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It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming at you! We’re kicking things off with some news and reviews from around the web you might have missed!

The Direct – Marvel Studios Boss Speaks Out Against Disney CEO’s LGBTQ Response – Good! If only creators spoke out and took actual action about it.

The Beat – WonderCon ’22: How one teacher uses comics to teach students about STEAM – More of this!

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That Hashtag Show – The All-Nighter
Blogcritics – Walk Me to the Corner

The All-Nighter

AfterShock Comics’ WonderCon Offerings

AfterShock Comics is heading to Anaheim’s WonderCon 2022 for the first time ever, April 1 – 3, bringing enthusiasts three full days of fan engagement activities and never-before-seen comic content.

Located at Booth #1301 at the Anaheim Convention Center, AfterShock Comics will go big during its inaugural WonderCon appearance, with exclusive variants of some of AfterShock’s most talked about recent titles, with covers by Dan Panosian. Convention covers available at WonderCon will include:

  • WE LIVE: AGE OF THE PALLADIONS #1 BLACK
  • WE LIVE: AGE OF THE PALLADIONS #1 WHITE
  • WE LIVE: AGE OF THE PALLADIONS #1 BLACK (Convention Exclusive Cover by Dan Panosian)
  • WE LIVE: AGE OF THE PALLADIONS #1 WHITE (Convention Exclusive Cover by Dan Panosian)
  • WE LIVE #1 (First, Second, Third and Fourth Printings)
  • DEAD DAY #1
  • LAND OF THE LIVING GODS #1
  • LAND OF THE LIVING GODS #1 (AfterShock Ambassador Variant)
  • MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING #1 (AfterShock Happy Hour Variant)
  • A WALK THROUGH HELL #1
  • BLACK-EYED KIDS #1
  • BUNNY MASK #1
  • CHICKEN DEVIL #1
  • JIMMY’s BASTARDS #1
  • ROUGH RIDERS #1

AfterShock will feature exclusive signings with Dan Panosian and Brian Buccellato on Friday and Saturday at Booth #1301. Additionally, fans will also have an opportunity to take home a limited-edition AfterShock Mystery Box, a value of close to $200, for only $75. Contents may include graded comics, signed comics, rare variants, complete series runs and other surprise items for AfterShock’s army of enthusiasts.

Z2 Comics at WonderCon: Cheech & Chong, Jose Mangin Take Anaheim This Weekend

Z2 Comics WonderCon

This Saturday at WonderCon, comedy legends Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong will fire up the Anaheim Convention Center in an exclusive panel—Back in Smoke-50 Years of Cheech & Chonghosted by SiriusXM Liquid Meta’s own Jose Mangin. The pair will give a preview of Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles: A Brief History of Weedthe 4/20-debuting graphic novel written by the duo alongside Eliot Rahal. A stoner epic in the making, the comic stars Cheech on Chong as they embark on a toking road trip venturing from California to Reno for a last-minute gig. But those 500 miles stretch into a journey that spans thousands of years as the pair fall into a psychedelic tour of weed appreciation through the ages. Magin will interview the icons about their storied careers, punctuated by this brand new blazing chapter of high art.  

On Friday, the Z2 Comics family will also host a panel offering attendees the chance to peek behind the curtain of crafting graphic novels with the biggest bands, musicians, and pop culture storytellers. Publisher Joshua Frankel will host the event including Senior Vice President Josh Bernstein, Senior Editor Rantz Hoseley, VP of Marketing Dominique Roses, Freelance Editor Heidi MacDonald, and writer Jim Krueger.

Z2 Comics’ full WonderCon 2022 Schedule below!   

Friday, 4/1/2022

Z2 Presents: The Graphic Album Panel
5:00PM – 6:00 PM, Room: North 200B

Music and comics have crossed over at multiple points in the history of graphic arts, but rarely has that collaboration been cemented in legacy. In recent years, one company has taken this idea and amplified it across genres and fanbases, creating a whole new fan experience to invite new faces through the doors of comic shops around the world. Join us for an exclusive conversation with the Z2 family to learn more about crafting comics you can hear. Featuring Z2 Comics’ Publisher Josh Frankel, Senior Vice President Josh Bernstein, Senior Editor Rantz Hoseley, VP of MarketingDominque Roses, Editor Heidi MacDonald, and writer Jim Krueger. 

