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Toy Fair 2019: New Pop! Pez Revealed by Funko

POP! PEZ – STAR WARS

Indulge your sweet tooth and love of adventures that take place in a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars-themed Pop! PEZ including Ponda Baba™ (Walrus Man) with a Chase, Snaggletooth™ with a Chase, Logray™ and Lando™.

POP! PEZ – DISNEY VILLAINS

Sweet and sour meet in an epic pop culture collision of PEZ and Disney. The PEZ candy might be sweet but the Disney villain PEZ dispensers are anything but. Pop! PEZ Maleficent has a scowl that bodes ill for any nearby sleeping beauties. Pop! PEZ Ursula will steal your voice with her evil beauty. Pop! PEZ Cruella De Vil should be kept far from any beloved pets. Pop! PEZ The Evil Queen is determined to be the fairest of them all and laws against poison can’t stop her.

POP! PEZ – DISNEY WRECK-IT RALPH

Indulge your sweet tooth and love of pop culture with a trio of Wreck-It Ralph Pop! PEZ figures including Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope and Fix-It Felix Jr.

POP! PEZ – HANNA-BARBERA

The iconic and beloved Hanna-Barbera characters were practically made to be Pop! PEZ dispensers. Everybody’s favorite dastardly villain, Dick Dastardly; cartoon ant and superhero Atom Ant; Ricochet Rabbit; and Wally Gator will add color and sweetness to any collection.

POP! PEZ: AD ICONS – BIG BOY

“It’s your Big Boy!”

Indulge your sweet tooth and love of pop culture ad icons with this Pop! PEZ Big Boy. The mascot for Big Boy Restaurants International, LLC is well known for loving double-decker cheeseburgers but he’s willing to enjoy some sweet PEZ.

POP! PEZ: AD ICONS - BIG BOY

POP! PEZ: AD ICONS – GREEN GIANT AND SPROUT

We don’t mean to be “corny” with our newest introductions fresh from the field. Add Pop! Pez Green Giant and Pop! Pez Sprout to your collection this June for a treat sweeter than “sweet niblets”.

DC Reveals More Hanna-Barbera/DC Comics Mash-Ups! Deathstroke & Yogi Bear, Green Lantern & Huckleberry Hound and More!

This October, the mash-ups get weirder and wilder when DC unleashes more crazy combinations of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes with some of Hanna-Barbera’s best-known classic cartoon characters. Each book goes on sale Wednesday, October 31 (with both a standard and variant cover), is rated T (for Teen) and carries a retail price of $4.99. These 48-page one-shots will also feature an installment of a spotlight tale featuring Hanna-Barbera’s leading super spy, Secret Squirrel, written by J.M. DeMatteis with art by Tom Mandrake.

The title lineup includes:

DEATHSTROKE/YOGI BEAR SPECIAL #1

Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by MARK TEXEIRA
cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
variant cover by PAOLO PANTALENA

In Yellowstone Park, legends speak of a spirit bear referred to as “the Yogi,” which few if any have actually encountered. Real or not, when a bear seems to have graduated from stealing picnic baskets to kidnapping actual campers, Ranger Smith decides it’s time to stop this menace—so he calls on the services of Slade Wilson—a.k.a. Deathstroke—to get the job done.

GREEN LANTERN/HUCKLEBERRY HOUND SPECIAL #1

written by MARK RUSSELL
art by RICK LEONARDI
cover by SAMI BASRI
variant cover by YASMINE PUTRI

Set against the turbulent backdrop of the early 1970s, Green Lantern and Huckleberry Hound join forces to take a stand on the issues of that era. Returning from recent duty in Vietnam, veteran Marine John Stewart—now a member of the Green Lantern Corps—contemplates what, if anything, he should do about the issues tearing his country apart. Meanwhile, Huckleberry’s comments against the Vietnam war have left him a celebrity outcast, and a visit back home to Mississippi puts him face to face with the Civil Rights Movement. What can one man—and one hound—do?

NIGHTWING/MAGILLA GORILLA SPECIAL #1

written by HEATH CORSON
art by TOM GRUMMETT
cover by MARCUS TO
variant cover by JONBOY MEYERS

When a famous Hollywood talent agent is found brutally murdered, suspicion and evidence seem to point to his most famous client, Oscar winning actor Magilla Gorilla. Dick Grayson, already in Tinseltown to meet with said agent, senses something suspicious. Donning his Nightwing costume and joining forces with the simian suspect, he’s got one night to prove that this monkey doesn’t belong in a cage.

