Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Get ready for the great #VMRewatch


My fellow Martians and I are on our way back to Neptune, and you're all invited.
Some of you may already know where I'm going with that, others may think I've finally gone loopy, either way, we're not going on an interstellar ride through the cosmos.
What I'm happy about is the “Veronica Mars,” movie finally getting made; and the way that producer Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell went about getting it done.
In mid-March the duo got approval from Warner Brothers to raise $2 million to make the movie. If they could get that, then WB executives agreed to market and distribute the movie.
Turning to Kickstarter.com, a website that's all about funding indie projects, the movie raised the money in about 11 hours. The site gives projects 30 days to raise their goal, by the end of that period the movie had raised more than $5.7 million.
So in about a year, I'll be a happy man, once the movie hits theaters. Yes I kicked in $50 to help fund the movie.
What's even more exciting is that this project has given me reason to dig out my box sets of the three seasons the show ran on television.
One of the News-Herald's bloggers, David Scanlan, and myself will be rewatching the show one episode at a time each Thursday at 8 p.m. for the next several months.
During the re-watch we'll be tweeting at #VMRewatch, and we hope that you'll join us.
If you can't join us, I'll be keeping a log of all of the tweets on my blog, Confessions of a 20-Something Manchild, which can be found at daveherndon.blogspot.com.
For the uninitiated Veronica Mars waa a television series set in fictional Neptune, California. The titular character was a student that progressed from high school to college over the course of the three seasons it aired. She worked as a private investigator in her father's office for much of the series.
The first two seasons had season-long story arcs, while the third season had smaller arcs that each ran several episodes.
A fourth season that would have pushed the character past college into a burgeoning career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation was planned, but never came to fruition as the show met an early demise in 2007.
Bell, who starred as Mars throughout the series and has told fans that if a movie were ever to be produced she would jump at the chance to return to the role, has been campaigning for a movie for about six years.
Now stars and fans alike will get their wish.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Take A Walk On The Dark Side With THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN!


New York, NY—April 2nd, 2013— This July, critically acclaimed writer Nick Spencer and Eisner Award winning artist Steve Lieber put fans in the shoes of the all-new Sinister Six with The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1! This all new ongoing, launching during Superior Spider-Month, gives fans a whole new look into the world of Superior Spider-Man,  great for lapsed and new readers alike!

With superior power comes superior responsibility…and superior villains!  Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, the Beetle, and Overdrive take a cue from the Superior Spider-Man and get upgraded for a new era of evil – and the score of a lifetime! It’s a tale of suspense that’ll turn the Marvel Universe upside down – as only THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN can!

“The beauty of the Spider-Man world has always been that for all the web-slinging action and adventure, Peter Parker lives in the world outside your window and his villains reflect that,” explains Tom Brennan, editor, Marvel Entertainment. “The new world of Superior Spider-Man demands a look at the lives, lies, schemes and dreams of his villains.  Spider-Man’s evolved – will his villains as well?”

Following the embarrassing beating from Superior Spider-Man #1, can Boomerang and crew rebound to prove once and for all they can make it in the big leagues?

“This is a book about the working class guys; these are not the Kingpins or Green Goblins or Doc Ocks of the world,” explains Spencer in an interview with Marvel.com. “These are the small-time crooks looking for a quick score so they can pay their alimony and get the loan shark off their back. A lot of the book is from Boomerang's perspective, and he's very much aware of that—and he sees this new Sinister Six he's formed as one last big shot at real money and real power. He's got a lot riding on this.”
This July, Spencer and Lieber tangle with the Spider-Verse’s newly-infamous villains in The Superior Foes of Superior Spider-Man #1!

THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by STEVE LIEBER
Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
ON SALE JULY 2013!

Monday, April 1, 2013

This Summer The Biggest Comic Book Event Of 2013 Reaches All Corners of the Marvel Universe!


New York, NY— Earth has been marked as an “Avengers World”, protected by Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more from the deadliest threats facing humanity. A powerful and destructive race is on a collision course with Earth and the only thing in their path is the Avengers! But even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes realize the one hope of defeating this dire threat is to unite every great hero across the cosmos…because only with a united Avengers Universe is there any chance of survival!

With our heroes at the other end of the universe, who is left to protect Earth? Enter Thanos, the galaxy’s most ruthless threat and an unparalleled force of brutality who brings order to the chaos of life through murder. The greatest threat to the Mad Titan’s work—and perhaps the universe’s greatest hope—is something he created leaving no world safe. Earth’s last hope may lie in the hands of a man who can level cities with a single whisper – Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans. But can the fearsome leader of a race hated and feared by his world,  lead his people against Thanos? If they fall, so does the Earth—and the entire universe with it.

