Category Archives: Pop Culture

Check Out This Cover To Geek Magazine By Mr. Garcin With Tons of Pop Culture References

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Artist, Mr. Garcin created this amazing cover to Geek Magazine which will be released this Friday. Dozens and dozens pop culture references fill the cover up.

See if you can recognize them all?

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EW PopFest Coming To Los Angeles October 29-30, 2016

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The lineup for Entertainment Weekly’s first-ever PopFest is growing in spades. The already exciting schedule will now include a live taping of Anna Faris’s podcast, “Anna Faris Is Unqualified,” musical performance by Grammy Award-nominated musician Janelle Monae, a conversation with “Outlander” author Diana Gabaldon, and a live table read from the cast of Bob’s Burgers.

They join an incredible lineup that already includes James Corden, the host of CBS’ The Late Late Show, a live performance by pop superstar Nick Jonas, discussions with Oscar-winning actress and director Jodie Foster, and Emmy-winning showrunner Ryan Murphy and friends. Attendees will have an opportunity to see first-look footage and special guests from Sony’s Dark Tower, a reunion with the cast of Happy Endings performing a never-before-seen episode, the cast of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend performing their musical mashups live, and a conversation between husband-and-wife YA superstars Tahareh Mafi (Shatter Me) and Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). The weekend will conclude with a 20th anniversary Scream celebration including a Wes Craven tribute, followed by an outdoor screening of the film. Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

Entertainment Weekly’s curatorial talents will be brought to life as a two-day festival with a mix of pop culture related events including live music, film and television screenings, talks with talent and creators including actors, TV showrunners, film directors, videogame designers, authors and more.  EW PopFest will offer an unforgettable immersive experience for fans, celebrities and brand partners. With a built-in fan base and millennial draw, EW PopFest will attract cross-generational attendees, tapping into Entertainment Weekly’s combined audience of 28 million loyal, engaged fans. This highly interactive celebration of pop culture will engage consumers with innovative live and digital experiences, setting a standard no other festival can challenge.

EW PopFest will take place at The Reef, located at 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007, in downtown Los Angeles.

For tickets, please visit: http://ewpopfest.com/

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Get Pop-Cultured With Barnes & Noble Back By Popular Demand Starting July 6 At Stores Nationwide

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Barnes & Noble announced that Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com/getpop-cultured), a month-long celebration of pop culture with special events customers won’t want to miss, is back by popular demand for the third consecutive year. Running from July 6 through August 7, this year’s Get Pop-Cultured campaign continues the popular tradition with unique special events, author appearances, exclusive content, special offers and giveaways that the whole family can enjoy.

Barnes & Noble first launched the Get Pop-Cultured campaign back in 2014 to bring to life customers’ favorite books, characters, movies, artists, illustrators and pop-culture icons. It was such a hit with fans of all ages and interests that Barnes & Noble established the month-long celebration of pop culture as an annual tradition.This year’s lineup features some of the biggest media properties and names in pop culture today, including Finding Dory, Star Wars, Pokémon, tokidoki, Manga, DC Comics, Marvel, Comic Convention Collectibles and Harry Potter. In addition, throughout the Get Pop-Cultured campaign, Barnes & Noble stores across the country will welcome customers’ favorite authors, illustrators and celebrities including Michael Ian Black, Shane Dawson, Chris Colfer, Pen Jillette, Oli White and Issa Rae, plus more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble Lineup:

Below are the highlights from this year’s lineup, with more details to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Finding Dory: Friday, July 8, at 7PM

Barnes & Noble invites customers to dive into the excitement as stores nationwide celebrate family and all things Dory. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a swimmingly fun scavenger hunt, as well as other activities and giveaways.

Star Wars: Friday, July 15, at 7PM

Barnes & Noble is calling fans of all ages who love Wookiees, Storm Troopers and Jedi Knights to participate in special offers, trivia, bingo, giveaways, cosplay and a special learn-to-play Star Wars X-Wing™ Game event.

Pokémon: Saturday, July 16, at 4PM

Customers can visit their local Barnes & Noble store at 4PM to learn how to become a Pokémon Champion, take a photo with a Pikachu and Charizard standee, enjoy a special offer, and more as we celebrate 20 years of Pokémon at stores nationwide.

Introducing tokidoki Back-To-School and Stationery Product Lines, Available Exclusively at Barnes & Noble Starting July 16

On July 16, Barnes & Noble will launch the never-before-seen tokidoki back-to-school and stationery product lines, which will be sold exclusively at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide through Summer 2016. An innovative line of apparel, tokidoki has built a worldwide following with its larger-than-life characters and designs. All Barnes & Noble stores will feature a table with tokidoki stationery, coloring products and back-to-school items, including a backpack, messenger bag, duffle bag, keyring, coloring book, sketchbook, notebook, pencil case, and much more. To celebrate the arrival of tokidoki, Barnes & Noble will be giving away free limited edition character trading cards and buttons in stores nationwide on July 16, while supplies last.

