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SUPERGIRL: Can Kara’s Dad Be Trusted?

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:47

Things are rarely simple when it comes to family. Especially when your father may be an agent for an evil underground organization. In this #DCTV clip, Hector finds out whether Jeremiah Danvers can be trusted from someone who should know—Chyler Leigh! (Plus, maybe she could put a good word in for him to her sister, eh?) Also, we ponder some Savitar secrets on The Flash and discuss whether it gets any more awesome than when super heroes tangle with dinosaurs!

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Not all heroes wear capes – but some carry tubes (Pi Day 2017)

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:44

“My whole life has been…people telling me what I can’t do. Now I’m doing it.” – Riri Williams (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #15 ).

3/14/17 at 6:28PM ET.

decisions.mit.edu

2021s are happening.

More: http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/…

CREDITS:
* Starring Ayomide F. ’18 as Riri Williams
* Featuring Stu Schmill ’86 as himself
* Produced by Cowboy L. ’20 and Loren S. ’17
* Directed by Chris Peterson SM ’13 and Selam G. ’18
* Based on characters and concepts from the Marvel Universe
* Score: “L’estasi dell’oro (The Ecstasy of Gold)” by Ennio Morricone
* Inspired by fanart from tumblr
* Ironheart model modified from “Iron_Man” by TurboSquid user Dipu_1
* Drone filming by DronePros.net
* Thanks to the Center for Bits and Atoms, the MIT Wind Tunnel, instructor Simona Socrate, and more for filming locations.
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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series’ Cast Revealed

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:25

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Mar. 9, 2017 – Award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment, Telltale Games, along with Marvel Entertainment, today shared the world-first screenshots and cast details for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, set to premiere digitally this Spring on consoles, PC, and mobile devices.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a brand new story of the universe’s unlikeliest heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.

From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience.

This week at PAX East in Boston, MA on March 10th at 6pm in the Albatross Theater, join the team from Telltale Games as well as Marvel Games Creative Director, Bill Rosemann, to hear more about the series as they discuss the creative process behind this stellar new adventure. The panel will also be streamed live on Twitch. For more information on the panel and PAX East, please visit http://east.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/telltale-games-interactive-storytelling-in-2017 One week later on March 17th at SXSW in Austin, TX, be the first audience in the world to Crowd Play an early version of the first episode at a one-of-a-kind premiere event at the Paramount Theater, with doors opening at 6:30pm. Audience members will be able to control the story from their seats using their mobile devices to help decide what happens on the big screen! The event will be open to all badge holders of SXSW or SXSW Gaming on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information on SXSW Gaming and how to obtain badges, please visit https://www.sxsw.com/exhibitions/gaming-expo/ The series will feature a star-studded cast of voice talent, including Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series) as Star-Lord, Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora, Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Rocket, Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) as Drax, and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot. Premiering this Spring, the series will also be coming to retail as a special season pass disc, which will include the first episode in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. Specific platform details are yet to be announced. Revealed in December on stage at The Game Awards 2016 in Los Angeles, you can watch the announcement teaser trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Koy_e_ipwng

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ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 Recruits Superstar Writer Charles Soule!

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 19:15

The Most Iconic X-Men Series of the 21st Century Comes to ResurrXion!

New York, NY—March 9th, 2017 —You asked for it! You got it! The hardest hitting mutants. The biggest villains. The best creators. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce that chart-topping writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Inhumans vs. X-Men) will headline the all-new ASTONISHING X-MEN #1. A new prestigious ongoing series from top-tier creators, the new series is set to unite some of the most popular, fan-demanded characters in the X-Men mythology for an epic story that will redefine the mutant landscape in the Marvel Universe!

 

“If you’re going to relaunch a book called ‘Astonishing X-Men,’ it had better live up to the title,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “Charles and his soon-to-be-revealed collaborators are about to unveil a story that touches every corner of the X-Men mythology, and the first issue alone will have massive ramifications for the Children of the Atom.  We can’t wait to tell you more about this book.”

