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Iron Circus Kickstarts Webcomic Lackadaisy into an Original Animated Short

Iron Circus Comics Publisher Spike Trotman, cartoonist Tracy Butler, and director Fable Siegel are partnering for an ambitious multimedia crowdfunding campaign to adapt Butler’s webcomic phenomenon Lackadaisy into an original animated short, along with a new collection of art and never before published mini-comics, The Lackadaisy Essentials.

The 32-day campaign is the first ever multimedia undertaking for Iron Circus Comics. The trailblazing comics publisher that has funded more
than 20 graphic novels and raised close to $1.5 million in funding on Kickstarter.

Set in St. Louis, Missouri during the days of Prohibition, Tracy Butler’s Eisner Award-nominated webcomic Lackadaisy features the Lackadaisy, a speakeasy tucked away in a cave beneath the Little Daisy Cafe, where flashing the club symbol from a deck of cards grants every cat in-the-know access to more moonshine than they could ever drink. The joint’s packed full of tough dames, crooked cops, rum-runners, and wide-eyed ingenues. And they are, literally, all cool cats. The jazzy, sepia-toned crime story features action and adventure, comedy and crime, and a colorful cast of cats, including the Lackadaisy proprietors Atlas and Mitzi May, rumrunner Rocky Rickaby, and the sharp-tongued heiress to the quickly-dwindling Lackadaisy fortune, Ivy Pepper.

As the creator of the comic, Tracy will play a role as co-director on the animated short, overseeing art direction. Voice actors include:

  • Michael Kovach  (@kovox) as Rocky Rickaby! 
  •  Belsheber Rusape (@BelRusapeVO) as Calvin “Freckle” McMurray! 
  •  Lisa Reimold (@lisareimold)  as Ivy Pepper! 
  •  Ashe Wagner (@TheQueenViking)  as Mitzi May! 
  • and SungWon Cho (@ProZD) as Mordecai Heller! 

Pledges for Lackadaisy range from The Lackadaisy Essentials eBook to The Complete Lackadaisy Goodie Bag (featuring the Lackadaisy Essentials art book, volumes one and two of the Lackadaisy comic collections in ebook form, a digital wallpaper set, the completed film as an HD digital download, and a download of the soundtrack and storyboards). Lackadaisy even includes a pledge level to receive an Associate Producer credit on the Lackadaisy Animated Short.

If funded through Kickstarter, pledges will be delivered to backers this fall. Lackadaisy is live as of March 16, 2020 and runs for 32 days.

Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures Premieres Sunday, March 15

On Sunday, March 15 at 7:00am EST Cartoon Network premieres the third season of the hit Transformers animated series, Cyberverse. Season three, titled Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures, introduces new characters including Hammerbyte, Thunderhowl, Wildwheel and Meteorfire, as the war for the Allspark rages on! All new episodes of Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures will air Sundays, weekly on Cartoon Network.

In the third season of Cyberverse, Bumblebee and the Autobots encounter mysterious new threats and unlock the ancient secrets of Cybertron as they continue their adventure to bring their planet back to life. After winning a new battle against the Decepticons, Bumblebee and the Autobots begin to rebuild Cybertron. But things are not what they seem, causing the Autobots and Decepticons to join forces to fight a new enemy. Unlikely alliances will be formed, new legends will be made, and new heroes will emerge as the war for the Allspark comes home.

Launched in 2018, Cyberverse follows the ongoing battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons to find the Allspark. It follows Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Windblade and the larger Autobot team as they work to defeat the menacing Megatron and his team of Decepticons.

Ava DuVernay and Warner Bros. Animation Team Up for Wings of Fire Animated Series

Wings of Fire

Warner Bros. Animation and award-winning writer/director/producer Ava DuVernay are developing a high-end serialized animated family television series based on the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling book series Wings of Fire, from author Tui T. Sutherland. The Studio secured the exclusive rights to the sought-after publishing phenomenon for DuVernay in a highly competitive situation with multiple parties bidding for the middle grade fantasy book series, which thus far has spawned 15 novels, three graphic novels and four short stories.

Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay-Photo Credit Dani Brubaker

WBA is producing the project with DuVernay, who serves as executive producer, through her ARRAY Filmworks production company. Dan Milano (Glitch Techs), Christa Starr, Tui T. Sutherland and WBA’s Sam Register (Teen Tians Go!) are also on board as executive producers.

With more than nine million copies in print and available in 16 languages, the Wings of Fire book series is an epic adventure set in a world entirely ruled by dragons. Across two continents and 10 tribes, the series explores vicious wars, enduring friendships, and heroic quests that span generations of fascinating dragon characters.

This marks the first animated project for DuVernay as part of her exclusive overall deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group. For WBTVG, DuVernay is currently producing the OWN/Warner Horizon Scripted Television series Queen Sugar and Cherish the Day, as well as the HBO Max/Warner Bros. Television pilot DMZ, based on characters from DC.

Superman: Red Son arrives Arrives Digitally February and DVD/Blu-Ray in March 2020

Superman: Red Son

What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – along with a new DC Showcase animated short, Phantom Stranger – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting February 25, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 17, 2020.

Superman: Red Son will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $43.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $34.97 SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie.

Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?  

Golden Globe-nominated actor Jason Isaacs leads a stellar cast as the voice of the alternate, Soviet take on Superman. Isaacs, one of the stars of the Harry Potter film franchise, Star Trek: Discovery and more than 120 films and television series, gets his turn as a Super Hero after three memorable appearances in DC Universe Movies as famous Super-Villains from the DC library. Isaacs previously voiced Sinestro in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Lex Luthor in Justice League: Gods and Monsters and Ra’s al Ghul in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Joining Isaacs is Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep, The Drew Carey Show) as Lex Luthor, Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest, The Gifted) as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels) as Wonder Woman, Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Doom Patrol) as James Olsen, Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Goliath, Phantom of the Paradise) as Brainiac, Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja, Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman, Sasha Roiz (Grimm) as Hal Jordan, Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Pulp Fiction, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as John Stewart, Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation, Impress Me) as John F. Kennedy, Travis Willingham (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Superior Man, William Salyers (Regular Show, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) as Joseph Stalin, and Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy, Bosch) as Svetlana.

Superman: Red Son is produced and directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood, Constantine: City of Demons). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).

“Elseworlds tales from DC’s vast library of stories have long electrified fans across the globe, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has now begun to mine these fascinating stories – first with last year’s release of Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, and now with Superman: Red Son,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family. “Together with Bruce Timm’s animated short, Phantom Stranger, this combination of unique storytelling promises to entertain in unexpected ways.”

Superman: Red Son Special Features

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

  • DC Showcase: Phantom Stranger (Animated Short) –Animation legendBruce Timm helms Phantom Stranger as both executive producer & director from a script written by Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Set in the 1970s, the short follows young adult Jess as she joins her friends at a party in a dilapidated mansion hosted by the mysterious Seth … when odd things begin to happen to Jess and her friends, can Phantom Stranger intervene? Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Impastor) provides the voice of Seth. Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.
  • Cold Red War (New Featurette) – An exploration of the Cold War through the lensof the Elseworlds classic Superman: Red Son, as Superman rises to power and tension escalates between the United States and the Soviet Union.  
  • Two episodes from Superman: Red Son – The Motion Comics.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War –     An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Superman: Red Son will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Superman: Red Son via purchase from digital retailers beginning February 25, 2020.

Webcomic Kamikaze Kickstarts to Animation

Kamikaze

Moving Ink Media, the creative company behind the award-winning webcomic Kamikaze launched a Kickstarter to fund their animated pilot entitled Kamikaze: Embrace the Fire based on their main character Markesha Nin. Moving Ink is also publishing the Kamikaze: Short Circuits anthology, with 4 new stories found in the same universe and featuring a diverse roster of incredibly talented guest artists and writers. The month-long campaign has a goal of $27K to fund the completion of both projects and are almost half to their goal as of this article!

