Friday, December 12, 2014

Newest Funko POP! Figures Added to the Collection

I have been trying to be more conscious of the collectibles I buy. Mostly for that fact that I only have so much space in my home. The one thing that I cannot seem to stop collecting is the Funko POP! line of vinyl figures. There's no shortage of awesome pop culture characters in film/tv/video games, which means that there will be no shortage of new Funko figures any time soon. 

The newest additions to my ever-expanding collection is the 25th anniversary glow-in-the-dark Crow (which is a Hot Topic exclusive), The Walking Dead's Hershel Greene, Arkham Asylum Killer Croc, and my favorite POP! figure thus far, Dancing Groot.

I had to pick up the Crow figure as soon as I saw him. I was a huge fan of the film and the soundtrack back in high school. I don't think the disc left my car's CD player my whole Senior year (don't do the math)! Hot Topic was running a BOGO 50% off sale, so I just had to pick up another figure. That one ended up being the Walking Dead's Hershel.With his crutches and missing leg, how could I not pick up this figure! The Killer Croc and Dancing Groot were Toys R Us scores. There was no way I could pass either of them up. The Croc is one bad ass looking figure and Groot is a must-have for anyone's collection. The next ones on the list are Big Hero 6's Baymax and Dragonball Z's Vegeta. At this rate, I'd better get used to ramen noodles...

Croc is a well-detailed and hefty figure


A Hot Topic Exclusive

Thursday, December 11, 2014

iVERSE Media Announces Graphic Novel Rentals In Comics Plus 8.0

iVerse Media announced the release of ComicsPLUS 8.0, a revolutionary new digital comics app for iOS 8 with a variety of new features including, for the first time ever, the ability to rent graphic novels.

"When designing ComicsPLUS 8.0, it was very important for us to find new ways for potential fans to explore the world of digital comics," said iVerse Media CEO, Michael Murphey, "With Graphic Novel Rentals readers can get a complete story at a very low price, making it easier than ever to experience digital comics, and discover new favorite series."

Graphic Novels can be rented in the ComicsPLUS 8.0 app for iOS 8 for $1.99 for 24 hours, $2.99 for 48 hours, and $3.99 for 120 hours, and can be downloaded for offline reading on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, making it easy to enjoy the books without having to worry about being connected to the Internet. Â

At launch graphic novels from Archie Comics, IDW Publishing, and Valiant Entertainment will be available for rent, with several additional publishers being added in the coming weeks.

"Our launch line-up is incredible, with something for every age, whether you're a movie fan, a horror fan, a superhero fan, or even if you're looking for something great for the kids to read on the Thanksgiving trip this week, there are options for everyone," Mr. Murphey continued.

Titles Available at launch (listed alphabetically) include:

Archie Comics 
Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1, Archie Christmas Classics, Archie Meets Glee, The Best of Archie Comics Book 1, Sabrina: Animated, The Fox: Freak Magnet and The Best of Josie and the PussycatsÂ

IDW Publishing 
Ghostbusters Vol 1, Locke & Key Vol 1, The Maxx: Maxximized Vol 1, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol 1, Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Vol 1, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Vol 1, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures Vol 1

Valiant Entertainment 
Archer & Armstrong Vol 1: The Michelangelo Code, Bloodshot Vol 1: Setting the World on Fire, Eternal Warrior Vol 1: Sword of the Wild. Harbinger Vol 1: Omega Rising, Quantum and Woody Vol. 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team, Shadowman Vol 1: Birth Rites, Unity Vol 1: To Kill A King, and X-O Manowar Vol 1: By the Sword

ComicsPLUS 8.0 is available now in the iTunes App Store.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger Pumping Iron HD Giveaway

Everyone knows Arnold Schwarzenegger but do you know the whole story behind the man?

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film.

Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy, young, deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion.

Sardinian Franco Columbu competes in the lightweight class; at home in Italy he solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place. Joe Weider is the marketer; Mike Katz and Ken Waller go for the title of Mr. Universe. Bodybuilding and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream.

Pumping Iron (plus bonus content) Available Today

Special Features:

Still Pumping: Success in bodybuilding is a mental challenge as well as physical. In these newly recorded interviews, Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the will power and focus you need to become a champion, and the mental attitude that has shaped his career.

