Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Archaia Announces Alyssa Milano's Cyber-Thriller Limited Series, ‘Hacktivist’

Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce that Alyssa Milano’s HACKTIVIST will debut as a new, four-issue limited series in January. Set in the world of tech entrepreneurs and social media, HACKTIVIST is the story of two friends who operate one of the largest social media firms by day, but by night, use their hacking skills to help important social causes all over the world. That is, until the U.S. government finds out!

“HACKTIVIST brings Archaia back to its roots as our first 2014 series in the imprint to debut in single-issue form,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Imagine if the head of Twitter was also Anonymous. That's the intriguing concept that Alyssa Milano brought to us. We're very excited to bring readers this thriller and deliver Archaia's excellence in production design to the single-issue format. Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly have crafted a dynamic and authentic story. And it’s fantastic to be working with Marcus To and Ian Herring again. Their work on CYBORG 009 was absolutely incredible.”

“HACKTIVIST combines my love of tech, social media, and philanthropy,” said actress and producer Alyssa Milano (“Charmed,” “Mistresses”). “This idea sprang from my friendship with Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter, and my fascination with how one person can single-handedly bring about positive change in the world. It’s a concept I felt Archaia was the right publisher to help me develop. They understood the potential and assembled a great team in Jackson, Collin, Marcus, Ian, and [letterer] Deron [Bennett] to create a story that had no limits. I can’t wait for people to read it!”

WHY WE LOVE IT: From the creative mind of Alyssa Milano, with artist Marcus To (CYBORG 009, HUNTRESS, RED ROBIN), and writers Jackson Lanzing (FREAKSHOW) and Collin Kelly, HACKTIVIST is a fast-paced cyber-thriller about friendship and freedom in a time of war.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: Fantastic characters and stunning action set pieces, beautifully illustrated by Marcus To and Eisner Award-nominated colorist Ian Herring (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND).

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are young, brilliant, and the co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world stays connected. In secret, these best friends are also the largest, white-hat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe.

HACKTIVIST #1 arrives in comic shops on January 22nd with a cover price of $3.99. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? 

Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Archaia Casts A Spell With 'An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' The Wisp'


 An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp Cover
  


BOOM! / Archaia Logos
Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is thrilled to announce AN AURORA GRIMEON STORY: WILL O’ THE WISP, an original graphic novel debuting in January. From the creative team of writer Tom Hammock and artist Megan Hutchison (who both work as film production designers) comes an eerie mystery filled with danger, Hoodoo, and murder, and featuring a beautiful package design that includes a diary-like clasp.

“We’re very happy to debut Archaia’s 2014 line of original graphic novels with WILL O’ THE WISP,’ said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Tom and Megan have created an engaging, supernatural tale complete with a smart protagonist, a spooky setting, and even a pet raccoon named Missy! Combined with Archaia’s high production values, we’re very proud to start the new year with such a beautiful title.”

After her parents’ accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, a fog-covered island of graves set deep in the southern swamps. There she will meet the sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried!

AN AURORA GRIMEON STORY: WILL O’ THE WISP arrives in comic shops on January 22nd with a cover price of $24.95. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
 
About Archaia Entertainment

Archaia (archaia.com) is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as MOUSE GUARD, RUST, COW BOY, CURSED PIRATE GIRL, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, and ARTESIA. Archaia has also published an entire line of graphic novels in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, including the multiple award-winning JIM HENSON'S TALE OF SAND and such beloved tales as THE DARK CRYSTAL, THE STORYTELLER, and FRAGGLE ROCK. In addition to its partnership with Henson, Archaia has forged creative partnerships with storytellers in all facets of the entertainment industry, resulting in print and digital expansions of such noted properties as BLEEDOUT and HAWKEN (video games), IMMORTALS and PLANET OF THE APES (film), and SPACE: 1999 (television). Alongside these celebrated titles, Archaia has released English translations of numerous renowned foreign titles to much fanfare, including THE KILLER, Sergio Toppi’s SHARAZ-DE: TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, and THE SECRET HISTORY. In June 2013, Archaia was acquired by BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com). Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent.

Friday, December 27, 2013

HUGE Entertainment Earth Sale Going On Now!


Today, Entertainment Earth's 'Daily Deal' is the Star Wars Assault on Geonosis Battle Pack for only $8.80 (regular price $21.99)! Remember, that price is for today only, so head on over to Entertainment Earth and pick it up now!

While you're there, check out their Post-Christmas sale running for two weeks. They've got some great deals on other Star Wars items like:

Admiral Motti Mini-Bust for $40.00 (50% off)!

Commander Cody Order 66 Cold Cast Statue reduced 49% to just $208.90!

Star Wars Battle Droid Mini Bust reduced 62% to just $26.30!

