HIV Comic Starts With Action-Adventure This Week


Out this week, a 4-issue comic book series about a man dealing with the trails and tribulations about being HIV positive. Loosely based off writer, Darren G. Davis’ journal entrees this fiction graphic novel tells the story about being HIV positive from a different perspective.

The 4-issue mini series is drawn by Renato Arlem, Keu Cha and Sean Murphy.

According to the publisher: “The graphic novel “Lost Raven” won the “Independent book graphic novel of the year”. We have taken it and make a comic book series off of it with updated text and information.”.

After learning that he has contracted the HIV virus, attorney Zak Raven leaves his practice behind to set forth on a mission of relaxation-– until his peaceful trip goes wildly astray, leaving Zak shipwrecked on what he thinks is a deserted island with only the words in his own journal to keep him company.

Unknown to Zak, four miles below the surface secretly hides a government experimentation center where scientists are playing God by trying to artificially evolve a human based species that can survive evacuation missions in deep space. Within 900 years, earth will be dealt a deathblow by a mountain-size asteroid. However, so far they have only achieved creating living abominations. Zak and these creatures are on a collision course, and he must rise to the challenge!

“I wrote the series because I wanted to make a difference in the HIV world and most of the movies and books were about people dying. I wanted to tell it from the other side, the person that manages it from a living perspective”, said Davis who has been HIV positive for the last 14 years, “It’s not touchy-feely,” he adds. “It’s basically raw emotion. Plus, it has a lot of cool monsters in it.”

“It is based on my journal entries from when I was diagnosed being HIV positive,” Davis says. “The book is almost like HIV 101 for the mental state. When I first found out about my condition I didn’t have any information and what wás out there was confusing even with help from doctors. This is no longer just a gay disease, so I also wrote the book so anyone can identify with it. I was even fired from a job after they found out I was HIV positive. Coming out about this subject is to help reduce the stigma of it… which has its challenges in itself.”

Davis now runs Bluewater Productions, which has gotten a lot of media attention from “Time Magazine”, “CNN”, “Fox News”, “People Magazine” and other media venues. The company has appeared many times on Amazon’s Best Seller list.

“Lost Raven” #1 will retail at $3.99 and may be ordered in print exclusively at Comic Flea Market:

You can download issue #1 on Wowio, Comixology, DriveThru Comics, My Digital Comics, Iverse, PanelFly, iTunes, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold. On iTunes:

Also being released by Bluewater is a biography on famed HIV artist Keith Haring called “Milestones of Art: Keith Haring: Next Stop Art”.

Bluewater has started a crowd-sourcing campaign for a comic book on the Stonewall Riots. An historical event in June of 1969 that would change the face of the LGBTQ rights movement forever is now depicted in comic book biography format.

July 1st is Z-DAY!



There’s less than a week to go before pre-orders open for the first ever complete reprint of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s superhero series Zenith.

The limited edition hardback book will only be available from the 2000 AD online shop. Restricted to 1,000 copies, it will be available for pre-order at 6pm BST (1pm EDT, 9am EST) on 1 July.

Never collected in its entirety before, this is a unique opportunity to own the whole of Morrison’s first superhero series in a never-to-be-repeated format.

Zenith is the world’s first “Superbrat” – a vain, self-obsessed, egotistical pop singer whose only interests are girls, partying, and where he is in the charts. Yet he does not realise that there are mighty forces at work which seek to enslave the Earth – and use him to do it!

The collection will feature all four series, or ‘phases’, including material that has never been reprinted before, plus sketches, covers and pin-ups.

The Complete Zenith will include:

  • Phase 1: Tygers (Grant Morrison, Steve Yeowell)
  • Phase 2: The Hollow Land (Morrison, Yeowell)
  • Maximan (2000 AD Winter Special 1988) (Morrison, M. Carmona)
  • Phase 3: War in Heaven (Morrison, Yeowell)
  • Mandala: Shadows & Reflections (2000 AD Annual 1990) (Morrison, Jim McCarthy)
  • Phase 4: (Grant Morrison, Steve Yeowell)
  • (2000 AD Prog 2001) (Morrison, Yeowell)
  • A Night 2 Remember (2000 AD 25th Anniversary, Prog 1280) (Morrison, Yeowell)
  • Tales of the Alternative Earths (Mark Millar text story, 2000 AD Winter Special 1990)

The shop will also give fans the chance to purchase exclusive Zenith T-shirts, as debuted at C2E2 in Chicago in April, as part of the build up to the reprint announcement.

