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Halloween Costume Bingo

The Bold Italic has posted a handy Halloween Costume Bingo card complete with the 25 best and worse costumes you’re likely to see this year—everything from Grumpy Cat to Paula Deen.

The card was created by by illustrator Helen Tseng and writer Wendy Steiner.

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3D Monopoly New York Edition By Charles Fazzino

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This truly unique masterpiece marries the world-renowned artistry of Charles Fazzino with the iconic game of Monopoly.

The Monopoly game board is oversized compared to the classic version and features custom, New York-themed, 3D artwork by Charles Fazzino. Masterfully detailed and vibrant 3D artwork on all of the property spaces transports the player on a magical journey through some of New York City’s most iconic streets, avenues, and landmarks. The center rolling area features more spectacular artwork of Rockefeller Center and Central Park, and is hand-signed and numbered by the artist. This artistic marvel is adorned with over 170 crystals and foil accents, and is encased in a beautiful 2″ deep wood cabinet with tempered glass top and wooden frame.

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The 3D Monopoly New York Edition by Charles Fazzino ($500) is limited eo 2,000 sets and features custom components, including:

– Six custom Fazzino-designed New York City-themed pewter Monopoly Tokens

– Custom Fazzino-designed Money and Title Deed, Chance, and Community Chest Cards

– Custom Fazzino-designed Wood houses and Hotels

– Wood Banker’s Tray


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Premium, Deluxe Edition of The Original Dungeons & Dragons “White Box” To Be Released On November 19, 2013

The original Dungeons & Dragons boxed set was published by TSR, Inc. in 1974 and was the very first roleplaying game, introducing concepts that have persisted throughout later editions. It included three small rules booklets in a white box.

This deluxe, premium reprint of the original “White Box” features new packaging and includes the following seven booklets (plus, reference sheets):

– Volume 1: Men & Magic
– Volume 2: Monsters & Treasure
– Volume 3: Underworld & Wilderness Adventures
– Supplement I: Greyhawk
– Supplement II: Blackmoor
– Supplement III: Eldritch Wizardry
– Supplement IV: Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes

Each booklet features new cover art, while the interior retains nostalgic original art. Booklets are packaged in an engraved illustrated wooden storage case.

This version of D&D, often called “Original D&D” or “OD&D,” was co-authored by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and hails from the game’s infancy, before role-playing games were known. Original White Box rule sets can sell for hundreds of dollars.

The deluxe reprint set will be released on November 19, 2013 for $150.

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Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling

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Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling ($14) published by Chronicle Books is a Star Wars game in a book that provides hours of fun for thumb-wrestling masters or their apprentices.

Opponents Velcro on the lightsabers included (one blue, one red); open the book to one of seven durable “game board” pages depicting classic Star Wars battles; stick their thumbs through the holes; and use the Force (of thumb and imagination) to wrestle to victory!

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Paramount Pictures Announces World War Z Licensing Program Including Exclusive Limited-Edition Fan Art From Blurppy’s Poster Posse

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My good friend Don Thompson, his website Blurppy and his Poster Posse project for World War Z were mentioned today in a press release from Paramount Pictures.

Congratulations to Don and the members of the Poster Posse for a job well done! Don was able to gather amazing artists from around the world to collaborate on imagined posters for the World War Z film. These virtual posters were showcased on Blurppy.com and went viral finally catching the attention of Paramount Studios. The studio has committed to creating limited-edition collector’s prints and releasing them on Amazon, Think Geek and in theaters on opening day!

Here is the press release:

“Paramount Licensing today announced its slate of worldwide licensing partners in support of the highly anticipated film “World War Z,” which opens in theaters nationwide on June 21st. To extend the excitement of the summer film event, Paramount is rolling out a robust in-theatre merchandise program highlighted by mobile pop up stores in select theaters, creating a limited line of products to celebrate fan generated art, and strategically aligning with a select group of toy, game, apparel and accessory, collectible, costume, publishing, and online licensees.

Paramount will bring “World War Z” to consumers via Hot Topic, the film’s exclusive retail promotional partner. As the official “World War Z” movie headquarters, Hot Topic is rolling out the “World War Z” merchandise program across all 660 of its stores. Highlighting the promotion will be movie-themed storefront window displays and a series of online initiatives including a sweepstakes, social media support through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and email blasts to all of its members.

