Gululu, the Interactive Water Bottle for Kids,Launches 3D Version, Expanded Gululu Universe and Charitable Tie-In

Gululu, the Interactive Water Bottle for Kids,

Launches 3D Version, Expanded Gululu Universe and Charitable Tie-In

 

New features include a social board for interaction with other Gululu users;

Strategic partnership announced with Generosity.org     

 

Boulder, CO, July 13, 2017 — Gululu, the world’s first interactive water bottle that keeps kids hydrated, invented by Bowhead Technology, today announces a major upgrade featuring the launch of a 3D version. The new design also includes an extended social-interaction feature, expanded and enriched game play and an enhanced automatic update system that strengthens Gululu’s impact as a healthy-habit training kit for children.  

 

According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, over half of all children are under hydrated, which may contribute to poor health, cognitive problems and poor emotional development.

 

Gululu helps children stay hydrated by caring for a virtual pet and keeps parents informed of their children’s progress through a connected app. As kids drink more water from Gululu, their chosen virtual pets grow and make friends. The new 3D version gives vivid life to the virtual pets and more engaging drinking and interaction experiences to the kids. Kids embark on new journeys in the Gululu universe, where they win more collectables and rewards, and explore more stories.

 

The social interaction component is one of the most popular features among the kids. They can add each other as friends by shaking two bottles side by side. As of August, the social interaction feature extends to the bottle’s game play in the form of Social Board, where the kids can see and compare the “Treasure Chest” rewards they collect as they progress along their Gululu journey. On the connected app, parents can compare the “habit scores” of their kids and friends.

 

A pilot test proved Gululu’s new upgrade with 3D animation and new social interaction features to be at least twice as effective in user retention as the previous 2D version.

 

“In the pilot test of our recent product upgrade, we were pleased to see that kids are drinking more water with Gululu and appearing more eager to share their experiences with friends,” said Chief Gululu and Founder, Alvin Chiang.

 

With the new upgrade, the Gululu Universe also starts to unfold. “Ocean Brim” and “Wonder Woods” stories and settings are now available, and “Floating Desert” and more chapters are in the making, supported by a Hollywood-pedigree animation studio. The game upgrade also introduces “Nims,” the virtual pets’ own little sidekicks, such as the “Peek-a-boo” Crocodile, the “Cheese-Bees” and “Rolling Cactuses” in the Wonder Woods chapter, and this new layer provides a whole different experience.

 

Gululu’s learning-through-play proposition is solidified by its automatic software update system that constantly offers new features, with the goal of developing a healthy water-drinking routine.

Increasing consumer demand also drives the company to develop more accessories and peripheral content around the Gululu Universe, even including music. The first theme song soon to be released is a collaboration project with five-time Emmy Award-winning music producer Eddie Wohl.

“We gradually realized the importance of staying hydrated is much bigger than we thought, after being approached by more children’s hospitals, health insurance companies and medical foundations that address kids with special needs,” noted Chiang. “As a diabetic, I know the importance of maintaining healthy routines. Helping kids form a healthy habit that lasts a lifetime is a gift we can give to the kids around the world.”

 

To advance its mission to hydrate the kids of the world, Gululu formed a strategic partnership with Generosity.org. For every Gululu interactive bottle purchased, a child in a developing country will be provided with clean drinking water for life. The first Gululu project is underway now in Peru. Generosity.org is a humanitarian non-profit organization that is helping to end the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time, with 778 projects funded, Generosity.org has served more than 450,000 people in 20 countries. Gululu together with Generosity.org was invited to participate at UN’s Ocean Conference in New York City in June 2017.

 

Gululu is now available on Amazon exclusively and b8ta stores in the U.S. 

 

DreamWorks Voltron Metal Defender Collection from Playmates Toys

DreamWorks Voltron Metal Defender Collection from Playmates Toys

Voltron fans can add to their collection with this assortment of Voltron figures from Playmates Toys in premium diecast. Assortment includes fully articulated figures of the Blue, Red, Black, Green, and Yellow Lions.  Collect all five diecast lions to combine to form an 8-inch articulated Voltron figure. The detailed figures are first available from Toys“R”Us at San Diego Comic Con in the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) from Wednesday, July 19 – Sunday, July 23, and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23

Hasbro’s SDCC 2017 exclusive: REVOLUTION Comic Crossover Preview Mega-Set

Hasbro is bringing together a bunch of its iconic brands with this revolution set, featuring 16 characters from seven story worlds, serving as a prelude to IDW’s upcoming REVOLUTION: FIRST STRIKE sequel set for later this year. The set includes JETFIRE from TRANSFORMERS, ROADBLOCK from G.I. JOE, ACTION MAN, a team of MICRONAUTS, MATT TRAKKER from M.A.S.K. MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE COMMAND, LEORIC from VISIONARIES and ROM and a DIRE WRAITH from ROM THE SPACEKNIGHT

