Visionary News: Deadlands’ 20th Anniversary Begins Here!

Visionary and IDW Deal Winning Hand with Deadlands

Graphic Novel Based On The Wildly Popular RPG Coming March 2015
IDW DMH Cover PreviewSan Diego, CA (December 16, 2014) – Get ready, as award-winning publisher IDW brings Dead Man’s Hand, the first original collection of the hit Deadlands series to comic shops in March 2015! Based on the popular Deadlands RPG, created by Shane Hensley and Pinnacle Entertainment, and produced by Visionary Comics, the series embodies all the best of horror, western and steampunk in a world filled with creatures of the night, mad science and mysticism!

Deadlands Volume 1: Dead Man’s Hand brings together a who’s-who of superstar horror-western comic talent to launch this unique series that laid the groundwork for every horror-western series since! Join High Moon’s David Gallaher and Steve Ellis as they tell the tale of a cursed weapon created to kill the devil in Devil’s Six Gun. Journey with All-Star Western’s creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and Shinku’s Lee Moder on a young Shamaness’ quest for vengeance in Massacre at Redwing. Duck low for Witchblade’s Ron Marz and Superman / Wonder Woman’s Bart Sears as they tell of a heroic ranger who sets out to kill a whole town in Death Was Silent. Then dive into Desperados’ Jeff Mariotte and Golly’s Brook Turner’s love tale drowned in horror in Black Water.

But that ain’t all! For the first time in the comic market, this volume contains two brand new short stories penned by Deadlands’ creator Shane Hensley and Brand Manager Matt Cutter, who show us What a Man’s Gotta Do and how to be Vengeful. And for the first time ANYWHERE, get an exclusive sneak peek at the first, original Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers by New York Times’ best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, to be published by Tor Books in Fall of 2015 (More EXCLUSIVE details below)! This amazing new adventure launches the new Tor novel line for Deadlands scheduled with releases into 2017!

The trade paperback collection will be available for pre-orders in the January Previews Catalog, Diamond Order Code #JAN150543. Make sure you let your local retailer know you want to get dealt the DEAD MAN’S HAND, and tell them that it’s a killer book.

Visionary and Pinnacle will be kicking off a special pre-order incentive campaign next week with major prizes for fans and retailers!

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers Announced

Promo Art Digital Painted StyleTor Books Announces the first Deadlands Novel by New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author Jonathan Maberry for Fall – 2015

Available for order in the January Tor Catalog, Pinnacle Entertainment and Visionary Comics’ proudly announces the first of three original novels based in the Deadlands universe!

This first title, by Jonathan Maberry promises a ‘rip-roaring’ adventure like none other. More details coming soon, but you can get an EXCLUSIVE preview of the book in the IDW Dead Man’s Hand available for pre-order now and on sale in March.

Deadlands: The Cackler Kickstarts in 2015

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Shane Hensley and Bart Sears brings the most demanded secret origin story in Deadlands history to life! Campaign runs 1/20/15-2/27/15

Teased online by Deadlands’ creator Shane Hensley, the news is now finally out! The Cackler will spring to life in the pages of the next Visionary Deadlands’ volume.

The Kickstarter campaign for this book will launch January 20th and run through February 27th. This campaign will be to order an EXCLUSIVE edition and will be coupled with another major Pinnacle release to ramp up the 20th Anniversary celebration of Deadlands in a way that will change the Deadlands universe forever!

Check Visionary’s main site every Tuesday for updates, including Deadlands web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions! Subscribe on the main site to get these updates directly! Also check out upgrades on our LINKS page, with links now added featuring Visionary in the news, and our EVENTS page with our new public Google Calendar you can subscribe to.

Check out our Partner’s sites for more details on their ventures into the Deadlands!

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Headlocked: The Last Territory Issue #1 FREE!

As we enter the last week of the Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 2 Kickstarter, we’ve got a super special surprise! You can now download the entire first issue of Volume 1 FREE! That’s right,  you can now check out this amazing original series for free!

