Indian Consulate announces Liberalization of e-Visa   

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NEW YORK(TIP): The Indian Consulate in New York has announced October 1 liberalization of e-visa. The press release says that in order to promote and accelerate foreign tourist arrival in India, Government of India has [...]
          

Milligan and Fegredo's ENIGMA receives a definitive edition   

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Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo's ENIGMA is receiving a deluxe hardcover edition from Dark Horse Comics.

The press release follows:

Media Release -- Berger Books is excited to announce the release of a deluxe hardcover edition of Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo's radical and acclaimed Vertigo series Enigma.

This definitive edition of Enigma, written by legendary and influential writer Peter Milligan, features a lavish new cover by Duncan Fegredo and a treasure trove of never-before-seen development art from one of comics most singular and dramatic artists. Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh provides the lushly painted color.

Enigma is a visceral, thought-provoking post-modern tale of self-discovery and sexual identity told against the backdrop of outrageous superheroes and villains. Michael Smith lives a meaningless life of routine and boredom. But when the weird characters from Enigma - Michael's favorite childhood comic book hero - seem to come to life, Smith embarks upon an increasingly obsessive crusade to uncover the incredible secret behind their improbable existence. Teaming up with Enigma's comic creator, Smith encounters an insanity-inducing psychopath, a brain-eating serial killer, a suicide-inciting Truthsayer, and a teleporting one-time model "who really sends you" as his quest uncovers shocking truths about his idol and ultimately Michael himself.

"I'm thrilled to be publishing this brilliant seminal work of one of Vertigo's key launch titles, which was ahead of its time and inspirational to many," said Karen Berger. "Dark Horse is known for publishing beautiful high-quality books, and it's long overdue for Enigma to be presented in the fashion that it deserves."

Enigma will go on sale in fall 2020.





          

The Dragon Age story continues in DRAGON AGE: BLUE WRAITH   

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The fan favorite character, Fenris, will return in new series from BioWare and Dark Horse, DRAGON AGE: BLUE WRAITH.

The press release follows:

Media Release -- Fans of BioWare's hit fantasy series, Dragon Age, rejoice! Dark Horse Comics is publishing a canonical follow-up comic series to BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition—featuring the beloved character, Fenris. Bringing Dragon Age: Blue Wraith to life are writers Nunzio DeFilippis (Dragon Age: Knight Errant, New X-Men) and Christina Weir (Dragon Age: Deception, New X-Men), artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa (Dragon Age: Knight Errant, God Is Dead), and colorist Michael Atiyeh (The Orville: New Beginnings, Halo: Escalation), with covers done by Sachin Teng.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith starts off with the fanatical Qunari seeking to topple the Tevinter mageocracy. Caught in the middle, one powerful young mage's desperate search for her father brings her face-to-face with a notorious mage hunter—Fenris, the Blue Wraith.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1 (of three) goes on sale January 15, 2020, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.





          

STRANGER THINGS returns next year with INTO THE FIRE   

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STRANGER THINGS: INTO THE FIRE will burn the house down January 2020, thanks to Dark Horse Comics and Netflix.

The press release follows:

Media Release -- Dark Horse Comics and Netflix are expanding the world of Stranger Things in the newest Stranger Things comic series, Stranger Things: Into the Fire! In 1984, several years after escaping Hawkins, two survivors of Dr. Brenner's experiments seek out number nine because she needs their help now more than ever. Writer Jody Houser (Stranger Things: SIX, Critical Role), line artist Ryan Kelly (Lucifer, Saucer Country), inker Le Beau Underwood (Stormwatch, Batwing), colorist Triona Farrell (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Crowded), and letterer Nate Piekos (Black Hammer, The Mask: Pledge Allegiance to The Mask), explore the true effects of Dr. Brenner's meddling experiments in Stranger Things: Into the Fire.

In Stranger Things: Into the Fire, years after escaping Hawkins Lab, two of Dr. Brenner's former subjects seek to live normal lives. When news reaches them that the lab was shut down they go on a harrowing search for Nine, a powerful pyrokinetic, whose shattered psyche threatens to burn them all to ashes if they can't find her and free her from her own malevolent imagination.

