Amber Blake is coming to New York COMIC CON

JADE LAGARDERE will be debuting a convention exclusive edition of her European comic book AMBER BLAKE at NEW YORK COMIC-CON 2019

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!

SDCC: THE VISITORS ARE RETURNING AS “V:THE ORIGINAL MINISERIES” MAKES ITS BLU-RAY DEBUT

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.

“V” creator Kenneth Johnson and star Marc Singer appeared on a panel with the Warner Archive team at San Diego Comic Con to promote the new “V:The Original Miniseries” Blu-ray.

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.

These are some of the new HD clips from Warner Archive’s V:The Original Miniseries that were shown at the San Diego Comic Con panel.

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.

(L to R) V actor Marc Singer and V writer/producer Kenneth Johnson.

Marvel TV Live Auction open now on Prop Store

MARVEL TELEVISION LIVE AUCTION featuring original costumes, props and set decoration from Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s Iron Fist with the Prop Store

I spoke with Chuck Costas, VP of Business Development & Operations at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con about how the Prop Store started, upcoming auctions and working with the studios to get one of a kind items.

This auction will have over 850 lots for the first of its kind two-day live auction on August 12 & 13, 2019 at Prop Store’s auction facility in Los Angeles County, CA. Fans who aren’t able to come to the LA auction house can also participate with the live bidding via telephone or online at www.propstore.com/marvel.

We are very proud to have created these great Marvel shows for the fans and this is a unique opportunity, in association with Prop Store, for fans to become a caretaker of these ‘pieces of art’ used in their production.  We hope that many fans and collectors are able to bring home an authentic piece of the Marvel Universe that excites and inspires them for years to come.”

Mike Pasciullo, SVP, Marvel Marketing and Communications

The auction begins at 10:00 am PST on Monday, August 12. Lots can now be viewed online and bidders can register to participate at: www.propstore.com/marvel

Highlights of the upcoming auction that fans and collectors can bid on with estimated sale prices include:

  • Matt Murdock’s Red First Iteration Daredevil Costume from Marvel’s Daredevil Est. $30,000 – 50,000
  • Elektra Natchios’ Battle Costume from Marvel’s Daredevil Est. $10,000 – 12,000
  • Misty Knight’s Cybernetic Arm from Marvel’s Luke Cage Est. $10,000 – 12,000
  • Willis ‘Diamondback’ Stryker’s Light-Up Battle Costume from Marvel’s Luke Cage Est. $6,000 – 8,000
  • Wilson Fisk’s Cufflinks from Marvel’s Daredevil Est. $1,500 – 2,500
  • Colleen Wing’s Stunt Katana and Sheath from Marvel’s Iron Fist Est. $1,500 – 2,500

“Prop Store is thrilled to be able to offer fans some of the most iconic props, costumes and set dec from these classic Marvel television shows. With over 850 lots in this auction, we believe there’s something for everyone at all price points. You don’t have to be a millionaire to walk away with a very cool piece of Marvel history.”

Chuck Costas, VP of Business Development & Operations

The auction is suitable for fans with a variety of budgets, with many interesting pieces of memorabilia estimated under $500 including:

  • ‘Daredevil Collars Fisk’ New York Bulletin Newspaper Cover from Marvel’s Daredevil Est. $300 – 500
  • Mary Walker’s Flower Drawing from Marvel’s Iron Fist Est. $300 – 500
  • John ‘Bushmaster’ McIver’s Weighted Harlem’s Paradise Matchbook from Marvel’s Luke Cage Est. $200 – 300
  • Frank Castle’s Medical ID Bracelet from Marvel’s Daredevil Est. $200 – 300
  • D.W. Griffith’s Set of Three ‘Luke Cage Clobbers Diamondback’ DVD Cases from Marvel’s Luke Cage Est. $100 – 150

About Prop Store

Prop Store sells original movie and television props, costumes and related memorabilia, regularly hosting live and online prop and costume auctions. Over 7,500 items are also available for sale at fixed price on www.propstore.com. 

Operating since 1998, Prop Store founder Stephen Lane’s love for movies led him to begin hunting for the same props and costumes that were used to create his favorite films. He found that he could not only provide collectors with access to their most coveted pieces, but also establish archival standards for a new, pop-culture hybrid of fine art and memorabilia collecting – prop art. Prop Store handles prop disposal, sale, archive and auction services to production companies and distributors as well as fixed price item sale on its website.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information, visit marvel.com.  ©2019 MARVEL

Snowpiercer SLAYED at SDCC

TBS post-apocalyptic, sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer came to Comic-Con® International with a panel featuring Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly, Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs,  Emmy® nominee Alison WrightMickey Sumner, Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena HallSteven Ogg and executive producer and showrunner Graeme Manson. Season premier Spring 2020 on TBS.

