Posts tagged with "fantasy"

Atlantis Attacks #4 and #5

Previously announced issues of ATLANTIS ATTACKS will be available at your local comic shop later this year! Written by Grek Pak with art by Ario Anindito, ATLANTIS ATTACKS #4 will hit shores this November, and the war rages on in December with ATLANTIS ATTACKS #5.

The armies of Atlantis face the Agents of Atlas when a terrible secret incurs the wrath of Namor. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, destinies will be revealed in this titanic tale of love and betrayal featuring Amadeus Cho, Silk, Wave, Shang-Chi, and more! Don’t miss the startling conclusion of this epic clash when ATLANTIS ATTACKS continues this November!

ATLANTIS ATTACKS #4 (of 5)

Written by GREG PAK

Art by ARIO ANINDITO 

Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN

ATLANTIS ATTACKS #5 (of 5)

Written by GREG PAK 

Art by ARIO ANINDITO 

COVER BY ARIO ANINDITO

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

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DELPHI IN SPACE

The sixth book in Bob Blanton’s Delphi in Space series explores how all lifeforms can coexist

On the continued quest for a harmonized society on Earth and beyond, author Bob Blanton brings attention to the civilians most in need of peace, societal advancements, and equality with the sixth installment of his popular Delphi in Space series, Delphi Federation.

The best-selling science fiction series follows two brothers, Marc and Blake McCormack, who unleash new technology that will forever improve our dying environment while making a nice profit to boot. With the arrival of Marc’s daughter Catie, they begin introducing the new technology while fighting off enemies and foreign countries who fear the technology will disrupt their economies. It’s not long before the alien rebels from Paraxea come to claim the technology for themselves, starting a galactic war of the ages that spans the next five books Blanton has planned.

In Delphi Federation, the McCormacks have successfully defeated the Paraxean rebels, but now face an even tougher question: where do they go from here? As they are now responsible for 1.5 million alien lives, they must search for other inventions and advancements in technology that will help them find a good home for the Paraxeans. All while they continue to disperse technology across the globe. Their plans hit a snag when their clinic in Guatemala gets taken over by a cartel boss.

As moving to space, along with other technological and economical advancements, may not be decades away like we once assumed, Blanton explores the benefits of space habitation through the McCormack family’s epic adventures, leaving any space lover itching to pack their bags. With his forceful yet focused writing style, Delphi Federation also puts a spotlight on various underdeveloped countries and habitats outside our atmosphere, encouraging readers to appreciate what we have in the present and pay attention to a future that’s more reality than space fantasy. When the sky is no longer the limit, the possibilities to create a better world are endless.

 

When asked about his new book and series, here’s what Bob Blanton had to say about pioneering technology, peace, and bringing life to other plants. 

Q: What makes Delphi Federation and the Delphi in Space Series different than other science fiction books that take place in space?

 

Bob Blanton: I focus on fun and adventure while keeping the science as realistic as possible. Generally, I find some scientific basis for my alternate science. These characters have grown throughout the series, but from the beginning I painted them as capable, making the situations as realistic as possible, saying what would be the likely response to a given situation.

 

Q: The characters in the series live in space, and some scientists and entrepreneurs believe we’re closer than ever to making that a reality. What are your thoughts on having a society in space?

 

BB: Outer Space is just another piece of real estate. We’re already learning about manufacturing processes that are best suited to space and microgravity through the ISS2. The asteroid belt will undoubtedly be an important source for raw materials that are becoming even more scarce on Earth. Investors are viewing the first forays into space as more adventure, novelty oriented. Eventually we’ll have a manufacturing presence which will require a larger, more permanent presence.

 

Q: Many science fiction books warn about technological advancements over time, but the series does the opposite. What do you think are some advantages of technology?

 

BB: Technology is a means to an end. It doesn’t have a political or emotional component, that comes from people who are trying to avoid the disruption it causes in one’s life. It’s difficult to predict what will happen as it becomes integrated into our lives. Just imagine the first portable phones, they were huge, but who would leave the house today without their smartphone. Technology unleashes the human mind to accomplish great and amazing things, unfortunately criminals also have imaginations.

 

Q: You also highlight different regions in your book that are more vulnerable and may not be able to handle such advancements, such as Ukraine and Guatemala. What is your hope in bringing awareness to these countries and their issues?

