PopCultHQ’s First Look: December Solicitations from Action Lab Entertainment

Popculthq looks at all of the comics and trade paperbacks releasing from Action Lab in December 2016…


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Solicitations: Action Lab Entertainment
for December 2016

ladybug-1NEW RATING SYSTEM:
E: Appropriate for everyone
A: Appropriate for ages 9 and up
T: For readers ages 12 and up
T+: For older teen readers and adults
M: Mature readers 18+


ARTFUL #1

Writer: Adapted by Nicole D’Andria
from the Peter David novel
Artist: Laura Neubert
Cover Artists: Laura Neubert, Brian Hess

Award winning author and comics legend, Peter David, brings the adaptation of his novel, Artful, to Action Lab! Artful is the dark, funny, and action-packed story of one of the most fascinating characters in literary history, the Artful Dodger from the classic Oliver Twist, this time with a twist: Vampires.

32 pgs./ A / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


ATHENA VOLTAIRE & THE VOLCANO GODDESS #2

Writer:  Steve Bryant
Artist: Steve Bryant
Cover Artists: Steve Bryant, Gabriel Hardman

The Eisner-nominated adventures of Athena Voltaire continue in this latest installment! Athena flies to Hawaii in the hope of returning the artifact known as Pele’s Tears to the Kilauea Volcano, but deadly assassins, an old nemesis, and the Nazis all want the mystical item for themselves!

32 pgs./ T / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


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tpb_vol_2_rgbAWAKE VOL. 2: ESCAPE FROM GREMON

WriterSusan Beneville
Artist: Brian Hess
Cover Artist: Brian Hess

Having successfully completed her first mission to wake up and heal the planet Gremon, Chkarta Dola Regn should be celebrating. Instead she is fleeing from the brutal and greedy Baron Korup.  Meanwhile, her brother Picar and her mentor Operi attempt to rescue their friend Chay from the clutches of the duplicitous Gen and the conniving Gurk.  This all-ages trade paperback collects Regn and Picar’s further adventures on Gremon in AWAKE #5-8.

128 pgs./ E / FC                   $14.99


bh3_cover_solicitBLUE HOUR #3

Writer:  Dino Caruso
Artist: Chad Cicconi
Cover Artist: Chad Cicconi

Both the colonists and the Maasym struggle between peace and revenge in the aftermath of a brutal assassination.  The path chosen could mean life or death for the colony.

32 pgs./ T / FC                   $3.99


brigands-2-coverBRIGANDS #2

Writer: Ram V
Artists: Nick Barber, Jason Lewis, Kel Nuttall
Cover Artist:
Mukesh Singh

Out to recruit more brigands for their heist, Stilian Desault and Veina arrive at the Barren Halls Prison. They’ve come with a box full of stolen gold to buy a good man his freedom. But the trouble with smart people making dodgy deals is they don’t settle for less and often get more than they bargained for. There’s new management in-charge of Barren Halls and they’re not about to let anyone go free.

32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99


tpb3-2x3-rgbHERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA VOL. 3

Writer:  John Reilly
Artists: Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color, letters)
Cover Artists: Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color)

Love is in the air when the Cthulhu cult converts its faithful into hideous flesh beasts. In Vienna, Hitler responds to an RSVP from something old. Lovecraft and Houdini find themselves neck-deep in something new. Sonia Greene is hunted for something borrowed. And after reconciling the possibility of never finding Earhart, Tesla is blue. “Tying the Knot” collects HERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA #7-9.

96 pgs./ T / FC                   $11.99


HERO CATS #14

Writer: Kyle Puttkammer
Artists: Tracy Yardley! & Marcus Williams
Cover Artist:  Tracy Yardley!
Cover Variant: Marcus Williams
Inks:
Brandon Page
Colors: George Gant

The two most popular Hero Cats, Midnight & Rocket, take center stage as we return to Stellar City.

32 pgs./ E / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


MIRACULOUS #8

Writer: Zag Entertainment
Artist: Zag Entertainment
Cover Artist:  Zag Entertainment
Arranged and Adapted by: Cheryl Black and Nicole D’Andria

When Cat Noir is suspected of theft, Ladybug has to prove that her partner is innocent and that a Copycat is prowling around Paris. But will Ladybug be able to tell the truth from the lies?

64 pgs./ E / FC                   $4.99


PUPPET MASTER #20

Writer:  Shawn Gabborin
Artists: Marco Carrillo (pencils/inks)
Yann Perrelet (colors)

Cover Artists:

Standard Cover A: Marco Carrillo (pencils/inks),
Dan Olvera (colors)
Variant B: Standard Cover Sketch: Marco Carillo (pencils/inks)
Variant C: Hand Painted Cover: Kelly Williams (pencils/inks/colors)
Variant D: Glenn Lumsden (pencils/inks/colors)
Variant E: Interlocking Kill Cover (with Kill-A-Fan contest winners!) (Interlocks covers are the Halloween Special, #19, 20, & 21): Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks), Gene Jimenez (colors)
Variant F: Interlocking Kill Cover Sketch (with Kill-A-Fan contest winners!): Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks)

More ghosts from Andre Toulon’s past come to light as he and the Retro Puppets dig deeper into the truths behind the Peterstown cult. The Great Transition is coming.  Can Toulon and the Puppets stop it? Should they even try?

