Guardians of the Galaxy Gets New Minimates at Toys “R” Us!
from Rob, August 1st, 2014 5:16 pm, Toys

One of the most highly anticipated Marvel movies to date, Guardians of the Galaxy, is in movie theaters now, and response has been so great that a sequel is already  in the works for 2017! The newest series of Marvel Minimates based on the film is getting a great response as well, and it is currently available in Toys “R” Us stores, with an exclusive Minimate not available anywhere else!

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Three two-packs are in Toys “R” Us stores now, as well as on Toysrus.com:
- Star-Lord and Ronan
- Drax and Groot (with Rocket micro-figure)
- Yondu and Sakaaran Trooper (Toys “R” Us exclusive)

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Later this month, comic shops and specialty stores will get their own assortment, with two exclusive two-packs of their own:
- Star-Lord and Ronan
- Drax and Groot (with Rocket micro-figure)
- Gamora with Nova Corpsman (specialty exclusive)
- Nebula with Sakaaran Trooper (specialty exclusive)

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Visit your local Toys “R” Us store or toysrus.com today, and pre-order the sets you need with your local comic shop or favorite online retailer! Find your nearest comic shop atcomicshoplocator.com!

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Watch “Issue #3 – July pickups” on YouTube
from Rob, July 31st, 2014 11:32 am, Comic Book Reviews

Issue #3 – July pickups: http://youtu.be/Py_rH02Aoi8

Payday has rolled around so I decided to go into town and pick up some comics!  I show you what I picked up and tell a little bit about why I picked these issues up! What are you reading at the moment or what do you recommend I give a go reviewing? Let me know in the comments below!
 
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 Check out Chris’ great review on John Carpenter’s Halloween here - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rC8YZ-wCBHY

 Chris also does his first Blu-ray steelbook opening as well - http://youtu.be/wmhnEIRG4Q0

 Simon talks about the Amazing Spiderman 2 here so find out his thoughts -  http://youtu.be/Crp-qN9ylJI

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In Stores This Week: Batman and Robin, Bluntman and Chronic, Spider-Man and Sin City!
from Rob, July 31st, 2014 5:30 am, Toys

Diamond Select Toys just made a bunch of new reveals at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and now it’s time for a bunch of new releases! Comic shops and specialty stores across North America are getting in a truckload of new items from DST, and we’ve got a full list of what’s shipping, including Select figures from Sin City and Spider-Man, busts and bottle openers from Batman, and a Minimates box set from Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back! If you’ve been waiting for these as long as we have, the long wait is over!

Sin City Select Series 1 Action Figures
Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything, but you don’t need to live in Sin City to get high-quality Select action figures of the movie’s main cast! The first series of 7-inch-scale, fully poseable figures from DST includes Marv, Hartigan and Nancy, all based on their appearances in the 2005 feature film. Each figure comes packaged with a deluxe display base and accessories in the famous Select display packaging, complete with spine reference artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean!
Marv Figure (SRP $24.99, item #FEB142055)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/sin-city–action-figures–sin-city-select-marv-action-figure
Hartigan Figure (SRP $24.99, item #FEB142056)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/sin-city–action-figures–sin-city-select-hartigan-action-figure
Nancy Figure (SRP $24.99, item #FEB142057)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/sin-city–action-figures–sin-city-select-nancy-action-figure

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Minimates Series 1 Box Set
Snootchie bootchies! This new four-pack of Minimates features four all-new mini-figures based on Kevin Smith’s classic road movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Jay & Silent Bob star as Bluntman & Chronic, and they share the stage with director Chaka Luther King and the dastardly Cock-Knocker! Each Minimate stands 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #MAR141947, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/jay-and-silent-bob-strike-back-minimates-series-1-box-set

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Batman TV Logo Metal Bottle Opener
Nananananana BATMAN! After a long day of fighting crime and a long night of doing the Bat-tusi, Batman needs to cool off with a frosty beverage. And now you can party like a superhero with this solid metal bottle opener in the shape of the iconic Batman TV show logo! This 4-inch opener comes packaged in a collector case with a full-color wrap. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (SRP: $18.00, item #FEB142059)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/aliens-kitchenware-batman-classic-tv-logo-metal-bottle-opener

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Batman Classic TV Series Robin Bust
Holy collectibles, Batman! DST continues their line of busts based on the Batman Classic TV Show, and this time they’re making the ultimate wingman! Batman’s sidekick Robin, the Boy Wonder (as played by Burt Ward) is the next 6″ resin bust in the new series from DST, and is the perfect companion to Adam West’s Batman. Pre-order today, because Batman’s gonna need all the help he can get once the villains start to arrive! Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JAN141926, SRP: $60)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/batman-busts-and-statues-batman-classic-tv-series-robin-resin-bust

