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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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WES CRAVEN, HORROR MAESTRO, DIES AT 76
08/31/15 @ 7:20 am EST
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Wes Craven

Wes Craven, the famed maestro of horror known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Screamfranchises, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

Craven, whose iconic Freddy Krueger character horrified viewers for years, died at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. Survivors include his wife, producer and former Disney Studios vice president Iya Labunka.

Craven was a longtime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, where he moved permanently three years ago before returning to L.A. for work and health reasons.

Craven claimed to have gotten the idea for Elm Street from living next to a cemetery on a street of that name in the suburbs of Cleveland. The five Nightmare on Elm Street films were released from 1984-89 and drew big crowds.

Similarly, Craven's Scream series was a box-office sensation. In those scare-'em-ups, he spoofed the teen horror genre and frequently referenced other horror movies.

Craven’s first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972. A rape-revenge movie, it appalled some viewers but generated big box office. Next came another film he wrote and helmed, The Hills Have Eyes (1977).

Craven re-invented the youth horror genre in 1984 with the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which he wrote and directed.

He conceived and co-wrote Elm Street III as well, and then after not being involved with other sequels, deconstructed the genre a decade after the original, writing and directing Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was nominated for best feature at the 1995 Spirit Awards.

His own Nightmare players, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon, portrayed themselves in that film.

In 1996, Craven reached a new level of success with the release of Scream. The film grossed more than $100 million domestically, as did Scream 2 (1997).

Between Scream 2 and Scream 3, Craven, offered the opportunity to direct a non-genre film for Miramax, helmed Music of the Heart (1999), earning Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for best actress in the inspirational drama about a teacher in Harlem.
SOMEONE YOU CAN COUNT ON – A NEW CLIP FROM STAR WARS REBELS
08/29/15 @ 5:30 pm EST
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Star Wars Rebels season 2 will be kicking off in October and Disney has released a clip from the new season. The season premiere episode will be called The Lost Commandersand we see the crew of the Ghost being given the head of an old droid by Ahsoka just before she embarks on tracking down the Sith Lord on her own.

Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dAGvFBwG834

Star Wars Rebels returns October 14th to Disney XD
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ANIMATED SERIES – ORIGIN OF GAMORA
08/29/15 @ 5:27 pm EST
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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series kicks off next month and so far we’ve seen the origins of Star-Lord, Groot, Drax and Rocket Raccoon. All that is left is Gamora. Well, like with the others, Marvel has released her origin in two parts and it includes Nebula and Korath. But for some reason they’ve only released the second part. Luckily some nice person on the internet has decided to post the first part… in 4 segments.

Video Part 1.1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZWb5LgwYDJc

Video Part 1.2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0plg5A8ITQE

Video Part 1.3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cKbsXq08cbQ

Video Part 1.4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WaJXge1WvrM

Video Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cdBu-j_HGKE

Guardians of the Galaxy the animate series premiers September 26th on Disney XD but a sneak peek of the first episode will air on September 5th.
“WE’RE DEALING WITH TWO TYPES OF MONSTERS” – CORINNA BECHKO TALKS ALIENS VAMPIRELLA
08/29/15 @ 4:44 pm EST
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Corinna Bechko talks to Byron Brewer about Dynamite’s Aliens/Vampirella #3.Cover by Gabriel Hardman.

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BYRON BREWER: What is the greatest challenge in bringing these two popular franchises together, and has that made for a better or more difficult story telling?

CORINNA BECHKO: The biggest challenge is the fact that we’re dealing with two types of monster here, so one of them (Vampirella) has to be a bit sympathetic. At the same time, we need to be reminded about what she is truly capable of doing, or else she is just a heroic person and we lose what’s interesting about her. It’s a fine line to walk, but one that has spurred what I hope are some fun scenes.

BB: Corinna, with your experience with Planet of the Apes, you are the queen of bringing franchises to comics. Do you find the Aliens franchise as enjoyable to work with as you once said POTA was?

CB: Haha, thanks! The answer is yes, absolutely, although they are quite different worlds. In POTA, a lot of the tension rested on the political situation, a much more sci-fi concept. Here, the tension is about scary things that move around in the dark, more of a horror concept. So they are both fun to write, but in different ways.

BB: By November, you will be mid-way through this limited series. Is it too early to ask if you would already change something that kind of wrote itself into the story and was not part of your original plan? Or do you like it, if there is such an element?

CB: Is it awful of me to say I wouldn’t change anything? I had the story pretty well worked out before I began scripting, so not too much has been left to chance. Except, of course, the excellent work that Javier is putting in on the art side. New ways of doing things are always found when doing layouts, and that’s a good thing.

BB: How has it been working with artist Javier Garcia-Miranda?CB: Collaborating with Javier has been wonderful. He brings so much to the project! Without him, it would be a very different book indeed.BB: Has Lars been a great element for you in this story?

CB: Lars is a very important part of the story. Vampirella is involved in most of the action, but she’s such an extraordinary character that we really need someone to connect with who is more understandable. Lars fills that gap since he’s just a regular guy who takes a leap of faith by trusting Vampirella.

