Here’s a rundown of the announcements made by Aspen Comics at its panel yesterday at the San Diego Comic Con.
Aspen’s runaway hit 2014 series Lola XOXO returns in 2015 with an action-packed Lola XOXO: Volume 2 by creator Siya Oum, as well as an all new spin-off mini-series Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam written by Vince Hernandez (Damsels in Excess) and illustrated by Oum. Lola XOXO: The Wasteland Madam will feature an all new heroine in the Lola Universe struggling to maintain control over a renegade force of post-apocalyptic survivors, while trying to come to grips with her horrific and tragic past.
Aspen’s classic series Dellec, created and written by Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged) and Vince Hernandez, returns for a second volume with art pencils by Pasquale Qualano (Executive Assistant: Iris). This return of one of Aspen’s leading heroes focuses on the aftermath of the catastrophic first volume’s climax, while offering an all new jumping on point for new readers.
Popular “10 for 10” series Legend of the Shadow Clan returns next year with creator/writers David Wohl (Fathom) and Brad Foxhoven (Executive Assistant: Iris) returning to the family clan of ancient ninja heritage with art by penciler Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani).
2015 will see the debut of the first series of Aspen Sourcebooks line, featuring essential and never-before-seen handbooks of Aspen’s most popular and longest-running titles, including Michael Turner’s Fathom, Soulfire and Executive Assistant: Iris, written by Hannibal Tabu (Artifacts), with future editions planned for Aspen’s later titles.
Aspen Novels, the new prose imprint from the publisher, will release its second novel this November, SEVEN TO DIE, from author T.G. Roberts. SEVEN TO DIE tells the story of Lex MacArthur, a San Francisco college student who comes into possession of an enigmatic clay pendant that unlocks a bevy of dormant superhuman genes. She’s stronger, she’s faster, and she’s on a mission to find out why. As Lex sets out to discover who she is and where she really came from, she comes face-to-face with Egil, a killer who has been tracking Lex her entire life. At the helm of an enormous operation to eradicate all of Lex’s kind, Egil captures Lex’s long-lost mother, forcing Lex to confront him head on and save those she loves from certain death.
This October, Aspen continues its push to a broader reach with a more kid friendly library with the release of Fathom: The Adventures of Ernie on October ComicFest 2014. This kid-friendly coloring and activity book will feature a story written by Vince Hernandez (Fathom: Kiani) with art by Agnes Garbowska (My Little Pony).
The publisher has confirmed their recent addition to the Madefire Motion Comic App with a series of upcoming announcements planned for their release schedule in the coming months.
Aspen has signed on with the consulting firm, The Powell Group, to expand their multi-media publishing in the video game industry with a plan to adapt their popular titles into several platforms.
Aspen has teamed up with the app beacon company Webble to produce a Cosplay Card Set featuring the industry’s most popular cosplayers as Aspen’s top characters.