Babs Tarr, Katie Cook, and many more appear at Double Midnight Comics on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for Free Comic Book Day!
Double Midnight Comics
245 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103
Every pony is unique! If you lived in Equestria, what would your CUTIE MARK be? The Cutie Marks Crusaders can help you find out! MY LITTLE PONY–FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: ADVENTURES OF THE CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS is coming to DVD on February 24, 2015 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Offered as a bonus feature is a fun new sing-along and coloring sheets!
I was ten years old when I got my first My Little Pony doll. Back then, the ponies had sad, dreamy looking eyes with round faces. I collected a number of them, my favorite being the one with shamrocks on its butt; the phrase “cutie mark” hadn’t come along yet. The most exciting thing you could expect to do with your pony was brush its hair. Soon after, a cartoon series premiered. As a kid in the ’80s I can tell you, it was pretty lame. Fast forward 20 years. I was married with a little girl who was in love with My Little Pony. For years, I’ve watched this child obsess over every detail of every pony. The toys evolved in appearance and developed an incredibly in-depth back story. By 2010, animator and writer Lauren Faust (The Power Puff Girls) gave the world My Little Pony–Friendship is Magic, bringing the franchise a commercial success never imagined. Here is some information about the new DVD:
“In EQUESTRIA, obtaining a CUTIE MARK is an important coming-of-age moment for a young Pony. After all, Ponies acquire their CUTIE MARKS only after they discover a unique characteristic about themselves, setting them apart from all other Ponies. So when Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom meet, they instantly become friends and make it their mission to find their CUTIE MARKS! They are the Cutie Mark Crusaders!”
My daughter is 16.5 years old now and a Junior in High School. I wish you could have seen her face when I told her that I’d been tasked with reviewing this DVD! We watched it together and she provided detailed commentary during and after every episode. That right there was worth every moment.
As a family who were long-time fans of The Power Puff Girls, it was easy to fall in love with the Friendship is Magic series. In fact, the characters of Sweetie Bell, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom are essentially a redux of the PPG’s Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup characters. But, the pop culture references don’t stop there. Parents watching this series with their children will be entertained by look-a-like Ponies that pop up in every episode. Any cartoon that can find a way to work in ‘Doctor Whooves‘ gets two thumbs up from me. Keep an eye out on this DVD for the ‘cast’ of The Big Lebowski at the bowling alley.
These Generation 4 My Little Pony characters are a lot of fun to watch no matter what your age. Each character, as expressed by their Cutie Mark, represents an aspect of friendship. The series offers good moral messages for young children. Though, its most impressive to me how this series has touched so many teens and even adults with its inside humor and positive messages. Having spawned an entire sub-culture of fans across the globe, My Little Pony has united many people in a fandom that will be around for many, many years to come. It is a far cry from the Pony days of my youth. I, for one, am glad to see this franchise re-imagined for a new generation. The target demographic is young girls aged 4-7, however this series is one that is highly enjoyed by every member of my household regardless of age or gender. I would highly recommend this DVD to those interested in joining the Pony movement. With 5 individual episodes and approx. 110 minutes running time, The Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders will win your family over!
“For even more Pony fun, PlayDate Digital has announced the new Cutie Pox Storybook App. When Apple Bloom becomes impatient waiting for her Cutie Mark, she decides to take things into her own hooves! In this interactive story book, follow Apple Bloom and the fillies as they learn that taking the easy path toward your goals isn’t always the best way. Enter the world of Equestria in this story book adventure full of excitement, humor and friendship! The release of “Cutie Mark Crusaders” marks the first of a series of planned collaborations between PlayDate Digital and Shout! Factory to cross-promote My Little Pony–Friendship is Magic stories and media. In this collaboration, products contain promotional material highlighting a variety of products. In addition, Shout! Factory and PlayDate will host contests and offer value-added bonus material.”
Episodes: The Cutie Mark Chronicles, The Cutie Pox, Flight to the Finish, Pinkie Pride, and Twilight Time.
Bonus Features: Sing-Along, Coloring Sheets, and More!
Also available on DVD from Shout! Factory Kids: My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks; My Little Pony Equestria Girls; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: The Keys of Friendship; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: A Dash of Awesome; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: A Pony for Every Season; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Princess Twilight Sparkle; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Pinkie Pie Party; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Adventures in the Crystal Empire; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Season Three; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Season Two; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Season One; My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express; My Little Pony The Complete Series (Classic); My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina and Other Adventures; My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection; My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas; My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure.
