Visionary’s BIG10 Begins This Spring!

Welcome to Springtime! Despite the snowy start some parts of the country had, we’re more than ready for it here at Visionary Central! Spring is a season of new beginnings and growth, and this one will be truly Visionary!

We started 2015 strong, with our Deadlands trifecta: a hugely successful Kickstarter with the Cackler, a strong pre-order campaign for Dead Man’s Hand in stores April 1st, and the announcement of Ghostwalkers from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry and Tor Books!

We also launched our hit comic strip, My Comic Life which marks its twelfth consecutive week of publication with today’s latest strip…

MCL Promo StripHey! It’s MY COMIC LIFE! It’s a lesson in business as Visionary’s origin continues! Like it? Let us know? Comment and Share!
New Story / Series Page / Latest Strip

So, why are we going all out? Well, this Spring we kick off our 10th Anniversary celebration and we plan to go BIG! You’ll notice some things changing over the next few weeks, then kick into high gear as of May, when we party every weekend at various events and conventions (details next week)!

As part of our BIG10 we’re going to be revamping and expanding our Services section of our site, announcing new package deals and specialized services, and strutting our stuff online! We’re also going to be doing giveaways and other special promotions for our fans, so all you Visionaries out there should stay tuned!

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Artist Richard Clark takes us to Star Wars actor John Morton’s TapCaf, just one example of Visionary’s new Fine Art Services coming soon!

 

VISIONARY COMICS is one of the best known comic production studios in the industry, and the first to throw its hat in the licensing arena with the wildly successful Deadlands series. Visionary is a top quality studio, digital publisher, and transmedia development company, who will be launching new, expanded production services and their own line of series this year. Check Visionary’s main site regularly for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions. Subscribe on site to get these directly!

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Hey! It’s MY (REALLY WEIRD) COMIC LIFE!

MCL Get REALLY Weird

My Comic Life returns and gets REALLY weird this week, as our hero finds himself face to face with one of his creations! It’s not a pretty sight!
Bookmark the series, Read from the Beginning >>
New Storyline Starts Here  / Latest Strip

Hey, It’s My (Weird) Comic Life

MCL Get Weird

February 8, 2015 – MY COMIC LIFE SUNDAY!
We start a new storyline this week as our hero get’s just a little too ‘immersed’ in the creative process!
Read the Current Strip>>
Bookmark and Read the Series From the Beginning>>

The Cackler Kickstarter – LIVE! Extending the Dead Man’s Hand!

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Thanks to the awesome supporters who’ve already signed on for the Cackler Kickstarter in these first few days! We’re excited to have already hit the 80% funded mark and showing no signs of stopping anytime soon! There will be an important update coming soon, so if you haven’t already, check it out HERE and get on board NOW!

In the meantime, enjoy this process graphic for the awesome cover by series artist, Bart Sears! Bart took this from concept sketch to finished piece, and delivered a defining shot of one of Deadlands’ greatest villains!

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DEAD MAN’S HAND PRE-ORDER PROMOTION EXTENDED THROUGH FINAL ORDER CUTOFF BY POPULAR DEMAND!

IDW DMH Cover Preview

The response to our pre-order promotion for Dead Man’s Hand has been overwhelmingly positive, with numerous excited fans pre-ordering their personal copy of Deadlands Volume 1, and getting two FREE digital books just for sharing that fact with the world!

Regular pre-orders ended yesterday, but IDW, as a Premiere Publisher with Diamond gets an extended window for orders allowing fans and retailers to still ensure copies are in on the original for sale date of March 11! Right now, the date for Final Orders Cutoff is around February 16th! But don’t wait, if you haven’t yet, get all the details HERE, including pre-order forms, and how to get your free books! Get it NOW!

VISIONARY COMICS is one of the best known comic production studios in the industry, and the first to throw its hat in the licensing arena with the wildly successful Deadlands series. Visionary is a top quality studio, digital publisher, and transmedia development company, who will be launching their own line of series this year. Check Visionary’s main site regularly for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions. Subscribe on site to get these directly!