Join Mike Hartmann on his dramatic journey to become a professional wrestler in the world’s only REAL wrestling comic! Featuring the art of Jerry “The King” Lawler (cover featured) and Jill Thompson, and interior art by Michel Mulipola and Chuck Obach, with story by creator Michael Kingston!

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Click to Download issue #1 – FREE!

And if you’re still wanting more READ THE HEADLOCKED WEBCOMICS featured on our October Spotlight!

Then, go and support the KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN NOW!

 

Headlocked Monday – New WebComic

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It’s another HEADLOCKED MONDAY with a brand new short story that delves into the past! Learn all about the ‘deal with the devil’ that led to THE LAST TERRITORY! LIVE NOW!Web Headlocked Unholy Partnership FS

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News & Feature Roundup – 10/11/14

There’s been a LOT going on with Visionary the last few weeks, so just in case you missed any of the good stuff, we’ve compiled everything together in one handy place! Check it out!

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-Visionary Announces New Partnerships & Deadlands Expansion!
New Partners! New Collections! New Content! Deadlands on the Move!

Webcomic Kickstarter Screen-Visionary Creation Series Headlocked Returns to Kickstarter!
Our First Official CREATION Series, Headlocked Returns in Force! Wrestling and Comic Superstars are Keeping the Dream Alive!

-Visionary Opens the Doors for New Interns!
Want to Make Comics and Live in the DC-Metro Area? Be a Visionary and Join Us for Practical Guidance and Direction on Professional Projects!
Download the Interns Job Description and Overview

-Visionary Launches Web-Comics Portal with New Content!
Headlocked Short Stories! Deadlands Originals! My Comic Life! Oh My!

Oct14 Cons-Visionary Supports Local Shows United FanBoyz & Annapolis!
Get the Latest on Our Next Cons, Two Awesome Local Shows!

NEWS ROUNDUP
Check out these Spotlights on Visionary from the Comics’ Media!
-Broken Frontier, Bleeding Cool and ICv2 Report on Deadlands!
-Times Union shines the spotlight on creator Michael Kingston!

Watch this GREAT Interview with Visionary Co-Founders, C. Edward Sellner and Charlie Hall with Gina Geppi, from ComicsWow!

Stay tuned for more from Visionary Central!

Be a Visionary – Intern with Visionary Comics

CMYK_LogoVisionary Comics will be doing interviews for our internship program at both the United Fanboyz Con in Glen Burnie on October 18th, and the Annapolis Comic-Con on October 19th. Candidates should be 18 years or older and local residents to the area. They must have a passion for comics and willingness to work on growing their skills and contributing to the studio.

Preferences will be given to those showing some skills and expertise in one or more of the following: marketing, social networking, or computer skills in Word, Excel, Photoshop, or Illustrator. Interns will receive one-on-one training in practical comic related work, on actual projects in development, as well as skills in managing a freelance career and working in comics in general. Group sessions and cross-training will also take place.

The internship is an open period for as long as the intern and studio feel the relationship is mutually beneficial. Interns who excel may be offered more long term positions and / or paid work.

Download our Visionary Internship Overview.

For details on the shows check out our EVENTS PAGE.

For questions, please contact us through [email protected]

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Headlocked Hits Kickstarter with Wrestling and Comic Superstars

  HL Dream Poster Lo-Res (Albany, NY) Headlocked, the acclaimed wrestling comic book drama, from Michael Kingston and Visionary Comics, has launched a Kickstarter in support of the next volume of the popular series. This second campaign continues the popular “The Last Territory” arc, launched with the highly successful first run.

Writer Michael Kingston and artist/wrestler Michel Mulipola return to continue their gritty coming-of-age story chronicling a former theater major’s journey to break into the wrestling business. Kingston explains why they’re returning to Kickstarter: “Based on the reception we’ve gotten, I know there is an audience for the book. So for us, Kickstarter has allowed us to reach that audience and essentially generate enough ‘sales’ to produce the series in a reasonably expedient fashion with the high quality that both the readers and the story deserve.”