About Hasbro Studios:
Hasbro Studios is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for Hasbro across television, film, commercial productions and short-form content. 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 Discovery Channel Family Channel and on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received nine Daytime Emmy wins.
On the film side, the studio has developed and produced a number of features based on Hasbro’s brands. In addition to partnering with leading studios, the company intends to make movies based on new and existing Hasbro brands for audiences globally through Allspark Pictures film label. Films in development or planned for release include OUIJA (Universal), CANDY LAND (Sony), GI JOE 3 (Paramount), JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS (Universal and Allspark Pictures), MAGIC: THE GATHERING (21st Century Fox), and an animated feature based on MY LITTLE PONY (Allspark Pictures).
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 Blu-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 box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “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. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com
Cover artist Sara Richard (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) appears at I Like Comics on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM to celebrate the release of Jem and the Holograms #1! IDW Publishing is releasing the classic ’80s cartoon as a “truly outrageous” ongoing series. Sara will also be doing sketches is bringing prints, sketchbooks and original art for purchase.
9 x 12 & Sketch Cover Head sketches:
I Like Comics
2101 E 4th Plain, Vancouver, Washington 98661
Legendary comic writer Marv Wolfman will be signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Sunday 8th February at 4:00 PM as part of a rare visit to the UK.
Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter, Bullseye, the prime villain in the 2003 movie, Daredevil, Deathstroke, the main villain in the first two seasons of the hit Arrow TV show, which he created for DC’s best-selling comic, New Teen Titans which was also adapted into two runaway hit shows on the Cartoon Network and is now being done as a live-action pilot for Fox. Some of his other characters have been seen in Man of Steel as well as The Guardians of The Galaxy. His Titan character Cyborg will be seen in four upcoming DC movies, starting with 2015’s Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice.
Marv writes video games. His script for his most recent published game: Epic Mickey 2, was nominated for a WGA writing award for Outstanding Video-game Script. He has also written the video games for Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Superman Returns, DCU-MMO, Flash and Dark Knight among others. He also writes animation and has story-edited many shows including Transformers, Adventures of Superman, Monster Force and more.
Marv also writes novels; his adaptation of Superman Returns won the industry’s “Scribe” award. He is currently writing a novelization for Titan Books in London. His first non-fiction book, Homeland, The Illustrated History of The State of Israel won the National Jewish Book Award among others. Marv is also a recipient of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award.
Marv was Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, senior editor at DC Comics and founding editor of Disney Adventures magazine and created many characters for these companies and others. Marv was also Editorial Director for 15 graphic albums for the educational market, targeting high school students who read with a 3rd -5th grade level. He was given a special commendation by the White House for his work on three anti-drug comics for the “Just Say No” program.
Marv is married to his lovely wife, Noel, a Director of Production at Blizzard Entertainment, and has a wonderful daughter, Jessica, from his first marriage. Marv & Noel also have an obstreperous Keeshond dog named Elle Dee Deux (L.D.) who is currently chewing on everything that is and isn’t nailed down.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Butch Hartman, Ray DeLaurentis, and more appear at A-PAEC Theater on Saturday February 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM!
Have you ever wondered how cartoons get their voices? Well your wish has been ranted! On February 21, 2015 you are invited to see a LIVE PERFORMANCE of Nickelodeon’s hit, classic cartoon “THE FAIRLY ODD PARENTS”. You’ll get to watch and meet the actors who have given life to COSMO, WANDA and TIMMY TURNER plus many others for the last 17 years! Series creator, Butch Hartman and Producer/Head Writer Ray DeLaurentis will be there to answer any questions and sign autographs. This SPECTACULAR show will take place on Agoura High School’s PAEC’s Main Stage. Ticket prices are $18.00 ages 6 to adult; $15.00 ages 5 and under.
This event will begin at 11am and end at 1pm with a one hour autograph session from 1 to 2pm with all the characters. This fun, exciting event is for the whole family! You will laugh so much your cheeks will hurt! Pizza and lots of other treats will be available for purchase. This is all to benefit the Theatre Arts Boosters club. We raise funds so we can do exceptional theater here at Agoura High School.
