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ReedPOP and Brooklyn Brewery Unleash Specially Crafted Beer

nycc-beer-defenderReedPOP and Brooklyn Brewery have announced the launch of the 2015 Brooklyn Defender IPA – an exclusive brew created as the Official Beer of New York Super Week and this year’s New York Comic Con. The beer will be available in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut this September with a first-ever national distribution to follow in more than 20 states later in the year. This year’s introduction of the new IPA also marks the fourth installment of the Brooklyn Defender – the beer’s official superhero – created by renowned artist Khary Randolph.

The Brooklyn Defender IPA is a “superpowered beer” that will maintain constant vigilance to battle back the blandness lurking around the edges. This year’s rendition will be introduced at a release party at Brooklyn Brewery on September 9 and will be available for the first time bottled, as well as on tap. The Brooklyn Defender will then ‘hop’ into select bars and restaurants across the Tri-State area in preparation for New York Super Week, taking place October 5-11 and leading into the 10th Edition of New York Comic Con, October 8-11 at the Javits Center. Following New York Super Week, the Brooklyn Defender IPA will make its debut across the country in 2016.

brooklyn-brewery-logoThe beer is described as a bright, juicy IPA with a reddish twist from a dash of roasted malt and matched the flavor packed by Randolph’s exquisite design.

In celebration of the East Coast’s largest and most heroic pop culture festival, renowned comic book artist Khary Randolph crafted the bold spirit of the 2015 Brooklyn Defender to embody the modern superhero and athlete. The Defender looks like the everyday man, but is much more as he defends civilians against tasteless beer.

The Brooklyn Defender will protect New York from boring beverages at their release party at the Brooklyn Brewery on Wednesday, September 9 from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM.

ReedPOP Unveils Jam Packed Line Up For Second Annual New York Super Week

NYCC Super WeekReedPOP today unveiled its outstanding line-up for the second annual New York Super Week; a weeklong festival that will transform the entire city of New York into the ultimate playground for pop culture fanatics and geeks of all sizes. Headlined by AMC Network’s season six premiere of The Walking Dead at Madison Square Garden and ESL One – the largest e-sports tournament on the East Coast, New York Super Week offers a Fan experience unlike anything on the planet with special celebrity appearances, concerts, comedy shows, gaming events and more throughout New York City. The weeklong festival of approximately 100 events from October 5–11, 2015 culminates with the 10th Edition of New York Comic Con, the most exciting entertainment event on the East Coast with more than 151,000 Fans in attendance. Tickets to each New York Super Week event are sold individually and prices will vary based on event. Fans can visit NewYorkSuperweek.com for detailed ticketing information.

New York Super Week is a super-charged multi-borough festival featuring an array of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that give thousands of Fans completely unique and immersive experiences. Today’s announcement reveals the following events, concerts, screenings and activities happening all throughout New York City including:

These events round out the previously announced events such as Blade Rave by BBQ Films at Terminal 5, the first ever live podcast of Stuff You Missed in History Class, the Lord of the Rings Shipwreck Fan Fiction Competition, the Muppet Vault celebrating all things Muppets and many, many more! For a full comprehensive schedule and line-up of events Fans can visit NewYorkSuperWeek.com.

Additional details about New York Super Week events, guests and sponsors will be rolling out in the coming weeks.

NYCC 2015: VIZ Media Details Naruto Manga Creator Appearances

MasashiKishmoto-SelfPortraitVIZ Media prepares to welcome Masashi Kishimoto, the renowned creator of the Naruto manga (graphic novel) series, for his first-ever U.S. appearance at the 2015 New York Comic Con and delights fans with today’s news that Kishimoto also will participate in a pair of signings sessions and in-store appearances as part of New York Super Week, co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation. The personal appearances will take place at the Manhattan locations of Kinokuniya Bookstore and Barnes & Noble Tribeca, on October 9th and 10th, respectively.

New York Comic Con, the crown jewel of New York Super Week, will take place October 8-11. The annual event is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention with the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television.

Naruto1CvrNew York Super Week precedes the 2015 New York Comic Con and runs October 5th to 11th. The unique immersive pop culture event transforms the entire island of Manhattan into a playground for a colorful array of superheroes, villains, cosplayers, artists, celebrities and passionate fans of from all over the world that gather to take part in a variety of themed events all over the City including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings.

Masashi Kishimoto Kinokuniya Signing Event         

Friday, Oct. 9th, 8:30pm       

Kinokuniya Book Store, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018

Meet Masashi Kishimoto, creator of NARUTO, the best-selling manga series that inspired a generation of fans around the world and spawned hit anime series, movies, video games, novels and more. This event is an extremely rare opportunity to see the legendary Kishimoto in his first public appearances outside of Japan.

