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DC Super Hero Girls Gets All Sorts of New Toys

At San Diego Comic-Con DC Super Hero Girls was front and center in many ways with lots of new toys on display and making their debut. Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl are about to get a whole bunch of friends (and toys based on them).

Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet made its debut. It’ll be available from Mattel this fall.

Invisible Jet

Starfire joins the line and flies on to shelves.

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The superheroes get a new size with mini Super Hero Vinyls that features them on their signature items.

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Hot Wheels character cars inspired by the characters in DC Super Hero Girls will be rolling out.

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Finally, Wonder Woman gets a plush figure!

Wonder Woman plush

This is just some of the items that’ll become available over the next months.

SDCC 2016: Gary Phillips Talks The Vigilante: Southland

In July, DC Comics announced The Vigilante: Southland, a new miniseries updating the classic character! The series will be written by Gary Phillips with pencils and inks by Elena Casagrande, colors by Giulia Brusco and covers by Mitch Gerads. The series will be hitting comic retailers October 5.

We got a chance to talk to Gary about the series at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 about the series and what we can expect.

Mattel’s San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives Go On Sale Monday

Mattel_logoThis Monday at noon ET Mattel‘s exclusives from San Diego Comic-Con go on sale. If you didn’t make the show, or weren’t able to pick them up there, you can get some of the exclusives online.

Here’s the full list of products available:

  • DC Comics™ Multiverse Wonder Woman™ Figure + Invisible Jet – $15
  • DC Super Hero Girls Katana – $40
  • Disney Pixar Cars Precision Series Die-Cast Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet Vehicle – $25
  • Ghostbusters™ Lights & Sounds Multi-Pack – $24.99
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® She-Ra® – $75
  • WWE® Elite Figure Shockmaster™ Limited Edition – $30
  • Kubros TMNT – Leonardo™ vs. Bebop™ Special Edition Set – $25
  • Kubros TMNT – Michelangelo™ vs. Rocksteady™ Special Edition Set – $25

There will be limited quantities, so good luck!

SDCC 2016: John Semper, Jr. Talks DC Comics’ Cyborg

This September Victor Stone comes to DC ComicsRebirth courtesy of writer John Semper, Jr.

Victor Stone was once a star athlete and brilliant student with a bright future. But after a tragic accident destroyed over half of his body, Victor was kept alive by merging flesh with advanced technology. Today he is the Justice League co-founder called Cyborg. But is the young hero a man…or a machine that merely believes it’s a man?

At San Diego Comic-Con I got a chance to speak with Semper about what we might expect from his take on the character.

SDCC 2016: Joshua Williamson Talks The Flash and Frostbite

In April it was announced that Joshua Williamson would be exclusive to DC Comics and Vertigo writing The Flash and his upcoming series Frostbite.

The Flash is a few issues in and Williamson has quickly added to the character and series and Frostbite debuts this September.

I chatted with him about the Scarlet Speedster as well as what we can expect with his Vertigo debut.

SDCC 2016: New DC. Marvel, Ghostbusters, Predator and More from Diamond Select Toys

At San Diego Comic-Con, Diamond Select Toys showed off lots of new items, some of which are already available for pre-order. Read on for the details on new DC Animated items, new Marvel Comics items, new Muppets items, and new movie items from Predator, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice and National Lampoon’s Vacation!

Batman The Animated Series Man-Bat Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Beware the Man-Bat! The newest resin bust in the epic line based on Batman: The Animated Series depicts scientist Kirk Langstrom as his monstrous alter-ego, the Man-Bat! Measuring over 6 inches tall and approximately 8 inches in diameter, this detailed bust is set on top of an art-deco base inspired by the show’s distinctive architecture. Limited to only 3000 pieces, it comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #AUG162554, SRP: $59.99)

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Batman Animated Series Premier Collection Nurse Harley Quinn 12” Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hello, nurse! On the TV classic Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn played dress-up almost as often as she wore her now-iconic jumpsuit. And this all-new 12-inch resin statue depicts one of her most memorable clothing swaps – a nurse’s disguise! Nurse Harley blows a kiss to her next patient while wearing a short, white mini-dress and standing on a logo disk base. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item #AUG162553, SRP$ 149.99)

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Beetlejuice Movie Reelware Pint Glass

