Scratching an Itch…

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Yes it’s me.. And I know it’s been a while as well.

Things have been fairly hectic for me over the last year with moving house, changing jobs and trying to find time for things outside of family and work.

With that being said I know it’s been over a year since episode 5 came out but I’ve had the podcasting Itch getting to me over the last few months.

I know I’ve done little bits on Comic Book Page for their previews episodes as well as sending something into The Rock Dungeon as well but since I can take 30 minutes to get all of that done it hasn’t been getting to the root of my need to record… just holding it at bay.

I even made an appearance on the Gamers Lounge even if the Skype recorder played up and caused me not to be recorded!

So what am I going to do?

Well I’m thinking as it’s the end of the year I want to start afresh in January. With that will be a return to Welcome to Heavenside as well as another idea I had a while back and will bring that out a bit later on.

Apart from that I’ve been wondering what is going to happen with Kryptographik since it’s again been a year since Brian and I recorded last and due to my job I can’t really do the middle of the day or middle of the night recordings any more.

I guess I’ll have to see what can be done there and if it will come back as it was or evolve into something new.

Let me know what you think should happen or what you think of my plans…

Welcome to Heavenside News December 9th 2010

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IGNITION CITY VOLUME 1

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Gianluca Pagliarani, covers by Pagliarani and Felipe Massafera.

Where did the space heroes go to die? A retropunk “future of the past” where spaceships still belched smoke and arguments were still settled with laser pistols. Grounded space pilot Mary Raven has come to the interzone settlement in the middle of Ignition City, Earth’s last spaceport, to recover the effects of her dead father‚or so people think. Mary really wants to know how he died, and who did it. Mary Raven is out to spoil a great many people’s days. Today might be her last day on Earth, trapped on the last spaceport where no-one cares about murder and the only real currency is fear. She has her dead father’s raygun, and that’s enough for space hero turned arms dealer Lightning Bowman to want her dead. But she also has her dead father’s diary. And when she finds out something no-one else in the settlement knows… they’ll want her dead for that, too! This full-color volume collects all five issues of the sci-fi epic with a cover gallery full of design sketches, ray-gun fights and giant metal machines! The Ignition City collected volume is available in a standard Trade Paperback with a painted cover by Felipe Massafera, a Special Edition Hardcover featuring an exclusive cover by Gianluca Pagliarani that is limited to 2,000 units, and a special Dual Signed Hardcover featuring a new cover by Pagliarani and is signed by both writer Warren Ellis and artist Pagliarani that is limited to 400 copies.

144 pages, $14.99 (Hardcover, $27.99; Signed hardcover, $49.99).

GRAVEL #18

Written by Warren Ellis and Mike Wolfer, art and cover by Wolfer.

Ellis and Wolfer continue Volume Three “The Last King Of England”: no-one’s comfortable with the king of the magicians being a British soldier who really just wants to be left alone with a bit of extra beer money in his pocket. Now, the forces of the establishment begin to surround the problem of William Gravel, in “A Very British Coup.” It’s never a dull day being Combat Magician William Gravel. This issue is available with a regular or wraparound cover by Wolfer.

32 pages, $3.99.

CAPTAIN SWING #1

Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by Raulo Caceres.

London, 1830: newly-minted copper Charlie Gravel keeps seeing things he’s not supposed to. A crooked Bow Street Runner with a flintlock revolver, flying things that are not supposed to fly, and the violent Scientific Phantasmagoria that is christened Spring-Heeled Jack, but is known by other names. It is the time of Captain Swing and his Electrical Pirates, and history will never be the same. Captain Swing#1 is available with a Regular or Wraparound cover by series artist Raulo Caceres, and a special retailer incentive Penny Dreadful cover designed to look like a classic novel of yore.

32 pages, $3.99.

SUPERGOD #4

Written by Warren Ellis, with art by Garrie Gastonny and a cover by Felipe Massafera.

The world is at war: or, more to the point, its chosen and unleashed superhuman messiah figures are. Are any of them still human enough to realize they’re going to bring about the end of life on earth — and do any of them care? This is what a superhuman arms race would look like. This is what asking to be saved by men who can fly would look like. Take every superhero comic ever published, shove them into a nuclear-powered blender, soak it in bad vodka and set the whole thing alight — and Supergod will crawl out and eat your brain! SUPERGOD is available with a Regular cover painted by Felipe Massafera, a Wraparound by series artist Garrie Gastonny, and a special retailer incentive Church Of Supergod Edition!

32 pages, $3.99.

CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD: THE LAST BATTLE #6

Written by Garth Ennis, art and cover by Oscar Jimenez.