 

Old Man Logan, Archangel, Mystique, Rogue, Gambit, Bishop, Psylocke and Fantomex. Together, they are the Astonishing X-Men. But what brings this eclectic collection of heroes together? A familiar menace has once again reared its ugly head – reborn, renewed and resurrected. To defeat one of their greatest foes and rescue one of their own, the X-Men’s greatest will assemble for a mission that will take them places you never thought they’d go!

 

“The book is designed to tell a very focused, specific story, with a few cool main villains,” says series writer Charles Soule. “I’m writing it like a puzzle box, with new layers and reveals opening up every issue. So, you’ll never know exactly where it’s going to go next – but the structure is built in such a way that almost anything from the long, incredible history of the X-Men can pop up. If you think about these characters, they’ve been present or involved for virtually every major era of X history, all the big events. That’ll play a role in a big way.”

 

As deadly forces await, will the Astonishing X-Men’s first mission also be their last? Find out this summer, in the blockbuster ASTONISHING X-MEN #1!

 

ASTONISHING X-MEN #1

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art by CLASSIFIED

Cover by JIM CHEUNG
On Sale in July!

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RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 preview

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:25

Valiant is proud to announce RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 – an astonishing standalone tale revealing the saga behind Valiant’s greatest heroes and villains from prehistory to the 41st century! On June 14th, traverse the long and storied history behind the rise of Earth’s most formidable heroes with multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegade) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (Faith) as they present a stunning overview of Valiant’s centuries-spanning universe. Inspired by the original, legendary RAI #0, this self-contained one-shot special is the ultimate introduction to the historic moments that will forever define the Valiant Universe…past, present, and future!

Rai, the spirit guardian of Earth, has uncovered an ancient tome filled with history’s greatest tales and civilization’s darkest moments. Charting the dawning days of ancient Mesopotamia all the way to the rise of New Japan, the history of the Valiant Universe is laid bare in shocking and revelatory detail. From X-O Manowar to Bloodshot to Faith to Divinity…history will reveal untold revelations for Valiant’s greatest heroes and antagonists!

On June 14th, all-star creators Rafer Roberts and Francis Portela salute 25 years of New Japan’s homegrown guardian and introduce a jam-packed jumping-on point for the largest independent superhero universe in comics with RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 – featuring covers by Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.), Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars), Robert Gill (Book of Death), and Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf)!

Plus: On April 12th, the anniversary celebration of Valiant’s most celebrated heroes begins with a swashbuckling adventure from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) and Eisner Award winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar) in IMMORTAL BROTHERS: THE TALE OF THE GREEN KNIGHT #1 – a special 48-page quest into Arthurian legend with Archer & Armstrong, the Eternal Warrior, and Ivar, Timewalker!

Then, on May 10th, take up arms alongside New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps.) and acclaimed artist Renato Guedes (Bloodshot Reborn, Wolverine) as they unleash ETERNAL WARRIOR: AWAKENING #1  –  the second of four special issues honoring the most beloved Valiant stories ever told with a special standalone tale torn from Gilad Anni-Padda’s long march through the ages.

RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | COMING IN JUNE!


RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 – Cover A by Clayton Crain
RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 – Cover B by Clayton Henry

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IDW GAMES ENTERS THE ARENA WITH KING OF THE CREEPIES

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:24

Off-the-Wall Gladiator Combat of Ridiculous Proportions

San Diego, CA (March 9, 2017) – Being King is good. But being the King of the Creepies is even better. And you’ve got to be King, or else you’ll just be… creepy.
King of the Creepies is a card combat game, where players draw and battle their Creepies in an effort to win enough Victory Crystals to be crowned the King of the Creepies! With Creepy combatants like Noctornal Manimal, Sherlock Bones, Edward Tankhands, and Nighty Knight, the narcoleptic man-at-arms, designer Jon Cohn’s tongue-in-cheek sense of humor shines through as soon as you draw your first card.

