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Outlander Season 3: Does the Battle of Culloden Live Up to Expectations?

Outlander continues to avoid romanticizing war — with one notable exception — in its bloody Season 3 premiere.

News Kayti Burt
Jul 22, 2017

Outlander is a TV show known for its romance, but, for those who actually watch it, there's an important distinction to be made between the topics Outlander chooses to romanticize and the ones it refuses to.

Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Voyager, the novel on which Outlander Season 3 is based on, know that the next chapter in the Outlander story includes a climactic fight between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) at the Battle of Culloden.

Given all of the pain and violence Randall has inflicted on Jamie, this confrontation is a big turning point for Jamie's character arc and the show in general. This fight also happens to be a major part of the Outlander Season 3 premiere, which Starz screened at yesterday's packed Comic Con panel in San Diego.

"So we basically begin the season at Culloden," teased Menzies. "We see the encounter at Culloden between Jamie and Black Jack." Menzies categorized the encounter as "surprising, actually" and "not entirely what people expect from it," adding:

[It's] what I think we’ve tried to do all along with the relationship between those two is kind of constantly invert cliché or like surprise the expectation. I hope we’ve done the same with this.

As one of the lucky few who was able to screen the Season 3 premiere early, I can confirm that the encounter between Black Jack and Jamie is novel in its depiction of the climactic battle, even as it sticks close to the events of the book. Most reassuredly, as with the books, this show is not interesting in giving us yet another sugar-coated, glory-driven depiction of war. In Outlander, romance is saved for other subjects.

The Outlander Season 3 premiere wastes no time reminding us of its particularity when it comes to doling out its romantic framing. While the entire hour of television is mesmerising, an emotional roller coaster that rarely lets up on exploring the complicated, tragic situation Claire, Jamie, and Frank have found themselves in, it is the premiere's first 10 minutes that especially pack a punch, asking viewers to stay with Jamie as he suffers through the immediate aftermath of the terrible Battle of Culloden.

This battle not only marks the beginning of the end of the Highlander way of life, it is the end for many of Jamie's loved ones. Here, however, the historical context doesn't matter as much as the immediate physicality of the horrors. Jamie's perspective of the Battle of Culloden is told not in a linear, matter-of-fact fashion, but rather in glimpses of painful memory Jamie recalls as he lies clinging to life following the battle. Here, he is not a man loved by a rare woman. He is simply one more in a pile of broken bodies — English bodies, yes, but mostly Scottish. 

Outlander is not a show that glorifies war — it glorifies romance, sure, but it gives us combat not as a test of glory, but rather the senseless hacking up of bodies. It is a kind of pain where time has no meaning. While minutes or hours pass in Jamie's world, months and years pass in Claire's. 

We may believe in the Jacobite rebellion after Season 2, but that doesn't mean we don't see the waste in where it eventually ends. This is more a massacre than a battle, Scottish men sacrificing themselves for a hopeless cause. Outlander revels in the disappointment of that waste, in the horrific senselessness of war... until it doesn't, yet another example of Outlander's unmatched ability to shift tones and, in this case, romanticize a subject it previously depicted with such clear-eyed grittiness. Never let it be said that Outlander doesn't know how to have its cake and eat it, too.

When Jack Randall comes onto the field of battle, the tone shifts somewhat. The fatigued desperation of war is still present, but the scene takes on some of those more romantic elements Outlander so usually avoids when it comes to its scenes of bloodshed. While the encounter between Black Jack and Jamie is still part of a larger montage that highlights the PTSD that comes with witnessing the horror of war, there's something else here, too.

The frame blooms into softer pinks and blues, the scene of battle goes from one of horrific, desperate death to the more artistically-rendered battle field common in oil paintings hung in institutions to celebrate our most murderous pasts. There is romance here, perhaps because it is already something Jamie has contextualized (after all, these are Jamie's reimagining of the encounter, not just the war itself). And, after everything Jack has done to Jamie — his torture and rape — Jamie can remember this battle however the hell he wants.

If Jamie is to lie, frozen and half-dead amidst the bodies of his countrymen, then he will at least have this and Outlander, the show that so ardently refuses to romanticize war or battle, will give it to him.

Stay tuned for a full spoiler-free review of the Outlander Season 3 premiere.

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Birthday Sluts

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Albert Brooks (70)
Selena Gomez (25)
Keegan Allen (28)
Sharni Vinson (34)
A.J. Cook (39)
Franka Potente (43)
Jaime Camil (44)
Rufus Wainwright (44)
James Arnold Taylor (48)
Rhys Ifans (50)
Irene Bedard (50)
David Spade (53)
John Leguizamo (53)
Joanna Going (54)
Rob Estes (54)
Keith Sweat (56)
Willem Dafoe (62)
Alan Menken (68)
Don Henley (70)
Danny Glover (71)
George Clinton (76)
Alex Trebek (77)
Terence Stamp (79)
Louise Fletcher (83)

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New Word For Kittens

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

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Catch a Speeding Star: High-Velocity Milky Way Objects Tracked (Animation)

A new animated video from the European Space Agency shows how the stars in Earth's galaxy have moved over the last million years — and tracks the movement of six special stars that are speeding through the Milky Way.

Deborah Watling: 1948 – 2017

Deborah Watling, the actress behind Second Doctor companion Victoria Wakefield, has passed away...

News Louisa Mellor
Jul 22, 2017

Some sad news: actress Deborah Watling, fondly remembered for playing Doctor Who companion Victoria Wakefield, has died at the age of 69.

Deborah acted opposite Second Doctor Patrick Troughton in 1967 and 1968, appearing in multiple classic Doctor Who serials including The Tomb Of The CybermenThe Ice Warriors and many more.

A great deal of her work on the sci-fi drama didn't survive due to the BBC's erasure policy in the 1960s. However, in October 2013, previously missing serials The Web Of Fear and The Enemy Of The World were released by the BBC after being discovered in Jos, Nigeria by Philip Morris.

Deborah and former co-star Frazer Hines attended the launch for the rediscovered episodes, and spoke fondly of her time on the show. One of the recovered serials, The Web Of Fear, held a particularly special meaning for Deborah as it also starred her father, actor Jack Watling. "Saw my dad again on the screen," she told journalists asking for her reaction at the 2013 screening, "that's brilliant. Lovely."

Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. Rest in peace. 

Auburn opponent preview: Tigers open conference play at Missouri in rematch of 2013 SEC title game

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The Death of Superman Animated Movie Coming

The Death and Return of Superman is finally going to get the animated movie treatment it deserves.

News Mike Cecchini
Jul 22, 2017

The first in the line of DC's animated movies, which have come to fall under the umbrella of DC Universe Original Movies, was Superman: Doomsday, an extraordinarily loose adaptation of the classic 1992-1993 storyline that told of the death and return of the Man of Steel.

The problem, of course, was that Superman: Doomsday wasn't very good. The animation was mediocre, and the story bore little resemblance to the comic book version, which spanned a full year of comic book continuity. The Death of Superman recently got the live action treatment, as the climax of 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but even that failed to capture the scope of the source material.

Well, it looks like they're finally going to try and get it right. 

The Death of Superman animated movie is coming in late 2018, and this time, DC promises that it will "include many of the fan-favorite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday." That's only the beginning, though.

