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]

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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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.

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.

Creation Dawns

A New Creation Dawns

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On Saturday, September 6th, at 12pm, at the Baltimore Comic-Con, a new creation is about to dawn! When we launched Visionary seven years ago, this was why. Join us as we bring new worlds, new stories, new characters to life! We officially announce our new line of comics at our exclusive panel in room 349-350. Do not miss it!

Visionary’s Live @ GenCon

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Visionary has been live at GenCon since opening day on Thursday, August 14th, and what a show it’s been. The largest gaming show remains one of our biggest convention stops of the year, and one of the most fun as well. Many thanks to Studio2 and Pinnacle Entertainment who are hosting us again this year, and special thanks to Pinnacle crew Shane Hensley and Jodi Black for all they do on our behalf.

“GenCon is a bit different for us this year,” said Co-Founder C. Edward Sellner. “We’ve spent the last few months laying the groundwork for some amazing things, and GenCon has been a bit of the capstone for that prep, as some of the final pieces of the puzzle are being fitted into place.”

Visionary has already announced the pending launch of a new line and a new direction for later this year, but now as things firm up, we can tell you that all will be made known as of Baltimore Comic-Con in September.

“Baltimore will be our biggest show ever, and our This is Visionary panel at the show will be where we spill a lot of the details,” Sellner added.

Visionary’s Deadlands’ trades and specialty deck playing cards, for both Dead Man’s Hand  and the Raven Kickstarter edition are available at the Pinnacle booth 1317 as part of the Studio2 island. GenCon and Baltimore will be the last major shows to get the Dead Man’s Hand digest convention exclusive before that edition is forever shelved.