Sunday, May 31, 2015

Get Lost in a Good Book...and Never, Ever Return in BOOM! Studios' 'The Fiction'

Main Cover by David Rubín

Incentive Cover by Tula Lotay

Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce the June debut of The Fiction, a new limited series from Curt Pires (POP, Mayday) and rising star artist David Rubín (Battling Boy: The Rise of Aurora West) about a group of childhood friends who discover doorways to other worlds through a set of strange books, in the vein of The Unwritten and Jumanji. 
“Everyone loves getting pulled into a good story, but what happens if the story doesn’t want to let you back out again?” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Curt has tapped into the ultimate fantasy of escapism and turned it on its head. David is a hugely talented artist who’s been tasked with creating two worlds in The Fiction, and he’s blown us away. This is a series that embraces the beauty and narrative potential of the comic book medium.”
Four childhood friends discover a box of strange books that, when read aloud, can transport them to the beautiful, imaginary worlds described within. But when one of them goes missing, the others vow never to reveal where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. Years later, when one of the remaining kids, now an adult, also mysteriously disappears, it’s up to the last two of the group to dig up their dusty books to find him and finally figure out what happened to their friend all those years ago.

The Fiction #1 arrives in comic shops on June 17th with a main cover by series artist David Rubín for the price of $3.99. Also available in a limited quantity are a 10 Years incentive cover by Frazer Irving (Annihilator, Uncanny X-Men) and a retailer incentive cover by Tula Lotay (Curb Stomp, Supreme: Blue Rose).

Friday, May 29, 2015

Action Figure Xpress Features SDCC 2015 Exclusive Jim Lee Batman Figure for Pre-order

Legendary comics artist Jim Lee has brought his extraordinary vision of Batman to epic stories including BATMAN: HUSH and BATMAN: FOR TOMORROW. Now, that vision of the Dark Knight is brought to life once more in the new DC COMICS BLUELINE EDITION—BATMAN BY JIM LEE ACTION FIGURE. Based on designs by Jim Lee, this spectacular action figure captures the feel of the artwork that appears on the packaging.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

School's Back in Session with 'Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine' Hardcover

Archaia, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce the latest installment of Thomas Siddell’s adventurous fantasy series with the June release of the Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine hardcover. Siddell’s long-running webcomic has garnered high praise and a large fanbase from around the world, including legendary creator Neil Gaiman, and Archaia is pleased to present this collection of the latest adventures of Antimony Carver at the mysterious boarding school, Gunnerkrigg Court.
“Gunnerkrigg Court has been running online for ten years now, and Antimony’s journey has only become more and more exciting,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Thomas has created a fantastic world filled with magic, science, and myth, and Antimony is the perfect character to explore that world. Most impressive of all are the fans from all corners of the globe who have continually supported and cheered on this series, so we’re honored to be collecting Thomas’ work in these beautiful hardcover collections.”
Antimony’s new responsibilities thrust her into the heart of the forest, taking Parley and Smitty along for the ride! Meanwhile, Kat is left to deal with the mysterious letter she received, and Renard takes the time to reflect on his past decisions. As the year reaches a close, some friendships will grow stronger and some will have to come to an end.

The Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine hardcover arrives in comic book shops on June 17th with a cover by series creator Thomas Siddell (Munchkin) for the price of $26.99.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Unboxing May's Loot Crate: "Unite"

This months Loot Crate theme, "Unite," is all about teams. The team at Loot Crate put together a box of goodies that celebrates teamwork in all its forms, from "battling dastardly supervillains or just trying to capture a flag." On top of all of the awesome swag, this months magazine has two great features; an interview with BOOM! Studios and a list of "The Greatest Comic Teams of All Time" (even if I don't totally agree with their top choice). Not only that, but the box turns into an awesome diorama! Overall, another great box that far exceeds its price tag.

For those that don't know, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service which delivers a box of "Geek and Gamer Gear" straight to your door. For roughly $21.00/month (shipping included) you'll get a box of goodies valued at $40+. You can visit Loot Crate for more info.

