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The winner of the 2006 Wizard World Film Fest and upcoming entrant in the San Diego Comic-con film festival, RAZOR SHARP will be making its comic book debut as part of a very special issue of The Sire: Revelations #2 – on sale August 15th. Packaged as a collectors item flip-book edition, fans can continue to unravel the mystery behind the SIRE as the stakes are raised to unimaginable proportions following issue #1. Sporting a stunning TYLER KIRKHAM cover, fans get even more comic book action as the reverse side of the issue is features the all-new RAZOR SHARP #0 debut. Winner of the 2006 Wizard World Film Festival and making its San Diego Comic-con debut in the action category next month, RAZOR SHARP takes place in a future where corporations strangle the nation with an Orwellian grip and the people are ruled by the whims of an insidious Board of Directors. The only hope: high-end corporate thieves known as Data Grifters. Part secret agent and part computer geek, they wage war to take back their country. Some with more finesse than others. Enter VERONICA SHARPE. She’s a terrible thief. Be sure to check out the RAZOR SHARP screening as part of the Comic-Con International film fest this weekend starting Thursday. It’s up for best action film, and if you’ve never seen the flick play to a crowd, you won’t have a better opportunity than this. But if you can’t make the screening, RAZOR SHARP will run all weekend long at the Wizard Magazine booth, where director/creator Marcus Perry will be promoting the first issue of the RAZOR SHARP/SIRE comic. Here’s the screening info: RAZOR SHARP Category: Best Action Film Thursday, July 26 12:15-12:50pm Room 26AB

The SIRE is back! Donald Wright was a lowly secretary before being transformed into the Sire – a superhuman forced to fight evil by his own costume! Now, following the events of the first mini-series, he’s come to accept the power he wields, but will he accept his mission? Superstar artist Talent Caldwell (Gen 13) returns as cover artist for SIRE: REVELATIONS #1! This issue also marks the finale for series regular Daniel Leister as he moves on to pencil Zenescope’s “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” later this year (bye Dan!) But fear not! The series is in fantastic hands as new series penciler JOSE HOLDER takes over with issue #2 – now available for pre-order online and in the Diamond Catalog! Featuring a stunning TYLER KIRKHAM cover, SIRE: REVELATIONS #2 also features the comics debut of WIZARD WORLD TEXAS FILM FESTIVAL winner RAZOR SHARP with a very special flip book edition (see www.razorsharpmovie.com for more!)

The wait is over! The long awaited conclusion to the hottest new indy of the past year has hit stores shelves! Featuring a cover by superstar Tyler Kirkham, the third issue picks up right after the harrowing cliffhanger of issue #2. Cornered by the police, the SIRE must find a way to escape arrest so he can somehow save the world from the evil Siphon and his plans for total conquest! Written by Michael Dolce with art by rising star Dan Leister and colors by Dolce, this issue is a can’t miss!

One of the hottest mini-series on the market today made its first ever debut at Wizard World Texas this weekend with smashing success! Unleashing the SIRE #2 ‘Black’ Variant as well as copies of #1, #2 and what was left of the Issue #1 Variant Edition (featuring cover art by Talent Caldwell) the SIRE crew of Michael Dolce and Daniel Leister took Artist Alley by storm. As an added bonus both cover artists on all three issues – Talent Caldwell and Tyler Kirkham – were also in attendence making for an extremely cool event. ‘To have everyone involved on the book at the show was just a really cool experience. I want to thank Dan, Talent and Tyler for all the support and help they’ve given to get this ‘little-indy-that-could’ up and running,” said Dolce. And make no mistake there is more SIRE in the works for this year and beyond. SIRE #3 ( hits stands the end of December 28th featuring an awesome Tyler Kirkham cover. Following that some major SIRE announcements will be coming down the pipeline. Stay tuned.

One of the hottest mini-series on the market today the SIRE unveils its newest variant: The SIRE #2 ‘Black’ Variant featuring the first ever cover art by series regular Daniel Leister. Available first at Wizard World texas, you can pick up this variant, along with the first two issues at table #2280 in Artist Alley all weekend long. The SIRE is a cutting edge story about a superhero who’s forced to fight evil by the very costume and powers he’s mysteriously acquired. The secrets behind the costume and who’s really pulling the strings is at the heart of this ongoing mystery thriller. Web sites around the industry including Wizard Universe, The Pulse SilverbulletComic.com and more, along with pros like Greg Land and Ethan Van Sciver have gone out of their way to endorse the book. Issue #1 and #2 feature stunning covers by Talent Caldwell (Gen 13) while the ‘Black’ Variant showcases Daniel Leister’s first ever cover work to date – a breathtaking rendition of our main hero as he tries to cope with his newfound abilities and, for lack of a better word, duty. Issue #3, on sale in December, will feature a Tyler Kirkham (X-Men: Phoenix Warsong) cover. Check us out on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/sirecomic

Creator Michael Dolce was grilled on all things SIRE recently by Richard Vasseur and the fine folks at Jazma online. Here’s a brief snippet:

RV: How can a costume force a person to fight evil?

