Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ancient Hero Meets Modern World in HERCULES #1!

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Ancient Hero Meets Modern World in HERCULES #1!


                                                                                                                                                                           
He’s been called many things, gone by many names, accomplished many heroic deeds. But now, it’s time for a new beginning. This November, the world’s first super hero is back in the game in HERCULES #1! Fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians 3000) and artist Luke Ross (Hulk, Secret Avengers) blast out of the gate with an explosive first issue that’ll show the world why he set the bar for heroism in the first place!

Protect the innocent, defend the world, save the day. Olympus’s favorite son is back like you’ve never seen him before! An ancient warrior in the modern day, Hercules battles everything from street-level crime to cosmic scale threats. Whether it’s protecting his block, his city or the entire world – no labor is too big or too small for the mighty Hercules! But a new evil has awoken – one that will push the demi-god to the limit and test his mighty resolve. The world’s first super hero is back in the fight,  but will his new lease on life be short lived?
                                                                               
“Hercules is fun, brash and one of Marvel’s more interesting characters because of his connections to both the Avengers as well as ancient Greek mythology,” says series Editor Katie Kubert. “A hero of all eras, he’s trying to reestablish what being a hero means today, and what better place to attempt to do that than NYC with his buddy Gilgamesh at his side?

Witness the Marvel Universe through the eyes of one of its most powerful warriors, and the heart of a true champion. Ancient hero meets modern day this November in the bombastic debut of HERCULES #1!
                                                                                                                               
HERCULES #1
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by LUKE ROSS
Cover by CLAY MANN

On Sale in November!

THE QUEST FOR THE GRAND CRYSTAL BEGINS IN FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS

Direct from Square Enix...


Today SQUARE ENIX® announced that FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS®, a new action-role playing adventure, will be coming to the Americas exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. Either through solo play or with up to three other Explorers, players can dive into dungeons to collect crystals scattered throughout the world while battling classic FINAL FANTASY® enemies.

FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS focuses on cooperative play with friends and utilizes a refined party system allowing Explorers to master over 20 new and familiar jobs—including Knight, Monk, Black Mage and White Mage—to defeat the realm’s mightiest monsters and even recruit them for battle. Players will have the ability to call upon the powers of eidolons like Ifrit and Bahamut, as well as transform into other legendary characters from the FINAL FANTASY series via the Trance feature.

The multiplayer functionality is enabled through the Nintendo 3DS system’s wireless communication functions.

Story
The world is on the brink of war over its reserves of crystals, the planet’s chief source of power. Players must band together to form an elite squad of Explorers on an island rich in crystals, braving hordes of monsters in hopes of conquering a newly discovered Grand Crystal – every Explorer’s dream.

The debut trailer is available on YouTube (http://youtu.be/I8SM2CSLFINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS will be available on January 26, 2016, for Nintendo 3DS. This title is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.sro). 

Celebrate 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Your New Look at S.H.I.E.L.D. #9!

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Celebrate 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Your New Look at S.H.I.E.L.D. #9!








                                                                                                                                                                           
This August, celebrate a half century of Marvel’s premier intelligence agency in one colossal issue! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 – the oversized anniversary special! Be there when blockbuster writer Mark Waid and artist Lee Ferguson answer a question 50 years in the making. A question that lies at the heart of the creation of SHIELD – who is the “Man Called D.E.A.T.H.”?! This full length story features a never-before-published S.H.I.E.L.D. sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko!

Then, Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli bring you the terrifying origin of the new Howling Commandos! Before they spin out into their very own series later this year, witness the return of Dum Dum Dugan as he steps from the shadows to assemble a team truly unlike any you’ve seen before!

Rounding out this massive issue, S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 also includes the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! Be there as a half-century celebration of espionage and intrigue comes to comic shops this August in S.H.I.E.L.D. #9!
                                                                                                                               
S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 (JUN150809)
Written by MARK WAID, AL EWING & STAN LEE
Art by LEE FERGUSON, STEFANO CASELLI & JACK KIRBY
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Howling Commandos Variant by ART ADAMS (JUN150810)
Variant Cover by JACK KIRBY & JIM STERANKO (JUN150811)
Black & White Kirby & Steranko Variant Also Available (JUN150812)
FOC – 08/03/15, On-Sale – 08/26/15