The Biggest Heroes.  The Biggest Threats. The Biggest Sacrifices. This is Marvel’s INFINITY.

Written by New York Times best-selling writer Jonathan Hickman (Avengers, Avengers VS. X-Men) and illustrated by superstars Jim Cheung (Avengers: Children’s Crusade) Jerome Opena (Avengers, Uncanny
X-Force), and Dustin Weaver (Avengers, Uncanny X-Men), Infinity is a six issue comic book event debuting in August with an oversized first issue.

“Events stories simply don't come bigger than Infinity,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “ Jonathan Hickman is joined by three of our top artists — Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver — to deliver an epic tale that covers all corners of the Marvel Universe and narrows the gap between Earth and the cosmos like never before.  It's called the 'Marvel Universe' for a reason.”

Readers get their first look at Marvel’s Infinity for free on Saturday, May 4th as part of Free Comic Book Day with FCBD: Infinity. In this all-new story by the blockbuster creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung, witness the opening shots of the war that will be heard around the galaxy. Plus, relive Thanos’ first solo story which has never been reprinted till now!

“I'm very excited about Infinity for a number of reasons,” said Hickman. “First, I think it's wonderful that the story is coming organically out of what's been going on during Marvel NOW!. Things that we've seen unfold in Avengers, New Avengers, Thanos Rising, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others are the catalyst for Infinity. And second, for me personally, Infinity is the first big step in a series of big steps that make up the long term plans for the Avengers books I have the privilege of writing. It should be a lot of fun.” 

Every issue of Infinity includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue of Infinity features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

Join Infinity writer Jonathan Hickman, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Marvel Executive Editor – Senior VP Tom Brevoort at 2 PM EST on Tuesday, April 2 in a special interactive chat where fans can submit their own questions and comments to be answered and addressed! Offered exclusively through Marvel.com, this will be your chance to find out more about Infinity from the people putting it together!

Sign up now and  be there live at 2 PM EST on Tuesday, April 2!


For more on Marvel’s Infinity join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelINFINITY.

COUNTERCULTURE ICON JOHN SINCLAIR APPEARS AT UM-DEARBORN


Dearborn, Mich. – The College of Arts, Sciences and Letters (CASL) at the University of Michigan – Dearborn (UM-D) proudly welcomes the legendary author, poet, activist and Michigan native John Sinclair to campus for a pair of events that are free and open to students and the community.
From noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, Sinclair will perform live with His Blues Scholars in Kochoff Hall A, inside the UM-D University Center (UC); later, from 3-4:40 p.m., Sinclair will deliver a talk entitled “Kicking Out the Jams,” in Room 1030 of the CASL Building (CB).  The University of Michigan – Dearborn campus is located at 4901 Evergreen Road in Dearborn. View a campus map athttp://www.umd.umich.edu/fileadmin/template/businessaffairs/files/Facilities_Planning/Revised_Campus_Map.pdf.
Author, poet and activist John Sinclair (born October 2, 1941, in Flint, Michigan) mutated from small-town rock’n’roll fanatic and teenage disc jockey to cultural revolutionary, pioneer of marijuana activism, radical leader and political prisoner by the end of the 1960s.
In 1966-67 the jazz poet, downbeat correspondent, founder of the Detroit Artists Workshop and underground journalist joined the front ranks of the hippie revolution, managing the “avant-rock” band MC5 and organizing countless free concerts in parks, White Panther rallies and radical benefits. Working closely with lead singer and songwriter Rob Tyner and the members of the band, Sinclair brought the MC5 to local fame, national attention and a contract with Elektra Records.

Warren Ellis & Mike McKone Assemble for Marvel’s AVENGERS: ENDLESS WARTIME Original Graphic Novel


New York Times Best-Sellers Launch Marvel’s First Major Original Graphic Novel On October 2nd, 2013
 
New York, NY—March 21st, 2013—New York Times Best-Selling author Warren Ellis (Secret Avengers, Gun Machine) and chart-topping artist Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man) assemble the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe—Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Wolverine & Captain Marvel—for Avengers: Endless Wartime, a landmark original graphic novel scheduled for release on October 2nd, 2013. This movie-length epic launches an all new original graphic novel line for Marvel Entertainment, featuring the biggest super heroes brought to life by the best creators and debuts in a high-end, oversized format featuring sophisticated packaging and design.
 
An abomination, long thought buried, has resurfaced in a war-torn land- but now it wears an American flag. Faced with another nightmare reborn, Captain America will not stand for yet more death at the hands of a ghost from his past. Haunted by his greatest shame, Thor must renew the hunt for a familiar beast. Side by side with the great Super Heroes the world has seen, united to end the threats no one of them could face alone, the Avengers will stare down the greatest threat the team has ever faced. But is even their combined might enough to overcome a force of pure evil?
 
