SDCC 2018-MARVEL TELEVISION AND MARVEL ANIMATION DESCEND UPON SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH NEW AND RETURNING FAN-FAVORITE SERIES

 

MARVEL TELEVISION AND MARVEL ANIMATION

DESCEND UPON SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

WITH NEW AND RETURNING FAN-FAVORITE SERIES

 

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger to Make San Diego Comic-Con Debut

Including Interactive Fan Activation

 

Marvel’s Iron Fist in First Ever San Diego Comic-Con Panel

 

Marvel Animation’s Next Generation of Marvel Super Heroes,

Marvel Rising, to also Headline the Weekend

 

Marvel Animation Presents is Back Again for Another News-Breaking Panel

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cast Return to Make Special Appearance at Marvel Booth

 

Visit Marvel Booth (#2329) for Autograph Signings, Exclusive San Diego Comic-Con

Giveaways, Livestream Broadcasts from Marvel.com and More

 

 

Los Angeles, CA (June 28, 2018) – Marvel Television and Marvel Animation are returning to San Diego Comic-Con with a jam-packed lineup of panels, signings, and fan-first experiences, including Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Marvel’s Iron Fist, Legion, The Gifted, Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest and the brand-new project Marvel Rising. Join us for not-to-be-missed panels with exclusive footage and surprise appearances, as well as star-studded autograph signing sessions – all starting Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22.

 

For more exciting Marvel highlights and news during San Diego Comic Con 2018, tune in to the Marvel livestream at http://marvel.com/SDCC2018 starting Thursday, July 19. Join the conversation using #MarvelSDCC.

 

FULL SCHEDULE OF MARVEL TELEVISION PANELS & ACTIVATION:

 

THURSDAY, JULY 19TH

MARVEL ANIMATION PRESENTS: MARVEL RISING 

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM in Room 6DE

Marvel Rising brings together the next generation of Marvel Super Heroes for the next generation of Marvel fans. This is your chance to be among the first to see a sneak peek of this group of powered teens and their adventures that are full of heart, action, comedy, and powerful messages for every kind of Marvel fan. Join our Quake Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Nashville) our Squirrel Girl Milana Vayntrub (This Is UsSilicon Valley), our Ms. Marvel Kathreen Khavari (Big Little LiesMarvel’s Avengers), our Patriot Kamil McFadden (K.C. UndercoverGrown Ups 2), Mairghread Scott (Writer, Marvel Rising), Cort Lane (SVP, Animation and Family Entertainment), Marsha Griffin (VP, Animation Current Series and Development), and Sana Amanat (VP, Content and Character Development) as well as additional surprise guests for an action-packed panel that will showcase the first look of the animated shorts, special announcements, and so much more.

 

MARVEL’S IRON FIST

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Ballroom 20

Be among the first to get the exclusive inside scoop on what’s in-store for season two of Marvel’s Iron Fist as Danny Rand and Colleen Wing set off on a new adventure as the protectors of lower NYC. Join Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, and surprise guests in what is sure to be a high-octane panel you don’t want to miss!

 

MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER – FAN ACTIVATION (on-site through Sunday)

10:00 AM Petco Park

Freeform is bringing Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger to “The Experience” at Petco Park. Starting July 19th at 10am, fans will have the opportunity to engage with two different interactive activations over the course of four days.

 

Tying into the “divine pairing” theme from Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Freeform will recreate the iconic moment between the two leads Tyrone and Tandy when their powers interact. To recreate this, Freeform is fabricating a physical experience where participants are harnessed to a bungee that will propel them backwards from the force of their powers. A slow-motion recording will capture the moment which will also include an overlay effect that shows both the light and dark energy emitting from the participants. Fans will have the opportunity to share their videos on social media.

 

Fans can also stop by the ROXXON Corp station to create their own customized ROXXON Corp badge and lanyard. Each badge will include a secret code that is connected to a wide range of prizes from Sony PlayStation Vue and Freeform. After receiving their customized badge, fans will be able to pose for a photo with the ROXXON Corp sign.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 20TH

 

MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM in Ballroom 20

San Diego will be getting a little taste of New Orleans! Meet series stars Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Emma Lahana, Ally Maki and executive producer/showrunner Joe Pokaski of the new hit summer series that redefined the super hero genre, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger. Don’t miss this action-packed panel featuring a lively Q&A moderated by executive producer and head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, along with a special look at exclusive, never-before-been-seen footage. And don’t forget to tune-in to watch all-new episodes, Thursdays, 8/7c, on Freeform.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 21ST

 

