Warning Spoilers Ahead Following up on last week, Coulson and his remaining team are still in the facility figuring out their next steps. When word from Grant comes that numerous ...
Tribute: Lucille Ball
Writer: J. Reed
Artist: Patricio Carbajal
In this Tribute edition to the legend of comedy. Bluewater Productions takes a look at her amazing life, from her humble beginnings in Jamestown, NY, to her reign as the undisputed Queen of Comedy.
Mis-Adventures of Adam West #12
Writer: Leon McKenzie and Edward Gross
Artist: Tsubasa Yozora
The powerful fictional vampire named T’damas-U stands revealed. Adam has an army with him. Will it be enough as the entire multiverse hangs in the balance!
Spaced Out #3
Writer: Brent Sprecher
Artist: Ramon Salas
Bops’ trust in his newfound ally Sha’A La is shattered when she turns him over to Governor Marko, but everything is not as it appears. A secret war is waging on Centroa against Overlord Jardu Krush’s reign of terror and Bops and Max have landed right in the thick of it. Meanwhile, Krush prepares to unleash his ultimate weapon, a terrifying creature that traveled to Centroa from the same wormhole that snatched up Bops and his spaceship.
Earlier today, Games for Change kicked off the first day of the 11th Annual Games for Change Festival, held as part of the Tribeca Innovation Week at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T (TFF). You can catch archived footage at their Livestream channel.
Below is a recap of today’s event, including highlights from a few key presentations.
Highlights from Day 1 of the Games for Change Panel include:
In a session on how games can achieve social impact at scale, GlassLab (the Games, Learning and Assessment Lab), discussed how collaboration is the key to increasing the social impact of games. The Lab is a collaboration between leaders in commercial games, experts in learning and assessment, and many other organizations with a role to play in the landscape of 21st century learning. Participants got a first look at a new game, launched at Games for Change, called Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, which was developed in collaboration with NASA. GlassLab provides a model to accelerate the research, development and distribution of high-quality educational games.
Jane McGonigal, world-renowned designer of alternate reality games and New York Times best-selling author, gave a talk on what games for change will be like in the year 2024. The talk encouraged spectators to think beyond today’s generation of social, mobile, and quest-based games.
Noah Falstein, Chief Game Designer for Google, spoke about the ecosystem of game development, including new technology, research, hardware, and business models that are all causing disruption and their significant implications for Games for Change.
In a talk called State of the Indie + State of the Industry, Zach Gage, game designer, and Erik Huey, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association, highlighted the current realities and trends in the game creation world with a focus on indie gaming.
In a session by Pontus Westerberg, Digital Projects Officer from UN-Habitat, Pontus explained the process and benefits of using Minecraft in building projects, giving examples from Kenya, Nepal, Sweden and Haiti. In 2012, UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme for sustainable towns and cities, and Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, entered into an innovative partnership. Through the partnership, named Block by Block, UN-Habitat uses Minecraft to involve citizens, particularly young people, in the planning and design of quality public spaces worldwide.
Abby Speight, Senior Product Manager of Zynga.org, moderated a session called “Designing for Impact: How Commercial Games Are a Platform for Engaging Players in Social Causes.” The discussion featured experienced game designers who have proven that the right balance among competing priorities in commercial games can lead to impact in the real world without sacrificing gameplay or business outcomes.
Dr. Adam Gazzaley, neuroscientist at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), shared a vision of the future in which video games are used as an underlying engine to enhance our brain’s information processing systems, thus reducing our reliance on non-specific drugs to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions and allowing us to better target our educational efforts.
Tomorrow marks the second day of the three day-long Games for Change Festival. A full schedule of the tomorrow’s events, including panel/keynote topics can be found here.
CinemaSins goes over everything wrong in the first Amazing Spider-Man film, just as we’re gearing up for the sequel.
Aspen Comics’ 2014 con tour season continues at this weekend’s Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo from April 24-27th. The publisher’s booth #904 will feature creators Siya Oum, Peter Steigerwald, Frank Mastromauro and Paolo Pantalena, as well as a host of con-exclusive items.
Lola XOXO debuted on April 9th, and Aspen will be offering a special Lola XOXO #1 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 exclusive cover by series creator and illustrator Siya Oum, limited to 500 copies. Fans are encouraged to get their copies signed by Oum in person, as she will be appearing exclusively at the Aspen Booth #904 throughout the weekend.
Aspen will also be releasing a new series of their industry-leading art prints featuring new and popular cover images from Lola XOXO and Fathom: Kiani by Oum and Pantalena. Limited quantities of all con exclusives will also be available starting this weekend on the AspenStore.com.
The cat is back… and he’s pissed.
The Diamond Select Minimates are some of the best figures ever made. The designers at Art Asylum have created hundreds of characters from a wide variety of comic books, movies, video games and TV shows. The Marvel Minimates are by far the most popular and have been seeing steady releases for over 10 years! To celebrate, Diamond Select is releasing a 3rd wave of the “Best Of Marvel” series.
The series will consist of:
- Marvel Now Captain America & Modern Spider-Man
- Transforming Grey Hulk & Extremis Iron Man
- Classic Hawkeye & Ant-Man
- Luke Cage Power & Iron Fist
Diamond has been including a lot more accessories of late and this “Best Of” wave stays the course. Grey Hulk has extra pieces to allow a transformation from Banner into Grey Hulk (a series first) and Ant-Man comes with a lab coat to rock a Hank Pym look. The Luke Cage and Iron Fist set includes accessories from looks the characters have had during their long histories. The biggest score from the series is probably the Hawkeye. A Modern Hawkeye was recently released in a Toys R Us 2-pack, but this one is a great update of the Classic Hawkeye release we saw 6 years ago (not including the hard to find Disney Exclusive Avengers Box set). The “Best of Marvel” Wave 3 arrives this summer.
