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Nintendo, Microsoft, Marvel and more at SXSW Gaming this Weekend!

SXSW Gaming 2014 logoCreative minds from around the games industry will be on hand at SXSW Gaming, including Randy Pitchford, Jade Raymond, Phil Spencer, Palmer Luckey, Andrew Wilson, Feargus Urquhart, Chris DeWolfe, Matias Myllyrinne and many more.

Once again, Marvel Comics returns to SXSW Gaming to bring the audience news on the future from Marvel’s comic book, digital media, gaming and television divisions, with Axel Alonso, TQ Jefferson , Kristin Vincent , Ryan Penagos and Arune Singh. Last year, you may remember that Marvel broke the news on Infinite Comics at SXSW and this year, they’re promising even more. Learn how fans are a unique part of the Marvel Universe, be the first to hear exclusive news about Marvel’s hottest games and get a first look at new footage from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the hit series airing Tuesdays on the ABC network.

This year marks the first ever SXSW Gaming Awards, presented by Intel and iam8bit, hosted by iJustine and SMOSH, with halftime entertainment courtesy of Cirque de Soleil (along with a few other surprises), which will honor the year’s best major studio games, as well as recognize the most innovative titles from the indie side of the fence.

Three solid days of geek and gaming culture are represented on stage with a number of amazing presentations, talks and panels, including:

  • “Two Sides to Every Story” –  Tales from the Borderlands Unveiled at SXSW with Randy Pitchford, Anthony Burch, Matthew Armstrong (Gearbox Software), Kevin Bruner and Harrison Pink (Telltale Games)
  • Geoff Keighley of Spike TV interviews Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios
  • Jade Raymond of UbiSoft Toronto talks about The Growing Impact of Games on Entertainment
  • Palmer Luckey, Nate Mitchell, Ryan Brown take the audience Exploring the Future of Virtual Reality with Oculus
  • Crowdsourcing Lessons with Kickstarter delivered by Feargus Urquhart (Obsidian Entertainment)
  • Starr Long talksabout How New Tech is Innovating Game Experiences
  • Unearthing the Atari Graveyard: The Search for ET with Mike Burns (Fuel Entertainment) and Jonathan Chinn (Lightbox Entertainment)
  • The World of Minecraft as seen by Mojang’s Director of Fun, Lydia Winters

On the show floor, the public will be able to check out new games and tech from companies like Nintendo, Microsoft Studios, Oculus VR, Wargaming, Intel, Dolby Laboratories, Devolver Digital, Gunnar Optics and Polk Audio.

The Indie Corner is a huge part of the event, with playable titles on hand from That Dragon, Cancer, ARTE France (Type:Rider), Barking Mouse (Lost Toys), Blendo Games, Breadbros Games, Gorogoa, Free Lives (Broforce), Loveshack (Framed), Messhof, Tengami (Nyamyam), Orthogonal Games and more!

No gamer event is complete without the analog attractions of pen-and-paper, card and boardgames from designers like Steve Jackson Games, Mayfair Games (Settlers of Catan), Deck Around, Japanime Games, Magic: The Gathering and Albino Dragon to name a few.

For anyone who ever wanted their own personal action figure, Captured Dimensions will be creating “mini-mes” of attendees using a full surround array of digital cameras and a 3D printer.

Throughout the three days, there are plenty of additional events, such as

  • Cosplay Competition
  • Game Jam presented by Air National Guard
  • Video Game History Museum presented by NES Remix
  • Into the Pixel Art Gallery presented by the Entertainment Software Association
  • SXSW LANFest presented by Intel and Dell with featured tournaments including Chivalry, Kerbal Space Program, Minecraft, and League of Legends!!
  • eSports Tournament Stage presented by Monster and Logitech courtesy of the Evil Geniuses with Dota 2 as the battleground!!
  • Karting Reimagined. Powered by Pennzoil.®, which partnered with Nintendo, will be creating a life-sized Mario Kart track!!

And all of this comes to a close, in style, with the Bonus Round Closing Party presented by Video Game Voters Network, bands presented by Alternative Press with Itch and Anamanaguchi playing live!