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Deadlands Roundup – January 13, 2015

As we hit the middle of the month, and the mid-point for our Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand pre-order promotional campaign, we have a bunch of new updates, including a new webcomic preview, new creator spotlight, and a Q&A with CCO C. Edward Sellner dishing details on our first collected volume from IDW!

PR Banner PreOrder Promo MARHave you been dealt the Dead Man’s Hand yet? We’ve already had plenty of hits on our special pre-order promotion, where you get a free Deadlands digital comic, and Deadlands Reloaded digital game book for FREE, just for pre-ordering at your local retailer! Retailers, there’s a grand prize of our complete graphic novel library for the store with the most mentions!
If YOU Haven’t Yet – DO IT NOW!

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Our WEBCOMICS and DEADLANDS pages are now updated with the newest Dead Man’s Hand Spotlight Feature and EXCLUSIVE extended preview!

Get the scoop on Massacre at Redwing, a tale of weird-west vengeance served cold, from Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Lee Moder, and Michael Atiyeh.
(Or just READ IT NOW!)

 

 

 

Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand Q&A

We’ve gotten some questions on the first volume of Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand in terms of the direct market edition from IDW, so we wanted to take a few minutes to point out some particulars you may have missed.

What exactly does this edition include?

It includes the main features of the original four one-shots Visionary published through Image Comics. It also includes the bonus sketchbook and gaming content, and the short story “What a Man’s Gotta Do?” we published on our web-comic portal. It also has a NEW, never before published short story from Deadlands creator, Shane Hensley, and an exclusive teaser chapter from Ghostwalkers, the first Deadlands novel, by New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry.

I have the Collector’s Convention Exclusive Edition, how is this version different?

This edition is full-sized, standard trade, whereas the Convention edition was digest-sized. This edition also has Shane’s short story and the novel teaser exclusive, neither of which were done when the previous edition was published.

What happened to THE KID, why is he not included in the collection?

We have definite plans for The Kid, which includes more stories with him as he turned out to be one of our more popular debuts. Given that, we thought it would make more sense to hold off on his origin, and include that in the first collection dedicated to his tale. We hope to have more details on his return by the time Dead Man’s Hand hits stores in March.

Why this BIG push on pre-orders?

One of the things we heard A LOT with the one-shots, was folks unable to find them in their local stores. Simply put, retailers have to order a lot of books EVERY month, and invest a lot in what books they stock. So, a lot of titles they aren’t sure they can sell, they won’t stock heavy, or sometimes, won’t even order period. We get that.

So, by pushing pre-orders, we want to make life easier for our retailers, by encouraging folks to let them know in advance, so they can order our titles KNOWING they will sell. It also makes life easier on our fans, who can then rest assured they won’t miss out.

Got OTHER questions? Contact Us.

Next Week? THE CACKLER IS COMING! Get ALL the details HERE!


VISIONARY COMICS is one of the best known comic production studios in the industry, and the first to throw its hat in the licensing arena with the wildly successful Deadlands series. Visionary is a top quality studio, digital publisher, and transmedia development company, who will be launching their own line of series this year. Check Visionary’s main site regularly for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions. Subscribe on site to get these directly!

WHAT WE DO / OUR COMICS & WEBCOMICS
UPCOMING EVENTS / IN THE NEWS
For business, projects or services:
[email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
To be added to our PR/Media contacts:
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2015: The Year of the Deadlands

PR 2015 Year of DeadlandsAs a New Year Dawns, the Deadlands Descend Upon Us All!

They say it’s always darkest before the dawn, amigo, but this year that might just be proven wrong! As 2015 dawns, the darkness of the Deadlands shall descend on comic book shops, game stores, and book stores around the world, with more western-horror than you can shake a six-gun at!

