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July 15th, 2018 by Cherry
I remember as a kid having a chia pet but it wasn’t as cute as the SDCC Kidrobot x Jeremyville Chia Dunny! It’s a Comic-Con Exclusive limited release of 300. It’s perfect to green up your desk at work or cheer up your bathroom with natural foliage! It’s a small bit of geek fun that you can have at home and did I mention it’s a bunny???? 

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July 14th, 2018 by Cherry
I have to check out Image Comics booth and panels to discover new artists and writers at  San Diego ComicCon. If you want to keep up to date on schedule/artists changes go to www.imagecomics.com for the most up-to-date information
 

IMAGE COMICS AT SAN DIEGO COMICCON 2018
#WeBelieve in creator-owned panels, signings & con exclusive variants
COLLECTED EDITION CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):
  • ICE CREAM MAN, VOL. 1: RAINBOW SPRINKLES hardcover by W. Maxwell Prince & Martin Morazzo, cover by Morazzo, $35 +tax
  • VS, VOL. 1 hardcover by Iván Brandon & Esad Ribić, cover by Ribić, $35 +tax
LIMITED* SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):
* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.  
  • IMAGE FIRSTS DEADLY CLASS #1 by Rick Remender & Wes Craig, featuring a SYFY cast photo cover, FREE
  • FARMHAND #1 by Rob Guillory, cover by Guillory, $10 +tax
  • UNNATURAL #1 by Mirka Andolfo, cover by Andolfo, $10 +tax
SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at SKYBOUND side of booth – #2729):
  • WALKING DEAD #181 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover by Charlie Adlard & Dave McCaig, $10

  • REDNECK #13 by Donny Cates & Lisandro Estherren, cover by Geoff Shaw & Dee Cunniffe, $10


SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at TOP COW booth #2629):
  • INFINITE DARK/THE FREEZE FLIP BOOK by Ryan Cady & Andrea Mutti, covers by Phil Sevy (THE FREEZE) and Andrea Mutti (INFINITE DARK), FREE with a Top Cow booth purchase or by attending a Top Cow panel 

  • APHRODITE V #1 by Bryan Hill & Jeff Spokes, cover by Natali Sanders (Limited to 1,000), $10.00


CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):
  • DEADLY CLASS T-shirt, $24.99 +tax
  • DEADLY CLASS enamel lapel pin, $10 +tax
CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE (sold at TOP COW booth #2629):
  • WITCHBLADE enamel lapel pin, $10
  • SUNSTONE enamel lapel pins, $10
SIGNINGS AT THE IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#2729)
**TICKETED denotes signings require wristbands. Wristbands will be given out at the booth as soon as the convention floor opens on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be available for attendee badge holders only. There will be a limit of 3 items per person for ticketed signings unless otherwise noted. No CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Robert Kirkman & Chris Burnham (DIE!DIE!DIE!) [Skybound] **TICKETED**
THURSDAY, JULY 19
10:00 – 10:45 AM
  • Rob Guillory (CHEW, FARMHAND)
11:00 – 11:45 AM
  • Doug TenNapel (GEAR)
  • Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT, NAILBITER) [Skybound]
12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • Doug Wagner (PLASTIC, THE HARD PLACE)
  • Jacob Semahn (NO 1 WITH A BULLET)
  • Sean Mackiewicz (GASOLINA) [Skybound]
1:00 – 1:45 PM
  • Cat Staggs (CROSSWIND)
  • Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK)
  • Melissa Hutchison & Dave Fennoy (Telltale voice actors for Clementine and Lee) [Skybound]
2:00 – 2:45 PM
  • Sina Grace (NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, SELF-OBSESSED)
  • Steve Orlando (CRUDE, UNDERTOW) [Skybound]
3:00 – 3:45 PM
  • Marco Finnegan (CROSSROAD BLUES)
  • Rival Games (THIEF OF THIEVES) [Skybound]
4:00 – 4:45 PM
  • WHERE WE LIVE multi-contributor signing featuring: Erika Schultz, Amy Chu, Aaron Campbell, Rafael Albuquerque, Matt Hawkins, Brian Haberlin, David Walker & many more.
FRIDAY, JULY 20
10:00 – 10:45 AM
  • Aaron Campbell, Pornsak Pichetshote, José Villarrubia (INFIDEL)
  • Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, A.D.: AFTER DEATH, ROYAL CITY, GIDEON FALLS) **TICKETED**
11:00 – 11:45 AM
  • Kickliy (PERDY)
  • Sean Lewis (THE FEW, COYOTES)
  • Donny Cates (REDNECK, ATOMAHAWK, GOD COUNTRY, THE GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL)  [Skybound]
12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • Tomm Coker (THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS)
  • Justin Greenwood, Landry Walker (THE LAST SIEGE)
1:00 – 1:45 PM
  • Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK)
  • Jason Howard (CEMETERY BEACH) [Skybound]
2:00 – 2:45 PM
  • Rick Remender (DEADLY CLASS, LOW, BLACK SCIENCE, DEATH OR GLORY, FEAR AGENT, SEVEN TO ETERNITY, TOKYO GHOST) **TICKETED**
  • Dan Panosian (SLOTS) [Skybound]
3:00 – 3:45 PM
  • Mirka Andolfo (UNNATURAL)
  • John Layman (CHEW, LEVIATHAN)
  • Jeremy Haun (THE BEAUTY, THE REALM)
4:00 – 4:45 PM
  • Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) [Skybound] **TICKETED and restricted to: 3-item limit**
SATURDAY, JULY 21

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) [Skybound] **TICKETED and restricted to: 3-item limit**
12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • Doug Wagner (THE HARD PLACE, PLASTIC)
  • Babs Tarr (MOTOR CRUSH)
1:00 – 1:45 PM
  • Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS) **TICKETED**
  • Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY) [Skybound]
2:15 – 3:30 PM
  • DEADLY CLASS SYFY TV signing featuring: Creator & Executive producer Rick Remender & members of the show’s cast **TICKETED and restricted to: 2-item limit, items must be DEADLY CLASS brand.**
SUNDAY, JULY 22
  • Donny Cates (REDNECK, ATOMAHAWK, GOD COUNTRY, THE GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL)
PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:
Thursday, July 19 @ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Room 23ABC
#WeBelieve in Fantasy                        

Creators conjure magic on a monthly basis, stretching the boundaries of reality to explore resonant themes under a veneer of high fiction. This group of creators has taken a legacy of wands, wizards, and incantations and tailored it to a modern context, where shape-shifting teen baristas search for missing love and reckless rockers parlay with infernal forces. Let this panel of spellbinding talent, including Sam Humphries (BLACKBIRD), Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK), Jeremy Haun (THE REALM), Johnnie Christmas (FIREBUG), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), and other special guests enchant you as they explain the alchemy behind their latest comics.

