“Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” takes on Silver Swan (Marie Avgeropoulos)
“Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” is the newest film in the popular series of DC Universe Movies produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC. The film has the added bonus of the DC Showcase animated short Death, inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman”
NYCC had the world premier of Wonder Woman: Bloodlines with Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Marie Avgeropoulos (Silver Swan), Adrienne C. Moore (Etta Candy), Mozhan Marno (Dr. Cyber) and Courtenay Taylor (Dr. Poison) at the World Premiere of “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” on Friday, October 4 at New York Comic Con. Attendees were able to attend a panel discussion with cast and filmmakers James Tucker (executive producer), Sam Liu (producer/co-director), Justin Copeland (co-director) and Mairghread Scott (screenwriter).
Fans can stream “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” starting Saturday, October 5 and on 4k, Blu-ray and DVD starting October 22.
I’m a huge fan of Marie Avgeropoulos who plays Octavia Blake in The CW’s “The 100” and brings a richness to the dark character enriching the pain, choices and trying to survive. I’m very excited to see her in new roles as a VO actor, action, drama and (hopefully) comedy! She’s filming the final season of the 100 and juggling a couple of additional projects. She will co-star with Nicholas Cage in the upcoming “Jiu Jitsu” and Cary Elwes, Susan Sarandon, Diane Kruger, Brad Dourif & Nick Offerman in “Butterfly in the Typewriter.”
VIZ Media collaboration between Coach and renowned fashion designer, Michael B. Jordan at NYCC PopUp with exclusive limited edition T-shirts
Coach will also celebrate the collection with global pop-ups in Japan, Malaysia and the United States, a dedicated Coach experience in the VIZ Media booth at New York Comic Con on October 3-6, and a range of limited-edition T-shirts.
With my name on this collection, it was important to design pieces that represent my cultural influences and my community; pieces that I could see my friends, family and fans wearing with pride. As with all aspects of my work, this collection is about bringing fresh perspectives and unique voices to the forefront. Expanding into the fashion design space was rewarding beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to Stuart and Coach for providing me with the opportunity and expertise to execute a collection I’m extremely proud of.
Michael B. Jordan
Coach has gone geek! Michael B. Jordan the first global face of Coach menswear has launched Coach x Michael B. Jordan. The unisex collection has been inspired by his love of Naruto, community and culture. Stuart Vevers, Coach Creative Director worked with Michael B. Jordan on the collection of footwear, bag and outwear for the ninja in all of us.
The hero film, conceived by Jordan and directed by Rachel Morrison, who collaborated with Jordan previously as the director of photography on Black Panther, takes place in a neon-drenched Tokyo street, and moves between moments of modern-day grit and magical realism, placing an emphasis on the power of connection.
Working with Mike is always a great experience. He’s a great collaborator because he always puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and because he brought something authentic and personal to the collection.
Stuart Vevers, Coach Creative Director
The partnership with VIZ Media has launched the Michael B. Jordan X Coach collection online, stores, and pop-ups in select location including NYCC that has exclusive T-shirts. The collection showcases Coach timeless craftsmanship, functional fashion and design nods to manga and anime fans of Naruto. The well thought out design includes the importance of eyes in the series a Coach Retro C graphic. The clothing items are ninja functional with removable sleeves, tactical straps and elastic closures in case you need to defend the village.
The story of Naruto appeals to Jordan and Coach because of his being an outsider that has walked his own path and never gave up on the dream of being the hokage!
ABOUT COACH Coach is a global design house of modern luxury leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear and a full range of lifestyle accessories. Founded in 1941, Coach has a longstanding reputation built on quality craftsmanship and is defined by its confident New York style. The brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. Coach products are available in approximately 55 countries through its network of directly operated stores, travel retail shops and sales to wholesale customers and independent third-party distributors, as well as through coach.com.
