Gallery 1988 Announces IT Themed Art Show Opening On August 31, 2017

On August 31st, Gallery1988 will be host an exhibit of IT themed artwork in advance of Andy Muschietti’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel.

The exhibit will run August 31st through September 3rd at Gallery1988 (7308 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, CA) between 11am and 6pm.

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Dragon Rebound To Release 3rd Custom Rebound Book, IT By Stephen King

IT is one of Stephen King’s most popular novels, and it was the obvious choice for Dragon Rebound’s next book. With the movie remake being released in September, it made sense that now is the perfect time to give IT some special treatment!

For those unfamiliar with these wonderful books, Dragon Rebound works with a bookbinder and other artisans, to rebind an original 1st edition page block, and they incorporate elements of the story into the design of the binding. It their way of honoring the work of Stephen King, and creating an edition that collectors, and fans of his work can cherish.

Here are some details of the painstaking process that went into creating this amazing book that is also a piece of art!

The book enclosure and lid design are based on a literal depiction of the original cover illustration for “IT”, with the sewer grate covering the storm drain. The sewer grate becomes the lid to the box, which holds the book. Each sewer grate is made by using traditional foundry processes to achieve a miniature version of the grate depicted on the original cover artwork.

The grates, being iron, hold magnetic properties, and thus rare earth (neodymium) magnets are utilized on the inside wood and fabric panels, to assist in holding the grate securely to the box. This allows the box to be stored safely in an upright position, without fear of the cast iron grate falling out.

The box body itself is also made of metal. The interior of the box is lined with a plush red suede fabric, and wooden buffer panels are cut to size and covered with the suede material to form the book bed in which the book sits. The inner walls also create a ledge along all four sides into which the cast iron grate will sit. During this process, the ribbon is installed to facilitate removal of the book from the book bed.

A clear sheet of acid free transparent film is placed on top of the book, so that the underside of the grate does not accidentally scratch the leather.

The custom-bound IT edition is bound as a semi-split board sewn over frayable tapes to prevent sagging of the heavy page block. The boards are covered in black buffalo skin with goatskin onlays in red, white and yellow, for the balloons on the cover, and the title on the spine. The balloon strings are hand-embroidered in cotton floss. The author name is blind-stamped on the spine. Endbands are leather wrapped in red goatskin. Hand marbled endpapers are designed and crafted by Sevim Surucu.

Sevim  Surucu created a completely custom marbled paper for this edition. Each design, while having the same image, is unique because each one is painted and marbled by hand.

June  Sakamoto is a renowned origami artist who created a paper boat replica of the one in Bob’s iconic illustration that matches the original painting very closely. June created a custom origami pattern for this boat that has never been made before.

The boat is made out of a reproduction of the actual front page of The Bangor Daily News from 1957. The Maine State Library was contacted to see if they had copies in their archives. They created a digital file from the microfilm and the newspaper was reproduced so that June cold fold these very special paper boats. One of June’s custom made boats is included as a free bonus with every book!

The book is signed on the colophon page by Bob Giusti, and includes a giclée print of the original cover art, also signed by Bob Giusti, as well as a reproduction of Bob’s original sketch concept.

To order this incredible book; a marriage of artistry, creativity and collectibility, please click HERE!

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass Synopsis Revealed

Universal Pictures released the synopsis for Glass which will pit The Beast against David Dunn in a scheme organized by the one they call Mr. Glass. Check it out below.

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable and last year’s Split—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.

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Pantone Announces Official Prince Purple Color

The Pantone Color Institute has announced it has developed an official hue of purple in honor of the late Prince. Collaborating with the Purple One’s estate, the institute has unveiled “Love Symbol #2,” named in honor of the trademark emblem that served as his stage name in the late 1990s.

The purple shade was “inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano,” according to a press release, and “will be the official color across the brand Prince left behind.”

Check out the shade below.

