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Emerald City Comic Con – Seattle, WA, March 1-3, 2013 February 28, 2013

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For those out there that are into comics, toys, gaming and general nerd/geek-related things, this weekends Emerald City Comicon is the place to be. Guests range from Patrick Stewart of Star Trek and X-Men, Adam West from the Batman TV Show, Gillian Anderson of X-Files, Walter Koenig from Star Trek, to Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton, both known for various internet based projects as well as TV roles.

Along with the TV and Movie celebrities, will be a long list of comic book creators, writers and artists. The legendary Neal Adams who is best known for drawing Batman and Green Lantern for many years will be there along side Denny O’Neil, a long time writer of Batman and Green Lantern. Many other well known artists and writers will be there as well.

There are also a variety of panels and discussions on a variety of pop-culture topics.

You can get more information and order tickets at: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com.

I’ll be keeping tabs on any announcements that might be of interest and posting updates as I can.

 

 

 

31 Days of Inspiring the Next Generation of History Makers February 26, 2013

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For Immediate Release                                              Contact:   Carolyn Danckaert, 301.335.6219

February 25, 2013

A MIGHTY GIRL TO LAUNCH WOMEN’S HISTORY “MIGHTY HEROES” CAMPAIGN

31 Days of Inspiring the Next Generation of History Makers

 

Washington, DC: A Mighty Girl, one of the world’s largest girl empowerment websites, will run a month-long campaign during Women’s History Month, to educate and inspire children and youth about women’s history. The campaign, entitled “Mighty Girl Heroes: Inspiring the Next Generation of History Makers,” will provide parents, teachers, and others interested in sharing the stories of remarkable women with a wealth of resources to make this history easily accessible to today’s young people.

As Carolyn Danckaert, A Mighty Girl Co-Founder, explains, “Our Mighty Girl Heroes projects is about making women’s history accessible and compelling to today’s kids. It’s our hope that learning about these remarkable women will inspire girls to become the history makers of tomorrow.”

In preparation for Women’s History Month, A Mighty Girl’s carefully curated online collection of biographies of famous women has been vastly expanded and will include over 400 books by the launch of the campaign on March 1. This collection, which is easily sortable by the featured women’s area of expertise as well as by age of the targeted reader, is the largest ever compiled of biographies of women intended for child and teen readers.

During this month-long campaign, A Mighty Girl will also feature a daily profile piece on a significant woman in history including such figures as Burmese democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, American soccer player Mia Hamm, former First Lady and human rights advocate Eleanor Roosevelt, British paleontologist Mary Anning, civil rights activist Claudette Colvin, and architect Julia Morgan. Each profile will include biographical information on the featured individual and information about youth-oriented books, films and other resources that can be used to teach young people about these important and oft-neglected figures.

The Mighty Girl Heroes initiative will also include the release of the following four detailed articles on International Women’s Day, a profile of important women from around the world; “The Suffragists”, a look at the women behind the Women’s Rights Movement; “Ten Women You Should Know but Don’t”, a profile of several remarkable but largely unknown women; and “The Best in Historical Fiction Starring Girls and Women”, an overview of the best historical fiction for child and teen readers. Each article will feature ample reading recommendations geared toward younger readers.

In discussing the goal of this campaign, Danckaert states,“At A Mighty Girl, we celebrate women’s history year-round but Women’s History Month offers a unique opportunity to share the rich legacy of women’s vast contributions to the world with a wider audience. It’s especially important that girls are exposed to these types of empowering stories from a young age because, as the saying goes, you can’t be what you can’t see.”

IDW Teams Up with Cartoon Network ! February 25, 2013

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IDW Teams Up with Cartoon Network !

Publisher To Serve As Home for Comics Based on Network’s Classic Hits!

San Diego, CA (February 25, 2013) – IDW Publishing and Cartoon Network Enterprises today announced that the two companies have forged a partnership to produce and release comics based on many of the network’s popular and iconic classic characters!

“Many of these Cartoon Network shows have only grown in popularity since they originally aired,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, “and we’re excited to be able to offer new iterations of the characters in comic-book form alongside both our planned reprint material and also some new animated ventures Cartoon Network has planned, too. There’s a wealth of fun properties to play with here, and we’ve already got some unique things in mind for them.”

Beginning in 2013, fans can look forward to seeing the returns of beloved characters from classic Cartoon Network shows including THE POWERPUFF GIRLSBEN 10DEXTER’S LABORATORYSAMURAI JACKJOHNNY BRAVOGENERATOR REX, and many more.

