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:

via YouTube:

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