ABOUT NARUTO The beloved ninja action franchise made its debut in 1999 in a manga created by Masashi Kishimoto, revolutionized manga and anime, and continues to captivate millions of fans internationally. The Coach x Michael B. Jordan collection is an integral part of the year-long NARUTO 20th Anniversary celebration. The NARUTO brand family includes the original manga series (published by VIZ Media in English), together with the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series and feature films, as well as the latest manga & anime sequel, BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS. In the NARUTO manga and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He’s done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. Additional information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN in North America is available at viz.com/naruto.
ABOUT VIZ MEDIA, LLC Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular SHONEN JUMP brand and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide. Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at viz.com.
COMIC BOOK LEGEND ROB LIEFELD TO RETURN TO L.A. COMIC CON WITH EXCLUSIVE BRIGADE BOOK AND HOST ROB LIEFELD REMEMBERS STAN LEE, A TRIBUTE PANEL FEATURING PERSONAL MEMORIES AND IMAGES FROM THEIR 30+ YEAR LONG FRIENDSHIP
LA Comic Con welcomes Rob Liefeld, creator of Deadpool, Cable, X-Force, Domino and many more for L.A. Comic Con in 2019. Rob has an exclusive cover for the new comic book BRIGADE #1 making it’s West Coast debut at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October 11th to 13th 2019. The exclusive L.A. Comic Con cover is available only at the show!
ROB LIEFELD REMEMBERS STAN LEE on the Main Stage on Saturday, October 12th from 1pm to 1:30 pm. Rob will share stories, images and fond memories from their 30+ year long friendship.
Known for his irreverent and edgy style, Rob Liefeld is one of the most iconic comic artists of all time, having created over 150 characters and selling over 50Million comics worldwide. His most notable characters Marvel’s Deadpool, Cable, Domino and X-Force are currently on the big screen played by Hollywood A-listers Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz in DEADPOOL 2. The DEADPOOL film franchise has made over $1.5 billion in just 2 movies and remain the highest grossing R Rated Movies in worldwide box office History.
In 2019, Liefeld returned to Marvel with spectacular success. His newest Marvel creation, Major X, a 6-part series written entirely by Liefeld, has sold out all initial runs and returned for several re-printings. It will be released as a trade paperback Omnibus on October 2nd 2019.
L.A. Comic Con is Los Angeles’ biggest and best multimedia pop culture convention, held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center. L.A. Comic Con assembles the most exciting, new and innovative in comics, movies, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, anime, gaming and all things pop-culture, making it Los Angeles’ ultimate pop-culture destination. With over 106,000 fans at last year’s event, L.A. Comic Con expects the 2019 event will be their biggest ever. The two-time Fan-voted NerdHQ Con of the Year, L.A. Comic Con is one of the most diverse and celebrated geek and pop-culture events in the United States, giving fans once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to truly interact with their favorite creators and major players in the entertainment industry. The L.A. Comic Con team strives to make all your nerd fantasies come true!
JADE LAGARDERE will be debuting a convention exclusive edition of her European comic book AMBER BLAKE at NEW YORK COMIC-CON2019
The creator of Amber Blake is Jade Lagardere a former model who started walking the catwalk at 12 years old for the Amarni show in Italy. It’s a modern international thriller with action, crime, and revenge that follows Amber Black who was abandoned as a child and takes on her abusers.
NEW YORK COMIC-CON from October 3-6, 2019 at the Javits Center in New York City has the exclusive trade paperback of AMBER BLAKE. It’s a collection of 4 single issues into a special edition square bound graphic novel with a cover by artist Catherine Nodet and illustrator Jackson Guice. The series was inspired by causes important to Jade anti-bullying and child abuse as well as the Belgium comic book culture.
The collection has been translated from French into English for the North American market. It will be available starting November 5, 2019 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
AMBER BLAKE has proudly collaborated with illustrator JACKSON GUICE popularly known as BUTCH GUICE a legend in the DC and Marvel Universe. His resume impressively includes many Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, X-Factor, The Flash, Terminator: End Game, Doctor Strange, Badger, Iron Man and most recently Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis.