SUPERMAN/TOP CAT SPECIAL #1

written by DAN DIDIO
art and cover by SHANE DAVIS
variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

It’s Superman versus super food with Top Cat caught in the middle. While searching for his missing friend Bennie, TC uncovers a dietary danger that threatens the healthier portions of mankind, and it’s up to the Man of Steel to stop the probiotic menace of Kalien! In the salad bar, no one can hear you scream.

Preview: Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1

Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1

(W) Dan Abnett, Jeff Parker (A) Scott Kolins (A/CA) Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy
In Shops: May 30, 2018
SRP: $4.99

When the town of Amnesty Island is besieged by a series of shark attacks, authorities call Aquaman for help! What’s unusual about this case is that the shark isn’t trying to kill people-he just wants to talk to them. The very confused Jabberjaw needs to get back to Aqualand, the future undersea utopia where he came from. But that peaceful city where man and sentient sea life have been living in harmony has been turned into a dystopian nightmare created by a new Ocean Master. Now the King of Atlantis and his friendly shark ally have to team up to set things right. Also includes a Captain Caveman meets the wizard Shazam in a short story by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins.

DC Entertainment Announces a New Round of Hanna-Barbera/DC One-Shot Comics

Following the success of DC Comics’ modernized takes on classic Saturday morning cartoons and a previous selection of acclaimed one-shot crossovers featuring Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters, DC plans to shake up the worlds of superhero fans and lovers of old-school cartoons yet again. Today, the publisher announced plans to release four all-new one-shot comics that bring some of DC’s most exciting heroes together with well-known characters from the world of Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the 1970’s. These books will be available at comic book retailers and for purchase digitally on May 30.

The title lineup includes:

AQUAMAN/JABBERJAW SPECIAL #1

In a story written by Aquaman writer Dan Abnett with art and by Paul Pelletier and Andrew Hennessey, the town of Amnesty Island is besieged by a series of shark attacks, and the authorities call Aquaman for help! What’s unusual about this case is that the shark isn’t trying to kill people—he just wants to talk to them. All Jabberjaw wants is to get back to Aqualand, the future undersea utopia where he came from. But that peaceful city where man and sentient sea life have been living in harmony has been turned into a dystopian nightmare created by a new Ocean Master! Now the King of Atlantis and his friendly shark ally must team up to set things right.

This one-shot also includes a bonus short story by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins that tells the tale of the first-ever meeting between Captain Caveman, The Spectre and the wizard Shazam.

BLACK LIGHTNING/HONG KONG PHOOEY SPECIAL #1

Back from Vietnam, kung-fu master Hong Kong Phooey has set up his own detective agency in the inner city. Meanwhile, Jefferson Pierce (a.k.a. Black Lightning) has uncovered a plot by three assassins to collect the components of a sacred text revealing the darkest secrets of martial arts magic, and they’ll kill anyone who owns them—including the dog who holds the last chapter of the book, Hong Kong Phooey. Bryan Hill, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz team up to deliver a story with all the power of a roundhouse kick to the chops!

Plus, Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins team up once again in a bonus story featuring a pre-DEMON Jason Blood and Hanna-Barbera’s own “Spirit of ’76,” The Funky Phantom.

THE FLASH/SPEED BUGGY SPECIAL #1

Red Hood and the Outlaws scribe Scott Lobdell, along with Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund, is gearing up to deliver a rubber-burning story that pushes all the way into the redline! When Wally West tries to take down the villain Kilg%re, he’s surprised to find he has an unknown ally who can move just as fast as he can. Dr. Pernell, a brilliant S.T.A.R. Labs scientist, has found a way to power his dune buggy using the Speed Force. When the Flash agrees to help test the limits of the vehicle in a race, something unexpected sends them spiraling out of the Speed Force and into the unknown. They land in a post-apocalyptic future, but Dr. Pernell is missing, leaving a now-sentient Speed Buggy to help the Fastest Man Alive repair the time stream and stop the triple threat of Savitar, Speed Demon Buggy and… Reverse Speed Buggy?

