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SDCC 2019: Titan Reveals Their Vinyl Exclusives

Every year brings new exclusive merch for fans to grab at San Diego Comic-Con, and 2019 is no exception – as Titan Merchandise brings along SEVEN exclusive 3″ window-boxed Titans vinyl figures to SDCC 2019!

For fans of AlienDoctor WhoGame Of ThronesPredator, and The Beatles!

Each Titans vinyl figure is 3” window-boxed, and some come with a character-specific accessory – check out these exclusive figures below!

Titan Entertainment are proud to present the latest in their series of limited edition Game of Thrones TITANS! For SDCC 2019, we’ll be bringing all three Young Dragons to the show as 3″ glow-in-the-dark TITANS in a three-pack!
Price: $30

Titan Entertainment are all living in a Yellow Submarine at SDCC 2019 with this limited edition glow-in-the-dark 3″ Yellow Submarine TITAN!
Price: $10

Titan Entertainment are sailing back to the sea of green for SDCC 2019 to combat the Fab Four’s arch-nemesis with this limited glow-in-the-dark 3″ Blue Meanie TITAN!
Price: $10

The 3″ TITANS incarnations of the Thirteenth Doctor debut at SDCC 2019 with two limited editions – the first is a 3″ version of the Kawaii Doctor wearing her purple t-shirt, as featured in the episode “Rosa”, plus her 3″ Materializing TARDIS…
Price: $20

… and the second is the exclusive 3″ debut of the Thirteenth Doctor classic TITAN!
Price: $10

The unstoppable xenomorph from James Cameron’s Aliens returns for SDCC 2019 as this rare, limited collector’s edition TITAN vinyl: 3″ bullet-damaged Alien Warrior!
Price: $10

The original Predator returns to SDCC 2019 as this rare, limited collector’s edition TITAN vinyl: 3″ glow-in-the-dark!
Price: $10

Movie Review: Yesterday

Yesterday

At first glance, Yesterday might seem like a fresh, almost subversive take on updating the classic catalog of The Beatles. By taking the music of four working-class lads from Liverpool and putting it in the mouth of a working class son of Indian immigrants in Sheffield (and not making any mention of his ethnicity whatsoever), director Danny Boyle could be making a strong case for inclusion and racial equity. But on second glance the film is mostly just a basic romantic comedy (albeit one with a great soundtrack) and one which sort of falls apart in its third act.

But the journey, not the destination, is what is fun here. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) has never made it in music and is ready to give up when a worldwide simultaneous blackout leads to him being hit by a truck (set to the orchestral hit from “A Day in the Life”). And when he wakes up, no one remembers The Beatles except for him. As he begins performing their music, fame and fortune begin to find him, even as it pulls him apart from a potential romantic connection with his best friend since grade school/manager Ellie (Lily James). Along the way, Jack is mentored by Ed Sheeran (as himself) and an incredibly abrasive record executive played to the hilt by Kate McKinnon. And while Patel and James’s will they/won’t they rom com vibe is what holds the movie together, it’s McKinnon’s scene-stealing that is the real reason to see this movie.

But the rom-com skeleton wears somewhat thin, so the real determining factor in how much you will enjoy this film is how much you like the basic conceit of re-exploring the music of The Beatles through the lens of Jack covering their greatest hits. Yes, it’s good, though a few performances wear a little thin. An almost screaming version of “Help” owes almost as much to the vocal stylings of Kurt Cobain as John Lennon, but an extremely tender and stripped down “The Long and Winding Road” will floor you almost as much as it does Ed Sheeran.

The film also contains performances of Yesterday, In My Life, Something, Carry That Weight, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Elanor Rigby, Here Comes the Sun, Back in the USSR, Hey Jude, I Saw Her Standing There, and All You Need is Love, while at least name-checking a half dozen other songs like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever. It’s nice, but at least for this fan, felt like a very cursory look at the most basic of The Beatles. Pulling out some deep cuts, and focusing less on the Lennon/McCartney songs would have been nice. Would it have killed them to include a Ringo song in there? “With a Little Help From My Friends” is right. there.

But that’s where this ode to the Beatles sort of breaks down. Since it focuses all on Jack as this genius solo artist, it belies what The Beatles were really all about, which was four incredibly talented people working together. George and Ringo were just as important as John and Paul in the alchemy that was their songwriting and performing. And this film and its performances lose all the depth in that signature Beatle harmony, and the call and response sections of songs like With a Little Help From My Friends. Missing those harmonies is another reason why the version of “Help” in the film is so unsatisfying.