And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Click the banner to save up to 90% off! I may have purchased the Tomb Raider Mini-Bust. Possibly.


Entertainment Earth

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Doctor Puppet - A Timelord Christmas

Merry Christmas!


 


Via YouTube

"A Timelord Christmas" is a labor of love made by a truly dedicated and talented crew of artists and musicians. It was produced and animated in under a month in a tiny Brooklyn apartment. The music and vocals were produced and recorded in England.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Support The Monuments Men In The Search For Lost Art


In anticipation of the nationwide release of The Monuments Men, the new film from director George Clooney based on the true story of the race to save 1000 years of culture, moviegoers can visit SupportTheMonumentsMen.com, where they will find resources and information about the ways we all can continue the search for landmark works that were stolen or taken as souvenirs during World War II and are still missing today. The film, which is written by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, will be released on February 7, 2014.

Robert M. Edsel, who founded and heads the Monuments Men Foundation, added,“The Monuments Men and women saved almost five million cultural objects, but so much is still missing. They could be anywhere, in your grandfather's attic, or hiding in plain sight. I'm thrilled that with the release of the movie, there will be a way for the public to help complete these heroes' mission. Call 1-866-WWII-ART and find out how you can help.”

At SupportTheMonumentsMen.com, moviegoers can sign a virtual petition supporting the Monuments Men’s efforts to preserve and protect great cultural works of art by encouraging members of Congress to honor the Monuments Men with the Congressional Gold Medal.

In addition, visitors will find a phone number – 1-866-WWII-ART – which will connect callers directly to the Monuments Men Foundation, where they can speak with a Monuments Men Foundation representative regarding the search for lost art. Also as a part of the Support the Monuments Men site, visitors will find an interactive map. On the map, moviegoers can find out local museums that will be featuring their institutions’ connection to the Monuments Men – such as personnel who participated in the campaign or rescued works of art that hang on the museums’ walls.

On the “Journey of the Monuments Men” feature, visitors can read about the history
– from information about the real Monuments Men to the efforts they and others
took to save landmark works during the war.

Finally, the studio has developed an educational program to engage high school and college students, families and art buffs about the story of the Monuments Men. The educational site, at www.MonumentsMenEducation.com, features downloadable lesson plans that meet common core state standards, an interactive map, and videos to spark discussion and aid educators in building a curriculum. Students are also invited to get involved by uploading photos of local works of art that best represent their communities. The photos can be uploaded by visiting theTumblr page at www.LocalTreasure.tumblr.com.

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. With the art hidden behind enemy lines, how could these guys hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John
Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. Produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Legend of Hercules Autographed Poster Giveaway



In the epic origin story THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero -- the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.
In theaters & 3D nationwide on January 10, 2014.

How to enter:
-Tweet @monkeyjedi with, "Can't wait to see #Hercules3D in theaters Jan. 10th!"
-Share a link to this page via Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook or Pintrest.
-Check out the app below and let us know which one is your favorite by leaving a comment below or E-mailing us at geekhashblog@gmail.com
Contest starts Dec. 20th and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31st, 2013. Once a winner has been chosen, they will be notified via E-mail and will have 24 hours to respond with an address or an alternate winner will be chosen. 

Lionsgate/Summit is sponsoring this contest and will be shipping the prize to the winner via USPS or FedEx. No P.O. Boxes please.




*Each household is only eligible to win ONE Autographed Poster via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

'Adventure Time Volume 2: Pixel Princesses' Original Graphic Novel Sells Through First Printing


BOOM! Studios is proud to announce that ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 2: PIXEL PRINCESSES, the newest KaBOOM! original graphic novel, had sold out at the distributor level upon arrival and before hitting stores on December 4th! Based on the top-rated Cartoon Network animated series, and building on a top-selling line of comic books, ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 2: PIXEL PRINCESSES original graphic novel is the second long-form story by writer Danielle Corsetto and artist Zachary Sterling, the team behind the New York Times best-selling ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 1: PLAYING WITH FIRE original graphic novel.

The latest in a string of BOOM! Studios sell-outs, ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 2: PIXEL PRINCESSES original graphic novel sold through its initial print run prior to its release due to demand from retailers in the book and direct comic markets after the print run had been set. Fans should bear in mind that first printings of ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 2: PIXEL PRINCESSES original graphic novel may still be found at their local comic shop or bookseller. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!

WHY WE LOVE IT: Our favorite ADVENTURE TIME princesses are getting a chance to take the main stage as they learn the importance of friendship and what it really means to wear a crown.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s a book about how princesses can overcome their differences while at the same time kicking butt and taking names.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Princess gatherings aren’t always tea parties and doilies—there is a lot more to being a princess that one might think. Danielle Corsetto (GIRLS WITH SLINGSHOTS) and Zachary Sterling (ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 1: PLAYING WITH FIRE) return with an adventure where some of our favorite princesses from the Land of Ooo learn what it really takes to be a princess, while learning to respect each other for their unique outlooks on life.

