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Masters of the Universe Returns Courtesy of Netflix and Kevin Smith

Netflix has revealed that the 1980s Masters of the Universe will return in a new animated show. Masters of the Universe: Revelation picks up where the first series left off. Netflix is working with Kevin Smith for the show. Smith will serve as the project showrunner and executive producer for the limited anime series.

Revelation will focus on unresolved storylines from the 80s show and is not a reboot like the recent She-Ra and the Princesses of Power which also is on Netflix.

Mattel Television is producing the series while Powerhouse Animation is handling the animation. Powerhouse is behind Netflix’s Castlevania.

It’s unknown when the series will debut.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation
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AMC’s The Walking Dead Fined $104,000 for Using the Emergency Alert System

The Walking Dead

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reached settlements this week with a handful of media outlets after they were found to have misused the emergency alert system (EAS) tone.

There’s a rule against using the tone outside of actual emergencies to “protect the integrity” of the system. The idea is that listeners won’t mistake the real tone for ones from television shows and vice versa.

The agency found that ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, AMC’s The Walking Dead, Animal Planet’s Lone Star Law, and Meruelo Radio Holdings all misused the EAS tone. The companies have agreed to pay more than $600,000 in civil penalties for the violations.

AMC’s The Walking Dead used the tone twice in the “Omega Episode” of the program in February 2019. The playing happened during eight instances. AMC will pay a $104,000 civil penalty and agreed to a compliance plan.

Scout’s Solar Flare is Being Developed for TV

Solar Flare

Solar Flare, Scout Comics‘ longest-running comic series is being developed as a live-action television series with John Baldecchi‘s Digital Riot Media. The series is written, and created by, James Haick III.

Solar Flare follows Jake Clifford and his small group of friends as they begin their dangerous journey from Florida to Tennessee after the world goes dark. Their initial goal is to help reunite Jake with his young daughter Mazzy, but the group begins to realize that they are instrumental in helping restart the world. Meanwhile, a militant group known as the New Americans are after the top-secret information that they possess and are hot on their heels.

John Baldecchi is a movie and television producer behind projects such as Happy Death Day, the Point Break remake, The Mexican, Simon Birch, and Odd Thomas.

Titans Season 2 Gets a First Look

TITANS are BACK!

DCU’s Titans like you’ve never seen them before! Catch up on season 1 before season 2 premieres 9/6, only on DC Universe. From executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti, Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven and others.

New episodes of Titans debuts on DC Universe on September 6.

Veronica Mars: The Complete First Season is Out in October

Veronica Mars: The Complete First Season

Hey Marshmallows…The wait is over! Television’s favorite super-sleuth is back, and on a mission to save Neptune! Discover more secrets, snooping, and seduction like you have never seen before as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season on DVD October 22, 2019. Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season contains all 8 edge-of-your-seat episodes from the first season along with exhilarating extra content including the Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019 bonus feature! The DVD is priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($30.99 in Canada). Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season will also be available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers (available on August 19th in the U.S.).

Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-rayTM release includes all bonus features on the DVD and is also arriving October 22, 2019. Warner Archive Blu-ray releases are found at wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.

Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Kristen Bell) is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

“You don’t need to be a superfan to get hooked on this new series,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “Both fans and newcomers of the critically-acclaimed series alike will be in for a treat as they relive their favorite episodes from the first season, along with the Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019 extra feature for a deeper investigation behind the scenes.”

Veronica Mars (2019) is executive produced by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, 2004; Veronica Mars, 2014 feature film; iZOMBIE), Diane Ruggiero-Wright (iZOMBIE, Veronica Mars, The Ex List), Dan Etheridge (Veronica Mars, Party Down), and Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, The Good Place, Bad Moms) and stars Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Person of Interest), and Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars, Ringer).

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019

8 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. Spring Break Forever
  2. Chino and the Man
  3. Keep Calm and Party On
  4. Heads You Lose
  5. Losing Streak
  6. Entering a World of Pain
  7. Gods of War
  8. Years, Continents, Bloodshed

DIGITAL

The first season of Veronica Mars will be available to own on Digital on August 19 (in the U.S.). Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others.

Where’s Youngblood? Rob Liefeld Takes to Facebook to Explain

Youngblood #1

Comic properties are being snagged left and right and with the success of Deadpool, Rob Liefeld is a hot “property.” So where’s his Image launching series Youngblood? Liefeld took to Facebook to explain why the characters are missing from action in comics and elsewhere.

Where is YOUNGBLOOD?