SUPER SONS/DYNOMUTT SPECIAL #1

It’s no fun for Jon Kent to be visiting Big City with his parents for the funeral of an old friend, so his best pal Damian Wayne decides to follow along and give him the inside scoop on the city. But when they go to meet Robin’s local friend, Dynomutt, they find him injured and in need of help. And Dynomutt’s human superhero companion, Blue Falcon, has seemingly turned evil. What’s the reason for this betrayal between once-loyal companions, and what role might the evil Red Vulture play in this scenario? Fan-favorite Super Sons writer Peter J. Tomasi teams up with Fernando Pasarin and Oclair Albert to tell this story featuring the first encounter of the Dog Wonder with the sons of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight.

Each one-shot will be 48 pages long and cost $4.99.

Exit Stage Left: Talking Snagglepuss’ New Comic Series with Writer Mark Russell. Listen on Demand.

Heavens to Murgatroyd! The classic Hanna-Barbera character Snagglepuss as a closeted gay Southern playwright being investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee!? That’s the concept of the new comic series, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles written by Mark Russell with art by Mike Feehan and being published by DC Comics.

The first issue felt revolutionary gaining buzz and praise from critics and readers alike with the second issue coming to shelves February 7th.

Writer Mark Russell joins Graphic Policy Radio to talk about the new comic series that has everyone talking.

Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES, EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES) is an Eisner-nominated satirist who isn’t afraid to go to very serious places. His stories take on Trumpism, bullying, war, genocide, historical amnesia and more. His work was featured on ForbesSlate Magazine and Paste Magazine’s best graphic novel lists in 2017. @Manruss

Exit Stage Left: Talking Snagglepuss’ New Comic Series with Writer Mark Russell. LIVE this Monday.

Heavens to Murgatroyd! The classic Hanna-Barbera character Snagglepuss as a closeted gay Southern playwright being investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee!? That’s the concept of the new comic series, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles written by Mark Russell with art by Mike Feehan and being published by DC Comics.

The first issue felt revolutionary gaining buzz and praise from critics and readers alike with the second issue coming to shelves February 7th.

Writer Mark Russell joins Graphic Policy Radio to talk about the new comic series that has everyone talking.

Listen to the show LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES, EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES) is an Eisner-nominated satirist who isn’t afraid to go to very serious places. His stories take on Trumpism, bullying, war, genocide, historical amnesia and more. His work was featured on ForbesSlate Magazine and Paste Magazine’s best graphic novel lists in 2017. @Manruss

Listen to the show and Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.

Review: The Jetsons #1

In their reboot of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsonswriter Jimmy Palmiotti, artist Pier Brito, and colorist Alex Sinclair add philosophical and post-apocalyptic elements and expose the dark underbelly of the family sitcom flying car utopia. George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson plus their grandmother/robot maid Rosie seem to have the average overworked, on-edge, sci-fi equivalent of an upper middle class life, but Palmiotti and Brito make this comic far from a breezy, funny read. Judy doesn’t appear in the comic much, but Elroy’s plot line is centered around taking dangerous risks and returning to a contaminated Earth to find a piece of memorabilia for his dad’s birthday. While this is going on, Jane deals with a threat that could destroy life on all the space stations and has to find a solution for this problem in a world where all weapons are banned.

The dark, philosophical highlight of The Jetsons #1 is George and his mom having an intense discussion about the nature of humanity and reality over a laidback breakfast of bacon that isn’t actually bacon. I love how it starts as banal small talk and ends with his mom and him really getting know each other in a deep conversation that definitely is influenced by the works of Philip K. Dick, The Matrix, and the metaphysics unit of your local university’s Philosophy 101 course. However, what keeps it fresh is that Palmiotti and Brito ground the conversation in the complex, kind of sort codependent relationship between a mother and son. There is also a big picture discussion about some of the downsides of transhumanism and downloading your consciousness into a computer or robot like being able to experience basic things like showers or food and knowing deep down that it’s just an illusion. Warren Ellis was probably angrily typing during that part of the comic.

However, this scene also shows some of the limitations of Pier Brito’s art work as well as the strength of Alex Sinclair, who has been one of DC’s most consistent colorists for quite some time. Brito frames most of the chat from long or middle distance, which hinders the opportunity for readers to connect to George and Rosie through their eyes or body movements. In fact, the faces and dialogue don’t match up for a lot of comic even though Brito has a distinct design and body type for each Jetson. Palmiotti’s writing is insightful enough to make this less of a problem than it could be, but during a long exposition scene where Jane tells (The reader, basically.) what exactly happened to Earth in the Jetsons universe, it contributes to the story dragging along.

