Larry Hama, Ron Marz, Bryan J.L. Glass, and more appear at Level Up Entertainment on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!
It’s the most wonderful day of the year! Join us on May 3rd for free comics, special guests, vendors, artists, prizes, costume contest, sales, and more!
Some of this year’s special events include:
TRANSFORMERS vs GI JOE #0 LAUNCH PARTY, brought to you by IDW Publishing!
Unveiling of this year’s GI JOE vs TRANSFORMERS EPIC DIORAMA!
Special Q&A and workshop with the talented RON MARZ!
Ron Marz – Writer
Best known for: Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, Marvel vs DC, Star Wars, Batman/Aliens
Larry Hama – Writer
Best known for: G.I. Joe, Bucky O’Hare, Avengers, Wolverine
Bryan J.L. Glass – Writer
Best known for: The Mice Templar, Furious, Thor: First Thunder, Valkyrie
Robert Bruce – Popculturist
Best known for: AMC’s Comic Book Men
Mark Bellomo - Author
Best known for: Totally Tubular 80’s Toys, Transformers: Identification & Price Guide, The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe
Justin Piatt and Zack Dolan – SUPER!
Level Up Entertainment
4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330
Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Yale Stewart, Jacob Chabot, Erica Henderson, and many more sign at Acme Comics on Saturday May 3, 2014 for Free Comic Book Day!
The countdown is on as Acme steps into the next age of the Triad’s oldest & largest comic book store, consolidating their creative power back into the Lawndale Shopping Center and strengthening it’s partnership with Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema to bring you the best Free Comic Book Day ever!
–57 different comic offerings, up from last year’s 52, PLUS whatever other promo books we find around the shop to add to the mix! The first 50 people in line are guaranteed a copy of each book, an offer so appealing it pushes the physical boundaries of the official Free Comic Book Day bags!
–The air-conditioned and waterproofed Sketch Pavilion in Acme Comics Presents will be streamlined to get you through the line faster than ever before while ensuring all attendees that would like to have the opportunity to get their books signed and get a one of kind commission can do so for FREE!
–Geeksboro’s main floor will also play host to even more artists with which to visit!
–Discover more about one of our favorite publishers as we screen Sequart’s Image Revolution featuring length documentary in the 48 seat theatre downstairs in Geeksboro!
–Get to know renowned local cosplayers like Ed “Static Shock” Newsome, Caitlin “Robin” Rhyne, Ian “War Machine” Raulston, and many, MANY more on the sidewalks of the Lawndale Shopping Center!
–FREE face-painting by Munchie & Me!
–Once again, hang out all night and all day and all night again at Geeksboro as our pals down the sidewalk will be open straight through on Friday for the food, beverages, and facility conveniences for anyone camping out over night, all day Saturday to provide refreshments and entertainment to event-goers, and until 2 AM Saturday night for the after-party to beat all after-parties!
–Pub-style Superhero Trivia on Saturday night complete with cash & comic prizes!
–Have small children and want to avoid some of the crowds? Stop by to pick up a bag of books and visit with creators at the Greensboro Children’s Museum (6 books, 3 artists) and the Windsor Recreation Center (4 books, 4 artists) from 10 AM – 1 PM!
Creators Appearing at Acme Comics & Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema:
–Thomas Boatwright – Orc Girl, Cemetery Blues, Halloween Legion, Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo
–Jacob Chabot – Mighty Skullboy Army, Hello Kitty, Voltron Force, SpongeBob
–Casey Coller – Transformers Robots in Disguise, Transformers More than Meets the Eye
–Chris Giarrusso – G-Man, Aw Yeah Comics, Mini Marvels, Bullpen Bits
–Erica Henderson – Subatomic Party Girls, Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures
–Sandy Jarrell - Batman ’66, Meteor Men, Wasteland
–Tracy Lee Quinn – freelance illustrator, Free Comic Book Day poster
–Joe Quinones – Ultimate Comics Survive, FF, Batman Black & White, Batman ’66
–Amanda Rachels – Flesh of White, Arcana’s the Book, Clown Town
–Gregg Schigiel – Pix Teenage American Fairy, SpongeBob Comics, X-Babies
–Brian Smith – Stuff of Legend, Intrepid EscapeGoat, Uncle Ant
–Yale Stewart – JL8 (Little League), Nova
–Randall Trang – Roller Girl & the Flying Sidekick
–Michael Watkins – Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers
–Maris Wicks – Primates, Yes, Let’s, Batman Black & White
–Kelly Yates – MonstHer, Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, Doctor Who: Fairytale
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
The Beguiling is proud to welcome two of the creators that are doing official Free Comic Book Day Books, Ed Piskor, creator of Hip Hop Family Tree, and Tom Scioli, writer/artist of GI Joe vs. Transformers. Both creators will be signing and sketching their FCBD books for fans on Saturday May 3rd from 12pm-6pm (with a few breaks in there), and copies of both of their books will also be available for sale. The Beguiling will also have a great selection of other FCBD books for teens and adults on hand!
