Below are the first four chapters, but to find out more you can read our review here
@Gollancz release a trailer for Midnight Crossroad, which perfectly captures the spirit of the book.
Following the phenomenal runaway success of Snowpiercer, Titan Comics continues in its bold mission of presenting the highest quality European graphic novels to a brand-new audience!
Titan Comics is thrilled to announce that Elric: The Ruby Throne & Void will be published in deluxe hardcover editions this September!
High demand for graphic novel behind hotly anticipated new Chris Evans movie results in speedy second print just 48hrs after publication date!
Originally released last week on January 29, 2014 to widespread critical acclaim, Titan Comics is pleased to announce that it is going to a second print of Snowpiercer Vol. 1: The Escape just 48hrs after publication date due to exceptionally high demand.
Written by the late Jacques Lob, winner of the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême, and Benjamin Legrand, the author of numerous thriller novels, screenplays, and comic scripts, Snowpiercer is illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, who has worked across a variety of projects and genres, from science fiction comics to children’s cartoons – including adaptations of Voltaire’s Candide and Homer’s Odyssey.
Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Seasons 3 & 4 are coming (as assuredly as winter) from @Gollancz this Autumn.
Below is the full press release to really get you salivating like a Direwolf .
The award-winning hit HBO® show Game of Thrones® has captivated millions of fans throughout the world with its compelling characters, intriguing plot twists, breathtaking sets, and enchanting elements of fantasy. As the show readies for its fourth season, Gollancz will revisit the world of Westeros to publish Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Seasons 3 & 4, the sequel to the international bestselling Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones, which covered the first two seasons of the series. Over 192 full-colour pages, this next installment in the official companion book series takes fans behind the scenes of seasons three and four, offering a look at the creation of the show’s award-winning visual effects, never-before-seen set photos and breathtaking production and costume designs, as well as in-depth examinations of key scenes and insight about the plot and production from the show’s cast and crew. The book will be available worldwide in autumn 2014.
Amazon’s Best Books of 2013: The Black Beetle | MIND MGMT
Big Shiny Robot’s Best of 2013: 47 Ronin | MIND MGMT
iTunes’ iBooks Best of 2013: MIND MGMT | Bad Houses | The Creep
io9’s Best Products of Comic-Con 2013: Game of Thrones figures
IGN’s Best Products of Comic-Con 2013: Zelda figures
Bleeding Cool’s 11 Best Comics of 2013: Buzzkill | Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight | Hellboy in Hell
Salon.com’s Best Superhero Comics of 2013: The Black Beetle
NewsOK’s 10 Best Comic Book Series of 2013: The Black Beetle
Time Magazine’s Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels: Bad Houses
Paste Magazine’s 10 Best Comics of 2013: MIND MGMT | Bad Houses
Paste Magazine’s 13 Best Webcomics of 2013: Battlepug
ComicsAlliance’s Best Comic Books of 2013: Hellboy in Hell | The Black Beetle | MIND MGMT | Catalyst Comix | The Fifth Beatle | Star Wars line
WhatCulture’s 50 Best Comics of 2013: Bandette
io9’s The Very Very Best Comics of 2013: MIND MGMT | The Fifth Beatle
Digital Spy’s Top 10 Comics of 2013: Hellboy in Hell
Huffington Post’s 10 Best Comics of 2013: Concrete Park
Newsarama’s The Best of Best Shots 2013: Kelly Sue DeConnick (Ghost) | Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT) | Amala’s Blade
The Onion’s A.V. Club’s Best Mainstream & Superhero Comics of 2013: Dream Thief | Hellboy in Hell | MIND MGMT
Bloody Disgusting’s Best Comics of 2013: Abe Sapien | Hellboy in Hell
Bloody Disgusting’s Top Miniseries and Ongoings of 2013: The Black Beetle | Dream Thief | The Goon | The Victories
Bloody Disgusting’s Top 10 Debut Issues of 2013: Buzzkill
Bloody Disgusting’s Best Comics Miniseries of 2013: To Hell You Ride
Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 1: Sabertooth Swordsman
Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 2: Dream Thief | Blade of the Immortal | Hellboy: The Midnight Circus
Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 3: The Black Beetle
Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 4: MIND MGMT | The Fifth Beatle | Hellboy in Hell | Bad Houses
Comic Bastards’ Comic Book Round-Up: The Best Part 1:
• Best Single Issue: The Goon #44 | The Massive #17
• Best Ongoing: MIND MGMT
• Best Miniseries: Baltimore | Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin | The Black Beetle
Comic Bastards’ The Best of Part 2:
• Best OGN: Hellboy: The Midnight Circus | Last Man Standing | The Last of Us: American Dreams
• Best All-Ages Title: Itty Bitty Hellboy
Comic Bastards’ The Best of Part 3:
• Best Book of 2012 We’re Still Talking About: Conan the Barbarian
• Best Revival: Brain Boy
• Best Adaptation: The Last of Us: American Dreams | The Art of BioShock Infinite | The Star Wars
Multiversity’s 2013 in Review:
• Best Ongoing Series: Hellboy in Hell | MIND MGMT | B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth
• Readers’ Choice for Best Ongoing Series: MIND MGMT
• Best Writer: John Arcudi | Matt Kindt | Kelly Sue DeConnick
• Best Artist: J. H. Williams III
• Best Miniseries: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys | Catalyst Comix | B.P.R.D.: Vampire
• Best Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
• Best Graphic Novel: Sin Titulo | Hellboy: The Midnight Circus
• Most Overlooked Series: Catalyst Comix | MIND MGMT | Gamma
• Breakout Writer: Frank Barbiere | Joshua Williamson
• Breakout Artist: Ulises Farinas | Greg Smallwood
Uproxx’s 15 Best Comic Books of 2013: Buzzkill | Star Wars
Unwinnable’s Best Comics of 2013: The Shaolin Cowboy | Hellboy in Hell | B.P.R.D.
