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Ugliest Kid Ever Comes To Comic Book Stores

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Ugliest Kid Ever Comes To Comic Book Stores

November 15, 2012 – LOS ANGELES Eisner-nominated artist M.K. Perker and award-winning writer Ken Kristensen announced today that their comic book Todd, The Ugliest Kid On Earth launches January 16, 2013 via Image Comics. Todd, a collision of comedy, sex, and violence, follows the misadventures of America’s most dysfunctional family as they go head-to-severed head with an Oprah-loving ax murderer, a cult-crazy soap opera star, and a neo-Nazi prison gang. The full-color four-issue mini series will hit comic stores January 16th in both digital and print formats.

An ensemble comedy, Todd follows the misadventures of a dysfunctional small-town family caught in extraordinary circumstances.

The heart of the story is son Todd – a good-hearted kid who wears a paper bag on his head because he’s so ugly. Or is he? He’s never actually seen without the bag. Relentlessly bullied, Todd’s efforts to make friends get him imprisoned for a murder he didn’t commit. As prison gangs close in on Todd, his fate hinges on inept cops, a tough jailhouse ally, his mother’s promiscuity, and a celebrity Scientologist who makes Todd’s father a very creepy offer he may not be able to refuse.

“In my career, I’ve had the pleasure of creating crazy characters, but with Todd we’ve tapped into the most insane parts of our imaginations,” says Perker. “Political correctness has no place in this book. Our goal is to create a wholly original world that will make you laugh and break your heart, by any means necessary. We make a solemn promise to our reader: no good deed will go unpunished.”

“Though the world and characters in Todd are a hyper-real version of small town America, like all satire it deals with important real-world themes,” says Kristensen. “Todd explores the idea that we all live in a prison of some kind – whether it’s schoolyard bullying, a bad marriage, shitty job, oppressive religious doctrines, gang membership, or actual prison walls.”

This creative team previously collaborated on Dark Horse’s Escapist anthology and have several project in the works including a feature film Playground, with writer-producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, Freaks and Geeks TV series).

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#142 – Fanboy Buzz – Welcome Ethan Van Sciver

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We welcome our the latest host to join Fanboy Buzz, the one and only Ethan Van Sciver. During this special episode (RECORDED LIVE) we discuss the rumor of Jamie Foxx becoming Electro, DC Comics pulls back Variants and we question if comic books are a smart Investment. During Steve’s CCL Pick of the Week which is Shadowman #1 and then during Issue to Issue we get in touch with our Indie side by reviewing Happy #1, Colder #1 and Hell Raiser Road Below #1. During Nerd Rage we announce our NEW BUZZ DOME by putting Archangel vs Hawkman and Human Torch vs Iceman. Finally we talk some Cocky Cosplay and wrap the show with some Fanboy Feedback which includes questions about Rob Liefeld, Obama and Superman. Call us at 239-244-2899 and leave us a voicemail or tweet @fanboybuzz.com!

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Genre: Comic Book Podcast | Updates: Weekly | Duration: 124 minutes | Subscribe: RSS Feed




All New X-Men #1 Review

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All New X-Men #1

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Marvel Comics
Publisher Website: www.marvel.com
Writers: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Number of Pages: 20
Price: 3.99
Safety Content Label: Teen

 

Publisher’s Blurb:

Marvel Now! The five original X-Men have been plucked from yesteryear and sent to the present. How will they deal with the current state of Xavier’s dream, and how will today’s X-Men cope with facing their former selves?

Reviewer’s Comments:

I grew up a Marvel Comics fanboy. Part of my fascination with the 616 Universe is tied to how my Pops would bash the DC comics from his day. However, despite whatever funny quip would come from Pops, like say, on the subject of Superman’s lame rogue’s gallery, the thing that truly separated DC from Marvel for me: mutants. What can I say, I’m an X-Men junky. When it comes to Marvel’s merry mutants my knowledge is vast. Although Spider-Man and Batman are personal favorites, it’s what made the X-Men ‘different’ that attracted me. The X-Men didn’t received their super human abilities through scientific accidents, alien heritage, or cosmic intervention. Mutants are born not made.

