CA – Big Red Comics Grand Opening Party

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Todd Nauck, Mike Kunkel, Drew Johnson, Tony Brescini, Lori Hanson, Brett Nance and Debbie Hogan appears at Big Red Comics’ new store on Saturday September 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM!

Big Red Comics
162 N Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866
(714) 650-0813

Jim Shooter: Guest of Honor for FLORIDA SUPERCON

SuperCon Jim ShooterJim Shooter has just been announced as a Guest of Honor for FLORIDA SUPERCON

June 25-28, 2015 at The Miami Beach Convention Center

Jim Shooter – a true legend in the comic book industry – has been a writer, artist, editor, and publisher for nearly fifty years! He is the former Editor-in-Chief for Marvel Comics and Valiant Comics. His writing credits include The Avengers, Secret Wars, Secret Wars II, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Superboy, Superman’s Pal: Jimmy Olsen, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Star Brand, World’s Finest Comics, Harbinger, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Solar: Man of the Atom, and X-O Manowar. Jim Shooter has created or co-created dozens of characters, including Archer & Armstrong, The Beyonder, Chemical King, Controllers, Emerald Empress, The Fatal Five, Ferro Lad, Graviton, Henry Peter Gyrich, Jocasta, Karate Kid, Laurel Kent, Mordru, Nemesis Kid, Paladin, The Parasite, Persuader Princess Projectra, Rond Vidar, Shadow Lass, Star Brand, Sun-Eater, Symbiote, Tharok, U-Foes, Universo, Validus, and The Wanderers. He came up with the original story for The Transformers and helped oversee the launch of G.I. Joe in the 1980s, contributing many of the major ideas and themes for the story.

www.floridasupercon.com

NYC – Hellboy Signs

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Ron Perlman, star of Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy, signs his new memoir at the Strand Book Store on Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00 pm!

Press Release:

Ron Perlman’s fascinating life and career, from his childhood in Washington Heights to his early years in East Village off-Broadway theater, ultimately led to memorable roles in the cult classic Beauty and the Beast and the gritty television drama Sons of Anarchy, as well as action films like Hellboy. Ron will join us at Strand to sign books and answer YOUR questions! A must-attend evening for graphic novel buffs and fans of the FX network series alike.

Buy a copy of Easy Street (The Hard Way) or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

RSVP on Facebook!

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(at 12th St.)

NJ – Easy Street Launch Party

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Ron Perlman, star of Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim, and Hellboy, appears at Bookends on Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00 PM to sign his new book:  Easy Street!

Bookends
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-445-0726

CA – Paddle Your Own Canoe Signing

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Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation’s Ron Swanson) appears at The Largo in conversation with Jesse Thorn on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 8:30 pm! Nick and Jesse will be discussing Nick’s upcoming book Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living. Each ticket will receive a paperback copy of Nick’s book.

$35.00 Tickets

Seat assignments begin at 6:00PM, Doors open for drinks at 7:00PM, Showtime at 8:30PM | When you arrive at Will Call on the night of the show, seats will be assigned first come first served, from the front of the theatre to the back. If you want to sit closer, be sure to come earlier. | NO LATE ENTRY * NO REFUNDS * NO EXCHANGES

Largo at the Coronet
366 N La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA, 90048

MA – Evening of Evil w/ Bruce Campbell

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Bruce Campbell appears at the Wilbur Theatre on Saturday November 1st at 7:00 PM to host a special screening of The Evil Dead!

Press Release:

Come experience The Evil Dead on the big screen with special guest Bruce Campbell for an exclusive Halloween viewing! Following the film will be a Q&A with Bruce Campbell! And don’t miss out on the chance to take part in an exclusive Meet & Greet with Bruce Campbell! There’s limited availability to purchase the Meet & Greet as an add-on to your regular ticket purchase. Plus VIP ticket gets a signed show poster.

The Evil Dead Launched Raimi and Tapert’s careers and made star Bruce Campbell a cult movie icon. Spawning two hit sequels, The Evil Dead trilogy has become a fan phenomenon, ranked among the most popular and acclaimed cult horror movies of all time.

Get tickets at the link!

Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 248-9700

NY – Hellboy Signs

perlmanSons of Anarchy star Ron Perlman appears at Book Revue to sign his new memoir Easy Street (The Hard Way) on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm!

Press Release:

The candid, hilarious, and inspiring memoir of the iconic star of Beauty and the Beast, the Hellboy movies, and Sons of Anarchy.