Not only will IDW be teaming with high-caliber creators from the world of comics to publish new adventures featuring tons of Cartoon Network’s characters, but fans can also look forward to a variety of reprints of previous incarnations of Cartoon Network comics.

“We are excited to partner with IDW to bring some of our most beloved and iconic brands and characters to life for fans of all ages,” said Pete Yoder, Vice President of Consumer Products, North America for Cartoon Network Enterprises. “It will be a great opportunity to revisit and expand many of these great stories told in comic-book form, and we’re excited to see what the creative team at IDW comes up with.”

While details have yet to be announced on the specific titles and creative teams, IDW and Cartoon Network are  thrilled to be heading into 2013 with this new partnership and great new comics hitting comic shops soon!

About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Generator Rex, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Adult Swim and more. CNE also serves as the exclusive global licensing agent for the full portfolio of brands from Spin Master Ltd., as well as Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master for the award-winning Bakugan brand and the PGA of America for the youth marketplace.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 168 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About IDW

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

 

 

Comic Preview: Peanuts Vol 2 #6(A) February 24, 2013

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Written by Charles Schulz, Mona Koth, Shane Houghton, Vicki Scott
Art by Matt Whitlock, Mona Koth, Vicki Scott
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COVER A: Vicki Scott & Paige Braddock
COVER B: Vicki Scott & Paige Braddock

Peppermint Patty like you’ve never seen her before…in a dress! What could make the world’s most notorious tomboy get all gussied up in her most girly duds? The answers – and the best durn goop you’ve ever tasted – are in this new issue of PEANUTS, along with your standard dose of classic Schulz Sunday strips!

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REVIEW: SKETCH MONSTERS, VOL. #2 February 23, 2013

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Story By: Joshua Williamson

Art By: Vinny Navarrete

Cover by: Vinny Navarrete

Publisher: Oni Press

Release Date: Wed, February 13th, 2013

Tony’s nervous about his first day at a new school. Instead of acting normally, he tries being the class clown, the teacher’s pet, and sadly… even the bully. He draws his other identities as MONSTERS in his sketchbook. But Tony’s monsters escape all over the school! Thankfully, Mandy also goes to Tony’s school and can lend a helping hand! Can Tony and Mandy catch all of the new Sketch Monsters before they demolish the school?!

 

This volume is not so much a sequel to the first Sketch Monsters book but is more a successor. A quick recap is done for the original story before the introduction of new main character, Tony. He’s just moved into town and is going to have his first day of school. He’s nervous but has a plan to make friends and feel welcome. Things don’t go as well as Tony hoped. It’s not long before Mandy (from the first story) stops him from being a bully and we find that his own sketched monsters have broken loose from his sketch book and are causing problems around the school.

This story is very similar to the first book as Tony, Mandy and the Happster find out how to catch the monsters from Tony’s book. The feelings that Tony had on that first day are ones that many kids feel when they have to start a new school and don’t know anyone. They want to be liked and accepted. Tony isn’t confident that he will be if he doesn’t act cool, smart, athletic or as a bully. Tony tries them all but it doesn’t help. After trying out being a bully, Tony meets Mandy. As she helps him capture the monsters, he learns that he just has to be himself to be liked and accepted.

The artist, Vinny Navrrette, has again done a wonderful job with the characters and story. The art is bright and colourful, with great details. It’s easy to get into the story and feel the nervousness that Tony feels. It’s not so much the raw emotions that this story is about but rather the desire of character to be accepted by his peers. It’s something most people can relate to, even adults.

Is It Right For Kids? This is another good book for younger kids. It shows that you don’t have to act as anything other then yourself to make friends and be accepted. It’s good a good lesson that kids will (hopefully) understand. I’d recommend it for kids in the 6-10 range.

 

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KABOOM! STUDIOS REPRINTS ADVENTURE TIME #1-6 WITH 6 CONNECTING COVERS! February 21, 2013

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February 20th, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – With the demand continuing to be incredibly high, and with multiple sell outs at the distributor level and comic book shops, KaBOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that ADVENTURE TIME #1-6 will be reprinted yet again with connecting covers illustrated by none other than ADVENTURE TIME cover artist, Chris Houghton.
Did you miss out on the phenomenon that is ADVENTURE TIME? Now’s your chance to get the first six issues with these collectible reprints. Get the 4th printing of issue #1, the 3rd printing of issue #2, and the second printings of issues #3-6…all forming a massive Land of Ooo connecting cover image by Chris Houghton (REED GUNTHER)! Each cover spotlights a particular area of the Land of Ooo and a fan favorite character.

