The Future is Here! Presenting ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL!
from Rob, July 1st, 2015 2:38 pm, Comic Book News

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New York, NY—July 1st, 2015— This Fall, prepare for an all-new, all-different Marvel Universe to begin! The House of Ideas is kicking off this bold publishing initiative with the free ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL PREVIEWS, available today in comic shops! Can’t make it to a comic shop? Download the updated version right now via the Marvel Digital Comic Store or Marvel Comics App! Peer into the next phase of the Marvel Universe with striking images from some of the new titles launching this fall!

“Dropping the mic right before San Diego Comic-Con has become a Marvel tradition,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “The ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL PREVIEWS magazine provides a large snapshot of what’s to expect in the fall: new characters, new teams, new wrinkles for our heroes, and most importantly, fresh creative directions.  And we’re just getting started.  We have a few more aces up our sleeves.”

The future is here and it’s all new and all-different. See for yourself with the ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL PREVIEWS!

Available right now, ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL PREVIEWS is available now on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTM devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!

                                                                                                                                 

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. 

About Marvel: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com © MARVEL 2015

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Playmates toys at SDCC
from Rob, July 1st, 2015 2:02 pm, SDCC

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Let the fun begin! Comic-Con International: San Diego is quickly approaching and on behalf of Playmates Toys, the master toy licensee for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we wanted to provide you with some information on a few items planned for this year’s event.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Toys and Action Figures

Playmates Toys, the company behind the belovedTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line for over three decades, will be hosting a green-themed panel during Comic-Con. Please find additional details below. We look forward to seeing you there!

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When: Friday, July 10, 2-3PM

Where: Comic-Con International: San Diego, Room 9

What:  Join the mutants behind the hit toy line for over 25 years! ‘Team Green’ marketers and designers will showcase what’s new and next with TMNT master toy licensee Playmates Toys. 
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Panelists include: Karl Aaronian, Ray Geiman, Pat Linden, Jeff Trojan, John Stelzner, Georgia Manolas and Lisa Tauzin

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Exclusive Comic-Con Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11” Metal Mutants Leonardo Figure

The TMNT 11” Metal Mutants Leonardo figure from Playmates Toys will be available in a limited production run, available only at the Nickelodeon Comic Con booth. This deluxe 11” Leo figure is fully articulated and comes decked out with enough metal to take on the toughest space villain that dares to threaten earth! The figure is outfitted from head to toe with distinctive shiny silver and blue vacuum metalized space gear. Leo’s space gear, which is completely removable, consists of an oxygen converter, an alien decryption translator and pulse boots. Leo is available for a MSRP of $50 and also comes with his signature Katana swords, designed with exclusive translucent blue blades.  Leo comes packed out in a highly collectible, giant 15” tall blister card and commemorative, 2015 Comic Con Exclusive mailer carton.                                 

  Also hit up TMNT Play on Facebook

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This Week: Deadpool, Cthulhu, and the Jupiter 2!
from Rob, July 1st, 2015 1:47 am, Toys

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It’s a new week, and a new shipment of goodies is on its way to comic shops everywhere from Diamond Select Toys! This week, New Toy Day brings the Cthulhu Idol Vinyl Bank, the Deadpool Gelatin Mold, and the Lost in Space Jupiter 2 Metal Bottle Opener! Read on for images and details, then reserve yours at your local comic shop, your favorite online retailer, or DiamondSelectToys.com!

 

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Cthulhu Idol Vinyl Figural Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Save some money for the mother of all rainy days with this vinyl bank of literary and cinematic deity Cthulhu! Originating in the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, the octopus-faced enslaver of worlds is now an 8-inch vinyl bank. Display him on your desk or shelf to signify your devotion to the Elder Gods! WARNING: Idol possesses no supernatural properties. Comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #JAN152172, SRP $22.99)

http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/hp-lovecraft-cthulhu-idol-vinyl-figural-bank

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Lost in Space Jupiter 2 Spaceship Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Travel to the farthest reaches of your refrigerator with this 3-inch metal bottle opener of the famous Jupiter 2 spaceship from Lost in Space! You won’t need a helper robot to open your bottles anymore, and magnets on the underside will allow it to hover in place on your refrigerator door, or on the dashboard of your lunar rover. Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #FEB152164, SRP: $18.00)

http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/lost-in-space-jupiter-2-metal-bottle-opener

 

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Marvel Deadpool Plastic Gelatin Mold