THE GIFTED

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM in Ballroom 20

(EXTENDED SEASON 2 SNEAK PEEK)- From 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, season 2 of The Gifted picks up after the explosion of the Atlanta Station.  The Mutant Underground search for their friends and family who left with The Inner Circle. Having tracked them outside of Washington, D.C., they must contend with new groups with extreme ideologies, both human and mutant alike, to stave off a brewing conflict.  Join executive producers Matt Nix and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb along with stars Stephen Moyer, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind and Skyler Samuels for an exclusive first-look at the upcoming second season; returning Tuesdays this Fall on FOX.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 22ND

 

MARVEL ANIMATION PRESENTS

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM in Room 6A

Marvel Animation returns for the always action-packed, news-breaking panel where you’ll get eyefuls of never-before-seen information and sneak peeks… plus…as always…some surprise guests that’ll reveal waaay too much! GET THERE! You’ll also have a chance to meet the stars of your favorite Marvel Animation series at signing events at the Marvel booth (#2329) throughout the weekend.

 

LEGION

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM in Hall H

Legion, is the story of David Haller, a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people, David learned to accept his true self and set out to defeat The Shadow King, who was on a path to attaining infinite and world-ending power. In season two, a series of mind-bending twists and turns called into question who is the hero, and who is the villain. Legion is based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. Join Executive Producers John Cameron and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb, along with co-EP, Nathaniel Halpern, plus cast members for a conversation on what to look forward to from Season 3.

 

MARVEL TELEVISION AUTOGRAPH SIGNING SCHEDULE – Booth #2329:

 

JOIN CAST MEMBERS AND PRODUCERS OF YOUR FAVORITE MARVEL SERIES AS THEY MEET THE FANS AND SIGN AUTOGRAPHS! ***Please note that signings are ticketed events and passes will be available to win on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:15 AM on Thursday, July 19, Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at the Marvel Booth (#2329).

 

THURSDAY, JULY 19

 

Marvel’s Iron Fist – Signing Event

2:30 PM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

 

Marvel Rising– Signing Event 

5:00 PM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

 

SATURDAY, JULY 22

 

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – Signing Event

10:00 AM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Signing Event

12:30 PM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

 

The Gifted – Signing Event

3:30 PM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

 

SUNDAY, JULY 23

 

Legion – Signing Event

11:45 AM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

 

Marvel Animation – Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s QuestSigning Event

3:00 PM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)

 

Stay tuned to www.marvel.com for all the breaking news from Marvel Television at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Follow @Marvel on Twitter and “like” Marvel on Facebook for minute-by-minute updates on all things in the MCU.

 

Join the conversation using #MarvelSDCC.

 

About Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Television

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), 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-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.

Marvel Television develops and produces some of the world’s most creative and popular live-action and animated programming for broadcast and cable television networks plus digital platforms including a historic deal with NETFLIX. Its portfolio of self-produced series includes “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for ABC, “Marvel’s Runaways” for Hulu”, Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” and “Marvel’s The Punisher for NETFLIX,  and “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” (Freeform)  Marvel is a co-producer on “Legion” (FX) and “The Gifted” (FOX).  For more information, visit marvel.com.  ©2018 MARVEL

 

Luke Cage Season 2 Review

Luke Cage season 2 is a treatise on power. Who has it, who wants it, what it does to the people who have it, and what it does to the people who are stripped of it.

Mike Colter is back as the bulletproof black man in a hoodie, Luke Cage. In season 2 he faces several powerful villains. Some of Luke’s struggles are against himself – his own rage and anger, his own ego in thinking he is the savior of all of Harlem.

Claire (Rosario Dawson) is around early in the season. In episode 1, directed by Lucy Liu, Claire and Luke share one of the loveliest sex scenes I’ve seen in a long time. (Now I want Lucy Liu to direct all the sex scenes, everywhere.)  Their joy was short lived, however. Claire became concerned that Luke couldn’t control his rage. He grew more and more violent. He stepped outside the law to stop criminals. Luke almost killed a thug named Cockroach (Dorian Missick) who was beating up his wife and son. Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) showed up briefly as the attorney who kept Luke out of jail over that incident. (Like Foggy, references to other Marvel series and to season 1 of this series were placed in strategic places.)

The violence on Luke’s part was too much for Claire. She sent Luke away from her apartment, and before long she was headed to Cuba to visit her grandmother. No more Claire for the rest of the season. Sigh.

Detective Misty Knight (Simone Missick), minus an arm, was back. She couldn’t stay away from the police department even though she was supposed to be retired. She and Luke ran into each other everywhere. She rejoined the force, got a beautiful prosthetic arm in the mail from Danny Rand (Finn Jones), AKA The Iron Fist, and was soon back in action.