Friday, July 20 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 23ABC
#WeBelieve in Horror    

Image Comics has ushered in a new era of horror with cerebral writers and visceral artists elevating sequential-art dread to claustrophobic heights. From Jeff Lemire‘s atmospheric character piece, GIDEON FALLS, to John Layman‘s kaiju free-for-all, LEVIATHAN, comics are evolving terror to new personal, socially minded levels. Join a roster of the most sinister storytellers including Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, and José Villarubbia (INFIDEL), Will Dennis (the editor of WYTCHES, GIDEON FALLS), and other special guests to discover how they’re altering an entire genre.

Saturday, July 21 @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 7AB
#WeBelieve in Suspense                        

Comic scribes wield character, dialogue, and panels with clockwork precision, leading readers through a gauntlet of plot beats designed to ratchet tension and escalate stakes. In concert with artists, these storytellers operate outside budget constraints to orchestrate explosive dramas without any limits save their own imaginations. Listen to a panel of thrill gurus including Donny Cates (REDNECK), Mirka Andolfo(UNNATURAL), Steve Orlando (CRUDE), Jacob Semahn (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), and Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK) as they deconstruct their approach to weaving the tightest suspense in comics.
 
Sunday, July 22 @ 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Room 5AB
#WeBelieve in Craft                         

Image hosts a stable of creators who have honed their skills through countless comics, publishers, and media. With their creator-owned projects, these writers and artists build on expansive careers to deliver the apex of comics craftsmanship. Join a murderer’s row of career myth-makers including Joe Casey (NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL, MCMLXXV), Justin Greenwood (THE LAST SIEGE), Kickliy (PERDY), and Shannon Wheeler (MEMOIRS OF A VERY STABLE GENIUS) as they chart the paths they traveled to arrive at their current projects.
IMAGE COMICS’ CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY: 
Chris Burnham – HH-18
Juan Gedeon – AA-15
Sanford Greene – FF-21
Joe Harris – EE-20
Tom Neely – AA-05
Dustin Nguyen – CC-01
Jimmie Robinson – EE-22
Landry Q. Walker – EE-19
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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July 14th, 2018 by Cherry

IDW has five days of geek fun from signings to panels 

San Diego Comic Con 2018

 

 

 

Wednesday July 18th Preview Night

6:00 – 7:00 Transformers: Unicron – John Barber
(*Convention exclusive available!)
6:00 – 8:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
7:00 – 8:00 Euthanauts Tini Howard
(*Book debut!)
8:00 – 9:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek Charm, Shaun Manning, Mauricet,
Cavan Scott, Landry Q. Walker
(*Convention exclusives available!)
8:00 – 9:00 Marvel MasterpiecesJoe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)

Thursday July 19th

10:00 – 11:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
10:00 – 11:00 The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head – Dan Berry
10:00 – 11:00 GumballsErin Nations
10:00 – 11:00 The Jekyll Island ChroniclesEd Crowell, Jack Lowe,
Steve Nedvidek
10:00 – 11:00 Limbo LoungeDave Calver
11:00 – 11:30 Marvel MasterpiecesJoe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
11:00 – 12:00 Coin-Op ComicsMaria Hoey, Peter Hoey
11:00 – 12:00 Walled City Aya Morton, Anne Optowsky
12:00 – 1:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – John Barber, Fico Ossio, Mairghread Scott
(*Convention exclusive available!)
12:00 – 1:00 GoosebumpsJen Vaughn
1:00 – 2:00 For Better or For Worse – Lynn Johnston
(*San Diego Comic Con Special Guest!)
(*Book debut!)
1:00 – 3:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Tom Waltz,
Mateus Santolouco, Bobby Curnow
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
2:00 – 3:00 Bram Stoker’s DraculaMike Mignola
(*Book debut!)
3:00 – 4:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek Charm, Delilah Dawson,
Shannon Eric Denton, Shaun Manning, Mauricet, Cavan Scott,
Landry Q. Walker
(*Convention exclusives available!)
3:00 – 4:00 Marvel MasterpiecesJoe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
4:00 – 5:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
4:00 – 5:00 Sonic The Hedgehog – Takashi Iizuka, Evan Stanley, Caleb Goellner
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Limited edition print available as gift with purchase!)
5:00 – 6:00 V-Wars – Jonathan Maberry, Ryan Brown
5:00 – 6:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
5:00 – 6:00 The Scooter ChroniclesShahriar Fouladi
6:00 – 7:00 Wynonna Earp – Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Emily Andras,
Beau Smith, Lora Innes
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
6:00 – 7:00 Assassinistas Tini Howard, Gilbert Hernandez
(*Book debut!)

Friday July 20th

10:00 ­– 11:00 The Jekyll Island Chronicles Steve Nedvidek, Jack Lowe, Ed Crowell
10:00 ­– 11:00 Surfside Girls ­– Kim Dwinell
10:00 – 11:00 I Am A Number ­– Rian Hughes
10:00 – 11:00 For Better or For Worse – Lynn Johnston
(*San Diego Comic Con Special Guest!)
11:00 – 12:00 Marvel MasterpiecesJoe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
11:00 – 12:00 My Little Pony Agnes Garbowska, Tony Fleecs, Jeremy Whitley,
Thom Zahler
(*Convention exclusive available!)
11:00 – 12:00 Limbo LoungeDave Calver
12:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco,
Bobby Curnow, Caleb Goellner
12:00 – 1:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
12:00 – 1:00 Judge DreddMark Russell
(*Convention exclusive available!)
1:00 – 2:30 Wynonna Earp – Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson,
Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, Chantel Riley, Emily Andras, Beau Smith
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
3:00 – 4:00 Liz Wrightson
3:00 – 4:00 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesAndy Suriano, Ant Ward
(Co-executive producers of the new animated series!)
(*Convention exclusive available!)
4:00 – 5:00 Full Bleed Vol. 2 Launch Party – Dirk Wood, Gideon Kendall, Erin Nations,
Jen Vaughn, Jarrett Melendez, Sara Richard, Mark Russell,
Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Rob Salkowitz
(*Book debut!)
4:00 – 5:00 Ward’s ValleyBobby Curnow
4:00 – 5:00 Surfside Girls ­– Kim Dwinell
5:00 – 6:00 Star TrekMike Johnson, David Tipton, Scott Tipton, J.K. Woodward
(*Convention exclusives available!)
5:00 – 6:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
5:00 – 6:00 Come Again – Nate Powell
(*Book debut!)
5:00 – 6:00 The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head Dan Berry
5:00 – 6:00 GumballsErin Nations
6:00 – 7:00 The X-Files – Delilah Dawson, J.J. Lendl, Jonathan Maberry,
Mister Sam Shearon, Denton Tipton
6:00 – 7:00 From Hell, The Goat GettersEddie Campbell
(*Get a free preview of the upcoming release!)

