Friday, October 30, 2009

Comic News: Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic Is A Hit On iTunes!

Marvel is pleased to announce that the first episode of Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic has conquered iTunes, debuting as the #2 episode on the Television-Animation sales chart, #2 season on the Television-Animation sales chart and as the #3 season pass on the Top Television sales chart.

Based on the award-winning story by superstars Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and John Cassaday (Captain America), the X-Men are faced with a mysterious new villain and a possible cure for the mutant gene! Now Cyclops, Wolverine and all your favorite mutants must face the greatest threats of their lives and, before it’s all done, experience one of the most jaw-dropping moments in Marvel history! It’s the series you’ve heard about everywhere from USA Today to Wired and CLICK HERE to purchase the first episode now!

“Astonishing X-Men wowed the fans at MarvelFest and we’re pleased to see that fans all over are equally thrilled,” said Ruwan Jayatilleke, Marvel Senior Vice President, Development & Planning, Print, Animation and Digital Media. “It’s exciting to see the Marvel Motion Comic experience resonates so strongly with fans through Astonishing X-Men and Spider-Woman.”

Don’t miss a single episode of the Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic-- subscribe to a season pass, available on iTunes, by clicking HERE!


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Toy News: 2" Jumping Brain Figures

What would Halloween be without a nod to the all mighty Brain? So important to the mythos of mad scientists, zombies and other grey matter entities.

Toy2R scares up this peek at the new line of 2" Jumping Brains mini figures created by Emilio Garcia. Delightfully being greeted by one of Emilio's larger resin cousins - this new smaller edition will be dropping towards the end of the year. Blind boxed in an array of various colors and mystery versions - this is the first release of a long line of Brains coming from Emilio and Toy2R.

Brainy Figures indeed! Happy Halloween!


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Comic News: IDW Announces New Polly and Her Pals Series

Oversized, "Champagne Edition" hardcover edition coming in August 2010

Coming this August, IDW Publishing and its imprint, the Library of American Comics, will launch a new oversized hardcover series with what historians and critics consider one of the essential masterpieces of comics strip art, Cliff Sterrett's Polly and Her Pals. Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics, 1925-1927, a 176 page hard cover "Champagne edition" reproduces present every one of Sterrett's dynamic full-color Sunday pages from 1925 to 1927, in an extra large 12" x 16" format so that each can be fully appreciated.

Debuting 1912, Polly and Her Pals was one of the first "pretty girl" strips, but it was in 1925 that Sterrett's magnificent Sunday pages entered their peak period, as he developed a style with distinctive surreal perspectives, abstract backgrounds and bold, vibrant use of color. Art Spiegelman has written, "Polly and Her Pals is a glorious composition...a happy pop synthesis of Art Deco, Futurism, Surrealism, Dada, and Pure Cartoon."

"Some strips, such as Polly, need to be seen large," says Dean Mullaney, Creative Director of the Library of American Comics. "We've created the oversized Champagne Edition format specifically for these Sunday pages."

In Polly and Her Pals, things are never dull at the Perkins household. Pretty blonde Polly flits from the city to the beach with her many friends, but her life is a sea of tranquility compared to the many mishaps of her "Paw," Sam Perkins. Despite "Maw's" best efforts, trouble has a way of finding Paw, and towed along in his wake are Polly's cousin Ashur; Neewah, the family retainer who often fractures the English language; and Paw's cat, Kitty, whose pantomime antics, angular posture, and priceless expressions carry the strip to the apex of hilarity.

Edited by the award-winning Mullaney, Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics, 1925-1927 contains the detailed background and biographic material that helped earn The Library of American Comics the prestigious Eisner Award. The collection also include Sterrett's topper strips, Damon and Pythias, Dot and Dash, Sweethearts and Wives, and Belles and Wedding Bells, while a companion series reprinting the daily strips, will follow. The cover design is by two-time Emmy winner Lorraine Turner, who teams up with Mullaney on the overall book design.

The series will continue with three full years of Sundays per volume, and a companion series, reprinting the daily strips, is also in production.

Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics, 1925-1927 (hardcover, 12" x 16" Champagne Edition, 176 pages, $75) debuts in August 2010. ISBN 978-1600107115.

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TV News: Black Widow Meets The Super Hero Squad!

This Saturday, at 8:30 AM Eastern on Cartoon Network, prepare to meet the world’s most deadly super heroine—Black Widow joins the Super Hero Squad Show!

With the Lethal Legion lying in wait, will Black Widow (voiced by Terminator & 300’s Lena Headey) be the hero that saves the day—or dooms our heroes? The most action-packed family-friendly show in the universe continues to “Hero Up” with another sensational new episode, guest starring Songbird, Nick Fury, Mystique, Screaming Mimi and more of your favorites!

“Wherever viewers happen to catch the show, they’ll be rewarded for their time, given Marvel Entertainment’s goal of pleasing every demographic possible. From quick wits and fart jokes to sizzling action and some subtle phantasmagoria, The Super Hero Squad Show works on enough levels to bring families together.”—Scott Thill, Wired.Com

Plus, don’t miss the new Marvel Super Hero Squad series, jam-packed with your favorite Marvel heroes and all-ages action, in comic shops now!

Tune into the Cartoon Network at 8:30 AM on Saturday to “Hero Up!” with your favorite characters in the Marvel Universe—or any other—in an all-new episode of The Super Hero Squad Show!

To learn more about The Super Hero Squad Show, please visit and!


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Comic News Boom Studios for 11/4/09

Boom Studios has released previews for their books coming out on 11/4/09.

DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #347 – The Quack is back in this first BOOM! Kids issue! He's no double "o" seven, he's Double Duck! Donald shows us his dashing, adventurous side as a secret agent on a mission to stop a dangerous ice-melting machine and save the world from rising oceans! This is a Donald Duck like you've never seen! A brand new start at a brand new company for one of the world's most iconic characters and longest-lived, most-published comic book series!

FINDING NEMO: REEF RESCUE #4 – Nemo, Dory and Marlin conclude their dangerous journey, searching for a way to rescue their dying reef! Facing incredible odds, Nemo travels the great blue sea to save the one thing that matters most of all—home. Will the mysterious jellies finally provide a course of action that will save the reef?

KILL AUDIO #2 – The world of Sight and Sound is in chaos and Kill Audio is its only savior! Reluctantly going along with a plan he knows little of, he is hoping to discover his mysterious past and learn why he cannot die (although not for lack of others trying!).

THE UNKNOWN: THE DEVIL MADE FLESH #2 – Back by popular demand, Mark Waid brings another installment of the world’s greatest detective! With only six months to live, Catherine Allingham’s condition is terminal. But nothing will stop her from trying to solve even more mysteries. It’s international suspense and hair-raising macabre as time runs out for our detective. Interior art by superstar Minck Oosterveer.


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Toy News: Hot Toys - Blade II - 1/6th scale BLADE Limited Edition Collectible Figurine

Hot Toys is proud to announce the latest collectible from our Marvel series - a vampire hunter who is half-man and half-vampire that becomes the protector of humans against the vampires – the 1/6th scale BLADE collectible figure.

This collectible stands approximately 30cm tall and features more than 32 points of articulation. Dressed in the Daywalker’s movie-accurate costume of an overcoat, black jacket, vest, shirt, pants and boots. And the accessories and weapons include:

* Lifelike head sculpt with Blade’s signature tattoos at back
* Authentic Likeness of Wesley Snipes
* Sunglasses
* Shoulder Holster
* Two (2) foldable glaives
* Two (2) extendable hand armors
* Sword with scabbard
* Interchangeable sword handle with blades
* Five (5) stakes
* Two (2) UV Bombs
* Machine Gun
* Two (2) Handguns
* Four (4) sets of interchangeable gloved hands
* Figure stand with Blade II movie logo and Blade nameplate

Release date: Q1, 2010

Artists info:
* Head Sculpt by So Young Lee
* Head Paint by JC. Hong


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