Cover images are here: http://www.boom-studios.com/adventure-time-01-06-six-part-connecting-cover-available-for-pre-order-now.html.

Comic book fans should keep in mind earlier printings of ADVENTURE TIME may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use www.comicshoplocator.com to find one!

ADVENTURE TIME #1 reprint has a Diamond order code of FEB130842. ADVENTURE TIME #2 reprint has a Diamond order code of  FEB130843. ADVENTURE TIME #3 reprint has a Diamond order code of FEB130844. ADVENTURE TIME #4 reprint has a Diamond order code of FEB130845. ADVENTURE TIME #5 reprint has a Diamond order code of FEB130846 and ADVENTURE TIME #6 reprint has a Diamond order code of FEB130847. Each issue carries a cover price of $3.99.

About BOOM! Studios

Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s HYPERNATURALS, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, and Sam Humphreys’ HIGHER EARTH. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME, and 20th Century Fox’ ICE AGE. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, and just released SPACE DUCKS, the first comic book from indie musician legend Daniel Johnston.

 

New Release Comic – Lookouts #4 February 14, 2013

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From Cryptozoic Entertainment

 

FACE THE SPHINX’S WRATH IN THE LOOKOUTS ISSUE 4

 

Sphinxes, battles, books, and Lark’s fascination for ferocious creatures can be found in The Lookouts Issue 4, coming February 27th to comic stores and comiXology!

When we last left the Lookouts, they were in a dash to find Dore before he confronted the sphinx on his own. Dore, his head filled with dreams of doing battle rather than solving riddles, takes on an increasingly aggravated sphinx head-on. Will the Lookouts be able to reach Dore in time before the sphinx unleashes his anger upon the headstrong Dore?

Issue 4 also delves into the backstory of Lark, the bookworm of the Lookouts. Where did his love of books come from? What is his motivation as a member of the Lookouts? Learn all of this and more on February 27th!

Issue 4 also discusses the origins and the requirements for a Lookout to earn the Mentath Vampirica badge. What is the badge, and what horrors and tragedy must a Lookout endure in order to earn the ominously named Missing Master Badge?

The Lookouts Issue 4 will be available in comic stores and comiXology on February 27th. For more news and updates on The Lookouts, be sure to check www.cryptozoic.com regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Hello Kitty Comic Books To Debut At San Diego Comic Con 2013 February 13, 2013

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From: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/02/11/hello-kitty-comic-books-to-debut-at-san-diego-comic-con-2013/

 

And you thought My Little Pony sold a lot of comic books…

Viz is about to start publishing Hello Kitty manga, with a series of original graphic novels featuring the uber-popular Sanrio mascot.

Hello Kitty single issue will also debut at San Diego Comic Con, with a cover by Jacob Chabot, and the comic drawn by Victoria Maderna and Ian McGinty.

The graphic novel series, Hello Kitty: Here We Go will then begin in the following autumn, featuring Hello Kitty travelling around the world for $7.99.

Hello Kitty has places to be and friends to meet! Join her  (or Hello Kitty) as she explores an underground realm, chases an unsavory cake thief around the world, climbs the Himalayas, travels back in time, and discovers that sometimes, the best place to get away from it all is between the pages of a good book.

And we also get Hello Kitty: Fashion Music Wonderland for $6.99.

It’s Hello Kitty as you’ve never seen her, in stories filled with fashion, music and adventure!

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MR. POTATO HEAD is ready to save the world as MARVEL’S WOLVERINE, IRON MAN and THOR February 11, 2013

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Los Angeles, CA (February 11, 2013) – MR. POTATO HEAD gets ready to slice, blast and smash into action as he takes on the Marvel Universe in a series of collectible toys launching Summer 2013.

Under license from HASBRO INC. and MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT, PPW TOYS is launching a line of MR. POTATO HEAD figures wearing the costumes of the beloved MARVEL Super Heroes!  These unique collectible- toys will initially be previewed at the upcoming NY Toy Fair in February.

Although several Marvel characters have already received the MR. POTATO HEAD treatment by HASBRO (Spider-Man and Iron Man), the PPW TOYS line of figures is targeting fans and collectors.

