MARVEL AND AURASMA UNVEIL “MARVEL AUGMENTED REALITY” AT SXSW03/12/12 @ 1:32 pm EST
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“Avengers VS X-Men” Spurs Historic First Major Comic Book AR Initiative
VIN DIESEL TEASES HANNIBAL THE CONQUEROR AS HIS NEXT BIG FRANCHISE08/30/14 @ 11:54 am EST
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
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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COMIC BOOK COLLECTION STOLEN08/30/14 @ 11:33 am EST
With Guardians of the Galaxy now the #1 film of 2014 at the U.S. box office, Vin Diesel seems ready to launch his next big franchise. While Vin Diesel might be best known for the Fast & Furious movies, he’s been leveraging his success with that franchise to get another project off the ground.
On Friday, Vin Diesel posted a video of himself enjoying a very scenic ride. However, the camera kept panning down to a poster for Hannibal the Conqueror. Hannibal the Conqueror is about a Carthaginian general who led an army, complete with war elephants, across the Alps to attack Rome in the 3rd Century BC.
Could THIS be Vin Diesel's next BIG THING? We'll see.
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PATRICK WARBURTON SET TO RETURN IN THE TICK08/30/14 @ 5:44 am EST
A man called Dayton (Ohio) police to report that his $140,000 comic book collection was stolen from his apartment, WHIO reports.
The East Fourth Street resident was told to leave his apartment while his ex-girlfriend moved out after they broke up yesterday, according to a police report.
When he returned, he reportedly got into a physical altercation with her family, and then found his box of comic books, including an X-Men #1, missing, the report states.
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CANADA INTRODUCES SUPERMAN COINS FEATURING ICONIC DC COVERS08/30/14 @ 5:19 am EST
The Tick is back to save the day. No lie! At least according to People.com.
Broad-shouldered Patrick Warburton only sported his blue antennae for one season the first go-around, but the critically-acclaimed superhero parody is now being revived on Amazon, People.com reported.
The cult-classic series is based on a comic book by Ben Edlund and was first brought to television as an animated series that enjoyed three seasons of success in the mid 1990s. In early 2012, Fox canceled Warburton's live-action version (which also starred a pre-Lost
Nestor Carbonnell) after just nine episodes.
Mayhap the Tick will fair better in these pop culture-friendly times?
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LEVINE BRINGS HIS 'BOWERY BOYS' TO DARK HORSE08/30/14 @ 5:10 am EST
Less than a year after unveiling seven collector coins celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, CBR's Robot 6 reports that at Fan Expo in Toronto the Royal Canadian mint introduced four more, featuring iconic Superman comic book covers.
The superhero’s milestone anniversary and Toronto roots were also celebrated last year with a set of stamps from Canada Posts. Although Superman was created in 1933 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster when they were teenagers living in Cleveland, Shuster was actually born in Toronto, and lived there until age 9 or 10. He worked as a newspaper boy for the Toronto Daily Star, whose building served as a model for the Daily Planet (originally called the Daily Star).
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WESLEY SNIPES BACK FOR FOURTH 'BLADE'08/30/14 @ 5:02 am EST
Comic Book Resources is reporting that Cory Levine, Ian Bertram and Brent McKee's "Bowery Boys" are back, and at Dark Horse Comics.
The story takes all the elements of antebellum New York City and houses them inside the coming-of-age story of Niko McGovern, who must band together with a group of street youths in a life-or-death battle after his father, William, is unjustly accused of murder.Collected for the first time in a hardcover by Dark Horse, Bowery Boys has been running as a webcomic since 2013.
Although updates stopped at the end of the series' third book, Levine has restarted the online serialization as the series heads to its fifth book conclusion.
The Dark Horse collection contains the full five books as well as some new, extra material, CBR said.
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FREE FROM DYNAMITE ON BLEEDING COOL – KIRBY: GENESIS #008/30/14 @ 4:48 am EST
Actor Wesley Snipes is reportedly set to reprise his role as vampire hunter Blade in a fourth installment of the franchise.The Expendables
3 star will net a $3 million pay check for his return to the film series, according to the New York Daily News.
Snipes recently spoke about his desire to return to the franchise, telling MTV.com, "I'd be open to it. I think we've got some stones left unturned and there's some latitude left for us to build on and I'd love to get back in the suit again and do some things I've learned how to do now that I didn't know how to do then."
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DRAGON CON BEGINS IN ATLANTA, GA08/30/14 @ 4:38 am EST
Hey, what is the coolest thing online right now? Think King, Kirby, Birthday, Dynamite and Bleeding Cool!
Though Jack Kirby’s
birthday was yesterday, Dynamite
wanted to do one more free comic in honor of The King
. Kirby: Genesis
#0 was the kicking off point for Dynamite’s big Kirby-centric event from a few years back. The issue was written by Kurt Busiek
with Alex Ross
doing pencils and covers and Jackson Herbert
Most of the event are part of the Kirby: Genesis
sale on Comixology this weekend. It ends Sunday.
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DF REVIEW: SILVER SURFER #508/30/14 @ 12:05 pm EST
Shazam and dozens of other superheroes hit the streets of downtown Atlanta today as Dragon Con begins.
Dragon Con prides itself on being fan-focused and family-friendly, with one of the world's biggest "cosplay" events, a huge costume parade through the city.
The convention runs through Labor Day.
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By BYRON BREWER ‘THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO’ GETS FOX REMAKE 08/29/14 @ 11:42 pm EST
Yeah, yeah, I have heard it all!
“It’s not the angst-ridden Silver Surfer we Marvelites love.”
“It’s not the same with him making jokes.”
“It’s not Stan Lee’s Silver Surfer!”
Well, neither was the volume written by the likes of Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin and others, and that one lasted longer print-count-wise than any.
And actually writer Dan Slott’s Silver Surfer
has a lot in common with Englehart’s in that they are both light-hearted, based in space for the most part, and explore the Surfer as a person rather than a cosmic power.
That said, I must admit Slott’s first arc was pretty weird, wild stuff. I am still getting used to Dawn Greenwood, not to mention those oddball versions of Doc Strange and Hulk that guest starred this time around, but on the whole I must say that Silver Surfer
#5 was probably one of the more entertaining mags I read this entire month.
I love the way Slott handled Dawn’s dad and sister, not to mention Nightmare and Shuma-Gorath.
And the art by Michael and Laura Allred brings this light-hearted version to life like no other artist possible could. I mean, let’s face it, if the art was too realistic – say, ala Annihilation
– the book would not be light-hearted or funny, even with the same script.
While I like the fact that Slott will be exploring new corners of the Marvel U., I would still like to see the cosmic conquerors we know and love here occasionally. I mean, the Surfer is the stick when it comes to measuring an entity’s power and I want to see the Kree, Brood, etc etc going against that. How about Surfer vs. Gladiator? Wild!
The Surfer and Dawn are now ready for traveling. Let’s hope readers will stick with the book so we can see some of those uncharted Marvel Universe corners, okay?
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A Steven J. Cannell cult classic is getting a reboot at Fox.
The network has given a put pilot commitment to The Greatest American Hero
, a new take on the 1981 sci-fi dramedy, which is being shepherded by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the successful feature franchise based on another ’80s TV series by Cannell, 21 Jump Street.
Lord and Miller will executive produce the hour-long action comedy alongside Cannell’s daughter, television director Tawnia McKiernan.
Written/exec produced by Rodney Rothman and produced by 20th TV, the new Hero
will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit that gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit and has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error because he quickly misplaces the suit’s instructions. He also has to deal with a government handler who has very different objectives than him and struggles as to whether he should use his newfound gifts to help others or just himself.