For most of us here at i.TV, Nintendo played a huge role in our lives growing up and continues to do so today. After spending countless, fun-filled hours with Mario and Luigi, Bowser and Samus, Kirby, Pit and Yoshi, Nintendo holds a special place in our hearts. It is probably the same for many of you who make up the i.TV family.
With this as a backdrop, we are beyond excited to share some news with you. Nintendo and i.TV have teamed up to create a new product that both companies feel will fundamentally make watching television better. The new experience is called Nintendo TVii and will be available with Nintendo’s new entertainment system Wii U, when it goes on sale in November. Click here to learn more.
Now what does this mean for you? If you are planning on buying a Wii U, the answer is obvious. You’ll love Nintendo TVii! But beyond that, i.TV partnering with Nintendo marks a major milestone and the beginning of a series of announcements we know you’re going to love. More partnerships, more feature updates to our mobile apps, and a brand new product that we can’t wait to tell you about.
Thank you for downloading i.TV and most of all for using it.
(Los Angeles, CA- September 13, 2012) Horror make up Industry legend, Mike Spatola gave the world a rare opportunity to peek behind the FX Hollywood curtain when he put out The Monstrous Make-Up Manual Book 1. The first book was a hands on, photo rich manual that covered everything from simple paint and powder make up to latex appliances is now being followed by a sequel….. The Monstrous Make-Up Manual Book 2. This manual lets readers take the next steps with more on paint and powder makeups, through 3D out of the kit techniques, and goes all the way through to advanced prosthetics and Oscar winning technology. The new book is available via kickstarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/
Spatola’s work spans three decades and includes work on films including: Terminator 2, Tales From The Crypt and Iron Man 3 and his first book is the most well reviewed book on how to do monster make up there is. Opportunities to purchase both books are included in the kickstarter campaign.
“Everyone from hobbyists to award winning artists has been asking me when book 2 was coming out,” explained Spatola. “Not putting out another book was simply not an option. Book 1 lays the ground work where Book 2 takes the reader to new levels of scope and technique. In addition, the first book was a complete solo project, where all techniques were presented by me, book 2 will also include several guest artists that are specialists in their fields- makeup artists, sculptors, mold makers and animatronics designers to contribute beyond what I could offer on my own.”
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About Mike Spatola:
Aliens and monsters are a reoccurring theme in Mike Spatola’s career. A 30 year veteran FX makeup artist, with multiple nominations for Best Makeup EMMY AWARDS and Cable ACE Awards. Mike’s worked on films including Terminator 2, Tales From The Crypt, and the upcoming Iron Man 3.
Sept. 13, 2012 (Los Angeles) Frank Forte announces the launch of You Tube partner channel Goon Cartoons original animation channel. “I’m really excited to be part of the You Tube partner channnel family,” says Frank Forte, “we’ve got some really funny cartoon shorts that we’ve been working on and we can’t wait to show the world.”
The Goon Cartoons channel will be home for such cartoons as The Cletus and Floyd Show, The Struggle, Chestaclese, Billy Boy: The Sick Little Fat Kid, as well as a launching point for a number of comedy shorts, new characters, experimental gag films and more. Goon Cartoons will launch a new cartoon every Monday and subscribers to the channel will get notified before anyone else.
“We’ll be using traditional 2D on paper, Flash, After Effects, stop motion, claymation, cut paper, Super 8 and anything else we can get our hands on,” explains Forte, “we want to experiment with every medium.”
Some of the creators Goon Cartoons will be working with are Jim Smith (Ren and Stimpy, the Ripping Friends, Monsters Vs. Aliens), Gene McGuckin (Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, the Mr. Men Show), and Elizabeth J. Musgrave (Farmhouse, Hell Comes To Hollywood).
“It’s great to get back to ol’ fashioned slap-stick comedy,” says animator Gene McGuckin,”making cartoons do things that people can’t do in real life (instead of trying to copy it).”
“We’re really fired up to be working with such amazing talent”, says Frank Forte, “as well as other animators, designers and storyboard artists from the Los Angeles animation community and all over the world.”