Well, that was the case when mutants were born in the Marvel Universe.

Since House of M, there’s been only a handful of new mutant births. Although I have to admit, I was excited when Wanda uttered the words: “No more mutants.” The decimation of the mutant populace lead to subsequent years of a mere 197 mutants staving off extinction. Yet, fallout from Avengers vs. X-Men, has cleansed the palette of the Marvel Universe and once again springs with the possibility of new mutants.

And in fiction, much like life, past is prologue.

With the inaugural issue of All New X-Men, not only is the appearance of new mutants and X-Men in the cards, but so are older (although younger) versions of X-Men as well. Although this issue is advertised as smashing the original five X-Men–Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman and (useless) Angel—into the present, this story is just as much about the current state of the X-Men. One character that has evolved since Wanda’s magic three words is Cyclops.

Where once I thought of him as a dick who led but wasn’t much of a leader, in the aftermath of Avengers vs. X-Men (and AvX: Consequences) he’s in an intriguing place as a character, that of mutant revolutionary. With the current state of the X-Men, and how the original five X-Men are brought into the story, Bendis and Immonen are laying the groundwork for what could become an epic X-Men tale on par with those stories of my youth.

Although I’m not a huge fan of time travel stories X-Men or otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised by this comic. There are quite a few moving parts within this issue, from what will be the reaction of the original five when they step foot into their future, to the fate of present-day Beast as he deals with physical change, there’s enough within these pages to keep readers salivating at the month as they wait for the second issue. It’s early in the comic’s shelf life, but Bendis and Immonen All New X-Men is a book that definitely has the attention of both adult and prepubescence fanboy me.   




FIRST LOOK AT MARVEL’S FANTASTIC FOUR #2 PREVIEW

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FIRST LOOK AT MARVEL'S FANTASTIC FOUR #2 PREVIEW

Fanboy Buzz is pleased to present your first look at Fantastic Four #2, continuing the all-new ongoing series from the blockbuster creative team of writer Matt Fraction and artist Mark Bagley! As the Fantastic Family leave time and space behind, what new discoveries will they witness not only in their adventures but in themselves? How long can Reed keep secret his true reasons for wanting to leave Earth? And will Reed be able to find what he is looking for before time runs out?

Fans and critics agree, Fantastic Four is a smash hit!

“An exciting new beginning for Marvel’s First Family!” – Joey Esposito, IGN.com

“Fantastic Four #1 is a perfect example of how to launch a title.” – George Marston, Newsarama.com

“Five Stars (out of five)” – Tony Guerrero, ComicVine.com

As part of Marvel NOW!, Fantastic Four joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!

Each issue of Fantastic Four features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

An all-new dimensions! All-new adventures! This is Fantastic Four NOW!

This December, Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley bring us through time and space in Fantastic Four #2!

FANTASTIC FOUR #2 (OCT120593) Written by MATT FRACTION Art & Cover by MARK BAGLEY FOC – 11/19/2012, On Sale – 12/12/2012




VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW ANIME RELEASES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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PRESS RELEASE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GIVE AND RECEIVE THE GIFT OF ANIME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH EXCITING NEW RELEASES ON DVD AND BLU-RAY FROM VIZ MEDIA

New BERSERK, BLEACH And NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Feature Films Debut On Home Video; Latest BLEACH, NARUTO And POKÉMON Episodic Releases On DVD Also Announced In Time For Holidays

San Francisco, CA, November 13, 2012 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, invites fans everywhere to complete their holiday wish lists with a selection of new anime releases on DVD and Blu-ray that arrive just in time for the start of the 2012 shopping season.

This year, holiday lists won’t be complete without the highly anticipated medieval action feature, BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING (also available on Blu-ray), the supernatural drama of BLEACH THE MOVIE: HELL VERSE (also available on Blu-ray), the beginning of the finale for INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT SET 1 (also available on Blu-ray), and the non-stop ninja adventure in NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: THE WILL OF FIRE (also available on Blu-ray).