In another film that very much drew inspiration from The Beatles, 2001’s I am Sam starring Sean Penn, there’s a line about what was special about The Beatles was when Paul McCartney wrote the first part of the song “Michelle” and then John Lennon wrote the “I love you, I love you, I love you” part, that was the essence of what The Beatles were about. Yesterday misses that dynamic completely.

And then the film ends in a completely whiffed third act that couldn’t be more by the numbers if it tried. And for a film so full of vibrancy and fun, the end leaves you feeling a little cold and unsatisfied.

As a rom-com, it’s a B-minus. As a celebration and nostalgic take on the music of the most influential music group of the 20th century, it’s an A. How much you enjoy this film will likely depend largely on how much you like The Beatles. But since many people do like them, that’s not a bad bet.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Review: The Beatles in Comics

The Beatles in Comics

I remember the first time I heard of the Beatles. It was when I discovered vinyl for the firs time. I was six years old and enamored with the way they looked. One of my parents many records in their collection was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. When my Mom first put the record on there was no more distinct and beautiful a sound than that first spark you hear when the needle touches the record. When the music came on Ringo’s drumming and Paul and John’s vocals sounded like nothing I ever heard before.

I instantly understood why these luminaries influenced so many artists to this day. As the magic of “Yesterday,” says all you need to know of how poetic they were and for the surviving members, still are. Their dexterity when it came to speak to tapping on the nerve of the times and still making these songs timeless, is almost unfair. Their combined talents are enough to day for a supergroup. In this collection of stories and practical love letters to the group, Beatles In Comics, gives fans, a rare rendering of who these men were and are, and how hey still leave an indelible mark on music fans everywhere.

In” John, Paul & George,” we get to see how the initial band was formed. These three young men became a band and friends over their love of music. In “Astrid Kirchher,” we get to know the photographer who took their first professional photos and her impression of each band member. In “The Man who refused to sign the Beatles,” we find out about Mike Smith and how he thought they would not amount to much outside of Liverpool. In “The Queen’s Rebels,” we get a personal account of the very first time they played in front of Queen Elizabeth. In “The Ed Sullivan Show,” we get to see first hand how Beatlemania had taken over America and how they were one of Sullivan’s most popular guests. In “Yesterday,” we find about the genesis of this eternally loved song, one which has created many pale covers. In “The Beatles and Elvis,” talks about this rare meeting of the titans at Graceland.  In “New Musical Horizons,” we find out about the group’s experimenting with drugs, specifically LSD. In “Goodbye Brian,” the band loses their longtime manager and who was considered the “Fifth Beatle” as he is found dead at his house. As they struggle to move forward and record their first flop of an album. In “Yoko Ono,” John meets his soulmate and muse, Yoko, as this is also what lead ultimately to their breakup. In the last story I will highlight, “Post Beatles,” we find out what exactly happened to each member after their breakup and just how fractured their relationships became.

Overall, an engrossing and articulate collection of stories which captures the spirit of the group and the love the world had for them. The stories by Michels Mabel are well researched and endearing. The art by the different artists gives fans a gorgeous kaleidoscope of images to see the band through. Altogether, one of the best books about this gifted group and just how they affected everyone around them.

Story: Michels Mabel
Art: Lu-K, Vox, Anne Sophie Servantie, Ludivine Stock, Amandine Puntous, Romuald Gleyse, Julien Lamanda, Efix, Pierre Brallon, Ben Lebegue, Anthony Audibert, Bloop, Victor Gimenez, Akita, Laurent Houssin, Richard Di Martino, Piero Ruggeri et Filipo Neri, Martin Trystram, Clement Baloup, Edwna Cosmet et Christophe Billard, Patrick Lacan, Virginie De Lambert, Joel Alessandra and Odile Santi

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

SDCC 2018: Titan Comics Announces The Beatles Yellow Submarine Limited Edition Box Set!

At San Diego Comic-Con, Titan Comics announced The Beatles Yellow Submarine Limited Edition Box Set, limited to 1968 copies, contains the following items: the critically acclaimed Yellow Submarine graphic novel, a 6.5-inch Yellow Submarine figurine/vinyl, 16 Yellow Submarine lobby cards plus four Yellow Submarine posters (based on the originals), five Beatles badges, a replica Yellow Submarine movie premiere ticket, and an exclusive art card signed by Bill Morrison. This 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is lavishly presented in a beautifully illustrated box.

The box set will be available October 10, 2018.

The Beatles Yellow Submarine Graphic Novel Gets a Trailer

Titan Comics has released a brand-new The Beatles Yellow Submarine graphic novel adaptation to tie-in with the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Beatles iconic animated film, Yellow Submarine.

