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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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Hero Complex Gallery & THE FIRE WIRE Blog Present The Totally Tubular Pop Culture Giveaway

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Who says, “Nobody gives anything away for free anymore”? We are here to change that and as a thank you to the great poster community we are hosting one of Los Angeles’ BIGGEST pop culture art giveaways EVER!

How do you win? Simply follow The Fire Wire and Hero Complex Gallery’s pages and share this post, along with a pic of your own that exemplifies why you love pop culture. Use the hashtag #HCGFireWireGiveaway and we will select 70 lucky people to attend the Los Angeles giveaway event at Hero Complex Gallery! Yes, you heard right, 70 winners!

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The event will be held on September 12, 2015 at Hero Complex Gallery at 7PM and each of the 70 people invited are guaranteed to get a poster, piece of original art, book or toy!

Here are just a few artists and companies who generously donated their work for this fun and FREE event:

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Ale Giorgini
Aled Lewis
Andy Fairhurst
Bill Sienkiewicz
Bottleneck Art Gallery
Blunt Graffix
Brian Methe
Craig Drake
Cuyler Smith
Dark Inker
Dave Perillo
DKNG
Gabz
Gallery 1988
Gary Pullin
Grey Matter Art
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Ian Glaubinger
Jason Edminston
Jason Liwag
Jason Weidel
JC Richard
Jerrod Maruyama
Jock
Joey Spioto
Jonathan Burton
Jordan Monsell
Joshua Budich
Kevin Tong
Laurent Durieux
Marie Bergeron
Marko Manev
Matthew Chojnacki
Matt Ferguson
Matt Ryan Tobin
Mick Wiggins
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Nautilus Art Prints
NECA Toys
Nick Comparone
Nicolas Delort
Orlando Arocena
Patrick Connan
Paul Blow
Paul Shipper
Rich Pellegrino
Robert Bruno
Sam Gilbey
Scott C
Stan & Vince
Steven Holiday
Tim Doyle
Titan Books
Tom Whalen

and here is a very small tease…

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The Princess Bride by Nick Comparone

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Boba Fett OG by Jayson Weidel

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Chewbacca Silhouette by Jordan Monsell

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Joker Sketch by Bill Sienkiewicz

Hang out with some great people, enjoy some delicious refreshments and walk away with a free piece of pop culture. So tell your friends, you won’t want to miss this evening.

Follow HCG and THE FIRE WIRE for more info!

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The Poster Posse Announces Their First Solo Show: Star Wars: An Art Odyssey

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For their first solo show, the art collective known as The Poster Posse has collaborated with Le Cafe’ Pixel Gallery in Marseille, France along with Acme Archives Ltd. and Lucasfilm on an exclusive, officially licensed Star Wars exhibit titled: “Star Wars: An Art Odyssey”.

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The exhibit will feature over 80 original pieces of art and will take place from November 10th, 2015 through January 3, 2016. As an added bonus the exhibition will also be the main attraction of “Star Wars Village” during the Hero Festival convention which takes place on November 7th and November 8th.

Read the announcement HERE and stay tuned for more information about this exciting exhibition of galactic proportions!

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Mattel & Gallery 1988 Present An Art Tribute To 70 Years of Toys Opening On August 14, 2015

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Mattel and Gallery 1988 present an art tribute to 70 years of toys. Curated by Dave Perillo, the gallery show will open at Gallery 1988 (West) on August 14, 2015 at 7 PM and run until September 5, 2015.

Featuring the immense talents of Anthony Petrie, Brad Hill, Jason Edmiston, Jerrod Maruyama, Dave Perillo, Tom Whalen and many others, this show should be one of the best of the year!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Metal Print By DKNG Available At Art Awakens Booth At D23 Expo

For the First Order loyalists at D23 Expo, DKNG’s limited-edition metal print will be available at the Art Awakens booth (#1415), with proceeds benefitting UNICEF Kid Power. Meet the artists at the booth on Friday at 3PM.

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The Force Awakens Print By Mark Englert Available At The Art Awakens Booth At D23 Expo

You can purchase this limited edition The Force Awakens print by Mark Englert at the Art Awakens booth (#1415) at D23 Expo!

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Lucasfilm & HP Celebrate Star Wars: The Force Awakens With “Art Awakens” Program

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In celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and HP proudly present “Art Awakens.”

“Art Awakens” is an exciting new program for Star Wars fans old and new, across the country to revitalize creativity by “Bending the Rules” of the Force, themed around a galaxy far, far away.

“Art Awakens” kicks off August 11th with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit their Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.

Additionally, coming this November to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a three-day Star Wars: The Force Awakens art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. All new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids earn points which unlock food packets for malnourished children around the world.

Five lucky winners of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Art Contest, chosen by a judging committee that includes members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic, will have their art featured in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners will also have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night, among other prizes from HP.

