Archive for February, 2011

Previews: 2000AD

Posted in Comic News on 02/28/2011 by shaundaniels78

From our Friends across the pond at 2000 AD

28 February 2011

A sequel 65 million years in the making!

After more than 30 years, one of very first strips to appear in 2000 AD® is to return in blood-splattering, eon-spanning dinosaur-hunting glory.

Dino-terror classic Flesh is to return to the weekly comic with Prog 1724, out on 9 March.

Written by the series’ original creator, Pat Mills, and drawn by James Mckay, the new series is the long-awaited sequel to the much-loved original Flesh – part of the line-up in the very first issue of 2000 AD in 1977.

Penned by Mills and drawn by Spanish artist Boix, Flesh was a futuristic Western where time-travelling ranchers farmed dinosaurs like cattle and sent their meat back to a hungry future.

The dinosaurs fought back and destroyed the Trans-Time base – the new series follows the survivors as, stranded millions of years in the past, they are ordered to drive their herds across the prehistoric American landscape to Texas – where another base promises safety … and profit!

The new series will premiere with a stunning gatefold cover by Death’s Head II and Testament artist Liam Sharp.

Matt Smith, editor of 2000 AD, said:

“Flesh was one of the original strips from the very first issue of 2000 AD in 1977 and while there have been spin off stories, we never found out what happened to the survivors of Trans-Time Base Three.

“It’s great to see the sequel make it into 2000 AD, 30 years after it first appeared – it‘s a great strip with some fantastically gory dinosaur action that will appeal to both old fans who read the original and new readers who want comics with some real bite!”

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Previews: Aboddon Books

Posted in Previews on 02/28/2011 by shaundaniels78

Here’s a offering from our friends across the pond at , Abaddon Books

They come to raid, pillage … and devour!

They were feared throughout Europe as an unstoppable, bloodthirsty and merciless pestilence. But now the Vikings may have met their match – their own undead!

In the latest stand-alone tale from the acclaimed Tomes of the Dead series, it’s Vikings versus zombies as Bjólf and his crew encounter terrifying draugr – undead berserkers who feed on the flesh of their kin. Bjólf has no choice but to overcome his own fear, fight his way through forests infested with axe-wielding zombies – and more terrible things – and reach a dark castle where he hopes to find the secret behind this accursed plague.

A blisteringly thrilling debut from the winner of the 2001 Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize, Venables has crafted a heart-stopping tale full of unexpected twists, brutal Dark Age violence, and chilling zombie action!

“Toby Venables wields his pen all sword-like and delivers quirky flashes of fearless text.”

– BBC.co.uk

About the Series

Rotten bone and raddled flesh, shuffling perils and moaning menaces – Tomes of the Dead reimagines the zombie genre not as an endless retread of the same tired themes, but as a prism crack’d, exploring the gut-churning, flesh-biting world of the shambling dead from a new, different and unexpected direction every time – from Roman zombies to zombie gumshoes and zombie romance to … hell, if you haven’t seen a Romanian Elvis impersonator squaring off against a green-glowing space zombie, then Tomes of the Dead will be a terrifying, fresh-from-the-grave revelation.

One of the three series with which Abaddon Books launched in 2006, Tomes of the Dead is a collection of stand-alone novels that has showcased the talents of a number of brilliant, up-and-coming British and American authors, including Gary McMahon, Al Ewing, Simon Bestwick and Weston Ochse. The Viking Dead is the eleventh Tomes of the Dead story.

About the Author

Toby Venables is a writer and lecturer in Cambridge, England. He developed a liking for horror early, watching old Universal movies when his parents thought he was asleep. He has written for various media and in 2001 won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize (and spent the proceeds on a Fender Telecaster). He now lives in a secure location with his wife, where he is preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse. The Viking Dead is his debut novel. 

 

TOMES OF THE DEAD:

The Viking Dead

by Toby Venables

14 April 2011 • £7.99 (UK)

ISBN 978-1-907519-68-0

12 April 2011 $9.99/$12.99 (US & CAN)

ISBN 978-1-907519-69-7

Also Available as an eBook

 

 

 

 

DVD Releases for March 1 2011

Posted in DVD on 02/28/2011 by shaundaniels78

Here are some DVD’s of interest, our favorite The Bleeding

Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes – The Asylum Home Entertainment

The Bleeding – Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Daughters of Darkness – Blue Underground

Dr Black and Mr. Hyde 35th Anniversary  – VCI Entertainment

Half Moon – Breaking Glass Pictures / Vicious Circle Films

Supernatural Rundown

Posted in Review, Supernatural on 02/28/2011 by shaundaniels78

Supernatural Episode #15 The French Misconnection

Written by Ben Edlund & Directed by Charles Beeson

Supernatural pulled off what most shows haven’t, couldn’t and shouldn’t; they used an old TV trope and succeeded.  The brothers Winchester are forced into an alternate world, the “real world” or our world to be more precise.  A world where Sam and Dean are not themselves but their real selves, actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively, on the television show, Supernatural.  This story device of an alternate world has a good pedigree behind it as The Twilight Zone was one of the first, if not the first to do it.  Supernatural had big shoes to fill and filled it they did.

Sam and Dean are transported into our reality after Balthazar (played by villain actor extraordinaire Sebastian Roché of Fringe and General Hospital fame) asks the brothers to help him.  He hands them a key claiming that it is the key to Heaven’s arsenal.  Oh but Balthazar forgets (or forgets?) to tell them that Raphael has sent the angel, Virgil, after it and that Castiel has gone underground.  A magic ritual is performed and bang, it’s through the looking glass (a nod to Alice) for the boys.