Misty is a strong supporter and ally for everything Luke does – although she calls him out when he crosses the line. He needs both those things from her. Everyone wanted to bring down the evil queen of Harlem, Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard). The cops wanted her in jail, Luke wanted her out of action somehow, and my favorite bad guy of the season John ‘Bushmaster’ McIver (Mustafa Shakir) wanted to burn her to the ground.

The Bushmaster wanted retribution against Mariah’s whole clan for sins committed by her grandmother against his grandfather. He had powers of his own, but they were limited and depended on a supply of nightshade. Nightshade is a poison, so using it both strengthened him and made him vulnerable.

There were fight scenes in every episode. Many, many fight scenes. Luke’s style is brute force. Pick someone up and throw them head first into a wall. Break their leg. Knock them out.

Bushmaster, on the other hand, was a beautiful fighter. His style was a combination of gymnastics and ballet. (Okay – he knew martial arts.) He could do flips, spin and kick, leap. Most of the fight scenes were just another well choreographed fight scene to me, but the fights between Luke and Bushmaster were works of art.Danny Rand showed up in one episode with his glowing fist and helped Luke out with some of the fighting. I liked Bushmaster for his love of family and his loyalty to his ancestors. Bushmaster was Jamaican. He and his relatives in Harlem spoke in a Jamaican dialect. Bushmaster’s uncle Anansi (Sahr Ngaujah) tried to discourage him from his evil plans to burn Mariah to the ground, and from using the deadly nightshade to enhance his strength.

Hernan ‘Shades’ Alvarez (Theo Rossi) was back as Mariah’s right hand man and boy toy. He carried out orders and offered sensible advice that Mariah mostly ignored. He and his lifelong pal ‘Comanche’ (Thomas Q. Jones) did much of Mariah’s dirty work. Shades often told Mariah he loved her, and maybe he did. But there is always access to power involved in every plot and subplot in this season of Luke Cage. He might have loved her power.

Mariah’s daughter Tilda (Gabrielle Dennis) wasn’t really a villain in season 2, but she might be heading that way in season 3. In season 2, she did provide help to Bushmaster. Tilda was a doctor. She studied western medicine and worked as a traditional western doctor. Then she changed her path and became a holistic healer using herbs and natural concoctions. She opened a shop in Harlem. She was Bushmaster’s source of nightshade. The reunion between Mariah and Tilda was purely for political gain for Mariah. It was all optics to Mariah. Tilda wanted to get to know her mother. Once she did learn more about her background and where she came from she wasn’t happy with what she learned. She joined the cops, Luke, and Bushmaster in wanting Mariah defeated. Two things could happen with Tilda in season 3. She could be written out of the story completely. Or she could dig into her dark history and become more like her mother – we saw hints of this toward the end of the season. I hope they keep Gabrielle Dennis for whatever reason they choose, because I don’t want Tilda to disappear.

The references to pop culture were everywhere! Music, movies, books, images on walls, television shows. Luke’s father (Reg E. Cathey) was fond of references to Titanic, which was pretty funny. Shades admitted to crying during This is Us. That reference was homage to Ron Cephas Jones who played Bobby Fish in Luke Cage, and was also in This is Us.

Season 2 of Luke Cage was dedicated to Ron Cephas Jones.

The mere idea of a black man in a hoodie being a hero is disruptive in terms of society and pop culture. But a bulletproof black man in a hoodie is someone to pin hopes and dreams on. With mostly black actors and with black culture and history in every frame of Luke Cage, this series takes viewers places no other series has done. It’s like Black Panther in that way. Our hero is human, though. At the end of season 2, I was wondering how correctly Claire had seen that Luke’s problem was Luke himself. Is he developing a God complex? I think a 3rd season will explore in more depth Luke’s vision of himself as the hero of Harlem.

This is an excellent season in an excellent series. Outstanding performances, meaningful dialog, relevant content, no-expense-spared production, and exciting action make it worth seeing.

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Jon Bernthal will return on AMC’s The Walking Dead for one episode

With Rick Grimes’s exit from The Walking Dead confirmed for the show’s ninth season, The Hollywood Reporter claims another character will make a dramatic return to the show. And we’re just as surprised as you are, considering this character hasn’t been part of the conversation for years.

According to the report, Jon Bernthal’s Shane will appear in at least one episode of  the upcoming season, likely to help see off Lincoln’s Rick. The two characters were cop buddies before the infection spread. Eventually, Shane became so unhinged that Rick had no choice but to kill him.

Because Shane died—and, later on, zombie Shane was killed—he isn’t going to return in the present day. Instead, it’s likely he’ll appear in a flashback, perhaps recounting an important moment between him and Rick before the world fell apart.

As for the departure of Lincoln’s Rick, how he’ll be phased out is unclear. The character has been a staple of the show from the beginning, but has become more embattled over the past few years. To breath new life into the show, The Walking Dead is making big changes to help spark fan interest.

