NOW That’s What I Call Halloween To Be Released On September 11, 2015

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NOW That’s What I Call Music!, the world’s best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of NOW Halloween!, the NOW brand’s spooktacular first foray into the tricks and treats of Halloween-themed rock and pop music, ranging from TV (“True Blood”) and movie themes (“Halloween,” “The Exorcist,” “Beetlejuice”) to novelty smashes (“Monster Mash,” “Werewolves of London”) to radio perennials (“Season of the Witch,” “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “I Put a Spell on You”).

A spine-tingling collection of 18 bone-chilling hits, jams and instrumentals, NOW Halloween! will be available Friday, September 11, 2015.

NOW Halloween! showcases 18 Halloween-themed classic hits from a variety of artists including director John Carpenter’s Theme from “Halloween,” Rob Zombie’s “Dragula,” Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus’ “O Fortuna,” Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”/Theme from “The Exorcist,” Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” INXS’s “Devil Inside,” Jace Everett’s “Bad Things”/Theme from “True Blood,” Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London,” The Specials’ “Ghost Town,” Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party,” Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Keepers’ “Monster Mash,” The Citizens of Halloween’s “This is Halloween,” Donovan’s “Season of the Witch,” Nina Simone’s “I Put A Spell On You,” Danny Elfman’s “Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title,” Run-D.M.C.’s “Ghostbusters,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “A Nightmare On My Street” and Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me.”

The premium content–by the original artists–selected for NOW Halloween! has never been available on one collection until the release of this special anthology.

NOW Halloween Tracklisting:

1. John Carpenter –  Halloween Theme
2. Rob Zombie –  Dragula
3. Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus –  O Fortuna
4. Mike Oldfield  – Tubular Bells (Theme From The Exorcist)
5. Blue Öyster Cult –  (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
6. INXS  – Devil Inside
7. Jace Everett –  Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)
8. Warren Zevon –  Werewolves of London
9. The Specials  – Ghost Town
10. Oingo Boingo –  Dead Man’s Party
11. Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers –  Monster Mash
12. The Citizens of Halloween  – This is Halloween
13. Donovan –  Season Of The Witch
14. Nina Simone –  I Put A Spell On You
15. Danny Elfman –  Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title
16. RUN-D.M.C.  – Ghostbusters
17. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince –  A Nightmare On My Street
18. Rockwell  – Somebody’s Watching Me

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Chip Kidd Presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers At The Society of Illustrators From September 09, 2015 To November 07, 2015

Chip Kidd presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers at The Society of Illustrators from September 09, 2015 to November 07, 2015

Featuring an extraordinary selection of original Batman drawings assembled from the collection of award-winning Designer/Writer Chip Kidd.

In 2013, DC Comics released a brand-new six-issue revival of the legendary Batman: Black and White series. Based on the hugely-popular 1996 publication, each issue of Batman: Black and White features several short-stories written and drawn by top comic writers and artists. In the first Issue, released on September 4th of 2013, Chip Kidd’s short-story titled “Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When” (co- written by Michael Cho) was featured, and the issue also included a blank variant cover. This blank cover overlap allowed fans to seek out original sketches by their favorite artists, and became a popular collectable.

Since the release of this Issue, Chip Kidd has amassed a diverse collection of covers. For the first time ever, the Society, in support of The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, is proud to display this collection in our MoCCA Gallery.

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BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE

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Chip Kidd is a Designer/Writer. His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked non-stop since 1986, have won numerous awards and have revolutionized American book packaging. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, as well as the Use of Photography in Design award from the International Center of Photography. He is the author of multiple books including The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, as well as the graphic novel Batman: Death By Design (illustrated by Dave Taylor, published by DC Comics). Kidd is a distinguished and prolific lecturer and has spoken at such notable institutions as Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and RISD.

The opening reception will be held on October 9, 2015. Click HERE for more info.

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The Force Awakens Around the World: Star Wars Fans Invited To Join Epic Global Event On YouTube

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens products are set to be unveiled in the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event. Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network.

“Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the Saga,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “They’ve inspired multiple generations to relive the experience of the movies and to create new adventures all their own. These spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will continue that tradition.”

Kicking off in Sydney, Australia on the morning of September 3, and continuing through Asia,  Europe, Canada, and North & South America, selections from the new toy line will debut to global fanfare leading up to retailers around the globe opening their doors at midnight.

“Over the course of 18 hours, some of Maker Studios’ biggest stars will each be unboxing a new toy from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line in a different city around the world and sharing the experience live on YouTube.” said Leslie Ferraro, President, Disney Consumer Products. “We’ve seen tremendous excitement for these new products and can’t wait to see the global reaction from the Star Wars fan community.”

The Star Wars YouTube channel will host the live stream, which kicks off with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3 (5:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 2), with the grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT  (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 3. Each of the 15 locations will reveal a new product inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

These “unboxing” videos will feature online personalities sharing the excitement of opening the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. Unboxing videos overall have captivated millions of Internet viewers and continue to grow in popularity. Eighteen of the top 100 most viewed YouTube Channels worldwide are dedicated to toys and toy unboxings. These 18 channels accounted for 8.1 billion views in Q1 2015.

