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Toy Stories – April 28th 2014

In case you didn’t know, C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) took place this weekend in Chicago. While most of the news coming out was related to comics, we did get a few cool toy reveals. The object of much of my devotion, Diamond Select Toys, had a pair of cool new items to show off.

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Cowabunga!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s right, TMNT Minimates! I’m a huge TMNT fan and while I’m not up to speed on the newest show, it’s amazing to see Miniamtes of the turtles. April, Shredder, and Foot Clan Soldiers are also seeing release later this year. I am super excited for the possibilities these bring up. DST  has shown how creative they can be with reusing assets for other figures. A quick repaint and we can easily get an 80’s cartoon or Eastman and Laird comic book box sets. Perhaps I’ll tweet DSTZach @CollectDST every week until it happens.

 

Yep, certainly deadly.

Yep, certainly deadly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DST also showed off a LukesToyStore.com exclusive: Deadly Foes of Spider-Man Marvel Minimates Box Set. The set features Carnage, Doc Ock, Sandman, and Lizard. Most of the pieces look to be re-used from earlier figures and updated with new paint jobs and accessories. Lizard appears to feature the most new parts, including a new head sculpt. Carnage hasn’t had a new figure in years, so the added tendrils and a new paint deco are certainly welcome. Due for a September release, you can pre-order this set now.

 

DC Collectibles also put a out an interseting video called: Batman: 75 Years, 75 Action Figures. The video doesn’t actually feature 75 figures (I was disappointed) but it does show of some of the cool Batman figures DC Collectibles (Formerly DC Direct) has made over years. A few of the sales stats that come up in the video are interesting too.

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The Marvel Booth At C2E2: The Best Place To Meet Creators And Win Prizes!

Original Sin Watcher EyeballThis weekend, Marvel returns to Chicago for C2E2 2014! And the Marvel Booth (Booth #327) is going to be the place to be all weekend, with the hottest creators in the industry bringing fans all that they’ve been craving and more! Over the course of the three day, mega-event, Marvel is bringing the fan service with tons of events, signing, and exciting giveaways that will make C2E2 2014 an event to remember! Be sure to stop by the Marvel Booth (Booth #327) for your chance to get in on the fun all weekend!

The Marvel Booth (Booth #327) is your one-stop shop for excitement, entertainment and prizes at the convention! Tons of great giveaways, costume contests live game shows and exclusive Marvel video game demos await you!

Plus, the Marvel Booth at C2E2 is your very first chance to get your hands on the coveted glow-in-the-dark Original Sin Watcher Eyeball – before they’re available in stores! Free Watcher Eyeballs and Iron Man masks will be distributed to fans throughout the weekend, while supplies last. Stop by the booth periodically for your chance to be the first to get your hands on these red hot promo items!

But that’s not all True Believer! Stan “The Man” Lee himself will be signing at the Marvel booth from 4:15PM – 5:15PM on Friday! Don’t miss your once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the legend himself and get something signed! A limited number of tickets to the signing will be distributed at the Marvel Booth the morning of the signing, as soon as the convention opens. Tickets are first come, first served so get there early!

And that’s not all because Marvel has an all-star cast of your favorite Marvel creators who will be at the booth signing all weekend long! Swing by and visit Marvel writers and artists including none other than Mark Waid, Charles Soule, Brian Posehn, Skottie Young, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Jason Latour, Ryan Stegman and many, many more!

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Twisted Dark Vol. 5 – American Premier at C2E2

T Publications have announced that they will be releasing the first remastered US editions of Twisted Dark in the midwest at C2E2 in Chicago, IL. The publisher will have Twisted Dark Volume 1 heavily discounted for $9.99 and Twisted Dark Volumes 2-5  available for $14.99 to celebrate the release of the fifth volume. Creator Neil Gibson can be found at booth #134. This is the first time Twisted Dark Volume 5 has ever been seen in the USA.

C2E2 runs April 25th- April 27th, 2014. Not coming to the show? Don’t worry Twisted Dark will be in US stores this summer. CEO and writer Neil Gibson explains, “We’d love to be able to meet all our fans face to face, but if we can’t, the least we can do is make sure that our products are readily available in stores in the United States.”

T Publications is a new publisher from London. The first issue of Twisted Dark was the #1 book on Amazon Kindle in the UK and they are releasing volume 5 in May. Looking for horror that will make you laugh as well as gasp? Check out their miniseries Tabatha! And for those looking for light-hearted reading, make sure and pick up Twisted Light!

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Marvel Returns to C2E2 With an Action-Packed Panel Lineup!