ABOUT GOON CARTOONS
Goon Cartoons is a You Tube partner channel for original cartoons, short films, and experimental animation.
ABOUT FRANK FORTE:
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Frank’s credits include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Allen Gregory, The Super Hero Squad Show, Hero 108, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle:The Legend Reborn, HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI, The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation. Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, an indy graphic novel and comic book publisher. Since its inception in 1999, Frank has written, illustrated and published such comics as, Zombie Terrors, The Vampire Verses, Warlash, Fearless Dawn, Billy Boy, and The Cletus and Floyd Show.###
The Adventures of Retrobot Debuts on the App Store
REGINA, Canada – Sept. 14, 2012 – Endeavor Bros and Monkube today announced the launch of The Adventures of Retrobot, an intense tank shooter with epic boss battles featuring animated graphic novel style storytelling. Available now on the App Store for $0.99, The Adventures of Retrobot follows the story of a DIY robot built as a gaming buddy who’s out to save his maker from the evil robots who’ve taken over the world. Go to http://bit.ly/retrobot to check it out!
Throughout his adventure, Retrobot acquires new weapons and power-ups to fight off the never ending onslaught of robot overlords. Tactical use of shield and powerful EMP blasts are needed to complete the mission. The Adventures of Retrobot takes the player through numerous worlds, tackles challenging level bosses and tells a full comic book worth of story though animated story sequences. Having lived in a bubble of constant video-game playing and with no prior experience of the world outside, Retrobot and sidekick Toto’s journey is filled with slapstick humor that makes gaming logic and real world rules collide. More often than not, with a wink towards gaming’s biggest classics.
A game for everyone
In order to cater to both the occasional and experienced iOS gamers, The Adventures of Retrobot is geared with several gameplay modes. The Story Mode offers a balanced learning curve, varied enough to keep hardened players interested, without preventing occasional gamers from seeing the story through. Seeing the credits roll is just the beginning for experienced gamers. As a Challenge Mode, with one life, no retries and faster enemy spawning and a Boss Challenge await. In those game modes, the majority of the Game Center points are awarded. Completing one of these game modes – which is far from an easy feat – earns players a spot in the separate high score charts.
“The Adventures of Retrobot takes two of the greatest entertainment categories – comics and games – and fuses them together for a hugely addictive and fun experience,” said Adam Heat, Co-
Founder of Endeavor Bros. “We’ve spent countless hours bringing together what we believe could be a game changer in the mobile gaming space.”
Sven Van de Perre, Creative Director at Monkube remarks, “For us, game development has always been about finding a game genre that is under-used in today’s tidal wave of mobile games. And then trying to create a game that raises the bar. Ever since being hooked on Popcap’s tank shooter Heavy Weapon, I wanted to have a go at this. With The Adventures of Retrobot, we bring amazing frantic shooter action, while also adding like-able characters, great story telling and – which is up to the consumer to judge – some funny video game related humor.”
To go beyond the call of duty, Endeavor Bros and Monkube brought together an all-star support cast, including:
* Comic book publisher Ape Entertainment, developers of the massively popular Pocket God Comics featuring work from artist Carlos Valenti and Cut the Rope Comics apps.
* Maurits ‘Mo’ Goossens, part of Monkube’s in-house music team, composed the massive classical score that drives both game and story. As 1st violin and former conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic orchestra, he worked on several motion pictures scores, including Golden Globe-winning picture “The Aviator” (Martin Scorcese) and 2012 Oscar winner “The Artist” (Michel Hazanavicius).
About Endeavor Bros
Endeavor Bros is an Entertainment Media company based in Canada that develops and publishes games for mobile devices. Our central platform is the iPhone and all iOS related devices. We also support other mobile platforms such as Android, the 3DS and the PSP as well as online platforms such as the Xbox and PSN networks. For more information, please visitwww.EndeavorBros.com.
Monkube is a mobile game developer with offices in Belgium, Romania and Hong Kong. Founded by ex gaming journalists, Monkube intentionally steers clear of over-used game concepts, instead fusing its games with complete comic book stories and über polished gameplay. For more information, visit www.monkube.com.