"When Marvel asked me to help re-launch their original graphic novel line, I had to say yes,” said Ellis. “Their total commitment, from story to design, made it a project I wanted to be part of.”
 
In a historic first for Marvel Entertainment, Avengers: Endless Wartime will be released simultaneously worldwide in North America, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Brazil, Finland and Turkey. Every international edition of Avengers: Endless Wartime will be translated into each area’s primary language, allowing fans all over the world to effortlessly join in the global release of this graphic novel.
 
“The Avengers are the most popular super heroes in the world and we want to make sure this historic original graphic novel arrives in the hands of all our fans, no matter where they live,” said David Gabriel, SVP Sales, Print & Digital , Marvel Entertainment. “In collaboration with our friends at Panini, we’re able to bring Avengers: Endless Wartime to more fans around the world than any release in Marvel history!”
 
Avengers: Endless Wartime is bookended by an introduction from Marvel’s The Avengers star Clark Gregg (better known as “Agent Phil Coulson”) and an afterword from the legendary Stan Lee, co-creator of this blockbuster super hero team.
 
“If you’re a new fan who saw Marvel Studio’s blockbuster Avengers film last year, this is a great place for you to discover the comic book adventures of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. And if you’re a long-time fan, you’re in for an action-packed story that shows you a new side of your favorite super heroes,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “Avengers: Endless Wartime is one of our most important releases of the year, which is why we spared no expense in bringing two of the top talents in comics—Warren Ellis and Mike McKone—to make sure this was one of the biggest super hero stories you’ve ever read!”
 
Additionally, this original graphic novel will also include a code for a bonus digital edition of Avengers: Endless Wartime, redeemable for reading via the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. This code is included at no extra charge, allowing fans to keep their copy of Avengers: Endless Wartime safe on their bookshelves but still carry this jaw-dropping adventure with them on the go to read anytime, anywhere! Avengers: Endless Wartime features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.
 
Avengers: Endless Wartime will be available on October 2nd in book stores, comic shops,  the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.

Netflix pairs with 'Babylon 5', 'The Matrix' producers for new series


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., -- Netflix will bring Georgeville Television's Sense8, a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted, exclusively to its members to watch instantly in late 2014.
The 10 episode season one of Sense8 marks the first foray into television by the Wachowskis, the creative geniuses behind Bound, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, V for Vendetta, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas, and is the latest project from veteran show runner J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the Hugo Award-winning Babylon 5 TV series and whose film credits include Changeling, Thor and Underworld Awakening,
"Andy and Lana Wachowski and Joe Straczynski are among the most imaginative writers and gifted visual storytellers of our time," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. "Their incredible creations are favorites of Netflix members globally and we can't wait to bring Sense8 to life."
"We're excited to work with Netflix and Georgeville Television on this project, and we've wanted to work with Joe Straczynski for years, chiefly due to the fact his name is harder to pronounce than ours, but also because we share a love of genre and all things nerdy," said Andy and Lana Wachowski. "Several years ago, we had a late night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that paradox Sense8 was born."
"We are proud to be working with Netflix on this new series," said Straczynski. "Lana, Andy, and I are fans of each other's creations, and have been looking for something to do together for nearly a decade."
Sense8 is being produced by Georgeville Television, in association with Studio JMS. Georgeville Television is a Reliance Entertainment company and independent television studio, formed by veteran film and television producer Marc Rosen, in partnership by Motion Picture Capital's Leon Clarance and Producer Deepak Nayar. Formed in 2012, Georgeville Television currently has two series in pre-production, including NBC's Crossbones starring John Malkovich. Rosen, Clarance, and Nayar will serve as executive producers on Sense8.
Studio JMS, launched last year by Straczynski and CEO Patricia Tallman, was founded to produce a wide range of film, television, comics and other media properties. In addition to The Flickering Light, Straczynski's feature directorial debut, and Sense8, Studio JMS has created a new comics imprint, Joe's Comics, published in partnership with Image Comics. Its first series, "Ten Grand," will debut in May. In addition to Sense8, Motion Picture Capital is producing The Flickering Light, which begins filming in Berlin later this year.
"Sense8 is a dream-come-true creatively, and we look forward to working closely with our new partners at Netflix, with whom we could not be more excited to bring the Wachowski's first TV series ever to life," said Rosen.
The Wachowskis are starting production next month on their new sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending for Warner Brothers, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.
"We're delighted to once again partner with Joe, and have the opportunity to work with Lana and Andy, two of our movie-making heroes, on their television debut," said Clarance. "They have created a brilliant concept, which will be a wonderful story to produce, and a rich conceptual world for viewers to experience."
About Netflix, Inc.
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Marvel Entertainment & Disney-ABC Television Group Announce “Once Upon a Time” Hardcover Graphic Novel