Anime fans also won’t want to miss the DVD release of the POKÉMON BLACK & WHITE Box Set, Vol. 1 along with the latest action-packed episodic adventures featured in the BLEACH DVD BOX SET Vol. 15, and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN DVD BOX SET Vol. 12.

BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING ·

Rated “M” for Mature Audiences · MSRP: DVD: $19.98 U.S. / $24.98 CAN Blu-ray: $24.98 U.S. / $27.50 CAN · Available November 27th

Combining a foreboding medieval European-inspired setting with fantasy and exquisitely detailed swordsmanship, BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING follows lone mercenary, Guts, as he travels a land where a hundred-year-old war is taking place. His ferocity and ability to kill enemies attracts the attention of Griffith, leader of the mercenary group “The Band of the Hawk,” and Guts is recruited to the unit. Thanks to their continued victories on the battlefield, the bond between Guts and Griffith deepens, but despite all their success, Guts begins to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith’s dream. Unknown to Guts, this unyielding dream is about to bestow a horrible fate on them both. The beginning of the epic Golden Age Arc Trilogy!

INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT SET 1 · Rated “T” for Teens ·

MSRP: DVD: $44.82 U.S. / $43.24 CAN; Blu-ray: $54.97 U.S. / $66.15 CAN · Available November 20th

Kagome is an ordinary schoolgirl who finds her destiny linked to the half demon Inuyasha and the powerful Shikon Jewel. In their quest to restore the shattered Shikon Jewel, Inuyasha and Kagome face their ultimate enemy, the demon mastermind Naraku. Meanwhile, Sesshomaru learns the truth behind his sword Tenseiga, and Kikyo discovers a secret that could defeat Naraku! With the jewel nearly complete and in enemy hands, the race to collect the remaining shards intensifies, and an epic battle is brewing on the horizon! Box Set contains episodes 1-12.

NEW BLEACH RELEASES:

BLEACH THE MOVIE: HELL VERSE · Rated “T” for Teens ·

MSRP: DVD: $19.98 U.S. / $24.98 CAN; Blu-ray: $24.98 U.S. / $27.50 CAN · Available December 4th

Hell – a place where beings that have committed mortal sins during their lifetime are sent. It is a realm where even Soul Reapers are forbidden to interfere. When a group of vicious Sinners plots to escape from this eternal prison, they discover that Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is the key to their freedom. The Sinners launch an attack and in the process kidnap Ichigo’s younger sister Yuzu and take her to Hell. With the help of a mysterious man named Kokuto, Ichigo and his friends must now travel into the depths of Hell to stop the Sinners and save Yuzu, unaware that their actions could bring Hell to the World of the Living.

BLEACH Vol. 15 DVD BOX SET · Rated “T” for Teens ·

MSRP: $44.82 U.S. / $43.24 CAN · Available December 11th

With Sosuke Aizen intent on destroying Karakura Town, the Soul Reapers fight to protect the four pillars placed by the Head Captain to replace the real Karakura Town with a fake one constructed in the Soul Society. When the Fracción Poww nearly destroys one of the pillars, the real Karakura Town slowly begins to return to the World of the Living. If it fully returns, the Soul Reapers will be unable to fight! Box Set contains Episodes 218-229.

NEW NARUTO SHIPPUDEN RELEASES:

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: THE WILL OF FIRE · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: DVD: $19.98 U.S. / $24.98 CAN;

Blu-ray: $24.98 U.S. / $27.50 CAN · Now Available!

In the latest NARUTO feature film, four ninjas with Kekkei Genkai justsu abilities that have been guarding the Hidden Villages of Cloud, Stone, Mist and Sand mysteriously disappear from their respective villages. The Land of Fire comes under suspicion as it is the only country to have suffered no loss. Mounting suspicion among the four countries could potentially set off the 4th Great Ninja War. In the Hidden Leaf Village, Tsunade orders her men to keep strict guard and to try to find out what really happened. At the same time, it turns out that Kakashi has left the village. The bad news deeply disturbs Naruto and his friends.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN DVD BOX SET Vol. 12 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $43.24 CAN · Now Available!