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
SacAnime welcomes MARK SHEPPARD (Supernatural, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Leverage) along with voice actors Rodger Bumpass, J. Michael Tatum, Noah Watts, Roger Craig Smith, Johnny Yong Bosch, Sam Riegel, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Christine Cabanos, and Cristina Vee and musical groups Eyeshine and The Slants.
SACANIME is being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday August – 29th – 31st, 2014 at the Sacramento Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Hotel. For more information, check out our website at: www.sacanime.com
Mark Sheppard was born in London, England and began his film career in Jim Sheridan’s “In The Name Of The Father” playing Guildford Four member ‘Paddy Armstrong’ alongside Daniel Day-Lewis. An accomplished musician, he has recorded and played drums for The T.V. Personalities, Nikki Sudden, Robyn Hitchcock, The Barracudas, Light A Big Fire, School Of Fish and They Eat Their Own, among others. On stage, he has won several theatre awards, including The 1992 Drama Critic’s Circle Outstanding Achievement Award for his performance in “A Cock & Bull Story”. He may be best known for his television work, as Romo Lampkin in “Battlestar Galactica”, Badger in Joss Whedon’s “Firefly”, Ivan Erwich in Day 5 of “24”, plus roles on “The X-Files”, “CSI”, “Star Trek: Voyager” and a host of other characters in film and television. Sheppard currently plays ‘Jim Sterling’ opposite Timothy Hutton on TNT’s “Leverage”, the Director of The Ring Organization in NBC’s “Chuck”, the Demon ‘Crowley’ in “Supernatural” for the CW, mysterious operative ‘Mr. Valda’ in SyFy’s “Warehouse 13″, and now Canton Everett Delaware III in the sixth season of the BBC’s “Doctor Who”. He has lent his voice to various video games and commercials as well, from “The Conduit” to “Dragon Age: Origins” and Bear Grylls’ “Man vs. Wild”.
Emmy-nominated for the voice of Squidward on SpongeBob Squarepants, Rodger has been in acting for 38 years, and he’s going to keep on ’til he gets it right. In addition to Squidward, he was the voice of Professor Membrane in ‘Invader Zim’, Dr. Light in ‘Teen Titans’, Hanover Fyst in the cult favorite ‘Heavy Metal’. He has also provided various voices in many Disney and Pixar featured animated movies like ‘A Bug’s Life’, ‘Monsters Inc.’, ‘Cars’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Treasure Planet’, ‘Emperor’s New Groove’, and more recently, ‘Monsters University’. He began his career with the National Lampoon Magazine, touring the USA and falling down in the stare a lot (on purpose). He likes kitty cats and long walks on the beach, where falling doesn’t hurt as much. If you pass him in the hallway, just say “Do the voice, please,” and he will gladly comply… for the nominal price of $2.37. Cash only. He does take IOUs if they involve a kiss from a pretty girl.
|J MICHAEL TATUM
Discovered by Funimation warhorse and visionary ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature-length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, among many others.
And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate and Dragon Ball Z Kai.
In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at www.thatanimeshow.com
Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the “J” stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.
When Noah Watts was 9 years old, his uncle gave him a Crow name. He said, “I am going to name you, Bulaagawish, Old Bull.” His uncle put his hand on Noah’s shoulder and continued. “That’s the name Chief Plenty Coups gave your grandfather. The name refers to the buffalo bull that leads the herd. That name has good things associated with it.”
A member of the Crow tribe and descendent of the Blackfeet nation, Noah Watts grew up in Bozeman, Montana, but each summer Noah goes home to the Crow reservation to camp at Crow fair with his extended family. Excelling in baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, and skateboarding as a boy, Noah also learned to ride horses, fly fish, and snowboard living in the Rockies. As part of his connection to his Native culture, Noah has been a traditional Crow war dancer since he was 6 years old, occasionally competing in contests but more often dancing for pleasure at pow pows. He is also an accomplished guitarist.