Performing Arts Education Centers – Agoura High School
28545 West Driver Avenue Agoura Hills CA 91301
(818) 591-1209 Ext 2
January 5, 2015 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Horror, Missouri, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Planet Comicon has announced their latest additions to the guest roster for 2015:
Karen Gillan – from Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy
Michael Rooker – from The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy
Scott Wilson – Herschel from The Walking Dead
J. August Richards – Deathlok from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Sean Gunn – from Guardians of the Galaxy and Gilmore Girls
Raphael Sbarge – Archie Hopper from Once Upon a Time
Steve Cardenas – from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Laura Vandervoort – from Smallville and Bitten
Grant Bowler – Joshua Nolan from Defiance
Kent McCord – from Adam-12, seaQuest DSV, Galactica 1980
And from the cast of Lost Girl: Kris Holden-Ried, Rachel Skarsten, and Emmanuelle Vaugier
Planet Comicon will be better and bigger than ever this year. We have expanded the exhibit hall for even more dealers, artists, celebrities, cosplay, and special attractions.
We’ve announced great guests with many more announcements to come. You’ll meet Hollywood stars including Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Stephen Amell (Arrow), John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Sam Witwer (Being Human), Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, The Flash), and many others.
We also have a great array of top comics creators on the slate. We’ve recently announced Howard Chaykin and have nearly a dozen additional comics guests to announce in the next week. So far, we’ve confirmed Tim Bradstreet (Punisher), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), and local favorites including Jason Aaron (Thor, Star Wars).
Check out our new website for more information our guests and attractions.
December 17, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Horror, Missouri, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Planet Comicon will be better and bigger than ever this year. We have expanded the exhibit hall for even more dealers, artists, celebrities, cosplay, and special attractions. Planet Comicon will be held March 13-15, 2015 at Kansas City’s Bartle Hall. Admission packages are now available for purchase at the link…
We’ve announced great guests with many more announcements to come. You’ll meet Hollywood stars including Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Stephen Amell (Arrow), John Barrowman ( Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Sam Witwer (Being Human), Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, The Flash), Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood) and many others.
We also have a great array of top comics creators on the slate. So far, we’ve confirmed Tim Bradstreet (Punisher), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Dan Parent (Archie) and local favorites including Jason Aaron (Thor), Phil Hester (Green Arrow), Rick Burchett (Lady Sabre).
Check out our new website for more information our guests and attractions: www.planetcomicon.com
Jay Fosgitt, creator of Bodie Troll, appears at Comic City to sign copies of My Little Pony: Friends Forever #11 on Wednesday, November 12th from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm!
42823 Ford Rd, Canton, Michigan 48187
JHU Comic Books celebrates Halloween ComicFest on Saturday October 25th!
It’s a day full of free comics, “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever,” signings, sales and more for comic and Halloween fans to experience together. During Halloween ComicFest, 19 new full-sized and mini comics will be available at JHU Comic Books for anyone who wants to participate!
10am – Noon – Jacob Chabot (Hello Kitty, Skullboy, Strange Tales)
Noon – 2pm – Diana Leto (My Little Pony, Co-creator and co-illustrator of the Dark Horse graphic novel, The Halloween Legion ™)
Noon -2pm – Paul Castiglia (Archie’s Weird Mysteries, Midnight Marquee Vincent Price, Scared Silly)
5pm – 6pm – Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, Action Comics, Batman/Superman, Storm)
5pm – 6pm – Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Cowboys & Aliens, Incredible Hercules, The Delinquents)
JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
October 3, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Convention News, Horror, Movies, New York, New York Comic Con, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Webcomics
IDW has released their highly anticipated convention panel and signing schedules for this year’s New York Comic Con! Clear your own schedule, because you won’t want to miss any of this!
Thursday October 9th
1:00 – 2:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman (*Check out the exclusive giveaways!)
2:00 – 3:00 Transformers – John Barber, Sarah Stone, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
3:00 – 4:00 Star Trek – Scott Tipton, David Messina (*Check out the free Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Ashcan!)
4:00 – 5:00 Manhunter Artist’s Edition Launch Party! – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 Zombies vs Robots, Mars Attacks: First Born – Chris Ryall
5:00 – 6:00 Cartoon Network Presents: Super Secret Crisis War! & More! – Louise Simonson, Derek Charm
6:00 – 7:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard, Andy Price
Friday October 10th
11:00 – 12:00 Dungeons & Dragons – Jim Zub, Max Dunbar (*Check out the free D&D Ashcan!)
12:00 – 1:00 V-Wars, Rot & Ruin – Jonathan Maberry (*Check out the show exclusive V-Wars TPB!)
1:00 – 2:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry, Jeff Zornow
1:00 – 2:00 Cartoon Network Presents: Super Secret Crisis War! & More! – Derek Charm, Derek Fridolfs
2:00 – 3:00 Manhunter Artist’s Edition, Ragnarök – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:30 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated TV Blowout! – Ciro Nieli (Director), Brandon Auman (writer), Rob Paulsen (voice of Donatello), Greg Cipes (voice of Michelangelo) (*Check out the free poster from Nickelodeon!) (*ticketed signing – See employee for Details)
5:00 – 6:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Paul Allor, Dario Brizuela, Cory Smith, Charles P. Wilson III
6:00 – 7:00 Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusives!)