The Hollywood Reporter claims Lauren Cohan’s Maggie is also expected to exit the show next season. For maximum impact, one would assume that both characters will die, rather than simply depart the group. Either way, it means big changes for fans of the show as Norman Reedus’s Daryl Dixon becomes more of a fixture.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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E3 2018-The Good, The Bad, And The Very UGLY

 

E3 is like Christmas for nerds. For a few days, major publishers get on stage and show off new footage, whether it be gameplay or CGI trailers, of their up and coming games. The companies involved include EA, Sony, and Bethesda. Like many others, I watched many of these live myself, or at the very least had it on in the background while I was working on something else. Now that E3 happenings are wrapping up, it’s time to do what every geek like me does…grade the conferences!

A few things to mention before I give my thoughts on the different conferences. First, I’m basing my feelings on the conferences based on two things: games and presentation. I place the emphasis on the games at the end of the day, but presentation can factor into how I feel about a conference. Also, I’ll be omitting Devolver Digital, Square Enix, and the PC Gamer Show from this particular discussion since Devolver’s is mostly a joke conference and Square Enix didn’t really show anything in their conference that hadn’t already been seen in others, specifically Microsoft’s. As for PC Gamer Show, I remember watching the first one they did and being bored for three hours, and I’d rather not do that again. With that out of the way, let’s get to grading, starting with…

Oh boy, EA…let’s just get them out of the way. I’ll say this about EA, you can always count on them to be the most boring of all them. No style, no real interesting games beyond a couple EA Originals…just a stale presentation. It doesn’t help that they once again spent a good chunk of time talking about sports games because they haven’t realized yet that nobody tunes in to E3 to learn about Madden. The ultimate takeaway here is that EA does not seem to understand how gamers work. They don’t seem to know what they want or what they’re here for. That’s why we get dreadfully long segments talking about the next FIFA game or the awful looking Command and Conquer mobile game.

There’s only two games that EA showed that were at all interesting. Unravel Two, a platforming game where you play as creatures made of yarn, looks pretty fun. I’m actually tempted to see if my wife is willing to give it a go with me, since it seems like it’s built to be played with another person. As it turns out, this game is out now, so it’s not like we have to wait to try if that’s what we decide to do. The other game is Sea of Solitude. I can’t say I fully understand what the game is, mechanically speaking. Hard to tell if it’s supposed to be a 3D platformer, an exploration focused game, or a puzzle game. But it looks visually interesting and could potentially be an enjoyable game. At least as enjoyable as a game about loneliness can be. But other than those two games, EA’s offerings were very slim.

I also thought it weird how much time was spent trying to convince us that they “made a mistake” when really they knew exactly what they were doing with Star Wars: Battlefront II and just wanted to nickle and dime us for all we were worth, only for their lootbox focused strategy to blow up in their face. They’re promising all sorts of things with Bioware’s Anthem game, and I just can’t see it ending well. I don’t see how anyone can be excited about Anthem when EA has essentially shown us what they really want to do with their games. But we’ll see…Anthem still looks boring. Yeah, I said it. Putting aside the fear of EA tampering with Anthem to make as much money out of it as possible, the game itself doesn’t look very interesting to me. Always online games tend to bore me. They promise to have a campaign or something for single players, but I get the feeling that will go the way of Destiny 2 where the campaign was pretty forgettable. Regardless, single player is obviously not the focus for Anthem, and thus it does not have my interest.

Conference Rating: F

If you had told me that Microsoft would have been one of my favorite conferences of all the E3 shows, I would’ve laughed. But I think it’s a combination of the rapid fire presentation of a variety of games along with the fact that many of them will come to PC (my platform of choice) actually had me really happy with Microsoft’s presentation. They kicked things off with a trailer for Halo: Infinite. No gameplay was shown, but I’m happy to see some Halo finally making its way to PC. I’m wishing so hard for a proper Halo to come to the PC platform that I’m even willing to play this even if it’s some always online game, just so Microsoft can know that they’d have people willing to buy Halo on PC. Because let’s be honest, if you’re a PC gamer then you have no reason to get an XBox just for one game since most every XBox game is coming to PC anyway. And even if you’re not a PC gamer, I would still question the need to get an XBox.

But this isn’t about consoles right now. This is about games, and Microsoft came out swinging. Kingdom Hearts III got its first of many showings here. A cute fox game called Tunic was shown off that looks like it could be a lot of fun. Fallout 76 took up a little time, but obviously Bethesda was saving most of that game for their own conference. From Software’s newest title, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice reminds me that I still need to try Dark Souls sometime. Gears Tactics could also be right up my alley, as I do enjoy a good strategy game. There were, of course, a couple duds. Forza Horizon 4 is not going to sell an extra copy by being at E3 (but at least they didn’t bring out the car this time), and Gears Pop looks weird and out of character for the Gears of War franchise.

