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MARVEL AND AURASMA UNVEIL “MARVEL AUGMENTED REALITY” AT SXSW
03/12/12 @ 1:32 pm EST
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“Avengers VS X-Men” Spurs Historic First Major Comic Book AR Initiative Yesterday, at the SXSW Interactive Festival, Marvel Entertainment unveiled Marvel AR, the first major augmented reality app from a comic book company. As part of the recently announced Marvel ReEvolution, which brings the world of print and digital media together for a comics experience like never before, the Marvel AR app powered by Aurasma will be released on April 2 for iOS and Android devices. Fans can first discover the power of this new app in Avengers VS X-Men #1, arriving in comic stores on April 4 and kicking off the comic book event of the year in which the world’s most popular Super Heroes go to war!

By opening this app and scanning select Marvel products featuring the Marvel AR logo, you’ll unlock exclusive content starring the world’s most popular super heroes -- including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and many others! Go behind the scenes of your favorite comics, see new footage, hear from creators, get caught up on past events and more!

“It’s time to join the Marvel ReEvolution, as we bring the worlds of print and digital media together for an unprecedented fan experience,” said Peter Phillips, senior vice president and general manager, Marvel Digital Media Group. “Avengers VS X-Men is the biggest story we’ve ever told and teaming with Aurasma allows us to bring our fans a deeper experience when they purchase select Marvel comics and other Marvel products. Just wait till you see what we’ve planned!”



Marvel partnered with Aurasma, the world’s leading augmented reality platform, to create a mobile experience designed to empower fans to discover a new world of content that brings their favorite Super Heroes to life through tablets and mobile devices. Aurasma's cutting-edge image recognition technology enables the Marvel AR app to recognize images in new Marvel comic books, promotional posters and other merchandise, seamlessly augmenting the images with interactive virtual content such as videos, animations and more.

“Marvel is no stranger to digital media and is once again making history, this time by using Aurasma’s transformative technology to bridge the physical world with the virtual,” said, David Stone, Aurasma's director of client services. “What better way to excite and engage fans than to give them the power to interact with all of their favorite characters in a new way?”

Aurasma's free platform unlocks a whole new dimension for partners to creatively enhance the real world. In this case, comic books will reach new depths by unleashing coveted and fan-pleasing content like director and editor commentary and other special features, only accessible through the Marvel AR app.

The Marvel AR companion app, powered by Aurasma, will be available for free in April at the Apple App Store and Android Market.

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.

ABOUT AURASMA: Aurasma is the world’s first visual browser – a new augmented reality technology that merges the physical world with the virtual. Available as a free app for iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad2 and high-powered Android devices or as a free kernel for developers, Aurasma uses advanced image and pattern recognition to recognize and understand real-world images and objects in much the same way as the human brain does. It then seamlessly blends the real-world with rich interactive content such as videos and animations called “Auras”. Auras can be created for printed images, product packaging, clothing, physical places and users can even use the app to create and share their own.

Since its launch in June 2011, Aurasma has had more than three million downloads. Over 3,000 partners in markets including retail, fashion, sport, automotive, consumer electronics, entertainment, advertising and publishing are using the free technology in their campaigns, on their products or embedding the technology in their own applications. Aurasma was developed by and is part of software company Autonomy – an HP Company.
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COSTUMES, STARS, AND ADVENTURES THROUGH CALGARY COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
04/17/15 @ 8:42 pm EST
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Just because Thursday was the first day of the 2015 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo doesn’t mean event organizers couldn’t keep on announcing guests.

Neil Patrick Harris was at the Stampede Grounds today.

But first, Calgary had a Parade of Wonders to contend with.

The annual fan march through the core began at Eau Claire Market at 11 a.m. and finished at Olympic Plaza for the official kick-off of a weekend chock-full of TV stars, artists, sci-fi icons and cosplay.

'AGENT CARTER' SEASON 2 LOOKS LESS LIKELY FOLLOWING LATEST MARVEL/ABC NEWS
04/17/15 @ 8:25 pm EST
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Ever since the conclusion of its first season earlier this year, many hardcore Marvel fans have been asking for is a second season renewal to the beloved ABC event-series, Agent Carter. However, the reality of the show’s situation is its period setting and movie caliber star Hayley Atwell raises the price per episode substantially for a series that ultimately tracked well below Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.in the same timeslot.

