Sunday, August 17, 2014

Heavy Metal and Asylum Press join forces to create horror and sci-fi extravaganza for issue #271 of the World’s Greatest Illustrated magazine

Heavy Metal and Asylum Press join forces to create horror and sci-fi extravaganza for issue #271 of the World’s Greatest Illustrated magazine


Frank Forte, Publisher at Asylum Press, named guest editor for Heavy Metal #271, gathers together a worldwide talent base to create this astounding issue of horror, science fiction humor and erotica

Aug. 18, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA –Heavy Metal and Asylum Press have joined forces to bring you Heavy metal #271--The Asylum Press Special!--a sci-fi/horror spectacular that is sure to erupt your deviant mind. 

Featuring all new stories from the Asylum inmates: Steve Mannion (Fearless Dawn, Fear Agent) delivers a nod to Moebius in Prayer… a Fearless Dawn yarn, William Broad gives us Priests of the Black Death where an order of the Templars has become corrupt and power hungry…for satanism and witchcraft! Dwayne Harris (Black Powder, Amnesia) serves up the post apocalyptic action thriller Dangerous Curves. Frank Forte and Tim Vigil (Faust, Gothic Knights) drops a sick and twisted tale entitled Allison, David Hartman (Phantasm V, Transformers:Prime) delivers a short horror story entitled Pond Scum where hillbillies hunt for an illusive bog creature.  Hilary Barta churns up an EC-styled sci-fi/horror piece called Evaluation, Robert S. Rhine (Girls and Corpses) and Frank Forte (Asylum Press) knock out a tale of crazed sideshow freaks tabbed Separation Anxiety, Elizabeth J. Musgrave (Hell Comes to Hollywood, Farmhouse) conjures an erotic robotic thriller LUST, Lingerie and Diodes!Mutation is a tale of demented sex in a post-nuke world by Forte and J.C. Wong. Royal McGraw and Adauto Silva invoke Feast, after the zombie apocalypse, cities have been rebuilt… and restaurants have opened. One chef must prepare a very special meal. Comics from a cast of international talent that includes: In The Green Fairy, by Jason Paulos (EEEK!), Struggling artist Anton Goffroy finds heaven and hell in the arms of a mysterious sorceress!, Swamp Girl takes us back to a barbarian era where a young girl finds more than she’s looking for in a watery hole of horrors, by Frank Forte and Fabio Nahon, , Warlash by Nenad Gucunja (Undead Evil), Sacro Profano by Mirka and Mother by Mark Covell (Family Guy, Satan’s Circus of Hell).  Gallery sections include concept artist Ben Olson (The Suffering, Area 51:Blacksite) and fine artist Dave Lebow (La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Dexter TV series).  This issue is sure to please fans of the dark, the psychotic and the horror.  Beautiful cover art by none other than the U.K.'s own Aly Fell (Zombie Terrors, Imagine FX).


“I’m excited to have been able to put together one of my favorite magazines,” explains guest editor Frank Forte, “everyone worked really heard to deliver an issue of Heavy Metal that will be sure to please fans old and new.”



David Hartman took a break from directing Phantasm V: Ravager to complete an all-new 4-page horror story entitled Pond Scum for the issue. David says, "I grew up with Heavy Metal. I would study the art in them for hours upon hours and there was nothing else like it out there. It was a big part of my childhood and I am honored to be a part of the magazine now."


Dwayne Harris, who recently optioned his graphic novel Amnesia (Arcana) to Sony, completed the short story Dangerous Curves for this issue.  Dwayne explains, “I’m thrilled to be in Heavy Metal.  In "Dangerous Curves", a Mad-Max flavored story, the twists aren't just in the road.”

When asked for a quote, the hard working Steve Mannion said only, “I want to be in that book!”



Heavy Metal #271 can be pre-ordered at your local comic store during the month of August. Just use Diamond Ordercode: AUG141519. The issue will be on sale at newsstands early Oct. 2014.