 

BB: It’s easy to look at underdeveloped countries and write their situations off as their own fault. That ignores the enormous damage that a colonial economy did and does to countries that are relegated to sources of raw material and cheap labor. The average people in those countries are doing the best they can with the hand they’ve been dealt. When presented with unbiased opportunities, they can step up and make a much better life for themselves. Unfortunately, the wealthy and powerful in those countries prefer the status quo. Corruption favors them; who would clean their houses if everyone had a high school education.

 

The paperback and e-book edition of Delphi Federation: Book 6 of Delphi in Space Series are available now.

 

About Bob Blanton

Bob Blanton began the Delphi in Space Series after retiring to the beach in Mexico with his wife. An avid reader, he began thinking of novel ideas and becoming a writer after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his writing career, Blanton worked as an engineer and manager in San Diego for over 30 years. He is also the author of The Stone Series trilogy and plans to continue his Delphi in Space Series well beyond his 2020 release, Delphi Federation. Learn more about Blanton on his website and connect with him on Facebook and GoodReads.

 

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Gretel and Hansel: Soundtrack Release

On behalf of Orion Pictures, we are thrilled to announce Waxwork Records has launched

GRETEL & HANSEL Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by ROB. 

Inspired by the twisted tale, the Paris-based composer created “a haunting and hypnotic electronic” sound for the soundtrack released as a deluxe vinyl featuring the complete film music by ROB (Maniac, Revenge, Horns), 180 gram colored vinyl, new artwork by Sara Deck, old-style tip-on gatefold jackets with satin coating, and heavyweight printed inner sleeves. The soundtrack is also available on streaming platforms Apple Music Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify Spotify. Enjoy your listen and catch GRETEL & HANSEL starring Sophia Lillis in theaters this weekend!

Now Playing in Theaters Everywhere! A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl (Sophia Lillis, IT Chapter 2) leads her little brother (Sammy Leakey) into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

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Code of Rainbow, 360 MAGAZINE

Code of Rainbow: Legends of Azure and the Masked Planet 

Q&A with Author Weiqi Wang on:

THE CONTINUED QUEST TO MAKE MAGIC AND SCIENCE COMPATIBLE WITH THIRD BOOK OF ACCLAIMED YOUNG ADULT SERIES

Question: How would you define this genre that you invented for Code of Rainbow and why is it important to differentiate this from your typical sci-fi series?

Weiqi Wang: This series is a pioneer to construct a magic world based on physical scientific theories. I call this potential new genre Sci-M-Fi, or SMF. This is the first attempt that I ever heard of, worldwide, that tries to bridge magic with realistic, physical science. My scientific background and understanding in scientific disciplines, including but not limited to the theory of time and space, origination of the universe and quantum physics are the keys to my world-building in this series. By the end of the series, readers will see how the magic in this world, although looking very similar to “traditional” magic concepts, can be explained by the underlying physical scientific theories from our real world. As such, this series will smoothly transform its genre from magic fantasy to sci-fi. That’s why I call it Sci-M-Fi.

Q: Did your scientific and philosophy background play a role in creating Sci-M-Fi?

WW: I’m a scientist and an engineer, plus I’d like to see myself as a philosopher, too. I couldn’t stop thinking about extreme philosophical questions since I was little, such as how the universe exists. So, my style is open-minded and borderless imagination, plus humor when it fits, and I’m brave enough to try to bridge magic with physical science. If we think about it, the concept of “magic” originated from the observation of something that we cannot explain, something deemed supernatural, which does not mean it’s not scientific. If I wasn’t a scientist and hadn’t been thinking critically about philosophical questions such as the origin of the universe, I wouldn’t be able to build the world in this series.

Q: Another big theme present throughout the series is the mistreatment of animals, or “magimals”. Why was this an important issue for you to highlight?

WW: Not everybody knows the epidemic of abuse and torture to animals, whether it’s for fun or for business. The fur coat business, as a typical example, sometimes demands live skin peeling to get fresh furs so that the coats can be sold at a higher price. Countless animals therefore suffered un-imaginable, appalling pain from live skin peeling, and I’ve seen many videos on that. It just drove me utterly mad, but it seems to me that very few people are aware of this and, surprisingly, many don’t care even after getting informed. It’s just so wrong. I want to raise awareness on that.