The jman Sayeth…: The Blessing (or curse) of RDJ

Whenever I pick up an Iron Man comic book (or a comic that features Iron Man) these days, I always start off reading him/expecting him to be Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man.  And, invariably, the Tony Stark/Iron Man in whatever book I’m reading at that moment is not portrayed that way.  He’s portrayed the way that so many talented writers and artist have shaped him over the years.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  I just get a bit…disappointed.  (more…)

ComiXology Kindle Fire & Kindle Fire HD App Available Across Europe!


ComiXology Makes Kindle Fire & Kindle Fire HD App Available Across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, & the U.K.

Partners with DC Entertainment to further expand offering across markets

In conjunction with the launch of the expansion of the Amazon Appstore, comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, has expanded their application to new markets today. In addition, comiXology has partnered with DC Entertainment to make its monthly periodical comic books available through comiXology’s Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD apps, which will now also be distributed in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.

ComiXology’s Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD apps include over 35,000 titles, offering the largest selection of digital comics and graphic novels for readers of all types.

ComiXology’s Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD apps also include all the features that fans have come to know and love about comiXology including comiXology’s innovative shopping experience and immersive reading experience driven by their patent pending Guided View™ reading technology.

“We’re ecstatic to continue to evolve our selection of comiXology’s offerings to new markets with Amazon’s expansion to the EU,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Our vision is to bring comics to everyone, everywhere and this rollout by Amazon helps us make that vision one step closer to reality. We’re also pleased as part of this debut to add the DC Entertainment catalog to our Kindle Fire app not only as part of the EU platform, but also in the US as well.”

In April Amazon announced its continued global expansion of its Appstore by calling on developers to submit apps for distribution in nearly 200 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa, South Korea, and even Papua New Guinea and Vatican City.

ComiXology has always had a strong international customer base, and in Q1 of this year, launched ComiXology Europe, a division of the company focused on the expansion of international local language comics and graphic novels.

In late 2011, digital comic fans saw comiXology add Amazon’s Kindle Fire for U.S. to the platform – with the comiXology app coming pre-installed in the U.S. when the Kindle Fire launched that November. In addition to the Kindle Fire, the comiXology platform is available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8 and the Web at



Network Will Team up with Sony Pictures TV

Series Based on Diana Gabaldon’s International Best-Selling Novels

Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced today that Starz will partner with Sony Pictures Television to greenlight “Outlander,” an original series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling books. The network has ordered 16 episodes of the series which will begin filming in Scotland this fall. It is slated to premiere in 2014.

The series adaptation for “Outlander” will be written by Ronald D. Moore (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). Moore is best known for his work on “Battlestar Galactica,” which won him a Peabody Award in 2006. Ronald D. Moore and Jim Kohlberg are executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Outlander’ to Starz next year,” said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz. “Diana has created an incredibly compelling heroine, thrust into a very complex world, not to mention, time. The books weave a fascinating tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare. With Diana’s stories guiding us and Ron’s mastery, we hope to bring Claire and Jamie to life for the millions of fans the world over.”

Moore added, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life. Diana’s created a rich and textured world filled with intriguing characters, and I believe that Starz is the perfect home for her story. I think we’ll make something that the millions of fans of these books will enjoy and recognize as ‘Outlander.’”

Diana Gabaldon’s seven-book series has sold more than 20 million copies and has graced the New York Times best-sellers list six times. The eighth installment of the “Outlander” series is slated to be released in the fall of 2013.

The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Starz will retain all domestic multiplatform pay TV rights to the original series.



With today’s announcement that Dark Horse graphic novels are available on the iBookstore (, Dark Horse is now one of the most widely distributed comics publishers digitally.

Dark Horse digital graphic novels are now available for purchase on the iBookstore, featuring over two hundred top titles, including Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Sin City, and more. Plus, iBooks users can put Star Wars comics on their bookshelf next to all of their favorite Star Wars novels. Through Apple’s iOS devices, readers are guaranteed a comics-reading experience unlike any other.

“I’m thrilled that Dark Horse graphic novels are going to be available on the iBookstore,” said Dark Horse’s director of digital publishing, Mark Bernardi. “Our comics look beautiful on the iPad and iPhone. Look for more and more titles to be added every month.”

To get started, simply log on to or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.

