Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Geek Hash Interview: Steven Foundling, Co-creator of Frown Town

Do you like puppets? Have you been down to Frown Town? We discovered Frown Town at this years APE in San Francisco. The show is described as, "a puppet show about children but most definitely not for them." The all-puppet cast include brothers James and Phauntleroy Rumsey, Orley Dresden, Geer Karabekian, Judy Swinehopper, Pabst Tecate, Chip McFavorite, Chip Doogan and "Patches" Kitestring.

We got to ask co-creator Steven Foundling a few questions about bringing the denizens of Frown Town to life.

Geek Hash: Tell us about the warped minds behind this awesome project.

Steven Foundling: When scientists have babies (our parents are all scientists) those babies turn out a bit off, not like full blown Asperger's off, just ravenously obsessive when it comes to collecting and collating intel. For our parents it was microorganisms and fish, they sought to know the world and improve it through research and development. For us, it's art and culture, we seek to escape the world and build our own, albeit an imaginary one made of felt and broken dreams.

GH: It took quite a while to get this project from idea to the hilarious first episode, "Are You My Boy." Can you walk us through what it took to get Frown Town realized.
James at APE 2012 in San Francisco

SF: In the beginning we were under the project's thrall. It became the object of our obsession and where our minds naturally went. But with projects - as with real human relationships and normal people interests - the enthusiasm and excitement wears off and then it becomes a slog, as much a chore as a recreation. That's when it gets hard. But most things worth doing are hard. Really nearly impossible if you're doing them right. The biggest set back was when we ended up on opposite sides of the country for two years. But now we're both back on the West Coast and we've been able to out of hiatus. It's essential with a project as complicated and time-consumptive as Frown Town to work with someone else, you need someone to reinforce the idea that it's all worth the effort. Like how alcoholics and drug addicts enable each other. And it's always good to have the extra set of hands.

GH: I got to see James at APE in San Francisco. Obviously a lot of love and and a lot of work went into creating the puppets that populate Frown Town. How long did it take to create each one and what's the process like?

SF: Well, we made them in one big batch so it's hard to say how long they take. I reckon I could make one in a week or two if it were all I was working on, but with full-time jobs and reasonably active social lives that's never the case. Andy did a lot of preproduction work designing the look of the characters and then we got to hacking up foam cushions from street couches, covering them in fleece and felt and crudely tailored thrift-store children's clothes. I made a lot of puppets back as a boy, but never professionally and not in years, so we were really making it up as we went along. Sort of reverse engineering them off what I'd culled from out of print books about the Muppet Show. It was a labor of love and a learning experience. A lot of false starts and dead ends. Especially with the stillborn fetus character. I'm actually making an entirely new version of him right now for the video after next. Never really got the first draft working up to snuff.

GH: It looks like Pabst Tecate (formerly know as Trey Awesome) is going to be in the newest episode. When can we expect to see it? Do you have a set number of episodes you're shooting for or is Frown Town just going to go on forever?

SF: Pabst will be slamming four lokos, riding a fixie down Valencia street while texting his bros, dancing with drag queens, and having some brunch - pretty much just partying right and teaching you how to do it too.  Almost all the characters on the show are weirdo outcasts or antiquated in one way or another. Pabst, though, is the glistening gem of Awesomite at the center of all the attention. He gives us cred with the cool kids. Or so we hope.

We plan to keep making shorts until we can get our production values up to a point we're proud of and then we'd like to shoot a longer 10-15 minute pilot to try and shop it around. Our ideas always outreach our budget/grasp/skill sets, but if we ever managed to hook up with a professional production company, we think we could really bring the world of Frown Town to life as we've envisioned it, and that world, it is sprawling. So many monsters to vanquish and supernatural realms to explore. Trash kings and shadow cats, sewer creatures and genetically modified horse/narwhal/unicorn hybrids. The ideas come easy but the execution takes years. What we really need is slave labor, or, you know what, let's call them interns.

The official Frown Town YouTube channel can be found here. Click the link and add it to your list!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bravest Warriors #1 Sells Out- Goes to Second Print

October 23, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA - BOOM! Studios is proud to announce that BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 has sold out and gone to second print five days before its release on October 24th!
BRAVEST WARRIORS, the most recent debut from BOOM!’s successful all-ages imprint, kaBOOM! Studios, is based on the new animated series by ADVENTURE TIME creator Pendleton Ward. BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 features a main story by writer Joey Comeau (A SOFTER WORLD) and artist Mike Holmes (ADVENTURE TIME) and a special backup story by Ryan Pequin (THREE WORD PHRASE). BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 second print will be available from Diamond Comic Distributors the last week of October.

Comic book fans should keep in mind first printings of BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you.