Diamond Comics Previews gave HM #271 a “Staff Pick”










 ABOUT HEAVY METAL
World's foremost adult fantasy illustrated magazine.  First published in 1977, Heavy Metal, the Premier Adult Illustrated Fantasy Magazine, explores fantastic and surrealistic worlds, past present and future. Illustrators from around the world take you to places you never dreamed existed.  Heavy Metal magazine is now published six times per year. Most issues feature one serialized graphic novel, several short stories, an artist gallery and artist studio section, a dossier and editorial pages.

Subscribe and enjoy savings up to 64% off newsstand prices!! 
Join us at www.heavymetal.com
On Twitter: @HeavyMetalInk


ABOUT ASYLUM PRESS
Asylum Press is a Los Angeles-based comic book and graphic novel publisher. The company publishes high-concept books from the industry’s top talent within the horror, fantasy, and action adventure genres via a bold new business model that focuses on digital publishing and new distribution outlets in both the American and international markets. Its flagship titles include Fearless Dawn, The Bomb, Chopper, Black Powder, Warlash, and the popular horror anthologies Zombie Terrors, EEEK!, Asylum of Horrors, and Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell. For more information, visit http://www.asylumpress.com.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

My new paintings at La Luz De Jesus Gallery--opening Aug. 1st 2014

Here's the press release for my show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Frank

Bob’s Burgers and Despicable Me 2 artist has first feature exhibit at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

Frank Forte, a storyboard and comic book artist and comics publisher at Asylum Press, will be showing eight new paintings as part of the Laluzapalooza Jury Winners which coincides with José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ Profanity Pop exhibit.  Frank will be attending the opening from 8-11pm.

July 31, 2014 – (Los Angeles, CA) Frank Forte, whose film and TV credits include Bob’s BurgersDespicable Me 2, and LEGO: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Out, announces his first feature exhibit at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

“I’m influenced by classic black and white cartoons, old comic books and advertising art from the 1930’s through the 1950’s”, explains Frank Forte, “I’ve taken all of these influences and attempted to capture a vintage feeling as well as incorporate modern themes of pop culture and surrealism.”

The other Laluzapalooza Jury Winners featured are: Allison ‘Hueman’ Torneros, JINX, Katherine Brannock and Sean Stepanoff.

Where:
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA. 90027


Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667. Email: info@laluzdejesus.com

When:
Artist reception: Friday, August 1st; 8-11PM
The show runs August 1 – 31, 2014

For more info click here:

Quotes
“If Tex Avery and Salvador Dali had birthed a child at Fleisher Studios, it might have heralded the arrival of Frank Forte. Frank is an animator by trade and an independent comic book publisher by choice. His quirky sensibilities are funneled through an encyclopaedic knowledge of humor illustration that is tributary but also entirely unique”
--La Luz De Jesus Gallery

“--nightmarish cartoons—“
--Hi-Fructose Blog

 Frank Forte’s website

About Frank Forte
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob's Burgers, Despicable Me 2, LEGO: Star Wars, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle:The Legend Reborn, HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, an indy graphic novel and comic book publisher. Since its inception in 1999, Frank’s work in comics includes: Heavy Metal Magazine, The Vampire Verses, Warlash, Fearless Dawn, Satan’s Powder Room and many more.

About La Luz De Jesus Gallery
 La Luz de Jesus Gallery was established in 1986 as the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire, considered largely responsible for fostering a new school of California art and prompting JUXTAPOZ Magazine to dub him "the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow." Showcasing mainly figurative, narrative paintings and unusual sculpture, the exhibitions are post-pop with content ranging from folk to outsider to religious to sexually deviant. The gallery's objective is to bring underground art and counter-culture to the masses. Past shows have been groundbreaking, launching unknown artists who have since become famous, such as Manual Ocampo, Joe Coleman, and Robert Williams. La Luz de Jesus Gallery is widely considered the birthplace of pop-surrealism.