We mentioned last week that the direct market IDW edition of Dead Man’s Hand is now officially available for pre-order at your local comics retailer, and it will be up for grabs through to the end of January. Retailers have to pick and choose from a ton of books every month, so the only way to make sure you get your copy when it releases in March is to go NOW and pre-order.

Ordering online? Include this direct link to PREVIEWS,
and order code JAN150543.

Going to your local shop? Just download, print, & fill out this PRE-ORDER FORM then hand it to your retailer and you’re good to go! Yep, that easy.

PR Banner PreOrder Promo

Once you pre-order, post “I just got dealt the #DeadMansHand at (name of your retailer)” on your favorite social media site. (Include a pic if you like.) Then email us the link to your posting at [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/.

When you do, you’ll get a return email with links to download a FREE PDF copy of Deadlands: The Kid and a Deadlands Reloaded book of your choice! (Books available through this promotion are listed below.)

Yep, two books FREE just for ordering one! We’re already getting hits on this special campaign so make sure you get yours and fill your local retailer in so they can shoot for their own prize!

That’s right, Retailers, we’ve got something special for you too. Whichever store gets the most posts on our little gift giveaway will win a COMPLETE Visionary Comics’ print library! Yep, two copies of each of our trade collections, including both volumes of Headlocked,  and Visions, as well as Frog Princess, a limited collector’s exclusive edition of Dead Man’s Hand, and our Kickstarter exclusive volume Deadlands: Raven. We’ll even throw in a copy of our next exclusive volume, The Cackler when it releases! As a final bonus, you’ll get an autographed collector’s pack of the original one-shots, including signatures by most of the creators. That’s a market value of over $300 worth of collectible comics! So, keep the forms handy, tell folks about the promotions, and make sure all your horror-western fans know about Dead Man’s Hand! They’ll thank you for it!

BoomtownsList of Available Deadlands: Reloaded Titles:

  • Bad Times on the Good Night
  • Coffin Rock
  • Deadlands Trail Guides Volume 1
  • Deluge
  • Devil’s Night
  • Don’t Drink the Water
  • For Whom the Whistle Blows
  • Ghost Towns
  • Grim Prairie Trails
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Donner
  • Cowboy KillersHigh Plains Drovers
  • Marshal’s Handbook
  • Marshal’s Handbook Ext. Edition
  • Murder on the Hellstromme Express
  • Player’s Guide
  • Player’s Guide Ext. Edition
  • Range War
  • Return to Manitou Bluff
  • Saddle Sore
  • Smith and Robards Catalog
  • South O’ The Border
  • Temple of the Sun
  • The Flood
  • The Great Northwest
  • The Inheritors
  • The Last Sons

Interview With Deadlands’ Creator Shane Hensley: Part II

VIS: Welcome Back Gang! As we close out 2014, we wanted to make sure we wrapped this in depth interview between the two top guns of Pinnacle and Visionary! Last time, Visionary’s own CCO C. Edward Sellner, interviewed Deadlands creator Shane Hensley about the game and all the great developments coming at you this coming year. This time, we talk a little more with both about the next phase! Alright gents, last time we just mentioned the coming of THE CACKLER, the next Deadlands Kickstarter Graphic Novel. So, let’s pick up right where we left off. Why now? Why a graphic novel?

SH: We’ve been chasing a live action show as well as the animated show I talked about for almost 20 years at this point. We’re also coming up on the 20th anniversary of Deadlands, and we’ve got some really big plans for the roleplaying game. We also now have a partner in you folks at Visionary that really gets what we’re trying to do and has a long-term plan for our comics and fiction.

CES: Well, mostly thanks to such a great partner there! All of us at the studio absolutely love the property, we love the backstory, the richness of the world, and all the great villains. The first round of one-shots was really the highlight of the studio’s history as far as we’re concerned, a chance to really strut what we could do with the right brand.

SH: The first foray into our comics had some tremendous talent, one of which was Bart Sears. When Chuck asked if I’d like to finally tell the story of the Cackler with Bart, there was no way I could say no.

