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WWE and Foxtel Extend Long-Standing Partnership to Air WWE Programming Live in Australia

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 21:16

07/31/2018

SYDNEY & STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE:WWE) and Foxtel will extend their partnership into its 19th year with a new agreement to broadcast WWE programming live in Australia, including flagship shows Raw® and SmackDown®, as well as WWE’s live pay-per-views events.

Foxtel’s FOX8 will continue to air Raw live at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and SmackDown live at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. For the first time, FOX8 will re-air Raw on Tuesday nights in primetime and SmackDown on Wednesday nights in primetime, and FOX Sports will air one-hour versions of Raw and SmackDown in primetime each week. Foxtel Now will make both shows available On Demand following their airings.

“We are delighted to extend our long-standing partnership with one of the biggest brands in entertainment, and increase our WWE offering across both our linear channels and On Demand,” said Stephen Baldwin, Director of Foxtel Networks and On Demand. “WWE has such a passionate fan base in Australia, and Foxtel is pleased to be able to continue bringing this popular content to our customers.”

“Foxtel is a long-time, valued partner who shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. “This agreement allows us to continue showcasing our unique blend of action-packed, family friendly entertainment across Australia.”

Fans can also order all of WWE’s live special events on Foxtel pay-per-view channel Main Event, including WrestleMania®, SummerSlam®, Survivor Series® and Royal Rumble®. Additionally, new this year are WWE weekly highlight shows Afterburn® and Bottom Line®, which will be available On Demand on Foxtel Now.

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ARCHIE MEETS SPOTIFY TO LAUNCH NEW MOTION COMICS

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 20:50


Video Series Based on Best-Selling Archie Comic Book Latest Forward-Thinking Move by Publisher

July 31, 2018 – Archie Comics and Spotify have teamed to adapt the publisher’s critically acclaimed and bestselling comics into a video series streaming live on the music platform. The new six episode series, live now only on Spotify, is the next part of Archie’s continued effort to expand to new audiences and story-telling mediums with its wide array of world famous characters.

“Archie has always been about trying to find new ways to get comics to fans and readers,” said Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater. “And when the opportunity to work with Spotify arose, it was a perfect match. Being able to reposition these modern classics for new readers in this unique, motion comic format makes perfect sense and we can’t wait for fans to experience these beloved Archie stories in a new way.”

The series will be based on the internationally bestselling ARCHIE comic book by writer Mark Waid and artists Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish. The series debuted in 2015 and ushered in a new era for Archie and his friends, reintroducing the beloved cast with a modern twist. Each of the first six issues will be adapted into its own motion comic episode, only available on Spotify. The series, entitled “Spotlight Archie — The New Riverdale,” will be created by Madefire, the technology enabled content company specializing in digital and motion comics.

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Robots vs Princesses #1 preview

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:28

Robots vs Princesses #1

writer: Todd Matthy

artist: Nicolas Chapuis

covers: Nicolas Chapuis (A)

              Nicolas Chapuis (RI-Virgin)

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   All Ages               

The comic event of the year has arrived! When plucky Princess Zara stumbles upon the Decimator defector Wheeler, she sets in motion events that will pit the spritely cleverness of fairy tale princesses against the raw power of giant robots! The dream match you never thought you’d see begins here. Don’t miss it!

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Red Sonja Amanda Conner Statue Artist Proof preview

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:28

Red Sonja Amanda Conner Statue Artist Proof

Art: Jason Smith (sculptor), Amanda Conner (art)

Price: $149.99

ONLY 99 STATUES IN THE WORLD!

Comic book sensation Amanda Conner’s depiction of Red Sonja has been immortalized in this Limited Edition Artist Proof variant statue! Dynamite Entertainment proudly brings this fan-favorite comic book artist’s vision of the She-Devil with a Sword to three dimensions with this hand-painted, limited edition resin statue! Based on Conner’s cover artwork to Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1, the statue is sculpted by Jason Smith, measures approximately 7.5″ high, and stands on a 3″ wide base. Including a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and shipping in a full-color display box, the Red Sonja by Amanda Conner Statue reveals our well-armed warrior, ready for action!

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Red Sonja Vol. 4 #19 preview

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:28

Red Sonja Vol. 4 #19

Writer: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham

Art: Carlos Gomez

Covers: Sean Chen (A), Tom Mandrake (B), Jan Duursema (C), Cosplay (D), John Royale (E-Subscription)

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+  

Still seeking Lord Skath, Sonja finally reaches his castle in the Cimmerian mountains — and it’s not what she expected! Castle Skath is now something of an attraction for wealthy visitors from across Hyborea; and its new owner, Rusa Sandak, has sinister plans to keep the gold flowing…

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Project Superpowers #1 preview

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:28

Project Superpowers #1

writer: Rob Williams

artist: Sergio Davila

covers: Francesco Mattina (A), Ed Benes (B), John Royle (C)

              Philip Tan (D), JG Jones (E) Stephen Segovia (F)

              Sergio Davila (G), Philip Tan (RI-B/W)

              J.G. Jones (RI-Sepia), Ed Benes (RI-Virgin)

              Francesco Mattina (RI-Virgin)

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+  

The Project Superpowers heroes came from the past, now they have to prove their relevance in the modern world. A 21st Century threat is coming for us all. What dread secrets does The Death Defying Devil hold? The Lighthouse will rise and the Spirit of The American Flag will take on a new host. But will it be enough? Can superheroes still save the day?