BB: Would you like to write a solo Vampirella book at some point? Is she a character you enjoy?

CB: I wouldn’t be against that at all! I do very much enjoy writing her. She’s so capable and self-confident, and she’s got a great sense of humor. In short, she’s a lot of fun and she can handle just about anything I throw at her.
FIRST SECOND TO RELEASE EDUCATIONAL ‘SCIENCE COMICS’
08/29/15 @ 4:39 pm EST
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First Second is happy to an announce an all new series entitled, Science Comics. The first three books of the Science Comics series will cover the topics of Dinosaurs (MK Reed and Joe Flood; Spring 2016), Coral Reefs (Maris Wicks; Spring 2016),Volcanoes (Jon Chad, Fall 2016), and future volumes, published one per season, will address subjects including flying machines, bats, and the solar system. Science Comics‘ combination of eye-grabbing art and informative scientific facts will make this series an irresistible choice for kids and educators alike, encouraging its readers to think critically about the science in the universe around them. The study of science is an essential part of a child’s educational development, and Science Comics will get kids excited to learn.

Casey Gonzalez, Series Editor of Science Comics talked about the series, saying, "Budding Goodalls and Cousteaus take heed! Science Comics is the perfect series for any curious kid. As exciting as they are educational, Science Comics gives young readers an introduction to the scientific fundamentals of our universe. This is a series for the next generation of inventors and innovators!"

In the Science Comics series, readers will not only engage with the combination of words and pictures in electrifying narrative nonfiction, but they’ll also discover the biodiversity in coral reefs, learn about the origins of the universe in the deepest reaches of space, figure out how volcanoes shape the earth, and more. The Science Comics books will be narrow-focus, single-topic 128 page narrative nonfiction graphic novels, and a new volume will be published each season.SC_LOGOfinal
MICHAEL B. JORDAN WILL FOLLOW FANTASTIC FOUR WITH ANOTHER COMIC BOOK MOVIE
08/29/15 @ 4:31 pm EST
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Michael B. Jordan Will Follow Fantastic Four With Another Comic Book Movie image

You might think that after Fantastic Four, which was a debacle on every level, those involved might want to steer away from comic book movies, at least for a while. That may be the case for some, but not for Michael B. Jordan, who played Johnny Storm in the ill-fated film, as he has set his sights on the comic book-based vampire comedyBlood Brothers, which sounds like it’s going to be awesome.

According to The Tracking Board, Jordan is in talks to take one of the two leads inBlood Brothers for MGM. He’s up for the role of Tree in the film that is described as an "edgy two-hander." While the story does indeed originate on the pages of a comic book, that’s where the similarities with Fantastic Four begin and end. This is not your typical superhero comic book we’re talking about here.

Based on a title from Dark Horse Comics, Blood Brothers follows two centuries-old vampires, Tree, the role Jordan is up for, and Nick. They have been best pals for more than a thousand years, which is an impressive feat in its own right, and have had all kinds of wacky adventures, from smoking opium with Genghis Khan to fronting a death metal band. I guess when you have all the time in the world, you have lots of opportunities to do whatever cool stuff you want.

As will happen over the course of a long-term friendship, a rift finally forms between Tree and Nick, and they’re on the verge of splitting up. That, however, doesn’t happen as a maniacal villain surfaces and sets about trying to kick off the apocalypse, and the two friends must stick together to save the world.

Blood Brothers
DESPITE RUMORS, DC COMICS STANDS BEHIND "DC YOU" INITIATIVE MOVING FORWARD
08/29/15 @ 4:13 pm EST
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Despite some soft spots in the initial sales and rumors of the move's demise, DC Comics is standing behind the creative shift of its "DC You" initiative. That's the message delivered by Co-Publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee in a new profile in Los Angeles' "Daily News."In June, the publisher relaunched much of its main line titles with new status quos and often creative teams. The shake-up saw everything from the revelation of Clark Kent's secret identity to the rise of Jim Gordon as Batman to more comedy and horror-style books for characters from "Bizarro" to "Constantine."While the move to follow the lead of breakout hits like "Batgirl" drew big press notices and in many cases strong reviews, the initial sales data from June suggested that several titles had dropped below the level of previous iterations of the books that adhered to DC's previous housestyle. That info led to a wave of reports of an impending shift back towards the company's previous strategy of big events and more standard storytelling styles. Bleeding Cool noted a supposed $2 million shortfall in profits during the company's move to Burbank and internal talk ofeditors being told to "stop Batgirling" the line. Meanwhile, The Beat filed its own reportcorroborating the talk and noting some potential shakeups to the main DC line.But as DiDio and Lee say it today, the tweaks to the DC You initiative will be minor adjustments. "If you’re trying to build a fan base, a new audience, you’ve got to nurture it. You’ve got to take your time. You’ve got to take your losses,” DiDio told the paper. "Sooner or later, it’s going to take hold and hopefully be a leader in the business. Right now, our goal is to try and feed out as much product that’s as different as possible to try and attract the widest audience possible." He added that DC will start “adjusting a little bit, and start to focus" their methods in the months ahead."We had some hits, we have some things that are under-performing,” said Lee. “What we [did] in June is definitely step one towards this sort of transformation of the [comics] line. And I think that story is still being written.""One of the things about comics is that it’s really low-cost (research and development). You can put them out there and see whether they succeed or fail and then the goal is to follow the trends that are successful and build out from there,” DiDio told the "Daily News."Both Co-Publishers said that DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson had tasked them to take risks with the line. “Our goal is to constantly reinvent and constantly introduce new ideas and new concepts,” DiDio said. “If not, we’re just chasing our own tail. We’ve always got to be pushing the envelope.”