Manga: Saturday, July 16, at 7PM

Fans of Manga can come to Barnes & Noble and enjoy drawing and coloring activities from renowned Manga artist Camilla d’Errico, in addition to other activities, cosplay and giveaways. Plus, they can receive a special offer on all Manga from July 6 through July 19, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Comic Convention Collectibles: Available Starting July 21

The massively popular Comic Convention Collectibles will be on sale exclusively at Barnes & Noble from July 21 through July 24, while supplies last, with a limit of two per customer. The assortment will feature Funko and Diamond Collectibles.

DC Comics: Saturday, July 23, at 7PM

Barnes & Noble customers can be the first to get a free Suicide Squad Special Edition #1 comic and enjoy giveaways, activities and cosplay. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all DC Comics Graphic Novels from July 20 through July 24, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party: Saturday, July 30, at 8PM

Harry Potter fans are invited to Countdown to Midnight and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31 at midnight. They are also invited to share their favorite memories of Harry Potter on Barnes & Noble’s special Muggle Wall, as well as participate in other activities and giveaways. Plus, fans can enter for a chance to win a set of 7 Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. They can ask a bookseller for complete details and official rules.

On July 31, fans are invited back to their local Barnes & Noble store to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two all day with special events and activities, and to share perspectives on the new book.

Marvel: Saturday, August 6, at 7PM

Customers can come to Barnes & Noble and explore the Marvel Universe plus get exclusive samplers, including the first storyline for Mosaic. They can also enjoy trivia, coloring, cosplay, special offers and more. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all Marvel Graphic Novels from July 25 through August 7, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

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Jordan Monsell’s Cut It Out: Two To Open At Hero Complex Gallery On June 24, 2016

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Please join Hero Complex Gallery in welcoming artist, Jordan Monsell, back for his second silhouette solo show, where he will be displaying 350+ renditions of today’s favorite pop culture characters! There will be a little bit of everything in this show with characters from comics, animation, video games, horror, cult movies and lots more!

The opening reception is on June 24th from 7-10pm, see you there!

To add to the excitement of the show there are a number of contests HCG is running for the exhibit. HCG is pulling out all the stops this year! Check out all the prizes you can win:

FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1766495613594321/?ti=icl

WIN 1 FREE SINGLE CHARACTER SILHOUETTE! There are THREE ways to win!

Correctly guess all the teaser images located in the Facebook event page! 

HCG will be posting teasers periodically between now and Mon. June 20th. You will have until midnight on Thurs. June 23rd to submit your answers to event moderator, Josh Garrell via PM. He’ll announce the winner on this event page before the show opens on June 24th!

Correctly guess all the unnamed silhouettes at the show! 

This one is for the locals! Like last year, there will be 10-20 unnamed silhouettes on opening night. Figure them all out for chance at this prize! If more than one person completes the entire answer sheet correctly, HCG will randomly draw a winner. The winner will be announced by closing night of the show.

Make a suggestion! 

This one is great and super easy! Just comment with a silhouette idea on the pinned post in the event page. Only suggestions for single characters will be counted. Entries for this contest will close at midnight on Mon. June

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Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest Coming To Comic-Con HQ

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Best known for his iconic role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill will bring his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and passion for memorabilia to Comic-Con HQ, the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) destination that will extend the experience of San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round event.

Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest, a docu-style series featuring authentic stories about passionate fans and their collections, will be hosted and produced by Hamill. Production on the series will begin in June when he returns from shooting Star Wars VIII in the U.K. The series will debut on Comic-Con HQ this fall.

Hamill has been amassing memorabilia, including comic books, toys, lunch boxes, records, puppets, original artwork, and much more since the early 1970s. Now with Pop Culture Quest, he can share his appreciation and introduce other interesting collectors and their treasures to the Comic-Con community.

“I’ve been a collector all my life,” said Hamill. “This show is a natural outgrowth of that passion. Now I have an opportunity to collect other people’s collections! I can’t wait to see what’s out there and share it with the world. Collectibles are a living history of who and what we are, so we just might learn something…but there’s no doubt we’re going to have fun!”

