Thursday, November 12, 2009

Comic News: TOP COW PREVIEW: Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #3

Top Cow has released a preview of Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #3, which goes on sale next Wednesday, November 18.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #3

(W) Mark Waid (A) Kenneth Rocafort (Cov) Rocafort, Whilce Portacio

The reason for Morningstar’s alliance with Cyberdata becomes clear and the teams of Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer team members rush to destroy key facilities around the world. Only Morningstar is one step ahead and has a deadly welcoming party ready!

Featuring a cover by series artist Rocafort as well as a variant cover by Whilce Portacio (Spawn).

Cover A – Kenneth Rocafort
Cover B – Whilce Portacio

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 limited series


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DVD News: The Ultimate FARSCAPE MEGASET Blasts Into Retail on 11/17!



Never Before Available in One Complete Package, All Four Fan Favorite Seasons Have Finally Been United in One Stellar 25 Disc Set ($149.95srp) Featuring Over 15 Hours of Bonus Programming, Including 29 Episode Commentaries, Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries, Interviews, Deleted Scenes and Much More!


When a freak accident during an experimental space mission catapulted Astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield, a groundbreaking cult classic was born with the epic, adventure-filled TV series “Farscape”. On November 17, the award-winning fan favorite show, which ran from 1999-2003 on Sci Fi and was named by TV Guide as one of television’s best cult shows ever, will commemorate its 10th Anniversary with the very first complete packaging of the series. Featuring all 88 episodes on 25 discs, with original aspect ratios (4x3 for Seasons 1-3, anamorphic 16x9 widescreen for Season 4) and 5.1 surround sound, FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET™ delivers the venerated program to its legions of loyal fans and a new generation for the collectible price of $149.95srp.

An imaginative fusion of live action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics and CGI, “Farscape,” produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with RHI Entertainment, featured mind-boggling alien life forms, dazzling special effects, edge-of-your-seat thrills, irreverent humor and unforgettable characters -- all brought to rich life by the creative minds at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™. Strap in and hold on tight for the extraordinary adventures of John Crichton, as he finds himself surrounded by hostile aliens and soaring through the cosmos aboard Moya, a glorious living space ship. Hunted by the relentless Peacekeepers, he allies himself with Moya’s crew -- Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), Luxan warrior Ka D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), azure priestess Zhaan (Virginia Hey), spritely Nebari thief Chiana (Gigi Edgley), Dominar Rygel, the deposed royal ruler of the Hynerian Empire and Pilot – to search for a way out of this inconceivably alien world and return home.

FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET™ contains amazing surprises, including over 15 hours of bonus programming:

  • 29 Episode Commentaries, including “Premiere” with Rockne S. O’Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben Browder; “Jeremiah Crichton” with Claudia Black, Producer/Writer David Kemper, Browder and O’Bannon; “Bone to Be Wild” with Anthony Simcoe; “Relativity” with Lani Tupu (Crais/Voice of Pilot) and Director Peter Andrikidis; and, “Bad Timing” which features Browder, Black and Kemper discussing the series’ final episode.
  • Multiple featurettes and documentaries including “In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson”; “Making of a Space Opera” and “Inside Farscape: Save Farscape,” on which fans, cast and crew discuss the fate of their beloved series.
  • Multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters and roles on Farscape.
  • Over 90 minutes of deleted scenes.
  • Slideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos.
  • Production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows.
Behind-the-Scenes interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) and more.
Original TV promos and trailers
In addition to the complete MEGASET™, on November 17, FARSCAPE will also be available in single season sets. Each re-packaged DVD release in FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1-4 will feature over 18 hours of interstellar entertainment -- 22 episodes on six jam-packed discs filled with hours of revealing bonus materials -- for $44.95srp.

Prepare for Starburst!

The crew of the Moya on Farscape

Ben Browder is Astronaut John Crichton

Claudia Black is Ex-Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun, with Henson creation "Pilot" in the background

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Comic Conventions: More Guests Announced at C2E2; Geoff Johns is GOH!!