Q: What message do you hope to get across by showcasing these issues?

I want my readers, especially the younger ones, to be aware of this kind of issues and get educated in the right direction. Animals and humans are both lives. Treating them with love is one of the most basic and fundamental disciplines and deeds of goodness. We also need to protect environment and treasure all kinds of resources. Appreciate and maintain the era of peace as of now. This world doesn’t owe us peace; we need to maintain it by ourselves.

Q: So, do you think real magic is out there?

WW: I think people should be open-minded and embrace creative thinking when it comes to the concept of “magic.” It originates from describing un-explainable phenomena, which might be due to under-development of science. Magic and science may not be opposite to each other, they are just two concepts or philosophies. So, I would say to readers to try to be open about the idea of magic. Anything is possible.

WEIQI WANG’s goal as a writer is to connect the scientific world with elements of magic. He received his PhD from Oxford University before coming to live in the United States. As a Doctor of Philosophy, Wang also explores elements of existence and universe came to be in his books. Legends of Azure and the Masked Planet is the third book of the Code of Rainbow saga, with four more installments of the series planned. He currently resides in San Francisco. Learn more about Wang and the Code of Rainbow series on his website, and connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Code of Rainbow: Legends of the Azure and the Masked Planet is available now on Amazon.

WAKANDA FOREVER x MARVEL

The Black Panther’s Dora Milaje Meet The Marvel Universe in WAKANDA FOREVER!


Hugo and Nebula Award winner Nnedi Okorafor brings Wakanda’s most fearless warriors to Marvel!

 

After their scene-stealing theatrical debut in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, Wakanda’s fiercest warriors are traveling outside of their country to fight new threats and new troubles, in an all-new story by award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor.

 

A Hugo and Nebula Award winner whose best-selling books include the Binti trilogy, Who Fears Death and Akaka Witch, Nnedi first brought her storytelling to Marvel in the digital comic series Black Panther: Long Live The King and in the Vernomverse anthology story “Blessing In Disguise.” With art by Alberto Jimenez Alqurquerque (Jean Grey), WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 brings the Dora Milaje out of their vibranium city and into New York in the first of a three-part story when a Wakandan threat falls upon Manhattan – and they meet webslinger Peter Parker! The Dora Milaje’s adventures continue in WAKANDA FOREVER: X-MEN and WAKANDA FOREVER: AVENGERS in July and August.

 

Learn more about WAKANDA FOREVER #1 and view exclusive character design sketches from Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque in Okorafor’s interview with Vogue Magazine.

 

“I’m super excited about writing this storyline. Powerful disciplined African women with futuristic spears who faced their shortcomings and changed a nation? Oh heck yeah, I’m so there,” shared Okorafor. “Fans of the Dora Milaje can look forward to seeing them out in the world beyond T’Challa and the Wakandan throne’s shadow. They’ll get to see the Dora Milaje come into their own, while teaming up with the unexpected.”

 

“As millions of moviegoers now know (and as comic readers already knew!), the Dora Milaje are the absolute coolest. And the rest of the Marvel Universe is about to learn this too when Okoye, Ayo and Aneka leave Wakanda on an adventure that will see them team up with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers,” teased series editor Wil Moss. “Nnedi Okorafor and a talented team of artists will be telling one Dora Milaje story that runs through these three separate WAKANDA FOREVER one-shots. We’re lucky to have Nnedi on board for this — she’s an incredible novelist, and her recent BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING digital series proved that she’s a great comic book writer too. She’s come up with a crazy-tough problem for the Dora Milaje to solve — but if anyone can, it’s these crazy-tough women.”

 

Join the fearless trio of Okoye, Ayo and Aneka in all-new stories as they travel the globe to protect the country – for Wakanda!

 

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WAKANDA FOREVER #1

Written by Nnedi Okorafor

Art by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque

Cover by Terry Dodson

On-Sale 6/27/18

GABRIEL X JUMP

Genre-bending internet phenomenon unveils his latest offering jump – out now via Cloudkid. Get it here.  Recruiting LA artist Sofi de la Torre’s scintillating vocals we’re engaged in a new and unseen side to Gabriel’s songwriting. It’s a dark and twisted love fantasy written with the kind of affection and sincerity that’s endeared him to his legion of fans. Matching 90’s emo with hip-hop and rock, Gabriel refuses conventional themes very much forging his own path through the haphazard song writing world.

