THE RIDE CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW FIVE-PART STORY LAUNCHING THIS JUNE FROM IMAGE COMICS

Image Comics is pleased to announce that The Ridewill celebrate The Ride #1 cover its 15th anniversary with an all-new, five-part story from the award-winning team of Plastic—Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard. This action-packed miniseries will launch from Image Comics in June and will feature special backup content from Adam Hughes.

“Fifteen years? Really? Well then, I guess I’d better turn up the heat on this one,” said Wagner. “Let’s see. How about…Unicorn onesies, love paddles, leather bunny ears, a guy in a Sailor Moon outfit that’s way too tight, an angel with only one arm and a heroin problem, a hairless dwarf, and a disavowed detective whose past desperately wants her burned alive—are all going to take a road trip in a classic ’68 Camaro that may or may not be cursed. The Ride 15th anniversary is going to be a wild, disturbing, and excessively violent tale of redemption. Welcome to what I like to call FETISH NOIR!”

After serving a hard 15 years in prison on a murder plea, former Atlanta P.D. detective Samantha Vega now makes her living as a bouncer at an exotic dance club. But life on the outside isn’t easy, especially when enemies have scores to settle…

The Ride #1 Cover A by Hughes (Diamond Code APR190014) and The Ride #1 Cover B by Hillyard (Diamond Code APR190015) will be available on Wednesday, June 12. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 20.

The Ride #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.

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Limited Edition Kidrobot x Locknesters Puzzle Dunny 8-inch Art Figure Drops on Kidrobot.com in 30 Minutes!

Kidrobot x Locknesters
Puzzle Dunny 8” Art Figure, No. 1

Drops in 30 Minutes Only on Kidrobot.com

Locknesters are a different kind of designer toy. They are the result of a fascination with unconventional geometries and a desire to make toys that encourage interaction. Locknesters could be thought of as three dimensional jigsaw puzzles, each model can be taken apart and assembled, used as a challenge to friends, a distraction from work, or to liven up a room.
Locknesters are produced in their Brooklyn headquarters using old and new manufacturing techniques. Kidrobot partnered with architect turned designer toy maker and creator of Locknesters, Fleet Hower, to create this incredible piece for Kidrobot fans. Each of these pieces are 3D printed and then smoothed using a series of methods that involve sanding, tumbling, and buffing. The tumbling process makes each piece unique by giving them a striated coloration. As a final step, models are finished with a laquer spray. The packaging in itself is an art piece and every detail is unique.
Each Kidrobot x Locknesters Dunny 8" Art Figure comes in a white packaging with the release number of 01 and individual piece number out of 250 stamped on the front. This release is limited to 250 pieces worldwide and only available on Kidrobot.com today March 22nd at 10am MST.
KIDROBOT x LOCKNESTERS
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Kidrobot x Locknesters Puzzle Dunny 8” Art Figure, No. 1

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Japan 2019 presents JAPAN NIGHT on May 12


Featuring four of Japan's top music superstars: 
MISIA, HYDE, PUFFY AMIYUMI, & WAGAKKIBAND
 


Japan 2019 presents Japan Night, a one-night only special event in New York City on May 12, 2019 in collaboration with Japan Day @ Central Park, created by the Japanese community of New York to foster a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and build bridges between Japan and the U.S.
 
Japan Night will celebrate contemporary popular Japanese music with four of the most successful artists in Japan today.
 
Each concert features two Japanese music superstars:
 
MISIA, winner of best vocal performance for the 60th annual Japan Record Awards with special guest Puffy AmiYumi, featured in the Cartoon Network show Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, will perform at Sony Hall (235 W. 46th Street) at 9pm.
 
HYDE, who is also known as a lead singer of L'Arc-en-Ciel, a pioneer of Japanese rock and WagakkiBand, a viral video sensation who combines traditional Japanese instruments with modern rock, will perform at PlayStation Theater (1515 Broadway) at 6pm
 
These concerts will be full-scale productions that allow New York audiences to see top Japanese artists in an intimate setting.
 
As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games approach, Japan 2019 aims to broaden understanding of and interest in Japanese culture in the United States. 
 
Mr. Hiroyasu Ando, President of The Japan Foundation, the organizer of Japan 2019said, "In Japan 2019, we are introducing a wide variety of Japanese culture. In particular, Japan Night presents live music performances of top-level artists that are highly respected and vastly popular in Japan. We hope to offer a taste of contemporary Japan to New Yorkers who are accustomed to such quality arts in their daily lives."
 