BOOM! Studios has rushed back to a second printing on ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 2: PIXEL PRINCESSES original graphic novel and additional copies will be available at distributors in the coming weeks.
  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

BOOM! Studios Announces 'Pen & Ink Program' Spotlighting Key Titles and Creators

Cover by Brian Stelfreeze
Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce the creation of the PEN & INK program, a new, limited line of publications designed to spotlight some of the comic book industry’s best creators and their work on BOOM! titles. The first book in the series will be DAY MEN: PEN & INK #1, which will focus on the first two issues with art from acclaimed artist Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics, Batman: Shadow of the Bat).

“We have a proud tradition here at BOOM! of working with phenomenal artists, both established talents and future stars who are just breaking into the industry,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The PEN & INK program is a carefully curated presentation of what we believe is some of the most dynamic and inspirational work being published in comics. It’s truly an honor to kick off the program by spotlighting Brian Stelfreeze’s acclaimed work. And we’ll be following it up with an amazing combination of fan-favorite creators and emerging talents. Whether you’re a fan of behind-the-scenes material, an aspiring creator, a student of the medium, or simply a collector of beautiful art, these will be gorgeous editions that celebrate the craft of comics.”  

Each PEN & INK edition will be an oversized 11” x 17”, saddle-stitched, prestige presentation featuring the original line art from two issues of a series at near-actual size. Every page will be accompanied by annotations from the creative team, giving fans and aspiring creators unique insight into the behind-the-scenes creative process.

DAY MEN: PEN & INK #1 will contain Stelfreeze’s uncolored line work from issues #1 and #2 of DAY MEN and feature a host of thoughtful annotations from him and writers Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson.

“As a process junkie, the PEN & INK program is exactly the type of access to the creative process that I crave as a fan," shared Vice President of Publishing & Marketing, Filip Sablik. "We’ve been blessed to work with a number of luminary creators here at BOOM! along with introducing some really exciting new talent to the industry, and now fans will have a chance to share in our excitement when new pages arrive in the office. It’s been such a thrill to see Brian Stelfreeze create new sequential work that it seemed unfair to keep that process to ourselves. But Brian, Matt, and Michael are far from the only creators we’re planning on spotlighting this way. In the coming months, we’ll be announcing additional PEN & INK projects featuring some of my favorite established and emerging talent. Elevated yet a great value, PEN & INK is a great reflection of the BOOM! values.”

Created by Matt Gagnon (FREELANCERS) and co-written by Michael Alan Nelson (DC’s Supergirl, HEXED), DAY MEN is a vampire noir that brings Brian Stelfreeze back to drawing monthly comics for the first time since 2005. For thousands of years, the world has been controlled by the “50 Families”—a secret network of vampire covens engaged in a timeless struggle for power. But when the sun rises, the vampires are forced to employ the services of a human who acts as their daytime fixer and protector. Trained for centuries to be the mortal soldiers of their vampire employers, the Day Men go forth at sunrise, alone into the world, to do the bidding of their sleeping benefactors.

DAY MEN: PEN & INK #1 arrives in comic shops in early 2014 with a cover price of $9.99. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

Friday, December 6, 2013

BOOM! Studios Kicks Off BOOM! Box Imprint With Ryan North's Title, 'The Midas Flesh'


 
 
The Midas Flesh Cover A
Cover A by John Keogh

The Midas Flesh Cover B
Cover B by Emily Partridge

The Midas Flesh Cover C
Cover C by Noelle Stevenson
 
Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is thrilled to announce the December debut of Ryan North’s first original print comic book series THE MIDAS FLESH, marking the launch of the publisher’s new imprint, BOOM! Box.

Featuring art by North’s ADVENTURE TIME comic partners, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, THE MIDAS FLESH is the first title to come out under BOOM! Box, a line of books aimed to allow some of the most creative talents in comics to let loose with their wildest ideas. To highlight the series and imprint launch, the inaugural issue will contain extra pages of story and art. THE MIDAS FLESH #1 will ship with a main cover by John Keogh and variant covers by Emily Partridge (ADVENTURE TIME), and Noelle Stevenson (ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE, Nimona). The first issue will also feature the first original “Writer’s Edition” incentive cover, where North will hand-letter varying character dialogue on each variant cover.

“Ryan, Shelli, and Braden are nothing short of magic,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Their work on ADVENTURE TIME is literally some of the best storytelling we have in comics, and they’ve very deservingly been recognized with a host of major industry awards. Now, we get to see them bring a brand-new world to life. There’s few things in comics I’d rather see more.”  