Hell on Earth is here, live, from New York! The final issue of the Last Battle is so epic in scope it has to be super-sized! The recently-departed Pope Jacko is back and determined to rule New York by turning it into a demonic infested Hell. Danny Wormwood is in way over his head with domestic disasters and literal Armageddon seeming closer than ever. Will Jay be able to rise to the challenge and help, or he is pretty content to sit in the bar and drink? Series artist Oscar Jimenez provides the stunning cover and interior art. Ennis drags the whole world into the gutter with his trademark razor-sharp dialogue, biting wit, and the stunning art of Jimenez, all in full-color. This final issue is available with Regular and Visions of Hell Wraparound, both by series artist Jimenez, and special retailer incentive Anti-Christ Edition!

40 pages, $4.99.

Avatar Press News November 29th 2009

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NO HERO TPB

Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by Juan Jose Ryp.

How much do you want to be super human? Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp, the team behind Black Summer, are revolutionizing masked heroes yet again in this blockbuster epic! Dead heroes in the dirt. A killer capable of almost supernatural tortures. Five generations of the world’s only superhuman group. A forty-year legacy of standing for the rights of freedom and safety. A young man obsessed with the need for street justice. How much do you want to be a superhuman? How badly does he want it? Bad enough to bring on the last days of an American legend? If he even gets to survive that long? Forty years ago, a group of superhumans emerged in San Francisco, guided by the man whose unique new drugs gave them their incredible powers. But the team is not the only thing that’s advanced over the years, and there are no easy victories when their luck finally begins to run out… This huge collection features all eight issues of the series with a cover gallery under an all-new cover by Juan Jose Ryp. This tome is also available as a Hardcover edition with an exclusive cover by series artist Ryp that is limited to just 2000 copies and a special Dual Signed Hardcover featuring a new cover and is signed by both writer Warren Ellis and artist Juan Jose Ryp that is limited to only 400 copies!

Softcover, 192 pages, $19.99; Hardocver, $192 pages, $27.99; Deluxe Hardcover, 192 pages, $49.99.

CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD VOL. 1 TP (NEW PRINTING)

Written by Garth Ennis, art and cover by Jacen Burrows.

Volume 1 is back in print! Garth Ennis launches his next major anti-religious epic in the vein of Preacher, told in a series of mini-series! Danny Wormwood is the anti-Christ, no way around it, his dad is Satan and his demonic powers help him fit right into New York where he runs a TV studio. He has a trusty talking rabbit named Jimmy and his best friend is Jesus, who is a black, mentally-challenged, man that just isnít performing many miracles these days. The pesky Armageddon is coming right up, and it doesnít look like Pope Jacko is going to be any help in stopping it. Ennis drags the whole world into the gutter with his trademark razor-sharp dialogue, biting wit, and the stunning art of Jacen Burrows, all in full-color.

144 pages, $19.99.

CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD: THE LAST BATTLE #5

Written by Garth Ennis, art and cover by Oscar Jimenez.

Continuing the on-going series of mini-series, Jimmy the Rabbit, Jay, and Danny Wormwood, the Anti-Christ himself, are back in a new full-color six issue series that promises to provide everything you love about Ennis! The recently-departed Pope Jacko is back in New York and turning it into a demonic infested Hell and he has finally crushed Dannyís spirit and taken the life of one of his dearest friends! Series artist Oscar Jimenez provides the stunning cover and interior art. Ennis drags the whole world into the gutter with his trademark razor-sharp dialogue, biting wit, and the stunning art of Jimenez, all in full-color. This sacrilegious artifact is available with Regular and Visions of Hell Wraparound, both by series artist Jimenez, and special retailer incentive Anti-Christ Edition!

32 pages, $3.99.

SUPERGOD #3

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Garrie Gastonny, covers by Felipe Massafera and Gastonny.

SUPERGOD: Your God walks among you. Praying wonít help, expect to die shortly. From the creator of Black Summer and No Hero comes the craziest, nastiest, most soulless and criminal superhero comic of the year! SUPERGOD issue 3: the classic cold-war rivalry lives as the first atomic powered gods clash! In one corner Americaís Jerry Carney and in the other Soviet Russiaís Novaya Goraj. But the collateral damage is beyond imagining and these arenít even the most powerful of the Supergods. This is what a superhuman arms race would look like. This is what asking to be saved by men who can fly would look like. Take every superhero comic ever published, shove them into a nuclear-powered blender, soak it in bad vodka and set the whole thing alight — and SUPERGOD will crawl out and eat your brain! This five issue color series is drawn by Garrie Gastonny with colors by Digikore. SUPERGOD is available with a Regular cover painted by Felipe Massafera, a Wraparound by series artist Garrie Gastonny, and a special retailer incentive Church Of Supergod Edition!