The game takes place in an arena, where you will draft your Creepies to fight for you. You’ll place bets, wagering Monies on who you think will win, purchase gear and items to upgrade your Creepies, and play Mischief cards to spice up the arena and pull the wool over your opponents’ eyes. Grab as many Victory Crystals as you can, by either winning fights legitimately, or secretly completing hidden objectives. The first to five Victory Crystals wins the game in this epic player-versus-player smash.

Each crazy Creepie has their own personality. Not only will they make you laugh out loud (happens to me all the time), but they’ll wreak havoc on your opponents. The Frigid Witch, for example, can give you the Cold Shoulder, which increases her attack value.

You can beer and pretzels it, or you can take the game seriously. Combining Creepies with unique Gear and Ability cards gives the combat an extremely robust and strategic depth. The brilliance of the game is that it takes a stout gladiator-styled system, and imbues enough simplicity and comedy that the game attracts a broader scope of players, while still keeping hardcore gamers happy. You can even negotiate deals and alliances while you’re in the arena, making it a highly social game perfect for a bar or board game cafe.

Everything in this game is a joke, except the game itself. With a light-hearted pop-culture parody-themed coating, and a competitive light strategy game core, King of the Creepies is out for blood at $39.99 in June 2017.

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Slashing Meets Smashing in WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION Crossover!

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 16:20

Weapon X & Totally Awesome Hulk Crossover This June!

New York, NY—March 9th, 2017 — This June, the claws are coming out as two of Marvel’s biggest comics collide in a hard-hitting crossover for the ages! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce Weapons of Mutant Destruction – a blockbuster 6-part crossover between Weapon X and Totally Awesome Hulk! Kicking off this June in WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION ALPHA, blockbuster creators Greg Pak and Mahmud Asrar are pitting the strongest there is and the deadliest there are against the reinvigorated Weapon X program!
For years, the Weapon X Program engineered the most dangerous mutant machines on planet Earth. That is, until they mysteriously vanished. Until today! The Weapon X program has been reopened, more deadly and dangerous than ever before. Under the leadership of its mysterious new director, the Weapon X program has moved beyond their old ways and has a new mission – exterminate all mutants! The key to their master plan? Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk! But why? And what is the sinister secret of Weapon X’s mysterious new “Batch-H” experiment?

 

The high-octane thrill ride begins this June in the oversized WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION ALPHA one-shot and continues in the pages of both Totally Awesome Hulk and Weapon X!

 

WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION: ALPHA
Written by GREG PAK

Art by MAHMUD ASRAR

Cover by SKAN

On-Sale in June!

 

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #20

Weapons of Mutant Destruction Chapter 2!

On-Sale in June!

 

WEAPON X #5
Weapons of Mutant Destruction Chapter 3!
On-Sale in July!

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Weird Revisited: Desolation Cabaret

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:00
This post appeared in March 20, 2011. I think it was first straight up "rpg fiction" on the blog.

In 5880, writer and Great War veteran, Geoffersen Turck, arrived in the Republic of Staark intending to write a travelogue of post-war Ealderde. What follows is from Turck’s journals...


Like home, the capital of Staark has an old name, which nobody bothers to use. It’s just “the Metropolis” these days.  I have to admit, it outdoes the City in some ways--giant skyscrapers are everywhere, with aircars flitting busily between them like insects, interrupted by the stately passage of the occasional zeppelin. Automata direct traffic in the streets, and there’s the ever-present hum and vibration of the underground factories and power plants. You could almost forget the country was flatten by war, then buried by debt--but of course, glittering towers and airplanes keep you looking up, instead of at the faces of the poor walking the low streets.

Then there’s the dark side--what they call “the half-world.” This is a town so full of prostitutes they actually publish guidebooks so the inquiring libetine can stay up on the shifting codes of clothing and color accessories that signal what sort of perversions a hire is game for! Below the elevated roads and railways, lurid neon decorates cabarets and clubs that offer all that's on the streets and more. These streets are all-night candy store for drug fiends--their narco-alchemists must work in shifts. Maybe they’ve got automata doing that, too. In the shadows on the periphery of this underworld are the poor, discarded veterans of the Great War. Those pressed into service by crime or poverty as Eisenmenschen--men thaumatosurgically reconstructed in the Imperial bodyworks with machine parts to be implements of war. The rising National Purity Party has been scapegoating these unfortunates in their rhetoric--blaming them for Staark’s humiliation and defeat.


