Saturday, September 14, 2019

HEAVY VINYL Returns with New Graphic Novel from BOOM! Studios in 2020


Your favorite girl gang is back and on the brink of a new millennium! It’s the summer of 1999, and while the staff of Vinyl Destination is dealing with growing up and getting out into the world, the tension over Y2K is mounting into an all-out panic! Can this group of music-loving vigilantes balance their work lives with their dating lives, prevent the total collapse of modern society, AND be home in time for dinner?! Only one way to find out!   

Carly Usdin is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her first feature, Suicide Kale, won the Audience Award for Best First Feature at Outfest 2016.  Carly is also the creator and writer of two comic book series for BOOM! Studios: Heavy Vinyl and The Avant-Guards. Heavy Vinyl was nominated for a 2018 Prism Award, honoring the best in LGBTQIA+ comics.  

Carly has recently completed her short film Misdirection, created as part of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, class of 2019. Currently she is developing several projects through her production company Scheme Machine Studios, which she owns with her wife, photographer and producer Robin Roemer.  

“Getting the chance to continue the Heavy Vinyl story is a dream come true! I'm thrilled to be reunited with my precious little ‘90s babies. The story picks up a few months later -- it's 1999, digital music and file sharing have upset the status quo, and Y2K approaches!!” said writer, Carly Usdin. “You can expect the same level of exhaustively-researched pop culture references with new characters, a new mystery, and more Chris/Maggie cuteness. I've been having a great time writing it, and I can't wait for fans to read it.”   

Nina Vakueva is a self-taught freelance artist born and based in Moscow. She graduated from Moscow Architectural University in 2014, worked briefly for the Architectural Bureau then moved to comic books and character design. Nina worked as part of Russian comic studio, Bubble, and currently works as an artist on Heavy Vinyl for BOOM! Studios, League of Legends: Ashe - Warmother for Marvel Entertainment, and on her original webcomic, Lilith's Word.   

“It’s time for Chris and the rest of the vigilante girl group from HEAVY VINYL to tackle Y2K!” said artist Nina Vakueva. “These teens are always up for a big adventure, so catch them hacking computers and fighting crime, all while playing their favorite music and having fun with their friends in the new HEAVY VINYL: Y2K-O!”  

The HEAVY VINYL: Y2K-O! cover will feature artwork by Nina Vakueva.  

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be teaming up with Carly and Nina to bring everyone a brand new graphic novel set in the kick-ass, action-packed world of Heavy Vinyl.” said Shannon Watters,  Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “There’ll be plenty of sweet, sweet lady romance, action, mystery, and late ‘90s fashion and goofy good times in this love letter to the historic manic panic of the Y2K craze.”  

HEAVY VINYL: Y2K-O! is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes; Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.   

Print copies of HEAVY VINYL: Y2K-O! will be available in March 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.







Wednesday, September 11, 2019

CATS Trailer and First Look


This Christmas, you will believe.

Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event.   

Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.   

Featuring Lloyd Webber's iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.   

The film also stars Robbie Fairchild (Broadway's An American in Paris), Laurie Davidson (TNT's Will), hip-hop dance sensation Les Twins (Larry and Laurent Bourgeois), acclaimed dancer Mette Towley (featured in videos for Rihanna and Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D.), Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae, and rising-star singer Bluey Robinson.   

Universal Pictures presents a Working Title Films and Amblin Entertainment production, in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Cats is produced by Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Tom Hooper. The screenplay is by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Rocketman) and Hooper, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and the stage musical by Lloyd Webber. Cats is executive produced by Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn.   

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical "Cats" received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, "Cats" has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is one of the most successful musicals of all time.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Lift Off with SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS from BOOM! Studios


BOOM! Studios has announced SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS, an all-new original graphic novel in partnership with Peanuts Worldwide, that launches the world’s most beloved beagle on his grandest adventure yet! From Flying Ace to Astronaut in Space, Snoopy embarks on an exploratory mission to Mars in this original graphic novel written by Jason Cooper, illustrated by Robert Pope and colored by Hannah White, and available in stores December 2019.    