Noah has been acting on stage since fifth grade when he played the Scarecrow in a school production of Oz. In high school Noah began developing and refining his acting skills in a variety of roles that culminated in the part of John Proctor in The Crucible. Noah also worked on his acting craft in the forum of high school speech and debate contests, putting the capstone on his high school acting career by representing Montana at the National Forensic League National Tournament. His performance of the dramatic monologue “Gas” by Jose Rivera in front of 1,500 people earned him fourth place in the national tournament. High school dramatics was a catalyst for Noah’s acting career. As a high school senior, Noah acted in two independent feature films. First, Noah was cast in The Slaughter Rule, playing Waylon Walks Along, a teenage Blackfeet youth. Just a few months later he landed a second role as Herbie Yellow Lodge in the feature film Skins directed by Chris Eyre. Portraying the son of an alcoholic father (Graham Greene), Noah had the third lead part and shared scenes with Native actors Greene and Eric Schweig. It was then Noah began to dream of a career in film. Noah graduated from high school and won a scholarship to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. After one semester at AADA, Noah was offered a part in a new Chris Eyre film entitled Skinwalkers, playing a teenage gang leader and suspected murderer, a role far different from the shy, devoted son he played in Skins. The following summer in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, he performed the lead in the Southwest Repertory Company’s production of The Indolent Boys written by N. Scott Momaday. Other projects included an appearance on Literary Stages on KCRW in Los Angeles, reading a piece by W. P. Kinsella. And in the Spring of 2005 Noah was cast in an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, entitled Kino and Teresa. He played the fierce villain Eladio (Tybalt in the original play).
Beginning with a role in the series, Sons of Anarchy, in 2009, Noah turned to television. Subsequently he acted in episodes of Native Century (2010), The Glades (2010), Big Love (2010), CSI Miami (2011), and Ringer (2012). Most recently Noah was cast as the main protagonist, Connor Kenway, in the Assassin’s Creed Three video game set during the time period of the American Revolution. Noah provides voice and motion capture for half-Mohawk and half-British, Kenway.
When Crows bestow a name, they also bestow a wish, a prayer for the name’s recipient. Noah’s uncle wished for Noah to lead a life of distinction that would be a credit to the Crow people. Noah has a name to live up to and a destiny to follow. Noah is currently living in Los Angeles and working towards fulfilling his dream.
|ROGER CRAIG SMITH
Fan favorite animation & video game voice actor Roger Craig Smith is known as the current voice behind Chris Redfield in the Resident Evil series (Resident Evil 5, 6, Marvel vs Capcom 3), as Ezio Auditore da Firenze in the Assassin’s Creed games, as the current English voice of Sega mascot Sonic The Hedgehog (also in Wreck-It Ralph), as the current voice of Captain America in Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble, as the voice of Thomas from the Regular Show TV series, and The Pulverizer in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV Series).
|JOHNNY YONG BOSCH|
Johnny got his start as Adam Park, the Black Ranger in the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers-a role that he played for three-and-a-half seasons on TV, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in subsequent seasons.
Johnny’s voice can also be heard in numerous video games, including Nero in Devil May Cry 4 and voiceover work in titles like .hack//G.U., Persona 4, Disgaea 3, Tales of Symphonia, Eternal Sonata, Transformers: War for Cybertron, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Johnny will be appearing at SacAnime Summer 2013 for a free concert Friday and Saturday nights with his band Eyeshine! This four piece “edge rock” band, formed in West Hills, California, features Johnny and bandmates Maurice, Polo and Ginny!
SAM RIEGEL is a voice actor, director and writer who has voiced hundreds of popular cartoons, video games and anime series. Notable roles include Donatello in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series, Shiro Emiya in Fate/Stay Night, Viral in Gurren Lagann, Teddie in Persona 4: The Animation, Mephisto in Blue Exorcist, Array in Lagrange, Kiyotsugu in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan and his current role as Riven in Nickelodeon’s Winx Club. Video game characters include Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man, Starscream in Transformers: War for Cybertron & Fall of Cybertron, Steve Burnside in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, and everyone’s favorite attorney, Phoenix Wright in the upcoming Phoenix Wright 5. Between acting gigs, Sam has written scripts for Naruto, Bleach, Tiger & Bunny, and video games like ModNation Racers. He’s also voice directed major game releases, among them Fallout: New Vegas (in which he also played several voices). Currently, Sam serves as the voice director for Disney’s Sofia The First cartoon series, which recently ranked as the #1 preschool debut in cable television history.These days you can catch Sam co-hosting a drunken podcast with Liam O’Brien called “All Work No Play” and providing many voices to Geek & Sundry’s “Fetch Quest” web series. Follow Sam on twitter at @samriegel.