Created by husband and wife team Carrie and Alan Tupper, and the talented illustrator/designer Havana Nguyen, Kamikaze is set in a future dystopia where natural resources are scarce and what food there is controlled by corrupt factions. Markesha is a teenager who lost her mother and is caring for her blind father, making ends meet as a courier. When a routine delivery turns deadly, Markesha finds herself caught between warring factions. Now she’s an agent for the resistance organization that saved her and her secret identity “Kamikaze,” becomes a symbol of hope for her people.

The Florida based animation company Echo Bridge Pictures, led by animation director Esteban Valdez, is bringing the world of Kamikaze to life. The animated pilot will feature the voice talents of Dani Chambers (SSS.GRIDMAN, One Piece) as “Markesha Nin”, Monica Rial (Dragon Ball, gen:Lock,My Hero Academia) as her tech assist “Audrey Dalma” and Johnathan Young, Youtube famous for his genre music covers, as Markesha’s enemy “Toro Blackthorne”.

The Short Circuits anthology will feature a cadre of talented writers and artists including Robert K. Jeffrey (Green Lantern/DC Comics), Sceritz (Scorpio), Dan Jolley (Dr. Strange Marvel; G.I. Joe/Image Comics), Takeia Marie (Simone Visits the Museum), Malissa White from Comics Creators Club and more!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Is Getting a Sequel in 2022

The award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is getting a sequel and release date. The anticipated animated film comes to theaters on April 8, 2022.

Sony Pictures Animation is again putting together the film which won an Academy Award for “Best Animated Film.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to bring their vision for the next adventure of Miles Morales. The original film was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman based on a screenplay by Phil Lord.

The voice cast of the original Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, Liev Schreiber as Kingpin, Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen, Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir, John Mulaney as Spider-Ham, Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker, Mahershala Ali as Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson, Luna Lauren Velez as Rio, Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) as Aunt May, and Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Clip – Wonder Woman Battles Silver Swan

Check out an action-packed clip from Wonder Woman: Bloodlines that features Wonder Woman (voiced by Rosario Dawson) battling Silver Swan (voiced by Marie Avgeropoulos of The 100 fame) on a rooftop and in mid-air.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, is available everywhere TODAY (Tuesday, October 22) on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short “Death,” inspired by Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Clip – Silver Swan’s Creation

Check out an all-new clip from Wonder Woman: Bloodlines featuring Marie Avgeropoulos as the voice of Silver Swan, and the creation of the character.

Avgeropoulos currently portrays Octavia Blake in The CW’s popular series The 100, and is slated to star opposite Nicholas Cage in the upcoming Jiu Jitsu, and alongside Cary Elwes, Susan Sarandon, Diane Kruger, Brad Dourif & Nick Offerman in “Butterfly in the Typewriter.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, is now available on Digital, and arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short “Death,” inspired by Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

Netlfix is Working on a Bone Animated Series

Bone

It looks like Jeff Smith‘s critically hailed and best-selling Bone comic series is coming to television. Netflix has acquired the rights the award-winning series. It’ll be developed into an animated series and is part of the streaming platform’s focus on kids programming.

In 2016 it was announced that Mark Osborne with a script co-written with Adam Kline was adapting the series as an animated film for Warner Bros. The movie studio acquired the rights around 2008. That failed attempt opened the door for Netflix.

Bone was first published in 1991 by Smith who began creating the series when he was 10 in 1970. He also has said early versions of the characters were drawn by him when he was 5 years old. The series ran for 55 issues and ended its run in 2004. It was originally published by Smith’s Cartoon Books, then Image Comics, and finished its run with Cartoon Books. It’s earned 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards. It’s one of the trailblazing kids series and a lynchpin for Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint Graphix Books.

The series has sold over 8 million copies in North America and has been released in 30 countries. It has earned 40 national and international publishing awards.

The series follows the Bone cousins on adventures through their fantasy world filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.

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