BREAKING: VIN DIESEL JUST (POSSIBLY) ANNOUNCED AN ‘IRON GIANT’ SEQUEL
08/29/15 @ 4:01 pm EST
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Vin Diesel has worn many hats in his career from action superstar to voice over actor. But perhaps his most notable role has been that of serial studio announcement ruiner.

After telegraphing his involvement with Marvel Studios long before he voiced Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and making a rolling news feed of his Facebook page in the buildup to Riddick, the actor yesterday dropped a notice that if real may mark his greatest shadow announcement ever.

As part of the build up to the limited theatrical run of director Brad Bird’s remastered The Iron Giant (where he voiced the titular man of steel), Diesel mentioned the following with the latest recut trailer on his Facebook page:

“I have been very lucky to have played so many interesting characters…one of the first and one of my favorites is…the Iron Giant,” he said. “P.s. Don’t be surprised when you hear WB announce the sequel.”

Of course, Diesel's words could mean a number of things. There could be talks at Warner Bros. of an animated sequel considering the muscle the studio is putting behind this new cut. Then again, it could be wishful thinking on the part of the star.

Stay tuned to see if Vin “The Spoiler” Diesel has truly done it again.
JACK KIRBY’S 98TH BIRTHDAY!
08/28/15 @ 9:33 pm EST
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On 28 August 1987, on Jack Kirby‘s 70th birthday, Jack was a guest on Robert Knight‘s Earthwatch radio show on WBAI in New York City. Knight’s special co-host that night was Warren Reece. Max Schmid was also on hand.

And Stan Lee calls in, 19 minutes in.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=A1yJZKDwIRE
DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW PATHFINDER COMIC BOOK SERIES HOLLOW MOUNTAIN, DEBUTING IN NOVEMBER 2015
08/28/15 @ 9:35 pm EST
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Dynamite Entertainment, a leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels, and Paizo, Inc., the premier publisher of tabletop roleplaying and adventure card games, are proud to announce the upcoming November release of Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1, the first chapter in a six-issue comic book miniseries. The series will be written by the collaborative team of game developers Erik Mona (Paizo Publisher and Chief Creative Officer), F. Wesley Schneider (Paizo Editor-in-Chief), and James Sutter (Paizo Senior Editor), and feature artwork by Tom Garcia, recently the illustrator of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly. Each issue contains an RPG appendix detailing part of the Hollow Mountain dungeon (with poster map) and a write-up of one of the new characters.

Hollow Mountain draws iconic Pathfinder heroes Valeros, Seoni, Kyra, Merisiel, and more deep into an ancient fortress built by the runelords, the archvillains of the franchise. Carved in the immense visage of Alaznist, Runelord of Wrath, the Hollow Mountain is home to a honyecomb labyrinth of trap-laden chambers and corridors. The team of Pathfinder agents must explore the ruins in search of a magical artifact from the runelords' day, but they aren't the only adventurers interested in the mountain's secrets. Open combat between the rivals will ensue... but Alaznist has not left her former stronghold unprotected, and fearsome guardians will force some rather uncomfortable alliances.

Co-writer James Sutter says, "Erik, Wesley, and I are really excited to be writing together again; while we got to team up to write Pathfinder: Origins, each of those issues was its own story, focusing on the characters' pasts. With Hollow Mountain, we're pushing things forward in a single storyline, and we've been busting out the whiteboards and flow charts to pack in as much action and character development as possible! And since we're some of the folks who built the Pathfinder setting in the first place, we're really able to dig into the canon and spotlight elements players and readers have been waiting for, from the lost empire of Thassilon and its magical Runelords to the sinister Aspis Consortium. Hollow Mountain is one of the biggest, most legendary dungeons in the setting, so in addition to throwing the heroes into that meat grinder, we're also going to be exploring it in the supplementary material in the back of each issue with new mapped encounters, plus information on the Runelords and stats and backstories for the issue's iconic villains, so players can fight the bad guys themselves!"

"This latest Pathfinder series has got me excited, not only because we're introducing more badass iconic characters to the comics, but also because the iconics will be battling each other directly," says Dynamite series Editor Rich Young. "It's going to make for some great action and dialogue between the characters. Artist Tom Garcia is also delivering some really sweet, detailed pages... it's going to be a visually impressive book. And the fact that Erik, James, and Wes are back on board writing this series after doing such a great job scripting Origins means that Hollow Mountainis going to have some fun surprises, and be as true as possible to the game. No one knowsPathfinder better than these guys!"

Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, corresponding to items shipping in November 2015. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Hollow Mountain with their local comic book retailers. Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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