Monday, February 20, 2017

Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz Launch New Original Series with BOOM! Box

BOOM! Studios is proud to announce MISFIT CITY, an all-new monthly comic book series from screenwriter Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith (”Legally Blonde,” “10 Things I Hate About You”) and Kurt Lustgarten, along with artist Naomi Franquiz, debuting in May 2017 from the groundbreaking BOOM! Box imprint.  

Nothing’s happened in Wilder’s hometown since they filmed that cult kids’ adventure movie there in the ’80s…but that’s ancient history. Until one day, she and her friends come upon a centuries-old treasure map drawn by the infamous pirate Black Mary…and they find themselves on a real-life adventure in the town they dreamed of escaping.  

"Much like our heroines, I grew up in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, yearning to have a life-changing experience,” says Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith.  

“Everyone wishes their town harbored a deep dark secret, and for the girls of Cannon Cove, it does,” adds co-creator Kurt Lustgarten, who also spoke about the particular tone of the book. “We wanted to evoke the feel of every great 1980s kids classic adventure movie with a riot grrrl twist."  

“We’re telling a treasure hunting story through a unique female lens,” says Kiwi Smith.  "Girls need their version of The Goonies—and with Misfit City, we’re giving it to them."  

"Other than the guaranteed shenanigans I'm excited to draw in Misfit City, I mostly look forward to drawing a diverse and body-positive cast of characters that I hope young readers can really see themselves in. Plus, all faces of the cutest dog ever, Pippin!" remarks Franquiz. "Out of our main characters, I relate to Wilder most. I'm from a small-town city with a population that fluctuates every football season, so the urge to escape and do more is strong. I love her ambition and drive, and I think the internal conflict she's setting herself up for is something I see reflected in many people (including myself)."  

Misfit City #1 will feature a main cover by Franquiz, along with a variant cover by Ester Zejn and a treasure map variant by Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce, Another Castle).  

This series is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed BOOM! Box imprint, home to popular original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh; SLAM! by Pamela Ribon and Veronica Fish; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.  

“Kiwi’s work has been a huge creative influence on me, and a massive influence on BOOM! Box,” says Shannon Watters, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “We’re so pleased to be shepherding this awesome team’s first comic book project!”

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Tales Children's Book from BOOM! Studios Announced

BOOM! Studios and The Jim Henson Company are proud to announce JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL TALES, a new children’s book set for release this summer by acclaimed writer and artist Cory Godbey (Have Courage, Be Kind: The Tale of Cinderella). The publication is a follow-up to last fall’s best-selling JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH TALES, also written and illustrated by Godbey.   

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales delves deep into the Skeksis-ruled land of Thra in this beautiful look at some of Jim Henson and Brian Froud’s finest creations from the beloved cult-classic film The Dark Crystal. In one tale, when a little bird is hurt in a Skeksis net, Jen takes it to the Mystics for healing and learns how every act of kindness grows like ripples in a lake.   

“The themes woven within The Dark Crystal have never been more important for children or the parents of those children to hear,” said Godbey. “As the UrSkek tells Jen, ‘...we all are a part of each other.’ For this book, my goal was to create three stories which reflect those ideas and honor the tone of Jim Henson's original, groundbreaking film. These stories explore how a single act can ripple outward and how you can never know who it will touch or who it might help.”   

“Cory Godbey brings tremendous beauty to Jim Henson’s visionary creations as seen in the bestselling Labyrinth Tales. We were eager to work with Cory again and witness his take on the colorful, rich world of The Dark Crystal,” said Editor Sierra Hahn. “What new chapters await young Jen and Kira long before their fateful meeting? Cory’s genius is in full effect in the delightfully spun The Dark Crystal Tales.”   