Early 2019 will bring us Reign of the Supermen, the all-important "return" half of the equation. DC is playing this one close to the vest, but I expect this time around we'll actually get the requisite imposter Supermen showing up while we wait for the big guy to return for real.

There aren't any other details in the way of exact release dates or voice cast yet, but it would be great if they could use an animation style that recalls Dan Jurgens' art for this. We'll keep you posted on more developments as we get them!

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Found In The Butcher District

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Buzz Aldrin and George Clooney Talk Apollo 11 Moonshot in Omega’s ‘Starmen’

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Today in Space! July 22, 1972: Venera 8 Lands on Venus

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NFL training camps opening with question marks for some state players

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Space-Grown Crystals Could Counteract Toxic Nerve Poisons

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Final New Moon Sunday Starts the Countdown to the Great American Eclipse

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Googly Decoration

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New Suicide Squad Animated Movie Announced

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will be set in the shared continuity of DC's recent animated movies.

News Mike Cecchini
Jul 22, 2017

The screening of Batman and Harley Quinn at San Diego Comic-Con was an eventful one. Not only did they unveil the latest animated DC Universe Original Movie to a crowd of devoted fans, they announced their next three projects. The first, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, will arrive in early 2018 (we have all the details on that one right here). The third will be a two-part adaptation of the Death of Superman.

But in between we're going to get Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. Unlike the other two announced projects, which are adaptations of existing DC Comics, this one will tell a completely original story. 

There are two different tracks with DC's line of animated films. On the one hand, you have the ones that operate within a shared continuity (Justice League: War, Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis, etc), and those that do not. While some of the ones that share continuity are also adaptations (sometimes loose ones) of existing comic book stories, it's not always the case. Then there are the ones (like The Killing Joke, and the aforementioned Gotham by Gaslight and Death of Superman) that are strictly standalone.

While the Suicide Squad have been the subject of one other DC Universe Original movie (2014's Batman: Assault on Arkham), that one was a standalone film set in the continuity of the immensely popular Arkham video games. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will be the team's first venture into the animated shared continuity.

Note: the image at the top of this article comes from Assault on Arkham, and isn't an image from the upcoming film.

No voice cast has been announced. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will arrive in Spring 2018.

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iZOMBIE Promotes PRISON BREAK Star Robert Knepper To Series Regular; New Season Four Details Revealed

After a game-changing end to season three, iZombie will return next season with a myriad of new issues for Liv, Ravi, and our heroes. Come get the first details on season four, straight from SDCC, now!

2017 Solar Eclipse Science Will Star Planes, Radio Waves and Citizen Help

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The Impeccable Cosplay Highlights From The Second Day Of SDCC

Yesterday marked the second day of San Diego Comic Con, and with it, our intrepid reporters have brought back some impeccable cosplay highlights that you may have seen wandering the show floor, in panels, or on the streets of downtown San Diego.

For those of us hanging out at home and catching what news comes out of the convention, I find the cosplay galleries are a great way to get that “you just had to be there” feel without paying for airfare, but that’s just my personal opinion.

Without further ado, here are the highlights of SDCC’s second day of cosplay:

The Impeccable Cosplay Highlights From The Second Day Of SDCC

Back Off, Or You Will Be Next

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WESTWORLD Season Two Adds Katja Herbers, Neil Jackson, And Jonathan Tucker

As production prepares to get underway on Westworld season two, HBO has announced the additions of new series regulars in the form of Katja Herbers, Neil Jackson, & Jonathan Tucker. Come take a look!

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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Animated Movie Coming

Get ready for Batman vs Jack the Ripper in the Gotham by Gaslight animated movie.

News Mike Cecchini
Jul 22, 2017

The next DC Universe Original Movie is Batman and Harley Quinn, which had is world premiere at San Diego Comic-Con. That one will have a one night only theatrical release on August 14th before it hits home video shortly after. But the first one out of the gate after that is going all the way back to Victorian times, for an adaptation of Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola's Batman: Gotham by Gaslight.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight was the book that kicked off DC's famed Elseworlds line of stories. Published in February 1989, a few months before Tim Burton's first Batman movie kicked off a new wave of Batmania, Gotham by Gaslight tells the tale of what would happen if Bruce Wayne became Batman in 1889...and had to face off with the greatest mad killer of that era, Jack the Ripper.

With moody art by the brilliant Mike Mignola, Gotham by Gaslight was like nothing comics fans had seen at the time. It's available on Amazon. Since this was just a 48 page story, DC promises that the animated version will expand on it to fill the just under 80 minute runtime.

There's no release date or voice cast yet, but expect Batman: Gotham by Gaslight in early 2018.

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His Wish Was Always To Be A Rock Star

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC’s best No. 42

There are 42 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 42 in SEC football history is Tennessee guard Bob Suffridge.

The Cast From Archer

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Medical News Today: What is a thrombus? Causes and types

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Snitches Get Stitches

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His First Impressions Were Awesome

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SPIDER-MAN PS4 Concept Art Pits Peter Parker Against Mr. Negative; New Story Details Revealed

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Colorful And Beautiful Creature

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Upcoming DC Animated Movies Include Two-Part DEATH OF SUPERMAN And SUICIDE SQUAD Titles

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Strong and Independent

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Strava’s new Premium perks will insure your phone while you ride

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Marvel Screens First Episode of The Defenders at SDCC

Fans in Hall H were given a surprise screening of The Defenders, a clip from The Punisher and more!

News Don Kaye
Jul 22, 2017

Marvel Television/Netflix went big in its Hall H debut on Friday at Comic-Con, giving fans a surprise screening of the first episode of next month's street superhero team-up, The Defenders. But that wasn't all: Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb brought out Jon Bernthal to introduce a clip from The Punisher series, a second season for Iron Fist was confirmed, and a new trailer for The Defenders was unveiled as well.

The clip from The Punisher started unpredictably, with Frank Castle and his daughter playing guitar in what was clearly a painful memory for him that was intercut with scenes of him playing the same guitar in a dark, empty room.

Then the killing began, with Castle mowing down two bikers in Alabama with a van, blowing off the head of a drug dealer in Texas with a high-powered rifle from hundreds of yards away, and throttling a guy in a suit in a public restroom in Manhattan -- with all three apparently connected in a way we won't know for a while, since the show doesn't have an airdate yet.

Loeb got his own surprise too when SDCC's Eddie Ibrahim came out to present him with the show's Inkpot Award as a visibly moved Loeb fought to control his emotions. "They give this to Steven Spielberg," he said, genuinely shocked, before he thanked a long list of associates and the casts and crews of Marvel's Netflix universe.

A good chunk of that cast -- Daredevil's Charlie Cox, Jessica Jones' Krysten Ritter, Luke Cage's Mike Colter and Iron Fist's Finn Jones -- joined by several supporting players and Defenders nemesis Sigourney Weaver, took the stage next.

Plot details were few and far between, with each actor (including Elodie Yung, Jessica Henwick and Deborah Ann Woll) talking a bit about their characters but keeping things vague. And eventually it didn't matter because the 6,000 fans got to see the premiere episode.

I'll hold off on a full review, but the show slowly re-introduced all the main heroes and a number of supporting characters, getting their individual situations all re-established, before climaxing with a mysterious and terrifying event that Weaver's enigmatic Alexandra, along with the dreaded Hand organization, seemed to have a part in staging.

You can see the thrilling new trailer elsewhere, and tune in when all episodes of The Defenders start streaming on Netflix on August 18.