VIS: What’s it been like working with Bart and Visionary?

SH: I’ve been reading comics for over 40 years…since I could read…so getting to write a real meaty book like this is a treat all on its own. Chuck Sellner (and Brand Manager Matt Cutter) have really helped me hone whatever skill I might have and I think people will love the end result of what is truly a team effort. That was before I saw Bart’s art—particularly the initial shot of the Cackler, and later his crew. It’s been the screen saver on my computer for over a month now! But it goes beyond just cool characters. Bart took the first few pages of the script we wrote and made a few changes—changes we all instantly agreed were even better. He truly is a natural and visual storyteller, and if fans like the book that eventually sits in their hands, it will be first because of the great editing and advice by Matt and Chuck, and by Bart’s eye for making those words flow into the visual medium.

VIS: And how about your end Chuck? What’s it like working with Shane and Bart on this book?

CES: Shane is one of the greatest guys I’ve ever known. He’s a top notch creator, and really gets the process. This is his world, his story, but his willingness to let the comic guys help craft the final product says a lot. And of course, Bart is one of my idols in comics. I’ve loved his art since forever, and as great as it was having him on Death Was Silent, working directly with him, and coloring his art is a new high mark in my own career.

VIS: Where does Deadlands go from here?

SH: There is so much on the horizon. In addition to the Dead Man’s Hand direct edition and The Cackler from Visionary, this year sees the release of the novels from Tor, written by New York Times Bestselling Authors Jonathan Maberry, Jeff Marriotte, and Seanan McGuire—we’re SUPER excited about that. We’re also gearing up for the 20th anniversary and a brand new surprise and direction for the game—some of which stems directly from the tale of the Cackler. There’s support for our Deadlands spinoffs Hell on Earth and Noir, and re-release of the original “Deadlands in Space,” Lost Colony. And there’s a whole new Deadlands setting coming in the next few years as well we think people will really go nuts for. And if we’re lucky, we’ll have another crack at that television show or feature we’ve been chasing so long.

My Comic Life Debuts January 4th

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New Ongoing Strip-Series Debuts with new strips every Sunday! Visionary’s Chief Creative Officer is about to open the door to see life behind the scenes at up and coming studio Visionary Comics, with a twist. This new weekly strip debuts on our web-comics portal January 4th, with new strips being added every Sunday! Get a glimpse into the wild, wacky and downright hilarious life of a comic creator, by C. Edward Sellner, with lettering and design by Jacob Bascle! Each new strip will be featured on our Webcomics Page, and the entire series will be FREE through our site!


 

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Headlocked Monday – New WebComic

NEW RELEASE 10/20/14

It’s another HEADLOCKED MONDAY with a brand new short story that delves into the past! Learn all about the ‘deal with the devil’ that led to THE LAST TERRITORY! LIVE NOW!Web Headlocked Unholy Partnership FS

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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A New Creation Dawns

Creation Dawns

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!

Deadlands Sale 25% OFF! This Weekend ONLY!

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If you haven’t checked out the fantastic world of Deadlands Comics yet, this is the perfect weekend to start! We’re running a special 25% off sale at Drive-Thru Comics this weekend only! Each issue is just $1.50! Get the whole classic run of one-shots from superstar creators like Ron Marz, David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Bart Sears, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Lee Moder, Jeff Mariotte and others! Check out our Deadlands Comics page for more details on each hit issue!

BUY Drive-thru

 

 

Deadlands Raven by MoonlightGet caught up on anything you missed, because early 2014 will see the weekly release of the latest Deadlands series: RAVEN!
Written by C. Edward Sellner and Deadlands Brand Manager Matthew Cutter, with art by Greg LaRocque and Sellner, this series is an epic western dark fantasy that will reveal the ultimate origins of the Deadlands Universe! Here’s a sneak peek at the cover art to issue #1! That’s five issues, weekly, early 2014, from Visionary Comics and Pinnacle Entertainment! Check back here for details!

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