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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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Villains Are Rising In The New Gotham Trailer

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FOX has released the new Gotham trailer for Season Two.

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. The series stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Zabryna Guevara, Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena, Andrew Stewart Jones, and John Doman. Newcomers for the second season include Natalie Alyn Lind, Jessica Lucas, James Frain, and Michael Chiklis.

Gotham will return to FOX on Monday, September 21, 2015.

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MONDO Announces Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 1/6 Scale Leonardo Figure, TMNT Poster by Rich Kelly & Pins

Leonardo, the stoic leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available for the first time in 1/6 Scale starting this Thursday! MONDO first premiered these figures at San Diego Comic-Con in July, and are thrilled to open Pre-Orders this week. Based on the original Eastman & Laird comic book, Leonardo features 25+ points of articulation and interchangeable heads & hands, with weapons & accessories taken right from the pages of the comic book, available for $149.99. This is the first in Mondo’s 1/6 Scale TMNT series.

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Accessories Include:

 – Classic Comic Red Mask Head
 – Cartoon Blue Mask Head
 – Dual Katana and Scabbards
 – 1 set of C-Grip Hands
 – 1 set of Climbing Claw Hands
 – Unique “Pointing Finger of Leadership” Hand
 – 2 Four-Point Shuriken
 – 2 Eight-Point Shuriken
 – Grappling Hook and Cord
 – Utrom Blaster
 – Belt with Scabbard Straps
 – Pre-Mutation Splinter
 – Pre-Mutation Baby Leonardo

Limited to 500, the Mondo Exclusive version will also include Shredder’s Destroyed Gauntlet from TMNT Issue #1. The price of the exclusive version is $159.99.  Find out more about the 1/6 Scale Turtle Series (including a subscription option) on the MONDO blog.

Tomorrow MONDO will release a new poster for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze by Rich Kelly!

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TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze by Rich Kelly
24″x36″ screen print.
Hand numbered
Edition of 300
$45

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Enamel Pins. Based on the 1/6 Scale Turtle Designs. Approx. 3/4″. $10 each

The poster by Rich Kelly & pins will go on sale at a random time tomorrow, August 25th. The 1/6 Scale Leonardo Figure will be available for Pre-Order Thursday, August 27th. Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement.

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Vinyl Idolz: 1960’s Batman Figures Arriving In October 2015

Holy vinyl awesomeness, Batman! The Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder are coming up next in Funko’s Vinyl Idolz line! Batman & Robin, in all their campy glory, are ready to put their bat-gadgets to good use in their fight to protect Gotham!

The Dynamic Duo is joined by the dazzling Batgirl, who refuses to leave the crime-fighting to the men! Can the three of them stop the Joker from his latest plans against Gotham City?

You’ll have to tune in to find out – same Bat-time, same Bat-channel! The bat-Tastic figures will be available in October 2015.

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Batman 1950s Comic Pop! Heroes Vinyl Figure – Entertainment Earth Exclusive

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The Caped Crusader has been brought to life by many artists since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, but none did it better than Dick Sprang. Sprang became one of the primary Batman comic book artists for the character in 1941 and went on to create some of the most memorable characters and covers of the next two decades. Honor this legendary artist and give yourself a treat by ordering this 3 3/4-inch tall Batman 1950s Comic Pop! Heroes Vinyl Figure – Entertainment Earth Exclusive based on Sprang’s signature style. You’ll be glad you did!

Coming in October 2015, you can order the exclusive Pop! vinyl figure for $12.99 HERE.

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Batman V Superman Commission By Rafael Grampa

Check out this great Batman V Superman commission by the ultra talented Rafael Grampa. If you want to get on the waiting list for a commission by Grampa, then please send an inquiry to ivancosta@hotmail.com

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Coming To Bookstores On September 15, 2015 – A Graphic Novel ‘Intro To Alien Invasion” By Owen King And Mark Jude Poirer, Illustrated By Nancy Ahn

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Scribner is pleased to announce the publication, on September 15, 2015 of its first graphic novel, Intro To Alien Invasion, born out of a fantastic collaboration between two exceptional literary novelists and an imaginative illustrator. The gifted Owen King makes up one half of the storytelling team; The New York Times Book Review called his debut novel Double Feature “epic, ambitious…[King] has a captivating energy, a precision, and a fondness for people that are rare.” Writing with King is New York Times Notable novelist and screenwriter Mark Jude Poirier, whose work includes the films Smart People and Hateship Loveship, adapted from an Alice Munro story. Young, extremely talented illustrator Nancy Ahn brings a unique and knowing aesthetic to this ambitious work.

Intro To Alien Invasion stars Stacey, a brilliant, but socially marginalized student at Fenton College, a liberal arts school nestled in the hills of Vermont. Even her few friends find her relationship with Professor Evans, the highly eccentric astrobiology instructor, strange, and they’re skeptical of his theories about alien species. But, when an enormous hurricane strands the students on campus, Professor Evans’s theories prove to be correct: an alien invasion suddenly hits the college, leaving Stacey as the student most capable of taking down the infestation that threatens to wipe out the entire Fenton College population.

