Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Wyld Stallyns Rise Again in a Most Excellent Comic Book Series Premiering June 2017


BOOM! Studios is most excited to announce that everyone’s favorite time-traveling duo from San Dimas are back in BILL & TED SAVE THE UNIVERSE, a new, far-out series launching in June. The excellent team behind Bill & Ted Go To Hell is back, too, and this time it’s intergalactic!  

Writer Brian Joines (Imagine Agents, Secret Identities) and artist Bachan (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, JLA Showcase 80-Page Giant) are reunited to continue Bill & Ted’s adventure. Derek Charm (Jughead) will provide covers. Strange things are afoot in the cosmos, and the Wyld Stallyns are pulled into an intergalactic conflict between a group of fans looking to spread the word of their music and a rigid alien law-enforcement officer who thinks their music does more harm than good.  

“In ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,’ the duo was tasked with creating a song to save the universe. While they never got around to that, fast forward a couple centuries, and their music is now something galaxies fight over. In Bill & Ted Save the Universe, Bill & Ted's music is supposed to bring peace to the cosmos, but peace doesn't just happen overnight—there's always resistance to anything that rattles the status quo,” says Joines, who helped guide Bill & Ted through the underworld in 2016’s Bill & Ted Go to Hell. “It's such a broad, fun, goofy tale that as long as you maintain those levels, there's really nothing that's off the table in terms of where you take the story and the characters. They've already time-traveled and visited the afterlife—why NOT send them on some big intergalactic adventure next?”  

Bill & Ted aren’t the only ones who will be continuing an excellent journey together with this new story. This will be Joines and Bachan’s fourth project together at BOOM! Studios. The pair first worked together on BOOM!’s Imagine Agents back in 2013, which has subsequently been optioned as a feature film by 20th Century Fox with Michael Keaton attached to star and produce the film. Joines and Bachan have previously adventured through the Bill & Ted universe with a short in Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return and on the Bill & Ted Go to Hell series, which was one of Barnes & Noble’s top graphic novel picks of March 2017.  

“I'm excited to be paired with [Bachan] again and to see what he does! He did such a great job with the characters for Bill & Ted Go to Hell and now he gets to combine that with the same ‘freak-flag’ design style he used for Imagine Agents, only now with alien races,” says Joines.  

“Bill & Ted is one of the most fun, inventive, and lovable franchises out there,” says Alex Galer, Associate Editor. “Having Brian Joines and Bachan reunite on another Bill & Ted adventure is most triumphant! Bill & Ted Go to Hell was an absolute blast, and we have some incredible surprises in store for fans as we take them on a journey to save the universe.”  

Bill & Ted Save the Universe is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Sons of Anarchy, Kong of Skull Island, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape from New York, and Planet of the Apes.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Portlandia, MST3K, Harmontown & Stan Against Evil Among First Wave Of Panels for ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival


ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival, the groundbreaking first of its kind event that will combine chart-topping musicians, renowned comedians, makers, and some of the most influential people in the entertainment industry, together in one place for a once-in-a-lifetime weekend experience, has announced its first wave of panels, which include famed shows Portlandia, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Harmontown, and Stan Against Evil. A second announcement will be released soon, revealing even more exciting panels and guests. Created and hosted by Chris Hardwick, ID10T (pronounced I-D-ten-T) will take over the Shoreline Amphitheatre and surrounding grounds in Mountain View, CA on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th.   

Confirmed show panels and guests are as follows:   

Portlandia, featuring guests Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, moderated by Chris Hardwick.   



IFC’s Emmy-nominated comedy Portlandia is currently in production for its eighth and final season. Created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, Portlandia explores the eccentric misfits who embody the foibles of modern culture, starring Armisen and Brownstein. The series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.

Mystery Science Theater 3000, featuring guests Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson, moderated by Wil Wheaton.   



