Thursday, April 23, 2015

Funko Pop! Star Wars Series Including Tie Fighter Pilot, Leia Boushh, and Tatooine Luke Skywalker

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Star Wars Celebration was this past weekend and it was a show that will always be remembered with amazing panels, special guests, artists, exhibitors, and Funko! We were fortunate to pick up all the exclusive Pop! Star Wars figures including R2-Q5, R2-R9, E-3PO, Shock Trooper, and the First to Market Darth Vader Unmasked. 

Funko is going big in 2015 with bringing back Star Wars Pop! figures from the Vault including Greedo, Slave Leia, Jedi Luke, Clonetrooper, and many more. Funko is not stopping here, but bringing us more Pop! figures this July. This series is going to be incredible, especially since they are from our favorite Original Trilogy movies. 







Constructing Cloud City at Star Wars Celebration VII


Yes, you read that right. Cloud City was under construction. Kids of all ages gathered around and reconstructed Cloud City by participating in the Bespin Cloud City Diorama Workshop. It was a free event to participate in and the results were impressive (most impressive). 


It really was amazing to see regular household items like plates and straws turn into scenes straight from Empire Strikes Back. Sillof even recreated the carbon freezing chamber. Check out Bespin Cloud City below.























Starz Ash Vs. Evil Dead Begins Production


The STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” began production this month in New Zealand on the 10-episode first season of the half-hour series executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio who will serve as executive producer and showrunner.  “Ash vs Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015.

Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.  When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal.  Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

Raimi is directing the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (DarkmanArmy of DarknessDrag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Chloe Smith (“Spartacus”) will serve as producers.

Aspen Comics at C2E2

Aspen Comics will have a multi-imprint presence in Chicago from Friday, April 24th to Sunday, April 26th alongside Big Dog Ink for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2015. This is the first time Aspen will be at C2E2 since 2012.


Aspen president Frank Mastromauro will join Big Dog Ink founder Tom Hutchison, as well as Shahrazad writers Kim Hutchison and Kari Castor, at booth #706. There will also be a handful of Aspen/BDI creators available in Artist’s Alley: V Ken Marion (All New Soulfire) at B11, Jordan Gunderson (The Four Points) at K12, Nei Ruffino (Shahrazad) at P8, and Dirk Manning (Legend of Oz: The Wicked West) at H8.


C2E2 marks the premiere of Shahrazad #2, which will not be in stores until May 6th, 2015. Aspen will have a C2E2 exclusive cover for Shahrazad #2 by Ruffino available for purchase at their booth, in addition to a Fathom: Kiani #3 exclusive cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald. These variants will also be available as exclusive full-size art prints, in addition to two Shahrazad #2 prints by J. Scott Campbell and Mike DeBalfo.




For those who can’t make it to the convention, quantities of C2E2 exclusives will be made available on www.AspenStore.com.

Image Comics at C2E2

Image Comics is pleased to be at C2E2 this year on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26.

VARIANTS SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#119):

KAPTARA #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod, cover art by Ramon Perez, $5

SPREAD #6 by Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm, cover art by Buster Moody, $5

GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #6 by Ryan Browne, $10 (also sold at Table #N1)

DEADLY CLASS #12 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover art by Jerome OpeƱa & Dono Sanchez Almara, $5

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:


IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: MANHATTAN PROJECTS & EAST OF WEST
Friday, April 24 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra, Nick Dragotta
The Manhattan Projects shows us what happens when science goes sideways. East of West shows us what happens when we get the world we deserve. Creators Nick Dragotta, Jonathan Hickman, and Nick Pitarra show us the world as it could be, and created two fan-favorite series in the process. Join us as we dig deep into our past and future.


IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: CREATORS OWN HUMOR
Friday, April 24 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM 
Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland), Chip Zdarsky (Kaptara, Sex Criminals), Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards)

What's funnier than funnybooks? Humor and comics go hand-in-hand, and Ryan "God Hates Astronauts" Browne, Skottie "I Hate Fairyland" Young, Jason "Southern Bastards" Latour, and Chip "Sex Criminals" Zdarsky specialize in jokes that range from the bluest of blue to perfectly silly. What does it take to make someone crack a smile? Come see.


IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: REVIVAL
Saturday, April 25 11:15 AM – 12: 15 PM 
Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Jenny Frison

In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Dana Cypress must deal with murders, interlopers, and her own formerly-dead sister. Join Jenny Frison, Mike Norton, and Tim Seeley, creators of the hit series Revival, in this special spotlight.


IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: CREATORS OWN SCI-FI
Saturday, April 25 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM 
Rick Remender (Low), Greg Tocchini (Low), Gabriel Hardman (Invisible Republic), Corinna Bechko (Invisible Republic)

In Low, humankind must seek refuge underwater from a sun gone nova. In Invisible Republic, a reporter discovers a hero who has been wiped from history. Join Low's Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini and Invisible Republic's Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman in conversation about what they do with the infinite possibilities in sci-fi tales.


IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: CREATORS OWN HORROR
Sunday, April 26 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM 
Scott Snyder (Wytches), Brian Buccellato (Sons of the Devil), Ray Fawkes (Intersect), Kyle Strahm (Spread), Paul Azaceta (Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta), Jock (Wytches), Jason Howard (Trees)

The scariest things don't necessarily go bump in the night. Sometimes they're deep inside you, waiting for their time to strike. Sometimes they're stuck between the pages of a comic book, struggling to get out. Paul Azaceta, Brian Buccellato, Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, Kyle Strahm, Jock, and Jason Howard own horror and are eager to make your skin crawl with fear.


IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS: CREATORS OWN ADVENTURE
Sunday, April 26 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM 
Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), Chris Mooneyham (Five Ghosts), Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal), Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L.), Rod Reis (C.O.W.L.), Alec Siegel (C.O.W.L.)

What do superhero unions, haunted adventurers, and an otherworld of young monsters and creatures have in common?Five Ghosts' Frank Barbiere & Chris Mooneyham, Oddly Normal's Otis Frampton, and C.O.W.L.'s Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, & Rod Reis tell stories that do what stories are supposed to do: take you on adventures. Come see why and how.


SIGNINGS HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#119):

FRIDAY, APRIL 24
12 - 12:45 PM: Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko

1 - 1:45 PM: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker & Marc Evan Jackson
1 - 1:45 PM: Frank Barbiere & Chris Mooneyham

2 - 2:45 PM: James Robinson
2 - 2:45 PM: Kyle Strahm

3 - 3:45 PM: Joshua Williamson
4 - 4:45 PM: Tim Seeley, Mike Norton & Jenny Frison
4 - 4:45 PM: Ed Brisson

5 - 5:45 PM: Jason Howard

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

11 - 11:45 AM: Scott Snyder & Jock * TICKETED: 3 item limit *

12 - 12:45 PM: Otis Frampton
1 - 1:45 PM: Joshua Williamson
2 - 2:45 PM: Kyle Strahm
2 - 2:45 PM: Ryan Browne

3 - 3:45 PM: Michael Moreci
4 - 4:45 PM: Khary Randolph
5 - 5:45 PM: Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta & Nick Pitarra * TICKETED: 3 item limit *
5 - 5:45 PM: Eric Canete


SUNDAY, APRIL 26
11 - 11:45 AM: Chip Zdarsky
11 - 11:45 AM: Joshua Williamson

12 - 12:45 PM: Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini * TICKETED: 3 item limit *
12 - 12:45 PM: Ryan Browne

1 - 1:45 PM: Jason Latour
1 - 1:45 PM: Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel & Rod Reis

2 - 2:45 PM: Scott Snyder & Jock * TICKETED: 3 item limit *
2 - 2:45 PM: Paul Azaceta * TICKETED: 3 item limit *

3 - 3:45 PM: Nick Dragotta & Nick Pitarra

IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:

Paul Azaceta, G12
Frank Barbiere, I13
Ed Brisson, H14A
Ryan Browne, N1
Brian Buccellato, O15
Nick Dragotta, G17
Ray Fawkes, O12
Otis Frampton, U9
Jenny Frison, G3
Bryan J.L. Glass, H15B
Gabriel Hardman, E10
Phil Hester, G10
Jonathan Hickman, G18
Kyle Higgins, O14
Jock, A9
Jason Latour, G11
Janet Lee, Q9
Mike Norton, G2
Nick Pitarra, G16
Eric Powell, L1
Rod Reis, O13
Rick Remender, H18
James Robinson, B18
Tim Seeley, G1
Kyle Strahm, G14
Scott Snyder, A10
Ben Templesmith, O10
Greg Tocchini, H17
Joshua Williamson, H12
Skottie Young, V18
Chip Zdarsky, H11