All participants must secure a SuperWeek event ticket. NARUTO Volume 72, featuring an exclusive New York Comic Con variant cover drawn by Kishimoto, will be available for purchase. Attendees will receive a free autographed Shikishi art board with purchase of one of Kishimoto’s works. (*Note: Kishimoto will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book.)


Masashi Kishimoto Barnes & Noble Tribeca Signing Event    

Saturday, Oct. 10th, 3:30pm

Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren St., New York, NY 10007

Masashi Kishimoto makes his second appearance for New York Super Week at the Barnes & Noble Tribeca location. The Barnes & Noble Tribeca signing will be limited to the first 110 customers that purchase one of Kishimoto’s works; NARUTO Volume 72 featuring an exclusive New York Comic Con variant cover drawn by Kishimoto will also be available for purchase at this venue. Each person will receive an exclusive shikishi art board signed personally signed by the artist. (*Note: Kishimoto will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book.)

NYCC 2015: The Art of Dave Seeley

Art of Dave Seeley coverAn acclaimed artist whose illustrations have appeared on a rich spectrum of eye-catching book covers, Dave Seeley is one of the most exhilarating illustrators working in the science fiction/fantasy genre. A self-confessed “image junkie,” Seeley absorbs a huge amount of visual material when seeking inspiration for his pieces. He then creates his final illustrations using a broad range of artistic methods, merging together elaborate digital backgrounds, images of live models and hand-built props, and exquisite pencil drawings and paintings. The results are astonishing, as Seeley seamlessly forges these disparate artworks into imagery of unparalleled imagination, scope, and beauty.

The Art of Dave Seeley, out in September from Insight Editions (retailing for $50) brings together the very best of his work, encompassing the worlds of literature, movies, video games, and beyond. Renowned for his hugely evocative Star Wars book covers, including the iconic Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor wraparound jacket, Seeley has also created art for such properties as Halo, Battlestar Galactica, Aliens vs. Predator, The Fast and the Furious, and the popular Deathlands novels. This deluxe volume showcases Seeley’s diverse body of work with over 200 images from throughout his career, while also offering fascinating insights into his process and creative drive. Visually stunning, comprehensive, and utterly compelling, The Art of Dave Seeley is a unique journey into the creative world of a master of genre illustration.

Insight Editions will be hosting Dave for an artist/author signing at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 10th at 2pm, for those interested in meeting him and learning more about his unique creation process.

New York Comic Con Responds to Ticket Snafu

new york comic con logoIf you were one of the folks who tried to purchase tickets to this year’s New York Comic Con, you probably experienced a long wait, and technical issues. That coupled with quick sell-outs created a miserable experience for numerous individuals.

ReedPop, who runs New York Comic Con, has posted a very genuine response about the issues along with some very solid advice. Read below for the details and response.

On Wednesday at noon Eastern Time we put tickets for the 10th edition of New York Comic Con on sale and after months of preparation and close working sessions with our ticketing vendor we almost immediately saw something was not right. I know you saw it too. This letter is an attempt to help you understand what happened, and while that still might not get you the ticket to NYCC that you wanted, we hope it will at least provide you with some portion of the explanation you deserve.

Some facts we have been able to ascertain by looking at the data:

  • The demand for tickets at noon was roughly quadruple what we experienced in 2014.
  • Those who were attempting to buy tickets in the queue know that it took several hours to move through the queue and received error messages along the way. This was a direct effect of an unexpected and unforeseen slowdown of the system.
  • What is important to note is that regardless of the slowdown and error activity, when the queue opened at noon, there were already more individuals “in line” than there were VIP, 3-Day, 4-Day and Saturday tickets combined. This means that beginning at 12:01 demand had already outstripped the supply of tickets. Thus even without the challenges we experienced unexpectedly, there was not a guarantee that people “in line” at 12:01 would receive the exact ticket types they so craved.
  • The queue slow down lasted until about 3pm. At that time most fans that remained in the queue or refreshed after getting an error message were able to buy whatever inventory of tickets remained. Admittedly, many ticket types were sold out due to the sheer demand for tickets.
  • Now let’s talk about those ticket resellers – we don’t like them either! We know you see tickets available on reseller sites and we know how frustrating that is (especially if you did not get the tickets you wanted) and please know that we continue to be aggressive about doing all we can to deal with those resellers. We further limited quantities this year. We will comb through those sites and attempt to get tickets removed. We review the data of ticket purchasers and cross check names, addresses, email, credit cards and then remove and ban where we find people trying to buy tickets over the maximum allowed. In short, we are as frustrated by people selling tickets at an inflated price as you are.
  • What can you do about those reselling tickets at inflated prices? DON’T BUY THEM! First of all, it creates a market for people to price gouge, but just as important, we will be cancelling as many of those people we can identify as ticket resellers (meaning those trying to cheat the system and buy large quantities) so you may be buying a worthless piece of paper.
  • A limited supply of New York Comic Con Tickets will be available for purchase at Special Edition: NYC 2015 on June 6-7. All details can be found here.
  • An event at Midtown Comics later this summer. Midtown Comics DOES NOT have tickets yet. All of the info for this event will be announced at a later date. Note that Midtown Comics is the ONLY Retail partner selling NYCC 2015 Tickets.