Saturday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 DuckTalesBobby Moynihan, Matt Youngberg, Frank Angones,
Sean Jimenez
(*Voice Actor, Executive Producers, and Art Director of the hit series!)
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
10:00 – 11:00 Goosebumps – Jeremy Lambert
11:00 – 12:00 Star Wars Adventures – Derek Charm, Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet,
Shaun Manning, Mauricet, Cavan Scott
(*Convention exclusives available!)
11:00 – 12:00 Stretch Armstrong Kevin Burke, Doc Wyatt
12:00 – 1:00 Star Trek – Mike Johnson, David Tipton, Scott Tipton, J.K. Woodward
(*Convention exclusives available!)
12:00 – 1:00 My Little PonyTony Fleecs, Jeremy Whitley, Thom Zahler
1:00 – 2:00 Sh*t My President SaysShannon Wheeler
1:00 – 2:00 God is Disappointed in You – Mark Russell
1:00 – 2:00 Come Again Nate Powell
(*Book debut!)
1:00 – 2:00 I Am A Number Rian Hughes
1:00 – 2:00 Ward’s ValleyBobby Curnow
1:00 – 2:00 Coin-Op Comics Maria Hoey, Peter Hoey
2:00 – 3:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tom Waltz, Freddie E. Williams,
Mateus Santolouco
(*Convention exclusives available!)
2:00 – 3:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
2:00 – 3:00 Transformers: Unicron John Barber
(*Convention exclusive available!)
2:00 ­– 3:00 AssassinistasGilbert Hernandez
(*Book debut!)
2:00 – 3:00 Goosebumps – Jen Vaughn
3:00 – 4:00 Transformers – John Barber, Brendan Cahill, Fico Ossio,
Mairghread Scott, Magdalene Visaggio
3:00 – 4:00 Marvel MasterpiecesJoe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
4:00 – 5:30 Wynonna Earp – Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, Chantel Riley, Emily Andras, Beau Smith
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
6:00 – 7:00 SECRET PROJECT TO BE ANNOUNCED AT SDCC – Fico Ossio
6:00 – 7:00 Locke & Key, Sword of Ages – Gabriel Rodriguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)
6:00 – 7:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco

Sunday July 22nd 

10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Sara Richard
10:00 – 11:00 The Jekyll Island Chronicles Steve Nedvidek, Jack Lowe, Ed Crowell
11:00 – 12:00 Marvel MasterpiecesJoe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)
11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco,
Freddie E. Williams, Caleb Goellner
12:00 – 1:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
12:00 – 1:00 Star Wars Adventures Cavan Scott, Shaun Manning
1:00 – 2:00 Goosebumps – Jeremy Lambert 
1:00 – 2:00 Essex County, The Underwater WelderJeff Lemire
1:00 – 2:00 Come AgainNate Powell
(*Book debut!)
1:00 – 2:00 Ward’s Valley – Bobby Curnow
1:00 – 2:00 The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head – Dan Berry
2:00 – 3:00 For Better or For Worse – Lynn Johnston
(*San Diego Comic Con Special Guest!)
(*Book debut!)
2:00 ­­­– 3:00 Love is LoveMarc Andreyko, Cecil Castellucci, Nyambi Nyambi
3:00 – 4:00 The Jekyll Island Chronicles Steve Nedvidek, Jack Lowe, Ed Crowell
3:00 – 4:00 Marvel MasterpiecesJoe Jusko
(*Convention exclusive hardcover available!)

The Top Shelf section of the booth will be filled all weekend with more great creators, too!

IDW’s panels

Transformers: Unicron and Beyond
Thursday , 7/19, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 29AB
The planet-eater Unicron has arrived, and nothing will be spared! Come join IDW Editor-in-Chief John Barber, associate publisher David Hedgecock, editor David Mariotte, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing Michael Kelly and creators behind the blockbuster event of the summer to find out what’s in store for the Autobots and a hint at what comes next!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles For All!
Thursday , 7/19, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
Three eras of the Ninja Turtles collide in one room! Co-creator Kevin Eastman is joined by the current comic book creative team of Tom WaltzBobby Curnow, along with other special guests as they talk about the past, present, and future of the heroes in a half shell! Turtle power! There will also be a special Turtle Trivia with prizes for the ultimate TMNT fan!

Spotlight on Lynn Johnston
Thursday, 7/19, 11:00am – 12:00am, Room 32AB
ComicCon special guest Lynn Johnston is the Canadian creator of For Better or For Worse. This family-based comic strip has been syndicated since 1979 and was named Best Syndicated Comic Strip in 1992. At its peak, For Better or For Worse appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in 23 countries and was translated into 8 languages for a devoted readership of more than 220 million. Expect to learn more about Johnston’s career in comics and what she’s been up to lately!

Joe Jusko Spotlight
Thursday, 7/19, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9
Joe Jusko is one of the premier and most in-demand painters of comic book and trading-card art working today. In an award-winning career spanning more than 40 years, he has produced extraordinary illustrations for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and many more. Join this acclaimed artist as he talks with IDW editor Scott Dunbier about his long and storied (and believe us, there are stories!) career.