6:00 – 7:00 Kill Shakespeare – Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, Andy Belanger
Saturday October 11th
10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
11:00 – 12:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Sara Richard
12:00 – 1:00 X-Files – Joe Harris, Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon, Joe Corroney, Greg Scott
12:00 – 1:00 Killogy Halloween Special – Alan Robert
1:00 – 2:00 G.I. JOE – Mike Costa, Robert Atkins
1:00 – 2:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman (*Check out the exclusive giveaways!)
2:00 – 3:00 Star Trek – Scott Tipton, David Messina, Mike Johnson (*Check out the free Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Ashcan!)
3:00 – 4:00 Cartoon Network Presents: Super Secret Crisis War! & More! – Louise Simonson, Derek Charm
4:00 – 5:00 Manhunter Artist’s Edition, Ragnarök – Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
4:00 – 5:00 Garbage Pail Kids – Dean Haspiel, Vito Delsante (*Check out the free Garbage Pail Kids Ashcan!)
5:00 – 6:00 Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusives!)
5:00 – 6:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – John Barber, Sarah Stone, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
Sunday October 12th
11:00 – 12:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman (*Check out the exclusive giveaways!)
12:00 – 1:00 Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusives!)
1:00 – 2:00 The Illegitimates – Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Marc Andreyko
2:00 – 3:00 Garbage Pail Kids – Dean Haspiel, Vito Delsante (*Check out the free Garbage Pail Kids Ashcan!)
3:00 – 4:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
And check out all of IDW’s amazing panels this year!
*We have added links that take you directly to these panels on the official New York Comic Con website schedule so you can add them to “My Show Planner” and sync them to your phone or calendar.
Banned Horror Comics Walking Back from the Dead! Thursday, October 9th 4:15PM–5:00PM, Room 1A05
A fearful look at 1950s HORROR COMICS criticized by Dr. Fredric Wertham, reviled in Senate investigations, destroyed in public book burnings! These Pre-Code comics like dead zombies are again walking to get U! Craig “Haunted Horror/IDW/Yoe Books” Yoe, Greg “ IDW President” Goldstein, Mike “Dark Horse” Richardson, Mike “The ‘Worst’ of Eerie Publications” Howlett, Carol “Wertham Debunker” Tilley explore EC + other publishers, the censoring Comics Code, the Golden Age of Horror Reprints, the TV + movies inspired by these scary comics!
IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, Ponies & More! Thursday, October 9th, 6:15PM-7:00PM, Room 1A14
2014 has been a huge year for IDW and Hasbro! Join Senior Editor & Writer John Barber, with very special guests Amy Mebberson, Katie Cook, Sarah Stone, Mairghread Scott and Jim Zub for inside information on what’s happening with My Little Pony, Transformers, G.I. JOE, Dungeons & Dragons and more! Announcements, excitement, gossip, prizes and Q&A!
IDW Publishing: The Big One Friday, October 10th 4:15PM–5:00PM, Room 1A14
Want to find out what IDW’s top-secret announcements are for NYCC? This is the panel to hit! Join Editor-in-Chief and CCO Chris Ryall, President Greg Goldstein, Editor Sarah Gaydos and VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, with very special guests Gabriel Rodriguez, Kate Leth, Jonathan Maberry, Joe Harris, and Scott Tipton for inside information on everything your favorite publisher has in the works! Plus…Prizes! Q&A!
IDW Publishing: The Writers Saturday, October 11th 12:15PM–1:00PM, Room 1A14
Meet the writers behind the best scripts in comics! Join IDW’s VP of Marketing Dirk Wood and an all-star cast of writers for a spirited discussion about what it takes to write a great comic! Featuring Louise Simonson, Mairghread Scott, Chris Ryall, John Barber, Scott Tipton, M. Zachary Sherman, Andy Schmidt and Jeff Kline!
IDW Publishing: The Artists Saturday, October 11th 2:15PM–3:00PM, Room 1A14
Want to find out just what it takes to be a working artist in the comic industry? Or, want to find out a little more about a few artists that are already there? This is the panel for you! Join Editor Sarah Gaydos, with very special guests Gabriel Rodriguez, Alan Robert, menton3, Sarah Stone, Andy Price and Derek Charm, for an illuminating discussion on sequential art, and upcoming IDW projects! Plus, prizes and Q&A!
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.