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A tribute to the life and career of Nikolai Volkoff

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:23

Josip Nikolai Peruzović (October 14, 1947 – July 29, 2018), better known by his ring name of Nikolai Volkoff, was a Yugoslav-born American professional wrestler who was best known for his performances in the World Wrestling Federation. Volkoff died at home on July 29, 2018, at the age of 70, days after being released from a hospital in Maryland where he had been treated for dehydration and other issues.

Look back at the incomparable legacy of WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff.

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Brian Christopher passes away

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:16

WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away. Lawler, who is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, competed during the height of the Attitude Era. WWE extends its condolences to Lawler’s family, friends and fans.

 

In early July 2018, Lawler was arrested and jailed for driving under the influence and for evading police. On the early morning of July 29, 2018, Lawler was found hanging in a cell at the Hardeman County Jail and was observed to be brain dead. His life support was disabled after his father Jerry Lawler had arrived to the hospital to bid his farewell. Lawler was pronounced dead at around 4:40 PM EST at the age of 46.

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VIZ MEDIA TEAMS WITH FATHOM EVENTS TO PRESENT EXCLUSIVE SAILOR MOON PREMIERE EVENT NATIONWIDE

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:11

Beloved Guardian of Love and Justice Returns In Special

Two Weekend-Only Engagement in More Than 590 Movie Theaters Across The U.S.

 

San Francisco, CA, June 7, 2018 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, will partner with leading event cinema distributor, Fathom Events, to present a special series of SAILOR MOON limited engagements set for July and August at more than 590 movie theaters across the United States. A comprehensive list of all participating theatre locations and advance ticket sales are available now for all screening dates at https://www.fathomevents.com/collections/sailor-moon.

 

Sailor Moon, the beloved Guardian of Love and Justice, returns to the big screen for a special theatrical event! Following an encore presentation of the first movie SAILOR MOON R: THE MOVIE, the Sailor Guardians unite once more to battle their chilliest adversary yet in SAILOR MOON S: THE MOVIE. The second week of showings will feature the classic anime’s third movie SAILOR MOON SUPERS: THE MOVIE along with never-before seen in theaters short, “Ami’s First Love.” A limited edition SAILOR MOON full-color poster will be given to ticket holders at the screenings while supplies last. All features are presented uncut and true to the original Japanese version, with English dubbed and subtitled showings available. Catch the trailer at https://youtu.be/DXWaZudCdtc.

 

SAILOR MOON R: THE MOVIE and SAILOR MOON S: THE MOVIE Double-Feature

Saturday, July 28th – Dubbed Versions

Monday, July 30th – Subtitled Versions

 

SAILOR MOON SUPER S: THE MOVIE and “Ami’s First Love” Screening

Saturday, August 4th – Dubbed Versions

Monday, August 6th – Subtitled Versions

“We are very excited to partner with Fathom to bring the next set of SAILOR MOON movies to audiences nationwide,” says Brian Ige, Vice President, Animation. “Catch the adventures of the Sailor Guardians the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen – at this summer’s exclusive SAILOR MOON theatrical events!”

 

The SAILOR MOON anime series and movies are inspired by the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi. In the series, Usagi Tsukino is a clumsy but kindhearted teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Usagi and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation!

 

Fans are also invited to enjoy the original, classic SAILOR MOON as well as the all-new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL anime series, which are now available from VIZ Media as Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs as well as multi-disc Standard Edition DVD Sets.

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CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTIONS!

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:00

The adventures return!

 

New York, NY—July 30, 2018—Continuing its celebration of the return of CONAN this January, Marvel is excited to announce the release of two volumes of CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTION: OUT OF THE DARK HILLS and THE HEART OF YAG-KOSHA!

Collecting Conan: The Legend 0 and Conan (2004) #1-19, CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTION: OUT OF THE DARKSOME HILLS presents tales from industry great Kurt Busiek and Eisner-winning Conan artist Cary Nord, including classic stories adapted from the epic works of original author Robert E. Howard. Relive all the legendary and glorious detail of Conan’s battle with the Vanir, his meeting with the Frost Giant’s daughter, and more! CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTION: OUT OF THE DARKSOME HILLS is VOL. 1 in the CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTIONS, collecting Conan’s various ongoing series from 2004-2017.

CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTION: THE HEART OF YAG-KOSHA presents the legend in more swashbuckling stories, including tales of Conan’s storied youth! Relive all his adventures in the City of Thieves and the Hall of the Dead, with more of Howard’s classic tales. CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTION: THE HEART OF YAG-KOSHA is VOL. 2 in the CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTIONS.

Next year, get ready to take on Conan’s early exploits and magic with the CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTIONS! And beginning later in 2019, the CONAN: HYBORIAN TALES EPIC COLLECTIONS will collect Conan’s various one-shots and miniseries from 2004-2016!

CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTION: OUT OF THE DARKSOME HILLS TPB

COLLECTING: VOL. 1: CONAN: THE LEGEND 0, CONAN (2004) 1-19

On Sale 2/6/19

CONAN CHRONICLES EPIC COLLECTION: THE HEART OF YAG-KOSHA TPB

COLLECTING: VOL. 2: CONAN (2004) 20-39

On Sale 4/3/19

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JEZ(RE): SDCC 2018–just a fangirl of myself

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 22:03

It’s true.

I am just a fangirl of myself.

I don’t really like anything.

I mean, some things I love—everything else, I some what tolerate; or, eliminate from my life—including humans—and sometimes I tolerate then eliminate.