Inside this months crate:

- May Loot Crate Button
- Exclusive Green Ranger T-Shirt (Flophouse)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron Car Decal (Marvel)
- Exclusive Team Fortress 2 Button Set (A Crowded Coop)
- Exclusive Bravest Warriors Tales From the Holo John #1 (BOOM! Studios)
- Marvel Super Heroes Ice Tray (ICUP, Inc.)
- Exclusive MAD Magazine Loot Crate Edition (DC Entertainment)
- Exclusive Marvel Sneaker Laces (Esquire Footwear)
- Exclusive Rick and Morty 300-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle (cardinal Industries, Inc.)  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

May's 1-Up Unboxing

This is the second month in a row that I ordered the 1-Up box, a "Monthly Box of Epic Gear for Geeks and Gamers." Each month is centered around a theme and for the low price of $12.92/month plus shipping, you receive a box valued at $40.00+ filled with items surrounding the theme and each month includes a "guaranteed exclusive EPIC shirt!" I was really impressed with the previous months box (which featured a Captain America Funko POP and a Mario/Batman T-shirt), that I had to keep my subscription going in order see what they had in store for this month.

The theme of the month was "Sidekick" and 1-Up delivered with some pretty cool items. The box featured six collectibles featuring some of Geekdom's favorite sidekicks from Adventure Time, Star Wars, and Super Mario Bros. Items included a Star Wars drawstring backpack, dog tag, Jake sticker, "Love My Sidekick" wristband, BMO plush, and a Tron-inspired BMO/Yoshi T-shirt. Scroll down to check out what was inside!

Drawstring Backpack

Sticker, wristband, and dog tag

BMO plush and Exclusive T-shirt

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Come Out and Play with the All-Ages 'Clarence' Limited Series This June!

Main Cover by JJ Harrison

KaBOOM!, an award-winning imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, and Cartoon Network Enterprises, the licensing and merchandising arm of the network, are pleased to announce the June debut of Clarence, a new comic based on Cartoon Network’s hit animated series. The series joins KaBOOM!’s lineup of successful all-ages comics and graphic novels based on Cartoon Network animated shows, including Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Amazing World of Gumball, Uncle Grandpa, and Over The Garden Wall. Writer Liz Prince (Tomboy) teams up with artist Evan Palmer (Munchkin) for the heartfelt adventures of Clarence, an optimistic fourth-grader who’s always on the search for fun with his best friends Jeff and Sumo. Life might throw a bully or a grumpy adult in his path, but Clarence puts a stop to that with kindness and treating everyone like a friend.
“Clarence is an honest, hilarious, heartfelt show that reflects the best of childhood, and we’re thrilled to bring these characters to comics for the first time,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Clarence’s optimism is infectious, and it’s carrying over into the comic book series. Check out what the incredibly talented Liz and Evan have planned for him and his friends!”

Clarence #1 arrives in comic shops on June 10th with a main cover by JJ Harrison (Ninja Boy Goes to School) for the price of $3.99. Also available in a limited quantity is a Jackpot variant cover (1 in 100 intermix) by Scott Maynard (Happle Tea), a subscription cover by series writer Liz Prince (Tomboy), a 10 Years incentive cover by Roger Langridge (Abigail and the Snowman), and a retailer incentive cover by Kassandra Heller (Adventure Time).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Giveaway- Create Your Own POP! Icon with the Funko POP! Icon Generator

Funko's Japanese site has a fun generator which you can use to create your own Funko POP! Icon. I used it recently to create an Indiana Jones icon just for fun. There are lots of looks and accessories that you can choose from to create your POP! You can make Walking Dead and Firefly icons, or you can make a fun random icon with scars, hats, cat ears, and even an eye patch! 

Click on the link to create your own and tweet @monkeyjedi or E-mail with your creation and you'll be entered to win a Funko POP! figure. Giveaway starts 5/20/18 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 5/31/15. Winner will be notified and will then have 24 hours to respond or an alternate winner will be chosen.

*Sorry, U.S. residents only.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Doctor Who "The Vampires of Venice" Custom Funko POP!'s

I've added two more custom POP! figures to the collection recently. They are Amy Pond and Rory Williams from "The Vampires of Venice" episode of Doctor Who. Since we're getting official POP!'s of our favorite Doctors and villains, with no word yet on any of his companions, I had to have someone for The Doctor to go on adventures with. The figures came in really well-designed custom boxes. This little perk was definitely appreciated as some of the ones I've purchased have come without their original box. That attention to detail extends to the figures themselves. They are top-notch customs that the artist obviously put a lot of time into. Rory is even accurate down to the shirt he wore to his stag party! Unfortunately, Amy comes without her scarf, but that's a minor quibble, because the figure looks great and is just as well done as the Rory figure. Keep scrolling for a closer look at these awesome customs.