For almost 30 years, the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, created by Joel Hodgson, has been known as one of the best cult TV shows of all time. Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, fourteen brand-new episodes of the cult television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 launched on April 14, 2017, exclusively on Netflix. In the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K) Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and her loyal henchman, Max (Patton Oswalt), have revived the infamous experiment started by Kinga’s father twenty-nine years earlier: How many cheesy movies does it take to drive a person mad? In this latest reiteration of the show, her test subject is Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray), a space pilot for Gizmonic Institute who gets trapped responding to a distress call from the dark side of the moon. Confined aboard the Satellite of Love, Jonah lives with his robot friends, Gypsy (voiced by Rebecca Hanson), Tom Servo (voiced by Baron Vaughn), and Crow T. Robot (voiced by Hampton Yount). Confronted with Kinga’s choices in torturous films, Jonah and the bots band together to ward off lunacy by continuously riffing on the movies in rapid-fire succession.

Harmontown, featuring guests Dan Harmon, Jeff B. Davis, and Spencer Crittenden.   



Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty) alongside “comptroller” Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway), and game master Spencer Crittenden (HarmonQuest) will bring his wildly popular podcast “Harmontown” to the festival - LIVE. Expect ineffectual rants, raps, shameful stories and special guests. Dan Harmon is the Emmy® winning creator/executive producer of the comedy series Community as well as the co-creator/executive producer of Adult Swim’s Rick & Morty.

Stan Against Evil, featuring guests John C McGinley, Janet Varney, and Dana Gould.   



IFC’s original horror comedy series Stan Against Evil is currently in production for its second season. Created, written and executive produced by Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation), Stan Against Evil stars John C. McGinley (Scrubs) and Janet Varney (You’re the Worst). Stan Against Evil follows Stan Miller (McGinley), a perpetually disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town who was forced into retirement. Stan has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie Barret (Varney), the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town, but they form an unlikely alliance when both begin to realize things are not quite right in their quaint New England town. Together, they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting the town, which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning.

Information on tickets, pricing, VIP packages, and more is available at www.ID10TFest.com. ID10T boasts a massive festival area directly adjacent to the amphitheatre’s music stage.  All tickets including festival general admission, reserved seating and VIP have free roaming access to the festival area, which includes the Mad Decent Dance/Cosplay Tent, Monster Energy Comedy Tent, and full exhibitor village. Kids 10 and under are free with accompanying paid adult admission.   



Each day, pop culture enthusiasts will have the opportunity to roam exhibitor booths, meet comic book artists, and catch their favorite TV and movie casts on back-to-back panels and podcasts, including a special live taping of Hardwick’s own Nerdist Podcast. In the evening, the grounds will transition into a music and comedy hall for live performances from some of today’s top artists and comedians. With panels from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., comedy from 4:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m., and music from 4:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m., attendees can expect a full day packed with entertainment, all in an outdoor setting.   

The festival will also host a juried cosplay contest. Details on entry, prizes, and more will be announced soon, but interested participants can click here for a taste of what to expect: https://www.facebook.com/id10tfest/videos/1263934146994137/  

Musical, comedy, and comic talent is as follows:   

The Shoreline Amphitheatre Main Stage will feature a diverse musical lineup with performances by Weezer, Girl Talk, Lord Huron, Crystal Castles, TV On The Radio, OK Go, Animal Collective, Car Seat Headrest, The Mowgli’s, Robert DeLong, Mothers, Ron Gallo, and Tank And The Bangas.   

The Mad Decent Dance/Cosplay Tent will feature some of today’s premier DJs and electronic music acts with performances by Madeon, Zeds Dead, Jai Wolf, TroyBoi, Gryffin, Party Favor, Ape Drums, 4B, and Wax Motif. The tent will also host nightly cosplay contests.   

The Monster Energy Comedy Tent will feature sets by some of today’s most entertaining comedians in an intimate, club-like setting. Hosted by April Richardson, performers will include Demetri Martin, Michael Che, Nikki Glaser, Garfunkel and Oates, Michael Ian Black, Brian Posehn, Greg Proops, Brent Weinbach, Hampton Yount, Matt Braunger, Dan Mintz, Marcella Arguello, Jonah Ray, Mike Phirman, and Yassir Lester.   

Participating comic companies include Skybound, Valiant, Oni, Boom! Studios, Top Shelf, AfterShock, Insight Editions, Aspen, and HowToons.   