Mike Norton, Mike Perkins and Jill Thompson Are Featured Guests!

Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have revealed more guest appearances for the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Geoff Johns, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling comic book author, and a writer and producer for television and film, will be a Guest of Honor. Other Featured Guests who will be joining Mr. Johns for appearances at C2E2 will be Mike Norton, Mike Perkins and Jill Thompson. Ms. Thompson, a multiple Eisner award-winning comic book creator, is a Chicago area resident and hometown celebrity; both Mike Perkins and Mike Norton are accomplished and popular artists who have wide and loyal audiences.

“Geoff Johns is one of the biggest, greatest, most impressive names in comics today,” notes Lance Fensterman, who oversees C2E2 and is Vice President of the Reed Exhibitions Pop Culture Group. “We are enormously pleased to have him joining us, to say nothing of Jill Thompson, Mike Norton and Mike Perkins. All these guests are at the top of their game and reflect the strength and depth of the programming and appearances that we are putting together for C2E2. We have already announced some significant guests for our show and we plan to announce even more before the first of the year. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support and consideration of our incredibly talented guests, many of whom have been willing to make a commitment to us very early on. We are hugely grateful and honored to have their participation at C2E2.”

Show organizers have been eager to announce guests and other programming features of the convention as early as possible so that fans may make plans accordingly. Officials also note that while guests will be coming from all over the country, there will be an added focus on artists and creators who live in the Chicago area. Other notable guests who have already been announced for C2E2 include: Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Mike Mignola, Alex Ross, Jeff Smith, and Ben Templesmith.

Geoff Johns originally hails from Michigan, where he attended Michigan State University, earning a degree in Media Arts and Film. Geoff has quickly become one of the most popular and prolific comic book writers today. His current re-imagining of Green Lantern has pushed the character to the height of its popularity in its decades-long publishing history, rivaling Spider-Man and Superman. He has also worked on such titles as The Flash, Teen Titans, Action Comics, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis, and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with writers Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid. In television, Geoff developed Blade: The Series with David S. Goyer, and penned the acclaimed “Legion” episode of Smallville. He also wrote for the fourth season of the Emmy Award-Winning Robot Chicken, and co-produced the first season of Titan Maximum. In film, Geoff is currently working with Warner Brothers on development within their DC Comics library. Geoff has also written the story for Sony’s unprecedented DC Universe MMO. Geoff recently won the 2009 Spike Scream Award for Best Comic Book Writer, and is currently writing DC Comics’ 2009 blockbuster event, Blackest Night.

Mike Norton has been working in comics for over 10 years now, gaining recognition on early projects such as The Waiting Place and Jason and the Argobots. After becoming Art Director for Devil's Due Publishing in 2001, he drew the first Voltron mini-series and worked on several G.I.Joe related projects. He's been working on his own since 2005 making a name for himself working on books like Queen and Country, Gravity, Teen Titans Go!, Runaways, and All-New Atom. Most recently is the penciler for Blue Beetle and Green Arrow/Black Canary.

Beginning his comic career in the esteemed pages of 2000 AD, Mike went on to illustrate sequential storytelling – in both pencil and ink – for Caliber Comics, Marvel UK, DC Comics and Dark Horse. In 2001 Mike moved to Florida to work in the studio environs of CrossGen relinquishing his pencil for inking opportunities on the multi award-nominated Ruse alongside Mark Waid and Scott Beatty, Butch Guice and Laura Martin. After a while his penciling fingers started itching again and he created Archard’s Agents and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to showcase his abilities. After CrossGen, Mike moved to Marvel, illustrating District X, Spider-Man Unlimited and the Elektra movie adaptation. This work lead to the co-creation of Spellbinders, collaborating with the magnificent Mike Carey. Whilst penciling this project Mr. Perkins was also inking Captain America and went on to pencil and ink alternate arcs on the highly acclaimed run alongside Steve Epting, Ed Brubaker and Frank D’Armata – resulting in multiple Eisner nominations, Harvey and Eagle awards. Alongside his work on Captain America Mike also illustrated mini series runs on Union Jack, X-Men: Endangered Species, House of M: Avengers and Annihilation: Conquest as well as contributing to the Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? One-shot. His most recent work has been illustrating Marvel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.