FX’s The Strain Offers Transformation Station “Rejuvenation Pods” to SXSW Attendees

FX is bringing relief to fatigued South by Southwest attendees in Austin, Texas. The Strain Transformation Station will provide participants with the chance to recover from “the strain” of SXSW with 20-minute power naps inside custom-built Rejuvenation Pods. The pods are equipped with tablets showcasing exclusive content from the new FX original series, The Strain.

The Strain Transformation Station

  • Operating from March 7 through March 10, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Located in the prominent downtown Austin location 419 Congress Ave. @ 5th Street
  • A hostess will be on hand to book power-nap appointments in 10 Rejuvenation Pods with additional sitting area/lounge
  • Appointments may also be booked ahead of time through the custom mobile site
  • The Strain Vaccine (branded energy shots) will be distributed in and around the venue
  • The Strain novels and special-edition comic books will be available for takeaway

The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

The ensemble cast of The Strain stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez and David Bradley.


ComiXology Returns To SXSW With Panels, Comics & $150,000 to Give Away

comixology sxswThis coming weekend, comiXology dominates SXSW Interactive with a whole host of activities including: sponsoring the SXSW Geek Stage; a special panel; happy hour; free comics offered throughout the event; and handing out $150,000 worth of $5 Amazon Appstore credits toward comiXology content at comiXology’s SXSW Gaming Expo booth #125 & 127.

From March 7th through the 9th, comiXology will sponsor the SXSW Geek Stage where all the big announcements are made and comiXology will be covering the events live as they happen on their social channels.  ComiXology will also be having their own panel on the Geek Stage and making an announcement that is sure to excite new and current comics fans. The comiXology panel will be topped off with a happy hour following.

In addition, comiXology will also be giving out a select amount of free digital comics and graphic novels before and after the events happening on the Geek Stage. If that wasn’t enough, comiXology and Amazon Appstore will be handing out $150,000 worth of $5 dollar gift credits to purchase comics on comiXology’s Amazon Appstore Android App!

comixology amazonHere is a list of all the comiXology events and giveaways at SXSW Interactive:

SXSW Geek Stage powered by comiXology:

Friday, March 7 – 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday, March 8 – 9 – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
SXSW Gaming Expo – Palmer Events Center, Exhibit Hall 1
900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Get a front row seat and hear the latest on comiXology’s social channels throughout the weekend. (Free digital comics and graphics novels too!)

Follow the action on comiXology’s Twitter, Tumblr & Facebook.


ComiXology: Take Comics Further
Saturday, March 8 – 4:30PM – 5:15PM
SXSW Gaming Expo – The Geek Stage

Free & open to the public! Top grossing digital comics platform comiXology electrifies the SXSW GEEK Stage in this not-to-be-missed event! Join comiXology’s David Steinberger (co-founder & CEO) & John D. Roberts (co-founder) and moderator Chip “Cuddles” Mosher as they unveil the next big thing for digital comics and graphic novels.

Happy Hour:

SXSW Happy Hour Presented by comiXology
Saturday, March 8 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
SXSW Gaming Expo – Near The Geek Stage

Right after the panel, enjoy a Texas-size beer with the comiXology crew as they celebrate another year at SXSW!

Booth & Giveaways:

ComiXology SXSW Gaming Expo Booth #125 & 127 Join us at Booth #125 & 127 where we’ll be giving demos of the comiXology platform, and we’ll also be giving away $5 gift credits good for digital comics purchases on the Amazon appstore.

Marvel at SXSW

iOS7_MARVELCOMICS_App_IconThis coming weekend Marvel Entertainment returns to Austin, Texas for a historic third year at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival with two panels bringing fans the future of digital entertainment featuring all the world’s most renowned Super Heroes—Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and more!

First, at 1:30pm (CST) on Saturday, March 8th, on the SXSW Geek Stage presented by comiXology, join Axel Alonso (Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment), Kristin Vincent (VP, Digital Products), TQ Jefferson (VP, Games) and Ryan Penagos (Executive Editorial Director, Digital Media & @AgentM on Twitter) for Marvel: Your Universe! Learn how fans are a unique part of the Marvel Universe, be the first to hear exclusive news about Marvel’s hottest games and get a first look at new footage from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the hit series airing Tuesdays on the ABC network.

