Friday, January 24, 2020

TOP GUN: MAVERICK Trailer


After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”  

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

DIRECTED BY Joseph Kosinski    

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY Tommy Harper, Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger   

PRODUCED BY Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison   

BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY Jim Cash & Jack Epps, Jr.   

WRITTEN BY Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie  

STARRING Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis with Ed Harris

Monday, January 20, 2020

Step into an Afro-Futurist Adventure with All New Original Graphic Novel KUDZU: HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN from BOOM! Studios


BOOM! Studios announced today KUDZU: HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN, a brand new original graphic novel from cartoonist Dustin Bolton, presents a stunning new vision of sci-fi and fantasy fused together in an unforgettable story about discovering your future by first understanding your past.  

Years after a worldwide ecological disaster, a young boy named Kudzu uncovers his family history...which is tied to the terrible event that destroyed the world! But as he learns the truth, Kudzu is drawn into a clash of worlds that threatens all of mankind, but may also be the key to giving the planet a new start.  

Dustin Alexander Bolton is an artist and writer from Memphis, TN. Bolton earned his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Animation from Rhode Island School of Design before beginning his professional career in Atlanta, GA.  He forged his early career as an animator on several popular Adult Swim shows, including Harvey Birdman. Bolton's professional roles have since evolved through various advertising roles for major brands, including Disney, Warner Media, and AT&T.  His debut graphic novel emerges from the high tech-fantasy in 80's pop culture and sci-fi films, the magical worlds crafted by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki, and the rich cultural heritage of African American families across the American south. 

"I'm so excited to unveil the world of KUDZU with its mythic beasts, rusty mechs, and caverns full of a mysterious power called tama,"said cartoonist, Dustin Bolton. “I also can’t wait for everyone to meet Kudzu, the boy who bonds with an ancient power to save his fragile homeland from the grips of a tyrant, and ultimately discovers the power that lies within himself.  

KUDZU: HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN 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,  Hotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre, and Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard and Kelly & Nichole Matthews.

“This is a truly excellent graphic novel for fans of adventure, science fiction, fantasy, and crazy heroics—so, a little bit of everything for everyone.”said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Dustin takes us on an adventure that spans across a magical world full of new discoveries, as well as new dangers, as young Kudzu and his friends set off to save the world.”  

Print copies of KUDZU: HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN will be available for sale in August 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 Madefire. 



Thursday, January 16, 2020

Unboxing- GameStop Black Friday Marvel Mystery Box


As much as I love Marvel, I decided to initially pass on GameStop's Black Friday Marvel Mystery Box. Mainly because I'm trying to be more selective and less impulsive with my Funko purchases (that's how I ended up with hundreds of them!). But when they had their "Deal of the Day" leading up to Christmas and dropped them to $10.00, I couldn't refuse. Luckily for my wallet, they only had one box left at the GameStop I went to, and I grabbed it and went straight to the counter without looking at anything else.

I opened the box and the first thing my eye went to was the Groot (Gamer) sticker sitting on top. I am not a fan of the Funko stickers in the mystery boxes we've been getting ever since they started offering the Collector Corps subs on Amazon. They feel cheap and lazy compared to the patches and pins we used to get. 



The next thing my eye went to was the "Chase" sticker on the Groot (Gamer) POP! I've found chases on the shelf before, but I've never scored on in a mystery box. Being a Spider-Man fan, I'd have preferred the Miles Morales chase, but I'm not gonna complain! A chase in a $10.00 box? Yes, please! Plus, it's Groot. As a gamer. Who doesn't love Groot?

The next item I pulled out of the box was a Groot (Gamer) keychain. I have a pretty decent sized collection of Funko keychains, even though I really don't use any of them. But they're fun to collect, and this one is pretty awesome. 

Next up was a big surprise. We actually got a pin in the mystery box! I love the Funko pins, and this Guardians of the Galaxy one is gonna look nice on the old jacket!

Finally, I got an exclusive Deadpool (Gamer) Pez dispenser. I only have one other Funko Pez dispenser (the Box Lunch exclusive Deadpool). So this one is gonna go right next to that one on the shelf.

Overall, this was a solid Black Friday box from GameStop. Last years, which was Disney afternoon-themed, was kind of a disappointment for me. I bought one and ended up giving it away. In fact, I don't even remember what was in it. I'm very tempted to pick up at least one other Black Friday box (even at full price) and trying my luck. Really want that Spider-Man! 



Inside the GameStop Black Friday Marvel Mystery Box:

-Groot (Gamer) Chase Funko POP! Figure
-Groot (Gamer) Sticker
-Groot (Gamer) Keychain
-Deadpool (Gamer) Pez Dispenser
-Guardians of the Galaxy Pin










Monday, January 13, 2020

John Allison and Max Sarin Announce WICKED THINGS with BOOM! Studios in 2020


BOOM! Studios is proud to announce  WICKED THINGS, reuniting the Eisner Award-winning team, writer John Allison (Steeple, Bad Machinery), artist Max Sarin, colorist Whitney Cogar, and letterer Jim Campbell for a new original six-issue series about everyone’s favorite young detective from the world of Giant Days: Charlotte Grote.  

