions to OCP available as well.

That should tide you over for now, yes? Don’t worry, we’ll have more creator appearances to remind you about soon enough. Until then, go order a copy of Omega Comics Presents #4, why don’t ya?

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'Utopian' release party kicks off 2011 schedule of creator appearances

pj perez, hernan valencia, russell lissauLast month, the 120-page trade paperback collection of Pj Perez’s The Utopian debuted. And this Saturday, Jan. 22, Perez and cover artist Hernan Valencia celebrate its release at Alternate Reality Comics in Las Vegas. From noon to 3 p.m., you’ll not only be able to pick up and get signed your copy of The Utopian, you’re also encouraged to bring donations for The Shade Tree shelter for women, children and pets. Donors will receive raffle tickets to win fabulous prizes from Alternate Reality and Pop! Goes the Icon.

In addition to the above event, here are some other places you can find the talents behind your favorite indie comics across the country in the coming months:

  • Jan. 21, Sunrise Coffee, Las Vegas – Pj Perez will be selling and signing copies of The Utopian at a benefit for Spread the Word Nevada from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 26, Comix Revolution, Mt. Prospect, Ill.Omega Comics Presents contributor Russell Lissau will join  Trevor Mueller to promote Hope: The Hero Initiative, a benefit for the Hero Initiative charity, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • March 18-20, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Chicago – Russell Lissau and OCP collaborator John Bivens will both be guests at this second annual comic fest.
  • April 16-17, Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland, Ore. – Pj Perez will be exhibiting at the Northwest’s largest creator-focused comic book convention all weekend.
  • May 26-29, Phoenix Comicon, PhoenixTales from the Boneyard contributors F. Andrew Taylor and Pj Perez will be holding court in the small press section of the Southwest’s biggest pop culture convention.

As always, we’ll have more information as these dates (and others) approach, so be sure you’re receiving updates via e-mail or RSS feed.

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Preview: "One of Us"

One of Us

Check out our exclusive preview of the first three pages from Russell Lissau & John Bivens’ gritty cop drama, “One of Us,” coming to the pages of Omega Comics Presents #3 in December 2010, along with two other all-new stories in our continuing anthology series. Just click on the thumbnails to view in BIG-ARSE size!

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Want to find out what happens next? Pre-order Omega Comics Presents #3 now!

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Omega Comics Presents returns with new tales

Omega Comics Presents 3 coverWhile most of us are still slogging through the dog days of this long, hot summer, it might be hard to think that autumn is just around the corner. But, indeed, August is nearly over and the sweet allure of cooler days and pro football is looming just over the horizon. And so is the third issue of our flagship anthology series, Omega Comics Presents.

Featuring an inventive cover by the sure-to-be-huge-any-day-now talent John Bivens, Omega Comics Presents #3 features three all-new stories sure to delight, dazzle and distress your unsuspecting eyes. That cover alludes to the issue’s lead feature, Russell Lissau and Bivens’ “One of Us,” a police drama that shows what bridges some cops will cross to take care of their own. Readers will also thrill to the third chapter of Pj Perez’s “Omega,” in which the cat-and-mouse game between a terrorist group and its teenage hostages comes to a head. And rounding out the issue is “The Hero’s Journey,” which delves into the real-world effects of the superhero lifestyle, written by Alex De-Gruchy and penciled by Michael Montenat.

Slated for November release, Omega Comics Presents #3 can be pre-ordered directly from us now for only $3.99. We recommend you don’t miss out.