Despite more than a handful of people showing up for the panel, spirits were high for BOOM! President Ross Richie and Marketing Director Chip Mosher. After cueing up Kanye West's "Stronger," Mosher leapt right into BOOM! Studios' recent success with MySpace Comics. The first book from the union was "North Wind" by David DiGillio, Andrew Huerta and Alex Cal, described by Mosher as "Mad Max on Ice." The book was simultaneously released on the website and in stores, followed by MySpace putting a trailer for the first issue online. The trailer got 10,000 views in 10 days. The issue sold out shortly after and has subsequently received a second printing of #1.
|"Cthulu Tales" #1 covers A & B|
"Kody Chamberlain's The Foundation" written by John Rozum, art by Chee then sold out two weeks after "North Wind" #1 sold out. BOOM! is calling this "the North Wind Effect."
"Fall of Cthulhu: The Fugue" written by Michael Allen Nelson is being released as a Trade Paperback collecting issues #1-5. Starting with #11, a new arc titled "The Grey Man" begins. It's the story of a young Brazilian girl that shows up in Arkham and then someone or something follows her there. Richie thinks, "it is one of the best arcs we are doing on the book. A sleeper hit for BOOM!" Mateos Santolouco starts on #11 and will be doing the entire arc.
There's also the relaunch of "Cthulhu Tales" as a new, monthly horror anthology. Steve Niles and Michael Alan Nelson are featured in the first issue coming April 9th.
|"Zombie Tales" #1 Covers A & B|
Mosher then worked in a quick mention for his own book, "Left on Mission," at which point Richie immediately shut him down and moved on to the next slide, revealing a slew of new projects to come.
"Shmobots" - Written by Adam Rifkin ("Small Soldiers," "Mousehunt") with art by Les Toil. The story is set in the future, where robots do all the menial labor, but the government has given the robot contracts to the cheapest bidder and everyone hates to be around them. According to Mosher, Stan Lee loves this book, saying, "…You'll never look at robots the same way again" Rcihie noted that it's like "What if Kevin Smith did robot stories." This is one of the first original graphic novels from BOOM! and will not be serialized.
|"High Rollers" #1||"Scream Queen" #1|
"High Rollers" - Crime writer Gary Phillips is joined by Bret Weldele on covers and Brazillian artist Manuel Magalhaes. Mosher said, "'High Rollers' is a 'Sopranos' turn on inner city gangs." The series chronicles the life of Cameron Quinn, a new hit man for a Los Angeles gang. Look for an interview with Phillips later this weekend on CBR.
|"The Godfather Chronicles" #1||"Pale Horse" #1|
Cover art was unveiled for the previously announced "The Godfather Chronicles," featuring a Bill Sienkiewicz cover.
"Blood Bowl: Killer Contract" - Written by video game and fiction writer Matt Forbeck, "Blood Bowl" was described as, "football where everyone dies." That is, football played by elves, orcs, dwarves and an exploding ball. "Brits looking at American football and making it totally insane," said Mosher. Lads Helloven provides the art.
|Covers and pages from "Warhammer: Condemned by Fire"|
As the panel came to a close, BOOM! noted it had tripled in size to 11 employees over the last year. Mark Waid coming on board as Editor-In-Chief has everyone talking and writer Michael Alan Nelson has been added on staff.