At the Akatsuki hideout, a weakened Sasuke hears the history of the Uchiha Clan from Madara and learns Itachi’s true intentions. Meanwhile, Kakashi and Naruto, having lost the trail, must abandon their mission to capture Itachi and find Sasuke. The team is heading back to the village when an urgent assignment comes in from Tsunade that will lead them on a perilous journey to protect a young woman! Box set features Episodes 141-153.

NEW POKÉMON RELEASES:

POKÉMON BLACK & WHITE DVD BOX SET 1 · Rated “A” for All Ages ·

MSRP: DVD: $19.97 U.S. / $24.95 CAN · Available November 20th

A new land, new rivals, new challenges, and all-new Pokémon make the 14th season of the Pokémon animated series one of the most exciting ones yet! When Ash and his mother accompany Professor Oak to the distant Unova region, Ash discovers Pokémon that he’s never seen before… and that he can’t wait to catch! He may have Pikachu at his side together with new friends Iris and Cilan, but he’ll still need plenty of new Pokémon on his team if he wants to challenge Unova’s expert Gym Leaders. His quest to become a Pokémon Master just got even tougher! Box Set features Episodes 1-12.

For more information on these and other anime titles available from VIZ Media, please visit: http://www.vizkids.com www.viz.com.




Marvel Announces All-New DEXTER Comic Book Series

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Marvel Announces All-New DEXTER Comic Book Series

Marvel Announces All-New DEXTER Comic Book Series Series Creator Jeff Lindsay Brings Dexter to Comics for The First Time in February 2013

New York, NY-November 14th, 2012–Dexter Morgan is s skilled forensic blood spatter expert with the Miami police department but he’s also the city’s friendly neighborhood crime-fighting serial killer who has to face his greatest challenge yet-a high school reunion! Dexter #1 (of 5), from series creator & New York Times best-selling Jeff Lindsay and artist Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool), brings fans the very first comic book featuring everyone’s favorite psychopath, Dexter. While keeping his Dark Passenger’s bloodlust–his inner demon–under control, Dexter must stop the latest murderous threat to Miami…the Skid Row Slasher. As this new menace racks up a body count to rival that of Dexter, can Miami’s “darkest” hero save the day and keep his cover intact as a normal, well-adjusted member of society?

“Marvel Comics has always been a place where I felt at home. It has been a very important part of my life, and has always been a wellspring of creative and relevant ideas,” says Jeff Lindsay. “I feel like I’m coming home. It is a huge thrill for me to bring Dexter into this very special pantheon.”

The character of Dexter Morgan debuted in 2004′s Dily’s Award-winning Darkly Dreaming Dexter and has since appeared in five subsequent novels, with the seventh novel, Dexter’s Debut, scheduled for release in 2013. Marvels’ Dexter #1 marks the first time a story in the novels’ continuity has been presented in the comic book format.

“Dexter is a perfect fit for comics, bringing an exciting cast of layered characters together with gripping, visually arresting stories ” said Ruwan Jayatilleke, Associate Publisher & SVP, Marvel Entertainment. “It’s an honor for Marvel to work with a lauded author such as Jeff Lindsay, whose ability to both horrify and move an audience is unparalleled. Fans of Dexter will be thrilled by this new story that fits seamlessly into the world they already know.”

This February, join Dexter and his Dark Passenger in an all-new story from creator Jeff Lindsay in Dexter #1 (of 5), available in comic shops everywhere!