This is the question I get asked repeatedly, at every store signing or comic convention I attend. Inquiries about Youngblood as a film, a comic book, all of it. The truth is they are in the midst of an ugly custody battle and I currently don’t have any interaction with them for the first time in over 22 years.

In 1997, at 29 years of age, I took on an investor named Scott Rosenberg, he of Malibu Comics. I had a previous relation with him but this was different, Jeph Loeb brought him to the table as a potential partner and after a few discussions, the time felt right to make this move. We made a fancy press announcement and we birthed Awesome Comics. It was meant as a temporary adjustment, If I did not find another partner, Scott would foreclose and own everything, I eventually found another partner, a gentleman named John Hyde and he stepped in to finance Awesome Comics until he and Scott had an issue and Awesome went into freefall and I shuttered the label permanently in 2000.

Scott, John and I agreed to a split of my Extreme catalogue in 1999, we each received 8 titles and could exploit them in media. The environment at the time was not kind to comic book material and I wasn’t selling any of my catalogue picks and neither were John and Scott. Through it all, I maintained publishing rights, bringing you the comic adventures of my creations with different and various creatives under my oversight and until now there were no hiccups whatsoever.

Long story short, after failing to come to terms on 2 movie deals in recent years, including a movie deal in 2017 that I was so certain was moving forward, I contacted Hank Kanalz and informed him that he should expect some participation, Scott informed me last summer, during 2018 comic con, that in order to raise capital he had sold or partnered with someone for Youngblood comics and toys. I was stunned but not surprised, these are the most important assets that Scott possesses and he needed to raise funds. The man he partnered with is named Andrew Rev, someone unknown to
me and he informed me a number of times over the past year that he could make me a big success in comics, the next Todd McFarlane even, and told me I could audition for producing Youngblood comics. You can imagine how well that went over.

So, I currently have questionable access to Youngblood characters, characters I created and shepherded for nearly 3 decades As a result I shut down the storyline that would take Youngblood to issue #100 and beyond. A decidedly new approach in necessary, which I believe is paramount in this post Avengers:Endgame world we find ourselves in. Youngblood will no longer be published by Image Comics or with my involvement at this time, a first in the 27 years since it launched. It’s all really weird but I’ve settled into the realization that this is the way it is going to be. I held it together for 23 years since doing the deal, until now. A film company rang me up last week seeking the rights to Youngblood but it required my involvement and I cannot at this juncture go forward.

Thankfully, my other partner, John Hyde has chosen to go a different path as he realizes the value that I bring to my creations and we have partnered on his selections with Prophet going forward having just set up the feature film and we are currently pursuing Glory in all media. 2/3 of my catalogue receive my involvement and participation.

I have BLOODSTRIKE, BRIGADE, BERZERKERS, BLOODWULF, Re:GEX, KABOOM, AVENGELYNE and others in my portfolio, completely under my domain. As I informed everyone last year, I walked away from Netflix because I felt it was not the best opportunity at this time in our ever changing world. I’m a finicky cat.

I share this with you now following an unexpected conversation with the Andrew Rev guy about publishing. In short it was very disrespectful and I had to put distance between me, these people and my creations which were now in a foreign domain. I had to convincingly wash my hands of this corner of my imagination. I have a pretty fertile mind and many new projects yet to advance, many making the media rounds that will be known soon enough. This was a much needed update and hopefully explains the current situation.

Youngblood represented some of my finest work, I’m proud of all the work that was produced. Sadly, film companies will be reluctant to invest the time and money in a venture without the support and blessing of its creator.

Upwards, onwards! To the Extreme!

Rob Liefeld

Rob Guillory’s Farmhand is Optioned by AMC

Bestselling comic book series Farmhand, created and illustrated by Rob Guillory, has been optioned for television development by AMC/AMC Studios. Guillory is set to write the pilot for the series and will executive produce alongside LaToya Morgan.

Farmhand follows Jedidiah Jenkins, a simple farmer, but one whose cash crop isn’t corn or soy. He grows fast-healing, plug-and-play human organs. For years, Jed’s organic transplants have brought healing to many, but deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm something sinister has taken root.

Guillory previously co-created and was the Eisner-award winning artist on the New York Times bestselling series Chew. He is represented by Anonymous Content & Myman Greenspan LLP.

The trade paperback of Farmhand, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 9781534309852) is available now and Farmhand, Vol. 2 (ISBN: 978-1534313323) will be available in September. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

Farmhand, Vol. 1
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