The air’s starting to get to me. They say things about Metropolis’ air, like its some sort of intoxicant all its own. To me, it’s just the constant stench of stale cigarettes, diesel fumes, and sweat, poorly covered with cloying perfume.

I think I'll give the country a try.

There are areas of the Staarkish countryside posted with warnings. These are the desolation zones, places still tainted by the strange weapons used in the War. Mostly people heed the warnings--the signs aren’t even needed really, when you can see the sickly vegetation, or the pale glow on moonless nights, or hear the weird cries of things unseen. Locals sit in taverns and swap tales about things like gibbering mouths, dire worms, flabby men, or susurrous shamblers. They talk about the zones, but they stay out.

The fellows I’ve thrown in with have other ideas.


The government’s put a bounty on the malfunctioning constructs and golems from the war still stalking the countryside, still carrying out their orders. Menschenjäger--manhunters--they’re called. From the description of the frightened farmers, the leader of our band calls the one we're after a Betrachter, but when we finally see the thing, it looks like a cyclops to me.  Then it fires that disintegrating ray out of its eye and one of our group is seared to ash in its too-bright glow.

That night, after we’ve wrapped the head for transport, we’re sitting in the cold, and the tomb-stillness with the smell of burnt flesh still lingering unpleasantly, and eating iron rations, and I think--Maybe Metropolis isn’t so bad after all?

General Mills Partners with DC’s Custom Creative Studio + Advertising Team for New Cereal Box Artwork and Original Comics

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:59

DC Entertainment’s Custom Creative Studio + Advertising team is bringing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League to the cereal aisle through a new partnership with General Mills featuring six Big G cereals. The new promotion features an all-star line-up of comic talent, bringing Big G characters to life dressed as members of the Justice League on the cereal box covers, including:

  • Honey Nut Cheerios’ BuzzBee as BATMAN with art by Dave Johnson
  • Lucky Charms’ Lucky the Leprechaun as GREEN LANTERN with art by Joe Quinones
  • Cocoa Puffs’ Sonny the Bird as THE FLASH with art by Karl Kerscher
  • The Trix Rabbit as SUPERMAN with art by Amanda Conner
  • Multi Grain Cheerios featuring WONDER WOMAN on the cover with art by Neal Adams
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch (available exclusively in Family Size)  featuring the Crazy Squares as AQUAMAN, CYBORG, and GREEN LANTERN with art by Tony Daniel

DC fans will want to collect all of the cereal boxes to piece together a Justice League five-part mural on the back of each box penciled by Ivan Reis with inks by Joe Prado and colors by Marcelo Maiolo. Plus, each box will include one of four original, custom comic books featuring DC’s Justice League characters. The four original, 24-page comics from DC’s Custom Creative Studio include:

  • SUPERMAN: POWER PLAY written by Tony Bedard, penciled by Jerry Ordway
  • BATMAN: DARK REFLECTIONS written by Fabian Nicieza, penciled by Rick Leonardi
  • WONDER WOMAN: TRUTH HURTS written by Ivan Cohen, penciled by June Brigman
  • AQUAMAN: ALIEN JUSTICE written by Tony Bedard, penciled by Tom Grummett

“We’re excited to bring DC’s Justice League to a broad new audience on the cereal aisle with Big G,” stated Kelly Li, DC Custom Creative + Advertising. “This is just another example of how our team can bring top notch comic talent together to tell original stories with DC characters and organically incorporate top tier brands like General Mills.”

DC’s promotion with General Mills is part of a larger, ongoing partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and is the latest innovative campaign from DC’s Custom Creative Studio, following last year’s KFC: THE COLONEL CORPS custom comic receiving critical acclaim and an Ad Age A-List & Creativity Award nomination.