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Chester Bennington Could Get Open Plot Beside Chris Cornell at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Flavor Flav Will Give O.J. Simpson His Statue Back, But There’s a Catch

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Stars and Scars — You Be the Judge

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Master P Says Kodak Black’s Like My Son

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Sports Illustrated Model Gunning to Bang Cristiano Ronaldo

Another volcanicly, smokin' hot bikini model is obsessed with Cristiano Ronaldo ... and she wants TMZ Sports to help hook her up.  So, here.  You're looking at Tanya Mityushina -- a 24-year-old Russian-born model (34-24-34) who…

Steven Universe Video Game To Feature New Peridot, SDCC Details

The fan favorite Cartoon Network series returns in video game form and it'll fit into the show's mythology.

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Shamus Kelley
Jul 21, 2017

The crystal gems always save the day and now they'll be doing it in the real way on consoles. That's right, this summer the fan favorite Steven Universe is becoming an RPG. Titled Steven Universe: Save The Light, developed by Grumpyface Studios, this game functions as a sequel to the Steven Universe mobile game, Attack The Light.

Unlike the former game, Save The Light will feature a tighter connection to the show's story. Speaking to The Verge, Grumpyface CEO and director teased, "[Show creator Rebecca Sugar] had a great vision for how this could fit in, and we’re so happy to be able to have our own little take on Steven Universe. You’re gonna find out a lot of extra little things about the show from the game, I think."

The game will also include fusions, with Stevonnie teased and Opal along with Sardonyx shown at San Diego Comic-Con.

At SDCC we also saw a new character named "Squaridot." She's another Peridot that hasn't made the same sort of emotional progress that the Peridot we've seen in the series as. This way, Rebecca Sugar pointed out, they get to revisit how Peridot used to be.

At one point you also get to play as Greg's guitar.

Here's the new trailer from San Diego Comic-Con!

We've got gameplay footage right here as well, which also features an interview with series creator Rebecca Sugar.

Sugar confirms the game will feature eight playable characters. Steven, Greg, Connie, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl are confirmed to be playable and Peridot was shown in the SDCC trailer. That leaves one other character to play as. Lapis would be a likely option but we'll see.

In Attack The Light, Steven functioned as a cheerleader (of course he did) for Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, giving out power-ups, and items while the Gems took on the enemies.

As evidenced by Connie's sword, we know this game will take place at least during season two of the series.

In the background of one of the shots we see Lars and Sadie outside the big donut and in the gameplay footage we see Sour Cream and Peede so maybe others will at least show up in cameos.

Series creator Rebecca Sugar contributed an original story for the game, which should excite hardcore fans of the television series.

The game will drop on PS4 this summer and other consoles in the months ahead. Stay tuned to Den of Geek for more and make sure to check out our Steven Universe reviews as well.

Shamus Kelley needs so much Cookie Cat in this game. Follow him on Twitter! 

Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 7 Review: Everybody Knows

Wynonna Earp reveals that Doc might not be the father of her child, leading to questions of a human-revenant baby.

This Wynonna Earp review contains spoilers.

Wynonna Earp Season 2, Episode 7

"You're a god damned superhero."

"I'm a single mother."

"Same thing."

This is the conversation Wynonna and Waverly have moments after Wynonna has shot and sent to hell the possible father of her child. This is after the two had to listen to said demon asshole spew a whole lot of sexist, hateful, slut-shaming stuff at the already emotional Wynonna. This is after two short weeks of Wynonna having to come to terms with the fact that the universe has literally decided that she should be pregnant and made it so. Destiny, amirite?

But Wynonna doesn't crack under all of these pressures. Because showing emotion isn't cracking. It's being honest. It's being brave. Because allowing others to see your vulnerabilities is one of the bravest things you can do.

In the midst of her own personal crisis, Wynonna even demonstrates a degree of empathy (because woman are socialized to think about others even and perhaps especially when they are falling to pieces themselves) for the broflake who might be the father of her child. He is from a time when the world was even more misogynist. But, you know what? So is Doc and, when you compare this little speech to the one Doc delivered, there is no comparison. Being a century or so old is no excuse to be a misogynist. If Doc Holiday can work through this stuff, then so can you.

Doc and The Revenant Broflake are at opposite ends of the masculinity spectrum. Doc may be emotionally-reserved and old-fashioned when it comes to expressing things, but he respects Wynonna. He lets her take the lead and says he will be there for her in whatever manner she needs, recogizing that this is a lot to deal with and, while it has something to do with him (maybe), she is the one who is carrying this baby.

In the end, Wynonna and Waverly seem to make the decision to get rid of revenant scumbag together, though it is ultimately Wynonna's choice if she wants to shoot the potential father of her unborn child. The revenant obviously thinks she would never do such a thing. He can't imagine Wynonna not needing or wanting his support in some form (even if it is his mere presence in the world) in raising their child. He is probably already planning his inevitable debut on Jerry Springer's "So the father of your child is a zombie..." very special episode.

He doesn't understand that Wynonna already has a family. That she is strong and her support system is strong. That support system isn't crippled by rigidly "traditional" societal expectations that leave single moms or even two parents drowning in the responsibilities of childcare. Team Wynonna's got this. And there's no place for sexist revenant. Even if he is the kid's father.

And what of the baby's possible revenant-human hybrid status? (Is this why the baby was immune to Hypnos' dream state reset in the last episode? Because he or she is part revenant?) Well, Waverly turned out OK and it's heavily hinted at in this episode that she, too, is the result of a union between a human (Waverly and Wynonna's mom) and a revenant, so we're not too worried about this kid. With this group of adults to watch over him or her, they'll be OK.

I know this because Season 2 of Wynonna Earp has done an amazing job nurturing many of the "supporting" relationships. I've written about the complicated dynamic between Nicole and Wynonna in previous reviews, but it is on display yet again in tonight's episode, albeit in a much less contentious manner.

The two, dare I say, seem to be friends. It seems that Nicole's supportive acceptance of Wynonna's pregnancy in last week's episode meant more to Wynonna than we thought. It makes sense. Gestures of support can feel bigger in times of personal crisis. To Nicole, agreeing to keep Wynonna's pregnancy a secret and also not treating Wynonna any differently might have seemed like a small thing. To Wynonna, it was everything.

Another supporting dynamic "Everybody Knows" focused on is the ones between Doc and Dolls. Wynonna Earp is aggressively feminist in so many ways, including its resistance to falling into the We Like The Same Person, So We Must Be Enemies trap. (This is usually a trope burden foisted upon female characters, but its structure in general stinks of a larger obsessions with the "neatly" narrow boxes of heteronormativity.)

No, Doc and Dolls have things in common and, when Doc's life is in mortal danger by a ghostly marshall from the turn of the century, Dolls steps up to save him. In the process, he inadvertently lets Doc know how he sees him: which is, well. In other words, they totally love each other. These men have been through a lot together. They support one another not just because they both love and respect Wynonna, but because they love and respect one another. That's what a family is. It's not one person and everyone who loves and supports them. It's a group of people who love and support one another. 

Ultimately, Dolls is the one who tells Doc he needs to step up for the pregnancy. (Even though Doc has been doing a pretty damn good job of it without Dolls' insistence.) Besides, everyone knows Doc is a old sofite. At one point in this episode, he pulls a blanket up over a sleeping Jeremy. See, he's already a great paternal figure!