A classically trained actor who cut his teeth in the East Village’s Off-Broadway scene, Ron Perlman—a Golden Globe winner (Beauty and the Beast) with starring roles in the Hellboy movies, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy—has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His story involves rising from New York’s tough Washington Heights neighborhood, enduring incredible hardships, and ignoring the naysayers who taunted him for his distinctive looks. It’s a tale that demonstrates the power of persistence.

With a filmography of nearly 200 credits working alongside countless stars during his forty-year career, Perlman knows the ins-and-outs of filmmaking. In Easy Street (the Hard Way), he shares his inspiring story for the next generation of performers.

IMPORTANT!
All books signed at Book Revue events must be purchased at Book Revue. If you purchase the book prior to the event please save your receipt. If you have purchased the book from somewhere else you can still get your book signed, we just ask that you make a purchase in our store of equal or greater value to that of the book.

Book Revue
313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-271-1442

NE – Eddie Munster Signs

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BUTCH PATRICK appears at Krypton Comics to sign autographs on Thursday, September 18th, from 5 PM through 8 PM!

Krypton Comics
2819 South 125th Avenue #261, Omaha, NE 68144-3873
(402) 391-4131

CA – Prince Zuko’s Tea Party

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Dante Basco, best known for his roles as Prince Zuko on Avatar: The Last Airbender and as Rufio in Hook, celebrates his birthday at Nirvana Tea & Herbs on Wednesday August 27th starting at 1:00 PM!

RSVP on Facebook!

Nirvana Tea & Herbs
1035 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-7112

Scene and Reviewed: Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series

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Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series! Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set! Own This Collectible 7-DVD Set on August 5 2014 from Shout! Factory.

I have to admit, I was eagerly awaiting this series release from Shout! Factory. After reviewing the Armada and Energon series, the completionist in me was actually excited to see the arrival of this Transformers collection. Here is the scoop on Cybertron:

“This summer, relive some of the most astonishing classic action battles of ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and complete your home entertainment collection of the rare UNICRON Trilogy. In 2005, TRANSFORMERS fans were introduced to the animated series TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON, the third installment of the rare UNICRON Trilogy–consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON and CYBERTRON. UNICRON has been defeated, but his destruction has created a black hole, which is threatening the AUTOBOTS’ home world of CYBERTRON. It’s up to OPTIMUS PRIME, his team of AUTOBOTS and their new human friends–Coby, Lori and Bud–to secure the four mystical Cyber Planet Keys, in order to destroy the black hole. Unfortunately, MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS are always lurking. And if the Cyber Planet Keys fall into their hands, it could mean the end of life as we know it. The race is on!”

As I said of the Energon series, “None of the Transformers series have ever been perfect. It’s all in what you choose to take away from the experience.” That same philosophy applies when watching the Cybertron series. The CGI was on par with, if not slightly better than, its predecessor. I wish that they had developed the animation a little more, rather than reusing some of the same footage over and over for many of the transformation and fight sequences. But that is easily forgivable. Remember, He-Man was practically the same shots in every episode. If they can get away with it, so can the Transformers. But I digress. The English dubbing was greatly improved over previous efforts. I guess after the harsh criticisms that were received for the shortcomings of Armada and Energon, a little extra care was taken this go round. The noticeable efforts paid off.

As for the plot….meh. I mean, it’s the Transformers. I wasn’t wholly enthralled by the story lines of the previous two series, so why should this one be any different? It takes a few episodes for the story to really pick up. Then mid-series, Cybertron becomes somewhat repetitive with the racing (fans of the show will know what I’m talking about). Eventually, they get back on board with the original plot and the pace of the series really gains momentum. It’s always fun to see fan favorites like Starscream, Galvatron and Wing Saber in action. And, who doesn’t love it when Optimus Prime yells “Roll Out” to the Autobots?

All in all, Transformers Cybertron was exactly what you’d expect from a Transformers series. The show improved with each installment of the trilogy. Cybertron was a fun way to close out the Unicron epoch. Shout! Factory did a wonderful job putting these series together in a DVD collection any fan will enjoy. The Unicron series is a great way to introduce younger children to the wonderment that is the Transformers. All three installments have been reasonably priced and are an affordable way to expand your Transformers collection. Reviewing all three series has indeed been entertaining. Honestly, I would rather watch the Transformers Cybertron series over any of the Michael Bay films.

“On August 5, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES, featuring all action-packed episodes collected in one deluxe 7-DVD box set. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. This complete series 7-DVD set is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.”

About Hasbro Studios:

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro’s world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro’s brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. Joe 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro’s brands as well as production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.

About Shout! Factory:

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blue-Ray offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music, and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY nominated “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California.

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