Born with a D20 in one hand and a six-gun in the other, Yuri Lowenthal is a writer, actor and producer. He has had recurring roles on Gilmore Girls and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as well as lead roles in video games Dragon Age, Prince of Persia, Fallout and many more. Best known for his voice acting work in such roles as Sasuke (Naruto), Superman (Legion of Superheroes), Jinno/Kuma (Afro Samurai), Lagoon Boy (Young Justice) and Ben Tennyson (Ben 10: Alien Force/Utimate Alien/Omniverse) as well as popular VG titles including the Persona series, .//hack series, Saints Row series and lots of anime. He has appeared in one incarnation or another in possibly every CoD title since Big Red One. He also co-authored Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic with Tara Platt which is available through Bug Bot Press.Yuri is currently in post-production on his production company’s second feature film, the mockumentary Con Artists. And his irreverent award-winning web comedy Shelf Life, about 4 action figures on a young boy’s shelf, is now in its fourth season.
Actress, author, producer and business woman, Tara’s traveled the globe as a speaker, attending conventions, and has also performed internationally in film, TV, animation and theatre. Some of her on-screen credits include TV: Revenge, Parenthood, Castle, The Gilmore Girls, and Hawaii Five-0; FILM: The Call; A Girl, A Guy, A Space Helmet (she’s so proud of this indie award-winner); Time & Tide; I’m Through With White Girls. She also co-produced and starred in the award-winning feature film Tumbling After, mockumentary Con Artists and irreverent web-comedy Shelf Life (now in its 4th season) with Yuri Lowenthal and their production company Monkey Kingdom Productions. In the world of voice work she’s worked on numerous video games, animation titles and more, including: (Wonder Woman – DC VS MK), (Dream Girl – Legion of Superheroes), (Temari – Naruto), (Jennifer Nocturne – Ben 10), (Agnes – Tiger & Bunny)(Eastern European Player – Saints Row: The Third), (Marida Cruz – Gundam Unicorn) (Ellie Martinez – Resistance: Burning Skies).
When it comes to animation and video games, Christine is a fan at heart. Her passion for the culture led her to pursue her voice-acting career. Her breakout role came as Azusa Nakano of “K-On!”. Christine has since earned roles including Haruka in “Oblivion Island”, Filia in “Skullgirls”, Nepgear in the “Hyperdimension Neptunia” series, Keina Sawaya in “Atelier Meruru”, roles in video games such as “Time and Eternity”, “Ragnarok Online 2″, the Princess in “Redline”, the titular character of Squid Girl in “Squid Girl”, Minawa Ando in “Mahoromatic OVA : I’m Home”, Sarah in “Rozen Maiden Overture”, Michi Kondo in “Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne”, Ruka Asato in “Accel World”, Madoka Kaname in “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”, Shiemi Moriyama in “Blue Exorcist”, Silica in “Sword Art Online” and Reina and Mew in “Pokemon Origins”.
Cristina Vee is a voice actress from Los Angeles, CA. Since getting her first large anime roles in 2007, Cristina has voiced over 100 characters in both animation and video games. Anime fans know her Mio Akiyama in K-ON!, Alisa Bosconovitch in Tekken Blood Vengeance, Homura Akemi in Madoka Magica, Louise in The Familiar of Zero, and Morgiana in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, to name a few.On the video game scene she is popular for her voice work as Noel Vermillion and the Murakumo Units in the Blazblue series, Compa in the Neptunia series, Lian Shi in Dynasty Warriors, Cerebella in Skullgirls, and Riven the Exile in League of Legends. Beyond voice acting she has a large YouTube following for her singing. She provides vocals to songs in Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage!? and Shantae: Half Genie Hero. She currently casts and directs Skullgirls and is recognizable to eSports fans for hosting IGN’s IPL 4 and 5.