Speaking of Jeremy, this was a great episode for the supporting character, who not only had some hilarious lines, but continues to endear himself to the viewers with how much he loves Doc and Dolls. At first, I wasn't so sure of his character — and I woold still like to see some fleshing out — but, in the mean time, he is making me laugh out loud multiple times per episode with his bad wizardry and his quips. Besides, in this episode, he accidentally bonded himself, Doc, and Dolls together, resulting in some of the best physical humor this show has ever done. Jeremy can stay.

In other news, Wynonna finally got a doctor and she is competent, boldly communicative, and doesn't seem too put off by all of the weirdness Team Wynonna actively emotes. Tucker is still missing after having killed the Stone Witch. And Wynonna is totally on to the Gardiner sisters.

And, oh yeah, Waverly let it slip to Wynonna that she's probably not be an Earp. Thank god. Now someone can explain to her that being an Earp is about more than blood. Waverly's sad puppy eyes were making me sad, too. "This baby is ours." Waverly is Wynonna's, too. 

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Review Kayti Burt
Jul 21, 2017

Comic-Con 2017 — Marvel at the Crazy Cosplay

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Recent years have been kind to entrepreneurs who make clothes based on sci-fi fandom. Ashley Eckstein, the actress who voiced Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, for example, launched the Her Universe fashion business in 2009, which has become a successful provider for female fans of Star Wars, Doctor Who, and other franchises; and artist Mark Palmer’s Red Chapter Clothing sells Marvel-themed T-shirts and hoodies, many with stylized ambigram art.
Multiple companies like theirs satisfy the need for genre fans have to wear clothes that reflect their passions. But nascent fashion entrepreneur Tony B. Kim sees an opening for his new brand, Hero Within. Most sci-fi- and fantasy-focused suppliers only offer wardrobe choices for women, and those for men usually only have T-shirts or hoodies.
Kim created Hero Within to offer male consumers more options, including coats, pants, jewelry, and blazers. And he’s niched it down even further: all Hero Within clothes feature a DC superhero theme, so it zeroes-in on guys who idolize Superman, Batman, the Flash, and their fellow crime fighters. The company also has products for men who love Wonder Woman, the most iconic superheroine in comics.
Hero Within is little more than a year old, but it already has a fan base. All of this year’s limited edition Comic-Con exclusives have already sold out.  But of course, other clothing will be available to purchase in-person on the exhibit floor at Hero Within’s SDCC home base, booth #1019. Kim feels like he’s providing an important service for a consumer base that’s underserved by the burgeoning pop culture fashion industry. T-shirts are great, but there are many situations where a short-sleeved cotton shirt with a bat symbol on it just won’t do.
“If you’re in a professional environment, it’s not very appropriate,” Kim said. He was unsatisfied by the lack of sophisticated genre clothing before he launched his company. “I was really frustrated that I had nothing to wear that [was] nicer, so I started researching and going, ‘Wow. There’s nothing out there for guys beyond very casual wear.’”
 
The Secret Origin of an Entrepreneur
 
 Kim didn’t start Hero Within with DC characters for the hell of it. He’s a life-long fan of the universe, and his affinity for the characters began in his youth. Superhero adventures were a vicarious escape, and they helped him get through tough times. Kim was raised in an Asian family in Texas where pretty much everyone else was Caucasian. His mother and father worked a lot, so he spent a lot of time alone. He often felt different from others or like an alien, similar to how many superheroes felt in their stories.
“I gravitated towards comics because when you read comics, it’s all about aliens from a foreign land who don’t feel like they belong,” Kim said. “They don’t know their purpose in life.”  He felt that way when he was growing up, not only because he was Asian but also because he was a nerd. Kim took strongly to Superman, the most famous alien in comics.
 
“The story of Superman—[he’s] from another planet and he’s in this weird place and he’s awkward,” Kim said. “I just resonated with that. I joke about how, with my parents gone all the time, that Superman was like my dad and Wonder Woman was like my mom. Those characters raised me when I was young so I knew that I would start this company off with DC Comics characters.”
He named his company Hero Within to emphasize the fact that there’s a hero in all of us. It’s also branding that fans get. Members of the “nerd” community, for lack of a better phrase, understand feeling like outcasts growing up—or even in adulthood. But as people age, they become more powerful and competent, so in a way, nerds can become personal superheroes to themselves and others once they mature.
“We’re entrepreneurs or content creators. We’re bloggers, we’re influencers,” Kim said. “But at the same time, we still all know what it’s like to be in a room with a bunch of like, sports jocks, and if they know you play Dungeons and Dragons or whatever, it’s pretty weird.”
Forging a Path
 
Kim has long-term plans of course, but he needs to deal with the present first. Making clothes is hard work, and managing operations smoothly is even harder. He admits that running Hero Within is extremely taxing, and he had to perform many Herculean tasks even before he launched it. A few years ago he wasn’t a fashion entrepreneur yet, but he’d already launched a successful blog, Crazy 4 Comic Con, a resource for genre con enthusiasts with tips, genre news, and exclusive products. He was also a loyal SDCC attendee who loved DC Comics characters. Kim, who has an educational background in graphic design and communications, began to express his love of DC superheroes by modifying Warner Bros. swag bags into cosplay outfits, but he went further for 2015’s con: he designed a prototype Superman blazer to show off.
“I promoted it on my website and said, ‘Hey, if this is something you’d like to see in the marketplace, let me know and I’ll be walking around with it,’” Kim said. “I met a ton of fans that said, ‘I go to work everyday. I have to wear a suit and tie and if I had a blazer like that, I totally would wear that.’”
Response was positive, so Kim went to work. He hooked up with design partner Michael Lew and converted his love of design and DC into a full-fledged business. He had a few items ready by March 2016, and then he contacted Warner Bros. in May to get their approval to use DC characters on his clothes.
 “We just had a handful of samples, that’s all we had, and they loved the idea,” he said. “They had no one else that was doing anything like it and they were very interested in seeing us give it a try.”
He launched the Hero Within online store in July, and today he has a growing business. “We started preorders in July and delivered in December, and it’s just been going ever since. Still relatively brand new, but the response has been great and I could never have imagined that we’d be in the place today,” Kim said.
The first step of a solo business endeavor is arguably the hardest one to take, so Kim’s already crossed a huge hurdle. But he’s not stopping anytime soon. “I want to be the premiere place that specializes in the DC Comics brands,” he said. “When people say, ‘Hey, what’s the most sophisticated way that we can express our fandom?’ I want to be that place that’s synonymous with sophistication, fashion, [and] empowerment. Our vision is to be a global brand.”
Hero Within is premiering new pieces this week at SDCC involving Superman and Aquaman that will be available for pre-order to be received this fall. Kim didn’t divulge what they’d be at the time of his interview, but he teased that Justice League is going to be the company’s main focus to coincide with the Justice League film that’s released on Nov. 17, 2017. He’s aligning many of his launches with Warner’s DCEU release schedule.

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Darkwing Duck Confirmed for DuckTales Reboot

Disney XD's DuckTales reboot may be bringing the terror who flaps in the night, Darkwing Duck, back to TV!

News Shamus Kelley
Jul 22, 2017

There's some trouble and it's time to call DW. Darkwing Duck is coming back, longtime Disney Afternoon fans! At the San Diego Comic-Con DuckTales panel, co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones was showing off some character designs for the new series and playfully started skipping through various slides.