Sonic the Hedgehog’s Way Past Cool Panel
Thursday, 7/19, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 9
Sonic The Hedgehog has raced back into comics, bringing old enemies and new friends along for the ride! Join IDW editors Joe Hughes and David Mariotte, artist Evan Stanley, Sega Licensing Specialist Michael Cisneros, Director of Product Development Austin Keys, and special guest Takashi Iizuka, the Head of Sonic Team for a fun discussion on comics and upcoming games, surprise announcements, and more!

Spotlight on Shannon Wheeler
Thursday July 19, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Room 26AB
ComicCon special guest Shannon Wheeler (New Yorker cartoonist and Too Much Coffee Man creator) presents a special slide show and free gifts. Secrets will be revealed! Shannon shot 5,000 comics with a gun (self-proclaimed stupidest gimmick ever). Learn the history of the Japanese Bootleg shirt. Was Huey Newton (Black Panther leader) Shannon’s landlord? Did Shannon’s mom take them to hear cult leader Jim Jones speak? Did Shannon smuggle cigars out of Cuba? All true. Those stories will be told, plus selections from his new book, Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius, including “Camp Micro-Penis,” “Getting Trapped in the Paris Subway,” and “How To Sell a Sex Doll.” There might be some dirty words.

IDW: PDX presents Full Bleed
Friday, 7/20, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
Ted Adams, CEO & co-founder of IDW and Dirk Wood, Creative Director of IDW:PDX present FULL BLEED: A sneak-peek into the world’s only 200 page, hardcover, print only comics & culture “magazine!” Prizes, announcements, Q&A, and a roundtable discussion on comics, journalism and more! Featuring Art Director Robbie Robbins, and contributors Jen Vaughn, Jarrett Melendez, Kim Dwinell, Gideon Kendall, Christina “Steenz” Stewart, and more! Got a pitch for Full Bleed? Bring it to the panel!

The Human Condition: Connecting Humanity With Graphic Novels
Friday, 7/20, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 23ABC
Featuring vibrant stories that bring tales of strength, courage, and determination to audiences of all ages. As the graphic novel space gains popularity and general interest, it presents a powerful medium for sharing complex stories or characterizations across the nuanced tableau of our multi-cultural world. From books featuring real-life frontierswoman Calamity Jane, to the brutal Spanish Revolution, and even the personal demons that cast doubt within our lives — this panel will show the strength of sequential graphic story telling in the 21st Century.

The One, The Only, Artist’s Edition!
Friday, 7/20, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4
Since their inception nearly a decade ago, Artist’s Editions have become one of the most acclaimed (and imitated) formats in comics. IDW has won five prestigious Eisner-awards for their line of massive art books… so far! Join IDW Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier as he fills you in on upcoming projects—some not yet announced—and presents a slide show featuring an amazing sampling of art. We’ll talk about Artist’s Editions, Artist Select Series, and Art in general! There will be a special guest or two, and trivia questions to test your knowledge of comic art (AE related, naturally)—the winner will get an AE prize as well as bragging rights… a fun time for all!

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Premiere!
Friday, 7/20, 5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m., Horton Grand Theatre
Join the cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp as they celebrate the beginning of season three! Come see Melanie ScrofanoShamier AndersonTim RozonDomonique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith and watch an exclusive screening of the first episode of the new season, Blood Red and Going Down.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Jam with IDW
Saturday, 7/21, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 23ABC
From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to My Little Pony, Star Wars Adventures, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more, IDW publishes some of the hottest properties in children’s comics on the market today. Come meet the people who make it happen and learn the comic-making process so you can make a comic of your own! There will be interactive activities, great announcements, and a special gift for everyone who attends!

Jack Kirby’s Artwork Extravaganza Encore!
Saturday, 7/21, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room 24ABC
Back by popular demand, the smash-hit panel returns to San Diego! A larger-than life celebration of the King of Comics features an unprecedented multi-media presentation of over 1,300 pieces of Jack Kirby artwork. IDW President and Publisher Greg Goldstein, is joined by esteemed artist Joe Jusko and some surprise guests to discuss the unrivaled work of the legendary talent, Jack Kirby. Everyone in attendance will take home a limited-edition print with them!

IDW’s Big News Panel!
Saturday, 7/21, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
Be among the first to hear about IDW’s big announcements at SDCC! New titles! New creators! All the news that’s fit to print in one place. Plus, don’t miss out on an exclusive give away that you can ONLY get here!

IDW Entertainment & SYFY Present: Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 7/21, 6:45p.m. – 7:45p.m., Room 6DE
Join the cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp! Come see Melanie ScrofanoShamier AndersonTim RozonDomonique Provost-ChalkleyKatherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith as they reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 3!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles On the Tabletop
Sunday, 7/22, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has an exciting year on the way for board games. With a successful Kickstarter just finishing up for Munchkin and a new tabletop miniatures game on the way. This panel will look at how the Ninja Turtles are doing on the tabletop, a discussion with the game designers, an early look at the miniatures and then a special/exclusive announcement for the next game!

Plus, don’t miss the CBLDF auction, benefitting the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium on Saturday night at the Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire Room AB at 8PM. Featuring a Keynote speech by Top Shelf writer/artist Nate Powell (Come Again, artist onMarch trilogy), and live-sketching from veteran artist David Lloyd (V for Vendetta)!

 

About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including TransformersMy Little PonyStar TrekTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGhostbusters, Star Wars, Sonic The Hedgehog, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of NightLocke & KeyWormwoodRagnarökV-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-FilesBack to the FutureThe Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment, which launched in 2013, has successfully delivered three seasons of the critically-acclaimed Wynonna Earp, as well as two seasons of Dirk Gently on BBC America in the U.S. and Netflix worldwide. The company is also in various stages of development and production on a roster of scripted series, including the Netflix Original series V-WARS to premiere in 2019.