A Diamond Select Toys release! Nothing burps better than Deadpool! Put the Merc with a Mouth inside your stomach using this plastic gelatin mold of Deadpool’s head! Cast up an approximately 8-inch by 6-inch chilled gelatin dessert in the likeness of X-Force member and hired killer Wade Wilson, complete with squinty eyes and partially exposed brain. But you might want to eat it fast — the self-regenerating mutant could be back on his feet in no time! Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #FEB152163, SRP: $14.99)

http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/marvel-deadpool-gelatin-mold

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Battleworld Continues in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 Coming this Fall
from Rob, June 30th, 2015 8:55 pm, Comic Book News

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 New York, NY—June 30th, 2015— After the end of Secret Wars and the rebirth of the Marvel Universe, the Battlerealm is created: a broken section of space-time that’s filled with the shattered remnants of Battleworld. Here, a grand game is played in a cosmic arena where heroes must fight for their very survival and existence. This fall, no one in the Marvel Universe is safe! This is the CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS!

Inspired by Marvel’s wildly popular mobile fighting game, “Marvel Contest of Champions”, the comic book series, CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS, will merge the worlds of gaming and comics into an epic journey and present a story unlike anything else from Marvel. “We’re doing something unique and exciting here by merging Kabam’s highly popular mobile game with the Marvel Universe,” says series editor Mark Paniccia. “The game has really cool elements and concepts that will become part of the Marvel Comics’ mythos, resonating in Marvel continuity in a big way. We’re working closely with the folks at Kabam to expand The Battlerealm and that organically ties into the aftermath of SECRET WARS.”

And just which heroes will take on the mantle of “champions” in order to fight for their very existence in the new Marvel Universe? “We’re going to have a whole bunch of Marvel’s finest popping up regularly – even the dead aren’t always beyond the reach of the Contest, so expect the return of an old face or two,” says series writer Al Ewing.  “Some of the ‘pawns’ are there until they die, but others are beamed in, forced to fight and then returned to Earth with their memories wiped, all to add spice to the battles – in the first issue we have contestants ranging from Iron Man, Gamora and Venom to Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur, so anyone can have a place in the Battlerealm!”

The contest begins as champions – both heroes and villains – from various universes must compete in a cosmic battle. The ultimate prize: their continued existence. The battle begins this fall with CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1.

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1

Written by AL EWING
Art by PACO MEDINA

Coming Fall 2015!

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. 

About Marvel: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com © MARVEL 2015

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Lionel Trains at SDCC 2015
from Rob, June 30th, 2015 7:29 pm, SDCC

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Strangers in Paradise comes to Thrillbent!
from Rob, June 30th, 2015 10:38 am, Comic Book News

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LOS ANGELES, CA  (June 30, 2015) – Award-winning writer/artist Terry Moore, creator of strangers In Paradise, one of the medium’s most acclaimed and honored comics series, brings his long-running masterpiece to Mark Waid and John Rogers’ Thrillbent digital comics site beginning Friday, July 3.

Strangers In Paradise’s 107-issue epic, a groundbreaking romantic thriller focused on the complex relationship between its two female leads, won the Eisner Award in 1996 and the GLAAD Award in 2008. It will be serialized weekly over the next two years from its very beginning for Thrillbent subscribers as part of the site’s continually updated library of content from comics’ top creators. There, Strangers In Paradise joins Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Empire(returning July 1), James Tynion and Jeremy Rock’s The Eighth Seal, Alex De Campi and Christine Larsen’s Valentine, Seanan McGuire and Erica Henderson’s The Best Thing, and dozens of others groundbreaking series and short stories.

“Thrillbent has perfected the online subscription service for comics, and there is no better place to bring new readers to Strangers In Paradise,” said Moore, founder of Abstract Studio. “Abstract is excited to be a part of their catalog and we look forward to working with the Thrillbent team to provide easy, affordable access to SiP.” Despite an attempted intervention by his handlers, Moore concluded his statement with the questionable phrase, “Oh, and Mark Waid is cool.”

A leader in online digital comics content, Thrillbent offers a constantly updated back catalog of exciting new creator-owned comics, specializing in horror, science-fiction, comedy, and young-adult fantasy. For the price of one monthly print comic, subscribers can deep-dive through Thrillbent’s library through its web portal Thrillbent.com or through its iPad app, where new installments of its serials Empire, Albert the Alien,Spacebat and many others are updated weekly.