At one point a slide featuring a slighty updated Darkwing Duck was shown along with his motorcycle, the Ratcatcher, and Megavolt. All of the designs were very close to the original Darkwing Duck series, so don't worry. We don't know much else about when or how Darkwing Duck will show up but since Launchpad McQuack is a main character in the new DuckTales series that could be a way to tie the two series together.

The DuckTales creative team spoke on the panel about using the new DuckTales series as a way to introduce the younger generation to not only the original DuckTales but the wider Disney Duck canon as well. They said this would be done through the eyes of Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby. Fans had wanted Darkwing Duck to show up in the new series but they had no idea it would be coming this soon.

Could this mean a new Darkwing Duck series is on the horizon? We don't have any word but if the new DuckTales series is a smash hit anything is possible.

Stay tuned to Den of Geek for all things DuckTales and Darkwing Duck.

Shamus Kelley is a daring duck of mystery. Follow him on Twitter!  

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Check Out This Year’s Eisner Winners!

Check Out This Year's Eisner Winners!

And to no one's surprise, Love Is Love won Best Anthology.

Source: The Beat

As we revealed in May, The Outhouse was snubbed once again for an Eisner-nomination, but we learned our lesson as to what it takes to get nominated, so be ready for next year.

Below in bold are this year's Eisner winners.

 

Best Short Story

  • "The Comics Wedding of the Century," by Simon Hanselmann, in We Told You So: Comics as Art (Fantagraphics)
  • "The Dark Nothing," by Jordan Crane, in Uptight #5 (Fantagraphics)
  • "Good Boy," by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC)
  • "Monday," by W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor, in One Week in the Library (Image)
  • "Mostly Saturn," by Michael DeForge, in Island Magazine #8 (Image)
  • "Shrine of the Monkey God!" by Kim Deitch, in Kramers Ergot 9 (Fantagraphics)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

  • Babybel Wax Bodysuit, by Eric Kostiuk Williams (Retrofit/Big Planet)
  • Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)
  • Blammo #9, by Noah Van Sciver (Kilgore Books)
  • Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Sir Alfred #3, by Tim Hensley (Pigeon Press)
  • Your Black Friend, by Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket)

Best Continuing Series

  • Astro City, by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)
  • Kill or Be Killed, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • The Mighty Thor, by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman (Marvel)
  • Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Limited Series

  • Archangel, by William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Butch Guice, and Tom Palmer (IDW)
  • Briggs Land, by Brian Wood and Mack Chater (Dark Horse)
  • Han Solo, by Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks (Marvel)
  • Kim and Kim, by Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera (Black Mask)
  • The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta (Marvel)
  • We Stand on Guard, by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce (Image)

Best New Series

  • Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)
  • Clean Room, by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt (Vertigo/DC)
  • Deathstroke: Rebirth, by Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, et al. (DC)
  • Faith, by Jody Houser, Pere Pérez, and Marguerite Sauvage (Valiant)
  • Mockingbird, by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk (Marvel)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

  • Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World, by James Sturm (Toon)
  • Burt's Way Home, by John Martz (Koyama)
  • The Creeps, Book 2: The Trolls Will Feast! by Chris Schweizer (Abrams)
  • I'm Grumpy (My First Comics), by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (RandomHouse Books for Young Readers)
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton (Tundra)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

  • The Drawing Lesson, by Mark Crilley (Ten Speed Press)
  • Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
  • Hilda and the Stone Forest, by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
  • Rikki, adapted by Norm Harper and Matthew Foltz-Gray (Karate Petshop)
  • Science Comics: Dinosaurs, by MK Reed and Joe Flood (First Second)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

  • Bad Machinery, vol. 5: The Case of the Fire Inside, by John Allison (Oni)
  • Batgirl, by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque (DC)
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)
  • Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars, by Jessica Abel (Papercutz/Super Genius)
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

Best Humor Publication

  • The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp, by Lee Marrs (Marrs Books)
  • Hot Dog Taste Test, by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)
  • Man, I Hate Cursive, by Jim Benton (Andrews McMeel)
  • Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, by G. B. Trudeau (Andrews McMeel)

Best Anthology

  • Baltic Comics Anthology š! #26: dADa, edited by David Schilter and Sanita Muizniece (kuš!)
  • Island Magazine, edited by Brandon Graham and Emma Rios (Image)
  • Kramers Ergot 9, edited by Sammy Harkham (Fantagraphics)
  • Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists, edited by Santiago Garcia (Fantagraphics)
  • Love Is Love (DC/IDW)

Best Reality-Based Work

  • Dark Night: A True Batman Story, by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso (Vertigo/DC)
  • Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo, by Sandrine Revel (NBM)
  • March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
  • Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir, by Tom Hart (St. Martin's)
  • Tetris: The Games People Play, by Box Brown (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—New

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean (Dark Horse)
  • Exits, by Daryl Seitchik (Koyama)
  • Mooncop, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Patience, by Daniel Clowes (Fantagraphics)
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson (DC Comics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

  • Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)
  • Incomplete Works, by Dylan Horrocks (Alternative)
  • Last Look, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
  • Meat Cake Bible, by Dame Darcy (Fantagraphics)
  • Megg and Mog in Amsterdam and Other Stories, by Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)
  • She's Not into Poetry, by Tom Hart (Alternative)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

  • Equinoxes, by Cyril Pedrosa, translated by Joe Johnson (NBM)
  • Irmina, by Barbara Yelin, translated by Michael Waaler (SelfMadeHero)
  • Love: The Lion, by Frédéric Brémaud and Federico Bertolucci (Magnetic)
  • Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean "Moebius" Giraud et al. (Dark Horse)
  • Wrinkles, by Paco Roca, translated by Erica Mena (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • Goodnight Punpun, vols. 1–4, by Inio Asano, translated by JN PRoductions (VIZ Media)
  • orange: The Complete Collection, vols. 1–2, by Ichigo Takano, translated by Amber Tamosaitis, adaptation by Shannon Fay (Seven Seas)
  • The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime, by Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions, translated by Frederik L. Schodt (Stone Bridge Press)
  • Princess Jellyfish, vols. 1–3 by Akiko Higashimura, translated by Sarah Alys Lindholm (Kodansha)
  • Wandering Island, vol. 1, by Kenji Tsuruta, translated by Dana Lewis (Dark Horse)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

  • Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings, by Glen Baxter (NYR Comics)
  • Barnaby, vol. 3, by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
  • The Realist Cartoons, edited by Paul Krassner and Ethan Persoff (Fantagraphics)
  • Walt & Skeezix 1931–1932, by Frank King, edited by Jeet Heer and Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)

  • The Complete Neat Stuff, by Peter Bagge, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • The Complete Wimmen's Comix, edited by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics)
  • Fables and Funnies, by Walt Kelly, compiled by David W. Tosh (Dark Horse)
  • Trump: The Complete Collection, by Harvey Kurtzman et al., edited by Denis Kitchen and John Lind (Dark Horse)
  • U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories, by Sam Glanzman, edited by Drew Ford (Dover)

Best Writer

  • Ed Brubaker, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed, Velvet (Image)
  • Kurt Busiek, Astro City (Vertigo/DC)
  • Chelsea Cain, Mockingbird (Marvel)
  • Max Landis, Green Valley (Image/Skybound), Superman: American Alien (DC)
  • Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Descender, Plutona (Image); Bloodshot Reborn (Valiant)
  • Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga, We Stand On Guard (Image)