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July 11th, 2018 by Cherry
Crunchyroll and VRV are ready for SDCC and fans of anime and manga should get ready for 2 panels discussing the artform we all love! That will include the aggregation of premium SVOD channels including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, Drama Fever and more. The first panel is on Thursday, July 19th from 8-9PM in room 29AM where they will discuss Tech & Innovation in Animation presented by VRV. The Crunchyroll Industry panel is on Saturday, July 21st from 8:30-9:30PM in 7AB where they will talk about Anime and Manga! 
  • Thursday, July 19 from 8 – 9 PM in room 29AB: Tech & Innovation in Animation presented by VRV.
    • Synopsis: Technology has changed everything! Hear from your favorite creators at Cartoon Hangover, Crunchyroll, VRV and more about trends in animation and technology. Listen as your favorite creators talk about how they push the envelope creatively, how they challenge themselves and each other, how they integrate technology into their animation pipelines and creative process and how they try to stay ahead of the curve to keep their work innovative. Attendees will get a sneak peek at upcoming projects and a special gift from VRV!
    • Panelists include:
      • Lydia Bottegoni, the SVP of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard
      • Fred Seibert, Founder and CEO of Frederator Networks
      • Margaret Dean, head of studio at Crunchyroll, Ellation
  • Saturday July 21 at 8:30-9:30 PM in room 7AB: Crunchyroll Industry Panel: The Latest and Hottest in Anime & Manga Today!

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July 11th, 2018 by Cherry

Fans rejoice because LAIKA LIVE is BIGGER than last year!

The first installation was such a success Laika is coming back three times bigger and bringing Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and the upcoming Missing Link. This exhibition offers attendees the opportunity to learn about how the films are made with a curated tour. Laika fans will be able to take photos with beloved characters at the exhibit and offsite throughout the Gaslamp Quarter including Coraline and Other Mother celebrating the 10th anniversary (release date February 9, 2009). Get ready to meet Mr. Link the star of Missing Link (April 19, 2019 release), see the set and puppet from the new upcoming film. 

LAIKA LIVE is celebrating the Coraline 10th Anniversary, PRIDE and Comic-Con Image result for missing link laikaCelebrations in one stop motion collection and of course the opportunity to purchase SDCC exclusive items AND enter to win prizes that you want to get your hands on.

 

LAIKA LIVE exhibit is from Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 22, 2018 coinciding with the city’s PRIDE and Comic-Con festivities in a larger venue at 350 Fifth Avenue (Gaslamp) that is free for everyone! On display will be an extensive display of  props, puppets, and sets from LAIKA’s critically acclaimed and award-winning films. They have brought fan art, technology demonstrations, drawings for a pair of coveted Coraline Dunks from Nike, social media activations, LAIKA merchandise offered for sale (including brand new items and limited edition Coraline items), multiple giveaways, and more.

LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight will lead a Facebook Live tour of the exhibit and do an autograph signing with a soon-to-be-announced special guest on Saturday, July 21.

 

WHERE:               LAIKA LIVE

San Diego’s Gaslamp District

350 Fifth Avenue (between J & K Streets)

San Diego, CA 92101

 

WHEN:                 Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 22, 2018

 

Hours of Operation:

Friday, 7/13:  2-10pm

Saturday, 7/14: 2-10pm

Sunday, 7/15:  11am-5pm

Monday, 7/16:  12-5pm

Tuesday, 7/17: 12-5pm

Wednesday, 7/18: 12-5pm

Thursday, 7/19:  10am-10pm

Friday, 7/20:  10am-11pm

Saturday, 7/21: LAIKA store opens at 10am; exhibit: 2:00pm-11pm

Sunday, 7/22: 10am-6pm

 

HIGHLIGHTS:   

 

Saturday, July 21 (with soon-to-be announced special guest)

11am:  LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight (director of Kubo and the Two Strings) will take Facebook Live guests on a tour of the exhibit.  (Details tba)

 

12:30 to 2:00pm Autograph signing session with Travis Knight.  Autographs of merchandise (available at the store at LAIKA LIVE) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, time permitting.

 

WHAT TO SEE at LAIKA LIVE:     

  • Sets, puppets, props and technology demonstrations from all four LAIKA films as well as our hero puppet and a set from the studio’s upcoming Missing Link.
  • LAIKA merchandise available for purchase.
  • Daily drawing for one pair of collectible Coraline Dunks from Nike.
  • Photo ops with LAIKA costume characters, including:

◦ Coraline and Other Mother from Coraline

◦  Norman and Zombie Judge from ParaNorman

◦  Boxtrolls Fish and Sparky from The Boxtrolls

◦  Kubo, Monkey and Beetle from Kubo and the Two Strings

◦  Mister Link from Missing Link

 

ABOUT LAIKA

Fueled by the vision of its President & CEO Travis Knight, the animation studio LAIKA was founded in 2005.  Located just outside of Portland, Oregon, LAIKA was awarded a Scientific and Technology Oscar® plaque in 2016 for its innovation in 3D printing. All of LAIKA’s four films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) were nominated for the Academy Award® for Outstanding Animated Feature.  Kubo and the Two Stringsalso won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film and received an additional Oscar® nomination for Visual Effects.  LAIKA’s next film, Missing Link, will be released April 19, 2019 by Annapurna Pictures with foreign sales being handled by AGC International, the sales arm of AGC Studios.  The film boasts a roster of international stars including Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis.  www.laika.com @LAIKAstudios

For more details and updated hours of operation, please visit www.laika.com.

 

#LAIKAStudios

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laikastudios

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LAIKAStudios

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laikaStudios/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/laikastudios

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June 14th, 2018 by Cherry
Anime Expo 2018 Attack on Titan S3
World Premiere with Yuki Kaji & Bryce Papenbook (Eren’s Voice Actors)!

If you were on the fence about Anime Expo 2018 get your behind off the couch and buy your tickets cause Attack on Titan S3 is COMING!!!! The new season is premier in Japan on July 22nd BUT AX2018 fans get to see the premier right here in Los Angeles!  Yuki Kaji (My Hero Academia) and Bryce Papenbrook (Sword Art Online) will chat about about working on Attack on Titan with the exclusive Funimation Panel. Details are still being announced but the panel will be Sunday, July 8th, they will signing autographs and (hopefully) a few photos with fans!

Event Details
  • Date: Sunday, July 8
  • Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Room: LACC\Main Event (Hall B)
  • For information about lining up and room entry, please see the Program Room Policies

About Yuki Kaji

Yuki Kaji is a very popular and accomplished voice actor in anime! He is recognized as the voice of Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan, Meliodas in The Seven Deadly Sins, Todoroki in My Hero Academia, and Clemont in Pokémon XY!