The Hard Science of Bodybuilding: Arnold Schwarzenegger and top bodybuilders give insights into the sport of bodybuilding and tips for building the body of your dreams.

We're giving away one digital copy to a lucky reader!

There are three ways to enter:

- Watch the trailer and tweet @monkeyjedi with your favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger film or movie quote with the hashtag #PumpingIron

- Leave a comment below with your favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger film or movie quote.

- Share a link to this post via social media (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pintrest) and let us know when you do!

One winner will be randomly chosen and notified via E-mail. They will then have 24 hours to respond or an alternate winner will be chosen.

Giveaway starts December 10th and end December 17th at 11:59 p.m. 

Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada 

*Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Pumping Iron Digital Download 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.

**Lionsgate is sponsoring this giveaway and will be mailing prize to winner.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Siskel and Ebert's Batman Movie Review

I LOVE film, so Siskel and Ebert were religion for me. Watching their back and forth on 'At the Movies' every week is one of my fondest memories from childhood. It was especially exciting when they reviewed a film that I was looking forward to. If I had already seen the film they were reviewing, I would give my 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' alongside them. I watched them review movies for years, so when Gene Siskel, and then Roger Ebert passed, it was almost like losing family members.  Here, a clip of Siskel and Ebert reviewing Tim Burton's Batman:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New 'Lumberjanes,' First 'Munchkin' Comic, and More in 'BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape'

Main Cover by Jake Lawrence

Retailer Incentive Cover by Jake Lawrence

Remember the days when you’d carefully curate a song list and pass out mix tapes to your friends? Well, this December, BOOM! Box, the newest imprint from award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is putting that same love into comic form with the oversized (8.5” x 11”) BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1. Featuring new shorts from BOOM! Box comics Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, Teen Dog, and Cyanide & Happiness, and showcasing upcoming comics Help Us! Great Warrior and Munchkin, this is a collection of the best comics of 2014 that are truly made “for the love of it.”
“This is one of the most unique collections of short comic book stories you’ll see this year,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The Mix Tape is our love letter to experimental comics and a platform for the BOOM! Box family of creators to cut loose!”
If you’re loving The Midas Flesh, Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, and Cyanide & Happiness, and are excited for our comics adaptation of the Munchkin card game, delve into a world of like-minded stories! From the wacky to the touching, you’ll never know what you’re going to get. Here's a tip: This collection features a brand-new Lumberjanes story written by Noelle Stevenson (Nimona) and the first-ever Munchkin comic by John Kovalic, the illustrator of the popular card game.
We reached out to a bunch of our favorite creators with one mission in mind: to bring original, unconventional characters and stories to life. Mix Tape is an eclectic collection of stories based on characters that are anything but your average lot. Talking hamburgers, misunderstood ghosts, and punk rock grandmas are just the tip of these stories that are best described as “off the beaten track.”

The oversized BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1 arrives from BOOM! Box in comic shops on December 24th with a cover price of $9.99. Both the main cover and the retailer incentive cover are illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Teen Dog).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Jurassic World Trailer

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.  Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.

Monday, December 1, 2014

An Exclusive BOOM! Studios Comic in ‘The Maze Runner’ Blu-ray

On December 16, fans who buy The Maze Runner Blu-ray will get a nice added bonus feature: a special-edition comic book that we created especially for the release! The comic contains two short stories:

The first story is “My Friend George,” written by the film’s director, Wes Ball, and writer, T.S. Nowlin, and illustrated by Marcus To (Hacktivist, Cyborg 009). This story was originally given out to attendees of The Maze Runner panel at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year.

The second tale is “Run Alone,” with a story by Ball and Nowlin, written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Hacktivist), and illustrated by To. Set before the events of the film, both stories combine to expand on the film’s universe and add enjoyment to the experience!

Based on the novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is a 20th Century Fox film and stars Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, and Kaya Scodelario. It is rated PG-13. To pre-order the Blu-ray, visit

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Peter Pan Live! Coming to NBC December 4

Preparing to sprinkle fairy dust across America, NBC presents "Peter Pan Live!" a bold new television production of the iconic Broadway musical.

Allison Williams ("Girls") stars in the title role and Academy Award winner Christopher Walken stars as the villainous Captain Hook in the timeless classic about a boy who never wants to grow up. Tony Award winner Christian Borle will play both Smee, the dastardly right-hand to Captain Hook, as well as George Darling, the no-nonsense father of the Darling children.