Tuesday, April 1, 2014

FEARLESS DAWN HARD TIMES #1 IN PREVIEWS NOW! Available for PREORDER

THE NEW FEARLESS DAWN BOOK: HARD TIMES #1--IS HERE! Well, not here--not yet--you need to preorder from your local comic store!  It just got a STAFF PICK from the good guys at Diamond Comics!  So do yourself a favor and pre-order before their sold out--You have to do it by April 23rd, 2014 to give your store owner the time to place the order.

use this ordercode: APR140948

Here's the Diamond Comics STAFF PICKS link:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/941?articleID=146104

In the meantime--here's a preview--




Title: FEARLESS DAWN: HARD TIMES
Issue Number: 1 (one shot)
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series:1
Frequency of Publication :
Writers’ and Artists’ Names: (written and Illustrated by) Steve Mannion
Cover Artists: Steve Mannion
Intended Audience: General Readers
Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE
Format: 28 pages 7x10 SC standard comic, B&W INTERIORS
Retail Price: $3.99

Ship Date: JUNE 2014
ISBN13: 978-1-61724-193-2
Diamond Code: 
Cover image for Previews: 


Synopsis: The thrilling sequel to Fearless Dawn's "Jurassic Jungle Boogie Nights" is here at last!  In an attempt to leverage some bargaining power, the evil HELGA VON KRAUSE kidnaps Fearless Dawn's canine companion, Dogface. But the trick takes an unexpected turn. Fearless Dawn has become a menace to herself and others! Fans of the Rocketeer, The Goon, and MAD Magazine are sure to get a kick out of this series, from the inimitable mind and pen of Steve Mannion!   ALSO features a "Manly" Mannion sketchbook section.

From Diamond

Publisher: Asylum Press
The last time we saw Prissy Jones, aka Fearless Dawn, things were not going well for her. During a botched mission Fearless Dawn was helpless to watch her friend Betty takes a bullet in her skull and, while still grieving the loss, she woke to find that her Nazi arch nemesis Helga Von Krause has kidnapped her little canine companion, Dogface. Unfortunately for the Nazis, Fearless Dawn’s coping mechanism seems to be pumping Nazis full of as many bullets as possible!
While the tone of this title might be darker than other Fearless Dawn books we’ve been treated to recently, Steve Mannion’s artwork lightens the mood with quirky and fun character designs that make the book a pleasure to read. In what other series can you read about moonbase Nazis, super model secret agents, mad scientists, and genetically engineered zombie monsters?
Be sure to pick up Fearless Dawn: Hard Times from Asylum Press as our heroine takes on the whole Nazi army and won't stop until she puts them in the ground or she dies a hero.

Matt Demory
Item Code: APR140948
In Stores:
  06/25/14
SRP: $3.99


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My VINE in the Tribeca Film Fest needs your vote--thanks!


Hey everyone, I just entered a stop motion VINE in the 2014 Tribeca Film Fest--there's an audience award--trying to get votes--if you like my Vine and have a second--please vote--thanks

Frank Forte

https://pit.tc/443540212527153152

My VINE in the Tribeca Film Fest needs your vote--thanks!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Laluzapalooza 2014- 28th Annual group Show-La Luz De Jesus Gallery--Friday March 7th from 8-11pm (Tomorrow!)





