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My name is Dave Herndon, ever since my homeworld of Gallifrey was time locked I've been just travelling the cosmos, then they invented comic books, and cartoons. Now I run this blog and talk about nerdy things whenever I can. No matter what happens, if you stoke me a clipper, I'll be back in time for breakfast.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Special Unannounced Final ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANT of 2014 is Coming!

They’re already invading your favorite comic book titles this November, bringing with them the best and brightest talent in the comic industry. Today, Marvel is proud to announce that the breakout comic book characters of the year – Rocket Raccoon & Groot are coming to one additional, previously unannounced cover in December! That’s right, December’s SPIDER-WOMAN #2 will get the last Rocket Raccoon & Groot variant of the year, courtesy of legendary artist Simone Bianchi!

“We were totally overwhelmed by the response to the Rocket Raccoon & Groot variants when we released them last month,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “When Simone Bianchi said he wanted to do one too, we couldn’t resist! We couldn’t be happier with the stunning cover he turned in.”

Rendered in Simone Bianchi’s unique style, this previously unannounced variant provides a classic homage to the iconic cover to Amazing Spider-Man #129 – starring everyone’s favorite Guardians of the Galaxy! Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on the final Rocket Raccoon & Groot variant of the year when SPIDER-WOMAN #2hits comic shops in December!

Exclusive 'Star Wars' trailer to premiere at Ypsilanti movie theater

YPSILANTI —  "Star Wars" fans can catch a glimpse of the new, highly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" at the Rave Motion Pictures Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter Road, in Ypsilanti, starting Friday, Nov. 28. 

The Ypsilanti location is one of 30 theaters in the country to carry the trailer, and the only theater in Michigan. 

The 88-second teaser will run all weekend as part of the movie previews. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.

For more, visit starwars.com

Asgard’s Newest Warrior Goes Solo in ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1!

She’s deadly. She’s dangerous. And she’s getting her own solo series this December! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look atANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1, the explosive new ongoing series debuting this December! Launching as part of Avengers NOW!, the star-studded creative team of Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans will show you a side of Angela you’ve never seen before, as she cuts a bloody path across the new and unfamiliar Marvel Universe!
The finest warrior in the Tenth Realm, she has been raised to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being. Training, preparing and waiting for the day when the war between Asgard and Heven would begin again. But following the events of Original Sin: Thor & Loki –The Tenth Realm, she must confront her true lineage. She is Odin’s daughter. Thor’s sister. Asgardian
Now, cast out from the Tenth Realm and wanting nothing to do with Asgard, she will strike out on her own and forge a new path. What does she want? A clean slate. And she will destroy any who try to take it from her. But what does she have that both Asgard and Heven want? And what are they willing to do to take it from her?
“The story is Angela is basically on the run,” says Kieron Gillen in an interview with Marvel.com. “It gives her a chance to interact with a lot of different people so by the end of the first arc we really get a sense of who Angela is vis-à-vis the Marvel Universe. You get a sense of who she is and where she fits into the larger picture.”
As the Marvel Universe’s newest star prepares to make her solo debut, no fan can afford to miss the bombastic adventures of the angelic warrior when ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 explodes into comic shops and digital devices this December!

FFL Commissioner Boomer Esiason Inducts Star CATletes Into The FFL Hall of Fame

Feline Football League Commissioner Boomer Esiason has officially inducted TomCat Brady, Ferrell Owens and Mr. Whiskers into the FFL Hall of Fame. To view the CatCenter video, click here: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/cat-center/videos
For more information on CatCenter, Hallmark Channel’s only destination giving you an exclusive sideline pass to the Feline Football League, visit Hallmark Channel’s website.