I saw the new trailer and am very excited for the series premiering this spring. It looks absolutely bonkers with a award winning cast, great writing and story that will have me tuning in every week. I’d like to think I’d be with the posh people but really I’d be in the back <wa wa>! I can’t wait to see this show just for the great cast alone watching the trailer has me on the edge of my seat. Get ready to learn more about the world with the Titan comic book series that inspired the new series and 2014 film that starred Chris Evans (Captain America), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange, We Need To Talk About Kevin), and John Hurt (Hellboy, V For Vendetta, Alien,Doctor Who).

The upcoming series is based on the Titan Comics graphic novel and starts more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, SNOWPIERCER centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation. 

In addition to Connelly and Diggs, season one of SNOWPIERCER stars Emmy® nominee Alison Wright (The Americans), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha, Battle of the Sexes), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders, The Zookeeper’s Wife), Katie McGuinness(Dirty Filthy Love), Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (Narcos), Sheila Vand (Argo) and Jaylin Fletcher (Saturday Church). Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World) and Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V, The Walking Dead) have been elevated to series regulars for season two.

Snowpiercer is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; showrunner Graeme Manson, who wrote the first episode; director James HawesMatthew O’ConnorScott Derrickson, and the original film’s producers Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.

“SNOWPIERCER” TEAM SPEEDS INTO SAN DIEGO COMIC CON TO SHOWCASE TRAILER

TBS’s TV adaption of Bong Joon-Ho’s 2014 action-thriller Snowpiercer made a big splash at this year’s San Diego ComicCon. The trailer dropped at a panel for fans and TBS announced that they have already renewed the show for a second season even though the series has yet to air a single episode. After the panel, the cast and members of the production team then sat down to discuss the new series with the press.

The post-apocalyptic film on which the series is based (which itself was based on a popular graphic novel) starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer and was an indie hit that focused on a world plagued by climate issues and social injustice, and the cars of a high-speed train acting as the upstairs/downstairs for survivors. As the poor rise up against the rich, Joon-ho stages brutal fight sequences and explores speculative science fiction.

Alison Wright, Stephen Ogg, Lena Hall, Mickey Summer, Jennifer Connolly, Dahveed Diggs, Graeme Manson

Adapted by Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), TBS’s Snowpiercer takes place seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland. The series again focuses on remnants of humanity who survive in a train that circles the globe. The cast includes Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), Alison Wright (The Americans), Mickey Sumner (Battle of the Sexes), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (Narcos), Sheila Vand (Argo) and Jaylin Fletcher (Saturday Church).

In the trailer we see Connelly’s character keeping the train in tip top shape, maintaining the luxurious first class passengers’ accommodations and keeping the rigid class system intact. But not everyone’s sipping champagne. Beneath all the posh decor, a mutiny — led by Diggs’ character — brews.

Diggs says Snowpiercer does what any good science fiction is supposed to do–explore current issues, in this case–class differences–and use it to take a look at ourselves in a different way. “You start with that but take it and push it forward through proxies. That’s what art is for. You can show the audience someone who is not even a real person and get them to empathize with them and hopefully learn something about themselves,” he said.

Jennifer Connolly and Dahveed Diggs

Manson talked about the challenge of creating sets that could properly convey the movement and claustrophobia of being on a giant train you seemingly can’t disembark. They built several different cars that could be connected to each other for larger sequences, which made a huge difference when needing to do action scenes.

“Our sets are really quite amazing. We could link five train cars up together and you could walk all the way down,” Manson said. “The train cars are all jostling because there are two big grips shaking the cars… nd they could actually bend the tail too, like some guy’s on a forklift pushing it this way and that way,” he added.

“It’s kind of the most incredible bit of movie magic. When you’re inside of the train, it’s the most real feeling, like, intense thing ever. And then cut, and you walk outside and it’s just, like, four huge dudes on a seesaw,” Diggs added.

Jennifer Connolly, Dahveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Graeme Manson

Manson says that the early renewal of season 2 has allowed them time in post-production to tinker with the episodes on the back end of season one, especially the VFX.  He also likes that he and the writers can immediately start talking ideas while everything is still fresh. 

Snowpiercer airs in Spring 2020 on TBS.