US Postal Service Debuts Batman Themed Stamps

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Though the Dark Knight previously appeared on a set of stamps back in 2006, the US Postal Service have revealed (via USA Today) another set featuring the Caped Crusader to mark his 75th Anniversary. Consisting of five stamps, the series will showcase depictions of Batman from the Golden, Silver, Bronze and Modern ages.

“Batman is the most popular Superhero of all time, and it is an honor to have the U.S. Postal Service feature the Caped Crusader on this new set of stamps in celebration of his 75th anniversary,” DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee says. “Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for the next 75 years and beyond.”

“He is the quintessential American superhero,” says Susan McGowan, the Postal Service’s director of stamp services and corporate licensing. “What a great place to celebrate him — on a stamp. We are always looking for ideas and subjects that are important to America. We all quickly thought, ‘Wow! This will be thrilling.’”

The first sets of the stamps will be sold at this year’s New York Comic Con and will be available nationwide afterward.

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Comic Con Experience In Brazil Reveals Batman Poster By Raphael Grampá & Ivan Reis

Comic Con Experience reveals the artwork for the official event poster created by internationally renowned Brazilian comic book artists, Ivan Reis and Rafael Grampá, both confirmed guests at CCXP, with colors by Marcelo Costa. The poster was created in an exclusive agreement between CCXP and DC Comics, the publisher owned by Time Warner which owns the rights to classic characters, such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Batman.

 The poster will be seen in promotional items for CCXP, including t-shirts sold exclusively at the event, on the cover of the CCXP program guide, and on promotional posters to be handed out to visitors who have acquired Fan or Full Experience packages.

“Batman is a pop icon and by celebrating its 75th anniversary CCXP is also celebrating pop culture as a whole”, explains Ivan Costa, business partner in CCXP.

The character that first appeared in Detective Comics# 27, in 1939, turns 75 in top form and in every medium: the film Batman v. Superman is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the years to come, the Fox TV series Gotham premiered successfully in the USA last week, and the games Batman: Arkham are a commercial and critical success, while he is a constant presence in comics, and in a multitude of products.

The poster features several innovations: it presents, in a single image, the artwork by two top artists with very different styles. Additionally, the poster refers back to the classic DC covers from the beginning of the Silver Age, in the 1960s, when the editor Julius Schwartz would often have the covers produced before the issue itself, challenging his writers to come up with stories based on the covers. This technique was responsible for a lot of classic covers and for one of the most creative periods – and a certain nonsense that was typical of the time – in the history of DC Comics.

About the artists:

Ivan Reis

With 20 years in comics, Ivan Reis has worked on magazines in various genres and for various publishers, besides giants Marvel and DC Comics. At Marvel, he drew for titles such as Avengers, Iron Man and Hulk, while at DC he drew for Superman, Green Lantern and Aquaman magazines, as well as important events, such as Infinite Crisis, Blackest Night and Brightest Day. He has won several awards in his career and was the official designer of the Justice League, the main title at DC Comics. His most recent work is The Multiversity, written by Grant Morrison.

Rafael Grampá

A former designer, former director of animation, current comic book artist, and future who-knows-what, Rafael has done covers for DC, Marvel, IDW, Valiant, and Dark Horse Comics, he has done comic books with Batman, Wolverine and Hellblazer, and is the author of the graphic novel Mesmo Delivery. He has won the Eisner Award (for the anthology 5) and HQ Mix award (for Mesmo Delivery). He recently took part in a global campaign for Absolut Vodka and is currently involved in creating and directing films.

Marcelo Costa

Marcelo Costa, an illustrator and comic book artist, launched – with his twin brother Magno Costa – the comic books Oeste Vermelho and Matinê, winning the HQ Mix Trophy for new artists. He has taken part in the Gazzara project run by Rafael Coutinho and QQ por Amigos, by Marcelo Campos, among other projects.

The first edition of CCXP – Comic Con Experience is scheduled for December 4-7 taking 39 thousand square meters at Immigrantes Exhibition & Convention Center in São Paulo, Brazil. This is the first event in Brazil in the format of comic cons held in various parts of the world, bringing together fans and professionals from comics, movies, TV shows, games, anime, RPG, memorabilia, cosplay, and collectibles to learn about the latest developments in these areas in a great celebration of geek and pop culture. The first batch of tickets sold out quickly and a second batch is already on sale at: www.ccxp.com.br where you can also get information about upcoming attractions and guest artists at the event.

CCXP – Comic Con Experience

Date: December 4 – 7, 2014

Venue: Immigrantes Exhibition & Convention Center – Immigrantes highway, Km 1.5 – São Paulo / SP

Time:

12/04 (Thursday): 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

12/05 (Friday) and 12/06 (Saturday): 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

12/07 (Sunday): 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour Presents The Batman Exhibit

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 To celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. invites you to delve into a world of superheroes, Grappling Guns and Batarangs at the studios where the classic movies were made.

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For a limited time, you’ll be able to get up close to the iconic costumes, gadgetry and vehicles used in all seven movies as they open the doors to the Batcave and reveal some closely-guarded filmmaking secrets. Expert tour guides will accompany you as you spot iconic locations from the movies and will lead you to our newly-transformed Studio Tour museum – with the entire ground floor now dedicated to the Caped Crusader.

Six iconic Batsuits will be on display in the Warner Bros. Museum including the original version worn by Michael Keaton in Batman and the final Christian Bale costume from The Dark Knight Rises. You’ll get see a wide range of authentic costumes including those worn by Poison Ivy, The Riddler, Mr Freeze and Catwoman as well as some infamous prop weapons such as the Joker’s cards, Two-Face’s coin, Penguin’s umbrella and Bane’s bomb.