NASA has shared a proud association with Charles M. Schulz and his American icon Snoopy since Apollo missions began in the 1960s. In May 1969, Apollo 10 astronauts traveled to the Moon with the aid of a lunar module named Snoopy and a command module named Charlie Brown. That was also the year of the first Silver Snoopy Award — given by NASA astronauts to employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. Fifty years after their first collaboration, Peanuts Worldwide and NASA entered into a multiyear Space Act Agreement in 2018, engineered to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM education among students.   

In SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS, Snoopy, the world-famous astronaut, heads to the stars in his most out-of-this-world adventure yet! What mysteries does the red planet hold? Will he find water? Will he find life?  Will he find the time to get in a quick nine holes? Snoopy grabs his golf clubs and blasts off for Mars in this original graphic novel from the world of Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts!  

“Sharing a love of STEM and space exploration through the beloved Astronaut Snoopy is a great honor for us.” said Craig Herman, Senior Director, Category Management, Peanuts Worldwide. “Charles Schulz inspired generations through his comic strip and characters, and I hope this graphic novel will spark the imagination of many future scientists and space travelers.”  

Charles M. Schulz once described himself as “born to draw comic strips.” Born in Minneapolis, at just two days old, an uncle nicknamed him “Sparky” after the horse Spark Plug from the Barney Google comic strip, and throughout his youth, he and his father shared a Sunday morning ritual reading the funnies. After serving in the Army during World War II, Schulz’s first big break came in 1947 when he sold a cartoon feature called Li’l Folks to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1950, Schulz met with United Feature Syndicate, and on October 2nd of that year, PEANUTS, named by the syndicate, debuted in seven newspapers. Charles Schulz died in Santa Rosa, California, in Feburary 2000 — just hours before his last original strip was to appear in the Sunday papers.  

Jason Cooper is head writer at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates where he has written storybooks, comic books, and graphic novels for PEANUTS. He relates to Charlie Brown much more than a person should.    

Cartoonist and animator Robert W. Pope has the greatest of fun drawing the PEANUTS gang for BOOM! Studios. Over the years he’s also drawn the adventures of the Looney Tunes gang, Scooby-Doo, the Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, and many more for DC, IDW, Disney Publishing and more.  

Hannah White is a colorist and artist for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates; a 2016 graduate of SCAD Savannah, Hannah enjoys her two cats, making comics, and playing video games.   

"All systems are go in a Snoopy adventure unlike anything you've ever read before, introducing everyone's favorite beagle to the wonders of outer space as he journeys to Mars." said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios. "The Schulz Studio team has crafted a wonderfully fun and humorous tale so whether you're a kid or just a kid at heart, this is the kind of story that reminds you why Peanuts has such an unparalleled place in pop culture."  

SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Regular Show, Ben 10, and Over The Garden Wall, along with original series like Just Beyond: The Scare School by R.L. Stine and Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Hex Vet by Sam Davies, RuinWorld by Derek Laufman, and Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard, Kelly & Nichole Matthews.  

Print copies of SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS will be available for sale in December 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores and the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.









Wednesday, September 4, 2019

"Mr. Mom" - Walmart's Vudu Platform Official Trailer


Based on the classic eighties hit film written by John Hughes and starring Michael Keaton, this series is a modern retelling of Mr. Mom. Megan (Andrea Anders) and Greg (Hayes MacArthur) are at a parenting crossroads. After five years raising their two kids at home, Megan has unexpectedly landed her dream job. Greg's career is anything but a dream job, so after several failed attempts at securing childcare he abruptly quits in order to take his turn as the stay-at-home parent. He's thrust headlong into a world of tantrums, diapers and cheese sticks, all while finally attempting to get his start-up off the ground. Megan quickly finds out just how much has changed as she reenters a workplace filled with overeager millennials and strange new terms like Slack and hot-desking. It'll take all the patience these two parents can muster as they try to raise their kids, make ends meet, and find a little time for their marriage.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

BOOM! Studios Announces Joss Whedon’s BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE


BOOM! Studios, in partnership with 20th Century Fox, announced a new graphic novel program collecting out-of-print and rare stories officially set in the world of Joss Whedon’s hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.   

Beginning in April 2020 with BUFFY: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE, BOOM! Studios will collect every issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from previous publishers in chronological order, including hard-to-find and out-of-print stories in this value-priced Legacy Edition format.  

Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997–2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers. Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the “Scooby Gang.”  

