Media Release — The March edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog arrives in comic shops, hobby stores, and other direct market outlets on March 2 and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and additional pop culture products scheduled to go on sale beginning May 2011.
The front cover of the March PREVIEWS is dedicated to DC Comics’ FLASHPOINT #1, the start of a special event from Green Lantern and The Flash writer Geoff Johns and legendary artist Andy Kubert that sends Barry Allen (a.k.a. The Flash) racing to undo a villain’s alteration of the time line. No comic book reader invested in the DC Universe should miss out on the start of Flashpoint, as it promises to introduce them to altered versions of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and other fan-favorite heroes.
That’s one way of trying to take over the world. But there are a lot more, and learning them all is hard work, as Image Comics will prove in May with GLADSTONE’S SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS #1, spotlighted by the March PREVIEWS’ back cover. In this new series from writer Mark Andrew Smith and artists Armand Villavert and Carlos Carrasco, readers will enter the halls of an academy devoted to teaching the children of world’s greatest super villains the family business. The 40-page introductory issue is priced at just $2.99.
March PREVIEWS Features
Manga Month 2011
Manga Month comes around every March, when PREVIEWS highlights products from publishers and creators that fuel readers’ enthusiasm for the Asian-influenced art form. Featuring a mix of material imported from overseas and created by American artists inspired by manga, the products offered during Manga Month represent some of the best on the market, and are certain to find favor with established manga-maniacs and new converts alike.
Manga Month Interview: Carl Horn
The North American publishing home of manga titles like Blade of the Immortal, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Lone Wolf & Cub, Dark Horse Comics was recently announced as Diamond’s 2010 Gem Award winner in the category of Best Manga Publisher (decided by comic shop owners and other direct market retailers). In this exclusive interview tied to PREVIEWS’ Manga Month celebration, Dark Horse Manga Editor Carl Horn discusses the North American reception to manga and talks about many of Dark Horse’s current and upcoming titles from this art form.
Gene Luen Yang – This month’s creator feature spotlights the creator of the award-winning American Born Chinese and The Eternal Smile. Indie Edge not only introduces Yang to those unfamiliar with his body of work, but shares his current comic book/graphic novel reading list as well.
This month’s catalog gives comic fans a sneak peek of the following new series debuts from Image Comics: ‘Breed III #1, Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #1, Drums #1, Last Mortal #1, Moriarty #1, and Red Spike #1.
Plus: Staff Picks, our Top 100 Comics and Bestseller Charts, and much more!
All this and more is waiting in the March issue of PREVIEWS, which goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, March 2nd at a cover price of $4.50. Ask your comic shop retailer on how you can qualify for a free issue. Pre-orders are due to your comic shop by March 18th for merchandise in this issue. For a sneak peek at this issue’s Gems, Featured Items, and more head over to www.PREVIEWSworld.com. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.
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ABOUT PREVIEWS: PREVIEWS is a monthly “mag-a-log” (catalog and magazine) used by comic shop retailers and over 50,000 comic shop customers to pre-order comics, graphic novels, and other pop-culture merchandise. Items solicited in each catalog are schedule two months in advance. For more information, visit www.PREVIEWSworld.com.