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Third and last from Archie is an interesting project. We’re all adults here, right? There’s no shame in admitting we’ll be reading this?

Fine. We’re pre-screening it for or daughters, okay? Sure. That’s it.

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DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY
 
We are very excited to present Archie Comics’ debut title in the cartoon diary genre!
 
Betty Cooper is embarking on her first year of high school. It’s sure to be filled with ups and downs, but with her trusty diary by her side, she’ll be able to get through it all. She’s a smart girl with a kind heart, so her freshman year should be easy-peasy, right? Well, throw in some major BFF drama with her longtime pal Veronica Lodge and things get off to a rocky start. Veronica’s rich, ruthless and snobby—the total opposite of Betty. And in high school where social status means EVERYTHING, Betty and Veronica can’t be the same besties they once were. Everyone’s favorite girl-next-door is diving head first into her high school career and extracurricular activities—from dog training to peer mediation to BMX competitions, Betty Cooper can do it all—but can she get by WITHOUT a little help from her friend? Find out in this heartwarming tale of the scariness that is starting high school in Archie’s first-ever venture into the hugely popular journal series, with DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY.
 
Script: Tania del Rio
Art:  Bill Galvan, Bob Smith,  Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan
978-1-936975-37-2
$13.99/$14.99 CAN
5 ½  x 8”
HC
224 pp, Black & White
Direct Market On-sale: 7/23

Second title on deck from Archie takes us to one year after Archie was shot and killed. Suppose there should be fine sort of spoiler warning with that, but if you don’t know about it by now, where have you been?

(Note: The Life With Archie magazine also comes out tomorrow, but posting a preview would have been silly as the content is nearly identical to the two pivotal issues.)

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LIFE WITH ARCHIE #37
 
It’s been one year since the death of Archie that took place in Life With Archie #36 shook Riverdale to its very core. The residents of the most welcoming town in America, where the chocolate malts are always delicious and the neighbors are always smiling, gather together one last time for the closing ceremony of this groundbreaking series and a celebration of a Life with Archie.

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Variant Cover A: Cliff Chiang
Variant Cover B: Tommy Lee Edwards
Variant Cover C: Alex Ross
Variant Cover D: Walt Simonson
Variant Cover E: Jill Thompson
On Sale Date: 7/23
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.
6 5/8  x 10 3/16”

Stop the presses. Or something. Archie has unloaded several previews for titles to be released tomorrow.

First, a whole new arc for the critically-acclaimed (and PoP-approved) Afterlife book.

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AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #6 

“Witch in the Dream House”
 
The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues!

Definitely NOT for all ages!


Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy, Jason Millet
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Since we sent out some music news that may have seemed…less than exciting, a counterbalance is in order. Luckily for us, or man Mega Ran has a few things to share regarding SDCC and beyond.

The images by themselves may not make a lot of sense, but should one you read the press info below:

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NEW USB DRIVES, preloaded with 3GB of Ran’s Music! order now!

NEW USB DRIVES! custom built by C.BARR, these 4GB puppies are cute, handy and full of music. ORDER NOW!

http://megaranmusic.com/merch/mega-ran-preloaded-4gb-usb-drive

Greetings Party People! It’s about that time, COMIC CON is here! I haven’t been this excited for a Comic Con in a lot of years, probably since the first one I went to, back in 2007. Anyway, got a lot of news for you, so let’s get it on!

My San Diego Comic Con Schedule

MEGA RAN’s Comic Con Schedule:

Wed 7-23 - Gam3rCon 8PM http://www.gam3rcon.com/

Thur 7-24 SDCC Room 23ABC - Comics and Hip Hop Panel (feat. MURS and many more)
info: http://www.depthoffieldmagazine.com/2014/07/17/depth-of-field-presents-hip-hop-comics-cultures-combining-at-san-diego-comic-con-2014/

There’s also a SECRET EVENT to be announced Thursday night that I’ll be participating in… It MAY or MAY NOT rhyme with “Boot Sock.” more later on my twitter.

Friday 7-25 The Call 8 Bit Vinyl Release Party - That’s right, they’re finally here! come on out and get one signed, or hear a few new songs.
FREE! @ Access Hip Hop: 1537 Garnet St, right by SeaWorld.

Saturday 7-26 is WIIIIDE OPEN.

Sunday 7-27 - Official After Party with Random Gibberish and hosted by the voice of Duke Nukem, Jon St. John!


YES! they’re finally on the way. if you ordered one already, they will ship to you NEXT WEEK, be ready!

There’s still a few left, if you want to put an order in:

http://megaranmusic.com/album/the-call-8-bit-anniversary-edition-2

Well that’s that. I’ll see you guys around, but don’t forget if you aren’t in San Diego, all good. I’ll be back on tour soon. Peep this sweet poster by my friend Daniel Hill.


REMINDERS.