Of course, we can’t mention the Microsoft conference without talking about the reveal at the end. Cyberpunk 2077 has been in the works for a long time now, and it’s nice to finally see that come out of hiding. There was a ton shown here, and it would take forever to talk about them all. Needless to say, however, Microsoft’s show has given me a few things to keep an eye on. In terms of conference presentation, everything was so rapid fire that there was barely a presentation to speak of. It was just one game after another, with a few occasional moments of talking. The focus was on the games here, and for that I’m pleased.

Conference Rating: A

 

For the third year Bethesda has brought their own conference. I think of all their conferences, this might be their second best. Their first conference still reigns supreme, but I feel this did a fine job. Though I could’ve done without the concert at the beginning before Rage 2 was announced. In fact, I think the entire conference could have been shortened by a good twenty to thirty minutes and we wouldn’t have lost much, if anything. But once again, let’s get to the games. Rage 2 and Fallout 76 were the two main titles of Bethesda’s E3 conference, with more emphasis on the latter. We started with Rage 2, and I still think that game could actually be pretty fun. It looks to borrow a lot of ideas from the DOOM reboot, and I believe DOOM 2016 sets the bar for how first person shooters should be from this point forward. We’ll just seen when it gets here.

Speaking of DOOM, a sequel to the 2016 reboot has been announced, but it was ultimately an announcement announcing an announcement. We got a teaser trailer for DOOM: Eternal, and then were told that gameplay would be shown at Quakecon in August. I wish they had just not said anything and shown off everything at Quakecon instead, but at the same time I can’t be mad about a new entry in what I think is the best shooter to have ever graced us. We also got a look at a new Wolfenstein game, but once again there was no gameplay.

Fallout 76 was definitely the main attraction here, and I gotta be honest I’m not sure what to think of it anymore. I think I’ve made it clear that online only games aren’t very interesting to me, but Fallout 76 has the potential to be an exception to that rule. It’s hard to know without playing it though, and considering it’s coming out around the same time as Smash Ultimate, I doubt I’ll get to playing the game for some time, if ever. One game that surprised me in how fun it looks is The Elder Scrolls: Blades, a mobile game of all things. Yet it seems to be a mobile game that actually, you know, has gameplay. Once again, it won’t be till Fall of this year when we get our hands on it, but consider me intrigued. Bethesda ended it all with two teasers, one for a new IP called Starfield and another for Elder Scrolls VI. There’s not much to say about either one, since we did just get logos after all, but I’m always down with new IPs and I’ve been waiting a while for Elder Scrolls VI to be formally announced, so it was nice to see them.

Conference Rating: B-

Starting off with a dancing panda was not a great way to start Ubisoft. Stop doing stuff like this. Anyway, I’m so terribly indifferent to the Ubisoft conference that I considered not bothering with reviewing it when I started thinking about this blog post. Ubisoft is a bit like EA in that nothing they do is particularly exciting or interesting. But the difference is whereas EA just has boring conferences, Ubisoft has boring, predictable games. We’ve seen Assassin’s Creed over and over again. Just Dance is nothing new. The Division looks like an online only bore. The only possibly interesting thing they had was Beyond Good and Evil 2, and I still have no idea what to think of this game. I’ve not played the original Beyond Good and Evil and even I know the tone of this game is very, very different from its predecessor. And being open world doesn’t help my interest levels.

Starlink could be cool if they cut out the toy stuff. Transference could be interesting, but it’s VR only and who knows when I’ll ever get a VR headset. I still question the future of that technology. I could talk about the Donkey Kong Country expansion for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle but that’s for a game released last year. There’s so little to discuss here that I think I’ll just move on. If you like Assassin’s Creed or The Crew, then I’m sure there was something here for you. But for me, there was nothing of interest. Just a very “meh” showing. The dancing panda did not help.

Conference Rating: C-

I hope you’re not squeamish because Sony made it a point to bring out all the blood and gore in the games they showed. I also hope you’re not the type of person who has trouble sitting still for several minutes because Sony made sure you would do that for far too long. Things kicked off in a confusing fashion. The auditorium was dressed up like it was supposed to be some kind of church setting, with a man playing the banjo for several minutes. Then a trailer begins, and it’s for The Last of Us Part II. I know a lot of people are looking forward to this game including myself.

After a lengthy Last of Us trailer, we’re then stuck with talking heads…for thirty minutes. I’m not making this up. A bunch of randoms sat behind a test and talked…and talked…and talked…and talked…and talked some more.

It. Was. Awful.