Variant and variant sketch covers limited to 1,500 copies each.

The Kill Cover interlocks with the Halloween Special, Issues #19, and 21!

32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


puppet-master-v5-fc-rgb-solicitPUPPET MASTER VOL. 5: VACANCY

Writer: Shawn Gabborin
Artists:  Antonio Ontiveros (pencils/inks), Dan Olvera (colors)
Cover Artists: Ontiveros (pencils/inks), Dan Olvera (colors)

For the first time in nearly 30 years the Bodega Bay Inn is open for business. Families, business men, and couples just looking to get away have flocked to the isolated ocean-side hotel. Even the puppets have been behaving under the guidance of Anthony. But some people just can’t let a good thing last. VACANCY collects issues 16-18 of the ongoing Puppet Master series!

96 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $11.99


THE CIRCLE #1

Writer:  Damon Clark
Artist: Alyzia Zherno
Cover Artists: Alyzia Zherno, Ivan Shavrin

After the death of his mother, Christian moves with his single father to the sleepy coastal town of Shell Bay. Upon being bullied at his new school, he’s quickly befriended by the group of “weird” kids. But what Christian doesn’t know is that their playful occult shenanigans may actually be rituals that damn his soul!

32 pgs./ M / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


TOMBOY #9

Writer: M. Goodwin
Artist: Michelle Wong
Cover Artists: M.Goodwin, Ben Greene

After Henri is attacked, Detective Autry zeroes in on her prime suspects, while Dead Jessica’s words send Addison looking for information at Mercy Hospital from Iris.

32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


VAMPBLADE #11

Writer: Jason Martin
Artist: Winston Young

Cover Artists
:

Cover A: Winston Young
Cover B – Risqué variant (limited to 2000): Winston Young
Cover C – Mendoza variant
(limited to 1500): Dan Mendoza
Cover D – Mendoza Risqué
(limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover E – Artist variant
(limited to 1500): Tim Fischer
Cover F – Artist risqué variant
(limited to 2000): Tim Fischer

As Katie’s search for the new Vampblade costume continues, will one giant blade give this warrior angel enough nerve to take on the latest and greatest other-dimensional foe?!? It’s Vampblade 2.0 – harder, faster, stranger!!!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants showcasing another all new Vampblade costume!!

32 pgs./ M / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


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PrintVORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME #1

Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist: Jason Muhr
Cover Artist: Jason Muhr

10/10one of the best books of the year and possibly one of the best books I have ever read … period.” –TheBrokenInfinite.com

VORACIOUS: Feeding Time picks up right where the hit series, VORACIOUS, left off! Chef Nate Willner hunts dinosaurs in the past and secretly serves them at his restaurant in the present. But unbeknownst to him, he’s actually been hunting in an alternate reality – a world where dinosaurs evolve into Saurians, a technologically advanced race that rules the far future! Some of these Saurians have mysteriously started disappearing from Cretaceous City and the local authorities are not happy about it…

Featuring a wraparound “Smiths ‘Meat is Murder’ Tribute” variant cover by Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce! Limited to 1500 copies!

32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

ZOMBIE TRAMP #30

Writers: Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza
Artist: Celor

Cover Artists
:

Cover A – Dan Mendoza
Cover B – Risqué (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – variant (limited to 2000): Celor
Cover D – risqué variant (limited to 2500): Celor
Cover E – Artist variant (limited to 2000): Tim Fischer
Cover F – Artist risqué variant (limited to 2500): Tim Fischer

When Janey and her new road warriors cross paths with an old long-hauling lycanthropic foe, he calls on The Brotherhood of Monster Truckers to help settle the score. Now it’s an all-out undead battle of the blacktop!!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including a pair of variants by new series artist Celor!!

32 pgs./ M / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


ZOMBIE TRAMP:
NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL

Writers: Dan Mendoza, Shawn Gabborin, Dave Dwonch
Artist: Rene Cordova

Cover Artists
:

Cover A: Dan Mendoza
Cover B – Risqué (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – Limited variant (limited to 2000): Rene Cordova
Cover D – Limited risqué variant (limited to 2500): Rene Cordova
Cover E – Artist variant (limited to 2000): Winston Young
Cover F – Artist risqué variant (limited to 2500): Winston Young

It’s New Years Eve in NYC and that means a couple stiff media friendly suits gripping their mics and broadcasting live while giant balls drop! Well this year Zombie Tramp is going to help them bring in 2017 with a BANG in this all new special issue!

An all new special number one issue with 3 regular and risqué variant covers!!


action-lab-logoABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT– Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business.  Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment.  Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis.  Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, MIRACULOUS (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Katie Cook’s GRONK and Gayle Middleton’s (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS. Action Lab’s Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER and Dan Mendoza’s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, VAMPBLADE and ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDY LAND, and socially relevant titles including SOUTHERN DOG, KINGDOM BUM and M Goodwin’s TOMBOY.
*** info courtesy of Action Lab Entertainment

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