Not sure what part of I’M A FUCKING SOCIOPATH is confusing.

…sigh…

Maybe people think I’m kidding because I’m nice.

I’m a good person—but, it’s simply a choice.

I chose to be.

I choose not to lie, cheat or steal—doesn’t mean I don’t want the entire fucking world to burn on occasion.

You all seriously piss me the fuck off.

…sigh…

It’s fine.

AND—you’re welcome for your lives : )

I am a super villain after all.

Don’t act like it’s a surprise.

Described once as possessing the unbridled rage of a thousand blazing suns.

Jedi abstain from emotion.

Sith indulge.

I feel everything.

Which—makes me the most powerful Sith in existence.

FORCEFIELD

Anyway…

I did not get enough out of con.

Mostly, it was my fault—mostly.

Talked into working Wednesday night, all day Friday, Saturday until 2PM and Sunday.

RAWR

RAWR

RAWR

RAWR

RAWR

RAWR

Can’t be too mad with a view like this, though:

: )

Anyway…

Made it to last 20 mins of preview night for a little recon.

A lot of booths are in the same location every year so makes it a bit easier as a regular.

First Comics News hosts a panel every year at SDCC on HOW TO GET NEWS COVERAGE for indie books—Thurs 10:30AM Room 8—every year.

I’M NOW A FOUR TIME PANELIST AT INTERNATIONAL COMIC-CON: SAN DIEGO.

BOOM!

Fuck you ReedPop for not approving me press at NYCC this year.

Like; do you know who the fuck I am?

Seriously—I’m awesome.

…sigh…

Whatevs.

I got me own badge : )

More on that later…

Anyway…

Panel was fabulous!

And—always amazing to see the lovely Holly G:

She’s so fucking hot.

And—wonderful; and sweet.

Oh! This dude who saw our (my) panel at WonderCon 2016 followed me on twitter after and came to our (my) panel here.

Then; these other two (2) dudes followed me out of the room about their project…

I chatted a few until my bladder couldn’t take it anymore and I had to excuse myself.

Then! I got stopped coming out of the bathroom by three (3) more attendees.

They all loved my input.

Duh! I’m awesome…

Only eight (8) of us this year, so it was easier for everyone to talk.

Points I stress EVERY YEAR:

1) Read your shit. Have other people read your shit. Make sure your shit doesn’t have typos. Make sure your shit makes sense.

2) Everyone you could possibly want to talk with at con IS AT CON—GO TALK TO THEM! You never know who you’ll meet or who they may know until you chat ’em up. Not saying immediately shove your project down their throats, but asking them about what they are doing will generally open up dialog and give them a chance to ask you about yours.

3) Make sure your business cards reflect you. Don’t assume having a facebook/twitter icon at the bottom tells me how to find you online.

Also—tits and ass.

TOTALLY KIDDING!

But, seriously, fans eat that shit up—quite repulsive, actually—no body cares for an amazing story anymore.

Before I get too far—KATIE COOK IS A SHIT WRITER AND I HATE SHE’S BEING PROMOTED JUST BECAUSE SHE HAS A FUCKING VAGINA.

NOT SURE HOW YOU MANAGED TO GET YOURSELF ON MY LITTLE PONY, KATIE, BUT YOU’RE ONLY POPULAR BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE MLP NOT BECAUSE THEY LIKE YOU—fuck off and die.

Everything is regurgitated.

I’m starting to wonder if there is any originality remaining in the world.

Like; has humanity reached the point where every plot and every idea ever possible has already been told and all that is left is retakes?!?!?!

…sigh…

As you all know, I don’t read anything but indies—I just told you—Spiderman vs. dinosaurs… Avengers vs. dinosaurs…

I haven’t ready anything DC after the whole “Death of the Family” bullshit.

I mean, seriously…

Crossovers with every title just to boost sales of those titles without any real benefit to over all narrative—and, then an ending where everyone one walks away from batman.

I’m okay with no one dying for the “death of the family” but, Batman spends the entire arc desperately searching for these mother fuckers in order to save them, risking his own life; for all to simply walk away from him over the possibility that the joker may or may not have been in the bat cave.

I also understand the concept was Batman hadn’t been forthright with information on several occasions but in the New 52, no other occurrence had been expressed to that point so it made zero logical sense.

THEN! Robin is on a mission with Batman in the very next issue, kicking off requiem, and dies.

…sigh…

Whatever.

SDCC…

Good luck finding comic books…

LOFuckingL

This shit is getting ridiculous.

WHERE ARE ALL THE FUCKING COMIC BOOKS?!?!?!?!?

Seriously, I’m over all the pretty shinies…

Well—almost—this shit was pretty cool:

Plus—cosplayers always on fleek (learned that from an eleven year old XD:

BUT—GIVE ME COMICS OR GIVE ME DEATH!

AND—NOT JUST DEALERS LOOKING TO GET RID OF BACK STOCK.

Emerald City in Seattle is still the truest large comic book convention I’ve ever been to with over 70% of booths with books on tables—but, I haven’t been in two (2) years, so, curious if ReedPop has fucked that yet or not.

I’m actually a fan of ReedPop, don’t get me wrong—maybe I’m a bit salty—and, I like C2E2’s artist alley.

Although, that show is a bit underwhelming with massive isles and preposterous amounts of open space.