The cast also includes five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara as Mrs. Darling, Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling, one of the three Darling children, and Alanna Saunders as Tiger Lily, the Native American who rules her "islanders" on Neverland.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Hairspray," "The Sound of Music Live!") will executive produce. Rob Ashford will serve as director and choreographer and Glenn Weiss will serve as director for live television. 

The original Broadway production of "Peter Pan," directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and featuring the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," opened on Broadway in 1954. The show had a book by J.M. Barrie and a score by Mark "Moose" Charlap & Carolyn Lee, with additional songs by Jule Styne & Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It starred Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, both of whom won Tonys for their performances.

While Martin earned a Tony playing Peter on Broadway, other actresses have taken on the role for different Broadway productions. Sandy Duncan was the title character in the 1979 stage version and Cathy Rigby portrayed Peter throughout the 1990s on the Great White Way. 

Martin and Ritchard reprised their Broadway roles in a live telecast of the production that aired on NBC in 1955.  The production was so popular that NBC followed it in 1956 with a second live telecast and in 1960 with a videotaped version, both also starring Martin and Ritchard. The 1960 videotaped version was rebroadcast in 1963, 1966 and 1973 and was released on home video in 1990.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Avengers Assemble Hawkeye Figure

I wasn't a fan of the 'Avengers Assemble' line and hadn't picked up any of the figures until I came across this Hawkeye. I found it at a local Ross store for only $4.99, and at that price, how could I pass it up? Being a collector of the Marvel Universe line, I was disappointed that we never got an 'Ultimate' version of Hawkeye. The only version released (not including 'Dark Hawkeye') came in a very hard to find set. The only complaint that I have about this figure is with his bow. It comes with this really weird looking canon-thingy that's supposed to be used to shoot arrows that look like missiles. But that's not a huge problem, because it can easily be removed without damaging the bow. It stands just a bit shorter than a Marvel Universe figure, but it still works!

You can find your own Hawkeye at Amazon.

Standing next to a Marvel Universe Figure

Friday, November 28, 2014

Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #5


Still trapped aboard the SERVEYOUinc research satellite, Alice and the Doctor must unravel the mystery of the creature codenamed ‘ARC’ - while staying one step ahead of its whisper-quiet rampage through the station!

But there’s something essential the Doctor’s missing – something he’s overlooked.

Can Alice help him see it, in time to save her life… or is the story of the Doctor’s favorite sarcastic library assistant doomed to end in the icy depths of space?

Writer Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and artist Boo Cook (2000AD, Elephantmen) invite you to a high-tech race against time, with everything to play for!

Comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by Verity Glass and a photo subscription cover.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hop Into the Driver's Seat with Archaia's New Original Series 'Rocket Salvage'

Rocket Salvage #1 Main Cover by Bachan

Rocket Salvage #1 Retailer Incentive Cover by Yehudi Mercado

Archaia, an award-winning imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, invites you to pull on your racing gear and rev up your engines this December for the new sci-fi adventure series Rocket Salvage. Creator/writer Yehudi Mercado (Guardians of the Galaxy: Universal Weapon; Pantalones, TX) and artist Bachan (Imagine Agents) give new meaning to the term “space race” with this six-issue limited series about a disgraced former rocket racer named Primo Rocket and his clone kids as they take off across the galaxy to escape the alien gangsters targeting them.

“Yehudi and Bachan are exactly who you want to take you on a crazy racing adventure through space,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “They’re two high-energy storytellers who are great at building new worlds. And Rocket Salvage just happens to be filled with racing-obsessed aliens and rocket ships! But the heart of this story is about a family sticking together against all odds, and that’s what makes it a special project.”
Primo Rocket was the fastest racer in the galaxy until a crash changed his fate and that of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo. Now, Primo is the owner of a spaceship salvage yard with his two “kids,” clones Beta and Zeta. But everything changes after they become the target of a manhunt leading them on a string of intergalactic adventures. It’s up to this dysfunctional family to stay together and, ultimately, save their home.