Japan 2019 presents Japan Night is organized by The Japan Foundation, and produced by Disk Garage, Gorgeous Entertainment and Cool Japan Music, and sponsored by Kinoshita Group. The Japan Foundation, who organizes Japan 2019, is Japan's only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. Also on the same day, the 13th annual Japan Day @ Central Park, an outdoor event to promote Japan and Japanese culture will take place with the always-popular Japan Run and the Japan Day Festival. Together, the two events, Japan Night and Japan Day @ Central Park, will make Sunday, May 12th 2019 a day filled with all the excitement and energy that Japanese culture can offer to New Yorkers.


BIOS
 
MISIA 
In 1998, MISIA made her professional singing debut with "Tsutsumi Komuyouni". This song and her ballad "Everything (2002)" established her as a national star. Her exciting singing ability with groove-oriented feel shook up the music scene at the time of her debut, and the word spread throughout the club scene in Japan. She is also the first solo female singer whose concert tour sold out at 5 major Japanese Stadiums.
 
2018 was the 20th anniversary of her major debut, and she is still very active releasing hit songs and touring all over Japan. Recently at "Fuji Rock", the greatest summer music festival in Japan, she blew the audience's minds with her powerful and mesmerizing performance.
 
Also, she has been making a social contribution for more than 10 years by supporting children's education. She tries to reach the world's need of love and peace with these activities, not only with her music but also with her way of living. 
 
For more information: www.misia.jp
 
 
HYDE
HYDE, Japan's most prolific rock artist, is the lead vocalist for two of the most popular Japanese rock bands: L'Arc~en~Ciel and VAMPS. Throughout his career so far, HYDE has recorded more than 300 songs, with 60+ songs breaking the Oricon (Japanese Billboard Chart) top 10. 
 
Still active with L'Arc~en~Ciel, HYDE took a break from VAMPS in early 2018 to reinvent himself yet again as a solo artist, releasing 4 new singles back-to-back: "WHO'S GONNA SAVE US", "AFTER LIGHT", "FAKE DIVINE", and "ZIPANG". HYDE shows no signs of slowing down with his 12th single "MAD QUALIA" scheduled to be released on March 20, 2019, a World Tour just announced to be starting in Asia in March 2019, and a US tour on the books for May 2019. 
 
For more information: www.hyde.com
 
WagakkiBand
WagakkiBand is the "Sensational Rock Entertainment Ensemble" that fuses Shigin (poetry recitation, one of Japanese classic performing arts), Wagakki (traditional Japanese musical instruments) and Rock. The music video of "Senbon Zakura"  
included in their debut album, has been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube and received a countless number of comments and shares from all over the world. Debuted in 2014, they now sell out arena shows with audiences in the tens of thousands each night, and performs at special stages such as national treasure and cultural heritage sites including Heian Shrine and Izumo Shrine with 10,000 audience members in attendance. WagakkiBand is also performing for worldwide audiences and surprised 250,000 Japan Expo attendees in Paris, headlining the US Tour to cover 5 major cities, and performing a special live organized by Tencent streamed more than 100 million times in the first 24 hours.
 
For more information: https://wagakkiband.jp/wagae/
 
 
Puffy AmiYumi
In 1996, PUFFY debuted with the single "Asia no Junshin" produced by Tamio Okuda. After, they continued to release hit songs such as "Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi" "Circuit no Musume" "Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Et Cetera" and many more.
 
Their very own cartoon "Hi! Hi! Puffy AmiYumi" on the Cartoon Network aired in over 110 countries and since then they have been active all over the world as Japan's Pop icon.
 
For more information: http://puffyamiyumi.com

About Japan 2019
Following on the successful festival of Japonismes 2018 in France, Japan 2019 aims to broaden understanding of and interest in Japanese culture in the United States. We invite you to explore the world of Japanese arts and culture through the festival events, taking place between March and December 2019. For more information, please visit: https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/area/japan2019/
 
About The Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation, established in 1972, is Japan's only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. Its mission is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foundation maintains its headquarters in Tokyo and operates through a network of 25 overseas offices in 24 countries worldwide. The Japan Foundation is represented by two offices in the United States-one in New York and the other in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit: https://www.jpf.go.jp/ and https://www.jfny.org/
 
 
Organized by The Japan Foundation
 
Produced by:
Disk Garage
Gorgeous Entertainment
Cool Japan Music

Sponsored by Kinoshita Group
 


LISTING INFORMATION:
 
MISIA w/special guest Puffy AmiYumi at Sony Hall (235 W. 46th St)  
door 8pm/show 9pm. Tickets are priced from $40-$45 (with VIP seating available) and are now on sale at Ticketmaster: https://www.ticketmaster.com 
 
HYDE & WagakkiBand at the PlayStation Theater (1515 Broadway)  
door 5pm/show 6pm. Tickets are priced from $35-$40 (with VIP seating available) and are now on sale at AXS: https://www.axs.com/

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AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT SEAN LEWIS TEAMS WITH AWARD WINNING ARTIST HAYDEN SHERMAN FOR NEW TECH THRILLER COMIC SERIES THUMBS

Award winning playwright and comics writer Sean Lewis (Coyotes, Saints, THUMBS #1 cover artThe Few) teams up with award winning artist Hayden Sherman (The Few) for a new technology thriller series in Thumbs. The rapid-paced, science-fiction maxi-series will be five issues—each issue a total of 40 pages—and will launch from Image Comics this June.