VICE’s Ten Best Comics of 2013: The Manara Library Volume 5
The Village Voice’s 2013’s Best Graphic Novels: Sacrifice
PopCandy’s Best of 2013: Bad Houses
USA Today’s 2013’s Best Graphic Novels and Collections: The Black Beetle Volume 1 | The Fifth Beatle
USA Today’s Best Comic Books of 2013:
• Best Cover Artist: Jenny Frison
• Most Insane Read: Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight
• Best Throwback: Star Wars
• Honorable Mentions:
• Rookie of the Year (Character): Buzzkill
• Best Miniseries: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
In a monumental year for entertainment, Dark Horse Comics has secured its place in video-game-art history with The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia™, which charted in the top ten as one of 2013’s best-selling books globally.
In February, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia soared to the top of the Nielsen BookScan charts, making it the #1 book in America.
In addition, the book reached #1 on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists. Dark Horse announced a record print run, with the number continuing to grow as The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia dominated orders in the UK, China, Italy, Spain, and Canada.
“We knew this book was going to be one of the highlights of the year before it even hit catalogs,” said Dark Horse’s president and publisher, Mike Richardson, “but no one could have predicted the unprecedented success and acclaim this book has received. Hyrule Historia has earned a place in the Dark Horse history books!”
This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong™, Mario™, and The Legend of Zelda™, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link™’s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creative team of The Legend of Zelda manga—Akira Himekawa!
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is a must-have for any Legend of Zelda fan!
Praise for The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia:
Amazon Publishing’s Kindle Worlds, the first commercial platform for licensed fan fiction, is excited to announce that Peace in Amber by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey will publish on January 14, 2014. Set in The World of Kurt Vonnegut and inspired by the story of Billy Pilgrim and the Tralfamadorians in Slaughterhouse-Five (Vonnegut’s semi-autobiographical account of his experience during the firebombing of Dresden after he was captured by the Germans in World War II), Howey transforms Vonnegut’s classic novel into an extraordinarily powerful and personal narrative of his own experience on September 11, 2001, when he was working as a Yacht Captain beneath the shadow of the World Trade Center.
The four comics below are our top choice from each publisher. With a mixture of Fantasy, Comedy, Martial Art and Documentary the variety available in comics is there for all to see.
First, we're kicking off a massive SALE, across all digital platforms, temporarily slashing prices on dozens of our most beloved graphic novels!
We don't have room to list them all here, but to give you a taste:
Graham Joyce received a standing ovation at the 1,000-strong awards ceremony of the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton on Sunday 2nd November 2013. Picking up the Best Fantasy Novel Award for an unprecedented sixth time in his career, Joyce was earlier this year diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma cancer. The event marked his first public appearance since his diagnosis.
Joyce won the Best Fantasy Novel Award for Some Kind Of Fairy Tale, a story in which a young girl thought to have been abducted from the woodlands of the East Midlands returns to her family after twenty years [Gollancz; Paperback £7.99; e-Book £4.99].
Six months ago Joyce had the experience of being revived by an emergency resuscitation team at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Joyce said, “Just being able to stand here today is a wonderful award, thanks to the doctors and nurses of the NHS.”
In 1989 Joyce quit his job as a youth worker and went to live and write in a beachside shack on the Greek island of Lesbos. He sold his first novel after a year in Greece. Since then he has written twenty novels and numerous short stories. His novels have attracted admirers including Isabel Allende, Iain Banks, A S Byatt and Stephen King.