MD: Thru pain! (laughs). If the SIRE doesn’t follow the suit’s internal commands, no matter what they are, he’s struck by agonizing pain. And the real question? He has no idea why. So far, it’s pretty clear (after the first two issues) that some kind of otherworldly force is behind it, as SIRE continuously has visions of an alien-like creature, but the truth is something that will be explored throughout the series. And by issue three the reader will start to get a sense of what’s going on and we’ll go from there.

RV: How did you come up with the idea of a suit controlling him?

MD: Well, in trying to create a superhero universe, I thought to myself, “Why would anyone want to dress up like a superhero and fight crime?” I mean really, if I had super powers I’d be on the Today show or something, not on rooftops fighting crime. But I love the old Marvel heroes, and I love the way the super hero genre is built, so I needed another solution. Well, what if these people are forced to?

For the full interview click the link below: http://www.jazmaonline.com/interviews/interviews2.asp?intID=379

During the recent trip to the Baltimore Comic-Con, the crew behind the SIRE – Michael Dolce and Daniel Leister – were interviewed by the fine folks at Comic Blender. Now this interview, along with all previous podcasts of Comic Blender, are available for FREE via iTunes! Here’s all you gotta do to watch:

1) Go to the iTunes Music Store.

2) Search for Comic Blender.

3) When the choice for Comic Blender appears click on the arrow next to the name to show the back issues. The SIRE interview is part of Issue Five’s podcast.

4) Click ‘Get Episode’ to download the issue and enjoy! Comic Blender offers weekly information on new comic book releases, upcoming releases, reviews on comic and superhero merchandise and overall great comic book news! Great humor, great information, and all round great comic goodness. For more info plus low quality back issues of these video podcasts for those without iTunes, check out www.bobscomics.com and click on “video podcasts” on the left hand side.

After Shock isn’t the only one making a splash these days. Our friends at After Hours Press are also quickly becoming known for their quality Indie offerings. The latest title to receive critical attention is IMPOSSIBLE TALES, a sci-fi adventure best described as, LOST meets JURASSIC PARK!

In an in-depth interview, creators Darren Sanchez and Hassan Godwin discuss with Pulse reporter, Jennifer M. Contino the ins and outs of this Flash Gordon inspired adventure.

“You could say it’s Sci-Fi… but with more of a Twilight Zone feel,” Sanchez told the Pulse. “(Darren) came to me once with this notion of a cruise-liner in the middle of a prehistoric age [and] he hashed out the rest of it as we went along,” added Godwin.

For the complete interview check out the URl below: http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi/ubb/get_topic/f/36/t/005603.html?

Impossible Tales debuted at Wizard World Chicago this past August with issue #1 of 2, and will wrap up the first 2-part story arc in November with part two released at Wizard World Texas. Featuring two brilliant covers by Juan Doe (X-Men: Civil War) & (X-Men: The 198), Impossible Tales follows the story of Ray Wells, a young science prodigy from the year 2285 who becomes a fugitive in time when he discovers the illegal secret that corporate giant, Chrono-Corp is built on… his own stolen Time-Travel technology! Both issues of this After Hours Press story can be ordered (or reordered) through Diamond Previews by using the following codes: • Impossible Tales # 1 of 2 (released in Sep ’06) item #JUN06-2785 • Impossible Tales # 2 of 2 (on sale in Nov ’06) item #SEP06-2990 For more info click the link below: http://www.ahpcomics.com/comics/impossible/index.html

 

 

If you rushed out and bought the SIRE #2, or checked out page 213 of the December volume of Diamond Previews, you may have noticed the awesome rendition of the SIRE by rising superstar TYLER KIRKHAM. In case you didn’t, it’s official: Tyler Kirkham is officially the cover artist for the SIRE #3 – in stores this December.

“I thought it would be impossible to come close to matching Talent [Caldwell]’s amazing first two covers, but Tyler does it… and then some!” creator Michael Dolce said. “With Phoenix: War Song and Darkness/Wolverine under his belt, Tyler is gearing up to be the next big thing, so we’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Issue three marks the sense-shattering conclusion to the first SIRE mini-series, but is this the end for our hero? “The success and support we’ve gotten shows what a powerful character SIRE has become in the indy world. Expect some big news in the coming weeks,” Dolce hinted. Cornered by the police, SIRE must find a way to stop the evil Siphon’s plans and somehow save the woman he loves from certain doom. But when presented with an opportunity to relinquish the powers he never wanted in the first place, will his decision mean the end of the world as we know it? Check out the December volume of Diamond Previews to order!

The second installment from the hit indy series from After Shock Comics hits stores September 27th! Continuing directly after the harrowing cliffhanger of issue one, Donald Wright is trapped in an alien costume that takes control of his now super-powered body! The SIRE fights for his life against the deadly villain Bard as the burning questions surrounding the evil Siphon continue. Featuring a stunning Talent Caldwell cover, this series is red hot!