Like other co-licensed Spuds developed from PPW Toys, the new Marvel line is being designed with collectors in mind from the start.  The attention to detail, scale and consistent design elements will make these a must-have for both MR POTATO HEAD and MARVEL fans of all ages.  The Spuds are fully-functioning collectible toys with a variety of fun components to mix and match, or collectors can proudly display them thanks to their compact size and design intricacy.

The line-up for 2013 includes WOLVERINE, IRON MAN, and THOR and the line will be available at specialty retailers and e-tailers starting Summer 2013.

Created in 1952, MR. POTATO HEAD, the first toy to be featured in a television commercial, became an instant hit with youngsters. In the past 60 years, the beloved character has emerged as an American icon, a true evergreen brand with broad demographic appeal.

For more information on PPW Toys, contact Dean Gorby at (213) 225-6676, or go to www.ppwtoys.com, www.facebook.com/ppwtoys or www.twitter.com/ppwtoys

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About PPW Toys

PPW Toys is the consumer products division of Promotional Partners Worldwide.  Specializing in co-licensed toys and games, PPW Toys has brought together such licenses as Mr. Potato Head, Elvis Presley, Star Trek, Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

 

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”  Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

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About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com.

Creator of Spider-Man and Avengers heads up new slate of books and games for youngsters February 8, 2013

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From: http://1821comics.com/stan-lees-kids-universe.html

 

With his all-new Kids Universe entertainment imprint, Stan Lee is looking out for today’s generation — that is, when the comic-book icon’s not engrossed in playing his app game featuring pirates and little fuzzballs.

“The whole games thing was a bad idea to do because we’ve got Stan now not working in his office and playing all day long,” jokes 1821 Comics’ Terry Dougas, who’s partnering with Lee’s POW! Entertainment for Stan Lee Kids Universe.

Launching today, the imprint aims to create family-friendly books, games and characters on a variety of platforms for young children ages 1 to 10.

“There really is no group of books for kids who are very young and have the excitement, the color, the originality that kids are really looking for and will hold and grab them,” says Lee, the longtime Marvel Comics editor and co-creator of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men and the Avengers.

Stan Lee’s Kid’s Universe projects will be available starting on Monday, beginning with Dani Jones’ Monsters vs. Kittens. The children’s tome featuring a variety of cute cats and creatures will be available in e-book, hardcover and softcover editions, with a game to follow.

Also, the A Story Before Bed version features Lee himself reading the book that kids can view on their iPads, or mom and dad can record it themselves if they’re away from home and their children want to enjoy it before bedtime, Dougas says. “We try in every way to help parents be closer with their kids.”

Part of the Kids Universe mandate is to support young artists and storytellers from around the world like Jones.

“We want to open the door where if a 10-year-old kid comes up with a great story and sends it to us, we will publish it,” Dougas says.

Lee and Dougas are also trying to hit the Angry Birds crowd with Goobeez: Pirate Adventure, a game for smartphones and tablets available Monday where players swipe their finger back and forth to get little characters to jump off a pirate ship and onto land.

“We’re building cute stuff that we want to give to our kids, and then give it to the rest of the kids,” Dougas says.

That’s been the modus operandi for Lee for decades, he adds. “Even when I was writing comics, I just wrote the kind of comics I would like to read. Now Terry and I are doing the kind of books and games that we would like to read and play. I find that’s a good formula.”

Lee’s already figured out that Goobeez is habit-forming. “There’s also a little humor to it also, like everything we do,” he says, adding that he’s “not as good as I’d like to be. I don’t have enough time to practice, but I swear I’m going to get better.”

If anyone deserves to lose himself in a game, it’s Lee, 90. He’s responsible for some of pop culture’s most indelible superheroes, but doing stuff for kids has also been a hallmark of his long career. Before Thor and Iron Man came along, Lee used to write for Paul Terry cartoons such as Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle.

“Now it’s almost the same thing,” he says. “It’s just the characters are different and the platforms are different. It all boils down to simple, understandable fun stories for young people.”

Lee aims to stay on top of and utilize new technology as Kids Universe spawns more projects this year and in the future, with new characters like the canine police of The Fuzz Posse and Reggie the Veggie Crocodile as well as books such as Jones’ Once Upon a Time featuring a pig and his animal pals.

Anything that Kids Universes publishes will combine the essential elements of education and entertainment, Lee says.

“Whatever he or she has read or played with, we want that youngster to leave happy and entertained but also perhaps a little bit smarter and a little bit more educated than when they started.”

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