Now, thanks to two new updates on the Marvel TV front via ABC, the chances of the series seeing the light of day again are slimmer than ever.

According to two updates from EW, one from earlier this week and one from earlier today, ABC is working to develop a new spin-off series to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in addition to also teaming with American Crime executive producer/12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley for a new “mysterious series.” Based on the two reports, it remains unclear if the John Ridley project is indeed the same one as the S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off, but even if it’s not, given the Ridley development in particular, the business side of Agent Carter simply doesn’t seem as viable as a renewal of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does.

To its credit, Agent Carter was a show designed with a finite eight episodes in mind. By the end of the season finale, every major thread had been resolved and a fan-service post-credit scene did a great job at looping the series back into the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. From a story perspective, there’s no incentive to renew Agent Carter, which wouldn’t be a death nail if it wasn’t for the fact that the season finale tracked in a series low rating of 4.02 million viewers overall with a 1.3 share in the 18-49 demo. On its worst day, S.H.I.E.L.D. tracked a 1.4 in 18-49 with 3.73 million overall – the higher 18-49 rating being the key factor. In its most recent episode, the series tracked a 1.6 in demo with 4.04 million viewers overall. Critical reception aside, S.H.I.E.L.D. is a better rated show for ABC.

--While it was nice to be able to enjoy Agent Carter knowing it wouldn’t leave storylines hanging, the lack of performance means there’s no incentive for ABC executives to order more episodes. In the end, the show served its purpose in keeping the S.H.I.E.L.D.timeslot warm during its break so as to allow for more consistent episode runs of 10 and 12 non-stop weeks in the fall and spring – which are basically the things that saved S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ratings. Ultimately, it seems like the better play. A new series in the holiday break slot will open up ABC to more varieties of Marvel programming and potential new audiences. The odds of Cartergrowing in audience past what it has are slim, but the odds of a new series tracking with more viewers seems very likely at the moment.

DC COMICS' VARIANT COVER THEME FOR JULY IS "TEEN TITANS GO!"
04/17/15 @ 7:58 pm EST
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DC Comics is turning to the DC Nation and one of Cartoon Network's biggest hits for its next variant theme. The characters and art style of "Teen Titans Go!" will grace the covers of nearly two-dozen of the publisher's titles in July, and CBR has the exclusive first look at four of them: "Gotham by Midnight" #7 and "Grayson" #10, both by Sean Galloway, "Justice League" #42 byDan Hipp, and "New Suicide Squad" #10 by Craig Rousseau.





ALONSO HINTS AT MORE MARVEL PROJECTS FOR LEMIRE
04/17/15 @ 7:50 pm EST
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In his weekly CBR column "Axel-in-Charge," Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso confirmed that writer Jeff Lemire had more work for Marvel on the way.

"This was Jeff's first retreat," Alonso shared when asked about a photo of the retreat that had surfaced online.

"Jeff was a great addition to the room. He had a lot of great ideas and his constructive criticism helped shape some of the ideas in formation. I get the sense that he was thirsty to experience this kind of dynamic... this collaborative challenge. 'Hawkeye' is just the tip of the iceberg of what Jeff will be bringing to the Marvel Universe," Alonso writes.

"All-New Hawkeye" is Lemire's first Marvel Comic. He is currently writing a creator owned series with Dustin Nguyen called "Descender," which has been optioned for a film by Sony, and worked on popular DC Comics titles like "Green Arrow" and "Animal Man."
STAN LEE AND STEVE WOZNIAK TO LAUNCH SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON, HAVE ACQUIRED BIG WOW
04/17/15 @ 7:36 pm EST
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San Jose is about to be overwhelmed with Comic Cons. Wizard World San Jose is going to be held September 4th-5th. The Alternative Press Expo, now run by Dan Vado and SLG Publishing, will be held October 3rd-4th. This weekend is Big Wow Comic Fest, (formerly known as Super-Con before some other convention in Florida took the name) which has some of the best guest to attendee ratio for a local convention.

