McDonald’s To Offer All Day Breakfast Beginning October 6, 2015

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McDonald’s Corp. is embarking on its biggest operational change in years as it tries to increase sales with plans to offer breakfast items all-day at its more than 14,300 U.S. restaurants starting October 6, 2015.

The move to all-day breakfast, which McDonald’s has been testing since March, was approved in a vote by franchisees last week and affirmed on Tuesday by a franchisee leadership council, the company said. It marks the latest new initiative under Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook, who took over on March 1 vowing to revamp the burger giant’s stale image and end a sales slump in its home market that began nearly three years ago.

McDonald’s customers for years have asked the company to sell breakfast items past the traditional 10:30 a.m. cutoff, but the challenges of cooking Egg McMuffins alongside Big Macs deterred the company. In an interview, McDonald’s USA President Mike Andres said it is the biggest strategic move the company has made since it rolled out its McCafe line of coffee and espresso drinks across the U.S. in 2009.

“This is the consumers’ idea. This is what they want us to do,” Andres said. “That’s why I think this could be the catalyst for our turnaround.”

The move could help McDonald’s franchisees who have struggled with slowing sales, though it also creates new costs and complexities. To address their concerns, McDonald’s began testing all-day breakfast about six months ago in San Diego and later in Nashville and Mississippi, and in June, convened a seven-member task force of franchisees to study a nationwide rollout.

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These Simple Yet Addictive Games Will Keep You Entertained For Hours

There are so many video games out there in today’s market that are visually stunning and superbly complex. These games are often built around incredibly detailed environments and backed up with exceptional storylines and plots. However, for many modern and retro gamers alike, there’s something very comforting about playing a game that oozes unpretentiousness and simplicity. We’ve searched the internet high and low to uncover 4 such games but be warned, they’re highly addictive!

Mario Kart

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There is a reason that there just so happens to be a version of’ Mario Kart’ available on pretty much every single console and gadget that Nintendo has ever released. This incredibly addictive little racer classic reflects Nintendo at its best; fun for all the family and simple enough for anyone and everyone to pick up. From the basics of Luigi Circuit to the frustrating difficulty of Rainbow Road, this is a game that has kept generations entertained for many, many years.

Tetris

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This classic Russian pastime is one of the simplest games ever created and for more than 30 years it has gripped many players around the world. Tetris is a tile-based puzzler than requires you to shift and drop various shapes into place in order to eliminate lines before you get overrun with the shapes and the construction mounts too high. What makes this game even better is its ability to be played on a diverse number of platforms ranging from consoles to smart watches and everything in between.

Minecraft

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Whilst Tetris wet the appetite for building block games, modern-day construction amusement Minecraft has raised the stakes even further. The brain child of Swedish programmer Markus Persson, Minecraft was originally only developed as a sandbox game but grew in popularity and now exists across most major gaming platforms. Ask any fan and it’s much more than simply building structures using 3D blocks, it’s a chance to immerse yourself into a captivating world of mining, exploring and even combat.

Bingo

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Picture bingo and many people often visualize a game unfolding at a social club or church but you might be surprised to learn that actually bingo is quickly becoming one of the most popular mobile games in the country. Owing to the emergence and penetration of the smartphone, and the corresponding improvements in mobile gaming, there are now more variants of this classic number title and more new bingo sites in 2015 than ever before. Most apps allow you to play for free and in some versions cash prizes are up for grabs.

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The Yamaha Silent Guitar

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The Yamaha SLG is the perfect instrument for practice, travel or stage use – any time an acoustic guitar just won’t do. Near-silent performance makes discrete practice simple, Yamaha’s exclusive SRT-Powered pickup system gives incredibly natural acoustic tone through headphones or line-out, studio-quality on-board effects enhance your playing to perfection and line-in functionality makes jamming easy.

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Coupled with unique, striking looks and a rosewood and maple framed full-size collapsible body SLG lets you play whenever and wherever inspiration hits.

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There’s an onboard tuner powered by a pair of AA batteries. Other features include a 6-crystal under-saddle piezo pickup, Studio Response Technology (SRT) pre-amps and pickups, and slimmer design than past guitars. The SLG200S and SLG200N models are priced at $1,015 USD.

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Author & Illustrator Ralph Cosentino Launches A New Monster Picture Book Series Thru Kickstarter

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Author & illustrator Ralph Cosentino has launched a new monster picture book series thru Kickstarter! Ralph is known for his best selling super-hero books introducing the origins of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman as well as his indie produced toys, desktop games, and hilarious Fun-Boy Uranus chocolate bars. Ralph’s new book imprint, “Cruikshank & Wallace” will publish high quality books made in the U.S. starting with, “I am the Frankenstein Monster” and followed by “I am the Werewolf” and “I am Dracula” titles.

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Visit the Kickstarter campaign HERE.

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Grey Matter Art To Release Iron Man Print By Gabz On September 2, 2015

Grey Matter Art, under license from Marvel Studios is proud to present a New Officially Licensed, Limited Edition Screen Print for the Classic Super-Hero Action Film, “Iron Man.” This is the second poster Grey Matter Art has produced for “Iron Man” and has chosen to work with the very talented artist, Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz). There are 3 separate editions for this poster, a Regular & Variant Edition, as well as a Gold Foil Edition. The subtle use of gold foil is used very selectively and really lends itself well to this poster. Below are details regarding the poster and release date.

Here is what the artist had to say about the project:

“When growing up I was a huge comic book fan, reading everything comics related I could get my hands on (which, in Eastern Europe wasn’t as easy as one might think). I used to copy my favourite artists and draw my own stories. Back in the day working for comic giant such as Marvel seemed like an impossible dream, so as soon as I heard the GMA guys are getting the license for Marvel films, I had a number of titles I wanted to tackle. I was thrilled and excited to work on Jon Favreau’s: Iron Man, by far my favorite and best Marvel film (next to The Guardians of the Galaxy). I enjoy it greatly every time I see it. I wanted the composition to reflect the conflict between good and evil by dividing the canvas into two parts. Since I was always drawn towards villains in those type of movies I decided to build the composition around Obadiah’s sinister headshot (one cannot really dislike The Dude). It wouldn’t be a complete Iron Man poster without Tony Stark, Pepper Potts and Iron Man’s classic pose. I hope the fans of the movie will appreciate it. I know for sure I had a blast doing it and I’m very happy with cleverly used foil this time around.”

This poster will be released on Wednesday, September 2nd on the Grey Matter Art website shop page at a random time between 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) at www.greymatterart.com

Follow Grey Matter Art on Twitter to get a jump on the drop.

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Regular Edition: 225/$50.00

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Variant Edition: 175/$70.00

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Gold Foil Variant Edition: 125/$100.00

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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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