Maybe I’ll just never be happy… sigh…

I do feel SDCC did a better job organizing this year—but, maybe that’s because a significant amount of Exhibitors dropped out this year from what I heard…

The convention center is just not large enough to house the beast of what is SDCC and they’re quickly getting out numbered as con attendance rises across the country—though, apparently numbers are being vastly exaggerated… cough cough Phoenix cough cough…

BTWs—if you weren’t aware—the Jacob Javits, home to NYCC, is 1.8 million square feet; or, 3 times the size of San Diego Convention Center.

And—NYCC has already topped SDCC in attendance with MUCH more room to grow.

Mr. Mayor proposed an increase to hotel tax up to 15% calling for an emergency vote last October—which looks like it didn’t happen—is now set for a vote come November to expand the convention center, repair infrastructure, and “battle the homeless problem.”

First of all, the homeless problem is only a thing because people do not understand socioeconomics—BUILD SOME MORE LUXURY CONDOS IN DOWNTOWN, that’ll help. Ha! This practice is is spreading like a virus across major US cities and it’s fucking gross.

Instead of trying to attract more people with money, who really don’t exist, why don’t you actually try to house the people already in your fucking cities!

Expanding the convention center is almost impossible as the land required is owned by the port and a lot of shady shit has to go down for them to pull this off.

And—infrastructure is shit, because builders are doing a shit job and contractors are robbing the city blind.

Last year, I started attending city council meetings and learned SDGE owes the city tens of thousands in overages; council approved a 72 million dollar minor upgrade on a water treatment pump; and, the county was sitting on a 1.3 billion dollar tax surplus—except, 33k people currently owe $86M in property taxes.

AND! They just let Horton plaza, THE ONLY MAJOR SHOPPING STRUCTURE IN DOWN TOWN LITERALLY IN THE CENTER OF THE FUCKING CITY, be sold in order to build—you guessed it—luxury, fucking, condos.

XD

It’s not the building’s fault it failed as a shopping center—who in their right mind would want to rent a space there and invest in upgrades, if someone could come in the next month offering more money and have it ripped out from under them?!?!

Oh! AND! There was a huge meeting regarding affordable housing last year…

Their solution?

Provide a tax incentive for developers who provide 10% of their units as affordable.

What the fuck are they doing?!?!?

…sigh…

Further, Comic-con International is a non profit.

The board members receive a messily salary—on paper—but,  the city gives them free rent to keep them in SD.

I assure you them bitches ain’t living in any place less than 4k a month—I could be wrong—but, I know several of them love to dine daily at The Westin; no way they’re living with the commoners in a 2k a month 400sqft apartment—just a hunch.

Several local news sources are calling attention to where the fuck the money generated from con is going.

Like—they bought several warehouses in National City under a newly created charity with an attorney set as the CEO.

I seriously hope they don’t plan to move con further out of the fucking city.

…sigh…

They need to buy Horton Plaza—which is larger in square footage than the convention center.

Donate it to the city.

And be the only con in the country with a physical HQ.

It would house a year long SD merch store, offices, and studio for their TV channel; exterior space for a free to the public artist alley; utilize the four surrounding hotels as panel space—including The Grant, which is the original home of SDCC; cementing itself in the true center of San Diego as a staple of the community—which could then be used as additional convention space during the year; cons, full scale art installations; etc…

But—what the fuck do I know?

…sigh…

Whatevs…

Comic books…

I did an interview:

That was fun.

Here’s so more pretty shinies:

I have to go to work now.

This should be enough until I feel like adding more.

Lates.

HAPPY NERDING and SUPPORT INDIE<3

jEZ OUt

 

 

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WARNER BROS. WORLD ABU DHABI ON YAS ISLAND INAUGURATED BY SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AND SHEIKH MOHAMED BIN ZAYED

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:27

(July 24, 2018 – Abu Dhabi, UAE) – Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, yesterday inaugurated Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first-ever Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park developed by Miral, Abu Dhabi’s creator of destinations, in partnership with Warner Bros. Entertainment, with an investment of $1 billion.

Their Highnesses attended the official inauguration ceremony, which took place in the Warner Bros. Plaza at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. The ceremony included the first screening of the Warner Bros. Cinema Spectacular, a captivating show that brings Warner Bros.’ unparalleled film library to life. Guests were also treated to a series of festive celebrations incorporating the park’s beloved characters.

Sheikh Zayed bin Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Saif and Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan then took the stage alongside some of the park’s iconic DC and Warner Bros. Animation characters to press a button marking the official opening of the highly anticipated theme park, which is expected to draw in thousands of guests including residents and tourists of all ages.

Following the opening ceremony His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed toured the park, which officially opens to the public on the 25th of July. The opening of the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi marks the latest addition to Yas Island’s offering of world-class tourism and entertainment attractions, and serves to strengthen the island’s position as a leading leisure and entertainment destination in Abu Dhabi, further enhancing UAE’s distinguished position on the world map.

During the tour, their Highnesses were briefed on the many elements which help bring the park’s immersive environments to life across its six lands. From the meticulously curated musical arrangements to the faithfully created landscapes, each land is uniquely designed to truly immerse guests in the places they’ve seen in movies, comic books and on TV.

Their Highnesses also learned of the different stages of development which the park underwent as well as its adherence to the internationally recognized best practices and rigorous health and safety standards to ensure the wellbeing of its guests. During the tour, their Highnesses also visited the park’s wide array of facilities and state-of-the-art attractions.