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Batman Vs. Two-Face Blu-ray Coming October 17, 2017

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment bring together two of pop culture’s all-time heroes – TV’s original Batman and Captain Kirk, Adam West and William Shatner, respectively – to voice the title characters in the full-length, animated feature film, Batman vs. Two-Face. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will make the all-new movie available October 10, 2017 on Digital and October 17, 2017 on Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP).

As the sequel to the 2016 hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the all-new Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing – all the while combating the likes of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bookworm, Hugo Strange and King Tut!

The late Adam West leads the star-studded cast in his final performance as Batman. The beloved actor delivers an inspired turn opposite fellow pop culture icon William Shatner (Star Trek) as the criminally conflicted Harvey Dent/Two-Face. This is only the second production of any kind to feature the two titans of the fanboy realm together. West and Shatner first teamed in the 1963 “Alexander The Great” television series that never made it past the pilot.

The cast also boasts two more pop culture icons of the 1960s. Burt Ward is back for more “holy” fun as the Boy Wonder himself, Robin, and Tony Award winner Julie Newmar reprises her role as the fiendish feline, Catwoman.

The voice cast includes Jeff Bergman (Joker, Bookworm, Desmond Dumas), Sirena Irwin (Dr. Quinzel), Thomas Lennon (Chief O’Hara), Lee Meriwether (Lucilee Diamond), William Salyers (Penguin), Lynne Marie Stewart (Aunt Harriet), Jim Ward (Hugo Strange, Commissioner Gordon), Steven Weber (Alfred, Two-Face henchmen) and Wally Wingert (Riddler, King Tut).

The core Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders filmmaking team reprises their roles for Batman vs. Two-Face.  Rick Morales (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash) directs from a script by Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and James Tucker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Tucker and Jelenic and also Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

“Batman vs. Two-Face is a must-have for all Batman fans featuring a cavalcade of his foes, and an amazing cast including two giants of pop culture, Adam West and William Shatner,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is excited to bring these beloved characters to animated life, and proud to have been associated with an actor as impressive, gracious and entertaining as Adam West. We salute his extensive contributions to the legacy of the character, and we are greatly appreciative of his cooperation and support in bringing this animated film to fruition. He will be greatly missed.”

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Funko HQ Grand Opening On August 19th

Come join Funko on August 19th to celebrate the grand opening of the official Funko HQ store at 2802 Wetmore Avenue in Everett, Washington!

This will be the first opportunity for fans to see the new location and promises to be a completely new and exciting experience for any Funatic! You’ll walk through the world of Funko like never before – among the figures you already know and love, you’ll also find brand new products, unique activities, and special surprises! The festivities will include food trucks, giveaways, fun photo opportunities, and a signing with the one and only Brian Mariotti! And of course… there will be exclusives available ONLY at the store and ONLY during the grand opening celebration!

More details HERE!

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Watch The Punisher Teaser Trailer

Following the premiere of Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix, the very first teaser trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher has arrived online!

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil where he’s joined by newcomers Ben Barnes as Billy Russo (the civilian name of the villain Jigsaw), Frank’s Castle’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces who runs a successful private military corporation called “Anvil;” Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, a former NSA analyst whose secrets may be of great value to Frank Castle and everyone around them; and Amber Rose Revah (Indian Summers, Son of God) as Dinah Madani; a highly-trained sophisticated Homeland Security agent who is vexed by the Punisher.

Also in the cast are Daniel Webber (11.22.63) as Lewis Walcott, a young veteran who has had a difficult time re-assimilating into Civilian Society; Jason R. Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying) as Curtis Hoyle, a friend of Frank Castle’s and one of the few people who knows he is alive; Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie) as Rawlins, a high-ranking member of the CIA whose operations in Afghanistan intersect with Frank Castle; Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel) plays Sarah Lieberman, Micro’s wife whose marriage has made her life far more complicated; and Michael Nathanson (The Knick, Wolf of Wall Street) as Sam Stein, a Homeland agent who is challenged by his partnership with Dinah (Amber Rose  Revah).