32 pages, $3.99.

ABSOLUTION #6

Written by Christos Gage, art by Roberto Viacava, covers by Jacen Burrows, Juan Jose Ryp and Mike Wolfer.

It all comes to a head in this explosive final issue! The house of cards has collapsed. The web of lies has unraveled. With his life falling apart around him, can John Dusk survive? Or will he who chases monsters become a monster himself? Don’t miss the shocking conclusion of the acclaimed miniseries – the book Ed Brubaker calls “my favorite thing from Christos Gage so far”! John always knew there would come a time when he had to choose between his two lives. That time is now. And either way, there’s no going back. He wants to be forgiven…but he doesn’t want to stop. This series explodes into stores with a Regular cover by Jacen Burrows, Wraparound by Juan Jose Ryp and Crime Files Edition by Mike Wolfer, as well as a Vigilante Retailer Order Incentive.

32 pages, $3.99.

Avatar Press News November 14th 2009

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GRAVEL VOLUME 2: THE MAJOR SEVEN

Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by Mike Wolfer.

This second color volume of the ongoing adventures of Combat Magician William Gravel collects #8-14 of the series. After carving a bloody path through his fellow members of the Minor Seven, the last thing Sergeant Major William Gravel expected was to be welcomed with open arms into a much more prestigious ensemble: The Major Seven. But enlistment as the newest recruit among the Master Magicians of England comes with a price, and a penance. Before Gravel can fully gain acceptance within their ranks, the Major Seven have two tasks for him. The first, to reform the Minor Seven, whom he personally crushed with his own hands. The second, to uncover the murderer within the Major Seven who killed one of their own, the woman whose place Gravel will fill if he completes his inaugural assignments. Trouble is, the six remaining members of the Major Seven are just like the Minor Seven, a pack of bloody liars. And before he’s done, the seasoned Combat Magician will make it very clear to the overseers of Britain’s occult hierarchy that a penance, and a price, is not only his burden to endure. This second collection features and all-new cover by Wolfer and is also available as a Hardcover edition with an exclusive cover by Wolfer that is limited to 2,000 copies.

176 pages softcover, $19.99; 176 pages hardcover, $27.99.

GRAVEL #17

Written by Warren Ellis and Mike Wolfer, art and covers by Wolfer.

Ellis and Wolfer unveil the mysteries of the third major Gravel story arc, The Last King of England, and the magicians of Britain may never recover! Gravel rejected many possibilities in choosing his new Minor Seven. One of them found out. And he doesn’t care that Gravel is the new king of magic. He’s going to pick off Gravel’s new recruits, to humiliate Gravel…and because he just likes killing people… It’s never a dull day being Combat Magician William Gravel. This issue is available with a regular or wraparound cover.

32 pages, $3.99.

SUPERGOD #2

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Garrie Gastonny, cover by Felipe Massafera.

Southeast Asia is on fire, an artificial angel whose brain is a faulty radio to God has been loosed on the world, something unimaginable is rising in China, attempts to reactivate America’s superhuman in his underground fake childhood town are not going well, nuclear winter blankets the world — and things haven’t even gotten bad yet. This is what a superhuman arms race would look like. This is what asking to be saved by men who can fly would look like. Take every superhero comic ever published, shove them into a nuclear-powered blender, soak it in bad vodka and set the whole thing alight — and Supergod will crawl out and eat your brain!

32 pages, $3.99.

CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD: THE LAST BATTLE #4

Written by Garth Ennis, art and cover by Oscar Jimenez.

Continuing the on-going series of mini-series, Jimmy the Rabbit, Jay, and Danny Wormwood, the Anti-Christ himself, are back in a new full-color six issue series that promises to provide everything you love about Ennis! Jacko is back in New York and turning it into a demonic infested Hell. Danny’s life with Maggie is heading right into the gutter. Jimmy just can’t find a way to get laid. How can things possibly get any worse? This sacrilegious artifact is available with Regular and Visions of Hell Wraparound, both by series artist Jimenez, and special retailer incentive Anti-Christ Edition!

32 pages, $3.99.

ABSOLUTION #5

Written by Christos Gage, art by Roberto Viacava, covers by Jacen Burrows, Juan Jose Ryp and Mike Wolfer.