“It is with great pride that we open Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island today. This is a milestone moment for us as we continue to cement Abu Dhabi’s positioning as one of the world’s leading family and tourism destinations. I am confident that the addition of this theme park to our already rich portfolio will further enhance Yas Island’s offering,” said H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral.

“We’re delighted that our partnership with Warner Bros. has resulted in us delivering our promise of creating an attraction that will amaze and entertain both the young, and the young at heart,” added H.E. Al Mubarak.

Filled to the brim with endless family fun and adventures, the park transports guests to six expertly designed lands, including DC’s Metropolis and Gotham City, as well as Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza. Home to a total of 29 exhilarating rides, interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment shows, the park will offer an incredible range of themed experiences. Guests will also enjoy authentically themed dining experiences, from grab-and-go eateries to full-service sit-down restaurants and cafes, as well as custom designed shops featuring bespoke Warner Bros. merchandise inspired by fan-favorite characters, some of which has been developed exclusively for the park.

“Warner Bros. has an almost-100-year legacy of producing and distributing high-quality entertainment to global audiences, and this world-class attraction continues that tradition in grand style,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. “Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi literally brings our characters to life and provides fans a truly unique immersive entertainment experience. We couldn’t have better partners than our colleagues at Miral, and we look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship,” he continued.

The world-class theme park brings to life fan-favorite DC Super Heroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, alongside beloved Warner Bros. Animation characters from Looney Tones and Hanna-Barbera like Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones, using state-of-the-art technology to create truly immersive environments and unforgettable experiences.

The excitement begins in Warner Bros. Plaza, where guests can meander the streets of the art deco themed portal to the various lands of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Guests can enjoy the gleaming urban landscape of Metropolis, where they can revel in the heroic optimism of the Justice League – whose members include Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash. They can then make their way to the dark alleys of Gotham City where devious masterminds such as The Joker, and Harley Quinn wreak havoc only to be thwarted by Batman. In contrast, bright blue skies and fluffy white clouds will surround the guests in Cartoon Junction where childhood favorite characters come to life. Guests will then leave the colorful houses behind for the lofty dunes of Dynamite Gulch packed full of animated antics and mad mishaps. And finally, guests can rewind all the way to the modern Stone Age in Bedrock with the lovable cave-families – The Flintstones and The Rubbles.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is the latest addition to Yas Island’s immersive theme parks including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and the upcoming attraction, CLYMB. These are complemented by: Yas Marina Circuit – one of the most technologically-advanced Formula 1 circuits in the world; Yas Marina – a vibrant venue offering dining, fitness and leisure facilities; Yas Mall – the largest shopping mall in Abu Dhabi with 400 retail stores; Yas Beach; and, Yas Links Abu Dhabi – the 46th golf course in the world, as well as seven sophisticated hotels ranging from 3 to 5 stars.

To purchase tickets or learn more about Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, visit www.wbworld.com and join the conversation on social using the hashtag #WBWorld.

 

أخوان محترفو العالم أبو ظبي على جزيرة ياس افتتحهما شيخ محمد بن راشد و الشيخ محمد بن زايد

افتتح صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي “رعاه الله” وصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيان ولي عهد أبوظبي نائب القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلحة، اليوم، “عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي”، المدينة الترفيهية المُغطاة الأولى من نوعها في العالم التي تحمل علامة “وارنر براذرز” العالمية الشهيرة، وقامت بتطويرها شركة “ميرال”، المطور الرائد للوجهات المتميزة في أبوظبي، بالشراكة مع “وارنر براذرز إنترتينمنت” باستثمارات بلغت مليار درهم.

وحضر سموهما حفل الافتتاح الرسمي للمدينة الترفيهية في منطقة “وارنر براذرز بلازا” والذي تضمَّن عرضاً لفيلم قصير تم إعداده خصيصاً للاحتفاء بالأرشيف السينمائي المتميز لشركة “وارنر براذرز” التي تعد من كبريات الشركات المتخصصة في مجال الإنتاج السينمائي وصناعة الترفيه على مستوى العالم، وشمل العمل مقتطفات من أشهر الأعمال التي قدمتها الشركة، بينما ساد الافتتاح أجواء احتفالية مبهرة اُستخدمت فيها أحدث المؤثرات السمعية والبصرية.

ثم اعتلى الشيوخ زايد بن أحمد بن زايد آل نهيان، وسيف وأحمد بن حامد بن زايد آل نهيان، المنصّة يرافقهم مجموعة من الشخصيات الكارتونية الشهيرة في عالم وارنر براذرز، حيث قاموا بالضغط على زر الانطلاق إيذاناً ببدء أنشطة المدينة الترفيهية التي من المُنتظر أن تستقطب آلاف الزوار من داخل وخارج الدولة بما تشمله من تنوّع يناسب كافة الأعمار ويراعي مختلف الأذواق في إطار مشوّق عالمي المستوى.

وعقب العرض، تفقَّد صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد وصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد ــ الذي اصطحب معه أحفاده ــ المدينة التي تُعدُّ أحدث وأبرز الإضافات إلى جزيرة الياس، مُعزِّزة مكانة الجزيرة كإحدى أهم مراكز الجذب السياحي في أبوظبي ودولة الإمارات على وجه العموم، بما توفره من خيارات ترفيهية متنوّعة تناسب كافة أفراد الأسرة من جميع الأعمار، وتقدم للزائر الذي يقصدها سواء من داخل الدولة أو خارجها، طيفاً واسعاً من المرافق الخدميّة والمنافذ التجاريّة التي تحقق له ولأسرته أعلى مستويات الراحة والرفاهية في مختلف أوقات الزيارة، لتشكل بذلك المدينة معلماً سياحياً مهماً سيكون له أثره في زيادة التدفقات السياحية القادمة إلى الجزيرة على المديين القريب والبعيد.

