Monthly Archives: October 2012

MONDO To Release New Posters For The Man With iron Fists by Tomer Hanuka & The Lord of The Rings by Vania Zouravliov On Thursday, November 1st.

Tomorrow, MONDO will release new posters for The Man With iron Fists by Tomer Hanuka and The Lord of The Rings by Vania Zouravliov.

There are three posters, each with a different colorway, for The Lord of The Rings by the fantastic Vania Zouravliov. Edition sizes are identical on each with the only difference being the colorway of the poster.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, November 1st.

Poster by Tomer Hanuka. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 175. $45

 

Poster by Vania Zouravliov. 36″x21″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 160. Colorway 1. $50

 

Poster by Vania Zouravliov. 36″x21″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 160. Colorway 2. $50

Poster by Vania Zouravliov. 36″x21″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 160. Colorway 3. $50

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Author & Illustrator Ralph Cosentino Launches “Jumbee” Online-Shop

Known for his popular children’s picture books including; Batman the Story of the Dark Knight, Wonder Woman the Story of the Amazon Princess,

Honk-Honk-Ashoo, Fun-boy and Kaiju Kidz toys, Ralph Cosentino and his wife have created a “hub” showcasing Ralph’s work thru exclusive products such as letterpress prints, t-shirts, original art and “Fun-Boy Brand Chocolate Bars from Uranus!”

 

Jumbee features free online children’s books which can be also viewed on mobile & tablet devices.

 The site also debuts Ralph’s first desktop game “Asteroid Armageddon” featuring his characters Fun-boy & Elwood.

Ralph’s first free iPhone App “MyMoji” is also available which allows users to text with Zombie and Fun-boy emoticons!

 

Jumbee will also host a “Monthly-Freebee” drawing for newsletter subscribers in which one randomly chosen winner gets a prize ranging from original artwork to t-shirts!  Jumbee will also collaborate with friends and favorite artists to offer exclusive items.

 

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Stephen King Adapting Cell For Movie, John Cusack To Star

Today it was announced that the once delayed Stephen King Cell movie will now move forward. King co-wrote the screenplay with The Last House On The Left screenwriter Adam Alleca. No director has been attached to the project yet. John Cusack will take the lead role, who in the novel is a comic book artist. Cusack previously played an author in the Stephen King adaptation 1408.

Here’s the official blurb for the book:

Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project. His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were using their cell phones at the time of The Pulse to become zombies attacking and killing anyone in their way. Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a cell phone.  In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son in Maine, he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleé immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “crazies.”  The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “crazies” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man as they attempt to reach Maine and a place called Kashwak which they hope will be their salvation.

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Happy Halloween From THE FIRE WIRE

All you bats and ghouls be safe this Halloween and have a bloody good time. I command you to send all your Snickers to me! Blah.

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Bryan Singer Officially Set To Direct X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer is officially locked in to helm X-Men: Days of Future Past following the departure of X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn.

Scheduled for release on July 18, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past boasts a script by Simon Kinberg and is said to be inspired Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline that ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981. “Days of Future Past” introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.

Singer produced First Class alongside Vaughn and Vaughn will remain aboard the new film as producer himself.

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Apple: iTunes 11 Delayed Until November

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr has informed CNET that iTunes 11 will not ship in October as originally announced; it is now expected by the end of November. “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” Neumayr said. “We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.”

 

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Kotobukiya The Killing Joke Joker ARTFX Statue

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The Killing Joke was a 1988 graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland. The story told how the Joker came to be the Clown Prince of Crime. Other than an interesting origin story, the book also featured one of the most famous scenes in the history of comics: Joker shooting Barbara Gordon (which would in turn lead to her becoming the hero Oracle). Almost as famous as its contents is the over image, captured for the first time as an ARTFX Statue!

This upcoming statue brings the maniacal clown to life as you’ve never seen him before. Joker stands with one foot resting on a crate of dynamite, smiling his huge toothy grin as he snaps a photo on his old school film camera. The sadistic villain’s costume is incredibly detailed, showing off every seam, cuff, button, crease and more on his purple three piece suit and trench coat. His outfit is even topped off by authentic studded spats, fedora, iconic white gloves, and lapel-pinned flower. The Joker’s elongated white painted face leaps right off of the graphic novel cover with its deep laugh lines, left eye squeezed shut, and unruly green hair peeking out from under his hat. There’s even a motion sensor built into the base that activates an LED spot lamp and camera shutter sound after a brief delay. As an added bonus, the lamp is movable and can be placed at any angle around the statue!

Sculpted by Junnosuke Abe, The Killing Joke Joker stands 11 inches tall (1/6th scale) on a special display base that includes the broken crate of dynamite, LED lamp, and a creepy cherub henchman. The Joker is an incredible statue capturing one of the most famous graphic novels of all time and it will be available in May 2013 for $130.

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Sideshow Collectibles To Release Mondo The Batcave Variant Print By JC Richard On Wednesday October 31, 2012

Sideshow Collectibles To Release Mondo The Batcave Variant Print By JC Richard On Wednesday October 31, 2012

SideshowCollectibles.com will release this Mondo The Batcave variant print by JC Richard at a random time on Wednesday October 31, 2012.

 

20 x 29 screenprint in an edition of 135

Cick on the image below to see it change from the variant print to the regular print.

 

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Disney To Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode 7 Feature Film Targeted For Release In 2015

The Walt Disney Company announced today it has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm and is planning Star Wars Episode 7 for 2015! Disney revealed on a conference call that they are planning a new trilogy starting in 2015 with a new movie coming every other year. They have no plans for Indiana Jones at this time and are concentrating on the Star Wars franchise for now.

Here is the full press release:

Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations. 

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo. 

Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm’s legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world’s top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney’s strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney’s very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company’s unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney’s portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company’s ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world’s highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.

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The Horror Icon Alphabet by Mike Boon

Artist Mike Boon created this great Halloween themed poster design titled The Horror Icon Alphabet that is filled a frightening series of classic well-known horror characters and movie monsters in typographic form.

Prints, shirts, iPhone / laptop cases and more are available to purchase at Mike’s online Society6 and Redbubble stores.

 

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