Iron Man 3 Official Synopsis and Trailer

Marvel- In Marvel's "Iron Man 3", brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man played by Robert Downey Jr., is pitted against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Iron Man 3 continues the epic adventures of "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2", starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, "Iron Man 3" is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel's iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of "Tales of Suspense" (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with "The Invincible Iron Man" (#1) in May of 1968. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Take a look at the UK trailer below-

Monday, October 22, 2012

KABOOM! Studios Launches Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake This January

This January, KaBOOM! Studios launches ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE, an all-new six issue all-ages limited series. The highly anticipated series will be written and illustrated by none other than the characters’ creator and ADVENTURE TIME storyboard artist Natasha Allegri with a full 32 page first issue.

FAN-FAVORITE ADVENTURE TIME SENSATIONS FIONNA & CAKE ARRIVE TO THE HIT ADVENTURE TIME COMIC! Join Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human in this totally algebraic new adventure! When Fionna rescues a feral flame boy from a pack of wild fire lions, it starts her on a quest she’ll never forget... Don’t miss out on this sure-to-be INSANELY popular new ADVENTURE TIME mini-series!

ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE #1 ships in January with main covers by JAB (ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS), Joe Quinones (The AMAZING SPIDER MAN) and Vera Brosgol (ANYA’S GHOST) as well as Ethan Riley and Frank & Becky limited edition variant covers.

About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010's "Best Publisher" BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic books and graphic novels with the industry's top talent, including Mark Waid's IRREDEEMABLE, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s HYPERNATURALS, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, and Sam Humphreys’ HIGHER EARTH. BOOM!'s all ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz' PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network's ADVENTURE TIME, and 20th Century Fox’ ICE AGE. BOOM!'s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler's I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, and just released SPACE DUCKS, the first comic book from indie musician legend Daniel Johnston.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pendleton Ward's Bravest Warriors #1 Hits Shelves Wednesday

BRAVEST WARRIORS, based on the new Pendleton Ward cartoon, written by Joey Comeau (A SOFTER WORLD) and drawn by Mike Holmes (ADVENTURE TIME) hits comic shops this week.

POWER! RESPECT! Join Chris, Wallow, Beth and Danny, four 16-year-old heroes-for-hire, as they warp from galaxy to galaxy, saving alien races with the power of their…emotions. They’re noble, righteous and totally bodacious! This new series of original comics based on the new series from ADVENTURE TIME creator Pendleton Ward is sure to be a smash!

“I love the good natured respect of friendship and silliness at the heart of Pendleton Ward's work,” commented writer Comeau, “I'm excited for people to see what I have planned for the characters!”

This title is a six-issue mini-series which is accessible to all ages. Each issue will run a full 32 pages and will carry a $3.99 price point.

Check out The Bravest Warriors episode below!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Todd McFarlane Productions and Image Comics to Release Todd McFarlane Visual Biography

At long last, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details, Todd McFarlane’s first and only art book, is scheduled to hit shelves nationwide Wednesday, November 21, 2012.
A visual biography celebrating almost 30 years of artwork from one of the comic industry’s most popular and iconic artist personalities, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details, is not just another art book. It follows McFarlane’s journey from a young comic book fan mimicking his favorite artists, to his subsequent rise to comic book stardom. McFarlane, himself, provides hundreds of anecdotes throughout the 400-page book, walking the fans through his groundbreaking career.
“I broke into this industry when I was 23 years-old. The only way to put a book like this together is to have actually spent more than two decades creating the art within it,” said McFarlane.
“The passage of time allows you to build up a body of work, that as you step back, has meaning, and can be an inspiration for other artists along the way. I’m happy to be able to collect my autobiography in both a written and visual format. I hope the wait has been worth it!”
Fans will receive an up close and personal look at McFarlane’s creative take on beloved characters from both DC and Marvel Comics, and learn more about his history making move in helping to form Image Comics, where he published his brainchild, Spawn. With copious amounts of rarely seen black and white original pieces of his most famous work, and numerous drawings of the comic book industry’s most popular characters, this is a book that can’t be missed. In addition, fans get an exclusive peek at McFarlane’s first forays into various media (toys, film, animation, music videos, video games), where he put his creative stamp on everything through his signature eye-catching imagery.

Available just in time for Black Friday, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details will be available nationwide Wednesday, November 21st.  The oversized hard cover book (9x12) is limited to 5000 copies, with 700 signed and numbered editions available.  Each book retails at $64.99 and $100, respectively, and would make the perfect gift for any art fan!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Discover, Read and Support Original Indie Comics with Emanata for iPad

New digital comic and visual story reader provides curated, original content from talented independent artists

Emanata is the first digital comic book reader and storefront for iPad designed to showcase and support independent artists, offering them a dedicated platform to get their work discovered and enjoyed by new audiences. A selection of features has been added to improve discoverability for new stories and comics, making it even easier for users to follow and support their favorite artists. The slick new UI offers a constant stream of original content from indie creators. The app also supports retina display for a beautiful and fluid reading experience. Download Emanata now for free and browse the work of dozens of emerging new artists at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/emanata-comics/id557002805?ls=1&mt=8.

