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Author: Michael Dolce

Philip Hayes of PaperbackReader.com recently posted a favorable review for the SIRE after picking up the first issue at Wizard World Chicago. He wrote: “The Sire is a book I’ve seen advertised all over the internet,” Hayes wrote. “Thankfully, I can say this book is worth the advertisement.” Hayes went on to add: “The first issue is pretty fun. You can really put yourself into the characters shoes and relate to how you would react if you had these abilities. I can really see this book being an indy hit.” Hayes also had high praise for Dan Leister’s art: “Dan Leister’s pencils are remarkable. Some stories need artists like Leister to truly make [them] shine.” To read the full review click here

Mikebooks and After Shock Comics is proud to announce their most successful convention ever last weekend at Wizard World Chicago. Between the number of debuts and variants sold, the fans that came out in droves to support the SIRE. “We were completely overwhelmed with how positive everyone was at the show,” said creator Mike Dolce who, along with artist Dan Leister, signed autographs and met with eager fans. “We just want to say thanks to everyone and hope anyone who bought the book can now carry that momentum into their local comic store so we can keep doing what we love doing: making fun comics.” The pair also did a surprise VIP sketch outing at a special VIP cocktail party Friday night. There, Leister and Dolce went from table to table providing info on the book as well as providing some lucky VIP attendees with free sketches. “These guys shell out a lot of money to be at the show. We thought it’d be cool to give them a little something extra and maybe introduce ourselves and the book to some folks who may not have heard of us.” The SIRE convention continues as Leister and Dolce will be on hand September 9-10th at the Baltimore Comic-Con to debut their all-new second issue hitting stores September 15th. Featuring another stunning Talent Caldwell cover, this issue promises big revelations as SIRE must take on the monstruous Bard and J.J. gets an unexpected visitor. Is he friend or foe? Join us next month to find out! And if you’re a retailer and would like to re-order the first issue, the Diamond code is APR062844. To place orders on the second issue the Diamond Code is JUL062796.

What if you were forced to be a superhero by a costume you’re now mysteriously bonded to? In the SIRE, by After Shock Comics, you’ll meet Donald Wright, a lowly secretary for the beautiful TV news reporter J.J. Waterston, who’s stuck in this very predicament and must somehow go from being a man to superman. And now you can meet writer/creator/colorist Michael Dolce and penciler Dan Leister, the creative team behind the SIRE, this weekend at Wizard World Chicago and score a copy of their debut first issue as well as the very rare SIRE #1 ‘Red’ Variant Edition all weekend long in Artist Alley at table #3019. One of the hottest variants on the market today the SIRE #1 ‘Red’ Variant Edition (a 15-page black and white preview variant featuring an alternate Talent Caldwell cover) is almost sold out! Meanwhile, The SIRE #1, hailed by many including Wizarduniverse.com, Silverbulletcomics.com and the Pulse was released in stores on July 12th and has been selling out across the country. Now’s your chance to get a copy of it before issue two hits stands September 15th, 2006. So come check out the book industry pros like Ethan Van Sciver and Greg Land have wholeheartedly endorsed August 3-6, 2006 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and be one of the last to take home this hot new indy. And while you’re there stop by table #3019 in Artist Alley and have him sign a copy!

The wait is OVER! The SIRE #1 – mentioned on such prominent sites such as WizardUniverse.com, Silverbulletcomics.com, The Pulse, BrokenFrontier.com and more, is in stores NOW across stores nationwide! Be the first rush out to your local comic shops and scoop up as many copies as you can and help keep this ride going strong! IMPORTANT NOTE: If your retailer does not carry copies of the SIRE simply give him the Diamond order code: APR062844 and they can order you a copy right then and there from the Diamond Catalog. Written, created & colored by Michael Dolce, with pencils by Dan Leister and covers by Talent Caldwell, The Sire, an X-Men meets X-Files superhero mystery, tells the story of Donald Wright, a meager secretary for cable news network reporter J.J. Waterston, who inadvertantly awakens trapped inside a costume that forces him to fight deranged criminals transformed against their will! Now it’s up to him to unravel the mystery surrounding the costume and somehow save the world! THE SIRE # 1 (of 3) Order ID: APR062844 32 Pgs, Full Color Price: $2.99 Credits: Written & Colored by Michael Dolce Pencils by Daniel Leister Covers by Talent Caldwell