Imagine someone like, say, Mark Zuckerberg created his own army of tech-obsessed teens and directed them to take on the government. What would the fall-out be? Thumbs explores a high-stakes world where that—and much worse—can unfold. Charley “Thumbs” Fellows is a member of just such an army. Poor and raised by the influential MOM™ app, he finds himself in the center of a war.

"I was watching a kid play with his phone and how anxious he was waiting for a message back from a friend and it made me think about how anxious all the people I know are," said Lewis. "I started thinking about the internet and our obsession and reliance on it and the realities of who controls the flow and embedding of information. Was our anxiety planted? Has tech become such an obsession for us that we'd go to war to keep it? Just watching that kid and all the emotions that three dots on a screen were creating made me wonder—do we actually control the tech, even at its smallest levels?"

Best described as The Social Network meets Black MirrorThumbs is a must-read book from the team behind the hit series The Few and is perfect for readers of Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt’s Crowded.

Sherman added: "Thumbs is as much a story about technology as it is about loss, time, and learning your place in the world. With the great range of themes and locales that play into these five issues, I've taken the chance to expand and really push myself with how a story can be told. The hope is for it to be between storybook and comic book, where it could be either at any given moment."

Thumbs #1 (Diamond Code APR190011) will be available on Wednesday, June 5. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 13.

Thumbs #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.

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Cosplay, Conventions, Collectibles and Culture Collide in C4 Magazine!

Cosplay, Conventions, Collectibles and Culture Collide in C4 Magazine!

C4 Magazine Launches Crowdfunding Campaign; First Issue Slated for July 2019

C4 Magazine, a print and digital magazine centered around popular culture, has launched on Kickstarter.  Announced today at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), C4 Magazine is a union of four parts - Conventions, Cosplay, Collectibles, and Culture. C4 seeks to truly be a one-stop shop for all your fandoms.
Scheduled for release in summer of 2019, the quarterly and internationally distributed print and digital magazine will feature both short- and long-form content, including:
  • Fully transcribed convention panels.
  • Original fiction stories by award-winning writers.
  • Opinion pieces by a multitude of celebrities and influencers.
  • Onsite coverage from some of the biggest music festivals of the year. 
*Mock Cover of Erica Fett Issue - New Surprise Cosplay Reveal for the Cover of Issue #1 of C4 Magazine
“Magazines aren’t dying – they’re just evolving. And the next stage of that evolution is called C4,” remarked Alan Scholting, Editor-in-Chief of C4 Magazine and life-long comic collector/tabletop gamer. “We will be working with some of the most revered and respected contributors in the business. From award-winning writers to the biggest names in cosplay and event photography, we’ve spent years curating relationships across all platforms of entertainment to ensure something special now that we’re ready to breathe life into this project.”
“What separates C4 Magazine from the pack, is that each and everyone one of us on this team is not only an industry professional, we’re fans as well,” exclaimed Rachael Havey, Art Director of C4 Magazine and cosplayer/game streamer. “At the core of everything here, we are a handful of nerds that have been fortunate enough to earn acceptance and respect in the beautiful industry of pop-culture.”
C4 Magazine’s inaugural issue is slated to be published in July 2019, timed with Comic-Con International’s 50th Anniversary.  Following the first issue, C4 Magazine will implement a hybrid revenue model which will include both digital and print content, sponsored content, sponsored C4 events, influencer partnerships and paid subscriptions to the magazine to keep all fandoms engaged. 
“I got my start in the early ‘90s making fanzines and its always been a passion of mine,” stated Ro Kohli, Publisher of C4 Magazine, and veteran music and pop culture industry marketer. “With C4, we want to establish a brand that is known for delivering quality content and entertaining our audiences. We want to bring all these things to readers because at the end of the day – we are you, and we know fans deserve a magazine publication that has their interest at heart.”



The Kickstarter fundraising campaign will conclude on April 22nd, 2019. Visit the campaign to become a reader and supporter today.
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