The first volume, featuring a stunning Norman Rockwell homage painted by WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, has been very well received by both wrestling and comic book fans alike.

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Kickstarter backers received a special bonus edition featuring short comic stories by wrestling stars Hurricane Helms, Rob Van Dam, and Christopher Daniels as well as art from Ken Anderson, Sam Shaw, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, and Rob Schamberger. “We try to go above and beyond to reward the backers for their support. The success of our Kickstarters is essentially the lifeblood of this series. So we try to give the backers something special as a reward for literally bringing this series to life.”

To that end, as with Volume 1, Volume 2 features Kickstarter-exclusive content produced by some of the biggest wrestlers in the industry. WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas, WWE superstar Booker T, and former WWE superstar Caylen Croft are contributing art  while former WWE superstar John Morrison and ROH standouts AJ Styles & Frankie Kazarian are penning short stories for the series.

For comic book fans, Kingston has lined up a bevy of industry superstars to lend their artistic talents. Jill Thompson (Sandman, Beasts of Burden) returns to provide art for the credits pages while Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Mark Poulton (Savage Hawkman) and Ramon Villalobos (Original Sins) sign-on with the latest volume!

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Despite the star power attached to the book, Kingston knows they have a lot of work ahead of them to win over longtime comic book fans. “I know given their sordid history that the phrase ‘wrestling comic’ doesn’t have the best connotation with people, but that was the reason I wanted to write Headlocked in the first place. I can promise you that this isn’t like any other wrestling comic. Everyone associated with the book is passionate about wrestling, comics, and art. I think that really shines through in the product that we put out.”

For those that missed the first volume, the folks at Headlocked have you covered, with tiers to get just the first book as a starting point, or caught up with both.

Check out Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 2 on Kickstarter for more information!

Enjoy WebComic chapters of Headlocked on Visionary’s Web Comics Portal, updating with new content EVERY Monday during the campaign!

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Headlocked Hits Kickstarter with Wrestling and Comic Superstars

  HL Dream Poster Lo-Res (Albany, NY) Headlocked, the acclaimed wrestling comic book drama, from Michael Kingston and Visionary Comics, has launched a Kickstarter in support of the next volume of the popular series. This second campaign continues the popular “The Last Territory” arc, launched with the highly successful first run.

Writer Michael Kingston and artist/wrestler Michel Mulipola return to continue their gritty coming-of-age story chronicling a former theater major’s journey to break into the wrestling business. Kingston explains why they’re returning to Kickstarter: “Based on the reception we’ve gotten, I know there is an audience for the book. So for us, Kickstarter has allowed us to reach that audience and essentially generate enough ‘sales’ to produce the series in a reasonably expedient fashion with the high quality that both the readers and the story deserve.”

The first volume, featuring a stunning Norman Rockwell homage painted by WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, has been very well received by both wrestling and comic book fans alike.

lawler & cover

Kickstarter backers received a special bonus edition featuring short comic stories by wrestling stars Hurricane Helms, Rob Van Dam, and Christopher Daniels as well as art from Ken Anderson, Sam Shaw, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, and Rob Schamberger. “We try to go above and beyond to reward the backers for their support. The success of our Kickstarters is essentially the lifeblood of this series. So we try to give the backers something special as a reward for literally bringing this series to life.”

To that end, as with Volume 1, Volume 2 features Kickstarter-exclusive content produced by some of the biggest wrestlers in the industry. WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas, WWE superstar Booker T, and former WWE superstar Caylen Croft are contributing art  while former WWE superstar John Morrison and ROH standouts AJ Styles & Frankie Kazarian are penning short stories for the series.

For comic book fans, Kingston has lined up a bevy of industry superstars to lend their artistic talents. Jill Thompson (Sandman, Beasts of Burden) returns to provide art for the credits pages while Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Mark Poulton (Savage Hawkman) and Ramon Villalobos (Original Sins) sign-on with the latest volume!

