VIDEO: Neil Gaiman Celebrates Sandman

November 11, 2015 by  
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Superstar writer Neil Gaiman celebrated the legacy of his creation The Sandman in a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz on Monday, November 9, 2015 in Brooklyn. Thanks to DC Entertainment, the entire talk can be watched in the video above (via YouTube) with a special introduction by DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee.

Star Wars: Art Awakens Contest Announced


Press Release:

In celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and HP proudly present “Art Awakens.”

“Art Awakens” is an exciting new program for Star Wars fans old and new, across the country to revitalize creativity by “Bending the Rules” of the Force, themed around a galaxy far, far away.

“Art Awakens” kicks off August 11th with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit theirStar Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.

Additionally, coming this November to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a three-day Star Wars: The Force Awakens art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. All new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids earn points which unlock food packets for malnourished children around the world.

Five lucky winners of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Art Contest, chosen by a judging committee that includes members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic, will have their art featured in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners will also have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night, among other prizes from HP.

Additionally, an HP “Bend the Rules” Award will be granted to one of the five grand prize winners upon completion of a questionnaire with the highest score in the Innovative Use of Technology category. The HP “Bend the Rules” Award winner will receive an HP Notebook Computer to help them push the boundaries of art and creativity. Get more details at the link…

Scene on Video: WBTV Stars Describe SDCC in 3 Words


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It’s finally Comic-Con week and Warner Bros. Television talent are just as excited as the fans! They’ll have lots to say at their panels at SDCC, but for now…they’re expressing their excitement in just three words.

Left to their own devices with little instruction and only a cell phone for filming, some of TV’s biggest stars embraced the challenge: Share your Comic-Con experience in three words.The team at WBTV assembled the fun challenge in one super video.

Stars that participated in the rogue camera challenge include:

  • Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
  • The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Candice Accola and Michael Malarkey
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries’ Mike Tyson
  • The Flash’s Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker
  • Arrow’s Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne
  • The 100’s Eliza Taylor
  • The Originals’ Charles Michael Davis
  • Person of Interest’s Kevin Chapman
  • Gotham’s Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova
  • Blindspot’s Jaimie Alexander
  • and the entire cast of iZOMBIE: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders.

And feel free to share YOUR three words for Comic-Con on social media! Use #WBSDCC so we won’t miss it.

Stand with the Mockingjay

July 9, 2015 by  
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The marketing for the final Hunger Games ramps up.

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New Star Wars Trailer is Here!


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Anime Boston 2015 Con Report

ab2015_gojiraAs geek culture continues to expand the market sees new conventions cropping up regularly. In New England one of the largest, and longest running, is Anime Boston which has been going since 2003 and growing each year. With a dedicated volunteer staff, they fill the Hynes Convention Center year after year with fans of anime, manga, cosplay, and virtually any other stripes of geek. While their guests and programming stick closely to the New England Anime Society’s mandate of concentrating on Japanese pop culture, attendees still represent their individual tastes. Guests such as voice over artists bridge this gap well. This year Anime Boston hosted Cherami Leigh, Mona Marshall, Richard Epcar, Michael Sinterniklaas, and more who have worked dubbing anime television shows and movies into English such as Sword Art Online, Naruto, Robotech, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam but are equally as well known for their American projects like South Park, Venture Brothers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Several guest were direct from Japan including Godzilla actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima (see photo at left) who graciously signed for fans and posed for photos on the convention floor all weekend long. Mr. Takarada also offered hand written calligraphy of Godzilla’s name in kanji as a memento. Furthermore, J-Pop star LiSA played to a sold out audience on Friday night.

The annual charity auction, the proceeds from which benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, saw some records broken when an original watercolor painting of Aang and Appa by Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko sold for $2,500. Ultimately, the auction raised $23,485.84, its highest amount ever.

Next year’s Anime Boston has been scheduled for March 25-27, 2016!














Win a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack of The Flintstones and WWE Stone Age Smackdown!

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Calling all Flintstones and WWE fans! The Flintstones and WWE have teamed up to bring you Stone Age Smackdown! We will award one lucky fan a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack.

About The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown
When Fred loses his family’s vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It’s a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter! The crowds roar, the “clams” are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma (Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it’s time to get the whole family together for hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory!

Own it on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital HD 3/10

• Take the quiz to find out which Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Star YOU are?

• Download the fun activities – and do them together as a family while you watch the film at home.

• Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the film home today!

Ready to win a copy? Enter the result of your Flintstones and WWE Stone Age Smackdown Quiz in the comments on this post or our Facebook page post.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The Flintstones and WWE: Stoneage Smackdown Blu-Ray Combo Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaway open to the U.S. and Canada. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Warner Home Video supplied the prize and contest-related materials.

Con*Quest Adventure Journal Review and Giveaway!

March 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Top Stories

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The folks at Con*Quest Adventure Journal were kind enough to reach out to us and offer a sample of their product to review, and we jumped at the chance to check out their product.

The Con*Quest Adventure Journal allows you to pack a whole lot of convention-related stuff in one convenient binder. I love the spot for the Sharpie on the side (and it comes with that, too!).

There’s a page for artwork.

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Con*Quest Adventure Journal


Cosplayer info or photos…

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Meet up with somebody and need a place for his or her info? There’s a page for that, too.Con*Quest Adventure Journal

The City Quest page is a convenient place to keep to keep your travel info in one spot.Con*Quest Adventure Journal

Hear something funny at a panel? Jot it down.

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I thought the Vendor Quest page was a particularly good idea. See something you like at a booth but want to work the room first? Here’s a place to make a note of the booth number, location on the floor show, etc.

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Finally, in the back, there’s plastic pages where you can store business cards, flyers you pick up, etc.Con*Quest Adventure Journal


I think the Con*Quest Adventure Journal is a clever idea (I wish we had thought of it!). The graphics strike me as a bit kid-oriented so I’m not sure I would pick up one for myself of this version, but I could definitely see getting copies if you are taking your kids with you to conventions.

In addition to the regular edition, they also do convention-variants so be sure to check out where they are going to be setting up next (they just reached a license agreement to produce a Gen Con branded edition!).

The journal itself starts at $35, but you can get an edition with a custom tote for $40.

But hey…the Con*Quest Adventure Journal folks were kind enough to not only give us a copy to review…but also a copy to share with one lucky fan!

We have a variety of ways to enter. Be sure to log in and document your entries using the widget below.

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Avatar/Korra Exhibit Draws Record-Breaking Crowd


Last Saturday night Gallery Nucleus opened a tribute exhibition of art to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff The Legend of Korra. Hundreds of fans, many of whom cosplaying their favorite characters, waited for hours in eager anticipation with lines ultimately stretching around the building and down the block. Co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino were on hand to sign autographs for a limited number of attendees. The artwork on display included both early development art and original pieces created by Avatar/Korra production artists and fans selected for inclusion.


Co-creator Mike DiMartino with the sold out Korrasami print

Nucleus owner Ben Zhu, a self-avowed fan of Korra, said he got in touch with Nickelodeon around the middle of the third season to start planning the art show. “Little did we know that we would be the main event post show and no other fans events were in the works,” said Zhu in an email, “So in that sense, we got lucky.” Avatar/Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino remarked that they already knew of Nucleus’s reputation when they were approached because of the animation exhibitions it had hosted in the past. “It worked out nicely,” said Konietzko, “Lots of the crew from both shows are here so it’s kind of a family reunion.”

When asked about the future of 2D animation, Konietzko said the industry is currently in something of a Golden Age in television with more people going to art school specifically to study animation. Pointing to the artists represented in the exhibition, he and DiMartino agreed that they represent the future and will be the ones creating their own shows in the years to come.

During the opening only the first people in the gallery were given wristbands to get signatures from Konietzko and DiMartino. But the many attending artists from each show, including Joaquim Dos Santos, Angela Song Mueller, Colin Heck, Johane Matte, Giancarlo Volpe, Emily Tetri, Kenji Ono, Elsa Garagarza, Will Ruzicka, and more, mingled with fans and very graciously signed art books and prints. Also voice actors PJ Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami),Dee Bradley Baker (Tarrlok and every single animal) and his daughter Cora (young Korra) also made appearances to meet fans and snap selfies. All told, a reported 1,500 people showed up to indulge in their fandom. Ben Zhu said, “This event broke attendance records for us and is the most attended show in our gallery’s history just above the Final Fantasy X/X2 game release event and the Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition. We knew the event was going to be big but anticipated maybe 2/3 the actual attendance.”

When asked if the story of Korra will continue in comic form as Avatar: The Last Airbender has, DiMartino remained cryptic but said if anything were to continue it would be there. He spoke well of the creative team behind the Dark Horse title, writer Gene Luen Yang and artist team Gurihiru, saying they are so talented they need very little direction.