Formed in 2004 by frontman Johnny Yong Bosch and Maurice Salmin, Eyeshine is an Edge Rock band hailing from Los Angeles, CA. Their third album, “My Paper Kingdom” features their award winning song “Alone,” whose honest and simple lyrics made a connection to a steadily growing fan base in 2009. They continued to Self Produce albums making their latest edgier album “Revolution Airwaves” and acoustic album “Like Yesterday,” 10 albums on their Discography.
Eyeshine won the worldwide Ford sponsored competition “Gimme The Gig II” in May 2012. They recorded and filmed a single with the Legendary Don Was (7 time Grammy Award winning Producer – Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Mayer, etc) and Krish Sharma (Producer/Engineer – Hilary Duff, Jesse McCarney, etc) out of the “Ford Focus Studio.” Which is a recording studio built into a Ford Focus by “Mad” Mike (Pimp My Ride). The one-hour special special aired on west coast television (KTLA, KTVU, and KICU).
Please check out their concert and bring a friend or two-hundred.
Portland’s The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is “not to be missed” (The Westword). The Willamette Week says “While the band may well be best experienced live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.” The music is the perfect combination of 80’s driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as “Chinatown Dance Rock.”
They’ve been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, and over 1500 radio stations, tv shows, magazines, and websites worldwide.
17 international tours, including appearances in 46 of 50 U.S states, have led to headlining showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon Con. The band has also tour/provided support for The Decemberists, Mindless Self Indulgence, Girl Talk, Apl.De.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas), Blindpilot and Shonen Knife. In 2011, The Slants worked with the Department of Defense for a series of shows at U.S and NATO bases in Eastern Europe, dubbed “Operation Gratitude.”
Two of their recent music videos feature martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (The Matrix, Ip Man, & Enter the Dragon) and international stars Daniel Wu and Shu Qi.
Whether rocking music halls, anime conventions, maximum-security prisons, colleges, or army bases, it’s clear that The Slants’ infectious brand of “so damn good” music will leave you wanting more (MRU Magazine)
Writer Simon Furman, artists Andrew Wildman and Geoff Senior, inker Stephen Baskerville, colourist John-Paul Bove and cover colourist Jason Cardy will be at Orbital Comics on Saturday 29th March from 2-4pm, where you can pick up a copy of The Transformers Regeneration One #100, get it signed and have a chat with the team behind the book!
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591
Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee DVD featuring action-packed Bumblebee animated adventures!
Coming to DVD February 25, 2014
I was 10 years old when Hasbro brought the Transformers to life. A true ‘Generation One’ kid, I still know every word to the original cartoon theme song. I remember the excitement I felt when assembling a new action figure, and the devastation of being handed a Gobot. Oh, the horror! Having mixed feelings about the recent big screen film franchise, and hoping to revisit a bit of my youth, I jumped at the opportunity to review Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee.
Here is the official lowdown on this new DVD:
“Spring into action with BUMBLEBEE from Hasbro Studio’s Emmy Award-winning series TRANSFORMERS PRIME! Beloved by kids and legions of fans worldwide, BUMBLEBEE is a dedicated warrior and a scout who serves as part of the elite squad lead by OPTIMUS PRIME. Though he may be one of the smallest and youngest of the TRANSFORMERS, don’t let that fool you. Time and time again, this AUTOBOT proves that he has the bravery to fight for what is right and the tenacity to throw himself into action to battle against his opponents no matter where they appear.”
The DVD is a collection of what they have deemed the “four best Bumblebee adventures from the Transformers Prime lore.” Clearly, I had been out of the loop for quite some time. Lore? Canon? I’ve missed so much! I decided to watch all four episodes first, and then I did some research in order to catch up on the many incarnations the Transformers have had since last I watched. I have to say, I enjoyed it more than I expected to. For an animated series seemingly targeted at kids, the action sequences were fairly on target for an adult audience. With so many SAT words and tech terms being tossed about, even the show’s dialogue seems to favor a more mature audience. I am absolutely okay with that. Kids can still follow along, maybe not understanding every joke, but worst case scenario they stand to expand their vocabularies.
Visually, for its time (the series began its run in 2010) Transformers Prime is remarkable. The CGI allowed for seamless transformations of the Autobots and Decepticons, morphing them instantly into their alter-ego vehicles and planes. Light and shadow reflected off of their metal exteriors just as you imagine it should. The CGI truly brings the cartoon to life, giving them “eyebrows”, so to speak, in order to show more emotion in their facial expressions. At times, it felt more like watching an actual movie than a weekly animated series. This is certainly not the Transformers of my youth!