Rocket Salvage #1 arrives in comic shops from Archaia on December 17th with a cover price of $3.99

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOOM! Studios Webstore's Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

Don't get too full on all that turkey and canned cranberry sauce! BOOM! Studios is having a weekend-long Black Friday sale in its webstore! Starting on Thanksgiving Day November 27 through Sunday November 30, discounts can top out at 50% off if customers have 20 items in their cart! They'll also find slashed prices on hardcovers and special items on Cyber Monday (December 1) only.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

NECA Batman 1989 Video Game Appearance Action Figure

NECA has just released a 7” Batman 1989 Video Game Figure. It’s one in a line of video game figures that NECA has released, including a Predator, Freddy Krueger and RoboCop, among others. I picked this one up from Toys R Us for $24.99. It’s probably one of the best investments I’ve ever made. This figure is just INSANELY cool. I played the Batman video game for hours on end and it takes me all the way back to my middle school days. Back when I could actually sit and play video games pretty much all day. The packaging is even designed to look like the old NES box! This figure is so cool, that I can’t even bring myself to open it. I’m going to have to pick another one up before these disappear just so I can have one to sit on my shelves.

Description via Amazon:

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of both the 1989 film that defined Batman for the modern generation and its video game adaptation, we're proud to announce our first-ever Batman figure in 7" scale! Batman (1989 Video Game Appearance) is the sixth figure in our highly successful line of classic 8-bit video game tributes. Following Michael Keaton's iconic portrayal as Batman in the movie, the side-scrolling game was released in late 1989 for the super popular 8-bit home console and is a true '80s classic. Batman stands 7" tall, with over 25 points of articulation for great poses, plus removable cape, Batarang and Spear Gun accessories. The paint deco takes a stylized approach to reproduce the game's original cel-shaded look. This limited edition figure comes in special window box packaging with opening flap to re-create the look and feel of the classic 1989 video game packaging. One production run only.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pitch Perfect 2 - Trailer

The Barden Bellas are back in Pitch Perfect 2, the follow-up to 2012’s smash hit.  The comedy is helmed by Elizabeth Banks, co-star and producer of Pitch Perfect, and produced by Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Banks.  Writer Kay Cannon returns to the team to pen the next chapter.

via YouTube

Friday, November 21, 2014

BOOM! Box, an Imprint of BOOM! Studios, Announces Its First Collected Trade Paperback with 'The Midas Flesh' Vol. 1

Nearly one year ago, award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios announced their newest imprint BOOM! Box, a home for comics “made for the love of it.” The publisher is now pleased to announce the collected first volume of the imprint’s inaugural series, The Midas Flesh. Created by the longtime creative theam behind the Adventure Time comics, writer Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, The Midas Flesh is an edge-of-your-seat, save-the-universe adventure with two butt-kickin’ ladies and a dinosaur in a spacesuit. The first volume collects issues #1-4 of this quirky space epic and features a casewrap covered in striking gold fingerprints.

“When you create an imprint that’s intended to encourage weird, experimental, and eclectic comics, you have to start off with a series that really embodies that mission,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The Midas Flesh is just that for BOOM! Box. Ryan, Shelli, and Braden have already proven themselves to be some of the best storytellers in comics with their run on Adventure Time, and they’ve outdone themselves with The Midas Flesh. Plus: dinosaur on a spaceship. Hard to beat that.”

About The Midas Flesh: 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? Well, you haven’t heard everything. Joey 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 Midas Flesh Vol. 1 trade paperback arrives in comic shops on December 3rd with a cover price of $14.99. The cover is illustrated by Emily Partridge (Adventure Time).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Furious 7 - Trailer

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7.  James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.  They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell.  Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Preview: 13 Coins #2 by Simon Bisley, Martin Brennan, Michael B. Jackson

Wednesday (November 19) sees the release of second instalment to the supernatural series 13 Coins by Simon Bisley, Martin Brennan & Michael B. Jackson.

From Eisner Award-winning artist Simon Bisley – legendary artist of Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgement on Gotham and Lobo – comes a new series that finds Heaven and Hell at war in an angelic battle over the fate of Mankind.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Marvel Selk'Bag Sleepwear Systems

Spider-Man Selk'bag

I was searching online for a sleeping bag the other day and came across these awesome Marvel themed Selk'bag Sleepwear Systems. They come in four styles: Spider-Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Iron Man. The price tag may be a little steep for some at $149.00, but you can be guaranteed that camping and sleepovers would be a lot more fun! 

via Selk'bag

Much more than a sleeping bag, the Selk’bag® appeals to a wide variety of consumers wanting an exceptionally comfortable way to stay warm when away from their home bed. Selk’bag USA plans on leveraging the new products to introduce its innovative and patented sleepwear system to a new audience of Marvel fans.