All-New Original Graphic Novel Brings Acclaimed Talent To World of ABC Primetime Hit Series
 
New York, NY —Dive into the immersive world of ABC’s Once Upon a Time like never before as Marvel Entertainment and Disney-ABC Television Group are proud to announce Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen, an all-new original graphic novel hardcover inspired by the popular series. Plotted by series writer & co-producer Dan Thomsen, and co-written by Corinna Bechko (Planet of The Apes), this landmark release fits into the official continuity of Once Upon a Time and features the lush art of Nimit Malavia, Vasilis Lolos, Mike Del Mundo, Stephanie Hans and Mike Henderson.
 
Welcome to Storybrooke, a small New England town where seemingly regular people go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are – the fabled storybook characters we all grew up with! It’s real, all of it! But Fairy Tale Land is not the "happily ever after" you may have heard about – their stories continued, and the Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over their homeland.
 
In Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen, the Evil Queen has, quite literally, captured the Huntsman’s heart. With the Huntsman a slave, experience the never-before-told tale behind their twisted relationship—and what happens when a good man is forced to do bad. And when Regina cooks up yet another devious plan to capture Snow White the Huntsman comes face-to-face with his past -- including an independent spirit in Red Riding Hood that just may match his own.  Can these two break free of the forces that bind them and save Snow White? 
  
The release of Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen marks the first official graphic fiction tie-in to the hit ABC Studios series.
 
Once Upon a Time fans are in for a treat with this incredible story that reveals some shocking secrets about Regina and the Huntsman”, said David Gabriel, SVP Sales, Print and Digital Media. “It’s been a pleasure to work with ABC to create a line of high quality original graphic novels that bring new fans into comic stores and also allow us to introduce great franchises like Once Upon a Time to our die-hard fans.”
 
Shadow of the Queen will bring fans a whole new thread of the intriguing backstory between Regina and the Huntsman – in a uniquely Marvel way”, said Adam Sanderson, SVP Franchise Management for the Disney-ABC Television Group.  “We hope this brand extension will further deepen the engagement our viewers have with one of ABC’s signature series.”
 
When put to the test, where will the Huntsman's loyalties lie?  Has the Evil Queen stolen his heart in more ways than one? Find out in Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen available on September 4th in book stores, comic shops, the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & Android devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.
 
About Marvel:
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com 

SUPERIOR SPIDER-WEEK!


What do you think that Marvel was hinting at with this photo release?
 
 
What’s in store for the Superior Spider-Man in the coming months? Find out next week!

A New Era Rises – AVENGERS A.I!



The AGE OF ULTRON is over. The AGE OF A.I. is NOW!

New York, NY—March 29th, 2012— This July, red hot writer Sam Humphries (Uncanny X-Force) and artist Andre Araujo (FF), shine an entirely new light on an all-new, all-android Avengers team –Avengers A.I.! Spinning out of the critically acclaimed event Age Of UltronAvengers A.I. sends fans deeper into the synthetic core of the Marvel Universe, great for new and lapsed readers alike!
A brave new world is unleashed and only one team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can save us from the future. Gathered together by Hank Pym, The Vision leads Victor Mancha, Doombot, and the mysterious Alexis in a race to contain an unfathomable Pandora’s Box of destruction! And which side will Monica Chang, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., find herself on?
“Springing out of the increasingly razor-thin crawlspace between the organic and synthetic worlds comes 'Avengers A.I.'," said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment.  “When one of the Marvel Universe's preeminent brainiacs, Hank Pym, embarks on a long road to redemption, he must assemble a team unlike any other, a team composed of heroes that will challenge the very definition of 'Artificial Intelligence' and the way you look at super heroes."
Following the harrowing events of Age Of Ultron, can Hank Pym & The Vision lead a team into the digital unknown?
"I could not be more psyched to be ushering the Avengers and the Marvel Universe into the Age of A.I.” explained Humphries. “This book is futureshock crashing into the world outside your window. Once the A.I.s are unleashed, there is no turning back. Even the phone in your pocket could be a threat against humanity. It's an exciting and dangerous new era for Earth's Mightiest Heroes."
Each issue of Avengers A.I. features special augmented reality content available exclusive through theMarvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.
This July, Sam Humphries and Andre Araujo redefine what it means to be Earth’s Mightiest inAvengers A.I. #1!
For more on Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter using #MarvelNOW.
AVENGERS A.I. #1
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art by ANDRE ARAUJO
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
ON SALE JULY 2013!
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