John Dusk’s life continues to unravel as he finds himself in combat against his former teammates. Has he finally snapped? And even if he survives, is there any hope of salvaging some kind of life…or will he become a fugitive criminal like those he once hunted? The searing saga of Absolution rockets to its conclusion… John always knew there would come a time when he had to choose between his two lives. That time is now. And either way, there’s no going back. He wants to be forgiven…but he doesn’t want to stop. This series explodes into stores with a Regular cover by Jacen Burrows, Wraparound by Juan Jose Ryp and Crime Files Edition (featuring Steel Rain) by Mike Wolfer, as well as a Vigilante Retailer Order Incentive.

32 pages, $3.99.

Avatar Press News October 22nd 2009

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SUPERGOD #1

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Garrie Gastony, covers by Felipe Massafera and Gastony.

Supergod: praying to be saved by a man who can fly will get you killed. In the world of Supergod, superhumans are the ultimate expression of the Messiah complex, and scientists can build Messiahs who will fly down from the skies to save the world. No-one thought about how they’d do it — or even if they’d want to. So begins the apocalyptic tomorrow of Supergod — the story of how supermen killed us all and ended the world just because we wanted to be rescued by human-shaped things from beyond Science itself! Take every superhero comic ever published, shove them into a nuclear-powered blender, soak it in bad vodka and set the whole thing alight — and Supergod will crawl out and eat your brain!

32 pages, $3.99.

CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD: THE LAST BATTLE #3

Written by Garth Ennis, art and covers by Oscar Jimenez.

Jimmy the Rabbit, Jay, and Danny Wormwood, the Anti-Christ himself, are back in a new full-color six-issue series! Danny’s world is crumbling around him as things with Maggie hit a new low and Jimmy makes the worst mistake possible. But all of this may be moot as Pope Jacko unleashes his most twisted plan for vengeance yet. Available with Regular and Visions of Hell Wraparound, both by series artist Jimenez, and special retailer incentive Anti-Christ Edition!

32 pages, $3.99.

ABSOLUTION #4

Written by Christos Gage, art by Roberto Viacava, covers by Jacen Burrows, Juan Rose Ryp and Paul Duffield.

Gage pushes John Dusk to the brink as Absolution kicks into high gear! You know the situation Dick Cheney likes to talk about–the one where you have a criminal in custody, there’s imminent danger to innocent lives, and only your captive has the information needed to save them? John Dusk is in that situation now. Except the perp isn’t in John’s custody, he’s in the NYPD’s. And they don’t torture. If John takes matters into his own hands, with everyone watching… everything changes. He’s always told himself he brutalized criminals to save innocents. But will he NOT torture and kill to save himself, even if it means others die? John always knew there would come a time when he had to choose between his two lives. That time is now. And either way, there’s no going back. He wants to be forgiven… but he doesn’t want to stop. This series explodes into stores with a Regular cover by Jacen Burrows, Wraparound by Juan Jose Ryp and Crime Files Edition by Paul Duffield, as well as a Vigilante Retailer Order Incentive.

32 pages, $3.99.

FREAKANGELS VOL 3 TPB

Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by Paul Duffield.

Volume Three of award-winning author Warren Ellis’ ongoing web comic, Freakangels, is here! This installment collects the entire third arc of the post-apocalyptic saga into 144 gorgeous, full-color pages. Twenty-three years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same moment. Six years later, the world ended. Today, eleven strange 23-year-olds are living in and defending Whitechapel, maybe the last real settlement in flooded London. They’ve made a new friend, and together they successfully defended their home from raiders–but the post-apocalyptic drowned London that the eleven Freakangels survive in is never a safe place, and never surrounded by friends. In Freakangels: Volume Three, the FreakAngels begin to address how to build their community while a serial killer stalks in their midst. Everything almost comes crashing down around them as one of their own breaks their most valued rule. Ellis’ ongoing story of a flooded London is beautifully illustrated in jaw-dropping detail by Paul Duffield, and every page is as much a work of art as it is a compelling and multi-layered story.

144 pages, $19.99 (Hardcover, limited to 2,000 copies, $27.99; signed hardcover, $39.99).

DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #16

Written by Warren Ellis, art by Ivan Rodriguez, covers by Juan Jose Ryp and Rodriguez.

Everything comes to a head in the Armageddon end of Doktor Sleepless Volume 2: Heavenside’s embroiled in a drug war, disease rules the streets, buildings are on fire, all is chaos…and Doktor Sleepless is about to come down from his mountain to survey his work and find it good. But so many people want him dead that he might not get more than a glance. It’s a mad scientist versus all the people we’ve met in Volume 2, cops, drug dealers, journalists… who gets to live?

32 pages, $3.99.