DEXTER #1 (OF 5) Written by JEFF LINDSAY Penciled and Inked by DALIBOR TALAJIC Cover by DALIBOR TALAJIC On-Sale February 2013




BOOM brings Jeremiah Harm to the screen…

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Los Angeles, CA (November 14, 2012) — Tero Kaukomaa and Timo Vuorensola, the Finnish filmmakers behind the cult hit “Iron Sky” are partnering with Arnold Rifkin’s Cheyenne Enterprises (“Live Free or Die Hard”) and Ross Richie’s BOOM! Studios (“2 Guns”) to bring the sci-fi action film “Jeremiah Harm” to the screen. Kaukomaa, Rifkin and Richie will produce with The Corniche Group, and “Iron Sky” director Vuorensola will direct.

“Jeremiah Harm” is a sci-fi action blast about an intergalactic bounty hunter sent on a mission to Earth to hunt down a band of space-faring criminals and the girl they kidnapped. Set in space and New York City, the film aims to hit the chords of 80′s & 90′s sci-fi action films.

“Jeremiah Harm” is based on a BOOM! Studios graphic novel of the same name written by industry veterans Keith Giffen and Alan Grant. Covers and character designs are by John Mueller featuring interior artwork from Rael Lyra and Rafael Albuquerque.

In addition, the filmmakers have announced that they will use a crowdsourcing model similar to the one used for “Iron Sky.” Through this, fans were able to play a major role in creating the fictional world of “Iron Sky” by contributing visuals and even joining the production in small roles and as extras.

Similarly, fans can go to www.jeremiahharm.com to create their own aliens for the world of “Jeremiah Harm.” By crowdsourcing the filmmakers search up to one million alien designs. The most creative creatures will find their way into the film itself.

“The Iron Sky team has paired with one of the most experienced producers, Arnold Rifkin,” said BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “And we are extremely excited about the crowdsourcing model the Finns are bringing to the mix.”

“Our online community was responsible for bringing ‘Iron Sky’ to life and we aim to continue where we left off with a similar model for ‘Jeremiah Harm,’” says producer Tero Kaukomaa. “This is a unique opportunity for thousands of artists, science geeks and film fans out there to contribute to the making of a new science fiction world, and we look forward to them joining us for the ride,” Kaukomaa says.

Vuorensola, who used crowdsourcing for both of his films “Star Wreck” and “Iron Sky” noted, “I believe crowdsourcing is the way of the future in audience engagement in films – both big and small ones – and it’s here to disrupt the way films are experienced. Film is no longer just the product that comes out of the pipeline in the end, but the whole process of filmmaking can be part of the fun as well.” “Also, we are inviting our community to follow our adventure in Hollywood and see what happens to a punch of freaks from Finland when they bum rush the United States” continues Vuorensola. “It should be a lot of fun and very interesting to watch!”




ARCHIE COMICS ANNOUNCES GEORGE TAKEI SIGNING AT MIDTOWN COMICS

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ARCHIE COMICS ANNOUNCES GEORGE TAKEI SIGNING AT MIDTOWN COMICS

Leading comic company and comic book retailer to host legendary Star Trek actor George Takei in Manhattan signing his guest-starring appearance in Kevin Keller.

New York, NY – Archie Comics, one of the leading children’s comic book publishers and the home to some of the most recognizable pop culture characters in the world, including Archie, Betty and Veronica, Jughead, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats, is proud to announce the in-store signing event of KEVIN KELLER #6, which features the most publicized Archie character in years meeting his idol, Star Trek’s GEORGE TAKEI, who is a prominent guest star in this issue.

The signing will take place at the world famous Midtown Comics in Times Square on the evening of December 5, 2012, the day of the comic’s release. Midtown has played host to countless signings of the comic book industry’s top writers and artists over the years and can now add George Takei to that list, who ranks as one of their most high profile guests.

“We’re thrilled and honored that George is appearing in Kevin Keller,” said Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “As a lifelong Star Trek fan, having him appear in an Archie comic is a dream come true. We can’t wait for Kevin to come face-to-face with his hero.”

Archie has become known for the tradition of welcoming real life celebrities and pop culture icons into Riverdale from President Obama to rock band KISS to the upcoming GLEE crossover. George Takei is the first superstar to appear in the Kevin Keller title and there isn’t anyone more fitting to lend his star power.


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