ABOUT JADE: Belgian-born JADE LAGARDERE started modeling when she was discovered at a young age breaking on to the runway with the Giorgio Armani show. Later she moved to New York, signed with an agency and pursued modeling full time, gracing the pages of various fashion magazines and international campaigns. A mother of three, Jade’s happiest moments are spent dedicating her time to her children and AMBER BLAKE which she considers her fourth baby!
On May 1st 1983, NBC aired part one of a 4 hour miniseries called V. The story of V begins as giant alien spacecraft come to Earth and hover above all of the world’s major cities. The aliens, known as The Visitors, say they have come in peace and need Earth’s help in mining a chemical that can save their planet. In exchange, they will share their technology and cures for diseases. But soon, it is discovered that the Visitors have a more sinister agenda. They have come to take all of the planet’s water and to take our people for food. A band of resistance fighters from all walks of life band together to fight this new enemy. The V miniseries was one of the highest-rated television programs in the 1983 season, and NBC would order a sequel mini-series that aired in May of 1984, and then a weekly series which ran from 1984-1985.
Warner Archive has remastered V: The Original Miniseries and is set to release it later this summer on Blu-ray. To celebrate, they held a panel at San Diego Comic Con, where they showed off some of the new hi-def footage. Members of the Warner Archive team appeared along with Marc Singer (The Beastmaster), who starred as TV-reporter turned resistance fighter Mike Donovan, and V writer/producer Kenneth Johnson, who is also responsible for the classic television hits The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and Alien Nation.
Johnson said he was inspired by Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here, a satirical story about the rise of European-style fascism in the United States. To make his script more marketable for NBC, Johnson made it a sci-fi parable with seemingly friendly aliens as stand-ins for modern Nazis.
“V is a timeless tale,” Johnson said. “It’s Spartacus and the revolt of the slaves. It’s the American Revolution, or the fight against apartheid, or the struggle wherever people are oppressed.”
Singer said V has resonated with audiences because it tells a classic story. “There are a lot of things that conspired to make V relevant again over the generations,” he said. “But I think the basic reason is that it’s an adventure story of daring-do. Everyone loves to see a hero beating the bad guys. But more importantly, it draws together a community and celebrates the entire world we inhabit. There’s a lot of power in the message that we’re all in this together.”
Footage from the new Blu-ray was screened during the panel and some of the clips can be viewed in the link below.
Johnson broke the news during the panel that he is developing a new V trilogy of films. Producer Ted Field (Jumanji) has stepped in to oversee production, and Johnson showed off a short clip of what some of the VFX would look like for the films. The plan is for the first film to retell the story in the 80s and then the sequels would take place 35 years later so that the original V actors like Singer could return to play their roles as the older characters.
Johnson and Singer sat down with us after the panel to discuss the new Blu-ray, the original miniseries, the new V movie that is in development, and why V has remained popular with fans for over 35 years.
Johnson revealed that the miniseries will be presented on Blu-ray in a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio, instead of the 1980s-standard 4:3 television ratio. Johnson recalled his pilot for “The Incredible Hulk” in 1977 being released theatrically in foreign markets, so he said V was filmed with the idea of a potential theatrical release in mind. Edges of the frame were protected so as not to reveal microphones or other production equipment. This allowed the restoration team at Warner Archive to use the wider aspect ratio. It will also feature a new soundtrack. “When they released it on DVD, it had mono sound because Warner wouldn’t let me mix it in stereo,” Johnson said. “I spent twice as much time doing the sound for this Blu-ray to get it right.”
Singer said V fulfilled the desire he had as a kid watching Westerns to be a television hero.
“When I first read the script, the immediate reaction was the writing was terrific and the story was terrific. It was almost as if it was meant to be for me to be in it.”
Singer said he was cast because Johnson had seen him perform a stage production of The Taming of the Shrew, as well as his starring role in the 1982 action-fantasy film The Beastmaster.
Singer said his background in Shakespeare offers a valuable lesson to storytellers. “Every actor and every writer should start off with Shakespeare, period,” Singer said. “The architecture of his writing was almost legalistic. Every word is like a contract, defining who a character is, and they do not not step out of that identity.”
V: The Original Miniseries will be released by Warner Archive Collection on August 27th.