REVOLUTION Comic Crossover Preview Mega-Set

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

When characters from different story worlds come together in a single storyline, they call it a crossover. For this event, they needed something bigger. MUCH bigger. Celebrate the beyond epic IDW Revolution crossover event with the REVOLUTION Comic Crossover Preview Mega-Set convention exclusive. Featuring 16 characters from seven story worlds, this set serves as a prelude to IDW’s upcoming REVOLUTION: FIRST STRIKE sequel set for later this year. Many characters in this set are making their debut in the 3-3/4” figure format, and for the first time, characters from these brands are presented in a scale that allows the entire Universe to be played together! Includes JETFIRE from TRANSFORMERS, ROADBLOCK from G.I. JOE, ACTION MAN, a team of MICRONAUTS, MATT TRAKKER from M.A.S.K. MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE COMMAND, LEORIC from VISIONARIES and ROM and a DIRE WRAITH from ROM THE SPACEKNIGHT. The REVOLUTION Comic Crossover Preview Mega-Set will be for sale during San Diego Comic-Con 2017. 

DAN DARE RETURNS TO COMICS WITH WRITER PETER MILLIGAN! 

DAN DARE RETURNS TO COMICS WITH WRITER PETER MILLIGAN! 

BRITAIN’S GREATEST INTERGALACTIC HERO RETURNS THIS OCTOBER!

(July 7, 2017) – Titan Comics is excited to announce new details for their upcoming series, Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future! 

Writer Peter Milligan (Shade, X-Statix, Enigma) and emerging artist Alberto Fouche, bring Britain’s greatest hero back for an all-new series this October 2017 – featuring a stunning cover by Christian Ward (Ody-C, Black Bolt)! 

Dan Dare is one of the best-known (and loved) British comic book characters. Originally created by the Reverend Marcus Morris and visionary illustrator Frank Hampson, Dan Dare thrilled audiences through his lengthy run in the pages of Eagle Comics and 2000AD with its epic, planetary sagas, rip-roaring high-adventure and beautifully illustrated comic-strip art by Hampson and a slew of legendary artists including Frank Bellamy, Don Harley and Keith Watson. Dan Dare Corporation via Curtis Brown Group Ltd, London, licenses the character.
In Titan Comics’ new tale, the SOL SYSTEM is at peace for the first time in human history and Dan Dare doesn’t know what to do with himself. 
When an unknown alien vessel of biblical proportions arrives in the solar system and obliterates a moon of Saturn in a show of strength, Dare finds himself thrust back into a new adventure that threatens not just Earth – but all life in the entire universe! 
Dan Dare #1 will go on sale in comic stores and digital platforms on October 11, 2017 for $3.99. Fans can pick up three variant covers by top-tier artists working in the industry today including; Christian Ward, series artist Alberto Fouche and a retro variant by legendary artist Chris Weston (2000AD)! 
Fans and retailers can order the debut issue from August’s Diamond PREVIEWS catalogue. 

Sean Murphy’s BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT Arrives October 4 

Sean Murphy’s BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT Arrives October 4

 

In a world where Batman has gone too far, the Joker must save Gotham City.

 

Superstar writer and artist Sean Gordon Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS, THE WAKE) brings you his tale of a twisted Gotham in a seven-issue miniseries with a massive cast of heroes and villains. BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT is told on an epic scale, but at the heart of it all is the tragic story of a hero and a villain, The Batman and The Joker. The question is, which one is the hero and which one is the villain…?

 

The Joker’s been called a maniac, a killer, and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now…

 

“We know Joker’s a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician?” said Murphy. “Why not strip away the psychosis (the thing that’s holding him back) and let him challenge Batman unimpeded? And to make it even scarier, what if he did it legally and without breaking any rules, so that Batman couldn’t stop him?”

 

Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First by reconciling with Harley Quinn and then by trying to save Gotham city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham’s greatest villain—the Batman.

 

“Seeing Gotham for the first time with clear eyes, his psychosis now cured, he starts to understand the absurdity of vigilantism and how Batman’s actions are only contributing to Gotham’s endless crime cycle,” said Murphy. “Joker sets out to beat Batman by becoming the White Knight that Gotham really needs.”

 

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1, written and illustrated by Sean Murphy, arrives on October 4. Cover artwork by Murphy with color by Matt Hollingsworth.

 

Head on over to WIRED for more from Sean Murphy about BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT!

GOTHAM CITY MEETS RIVERDALE IN NEWCOMIC BOOK CROSSOVER

GOTHAM CITY MEETS RIVERDALE IN NEW

COMIC BOOK CROSSOVER

 

DC Entertainment and Archie Comics are proud to present the adventure of a lifetime with HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA. Their hijinks are brought to you by the real-life team-up of Paul Dini (HARLEY QUINN) and Marc Andreyko (WONDER WOMAN ’77), with art by Laura Braga (DC BOMBSHELLS). It all starts this October as these teams of best gal pals cross paths between Gotham and Riverdale!

 

“It’s the sort of offer you scream out ‘YES!’ to before your eyes reach the middle of the email,” said Dini. “I’ve always wanted the chance to play in Riverdale, and to help Harley and Ivy invade it is a dream come true.  Marc’s a great talent and a good friend. Writing this series with him has been like sitting on the lawn during summer vacation and reading a big pile of DC and Archie comics.  Except we have to stay indoors and type a lot.”

