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Target TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FINAL BATTLE For Purchase

The TERMINATOR franchise is in an interesting place right now. The last two films, TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES and TERMINATOR: SALVATION, failed to capture the hearts and minds of the general film going audience in the same way that James Cameron’s first two did. Fox’s TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES television series was short lived, lasting only two seasons.

But there’s hope. Continue reading

Comic Book Review- RAT QUEENS: Issue #4

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Only four issues in, RAT QUEENS is one of my favorite comics out there. It’s hilarious and raunchy, full of blood and gore, and it’s just plain fun. This issue is a perfect example, offering all of that and more. I love that the pace of this comic is so well-crafted to give us the crucial elements of strong character development (done wonderfully in Issue #3) and non-stop action (found everywhere in this latest issue). Continue reading

Marvel Makes STAR WARS Comics Theirs

Star Wars and Marvel

Today Disney and Lucasfilm announced that STAR WARS comics will be published exclusively by Marvel beginning in 2015. The news is not entirely unforeseen, as fans have speculated since Disney’s acquisition of STAR WARS that the franchise would return to its original comic book home.

The move ends twenty-three years of Dark Horse Comics’ exclusive publishing of STAR WARS titles. In a statement released earlier, Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson said, “2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.”

You can read both Disney/Lucasfilm’s and Dark Horse’s announcements below.

Dark Horse

The End of an Era

All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.

Mike Richardson

 

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DISNEY’S LUCASFILM AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES TO PUBLISH STAR WARS COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Jedi, Sith, and the Rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015

The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new Star Wars adventures to readers across the galaxy, with Marvel granted exclusive rights to create and publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015.

The agreement marks a homecoming for the Star Wars comic books. Marvel Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, Star Wars #1, in March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel Comics published its Star Wars series for nine years. In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan favorite titles like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. Last year, Dark Horse released The Star Wars #1, an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media attention and ranking among the top-selling Star Wars comics of all time.

“Dark Horse Comics published exceptional Star Wars comics for over 20 years, and we will always be grateful for their enormous contributions to the mythos, and the terrific partnership that we had,” said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe.”

“We here at Marvel could not be more excited to continue the publication of Star Wars comic books and graphic novels,” said Marvel worldwide publisher and president, Dan Buckley. “The perennial brand of Star Wars is one of the most iconic in entertainment history and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring our creative talent pool to continue, and expand Star Wars into galaxies far, far away.”

“We’re incredibly excited by this next chapter in the Star Wars saga,” said Andrew B. Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Bringing together the iconic Lucasfilm and Marvel brands to tell new stories will allow us to continue to thrill lovers of the original Star Wars comic books and entertain generations to come.”

Marvel has continued to push comic book publishing forward with innovations and experiments like motion comics and digital-only releases, in addition to its deep, ongoing catalog of monthly series and graphic novels created by some of the industry’s most gifted artists and writers.

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Comic Book Review: SAGA #17

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As we get down to the final two issues of SAGA’s current arc, Brian K. Vaughn is pulling out all the stops in this edge-of-your-seat issue filled with new characters, more heartache, and as always unanswered questions.

The issue opens on a quiet moment between Upsher and Doff, who are interrupted by a new freelancer, The Brand and his sidekick Sweet Boy. They show up to put a stop on the hottest story of the war currently, and aren’t afraid to use extreme means to get it. Speaking of Sweet Boy, he’s one of the most adorable, yet terrifying pets I’ve seen in comics-and we haven’t really seen what all he is capable of yet. I’m not sure what type of pet shop the Freelancers frequent, but if Lying Cat and Sweet Boy are any indication it’s a place I’d like to visit!

From there, the issue picks up where we left in terms of The Will’s fate and alternates it with Prince Robot IV’s antics at the Heist residence. Vaughn’s pacing here is spot on, even though it can be confusing because there’s quite a bit going on. As always Staples’ art is the perfect compliment to the dialogue and helps with the characterization. There’s a heartbreaking moment when Alana realizes that, “we have a family to look after now,” changing how they can react in violent situations. Staples perfectly captures the look on Alana’s face with a depth and emotion that many can relate to.

Equally poignant are the scenes illustrating The Will and Sophia’s relationship, which is quickly becoming one of the better parts of the series. The scene between them opens with a look of horror on Sophia’s face as she slowly realizes what she has done. Sophia has a way of placating The Will and bringing out a kindness to him that we rarely see with anyone else. This issue is no different as he tries to calm her down, even though it’s his life hanging in the balance. I find myself looking forward to their interactions more and more, and there will be plenty of this in the next issue if you’re a fan as well.

