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CONTEST ENDS ON DECEMBER 1ST, 2016! TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN!

Katie Carva is VAMPBLADE, a comic shop employee thrust into a the role of her favorite childhood comicbook hero! When she touches mystical blades that transform her into the 90s bad girl comic book character of the same name, she enters a world of secret conflict, with nasty hidden other-dimensional invaders; space vampires called the Glorkians.

Now, after a year of adventures and discovery into her creepy new world, it’s time for her to shed her 90’s style and take things to the next level! That’s where you come in…

 

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The winning costume will be determined by variant cover sales and online voting. It will premiere in season 2 of the Vampblade series, which starts March 2017.

Writer Jason Martin comments on VAMPBLADE: “VAMPBLADE is a chance to really cut loose and have fun with geek/genre culture, with a character like you and I, a lifelong comic book fan, who also happens to be living out stories ripped from the 4 color world we only dream of in the pages of our favorite books! We may fantasize about being the hero in a universe where anything goes, but fortunately we can just read about how crazy and insane that would really be… and now fans of the book can help decide how that story goes! Cool!!”Note: Addresses will be used in the event that you are picked to receive one of the (3) three exclusive covers. This information is 100% safe and will not be sold or distributed. All winners are picked at random. Only one entry per person. Winners will be notified via email by December 15, 2016. Good luck!

Click the link to place your vote!

Neal Adams To Unveil Excusive Bucky O’Hare Digital Comic Via The

All-New SWIPE Design Platform At Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con

 

And more!

 

You can create YOUR Bucky O’Hare Digital Comic with Neal Adams original drawings on SWIPE Design Platform!

Neal Adams Bucky O’Hare assets are available at SWIPE!

You may also use part of Neal Adams Bucky O’Hare assets to decorate your photos, graphic arts, etc.!

 

Swipe App Version Of Bucky O’Hare Based on Planned Motion Picture To Be Unveiled In Special Panel Session Set for Saturday October 29

 

For Immediate Release:

 

LOS ANGELES (October 20, 2016) – Bucky O’Hare – the original comic book series turned into a classic cartoon – makes its debut in the digital domain with an 8-page exclusive Swipe Studio e-comic book written and illustrated by brand creators Larry Hama and Michael Golden together with Neal Adams and his Continuity Productions.   Bucky O’Hare and the Toad Menace makes its premiere appearance Day One of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con taking place October 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

 

Designed utilizing the tools available on the all-new Swipe Studio design app, the latest offering in the Bucky O’Hare legacy follows Bucky and his crew as they do battle with the Toad Armada.  A special Los Angeles Comic Con presentation featuring legendary artist Neal Adams together with Swipe Studio’s famed creator Satoshi Nakajima (the software genius behind Windows 95 and Windows 98 along with Internet Explorer versions 3 and 4) is set for Saturday October 29 from 11am-12:00pm in room 403A.

 

The 8-pager provides fans with a glimpse into the creative for the planned Bucky O’Hare theatrical motion picture now in the works with Neal Adams producing and directing.

 

In addition to the Swipe Bucky O’Hare comic book, artist Neal Adams also worked with the Swipe team to load into the platform an impressive portfolio of Bucky art elements and animation that can be adapted by anyone for any digital purpose, including e-mails or presentations of any kind, including all main characters and several backgrounds.

 

Creators and artists can experience the free Swipe app instantly by downloading Swipe Studio to their iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and begin to create media-rich animated digital content.  To download the Swipe Studio, go to App Store  https://appsto.re/us/hlcDeb.i

 

Swipe Studio users are welcome to join Facebook group; Swipe Studio Users https://www.facebook.com/groups/1076516299084537/

 

Swipe Studio is available only for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch users with version iOS9 or later.

 

“We are thrilled to unveil the newest Bucky O’Hare creative from the team responsible for this celebrated and enduring property at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic con,” said Nakajima.  “I look forward with tremendous enthusiasm towards sharing a panel with the great Neal Adams whose brilliant use of the Swipe Studio design tools helps us usher in a new era in digital design.”

 

“It has been a lot of fun to work with Swipe Studio and I encourage artists to check it out for their own design projects.  In fact, Swipie – which is Swipe’s platform for consumers – continues to offer a wealth of art and animation applications to enhance everything from emails to digital presentations.  Mr. Nakajima has built an extraordinary platform and I am proud to contribute Bucky O’Hare as a way of underscoring its power as a design platform,” said Neal Adams.