Best Writer/Artist

  • Jessica Abel, Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars (Papercutz/Super Genius)
  • Box Brown, Tetris: The Games People Play (First Second)
  • Tom Gauld, Mooncop (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Tom Hart, Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir (St. Martin's)
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

  • Mark Brooks, Han Solo (Marvel)
  • Dan Mora, Klaus (BOOM!)
  • Greg Ruth, Indeh (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Francois Schuiten, The Theory of the Grain of Sand (IDW)
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
  • Brian Stelfreeze, Black Panther (Marvel)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

  • Federico Bertolucci, Love: The Lion (Magnetic)
  • Brecht Evens, Panther (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Manuele Fior, 5,000 km per Second (Fantagraphics)
  • Dave McKean, Black Dog (Dark Horse)
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)
  • Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)

  • Mike Del Mundo, Avengers, Carnage, Mosaic, The Vision (Marvel)
  • David Mack, Abe Sapien, BPRD Hell on Earth, Fight Club 2, Hellboy and the BPRD 1953 (Dark Horse)
  • Sean Phillips, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed (Image)
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Coloring

  • Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Green Valley (Image/Skybound)
  • Elizabeth Breitweiser, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed, Velvet (Image); Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta (Image/Skybound)
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)
  • Laura Martin, Wonder Woman (DC); Ragnorak (IDW); Black Panther (Marvel)
  • Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord (Marvel)

Best Lettering

  • Dan Clowes, Patience (Fantagraphics)
  • Brecht Evens, Panther (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Tom Gauld, Mooncop (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Nick Hayes, Woody Guthrie (Abrams)
  • Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer (Vertigo/DC); Black Hammer (Dark Horse)
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

  • The A.V. Club comics coverage, including Comics Panel, Back Issues, and Big Issues, by Oliver Sava et al., www.avclub.com
  • Comic Riffs blog, by Michael Cavna, www.washingtonpost.com/new/comic-riffs/
  • Critical Chips, edited by Zainab Akhtar (Comics & Cola)
  • PanelPatter.com, edited by Rob McMonigal
  • WomenWriteAboutComics.com, edited by Megan Purdy and Claire Napier

Best Comics-Related Book

  • blanc et noir: takeshi obata illustrations, by Takeshi Obata (VIZ Media)
  • Ditko Unleashed: An American Hero, by Florentino Flórez and Frédéric Manzano (IDW/Editions Déese)
  • Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand (Harper)
  • The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood, vol. 1, edited by Bhob Stewart and J. Michael Catron (Fantagraphics)
  • More Heroes of the Comics, by Drew Friedman (Fantagraphics)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

  • Brighter Than You Think: Ten Short Works by Alan Moore, with essays by Marc Sobel (Uncivilized)
  • Forging the Past: Set and the Art of Memory, by Daniel Marrone (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Frank Miller's Daredevil and the Ends of Heroism, by Paul Young (Rutgers University Press)
  • Pioneering Cartoonists of Color, by Tim Jackson (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)

Best Publication Design

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • The Complete Wimmin's Comix, designed by Keeli McCarthy (Fantagraphics)
  • Frank in the Third Dimension, designed by Jacob Covey, 3D conversions by Charles Barnard (Fantagraphics)
  • The Realist Cartoons, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)
  • Si Lewen's Parade: An Artist's Odyssey, designed by Art Spiegelman (Abrams)

Best Webcomic

  • Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla, http://bird-boy.com
  • Deja Brew, by Teneka Stotts and Sarah DuVall (Stela.com)
  • Jaeger, by Ibrahim Moustafa (Stela.com)
  • The Middle Age, by Steve Conley, steveconley.com/the-middle-ageOn
  • Beauty, by Christina Tran,  sodelightful.com/comics/beauty/

Best Digital Comic

  • Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)
  • Edison Rex, by Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver (Monkeybrain/comiXology)
  • Helm, by Jehanzeb Hasan and Mauricio Caballero, www.crookshaw.com/helm/
  • On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden, www.onasunbeam.com
  • Universe!, by Albert Monteys (Panel Syndicate)


Written or Contributed by Tim Midura


SDCC: Hey Here’s A Look At ‘Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie’

SDCC: Hey Here's A Look At 'Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie'

Catch a clip of 'ol football head in his new TV movie

Source: Nickelodeon Gives SDCC 2017 Fans a First Look at ‘Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie’

Like Rocko's Modern Life and Invader Jim, Hey Arnold! is getting a revival by Nickelodeon. At San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the football-headed kid got his own panel named "Hey Arnold!: From Hillwood to the Jungle!". At the panel, Hey Arnold! fans got to see some of the voice actors from the 1996 series and got to see some footage and concept art from the upcoming TV movie Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie.

The Jungle Movie aims to wrap up Arnold's story:

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie is an action-packed TV movie that takes kids on the field trip of a lifetime, following Arnold and his friends on a quest to achieve his ultimate dream of finding his missing parents. The two-hour TV movie features a storyline that picks up from where the original series ended in 2004 and resolves unanswered questions and plotlines-including Arnold finally getting answers about the whereabouts of his missing parents.

 

 

 

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie should air on Nick in November.



Written or Contributed by sdsichero


Game of Thrones: Sophie Turner Thinks Sansa is Woke, Cannot Be Played by Littlefinger

At Game of Thrones' Comic-Con panel, Sophie Turner dismisses the idea Littlefinger can manipulate Sansa anymore, saying the Stark is woke.

News David Crow
Jul 21, 2017

For the last year, much has been made in the press about the tension rising between Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow, his adopted sister Sansa Stark, and that shadowy spider in the corner, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. Despite retaking Winterfell together from the Boltons in the last season, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as Sophie Turner herself, have suggested a storm is coming. And the trailers have definitely emphasized Littlefinger pushing a wedge into House Stark.

Personally, I find this to be media misdirection, and it would seem Sophie Turner herself is skeptical of the “worst case scenario” of this scheming: Littlefinger uses manipulation to turn Sansa against Jon. Indeed, during the Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Turner described her now iron-willed Lady of Winterfell as “woke,” and more seriously as every bit the manipulator as Petyr Baelish.

“I think initially, there was definite manipulation on Littlefinger’s part. But you know, as Sansa has grown and been a prisoner of all these master manipulators, especially Littlefinger, she’s been silently absorbing and learning, and adapting, and in my opinion, she’s just as good at playing the game as he is at this point.” She added a “thanks guys” when the crowd roared in approval.

With that said, Turner also suggested Sansa’s wokeness has simply made her view everyone differently… including hearth and kin.

When asked whether Sansa still maintains any of her season 1 girlish ideas of romance, Turner responded, “I don’t think she’s like season 1 Sansa. She’s not really looking for relationship or love at the moment. I think she’s kind of done with that. I think she’s always on the search for happiness, because she doesn’t see the world through rose-tinted glasses anymore. I think she sees a reality of the situation. In terms of seeing men in a different light? I think she sees the world in a different light… She’s cautious, she trusts no one, whether it be man or woman, whether it’s family member or not, she trusts no one. And I think that’s important when you play the game of thrones.”

She also added, “She’s woke now, guys. She’s real woke.” Indeed, she is. And methinks Littlefinger is in for a rude awakening too when push comes to knife-in-the-back shove at the end of season 7.