Comic artists include Andre Parks (Green Arrow, Ciudad), Andrew Robinson (The Fifth Beatle, Superman: Red Son), Andy Belanger (Southern Cross, SwampThing), Babs Tarr (Batgirl of Burnside, Motor Crush), Becky Cloonan (Southern Cross, Punisher), Brent Schoonover (Howling Commandos Of Shield, Antman), Cameron Stewart (Fight Club 2, Batgirl), Chris Burnham (Batman Incorporated, Officer Downe), Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman, WWE), Donny Cates (God Country, Redneck), Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War, The Wrenchies), Gary Brown (Black Road, Catwoman), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy), Ivan Brandon (Drifter, Black Cloud), Jai Nitz (Suicide Squad’s El Diablo, Dream Thief), Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone, Abe Sapien-The Drowning), Justin Greenwood (The Fuse, Stumptown), Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, Aphrodite IX), Matt Wilson (Batman & Robin, Joker), Mike Costa (Venom, Lucifer [FOX TV]), Morgan Breem (The Family Trade, Valor: East of the Sun & West of the Moon), Ngozi Ukaza (Check, Please!), Nick Dragotta (East of West, Howtoons), Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Green Arrow), Phil Noto (Black Widow, Star Wars), Ramon Villalbos (Nighthawk, E is for Extinction), Rick Remender (Deadly Class, Fear Agent), Robert Wilson IV (Heartthrob, Bitch Planet), Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Luke Cage Noir), Van Jensen (The Flash, Cryptocracy), and Wes Craig (Deadly Class, Guardians of the Galaxy).   



ID10T is produced by Live Nation and Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE).   

ID10T is proud to partner with the following sponsors in its inaugural year: SiriusXM, Monster Energy Drink, hosting the ID10T Comedy Stage, Toyota, the exclusive automotive partner, Snickers, Krave Jerky, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Musicians Institute, Lyft, and many more.   

For more information on ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival, please visit: 

http://www.ID10TFest.com 

http://www.facebook.com/id10tfest 

http://www.twitter.com/id10tfest 

http://www.instagram.com/id10tfest  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con and Convention Tips for Newbies


Con season is officially in full swing and coming up on June 23-25 2017 is Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con at the Las Vegas Convention Center! The guest list is brimming with creators and celebrities and is looking to be one of the seasons biggies. For those attending any convention that means saving all your pennies for all of those must-have collectibles, putting the finishing touches on your costumes, and planning, planning, planning. If you're flying in from out of town be sure to check out these Las Vegas vacation deals.

Being fully prepared is nothing new for those who have been navigating their way through convention halls for years. But for every seasoned pro, there are a ton of fans that are attending a convention for the very first time. Below is a list of tips for the newbie that wants to go in prepared and ready to get the most out of their first con.



- Bring along plenty of snacks and water! If you plan on being there all day, at some point you'll break for lunch and/or dinner, but in between you may be standing in long lines waiting for that photo-op/autograph or panel. You don't want to find yourself without something to munch on if your stomach starts growling and you definitely want to keep hydrated when running from panel to panel. We love to carry beef jerky, trail mix, candy, and water for a quick pick-me-up!

- Carry a comfortable bag/backpack. If you plan on purchasing anything during the convention you'll definitely want something to carry it all in. I don't know how many times I've told myself I wasn't going to buy too many souvenirs but ended up with a statue, some comics, and a figure or two. Luckily, I always bring a backpack and a reusable tote just in case.

- Make a little bag with safety pins, tape, make-up, and a marker. If you're attending in costume, you may find these to be a lifesaver. If your costume is homemade, sometimes a prop needs fixing, costumes rip, or your make-up needs a touch-up. Having a little emergency kit at the ready is always just good planning. 



- Budget, budget, budget. Make sure you have a clear idea of how much you have to spend. There are a lot of vendors and artists with tons of cool stuff and you'll want to take it all home. It's easy to spend all of your cash right away and see something else you'd rather have later on in the day. I like to walk all of the vendor booths first and then work my way through a second time and purchase only those things that I really want.