واطّلع سموهما على مختلف مكونات مدينة “عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي” المُقامة على مساحة ضخمة تزيد على 1.65 مليون قدم مربعة، واستمع سموهما إلى شرح حول المناطق المختلفة التي تتشكل منها المدينة، والتي من المنتظر أن تُفتح أبوابها لاستقبال الجمهور في 25 يوليو الجاري، وتتوزع على ست مناطق ترفيهية لكل منها طابعها الفريد وشخصياتها المميزة، إذ تم تجهيزها بأحدث المؤثرات البصرية والصوتية والديكورات المُصممة بعناية فائقة من أجل إبهار الضيوف بأجواء تحاكي الخيال.

كما تعرّف سموهما على المراحل المختلفة التي مرت بها عملية تشييد المدينة وما شملته مرحلة التخطيط من إعداد مُحكم للخروج بالمشروع الضخم بصورة مُشرِّفة تتناسب والمكانة السياحية المتميزة لأبوظبي، ودولة الإمارات على خريطة السياحة الإقليمية والعالمية، وكذلك المعايير التي تمت مراعاتها في تنفيذ المدينة وفي مقدمتها عوامل الأمن والسلامة التي تكفل للزوار أعلى مستويات الأمان خلال استمتاعهم بالألعاب المختلفة، وفق أفضل الاشتراطات والممارسات العالمية المُتبَّعة في هذا الخصوص.

وتفقَّد سموهما جانباً من المرافق الترفيهيّة والخدميّة التي توفرها المدينة، والكيفية التي تم توزيعها بها على مختلف جنبات المدينة مترامية الأطراف بأسلوب يكفل راحة الزائر ين ويضمن إسعادهم، وكذلك المناطق الترفيهية المدعومة بأحدث التقنيات والمؤثرات الصوتية والضوئية وهي المكونات التي تعمل على تكامل تجربة الزائر وإدخال البهجة والسرور على نفسه.

حضر افتتاح مدينة “عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي” سمو الشيخ حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم ولي عهد دبي وسمو الشيخ عمار بن حميد النعيمي ولي عهد عجمان وسمو الشيخ هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان نائب رئيس المجلس التنفيذي لإمارة أبوظبي وسمو الشيخ نهيان بن زايد آل نهيان رئيس مجلس أمناء مؤسسة زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان للأعمال الخيرية والإنسانية والفريق سمو الشيخ سيف بن زايد آل نهيان نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء وزير الداخلية وسمو الشيخ عبدالله بن زايد آل نهيان وزير الخارجية والتعاون الدولي وسمو الشيخ خالد بن محمد بن زايد آل نهيان نائب مستشار الأمن الوطني وسمو الشيخ ذياب بن محمد بن زايد آل نهيان، رئيس دائرة النقل بأبوظبي، ومعالي الشيخ سلطان بن طحنون بن محمد آل نهيان، والشيخ خليفة بن طحنون بن محمد آل نهيان، مدير مكتب شؤون أسر الشهداء في ديوان ولي عهد أبوظبي وعدد من كبار المسؤولين.

وبمناسبة افتتاح المدينة، قال معالي محمد خليفة المبارك، رئيس مجلس إدارة شركة “ميرال”: “يغمرني الشعور بالفخر والسعادة لافتتاح مدينة عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي على جزيرة ياس اليوم، إذ يُعد ذلك فصلاً جديداً يُضاف إلى مسيرة أبوظبي ومكانتها كإحدى وجهات السياحة العائلية الرائدة على مستوى العالم. ونحن على ثقة أن مدينة عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي سيكون لها إسهامها في إثراء المحفظة السياحية الغنية لجزيرة ياس بما تقدمه لزوارها”.

وأضاف معاليه: “لقد استطعنا عبر العمل جنباً إلى جنب مع شركائنا في وارنر براذرز انترتينمنت تحقيق رؤيتنا المشتركة الرامية إلى تطوير مدينة ترفيهية تبهر ضيوفها من مختلف الأعمار عبر تقديم تجربة ترفيهية فريدة ومميزة”.

وتضم المدينة من خلال مناطقها الست وهي: “وارنر براذرز بلازا”، و”متروبوليس”، و”غوثام سيتي”، و”كرتون جانكشن”، و”بيدروك”، و”ديناميت غالتش”؛ 29 لعبة ومرفقاً ترفيهياً عائلياً، وعروض حية، لتقدم لضيوفها باقة واسعة من التجارب الآسرة. وستتميز كل منطقة بالعديد من منافذ بيع المأكولات والمشروبات الراقية بما يشمل الوجبات السريعة والمطاعم والمقاهي التي تلبي كافة الأذواق، علاوة على المتاجر المختلفة ذات التصميم الفريد التي يمكن للزائر أن يحصل منها على الهدايا التذكارية من منتجات وارنر براذرز والمستوحاة من شخصياتها المحبوبة وتم تصميم بعضها خصيصاً لعالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي.