These incredible figures were done by Spastic Customs whom you can check out on their website, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and their Etsy store. Please check out their Etsy store for awesome Indiana Jones, Torchwood, Jurassic World customs and more. Very talented artist who I'm hoping to purchase more figures from soon! 

POP!'s came in custom boxes

Love the shirt!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Explore the End with BOOM! Studios Series 'Broken World'

Main Cover by Christopher Peterson

10 Years Incentive Cover by Frazer Irving 

 Incentive Cover by Christian Ward

Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the June debut of Broken World, a new sci-fi thriller and survival adventure series from Frank J. Barbiere (Five Ghosts, Avengers World) and Christopher Peterson (Grindhouse, Mayday). Broken World explores the lives of people left behind on the last days of Earth, perfect for fans of Y: The Last Man or The Massive.
“It’s hard not to fall in love with a well-crafted survival story,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “From zombie viruses to post-apocalyptic wastelands, we all love to cheer for the last survivors. For BROKEN WORLD, Frank and Christopher have created an intense, riveting story about a woman who chooses to live on in a world facing an extinction-level event from the stars.”
With a meteor days away from causing an extinction-level event on Earth, time is running out for Elena Marlowe. While most of the planet’s population and her family were approved by the government to escape on one of the giant spaceships headed to another planet, her application was denied due to her mysterious past. With the meteor fast approaching, Elena tries desperately to find a way to fake her way onto the last ship or else be left behind to die with the rest of Earth’s rejected denizens.

Broken World #1 arrives in comic shops on June 3rd with a main cover by series artist Christopher Peterson for the price of $3.99. Also available in a limited quantity are a 10 Years incentive cover by Frazer Irving (Annihilator, Uncanny X-Men) and a retailer incentive cover by Christian Ward (ODY-C).

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bruce Boxleitner at the First-Ever Atlantic City Boardwalk Con

Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5), co-creator of the new Archaia steampunk comic series Lantern City, will be attending ACBC on Saturday, May 16 only and can be found at the Lantern City table #2106 from 10am-12:30pm, at The World of Lantern City panel from 2-3pm, and at the BOOM! Studios booth from 3:30-4:30pm.
BOOM! and its imprints Archaia, KaBOOM!, and BOOM! Box can be found at Booth #724 and will host the following creators all weekend:
•James Tynion IV (writer of The Woods, Memetic, and UFOlogy)

•Trevor Crafts and Matthew James Daley (creators of Lantern City)

•Coleman Engle (artist on the Steven Universe comics)

•Travis Hill (artist on Adventure Time short stories)

Engle and Hill are also available to create custom illustrations for fans for $30.00 on blank sketch covers all weekend. Interested attendees can place their order at the booth and return later for pickup.
BOOM! imprint Archaia will host a panel on Lantern City—the first issue launches the same week of ACBC.

Saturday, May 16


Presented by: Filip Sablik (Host), Trevor Crafts, Matthew James Daley, and Bruce Boxleitner.
Lantern City is an exciting, new steampunk comic series just launched by Archaia and Macrocosm Entertainment, featuring wondrous settings, engaging characters, and of course, some great costumes. Come explore the development of the series and see exclusive behind-the-scenes content with creators Trevor Crafts, Matthew James Daley, and Bruce Boxleitner, and learn what’s new with the development of the proposed television series. Moderated by BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. Attendees will receive a free, Limited Edition Lantern City pin exclusive to Atlantic City Boardwalk Con!
The panel will be followed by a Lantern City signing at 3:30pm of the ACBC exclusive variant (available for purchase for $10.00) by Trevor Crafts, Matthew James Daley, Bruce Boxleitner, and cover artist Conor Nolan (Never Boy). The signing will take place at the BOOM! Studios booth, #724.