- Wear comfortable clothes! If you're not attending in costume then I highly suggest comfort above all else. You may sometimes be in cramped quarters and constantly moving through large crowds. It can sometimes be a little stifling and you'll want to stay cool and comfortable as much as possible. Shorts/lightweight pants, a t-shirt, hat and extremely comfy shoes are always part of my wardrobe at any con if I'm not in costume. I'll also throw a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt in my bag if I'm planning on staying all day.



- Designate a meeting spot. If you're attending with a group make sure to have an easy to find place to meet up if you get separated. Some convention centers have bad reception, so you can't always rely on cell phones to keep in touch. Having a designated meeting place puts everyone on the same page and makes things that much safer for your group.

- Make sure you have a plan! Timing is everything when attending a convention. You'll want to map out all of the panels you want to attend and make sure you have enough time for any photos/autographs you want to obtain. You don't want to miss out on something because you got overwhelmed by not setting aside enough time to do everything that you wanted.





Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Comet TV May Prize Pack


May has blasted off and we have an out of this world giveaway for you! Ray Harryhausen, who we all know pioneered stop motion and visual effects for such films as Jason and the Argonauts, The 3 Worlds of Gulliver and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, is being honored by Comet TV this month! 

In case you couldn't tell, we're pretty big fans of old school movie monsters here at COMET, and no one was more important when it came to making those famous beasts come to life than special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen. Catch four of his classic films airing this month.  

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)  
Friday May 12 at 4P/3C  
Monday May 22 at 6P/5C  

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)  
Saturday May 27 at 10P/9C  

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)  
Friday May 26 at 10P/9C  

Jason and The Argonauts (1963)  
Friday May 12 at 6P/5C  
Tuesday May 23 at 6P/5C  

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Jim Henson. George Lucas. David Bowie. When these three legends got together in 1986, an all-time cult favorite was born. We are, of course, talking about the nightmare-inducing puppet-filled 80's fantasy masterpiece known as Labyrinth. It's one of those rare films that seems to get better each time you watch it.  

Labyrinth (1986)  
Friday May 12 at 8P/7C  
Saturday May 13 at 8P/7C  
Thursday May 18 at 6P/5C  
Sunday May 28 at 6P/5C  

The Bride (1985)  
Friday May 19 at 8P/7C  
Saturday May 20 at 8P/7C  
Sunday May 28 at 4P/3C  

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)  
Friday May 26 at 8P/7C  
Saturday May 27 at 8P/7C  
Wednesday May 31 at 6P/5C  

Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)  
Saturday May 13 at 2P/1C  
Thursday May 18 at MIDNIGHT/11C  

Troll (1986)  
Monday May 8 at 8/7C  
Sunday May 21 at 2P/1C  

Troll 2 (1991)  
Saturday May 13 at 4P/3C  
Monday May 15 at 6P/5C



We thought this was the perfect time to create the ultimate COMET TV May Prize Pack! We've custom designed a limited edition T-Shirt that you can only get via this promotion!

There's all kinds of awesomeness in this set!  

The Collector's Set includes:  

1 - Limited Edition Ray Harryhausen custom designed T-Shirt: The God's Want Their Entertainment! And So do Comet TV Fans! Show your love of classic Sci-Fi with this Limited Edition T-Shirt you can only get through this promotion!  

10 - Skeleton Warrior Mini Figures: The perfect way to plan your own battle is with these skeleton warrior figures. Perfect for your desk, coffee table or as an heirloom to pass down from generation to generation!  

2 - Packs of Candy Bones: After you vanquished your skeleton foes, celebrate with these sweet treats!  

1 - Comet TV "Space Out" Fridge Magnet: This fridge is rated "S" for Spacey! Show your Comet TV love and love of Sci-Fi with this custom magnet. Only the cool kids have them!  

1 - Comet TV "Space Out" Sticker: These are Spacey Times. Show your Comet TV love by sporting this awesome sticker. Great for notebooks, bumpers, to put on people's backs, you know, the usual!