One complaint? Well, it’s not so much a complaint as it is a personal opinion: What is up with Arcee? I don’t want to come off sounding like some sort of crazed feminist, but I had hoped enough years had passed to where we could stop sexually objectifying a machine. I’m glad they ditched her original pink and white color scheme, going instead with a sleek blue and black over chrome look. Facially, she resembles the rest of the Transformers a bit more now. She’s pretty hard core. That is, until you realize that, once again, she has been given a teeny tiny waist line, conveniently colored breast plates, and so forth. Yes, they decided to make a female Transformer, but does she have to move so dainty and fluid. Her front cycle wheel always leaves her standing off-center towards one hip; a convenient way to accentuate her curves. Even Marilyn Monroe had one heel filed down to make her shoes uneven, resulting in her signature tail-wag as she walked. But, Arcee is a machine. I don’t want her to be the Marilyn Monroe of motorcycles. I want her to be the Michelle Rodriguez of motorcycles! But, I digress.
The episodes in question all highlight the sympathetic and loveable, Bumblebee. Like many great fictional characters before him, Bumblebee represents what is good in all of us. You don’t have to be the biggest or the strongest in order to be the bravest. In fact, you may not be perfect at all; Bumblebee has no voice, remember? But he serves as a reminder that strength overcomes all challenges. I can’t believe I’m waxing philosophical about a Transformer. But, yes, after watching Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee, I can honestly say that I would rank him right up there with my other favorite underdogs: the Hobbits. All in all, I enjoyed viewing this collection. (Side note: As much as I get a kick out of the Transformers, I can’t help but yell at the TV in frustration over how much was ‘borrowed’ from the Avengers. This goes back to the very inception of our Autobot friends. I understand that over time, all of Marvel has repeated itself, just as D.C. has done within their plane of existence. There has even been an Avengers/Transformers cross-over comic series. Tesseract vs. AllSpark. It’s impossible for me to ignore the similarities between the Avengers movie and the, in my opinion much inferior, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. However, watching Ultimate Bumblebee has peaked my interest, and I am willing to give the weekly series the benefit of the doubt.)
As I mentioned, the story lines were more mature than I had anticipated, and they were delivered by a talented cast including Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Josh Keaton, Jeffrey Combs (I could listen to him talk all day), Kevin Michael Richardson, Will Friedle, Sumalee Montano, Ernie Hudson (heck yeah!), Markie Post, and Steve Blum. Interestingly enough, on the series Transformers Prime, Cullen and Welker reprise the roles of Optimus Prime and Megatron, after having voiced the characters, respectively, in the series I grew up with from the 1980s.
On February 25, 2014, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee Special DVD to Walmart stores everywhere. It will be available to own for an affordable price (MSRP $9.99) and if your kids like action–especially if they’re Bumblebee fans, you may want to check it out. Transformers Prime, the animated series, airs on the HUB TV network; check your local listings if you are interested in keeping up with the show.
TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD features four action-packed Bumblebee adventures, including:
- Masters and Students
- Operation Bumblebee, Part 1
- Operation Bumblebee, Part 2
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.
Nick Roche, one of the world’s best TRANSFORMERS’ artist and Ireland’s biggest fan of Death’s Head, signs at The Big Bang on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm
The Big Bang.
Pembroke District, Dundrum, Dublin Dublin 16
Designer Les Schettkoe signs at Newbury Comics on Saturday, November 23rd at 2:00 PM! Hasbro is providing past convention exclusives to be raffled off. Door prizes as well.
74 Providence Pl, Providence, RI 02903
Premiere Props and their Hollywood Extravaganza XII will be an amazing part of the 5th Anniversary Long Beach Comic & Horror Con! Premier Props will auction over 1,000 movie props and costumes at their Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XII on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 at the Con.
“We are so excited this year to be doing a Live Auction that will go worldwide. We think the fans will be excited to see the amount of items from various films and TV shows that will be up for auction! As well as the cool Vintage Hollywood Posters that will go up for auction on Sunday,” says Phil Lawrence, Co-Founder and Sales Director.
The event will feature items from THE GODFATHER, TRANSFORMERS, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, CITIZEN KANE, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, FANTASIA, PLANET OF THE APES, STAR WARS and more! There will be a preview from 9-11am PT with the live auction beginning at 11am PT.
