The Art of Jock Book

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Here is a first look inside The Art of Jock, a book celebrating the breathtaking work of the comics illustrator, conceptual artist and prolific Mondo collaborator. In partnership with Insight Editions, The Art of Jock is available for pre-order on Amazon and the 160 page book will be released on September 20, 2016.

“Discover the uniquely dynamic work of acclaimed artist Jock, from his groundbreaking comics art to his stunning posters for the pop culture company Mondo and his evocative concept illustrations for a range of acclaimed films.

Mark Simpson, known by his pen name, Jock, is an internationally recognized, three-time New York Times bestselling artist and Eisner Award nominee. Over the last two decades, Jock has become one of the most distinguished illustrators in comics, with credits that include titles with DC Comics/Vertigo (The Losers, Batman: The Black Mirror, Green Arrow: Year One), Marvel (Savage Wolverine, Daredevil), and his runaway success, Wytches (co-created with Scott Snyder for Image Comics). He is also known for his extensive work with Mondo—the renowned pop culture company famous for its iconic poster designs and collectibles— including electrifying posters that offer unique interpretations of fan-favorite movies such as Shaun of the Dead, The Thing, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Halloween, and many more. In the movie world, Jock’s concept art has defined the look of major films such as Dredd, Ex Machina, and Star Wars Episode VIII.

Made in collaboration with Mondo, The Art of Jock delves into the prolific artist’s catalog, showcasing not only the best of his sketches and published images but also personal notes from Jock himself that provide insight into the inner workings of his creative process. Featuring commentary from longtime collaborators, including Scott Snyder and Alex Garland, this look into the mind and method of one of the most critically acclaimed illustrators working today is a must-have for fans of comic book and pop culture art, as well as aspiring artists and illustrators.”

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Please Funko, Make This Eleven Figure From Stranger Things Real!

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In an effort to get the attention of Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer, Funko tweeted a mockup on Tuesday of one of the more popular characters, Eleven, a little girl of few words and impressive powers.

The Pop Vinyl figure of Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) features her super-short hair, bloody nose from using her psychic powers, and her borrowed pink dress and blue jacket. She’s even holding her favorite food: Eggo waffles.

Fingers crossed that Netflix and the Duffer Brothers take note and release the full cast of characters from Stranger Things as Funko Pop! figures. Will Byers could even be upside down.

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The Middle-Earth 6-Film Limited Collector’s Edition

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Fans of Middle-earth will have the opportunity to re-live the entire collection of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings  films, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, when the two epic trilogies are released as a single collection on Blu-ray and DVD on November 1st from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). From New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and WBHE this new collection will be offered as a Limited Collector’s Edition.

The Limited Collector’s Edition includes 30 discs featuring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, in their extended edition forms housed in six faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. In addition, all previously released bonus content from both the theatrical and extended edition releases will be included in the collection. Also included in the collection are premium collectibles including an exclusive 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch,  and two original reproductions of watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe.

The Middle-earth 6-Film Limited Collector’s Edition will be available on November 1 as a 30-disc set for $799.99 SRP . The Limited Collector’s Edition includes all six films on Blu-ray disc in their extended edition forms. Bonus content from The Hobbit trilogy theatrical and extended editions will be included on Blu-ray disc. Bonus content from The Lord of the Rings trilogy theatrical and extended editions will be included on DVD disc. The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy features more than 2 hours of extended scenes that were carefully selected under the supervision of director Peter Jackson, and more than 33 hours of theatrical and extended bonus content.  The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy features almost one hour of additional footage, also selected by Jackson (The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies extended edition is rated R), and more than 34 hours of theatrical and extended bonus content. Additionally, digital copies of all films in their theatrical and extended edition forms will be included for download on Digital HD.

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Variant Cover To Cage # 2 By Bruce Timm

Bruce Timm was the artist on this variant cover for Cage # 2 due in November.

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Marvel Honors Jack “The King” Kirby With A Week Long Celebration

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He’s the King of Comics! A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. All this week, join Marvel.com for a celebration devoted to all things Kirby with Marvel’s Kirby Week.

Jack “The King” Kirby is one of the founding fathers of the Marvel Universe and from August 22nd to the 28th–what would have been Kirby’s 99th birthday–Marvel will pay homage to the incredible and iconic contributions Kirby has made to the House of Ideas, entertainment, and pop-culture.

During Kirby Week fans will get to explore how Jack Kirby brought his creative genius to the Marvel Universe through several articles devoted to “The King” himself. Check out the first in-depth article devoted to the origins of one of Jack’s most monstrous creations – The Incredible Hulk.

Marvel.com will also be releasing several podcasts speaking with Neal Kirby, as well as comic book historian, Peter Sanderson, for exclusive interviews on how Jack Kirby has influenced some of the most iconic creative voices and talent of today. Additionally, Marvel.com will also be sharing some of the most iconic moments from Jack Kirby’s historic catalogue of Marvel milestones all week long.