Marvel by Selk’bag allows you to suit up and enjoy any adventure as your favorite Marvel super hero! An excellent choice for spring and summer camping as well as fun around the home, Marvel by Selk’bag features • Four heroes: Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America • Removable booties for use virtually anywhere • Four sizes to fit fans from 4’6” up to 6’4” • A 45 degree temperature rating • Award-winning Selk’bag design!

Iron Man Selk'bag

Hulk Selk'bag

Captain America Selk'bag

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Preview: Alejandro Jodorowsky​'s Royal Blood - A Shakespear​ean Tragedy Of Betrayal, Lust And Warring Kingdoms

Next Wednesday November 19 sees the release of ROYAL BLOOD - a shakespearean tragedy of betrayal, lust and warring kingdoms, from acclaimed creator Alejandro Jodorowsky!

An epic court revenge story of deception and darkness by legendary and highly acclaimed creator Alejandro Jodorowsky!

Wounded, betrayed and left for dead, King Alvar returns to his kingdom to regain his stolen throne.

Hungry for revenge, Alvar finds himself in the middle of a bloody political game for power. To keep his throne he must crush his enemies who would destroy him with their machinations.

But his own horrific appetites may prove his undoing…

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and OTOY Take Fans Inside the Acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series in Industry’s First Commercial Holographic Video Deployment for Virtual Reality and Light Field Displays

Fans can explore the Batcave from the Emmy® Award–winning television series in a fully immersive DC Comics animated universe; OTOY’s ORBX holographic video powers groundbreaking cinematic experience on consumer VR devices

Warner Digital Series, DC Entertainment and visual effects pioneer, OTOY Inc., today announced work on a groundbreaking immersive entertainment experience that will see the Batcave from the acclaimed Emmy® Award–winning Batman: The Animated Series brought to life via interactive holographic video for virtual reality displays. The interactive narrative experience will give fans the opportunity to explore Batman’s world like never before, allowing them to feel what it is like to be inside the show’s stylized universe on devices such as the Samsung GALAXY Gear VR, the Oculus Rift, and on forthcoming ‘glasses-free’ light field displays that will power future TV and mobile devices.

First aired on network television in 1992, Batman: The Animated Series defined the classic DC Comics character for a generation of fans. The success of the highly influential show led to a multi-decade run of critically acclaimed television series and animated original movies set in the DC Comics animated universe it helped establish.

Using OTOY’s OctaneRender™ and light field technology, Warner Digital Series and OTOY are faithfully recreating the look and feel of the animated series in unprecedented detail, collaborating with Batman: The Animated Series producer Bruce Timm. Timm is guiding the meticulous adaptation of the original 1992 designs into a fully realized universe with volume and depth. OTOY is also developing tools that perfectly preserve the show’s distinct visual drawing style in 3D space, without requiring any post-production work or manual artist intervention. OTOY’s OctaneRender™ scales this process through light field rendering on the cloud, translating the show’s unique aesthetic, immediately recognized by millions of fans, into cinematic virtual reality.

The project represents the first of many commercial endeavors leveraging OTOY’s rendering and holographic streaming technology which aim to deliver next-generation media and entertainment experiences to emerging content platforms in the coming years.

“We are continuously exploring new and exciting ways to tell stories and share experiences with audiences around the globe, and we’re excited to be working with OTOY on this cutting-edge adaptation from Batman: The Animated Series,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “More to the point: It’s super-cool, eye-popping stuff, and fans are going to love it. We can’t wait for them to have the chance to see the Batcave from the show again — for the very first time.”

“Warner Bros. has always been at the forefront of technology and entertainment, exemplified again today in its partnership with OTOY in bringing this Batman: The Animated Series experience to new audiences through holographic video,” said Jules Urbach, Founder and CEO, OTOY. “We’re thrilled to be part of this project. Our work with Warner Bros. validates the tremendous potential of VR as a new cinematic medium.

Work on the Batman: The Animated Series project is already underway with a first release targeting this winter through the ORBX viewer app.

About OTOY Inc.