Monday, November 24, 2014

MARVEL TAKES A STAND AGAINST BULLYING WITH AVENGERS: NO MORE BULLYING #1

Following the attention of Marvel’s anti-bullying variant covers, Marvel is proud to combat the growing epidemic of bullying with an all-new one-shot comic book, Avengers: No More Bullying #1. Featuring original stories by fan-favorite author Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova), rising star Sean Ryan (Uncanny X-Men and Iron Man Specials) and Jody Houser in her first-ever Marvel story!  With artwork by Carlo Barberi (Thunderbolts) and Tana Ford (New Warriors) and Marcio Takara (Captain Marvel), and covers by Paul Renaud featuring Spider-Man and Pascal Campion featuring The Avengers.

In Avengers: No More Bullyingthe Earth’s mightiest heroes, The Avengershave a new and vital mission - to make bullying a thing of the past! Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, and more have always stood up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, but this time they’re in for a bombastic adventure of the highest order! Featuring surprise guest stars from across the Marvel Universe including Spider-Man and The Guardians of the Galaxy!

“From Peter Parker, Midtown High’s only professional wallflower, to the ever-misunderstood Kamala Khan, Marvel has a proud history of working to raise awareness about bullying and representing its victims as much as possible,” says series editor Devin Lewis. “Bullying is a problem that can affect everyone in a community, and it’s up to that very community to come together to combat it, and, with this issue, Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy are joining the fight! I know how comic books can help ease that feeling of isolation, and I couldn’t be more proud or excited about the talent we’ve pulled together for this project!”

Avengers: No More Bullying #1 will be available in January within local comic book retailers and digitally through Marvel.com and the Marvel Comics App.

ARCHIE COMICS COME TO TELEVISION WITH 'RIVERDALE' TV SERIES

The news is out: “Riverdale,” a one-hour drama based on the iconic Archie comic book characters, has landed at Fox. Warner Brothers Studios is producing along with studio-based Berlanti Productions. 
 
“Riverdale” offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, “Riverdale” will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.
 
The show will be produced by Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Glee,” “Looking”).
 
Bertlanti’s track record as a producer includes a number of small-town teen dramas, such as the acclaimed “Jack & Bobby” and “Dawson’s Creek” and superhero fare pulled from the four-color pages of legendary comic books like “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Aguirre-Sacasa, in addition to being the Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics, also writes two of the publisher’s best-selling titles - the horror series Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. He spent three years as a writer on “Glee” and penned the remake of teen-angst classic “Carrie” and the cult horror classic “The Town that Dreaded Sundown,” as well as the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of “American Psycho.”
 
“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with FOX, Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti to bring our characters to television,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Greg and Roberto are experts when it comes to making great, compelling television and bringing beloved comic book creations to life on the screen. They’re the perfect team to welcome viewers to ‘Riverdale.’”
 
“This is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “The entire team working on ‘Riverdale' is as passionate about Archie as Jon and I are, so it feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the rest of the gang.”

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Comics Meet Kitchen in the Debut of MARVEL’S 3 COURSE COMICS!

Marvel’s 3 Course Comics is the newest Marvel Original Video Series bringing you inside our comics like you’ve never seen before! Debuting on Marvel.com and on Marvel’s YouTube Channel, fans will be treated to their favorite Marvel creators and editors as they discuss the epic events of Marvel’s biggest story lines  over a specially prepared themed meal!
Join C.B. Cebulski, your host and Marvel’s VP of International Brand Development as he takes you inside Spider-Verse in this inaugural episode! Prepare for an event featuring every Spider-Man ever as C.B. sits down with writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), Senior Editor Nick Lowe and Editor Sana Amanat for a 3-course spider-themed meal and a discussion about all things Spider-Verse – complete with a recipe for a variation on Aunt May’s famous Wheatcakes!
Marvel’s 3 Course Comics focuses on the crossroads of food and comics,” says Cebulski. “Cooking has always been a passion of mine, and if I hadn’t gotten into comics, I probably would’ve become a chef. So I’m thrilled to bring some of my international experiences from doing business around the world back home to my kitchen and table to share with creators and editors as we talk about exciting stories happening around the Marvel Universe.”                                                                          
Fans looking to get their very first delicious taste of Marvel’s 3 Course Comics can watch the first episode right now. But save room for the main course, as episode 2 is coming soon!