Saturday, 4/2/2022

Cheech & Chong Signing
5:30 – 6:30 PM, Booth 1500
Z2 Comics Presents: Back in Smoke- 50 Years of Cheech & Chong Panel 
6:30PM – 7:30 PM, Room: North 200B

In celebration of the beloved comedy duo’s 50th year of performing together, Z2 Comics has worked with legendary comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong on their first-ever graphic novel! Teaming these larger than life personas with the best of comics talent for a fun look back at how marijuana charted the course for the history we know, through the stories we didn’t. Join Cheech and Chong themselves for a look back through 50 years and beyond in a once in a lifetime program, hosted by SiriusXM Liquid Metal Host Jose Mangin!

DC Showcase – Constantine: The House of Mystery comes to WonderCon 2022

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will host a panel spotlighting its upcoming release, DC Showcase – Constantine: The House of Mystery, at WonderCon in Anaheim on Friday, April 1 from 6:30-7:30pm in North 200A.

The panel will focus on the yet-to-be-seen Constantine: The House of Mystery extended short, while also discussing the three other animated shorts included on the upcoming release: Blue Beetle; The Losers: and Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth!

Confirmed to participate on the panel is Rick Morales, supervising producer over all four of the animated shorts; Ernie Albacker, who wrote the script for Constantine: The House of Mystery; Jennifer Keene, writer of Blue Beetle; Jeremy Adams, who conceived the story of Blue Beetle; Tim Sheridan, screenwriter for The Losers: and Paul Giacoppo, writer of Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth!

The panel will also include Dave B. Mitchell, who gives voice to both Gunner and Sarge in The Losers, as well as some special surprise guests.

In addition, fans will be treated to a few never-before-seen clips from Constantine: The House of Mystery, as well as some lookbacks on the other three animated shorts.

Launched in 2010, DC Showcase was originally comprised of four animated shorts: The Spectre (2/23/2010), Jonah Hex (7/27/2010), Green Arrow (9/28/2010) and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (11/9/2010). An additional short, Catwoman (10/18/2011), was attached the following year to the release of Batman: Year One. For 2019-2020, DC Showcase returned with five shorts: Sgt. Rock (8/6/2019) Death (10/22/2019), The Phantom Stranger (3/17/2020), Adam Strange (5/19/2020), and the interactive Batman: Death in the Family (10/13/2020).

DC Showcase: Constantine – The House of Mystery will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray (USA $24.99 SRP; Canada $29.99 SRP) and in 4K on Digital starting May 3, 2022.

Watch the Milestone Media Panel from WonderCon@Home 2021

Since the digital launch of Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition, fans everywhere have been waiting for more information regarding the return of the Dakotaverse to DC. At WonderCon@Home 2021 we got some more of what’s to come as storytellers Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowan with the very first appearance of the Static Season One team of artists CHRISCROSS and Nikolas Draper-Ivey for a fun discussion about what’s to come for the heroes of Dakota, moderated by the voice of Static Shock and Green Lantern John Stewart himself, Phil LaMarr!

Hulu & Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. WonderCon@Home Panel

At WonderCon@Home, Hulu paneled its upcoming adult animated series, Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., which premieres May 21 on Hulu! Jordan Blum (co-creator) and Patton Oswalt (co-creator and voice of M.O.D.O.K.) answered fan-submitted questions alongside cast members Melissa Fumero, Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz and Jon Daly and revealed some special guest stars . . . including Jon HammWhoopi GoldbergNathan Fillion and Bill Hader! See below for which characters they will be voicing:

  • Jon Hamm as Iron Man
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Poundcakes
  • Nathan Fillion as Wonder Man
  • Bill Hader as Angar the Screamer and The Leader

In Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. (Patton Oswalt) has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet! The series stars Patton Oswalt (M.O.D.O.K.), Melissa Fumero (Melissa), Aimee Garcia (Jodie), Ben Schwartz (Lou), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Monica), Beck Bennett (Austin Van Der Sleet), Jon Daly (Super-Adaptoid), and Sam Richardson (Gary). 