 

The brainchild of software genius Satoshi Nakajima – the engineering architect responsible for Windows 95 and Windows 98 along with Internet Explorer versions 3 and 4 – Swipe empowers everyone from consumers to creators to easily animate everything from emails to digital comics with media-rich digital elements and make use of animation, video, vector graphics as well as full audio for voice, music and sound effects on tablets and smartphones. Created to take full advantage of today’s touch-enabled smartphone and tablet technology, Swipe eliminates the need for complex programming typically required to build animation or other forms of design content.  As a result, creators, designers, animators and artists have the tools to create media-rich animated digital content for consumption via touch-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets and touch-enabled set-top-boxes, such as iPhone and Apple TV.

 

About Swipe, Inc.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Swipe, Inc. is the parent company for Swipe™, an open source platform embedding the full range of visual and audio media into digital documents for smartphones, tablets and other touch-screen devices.  Swipe, Inc. Founder-Chief Technology Officer Satoshi Nakajima is recognized industry-wide as the lead engineer and architect of Windows 95 and Windows 98 which he created during his tenure with Microsoft.  Visit Swipe, Inc. online at http://www.Swipe.net/.

201609280419-400x400If you’re heading to Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con this weekend, check out this amazing auction happening on Sunday.

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con Partners With Guitar Center For Charity Auction Event To Be Held Sunday October 30 at 3:00PM

 

The World’s Largest Retailer of Musical Instruments and Pro Audio Gear Teams with L.A.’s Very Own Pop Culture Extravaganza to Auction a Gibson Flying V – Signed by Stan Lee – With Proceeds Benefitting The Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory

 

For Immediate Release:

 

LOS ANGELES (October 24, 2016) – All music-loving attendees of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con will be heading to the Main Stage of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 PM where one lucky convention-goer will become the owner of a Gibson Flying V signed by Stan Lee – all courtesy of the Los Angeles Comic Con and Guitar Center.

 

The one of a kind electric guitar will be auctioned off by the Los Angeles Comic Con with all proceeds generated from the auction benefitting the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, a downtown Los Angeles center that teaches the comic arts free of charge to local youths.

 

Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory (BHAC) is dedicated to helping young people explore careers in Film, Television, Broadcasting, Digital and the Creative Arts industries. BHAC provides professional training and workshops that prepare students in becoming solid candidates for these industries. Through innovative programming such as Cartoons and Cereal, and Comics & Culture – Limited Edition, BHAC partners with multi-media professionals to bring technology and pop culture to our most under-resourced communities.  BHAC works to create career pathways for ages 6-22, to develop the next generation of leaders in these fields and create an economic equity for our most underserved.

 

“We are extremely thrilled to be joined by Guitar Center whose awesome contribution of a Gibson Flying V will serve to benefit an outstanding cause.  There are lots of musicians on the L.A. Comic Con team and they all regard Guitar Center as a home away from home for all of their musical and sound needs.  It will be a joy for all of us to work alongside Guitar Center to help benefit the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory,” said Regina Carpinelli, President and Founder of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. “We are also really happy to have the chance to help expose future comic artists and comic lovers to the comics industry. These young Los Angelenos are the future of this business.”

 

“Guitar Center is pleased to partner with Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con Expo to help benefit such a worthy cause,” said Brian Berman, Vice President of Marketing at Guitar Center. “We’re looking forward to a phenomenal turnout for the auction and we appreciate the opportunity to support the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory and their mission to remove barriers and create pathways for artists to continue their craft.”

 

Set for October 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is L.A.’s ultimate comic and pop-culture convention, a 3-day mega-celebration featuring the biggest stars and creative talent in pop culture.

 

About Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con:

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is Los Angeles’ biggest and best large-scale, multi-media pop culture convention. Held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con assembles the most exciting and innovative in comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all things pop-culture. Partnering with comic legend Stan Lee himself and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is the only pop-culture convention owned and operated by true pop-culture icons. With a mission to provide celebrity, creator and talent access that is unequalled in comic conventions, Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con’s unique panels, autograph sessions and photo-ops give fans once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to truly interact with their favorite creators and major players in the entertainment industry.  Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is a partnership of Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Cassandra Peterson, and Comikaze Entertainment, Inc.  Visit http://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/.