Nineteen year old Charlotte “Lottie” Grote has her whole life ahead of her; headed straight to university and a future as a real detective—until she’s framed for murder! Given the choice between going to jail basically forever or joining the police, Lottie decides to hit the beat, all while trying to find the real murderer. Lottie may have been running rings about the police since her 9th birthday, but she’s never been on this side of the security tape. Could the future of law enforcement be 5’2” with an extremely strong bangs game? Yes. Very yes.

Based in Letchworth Garden City, UK, John Allison is the creator of the comic series Giant Days, By Night, and Steeple, and of the all-ages book series Bad Machinery. In addition, he created the webcomics Bobbins and Scary Go Round, with his work appearing online since 1998. He was one of the first comic artists to build a daily following exclusively on the internet.   

John's various comics have been nominated for Eisner Awards every year from 2016-2019, and in 2018 he won the Best Long-Form Online Comic award from the US National Cartoonists’ Society. Giant Days has sold almost half a million copies worldwide, won Eisner Awards for Best Continuing Series and Best Humor Publication, and is currently being published in seven foreign language editions.

“WICKED THINGS is a tale I’ve been waiting years to tell—the story of what happens when a precocious teen detective ages out of their division overnight. Lottie Grote is the crown jewel of my little comics universe, and I don’t think she could be in safer artistic hands than Max Sarin, whose work gets better every month.” said writer John Allison. “I’m delighted the GIANT DAYS team is back together so soon.”  

Max Sarin is the National Cartoonist Award-winning comic book artist and illustrator from Finland who is known for their work on the Eisner Award-winning series Giant Days with creator John Allison.  

"From Slice of Life to Slice of Crime! Some WICKED THINGS are coming our way!" said artist Max Sarin.

WICKED THINGS 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; Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueva; b.b. free by Gabby Rivera and Royal Dunlap; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.   

“Sarah Grote’s little sister Lottie is all grown up, and now she’s a crime fighting teen who’s admittedly still running blindly into situations and getting into trouble. We meet her now as John and Max throw her right from the frying pan into the fire and the trouble Lottie gets into comes with a capital ‘T’,” said Shannon Watters, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “If you’re a fan of Giant Days, murder, mystery, mayhem—or all of the above—do yourself a favor and dive right in!” 

Print copies of WICKED THINGS #1 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 Madefire.









Thursday, January 9, 2020

BOOM! Studios Announces Black and White Limited Edition of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1


BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. and in partnership with IDW and Nickelodeon, announced today the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 BLACK AND WHITE LIMITED EDITION, a brand new black & white edition of the acclaimed limited series debut written by Ryan Parrott (Power Rangers: Necessary Evil), illustrated by Simone di Meo (Venom Annual), and lettered by Ed Dukeshire (The Red Mother).  

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 BLACK AND WHITE LIMITED EDITION features a black and white variant of Dan Mora’s main cover art and Simone di Meo’s stunning original line art laid out in contrasting shades of black and white, available exclusively in select comic book stores on January 29, 2020. Fans should inquire with their local comic store for details on availability.

The Power Rangers arrive in New York City to find Tommy Oliver - AKA The Mighty Morphin Green Ranger - but soon discover he's joined forces with the villainous Shredder and the Foot Clan! As the Rangers are sent reeling by this betrayal, they're confronted by another (fr)enemy - the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Can these heroes find a way to work together to defeat the bad guys and save the world from total destruction?!  

“The enthusiasm and support for this series has been so overwhelming that we decided to commemorate it with a unique item to celebrate the launch," said Filip Sablik, President, Sales and Marketing, BOOM! Studios. “When you pick up this exclusive and limited black and white edition, which harkens back to the black and white indie explosion of the Eighties that birthed TMNT, you’ll get an unfiltered view of Simone di Meo’s incredible action and dynamic art! It’s a truly one-of-a-kind experience for fans and something we’ve never done before.”

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; and Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.  

Print copies of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 FIRST PRINTING is available for sale now exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

Softcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, SABAN’S GO GO POWER RANGERS, and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios, including original graphic novels such as the upcoming Saban’s Power Rangers: The Psycho Path, are available everywhere books are sold.   

IDW's extensive library of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graphic novels – new stories tied into the Rise of the TMNT cartoon, remastered Eastman & Laird classics, IDW's critically-acclaimed ongoing saga (now approaching its landmark 100th issue and available as the TMNT: The IDW Collection), and more – are available now at comic book shops and booksellers everywhere.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

McFarlane Toys and Warner Bros. Consumer Products Launch New Merchandise Celebrating DC's Multiverse


McFarlane Toys, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and DC, today revealed images and details of the highly anticipated new DC Multiverse collector figure line by McFarlane Toys, available in both mass and specialty retailers beginning January 2020.   

The new DC Multiverse collector line features incredibly detailed 7-inch figures designed with an impressive 22 points of articulation. Each figure comes with a collectable card that has character-specific art and biography, multiple accessories, and a display base. MSRP is $19.99 to $24.99 USD for each figure.  



