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!

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

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

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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!


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
-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.