I was moderating a facebook with some friends commenting on everything live, and when this segment played out everyone, me included, was losing our minds. We could not believe what we were seeing. No gameplay, no trailers for anything, just talking heads for thirty minutes. And when things finally begin to pick back up, we had to listen to some musical number before finally getting a look at the next game, one of the only ones shown at the Sony conference that I found interesting. Ghost of Tsushima is not only a pretty game, but it looks like it could be quite a lot of fun. Although I can’t say much more than that since the gameplay wasn’t necessarily something we’ve never seen before, but it looks like its well put together.

The Sony conference continued at a much better pace after that. A remake of Resident Evil 2 was shown, as well as yet another Kingdom Hearts III trailer. Death Stranding made its third appearance, and we still have no idea what it is. I really wonder about Death Stranding and how it will be received once it finally comes out. I fear it’s getting more hype than is really healthy, and on release it could suffer for it. But only time will tell, I guess. A new game called Control looked pretty interesting, but not a whole lot was shown. Nioh is getting a sequel. But the last game shown, and the other Sony game that has my attention, is the new Spider-Man game. We got a good look at what gameplay is like as well as some characters who will be making their appearance. A lot of people have compared this to the Batman: Arkham games, and I think that’s a good comparison to be made. If Spider-Man plays at all like the Arkham games, then I think we’ll be in for a real treat.

After so many successful E3 shows, it was pretty hard to watch Sony fail so hard this year. A lot of was down to how it presented its conference. A thirty minute long talking head segment soured the mood fast, and brief musical numbers throughout the show all felt extremely out of place. I found out later that those music moments peppered between trailers was for that Dreams game, which has been in development for a long time now, but I wouldn’t have known that just from looking. All in all, presentation was bad and there weren’t many games shown that interested me at all.

 

Conference Rating: D-

They showed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Instant A+.

Okay, but really. Nintendo got right to business by showing Daemon X Machina, a mech based action game. I like mechs a lot in video games, so it quickly got my attention. I also really enjoyed the visual style of the game. We then got a look at a Xenoblade Chronicles 2 expansion, then swiftly moved on to the two new Pokemon Let’s Go games. I was surprised by how little time was spent on Pokemon Let’s Go, but at the same time I think I see why. Most people know how Pokemon works at this point.

Another neat looking title was Fire Emblem: Three Houses. If they can move away from the waifu simulator stuff the last Fire Emblem game (or rather, games) did, then that’ll be enough for me to be a happy camper. It’s also nice to see Fire Emblem coming back to the big screen after being relegated to the 3DS for a long time. They then showed off a handful of 3rd party games coming to the Switch, but a lot of them we already knew about like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Wolfenstein II, and Dark Souls: Remastered.

Then we get to the main event: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A lot of people wish more was shown, but being someone who considers Smash his favorite game series, of course I was all over this. The main takeaway is that everyone who’s ever been in a Smash Bros. game is coming back. This includes Solid Snake, Young Link, Pichu…yeah, they mean everyone.

It may come as no surprise then that I loved this conference. I will eat up anything with Smash Bros. in it. So this rating might come off as a bit biased, but there’s a good reason for that…it is. But as I mentioned, I judge these based primarily on games. And I love Super Smash Bros., and a half hour of that is perfect for me. Yes, I’m still giving this one an A+.

Conference Rating: A+

Regardless of my or anyone else’s opinions, I think it’s safe to say at the end of the day there was something for everyone here. I think Microsoft should especially be proud of the show they put on. I didn’t expect to be saying that at the end of E3, but here we are. Nintendo would of course captured me with ease when they started showing Smash, but I didn’t expect to get so much of it. It’s a shame Sony’s conference dropped the ball so hard when it came to presentation, but they were bound to do so at some point. Even if most of the games don’t interest me, I’m sure there are plenty of people excited to play Nioh 2 or The Last of Us Part II, so to you all I say happy gaming. Now we just need to hope that none of these projects get cancelled (RIP Scalebound). My ultimate (heh) conclusion is that there’s still not a great deal of games coming in 2018 that I desperately want to play, but since 2019 is when a lot of the games shown are planned to release it looks like it could be a crazy, fun filled year.

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Introducing Monet: Beauty and Function for Your Phone The Perfect Phone Accessory: Wallet, Kickstand and Grip All-in-One

Introducing Monet: Beauty and Function for Your Phone

The Perfect Phone Accessory: Wallet, Kickstand and Grip All-in-One

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Monet is beauty and function for your phone. The ultimate fashion accessory for the on-the-go minimalist. It’s an extension of your hand with its easy slip on grip that provides a secure hold on your phone while taking better selfies. That same grip becomes your kickstand and Monet is a sleek wallet to hold money and cards. It’s currently available in 30 color variations with more colors currently in production. Monet is your 3-in-1 phone grip and the only accessory you need for a busy lifestyle:

  • The Gym

  • Pilates

  • Coffee dates

  • Meeting for brunch

  • Dinner Dates

  • Night Clubs

  • Traveling

  • Quick shopping trips and more….