Don’t Forget: The UK/EU Tour is on this September. Dates being finalized and added as we speak! We still need assistance with these tasks:

▪ Street teamers in London, Cambridge, Manchester, Glasgow - email me about helping to promote out there!
▪ Producers, Beat makers - shoot me some samples of your production so YOU can make the album we’re working on!
▪ Have a few extra bucks? Throw it on the tour fund and get music, souvenirs and even YOUR OWN SONG! link: http://fnd.us/c/aoiJ2/sh/5FuTe


FRIENDS

This is a sampling of what some of my friends are up to.

SkyBlew’s quirky video for “Streetlights”
http://2dopeboyz.com/2014/07/20/skyblew-streetlights-video/

1-UP’s new song “We Don’t Need No Stinking Storyline”
http://youtu.be/jh68ZnFhoRI

Juice Lee’s podcast “DarkFyre Radio”
http://dferadio.podbean.com/

JonWayne is dropping a new song every Monday. this week it’s “No.”
http://www.audiomack.com/song/jonwayne/no-1

Kareem Williams of Real Entertainment News Interviews Milo
http://realentertainmentnews.com/milo-from-hellfyre-club-talks-about-toothpaste-suburbs/


Well that’s all for now! I have to get back to loading these USB’s up. take care and be good to yourself and others. Peace Out! —Ran

Thanks to some prior contacts, occassionally we get some press mailings relevant to our interests here. Such as this one. Make of this what you will.

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ATLANTIC RECORDS AND TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLESGET “SHELL SHOCKED” ON STAR-STUDDED NEW SINGLE;FIRST TRACK FROM PARAMOUNT PICTURES & NICKELODEON MOVIES’EAGERLY ANTICIPATED TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLESSTARRING JUICY J, WIZ KHALIFA, TY DOLLA $IGN, AND FEATURING KILL THE NOISE & MADSONIK;“SHELL SHOCKED” HITS ALL DSPS TODAY;TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ARRIVES IN THEATRES ON AUGUST 8TH

Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign (Ft. Kill The Noise & Madsonik) “Shell Shocked”

LISTEN: http://smarturl.it/streamshellshocked

BUY: http://smarturl.it/shellshocked

Atlantic Records has announced the release of Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign (Feat. Kill The Noise & Madsonik) “Shell Shocked,” the first single from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ upcoming motion picture, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. The track – produced by Madsonik (a.k.a. acclaimed film composer Brian Tyler) & Kill the Noise (Skrillex, Duck Sauce, Korn) premiered on Complex.com and is available today at all leading digital providers; TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES arrives in theatres nationwide on Friday, August 8th.

“[Paramount] heard about how big of a fan I was of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their whole legacy,” says Wiz Khalifa. “I actually have Donatello tattooed on my leg, so when they asked me to do it, just being a fan and being a musician, it made sense. In my generation, I think everyone who listens to me loves the Turtles as much as I do, so it just made sense.”

“It’s hella crazy being included in the music for the Ninja Turtles movie,” says West Coast singer/songwriter/producer Ty Dolla $ign. “You know, being a fan and everything, this is super surreal. ‘Shell Shocked’ is so different from what people are used to hearing from Ty Dolla $ign. Plus, Wiz and Juicy killed it like they always do. It’s a perfect song for this movie.”

"I grew up on the Ninja Turtles, so when I heard about this, I knew it would be dope,” says Juicy J. “The special effects and art in this movie are crazy and producer Michael Bay is a legend. I’m excited to be a part of this film on the ‘Shell Shocked’ track with Wiz and Ty.”

About TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film is a modern-day iteration of the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save New York City and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, written by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec and Evan Daugherty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is produced by Michael Bay (director and executive producer of the blockbuster Transformers franchise), Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick and Ian Bryce, and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans).

For more information, please log on to: www.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com; www.facebook.com/TMNT; www.twitter.com/TMNTmovie; www.atlanticrecords.com

Finally from Image, the series we’ve raved about continues to be really good. Go getcha some, if you haven’t already.

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Trees #3

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard

Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140739
Published: July 23, 2014

Eligia, girlfriend and decoration to the local fascist gang leader, hunts the streets of Cefalu for the old man who pulled the knife on her. What she finds will either kill her dead or cure her heart…or both.

So yeah, that third awesome espionage book on the market right now? Did this really come as a shock?

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Velvet #6

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Steve Epting
Cover By: Steve Epting

Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140614
Published: July 23, 2014

THE SECOND ARC BEGINS HERE! Following the revelations at the end of issue 5, Velvet’s quest for the truth and her innocence takes her right back to the heart of her own organization—to London, where every move she makes is even more dangerous than the last!

This is one of the three best espionage books on the market right now, hands down. Another is M3: Beginnings (available on ComiXology and highly recommended). The third? Will be previewed here next.

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Zero #9

Story By: Ales Kot
Art By: Tonci Zonjic
Colored By: Jordie Bellaire
Cover By: Tonci Zonjic
Cover By: Tom Muller

Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140618
Published: July 23, 2014

Bosnia, 1993. Roman Zizek is selling weapons to every faction involved in the conflict.

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