Hey Everyone, Just a quick post to promote a cool art show in Los Feliz that I have 2 paintings in: Opening Friday March 7th from 8-11pm (Tomorrow!) Laluzapalooza 2014 Our 28th Annual group Show La Luz De Jesus Gallery 4633 Hollywood Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA. 90027 http://laluzdejesus.com/laluzapalooza-2014/ This is a huge group show and one of the biggest art parties in LA.  Great art free wine and beer! Please FWD to anyone you know in LA who likes art! Thanks--and see you there! Frank Forte Laluzapalooza 2014 Our 28th Annual group Show La Luz De Jesus Gallery 4633 Hollywood Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA. 90027 March 7 – 30, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday, March 7th, 8-11 PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents our annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Over 16,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists will be sorted-through until we’ve finally narrowed it down to a little more than 100 or so pieces for the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works. There will be some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work this year will come from a brand new batch of undiscovered, emerging talent.
Previously our annual group show was called “Everything but the Kitschen Sync,” but it began life in October 1986 as the “Día de los Muertos” show which was entirely focused on the folk art, sculptures and imagery of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebration. By 1995, gallery owner and curator Billy Shire felt the show had run its course and presented other themed group exhibitions such as the 1996 “21st Century Tiki Show.” In 1998 Shire decided to present a non-themed show dedicated to illustrative and narrative artwork. As many local artists work in commercial graphic art fields such as illustration, cartooning, animation, etc., the show was named “Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists.” In 2004, Shire changed the show title to the more encompassing and less-cumbersome “Everything But the Kitschen Synch.” Several spelling and name variations later, here we are… “Everyone looks at this show for new and interesting artists” states Shire – “and indeed, not only does La Luz de Jesus pick artists from the group show for smaller group and solo shows down the line–numerous curators and owners of other galleries also keep their eyes on the yearly show for potential artists to add to their rosters.”
“This is the one show annually that most patrons look forward to seeing, as it’s a chance to discover new artists in the venue that has launched so many careers,” notes gallery director Matt Kennedy. “Every year we manage to discover a new conglomeration of fresh talent, and among them a class of breakout successes. That’s really a credit to the accessible talent pool. The quality and availability of instruction (both in schools and through independent study) coupled with the the culture that this city attracts, fosters a welcoming environment for people with the ability to create –often in reaction to their individual situations.” Join La Luz de Jesus Gallery as we continue to support the latest and most original efforts from the world’s alternative art scene. Contact the gallery director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667
Laluzapalooza 2014- 28th Annual group Show-La Luz De Jesus Gallery--Friday March 7th from 8-11pm (Tomorrow!)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FEARLESS DAWN JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1--ONE SHOT

Asylum Press and Steve Mannion fans,

FEARLESS DAWN JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1--ONE SHOT will be released today, Wed. Dec. 11. Please bug your shops and tell them they didn't order enough!

Diamond has assured me they have 405 extra copies on hand at their warehouses. Anyone wanting to reorder should get them soon. I know sometimes the Fearless Dawn books say out-of-stock on the Diamond website, but we do have all of the issues in stock at Asylum. We have another 700 (FEARLESS DAWN JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1) on hand at Asylum's warehouse. The print run is 3000, so after that they're all gone.

Your local store should be able to reorder the books.

FEARLESS DAWN: JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1--ONE SHOT DCD ITEM NO: OCT130879

Title: FEARLESS DAWN: JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS #1

(written and Illustrated by) Steve Mannion---Cover by: Steve Mannion

Intended Audience: General Readers

Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE,SCI FI, COMEDY

Format: 38 pages 7x10 SC standard comic, B&W INTERIORS

Retail Price: $3.99

Synopsis: Steve Mannion's fighting mad badgirl FEARLESS DAWN is back and better than ever in this Dinosaurrific tale of Action and Adventure! OUR STORY THUS FAR- It's World War Two and the Nazis are threatening world domination. A new hero rises to fight the Axis...It's a New Dawn!... FEARLESS DAWN! With her trusty Retro-Rocket and Sidekick Betty, there's plenty of ACTION afoot. Enter the evil Helga Von Krause, Fearless Dawn's arch nemesis and the sparks really begin to fly! Helga's cooking up a plot to invade with an army of genetically-modified Dinosaur warriors that threaten to smash everything in the free world unless she is stopped! Can FEARLESS DAWN save the Day?!? ALSO features a Steve Mannion sketchbook section.

