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Patrick Kindlon and Goran Gligovic Want You to Run the Dungeon with this Comic and RPG

Z2 Comics has been a home for music-inspired graphic novels, and further that no pairing is alike, introducing an original graphic novel by Patrick Kindlon and artist Goran Gligovic, with an original soundtrack by Kindlon’s band Self Defense Family. The result is one of Z2’s most immersive experiences yet, blending comic book storytelling, music, and an original and completely playable RPG, Run the Dungeon.

Relst is just your average young man. Except he is stuck in an Endless Dungeon. Follow his “adventures” through the Dungeon hoping to escape to the surface world. Run the Dungeon is for fans of witty fantasy adventures everywhere. It includes a soundtrack from Self Defense Family and an original pen and paper RPG based off of the book.

The Run the Dungeon graphic novel comes in at over 100 pages of fun and will be released in a standard softcover edition in comic shops and bookstores alike in August 2021, as well a special deluxe edition available for preorder now only through the Z2 website, which will include a special exclusive vinyl edition Self Defense Family’s original soundtrack in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies! Standard editions include a code to download the soundtrack through Bandcamp.

Run the Dungeon

Grab Your Bag of Holding for the Rick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons: Deluxe Edition

The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group and IDW Publishing bring back Adult Swim’s cult-favorite Rick and Morty: Dungeons & Dragons in an all-new hardcover deluxe edition, including a specially created Mr. Meeseeks story and featuring new cover art from Troy Little coming August 2021. Grab your dice, pencils, and spellbooks as Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons returns in a complete collected adventure from the creative forces of writers Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub, illustrator Troy Little, colorist Leonardo Ito, with lettering by Crank! and Robbie Robbins, and a foreword from Jim Zub.

The deluxe edition will feature a brand-new cover, as well as all eight issues of the hit series, include backmatter from the Oni Press and IDW single issues, and an all-new story from Jim Zub and Troy Little featuring Mr. Meeseeks conquering the Forgotten Realms!

When Morty asks Rick for help learning how to play the classic role-playing game because he has a crush on a girl, it ends up drawing the entire family into a D&D world, where they inadvertently help the “bad guys” win but eventually make it right in the end. And in the hit series Painscape, when magical D&D adventures come to Earth, no one will survive the Painscape! The world’s greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world’s most dysfunctional animated family, and this time Rick knows they can’t just rest on brand-name recognition and curiosity. But even Rick Sanchez can’t predict what will happen when long-abandoned characters come back for revenge.

The new, complete deluxe edition includes over 250 pages of monsters, mayhem, and a bag of holding-worth of bonus materials—including the all-new story from Jim Zub and Troy LittleRick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons: Deluxe Edition will be available online and in stores on August 4, 2021. IDW Publishing will simultaneously release a 750 copy limited run of Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons: Deluxe Edition, featuring an exclusive cover by Max Dunbar and signed by Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub.

Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons: Deluxe Edition

Magic #1 Sells Out Again and Gets a Third Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Magic #1, the premiere issue of the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long-time fans, has sold out of the second printing at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Magic #1 Third Printing, featuring brand new cover art by series artist Guara with colors by Arianna Consonni, available in stores May 19, 2021.

Magic #1 Third Printing

Get a Look at Jace’s Uncertain Fate in Magic #2

BOOM! Studios have released a first look at Magic #2, the next issue of the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available on May 12, 2021.

With their homes rocked by an attack – and Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance – Planeswalkers Kaya, Ral, and Vraska must discover who is behind it all. But as they begin to suspect one of Ravnica’s most prominent Guilds is behind the attack, it becomes clear their enemy may be plotting something even more destructive…

Magic #2 also features main cover art by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera as well as variant cover art by Ig Guara, Daniel Warren Johnson, Michael Walsh, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Kael Ngu.

Magic #2

A New Pathfinder Comic Comes to Kickstarter!

Dynamite Entertainment and Paizo Inc. are launching a new Pathfinder comic book. It’s currently being funded on Kickstarter and live right now with lots of cool extra content for fans!