Look for additional Thrillbent announcements by visiting www.thrillbent.com and by following Thrillbent on Facebook and Twitter @Thrillbent. For more information, email info@thrillbent.com.

ABOUT THRILLBENT:

Thrillbent was founded in 2012 by award-winning comics writer Mark Waid and celebrated entertainment creator/producer John Rogers, co-creator of TNT’s LEVERAGE series. Currently, the site hosts hundreds of online comics of all genres and is a pioneer in creating exciting new techniques for showcasing comics and graphic novel content.

ABOUT TERRY MOORE:

One of comics’ most beloved and acclaimed creators, Terry Moore began his career in 1993 writing and drawing Strangers In Paradise, which concluded in 2007 but whose delightful characters have returned in SIP Kids. Moore has continued his success with Abstract Studio’s sci-fi thriller,Echo and his current horror series, Rachel Rising.

ESCAPE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES IN NYC
from Bill, June 29th, 2015 11:44 pm, Entertainment, Gaming

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ESCAPE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES IN NYC
High-End Live Escape Game Experience Makes Its Debut in Herald Square District
New York, NY (June 1, 2015) – Escape Entertainment is about to take the live escape game genre to new levels. With a flagship location set to debut in Manhattan’s Herald Square district on June 10, 2015, this brand new, immersive entertainment experience will feature four uniquely curated rooms created by master craftsmen whose previous designs have been featured at the White House and MOMA, among other high profile locales. Each game has been thoughtfully constructed to foster teamwork and strengthen communication skills while challenging the senses and testing wits via clues, keys, passwords and missing puzzle pieces. Adding to the excitement is the fact that participants have only sixty minutes to win the race to escape.

“Escape Entertainment is proud to launch in the heart of New York City,” said Brad Albright, Founding and Managing Partner. “Our intention is to provide a fully-immersive, fun and rewarding experience so as to appeal to the broadest possible audience. In addition to welcoming the general public, we will emphasize the teambuilding opportunities that Escape Entertainment can provide for corporations and other groups. To accomplish our goal of raising the bar in this increasingly popular genre of entertainment, my partners and I applied our acquired skills in building various successful businesses and we assembled a tremendously talented and dynamic team of experts in the areas of set design, creative production and hospitality.”
Escape Entertainment’s Herald Square flagship offers three different 60-minute game themes, each of which can accommodate up to 10 participants. The inaugural themes are:

  • Monkey Mayhem – In this celebration of all that is New York City, order must be restored from the chaos caused by a renegade group of monkeys on the run.

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  • Prohibition Pandemonium – Players are transported back to the New York City speakeasy life of the Roaring Twenties when the simple quest for a cool drink could land a person in very hot water.

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  • Alien Attack – Set on a distant planet in the year 2215, this futuristic adventure requires time travelers to quickly transform into master escape artists in order to thwart an alien threat

Following the launch of its first location, Escape Entertainment plans to expand aggressively across North America and internationally in its efforts to offer exceptional immersive entertainment experiences to the rapidly growing community of individuals and groups who are looking for new entertainment, socializing and team-building outlets.

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Escape Entertainment is located on 39 West 32nd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001 and open seven days a week. Advance reservations are required. For more information or for available reservation times, please visit www.escape-entertainment.com.

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HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola & acclaimed novelist Christopher Golden Bring JOE GOLEM To Life Again In November 2015
from Bill, June 29th, 2015 10:47 pm, comic book

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June 29, 2015: This November legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novelist Christopher Golden and Dark Horse Comics will unleash the first ever comic book appearance of their character Joe Golem from their novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City. A five issue Joe Golem: Occult Detective mini-series will be co-written by frequent collaborators Mignola and Golden, with art by Patric Reynolds (Serenity), colors by award winning colorist Dave Stewart and covers by Spectrum Award-winning painter Dave Palumbo. The new series takes place prior to the events of the illustrated novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Set forty years after an earthquake leaves Lower Manhattan partly submerged under 30 feet of water, Joe Golem must hunt a horrifying creature that is pulling children into the depths of the city’s canals.

“For years now, since we first saw Baltimore work as a comic, Chris and I have talked about doing comic book sequels and prequels to Joe Golem,” said Mike Mignola. “But, as always, we needed to find just the right artist and when I saw Patric Reynolds’ recent work on an Alien comic I knew he could pull off the world we created in the novel and capture the mood we were looking for. When you find the right artist for something you don’t want to let him get away.”