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is created and written by executive producers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt. Brett Crawley, Robert Maitia, Grant Gish, Joe Quesada, Karim Zreik, and Jeph Loeb also serve as executive producers.

George R.R. Martin’s Stagecoach Foundation Fundraiser Premieres at WonderCon

Stagecoach Foundation

The Stagecoach Foundation, co-founded by best-selling fantasy author George R.R. Martin, is hosting an online fundraiser with events planned from Friday, March 26th through Sunday, March 28th. The fundraiser will help the Stagecoach Foundation offset losses from the COVID-19 pandemic and support its ongoing efforts to expand access to careers in the film industry for New Mexicans.

The weekend of fundraising programming will kick off with an online auction featuring collectors’ items from George R.R. Martin’s many properties, including Game of ThronesNightflyers, and the Wild Cards series, which was just picked up for development as a television show. Other film-related and New Mexico-themed items will be up for auction as well, like a private balloon ride with champagne. The auction opened on March 15th, and is hosted on BidPal through the end of the fundraiser events on March 28th. The Live Auction hosted by Bernie Bregman of NerdBot will be Saturday, March 27th at 3pm Pacific Time on Legion M Twitch channel.

The fundraising programming will also feature many other exciting online events, which will stream live on the Legion M twitch stream as part of this year’s WonderCon@Home schedule. Highlights include a campaign of the tabletop Wild Cards Role Playing Game, set in the present time, featuring some of science fiction, fantasy, and horror’s most popular authors of the day, including Melinda Snodgrass, Walter Jon Williams, Max Gladstone, Caroline Specter, and Carrie Vaughn. Williams, one of the original Wild Cards authors and the creator of Ace favorite, Golden Boy, will act as the game master for the short campaign. There will also be a live AMA with the authors and a Discord AMA, as well as special messages from George R.R. Martin himself over the course of the weekend. For a more detailed schedule, please visit the Legion M page on the Stagecoach Foundation event.

Throughout the weekend, viewers will hear testimonials from the Stagecoach Foundation staff and grantees. Overall, the weekend will be an exciting celebration of fan culture, and the collaborative nature of storytelling, storytellers, and the worlds we craft.

Funds raised from the event and the online auction will benefit the Stagecoach Foundation and its mission. 

Composer Stories: The Evolution of Music in Video Games at WonderCon 2021

WonderCon 2021 Composers

BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and White Bear PR present the “Composer Stories: The Evolution of Music in Video Games” panel during this year’s special edition of WonderCon @ Home. The virtual discussion will feature composers Christopher TinIlan EshkeriNami MelumadInon Zur (courtesy of Top Dollar PR) and Bobby Tahouri, whose award-winning music is behind some of the most popular video games today, including Civilization IV, VI, Ghost of Tsushima, Medal of Honor: Above and BeyondFallout and Marvel’s Avengers. The panel will be moderated by BMI’s VP, Creative, Film, TV & Visual Media Natalie Baartz and White Bear PR’s Chandler Poling.

The “Composer Stories: The Evolution of Music in Video Games” panelists will give viewers insight into scoring award-winning gaming soundtracks and the challenges that come with recording live instruments for video games. The panelists will also discuss how music in video gaming has come a long way from the days of 8-bit MIDI to full sweeping orchestral scores and will elaborate on the music creating process and the  differences between scoring for film/TV and video games. 

The panel takes place Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT.


ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Ilan Eshkeri (@IlanEshkeri)

Ilan Eshkeri is an award-winning composer, artist, songwriter and producer. Amongst his extensive catalogue of film and television works are multiple Oscar® and BAFTA winning films such as Still AliceStardust and Shaun The Sheep. Eshkeri’s video game works include music for The Sims and Ghost of Tsushima. He has been nominated for an Ivor Novello for The Young Victoria, as well as a BAFTA for The Snowman & The Snowdog.