WHY WE LOVE IT: We have been having so much fun with writer Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure) on ADVENTURE TIME that we couldn’t resist the opportunity to publish a new original idea of his. And it is original.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: We’ve all heard of the Midas touch. You know, the Greek Myth about the man who did a number on himself by wishing for everything he touched to turn to gold? Who better to turn that tale on its head with a heavy dose of sci-fi than Ryan North? Also, did we mention the Utahraptor?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Fatima and her space crew have decided to return to Earth—a planet completely sectioned off, abandoned, and covered in gold—to find out exactly what happened to this once thriving planet and see if they can use that knowledge against the evil empire that’s tracking them down. As luck would have it, they just landed the most powerful weapon in the universe: some ancient dead guy's body.

The over-sized debut issue, THE MIDAS FLESH #1, arrives in comic shops on December 18th

Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
   

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Blu-ray #MovieMagic Giveaway!


You Haven't Seen Your Favorite Movie Until You've Seen the Special Features!
This Holiday rediscover the #MovieMagic behind your favorite films. Blu-ray offers exclusive special features that put you in the filmmaker's chair, with a behind-the-scenes access to all of the magic: Special effects, talent interviews, alternative endings, unreleased scenes, bloopers, and more!
With a Blu-ray combo pack, you can enjoy your favorite films in high-definition whenever and wherever you want. You can keep the Blu-ray disc in the living room, DVD in the car, and the digital copy on your phone for when you're on the move!
Grab your favorite movie lover a Blu-ray this holiday!


Highlights:

With the combo pack you can take your favorite films wherever you go. You can keep the Blu-ray disc in the living room, DVD for the car, and the digital copy on your mobile phone while on the move! 
Blu-ray lets you to watch your favorite movies with unmatched sound and video that is SIX TIMES the quality of DVDs!
Blu-ray offers the most premium possible in home entertainment experience
You don't have to worry about the buffering that happens with streaming videos

Check out the Blu-ray #MovieMagic App below:


 Behind-the-Scenes #MovieMagic GIF Grid- Place Mouse over each of the GIF squares and click to view a behind-the-scenes clip exclusively from the film's Blu-ray special features.
The Next Generation of Blu-ray- Don't get left behind with old tech! Check out what's next for Blu-ray in 2014 and beyond!



Win one of these random movies:

-The Little Mermaid - Diamond Edition
-The Lone Ranger
-Monsters University
-Angels Rising
-Rise of The Guardians
-Despicable Me 2
-Turbo
-Grown Ups 2
-Wizard of Oz 3D
-The Wolverine
-Star Trek: Into Darkness
-White House Down
-Fast 6
-Pacific Rim
-After Earth
-Man of Steel
-Red 2
-World War Z
-2 Guns
-Weeds: The Complete Collection
-Predator 3D


How to enter: 

-Tweet @monkeyjedi with the hashtag #MovieMagic and tell us your favorite Blu-ray in your collection!

-Leave a message in the comments section or E-mail geekhashblog@gmail.com and let us know how many Blu-rays you have in you collection.

-Share a link to this post via Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook or Pintrest and let us know when you do.

Contest runs Wednesday, December 4th and ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 11th
Giveaway open to U.S. readers only. The winner will be notified and will then have 24 hours to respond with a mailing address within 24 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please!

*Each household is only eligible to win ONE #MovieMagic Title via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

**Blu-ray is sponsoring this giveaway and will be shipping the prize to the winner.

UPDATE: Thank you for all the E-mails, Tweets, Facebook shares and other links. A winner has been chosen and notified. 






Tuesday, November 26, 2013

BOOM! Studios Announces Webstore Promotions


 
We Are BOOM! Come Innovate with Us

BOOM! Studios is happy to announce several sale promotions in its webstore for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday to kick off the 2013 holiday shopping season! The BOOM! Studios webstore can be found at boom-studios.com.
The promotions are as follows:
 
ALL WEEKEND LONG (starts Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. PST; ends Monday, Dec. 2, 11:59 p.m. PST)

·         Every order over $25.00 qualifies for free domestic shipping
·         All trade paperbacks of licensed titles (i.e. ADVENTURE TIME, ROBOCOP, PEANUTS, BRAVEST WARRIORS, PLANET OF THE APES, and more) in stock are 15% off
·         Several bundle packs will be discounted (check the site for details)
 
BLACK FRIDAY (starts Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. PST; ends Friday, Nov. 29, 11:59 p.m. PST)
·         Get 25% off all orders from $60.00 to $99.99
·         Get 35% off all orders from $100.00 and up
 
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (Nov. 30, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
·         All leather-bound Archaia editions in stock are 50% off
·         All other Archaia items in stock are 25% off
 
BONUS BOOM! SUNDAY (Dec. 1, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
·        All trade paperbacks of licensed titles* in stock jump to 25% off (*Excludes ADVENTURE TIME products)
 
CYBER MONDAY (Dec. 2, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
·         Free mystery gift packed with every order
·         Buy one, get one free for all main covers (A or B) to single issues in stock
·         Any order over $50.00 is automatically entered into a raffle to win THE ULTIMATE GIFT PACK, featuring one copy of every single issue** BOOM! Studios and KaBOOM! has released in 2013 to date (**Some issues may be filled with variant covers)
 
BOOM! Studios wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
 
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films.