Wolverine: The Long Night

Marvel and Stitcher release trailer for ‘Wolverine: The Long Night’

Trailer now streaming here: www.WolverinePodcast.com

Marvel New Media and top podcast listening service and content network Stitcher (“Heaven’s Gate,” “Katie Couric,” “The Paris Review”) today released the trailer for “Wolverine: The Long Night,” Marvel’s highly anticipated first-ever scripted podcast. The 10-episode series airs weekly beginning March 12, 2018 exclusively on Stitcher Premium. It will see a wide release across all podcast platforms in fall 2018.

Watch trailer for “Wolverine: The Long Night” here: www.WolverinePodcast.com

The “Wolverine: The Long Night” story is a captivating hybrid of mystery and the larger-scale fantasy of the Marvel Universe. It follows agents Sally Pierce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh) as they arrive in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska, to investigate a series of murders and quickly discover the town lives in fear of a serial killer. The agents team up with deputy Bobby Reid (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) to investigate their main suspect, Logan (Richard Armitage). Their search leads them on a fox hunt through the mysterious and corrupt town.

In addition to Armitage, the show’s cast includes notable actors Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”), Bob Balaban (“Moonrise Kingdom”) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Mr. Robot”).

Also cast in the series are actors Zoe Chao, Chaske Spencer, Jordan Bridges, David Call, Michael J. Burg and Lannon Killea. Chris Gethard, host of the popular “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People” podcast, also will make a cameo appearance.

Stitcher and Marvel have assembled a writing and production team of veterans from both the comic book world and the podcasting industry. “Wolverine: The Long Night” is written by award-winning comic book author Ben Percy (“The Wilding,” “Red Moon”) and directed by Brendan Baker (formerly a producer for Radiotopia’s “Love & Radio”). Chloe Prasinos (formerly a producer for Gimlet’s “Reply All”) oversees sound design. The series is produced by Daniel Fink of Marvel and Jenny Radelet of Stitcher.

For more information, visit www.WolverinePodcast.com.

About Marvel

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BLACK CLOUD, VOLUME 1 DESCENDS THIS OCTOBER

Writers Ivan Brandon (DRIFTER, Wolverine) and Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Spider-Gwen), artist Greg Hinkle (THE RATTLER, AIRBOY), and colorist Matt Wilson (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, PAPER GIRLS) will release a trade paperback collection of the first arc in their darkly ethereal fantasy series BLACK CLOUD this October.

From the creators of Spider-Gwen, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, DRIFTER, and AIRBOY, comes a new fantasy where heroes are hard to find.

Zelda’s about to start a war of dreams. In the days when story and reality were one, the old blood—people with the power to shape stories—built a new world to escape the future we all came to live in. Generations later, Zelda rejects the old blood’s dreams and escapes into our world to run from destiny. But destiny has a nasty way of catching up to you.

BLACK CLOUD, VOLUME 1: NO EXIT (Diamond code: JUL170732, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0328-7) arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, October 11th and bookstores Tuesday, October 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 7th.

BLACK CLOUD, VOLUME 1: NO EXIT is available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.

Select praise for BLACK CLOUD:

“BLACK CLOUD is a genuinely intriguing story with gorgeous art.”
—Frank Quitely (JUPITER’S LEGACY, Batman, New X-Men)

“Making your dreams real is never easy, but with splashy art and spiky writing, BLACK CLOUD reminds us of the beauty and power of imagination in dark times.”
—Cliff Chiang (PAPER GIRLS, Wonder Woman) 

“Like Grant Morrison’s trippiest work, BLACK CLOUD will make you look at life in a new way, and wonder what stories are hiding in that stranger you keep ignoring—not to mention yourself.” —Paste Magazine

“BLACK CLOUD establishes worlds and characters that are nothing less than witty and captivating: a testament to some of the strongest imaginations in the industry.” —Comics Verse

“As intricately crafted as it is downright wild.” —IGN

“BLACK CLOUD gives storytellers back their power in our modern world. Not to be missed.” —Alison Haislip (G4, The Voice)

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