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Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man 2 Action Figure With Base
Due to popular demand, the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Select figure is back in a second edition, the same great figure with different accessories! This 7-inch-scale figure still depicts Spidey in his brand-new costume, and features 16 points of articulation, but now it includes a wall-mountable New York City display base! Figure also includes one interchangeable hand and two modular weblines. Comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging with spine reference artwork. Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #FEB148390, SRP $24.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/marvel-select-amazing-spider-man-2-action-figure-with-base

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Aaron Conley Wins the 2014 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award
from Rob, July 29th, 2014 5:32 am, Comic Book News

Aaron Conley Wins the 2014 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: San Diego, CA – Artist Aaron Conley won the 2014 Russ Manning Newcomer Award at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, held on Friday, July 25 at Comic-Con International. Conley is the artist The Sabretooth Swordsman, published by Dark Horse Comics. Former Manning Award recipient Jeff Smith (BONE) presented the award.

The Manning Award has been given out annually at the San Diego Comic-Con since 1982. It is presented to a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics. It is named for Russ Manning, the artist best known for his work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter comic book. Russ was a popular guest at the San Diego convention in the 1970s.

The first recipient of the award was former Manning assistant Dave Stevens. Other past recipients include Jan Duursema, Steve Rude, Scott McCloud, Art Adams, Eric Shanower, Dan Brereton, Jeff Smith, Gene Ha, Alexander Maleev, Goran Sudzuka, Eric Wight, David Petersen, Cathy Malkasian, Eleanor Davis, Marion Churchland, and Tyler Crook. 

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DARK HORSE DELUXE GRANTED LICENSE TO MANUFACTURE REPLICA SHIPS AND VEHICLES FROM THE HALO FRANCHISE
from Rob, July 29th, 2014 5:30 am, Toys

DARK HORSE DELUXE GRANTED LICENSE TO MANUFACTURE REPLICA SHIPS AND VEHICLES FROM THE HALO FRANCHISE!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SAN DIEGO, CA –  It was announced during Dark Horse’s “The Art of Video Games” panel at this year’s Comic Con International that Dark Horse would develop and manufacture a line of replicas based on the ships and vehicles which have appeared in the multi-million selling video game franchise, “Halo®!”

Furthering the arrangement between 343 Industries and Dark Horse, which has to date, produced two blockbuster comics series with canonical storylines written by writers from the video game franchise, this news is sure to excite gamers and collectors alike!

The product category was created in 2005 with the massively successful line of ships from Joss Whedon’s “Serenity,” which was soon followed by a popular line based on Bioware’s “Mass Effect” series, to great success and the unanimous approval of gamers, collectors, and comic fans!

“We are excited to be working with the team at 343 Industries,” Dark Horse product development head David Scroggy said. “We have already had some fruitful planning meetings. We are discovering we have a similar vision toward crafting a well thought-out program of ship and vehicle replicas that will resonate with the Halo community.”

“Dark Horse is already doing an amazing job bringing the Halo universe to life with us in the comics and we’re excited to partner with them in a brand new way to keep the surprises coming for fans,” said Kevin Grace, Halo Franchise Manager at 343 Industries.

While 343 Industries and Dark Horse are not yet ready to disclose which ships and vehicles will be included in the program, fans and retailers are encouraged to keep an eye on the news in the coming months for more information!

The “Halo” Franchise:
The “Halo” franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that have transcended video games and grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original “Halo: Combat Evolved” (2001), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series of games have reinvented how people think about video games and has since built a fan base of millions worldwide and inspired multiple New York Times best-selling novels, a live-action digital series, comic books, action figures, apparel and more.

Published by Microsoft Studios, the “Halo” franchise of games is exclusive to Xbox platforms, Windows 8 PCs, tablets, and Windows Phone 8 devices. To date, more than 60 million copies of “Halo” games have been sold worldwide, driving over 6 billion hours of gameplay by fans connected to Xbox Live.

About 343 Industries:
343 Industries is the developer of the blockbuster “Halo” series of video games and, as part of Microsoft Studios, oversees the “Halo” franchise, including games, linear programming, novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. 343 Industries is home to world-class talent that delivered award-winning titles like “Halo 4” and “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary,” as well as the action-shooter “Halo: Spartan Assault” and the live-action digital series “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.” The studio is currently developing “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” and the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief, “Halo 5: Guardians,” while continuing to transform entertainment experiences across the “Halo” universe with groundbreaking projects, including an upcoming television series and the all-new digital series “Halo: Nightfall.”

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Grammy Award Winning Artist Alicia Keys Makes Her Children’s Book Debut This August At IDW Publishing!
from Rob, July 28th, 2014 3:42 pm, Comic Book News

Grammy Award Winning Artist Alicia Keys Makes Her Children’s Book Debut This August At IDW Publishing!

