ITHACON 44 celebrates Rod Serling & The Twilight Zone

ITHACON 44 celebrates Rod Serling & The Twilight Zone

Ithaca, N.Y. (March 14, 2019): The Comic Book Club of Ithaca is preparing for the 44th annual ITHACON, to be held Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th at Ithaca College’s Emerson Suites.   To prepare for the 60th Anniversary of The Twilight Zone, and to celebrate the life of Finger Lakes native, Rod Serling, ITHACON is developing several special events for this year’s comic convention, including:

  • Twilight Zone Crossover & Mini-Marathon: Ithaca College’s Park School students honor the legacy of The Twilight Zone by creating their own short films based on minor characters in episodes from the original series. The four original Twilight Zone episodes used for inspiration will also be screened: “A Stop at Willoughby”, “The Silence”, “I Shot an Arrow into the Air” and “Penny for Your Thoughts”.
  • Serling Archives Display – Several rare items from the Serling Archives will be on loan and on display for attendees to view, celebrating the incredible creativity and fascinating life of Rod Serling.
  • Twilight Zone Mockulogues Contest – In honor of Rod Serling’s genius and the 60th anniversary of the Twilight Zone, attendees are invited to create their own Rod Serling inspired monologues. Contestants will be given time to prep and present their creation. Monologues will be judged based on various categories, including creativity. Prizes will be awarded. This event will be held at IC Square at Campus Center starting at 6:00 pm.
  • Nick Parisi, author of Rod Serling: His Life, Work and Imagination will be a featured guest. He will also be interviewed during an ITHACON Author’s Panel on Sunday at 1:00pm in the Taughannouck Falls room near the Emerson Suites Exhibition Hall.

As is tradition, ITHACON also provides a strong line-up of comic industry professionals, guests, including Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Tom Peyer, Jamal Igle, Bill Schanes, Craig Yoe and Sid Friedfertig. ITHACON is proud to host award-winning authors including Tamora Pierce and David Gerrold.

More information on ITHACON can be found on the official site (ithacon.org) and the facebook page Admission and parking are free for this event.

 

Pop Culture Squad member & columnist Ed Catto

CAKE AND ATOMIC TOYBOX ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER TO GIVE CAPTAIN ACTION HIS FIRST TV SERIES

CAKE AND ATOMIC TOYBOX ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER TO GIVE CAPTAIN ACTION HIS FIRST TV SERIES

Looks like the beloved action figure brand will be (finally) be getting the tv series treatment! In what sounds like a fun take on the character, the show will involve live action and CGI. Following the adventures of a boy named Kyle who discovers the 12 inch action figure in his attic. Meant to be an action comedy, we’ll get a bit of fish-out-of-water meets the reluctant hero as Captain Action is still stuck in the 60s and Kyle may not be so keen on operative training.

From the press release:

Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has announced its partnership with LA-based Atomic Toybox Entertainment headed by four-time Emmy nominee Michael Polis, on the new forthcoming Captain Action series.

Based on the successful 1960’s action figure brand, the new series will bring Captain Action, his arch nemesis Dr Evil and other extraordinary characters to the screen for the first time in an action comedy series aimed at 6-11 year olds. The 11 minute episodes will be shot with children in a live action world and Captain Action and other action figures in CG and effects.

CAKE and Atomic Toybox have brought on board John Derevlany (Legends of Chima, Nexo Knights, Endangered Species) as lead writer and are in discussions with potential toy partners as well as studios. New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures, who have a first look agreement with Atomic Toybox on properties for kids’ television, are cited as the front runner on the studio side. The intention is to produce 52 episodes.

In the new series, Captain Action is reactivated after almost 50 years when a young boy discovers him packed away in his attic. At only 12-inches tall and still stuck in the analogue world of the 1960’s, our impassioned duty-bound operative is intent on training a reluctant Kyle to become the next generation of action hero in this coming-of-age tale of small heroes and big adventures.

Captain Action first burst onto the scene in the 1960’s making his mark as the world’s first superhero ‘Action Figure’, created by Stan Weston (G.I. Joe). Spawning numerous successful lines of action figures, Captain Action quickly expanded beyond toy shelves, conquering the world of comics, collectibles and related merchandise and has enjoyed a recent resurgence with further entertainment and licensing initiatives planned across multiple media platforms.

PopCultureSquad’s Ed Catto to Teach 1st Of Its Kind Comic Con Course

PopCultureSquad’s Ed Catto to Teach 1st Of Its Kind Comic Con Course

Our columnist Ed Catto is adding a new line to his resume: College Course Pioneer. The 2019 Spring semester at Ithaca College will be offering student the first course of its kind in the country: Creating and Promoting Ithacon. Students will help organize and promote Ithacon, the second-longest running comic convention in the nation!

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Breaking: Top Cow Teams with Humble Bundle to Aid California Wildfire Victims

Breaking: Top Cow Teams with Humble Bundle to Aid California Wildfire Victims

Top Cow has just announced a new program that allows people to get access to digital comics and donate to humanitarian causes at the same time.  When you purchase a Humble Bundle of new and classic Top Cow titles, you can designate funds to go to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization is that is helping California residents affected by the deadly wildfires in meaningful ways.

These comics can be downloaded in multiple formats to be viewed on multiple platforms. Donations range from $1 to $15, and you can get access to up to $760 worth of comics. There is a sliding scale that gives you more comic goodness for the more you donate.

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Kreigh Collins’ Classic Comic Strip, Mitzi McCoy, Collected

Kreigh Collins’ Classic Comic Strip, Mitzi McCoy, Collected

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND—Lost Art Books, the award-winning publishing imprint devoted to the graphic arts, is proud to announce the release of The Lost Art of Kreigh Collins, Vol. 1: The Complete Mitzi McCoy. This volume collects the entire two-year run of the Mitzi McCoy strip for the first time.