 

About Bryce Papenbrook

Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps. Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren in Attack on Titan & Attack on Titan Jr High, Kirito in Sword Art Online & Sword Art Online II, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Shirou Emiya in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, and many more.


Anime Expo 2018  will run from July 5 through July 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on July 4, 2018.

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May 20th, 2018 by Gigi Teen Geek

By Gigi

Calling all Street Fighter fans! Here’s a chance to have some of your work featured in the upcoming pin-up 2018 Street Fighter: Summer Sports Special. The pinup will be released this summer in August. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your work displayed next to the drawings of UDON artists? If I had any drawing ability, I would be all over this cool fanart competition. This is great opportunity to gain exposure for your craft! 

They are looking for summer themed artwork, but no nudity!. I recommend including swimsuits, the beach, sports, or anything summer related in your piece. Unfortunately, for younger fans, there is an age limit of at least 16. You can submit here. The deadline is June 5.

 

Here are the rules you must obey to submit your work:

  • artwork must feature at least one character from the STREET FIGHTER video game series
  • you may not include characters from other Capcom or non-Capcom games/properties
  • characters not allowed include those exclusive the Street Fighter EX series, and the character of Ingrid
  • you may not include your own original characters
  • artwork may be sexy but no nudity please
  • artwork should not feature alcohol, smoking, or drug use.
  • entrants must be at least 16 years of age at time of submission
  • by submitting your artwork, you are giving UDON permission to publish it in the Street Fighter: Summer Sports Special in 2018. along with
    • your name or pseudonym
    • your country and state.
  • please feel free to show off your submission online any time! We’d love if you add the hashtag #SFcomicfanart
  • all art styles are welcome
  • ideal artwork shape is 7 x 11″. While low resolution previews are used for submissions, we suggest you create your artwork at 300dpi+ (if selected, we may request the higher resolution file from you for printing)
  • artwork submission deadline is June 5, 2018

 

Do you plan on submitting any original creations? If so, make sure to comment and share what you’re drawing! Make sure to use the hashtag when you submit!

 

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May 11th, 2018 by Cherry

“Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey comics were pure Kosmic Kirby at the top of his craft, expanding on the 2001 story in ways not even masters like Kubrick or Clarke could have imagined,” says Kirby Museum Acting Director, Rand Hoppe. “We can’t wait for fans to have their minds blown by the stories AND the visuals.”

If your in the NYC area you have to check out the “A Jack Kirby Odyssey” from May 11-13! It’s a celebration of the King of Comics’ pop-up exhibiting Arther C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey at One Art Space (23 Warren Street, NYC). It’s in celebration of the cinematic masterpiece with a giant reproduction, never seen before pencil art and multimedia presentations.

“The comics on display for A Jack Kirby Odyssey were painstakingly reproduced from the photocopies of Kirby’s pencil art,” adds Kirby Museum President, Tom Kraft. “The oversized comics at our Kirby 100 birthday celebration at One Art Space were big hits. We expect people will love seeing Kirby’s cosmic pencil art at large size, too.”

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Jack Kirby 100 Highlights Include:

Friday:
5pm – Opening Celebration

Saturday:
1pm – The Jack’d Kirby podcast live!
5pm – Kubrick and Kirby: Mind-Breakers. Hoppe and Romberger in Conversation
7pm – Fake Church with Geoff Grimwood. Improv Comedy!

Sunday:
2pm – Norton’s Odyssey – audio-visual dramatic reading of issues #5&6
4pm – The New Seed! – audio-visual dramatic reading of issue #7
5pm – Closing Celebration

About Us
The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center is organized exclusively for educational purposes; more specifically, to promote and encourage the study, understanding, preservation, and appreciation of the work of Jack Kirby. Kirby 100 marks our third pop-up event in New York City and we regularly travel the US and Europe putting on and assisting exhibitions and lectures about Mr. Kirby’s life and art.

More programming will be announced shortly. For ongoing updates, check kirbymuseum.org, follow @JackKirbyMuseum on Twitter, and like facebook.com/KirbyMuseum.

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March 31st, 2018 by Aiyonna White
(L to R): Composers and panelists Mark Rivers, Tim Kiefer, Ryan Elder, and Tom Howe at “Music in Animation” panel at WonderCon on Sunday, March 25th in Anaheim, CA.

by Aiyonna White, Contributor      

        I talked to the creative minds behind some of your favorite music pieces in your favorite T.V. shows! I had the chance to interview Ryan Elder, Tim Kiefer, Mark Rivers, and Tom Howe about composing for animation, comics, and their favorite music genres! I also self-indulgently ask them about choir music and show off my music tattoo as an attempt of camaraderie.

 

Tom Howe

Howe is an award-winning film and television composer and is most known for his work on Wonder Woman and Legend of Tarzan. He has recently worked on the new animated film Early Man.

 

Q: How’s your Wondercon going? Did you just get here?

A: I just got here, and it’s great. I didn’t realize it was such a big thing. Seeing everyone walking around in their costumes was fantastic. I think Americans do things bigger and better than anywhere else.

Q: Are you from England?

A: I am.

Q: I didn’t know that.

A: Yeah. I’m from there. Lived here four years, though.

Q: Can you tell me a bit about Early Man?

A: Yeah. I came on to that project 10 weeks from when we recorded which was November. My co-writer, who is Harry Gregson-Williams, he called me and asked me if I’d like to co-write the movie with him, and I then flew over to London to meet Nick Park and the team. Hung out there for a couple of days just getting to know everybody, visiting sets, and came back and then we started writing, trying to get things approved because we didn’t have a lot of time before we actually had to record. But the movie was fairly complete by that point. Some things change but a lot of the animation had been done because it takes like four or five years for them to get it together, because it’s very slow. It’s frame by frame filmmaking. It was just a great opportunity to be a part of and a fantastic process.

Q: Can you tell me how you got into composing?