The Beatles are recruited by the Captain of the Yellow Submarine to help him free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the world of Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies.

Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison, with colors by Nathan Kane, this fully authorized graphic novel adaptation hits stores on August 28, 2018.

Fashion Spotlight: All You Need is Hakuna Matata, Harry Love, Select Your Ninja

Ript Apparel has three new designs! All You Need is Hakuna Matata, Harry Love, and Select Your Ninja, by Olipop, Dr.Monekers, and Andriu, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

All You Need is Hakuna Matata

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Select Your Ninja

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Fashion Spotlight: Guardian ET’s, Super Brick Bros., English Walkers

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Guardian ET’s, Super Brick Bros., and English Walkers, by BoggsNicolas, AtomicRocket, and Theduc, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Guardian ET’s

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Super Brick Bros.

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English Walkers

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Syco Entertainment & IM Global Partner on The Fifth Beatle Film

the fifth beatleProlific independent entertainment studio IM Global, acclaimed writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment have announced they will partner to co-produce the feature film version of The Fifth Beatle.  The screenplay, written by Tiwary, is an adaptation of  his acclaimed graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.

The Fifth Beatle is a New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel that recounts the true story of Brian Epstein, the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool and guided them to unimaginable success.  But it’s also the story of how Epstein, of whom Paul McCartney said, “if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian,”  overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and personal demons  while bringing the Beatles to the world’s attention and kicking off a cultural revolution in the process.

Tiwary, Cowell and IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford will serve as producers, and have already secured an unprecedented agreement with Sony/ATV Publishing for the use of Beatles music to be used in the film. IM Global President of Production Matt Jackson, President of IM Global Music David Schulhof, and Syco  Entertainment’s Head of Film Adam Milano will serve as executive producers. The producers also anticipate bringing a director onboard shortly.

Tiwary wrote the graphic novel, which was published by Dark Horse Comics, with art created by award-winning artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle BakerThe Fifth Beatle has  won many major literary awards, including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (the comics industry’s Academy Award) and two Harvey Awards (the comics industry’s Golden Globes), including Best Original Graphic Album. It was named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, and has been added to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives Permanent Collection.

This is a bit if a restart for the film which was announced as having director Peyton Reed attached in 2013 and was to begin production in 2014. Casting was reportedly underway at one point.

The graphic novel is a wonderful read, and you can read a review here.

Fashion Spotlight: Kingslayer, Let it (Zom)Be, and Ziggy Starlord

Ript Apparel has three designs that mix music with some geeky goodness. Kingslayer, Let it (Zom)Be, and Ziggy Starlord from alex.pawlicki, vo_maria, Piercek25 will be for sale on December 30, 2014 only!

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Ziggy Starlord by Piercek25

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The Break-Up Director Peyton Reed To Direct The Fifth Beatle Film!!!

The Fifth BeatleIt was announced that Peyton Reed has signed on to direct The Fifth Beatle, the film adaptation of the recently released New York Times best-selling graphic novel chronicling the final years of The Beatles’ founder and manager, Brian Epstein. The film is being produced by Academy Award winning producer, Bruce Cohen and Tony Award winning producer, Vivek J. Tiwary who authored the graphic novel. This marks the first ever feature film about The Beatles to secure music rights to their songs granting unprecedented access to the Lennon/McCartney music catalog. The screenplay is written by Tiwary, the project is slated to begin production in 2014 and the casting of the Brian Epstein role will begin now that Reed is on board.

Reed’s big screen debut came in 2000 with the cheerleading sleeper hit, Bring It On. The film grossed $90 million worldwide, opening at number one and staying in the top 10 for seven weeks. Following the success of Bring It On, Reed was at the helm of 2003’s cult favorite Down With Love, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, and The Break-Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, in 2006, which debuted at #1 and has grossed over $203 million globally. Most recently, in 2008, Reed directed Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey. The film opened number one at the box office, bringing in $18.3 million on opening weekend, and eventually grossing over $225 million worldwide.

The Fifth Beatle recounts the untold true story of Epstein, the brilliant visionary who discovered The Beatles and helped guide the band to international stardom as their manager, securing their first record deal at a time when no one else was interested, and successfully bringing them to the world stage with a scale and scope no music impresario had ever attempted. Epstein’s boast—“The Beatles will be bigger than Elvis!”— seemed absurd in 1961, but proved humbly prophetic by 1967. When he died at the age of 32, he was an extremely successful artist manager and entertainment impresario, but a painfully lonely young man.

You can read our review of the graphic novel here.

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