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RICH REVIEWS: Flare # 4

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:57

Title: Flare # 4
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Pencilers: Mark Beachum, Habagat, Benton Jew
Inkers: Mark Beachum, Lou Manna, Rick Bryant, Benton Jew
Letterers: T. Owen, Jean Simek, Jean Simek, Carrie Spiegle
Colorists: Tom Luth, Travis Walton, Dick O’Malley, Janice Cohen
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 4.50 US, $ 5.50 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: “Revenge!” Writer Dennis Mallonee, artist Mark Beachum, letterer T. Owen and colorist Tom Luth.
The adventures of Flare when she was a girl. Here we see Flare and her siblings while they were growing up and training under the guidance of a Nazi, Professor Gottmann. The art shows off Flare and her sister Olga is some very sexually provocative poses.
Flare aka Teresa does pick on and bully Philip her younger brother. He is sensitive and seeing him bullied is not nice.
Teresa is a pure girl. She though is written with an attitude.
A Bonus Icicle Adventure “Confrontation with Huntsman” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Lou Manna, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Travis Walton and letters by Jean Simek.
Icicle has a huge crush on the Huntsman but he does not have one on her. So there is drama. No action in this story but lots of interplay between the characters featured.
“Into the Viper’s Nest” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Habagat, inks by Rick Bryant, letters by Jean Simek and colors by Dick O’Malley.
Flare storms an underwater base. She is all action and posed provocatively. Her womanly attributes shine through. In a battle, we are shown just how tough she can be.
Flare has a unique way of looking at the drug trade. She may be right to.
A beautiful pin-up of Flare ends this story.
“Malice” a Champions story. Story by Dennis Mallonee, artwork by Benton Jew, letters Carrie Spiegle and colors by Janice Cohen.
Malice aka Melissa is a powerful woman but still, she has feelings and needs. She wants to be loved. She does not want to be alone but she is. She is powerful and beautiful and you will pity her.
These stories show us that super-heroes and villains are still just people. The stories as well are done in a more mature vein. These characters are written as real people.

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Go Behind the Scenes of MAN-THING #1 in New Video!

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:49

Featuring Interviews & Artwork!

New York, NY—March 8th, 2017 — Legendary Goosebumps author R.L. Stine comes to Marvel Comics! Kicking off today in comic stores everywhere, the world renowned scribe lends his pen to the highly-anticipated MAN-THING #1! To celebrate the release of Marvel’s monstrous new series, go behind the scenes and hear from the minds behind the madness with a special MAN-THING #1 SPOTLIGHT FEATURETTE!

Featuring interviews with R.L. Stine himself, along with Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, Senior Editor Mark Paniccia and Assistant Editor Christina Harrington – get the inside-scoop on the spine-tingling terror awaiting you at your local comic shop!

Attempting to recreate the formula that produced Captain America, biochemist Ted Sallis was transformed into the shambling creature known only as MAN-THING! Now, having recently regained his ability to speak, Man-Thing sets out on a journey to leave the swamps once and for all. But when an ancient and mysterious danger threatens reality, he will have to choose between his new life and the place he once called home!

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Marvel Reveals New GeoTargeting Technologies To Aid Comic Retailers

First Comics News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:47

New York, NY—March 8th, 2017 — The fun and excitement is happening each and every week at your local comic shop! Today, Marvel is excited to announce a new marketing initiative specially designed to increase comic store foot traffic and bring new readers into stores through the use of GeoTargeting technologies.

 

“Marvel is always looking for ways to get more people through the doors of their local comic stores,“ says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “With these new tools at our disposal, we’re looking to tap into fans of Marvel television, films, animation, games and even our licensed product and turn them into comic book readers. Not only will these prospective readers learn exactly where their nearest shop is, but all the great Marvel comics waiting for them when they get there!”

 

Once again leading the way in how comics reach larger audiences, these new technologies will provide both new, casual, and hardcore fans with information about comic shops in their area (location, store hours, phone #) and the exciting Marvel Comics waiting for them inside! Embedded within Marvel e-mails, shared across over Marvel social media networks, fed through advertising partners, and more – this ambitious program is estimated to reach millions of prospective readers – both new and existing!