وقال كيفن تسوجيهارا، رئيس مجلس الإدارة والرئيس التنفيذي لوارنر براذرز: “تحظى علامة وارنر براذرز بإرث طويل يمتد لأكثر من قرن من الزمن في إنتاج وتوزيع منتجات ترفيهية ذات جودة عالية لجمهورها من مختلف أنحاء العالم، وتعتبر مدينة عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي امتداداً لهذا الإرث العريق، حيث تجمع هذه المدينة الترفيهية العالمية شخصياتنا وتحييها لتقدم لضيوفها تجربة ترفيهية فريدة ومشوقة.”

وأضاف: “سعداء بعلاقة الشراكة طويلة الأمد التي تجمعنا بشركة ميرال، ونتطلَّع لمواصلتها على الدوام.” وتُضاف “مدينة عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي” إلى باقة المدن والمعالم الترفيهية التي تحتضنها جزيرة ياس بما فيها: “عالم فيراري أبوظبي”، و”ياس ووتروورلد أبوظبي”، إضافة إلى “كلايم” المعلم الترفيهي الذي ستشهد الجزيرة افتتاحه، لينضم إلى حلبة مرسى ياس – أحد أكثر حلبات “الفورمولا 1″ تطوراً من الناحية التقنية على مستوى العالم، وياس مارينا – وجهة المطاعم والمقاهي والترفيه واللياقة العالمية، وياس مول – وجهة التسوق الأكبر في أبوظبي والتي تضم 400 متجر، وشاطئ ياس، و”ياس لينكس أبوظبي” – ملعب الجولف الحائز على المرتبة 46 عالمياً، وسبعة فنادق مميزة يتراوح تصنيفها من 3 إلى 5 نجوم.

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Green Monk: Blood of the Martyrs by Brandon Dayton Comic Video Trailer | Image Comics

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:13

The thrilling continuation of the YALSA award-winning comic by BRANDON DAYTON. In a mythical Russia, a mysterious young boy is raised by an order of monks. As he grows to manhood, bizarre dreams and the call of destiny disturb the ideals of brotherhood and peace that define his idyllic home.

GREEN MONK: BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS will hit stores on September 26, 2018

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DRY COUNTY TRADE PAPERBACK AVAILABLE THIS SEPTEMBER

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:12

Collects issues #1-5
PORTLAND, OR, 07/26/2018 — Critically acclaimed cartoonist Rich Tommaso (SPY SEAL, Dick Tracy) will release a trade paperback collection of his ‘90s noir series DRY COUNTY this September.

Meet Lou Rossi, a Generation X slacker who’s drifting through an unremarkable young adulthood, completely out of step with the rave culture of early-’90s Miami. His humdrum life takes a sharp left turn when he meets—and quickly falls in love with—the young and beautiful Janet Laughton. But when she suddenly vanishes, leaving only a cryptic note behind, Lou will have to pull out all the stops to track her down.

DRY COUNTY (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0830-5, Diamond code: JUN180061) hits comic book shops on Wednesday, September 12th and bookstores on Tuesday, September 18th.

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Your First Look at SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:10

THE NO BULLSH*T GUIDE TO RUNNING A LIFE-CHANGING CAMPAIGN

Discover Why Strangers On The Internet Want To Give You $100,000 in July 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 26, 2018) – BOOM! Studios unveiled today at first look at SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING: THE NO BULLSH*T GUIDE TO RUNNING A LIFE-CHANGING CAMPAIGN, the bold, irreverent, hilarious how-to guide on-sale now from bestselling Kickstarter campaign manager Derek Miller (Cyanide & Happiness), co-writer Noelle Pugh (Joking Hazard), and featuring laugh-out-loud illustrations by cartoonist Joy Ho.

SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING is packed with the collective advice and pro-tips from world-class campaign leaders who have experience raising over $30 million through successfully managing and executing several high-profile crowdfunding campaigns including Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 ($241,071) from Michael E. Peter, James Ashby, Tim Ciancio, Michael Rousselet; Augie and the Green Knight ($384,410) from Zach Weiner; OrganATTACK! ($526,274) Nick Seluk; Superbook ($2,952,508) from Andrew Jiang; G-RO ($3,307,773) from Netta Shalgi ; Pillars of Eternity ($3,986,929) from Feargus Uruqhart; and Bones I-IV ($12,380,214) from Ed Pugh. Presented in an easy-to-follow, humorous format, Miller and Pugh will teach you how to maximize your message, mechanics, and marketing.

SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING is not only a perfect guide to successful crowdfunding and making that sweet, sweet cash but it’s also one helluva fun read for anyone who wants to know about the modern business world,”said Bryce Carlson, VP of Editorial & Creative Strategy. “If you’ve ever thought about joining the growing DIY creative community or pursuing artistic freedom in the digital age, this is the book you gotta check out before you take your first steps towards success.”

SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING will be available for sale now at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) and at bookstores, along with the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies will be available to purchase on digital book marketplaces, including ComiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Valiant Entertainment Adds Lysa Hawkins as New Editor

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:06

Brings 20 Years of Experience from Working at Marvel and DC Comics, Including Developing the Critically Acclaimed ‘Birds of Prey’

New York, NY (July 26, 2018) – Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce that veteran comics professional Lysa Hawkins has been named to the position of Editor. In her new role on the Valiant Editorial team, Hawkins will be instrumental in developing titles in the publisher’s Valiant Beyond initiative and in 2019’s slate, to be announced in the coming weeks.