Atlantic City Boardwalk Con Variant Cover

For more information about and tickets for ACBC, visit their website at

Friday, May 8, 2015

Child 44 Trailer and Synopsis

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, CHILD 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (TOM HARDY), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (NOOMI RAPACE), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (GARY OLDMAN) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (JOEL KINNAMAN), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

'Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John' One-Shot

Main Cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

Incentive Cover by Artyom Trakhanov

KaBOOM!, the all-ages imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is taking potty humor to the next level with the May debut of the oversized Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1. This special one-shot is packed with short stories focused on the Bravest Warriors’ lavish lavatory, the Holo John—a cross between Star Trek’s Holodeck and the wacky irreverence of Bravest Warriors that lets users live out their wildest (or lamest) fantasies—and features a cavalcade of talented creators, including Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp, D4VE), Kat Leyh (Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift), Mad Rupert (Adventure Time: Banana Guard), Eryk Donovan (Memetic), Adam Del Re, Jorge Corona (Feathers), and John Omohundro, the voice of Danny on the Bravest Warriors animated series!
“I think, deep down, we all wish we had a Holo John,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “But until that technology exists, we’ve enlisted some fantastic talent to showcase the many hilarious adventures that can be had with a holographic toilet. It’s especially exciting to have John Omohundro stepping out of the recording booth to make his comics debut!”
What happens when you flush a pet fish down the Holo John? (Hint: It fantasizes it was a shark instead!) Or what if the Holo John gains sentience and “dreams of electric pee”? All that and more are covered in this collection of short stories about the Bravest Warriors’ out-of-this-world outhouse. Who knew they used their emotions-based powers in the loo, too?

Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1 arrives in comic shops on May 27th with a main cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Critical Hit) for the price of $4.99. Also available in a limited quantity is a retailer incentive cover by Artyom Trakhanov (Regular Show).

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Funko POP! Customs

A few of the custom POP's on display

Lately, I've become a huge fan of Funko POP! custom figures. There are tons of creative people doing custom repaints and even creating characters out of Funko's popular line of vinyl figures. You can find artists selling their works on places like eBay, Etsy, and Storenvy. They can seem a bit high priced at first, but you have to consider the time, talent and dedication put into these pieces. Once you look at it from that perspective, spending $60.00 or more for a custom piece becomes a steal. I've started a collection from some very talented folk from all parts of the Internets. I've even picked up a great Guardians of the Galaxy/Funko POP!-inspired painting from Etsy. Here some of my favorite recent purchases.

Silver Surfer from AREA 42 on Storenvy

Crazed Arkham Origins Batman from dkile57 on eBay

Deadpool with metallic paint and flakes from ryu-collectibles on eBay

4:20 Groot from scashauto on eBay

Guardians of the Galaxy "Assassin Sisters" Painting from LoveCraftedDesigns on Etsy

Sunday, May 3, 2015

'Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz' Announced

As just announced by The New York Times, this October, KaBOOM! will publish Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz, a 112-page hardcover that celebrates the 65th anniversary of the beloved title and will collect contributions from over 25 artists from the worlds of comic strips, comic books, and webcomics. Each contributor pays a unique tribute to Schulz and the Peanuts gang with a piece of off-model Peanuts art, along with a short essay. Creators revealed in the Times piece include Jen Wang ("In Real Life"), Matt Groening ("The Simpsons"), Patrick McDonnell (“Mutts”), Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”), Megan Brennan (“Adventure Time”), Raina Telgemeier (“Smile”), and Jeff Lemire (“Sweet Tooth”). 

Art by Jen Wang

Art by Jeff Lemire

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hawkeye Sings About His Super Powers (Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud" Parody)

I'm just gonna leave this here.

via YouTube

When you’re on a team with the Hulk and Thor
And we’re all up there on the movie screen,
Will the people believe that I’m not quite as tough?
Will anyone even notice me?

But listen I’ve got powers too, they’re pretty sweet.
I promise I can do so much more than just archery.

I’m serious guys.
I’ve got a collection of scarves and berets.
I play trombone in a ska band.
I once got to second base on my Tinder date.
And my cat has got its own Instagram.

I tell you now
I kick ass at Mario Kart.
This year I played an extra in Paul Blart.
I can open a pickle jar.
I’m friggin’ Hawkeye.
Maybe I’m as super as they are.

So maybe I still haven’t lost my virginity.
But when I bowl I always score at least 70, after six beers

Yes I know 'bout Captain America’s strength.
Hulk becomes a towering man.
But I got seventh place in my fantasy league.
And I once butt-dialed Jean-Claude Van Damme.

When I go to Chipotle I get free guac.
I flirt with the cashier and she says I rock.
I own water-resistant socks.
I’m friggin’ Hawkeye.
Maybe I'm as super as they are.

Maybe I'm as super as they are.

Maybe I'm as super as they are.