 

About Guitar Center:

Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment. With more than 270 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. In addition, Guitar Center’s sister brands include Music & Arts, which operates more than 120 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students, and Musician’s Friend, a leading direct marketer of musical instruments in the United States. With an unrivalled in-store experience, an industry-leading online presence and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. For more information about Guitar Center, please visit www.guitarcenter.com.

Head’s up to all of our creative Nerdlings! Do you have a kick-ass, original idea for either a movie or TV series, but legion-m-pitch-elevatorhave no idea how to get anyone to hear it? GOOD NEWS!! Legion M has sent out the details as to how you can pitch your idea for a chance to win a TV/Movie deal and cash prizes. Check out the info below and best of luck to everyone who enters! We look forward to hearing what new ideas are out there.

Legion M Offers Fans the Opportunity to Win a Film & TV Development Deal with Innovative Legion M Pitch Elevator

 

 Fans invited to participate in pilot filming at Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con and submit pitches online

 

WHAT:

Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company, will debut the Legion M Pitch Elevator at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con on October 28-30. Fans are invited to share their ideas for the next big hit film, TV, or virtual reality project with Legion M’s panel of industry insiders and executives, and compete for $4,000 in cash prizes and a development deal with Legion M that could be worth $15,000.

 

For those pitching on-site, Legion M has built a full-size elevator set where pitches will be recorded to potentially be a part of the Pitch Elevator TV pilot. Online submissions will also be accepted for consideration through the Legion M website from October 28 to November 28.

 

The Legion M Pitch Elevator is the next step in the company’s goal to open the gates of Hollywood by giving fans the opportunity to be a part of the content they love.

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Prepare a pitch of up to 2 minutes for your movie or TV idea.
  2. Join Legion M at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con to make your pitch inside the Pitch Elevator movie set, and be a part of our TV series pilot!
  3. If you can’t make it person, record a 2-minute video of your pitch and submit online.
  4. Once all the pitches are collected, staff, members and shareholders of Legion M will judge and select finalists.
  5. 10 finalists will receive a $250 cash prize and a chance to pitch their idea to a panel of Hollywood agents and executives. One grand prize winner will receive $1,500 in cash and a development deal with Legion M that guarantees $15,000 if their project gets made!

 

WHEN:  

In-Person: 5pm PT – Friday, October 28 –  4pm PT on Sunday, October 30

Online: Friday, October 28 – Monday, November 28

 

WHERE:

In-Person: Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con

Los Angeles Convention Center – 1201 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Pitch Elevator Set located @ Booth 402

 

Online:

http://thelegionm.com/pitch-elevator

 

More Info

 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/GqpBccefxA0

 

About Legion M

Legion M will be the world’s first FAN-OWNED entertainment company. FANS own the company, FANS get behind the scenes, and when Legion M is successful—FANS share the rewards! Legion M co-founders Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison are the Emmy-winning team who co-founded MobiTV, the pioneer and market leader in over the top and multiscreen platforms and content monetization, as well as the New York Rock Exchange which brought Fans and the musical artists they love together in partnership.

 

Legion M’s mission is to empower creators to push the boundaries, and empower Fans to be a part of the content they love.  Join us at www.thelegionm.com.

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I am a fan of the original book. You know, before the horde of the undead was added with the 2009 parody novel. Truth be told, I recently re-read the novel and remembered I wasn’t a big fan of this take on the classic Jane Austen tale. So, I wasn’t sure how exactly I was going to enjoy the film adaption.

As soon as the film started I immediately found myself unhappy… THIS wasn’t Pride & Prejudice… wait.. this ISN’T Pride & Prejudice. This is a parody… After telling myself that I was able to stop comparing it to it’s predecessor and actually enjoy it for what it was: a campy, bloody, and overall entertaining flick which delivered laughs, jump scares, and one hell of a sexy fight scene.