Jill Thompson has been drawing comics for well over half her life and is proud to have collaborated with many of this industry’s great talents. She has garnered acclaim for her work on titles such as Classics Illustrated, Wonder Woman, Sandman, Finals, the Badger, Death: At Death’s Door, The Little Endless Storybook and Beasts of Burden. She is best known for creating and illustrating The Scary Godmother Series of books which not only have been adapted for the stage, but for television as well. The Scary Godmother and The Revenge of Jimmy have enjoyed yearly places on The Cartoon Network’s Halloween holiday rotation. In 2008-2009 Harper Collins released Magic Trixie, Jill’s latest all ages series chronicling the tales of the little witch Magic Trixie, her cat Scratches and the pupils at the Spectral Park Monstersorri School. Jill loves being an ambassador of comics to libraries and schools across the country and often conducts workshops and participates as a guest speaker whenever her schedule allows. Jill has won numerous Eisner Awards.

As noted, convention organizers will be announcing many more guests in the coming weeks and months in order to keep fans fully informed of the top tier talent which will be participating in the new show. For more information about C2E2, visit the web site at For the latest announcements and news about C2E2 as well as news about all of Reed’s Pop Culture activity, please visit the group’s official blog,, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at

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Toy News: 8" Leo Romeo Qee Bear by William Tsang

No Clowning Around - William Tsang of Brothersworker fame and Animal Homme - is the featured artist of this new 8" Artist Qee Bear.

Introducing the Leo Romeo 8" Artist Qee Bear by William Tsang. Now available - this new addition to the Artist Qee Collection captures William's original design he completed using a 36" Qee. Toy2R faithfully recreated the design into this limited edition 8" Qee. Boxed and ready for wrapping!

Apex Trading Company ( is currently taking orders for the item which is now ready to ship, just in time for the holidays.

Toy2R will be releasing additional 8" Qee Bears as part of the Artists Collection to commemorate the 15th Anniversary in 2010.


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Comic News: The Stronger They Are…

Everything changes in FALL OF THE HULKS


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Toy News: Toy2R 2009 Holiday 8" Qee Bears

With the holidays quickly approaching - Toy2R is pleased to spread some holiday cheer with the release of two new 8" Qee Bears

Introducing the 2009 Holiday 8" Qee Bears available in two flocked versions - Classic Teddy Bear Brown and Frosty Snow White. Each bear incliudes Santa Hat and Candy Cane accessory and comes boxed, ready for wrapping!

Act quickly though - we are only producing 100 pieces of each version! SRP is $60.00 each - figures will be shipping the first week of December - in time to get them under the tree!

Please place your orders to to secure yours now!

Happy Holidays from Toy2R!


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Movie News: Warner Bros. Pictures Presents in Association with Legendary Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment "Ninja Assassin" Thursday, November 19

WHAT: Red carpet arrivals at the Los Angeles premiere of NINJA ASSASSIN Thursday, November 19th

WHO: From the film: Rain, Rick Yune, Sho Kosugi, Stephen Marcus, Director James McTeigue, Producers Joel Silver and Grant Hill, other celebrity guests TBD

WHEN: Thursday, November 19th

WHERE: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Check-in 5:00 PM
Red carpet arrivals begin 6:00 PM
Screening begins 7:00 PM

Raizo (Rain) is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them…and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.

In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers led by the lethal Takeshi (Rick Yune), to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Berlin, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive…and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment, a Silver Pictures Production in association with Anarchos Productions, “Ninja Assassin.”

Opening nationwide on Wednesday November 25, 2009, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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