With a hefty amount of conventions already planned, it was decided that the crew behind The SIRE would forgo The San Diego Comic-Con in favor of other shows. But thanks to Newsarama.com, San Diego is coming to the SIRE…sort of. For the second straight year Newsarama, in an attempt to give smaller independent companies a chance to showcase their talents and projects, posted their SDCC non-panel panel reports featuring The SIRE and After Shock Comics as part of the run-down Click here to check the full article. And be sure to catch The SIRE crew at Wizard World Chicago this August 3rd-6th.

The wait is OVER! The SIRE #1 – mentioned on such prominent sites such as WizardUniverse.com, Silverbulletcomics.com, The Pulse, BrokenFrontier.com and more, will finally make its in store debut July 12th across stores nationwide!. And according to Writer/creator/colorist Michael Dolce this has been a long time coming: “Dan (Leister) and I have been bombarded with emails and questions about when it was going to be available to order and believe me, I was as anxious as everyone else – if not more so!” He went on to add, “But now it’s here, so it’s time for all SIRE supporters to make their presence known by rushing out to their local comic shops July 12th and scooping up as many copies as they can. We’ve had a lot of momentum thus far (thanks in large part to all our fans and supporters) and we’d love to keep this ride going strong! The more copies of SIRE bought and sold the longer we can keep making them.” The Sire, an X-Men meets X-Files superhero mystery, tells the story of lowly Donald Wright, a meager secretary for cable news network reporter J.J. Waterston, who inadvertantly awakens trapped inside a costume that forces him to fight deranged criminals transformed against their will! The origin of his costume and its inexplicable repercussions on Earth are at the center of this three issue mini-series. THE SIRE # 1 (of 3) Order ID: APR062844 32 Pgs, Full Color Price: $2.99 Credits: Written & Colored by Michael Dolce Pencils by Daniel Leister Covers by Talent Caldwell

The book that’s lighting up message boards across the country made its debut this weekend at Wizard World Philadelphia and boy what a start! Writer/creator Michael Dolce and series artist Dan Leister were on hand for the premier debut of the full color 32-page first issue of The Sire and with only a limited supply of copies on hand sold out of the entire stock! “We were as shocked as anyone when the weekend was over and we had no more books to take home,” Dolce said afterwards. “Hopefully this is a trend that will continue when the book hits stores at the end of the month.” Already mentioned on such prominent sites like Silverbulletcomics.com, The Pulse, BrokenFrontier.com and more, The SIRE’s fan base is growing with each day. Even the limited “red” variant (a 15-page preview book debuted last month) sold exceedingly well, making it a hot convention exclusive to look for in Chicago. “It’s great that fans are appreciating the hard work we put into this book,” Dolce said. “It’s also neat that they want to get in on the ground floor of what I hope to be a long-lasting series.” The SIRE #1 hits stores at the end of this month with an exact date forthcoming.

As the header indicated the SIRE has been accepted into the Diamond Previews Catalog for books shipping in June 2006. That’s right, the SIRE will be available for order in your favorite local comic shops across the country! Now all you have to do is let your local store know this and hound he or she to order a bazillion copies. Or five. It’d be cool if they all ordered at least five. So get to work! Issue one will be in April’s volume of PREVIEWS catalog on page 218 and hits in June and will be released through After Hours Press. What’s that? Why, yes that IS the next announcement…

MIKEBOOKS Join Forces With AFTER SHOCK COMICS Hot off the heels of their critically acclaimed mini-series “7 Days To Fame” by Buddy Scalera, After Hours Press announced their new superhero imprint After Shock Comics will pair up with Mikebooks to release the SIRE. The book will be solicited through their imprint and co-publisher Darren Sanchez has signed on as editor to help steer the ship (with the ever popular Guido Fondoochi acting as assistant editor). Ironically it was another After Hours title, “Celestial Alliance,” released in 2002, that launched the career of current SIRE penciler Dan Leister.