- THE GODFATHER – Horse Head – You can’t refuse this one! This is the rehearsal prop that Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) uses to force studio head Jack Woltz (John Marley) to put his friend, singer Johnny Fontane (Al Martino) in his next major movie. **please note that for the actual scene in the film, they used a real horse’s head.
TRANSFORMERS – Bumblebee Head – one of the (massive) full size Bumblebee Heads used in the film
- E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL – Miniature Bike Wheels – from the most iconic image in sci-fi history, the flying of the boys on his BMX Dirt Bike across the moon over the forest at the end of the film.
CITIZEN KANE – Shipping Crate – widely considered one of the greatest films of all-time, a rare crate prop that was used in the Kane’s warehouse scene with “CHARLES FOSTER KANE – XANADU FLORIDA” stenciled on it.
- THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
- Jack’s Sled – this is the sled that was used when Santa Jack is shot down out of the sky by artillery shells. It includes the “horror gifts” storage trashcan caboose that was lashed to the back of the sled.
- Mayor’s Megaphone – used throughout the film by “The Mayor” of Halloween town.
- PLANET OF THE APES – Female Monkey Tunic – from the original classic (1968) a tunic worn by one of the rare female monkeys.STAR WARS – Lightsabre Effect Filters – from the personal collection of special effects wizard Kim Knowlton, these are the actual green Kodak Wratten filters Knowlton used to create the three-layered famous effects to create the lightsabre.
- BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – Viper Helmet – from the original 1978 hit television series, a hero screen used helmet with the infamous light border around the faceplate, which still lights up.
- KIM NOVAK – 1989 Academy Awards Gown – Novak and Jimmy Stewart were reunited as presenters (they co-starred in VERTIGO and BELL BOOK AND CANDLE in 1958) and Novak stunned in a gold and black gown.
“With the holidays almost upon us, this auction offers movie and television fans a chance to treat themselves to an early holiday present,” said Dan Levin, Vice President of Premiere Props. “Memorabilia makes a terrific gift, as it is something that will be treasured for years to come.”
Fans can start bidding now by placing bids online at http://www.icollector.com and http://www.liveauctioneers.com or calling to set up phone bidding with a Premiere Props representative. Collectors can place proxy bids until the Hollywood Extravaganza Auction goes LIVE at 11am PT on Saturday, November 23. For more information, please visit http://www.premiereprops.com or http://www.hollywoodliveauctions.com or call (310) 322-PROP / (888) 761-PROP.
Celebrating the 5th anniversary with a weekend full of special guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, Long Beach Comic & Horror Con will be open on Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 24 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Advanced ticket holders gain early admission, starting at 9:30 am each day. Tickets are available now at your local SoCal comic book shop or online.
See you in Long Beach!
Over the weekend of November 1st – 3rd downtown Los Angeles will be taken over by one of the fastest growing conventions: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. For IDW’s first appearance at the show, the publisher is bringing along some very special guests and exclusives.
On Saturday November 2nd at 10:30 AM in room 308AB join Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier, and IDW President Greg Goldstein as they set the stage for IDW’s upcoming 15th year anniversary. Bring some questions, and come prepared for a lively discussion in a unique town hall format. You just might walk away with a free book! With sneak peeks, and a few tricks up their sleeves, this will not be a panel to miss!
Be sure to stop by the IDW booth (712) to pick up the Comikaze exclusive variant of Mars Attacks/Judge Dredd #3 by John McCrea featuring Stan (The Man) Lee! Along with this special $10 variant, IDW will have a library’s worth of your favorite books to stock up on! And watch the IDW Facebook and Twitter feeds for special deals on books throughout the show!
Throughout the convention the IDW booth will also host a number of great signings:
Friday November 1st
3:00 – 4:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry
5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
Saturday November 2nd
12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
1:00 – 2:30 The Other Dead – Joshua Ortega, Digger T. Mesch, and Special Guest Kevin Eastman (of TMNT fame!)
3:00 – 4:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs
4:00 – 5:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
5:00 – 6:00 Amelia Cole & The Unknown World – D.J. Kirkbride
Sunday November 3rd
12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
1:00 – 2:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs
5:00 – 6:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry
Stan Lee’s Comikaze is set to have its biggest year yet, and IDW is excited to be a part of it!
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; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist 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.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.