Nami Melumad (@NamiComposer)

Nami Melumad is an Israeli-Dutch film and video game composer, known for her work on the video game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, HBO Max’s An American Pickle and the Amazon thriller-drama series Absentia. She also scored the Oscar® nominated documentary short, Colette, and landed an upcoming Star Trek series, making her the first female composer for the franchise. Melumad won the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) for Best Original Score for a Video Game for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond in 2020, earned a Jerry Goldsmith Award Nomination for her work on Over the Wall in 2019, and won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Passage in 2018.

Bobby Tahouri (@BobbyTahouri)

Bobby Tahouri is known for his bold and dramatic scores ranging across a variety of genres and multimedia. His video game soundtracks include the superheroic score to 2020’s Marvel’s Avengers and the critically-acclaimed Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as contributing additional music for Medal of Honor: WarfighterTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Shrek the Third. Tahouri has also scored Nickelodeon’s highly rated animated series Shimmer and Shine, composed the main title theme for the Biography Channel/LMN show The Haunting Of and Netflix’s Girlfriend’s Day, as well as award-winning documentaries Best Worst Movie and The American Scream.

Christopher Tin (@ChristopherTinMusic)

Christopher Tin is a two-time GRAMMY-winning composer of concert and media music. His song “Baba Yetu”, originally written for the video game Civilization IV, is the first piece of music written for a video game ever to win a GRAMMY Award. His debut album, the multi-lingual song cycle Calling All Dawns, won him a second GRAMMY in 2011 for Best Classical Crossover Album, and his follow-up release The Drop That Contained the Sea debuted at number one on Billboard‘s classical charts, and premiered to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. His third album To Shiver the Sky also debuted at number one on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Albums chart.

Inon Zur (@InonZurOfficial)

Inon Zur is an Emmy award-winner and three-time BAFTA nominated composer, internationally renowned for his original music scores for film, television and video game franchises including Fallout, Dragon Age, Prince of Persia, Syberia and The Elder Scrolls. Zur’s award-winning scores have generated numerous best-selling soundtracks, including his original scores for the video games Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, which earned him two BAFTA nominations for “Best Original Music” as well as nods from The Game Awards and Spike TV.

Discover Jupiter’s Legacy during WonderCon@Home this Friday!

For the first time ever, Mark Millar (Wanted, Kingsman, Kick-Ass) brings the full cast of the new Netflix series, Jupiter’s Legacy together to talk about the epic superhero saga coming to Netflix on May 7. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy is an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power, and loyalty. The panel will include Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, and Ian Quinlan.

The video stream will premiere on March 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm (GMT-07:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

After nearly a century of keeping mankind safe, the world’s first generation of superheroes must look to their children to continue the legacy. But tensions rise as the young superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents’ legendary public reputations — and exacting personal standards. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy is an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power, and loyalty. From executive producers, Mark Millar, Frank Quitely, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott, Steven S. DeKnight, James Middleton, Sang Kyu Kim. Jupiter’s Legacy stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter, and Ian Quinlan.

Jupiter's Legacy WonderCon

The Ghost Brothers Head to WonderCon@Home

The Ghost BrothersDalen SprattJuwan Mass, and Marcus Harvey, the first and only black paranormal crusaders seeking the truth in the spiritual realm, are giving fans an exclusive first look at their new discovery+ series Ghost Brothers: Lights Out. These candid and unorthodox paranormal investigators explore disturbed hotspots across the country, checking out and sizing up local legends and supernatural stories. They are ready to expose the haunted holdouts still hanging around these locations … and why they don’t leave. Moderated by Access Hollywood correspondent Sibley Scoles, the Brothers will reveal their ghostly experiences with fans firsthand, as well as their personal stories, most memorable experiences and how they’re breaking down barriers in the paranormal field. It’s a lively and candid conversation you won’t want to miss!

Ghost Brothers: Lights Out begins streaming with the first three episodes on Saturday, April 17 on discovery+.

The panel takes place on Friday, March 26th.

Ghost Brothers
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