C2E2-LogoFace front, true believer! This week, Marvel returns to Chicago for C2E2 2014 – and they’re bringing the hottest creators, the biggest announcements, and even a few surprises. Marvel has unveiled their full panel schedule for the convention, bringing fans all the answers they’ve been craving about Original Sin, the return of Peter Parker, Wolverine: 3 Months to Die, and much, much more! Sure you’ll be visiting their booth on the convention floor (Booth #327), but now is your chance to enjoy the biggest announcements of the convention at the world famous Marvel panels!

You cannot afford to miss out on this year’s star-studded Marvel panels! If you’ve never experienced a Marvel panel live, you don’t know what you’re missing! Stop by for a Q&A with your favorite creators, major announcements and more!

Please note, all guests, times and rooms are subject to change.

Friday, April 25th

MARVEL: House of Ideas

Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM CST

Room: N426

Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology? Then this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics as well as what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Unlimited and MORE in this can’t-miss panel hosted by Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic, Ultimate FF),Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk) and other Mighty Marvel guests!

MARVEL: Breaking in to Comics the Marvel Way

Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM CST

Room: N426

Are you a writer or artist?  Ever dream of working for Marvel?  Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!”  Well, here’s your chance!  Join superstar writers and artists including Mark Brooks (Fearless Defenders), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic, Ultimate FF), Todd Nauck (Nightcrawler), and Charles Soule (She-Hulk) as well as Marvel’s talent scout C.B. Cebulski to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!

Saturday, April 26th

MARVEL: Spider-Verse

Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM CST

Room: N426

It’s the most epic Spider-Man event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER come together to face a world-ending threat!  Senior Editor Nick LoweJoshua Hale Fialkov(Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Ramón Pérez (Amazing Spider-Man #1.1: Learning to CrawlJames Robinson (Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business, Fantastic Four), and Mark Waid (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business) will be taking any and all questions from YOU the fans!  This is one panel no Spidey fan can miss!

MARVEL: Original Sin

Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM CST

Room: N426

Who killed the Watcher?  Marvel’s murder mystery mega-event ORIGINAL SIN will bring the heroes of Earth to the remotest corners of the Marvel Universe and force them to confront their own darkest secrets!  You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers!  Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Editor Jordan D. White, Editor Jake ThomasJames Robinson (Fantastic FourAll-New Invaders) and Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk) are on hand to give you the scoop.

MARVEL: Next Big Thing

Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM CST

Room: N426

Want to start reading Marvel comics?  There’s no better time than Marvel NOW!  And there’s no better place to learn about our thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel!   Don’t miss some exciting discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhuman titles, plus a surprise announcement or two!  Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Mahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Charles Soule (She-Hulk), Ryan Stegman (Wolverine), James Robinson (Fantastic Four), and Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon)!

Sunday, April 27th

Marvel Unlimited Plus: MEMBERS ONLY Event

Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM CST

Room: N426

Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, and top Marvel creators including Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-MenJames Robinson (Fantastic Four), and Ryan Stegman (Wolverine) for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe.  Get FREE merchandise (while supplies last), sneak peeks of upcoming comics, Q&A Session to answer all your burning questions and more surprises to be announced.  Not to be missed! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the Marvel Booth for a ticket to the event.

Wolverine: 3 Months to Die

Time: 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM CST

Room: N426

Wolverine is going to die!  But when, and how?  The biggest Wolverine event in years kicks off in June with “3 Months to Die” and this panel is the place to find out more!  Plus, learn about exciting new developments across the entire X-Men family of titles!  Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Editor Jordan D. White,Mahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Russell Dauterman (Cyclops), Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men), Greg Pak (World War Hulk) and Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Thunderbolts) as they take on all questions!

Dark Horse’s C2E2 Schedule!

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. 

SIGNING SCHEDULE

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.

PANEL SCHEDULE

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 PreyBatgirlRed 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 (SundownersThe Occultist), and newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill) for insight, announcements, and much, much more!

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Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition at C2E2

The Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition will present three panels and an off-site mixer for celebrities, press and fans this weekend at C2E2. The event is expected to garner major celebrity participation and press. Several national non-profits with anti-bullying initiatives, including the Anti-Defamation League, are partnering with the Coalition at C2E2, in addition to local organizations. The coalition was formed by actress Chase Masterson and award-winning author Carrie Goldman.

The Coalition and C2E2 will sponsor the “I Am” Campaign, photographing celebrities and fans with an “I Am” sign, on which they write an assertive fact about themselves. Celebrities including Stan Lee (“I Am Stan the Man”), Hulk Hogan (“I Am Content), Seth Green (“I Am a Red-Headed Weirdo”), William Shatner, Felicia Day, Greg Grunberg, and Chase Masterson (“I Am Making a Stand for All of Us”) participated in this Campaign at New York Comic-Con.