Preacher Season 2 Episode 6 Return Date, Trailer, and Other News

Why wait longer than you have to for a look at the next episode of Preacher?

News Mike Cecchini
Jul 21, 2017

Preacher has been one of the strangest little shows on TV, and it's far from a straight adaptation of the comic book source material. Even if you're a fan of the books, the show is taking a different route to its big story, so there's plenty to keep you guessing. Oh, and they'll have more episodes to do it with. Preacher season 2 will feature 13 episodes instead of 10.

Return here each week for links to reviews (including the latest one), trailers, and other news about Preacher season 2.

Preacher Season 2 Episode 6 Return Date & Trailer

Preacher airs on Mondays at 9pm ET on AMC, and the next episode, which is entitled "Sokosha," airs on Monday, July 24, 2017. Here's a sneak peek of the second half of the season straight from San Diego Comic-Con featuring this year's "star" villain, Herr Starr:

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Preacher Season 2 Episode Guide and Reviews

Here are the episode titles and descriptions for Preacher season 2 that we know so far. Click the links to read our reviews of episodes that have already aired.

Preacher Season 2 Episode 1: "On the Road"

Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy hit the road in search of God, and quickly realize they're being stalked by a killer cowboy from Hell. (air date: June 25, 2017)

Preacher Season 2 Episode 2: "Mumbai Sky Tower"

Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy track down a lead from Heaven to find out more about who The Cowboy is and why he's trying to kill them. (air date: June 26, 2017)

Preacher Season 2 Episode 3: "Damsels"

Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy get a tip that God might be in New Orleans. Tulip's hiding a secret and their stop in New Orleans risks exposing her. (air date: July 3, 2017)

Preacher Season 2 Episode 4: "Viktor"

Jesse pursues a lead and dives deeper into his search for God with Cassidy and we discover more about Tulip's secret past. (air date: July 10, 2017)

Preacher Season 2 Episode 5: "Dallas"

After learning about Tulip's secret relationship, we revisit Jesse and Tulip's rocky past and see a darker side of Jesse. (air date: July 17, 2017)

Preacher Season 2 Episode 6: "Sokosha"

(air date: July 24, 2017)

Preacher Season 2 Episode 7: "Pig"

(air date: July 31, 2017)

Preacher Season 2 Trailers

After a bunch of teases, we finally get a real trailer for Preacher Season 2. Check it out...


Here's another whopping 30 seconds of the 13 hours of sacreligious TV we're going to get this summer.


So, while this doesn't reveal a whole helluva lot, we're definitely going to get more of the Saint of Killers this time around. But more importantly, it looks like we're going to meet the secret organization, The Grail. And if The Grail are coming to TV, then Herr Starr is coming with them. We have a little bit more on him down below.

Here's another one:

Preacher Season 2 Cast

They've added six new actors to the cast to play new characters since, y'know, not many survived season one. Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Deep Water), Pip Torrens (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Crown) and Julie Ann Emery (Fargo, Better Call Saul) have signed on as series regulars, and Malcolm Barrett (War on Everyone, Dear White People), Justin Prentice (13 Reasons WhyMalibu Country), and Ronald Guttman (Homeland, Mozart in the Jungle) in recurring roles.

Now, there aren't any character details available at the moment, but, Pip Torrens...


...kinda looks like he'd be a good fit for Herr Starr, doesn't he?


Saga, Vision & Jughead Win at 2017 Eisner Awards

Tonight marked the presentation of the 29th annual Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards, honoring the best and brightest in the industry in 2016.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga is always a perennial favorite at the Eisners, and that was certainly the case this year. Saga won the coveted award for Best Continuing Series, while Vaughan won the award for Best Writer and Staples for both Best Penciler/Inker and Best Cover Artist.

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Dark Matter Season 3 Episode 8 Review: Hot Chocolate

The term “robot takeover” takes on a whole new meaning in the latest Dark Matter, a fun hacking caper episode.

This Dark Matter review contains spoilers.

Dark Matter Season 3 Episode 8

Full credit must go to Dark Matter for leading viewers to believe that Android had been taken over by Sarah at the end of last week’s episode after showing her worried expression about Three’s past, but an episode with a hacked Android of any sort is bound to keep everyone on the edge of their seats! With the added surprise of Ryo springing back into action after having shifted the show’s focus to the corporate war, “Hot Chocolate” gave us plenty of unexpectedness to enjoy. Although it had a few flaws, the episode provided tense entertainment and new questions to ponder.

By now, the arguing of beleaguered colony leaders should be familiar, as should Six and others attempting to use logic to placate those with a long history of mistrust with the corporations. That’s why it’s so refreshing to hear Two remind Six, “You’re not a cop anymore. It’s out of your hands.” Even after the drama that unfolds elsewhere on the ship, Six washes his hands of responsibility for the colonists and acknowledges that he can do more good on the Raza. Yes, thank God!

Of course, we still don’t technically know who killed the leader of the former Ferrous colony. It’s unclear if we were meant to jump to the same conclusion that Five did: that possessed-Android killed him; obviously that would make no sense unless he implausibly compromised her false identity. Emperor Ishida likewise had no reason to eliminate those he was attempting to win to his cause, and they hadn’t arrived in the transfer transit pods yet anyway when the delegate was killed. It’s a small but intriguing mystery that will be interesting to see play out as it surely will.


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But the honest truth is, no one could have ever expected that Android would be hacked by an outside source linked to Ryo. It’s even possible that most viewers thought the hacker in the tubed-up chair, whose involvement was foreshadowed weeks ago, was actually a woman and someone in distress, perhaps a prisoner rather than a paid participant. Like a drone pilot operating his instrument of destruction remotely, it was a fitting punishment for one who invaded a brain to be trapped in his own in the end.

The hacker couldn’t have known, as perhaps the viewers did, that Five and Android would have put protections in place after the disabling codes Portia Lin had used in the past. The “hot chocolate” emergency phrase felt just right as Five used the minimal shutdown time to take back control of small parts of the ship. As fantastical as the hacking and counter-hacking was in this episode, it was subtly played with understated realism throughout. Even Sarah’s virtual neural interface in her alcove seemed like something she would have access to, given the connection her very existence has to the ship’s databases, which the Android is, in turn, connected to as well. A very enjoyable and plausible caper!

It was just so pleasantly unexpected that Ryo would have such a grand plan to take back the blink drive! And it’s amazing that he would have the time or the wherewithal to persuade Two that he didn’t kill Nyx or that he doesn’t want revenge. Of course, he might be “full of — ship is registering strange power fluctuations” but clearly Two was affected by the confrontation, leaving it up in the air whether the coming conflict will involve Ryo as an adversary or a powerful enemy-of-my-enemy. The mere possibility is exciting!

The quintessential Dark Matter twist ending has become an expected ingredient in some ways, and it certainly was a wonderful cherry atop the episode as usual. But in other ways it was spoiled by one puzzling fact: the blink drive was broken, and Two almost seemed to wish it would stay that way. So why were Five and Android even working on it at all much less starting trial runs? Ending an episode in which Five and Android were so prepared for sabotage with a moment in which Five and Android were caught unaware by a seemingly obvious threat is mind-boggling.