Like their collaboration on the Baltimore graphic novels, the events of Joe Golem take place outside of the “Mignolaverse”, the strange, shared universe inhabited by Hellboy, BPRD, Abe Sapien, and Frankenstein Underground. The horror of Joe Golem is distinctly urban; the series offers a haunting dystopian mid-twentieth century New York.

“Joe Golem is full of pulpy goodness, weird alternate history, monsters, and magic and it’s full of insanity you’re not going to find anywhere else.” said Golden. “We’re telling the story of Joe Golem: Occult Detective, solving mysteries in the flooded streets of mid-20th century lower Manhattan with the ancient Simon Church, who’s keeping himself alive with magic and machinery at the same time he’s keeping Joe in the dark about his own origins. We want to immerse you in Joe’s world, what life is like in the Drowning City, and with issue one, we dive right in.”

Mignola and Golden are currently writing BALTIMORE: THE CULT OF THE RED KING, with art by award winning children’s book illustrator Peter Bergting, colors by the award winning Dave Stewart and stunning covers by Ben Stenbeck (FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND). Golden’s most recent novel, TIN MEN, was published by Ballantine Books earlier this month.

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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Reeve Carney Will Pay a “Dreadful” Visit to Entertainment Earth at San Diego Comic-Con
from Bill, June 29th, 2015 10:32 pm, Entertainment, SDCC, Toys

Reeve Carney Will Pay a “Dreadful” Visit to Entertainment Earth at San Diego Comic-Con
Reeve Carney, the actor who portrays the rich, attractive, and eternally youthful Dorian Gray on Showtime’s hit series Penny Dreadful, is scheduled to make a dreadfully exciting visit to the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con onSaturday, July 11, 2015 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm PST.

The Penny Dreadful risk-taker won’t just be signing the usual array of collectibles at the booth as fans will also have the opportunity to have Mr. Carney sign his brand new Penny Dreadful Dorian Gray 6-Inch Action Figure – Convention Exclusive which is an Entertainment Earth convention exclusive courtesy of Bif Bang Pow!.
This first ever 6-inch figure of the popular Penny Dreadful character features a whopping 18 points of articulation and includes Dorian’s signature goblet as an accessory. With a production run of only 3,700 pieces, this individually numbered and limited edition Entertainment Earth convention exclusive will certainly disappear scary fast!
Available for the first time on July 8, 2015 at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at San Diego Comic-Con, fans will have the first opportunity to grab this individually numbered and limited edition exclusive!
Not attending San Diego Comic-Con 2015? *PRE-ORDER your Penny Dreadful Dorian Gray 6-Inch Action Figure – Convention Exclusive at Entertainment Earth now!
(*NOTE: Pre-orders made before San Diego Comic-Con 2015 are not guaranteed to be fulfilled based on limited supplies. Available units will ship after Comic-Con 2015 while supplies last.)

Visit Entertainment Earth and all our social media networks for the latest Entertainment Earth and San Diego Comic-Con news.

See more of our mysterious Penny Dreadful collectibles here!

About Bif Bang Pow!
Bif Bang Pow!™ designs and develops first-rate memorabilia from well-known licenses such as The Big Lebowski, DC Comics, KISS, Flash Gordon, Penny Dreadful, Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek™, Saturday Night Live, Adventure Time, Regular Show, and The Twilight Zone™.  Founder Jason Lenzi is a seasoned television producer and the ultimate fan of cultish pop culture, so when he created his company in 2005 he took the fan’s perspective.  His idea was to bring items to the marketplace that he himself would want to own.  Cultivated from TV, movies, books, comics, music, and more, Bif Bang Pow!’s mission is to provide high-quality action figures, toys, and collectibles to the massive cult audience (and kids of all ages) that wishes these toys were already in their collection.
 
About Entertainment Earth®, Inc.

Entertainment Earth® – entertainmentearth.com – is the preeminent pioneer and innovator in the worldwide online retail and wholesale toy, gift, and collectibles industry, offering unparalleled expertise and an ever-expanding selection of over 22,000 licensed products.  Founded in 1996 and based in Simi Valley, California, Entertainment Earth is renowned for its popular website and print catalog, and its groundbreaking best practices that include a Mint Condition Guarantee™, Risk Free Shopping, and Hassle Free 90-Day Returns.

© 2015 Entertainment Earth, Inc.

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