A: My parents are both musical, and…my dad plays the organ, piano, guitar, and things, but he played the organ in church and my mom sung in the choir, so I did a lot of singing when I was younger. I started piano at about four or five or something. I took up the guitar at eight, I think, and then the clarinet later, a few things like that. I studied music and orchestration and things later on. I thought originally I was going to be in a band and be a songwriter. That’s what I really wanted to do, but I got a lot of people asking me to do string arrangements for songs, so I ended up going more in that direction. Somebody who I’d been in college with, who had nothing to do with music, but she got a job at a television channel. She called me they needed some music for a very small thing

Composer of Early Man, Tom Howe talks animation at “Music in Animation” panel at WonderCon on Sunday, March 25th in Anaheim, CA.

they were doing. A two minute long student film that they were putting out that day, and I did that. I’d suddenly found that I’d switched directions from what I thought I was gonna do to writing music for media. After that, that producer went on to do something else and I worked with him, then. One thing sort of snowballed to the other. I always knew I was going to do music, whether it was songwriting or film work or whatever.

 

Q: What music do you listen to in your free time?

A: Uhm….

Q: If you like to listen to music in your free time.

A: Funnily enough, because you’re on a film or T.V. show and you’re writing music it can be 18 hours a day for six-and-a-half days a week, sometimes seven when you’re getting near the end. There isn’t really a lot of time to listen to music outside of that, and I almost don’t want to. So I actually I find I listen to a lot of talk radio because I want to hear something but I need it to be almost like white noise that just distracts me rather than something musical. But if I get the chance… I’ve got three kids who listen to all kinds of different things. Usually, it will be whatever they’re listening to, because if we’re driving somewhere in the car, that will take priority over whatever I want to listen to.

Q: You talked a little bit about being in choirs?

A: Yeah.

Q: I love choir. Do you have a favorite choir composer?

A: Yeah, I love Morten Lauridsen, who I think is amazing. He and actually Eric Whitacre is another guy. Eric Whitacre is quite similar to Morten Lauridsen, but there’s a piece called “O Magnum Mysterium” by Lauridsen and I think it’s fantastic. The really close kind of voice writing. A lot of divisi cuts and clashes but… I don’t think there’s anything like the voice… strings get pretty close maybe, but I think that there’s nothing like just voices for everything, really. For emotion, for written things… one of the films I remember seeing growing up was a film called Cry Freedom. This sort of fantastic African choir, just the sound of it obliterated everything else in the movie in terms of the musical stuff. I thought they were amazing. But those are probably the two that I’ve been listening to, recently anyway. I think they’re both great.

Q: I sang that piece in high school.

A: Really?

Q: I loved it. It was beautiful.

A: It’s great, isn’t it?

Q: It was a lot of work.

A: I was gonna say, it’s not an easy thing to sing. There’s a lot or very close writing that then resolves, isn’t it? You’re clashing for quite a bit. But yeah, it’s a great piece of music.

Q: Can you tell me a bit about your role in the Wonder Woman movie?

A: Sure, yes. I was an additional composer on that movie for Rupert Gregson-Williams. That really involves… well, on a movie like that there was, again not a lot of time to put it together, but also there’s a lot of minutes of music. So, I’ll take on some scenes, basically, on Rupert’s behalf and I’ll either take a theme that he’s written-obviously all the main themes are by him and he’s doing the bulk of the movie- and I’ll work that theme into the scene that I’m doing. Or it could be a stand-alone scene that therefore isn’t hugely affecting the arc, then I’ll take that on just to kind of mean that he has not got to do it. So I probably took eight or nine, ten scenes in the movie, something like that. Just try to help out, really. It’s not uncommon on some of these big movies to have one or two other people kind of running alongside you trying to get it all done. Particularly when on a movie of that scale, where the picture’s changing a lot, so there’s a lot of musical conforms to do as well as writing. You’re permanently trying to keep up with the latest version of the picture. It’s just a lot of work that needs to be done. I’ve done that on several different movies for different people, but it’s a great thing to do, I think because you get the experience of working on a huge movie-you’re part of it, your music’s going into the film-but you slightly can stand back from the pressure of being in the firing line as the lead composer if they don’t like it at all. You can learn a lot doing it. It’s good fun. The movie turned out well didn’t it? It was huge. It was very successful.

Q: I loved that movie.

A: Second one’s coming.

Q: Do you read comics at all?

A: I haven’t for many years. A friend of mine collects the original ones and he seems to have an amazing collection of very valuable comics, as well. Do you collect them?

Q: I don’t collect them because I’ve seen that it’s not valuable. But it’s cool to read, I guess. If I really like a piece then I’ll buy it. How much freedom do get when you’re composing?

A: It depends on the project actually. Fairly- initially, anyway- a fairly big degree of flexibility in what you can do and theme ideas, and things. But, fundamentally, writing film music you’re always serving the filmmakers vision, the studio, the other people involved. So you have to respect that. I think sometimes, in the case of like Early Man. I was on for ten weeks, Nick Park was on for six years, so he’s going to have a better idea of what it is and what he wants than I am. I can’t absorb that in that short amount of time, and I have to start writing straight away. I’ve only got ten days before I’m trying to be at the same speed. I think you do get freedom, but at the same time people know what they want and you are trying to serve a higher purpose. Otherwise, you can go write concert music.

 

Follow Tom Howe on Twitter: @howe_tom

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January 31st, 2018 by Cherry

Get ready to be ‘Static Shock’ with the release of the complete third season of the beloved animated series. The two-disc package is available on wb.com/warnerarchive and online retailers. It’s a great series that I watched back in the 2000’s and perfect to revisit or introduce to new fans aka kids or new to the geek world before seeing Black Panther <grrr>

 

“In the third season, everything sort of got spruced up,” recalls LaMarr, known far and wide for his voice performances in Samurai Jack, Futurama and Family Guy, and his live-action roles for MADtv and Pulp Fiction. “The writing was just as good as ever, but they really raised the stakes. Static’s costume went from homemade to a legitimate super hero costume, Richie became his own super hero in Gear, and that meant there was less sitting back at headquarters – we started going on a lot more duo-action adventures.”

Static Shock – Toys in the Hood (S3 E9)

“Moreover, it was so great to finally have a black super hero who didn’t have ‘black’ in his name. I could relate to him. Here’s a kid who is smart, who’s trying to do the right thing, dealing with relatable problems whether it was family or school or friendships. Despite that fact that it was a cartoon that revolved around super heroes, it felt real to me.”