Monday, November 25, 2013

James Franco and Seth Rogen Recreate Kanye West Video

James Franco and Seth Rogen just won the Internet. The comedians have created a shot-for-shot remake of the Kanye West video 'Bound 2' which features Kim Kardashian. Watch both and compare. What makes this even funnier is that we know Kanye doesn't have a sense of humor. I can only imagine what kind of a fit he threw when he saw it.


 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

BOOM! Studios Announces New Imprint BOOM! BOX, An Experimental Line of Titles Created Just ‘For the Love of it’


BOOM! Box Teaser Image
 
Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce BOOM! Box, a new imprint that aims to push the envelope with experimental content from some of the brightest, forward-thinking creators in comics today. The new line of titles kicks off in December with the debut of THE MIDAS FLESH, a new, original series from the creative team behind the KaBOOM! line of ADVENTURE TIME comics, writer Ryan North and artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. BOOM! Box joins the publisher’s other imprints, which include KaBOOM!, BOOM! Town, and Archaia.

“This imprint is about new ideas and unique ways of doing things,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Shannon Watters, our mastermind editor behind ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW, and BRAVEST WARRIORS, has brought some amazing talent into BOOM! over the last couple years. These are creators that have inspired us; they have an undeniably energizing spirit to what they do, and all have their own stories to tell. That jump-started the idea to give them—and other great creators we’ve come to know who aren’t involved in KaBOOM!—the opportunity to go wild and come up with their most outrageous ideas—and for us to say, ‘Yes, we will publish that.’ It’s about experimenting, having fun, and embracing the limitless form of comics.”

BOOM! Box titles will vary in genre, tone, format, and creative vision, but will share a gleeful energy focused on creating comics purely “for the love of it.” The imprint will also focus on introducing successful creators from outside the direct comic market into the traditional print comic market, including web cartoonists, illustrators, and fine artists.
“BOOM! Box is meant to be a gleeful space for creators to explore projects that are exciting or challenging for them, as well as giving them the means to do so,” said Editor Shannon Watters. “We’re interested in publishing comics under this imprint that are a ball to read...no murderbots or male protagonists with a tortured past, perhaps, but dinosaur planets and adventuring best pals and plenty of graphic storytelling made with love.”

BOOM! Box will launch in December with the release of THE MIDAS FLESH #1, a sci-fi adventure taking inspiration from the mythological man who could turn everything he touched into gold. Inspired by a strip from Ryan North’s immensely popular webcomic, Dinosaur Comics, THE MIDAS FLESH follows a space crew as they return to Earth—a planet that has been completely sectioned off, abandoned, and transformed into gold—in the hopes of finding something to help fight a merciless Federation from further expanding its wrath across the universe.

Future series and projects from BOOM! Box will be announced in coming months as the imprint is carefully curated and expanded organically.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BOOM! Studios' Collected Editions & Graphic Novels Now Available on ComiXology

BOOM! Studios’ bestsellers now available to fans worldwide on comiXology across iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 & comiXology.com

Image: Adventure Time on comiXology on the iPad
  
BOOM! Studios, publisher of Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comics and graphic novels, announced today the roll out debut of collected editions and original graphic novels on comiXology – the revolutionary digital comics platform available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and comixology.com. This brings fan-favorite collections like Irredeemable, Incorruptible, Hellraiser, Bravest Warriors and more to comiXology’s worldwide audience today, with the entire back catalog to debut shortly.

“We’re excited to finally make our entire catalog of collected editions and original graphic novels available through comiXology!” said BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “We’ve been talking about making our backlist catalog available digitally in collected form for some time and it’s a great way to help cap the amazing year BOOM! has been having. With new fans discovering our brand every day through series like Adventure Time, Day Men, Suicide Risk, and Herobear and the Kid, what better time to make everything available? I’m really excited about all of the co-promotions we have planned with comiXology as we roll out new editions!”

“We’re thrilled to help expand BOOM! Studios’ digital presence with the release of all of these outstanding collections and graphic novels,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Now fans who were always curious to start series like the critically acclaimed Irredeemable and Incorruptible or the hilarious Bravest Warriors get their chance while also experiencing these series in our immersive Guided View reading technology that only comiXology brings.”