‘Blue Moon: From The Journals Of Mama Mae And LeeLee’ Is An Adventure Fit For All-Ages

San Diego, CA (July 28, 2014) – Today, 15-time Grammy® award winning Alicia Keys announced the expansion of her groundbreaking storytelling app Mama Mae & LeeLee into an upcoming children’s book from IDW Publishing. In 2012, Keys debuted her digitally interactive app The Journal of Mama Mae & LeeLee, immersing users in a vibrant and heartfelt tale. The first story from the acclaimed app, Blue Moon: From The Journals Of Mama Mae And LeeLee, will published in book form this August.

The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee offers a poignant and interactive experience that revolves around LeeLee, a creative young girl who struggles with moving to a new city. Aided by her grandmother Mama Mae, LeeLee is introduced to tales built around Mama Mae’ four pillars: authenticity, empowerment, self-confidence, and exploration. With these stories opening her eyes to new characters and circumstances, LeeLee learns to recognize her inner potential. Featuring original and exclusive music from Alicia Keys herself, the app provides a truly dynamic experience for child users.
 
“I love the written word! It’s been an inspiration for me my entire life! And to be a part of The story of Mama Mae and LeeLee means so much to me and is so close to my heart! It’s something that is meant to be shared by all generations,” said Alicia Keys. “What I love about the book is that it keeps the spirit and values we admire about Mama Mae and LeeLee alive, while also introducing them to new characters that bring their own personalities and real life lessons to the magical world. I’m excited to build on the app’s powerful message and evolve this beautiful story in a way that continues to touch the hearts of children, parents and grandparents.”
IDW Publishing’s hardcover adaptation of Blue Moon features beloved characters LeeLee, Mama Mae, and introduces the inspirational story of Abey, a young 17th century Native American girl, whose extraordinary adventures challenge her curiosity and test her courage. Though obstacles stand in her way, Abey finds her way home with a little faith in herself and help from new friends. Written by Alicia KeysJessica Walton,Cheryl Abood, and Victoria Racino, this new book is brought to life by the same captivating visuals from Bento Box Interactive.
Fans of Mama Mae and LeeLee and Alicia Keys can download the original app through the iTunes App Store. In addition, an all-new adventure in the newest story Mookey the Tiger, is also available now.
About AK Worldwide
AK Worldwide, Inc. serves as the base of operations for all of Alicia Keys’ endeavors in and out of the entertainment industry. Keys, 15-time Grammy Award Winning singer, songwriter, and producer founded AK Worldwide in 2009 with the mission to invest in the “business of inspiration”. Through the company, Keys nurtures projects she is passionate about from philanthropic initiatives to film, and digital productions. In 2012, AK Worldwide launched the interactive children’s app series, The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee in partnership with Bento Box Interactive. Most recently, AK Worldwide produced the Film Independent Spirit Award nominated feature, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. 
 
About Bento Box Interactive 
Bento Box Interactive (“BBI”) designs, produces and distributes interactive storytelling experiences for multiple platforms, from audio-enhanced interactive storybooks to apps for mobile, tablet, and other digital devices. Titles include The Journals of Mama Mae & Leelee with Alicia Keys, award-winning storytelling app The Paper Fox and 26 episodes of Sweet Pickles, based on the classic series. Bento Box Interactive is the interactive media sibling of the award-winning animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment. For more information, visitwww.bentoboxent.com.

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All Eyes On IDW At Comic-Con International 2014!
from Rob, July 28th, 2014 3:42 pm, Comic Book News

New Series, Archival Collections, And Monumental Crossovers Announced

SDCC 2014 for major announcements and this year IDW Publishing took the stage to reveal an impressive array of projects that are coming soon! Behold, the cure for the post-convention blues is here:

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Star Trek / Planet of the Apes 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trek scribesScott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomerRachael Stott.
 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters
The crossover of the year comes to IDW when two of the most legendary teams come face-to-face in the new mini-series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters! Written by top IDW talent, Tom Waltz, and Erik Burnham, the series will feel right at home with art byDan Schoening.
 
Orphan Black 
The acclaimed sci-fi series assumes a new identity in the form of a comic-book series from IDW Publishing. This will not be a clone of the show but will feature some all-new stories set in the complex and thrilling world of Orphan Black, which IDW will be working closely with the show’s producers to expand. The full creative teams and series details will be announced soon, with the first comic-book series launching in early 2015.
 
Garbage Pail Kids
Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids, the 1980s sensation, will have readers squirming with delight this winter as the obscene adolescents star in a brand-new comic-book series from IDW Publishing. With the likes of Adam BombLeaky Lindsay, and New Wave Dave populating theGarbage Pail Kids universe, the delightfully deformed and often downright disgusting Kids are set to make their mark on the world of comics, just in time for their 30th Anniversary in 2015!
 