The first issue of Stranger Things: Into the Fire goes on sale January 8, 2020, and is available for pre-order at local comic shops. In the meantime, fans can purchase Stranger Things Volume 1: The Other Side through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TFAW, and at local comic shops. Later this year, Dark Horse and Netflix will also release Stranger Things Volume 2: Six, available for pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TFAW, and at local comic shops.

Praise for Dark Horse's Stranger Things comics:

"…the show found a publisher and creative team that knows what it's doing." –Paste Magazine

"After only one issue, the adventure feels incredibly fresh." – ComicBook.com

"A well-told story that finally gives fans a proper expansion of the Hawkins, Indiana based sci-fi adventure." – Multiversity Comics

"Stranger Things: Six #1 is all the best parts of what make comic books great." – Monkeys Fighting Robots

"Writer Jody Houser is expanding the overall mythos with a supporting character that we instantly fall in love with." – Horror DNA





          

Discover stuff behind curtains in HIDDEN SOCIETY   

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You can find a high-stakes magical journey from Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone in HIDDEN SOCIETY.

The press release follows:

Media Release -- Rafael Albuquerque (Eight, American Vampire) and Rafael Scavone (All-Star Batman, Hit-Girl In Rome), the team behind Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald, are teaming up once more in Hidden Society. Written by Rafael Scavone and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, Hidden Society invites you to peek into a dark world behind the curtain.

Hidden from ordinary eyes, there is a world alongside our own full of deities, demons, and danger—where magic wins out over science and dark secrets lie in wait. Ulloo, the last wizard from the Hidden Society, enlists the aid of a blind girl and her demon, a young magician, and a cursed bounty hunter in order to stop a group of nihilist warlocks from waking the Society's greatest nemesis: a primeval force that, unchecked, will scorch the planet bare of all life.

"After working on a book with the enigmatic 19th century London as the background, we thought that setting our first creator-owned book in the past was a good choice. New York in the 1970s shined like a good starting point for a story about magic, with all the decadence and violence around it. In Hidden Society, we created a place – with a Scorsese flair – filled with mysteries and magic, where complex characters have to team up and become the heroes those times needed." — Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque

Hidden Society #1 (of four) goes on sale February 26, 2020, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.





          

Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: The Hypnotic Percussion Storm "Banyuwangi" by Innovative Peruvian Group Dengue Dengue Dengue   

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Track of the day is the hypnotic percussion storm "Banyuwangi" by Peruvian innovators Dengue Dengue Dengue. by Dave Segal
Best new band alert.
Best "new" band alert. Enchufada

Dengue Dengue Dengue, "Banyuwangi" (Enchufada)

Over the last seven years, Berlin-via-Lima, Peru ensemble Dengue Dengue Dengue have progressed to the forefront of South America's digital cumbia movement. The press release for their extraordinary new album, Zenit & Nadir, refers to genres (zouk, kuduro) and an instrument (the quijada, a percussive tool forged from a donkey’s jawbone; you can see it played here) with which I'm not very familiar. However, no esoteric knowledge is necessary to realize that this shit is amazing. The strange timbres and unconventionally hypnotic rhythms that DDD generate from these elements coalesce into a record that feels at once ancient and futuristic, as well as inexhaustible in its inventiveness.

For this album, DDD members Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira enlisted members of the Ballumbrosio family, a revered Peruvian musical dynasty. The Ballumbrosios bring their expertise for landó, festejo, and crioullo rhythms (all new terms to me) to DDD's mysterious, hyperreal productions, helping the duo to cast wicked spells over Zenit & Nadir's 12 tracks.

"Banyuwangi" burbles with an undulating swiftness, like a Southern Hemisphere cousin of Talking Heads' "I Zimbra." A woodwind instrument—ocarina? piccolo? flute?—flutters spiritually over the oddly metallic percussive ripples, and by the track's midpoint, I don't who or where I am... nor do I care. You have no idea how rare and wonderful a feeling this is. "Banyuwangi" is one Ricardo Villalobos remix away from becoming a global dance sensation. Somebody in Seattle please book Dengue Dengue Dengue.

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