The full list of BOOM! Studios collected editions now available on comiXology are below with many more debuting in the coming weeks:

  • 28 Days Later Omnibus  & Vols. 1 – 6
  • 2 Guns
  • Cthulhu Tales Omnibus Vol. 1 - 2
  • Adventure Time Vol. 1
  • Adventure Time: Playing With Fire
  • Bravest Warriors Vol. 1
  • Deathmatch Vols. 1 - 2
  • Hellraiser Masterpieces Vols. 1 – 2
  • Hellraiser Vols. 1 - 4
  • Higher Earth Vol. 1
  • Hypernaturals Vol. 1
  • Incorruptible Vols. 1 - 7
  • Irredeemable Vols. 1 - 10
  • Supurbia Vol. 1

With over 40,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and unique Guided View reading experience is available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web—making it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.

 
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films.

ABOUT COMIXOLOGY

ComiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View™ reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become one of iTunes top 10 grossing iPad apps in both 2011 and 2012. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from the top 75 publishers, and including independent creators as well, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan.  A privately held company, comiXology is based in New York City.  For more information visit www.comixology.com.

Monday, November 18, 2013

McFarlane Toys Reveals Highly Limited Edition Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Edward Kenway Statue



Only 1,000 Statues Produced Worldwide: 
Available on12/13 at McFarlane Toys Online Store


From one of the most anticipated video games of the year, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, McFarlane Toys  is bringing to life the charismatic yet brutal pirate captain, Edward Kenway, as an exclusive limited-edition resin statue. McFarlane Toys'™ highly detailed, hand-painted, cold-cast resin statue depicts the main character of the video game franchise-- the brash, rebel pirate captain Edward Kenway. His skill with a sword and disdain for authority earn him the respect of pirate legends, like Blackbeard, but thrust him into an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything the pirates have built.
The meticulously sculpted and hand-painted statue captures Edward Kenway as he appears in key game art.  The in-game accurate statue features Edward striding confidently ashore, with sword and pistol in hand, waves lapping at his boots, and a dead rival pirate at his feet. McFarlane’s Edward Kenway statue perfectly captures the mix of sea and land, of pirate and Assassin, in the authentic detail that defines Assassin's Creed IV.


With acute attention to detail, this statue was designed by Todd McFarlane and his award-winning McFarlane Toys Design Group, in conjunction with the Assassin's Creed® franchise video game creators at Ubisoft.
The Edward Kenway statue stands approximately 14-inches tall on its base, spans more than 14-inches from the tip of his coat tail to the end of his weapon and stands on an 11.5 inch wide circular base.  The statue depicts Edward in his pirate Assassin outfit, complete with long jacket, hood, hidden blade gauntlet, skull-shaped buckle, sword and dual pistols. The limited-edition statue features an exceptionally detailed base that replicates the appearance of the seawater that rotates 360-degrees. Additionally, the base features a custom plaque that is individually and sequentially numbered and embossed with the official Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag logo.  The statue is highly limited to ONLY 1,000 total pieces worldwide. As an added bonus, each statue includes a Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed by the internationally acclaimed artist and McFarlane Toys creator Todd McFarlane.

McFarlane Toys will also offer 50 of the 1,000 statues in the extremely-limited "Unpainted Artist Proof" variant--primed in flat grey and ready for customization or to be displayed as is by collectors in its rawest form.  Each statue will be feature a custom plaque that is individually and sequentially to reflect the limited production run of 50.

The limited edition Edward Kenway Statue and "Unpainted Artist Proof" collectible statues will retail for $295 each  (free shipping and handling; only available  in the U.S. and Canada) and will be available to purchase on the McFarlane Toys online store (http://www.McfarlaneToysStore.com) Friday, December 13, 2013.  A limited quantity of Edward Kenway statues will be available through Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.


Stay tuned to McFarlane.com  for more info on this statue, along with news on all the awesome products from McFarlane Toys.   

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Breaking Bad Alternate Ending Surfaces on YouTube

An alternate ending to the series finale of Breaking Bad has been posted on YouTube under the account of Michael Davies (apparently, the Talking Bad producer). The video is most likely to pop up as a DVD/Blu-ray extra on the upcoming release. Whether or not it does end up on disc, this the ending that Malcolm in the Middle fans have been waiting for. It's amazing how Bryan Cranston and Jane Kaczmarek slip back into their Malcolm characters after so many years.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

BBC Debuts New Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Minisode 'The Night of The Doctor'

The BBC debuted a new minisode today with a HUGE surprise. Watch it here via Youtube:




In an interview about "The Night of The Doctor" over on the official Doctor Who website, showrunner Steven Moffat said, "The completist in me… the ‘box set man’ in me wants every box ticked and I wanted every regeneration scene!" The fanboy in me wants to believe that Christopher Eccleston will make an appearance in "The Day of The Doctor." McGann publicly denied involvement in the official anniversary celebration and we know that Eccleston and Moffat met about the possibility of returning to the role. At this years San Diego Comic Con Moffat was quoted as saying, "I have lied my arse off for months. You know nothing so don't make presumptions." With the surprise we got today, could we get a Hurt/Eccleston regeneration?



