Friday, May 22, 2009

IDW Continues NYTimes Best Seller List Streak

Capping off another great week, IDW maintained two spots on The New York Times Best Seller List for the second week running.

Star Trek: Countdown easily earned a spot on the list for the fifth week straight. Offering important insight into the new Star Trek film's villian, Countdown is a must-read even if you've already seen the movie.

As Terminator fans headed out to see the new movie, they stopped by their local comic store and put Terminator: Salvation on the Best Seller list for the second week in a row.


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Terminator game now available on iTunes!


Dark Horse Comics and Big Head Games are delighted to say The Terminator is live. As announced on May 14th The Terminator is an officially licensed, all action two part shooter, based on the ground breaking original movie now celebrating it’s 25th anniversary. Once again it’s man versus the machine.

The Terminator for iPhone and iPod Touch is currently available for $.99 for the next 72 hours only. After that, the price will return to $3.99

App Store link:

YouTube link:

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The benefit auctions for artist Josh Medors are now live and on Ebay!

Starting at 9am PST, a new auction will list every minute until they are all up. They will all start at $9.99 or less starting bids, and almost all without reserves.

You can see them all as they list at:

Contributing artists include Frank Frazetta, Nat Jones, Tim Seeley, Mike Allred, Josh Medors (of course), Ben Templesmith, Steve Kurth, Nick Bradshaw, Mark Kidwell, Andrew Mangum, Ryan Winn, Richard Moore, Randy Kintz, Ken Haeser, Buz Hassen, Colleen Doran, Phil Hester, John Stinsman, Russ Maheras, Matt Martin, Rob Doria, and many more.

Because of the collectors who donated art, we also have great pieces by artists who weren't able to contribute themselves, like Dave Finch, Tyler Kirkham, Khoi Pham, Jason Howard, John Romita Jr, Ethan Van Sciver,Georges Jeanty, Scott Clark, Steve McNiven, and so many more! Plus, there was a huge number of largely unknown and/or amateur artists who donated some great work, so there should be great art for every price range! And with how much we'll be listing, you may get an unheard of deal on some of these goodies, on top of helping a good cause.

Please take a look at the auctions on Ebay running all this week, and maybe throw down a bid or two. The cause is noble, the art and selection is great, and together we can make a difference!

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Halloween & Mezco


Mezco Toyz is thrilled to announce they have acquired the licensing rights to Halloween 2, to be released in August 2009, and directed by Rob Zombie. Mezco will be producing action figures, and Living Dead Dolls for this popular horror franchise.

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Trapp's Rap - Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter

This film really did not meet my expectations. I rented through Netflix thinking this short animated film would be very well done and innovative. I had heard some really good comments about TOTBF and was very interested in seeing what everyone liked about it.

Tales of the Black Freighter come from the pages of Watchmen. It is a pirate comic, about a man who is washed up on a desert Island after being attacked by pirates aboard the Black Freighter. All the men on his ship died and the bodies all washed up on land along with him. Convinced that the black Freighter was on it's way to his homeland to kill everyone he loves, he becomes determined to get off the island to warn his people. Discovering he has no means of sailing, he creates a raft built out of nothing but the bodies of his dead comrades. The bodies had become filled with gas so they became natural floatation devises. While at sea he meets many disasters and succumbs to drinking sea water and eating live seagulls in order to survive. While at sea, floating on a raft of corpses, he becomes slightly insane due to being alone and his obsession to getting home in time. The result of this most horrifying event is bloodshed and a twist that will cause you to be disgusted at the how disturbing and gross this story is. (but you'll have to watch it to fins out the ending.)

There really are some things that need to be left off screen and kept in the pages of books. I am really glad that the pirate comic part of Watchmen was left out of the film because I'm not sure hot well it translates to the big screen.

I absolutely love the pirate comic part of the Watchmen Graphic novel. It's exceptionally well written and one of Alan Moore's most poetic pieces of writing. After seeing TOTBF as an animated short film, I can understand Alan Moore's frustrations with making Watchmen into a movie. There are parts of it that are not meant to be WATCHED.

Even with the fact that this film is only a half and hour long, I would only recommend this to people who have an interest in seeing how the pirate comic plays out in animated form. And I would only recommend it to people who do not have weak constitutions. It is the bloodiest, grossest, and most disturbing animated short film I have ever seen. The animators do not hold back at making this film EXACTLY what Alan Moore intended it to be. You can tell this before popping the DVD in the player, seeing as how on the back of the DVD box you will find an "R" rating. It is a constant wave of bodies being ripped in half by sharks, heads being broken off due to decaying, blood splattering this way and that, eye balls being plucked out by seagulls, and blood being spilled due to insanity. And even though the script is without a doubt one of the more poetic I've read in the graphic novel genre, This is not a film for people who can't handle violence at it's worst.

Now if you are interested in seeing parts the film Watchmen that were cut out, there is a really interesting special feature...and interview with Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl. The graphic novels has many excerpts of Hollis Masons autobiography "Under the Hood" which is about his life as a super hero, why he did it, and what it was like for him. In this mock interview, they take what was in the autobiography and actually turn it into a live interview from a TV news show. It was quite interesting and neat to see how this was done. However, it was all cut out of the Watchmen film due to time constraints.

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Hot Toys - VGM series - BioHazard 5 - 12" Albert Wesker collectible figure

Here's a teaser image from Hot Toys


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