 

“Comic book shops have been and always will be the lifeblood of our industry,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “It’s Marvel’s mission to not only keep those retailers stocked with exciting comics, but to keep fans coming through their doors week after week to engage with those communities. We have a lot of exciting ideas for how to reach new and lapsed fans in 2017, and this is just the start.”

 

Rolling out first with spring Marvel comic launches, including X-MEN GOLD and SECRET EMPIRE, Marvel is set to reach entirely new audiences in 2017! The biggest characters and creators are waiting for you at your nearest comic book retailer!

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IDW GAMES ANNOUNCES ATARI® PARTNERSHIP

First Comics News - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 20:11

Some of the Greatest Games of All Time Get New Life as a Tabletop Game Series

San Diego, CA (March 8, 2017) Atari®, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, and IDW Games, announced today that they have entered into a partnership to produce a line of tabletop games based on several classic Atari videogame titles. Centipede®, Asteroids®, and Missile Command® are all headed to the tabletop by way of Jon Gilmour, co-designer of Dead of Winter, and his hand-picked crew of up-and-coming co-developers.

Set to capture the feel of these classic titles, the Atari line of board games are fun, intense and fast-paced. While each game in the series will play differently from the others, they will all have you nostalgic for the days of being hunched over a CRT in a dark arcade with your eyes on the prize: top of the high-score chart.

“Atari is one of the hallmarks of our generation,” says Jerry Bennington, VP of New Product Development. “We’re honored with the opportunity to be able to bring the Atari classic archive to the tabletop.”

“IDW Games has a fantastic history of bringing licensed products to market, and we’re thrilled to work out a partnership and see our classic games on the tabletop,” says Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari.

The Atari series of games will launch with Centipede in the Fall of 2017 with future titles releasing intermittently shortly after.

For future details on the Atari tabletop games, follow IDW Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idwgames/

Stop by the IDW Games Booth (#222) at GAMA for an exclusive first look!

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ROYALS #1 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 20:08

The Inhumans Take To The Stars – Your First Look at ROYALS #1!

New York, NY—March 6th, 2017 — A myth from the future. A quest to the farthest stars. A legend written across galaxies. This April, the Inhuman royal family departs on an odyssey to save their race in ROYALS #1 – the brand-new series from fan-favorite writer Al Ewing (The Ultimates, U.S.Avengers) and red-hot artist Jonboy Meyers (Teen Titans, Spawn)! Abdicating the throne in the wake of Inhumans vs. X-Men, Marvel’s newest space epic will take the Inhumans to the far reaches of space and beyond! The knowledge they seek about their true origins could change the course of Inhuman destiny, or damn it for all time. They must uncover who they are, if they are to truly unlock who they might be. Now, Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, Flint and Swain – along with Marvel Boy as their guide – will blast off on a mission that could mean salvation for their people. But thousands of years from now, when their legend has passed into myth, they’ll say that seven set out on a journey, but only six returned…

 

Take a plunge into the unknown on April 5th when ROYALS #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!

ROYALS #1 (FEB170803)

Written by AL EWING

Art & Cover by JONBOY MEYERS
Hip-Hop Variant by KERON GRANT (FEB170805)
Variant Covers by SIMONE BIANCHI (FEB170804) and PAUL MCCAFFREY

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB170807)

Classic Variant by NEAL ADAMS (FEB170806)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (FEB170808)

FOC – 03/13/17, On-Sale – 04/05/17

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TURNER AND WARNER BROS. ANNOUNCE NEW DOMESTIC PREMIUM ANIMATION STREAMING SERVICE BOOMERANG