We are truly sorry that the ticket buying process did not go as well as we wanted and certainly not as well as you deserve. The reasons don’t matter though; we let you down and as a team, we are really, really sorry for that.  We know many of you won’t get the tickets you wanted for NYCC and for some it is because of sheer demand for limited quantities, for some it is aggressive ticket brokers and for some it is the challenges our system had thrown at it yesterday. No matter the reason for it we want you to know that we wish we could get tickets into the hands of everyone that wants them and we are doing all we can to assure that and that we value you as fans more than you can possibly imagine and what feels the worst is that many of you don’t feel that way today.


New York Comic Con Tickets Go on Sale Online May 13

New York Comic ConReedPOP today announced that tickets for New York Comic Con along with the second annual New York Super Week will go on sale online beginning Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00 PM EDT. This year fans will have three options to purchase tickets for New York Comic Con, including online at the New York Comic Con website, on-site at Special Edition: NYC 2015 on Pier 94 June 6-7 and an event at Midtown Comics later this summer the exclusive retailer for NYCC 2015. New York Super Week takes over the Big Apple October 5-11 with the crown jewel event, New York Comic Con, taking place October 8-11 at the Javits Center.

Now in its second year, New York Super Week is the ultimate celebration of super fandom bringing the passion and excitement of New York Comic Con all across the city with special events and exclusive engagements that tap into every aspect of fan life – comic books, music, gaming, film, television, and so much more. It will be connected directly with New York Comic Con through the New York Super Week Card providing cardholders with special discounts at select retailers, bars, restaurants and attractions throughout the city. Participating partners for 2015 range from Midtown Comics and Barnes and Noble, to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Rock Bar, Brooklyn Brewery, Discovery Times Square and Madame Tussauds New York. The Card will be available for those who purchase a 4-Day New York Comic Con ticket. For other ticket tiers, the New York Super Week Card will be available as an add-on purchase for $10.

Today’s ticket announcement comes as ReedPOP reveals the initial lineup of New York Super Week events that fans can expect throughout all five boroughs of New York City. Unique and exciting events this year include:

  • Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, for the first time in the United States, at the Barclays Center
  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour presents: CLINK! Beyond Belief Live at The Bell House (sold out)
  • After Party with BBQ Films at Terminal 5 (secret revealed in May)
  • Karaoke with the Broadway Stars at the Hard Rock Café
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class’s first ever live podcast
  • A Shipwreck Fan Fiction Competition
  • Writing for TV and Film Workshop led by writers, producers and executives from some of today’s biggest genre dramas and sitcoms

More details on these along with dozens of other events will be revealed in the coming weeks to transform New York City into a pop culture hub for superheroes, villains, vampires, zombies, geeks and passionate fans of all ages.

New York Comic Con 2014: Harsbro Embraces the Force with new Star Wars Figures

At this year’s New York Comic Con, Hasbro had lots of Star Wars figures to show off. Check out what will be hitting shelves in Spring 2015.



(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2015)

Take your collectible STAR WARS action figures to the next level with the 6-inch BLACK SERIES action figure line! This exceptional collection of figures features incredibly accurate design and a high level of articulation

STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 3.75-Inch Action Figures

(Approximate retail price: $9.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2015)

Complementing the 6-inch STAR WARS BLACK SERIES collection is the 3.75-inch BLACK SERIES figure assortment, which features the exceptionally accurate detail and superb articulation customary to HASBRO’s action figures.


Action Figures & Vehicles


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $5.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Iconic characters from the STAR WARS saga and the cast of the new animated series STAR WARS REBELS come to life in toy form! Each STAR WARS SAGA LEGENDS 3.75-inch action figure includes five points of articulation and entertainment-accurate accessories. LUKE SKYWALKER (X-WING PILOT), LANDO CALRISSIAN in SKIFF GUARD Disguise, HAN SOLO and more! Each character sold separately.


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $9.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Team up characters or pit them against each other with these awesome 2-figure packs, featuring heroes and villains from the Star Wars saga and from the animated series, STAR WARS REBELS! Each pair of figures highlights an epic rivalry or a classic partnership. Each pack is sold separately and includes two figures with five points of articulation and accessories. New packs in 2015 include EZRA BRIDGER in CADET Disguise and KANAN JARRUS, HERA SYNDULLA versus STORMTROOPER COMMANDER and more!