The only part of the issue that feels a bit misplaced is the dialogue between Oswald Heist and Prince Robot IV once the issue jumps back to them. Most of this probably lies in the fact that the issue covers a lot of ground at once, and their discussion being cut into two parts hurts more than it helps. That being said it’s clearly a foreshadowing of what’s to come, and I’m intrigued to see how that will play out in later issues. Perhaps to be addressed in the next arc?

Ever the emotional roller coaster, SAGA ends with a gut punch to the stomach as we gear up the final issue of the arc. Vaughn can be counted on to end with a cliffhanger and this month is no different. Again, great art on the final page as we cover a range of emotions from surprise to sadness to anger. The coloring here is a perfect compliment, especially in showing the background to our characters and a glimpse of what is to come.

DEAD Talks: Image Comics’ THE WALKING DEAD- Issue #118

The Walking Dead- Issue 118- Shiva

New panelist Katie Sullivan joins Justin, John, and Antoinette for their discussion of the fourth issue of the “All Out War” storyline. We talk Maggie’s stand at the Hilltop, Carl and Michonne’s relationship, the death of Shiva, and our growing concerns that Rick may not get out of this war alive. Also, Katie explains how you never ask her on a date. Its all here in the latest edition of DEAD Talks!

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Comikaze 2013 Photos: A Family Affair

Photo by Melissa Gerber

Comikaze 2013 has come and gone, but if you’ll permit me a sentimental moment, the memories are sure to last a lifetime. A personal “Bucket List” moment for yours truly was captured in the photo above. For the first weekend in November, the Los Angeles Convention Center was Mecca for fans of all ages, aided by the free admission offered to kids under 12 with the purchase of an adult pass. All were treated to a spectacular event showcasing everything from classic comics, to invincible suits of Iron Man armor by Legacy Effects, to the very latest from the master himself, Stan Lee, who is still creating.

We’ve captured many of the sights from Comikaze 2013 in our photo gallery below, so please enjoy and start getting ready to join MMM at Comikaze 2014!

Photos by Melissa Gerber

Comikaze Headed To LA Next Friday!

Stan Lee’s Comikaze returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center next Friday November, 1 at 1:00pm. Modern Myth Media will be there to cover the entire weekend’s worth of festivities and we hope you can meet us there. Check out latest press release below, or just hurry up and get your tickets here.

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STAN LEE’S COMIKAZE EXPO PRESENTED BY POW! ENTERTAINMENT RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES THIS NOVEMBER 1 – 3

LA’s Ultimate Pop Culture Experience to Host Celebrities, Exclusives, Reunions, Gaming, Shopping and More

Santa Monica, CA – October 22, 2013 – Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo presented by POW! Entertainment, and co-owned by the largest producer of trade shows and events in the nation, Advanstar Communications, Inc., returns to Los Angeles next month. Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo kicks off this November 1-3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and promises an incredible experience for fans of comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and anime. This year’s event will feature an amazing line-up of attractions from vendors and exhibitors, interactive contests, celebrity autograph signings, screenings, renowned panel sessions and gaming tournaments.

“I’m beyond excited for this year’s Comikaze Expo,” stated Stan Lee, Chairman and Founder of POW! Entertainment. “Comikaze continues to grow bigger and better every year and the offerings this year are going to be immensely enjoyable for all of our attendees. It’s great to have such a fun-filled expo that attracts the Hollywood crowd just as much as the geek, comic and gaming crowd and it’s all right here in our backyard – Los Angeles!”

This year fans can experience NERD Black Friday and also have access to geeky shopping, see all the new toys, games and movies as well as meet all of their favorite actors and celebrities. Fans can shop from retailers like Hot Topic, Toynamii, Mattel, Tokidoki as well as from new emerging artists and creators. These retailers have created exclusive items available only at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo.

“My partners and I are committed to creating a unique, one-of-a-kind fan experience that will be enjoyed by all. I am proud to bring Stan Lee’s Comikaze back to your great city. Comikaze is a show for fans by fans…it embodies everything that is LA,” said Regina Carpinelli, founder and CEO, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. “Part of fulfilling that goal is to partner with industry giants like Diamond Comics, Hot Topic, SyFy Channel and many others! Together we can create amazing and unique fan experiences to make Comikaze one of the world’s largest and most diverse pop culture conventions.”

Additionally, Stan Lee will be on hand to meet his fans, and share with them the largest collection of Marvel movie props and memorabilia ever assembled in one place. On site will also be amazing movie props that Stan Winston Legacy Studios created for hits like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. Additionally, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment will play a big role with several panels at Comikaze, including a special Slam 7 announcement, an unveiling from Mattel, and an introduction of a new app game, along with others. As always, Stan Lee may drop in on other panels as a special guest.

“Comikaze is part of the fan community. Our experience in events, licensing and entertainment will help them exponentially expand their reach and concept globally. We couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Comikaze team!” said Chris DeMoulin, Executive Vice President of Customer Development and President of Licensing for Advanstar.