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

BOOM! STUDIOS CONFIRMS 'DAY MEN' #2 BOOM! STUDIOS CONFIRMS 'DAY MEN' #2 ADDITIONAL PROMOTION

On December 11th, BOOM! Studios will release the second issue of DAY MEN, the original series created and co-written by Matt Gagnon (FREELANCERS), co-written by Michael Alan Nelson (PROTOCOL: ORPHANS, Supergirl) and illustrated by luminary artist Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics).
The first issue met with critical and commercial success, garnering numerous positive reviews along with an almost immediate sellout of the first printing. Additionally, Universal Pictures optioned the rights to produce a DAY MEN feature film within a month of the debut of the series. Issue #2 was originally solicited through June Previews for August 2013 release. Due to the extended delay, BOOM! Studios is pleased to share plans for additional promotion and rewards for retailers and fans continuing to support this unique original series. Creator and BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon shares the details in a special letter below:
 
Dear Retailers and Readers,
Please fasten your seat belts and prepare for landing. We're approaching our final destination.
To put it another way, DAY MEN #2 will be in stores December 11th! You can insert your "It's a Christmas miracle!" jokes here. So...when DAY MEN launched, it quickly amassed a wellspring of critical and commercial success. And for that, we need to thank all of our readers and the retail community for embracing the series. It's a unique book to produce, and one that sort of runs contrary to the monthly publishing schedule. So my feeling is this: if this series is going to be a little different, then it's only fair that we, as the publisher, be different in how we're approaching our support of retailers and readers. It's a two-way street. As you read on you'll see some of the incentives that we're offering for our awesome retail partners and readers.
It's funny, as Editor-in-Chief of BOOM! Studios for going on four years, and another two before that as Managing Editor, I've implemented an era of discipline and reliability for our shipping schedule. It's one of the hallmarks of our company—something I personally take very seriously—and one of the accomplishments I'm most proud of. Ask anyone at BOOM! and they'll tell you I'm borderline rigid about executing our production schedule flawlessly. To boil down my philosophy of publishing comics to its simplest components, it's about "great comics, on time." I believe in delivering the highest-quality stories and doing it on a schedule that fulfills on our solicitation promises to retailers. Look no further than POLARITY, SUICIDE RISK, SIX-GUN GORILLA, HIT, IMAGINE AGENTS, and so many more for that philosophy in practice.
So of course, it's the irony of all ironies that my own book is a different animal altogether.
One thing, I can flat-out guarantee: This book isn't going away. This isn't one of those vanity projects that comes out with one issue in hopes that the media rights are exploited, and then unceremoniously walks off into the forest. Mike, Brian and I are 100% committed to DAY MEN and the stories we have to tell. It's the only series I'm working on and the only series Bri is working on, period. Weeks after DAY MEN #1 came out, it was picked up by Universal for a feature film deal. This doesn't affect the publishing in any way. Literally, nothing has changed in that regard. Retailers and fans have asked so I wanted to address the question head on. We're as focused on the series now as we were on day one.
Brian is putting an insane amount of effort into DAY MEN. He's reaching for (and achieving) career-best work. This is a physically and emotionally draining process. He hasn't taken on a project of this scope and volume in a very long time, maybe ever. He's truly going for broke. We're aiming to make every issue of DAY MEN an event.
So here's how we're going to support our retail partners/readers and have their backs in this pursuit. These are special rewards we're offering on issue #2, and this is an approach we’ll take for each issue moving forward:
  • EVERY retailer who orders DAY MEN #2 is going to receive two copies of a special George Pérez variant cover, free of charge. No strings. No order minimums. It's a gift—a thank you. Whether you hide them away for posterity, gift them to your biggest DAY MEN fans, or sell them to underwrite the cost of your DAY MEN #2 stock, they're our gift to you. The cover is beautiful. And if you do the math (two copies multiplied by the number of DM stores ordering DAY MEN), it's clear to see how this is one of the rarer Pérez pieces around. It also has the distinction of being the only comic book cover George has drawn in 2013 and his first published BOOM! Studios work. It's no secret that George is (courageously) dealing with some eye troubles that, as of writing this, have forced him to undergo surgery to see. Naturally, that hasn’t stopped George. The legend can do with one working eye what us mere mortals could only dream of. Check out how great his take on DAY MEN is!