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $14.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Standing at 12-inches tall, these large-sized action figures feature characters from the new animated series STAR WARS REBELS and the STAR WARS saga, ready for battle with deluxe armor, accessories and weapons. Each 12-inch figure features a great size and play value at a fantastic price. Characters include GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS and DARTH MAUL, each sold separately.

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Role Play


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $34.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The signature weapon of the new JEDI hero from STAR WARS REBELS, the EZRA BRIDGER LIGHTSABER BLASTER is two fun role-play weapons in one! The LIGHTSABER features an 18-inch light-up extending blade and real LIGHTSABER sound effects. The built-in blaster fires two darts and features signature blaster sound effects. Includes six darts. Requires three AAA batteries — demo batteries included.

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(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $4.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The battle is in kids’ hands with STAR WARS COMMAND! Each STAR WARS COMMAND Battle Pack features nine permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and one specially detailed General—for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! New packs for 2015 include ENDOR REBELS and BOUNTY HUNTING. Each pack sold separately.


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $9.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Each STAR WARS COMMAND Versus Pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus two vehicles on stands for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! New packs for 2015 include WOOKIEE RESCUE (featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS) and FATEFUL DUEL. Each pack sold separately.


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $14.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

Kids can customize their attacks with STAR WARS COMMAND Invasion Packs. Each pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus four vehicles on stands and the new TURBOLASER with two TURBOBLASTER blasts to launch into battle! New packs for 2015 include SCUM AND VILLAINY (featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS) and GALACTIC CHASE. Each pack sold separately.


(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $19.99/ Available: Spring 2015)

The STAR WARS COMMAND Epic Assault Pack features two armies and everything kids need to stage an epic battle right out of the box! Comes with 14 permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —12 soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus six vehicles on stands and the new RANCOR that throws two boulders into battle! New for 2015 is the RANCOR’S REVENGE pack, featuring figures from STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI!


The Cosplay Heroes of New York Comic Con 2014

I’m a sucker for the striking look of real live superheroes, but while our New York Comic Con gallery is filled with some outstanding costume-clad Bruce Waynes, two faux-Stephen Amells, Hasselhoff era Nick Fury and Cosmic Burt Macklin, it’s the Lydia Deets that stole the show for me. Uncommon and well executed, this costume is a reminder that any character can inspire a bit of cosplay, and that’s awesome.

Feast Your Eyes on Our Humongous New York Comic Con 2014 Toy Gallery

The cosplay and the movie stars get a lot of the love when the New York Comic Con rolls into the Jacob Javitz Center but the toy barrage doesn’t get as much attention. And that’s a shame, because if you’re a toy enthusiast the event can feel like the best museum on the planet with thousands of prototypes, new products and existing toys on display behind glass to tantalize and torture because no matter how much you beg, vendors will never let you take them all home.

In the included gallery, there are 250 pictures of some of NYCC’s coolest toys. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I can tell you that both the Killer Clowns from Outer Space figs and the Chucky figs look scary as hell, Mezco‘s Batman figures are as awesome up close as they look in these pics, and NECA Toys impressed with their 1:6 scale Danny Devito Penguin, their Burt Ward Robin and the rest of their sizable case.

I can also tell you that McFarlane‘s Walking Dead line is taking a great leap forward with the upcoming RV playset and the 10″ deluxe Rick Grimes figure that I was unfortunately unable to get a good picture of since I found myself by the McFarlane booth when it was swarmed by fans who wanted to get a look at Todd McFarlane himself, who was making an appearance.

The QMx booth also drew some crowds, but I’m pretty sure that that was all about the astonishing film scale (1:124) replica of Serenity from the film of the same name and Firefly. Luckily, we got some super up-close shots of the $7,495 “toy” and a look inside its interiors, which feature miniature versions of the Firefly cast. We’ve also got some great pics of QMx’s other Firefly products, which are damn shiny.

Enough words, check out the pics!

Graphic Policy Radio Returns Live this Monday!

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio, the show that mixes comics, geekdom, and politics. It’s been a bit since our last episode and we’re back to cover some of the latest releases as well as conventions. The show airs live at 10pm ET.

On tap this week is:

  • Batgirl got a new look, new location, a new status-quo in Batgirl #35. We discuss the change for the character.
  • Gotham Academy #1 came out and the series attempts to fill a much-needed gap in the DC Comics line-up. We talk about the new series’ first issue and recent changes for DC.
  • New York Comic Con recently descended on New York City’s Javitts Center. We talk about the convention and the numerous announcement that came out of it.

We’ll discuss the above and more in a brand new episode! We want to hear from you too. You can call (619) 768-2952 with your thoughts, or Tweet us @graphicpolicy.

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