The artwork for the exhibition will remain on display till March 22. The closing event on Saturday March 21st will feature a Q&A panel with Konietzko and DiMartino but is most likely to be restricted to 100-150 people. Fans are encouraged to follow Gallery Nucleus on their Facebook page and Twitter to get the latest news.

Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus


Avatar Aang & Katara cosplayers


The very first drawing of Aang and early versions of Naga and Momo by co-creator Bryan Konietzko


"Past Lives": Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar's previous incarnations.

“Past Lives”: Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar’s previous incarnations.

Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

Scene and Reviewed: Clarence: Mystery Pinata; Steven Universe: Gem Glow

Dexter’s Laboratory. Johnny Bravo. The Powerpuff Girls. Cow and Chicken. Ben 10. Samurai Jack. Ed, Edd n Eddy. Camp Lazlo. For over twenty years, Cartoon Network has provided original programs that are now considered classics. Young adults look back fondly on the series. Kids cosplay as the characters. Every time I take my daughter into Hot Topic (with a hat pulled over my eyes, not to keep from being recognized, but because, to the target audience, I don’t belong), I see familiar faces adorning shirts, shoes, notebooks, lunch boxes, lip balm, and lots of other stuff. Now the network has released DVDs of two new series, Clarence and Steven Universe. Will they, too, become part of the national zeitgeist?


Previewed at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con and debuting the following year, Clarence tells the story of Clarence Wendell, a fourth-grade boy with an unusual trait in these postmodern times: he sees the good in everybody. His best friends are Jeff Randell and Ryan “Sumo” Sumozski. Jeff is brainy and aloof (hence, the square-shaped head), while Sumo is the spaz of the trio. Series creator Skyler Page worked on the industry juggernaut Adventure Time, and Clarence sports a similar style and absurd humor. Critics like the show, which will appeal more to younger kids than teens. Adult viewers may be disappointed with this DVD, however, which has only 12 episodes, less than half of the 29 that have aired. The pilot episode is present, but there are few special features–no commentary or deleted scenes, and no creator interview (which makes sense: Page was fired from the show back in July). Still, the episodes are entertaining, if not clever, and at roughly 13 minutes each, you can watch one while cooking Kraft Mac & Cheese. Always a plus.

Steven Universe

Steven Universe is a little older, premiering on November 4, 2013. Created by Rebecca Sugar (another Adventure Time alum!), the show has a more action-oriented plot than Clarence. Steven is the youngest member of a group of warriors called the Crystal Gems. Drawing their power from four mystical gemstones–garnet, amethyst, pearl, and rose quartz–the team hangs around the town of Beach City, racking up one cool adventure after another. Occasionally, they do something heroic, such as using a laser to destroy a giant, menacing red eye, but more often, Steven’s troubles are, beneath their sci-fi veneer, pretty typical. In one episode, he forms a magic bubble to protect a would-be girlfriend, Connie, from a falling rock, but then he can’t make the bubble disappear. This is just like childhood: getting in over your head with no real plan how to get out. Perhaps it is this universality of theme that has made Steven Universe a hit with critics and viewers alike. One quibble: the 12 episodes on the DVD are not episodes 1-12 but a random assortment. Because each episode builds on the next, watching them out of order is not the ideal way to experience this highly enjoyable show.

Clarence episodes

1. Fun Dungeon Face Off

2. Pretty Great Day with a Girl

3. Lost in the Supermarket

4. Clarence’s Millions

5. Jeff’s New Toy

6. Zoo

7. Rise ‘n’ Shine

8. Average Jeff

9. Slumber Party

10. Dream Boat

11. Too Gross for Comfort

12. Neighborhood Grill

Steven Universe episodes

1. Laser Light Cannon (originally episode 2)

2. Gem Glow (originally episode 1)

3. Cat Fingers (originally episode 6)

4. Bubble Buddies (originally episode 7)

5. Tiger Millionaire (originally episode 9)

6. Steven’s Lion (originally episode 10)

7. Onion Trade (originally episode 15)

8. Giant Woman (originally episode 12)

9. Lars and the Cool Kids (originally episode 14)

10. Rose’s Room (originally episode 19)

11. Beach Party (originally episode 18)

12. Steven and the Steven (originally episode 22)

About Cartoon Network

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Turning Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


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