Monthly Archives: December 2009

Rumor: Apple Tablet Event Scheduled For January 26th, 2010

The tech world is a buzz with word that Apple has secured the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for a press event beginning on Jan. 26.

Last week, The Financial Times reported the rumored reservation at the YBCA, the same spot Steve Jobs used to introduce new iPods in September.

Yesterday, a Fox News source confirmed the event, saying that the announcement will focus on the mobility space. All signs point to the new tablet, already the one of the year’s most anticipated releases.

Earlier this month, Apple Insider reported that production on the tablets would begin in February – featuring a 10.1-inch multi-touch LCD display – and launch in March or April. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Charles Barkley & Sigourney Weaver Are The First Saturday Night Live 2010 Hosts

Saturday Night Live knows how to ring in the New Year — with hosts Charles Barkley and Sigourney Weaver.

“SNL” is back on Jan. 9 with former NBA star Charles Barkley as the host. The “round mound of rebound” is known now for his great sense of humor in commercials and on the golf course.

This won’t be his first time hosting, either — Barkley hosted the 1993 season premiere of “SNL” with musical guest Nirvana. Joining Barkley for his second go-round is musical guest Alicia Keys, hopefully performing new songs from her album “The Element of Freedom,” which was released on Dec. 15.

For the Jan. 16 show, “Avatar” star Sigourney Weaver joins studio 8H, along with musical guest The Ting Tings, who are nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy.


Ring In The New Year Early With Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics is pleased to announce the official Marvel’s New Year’s Eve EVE Party all day Wednesday, December 30-right at your participating local comic shop!

Fans of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine and all things Marvel are invited to come in and celebrate the new year during this all-day event.

Among the giveaway items will be a free 2010 Marvel Super Hero calendar, Exclusive Avengers ID Cards to collect & trade, a free comic book – Origins of Siege – which features an all-new prologue  to 2010’s hottest event by Brian Michael Bendis, and more!

“Marvel would like to thank everyone for making 2009 such a milestone year,” says Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales and Circulation Publishing David Gabriel.  “As we wrap up our 70th Anniversary, we wanted to partner with local comic book shops to show our gratitude and also wish everyone a safe, happy, and marvelous 2010!”

Swing by your participating local comic shop on December 30 for your free giveaways at the Marvel New Year’s Eve EVE party and make yours Marvel in 2010!

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Free Comic Book Day 2010 Lineup Announced

Here’s the official Free Comic Book Day 2010 announcement and lineup, and you can get more information about the event at the FCBD website: The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee is pleased to announce the Gold and Silver Sponsors and their comic books for FCBD 2010, which will be held Saturday, May 1, 2010. Selected by retailers who serve on the FCBD Committee, this year’s roster of Gold and Silver Sponsors and their books include a comic book for everyone’s tastes:

Gold Comic Books
• Ape Entertainment: Kizoic Presents: Shrek and the Penguins of Madagascar
• Archie Comics: Archie’s Summer Splash!
• Archaia Entertainment: Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock Flip Book
• BOOM! Studios: Toy Story
• Dark Horse Comics: Doctor Solar/Magnus: Robot Fighter
• DC Comics: War of the Supermen #0
• Drawn & Quarterly: YOW! The John Stanley Library
• IDW Publishing: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #155-1/2
• Image Comics: Fractured Fables
• Marvel Comics: Iron Man/Thor

Silver Comic Books
• Archie Comics: Sonic The Hedgehog: Hide & Seek & Destroy!
• Aspen MLT: Worlds of Aspen
• Asylum Press: Fearless Dawn/Asylum Press Sampler
• Bluewater Productions: S.E. Hinton’s/Fame
• Bongo Comics: Bongo Comics Free For All
• BOOM! Studios: Irredeemable #1
• DC Comics: DC Kids Mega Sampler
• Del Rey Comics: Del Rey Showcase
• Dynamite Entertainment: Green Hornet #1
• Fantagraphics Books: Weathercraft: A Frank Comic
• Gemstone Publishing: The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics
• IDW Publishing: Library of American Comics #0
• Maerkle Press: Love and Capes #13
• Marvel Comics: Iron Man:Supernova
• New England Comics: The Tick #1 Special Edition
• Oni Press: Oni Press Free-For-All
• Oni Press: Sixth Gun #1
• Radical Publishing: Radical: Bigger Books! Bigger Value!
• Red 5 Comics: Atomic Robo and Friends
• Storm Lion: Freedom Formula: Speed Metal Overtures
• Th3rd World Studios: Stuff of Legend/Mortal Instruments
• Top Shelf Productions: Owly & Friends
• Top Cow Productions: Artifacts: First Look

• Upper Deck: Upper Deck Marvel TCG Promo Pack
• NECA/WizKids: Marvel Heroclix: War Machine Figure

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Captain America Targeted for a June Start

Director Joe Johnston, whose next film The Wolfman hits theaters on February 12, revealed to Fangoria that Marvel Studios is planning a June start for The First Avenger: Captain America. The start is mentioned in an article on Johnston taking over as director for The Wolfman:

Principal photography was now less than four weeks away. “By the time I got on a plane and arrived, it was three,” recalls Johnston, speaking from the art department of The First Avenger: Captain America, which he’s readying for a June start.”

Paramount Pictures will distribute The First Avenger: Captain America on July 22, 2011. No cast members have been announced yet.

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Inception Movie Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the new trailer for The Dark Knight helmer Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Opening in conventional and IMAX theaters on July 16, the sci-fi actioner is set within the architecture of the mind and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine and Dileep Rao.


Do You Want To Watch the Opening Scene to the Final Season Premiere of LOST?

Can’t wait for the LOST premiere on February 2nd, 2010? Enter the LOST:The Final Season Sweepstakes HERE, and you could be one of 815 to win a message in a bottle with an exclusive sneak peek of the season 6 premiere. Is it your destiny to be among them?

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Picturing the Past 10 Years

Phillip Niemeyer is an art director at Double Triple, an art and design studio. He created this clever pictographic chart that showcases the major trends that defined the 2000s. Please click on the image below to view larger.


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Happy Birthday, Stan Lee!

An American icon; comic book writer, editor Stan Lee turns 87 years old today. Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee was born in 1922 in New York City. The former President and the chairman of Marvel Comics created legendary comic book characters such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and countless others.  Lee changed the industry by introducing complex, relatable characters and established a shared universe where they resided. In addition, he also led the first major successful challenge to the industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority and forced it to reform its not-relevant policies. Stan Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small publishing house into a successful multimedia corporation.

Lee has received a multitude of awards for his contributions to the graphic medium and was formally inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. He received his own star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008.

Stan Lee was my childhood idol and I wish him continued success.  Thank you for the countless enjoyable hours of my youth. Your stories fueled my imagination and dreams. The wealth of wonderful characters and fantastic stories that you created changed my perception of reading; what was once a chore became a pleasure.  Happy Birthday Stan, Excelsior!

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