Marvel_Unlimited_AppThen, at 1:15pm (CST) on Sunday, March 9th, on the SXSW Geek Stage presented by comiXology, Marvel’s all-star lineup returns for Marvel: House of Ideas! This is the panel no fan will want to miss as Marvel unveils new initiatives that will redefine the world of comics as you know it! After the panel concludes, fans in attendance will receive a limited edition Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1 (while supplies last) and a chance to have it signed by Alonso, Jefferson, Vincent and Penagos in a special Marvel signing session.

Marvel is also celebrating SXSW Interactive 2014 by offering fans access to nearly 15,000 of Marvel’s greatest comics for an entire month via the Marvel Unlimited app…for only 99 cents! Fans can access some of the most important stories in pop culture history while online, and take twelve digital comics with them on the go, even when offline!

The offer is valid from 3/1/14 12:01 AM EST to 3/14/14 11:59 PST and is available only for new and former (now-canceled) Marvel Unlimited members. The first month billed at 99 cents with subsequent months billed at the then current monthly rate.


Wolverine Launches New Weekly Infinite Comics Series!

At SXSW, Marvel announced weekly Infinite Comics starting Tuesday, July 9th for a full year. The venture will spotlight four of Marvel’s characters for 13-chapter series.

Designed specifically for mobile devices and fully embracing the technological opportunities, Infinite Comics are the first to treat these devices as a new canvas, creating comics designed for a new generation of users.  Not only will these new Infinite Comics will feature some of the most popular heroes in comics today but they’ll also boast some of the best creative talent in the industry!

WeeklyInfiniteComics_PromoTo kick things off, creators Jason Aaron, Jason Latour and Paco Diaz take Wolverine back to the Far East in Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted. The Silver Samurai has his sights set on Wolverine and will do anything he can to get rid of him, including unleashing a horde of deadly ninjas, and the mutant mass murderer – Sabretooth!

Check out below for a preview and video!

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Marvel’s SXSW Announcements

Marvel brought quite a few announcements to South By Southwest yesterday, finally revealing all the teasers they’ve released over the past few weeks.

What is Project Gamma?

ProjectGammaRLaunching later this year with a Marvel event that will be announced soon, Project Gamma pushes Marvel marriage of technology and comics. Project Gamma is an immersive experience that brings together music, sound with digital comics to create an audio-visual combination.

Audio tailor’s itself to the individual’s reading behavior, no matter how long they stay on pages. It’s a further move into the motion comics we’ve seen other companies invest in.

As Project Gamma rolls out and readers experience it for the first time, they will also find the music to be both original and, in some cases, linked to characters.

Marvel Infinite Comics

Further investing in digital, Marvel has announced they’ve expanded their Infinite Comics initiative. Four leading Marvel characters will receive their own 13-part, weekly Infinite Comic story, totaling up to 52 weeks of new Infinite Comics, one released every Tuesday. Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted kicks off the program, written by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, with art by Paco Diaz. The latest Wolverine epic begins on July 9, providing a perfect jumping on point for anyone who enjoys this summer’s film.

These comics are IN continuity, making them more interesting.

Marvel #1’s

marvel #1In an absolute headache for those managing technical infrastructure, Marvel announced they’re releasing over 700 first issues for FREE! Those issues span the length and breadth of the company’s history at no charge.

This special promotion begins Sunday March 10 and runs until 11PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 12 as free downloads via the Marvel Comics app and Marvel Comics Digital Comics Shop.



Too Much Coffee Man and comiXology at SXSW Today!

comiXology_submitIf you’re heading to South By Southwest, comiXology is hosting a panel featuring CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, his fellow co-founder John D. Roberts, and Shannon Wheeler, creator of the critically-hailed Two Much Coffee Man series, for an exploration of the digital revolution in comic books and graphic novels.

They’ll be discussing their digital comic platform and the new comiXology Submit which allows independent comic creators to get their comics on the digital system.

ComiXology created the first viable digital marketplace for leading publishers, and cracked the code on enjoying comics and graphic novels on mobile devices, with Guided View™ technology that turns reading comics into an immersive, cinematic experience.

The panel will take place at the SXSW Interactive GEEK Stage Palmer Auditorium in Austin, Texas today, Saturday March 9 from 5:00 to 5:45 pm.

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