“We’re excited to be part of this first-of-its-kind initiative,” said Chris M. Williams, Chief Audience Officer, Maker Studios. “The unboxing world continues to expand rapidly as audiences around the world connect with digital creators who share their passions. This shared fandom helps attract billions of monthly views and consistently puts the genre at the top of the YouTube charts.”

The global unboxing event will incorporate traditional toy unboxers such as the popular EvanTubeHD, channels featuring families such as Bratayley, lifehack specialists such as ExpCaseros, gamers such as AlexBy11 and Star Wars fans from around the world, including Chris Pirillo, bringing with them a broad audience and appeal. The global line-up includes:

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The full schedule also is available at www.StarWars.com.

Several countries will join the live stream from YouTube Spaces (Berlin, Tokyo, London), with Star Wars commentators Anthony Carboni and Andi Gutierrez hosting the event from the YouTube Space, Los Angeles.

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Fans can tune in to watch live unboxings at home or on mobile devices, and also enjoy the latest trailers on the upcoming movie, commentary from special guests, fun product videos and demos, and footage from recent Star Wars events.

The global celebration culminates at midnight local time, when many retailers around the world will open their doors to fans to purchase Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more. Visit starwars.com for more details on participating locations. Additionally, select Disney Store locations around the world will take part.  More details are available at www.DisneyStore.com/ForceFriday.

Fans are encouraged to document their experiences around the event on social media using the hashtag #ForceFriday.

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Apple Announces September 9, 2015 Event

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Apple has sent out media invitations to its September 9, 2015 event. The invites show a stylized top of the Apple logo with the phrase “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” As rumored, the event is being held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco and as usual will be held at 10 a.m. Pacific time. It’s expected that we’ll see the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus debuted at the event, alongside a new Apple TV as well as official launch dates for iOS 9 and watch OS 2.

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Celebrate Batman Day, September 26, 2015 With DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee At Barnes & Noble At The Grove At Farmers Market

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DC Entertainment is bringing back the fan-favorite event celebrating The Dark Knight. “Batman Day” is back by popular demand and will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, kicking off what has become an annual event honoring one of the most popular and iconic Super Heroes and celebrating all Batman books. Fans everywhere are invited to partake in festivities with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries participating in the bat-centric event.

To help mark the occasion locally, legendary artist and DCE Co-Publisher Jim Lee will be appearing at The Barnes & Noble at The Grove at 2 p.m. on the 26th. Jim will be signing autographs for the upcoming Batman Noir: Hush (Releasing on September 22, 2015)

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What: Join internationally renowned DC artist and Co-Publisher Jim Lee for a special Batman Day event with a fan signing.
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 2 P.M.
Where: Barnes & Noble at The Grove at Farmers Market.
189 The Grove Drive, Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 

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Hero Complex Gallery & THE FIRE WIRE Blog Present The Totally Tubular Pop Culture Giveaway

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Who says, “Nobody gives anything away for free anymore”? We are here to change that and as a thank you to the great poster community we are hosting one of Los Angeles’ BIGGEST pop culture art giveaways EVER!

How do you win? Simply follow The Fire Wire and Hero Complex Gallery’s pages and share this post, along with a pic of your own that exemplifies why you love pop culture. Use the hashtag #HCGFireWireGiveaway and we will select 70 lucky people to attend the Los Angeles giveaway event at Hero Complex Gallery! Yes, you heard right, 70 winners!

Follow Links:

http://firewireblog.com

https://www.facebook.com/THEFIREWIRE

https://twitter.com/larryfire

http://hcgart.com

https://www.facebook.com/HeroComplexGallery

https://twitter.com/HeroComplexArt

The event will be held on September 12, 2015 at Hero Complex Gallery at 7PM and each of the 70 people invited are guaranteed to get a poster, piece of original art, book or toy!

Here are just a few artists and companies who generously donated their work for this fun and FREE event:

Acme Archives
Ale Giorgini
Aled Lewis
Andy Fairhurst
Bill Sienkiewicz
Bottleneck Art Gallery
Blunt Graffix
Brian Methe
Craig Drake
Cuyler Smith
Dark Inker
Dave Perillo
DKNG
Gabz
Gallery 1988
Gary Pullin
Grey Matter Art
Hero Complex Gallery
Ian Glaubinger
Jason Edminston
Jason Liwag
Jason Weidel
JC Richard
Jerrod Maruyama
Jock
Joey Spioto
Jonathan Burton
Jordan Monsell
Joshua Budich
Kevin Tong
Laurent Durieux
Marie Bergeron
Marko Manev
Matthew Chojnacki
Matt Ferguson
Matt Ryan Tobin
Mick Wiggins
MONDO
Nautilus Art Prints
NECA Toys
Nick Comparone
Nicolas Delort
Orlando Arocena
Patrick Connan
Paul Blow
Paul Shipper
Rich Pellegrino
Robert Bruno
Sam Gilbey
Scott C
Stan & Vince
Steven Holiday
Tim Doyle
Titan Books
Tom Whalen

and here is a very small tease…

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The Princess Bride by Nick Comparone

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Boba Fett OG by Jayson Weidel

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Chewbacca Silhouette by Jordan Monsell

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Joker Sketch by Bill Sienkiewicz

Hang out with some great people, enjoy some delicious refreshments and walk away with a free piece of pop culture. So tell your friends, you won’t want to miss this evening.