Additionally, an HP “Bend the Rules” Award will be granted to one of the five grand prize winners upon completion of a questionnaire with the highest score in the Innovative Use of Technology category. The HP “Bend the Rules” Award winner will receive an HP Notebook Computer to help them push the boundaries of art and creativity.

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Holy History Batman! Superheroes Take Over The New York Historical Society

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This fall, the New-York Historical Society will share the untold  history of comic books, a cultural phenomenon born in 1930s New York City that has since taken the world by storm. On view October 9, 2015 through February 21, 2016, Superheroes in Gotham will focus on our culture’s most legendary superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man – as well as more recent characters inspired by the contemporary city. Beyond the characters, Superheroes in Gotham will consider the importance of New York as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology.

Among the range of material on display will be a rare comic book featuring Superman’s first appearance (Action Comics No. 1, June 1938), clips from early radio and film adaptations, Philip Pearlstein’s Superman painting (1952), original drawings by Steve Ditko of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, 1962), a Batmobile made for the Batman television series (1966), a costume from Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), and hip-hop pioneer Darryl McDaniels’ DMC comic book (2014) and his signature fedora.

“Comics are a huge cultural force, but few remember their New York roots,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “Superheroes in Gotham will immerse visitors in the early days of comics and their evolution, so they can learn more about the genesis of their favorite characters, encounter new voices that continue the creative tradition today, and perhaps see aspects of their own neighborhoods imaginatively captured on the page.”

The exhibition is curated by the New-York Historical Society’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.

Exhibition Overview

Upon entering the New-York Historical Society’s Central Park West entrance, visitors will be greeted by an original working Batmobile (1966), one of three cars created for the 1966-68 Batman television series. The first gallery will trace each character’s origins within the context of their creators and period events. A range of first-issue comic books will be displayed, including Superman’s Action Comics No. 1 (June 1938) and Batman No. 1 (Spring 1940). During World War II, many superhero stories channeled American concerns about the conflict and several of their creators also enlisted. Wartime issues of Captain America (1942) and an original drawing (ca. 2000) by Joe Simon—who served in the U.S. Coast Guard— will present Captain America as the ultimate patriotic warrior. Superman was also enlisted and lent his support in a range of U.S. Army and Navy training materials (ca. 1942-43). A drawing of Wonder Woman in an early version of her patriotic costume by H.G. Peter (ca. 1941) will be shown alongside a “Wonder Woman for President” issue (No. 7, Winter 1943).

Two of Steve Ditko’s original drawings of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, September 1962) will be displayed alongside a copy of the published issue. Considered Spider-Man’s “birth certificate,” these drawings will be on public view for the first time outside of the Library of Congress. Other Cold War-era artifacts include original cover art for The Invincible Iron Man (No. 1, 1968).

The second gallery will explore how superheroes flew from page to screen decades before they became blockbuster movie franchises. Scripts, audio recordings, animation cels, and cartoon clips will illuminate Superman’s multimedia adaptation less than two years after his comic book debut. One particular clip from the Superman cartoon (1941) will depict the character flying for the first time, rather than leaping as he did in print. After appearing in two film serials in the 1940s, Batman was reimagined in a popular television series (1966-68) and full length film (released in 1966). In addition to the original Batmobile (1966), the exhibition will feature three Batman set paintings by art director Leslie Thomas (ca. 1966-68) and a Catwoman costume (ca. 1966). Clips from the Wonder Woman television series (1975-79), as well as a copy of Ms.  magazine’s first issue depicting her at the helm (1972), illuminate Wonder Woman’s development as a second-wave feminist icon.

The final gallery will examine the enduring influence of superheroes on a wide range of New York-based artists, cartoonists, contemporary comic book creators, and fans. Known today for his hyperreal nude portraits, the exhibition will feature Philip Pearlstein’s Superman (1952), a proto-Pop art painting from his early career. Also featured will be cartoonist Mort Gerberg’s original illustration art for The New Yorker (“Do you have any references besides Batman?,” July 1997), alongside Batman drawings he doodled inside a childhood Hebrew School book (circa 1940). A costume from Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), the most expensive production in Broadway history, will also be exhibited.

Superheroes in Gotham also will explore contemporary New York- based superhero comics. A copy of DMC (2014)—which follows the comic book alter-ego of musician Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC in 1980s New York—will be displayed alongside the hip-hop pioneer’s trademark fedora, glasses and Adidas sneakers (worn by the fictional superhero DMC as well). Also on view will be art from Dean Haspiel’s independent web-based comic books, including the Brooklyn-based Red Hook and a comic book set, in part, during the 2003 blackout. The exhibition will conclude with ephemera from the United States’ first comic convention, which took place in New York in 1964, as well as photographs and posters from recent years of Comic Con.

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