In a nice Minimate double-dip, we get our first look at the set from X-Men: Days of Future Past. The newest X-Men film seems rather light on the merchandise, and these minimates might be all the figure love we get from our merry mutants’ latest romp.
The series will consist of:
- Future Professor X & Past Magneto
- Future Magneto & Past Mystique
- Future Wolverine & Future Storm
- Past Logan & Past Charles Xavier
It’s a little funny how the 8 figures actually represent only 5 characters. Time travel is great! The pairings are also a little odd, mixing the future and past versions of different characters together. Also, Storm? Really? I’m pretty sure, oh, KITTY PRYDE plays a bigger part in the film than Storm. Oh well. Like other minimate sets, the X-Men: Days of Future Past figures will come with movie-specific accessories for each character. Look for these to arrive this summer.
Dark Horse Comics is headed to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 in Chicago this weekend! Join them for free signings by visiting Dark Horse at booth #619 and go see their panels! Details are below!
Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing. There will also be items available for sale. Certain restrictions may apply. Please note that signings will be ticketed or capped as needed. All events are subject to change.
Comics featuring C2E2 exclusive variant covers are available in limited quantities. All proceeds from the convention variant of The Witcher will benefit Sharon and Stan Sakai.
Friday, April 25
11 a.m. AMALA’S BLADE, MONSTROUS Steve Horton
1 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Aly Fell
2 p.m. THE OCCULTIST, SUNDOWNERS, JACK KRAKEN Tim Seeley
3 p.m. BUZZKILL Donny Cates
4 p.m. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT, PREDATOR Josh Williamson
5 p.m. FURIOUS Bryan J. L. Glass and Furious (cosplayer Ashley Hay)
6 p.m. THE OCCULTIST, BATTLEPUG, THE ANSWER! Mike Norton
Saturday, April 26
11 a.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE Vivek J. Tiwary
12 p.m. THE GOON Eric Powell
1 p.m. TOMB RAIDER Gail Simone
2 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY Geof Darrow
3 p.m. AMALA’S BLADE Steve Horton
4 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Aly Fell
6 p.m. GRINDHOUSE Chris Peterson
Sunday, April 27
11 a.m. DREAM THIEF Jai Nitz
12 p.m. PROJECT BLACK SKY Jenny Frison (Ghost), Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman)
1 p.m. AMALA’S BLADE Steve Horton
3 p.m. BUZZKILL Donny Cates
4 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Nicholas Brendan, Aly Fell (Ticketed*)
*A set number of tickets will be distributed first thing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Dark Horse booth. Please note that this signing is limited to comics only, with a maximum of two comics per person.
Friday, April 25
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Breaking Into Comics and Staying In! S401ab
With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the comics industry. Join Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, with writers Josh Williamson, Kyle Higgins, and Paul Allor, artist Robert Atkins, Marvel VP C. B. Cebulski, and Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie for the best panel on breaking in ever!
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Dark Horse Presents: Gail Simone N427
Gail Simone has been making waves ever since she arrived on the comics scene with a column on Comic Book Resources. Since then, she has written iconic runs on such titles as Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Red Sonja, and most recently Tomb Raider for Dark Horse. In honor of this new ongoing series, and the collection of her Kickstarter-funded Leaving Megalopolis, Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie leads a career-spanning discussion of one of comics’ most accomplished writers.
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Comics and Hollywood: What Creators Need to Know S401cd
More comics are being turned into films, and creators have important questions about how Hollywood works. Get actionable information from top creators who have navigated the TV and movie business. Plus, unique perspective and insights from an actor who has appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is writing the comic book series at Dark Horse Comics.
1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Pitch Perfect: Crafting a Comic Book and Media Pitch That Sells! S404ab
You’ve got a great story to tell that has great media potential. But you have to get it down to a page? Impossible! Join editors and writers experienced in multiple media—Jim Gibbons, Josh Williamson, Kyle Higgins, and Andy Schmidt—for pro tips on how to create pitches that sell!
Saturday, April 26
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Aw Yeah, Dark Horse! N426.
Art Baltazar and Franco have taken some of comics’ most well-known characters and reimagined them for fans of all ages. To celebrate the recently collected Itty Bitty Hellboy, as well as the upcoming collection of this dynamic duo’s Kickstarter-funded Aw Yeah Comics!, we have put together an hour of fun, announcements, and much more! Bring your big ideas for a chance to woo Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie in the “one minute pitch”! Find out which Dark Horse characters the two will tackle next, and much, much more! This one is guaranteed to be fun for the whole fan family!
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The Moving Target: What Publishers Want and How to Give It to Them S404ab
Get your project greenlit! What is it you need to improve, change, rethink? Join Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt, comics pros Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Ultimates), Josh Williamson (Ghosted), Mike Perkins (Captain America), and Dark Horse editor Jim Gibbons to get an inside scoop that will help improve your chances of getting accepted.
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Dark Horse Builds Characters N426
In 2014, comics are more diverse than ever, and Dark Horse continues to pride itself on producing the greatest serialized storytelling from some of the biggest names in the industry! From Hellboy to Buffy to Luke and Leia, some of the most iconic characters in comics and beyond call Dark Horse home. Join us as we talk character development with the writers who tell their tales! Editor in chief Scott Allie is joined by Project Black Sky scribes Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight) and Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman), comics legend Eric Powell (The Goon), Tim Seeley (Sundowners, The Occultist), and newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill) for insight, announcements, and much, much more!