Daily Archives: September 21, 2012

Cemetery Dance Talks With IDW’s Jeff Conner About Stephen King, Clive Barker & The Future of Horror Limited Editions

For the past three years Jeff Conner has been the editor and lead designer for IDW Publishing’s “alt-lit” prose program. Mr. Conner ran Scream/Press and has worked with writers like Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Karl Edward Wagner, Dennis Etchison, Ramsey Campbell, and John Shirley; and artists like JK Potter, Jeff Jones, and Harry O. Morris.

Notable Conner-produced releases from IDW Publishing include the “blended novel” V-Wars, Z-Boyz in the Robot Graveyard (a new Zombies vs. Robots novella by John Shirley), Classics Mutilated (a subversive mash-up collection), and In the Shadow of Dracula (an annotated collection of key Victorian-era vampire fiction).

Brian Freeman from Cemetery Dance interviewed Jeff Conner about This Means War, Clive Barker and Stephen King. You can read the Q&A HERE.

 

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Hero Complex Founder Geoff Boucher To Head to Entertainment Weekly

In a memo from Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle to the magazine’s staff:

“We are thrilled to tell you that Geoff Boucher is coming to Entertainment Weekly. Geoff is one of the most well-known and respected journalists in Hollywood, with a true passion for pop culture and an array of talents and expertise that will be extremely valuable as this growing, evolving, multi-platform media brand moves into the future. 

Based in L.A., he will join the Movies team as a senior writer and add his voice to EW’s print and digital platforms (more details about his role on EW.com will be announced in the coming weeks). 

During his 21-year career at the L.A. Times, he became a star at the helm of the successful Hero Complex blog, where he explored and celebrated the art of comic books and fan culture. He also anchored the video series Hero Complex: The Show, and engaged his devoted audience with the Quizzam! trivia quiz. He has also headlined live events at Comic-Con and other venues, interviewing Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Robert Downey Jr. and many others. At the Times, he has published more than 2,800 stories, which took him everywhere from New Jersey (where he spent two days in Bruce Springsteen’s rehearsal space) to Budapest (where he roamed the streets with Brad Pitt) to Beyonce’s house (where he ate gumbo). He may be the only journalist ever to do face-to-face interviews, in the same month, with Dick Cheney and Keith Richards. 

Geoff is married to Tracy Boucher, who works at the LA Times, and they have two kids, Addison, 14, and Benjamin, 10. He will arrive at EW on October 1. As long-time fans of Geoff, we are very excited to call him a colleague. Please join us in welcoming him.”

I personally want to congratulate Geoff on his new endeavor and can’t wait to read his articles in EW. Boucher changed the face of pop culture in Los Angeles and will do the same with this national magazine!

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Attend The IMAX Frankenweenie Midnight Show In The First Hours of October 5th & Receive A Limited Edition Tim Burton Frankenweenie Print

Exclusively for IMAX fans as part of IMAX’s 12:01 program – those attending the Frankenweenie midnight shows in the first hours of October 5th will receive a limited edition Frankenweenie print using an original sketch by Tim Burton.

Check for list of participating theaters on imax.com; while supplies last.

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Aimee Mann’s Labrador Video Is A Shot-For-Shot Remake of Til Tuesday’s Voices Carry

Aimee Mann’s newest music video, for her song Labrador, is an exact remake of the video that made her famous. Voices Carry, a song by her former band Til Tuesday. Jon Hamm appears, portraying the real writer and director, Tom Scharpling.

 

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Creative Packaging Ideas

How many times have you purchased an item strictly based on the packaging? Probably quite a few times. Here are some examples of creative packaging that utilize elements such as striking graphics, attractive colors and unusual shapes that catch the attention of consumers.

Rellana Wool

NYC Spaghetti

Nike Shoe Stadium Packaging

To promote the new Colgate Max Night variant local pizzerias were supplied with special Colgate-branded boxes for their dinner deliveries. The inside of the box was designed to look like the inside of a mouth. The message reminded people to use Colgate max night so their dinner breath does not become their morning breath.

Ford chose a Matchbox to promote their Ranger Extreme, a limited edition truck featuring an expandable cargo bed.

 

The benefit of City Harvest is demonstrated as the empty stomach bags are filled with food. The bags are supplied to supermarkets, grocery stores, etc.

Six Feet Under DVD Box

Dino Gum

Sharpen the Parmesan Pencil with the enclosed sharpener and you have delicious, fresh slices of Parmesan cheese for your meal. Using a scale on the pens it’s easy to tell how much grated Parmesan Pencil you need for each dish and you can even see how many calories each serving contains.

Kohlberg, the largest bread manufacturer in Denmark is the proud sponsor of The Danish Cancer Society’s big annual event to fight breast cancer. They tasked Envision with designing a packaging idea for their rye bread buns that would increase both awareness and sales.

Pansonic Headphones

Tommaso Ceschi designed this innovative Mr. Clean packaging which can act as a cleaning detergent container and a dumbbell.

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