A Diamond Select Toys release! Troubled by the living? Is death a problem, and not the solution? Unhappy with eternity? Then pour yourself a drink in this movie-inspired pint glass, kick back and call Beetlejuice! This pint glass features the original advertisement that prompted Barbara and Adam Maitland to call the revered bio-exorcist in an attempt to reclaim their home, and kicks off a new line of merchandise based on the classic Tim Burton film Beetlejuice. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #AUG162571, SRP: $10.99)

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DC Gallery Justice League Black Canary PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The heroines of the DC Animated Universe are expanding their roster! As seen on Justice League Unlimited, this 9-inch scale PVC figure of the Black Canary depicts Dinah Lance unleashing a sonic scream at her opponent, wearing her classic, comic-inspired leather jacket and tights. Figure is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #AUG162555, SRP: $45.00)

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Ghostbusters Slimer Cookie Jar

A Diamond Select Toys release! Looking for cookies? Check inside Slimer! The food-loving ghost made famous by the Ghostbusters feature films and animated series is now a ceramic cookie jar! Measuring approximately 12” tall, this class 5 apparition is quite solid, so you can’t just stick your hand into his stomach and grab what you want, but a removable lid will grant you access to whatever Slimer recently ate. Packaged in a full-color box. (Item #AUG162572, SRP $150.00)

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Marvel Gallery Hulk PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Gallery just raised the roof! Clocking in at approximately 11 inches tall, the Incredible Hulk is the biggest Marvel Gallery PVC figure so far! Based on his comic-book appearance, the Hulk flexes his muscles in a show of strength, with one foot on a heap of rubble, in a Sam Greenwell sculpt that features a high level of detail and exacting paint applications. It is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #AUG162570, $45.00)

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Muppets Muppet Show Glass Tumblers

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to get things started! It’s time to pour the drinks! You can’t help but smile when you’re drinking a tasty beverage out of these nostalgic glass tumblers featuring the cast of The Muppet Show. Inspired by fast-food glassware of yesteryear, these tumblers sport all-new original artwork spotlighting main Muppets Kermit, Fozzie, Bunsen, Beaker and the Swedish Chef, as well as their supporting casts! Each glass comes packaged separately, in a full-color window box.

Muppets Kermit Tumbler (Item #AUG162573, SRP: $9.99)

Muppets Fozzie Tumbler (Item #AUG162574, SRP: $9.99)

Muppets Bunsen & Beaker Tumbler (Item #AUG162575, SRP: $9.99)

Muppets Swedish Chef Tumbler (Item #AUG162576, SRP: $9.99)

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National Lampoon’s Vacation Movie Reelware Pint Glasses

A Diamond Select Toys release! Who’s the moosiest moose we know? Marty Moose! Who’s the star of our favorite show? Marty Moose! Relive the craziest road trip you never went on with these two pint glasses that are straight outta Walley World! With one depicting Roy Walley’s famous creation Marty Moose, and the other showing the full cast of Walley World characters, both glasses are the ultimate in cinematic souvenirs, inspired by the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation. Be the first in your neighborhood to drink like a Griswold! Each glass comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Walley World Pint Glass (Item #AUG162556, SRP: $10.99)

Marty Moose Pint Glass (Item #AUG162557, SRP: $10.99)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Santa Sally Unlimited Coffin Doll

A Diamond Select Toys release! The leading lady of the stop-motion animation holiday classic Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is back, and Christmas will never be the same! With an all-new head sculpt, this unlimited, single-packed 14” doll of Sally the Rag Doll in her Santa Claus outfit features a real cloth costume over a fully poseable body, with hidden internal articulation at the knees and elbows. Packaged in a coffin-shaped window box. (Item #AUG162564, SRP: $99.99)

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Predator Minimates 2-Packs Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hunt continues! The Predator Minimates series returns with another assortment of figures based on the classic action films Predator, Predator 2 and Predators. In this series, Thermal Dutch faces off with the classic Predator, Muddy Royce faces off with a Cloaked Berserker, the Falconer Predator teams up with the Warrior Predator, and a rare, one-per-case 2-pack features a Cloaked Falconer! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation as well as fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack is packaged on a full-color blister card! (Item #AUG162565, $9.99/ea.)

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Offered Again: Marvel Select Cable Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Because you demanded it, the return of the man called CABLE! The founder of X-Force, Cable always comes ready for battle, with big guns and even bigger ammo, and since his debut he has loomed large in the Marvel Universe. Now, he’s traveled from the past to rejoin the 7″ Marvel Select action figure line! Wielding multiple weapons, including one that can be mounted on his shoulder, Cable comes with a detailed display base, referencing his most famous foe, Stryfe, and features multiple points of articulation. Figure and base come packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. (Item #OCT142189, SRP: $24.99)

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SDCC 2016: Talking with Hasbro’s John Warden About Transformers

P1070101San Diego Comic-Con is a geek’s dream with comics, movies, television, games, toys and more. It also provides an opportunity to check out things first hand, such as Hasbro‘s latest releases for their line of My Little Pony, Marvel, G.I. Joe, and Transformers toys.