OTOY Inc. is the definitive cloud graphics company, pioneering technology that is redefining content creation and delivery for media and entertainment organizations around the world. OTOY’s Academy Award®-winning technology is used by leading visual effects studios, artists, animators, designers, architects, and engineers, providing unprecedented creative freedom, new levels of realism, and new economics in content creation and distribution powered by the cloud. For more information, visit

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Relive the Darker Side of Los Angeles with the Harvey Award-Nominated 'Hit: 1955' Trade Paperback

Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the December debut of the Hit: 1955 trade paperback. The collection includes all four issues of the Harvey Award-nominated, gritty crime noir story that explores the darker side of the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1950s. Writer Bryce Carlson teams up with Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer and Harvey Award nominee Vanesa R. Del Rey (The Empty Man) for a story that looks at the twisted history of the LAPD and the policemen who did a little wetwork under the table in the name of cleaning up crime.
“Hit is one of my favorite books we’ve ever published,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Bryce and Vanesa arrived on the comic book scene lightning-fast last year. It was a groundbreaking debut for two creators that took us to Los Angeles in 1950s and delivered a gem of a noir story. This collection is a must-have for fans of beautiful art, great writing, and comics that add a little something new to the industry. Plain and simple, Hit delivers.”
In Hit: 1955, they say the eyes are the window to the soul. You look at Harvey Slater and you’ll see a homicide detective chasing cigarettes with a few fingers of bourbon. You look into his eyes, and you’ll see a hitman who spends his nights making “untouchable” criminals disappear for the Los Angeles Police Department. But all it takes is a blonde bombshell from his past and a crime syndicate trying to muscle in while Mickey Cohen’s in prison to open Slater’s eyes to who he really is. This book collects the complete four-issue limited series, features the never-before-seen prose short story, “Bonnie,” and includes an introduction by American crime author Duane Swierczynski.
Praise for Hit:
“A violent piece of 1950s noir...comics’ next big ‘Hit’.” - USA Today
“Loved Hit...dark, twisted noir.” - Scott Snyder (Batman, Detective Comics)
“Man, this is good stuff… Suspensful and quirky without being hard to read or impenetrable. Art’s great, too!” - Mark Waid (Irredeemable, The Flash)
“Writer Bryce Carlson has a skill for heightened noir dialogue and creates a strong hook...but the main draw of Hit is Vanesa R. Del Rey’s atmospheric, expressive artwork...“ - The A.V. Club
“The story is compelling, the flawed, gruff human at the center of the action is compelling to read and the plot itself feels fresh and new despite the 60-year-old setting. ... This is a fine bit of noir and it makes me itch for more.” - Comic Book Resources
“ complicated slice of nasty noir during the golden age of Los Angeles...” - Newsarama
“Thanks to a fresh approach to the detective genre and great art, Hit #1 really packs a wallop. Looks like BOOM! Studios has another hit on their hands. Pun intended.” - IGN
“...Hit gets at the heart of what makes noir so compelling, and plays out the formula in all its glory.” - Multiversity
“The story is compelling and keeps you engrossed, living up to its name many times in the first issue alone.” - Graphic Policy
“Carlson and Del Rey have put together a book that captures a long-past era, but still manages to feel fresh and new, while containing many of the conventions that make stories like this so compelling in the first place.” - The MacGuffin
“Sometimes you just need a meat-and-potatoes detective pulp story to just immerse yourself into, and Hit is perfect for that.” - All-Comic
“It’s clear that a lot of research and love for the crime genre went into this project, and it shows.” - Comic Bastards

The Hit: 1955 trade paperback arrives in comic book shops on December 10th with a cover by series artist Vanesa R. Del Rey for the price of $14.99.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Preview: Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #2 by Robbie Morrison & Dave Taylor

Subscription photo cover

Clara photo cover

Art cover by Coal Hill 


Journey beyond the astounding new series of the TV show with award-winning writer Robbie Morrison and New York Times bestselling artist Dave Taylor!

On a frozen planet spinning around a dying star, the Doctor and Clara stumble across the lone survivor of a species that once conquered the galaxy. Is it a prisoner? Cryogenically suspended pioneer? ...or something altogether more sinister?

Caught in a deadly mystery, Clara and the Doctor's actions will have scorching repercussions for the universe!

Plus, debuting this issue - humor strip by Colin Bell & Neil Slorance (Dungeon Fun)