Whether it was westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor or Super Heroes – Jack Kirby could do it all through genre-defining stories, and charted a decade-spanning course for graphic fiction as a whole. Use #KirbyWeek on social media and share your favorite Jack Kirby stories, moments, art, and characters.

So join Marvel this week for your chance to honor one of the masterminds behind the Marvel Universe through Marvel.com’s Kirby Week. Hail to the King!

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3A Marvel Comics Black Widow 1/6 Scale Figure

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ThreeA proudly presents Ashley Wood’s signature spin on Marvel’s most deadly femme fatale – Black Widow. The super spy is armed with her iconic wrist stingers, twin glocks, and a newly masked look for the most covert of missions. Black Widow features an expertly tailored catsuit, laser cut to Wood’s elegantly designed body sculpt.

The fifth character in the ongoing Marvel x ThreeA 1/6th Scale Figure series – Ashley Wood brings his unmistakable style to the master of espionage – blending elements of the classic comic book outfit with his taste in high fashion for an undercover agent look that is both distinct and timeless.

– Officially Licensed by Marvel
– Black Widow figure stands 13-Inches (33cm) tall
– Features 24 points of articulation
– Black Widow features Laser cut Tailored Catsuit, Faux-Leather Trench Coat
– Black Widow includes: 3 Sets of interchangeable hands, 2 Glock 17s with Holsters, 2 Wrist Stingers and 1 Masked interchangeable head
– $160

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Nick Comparone To Release Princess Bride Mini Paintings & Open Up 10 Commission Slots On August 23, 2016

Stencil artist, Nick Comparone will release a set of 4 Princess Bride mini paintings in an edition of 10 for $140 on August 23, 2016 at 5 PM EST.

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This will coincide with Nick opening up 10 coveted slots for pop culture book page commissions. You can pick a favorite musician, movie character or TV star. Let your imagination run wild.

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Here is an example of a commission that Nick did for me a couple of years ago of Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance from the film, The Shining on an actual page from the Stephen King novel. At only $40 this is a bargain!

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Here are the links for The Princess Bride and the commission spots!

Nick is a great guy, a talented artist and super easy to work with so reach out to him and get some super awesome art for your walls!

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Funko Dc Comics Pop! Heroes Zebra & Bullseye Batman Vinyl Figure Set Hot Topic Exclusive

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Batman is given a fun and funky stylized look as two adorable collectible vinyl figures! One figure features Batman in a bullseye suit and the other in a zebra suit. The Funko Dc Comics Pop! Heroes Zebra and Bullseye Batman Vinyl Figure Set will be coming to Hot Topic exclusively and retail for $24.50.

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Halloween ComicFest Takes Place On October 29, 2016

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As Halloween ComicFest moves into its fifth year, Diamond Comics Distributors is reporting record numbers of participants, and is planning to hand out over 2 million Halloween-themed comic books this October 29.

32 titles will be handed out including Marvel Comics’ Darth Vader: Doctor Aphra #1, and Spidey #1; DC Comics’ DC Super Hero Girls #1 and Scooby Apocalypse/Hanna-Barbera Sampler; Dark Horse Comics’ Harrow County #1; and IDW Publishing’s My Little Pony: The Haunted Dungeon as well as many more.

“We’re ecstatic about the 33% increase in total comics ordered from last year, which signals to us that Halloween ComicFest continues to grow as one the industry’s major annual events,” said Diamond spokesperson Michael Moccio. “What’s especially exciting is that the mini-comics increased almost 50% from last year. As an industry, turning the next generation into comic book fans is paramount and we’re happy we can contribute to that initiative by distributing the all-ages mini-comics that are perfect to give to trick-or-treaters. No doubt, this year’s increase in mini-comics orders is due to all the great properties featured, such as Archie Comics, Dynamite’s Grumpy Cat, VIZ Media’s Pokémon X&Y Pocket Comics and more.”

Halloween ComicFest takes place on October 29 at participating retailers.

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Kubo And The Two Strings Is Intricate, Mesmerizing, Culturally Fascinating And A Beauty To Behold

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Travis Knight, an Annie Award-winning animator and the head of LAIKA, is making his feature film directorial debut with the August 19, 2016 release, Kubo and the Two Strings

An epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan, clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

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The new movie, from an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman), is being brought to life at LAIKA’s Oregon studios via the company’s innovative 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique. In addition to directing, Knight is producing Kubo and the Two Strings with Arianne Sutner (ParaNorman).

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I watched the film last night and like the origami featured in the film, this movie is intricate, mesmerizing, culturally fascinating and a beauty to behold. Laika has changed the game of stop motion animation! I urge you all to see this film with your family, simply gorgeous!

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