Celebrity Influencer Jake Paul introduced Monet at the Consumer Electronics Show in January with much fanfare. Additionally, many other celebrities including Scott Disick, Stephanie Shepherd and The Selfie Kid with Justin Timberlake are putting Monet’s on their phones to help them #selfiebetter! Available at Amazon.com and Monetbrand.com, with other retailers hitting this Fall! SRP $19.99

Warner Bros. Animation Launches New Short-Form Content Program Looney Tunes Cartoons

“What’s New Doc?”

Warner Bros. Animation Launches New Short-Form Content Program

Looney Tunes Cartoons

Coming to All Screens in 2019

BURBANK, Calif. (June 11, 2018) – Warner Bros. Animation is announcing its most ambitious Looney Tunes content initiative to date with Looney Tunes Cartoons, a series of new short form cartoons starring the iconic and beloved Looney Tunes characters. With multiple artists employing a visual style that will resonate with fans, each “season” will produce 1,000 minutes of all-new Looney Tunes animation that will be distributed across multiple platforms – including digital, mobile and broadcast.

Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories. Each cartoon will vary from one to six minutes in length and, from the premise on through to the jokes, will be “written” and drawn by the cartoonists allowing their own personality and style to come through in each cartoon.

“The Looney Tunes are one of the most beloved group of animated characters in the world” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “Looney Tunes Cartoons places these characters into the hands of some of the best artists in the business and into an animated shorts format that will remind many of the time when they first fell in love with Bugs, Daffy, Porky and the rest of the gang.”

Looney Tunes Cartoons is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and features veteran Looney Tunes voice cast members including Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) and Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa) serve as executive producers.

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s highly anticipated full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, will be released on July 27, 2018. WBA’s TV series include Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, Unikitty! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and ThunderCats Roar for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes, Wacky Races and the upcoming Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? and Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders for the upcoming DC Universe digital service;Animaniacs for Hulu. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

Fear The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 8 Thoughts

I just finished the mid-season Finale of Fear The Walking Dead. It was a great episode. I have loved this season so far! Unfortunately we have lost a few main characters, my favorites at that, but they have gone in such an amazing way.

The episode starts with the war between The Vultures and the Clark crew coming to an end. John is shot, and Naomi, who we find out her real name is June, is trying to save him. Charlie is in danger of being killed, she killed Nick Clark so of course we would find her here, and there is gun fire everywhere!

After all is said and done Morgan, whom I am loving on this show, saves Charlie, John, and Naomi (sorry June seems odd). Al takes them to the one place there will still be supplies, the stadium. Unbeknownst to them, the Clark crew is following behind.

In the flash back we finally see how Mel tried to help the Clark crew basically to help himself because he was hurt, and the crew took him in, and Ennis released thousands of walkers to take over the stadium.

Flash forward to Al and her crew making it to the stadium to save John. The stadium was locked from the inside, and full of burned walkers, which was curious. Cleared a path and Naomi and Morgan go in for medical supplies. As they are in the infirmary Clark crew makes it there and start firing. Some talking and a rocket launcher later Alicia makes it into the swat van. Fight, fight, fight, and then Alicia finds out that Madison met Al, before the stadium. Madison tells Al this story of her kids saving a dying bird, fighting for it even though it didn’t have a chance to survive, and saving it, Alicia watches her interview. This leads Alicia inside where Morgan and Naomi are, to shoot Naomi, Morgan convinced her to put her gun down and they hug with tears.

After everything no one dies, thankfully, Naomi saves John (for now), and we get the ending to Madison’s tragic tale.

After Ennis realeased the walkers everyone in the stadium tried to leave, against Madison’s wishes. Madison was trying to save everyone and only seeing one way to do so. She led most of the walkers into the stadium, coming to the door she realizes there is no way out, she locks the door. Radios in to tell her kids, “You’re not gone, until you’re gone”, then lights the place up with a lit flare.

Now we don’t see her dead, but on The Talking Dead they seemed to confirm it. So RIP Madison, you were one of the best, and it’s sad to see you go, but she went out the hero we knew her to be.

Alicia remains the only character left from the show’s premiere. She becomes the lead after the death, or supposed death of Madison. We don’t actually see Madison get burnt to a crisp, so a small possibility exists that she lives. I had a feeling Kim Dickens would not survive the diamond. It was a clever hook to have Al and Madison meet in the beginning. Al was responsible for the creation of the diamond, a truly epic reveal. Fear the Walking Dead is officially rebooted. The second half of season four will surely establish a new dynamic among the survivors. I’ve had some major issues so far, but found the midseason finale satisfying. I will be tuning in when Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC in the fall.