Phil LaMarr starred as Virgil Hawkins/Static for the entire series run and the release of the third season saw a major shift in the show with important guest appearances, upgrade to his tech and integration in the overall universe. Static got a new costume, Richie his BFF/partner-in-crime-fighting became the super hero Gear and the duo fought crime with some major baddies. All of this feels like a direct line to the upcoming Black Panther since Static ‘returned to Africa’ to find his roots, teamed up with the Justice League and Superman. LaMarr & Marsden worked together on the Disney animated series ‘The Weekenders’ which really made enriched their chemistry as friends IRL and animation!

Static Shock & Gear

“Static Shock provided a second opportunity to play partners and best friends – which was great because we were already good friends,” LaMarr says. “Our friendship on the show was authentic. And there’s nothing better than getting paid every week to work with your friend.”

LaMarr’s connection to Static appealed to him in so many ways as a fan and as someone who was once a black teenage boy. “As a comic book guy, Static was a dream come true – a character who really felt real to me,” LaMarr says. “I always thought Static would be what I would be if I got powers as a teenager. I loved Spidey and Bats, but I never wanted to be them. There are tortured souls, and everything they do is informed by that guilt. For Static, the worst problem was having to do his homework.

Static Shock: The Complete Third Season featured numerous guest performances from actors as acclaimed and diverse as four-time Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard (Miss Evers’ Boys, Desperate Housewives, Hill Street Blues), Emmy Award winner Roscoe Lee Browne (Logan’s Run, The Cowboys), Brock Peters (To Kill A Mockingbird, Soylent Green), Golden Globe winner Terence Stamp (Billy Budd, Superman), three-time Emmy Award winner Jean Smart (24, Garden State), Bud Court (Harold & Maude, M*A*S*H), Dennis Haysbert (24, Major League), Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, The Dark Knight), T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (In Living Color, That’s So Raven), Danica McKeller (The Wonder Years), Phil Morris (Smallville), Charles Rocket (Moonlighting), Sean Patrick Thomas (The District), Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect), Bumper Robinson (The Game), David Faustino (Married With Children), Nicolette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), David Arquette (Cougar Town), Tia Texada (Third Watch) and rapper Romeo Miller.

Also performing guest roles during Static Shock: The Complete Third Season are the voices of Warner Bros. Animation’s core group of DC Super Heroes, including actors from Batman: The Animated Series (Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Arleen Sorkin, Robert Hastings) and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited (George Newbern, Carl Lumbly, Maria Canals Barrera, Michael Rosenbaum), as well as Phil LaMarr himself as the voice of Green Lantern/John Stewart.

Static Shock, Gear & the Justice League

“The crossover episodes with the Justice League were so much fun for me – it was great to feel like Static Shock was part of the legacy of the super hero entertainment that I grew up watching and reading,” LaMarr says. “Associating Static with the Justice League sort of legitimized our little show, putting Static on the same level as supers like Batman, Green Lantern and all the rest. Plus getting to act again alongside my Justice League acting pals – Maria Canals Barrera, Susan Eisenberg, Carl Lumbly, Michael Rosenbaum, George Newbern, Kevin Conroy – was a blast, especially because now they were coming to MY house. It was actually a little weird because we were sitting in the same chairs as we always did when recording Justice League – but now I had more lines. Of course, I had two different characters – Static and Green Lantern John Stewart.”

Image result for static shock green lantern season 3 LaMarr said the dual role – which put him in the unusual position of recording two characters talking to each other – was the first time he encountered that situation in his career.

 “I thought the writers wrote those scenes as a challenge for me,” LaMarr recalls. “At least they didn’t have them singing harmony or something crazy like that!”

 Static Shock: The Complete Third Season features an all-star lineup of writers behind the scripts: Paul Dini, Dwayne McDuffie, Len Uhley, Ernie Altbacker, John Semper, Courtney Lilly and Adam Beechen. For the Static-Superman team-up episode entitled “Toys in the Hood,” Semper crafted a story that was written by Academy Award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave).

 An episode entitled “Static in Africa” saw the Hawkins family on vacation in Ghana, where Static teams with a legendary African folk hero to combat a group of bandits. The episode was particularly important to LaMarr.

 

Static in Africa

“Static in Africa was a blast for so many reasons,” LaMarr recalls. “It was a thrill to work for the first time with Michael Jai White and Roscoe Lee Browne, as well as my Justice League castmate Carl Lumbly. Carl and Roscoe are guys whose work I’d seen growing up, and to share a studio with them was fantastic.

 

 “Moreover, it was really cool to be able to explore our roots in a Saturday morning cartoon. I had never seen contemporary Africa on Saturday morning – an Africa that was not unlike our own world. We have super heroes, they have super heroes. Africa wasn’t showed as exotica – it was a world where people like us live. And to me, that was a great part of Static Shock. It wasn’t about that Static was black; but he was black. His life, his world – those were real. And that kind of normalization is what’s key to true diversity.”

 

The Static Shock: The Complete Third Season two-disc set includes the following animated episodes:

 

Disc One

Hard As Nails

Gear

Static in Africa

Shebang

The Usual Suspect

A League Of Their Own, Part 1

A League Of Their Own, Part 2

Showtime

Romeo in the Mix

 

Disc Two

Toys In The Hood

The Parent Trap

Flashback

Blast From The Past

 

Disc Two also includes the Superman: The Animated Series episode entitled “Obsession” (Season 3, Episode 4), which ultimately served as a prequel to the Static Shock episode, “Toys in the Hood” and spotlighted the first meeting of Superman and Static, featuring the voices of Tim Daly (Superman), Nancy Travis (Darci Mason), Bud Cort (The Toyman) and Joely Fisher (Lana Lang).

 

Warner Archive Collection (WAC) continues to serve as host to some of the most beloved films, television series and animated entertainment in history – and many are now available on Blu-ray. WAC’s canon runs the gamut from restored and remastered Blu-ray classics such as The Americanization of Emily, The Big Sleep, The Great Race, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Victor/Victoria and Yankee Doodle Dandy to adored TV offerings such as Longmire (on Blu-ray), Alice and Family Matters (on DVD) to feature-length animated films, including the recent Blu-ray release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, to animated TV series headed by recent Blu-ray releases such as Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice, as well as a wealth of classic animated series on DVD including dozens of Hanna-Barbera classics. WAC offerings can be found via wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.

 

I was a HUGE fan of this series and am so happy it will now be available for me to fangirl as well as introduce to my young relatives. Leave a comment below on your favorite episode and whom you plan to introduce to Static!

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