Set during the third season of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series and featuring stories by acclaimed writers including Andi Watson, Jen Van Meter, Christopher Golden and Dan Brereton, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE allows fans to discover untold stories of the Scooby Gang and their fight against evil in Sunnydale—all while trying not to fail their exams! As Buffy faces the consequences of saving the world—by killing the man she loved—the rest of the team faces their own challenges, such as Angel returning to life without a soul and Willow helping Oz confront the beast inside of him, all while Xander and Cordelia kiss, make up, kiss, make up...you probably get the picture.  

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE features a stunning new cover by illustrator Nimit Malavia.   

“Buffy is such a beloved television series and it’s managed to build an amazing legacy of game-changing stories in comic book format over the years,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “We’re excited to collect all those stories in a deluxe set of softcover editions for fans who are looking to enjoy all that the Buffyverse has to offer—including essential stories about favorite characters they might have missed when they were first released.”  

Fans can also collect every issue of Angel from previous publishers in chronological order, including hard-to-find and out-of-print stories in the value-priced Angel: Legacy Edition Book One, featuring work by the Emmy Award-winning writer of Angel David Fury, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden, and five-time Eisner Award-winning artist Eric Powell, available in October 2019.   

Available now everywhere books are sold, Firefly: Legacy Edition Book One collects previously released Serenity comics for the first time under one cover in a new value-priced format as Mal and the crew ride again in this official sequel to the critically acclaimed Firefly television series and Serenity film.   

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE is available April 8, 2020 exclusively in comic shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), April 14, 2020 at bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

New Star Wars x Barbie Dolls up for Pre-order

Mattel's Star Wars x Barbie collaboration pays homage to the iconic Star Wars: A New Hope film. This eponymous collection, inspired by the film's original concept art, reimagines iconic characters through a distinctive Barbie high-fashion filter. They are now available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth!






A resourceful astromech droid, skilled starship mechanic, and fighter pilot's assistant, R2-D2 showed great bravery in rescuing his masters and their friends from many perils. This Star Wars x Barbie R2-D2 Doll captures the lovable droid's look in a geometric ensemble with a dome skirt, bomber jacket, and thigh-high boots over silvery tights. A vibrant blue ponytail and "radar eye" detail complete the look. Doll stand and certificate of authenticity included.




Princess Leia Organa was one of the Rebel Alliance's greatest leaders, fearless on the battlefield and dedicated to ending the tyranny of the Empire. This collectible Star Wars x Barbie Princess Leia Doll captures Leia's iconic look in an elegant white gown with dramatic, floor-length sleeves. Details include a silvery peplum belt, cuff jewelry, and an up-do inspired by her signature bun hairstyle. Doll stand and certificate of authenticity included.




Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker was seduced by the dark side of the Force, became fearsome Sith Lord Darth Vader, and led the Empire's eradication of the Jedi Order. This collectible Star Wars x Barbie Darth Vader Doll captures Vader's Sith armor silhouette in a head-to-toe, shiny-black ensemble. Metallic details at her collar and waist, dark glasses, and an emblematic black cape finish the look. Doll stand and certificate of authenticity included.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Cecil Castellucci Tells All in Graphic Memoir GIRL ON FILM From BOOM! Studios


BOOM! Studios announced GIRL ON FILM, a new original graphic novel memoir from award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comic book writer, Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by artists Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon, and Melissa Duffy, available in November 2019. Based on the true story of her own free-spirited coming-of-age as a young, independent creative who fell in love with the art of storytelling, Cecil’s memoir also depicts the nuanced connection between experience and memory.  

In 1977, Star Wars released in theaters nationwide and changed young Cecil Castellucci’s life forever. From that moment on, she knew that she would one day become an artist and storyteller who brought her own imagination to life. Thus began the evolution of the young starstruck fan into an aspiring theater kid (who was childhood friends with Jennifer Aniston and Chaz Bono), a teenage artiste running wild in ‘80s New York, an indie musician in the Montreal punk scene, and finally the acclaimed author and bestselling comic book writer she is today. Along the way, she found that even though nothing ever went according to plan, everything happened the way it should have.   

Chronicling the life of award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comics scribe Cecil Castellucci, GIRL ON FILM follows a passionate aspiring artist from the youngest age through adulthood to examine the arduous pursuit of making art, while exploring the act of memory and how it reshapes what we think we truly know about ourselves.  