Follow HCG and THE FIRE WIRE for more info!

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Target Launches “Share the Force” Campaign

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In anticipation of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” Target has announced the launch of “Share the Force”, the first digital collection of Star Wars memories.  The collection, which will include celebrity fans Minka Kelly, Chris Hardwick and Bobby Moynihan, will go on to be archived at Lucasfilm – becoming an everlasting example of how we’re all connected by the force.  Until now, no one has attempted to collect and capture memories from the 147 million Star Wars fans throughout the world, and Target is introducing a unique program to unite these generations of fans in a way that only Target can do.

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The “Share the Force” website offers an interactive and shareable way for fans to find their place in the Star Wars galaxy by including their personal memories, resulting in a collection that will span generations, cultures and continents.  Starting today, fans can submit their memories (either photo or story) at ShareTheForce.Target.com to transform their memory with a Star Wars hologram treatment and receive their own galactic coordinates pointing to their permanent place in the galaxy.

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Take a tour of the “Share the Force” experience:

Check out Target’s “Share the Force” online campaign spot here:

Stay tuned for additional details regarding “Force Friday” on September 4, 2015,  when new exclusive merchandise for the release of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” will hit stores nationwide.  Target will join in the product launch excitement with a series of midnight openings across 207 stores to allow fans to experience the new products as they hit shelves.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Godzilla Print By Laurent Durieux On August 28, 2015

Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Warner Bros Entertainment, will release a print based on one of the most influential and classic of all Sci-Fi films, Godzilla.

First appearing in 1954, Godzilla’s impact and influence on worldwide culture is both inescapable and undeniable! The artist chosen for this Seminal Film Series project is Laurent Durieux and the poster will be released this Friday, August 28, 2015.

The essence of DHM’s Seminal Film Series is to showcase an artist’s work in print in a manner that is visually striking, compelling, and hopefully at times, provocative. Dark Hall Mansion feels Laurent has done just that with his Godzilla. His pieces do not just entertain but provoke thought and consideration. His Standard edition’s color palette evocatively underscores his visual’s powerful thematics while his Variant edition has a darker intensity harkening to the film’s black and white origins, its visuals strikingly offset with only Godzilla’s name rendered via kanji.

You can read a great interview with the artist about this project on blurppy.com HERE.

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Godzilla Standard Print By Laurent Durieux
24″ X 36″
Edition of 350 $65
Godzilla Select Foil Edition of 20 (based on STD artwork) $150

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Godzilla Variant Print By Laurent Durieux
24″ X 36″
Edition of 125  $100
Godzilla Select Foil Edition of 20 (based on Variant artwork) $150
Godzilla Select Giclee Printed on Canvas Edition of 15 (based on Variant artwork) $275

 

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iHome iSP5 SmartPlug

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iHome’s first intelligent product is the Wi-Fi enabled iSP5 SmartPlug ($40). Connect products such as lamps, fans, or humidifiers and control them remotely while you’re home or even while you’re not.

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– Wi-Fi Enabled, no hub required
– Lets you control small appliances up to 1800 watts or under, including lights, window air conditioners, fans, portable heaters, coffee makers, home audio systems and more
– Compatible with Apple HomeKit and Siri to turn off and on connected appliances, lights and more with a single voice command (iOS 8 or higher required), simple speak and your home responds
– Create Scenes: With this SmartPlug wall plug you can create your own scenes and rooms such as ‘Away’ and manage all Smart Plugs in that scene

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The Must List: Ranking The Best In 25 Years of Pop Culture

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Get ready to obsess over the last twenty-five years of pop culture hits, misses, and cult classics. The Must List: Ranking the Best in 25 Years of Pop Culture is an elegantly packaged, gift-worthy compilation of 100 illustrated top 25 lists celebrating the best in TV, movies, books, and music from the editors of Entertainment Weekly.

Beginning with an introduction highlighting the “25 Things We’ve Forgotten About 1990”, this full-color, deep-dive into the past twenty-five years of obsessive pop-culture coverage features the magazine’s incisive criticism, trademark humor, and 2,500 amazing moments.

Featured topics include: Greatest Villains, One-Hit Wonders, Best Superheroes, Mobsters, Zombies, Dystopias, Shocking Snubs, Unsexiest Sexy Moments, British Imports, Memorable Deaths, Late Night Comedy Wars, and many more binge-worthy lists.

The 192 page hardcover will be released on October 6, 2015.

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