There are 3 ways to enter:

- Let us know which Ray Harryhausen film is your favorite via Email (geekhashblog@gmail.com), Twitter (@monkeyjedi), or by commenting below!

- Follow us on Instagram (@popgeekery) or Twitter (@monkeyjedi) and let us know when you do.

- Check out COMET and let us know what you think!

Contest starts May 17th and ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 31st, 2017.

Once a winner has been chosen, they will be notified via Email and will then have 24 hours to respond. If there is no response, an alternate winner will be chosen.

*Each household is only eligible to win one Ray Harryhausen Collector Set via blog reviews and giveaways. If you have one the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

**COMET is sponsoring this giveaway and will be shipping prize to the winner. NO P.O. boxes. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Unboxing April's Loot Crate: Investigate


Loot Crate's theme for the month of April, "Investigate", brings together some of our most celebrated sleuths. Items from The X-Files, Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, and Batman could all be uncovered in the latest crate. Overall, the latest box was pretty awesome, but I think they missed an opportunity by excluding the greatest detective of all time- Sherlock Holmes. Anything from the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have been an awesome addition to the box.

The first item inside is a Batman color-changing mug. Fill the mug with any hot beverage to reveal the bat signal, shining over Gotham City. I didn't necessarily need another mug, but this one is pretty darn cool.



Next up were the monthly T-shirt and pin. The shirt is an homage to the cover of Uncanny X-Men #134. It features characters from Netflix's Stranger Things taking the place of Marvel's mutants on this exclusive tee. The pin, a mini-tape recorder, also comes with digital downloads of two X-Files and two Metropolis comics!

The final items come from X-Files and Marvel's Jessica Jones. Looter's received an exclusive set of four X-Files pencils and a sharpener. The last item, from Jessica Jones, is hands down the best item in the box. The Exclusive Jessica Jones figure joins the growing line of previous Q-Figs from past crates which included Batman and Deadpool amongst others.



In April's crate:

-Stranger Things T-shirt (Netflix, Loot Crate)
-Batman Color-Changing Mug (DC Comics, Zak! Designs)
-Mini-Tape Recorder Pin (Loot Crate)
-X-Files Digital Comics (Comixology, IDW)
-Metropolis (Comixology, Delcourt)
-X-Files Pencil and Sharpener Set (20th Century Fox, A Crowded Coop)
-Jessica Jones Q-Fig (Marvel, QMx)













Saturday, May 13, 2017

New Images and Trailer for Stephen King's The Dark Tower


There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world's most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen.  The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

First-Ever ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival Created and Hosted By Comedian Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick

ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival will take over the Shoreline Amphitheatre and surrounding grounds in Mountain View, CA on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th. Created and hosted by Chris Hardwick, one of the most recognizable faces in pop culture fandom and one of today's top touring standup comedians, ID10T (pronounced I-D-ten-T) will combine chart-topping musicians, renowned comedians, makers, and some of the most influential people in the entertainment industry, together in one place for a once-in-a-lifetime weekend experience.



The two-day groundbreaking event will feature all of the best components of a music festival, plus the addition of comedy, comic book fandom, and entertainment, all in an outdoor setting. Each day, pop culture enthusiasts will have the opportunity to roam exhibitor booths, meet comic book artists, and catch their favorite TV and movie casts on back-to-back panels and podcasts, including a special live taping of Hardwick's own Nerdist Podcast. In the evening, the grounds will transition into a music and comedy hall for live performances from some of today's top artists and comedians. Hardwick will be onsite to host the event, moderate the main panels, and introduce select bands and comedy performers.

Information on tickets, pricing, VIP packages, and more is available at www.ID10TFest.com. ID10T boasts a massive festival area directly adjacent to the amphitheatre's music stage. All tickets including festival general admission, reserved seating and VIP have free roaming access to the festival area, which includes the Mad Decent Dance/Cosplay Tent, Monster Energy Comedy Tent, and full exhibitor village.  
Weezer

Festival General Admission Tickets start at $65.00, Amphitheatre Main Stage Reserved Seating Tickets start at $77.50, and Weekend Passes start at $99.00.


Brian Posehn