Cecil Castellucci is the New York Times bestselling author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Shade the Changing Girl, The Plain Janes, and The Year of the Beasts. In 2015, she co-authored Star Wars Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. Her short stories and short comics have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. In a former life, she was known as Cecil Seaskull in the ‘90s indie band Nerdy Girl. She has written two opera librettos Les Aventures de Madame Merveille (World Premiere in 2010) and Hockey Noir: The Opera (World Premiere 2018). Castellucci is currently writing The Female Furies for DC Comics. She is the former Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, a two-time MacDowell Fellow, and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books. She lives in Los Angeles.  

“When I think about it, I have always been most fascinated with telling stories. At first, I thought I would become the next Steven Spielberg. But turns out that early dream of aspiring filmmaker was just the first in a series of surprising creative aspirations that led me to where I am today,” said writer Cecil Castellucci. “I wanted to trace the path that brought me to this moment in my life but recalling the past is always a tricky thing. You could be remembering something exactly as it happened or looking at it through the lens of hindsight and other lived experiences. So this is me putting together the story of my life, mining my memories and very excited to work with four such talented artists to craft something between memory and fiction about dedicating my life to making art in every form I could in order to fulfil that childhood dream of one day becoming the girl on film, on vinyl, on paper, and preserved in the memories of others forever.”  

Vicky Leta is an illustrator and cartoonist from Brooklyn, NY. Leta’s work has been recognized as a finalist in the 2018 Ghost City Comics 5x5 Fest and as a winner of the 2018 Creative Quarterly #53. She is also the creator of the webcomic Generic Lottery, which debuted in 2016.  

"I'm absolutely thrilled to work on GIRL ON FILM, where Cecil takes us into New York in the ‘80s through the lens of an aspiring young artist.” said artist Vicky Leta. “Her story is one that certainly relates close to home, so I'm excited and honored to be a part of it!"  

Jon Berg is a Canadian illustrator & cartoonist whose children's book Rosie and Rolland in the Legendary Show-and-Tell was published by Owl Kids in spring 2015. Berg has self-published a number of comics including Blackout, Look After You, and Deveaux. He has also contributed to the Toronto Comics Anthology: Osgoode as Gold, Strange Romance Vol. 3, and Called Into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein.  

"GIRL ON FILM is a unique perspective on the fascinating process of pursuing an artistic life. I'm grateful and excited to be a part of bringing Cecil's journey to the comic page." said artist Jon Berg.  

V. Gagnon is an illustrator, concept artist, and comic creator whose work often explores urban legends, folklore, history, and horror. They graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration and currently reside in Portland, OR.  

"We all partake in these unique life-long journeys that shift and change when we look back on them, and there's so much to learn there.” said artist V. Gagnon. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with this great team and bring Cecil’s journey to life!"  

Melissa Duffy is an illustrator and comic artist based on the East Coast. She has done work for IDW and featured in many independently published anthologies, as well as self-publishing her own comic, Outward.  

"Let’s talk about GIRL ON FILM” said artist Melissa Duffy. “Is the backdrop of a legendary arts high school in 1980’s New York an incredibly cool time and place to be? Yes. Is it an honor to be bringing YA heavyweight Cecil Castellucci’s own memories to new life on the page? Yes. Is this the artistic coming of age memoir that I’m excited for the world to read? YES!”  

GIRL ON FILM is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; New World by David Jesus Vignolli; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau; Bolivar by Sean Rubin; and licensed series including Lev Grossman’s The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges and Pius Bak; Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.  

“GIRL ON FILM is Cecil’s love letter to her young artistic self and to all the other creatives who want to leave their mark on the world. With her as a guide, we get to explore a slice of New York City preserved in her memory and follow her wondrous journey as it twists and turns, culminating into the vision of an artist who’s done it all.” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “And as if the details about growing up in the heart of Times Square, avoiding Cher, and skipping over Keith Haring chalk drawings aren’t compelling enough, you’ll find photographic evidence of her childhood right next to the amazing illustrations of artists Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon, and Melissa Duffy.”  

Print copies of GIRL ON FILM will be available for sale November 13, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), on November 19, 2019 at bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.