Marvel’s The Punisher is part of an overall deal between Marvel Television and Netflix, which has already released the critically-acclaimed seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Marvel’s Iron Fist. All the heroes have now united in the mini-series event Marvel’s The Defenders.

The Punisher spin-off series will premiere in 2017.

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It’s Alive! Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie Posters From The Kirk Hammett Collection Book

One of the world’s premier collections of horror and sci-fi movie posters comes, not altogether surprisingly, from Kirk Hammett of Metallica, one of the most successful and beloved bands in rock history. Long before Hammett assumed the heavy metal mantle as Metallica’s lead guitarist, he was obsessed with the imaginative universe of horror. From the age of six, he gathered toys, ephemera, and memorabilia from his favorite films. This generously illustrated book highlights the finest examples from Hammett’s personal collection—an astonishing trove of horror and sci-fi film posters that span the history of the genre—along with intriguing essays by Daniel Finamore, Joseph LeDoux, and Steve Almond on the rise of horror culture and the rise it gives us.

The publication accompanies the exhibition “It’s Alive!”: Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from August 12 to November 26, 2017.

Daniel Finamore is The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum. Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University in the Center for Neural Science and directs the Emotional Brain Institute of New York University and the Nathan Kline Institute. Steve Almond is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, and the co-host of WBUR’s Dear Sugar Radio.

The 120 page hardcover book features 90 color illustrations and retails for $30. You can order a copy HERE.

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Gallery 1988 Announces Alphabitz, A Two-Man Art Show Featuring Tom Whalen & Dave Perillo

Gallery 1988 has announced Alphabitz, a two-man art show featuring Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo. Every letter will be represented with fun alphabetic pop culture prints! The show will open on Friday August 18, 2017.

Some images provided by io9: LINK & Slashfilm: LINK

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Wizard Magazine To Re-launch As A Digital Service On August 25, 2017

As the saying goes: “Nothing stays dead in comics.” Pop-Culture leader Wizard World today announced the digital re-imagination, re-conception and re-launch of Wizard, as part of a new digital initiative which includes WizPop, a daily pop-culture news service reporting on the biggest stories of the day in pop-culture, entertainment, and fandom. WizPop will also feature a weekly round-table reviewing the relevant news of the week. Bridging video, editorial and convention operations, the revitalized Wizard digital initiatives will speak to fans worldwide in Wizard’s distinctive snarkily-smart voice.

The predecessor to the re-constituted Wizard was Wizard Magazine: The Guide to Comics, had a wildly successful run for nearly two decades as the respected and widely-followed voice of comics and fandom.

Brian Walton, the former Editor In Chief of Nerdist and Vice President of Editorial Operations at Legendary Digital Networks will serve as Editor In Chief of Wizard in addition to his role as Director of Content for Wizard World. Luke Y. Thompson, formerly of Nerdist, Topless Robot, Deadline, and OC Weekly, has joined Wizard World as Associate Editor.

WizPop the daily video news service will share the uniquely authoratiative point-of-view of Wizard covering the larger universe of all things pop-culture.

In addition to standing as a daily digital presence, plans are in the works to return to publishing Wizard as a premium quarterly magazine.

From “Casting Calls” to “The Drawing Board,” classic Wizard Magazine columns will be revived as web-based articles and regular video features. Wizard and WizPop will feature news and reviews of the latest in comics, tech, movies, gaming, TV, music, and toys. Also returning will be the hallmark in-depth feature interviews with some of the biggest names in the comics and entertainment industries.

“To a generation of fans the Wizard name has stood at the intersection of entertainnment and pop culture. By introducing Wizard and WizPop as vibrant digital incarnations, Wizard World will expand its pre-eminent position in the industry to connect and interact with millions of fans every day,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President & CEO. “With the triumverate of Wizard, WizPop and the Wizard World live convention platform we have created a 24 hour a day digital and live experiential platform serving the fans of pop culture—the Wizard experience and the on-going conversation doesn’t stop when a Wizard Comic Con ends.”

On August 25, at the 20th annual Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, Wizard and WizPop will launch at www.wizardworld.com.

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