But on the eve of Big Wow, an announcement has been made. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of a little company you may have heard of called Apple, has announced that in collaboration with Stan Lee, he’s going to be running a new convention in San Jose March 19-20th. Silicon Valley Comic Con has also acquired Big Wow as a subsidiary convention, and will be promoting the new event at the convention starting tomorrow.

Stan Lee’s name, while seemingly attached to this endeavor solely to provide geek cred, goes imply that the Man himself will be a guest of honor, but that remains to be seen. (Source: Bleeding Cool)
BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE TRAILER OFFICIALLY RELEASED ONLINE
04/17/15 @ 7:31 pm EST
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Warner Bros. has just officially released the very first trailer for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is being directed by Zack Snyder, who directed Man of Steel. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to be released in movie theaters on March 25, 2016.

To see the trailer, click here: https://youtu.be/IwfUnkBfdZ4
LUCAS TILL RETURNING AS HAVOK IN X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
04/17/15 @ 7:26 pm EST
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Director Bryan Singer has announced that Lucas Till will return for a third outing as the mutant Havok in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Till previously appeared as Havok in X-Men: First Class, and again for a scene in X-Men: Apocalypse.
WONDER WOMAN MOVIE TO HAVE CHARACTER-DRIVEN STORY
04/17/15 @ 7:21 pm EST
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Michelle MacLaren exited Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman movie amid what was called “creative differences” in early reports. Emerging new details shed light on the specifics of those differences, and hint at what kind of film Warner Bros. wants Wonder Woman to be.

Multiple Sources tell Variety that MacLaren’s vision of Wonder Woman was an epic origin story similar to Braveheart. Warner Bros. reportedly wants to go a different route, with a more character-driven narrative and less action, a movie they believe the newly hired director Patty Jenkins can provide.

Warner Bros. moved quickly to find a new director in order to keep Wonder Woman on schedule, and is now moving quickly to get Jenkins up to speed on the pre-production that has been done already. The next step is reportedly casting the male love interest to play opposite Gal Gadot. Warner Bros. is said to be sending test offers to several actors sometime in the coming week.

Wonder Woman is scheduled for theatrical release on June 23, 2017.
MARVEL’S SHATTERED EMPIRE #1 TO BE WRITTEN BY GREG RUCKA AND ART BY MARCO CHECCHETTO
04/17/15 @ 3:20 pm EST
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The Empire has fallen. It is now a time for resurgence. It is a time for new beginnings. This September, Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm are excited to present the newest chapter of the Star Wars mythos with Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire written by comic book legend, Greg Rucka (Cyclops) with art by Marco Checchetto (Avengers World).

Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, this new Marvel Comics limited series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe and will offer a glimpse into December’s Star Wars:The Force Awakens!

“The world has been wondering what happened after the fall of the Empire since the credits first rolled on ‘Return of the Jedi’ in 1983,” says series editor Jordan D. White. “Now, on the dawn of the next chapter of the saga, we’re incredibly proud to be involved in revealing the events that happen immediately following the end of ‘Return of the Jedi’!”Once again, Marvel brings the biggest creators in the industry to the biggest characters in a galaxy far, far away. Be there when the Star Wars line expands this September in Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1!

Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1

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MEET 'LORD OF THE RINGS' STAR SEAN ASTIN AT WIZARD WORLD RICHMOND, FORT LAUDERDALE, TULSA‏
04/17/15 @ 3:07 pm EST
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Sean Astin, known for his work as the loyal, trustworthy "Samwise Gamgee" in the Lord Of The Rings franchise, will attend three Wizard World Comic Cons in the coming months.

Astin has also taken on memorable roles as the inspirational lead inRudy and "Mikey," the spirited leader of The Goonies. The Academy Award nominee has also appeared in the Adam Sandler comedies 50 First Dates and Click.

Astin will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A panel entitled "Out of the Shire with Sean Astin" at Wizard World events in Richmond (August 1-2), Fort Lauderdale(October 3-4) and Tulsa (October 24-25)

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3. DC COMICS' VARIANT COVER THEME FOR JULY IS "TEEN TITANS GO!"

4. ALONSO HINTS AT MORE MARVEL PROJECTS FOR LEMIRE

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3. DC COMICS' VARIANT COVER THEME FOR JULY IS "TEEN TITANS GO!"

4. ALONSO HINTS AT MORE MARVEL PROJECTS FOR LEMIRE

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