“We’re beyond excited to have Lysa as a member of our team! Her wealth of experience, superior editing skills, and proven track record as an editor who is ahead of the curve in bringing together the right creators with the right characters make her the perfect person to galvanize Valiant’s growth,” said Executive Editor Joe Illidge. “I’ve known Lysa for years. She has the kind of positive energy and enthusiasm needed in this business. She’s worked with some of the top talents in comics, and we’re all looking forward to working with her to continue Valiant’s tradition of storytelling excellence.”

Hawkins has two decades’ worth of experience in the comic book industry, first in the Marvel Comics bullpen under Virginia Romita, then later as an editor working on titles like X-Men Unlimited, X-Men Hidden Years, Generation X, Mutant X, Spider-Man Unlimited, Domino, and Witches. She moved on to DC Comics, where she worked on Batman: Gotham Knights and Teen Titans Go, and was responsible for bringing in critically acclaimed writer Gail Simone to pen the Birds of Prey series.

“I’m super thrilled to be joining Valiant,” said Hawkins. “The company is doing such amazing work. The stories are well written, beautifully drawn, and completely engaging. It’s a universe you can sink yourself into without getting lost or confused. Plus, I get to work with my old friends again and meet new ones. How blessed am I?”

Hawkins’ hire marks the latest expansion to Valiant’s editorial team, which includes Executive Editor Joe Illidge, Editorial Director Robert Meyers, Editor Karl Bollers, and Assistant Editor David Menchel.

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Go Behind The Scenes of THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1!

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:51

Margaret Stohl and C.B. Cebulski tease Carol’s origin story

 

New York, NY—July 26, 2018— Carol Danvers has been involved in some of the biggest adventures in the Marvel Universe…but in her new series, she’s going back to the basics with Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco, and Marguerite Sauvage at the helm.

Marvel is proud to present this behind-the-scenes look at THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, featuring Stohl and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski!

“This is a story about Carol Danvers. We’re taking Carol back to basics,” said Cebulski. “We hear that a lot, but this is something where we’re going to dance between the raindrops and find the secrets of Carol’s origins that are based in the roots of her family.”

“It’s really a family story and it’s as much about the human instead of her as her Kree powers,” added Stohl.



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Interview with Carolina Ravassa (Sombra) at SDCC 2018

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:30

First Comics News was able to interview Carolina Ravassa, known to many as the voice of Sombra from Overwatch, at Comic-Con.  In the interview Carolina discusses this being her first San Diego Comic-Con, how she landed the role of Sombra, comparing voice and physical acting, and much more.  Another Overwatch hero stops by to say hello, so keep your eye out.

Where to find Carolina Ravassa online:

http://www.carolinaravassa.com

Instagram: @ravassa

Twitter: @carolinaravassa

YouTube: Hispanglosaxon

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“Purge City” Experience at SDCC 2018

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:00

 

First Comics News took a trip to Purge City during Comic-Con in San Diego.  Con goers were invited to the store in order to stock up on supplies to survive the night.  They were given “purge dollars” to select what they wanted.

The event was to promote “The Purge,” a 10 episode event, coming September 4, 2018 on the USA Network.

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MEN OF MYSTERY PRESENTS PREVIOUSLY NEVER BEFORE REPRINTED STORIES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 07:18

One of the great joys for regular readers of our long-running Men of Mystery Golden Age costumed-hero reprint series is seeing in-print examples of little-known champions of that bygone era. November’s MOM #110, “Mondo Obscuro”, plays up the rarities in spades.

This issue of MOM does feature a full half-dozen “stars”- major characters that had long-running series and/or their own titles; including cover feature MINUTE MAN in a never-previously-reprinted story drawn by Phil Bard. In addition, there will be top-flight adventures starring LADY LUCK (with art by Klaus Nordling), FLINT BAKER, The GREEN LAMA (from his Prize Comics run), The BLACK OWL and BLACKHAWK.

Beyond that, things get particularly interesting.

We’ll present an episode of Frank Thomas’ wonderful The OWL, another of the seldom-seen insect-hero from the late-1940’s “proto-Charlton ” publisher Frank R. Communale Pubs- The YELLOWJACKET; one story each of three seldom-seen heroes from the Novelty Press line, the freeze-powered SUB-ZERO; The TARGET (and his Targeteers), and the Mickey Spillane creation (drawn by the great Paul Gustavson), The TWISTER. We’ve previously reprinted one or two other stories of these characters in previous issues, but no more than that.

The centerpiece of this issue is the six, count ’em SIX weird, wild and wooly, never-before-seen (since their original printings in the 1940’s) heroes presented for the edification of discerning Men of Mystery readers.

Get ready for full-story reprints of MAJOR VICTORY, DYNAMIC BOY (Both from Major Victory Comics), The RED KNIGHT (out of Red Dragon Comics), MIRROR MAN, The TRIPLE TERROR (both from Tip Top Comics) and RADIOR (from the extremely rare Key Ring Comics!!!

We feel confident in assuring all readers (and potential readers) that you’ve never seen any of these stories ( let alone the characters starring in them) in print anywhere unless you happen to OWN any of the high-priced, moldering collectible copies of their original GA appearances.

If you are fascinated by the comic books of the First Heroic era, vintage panelology in general, or obscure heroes, you can’t miss this issue!

Men of Mystery #110, 140 pages of crisp, clean black & white full-story reprints of actual vintage comic book heroes; standard comic book size and saddle-stitched inside a full-color cover, for $29.95.

Coming in November from AC Comics.

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