Praise for Graham Joyce’s award-winning The Silent Land
‘An author in full control of his considerable talents’ THE TIMES
‘In every sense a chiller’ THE INDEPENDENT
‘This tour de force invites comparison to the work of Haruki Murakami and Ian McEwan. So perfectly rendered…both beautiful and devastating…a classic in the making.’ WASHINGTON POST
‘Stark, layered, ominous and yet appealing…luckily for the reader, in the end Joyce delivers relief along with satisfaction and wonder’ NEW YORK TIMES
Readers can get in on the heist with this specially priced collection
Freshly freed from prison, Jackson Winters is given an offer he won't refuse: steal a ghost and keep his freedom. Winters, one of the greatest thieves in the world, accepts, gathers his team, and sets out for the Trask Mansion, home to horrors and haunts. This is the story of writer Joshua Williamson and artist Goran Sudzuka's GHOSTED, VOL. 1 TP, the inaugural collection of the hit ongoing series, now available for $9.99.
The first four issues of GHOSTED sold out at the distributor level within days of the initial release and garnered early accolades from the media:
"Ghosted is a horror book you need to read because it is horror done right. It’s part caper, part ghost story, and completely hilarious."
-Joshua Yehl, IGN
"Never letting the audience feel completely comfortable trusting any one character, Williamson constructs layers of deception that add to the mystery of the series."
-Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics
"Artist Goran Sudzuka has an uncanny knack of rendering detail only where needed, without overpowering every panel with minutiae."
-Jim Johnson, Comic Book Resources
"[T]he reason why Ghosted is such a great read each issue is due in large part to some great art and Williamson’s ability to tell a great haunted house story mixed with a heist story–and, well, throwing in all kinds of other twists in there too."
-Matt LeMaire, The MacGuffin
"Ghosted is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. It's a fantastic concept that has really been delivering the past few months."
-Mat Elfring, ComicVine
GHOSTED, VOL. 1 TP, collecting GHOSTED issues #1-5, arrives in stores on 12/4 at a special introductory price of $9.99.
We were lucky enough to have an interview with George Mann the author of The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes. Its an interesting article and Jon was lucky enough to get quite a few scoops so it's really worth a read.
Author George Mann was very gracious in spending some time answering some questions based around his latest book The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes.
Join Jon as he tries to discover more about the story and its creator.
Creator Interview; George Mann Author of The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes
A celebration of Cult movies from works displayed and sold at Gallery 1988.
This book celebrates the Cult scene from The Shining to the Iron Giant and nearly everything in between.
You can read more here.
Below are a few quotes from Zamperini & Joile who by all accounts have struck up a close friendship over the films development. We will have more news on the film as time goes on and the film gets closer to its sheduled release on the 16th January 2015
ANGELINA JOLIE: “It will be hard to make a film worthy of this great man. I am deeply honored to have the chance and will do all I can to bring Louie’s inspiring story to life. Everyone involved in the film shares this deep responsibility. Like all readers of Laura’s book and all people who love and admire Louie, I am a fan who has learned so much. He has made me a better person.”
The news has been dominated this week by NYCC. Newly announced series like the Witcher and Serenity as well as returning series like Buffy have given Dark Horse have an especially strong show. However the week really belonged to Image (and Skybound) thanks to the Walking Dead hitting its 10th anniversary.
The War is moving on and the time has come for civilization (whatever that means) to start a new but who will prevail. Robert Kirkman and his team start us off with the opener and you can read the review here
Review of the Plague Forge by Jason M. Hough - a gritty look into the future, full of fast paced action and great characters.
The eagle eyed among you may have noticed over the last week that the titles at the top of the page have changed and this is due to the growth of mediums that are coming into the site.
So what does that mean?
Basiclly the site will still cover the games and comics that have become our trademark but now we will also be adding books to our list of review subjects. The first review is for Jason M. Hough's The Plague Forge.
We hope you enjoy the review and the increase in content we are delivering.
Yours in gaming and words the
Backwards Compatible Team.
You can read the review here
We have decided to divide the news feed into two distinct categories, with the hope it will make finding the information you want a great deal easier.
The Games news feed will remain on the same RSS feed as it always has which you can subscribe to here,
The Comic and Book news has found its place due to the growth in reviews and publishers now linked with the site. You can subscribe to the RSS feed here.
We are happy to continue to bring the best content possible and hope this change will make your time on the site a more fluid experience.
As always please let us know if you like the new format or not and keep in mind, with the site's growth, we are looking for new writers to contribute to both the gaming and comic sides of Backwards Compatible.
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