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, home to an acclaimed line of ambitious and award-winning graphic novels, including Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Rust by Royden Lepp; Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, and Ramón K. Pérez; The Realist by Asaf Hanuka; and Hacktivist by Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Marcus To.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Unboxing January's Loot Crate: Origins

Loot Crate took us back in time last month. All the way back to our geeky "Origins." They packed this box with some of the most awesome items we've ever received! If I had only one complaint, it'd be the lack of a Spider-Man item, because one could always use another Spidey item. But seriously, this crate was worth every penny!

They gave the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles A LOT of love in this month's box. We got not one, not two, but THREE Turtles items! First up was an exclusive TMNT Tiki Muglet. There were five different mini-mug's available (Mikey, Donnie, Leo, Raph, and Shredder) and Looter's got one random mug in their crate; I got Raphael (my favorite Turtle!). Next up was an exclusive TMNT logo pin, which is hands down the best pin Loot Crate has made so far. Finally, we got a code to download TMNT #'s 1-5 via Comixology from IDW. That's a lotta Turtles stuff, and I'm not complaining about it.

The next item was probably the coolest one in the box: a 1:6 scale metal replica of Captain America's 1940's shield from "The First Avenger." It comes with a stand and certificate of authenticity from
EFX Collectibles. The second coolest item in the box was definitely the monthly T-shirt featuring everyone's favorite plumber, Super Mario. The tees Loot Crate has been sending out lately have been awesome and are super high quality. This one was no exception.

Lastly, Superman was also a big part of this month's box (literally). We were treated to a reprint replica copy of Action Comics #1. It was printed on "the original newsprint stock with the original ads," and came with a certificate of authenticity. But that's not all! This month's box converts into a comic book holder featuring Superman. This was the most creative and useful box we've gotten so far. There was literally nothing that I wasn't impressed with this month. Can next month's theme, "Build" top it? I don't know, but I can't wait to find out.

Inside this month's crate:

- Exclusive Captain America Golden Age Shield (EFX Collectibles)
- Exclusive  Original "Jumpman" T-Shirt (Nintendo/Loot Crate)
- Exclusive TMNT Tiki Muglets (Nickelodeon/Beeline Creative, Inc.)
- Exclusive Action Comics #1 Reprint (DC Comics)
- TMNT Pin (Loot Crate)
- TMNT #'s 1-5 (IDW/Comixology)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Take It On The Run With GODSHAPER #1 in April

BOOM! Studios is proud to announce Godshaper, an all-new monthly comic book series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and rising-star artist Jonas Goonface in April 2017 as two unlikely friends embark on the ultimate road trip to escape their past and shape their own futures.   

Discover a world where super-powered gods have replaced technology, and every human has a private, guardian-deity of their very own...though unfortunately for Ennay, some exceptions apply. Men and women like him are Shapers: born godless, but with the ability to mold and recalibrate the gods of others. Paired with Bud, a friendly deity without a human, they go on the road looking for food, shelter, and a paying gig. Despite their efforts to keep a low profile, Ennay and Bud stumble upon a mystery that will have lasting ramifications for god and man alike.   

“This is one of those sky-high concepts that hits like a bolt from the blue and won't let go: an alternate reality where worship has replaced technology and money,” explained Spurrier. “Drench it in an exhausted late-’50s aesthetic—all greaser quiffs and hotrod bullies—fill it with monsters and mobsters, get it drawn by literally the most exciting young newcomer in comics today...and away you go. Like all good genre fiction, Godshaper has the means to say a loooooot about our own world, and—sure—it's packed to the brim with tasty thematic platefuls of religion, greed, prejudice, consumerism, vanity, crime, war... It's all there. But at its big, throbbing heart this is a story about two super-likable outcasts on a surreal, scary, sexy, and utterly singular journey through a world which hates them.“   

Goonface added, “Look on in suspense and wonder as this odd couple of down-and-out hobo rascals hustle their way by hook or by crook across an unforgiving rockabilly America where capitalism is literally deified.”   
Godshaper #1 will feature a main cover by Goonface, along with a variant cover by Sonny Liew (Doctor Fate). This series is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to popular original series such as Klaus by Grant Morrison & Dan Mora; The Woods by James Tynion IV & Michael Dialynas; and Irredeemable by Mark Waid & Peter Krause.   