From the time when director Bobby Singer (yes, he named a character after himself), played by Brian Doyle-Murray, yells cut, the show takes its tongue and firmly plants it into its own cheek.  Whether it’s the mentioning of low Nielsen tv ratings by Sam or that Eric Kripke, the show’s creator, has moved on to another show, Supernatural knows how to make fun of itself.  Sam and Dean discover that Dean/Jensen Ackles is mega rich with toys aplenty and Sam/Jared Padelecki is not only Polish but married to the actress who plays demon Ruby, Genevieve Cortese.

To escape this unreality, Sam and Dean set out to recreate the ritual Balthazar performed.  Unfortunately, the two hunters have to act out the rest of the episode they’re starring in.  A montage of bad acting proceeds.

To make matters worse, Virgil shows up (with an homage to Terminator) but with no powers yet ends up with the key after a miscontrued fist fight.  Misha Collins aka Castiel (in a scene stealing episode) is just a fellow actor who tweets about getting punk’d but winds up being murdered by Virgil in order to call upon Raphael.  His wish is granted and Raphael promises Virgil that he will rescue him from this reality.  Without powers, Virgil realizes he must stop Sam and Dean like a human, and therefore, attains a gun.  He shoots up the set but is stopped by the brothers.  The two retrieve the key and return to their reality minus Virgil only to find a female Raphael waiting for them on the other side.  Balthazar drops in on the party and confesses that all of it was a ruse to buy him time to find heaven’s weapons.  The key he gave Sam and Dean was was just a key; a key for a locker at a bus terminal.  Just as a fight between the angels was about to begin, Castiel shows up packing with heaven’s arsenal and sends Raphael flapping her wings.

An utterly fantastic episode all around especially the ending.  It was like an apology to Supernatural’s fans for last week’s less than so-so episode and stated that even in its sixth season, Supernatural still knows how to throw the big punches.   Hopefully, it will be topped by next week’s episode when the brothers Winchester hunt down the mother-of-all [fill in the blank].

Non Horror Blurb of the Week

Posted in Comic News, Non Horror Blurb of the Week on 02/28/2011 by shaundaniels78
Fresh from Boom-Studios, come on who doesn’t love Peanuts
 

HAPPINESS IS…THE VERY FIRST
“PEANUTS” GRAPHIC NOVEL!

“HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN” HARDCOVER
FROM “KABOOM!” TO BE RELEASED MARCH 2011

Adapted From The All-New Animated Special
From Warner Home Video

February 28, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – This March, join Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and all your favorite PEANUTS characters as Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, the very first PEANUTS graphic novel ever published, is released by newly-launched all-ages imprint kaboom! Based on the work by PEANUTS creator Charles M. Schulz himself, this graphic novel is sure to delight a whole new generation of PEANUTS fans!

“We’re honored to publish such a beloved property,” BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ross Richie said. “I can think of no better way to kick-off our new all-ages imprint kaboom! than with the first PEANUTS graphic novel ever published!”

Adapted from the brand new animated special from Warner Home Video, Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown features Charlie Brown’s kite-flying woes, Linus’ insecurities, Lucy’s unrequited love for Schroeder and everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy, in a lively and colorful spin through Charles Schulz’s imagination. This 80 page, 7×10, hardcover graphic novel ships this March at the suggested retail price of $19.99 in conjunction with the all-new PEANUTS animated feature of the same name available on DVD from Warner Home Video March 29, 2011.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is written by original creator Charles M. Schulz and adapted by Craig Schulz and Stephan Pastis, with art by Bob Scott, Vicki Scott and Ron Zorman.

“New original PEANUTS comic book content is a tradition that goes pretty far back in comic book publishing,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief, Matt Gagnon. “Dell Comics published ‘Tip Top Comics’ which featured new PEANUTS comic book content created under the guidance of Charles Schulz. ‘Tip Top’ ran from 1936 until 1961, creating well over 40 original PEANUTS stories and countless covers. It’s exciting to be a part of the return of PEANUTS to the comic book format.”

The Happiness is a Warm Blanket graphic novel and DVD dovetails into a larger campaign launched in January when PEANUTS proclaimed 2011 as “The Year of ‘Happiness Is…’”. Throughout the year, the classic PEANUTS concept, which cartoonist Charles M. Schulz coined in 1960 with “Happiness is a Warm Puppy,” will be celebrated with special-themed products, cross-branding partnerships, social media campaigns and nationwide activities.

Launched last week, kaboom! is the brand new name for BOOM! Studios’ three year old all-ages imprint previously known as BOOM Kids! This year sees kaboom! launch with the premiere of the PEANUTS graphic novel, followed closely by an all new original series by fan-favorite Roger Langridge entitled SNARKED! along with Scholastic’s WORD GIRL. Taking over the branding on BOOM!’s current publishing of classic Disney stories, the kaboom! logo will now be gracing other previous BOOM Kids! titles such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge and fan-favorite DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS and the recently announced DUCKTALES.

About PEANUTS WORLDWIDE
The PEANUTS characters and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members of the Charles M. Schulz family. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including CANDIE’S (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), LONDON FOG (R), MOSSIMO (R), OCEAN PACIFIC(R), DANSKIN (R), ROCA WEAR(R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R) and WAVERLY (R). In addition, Iconix owns an interest in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), ED HARDY (R), ECKO (R), MARC ECKO (R), ZOO YORK (R), MATERIAL GIRL(TM), and PEANUTS brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.

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