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We brought you the news that Natasha Henstridge is joining the voice cast of Stan Lee’s Time Jumper motion comic series the other day, and now the word is official directly from Disney and Stan Lee.Â The cool thing is, you don’t have to wait months for the series to launch, you just have to head over to iTunes on July 24, 2009.
The complete press release after the jump!
Here’s an interesting bit of news from Boom! Studios; their kids line of comics will be appearing on the store shelves of the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store, right next door to the El Capitan Theatre.Â Talk about perfect placement to sell you products!
There’s a reason we like Boom! Studios, they are the small guy that is making it big, by doing the right thing.Â Where will this deal lead?Â I can see the Boom!/Disney relationship expand even further, and it will not come as any surprise when the company announces it will handle all the Disney comics.
Complete press release after the jump.
I grew up during the 70′s and 80′s during the whole controversy surrounding children’s programing geared toward selling toys to the viewer.Â So imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to discover Hasbro is teaming with Discovery Communications to form a new television network.
Both the network and the venture’s online component will feature content from Hasbro’s rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built over the past 90 years, including original programming for animation, game shows, and live-action series and specials. New programming will be based on brands such as ROMPER ROOM, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, SCRABBLE, CRANIUM, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, GAME OF LIFE, TONKA and TRANSFORMERS, among many others. The TV network and online presence also will include content from Discovery’s extensive library of award-winning children’s educational programming, such as BINDI THE JUNGLE GIRL, ENDURANCE, TUTENSTEIN, HI-5, FLIGHT 29 DOWN and PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD, as well as programming from third-party producers.
It sounds like a cool deal, but I bet it takes five years before my local cable provider puts it in the lineup.Â Also, fans of Discovery Kids can start counting down the days, as that channel will go silent when the network is launched.
Check out the complete press release after the jump.
Here’s some good news for our friends in Italy; Boom! Studios is coming your way in a magazine format to boot!Â Check out the complete press release below.Â (heh, I said boot when talking about Italy.)
BOOM! Studios just concluded an agreement with Italycomics (www.italycomics.it), an Italian comic book publisher whose catalog is a virtual “best of the best indy publishers” translated into Italian, to form a new publication called BOOM! MAGAZINE.
This new publication sees Italycomics dedicating a whole anthology magazine to BOOM! Studios series.
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Another comic publisher didn’t make it through the minimum order cuts through Diamond Comic Distributors.Â Classics Illustrated will however continue to be printed and distributed, it will just go through other venues.
Complete press release follows the jump.
If you are looking for some really good kid’s comics, then you can’t go wrong with Salt Water Taffy from Matthew Loux. With a third volume set to arrive in stores in a couple of weeks, Loux has decided to take the adventures of Jack and Benny to the Intardwebz.
The complete press release is after the jump, but seriously, if you haven’t read Salt Water Taffy, pick it up, read it, and enjoy it.Â If you need futher convincing, check out the Major Spoilers Podcast where we give listeners the breakdown of the series.
Here’s something that makes a whole lot of sense; your company is letting people go left and right, you cancel and/or postpone Wizard World Texas and Wizard World Los Angeles, so you go out and purchase the Big Apple Convention.Â To make matters even more confusing, Gareb Shamus is moving the show to October 16 – 18, 2009, which just so happens to be the same month that the New York Comic Con had announced it is moving to.Â If Shamus and Wizard wanted to stir up a hornet’s nest of publicity on a slow news day, it certainly succeeded in that.
The complete press release after the jump, and don’t forget the comment section for you to do all that talk backin’ that y’all do so well.
The big trend in promoting comics has been taking a series or issue and turning it into a “Motion Comic”.Â This is where the art is scanned or imported into a motion graphics application like Adobe After Effects, and then manipulated to give the illusion you are watching an animated feature.Â I’ve seen some really good stuff, and I’ve seen some absolute drek.
The latest comic to get the treatment is the old Batman: Black and White series from DC Comics.Â I’ve watched the trailer and it does look pretty good, and will more than likely check out the ten episode series.
Complete press release and trailer after the jump.
Good news for gamers, and the HeroClix line – the new Arkham Asylum line has sold out at the distributor level in North America a week before they are sold in stores.
DC HeroClix: Arkham Asylum brings BATMANâ€™s most dangerous villains to playersâ€™ tabletops to re-wage the wars of their favorite comic, film, and television storylines.
I’ve stopped buying HeroClix, simply because I don’t have time to play the game, nor the time to chase down the exclusives that sell for the big bucks, but every time I see a new DC line announced, I’m so, so, tempted to get back in.
Complete press release (with pictures) after the jump.
When it rains, it pours.Â First DC had printing issues with All-Star Batman and Robn, and now Devil’s Due Publishing has issues with two upcoming issues of Hack/Slash featuring Herbert West: Re-Animator.Â The company sent a press release, but to be honest, I’ve read it a couple of times and it still doesn’t make sense.Â It appears Brian Yuzna, the producer and owner of the Re-Animator film franchise, has no problem with what DDP is doing, but some new company called Re-Animator LLC claims it has the rights to the Re-Animator logo and is putting the pressure on Devil’s Due to not release the two issues.
DDP says they aren’t going to distribute the two issues through Diamond Comic Distributors, but instead will solicate the issues themselves, which pretty much means it will be next to impossible to find the issues anywhere but at the online store.
Check the complete press release after the jump.
Every year there is a new release of ComicBase.Â It means I have to spend some money to get the next year’s worth of updates, comic covers, and all the other little goodies the company throw in, but this year, there’s something extra in the update – ComicBase Atlas.
The things I’m most interested in are iPhone access (which I hope includes iPod Touch), and finally cover downloads for those who purchase the Archive Edition.Â Complete press release with all the details after the jump.