“From Six-Gun Gorilla to Cry Havoc to The Spire and beyond, Si has proven himself again and again to be one of the preeminent voices in our industry—and Jonas is about to join the ranks, making one of the biggest splashes of 2017,” said Eric Harburn, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “We’re thrilled with the work these two are creating, and are honored to be the home of a series that challenges both its creators and readers alike to strive for something bold, different, and weird.”

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Po-Zu and Star Wars to Release New Line of Eco-conscious Shoes

Po-Zu, is a shoe company that was started "from the back room of a little house in Islington, London" and makes shoes from naturally renewable resources. Their goal is to make eco-conscious shoes and they even, whenever possible, ship their shoes by seas in order to save "approximately 15 tons of C02 a year compared to airfreight." They also pay their workers a fair wage and donate a part of their sales to charities. If you want to learn more about their shoes and the ways they try to have a positive impact when other shoe company's do not, check out their website and support them if you can! 

With all of that, can Po-Zu possibly get any more awesome? It's hard, but yes, they can! They are set to release a line of Star Wars shoes later this year that I know you guys are going to love. They've recently revealed three shoes themed around the characters we all love from the Star Wars saga. There are three models; Chewie, Resistance, and Rey. The Resistance and Rey shoes are definitely on our wish list! Check them out below and keep an eye on their website for more info.

via Po-Zu:



This vegan high-top lace-up sneaker will be available from August for women’s, men’s and children; made in organic cotton with the symbol of the Rebel Alliance rubberized badge. Key features include a quilted rear hexagonal panel, removable memory-foam Foot-Mattress™ (allows orthotics placement) in latex and cork, a high-performance grip natural rubber sole, and a highly visible woven ‘Star Wars™|Po-Zu’ woven label on a padded tongue.


As the chilly winter winds sweep, prepare to be shod like a Wookiee with our forthcoming AW17 Star Wars Po-Zu boot. We are thrilled to launch this key model called Chewie, from our co-branded collection; a rather perfect complement to every Chewbacca outfit, or, possibly more snazzy with a pair of skinny jeans.

These Wookiee warrior boots will be available from August this year for women and children. They are vegan, made in faux fur, with a built-in shock-absorbing coconut fibre Foot-Mattress™, and a highly flexible natural latex sole.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Coming Soon From Smuggler's Bounty: Rebels!

Funko has revealed that their upcoming Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty will contain an exclusive Darth Maul POP! figure. The theme, "Star Wars Rebels" will be taking reservations until March 15th. Every box item included in the box is exclusive to Smuggler's Bounty. Each box includes a POP! figure, patch, pin, and other surprise items. Reserve yours now at Smuggler's Bounty.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Unboxing a Christmas Gift From Funko!

As followers here are well aware, I'm a HUGE fan of subscription boxes and Funko. When they started their own subscription box, Marvel Collector Corps, I couldn't subscribe fast enough! Since then, Funko has partnered with DC for Legion of Collectors, and Star Wars for their Smuggler's Bounty box. To give subscribers a chance to try out a subscription box they don't normally order, Funko gifted some of their loyal subscribers a free box for Christmas.

I was one of the fans lucky enough to receive one of those free boxes! Mine arrived at my door with a picture of Jabba on the top of the box. Before I even opened it, I knew what was inside. I was excited because I had seen others posting pictures of the contents on social media when the box was first released. Being a Star Wars fan, I was happy to get the exclusive R2-D2 POP! figure inside. Also in the box was an exclusive C-3PO hat, Jabba the Hutt mug, pin, patch, and a plush Boba Fett. It was awesome of Funko to do this for their fans and I appreciated the hell out of it. Thanks again, Funko!

Inside the box:

- Gamorrean Guard Pin
- Leia Boushh Pin
- Jabba the Hutt POP! Mug
- R2-D2 POP! Figure
- C-3PO Hat
- Boba Fett Plush