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SDCC 2018-Skybound Reveals Their First Wave of The Walking Dead Exclusives

Skybound and Image Comics is celebrating 15 years of The Walking Dead with their collection of variant covers of the comic series and merchandise. This year at San Diego Comic Con, they will have exclusives as well and here are the first wave of them.

There are four figures of Rick Gimes from different eras of The Walking Dead. Check them out below.

The first one is from the first issue of the series as Rick is in his sherif outfit.

The second one is a repaint of Rick during the All Out War arc with the 15th anniversary t-shirt

The third is Rick during the No Turning Back arc and it is also taken from issue #149

The final one is taken from last year’s issue 163 retailer variant (which i do not own yet because it is too expensive) as we see Rick in Negan’s clothes with Lucille

The set along with a bloody version of it will cost $100 at their booth this July.

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The Outer Space Men are Celebrating 50 Years of Toy Innovation at Five Points Festival!

The Outer Space Men are Celebrating 50 Years of Toy Innovation at Five Points Festival!

Five Points Festival show sponsor, The Outer Space Men, are set to display brand new 12″ and 8ft versions of the epic Colossus Rex figure!

New York, NY (May 28, 2018) – Hitting the scene in 1968 and licensed to Colorforms, The Outer Space Men were a group of seven bendable action figures designed by toy inventor Mel Birnkrant. Each of the original seven figures represented beings from other planets in our solar system including Alpha 7, The Man From Mars; Astro-Nautilus, The Man From Neptune; Commander Comet, The Man From Venus; Colossus Rex, The Man From Jupiter; Electron+, The Man From Pluto; Orbitron, The Man From Uranus; and Xodiac – The Man From Saturn.

After their initial success, they faded from the public eye in 1969 after man walked on the moon. It was in 2008 that wall street executive and co-owner of The Outer Space Men, Gary Schaeffer, published the long-awaited graphic novel reintroducing a whole new generation to The Outer Space Men world. With the huge success of the graphic novel, Birnkrant and Schaeffer issued a license to the four horsemen studios (seventh kingdom, mythic legions, masters of the universe) and released a new series of action figures.
To celebrate this auspicious occasion Clutter Studios has produced an 8ft tall Colossus Rex. Working for the past 4 months, Clutter Studios used 3D scanning and printing technology, to scan one of the original Colossus Rex figures and upscale it to both 12” and 8 f

t tall. 3D printing both versions, Clutter Studios assembled and finished an 8ft version with full articulation and a genuinely deadly two-handed battle mace!
Be the first to see the amazing new 12” Colossus Rex in person, and take a photo with the awesome 8ft sculpture.

Join them at this year’s Five Points Fest as they celebrate fifty years of epic toys!!!
Join us for Five Points Festival at the Brooklyn Center for designer toys, art, craft beer & food, and so much more…
When:
Designer Toy Awards @ the Brooklyn Bazaar
Friday, June 1st: 7pm

Five Points Festival:
Sunday, June 3rd: 11am – 5pm
Saturday, June 2nd: 11am – 6pm

Where:
Brooklyn Center
72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Doors Open at 10am for VIP’s.

Cost:
Daily and full weekend passes available

Saturday Only Admission: $35

Sunday Only Admission: $30

Weekend Pass: $45

VIP Pass: $125 SOLD OUT

Website: www.fivepointsfest.com
Social Media:

Facebook: facebook.com/fivepointsfest

Twitter: @fivepointsfest

Instagram: @fivepointsfest

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The Walking Dead Issue #182 Cover Reveal and 15th Anniversary Cover

This week, Skybound and Image Comics released two covers of the long running series The Walking Dead. Here is the cover for issue #182 which will be released in August.

It looks like Pamela from The Commonwealth has made her way to The Sanctuary to talk with the current Saviors leader John to most likely form a partnership. Or, John could be telling her about Rick’s ways before they showed up. New World Order begun in January and although the arc ends in June, we will still see more of Pamela and The Commonwealth. Next month, The Commonwealth will be in Alexandria for the first time.

The second cover reveal is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the comic series.

On this cover, it is an updated look of the very first cover but this time, it showcases other comic series that Robert Kirkman has worked on over the years and there are also zombies inside the comic book store. Over the years, Tony Moore has remade the cover of the first issue starting with the retailer variant of issue 75 (which i am happy to own), the 10th anniversary edition back in 2013, and the issue 150 variant two years ago which you can compare in the images below.

The 15th anniversary edition will be released on October 13th.

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