I grew up playing with Transformers and each year I’m excited to see what’s getting released in the coming months. This year, I got the opportunity to also talk to John Warden, a Design Manager with Hasbro who works on the Transformers line.

Graphic Policy: As much as I love to play with toys, what goes into creating them is so foreign to me. What’s your role with Hasbro?

John Warden: I oversee the design and development for the Transformers: Generations collection as well as working on the product for the Transformers 5 movie as well as some development for the Transformers 6 movie. So, I work with talented artists and designers from around the world and we have a staff in-house that help bring some of the toys and products to life. We also have an amazing partnership with Takara Tomy where we with the inception I will put together a list of the products we want to take care of. We try to think of the ecosystem at play and how we can capture all different types of fans, such as those who like the sophistication of Generations. We’re finding it’s actually so broad. It’s including at this point a lot of older age kids and fans of all different generations of Transformers.

Once we have that line plan established, we go to Takara Tomy and we kick things off. They share their ideas. And together we coalesce our ideas and refine them. I’ll do some sketches of some vehicles. Takara will do some sketches of how the transformation works. And we’ll have discussions either through email or in person to come up with the best product possible.

Once those things are done we’ll figure out the deco. Sometimes we’ll literally go to a toy store and buy vintage toys and color match them. That’s a fun part of my job. And then I think probably one of the most fun parts, when we get samples in, we’ll have a Thursday meeting where we sit down and transform the toys as a group for about two hours. We’ll sit down with a pad and paper and be like “arm loose, please tighten.” And we’ll gather all of our comments and we eventually get to a point where we release the product to consumers. I’m here at San Diego Comic-Con to learn more about creating the next year of stuff. That’s a big piece of it. It’s not just creating a product but reaching out to fans to see what fans want and what to do next.

P1070131GP: I’m sure this is a popular question, but how do you get to your position and do your job? I’d think a lot of fans want to be you.

JW: I took industrial design in college back in the 1990s. As a kid, I always wanted to be a toy designer. There’s schools now that’ll provide an actual curriculum to be a toy designer. It’s rooted in industrial design. I have a Bachelor in Science and Industrial Design. My road was loopy. I was all over the place. I was in the automotive industry in Detroit for about a year. I bounced around with a couple of other jobs. It was always a passion to be a toy designer, I never gave up. I still remember putting together a toy portfolio, trying to get my foot in the door. With my newborn baby on my lap, in the middle trying to power through it. I was lucky enough to land a job. At one point I was doing contracting work with a smaller toy company. Had to be a waiter at night and finally got a call. I was putting my resume into places. I finally got a call with Kenner at the time to be a part of the Star Wars team. I remember running outside and doing a Rocky jumping up and down. It’s been a fun ride ever since. I’ve had an opportunity at Hasbro to meet so many amazing people working on so many different toy brands.

GP: A thing that strikes me about the Transformers line is how well coordinated it is across media, toys, cartoons, comics, movies. What goes into making that happen?

JW: There’s a lot of coordination happening, especially now. One of our big efforts in recent years is to try and make the facts of the Transformers universe as universal as possible to really bring things together. With a brand that has such emotional cache, you really have to pay tribute to characters in a way people expect. And now Transformers is cross media.. we’ve got a great partnership with Machinima with the Combiner Wars series. We’ve got an awesome partnership with Paramount and the Michael Bay films. It’s so excited to see a brand that so many people from around the world love come together in awesome formats.

GP: A thing that’s also struck me in recent years is it’s beyond nostalgia, you’re not just bringing back old characters. You’re creating new characters as well. Windblade is a great example. A lot are more female based. As a designer, what’s your thoughts on that and the reaction from folks for these new Transformers? Windblade has really taken off in popularity.