First Comics News - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:26

(March 7, 2017 – Atlanta, GA and Burbank, CA) – Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. announced today they have partnered on a new standalone domestic premium video subscription service – Boomerang – that will launch in the Spring. This will be the first time the two companies have offered the massive Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of over 5,000 titles on a streaming platform. Boomerang will provide audiences instant and exclusive access to both brand-new original series and timeless franchises like “Scooby Doo,” “Tom & Jerry,” “Bugs Bunny,” “The Jetsons” and “The Flintstones” among many others. Launching with a vast number of episodes, new content will be added weekly for kids, families and animation lovers of all ages to enjoy.Boomerang will be the exclusive home to a slate of new, original series, including Warner Bros. Animation’s “Dorothy and the Wizard Oz,” an uplifting comedic fantasy series that transports audiences to the magical land of Oz and follows the ruby slipper adventures of its brave and feisty princess protagonist; and “Wacky Races,” a full-engine overhaul of the Hanna-Barbera classic series that takes viewers on a ride filled with zany slapstick comedy, high-octane thrills and exotic locales around the world. Additionally, Boomerang will be the only place to catch new episodes of three fan-favorite series, “Scooby-Doo,” “Looney Tunes” and “Tom & Jerry.”

Boomerang will support its world-class content offering with a robust set of product features in the months following launch including: family profiles, personalized recommendations, download-to-go, Spanish audio and interactive features that will give users new and exciting ways to discover and share content. The Boomerang OTT service will be powered by applications and technology developed by DramaFever, a Warner Bros. Digital Networks company.

The service will be ad-free and launch domestically on Web, iOS and Android devices for $4.99 per month (with a 7-day Free Trial) or $39.99 annually (with a 30-day Free Trial).

The product will expand to several more platforms after launch, including Amazon, Roku and Apple TV. Turner and Warner Bros. will explore additional distribution opportunities with both new and existing partners in the future.

To learn more about the new Boomerang video subscription service and to sign up for its prelaunch mailing list go to www.Boomerang.com.

“Boomerang is a beloved brand that has always had multi-generational appeal and some of the greatest animated shows ever created,” said Christina Miller, President, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim. “Our on-going partnership with Warner Bros. around this new premium service continues our strategy of making sure our fans are engaged with fresh and fun content whenever and wherever they want it.”

“We are bringing the best new and classic characters to kids, families and animation fans so they can now watch their favorites anywhere, anytime on any screen,” said Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “It’s a whole new way to access Warner Bros.’ storied legacy of laughs!”

For additional information including product images and video please visit pressroom.turner.com/Boomerang

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RICH REVIEWS: Infinite Seven # 2

First Comics News - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 15:54

Title: Infinite Seven # 2
Written by: Dave Dwonch
Drawn by: Arturo Mesa
Colored by: Geraldo Filho
Lettered by: Dave Dwonch
Variant Covers by: Arturo Mesa, Bill McKay
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: Tony finds himself in a situation. He is a scared teenage boy. He is in over his head.
Agent Cinco, she is drawn lovely and sexual. Zhen well his body is drawn to elongated. Wolfsberg is illustrated with big muscles and an even bigger gun. Two other members are shown a magic user and a gun shooting man.
Tony does not want to be the next Smash Brannagan an assassin he may have no choice, though. He proves himself in the arena against an opponent that was big, ugly and scary.
The story needs more of an explanation as to what is going on and why it is. We do find out a little more about Tony but nothing about these other members of the Infinite Seven.

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Knock Off Wars!

First Comics News - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 15:46

After his home is being laid to waste by evil forces, a hero is going on a journey to find a mystic castle. Which according to an old legend is holding the key to save his world from total destruction.

On his perilous journey, the hero is making new friends who join him in a battle against dreadful creatures and monsters. When the fellowship reaches the castle, destiny reveals itself, and nothing is what it seems.

Release date: March 1st 2017
full color, 36 pages
Price: $6.5o (print) | UnderworldMuscle.Storenvy.com/Comicbook
$2.00 (digital) | UnderworldMuscle.Storenvy.com/Digital
Available on UnderworldMuscle.Storenvy.com
script: Luke Toywalker | KnockOffCollector.Tumblr.com
art: Łukasz Kowalczuk | LukaszKowalczuk.com

(real) Knock Off Wars
The economic success of the classic Masters of the Universe toyline in 1982 led to generations of similar looking, but cheaper knock-off and bootleg action figures. They were mainly produced in Hong Kong or China. Today they are simply referred to as MotU-KO’s by action figure collectors.