Seth Laderman, EVP and General Manager, Comic-Con HQ, added, “From the moment I started talking with Mark about this idea over three years ago, his enthusiasm was infectious. It had such an impact on me that after I came to Comic-Con HQ, my first call was to him and his team about how to bring this show to our community. Passion is at the heart of all of our original series, with a goal to allow innovators like Mark the opportunity to create and bring their ideas to life. We couldn’t be happier to help Mark’s show find a home.”

Hamill will once again team with his friend and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian.  Kazanjian was Executive Producer on Raiders of the Lost Ark and served as VP at Lucasfilm during the dramatic expansion of the company in the 1980s. Producer Darren Moorman, whose film Same Kind of Different as Me will be released next year, and longtime collector and vintage show promoter Scott Kinney will round out the producing team as Executive Producers on the series.

More news about upcoming programming and partnerships for Comic-Con HQ will be announced in the coming weeks. Anyone can register now for a free extended trial on Comic-ConHQ.com via web browsers and iOS/Android devices. The paid subscription service will officially roll out this summer across more connected devices and distribution platforms such as Roku, AppleTV and Amazon’s Streaming Partners Program, with additional devices becoming available in the months to come.

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50 Insane Pop Culture Gifts That Actually Exist

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Refinery29 has complied a list of 50 insane pop culture gifts that actually exist.

Fun items include a Flux Capacitor Car Charger , the Star Wars Dream Desk, Sex Panther Cologne, Golden Girls Coasters or the Top Gun leather jacket. Check out the list HERE.

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Gallery 1988 Announces Joe Van Wetering Solo Art Show “Evolutions” Opening On September 25, 2015

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This Friday Night, join Gallery 1988 (East), for their newest show, “Evolutions” from Joe Van Wetering. A show of prints, Evolutions will chronicle the changes and growth of some of your favorite pop culture icons. Disguised as scientific studies, and inspired by some of your favorite movies and actors, these prints are some of the most imaginative and witty ever displayed.

The exhibit opens on September 25, 2015 from 7-10 PM at G1988 (East). Come meet the artist in person at the opening reception. The show will run through October 10th. The prints will first be available at the opening reception, then online the following day at gallery1988.com.

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Funko Announces Third Batch of 2015 New York Comic Con Exclusives

Funko is proud to announce the third batch of 2015 New York Comic Con exclusives! Available at booth #722 at New York Comic Con, October 8-11th!

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Pop! TV: Sesame Street – Flocked Cookie Monster

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Pop! Hanna Barbera: Series 2 – Ricochet Rabbit Pink

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Pop! Games: Fallout – Power Armor (Unmasked)

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Pop! Disney – Cars: Mint Condition Mater

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ReAction: Universal Monsters – Black & White Creature from the Black Lagoon

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Marvel Dorbz: Thunderbolt Punisher

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Vinyl Idolz: Shaun of the Dead – Bloody Alive Ed

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Vinyl Idolz Shaun of the Dead – Bloody Shaun

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Hikari: Star Wars – Starfield Bossk

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Funko Announces The First Batch of 2015 New York Comic Con Exclusives

Funko is proud to announce the first batch of New York Comic Con exclusives! You’ll see familiar characters decked out in new colors and materials alongside figures that are entirely brand new! The exclusives contain many of Funko’s most popular lines such as Pop!, ReAction, Hikari as well as new lines from Vinyl Sugar!

The goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place. Without further ado, here is the first installment of Funko’s New York Comic Con exclusives list!

These figures will be available at booth #722 at New York Comic Con, October 8-11th!

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Pop! TV: Futurama – Alternate Universe Fry & Leela 2 Pack

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Pop! TV: Bravest Warrior – Catbug Orange Glow

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Pop! TV: Battlestar Classic – Commander Cylon

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Pop! TV: Doctor Who – Tenth Doctor in Spacesuit

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Pop! Hanna Barbera: Series 2 – Ricochet Rabbit Yellow

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ReAction: Universal Monsters – Black & White The Wolf Man

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Vinyl Idolz: The Walking Dead – Bloody Daryl

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Dorbz XL: Batman Arkham Asylum – Detective Mode

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Hikari: Star Wars – Platinum Greedo

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Thank You To All Who Participated In The FIRE WIRE Poster Giveaway

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Yesterday we gave away a ton of pop culture items ranging from posters, original art, books and toys to 73 lucky recipients. My intent was to give back to the wonderful pop-culture community whose camaraderie and passion for the hobby I cherish.

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I want to thank the kind and generous artists and galleries who donated to this event. I appreciate Hero Complex Gallery allowing us to use their space and provide refreshments. Finally, a big shout out to the people that came and showed up on a Saturday to partake in the festivities! I hope you all had a great time, had a few laughs and walked away with something cool!

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