P1070156JW: Yeah. Generations is a really cool thing. It gives you a chance to not only upgrade characters people love and want and respect. I look over in the case and I see Chromedome and I think, wow I had Chromedome as a kid. It’s exciting. It’s fun to bring that to life in different ways and add articulation, but still make it feel like it’s a cool character people want, but it’s upgraded enough and pushes it to the next level. That’s part of the spirit of Generations. It’s not just fun and nostalgic, but it also adds something special for the next generation of collectors. That being said, there’s so many new great characters in the line, Windblade being a notable example. The current state of storytelling in the Transformers universe is awesome because it’s a reflection of things that are happening in society. There’s so many great aspirational female heroes that are out today. I look around at the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 and see so many female fans, more than ever before. Transformers is a reflection of the community that loves it. When you have great female fans who are passionate about it, and great male fans like me who appreciate cool characters, gender don’t make as much difference as long as it’s an awesome character. Windblade and Victorion were fan created characters. It was great to see them brought to life in all of these mediums, especially our partners at IDW and Machinima.

GP: I’d imagine the design aspect has changed over the years with 3D printing and more powerful computing. What has changed in how you work?

JW: The introduction of CAD really revolutionized things, even since I joined the Transformers team. Even 6 or 7 years ago a lot of the models were scratch built by lots of different houses in Japan that Takara would work with. Lately, a lot of that work has been done with computers using CAD. When you think about how easy it is to just copy and paste to the other side to create a symmetrical thing, it goes that much faster. It’s also possible to debug in CAD, so that you can stop interference problems and stuff like that. A lot of the problems can be solved digitally before you even get to the final stages before printing them out. Another thing that’s really awesome is just even, I worked on the Age of Extinction film too, when you have a licensed car, like the Bugatti with Drift, you can send a 3D PDF to someone across the world and have them approve it. They’re able to move and flip and look at it. You don’t have to physically mail anything anymore. It enhances the speed.

When you think about it, you’re working with someone in Japan. You have factories in mainland China. It’s almost having a team working around the clock. The digital medium has really helped bring it all to life.

P1070166GP: How long does it actually take to bring something from the initial concept to the shelves?

JW: That depends on the project. You’re typical run time is about a year, from inception to getting the product on the shelf. A lot of that is strategic planning upfront. When you think about the entire line, at least the way I do it, is try to think of the entire year and then how much tooling do I have? How many characters can I do? Can I make more character by making one of these guys flexible to be a couple of different characters so I can spread out the tooling over the course of the year. Once that’s done, it’s the whole gamut of the toy design process that runs about 10 months. The back half of it, though, a lot of that is factory debug. That part of it is slow moving and a waiting game. I’ll tell you, there’s nothing cooler than seeing one of those crazy colored samples come into the office and it’s in my hand now. It’s great.

GP: If you had advice for someone that wanted to get into this business, what would you tell them?

JW: My biggest advice is never give up and follow your dreams. If you’re passionate enough about something and follow your heart and think about how you want to accomplish that goal, you need to fight for it. You’ve got to make sure that you learn every aspect of the industry you want to get into whether it’s toy design, whatever your passion is. You’ve got to understand the facets that surround it. Meet people. Come to San Diego. Talk to me. Talk to other people around here. Talk to people around the show floor and you’ll find everyone’s path is different. The one thing in common is you’ll find we all have passion for what we do and never gave up.

GP: I feel like this is a question I have to ask. Favorite Transformer?

JW: I get this question a lot. I like Whirl quite a bit, and Roadbuster specifically. I have great memories associated with those guys as a kid. I remember thinking to myself these guys are different looking and they’re more detailed. There’s something about the decals and the transformation of those characters. I was more of a toy kid than a cartoon kid. I liked the cartoon as any kid. I’d have to say Whirl and Roadbuster just because there was an untold story about those guys and I had a lot of great adventures with them as a kid.

GP: Thanks so much and appreciate you taking the time to talk with me.

Hasbro’s San Diego Comic-Con Exclusivs Go on Sale Tuesday

Hasbro_logo_newIf you missed it, don’t worry, you’ll get a chance to get Hasbro‘s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives when they go on sale on their website tomorrow, August 9. There is a chance things change, but it still looks like this is still the plan.

The product will be located in the EXCLUSIVES category. No phone orders will be accepted. All Convention Exclusives are excluded from any promotions and discounts.

If you have more questions, the FAQ has some answers:

When will the Comic Con exclusives be available on the site?

Although subject to change, we are planning on having the Convention Exclusives available to order on Tuesday, August 9th.The product will be located in the EXCLUSIVES category. No phone orders will be accepted. All Convention Exclusives are excluded from any promotions and discounts.

What will the limits be for the figures?

The limits will be the same at the show and on the site once they go live. These limits are per person and per household.

Can I get on a waiting list for Comic Con items?