    Day Men #2 Variant Cover by George Pérez
    Day Men #2 Variant Cover by George Pérez
  • Okay, I'm really excited about this one. The top 50 retailers who order the highest quantities of DAY MEN #2 will be dubbed the "50 Families." In DAY MEN, there are 50 families of vampires that secretly control the world. Well, in the retail community, we're going to sign up 50 retailers that not-so-secretly hold some serious influence in the industry! If you're anointed as one of the 50 Families, you're going to receive some special items that are exclusive to your network. For issue #2, it's going to be a three-color, handmade, 18" x 24" screenprint featuring Brian's art and created by LA-based artist David Kloc, with the name of your store elegantly inscribed on the print by artist/designer Hannah Nance Partlow. There's one other nice little touch to the print that I'll leave as a surprise. We'll also be listing these 50 stores in the comics to promote their operations. Future issues will have additional incentives for the 50 Families of retail.

    Day Men Promo Print

    For our fans, our loyal readers who are picking up the single issues, we're going to offer a little something special in issue #2. Check out the backmatter of the issue for more info. I think you'll dig it.
If you're a retailer looking to support DAY MEN and need some extra help, don't hesitate to reach out to retaileroutreach@boom-studios.com.
Those of you who know my story know that I come from a comic book retail background as a buyer. It's where I got my start in the industry; I have an immense amount of respect for the Direct Market retailer and their role in this medium. That background has informed my point-of-view as an Editor-in-Chief and a creator. And it's in part informed the BOOM! philosophy and operation itself. We're lucky to have a huge cross-section of people in the industry right now who are trying to push it forward. These are people that are supporting original stories, new ideas, and different ways of doing things. And there are some amazing retailers who are at the forefront.
It would be impossible to thank all the retailers I'd like in one sitting. But I do need to give a shout-out to a few retailers that went above and beyond for DAY MEN. These are organizations that dug deep and took a position on the book. Larry's Comics gave us a much-needed foothold in New England, where our story primarily takes place. I'm very thankful to have them as a supporter. Also, Marc Nathan of Cards, Comics, & Collectibles and Gary Dills of Laughing Ogre Comics went in on an exclusive cover. Those guys are huge boosters for the series and we're lucky to have them as part of the “We Are BOOM!” team.
Finally, thanks to all of our readers. I've can't even tell you how much your enthusiasm and dedication means to us. We're honored to have you on this journey, straight up. We'll be there with you when the sun rises on December 11th.

Lux in Tenebris,
Matt Gagnon
 
DAY MEN #2 will arrive in stores on December 11th and carries a retail price of $3.99. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
   

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sony Releases New RoboCop Trailer and One-Sheet


Synopsis- 

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
                

Sunday, November 10, 2013

San Francisco to be Turned Into Gotham City for Miles' Make-A-Wish


Via Make-A-Wish:


Come join us for a fun-filled day of everything Bat as a young crime-fighter captures villains and saves the day on November 15th!
Miles may only be 5 years old but he is fighting a very adult battle, one that we hope he will win. Miles has leukemia. He is a bright, positive, little boy who finds inspiration in super-heroes. When we interviewed Miles for a wish, he surprised even his parents: Miles wants to be Batkid!

On November 15th, Miles will get his wish! The day will begin with a breaking news story. San Francisco’s Police Chief will ask if anyone knows the whereabouts of Batkid. The city needs his help to fight crime and capture villains! Our little Batkid, along with Batman, will be ready to answer the call!

After rescuing a damsel-in-distress from the Hyde Street cable-car tracks in Nob Hill, then capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault, Batkid will enjoy lunch at the Burger Bar, near Union Square. After lunch, he will get a special message from the Police Chief and go to the window where he will look down and see a huge crowd of volunteers jumping up and down pleading for Batkid’s help. Why? The Penguin has just kidnapped a famous San Francisco mascot (Lou Seal)! The batmobile will be visible on Union Square, (a convertible offering a view of the crime in progress), and the chase will be on!

After apprehending the Penguin, Batkid will make a final stop at City Hall where the Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, along with the Police Chief, will congratulate him on his daring feats of justice and present him with a key to the city. We hope to have a huge crowd of volunteers and donors there to cheer him on and thank our Batkid!

This is a great opportunity to witness the magic of a wish in action and a perfect outing for kids, families, and Bat-fans everywhere!

Here are ways you can participate:

1) You are invited to catch the action in one of these locations and cheer on Batkid as he fights crime and battles villains:
  • Look on as a flashmob warns Batkid that the Penguin has kidnapped Lou Seal and see them speed away from Union Square - AT CAPACITY
  • Join in a massive celebration at City Hall at 2pm as SF Mayor, Ed Lee, and the Police Chief present Miles with a key to the city and congratulates him on a job well done (approximately 2:00pm) - RSVP
2) You are welcome to capture it on film, video, and in print. We are happy to provide you with additional information about Miles, his wish, our organization, and the sequence of events. 


*Make sure to use the #sfbatkid hashtag whenever you are sharing information about Miles' wish!*