Zombies or not, Lily James is a superb Elizabeth Bennet. Regardless of if she is a strong-minded country girl or a highly-trained, zombie-killing warrior Elizabeth is a strong female character. She not only speaks her mind but she also does not allow anyone to bully her or make her submit to something she does not want. I felt this film and James stayed true to what Elizabeth Bennet is as a character. Plus the actress brought that little extra fierceness that made Bennet such a bad ass and believable as a warrior; all the while remaining charming and likeable. Actually, most of the women in this are portrayed as strong ladies capable of delivering a ass-whooping and less likely to come off as a damsel in distress. Hell, they even made Elizabeth’s sister, Jane, tougher than her romantic counterpart Mr. Bingley. At least that’s how it comes off the little we see him fight.

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Gives minor suspense.

Doll is scarier than film.

Wait for DVD.

 

Additional Notes: While I didn’t personally find this flick all that scary, Pinkie Fluttershy did (She’s 7, remember). Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans overall carry the film forward for the most part. My main problem was it was too slow for a horror flick. There wasn’t enough jump scares and the suspense they tried building would fizzle away because nothing was really happening… The doll didn’t do much besides sit there and look creepy, which is where most of the uneasiness came from… that fucking doll staring at you from the screen… *Spoiler* Anytime the doll did anything it was either Cohan’s character dreaming or it happened off screen… which then it was mostly relocating to another part of the room. There is a “twist” in the end but after awhile you most likely figure out what’s happening and then the movie is disappointing. At least for me.

Another issue was the lack of character building. While Cohan and Evans did do well, as I mentioned above, there wasn’t enough there to make me give two shits about them. *Spoiler* Especially Cohan’s character who went through some shit with an abusive boyfriend and miscarriage, and is trying to start over, but her past comes back to get her. When said past does come I didn’t feel emotionally invested enough to care.

Overall, not impressed.

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Origins Anew

Justice not so black and white

Dark. Bold. Give us more!

 

Additional Notes: Bravo for Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, and DC Animated for delivering such an interesting take on three iconic characters. This is not the Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman you grew up with. Refreshing and beautifully dark. I really do hope we get more films featuring these characters or more comics. Either way, these characters have really captured my attention and I’m an instant fan of this take.

 

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Under the Black Flag members Brittany Roberts and Chris Borden with Luke LaFontaine (Center).

A few weeks ago I was able to participate in a little event maybe some of you weren’t fortunate to hear about. The combat entertainment troupe, Under The Black Flag set up a class with stunt coordinator and instructor Luke Lafontaine on wielding the legendary weapon from a galaxy far, far away.  Held at the Selma Arts Center, the event costed $50 to participate in the class itself, but for those interested in simply viewing the class there was a $10 charge to be able to sit and learn. I opted for participating and I’m glad I did. Not only did I feel like more of a bad ass walking out but I also got a workout in that stung so good the next day.

The class lasted four hours, and while it was themed to fighting with a lightsaber the one thing you have to keep in mind is a lightsaber IS a fictional weapon, but the weapon and the fighting style is based on Japanese culture. When getting started Luke showed us the basic defense movements and fighting stances. He went through how to advance and move about while keeping at the ready for attacks. After going through these he set us up with partners and began going over a coordinated fight sequence which was fun, but also integrated the different positions that were previously taught.

Luke LaFontaine instructs attendees of the Weapon of the Jedi Training Class

Luke LaFontaine instructs attendees of the Weapon of the Jedi Training Class

Next, Luke taught us an actual fight sequence then made us partner up again with different folks to practice and go through the sequence. Once it seemed we had mastered that he had some fun and added new moves into it and made us relearn it. After we had gotten fairly close to memorizing that sequence, he did it again… He added more moves to the sequence. Towards the end of it he went into what goes into stage combat, and making a fight sequence whether if it’s for fun or show. He also answered any questions anyone had on continuing their training and gave suggestions as to where and/or who to go to, etc.

Honestly, this was such a fun experience for me. I have always been interested in participating in something like this but have always been too intimidated to as I never knew if there should be some experience necessary or expected. Anyways, this class is great for beginners. Luke was a great instructor for this class. He had patience with everyone, he would make his way around the room to adjust anyone’s positions, and never shamed anyone for making mistakes. As mentioned previously, this class gave you a workout. My shoulders and upper back especially were sore by the evening.

Anyways, overall a fun experience I would absolutely join in on again if Under the Black Flag group were to host another class or even set up others. Be sure to give them a like on Facebook to keep up to date on any other events they’ll be involved with or to hire them for parties and events.