To celebrate the upcoming release of Marvel's Monsters Unleashed #1, launch parties will be hosted at local comic stores on January 18th. Look for exclusive items at these launch parties including a Monsters Unleashed sketchpad. Also: casting details for The Humanity Bureau, details on the Stanley Wiater horror auction, the Coffin Joe trilogy is coming to DVD, a look at the short film Trouser Snake, and Head of the Family Blu-ray release details.

Monsters Unleashed Launch Party, Sketchpad, and Variant: Press Release: "New York, NY—November 30th, 2016 — Run if you can! Hide if you must! Monsters have invaded the Marvel Universe! Nothing can prepare heroes across the globe for Monsters Unleashed! But you can be prepared! To coincide with the highly anticipated release of MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1, Marvel is bringing widescreen action and epic destruction to your local comic shops with MONSTERS UNLEASHED LAUNCH PARTIES. Not only is your local comic shops the place to be on January 18th to get your hands on the oversized first issue, but you’ll also be able to get your hands on some special items exclusive to these launch parties – including the all-new Monsters Unleashed Sketchpad!

To ensure the launch of MONSTERS UNLEASHED is a sales success, each retailer opting into the event will receive a Monsters Unleashed Party Kit, containing exclusive promotional materials and sales tools to assist their efforts. Retailers interested in participating should check their Marvel Mailer for info on how to opt-in by 12/5 (SEP168783), ensuring they receive access to these promotions.

Marvel is pleased to announce an exciting new promotional item to aid retailers in sales on Monsters Unleashed. Participating retailers will have access to the first-ever Monsters Unleashed Sketchpad, a 64-page book featuring a glossy cover jam-packed with monstrous coloring pages and blank sketch pages. Perfect to unleash your inner artist or take to your nearest comic convention!

“Monsters Unleashed is very much a celebration of artists, from the visionary artists of yesterday who created these wondrous monsters, to the A-List talent drawing the series today,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We wanted to honor that legacy with a brand-new promo item which ties into the story and characters of Monsters Unleashed in some very interesting ways. And maybe just inspire a new generation of artists.”

All qualifying retailers will receive the following as part of the Monsters Unleashed Party Kit:

Monsters Unleashed Invitational Postcard

Deep Ordering Discounts

Access to Exclusive First Looks & Previews

Monsters Unleashed Sketchpad (Bundle of 25)

Monsters Unleashed Lithographs

Monsters Unleashed Adams Party Sketch Variant

Downloadable Cake Toppers

But that’s not all! Retailers who qualify will also be eligible to order the MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 Adams Party Variant! Witness the mayhem of one of Marvel’s mammoth monsters, as only legendary artist Art Adams could render!

Retailers are encouraged to check their Marvel Mailer and Diamond Daily for more information about Monsters Unleashed and Monsters Unleashed Launch Parties. Run if you can, hide if you must! They are here. Don’t miss the event spectacle of 2017 when MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 makes landfall at your local comic shops on January 18th!


Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

Teaser Variant by GEOFF DARROW (NOV160751)

Variant Cover by KEN NIIMURA (NOV160746)

Hip-Hop Variant by MIKE DEODATO (NOV160752)

Movie Poster Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (NOV160747)
New Monster Variant by STEVE MCNIVEN (NOV160749)
Monster vs. Hero variant by MIKE MIGNOLA (NOV160750)

Party Variant by ART ADAMS (SEP168756)

Party Sketch Variant Also Available (SEP168757)

Video Game Variant Also Available (NOV160748)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 1/18/16

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