The Coalition will also sponsor the:

Pop Culture Press Mixer & Anti-Bullying Blast Saturday from 7 pm – 12 am Duffy’s Tavern & Grille 420 1/2 W. Diversey Avenue, Lincoln Park, ChicagoFan Admission $10 • All proceeds go to support the Coalition’s work

The Coalition will have Booth FV3024 in C2E2‘s Fan Village.

Panels include:

End Bullying in Schools!

4 PM Friday & 5:30 PM Saturday on Fan Village Stage
Join author Carrie Goldman for a one-hour free workshop on how best to respond to bullying in schools, including strategies to manage cyberbullying, verbal taunts, and victim blaming.

End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture

Friday April 25, 5:30 pm in Room S403
Panelists include Masterson, Goldman, and other celebrity guests, and discussion topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, and cyber-bullying.

BOOM! Studios Heads to C2E2

Well on its way to earning elite status for its frequent flier miles, publisher BOOM! Studios will be at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in Chicago, Illinois, from April 25-27. At C2E2, which will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, BOOM! Studios can be found at booth number 616. They will host the following creators at the booth all weekend:

  • Caleb Monroe (PEANUTS, STEED AND MRS. PEEL)
  • Jeff Dyer (PEANUTS)
  • Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
  • Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, DEATHMATCH, REVELATIONS)

In addition, the following signings at the booth are scheduled:

FRIDAY, April 25

4-5 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS) (Note: This signing takes place after the We Are BOOM! Panel)

SATURDAY, April 26

12-1 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)
4-5 p.m. Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Marc Evan Jackson (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR)
5:15-6:15 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are available only at the BOOM! Studios booth while supplies last starting Saturday when the show opens.

SUNDAY, April 27

1-2 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:

  • Mad Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
  • Coleman Engle (STEVEN UNIVERSE)

For $20, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW Get-A-Sketch covers.

Special C2E2 exclusive variants will be available for purchase for:

  • THE WOODS #1 cover illustrated by Tyler Jenkins
  • TRANSLUCID #1 cover illustrated by Khary Randolph
  • ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 cover illustrated by Mad Rupert

BOOM! will also present the following panel at C2E2:

We Are BOOM!
Fri., April 25, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Room S402
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon and VP of Development Stephen Christy as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Mad Rupert TRANSLUCID #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Khary Randolph

Valiant’s Plans for C2E2

Valiant will be unleashing a calvacade of Valiant First news and exclusives direct from C2E2 2014 – Chicago’s premier comics and pop culture convention!

Join Valiant at Booth #317 for a weekend packed with signings from Valiant creators, including artist Clayton Henry (Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong), writer Justin Jordan (Shadowman, X-O Manowar #25), colorist Brian Reber (Unity, X-O Manowar), and more surprise guests! Plus, look for a ton of free giveaways and con-exclusive products, including the RAI #1 Graham Crackers Shared Exclusive Variant by fan favorite artist Kalman Andrasofszky (X-23)!

Limited to 750 copies, get the jump on the hotly anticipated debut title of the Valiant First publishing initiative with this exclusive, limited edition run of RAI #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s next ongoing series from superstar creators Matt Kindt (Unity, Mind MGMT) and Clayton Crain (Carnage, X-Force)! Arriving in comic shops everywhere on April 30th, discover the astonishing world of the 41st century with the all-new series unlike anything else in comics today! In the far future of 4001 A.D., Japan is a single endless city-state, governed by a benevolent artificial intelligence and policed by one lone enforcer – the mysterious Rai, spirit guardian of the rising sun. But, soon, a single bullet will shatter the peace it has taken 2,000 years to secure…

Then, join us on Sunday, April 27th at 2:30 PM in Room #S403 for the Valiant First: RAI, Armor Hunters, and Beyond! panel presentation! The coming of Valiant First begins at C2E2 with an all-new round of news, announcements, artwork and Q&A about the most in-demand publishing company in comics today. What do you read FIRST? All summer long, Valiant will be rocketing to the top of your read pile with  Valiant First – an all-new initiative unleashing a major #1 issue by some of the most talented creators in comics each month from May onward. With the earth-shaking events of Armor Hunters – Valiant’s colossal summer crossover event – just weeks away, get the inside track on what happens next for X-O Manowar, Unity, Bloodshot, Harbinger, and more from an all-star panel of Valiant creators and staff, including writer Joe Harris (Armor Hunters: Bloodshot), artist Clayton Henry (Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong), colorist Brian Reber (Unity, X-O Manowar), Executive Editor Warren Simons, and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

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