Up next (early 2014) FEARLESS DAWN: HARD TIMES #1--ONE SHOT

ALSO IN STOCK AT ASYLUM PRESS (THESE ITEMS MAY SAY "OUT OF STOCK" BUT YOU SHOULD STILL BE ABLE TO PLACE AN ORDER--THEY AREN'T "OOP")

FEARLESS DAWN IN OUTER SPACE ONE SHOT #1 DCD ITEM NO: MAY130911

FEARLESS DAWN #1 (OF 4) SP ED (C: 1-0-0) DCD ITEM NO: SEP090625

FEARLESS DAWN #2 (OF 4) (C: 1-0-0) DCD ITEM NO: OCT090746

FEARLESS DAWN #3 (OF 4) (C: 1-0-0) DCD ITEM NO: JAN100748

FEARLESS DAWN #4 (OF 4) (C: 1-0-0) DCD ITEM NO: APR100751

FEARLESS DAWN SECRET O/T SWAMP ONE SHOT DCD ITEM NO: OCT110861

Available DIRECT FROM ASYLUM PRESS FEARLESS DAWN #1 (OF 4) FIRST PRINTING ( never solicited through Diamond) --Contact Asylum press directly for orders

Thanks

Frank Forte

Publisher

Asylum Press

www.asylumpress.com

www.twitter.com/asylumpress

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Asylum Press releases Fearless Dawn:Jurassic Jungle Boogie Nights #1 Preview

Asylum Press releases Fearless Dawn:Jurassic Jungle Boogie Nights #1 Preview

Fearless Dawn:Jurassic Jungle Boogie Nights #1 received a STAFF PICK and CERTIFIED COOL in THE OCT. 2013 EDITION OF DIAMOND COMICS PREVIEWS

FROM THE DIAMOND COMICS WEBSITE

Steve Mannion’s Fearless Dawn has been working her way back into the spotlight this year. If you have ever seen the TV show Venture Bros. on Adult Swim then you’ll feel right at home with Fearless Dawn. The book’s villains are just as quirky and over the top as the Monarch or Phantom Limb from Venture Bros. but the real focus is on our alluring fighter heroine. Mannion’s art has also been showcased in Detective Comics, Batman Black & White, and Captain America Sentinel of Liberty. In Fearless Dawn his stylish artwork lends Dawn her sex appeal and brings a lot of humor to the title.

In May's PREVIEWS we were treated to Fearless Dawn in Outer Space, pitting our heroine against an army of Space Nazis and now we’re getting a second helping with Fearless Dawn: Jurassic Jungle Boogie Nights #1. After the events of Fearless Dawn in Outer Space, the Nazis are settled in back on Earth, and it is going to be up to Fearless Dawn to take the fight to them. Will Dawn be able to put a stop her archenemy Helga Von Krause and her army of genetically engineered dinosaurs from rampaging across the Earth?

~ Matt Demory

Item Code: OCT130879

In Stores: 1/1/2014

SRP: $3.99

YOU CAN PRE ORDER THE BOOK IN YOUR LOCAL COMIC BOOK STORE--PLEASE PLACE ORDERS BY THIS WED. OCT.30TH--THANKS!

Title: FEARLESS DAWN: JURASSIC JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS

Issue Number: 1 (one shot)

Number of Issues/Volumes in Series:1

Writers’ and Artists’ Names: (written and Illustrated by) Steve Mannion Cover Artists: Steve Mannion

Intended Audience: General Readers

Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE

Format: 28 pages 7x10 SC standard comic, B&W INTERIORS

Retail Price: $3.99

Ship Date: DEC 2013 ISBN13: 978-1-61724-192-5 Diamond Code: OCT130879

Synopsis: Steve Mannion's fighting mad badgirl FEARLESS DAWN is back and better than ever in this Dinosaurrific tale of Action and Adventure! OUR STORY THUS FAR- It's World War Two and the Nazis are threatening world domination. A new hero rises to fight the Axis...It's a New Dawn!... FEARLESS DAWN! With her trusty Retro-Rocket and Sidekick Betty, there's plenty of ACTION afoot. Enter the evil Helga Von Krause, Fearless Dawn's arch nemesis and the sparks really begin to fly! Helga's cooking up a plot to invade with an army of genetically-modified Dinosaur warriors that threaten to smash everything in the free world unless she is stopped! Can FEARLESS DAWN save the Day?!? ALSO features a Steve Mannion sketchbook section.