Intro To Alien Invasion humorously captures the contradictions of the typical liberal arts college, and its sharp depictions of various college cliques, from the “Trustafarians” to “the Young Republicans,” will leave readers in stitches. Intro To Alien Invasion also manages to reveal the dark side of college life—from mean students ignorant of their deep privilege to egotistical frat boys to uppity professors and uncaring administrators. Through inventive, witty illustrations and dynamic storytelling techniques, King, Poirier, and Ahn create an ingenious graphic novel bursting with wit, heart and pop culture references, and filtered through the point-of-view of a contemporary, compelling heroine.

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Yvonne Craig, TV’s Batgirl of The 1960s, Dies At 78

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Yvonne Craig, the sexy actress who originated the role as the high-kicking crime fighter Batgirl on the iconic 1960s ABC series Batman, has died. She was 78.

A former ballerina, Craig died Monday night at her home in Pacific Palisades, her nephew, Christopher Carson, announced. The cause was breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver, he said.

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Craig also was known for playing Marta, an insane green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk (William Shatner), in a 1969, third-season Star Trek episode, “Whom Gods Destroy.”

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Craig joined Batman for its third season and final season (1967-68) as Batgirl/librarian Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton).

Batman producer William Dozier, for whom she had done an unsold sitcom pilot years earlier, called and asked her if she would come in for an interview, she once recalled.

“When I got there, he said, ‘We’re thinking of adding a new character to the Batman series — Batgirl. Would you be interested in doing it?’ I said, ‘Very!’ ”

Craig said they put her character on the show “because they needed someone who could encourage an over-40 male audience and a prepubescent female audience. That’s the real reason why they hired me!”

Craig did all of her own stunts and all of her motorcycle riding on the show. Her leatherette-clad character accessed her sleek Batgirl Cycle from an old, unused elevator that was hidden behind a revolving wall in her apartment and led to the street below.

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On the series, only the Wayne butler Alfred (Alan Napier) knew her secret identity  — not even Batman (Adam West) or Robin (Burt Ward).

Batman was an immediate sensation when it debuted in January 1966 but ran out of steam by the time Craig joined the series for its final 26 episodes.

The dark-haired beauty, a native of Taylorville, Ill., began her theatrical career at age 17 as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She traveled the U.S. and was with the troupe for three years when she was discovered by director John Ford’s son Patrick and cast for the lead in the movie The Young Land (1959).

She then starred opposite Elvis Presley in the films It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) and Kissin’ Cousins (1964). The two dated for a spell.

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Her film résumé also included The Gene Krupa Story (1959), John Sturges’ By Love Possessed (1961), 7 Women From Hell (1961) — with future Joker villain Cesar Romero — Ski Party (1965) and Mars Needs Women (1967).

On television, she appeared on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, Land of the Giants, Mod Squad, The Wild Wild West, Emergency! and many other shows.

Most recently, she provided the voice of Grandma in the 2009 cartoon series Olivia for Nickelodeon, served as executive producer for the documentary feature BIRTH and worked as a real estate broker.

Yvonne and her sister, Meridel, went into the prepaid phone card business at its inception, producing phone cards as fundraisers for many charitable organizations as well as promotional phone cards for the 1995 Paramount film Clueless — starring Alicia Silverstone, who played Batgirl in 1997’s Batman & Robin. They also did Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny cards for Warner Bros. stores, her nephew noted.

In 2000, she wrote a memoir, From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.

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In addition to her sister and nephew, survivors include her husband, Kenneth, and another nephew, Todd. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Angeles Clinic Foundation.

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Grey Matter Art To Release Thor Print By Matt Ferguson On August 20, 2015

Grey Matter Art, under license from Marvel Studios is proud to present a new officially licensed, limited edition screen print for the super-hero action film, “Thor.” This is the first poster Grey Matter Art has produced for “Thor” and has chosen to work with the very talented artist, Matt Ferguson. This is the second release with Matt, and it is a great companion piece to his previously released “Iron Man” Poster.

Here is what Matt Ferguson had to say about the project:

“Thor is one of the best subjects to make a poster about because it is unique film in the Marvel Universe. I love the cosmic aspect to the setting crossed with a strong fantasy vibe. I tried to get that across in my poster by using the rainbow bridge and Bifrost. I also wanted the composition to fit in with the Iron Man poster I have already produced for Grey Matter Art but give the art a more pulpy sci-fi edge.”

Mike Gregory added:

“Working with Matt again has been such a great experience. This project was so fun to work on and amazing to finally see what he came up with in the end. I really like how this poster and his previous Iron Man work so well together. Matt is a fantastic artist and I am always excited to see what he has coming up.”

This poster will be released on Thursday, August 20th on our website shop page at a random time between 1:00-2:00 PM est. at www.greymatterart.com.

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Thor
Artist: Matt Ferguson
Size: 24×36
Regular Edition: 250/$50.00

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Thor
Artist: Matt Ferguson
Size: 24×36
Variant Edition: 150/$70.00

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Thor
Artist: Matt Ferguson
Size: 24×36
Foil Variant Edition: 150/$100.00

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Armored Batman Statue

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Fearing the actions of a god-like Superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

The Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Armored Batman statue is sculpted by James Marsano, measures 12.5” tall and will cost $150. Look for it to hit comic book stores in March 2016.

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