"McFarlane Toys has kept the DC Multiverse action figure line-up and images top-secret, but today I'm thrilled to show fans, collectors and big kids, like me, the incredible range of DC Super Hero and Super-Villain character designs that our team has created just for them to bring home," said Todd McFarlane, Creative Force and CEO of McFarlane Toys. 

The first wave of figures includes:   





Batman: Detective Comics #1000 
*Batman figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books 
*Batman accessories include Grapnel Launcher and Batarang   

Batman: Detective Comics #1000 Variant Chase 
*Batman figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books 
*Batman accessories include Grapnel Launcher and Batarang 
*Showcases a different chest emblem as homage to the Classic Batman   





Superman: Action Comics #1000 
*Superman figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books 
*Superman accessory includes a flight stand for 360-degree aerial figure posing   









Batgirl: Art of the Crime 
*Part of a 3-figure collector set -Batgirl, Nightwing, and The Batman Who Laughs - that includes a piece of a buildable Batmobile featured in the DC Rebirth comic books.  Each figure sold separately.  
*Batgirl figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books 
*Batgirl accessories include Grapnel Launcher and Batarang 
*The Build-A-Batmobile features rolling wheels and is 7 inches in length when fully assembled   





Nightwing: Better Than Batman  
*Part of a 3-figure collector set - Batgirl, Nightwing, and The Batman Who Laughs - that includes a piece of a buildable Batmobile featured in the DC Rebirth comic books.  Each figure sold separately.  
*Nightwing figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books 
*Nightwing accessories include two Escrima sticks 
*The Build-A-Batmobile features rolling wheels and is 7 inches in length when fully assembled   





The Batman Who Laughs 
*Part of a 3-figure collector set - Batgirl, Nightwing, and The Batman Who Laughs each includes a piece of a buildable Batmobile featured in the DC Rebirth comic books.  Each figure sold separately.  
*The Batman Who Laughs figure is based on the DC comic book series Dark Nights: Metal 
*The Batman Who Laughs accessories include a Knife and a Sickle 
*The Build-A-Batmobile features rolling wheels and is 7 inches in length when fully assembled   





Batman: Batman the Animated Series 
*Batman figure is based on the iconic style of Batman the Animated Series 
*Batman's accessories include a Grapnel Launcher and Batarang   





Superman: Superman the Animated Series 
*Superman figure is based on the iconic style of Superman the Animated Series 
*Superman's accessories include a piece of bent steel 
Includes bonus pair of alternate fists   





Green Lantern: Justice League 
*Green Lantern figure is based on the iconic style of Justice League Animated Series 
*Green Lantern's accessories include a Lantern Willpower Projection Blaster, headset, and visor   





Harley Quinn: Classic 
*Harley Quinn figure is based on the DC Rebirth comic books 
*Harley Quinn's accessories include a Mallet and (Gag) Bang! Blaster   





Green Arrow: Arrow 
*Green Arrow figure is based on The CW TV series Arrow *Green Arrow's accessories include a bow with knocked arrow and quiver with bundled arrows    





Superman: Unchained 
*Armor Superman Unchained figure is based on the DC comic book series of the same name 
*Superman features rotating posable wings that can extend the figure height to 9 inches tall and 10 inches wide (some assembly required)   





Batman: Hellbat Suit 
*Batman (Hellbat Suit) figure is based on the DC comic book series Batman and Robin 
*Batman (Hellbat Suit) features articulated posable wings that can extend the figure height to 9 inches tall and 14 inches wide (some assembly required)   





Bat-Raptor 
*Incredibly detailed vehicle based on The Batman Who Laughs' Batmobile from the DC comic book mini-series The Batman Who Laughs 
*Designed to fit a 7-inch scale DC Multiverse figure 8-inch width, and has a telescoping front end to extend vehicle to full 12-inch length   
*Features rolling wheels   

The first wave of McFarlane Toys' DC Multiverse launches with pre-orders at retailers around the globe. The DC Multiverse collector figures and related toys will be available at major retail locations beginning in January 2020 including Walmart, Target, Amazon, GameStop, BestBuy, and Walgreens.       
Fans of both McFarlane Toys and DC can check www.mcfarlane.com and the McFarlane Toys social media channels for updates and news, www.mcfarlane.com; www.instagram.com/mcfarlane_toys_official; and www.facebook.com/mcfarlanetoys

Thursday, January 2, 2020

BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC - First Look Images


The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William "Bill" S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore "Ted" Logan (Keanu Reeves). Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends — to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe.

Bill & Ted Face the Music is directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), from a screenplay by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey) - and produced by Scott Kroopf, Alex Lebovici, and Steve Ponce.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi), Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor, Beck Bennett, William Sadler, Hal Landon Jr. and Amy Stoch 

Directed by: Dean Parisot 

Produced by: Scott Kroopf, Alex Lebovici, Steve Ponce

Release Date: August 21, 2020