 

“It’s going to be a blast to bring these amazing ladies together in this once-in-a-lifetime crossover,” said Braga. “Each character is different and special. While Harley is one of my favorite characters ever, Betty and Veronica are giving her a run for her money! I love all these ladies, and this book is going to be non-stop fun. ”

 

“When I got the call for this, I was in disbelief!” said Andreyko. “Getting to co-write with Paul on a series bringing four of the most iconic ladies in comics together under one roof for the first time? This must be what winning the lottery feels like! I cannot wait for readers to see what mischief Paul, Laura and I have dreamed up!”

 

HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICAstarts with a plan for free college tuition for all Riverdale residents. The town just needs to build a new campus by draining the wetlands that lie between Riverdale and Gotham City.

 

The only snag? A certain botany-obsessed super-villain.

 

When Poison Ivy enlists her bestie Harley to kidnap both Veronica Lodge, daughter of Riverdale’s most important citizen, and her friend Betty, she’s counting on some assistance—and mayhem. Are these two teams of BFF’s headed for disaster?

 

“Betty and Veronica are the most iconic friends in comic book history, and now, thanks in no small part to the success of the Riverdale TV show, in pop culture,” said Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater. “It made tons of sense to have them crossover with DC’s own female powerhouses, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. What you’ll get is a fun story that honors the history of both pairs and adds to it – which is what all great crossovers do. We’re excited by this partnership and we can’t wait for the fans to see what Paul, Marc and Laura cook up.”

  

“Two of comics’ coolest villains paired with two of comics’ hottest icons are what cross-publisher team-ups were made for,” said DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras.

 

HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA #1 is on sale October 4, 2017. Cover is by Amanda Conner (shown) and variant cover will be by Adam Hugh

AN ANIMATED NEW COMIC FOR HARLEY QUINN AND HER BEST PAL…BATMAN

AN ANIMATED NEW COMIC FOR HARLEY QUINN AND HER BEST PAL…BATMAN

The digital series includes a prequel and sequel to the animated film this August

 

It’s the team-up we’ve been dreaming of as the cute psychopath Harley Quinn joins the brooding Dark Knight for a brand-new Digital First comic series, HARLEY QUINN AND BATMAN. The series, from Batman: The Animated Series writer Ty Templeton and artist Rick Burchett, is an exciting new five-chapter prequel adventure to the Batman And Harley Quinn animated film coming out this August from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  

 

“Batman and Harley, Joker and Ivy, Nightwing and Catwoman. Is there a better cast of characters anywhere in fiction?” says Templeton. “I spent some of the best years of my career working with these icons and could not be happier to be returning to Gotham City and their adventures. And to top it off, I get to work with the incomparable Rick Burchett again! Pinch me, I’m dreaming. We’re getting the band back together!”

 

Harley Quinn is a legend in her own mind, so when she realizes the Joker thinks of her as a sidekick, she takes her revenge. Harley’s now faced with a hard decision to break out as her own super-villain, and she’s willing to go for it!

 

“I spent quite a few years working with these characters in this art style,” says Burchett. “It’s like visiting old friends. For me, though, the best part is having the opportunity to work with Ty Templeton again. It’s been way too long.”

 

The digital series will launch Monday, July 31, with the five chapters being released bi-weekly.

 

But wait! Where’s the sequel?

 

Beginning in October, seven sequel chapters will be released digitally each week, and to make it extra-crazy, we flipped the names! BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN is a collection of stories tied to the events of the film. These chapters will feature stories and art by Jeff Parker, Craig Rousseau, Luciano Vecchio, Amanda Deibert, David Hahn, Dario Brizuela, Matthew Dow Smith, Sandy Jarrell, Ty Templeton and more.

 

All 12 chapters will be collected in trade paperback in summer 2018. Digital chapters will be available for download beginning July 31 via the DC Comics App, readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store and Nook Store.

SDCC 2017: Usagi Yojimbo

Playmates Toys has announced their 2017 San Diego Comic Con Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exclusive. It is of a Deluxe Usagi Yojimbo figure and will be available at the Nickelodeon Booth (#4113) for $30. 

This summer’s Nickelodeon’s 2017 Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the samurai rabbit Usagi Yojimbo will reunite with the Ninja Turtles once again for a three-part story arc that begins airing July 23. The San Diego Comic-Con exclusive of the 2017 Usagi Yojimbo new character design action figure comes in a limited edition.

This item features the newly designed Usagi Yojimbo action figure in a 5” scale, dressed in his classic blue robe, and comes with his traditional Samurai swords. Also included are two additional exclusive, interchangeable Usagi heads, his pet Tokage lizard, and a flag with Usagi’s signature emblem. All this is presented in a collector edition 5th panel storybook package, with a rerun of the 1987 Comic Book “Leonardo Meets Usagi Yojimbo in Turtle Soup and Rabbit Stew,” and the 1989 Comic Book “The Treaty.”

2017 SDCC Exclusive TMNT Deluxe Usagi Yojimbo Figure From Playmates