No, HasbroToyShop.com does not have a waiting list for any items including Comic Con items.

Can I preorder Comic Con items?

No. We will not be preselling the Comic Con items.

Exclusives at the show included:

Marvel Legends Series: The Raft

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My Little Pony Discord & Fluttershy Figure Set

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Yo-Kai Watch Jewelnyan Set

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Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch Obi-Wan Kenobi Pack

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Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch Kylo Ren Pack

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Marvel The Collector’s Vault Legends Series 3.75-Inch Action Figure Set

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Micronauts Pharoid with Time Chamber Exclusive

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Transformers Generations: Titans Return Titan Class Fortress Maximus

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G.I. Joe and the Transformers

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Josh Fialkov and Tony Fleecs Discuss Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth

JEFF STEINBERG #1 1INVASION! Aliens are real. They’re here, they’re mean and they’re standing in judgement over the citizens of Earth. Final countdown. Representing humanity (by some fluke) is your boy Jeff Steinberg. Romantically challenged idiot, video store clerk, constipated, confused, distractible. In other words, the planet is totally doomed. Also, robots!

Kicking off with a double sized issue, Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth is a solid entry into the slacker comedy genre. From the rather hilarious inclusion of Steinberg as a video store clerk, to some solid visual jokes, the first issue had me laughing and kept the smile on my face throughout.

At San Diego Comic-Con I got to speak to the team behind the series, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs and got pressing questions answered like why a video store clerk?

Graphic Policy: Where did the idea for Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth come from?

Tony Fleecs: Where did it come from? You had the idea…

Josh Hale Fialkov: It was me. I like the slacker genre and I think a lot of it is about Tony. I’m going to tell a Tony story. Tony and I were friends and Tony is crazy talented and smart. When I first met him, he wanted to draw comics. He was working on his first book. But, he wasn’t doing tons of other stuff. A lot of our conversations was me pushing him because I knew there was greatness in Tony. From there the idea of doing a book about a guy who has greatness inside him and needs the entire world to cave in around him for it to come out seemed like it’d work. So I was working on it, and I’d talk to Tony about ideas and jokes until I realized that Tony could not only draw the book, but write it as well. Which is good because he’s way funnier than I am, so it worked out.

JSTEIN-#1-MARKETING_Preview-5GP: The first issue has these aliens of all shapes and sizes. How much is that Josh’s writing and how much of that is your art Tony?

TF: The design of the aliens?

GP: Yeah…

TF: I’m pretty sure I came up with them. There was no real description.

JHF: Just take credit for everything Tony. It’s ok.

TF: Yeah, its pretty simple. There’s crab like aliens and robot type aliens and squid type aliens. I guess they’re all under the sea, Sebastian the Crab situations.

JHF: It’s all Little Mermaid. It’s a Little Mermaid mash-up.

TF: Yeah, you’ve got to see that blow fish blow. Yeah I designed the characters and aliens. It was fun to do my take on stuff. I’m obviously a dork. I loved Star Wars since I was born. So, to come up with what our aliens would be has been fun. I’m excited to do more of them. And there are robots too. So I got to design our versions of robots.

GP: How much of the world have you designed. Do you know where all of these aliens are from and what they do? Or are you making it up on the fly.

TF: It’s a little of both. Some of it I’m making up on the fly. Some I’m doing on the page. Some, there’s an aesthetic they fit in to. So, it’s a little bit of both. I work fast enough that some of it has to be on the fly.

JSTEIN-#1-MARKETING_Preview-9GP: Do you know everything that’s coming to Earth as far as this invasion?

JHF: … yes? We know what the story is. Part of the fun has been figuring out the universe and how the rules of it works. Tony’s so good at empathy in his characters that seeing how the characters evolve helps define the story and define the world in an interesting and concrete way. That’s the best part of comics, the jam sessions part of it. We know what the story is. How we get there and how we go through it, depends on what makes us laugh and what makes it feel so special and different.

GP: The main character works in a video store. Since they don’t really exist anymore, why’d you choose that setting?

JHF: I’ll let Tony handle that one.

TF: Like you said earlier, early in my career I was sort of a fuck up and we’ve been working on this for six years. So when we started working on this, video stores….

JHF: I have a daughter who is in the first grade. I did not have a daughter when we started this. The book is older than my daughter. Thanks Tony.

TF: So when we started working on it, video stores was a funny place to work because they hardly existed, now it’s a ridiculous place to work. So bizarre.

JHF: Our book went from comedy to broad slapstick because of it. Thanks to Tony.