Celebrities making an appearance at Comikaze include Stan Lee, Elvira, Bruce Campbell, Weird Al, LeVar Burton, Tara Strong, John Romita Jr, Marc Silvestri he entire cast of AMC’s Comic Book Men, and many more. Panel discussions run the gamut, with topics regarding new movie and television show premiers to in-depth comic discussions and workshops on how to become a voice actor to break into the comics industry. The full listing of panels will be available soon at www.comikazeexpo.com.

“POW! Entertainment will have a significant presence at this year’s Comikaze Expo,” stated Gill Champion, President and CEO of POW! Entertainment. “We are excited to host our own pop culture expo in our backyard to share with the fans and Hollywood crowd alike, and showcase Los Angeles as the center of pop culture.”

Take a look behind the scenes at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo by watching the SyFy Network’s new hit show “Fangasm,” which features seven super-nerd fan boys and fan girls who move into the same house in LA, and work as interns for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. New episodes of “Fangasm” air every Tuesday night at 10pm on SyFy.

Buy tickets at Comikazeexpo.com or at the door!

The Expo Basics:

WHEN:​Friday, November 1, from 1p.m. to 8 p.m.
​Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
​Sunday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

COST:​$25 per day, or $60 for 3-day pass
FREE for children under 12

WHERE:​Los Angeles Convention Center
​1201 South Figueroa Street, South Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90015

For additional info: www.comikazeexpo.com, Twitter @StanLeeComikaze, Facebook- www.facebook.com/comikazeexpo

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About Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, held November 1-3 , 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is the largest multimedia pop culture convention in Los Angeles. Partnering with comic legend Stan Lee and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Comikaze brings together the best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and all other pop culture programming.

About Advanstar Communications, Inc.
Advanstar Communications Inc., the largest producers of trade shows and events in the U.S., is a leading worldwide media company providing integrated marketing solutions for the Fashion, Licensing, Life Sciences and Powersports Industries. Advanstar serves business professionals and consumers in these industries with its portfolio of 147 events, 68 publications and directories, 267 electronic products and Web sites, as well as educational and direct marketing products and services. Market leading brands and a commitment to delivering innovative, quality products and services enables Advanstar to “Connect Our Customers with Theirs.”

About POW! Entertainment, Inc.
POW! Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book writer Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and the late intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the creation and production of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is utilizing Stan Lee’s historical background by perpetuating his legacy while creating and developing all new live-action films, television, digital games, merchandising, licensing and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with third parties and strategic alliances, including studios and networks, in the production and distribution of new POW! character franchises.

NECESSARY EVIL Clip Released

DC Entertainment has released the first clip from its upcoming documentary, NECESSARY EVIL: SUPER-VILLAINS OF DC COMICS. The documentary, set to be released this Friday, October 25, profiles the history of DC Comics’ most notorious villains and analyzes how they are defined by the heroes who fight them. Check out the clip and full press release below.

NECESSARY EVIL: SUPER-VILLAINS OF DC COMICS

NEW FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FROM              WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT DEBUTS                  ON BLU-RAY™ THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

Fans Applauded SRO World Premiere at New York Comic Con

Christopher Lee Narrates Film Which Features Exclusive Interviews with Richard Donner, Guillermo del Toro,
Zack Snyder and More

Burbank, CA (October 16, 2013) – The ultimate rogue’s gallery takes center stage when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) releases the new full-length documentary Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics on October 25, 2013 as a Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics kicked off Opening Night festivities of New York Comic Con with a standing-room-only World Premiere of the documentary on Thursday, October 10, the crowd enthusiastically applauding the film’s first public screening.

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics explores the thin line between right and wrong, the nature of evil and how super-villains can reflect society’s dark side as well as our own personal fears.  It also offers insight as to the reasons comic book fans are so fascinated by the very characters they hope to see defeated.

The film focuses on DC Comics’ most terrifying villains, including The Joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, Black Adam, Black Manta, Catwoman, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Doomsday, General Zod, Sinestro, the Suicide Squad, and more.

Christopher Lee, who has played the villain more times than almost any other actor, will provide his unique voice as narrator. The villains’ infamous tales will be told by directors Richard Donner (Superman), Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) as well as Geoff Johns (best-selling author and DCE’s Chief Creative Officer) and other storytellers, creators and those who have crafted the personalities and profiles of the most nefarious baddies in DC Comics history.

Also included are interviews from over forty subjects, including: DC comic book writers, artists, executives, filmmakers, comic experts, critics, historians and celebrities.

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics contains footage from DC Entertainment’s animated series, TV shows, video games and live action films, as well as spotlighting hundreds of covers, pages and panels created by DC Comic’s legendary artists.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com.

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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