The most prominent example of MotU-KO’s is Galaxy Warriors, made by Sungold in 1983. Galaxy Warriors figures were copied by other companies many times. Figures and concepts were often altered, body parts were recycled or repainted, figure molds were handed down from one toy factory to another. Recycling was the quintessence of the MotU-KO industry.

When Mattel stopped the production for their Masters of the Universe figures in 1987 an economic niche was created. In the following years, companies like Euro-Play and Simba Toys merged the muscular aesthetics of the 80s with newer, popular toy designs of the 90s, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Extreme Dinosaurs, and Troll Dolls. The result were obscure MotU-KO hybrids such as Turly Gang (ca. 1991), Troll Fighter (ca. 1992), and Dino Fighter (ca. 1999!).

Today, MotU-KO’s are a growing niche market among adult action figure collectors. A small scene of artists has evolved, (re-)creating limited resin „art toys” figures, and recently also comics in the vein of the vintage predecessors.

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ROBERT BLAIR & JIM BREHM PROMOTED IN SIGNIFICANT RESTRUCTURE AT WARNER BROS. WORLDWIDE TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION

First Comics News - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 07:10

ROBERT BLAIR

(March 7, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Robert Blair, a veteran of Warner Bros. International Television Distribution for nearly two decades, has been promoted to lead the international television sales division as Executive Vice President, International Sales, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. In addition, Jim Brehm, a nearly 30-year veteran of the international television business, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Administration, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. The announcement was made today by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.Brehm will oversee all global television distribution business operations—including finance, administration, planning and analysis—for both Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

Blair will oversee the sales team of executives based in ten field offices around the world charged with licensing Warner Bros. programming across all television platforms, from free to cable/pay and subscription video on demand.

JIM BREHM

“Robert and Jim have done remarkable jobs during their many years with our group,” said Schlesinger. “These promotions and this realignment of their responsibilities, perfectly play to each of these executive’s strengths. As the global television marketplace continues to evolve, shift and be disrupted by new business models, having Jim and Robert’s leadership and vision will serve our distribution business well now and in the future.”

Blair, a 19-year veteran of the company previously served as Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution with oversight of Europe, Middle East & Africa, a post he was named to in 2013. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Northern Europe, Middle East, and Africa since 2006. He joined Warner Bros. International Television Distribution in 1998 as General Manager, Canadian Operations and was promoted to Vice President & General Manager, Canadian Operations in 2000. Blair holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Western Ontario.

Brehm, a 29-year veteran of the international television distribution business, the last nine with Warner Bros., most recently served as Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution with oversight of Canada, Asia Pacific and Latin America, a post he was named to in 2013. Prior to that he had served since 2008 as Senior Vice President, Sales, Canada, Asia Pacific and Latin America. He came to Warner Bros. International Television Distribution from The Walt Disney Company, where he spent the last two years as Senior Vice President, Sales, for Disney ABC International Television (DAIT). In that role, he had oversight of pay, free and on demand licensing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining DAIT, Brehm worked at Paramount for 17 years, most recently as Executive Vice President, International Television, Paramount Pictures Worldwide TV Distribution. He began his career in the entertainment division of professional services firm Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

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“Outlaw” Ron Bass passes away

First Comics News - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 06:54

WWE is saddened to learn that Ronald Heard, known to sports-entertainment fans as “Outlaw” Ron Bass, has passed away at the age of 68.

Debuting in 1975, the tough Texan performed in several NWA territories, including Jim Crockett Promotions and Florida Championship Wrestling.

It was in 1987 that Bass rose to national fame in WWE. With his ruthless attitude and dreaded bullwhip, Bass battled against classic fan favorites like Junkyard Dog and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. He even claimed a pinfall victory over a young Shawn Michaels in the 1988 King of the Ring tournament.

Following his retirement from the ring in 1991, Bass earned a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University and became a successful construction equipment salesman.

WWE extends its condolences to Heard’s family, friends and fans.

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