TF: It’s more surrealist I think. They work there and act like it’s important that they’re there. But they do make reference how nobody is there.

JSTEIN-#1-MARKETING_Preview-11GP: So the main character’s last name is Steinberg, I’m guessing he’s Jewish? What had you go with that when so many other companies who we won’t name are hiding the Jewishness of their characters?

JHF: It’s a conspiracy. We have some Elders of Zion shit going on.

GP: (laughing uncontrollably) Was this something you wanted?

JHF: Why did he end up Jewish?

TF: I think I wanted it more than you wanted. Josh is Jewish. I’m not Jewish.

JHF: But Tony is very antisemetic so it’s really worked out.

TF: Immediately when he said he was a fuck up I said “Jew obviously.” First things first.

JHF: Cut to, Tony burned alive. This has all been an elaborate ploy to expose Tony’s anti-Jewish conspiracy beliefs.

Tony: You’re slowly drawing it out of me. I don’t think he was Jewish until we named him. Much like his real life, I wanted Josh to creep in some Jewish things, but he’s kept it pretty secular.

JHF: There’s a bunch of Baruch Atahs coming up. It’s heavy. He sings his Haftarah portion later. Just to really nail it.

GP: His statement will be I went through a Bar Mitzvah, I can do this.

TF: And his Bar Mitzvah money will be spent on anti-alien technology.

JHF: That’s not a bad bit. Don’t print that. We’re saving that.

JSTEIN-#1-MARKETING_Preview-14GP: How much of the series do you have planned out?

JHF: The first six are done. And then we have a bigger plan for the whole series and where it’s going to go. With all independent comics there’s a hope people read it long enough we get to tell the story we want to tell.

TF: For now there’s definitely six issues and the first challenges for Jeff Steinberg. If people buy it there’ll be nine more challenges for Jeff Steinberg.

GP: I read the comic. I wouldn’t call it mature…

TF: It’s immature.

GP: Yeah, it’s immature. It’s that in between. What age were you shooting for?

JHF: Teen plus, right?

TF: I think originally we were aiming for a PG rating and the more we wrote it, the more it got crasser and crasser.

JHF: A lot of dick jokes. A lot of good dick jokes.

TF: Yeah… when they started they were wiener jokes and then upon rewrite they became dick jokes.

JHF: We’re both fans of Caddyshack and Back to School. Back to School is in my top five movies of all time.

GP: I was just watching that again last week. Love that film.

JHF: It’s so good. It’s so perfect. Those movies, when we were kids they were already out. How old were you when you saw Caddyshack?

TF: I was ten years old.

JSTEIN-#1-MARKETING_Preview-16JHF: I was like six or seven. I watched Monty Python when I was in Kindergarten. I grew up with all of that stuff. Our goal was to do something that was dirty like that stuff was dirty. A kid can still read it and understand it.

TF: They just won’t get some of the jokes.

JHF: There is no scene of a ghost blowing Dan Aykroyd. We decided that would be inappropriate in our book.

GP: That’s the line?

JHF: In retrospect that might be the thing we’re missing.

TF: Don’t print that either. We’ll save that for later. But not the character of Ray Stanz. Just old actor Dan Aykroyd.

JHF: Look, I’m going to be in your Ghostbusters movie, but there’s one restriction. It was in my contract last time. It’s in my contract this time. I want to be fellated by a ghost. That’s it.

TF: Busting makes him feel good.

JHF: Yes, it does. That’s horrible. I had to explain that to my daughter. We were watching it and she’s like “This movie is great!” Then it turns into “Why is he making that face?” And I’m like “for god’s sake, thanks Dan Aykroyd. Thanks for nothing.”

GP: You all obviously love slacker comedies. What movies influenced the series?

JHF: Stripes. Caddyshack. The Bill & Ted movies. It’s the 80s stuff. We love Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow and all those too. The thing we tried to take and make a point of, despite the ridiculousness of the book, both Tony and I have a real focus on characters and the emotional journey of characters. The hope is on top of the copious dick jokes you’ll also care about the schmuck and you’ll want him to win.

GP: One issue in, and I already do. Thanks for talking!

SDCC 2016: Talking Unfollow and Social Media with Rob Williams

A dying social media mogul leaves his billions to be split between 140 random people—or however many are still alive at his death.

That’s the concept of Unfollow, the comic series written by Rob Williams and published by Vertigo.

I talked to Rob about the series and social media in general at San Diego Comic-Con.

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