In addition, Paramount has partnered with leading apparel and accessories company Bioworld to launch an in-theatre merchandise program in Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, Muvico Theaters, Starplex Cinemas, and ShowBiz Cinemas theaters in its top markets. The program will be highlighted by mobile pop up kiosks featuring apparel and accessories in select Regal Cinemas and Muvico theaters.

Paramount Licensing will also launch exclusive limited-edition fan art by artists Chris Garofalo, Matt Ferguson, Marie Bergeron, David Moscati and Marko Manev, who were selected from a group of artists nicknamed “Poster Posse.” The group participated in a challenge issued by Don Thompson’s Blurppy.com to create a images based on the “World War Z” film. The results of the challenge caught the eye of the studio and filmmakers and now this unique artwork will be available in a limited-edition run of graphic t-shirts at HotTopic.com, high quality posters at Amazon.com and ThinkGeek.com, and as limited-edition collector’s prints to be given away to fans on opening day at Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, AMC Theatres, Arclight Cinemas, and other leading theaters.

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Additionally, Paramount has created a targeted licensing program in key categories to launch in advance of the film’s release that will tap into the excitement of “World War Z” and allow fans to take home a piece of the experience. Partners include:

– Jazwares: Articulated zombie and hero action figures as well as plush  
– University Games: A World War Z-themed survival board game and card game
– Bioworld Merchandise: Apparel and accessories
– Ghoulish Productions: Costumes and dress up accessories
– Pyramid America: Posters, prints, magnets and buttons
– Trends: Posters, calendars and bookmarks
– Silver Buffalo: Drinkware, blankets and wall art
– Quantum Mechanix: Collectibles, including statues, limited-edition lithographs and key chains
– Crown Publishing Group: Movie tie-in edition of Max Brooks’ novel in
paperback, audio book, and eBook formats
– Titan Books Ltd.: Art of “World War Z” book
– Duckworth Publishing Ltd.: Movie tie-in edition of Max Brooks’ novel in paperback
– Café Press: Branded “World War Z” store at http://www.paramountstore.com featuring apparel, gift, and novelty

World War Z revolves around an ex-United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The film stars Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale.

World War Z was directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof, and screen story by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski. Based on the novel by Max Brooks. 

World War Z opens in theaters everywhere June 21, 2013.”

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Entertainment Weekly Launches CapeTown for Comic-Con Culture Enthusiasts

Entertainment Weekly’s website has launched CapeTown, a new site dedicated to Hollywood and “Comic-Con culture” — a place for all things superhero, sci-fi, fantasy and horror on film, TV, gaming, comic and novel platforms. Geoff Boucher, who joined EW after twenty years at the LA Times, will head CapeTown.

This week the site will showcase interviews with Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man 3″), Brad Pitt (“World War Z”) and DC Comics writer Scott Snyder (on the Joker).

Also in the works for CapeTown is a film and TV festival in collaboration with the American Cinematheque and the Egyptian Theater.

Check out CapeTown here.

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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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Rovio Releases Amazing Alex For Apple Devices

Rovio Entertainment has released Amazing Alex a new physics puzzler representing the company’s first departure from its venerable Angry Birds franchise. The new game puts players in the role of a whiz kid with a boundless imagination and a houseful of toys where they are challenged to build creative, chain reaction solutions to accomplish various tasks ranging from battling cardboard robots to cleaning up Alex’s room. Players build elaborate Rube Goldberg devices from a collection of toys that bounce, pop, ricochet, bash and crash into each other; most puzzles can be solved in more than one way and users can share their most creative solutions with their friends and see what their friends have come up with as well.

Amazing Alex includes 100 built-in levels and users can also design their own levels and share them with friends or worldwide using 35 different interactive objects set in four different locations. A gallery of user-contributed levels is expected to add to the replayability and Rovio also promises regular free updates with its own new level packs. Amazing Alex is a universal app requiring iOS 4.2 or later and is available from the App Store for $1.

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San Diego Comic-Con Bingo

Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying of Extracurricular Activities created a San Diego Comic-Con Bingo card that you can print out and play along with at the con. Look for them at Small Press Table N-02.

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Disney FilmPulse App For iPhone

Enhance your in-theater experience with Disney FilmPulse, an all-new free app for your iPhone. Just “check-in” to the theater and showtime for the Disney movie you’re about to see, and begin the FilmPulse experience. Unlock surprises and enjoy interactive games and bonus content before the movie, then take advantage of special offers after the credits roll.

The FilmPulse app is currently only available for use at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

 

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