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Despite the star power attached to the book, Kingston knows they have a lot of work ahead of them to win over longtime comic book fans. “I know given their sordid history that the phrase ‘wrestling comic’ doesn’t have the best connotation with people, but that was the reason I wanted to write Headlocked in the first place. I can promise you that this isn’t like any other wrestling comic. Everyone associated with the book is passionate about wrestling, comics, and art. I think that really shines through in the product that we put out.”

For those that missed the first volume, the folks at Headlocked have you covered, with tiers to get just the first book as a starting point, or caught up with both.

Check out Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 2 on Kickstarter for more information!

Enjoy WebComic chapters of Headlocked on Visionary’s Web Comics Portal, updating with new content EVERY Monday during the campaign!

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Catching a New Vision

PR2014PromotionalFinalVisionary Comics has been around a while, and some have called it one of the best-kept secrets in comics. Known as a top quality production studio, and the first digital-exclusive publisher supporting creator-owned projects, they also became the first production studio to throw its hat in the licensing ring with Deadlands. This fall, however, the secret is out, and Visionary is on the move.

Visionary has virtually doubled its staff in recent months, adding Webmaster and AV Chief Christiaan Conover, Admin Director Cathy Dougherty, and Art Manager Mike Munshaw. The studio has also added big guns Jeff Mariotte (comic writer, author) and Shane Hensley (creator of Deadlands) to focus on its expansion into prose publishing and transmedia development.

As part of this expansion, Visionary has announced Deadlands-focused partnerships with IDW Publishing, which will be publishing the first trade, Dead Man’s Hand, in March of 2015, and Tor Books, which will be publishing a line of prose novels coming later next year.

Dead Man’s Hand collects Deadlands one-shots published by Visionary and Image Comics, and features a stunning list of talent: David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Lee Moder, Ron Marz, Bart Sears, Jeff Mariotte, Brook Turner, and Michael Atiyeh. The comics were called “All-Star Westerns” by the media, and the full collection has been much anticipated.

The new novel line will kick off with three books, by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, and Jeff Mariotte. Release dates have yet to be confirmed but production has begun in earnest.

In the midst of all this, Deadlands remains in active development for a live-action TV Series.

Visionary has no intention of stopping there, and just announced at Baltimore Comic-Con an exclusive new line of comics under its new Creation imprint. The new imprint will debut on their new webcomics portal, now in an initial test phase on their website. The studio promises a unique line of titles, diverse in genre, format, and focus. They also promise some unique means of fan involvement in what is shaping up to be a promising launch scheduled to roll out over the rest of 2014.

Visionary Chief Creative Officer C. Edward Sellner said, “We’ve been working toward this stage for a long time, and now that we’re reaching it, I can’t wait for the fans to see what we’re putting together for them. This is truly a new era for Visionary, and for comics.” Stay tuned for more details!

About Visionary Comics: Since their debut in 2006, Visionary Comics has become one of the first and largest digital exclusive publishers, and a full-service packaging and production studio. With their expansion into licensed material, and now a move into the prose market, Visionary continues to expand its reach and transmedia presence while building its brand of quality. For more information, go to our web site: www.visionarycomics.com

For interviews or review copies email our CCO: [email protected]

Baltimore Comic-Con Report

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Special shout out to the Baltimore Comic-Con for another GREAT show! Thanks to those who put it together every year, and special thanks to the panel crew who helped make sure everything ran smooth!

The whole Visionary team had an amazing time, and it was great having our special guest, Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Even bigger thanks to all the fans who stopped by our booth or the huge numbers of folks who attended one of our sponsored or participating panels! You all are AWESOME!

We made a LOT of announcements at our This is Visionary Panel on Saturday, and we’re going to be rolling out that info on our sites and into the press/media over the next few weeks.

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You can find us next at the Annapolis Comic-Con, details on our main site EVENTS page.

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