While illustrator and comic artist Kreigh Collins is not well-known to today’s audiences, his adventurous globetrotting life, combined with his skillful storytelling and superior illustration, never fails to enthrall new readers. This volume showcases his picturesque landscapes, lovely character designs, and thrilling action sequences brimming with detail and charm.  Continue reading “Kreigh Collins’ Classic Comic Strip, Mitzi McCoy, Collected”

DC Universe Experience Installation Announced for SDCC 2018

DC Universe Experience Installation Announced for SDCC 2018

DC UNIVERSE, a first-of-its-kind digital subscription service designed especially for DC fans, will come to life with over half a dozen immersive, interactive experiences at Comic-Con International. Fans will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the DC Universe for the first time and literally walk through the originals, classics and comics soon to be available through the digital service.

Warner Bros. Digital Networks and DC Entertainment tapped Giant Spoon, the creative agency behind the successful “Westworld” activation at SXSW 2018. The partnership will bring decades of artistry and innovative new content being developed exclusively for DC UNIVERSE to life

Open Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22 at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, directly across the street from the San Diego Convention Center. A larger-than-life installation of epic proportions will welcome fans into interactive spaces that bring iconic characters and stories to life.

 Guests of the activation will interact with dozens of activities and installations including:

  • Explore Dick Grayson’s Titans loft and uncover clues to his whereabouts
  • Experience the mysterious creations of Dr. Niles Caulder in the Doom Patrol lab
  • Avoid succumbing to the deadly virus in the mystical swamps of Swamp Thing
  • Join earth’s newest superhero team in the Young Justice Watchtower
  • Create mayhem in the Harley Quinn chaos room
  • Step into the sewers with Batman and descend into madness in The Court of Owls
  • Enjoy the first public unveiling of rare artwork and memorabilia only previously seen in exclusive engagements
  • Discover hidden clues and get an exclusive first-look at the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service
  • And so much more…

Register now at DCUniverseExperience.com! (Signing up online in advance allows guests to streamline the onsite admission process. Pre-registration does not allow guests to reserve their spot or bypass the line. The activation will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.)

DC UNIVERSE will be available in Fall 2018 as a direct-to-consumer digital service. Fans who sign up for memberships will enjoy new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of comic books, breaking news, an expansive encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise. Additional fan features include opportunities to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards, and participate in sweepstakes and contests.

Follow the excitement online at #DCUxSDCC

Legendary Entertainment Acquires Aftershock Comic ‘Animosity’ For Feature Film

Legendary Entertainment Acquires Aftershock Comic ‘Animosity’ For Feature Film

Legendary Entertainment has acquired the worldwide film rights to the hit Aftershock Comics story “Animosity”. “Animosity” is a tale about a world in which all animals can suddenly talk and think with human-like processes. It follows an eleven year old girl named Jesse and her hound dog Sandor.

“Animosity” was created by the prolific Margueritte Bennett with art by Rafael de Latorre. It has spawned two spin-off mini-series also under the Aftershock label.

Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer of Aftershock Media will produce the feature with oversight by Legendary’s Jon Silk.

This story has a lot of potential for film exploration and continues to be one of the best books from Aftershock and Ms. Bennett.

Source: Legendary Sets Apocalyptic Comic ‘Animosity’ For Feature | Deadline

DC Universe announces Digital Subscription Service

DC Universe announces Digital Subscription Service

DC Universe announced today more details on its streaming media service. They are calling it a “digital subscription service”.  The initial details are aggressively optimistic on DC’s part.  What they are proposing is a “Netflix meets Comixology and goes on a double date with Amazon and Facebook” kind of scenario.

Fans can sign up today for an opportunity for beta access, which will open in August 2018. Beta access will give members a chance to test the new digital experience and provide valuable feedback on the early version of the service before it goes live later this fall 2018.

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Salt City Comic-Con Pre-game Captain America Movie Event in Auburn NY

Salt City Comic-Con Pre-game Captain America Movie Event in Auburn NY

The recent Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War (2016) pitted super heroes against one another as they struggled to balance long-time friendships with passionately held political beliefs. Stuffed with an overwhelming jumble of heroes, this movie was loosely based on the iconic comic series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Millar had once famously explained that this expansive adventure was a way “to play with all the toys in the toy box.”

This feature film will be screened at Auburn Public Theater on Thursday July 5th at 7pm by a vintage Captain America cartoon, showcasing the first time that many of these Marvel heroes appeared onscreen. The cartoon also utilized many of Captain America co-creator Jack Kirby’s original illustrations.

Geek Culture Expert (and PCS contributor) Ed Catto will be moderating the features and provide a brief introduction.

Cosplayer Steve Barker will be appearing in costume as Captain America at the unique event. Steve will also be exhibiting his impressive Captain America styled motorcycle out front of the theater.

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Buffy Vampire Hunt Next Month in San Diego!

Buffy Vampire Hunt Next Month in San Diego!

Buffy’s coming to San Diego & she’s bringing swag.  20th Century Fox Consumer products announced today the first-ever Buffy Vampire Hunt set to send fans through the streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter on Saturday, July 21st.  Oh and wouldn’t you know, that’s during Comic-Con! 

Fans can become a “slayer” by locating each “Vampire Nest” through downtown’s historic Gaslamp Quarter (including the Convention Center) where they will be rewarded with a wide-range of prizes at each location.   We’re talking Buffy Funko figurines, posters, stickers, pin, shirts, comic, etc. 

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