Sinclair’s colors are gorgeous though as he switches gears from  blurry, dystopian Earth to the shadows of Jane’s secret conference that she is presenting at to the flame of possible destruction and a sunny palette that will make viewers of the Jetsons cartoon smile with recognition. Also, taking a page out of Moebius and Jean-Claude Mezieres’ playbook, Pier Brito excels at drawing futuristic vehicles, establishing shots, and his waterlogged Earth rotting with the last remains of civilization reminded me of a minimalist version of the first Valerian and Laureline story. Brito’s bande desinee influences for setting and technology along with Jimmy Palmiotti putting family relationships and philosophical questions at the forefront and disaster movie type hijinks in the background show that The Jetsons has the seed of a dark, sci-fi art comic in it. However, it stumbles at times with poor facial work and long monologues that make it feel like Scooby Apocalypse in space. At times, it seems that Brito is trying hard to be Jim Lee when he could put a unique stamp on the book like Evan Shaner on Future Quest or Mark Russell on Flintstones.

The Jetsons #1 is a fairly smart exploration of utopians and transhumanism through the appealing lens of the family drama genre courtesy of writer Jimmy Palmiotti. Pier Brito’s art is a mixed bag, but colorist Alex Sinclair is more than game for the ideas, influences, and tone shifts slung out throughout this book.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti Art: Pier Brito Colors: Alex Sinclair
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM on Video Subscription Service, Boomerang

Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. have announced they have partnered on a new standalone domestic premium video subscription service – Boomerang – that will launch in the Spring. This will be the first time the two companies have offered the massive Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of over 5,000 titles on a streaming platform. Boomerang will provide audiences instant and exclusive access to both brand-new original series and timeless franchises like Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons and The Flintstones among many others. Launching with a vast number of episodes, new content will be added weekly for kids, families and animation lovers of all ages to enjoy.

Boomerang will be the exclusive home to a slate of new, original series, including Warner Bros. Animation’s Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, an uplifting comedic fantasy series that transports audiences to the magical land of Oz and follows the ruby slipper adventures of its brave and feisty princess protagonist; and Wacky Races, a full-engine overhaul of the Hanna-Barbera classic series that takes viewers on a ride filled with zany slapstick comedy, high-octane thrills and exotic locales around the world.  Additionally, Boomerang will be the only place to catch new episodes of three fan-favorite series, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry.

Boomerang will support its world-class content offering with a robust set of product features in the months following launch including: family profiles, personalized recommendations, download-to-go, Spanish audio and interactive features that will give users new and exciting ways to discover and share content. The Boomerang OTT service will be powered by applications and technology developed by DramaFever, a Warner Bros. Digital Networks company.

The service will be ad-free and launch domestically on Web, iOS and Android devices for $4.99 per month (with a 7-day Free Trial) or $39.99 annually (with a 30-day Free Trial).

The product will expand to several more platforms after launch, including Amazon, Roku and Apple TV. Turner and Warner Bros. is exploring additional distribution opportunities with both new and existing partners in the future.

DC Releases a First Look at Snagglepuss by Mark Russell and Howard Porter

In the DC Comic March Annuals released on 3/29, we will be showcasing some new ideas for the company’s Hanna-Barbera comics line with 8-page samplers of the new stories. Get ready for Ruff and Reddy by writer/artist Howard ChaykinThe Jetsons by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner with art by Pier BritoTop Cat by writer Dan DiDio with art by Phil Winslade, and the already highly anticipated series Snagglepuss by writer Mark Russell with art by Howard Porter.

Mark Russell recently revealed that his concept for Snagglepuss is as a Southern gothic playwright working with an ensemble cast of cultural figures, exploring an intensely creative time in the New York City theater scene of the 1950s. In Russell’s eight-pager, Snagglepuss faces the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Stay tuned for the complete sampler, but enjoy a first look at Snagglepuss!

Snagglepuss is written by Mark Russell with art by Howard Porter, Steve Buccellato (colors) and lettering by Dave Sharpe.

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