The Fanboy Factor – Ep 37 – T-Dog from The Walking Dead, New Mighty Avengers, and Spider-Man, Spider-Man, and more Spider-Man


This is The Fanboy Factor.

This week on the Fanboy Factor we are joined IronE Singleton, better known as T-Dog from the hit AMC TV show, The Walking Dead.

We talk about the new upcoming Mighty Avengers comic.

Take a look at the upcoming Spider-Man: Family Business original graphic novel, that introduces Spider-Man’s sister.

And finally discuss the decision to exclude Mary Jane from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie.


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HART OF DIXIE and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Premiere on Their New Night, Monday, October 7

The Back-to-Back Action of The CW’s Hit ARROW and New Series

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE Starts Wednesday, October 9

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Returns Thursday, October 10, Followed by the Series Premiere of REIGN

THE ORIGINALS Bare Their Fangs on Tuesday, October 15, Paired with The Winchester Boys from SUPERNATURAL

Carrie Bradshaw Returns to The CW on Friday, October 25 in THE CARRIE DIARIES

The CW Network will strategically roll-out its Fall 2013 launch this October with the premieres of three new series and returning favorites on new nights.

The CW returns to Bluebell, Alabama for a third season of Southern charm and hospitality with Rachel Bilson in HART OF DIXIE on Monday, October 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), followed by the epic romance of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, on a new night (9:00-10:00 P.M. ET).

On Wednesday, October 9, Stephen Amell dons the green hood for the second season of The CW’s most-watched series ARROW (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), followed by the action-packed adventure of THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), starring Robbie Amell.

On Thursdays, The CW’s number one series in its key demos, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, returns for another season of highly addictive drama on October 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), followed by the highly anticipated new series REIGN (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), starring Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots.

On October 15, The CW kicks off its new Tuesday night with THE ORIGINALS (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) as the original family from “The Vampire Diaries,” Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt), find a new home in New Orleans, a city now run by Klaus’s former protégée Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). The Winchester brothers of
SUPERNATURAL – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) – move to their new home on Tuesday (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).

The CW Announces Fall 2013 Premiere Dates – Page 2

AnnaSophia Robb returns as the iconic Carrie Bradshaw in THE CARRIE DIARIES, Friday, October 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) followed by AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: GUYS AND GIRLS, which premieres on August 2, as previously announced.

Following is The CW’s fall premiere schedule:


8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Season Premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM ARROW (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (Series Premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM REIGN (Series Premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM THE CARRIE DIARIES (Season Premiere)

All Times ET

MARINE BOY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON arrives via Warner Archive Collection

MarineBoyS1_1shtOne of the Original Anime Series on American TV


Now Available via Warner Archive Collection

Alongside the heralded Speed Racer and Kimba: The White Lion, MARINE BOY was one of the original handful of imported television series that captured youngsters’ imaginations and put Japanese anime in the
stateside consciousness.

Now fans of the 1960s series, and an entire new generation of anime appreciators, can experience the undersea hero’s aquatic adventures as Warner Archive Collection distributes MARINE BOY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.

Produced in Japan but intended for first-run syndication in the United States during 1966-67, Marine Boy was one of the first color 4900512327_d6a006f073_bcartoons to come from Japan. A teenager with some amazing inventions at his disposal, Marine Boy battles evil on and under the seas on behalf of the Ocean Patrol, aided by his father, Dr. Mariner, and the brilliant Professor Fumble. Joining Marine Boy in his missions are his white dolphin, Splasher, young mermaid friend Neptina, and fellow Ocean Patrol agents Bullton and Piper.

The series even shared some pedigree with Speed Racer, most notably featuring several members of the rival series’ voice cast – like
Corinne Orr, the voice of Marine Boy, Neptina and Clicli (as well as Trixie on Speed Racer); Peter Fernandez as Piper and Dr. Mariner (and the original voice of Speed Racer) and Jack Grimes as Professor Fumble and Splasher (Chim-Chim). Jack Curtis provided the voice of the narrator for both series.

600full-marine-boy-artworkIf sea-faring adventure is your brand of fun, then Warner Archive Collection has a vault filled with entertainment made for you. From live-action thrillers like Man From Atlantis, City Beyond the Sea and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City to the animated dramas SeaLab 2020 and The Pirates of Dark Water to the silliness of Jabberjaw and Snorks, there’s something for every aquatic fan …including special discounts during the current “Harpoon Sale.” Dive into today.