In Warner Bros. Picture Car Vault, which is located on the studio lot, a selection of the Dark Knight’s most iconic vehicles will be showcased – with the Bathammer, Bat-Pod and Tumbler taking center stage. The Bat-Signal, used to call Bruce Wayne’s alter ego at a time of need, will be on display and you’ll get the chance to operate the infamous prop yourself.

A limited number of specially-themed Batman carts will be available throughout the day, ready to escort film fans around the studio lot.

The legend never ends.

Get more information about The Batman Exhibit HERE.

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U2’s Songs of Innocence To Be Released By Island Records On October 13, 2014

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U2’s latest studio album Songs Of Innocence, containing 11 new tracks, will be released by Island Records on October 13, 2014. The release follows the album being given today to U2.com subscribers and gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide.

Songs of Innocence is U2’s most personal work to date, charting the band’s earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and ambient music and giving insight into how and why the band came together. The album deals with themes of home and family, relationships and discovery and was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

The track listing for Songs Of Innocence is as follows: The Miracle (of Joey Ramone), Every Breaking Wave, California (There Is No End To Love), Song For Someone, Iris (Hold Me Close), Volcano, Raised By Wolves, Cedarwood Road, Sleep Like A Baby Tonight, This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now and The Troubles.

In addition, a deluxe version of Songs Of Innocence will be released on 13th October, which will contain an acoustic session of select songs from the album plus four additional tracks: Lucifer’s Hands, The Crystal Ballroom, The Troubles (Alternative version) and Sleep Like.

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Hero Complex Gallery Announces “Invasion!” Art Exhibition Opening On September 27, 2014

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Hero Complex Gallery Announces “Invasion!” an art exhibition celebrating Alien invasions opening on September 27, 2014.

Featured artists include Gordon Reid, Kyle Wilkinson, RAID71, Steven Bonner and Tony Hodgkinson. RAID71, Gordon Reid and possibly Steven Bonner will be in attendance opening night.

The show will run from September 27th until October 12th at Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, LA, CA 90034.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” Prints By Nicolas Delort On October 2, 2014

Dark Hall Mansion will release “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” prints by Nicolas Delort on October 2, 2014. Follow DHM on Twitter for the on sale announcement.

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“It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” by Nicolas Delort
Standard Edition Run of 280
18″ X 24″
Printed by Burlesque
$65

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“It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” by Nicolas Delort
Variant Edition Run of 50
Includes a glow in the dark layer 
18″ X 24″
Printed by Burlesque
$100

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“It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” by Nicolas Delort
Foil Edition Run of only 15!
18″ X 24″
Printed by Burlesque
$150

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30th Anniversary Screening of The Terminator Reunites Arnold Schwarzenegger & James Cameron

The American Cinematheque, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and SKED TK announced that to celebrate the 30th anniversary of sci-fi thriller The Terminator, they will be hosting a special screening of the film and panel discussion on October 15, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be present along with writer/director James Cameron and writer/producer Gale Anne Hurd for a Q&A after the film set to be moderated by Geoff Boucher.

“The Terminator was my first baby, and I’m pleased that people still remember it enough to celebrate its birth 30 years ago,” Cameron said. “Of course I’ll be there!”

“The Terminator has tremendous sentimental value to me personally and I take great pride in knowing that fans continue to support the film 30 years later,” said Hurd.

Tickets for next month’s event will cost $25 and can be purchased starting today at Fandango.

Released on October 26, 1984 with a budget of just $6.4 million, The Terminator went on to gross just $38 million at the domestic box office with a worldwide total of $78 million. Its follow-up, Terminator 2: Judgement Day would be released seven years later, taking in over $500 million at the global box office. A reboot of the franchise, titled Terminator Genisys, is currently in post-production with an eye for release on July 1, 2015.

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Watch The New Big Hero Six Trailer

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has posted a new full-length trailer for their “big” fall movie, Big Hero 6, and after several trailers focusing on the 14-year-old lead Hiro and his cuddly balloon-bot sidekick Baymax, we finally get a glimpse of the whole superhero team in action.

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Based on the Marvel Comics series that debuted in the late-90′s, Big Hero 6 is an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion–a robot named Baymax–Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

Featuring the voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, TJ Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell and Alan Tudyk, the movie is set to hit theaters on November 7, 2014

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French Paper Art Club To Release Batman Prints By Carlos Olmo & Jorge Zaffino On September 25, 2014

French Paper Art Club announces two new exclusive and limited screen prints for the One Year of Batman project.

Carlos Olmo redesigned the iconic Detective Comics 69 cover, aka the Double-Guns Joker cover, from November 1942.

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The 5 color screen-print will be limited to an edition of 60 and measure 16 x 20. The poster is signed and numbered by the artist and was officially licensed by DC Comics. The print will cost 35€ and be available HERE on Thursday September 25th at a random time.

The second print, is an original cover from DC’s Batman Urban Legends, from February 2012, originally drawn by the late Jorge Zaffino.

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The 2 color screen-print includes silver metallic on black paper. The poster is a numbered edition of 75 and will measure 16 x 24. Officially licensed by DC Comics the print will cost 35€ and be available HERE on Thursday September 25th at a random time.

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Star Wars Landspeeder Inflatable Float

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Take your Landspeeder from the arid climates of Tatooine to the lush setting of your pool as you relax in the Landspeeder Inflatable Float ($200). Once the three separate air chambers are inflated, the Landspeeder takes form and provides a sizable place for relaxing in.

The float weighs 4.6 pounds and measures 70″ x 55”.

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