Pathfinder: Fumbus is a 40-page standalone special issue starring the riotous eponymous goblin alchemist. The mischievous goblins of Pathfinder have always been one of the iconic roleplaying game’s most signature features, but now with the new Second Edition ruleset and the added alchemist class, Fumbus takes a starring role in his pursuit to join the Pathfinder Society. With appearances from characters like Seoni, Ezren, and more, it’s a chapter not to be missed!

Writer and lifelong tabletop RPG addict Fred Van Lente has worked closely with Paizo’s creative shepherds to craft this tale alongside returning Pathfinder artist Tom Garcia. They’re joined by the vivid colors of Vinicius Townsend, and lettering of Tom Napolitano.

Just like Dynamite’s previous Pathfinder titles, this comic book comes with extra content that will entice longtime fans of the RPG, with lore and scenario writing that can translate right to one’s next game night. Six whole pages of playable content, including new alchemical and magic items, rules for trapmaking, and a character sheet and stat block for Fumbus himself.

Those same great qualities make the world a perfect fit for comics books. Dynamite has worked closely with Paizo to produce comics for nearly a decade across 11 graphic novels. Many of Paizo’s top internal creatives like Erik Mona and F. Wesley Schneider have contributed to the titles, as well as top creators in the comics industry like Jim Zub (Avengers, Conan the Barbarian), Crystal Frasier (Immortal Hulk, Cheer Up), and Carlos Gomez (Red Sonja, America Chavez). As part of the Kickstarter pledge options, fans can stock up on the previous comics as well.

For collectors, Dynamite is offering a fun glow in the dark version of Tom Garcia’s cover, as well as a limited character sheet variant. Fan-favorite artist Ken Haeser is also doing sketch covers and remark sketches. Those looking for the ultimate Pathfinder haul can turn to the deluxe set, which comes packed with an exclusive custom D20 die, CGC graded copies of the comics, a character trading card, a set of graphic novels, and the gorgeous Seoni statue.

Pathfinder: Fumbus

IDW Publishing and Humble Bundle Launches Dungeons & Dragons Bundle

Humble Comics Bundle: Dungeons & Dragons by IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing and Humble Bundle have launched the “Humble Comics Bundle: Dungeons & Dragons by IDW Publishing.”

The bundle promotion, running from April 12 through May 3, features a thrilling selection of Dungeons & Dragons adventures, including up to 28 full graphic novels, plus individual issues of IDW’s latest D&D series, Infernal Tides and At the Spine of the World. Fans can simply pay what they want, starting at only $1.00 to purchase a basic tier, then increase their contribution up to $25 to add even more epic graphic novels to their collection.

A portion of the proceeds from the bundle will go to Hasbro Children’s Fund. The Hasbro Children’s Fund is responsible for the majority of Hasbro’s grant-making. Grants made by the Hasbro Children’s Fund focus on their philanthropic mission to stand up for children, passionately working together to create a universe where every child experiences hope, kindness  and  joy.

Humble Comics Bundle: Dungeons & Dragons by IDW Publishing

The $1.00 Tier includes:

  • Dragonlance Chronicles, Vol. 1: Dragons of Autumn Twilight
  • Dragonlance Classics Vol. 1
  • Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #1
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #1
  • Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 1
Humble Comics Bundle: Dungeons & Dragons by IDW Publishing

The $10.00 Tier includes:

  • Dragonlance Chronicles, Vol. 2: Dragons of Winter Night
  • Dragonlance Legends: Time of the Twins
  • Dungeons & Dragons, Vol. 2: First Encounters
  • Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 1
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #2
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #3
  • Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 2
Humble Comics Bundle: Dungeons & Dragons by IDW Publishing

The $18.00 Tier includes:

  • Dragonlance Chronicles, Vol. 3: Dragons of Spring Dawning
  • Dragonlance Classics Vol. 2
  • Dragonlance Classics Vol. 3
  • Dragonlance: The Legend of Huma
  • Dungeons & Dragons, Vol. 3: Down
  • Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish
  • Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 2
  • Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 3
  • Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 3
  • Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 4
Humble Comics Bundle: Dungeons & Dragons by IDW Publishing

The $25.00 Tier includes:

  • Dungeons & Dragons, Vol. 1: Shadowplague
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Abraxis Wren of Eberron
  • Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 4
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun Vol. 1 – Ianto’s Tomb
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Vol.1
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt, Vol. 1: Homeland
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire

Review: Magic #1

Magic #1

The popular game Magic: The Gathering has found a new home in comics with BOOM! Studios. Magic #1 kicks off a new series and adventure in the worlds crafted over decades by Wizards of the Coast. The debut is an interesting one that can be enjoyed for the straightforward story or the deeper cuts into the world of Magic: The Gathering. It’s been years since I played but the comic is full of references that fans of the game will enjoy.

Written by Jed MacKay, Magic #1 introduces us quickly to the multiverse and concept of Planeswalkers and most importantly the setting of Ravnica. The setting is an interesting one. It’s not just a setting of a Magic: The Gathering set but it also might defy expectations of those new to the world. Ravnica is as much a character in the comic as the Planeswalkers. It’s a sprawling city with thousands of cultures, numerous guilds, and lots of possibilities.

Despite the at times complicated world of the game, MacKay keeps things simple. Magic #1 focuses on an assassination attempt on three heads of guilds and the fallout from that. It’s a simple concept that introduces the key players, creates conflicts, and gives a logical reason for these characters to come together. Fans of the game will recognize the high-profile choices. Where I fall short is recognizing the spells. There’s some I think I know but those who have played and know the world will likely appreciate some of what’s on the page more. It’s a comic that feels like it has a lot for long-time fans but it also presents things so that new readers can hop in and not feel overwhelmed or that they’re missing something.

The art by Ig Guara is interesting. Along with color by Arianna Consonni, the art is much more geared towards “comics”. Those expecting an art style that’s similar to Magic: The Gathering cards might be disappointed. The art though is really engaging. Ravnica looks fantastic and the introduction to the various guilds makes it all look fantastical and sucks the reader in. The art does a great job of balancing the various perspectives with page layouts that are dynamic. There’s some really interesting choices that make an exciting flow to the story. Ed Dukeshire‘s lettering is great too, really adding emotion to the characters. At times, there’s also a lot of dialogue as well but Dukeshire’s choices never feel overwhelming and the art still shines.

Magic #1 does a solid job of bringing the massive world of Magic: The Gathering to comics. Its story keeps things simple with an attack and assassination attempt, something that’s easy to understand and brings characters together in an organic and easy way. It’s a great mix of the game and comics that’s fun for long-time fans and those new to the world.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Ig Guara
Color: Arianna Consonni Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Magic #1 Preview

Magic #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Ig Guara (CA) Matteo Scalera
In Shops: Apr 07, 2021
SRP: $4.99

A new beginning for the pop culture phenomenon of Magic starts here from Jed MacKay (Marvel’s Black Cat) and Ig Guara (Marvel’s Ghost-Spider), perfect for new readers and long time fans.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms -they are Planeswalkers.

When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Belleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica.

Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers…

…which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1

Magic #1 Sells Out and Gets a Second Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced today that Magic #1, the premiere issue of the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long-time fans, has sold out at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Magic #1 Second Printing, featuring brand new cover art by superstar series artist Ig Guara with colors by Tamra Bonvillain and available in stores April 28, 2021.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1 debuts in comic shops on April 7.

Magic #1 Second Printing

BOOM! Studios Summons a Magic #1 Hidden Planeswalker Variant Cover by Taj Tenfold

BOOM! Studios has revealed a Hidden Planeswalker variant cover featuring Kaya the Ghost Assassin by artist Taj Tenfold for Magic #1, the premiere issue of  the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available on April 7, 2021.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1 Taj Tenfold variant cover
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