Edward Scissorhands
Just in time for Halloween, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are proud to announce the first in a number of new projects together, with the first ever Edward Scissorhandscomic book series. The long overdue all-new adventures begin in October, with New York Times best-selling author Kate Leth(Adventure Time) on writing duties and Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion) lending his delightfully spooky style to the interior art. Rounding out the creative team will be acclaimed Locke & Key artistGabriel Rodriguez, who will provide a stunning and suitably creepy cover for the debut issue.
 
Corto Maltese
The complete Corto Maltese will published in English for the first time! EuroComics, a new imprint edited by Dean Mullaney, worked closely with Patrizia Zanotti, Pratt’s long-time collaborator, to present the complete Corto Maltese in a series of twelve quality trade paperbacks in Pratt’s original oversized black and white format. They will also feature new translations from Pratt’s original Italian scripts by Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra.
 
Eric Powell’s The Goon Artist Edition
Special Projects Director, Scott Dunbier revealed the fan-favorite, cult series, The Goon by Eric Powell is next in line to receive the acclaimed Artist’s Edition treatment! Collecting the series “Chinatown,” The Goon Artist’s Edition will pummel its way into comic shops in 2015.
 
Shadow Show
IDW announced a 5-issue series of comic-book adaptations of the prose anthology Shadow Show, a tribute to the work of the incomparable Ray BradburyShadow Show #1 starts with the haunting and melancholy “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” written by Joe Hill (Locke & Key) and adapted by Jason Ciaramella(The Cape) with art by Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith) and a gorgeous cover by Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriquez. Issue 2 will see Neil Gaiman’s “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” brought to life with artist Maria Fröhlich, and artist Eddie Campbell will tackleAudrey Niffenegger’s “Backward In Seville.” Other Shadow Showstories to be included are Harlan Ellison’s “Weariness,” Dave Eggers’ “Who Knocks?” and Alice Hoffman’s “Conjure” with accompanying artists to be announced.
 
Angry Birds / Transformers 
Announced earlier this year, Rovio and Hasbro have teamed up two beloved properties in Angry Birds and The TRANSFORMERS! This fall IDW will bring the mayhem to comics with the brand new series,Angry Birds Transformers, expanding on the unexpected backgrounds of this explosive crossover! Written by TheTransformers mastermind, John Barber, with art by Marcelo Ferriera, this crossover will be one for the record books!
 
Transformers: Combiner Wars
A new Transformers event, Transformers: Combiner Wars will start March 2015 from writers Mairghread Scott and John Barber and artists Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli. It’s an arms-race of truly titanic proportions as a long-lost ancient artifact allows the Cybertronians to unite into more powerful, gigantic forms. Will Cybertron—or the galaxy—be able to withstand the onslaught? Find out with a prologue and 5 issues, running in TRANSFORMERS #39-41 and the new TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE #1-3, which will be packed in with select TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS toys.
 
Galaxy Quest
The adventures of the NSEA Protector continue at IDW with an all-new Galaxy Quest series set after the film. Written by Erik Burnham, with art by Nacho Arranz the new series will be available in early 2015!
 
Dungeons & Dragons
A new Dungeons & Dragons series, Legends of Baldur’s Gate, sets off for adventure this October; led by fan-favorite writer Jim Zub. With art by Max Dunbar and covers by Sarah Stone, this will be a series of legendary proportions!
 
Lion Forge
IDW announced that it would be joining forces with Lion Forge Comics to bring the hit digital comics line to print, starting later this year!
 
Comics Experience
Spearheaded by former IDW Editor Andy Schmidt, Comics Experience is the premier destination for aspiring comic creators to learn the in’s and out’s of the trade. Starting later this year, IDW will bring these up-and-coming talents to the forefront of the comics world by bringing them to print!
 
Joe Frankenstein
Joe Frankenstein is a 2015 action/horror/adventure tale from Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan (co-creators of Batman villain, Bane) telling the story of young Joe Pratt, who discovers upon meeting the monster of his ancestor, that he is the heir to the Frankenstein name. A legacy that may get him killed if the creatures of the night have their way.

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Diamond Select Toys Teams with Kevin Smith on New View Askew Merchandise
from Rob, July 28th, 2014 3:42 pm, Toys

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Escape from NY comes to Boom in December
from Bill, July 27th, 2014 11:33 pm, comic book, SDCC

EFNY Teaser

BOOM! Studios will be publishing ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK comics, starting in December! High Crimes and DEAD LETTERS writer Christopher Sebela will be writing, and an artist will be named later.

Escape from New York is a cult classic sci-fi film from 1981 co-written and directed by John Carpenter. In the then-near future of 1997, Manhattan has been converted to a maximum security prison. When Air Force One crash lands there, ex-soldier Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell in the film) is given 22 hours to rescue the President of the United States and the sensitive information he’s carrying.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK by Tim Bradstreet

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK by Riley Rossmo

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