Monday, July 27, 2015

Funko Pop! Asia Pop Up Store was Amazing During San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con 2015 withdrawals are continuing to kick in and reality has set to know it is over until next year. While San Diego Comic Con has grown to become the Super Bowl of all comic cons, inside the convention center, Gaslamp Quarters has been taken over as well. Over the last couple of years, stores and companies have created very cool Pop Up Stores in the Gaslamp and they have created a great craze to find special exclusives. Funko, Mindstyle, BAIT Inc. and the Sparks Gallery would team up to create a store strictly for Pop! Asia and other great pieces. Pop! Asia is fairly new to the Pop! vinyl world and it has become one of our favorites because of bringing Astro Boy, Anime, and Asian characters. Unfortunately, the market to find the Pop! Asia line is very difficult and limited to find in the United States, so the Sparks Gallery was a great plus during SDCC. 

The setup of Sparks Gallery for the Pop! Asia store was pretty awesome filled up life sized Pop! Asia characters, Pop! characters, and Ron English art. We went the first day it was opened right before Preview Night of SDCC and we were already in trouble in finding lots of great exclusives before San Diego Comic Con even opened. 




























Along with the great display of art, there were of course the exclusives. There were quite a few great Pop! Asia exclusives available along with a few Hikari exclusives. Because it was the first day, we had to pick and choose what to go for since we still had the whole weekend of SDCC. 

 The GITD Tossakan is a great sculpt that stands 10" tall. 


 The glow is amazing on the Tossakan. 



 The Monkey King has been one of our favorites from the Pop! Asia line, so we had to pick up the Platinum Monkey King exclusive.



 We had to pick up the Black and White Shaolin Legends Wu Tang Priest to go along side our White Brow Priest. 


Our last pick up for the Pop! Asia line would be the Flocked Aswang, which is part of the Legendary Creatures and Myths and is a great Filipino folklore creature.

The Funko Pop! Asia x Mindstyle x BAIT pop up shop at Sparks Gallery was awesome and a stop we were glad we made during San Diego Comic Con weekend. 



Sunday, July 26, 2015

Skelton Crew Studio and Alan Robert's Killogy Join Forces for Boston Comic Con


Skelton Crew Studio, the sculpting house responsible for creating an array of high-end, limited edition replicas based on award-winning comics properties such as Locke &Key, Hellboy and CHEW, is excited to announce a new partnership with acclaimed comics creator Alan Robert to produce an exclusive line of collectables based on his hit comic Killogy (IDW Publishing).

The first products from the collection will make their debut at Boston Comic Con, July 31 - August 2, 2015. Two 16 oz. etched Killogy Pint Glasses will be available for purchase at Skelton Crew Studio's booth (D517), retailing at $10.99 each. One design features the voodoo artwork found in the comic, circled by an ominous warning of the impending apocalypse, and the other displays a bold Killogy skull logo. Each glass comes complete with a full-color, double-sided "Voodoo Brew" Drink Recipe Card, designed by Robert, using his signature artwork. So have a drink before the dead begin to rise from their graves — it just may be your last! 

More products are already in the pipeline and are expected for an early 2016 release, including a plush severed head based on the sarcastic, wisecracking Killogy character One-Eye Tessio. Fans of the comic will not be surprised to discover that One-Eye comes packaged inside his trusty Italian Ices container, just like in the books.

Killogy is such an original concept and an amazing read,” said Skelton Crew Studio head Israel Skelton. “Alan is a huge talent and clearly an idea machine. We couldn’t be more stoked to be working with him.”

Robert adds, "With a roster filled with comics greats like Mignola, Templesmith, Hill & Rodriguez, and Layman & Guillory, I am extremely humbled and flattered to be welcomed into the Skelton Crew family! They produce some of the best replicas I've seen around and they are completely dedicated to bringing each creator's vision to life."

Killogy received critical acclaim and was named one of Bloody Disgusting's Top 5 Best Mini-Series of 2013. It received two Ghastly Awards nominations and picked up a Horror Comic Award from The Horror News Network. The apocalyptic dark comedy is now in development to become an animated series starring Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, The Sopranos), Marky Ramone (the Ramones), Brea Grant (Heroes) and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (of the Misfits fame). The celebrities all appeared inside the pages of the comic as well. In May, Rolling Stone posted a six-minute animated teaser. The animation was produced by Robert's Wasted Talent Entertainment, in association with Squeeze Studio Animation and Rodney Barnes, the producer of The Boondocks. Check it out at http://www.killogyanimated.com