With Emanata, users can browse all types of free comics as well as purchase premium stories within the app to directly support the artists they like. The app’s new built-in news feed makes it even easier to follow specific creators and keep up with their latest work. The reader can also use in-app social tools to share memorable works with friends via email, social network, and on the Web.

“Tablet devices are the natural platform to showcase great art and storytelling. We want to provide a dedicated place where the independent artists can find new audiences, and for the connoisseur of comic books to discover something unexpected and edgy,” said George Chen, CEO of Emanata.

Emanata’s growing indie artist community is vibrant due to a number of industry veterans with their own successful IPs joining early including Malachi Ward and Eisner Award nominee, Erin Mehlos. On Emanata, all artists retain complete control over the rights to their work and can choose to offer their content either as a free download or earn revenue by selling chapters and individual stories via in-app purchase. Publishing content is completely free, allowing artists to reach a new audience and grow their readership.

For more information visit: http://emanata.co/


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Alternative Press Expo 2012 This Weekend in San Francisco

APE, the Alternative Press Expo, returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14 at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street. Coming off its biggest year ever in 2011, with a larger Exhibit Hall, additional programming tracks, and attendance topping 5,500, APE is one of the must-attend comics events of the year.

WHAT: Alternative Press Expo (APE) 2012, the country's largest alternative and independent comics convention, presented by the organization behind Comic-Con International.

WHEN: Saturday, October 13 (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 14 (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

WHERE: The Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th Street, San Francisco)

For more info click HERE

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pokemon DS NYC Celebrates Pokemon Black & White VERSION 2 with StreetPass NYC

Join Pokemon DS NYC and StreetPass NYC on October 6th at the Nintendo World Store from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for a whole new Pokemon adventure!

The de-facto Pokemon fan club in the New York Tri-State Area, Pokemon DS NYC, would like to invite everyone to attend the launch of Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS handheld systems on Saturday, October 6th at the Nintendo World Store from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

“I hope I can see many of you this weekend at the Nintendo World Store, at New York Comic-Con, and at our following meet up the week after so I can exchange Friend Codes so we may all water each others gardens in the Dream World”, said Matthew Rodriguez, Founder and Leader of the Pokemon DS NYC fan club.

“We are extra excited to team up with such a fantastic enthusiast club such as Pokemon DS NYC to see the launch of Pokemon Black and White Version 2 and the Pokemon Dream Radar on the Nintnedo eShop”, said Jordan White, Founder of Event Organizer of StreetPass NYC. “We have some serious hardcore Pokefanatics in our group who can’t wait for the new games including Victor Martinez who as of Thursday, October 4th has a tent outside of the Nintendo World Store and is the first in line to buy the copy of the game!”

On Saturday October 6th at the Nintendo World Store from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Pokemon fans of all ages can gather for a chance to be among the first in the nation to purchase the games in advance of their October 7th release. Additionally, the first 1,000 people in line to purchase either game will receive a unique Pokémon scarf and all attendees will have the opportunity to take photos with costumed characters of Pokémon Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott.

Immediately after the official Nintendo World Store event from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Pokemon DS NYC will host a Pokemon Trivia Competition at the public assembly event space adjacent to the Nintendo World Store. In case of bad weather such as rain, the event will be moved to the underground Rockefeller Center Concourse directly below the Nintendo World Store. At 3:00 PM sharp, all contestants that sign up will be put through a grueling list of questions that will put any hardcore Pokemon fan through their paces.

The top three winners will win Gold (1st Place), Silver (2nd Place) and Bronze (3rd Place) Victory Medals with Black and White ribbons provided by StreetPass NYC.

Further partnership with Pokemon DS NYC, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo of America for the upcoming New York Comic-Con will be announced as well as a full schedule of activities during the convention at a later date post launch.

Pokemon DS NYC is the main Pokemon fan club for the entire New York Metro-Area who physically gather together least once a month to battle, trade, survey, Feeling Check, EntraLink and talk about all things Pokemon with their main focus being on the video game series on Nintendo entertainment products. For more information, please visit http://www.meetup.com/PokemonDSNYC/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/pokemondsnyc/

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


This October, KaBOOM! is proud to announce the release of ICE AGE: PAST, PRESENTS AND FUTURE, the latest in a series standalone specials consisting of all new stories inspired by the hit movies.

ICE AGE: PAST, PRESENTS AND FUTURE, is an ICE AGE holiday tale! Recollecting what a huge “help” he was last year, Sid decides to pay Santa and the North Pole a visit and once again offer his assistance for Christmas preparations! Before anyone can stop him, he’s opened a box filled with Santa’s magic…and he finds himself visiting Sids in the past, present and future!

Written by Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL) and with art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME), this new issue is sure to bring laughter and joy to all ages just in time for the holidays.