The episode itself was still wonderful, of course, despite the fact that everyone on the Raza ends up out cold. Wondering what’s going to happen next with no clue with which to even make a prediction has always been a big part of the fun of Dark Matter. The main hope is that the two wars, Ryo’s and Ferrous’, actually end up meaning something other than just providing a backdrop of conflict. Where is this all headed in the final five episodes? Despite any week-to-week misgivings, the anticipation is as ramped up as it can get.

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3.5/5
Review Michael Ahr
Jul 21, 2017

The Defenders Surprise Fans At SDCC Cosplay Gathering

All the heroes of SDCC united when The Defenders met fans today.

News
Chris Longo
Jul 21, 2017

Hell’s Kitchen was well represented on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con during Netflix’s The Defenders cosplay meetup. There were plenty of Jessica Joneses to be found. Blind lawyers and Daredevils stood side-by-side. A classic Iron Fist costume was spotted. We found a big Luke Cage and a little one (the winner in our book):

These fans were nice enough to pose for Den of Geek prior to entering the hotel courtyard where they were greeted by the de-masked cast of The Defenders, Mike Colter, Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, and Finn Jones.

Watch the video below to check out the best of the cosplay meetup! Image credit: Marvel.

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Vikings Season 5 Release Date, Trailer, and Other News

Here's when you can expect Vikings season 5, plus the first trailer!

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Den of Geek Staff
Jul 21, 2017

If you’ve seen Vikings, you know that these Norse heroes cause quite the racket when they do battle. Quietly, History, known more for its documentaries than original series, has a hit on its hands. We might have to wait a little while for Vikings Season 5, but fans have a lot to mull over in the meantime.

Whenever it ends up being slated to return, the network confirmed an order for Vikings season 5 for another 20 episodes back in the summer, so the battle for the throne will continue regardless. You can read our glowing season 4 reviews here.

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Vikings Season 5 Trailer

Here's the first trailer for Vikings season 5!

Vikings Season 5 Release Date

Vikings season 5 will premiere on November 29, 2017 on The History Channel.

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Vikings Season 5 News

When Vikings Season 5 arrives, it will feature former WWE superstar Adam "Edge" Copeland as a member of the cast. Copeland will play Ketill Flatnose, "a fierce and brave warrior, chosen by Floki to be one of the leaders of the Viking party intent on traveling to Iceland to set up a community there."

The season 4 finale also saw the debut of Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) as the crazed, deeply religious new character named Heahmund. Production on Vikings Season 5 begins this summer.

We haven't seen the last of Clive Standen's Rollo yet either. Despite starring in NBC's Taken, Standen promises in an interview with TV Guide more changes ahead for his character. "I think when he comes back, all bets are off... You'll see a very different Rollo," says Standen. "It's going to be explosive, but not in the ways that you'd expect."

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SDCC: New Marvel’s The Defenders Trailer!!

SDCC: New Marvel's The Defenders Trailer!!

Brings the banter, chemistry, and overall theme for series.


Tonight at SDCC was the panel for Marvel's the Defenders. Since it is SDCC, of course, we got a new trailer for the show, which will be premiering on Netflix August 18th. Here it is:

 Also at the panel, there was a clip from the next Marvel series that'll be on Netflix after the Defenders, the Punisher. It seems that one is kind of hard to come by. If we find it. We'll post it, but as of right now we can't seem to find it anywhere. 

 



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The Defenders: Krysten Ritter Talks Returning to Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter told us about what it's like stepping back into the leather jacket of Jessica Jones for Marvel's The Defenders.

Interview Mike Cecchini
Jul 21, 2017

Krysten Ritter was deep into filming Jessica Jones Season 2 while we were conducting interviews for our in-depth look at the making of Marvel's The Defenders, but she was kind enough to take time out of her schedule to respond to some questions via email.

When did you first realize what a tremendous impact your performance as Jessica was having?

I definitely felt it once people started seeing the show, after some of the early reviews and reactions from our first New York Comic Con. And then [again], once the show was launched out into the world. It was so exciting and exceeded any expectations I could have had. I shot the show in such a bubble [with] crazy prep work and then just one day at a time. I actually wasn't allowed to see any of the cuts until after the entire season was finished. I had a sneaking suspicion that we were doing some special work, but of course you never know how everything will line up. It's been a truly wild ride. I'm so grateful to have such a good part that not only challenges me creatively but that has something to say and has made such an impact on the fans.

Were you prepared for the wild fan reaction at New York Comic Con when The Defenders were united on stage for the first time?

I was definitely not prepared! No one could have prepared me for that. I thought that our first New York Comic Con for Jessica Jones was epic because we had a pretty major reaction from the crowd after showing our first episode! But for Defenders? That room went NUTS - they were chanting “Defenders - Defenders" and then when Sigourney Weaver came on stage the chant went to "HOLY SHIT - HOLY SHIT - HOLY SHIT"  -- I myself was like, HOLY SHIT. It was totally insane and amazing. 

Was this an easy role to slip back into after a year or so away from Jessica?

Upon returning, I did have the luxury of knowing her to the bones. So those tools and experiences were already ingrained in me. In the sense that I wasn't starting from scratch, yes, that's easier. But JJ carries a lot of emotional weight around with her as a result of her past traumas, and that doesn't go away.

Jessica has such a unique voice, and her personality makes her less likely to play well with others than her teammates. In terms of the team dynamic of The Defenders, where would you say Jessica fits?

I would say Jessica is there reluctantly and she seizes every opportunity to say so, which lends itself to some laughs for sure! At the end of the day, her participating in the Defenders roller coaster is reluctant but also her moral responsibility. Even though she often has such contempt for her abilities, JJ is still a powered person and she knows she can help. And if put to the test, she freaking will. Which is what I love so much about her. 

Charlie Cox had wonderful things to say about his time working with you, and there seems to be a really fun dynamic between Jessica and Matt. Does anything stand out about your time working together? Is there a reason you feel these two characters work well off each other?

Charlie Cox is one of my favorite humans on the planet and now he's my bezzie mate (his word)! Working with him and spending every day with him was such a treat. We have very similar acting processes and working styles on set. We just fell into a solid friendship and partnership from day one. It’s so wonderful when that happens.

As an actor, Charlie has such integrity about his work and he brings the heat and good ideas every day. He and I would always look out for each other, share ideas, brainstorm how to make moments deeper, funnier, you name it.  That's really the case with all of us in the entire cast. Outside of the scenes Charlie is funny, smart, and he’s an electric story teller. Also, he pretty much 100% of the time laughs the hardest at my jokes. I even got him into knitting! I taught Charlie Cox how to knit! 

In terms of the Jessica and Matt dynamic onscreen, I loved our scenes together because these are two strong, loner characters who don't really look for, ask for, or accept help. It was kind of a game of feeling each other out and really earning each other's trust. 

You’ve worked with Sigourney Weaver before [on Amy Heckerling’s 2012 vampire comedy, Vamps]. What’s it like working with her this time around?

It was so awesome to get to see Sigourney again. I simply worship her. Who doesn’t?! It turns out she was a big Jessica Jones fan and she told me that she thought it was one of the best roles of the past few years, and that just tickled me pink.

Your interpretation of Jessica Jones is the definitive one as far as the public is concerned. More people have seen the show than have read the comics.

It's exciting to originate Jessica Jones. There's obviously more freedom in that versus playing a well known character. I'm so happy that my creative choices that were inspired by the comics and the scripts were well received. I try to just work hard and bring my best to do the character justice, and that's all I have control over.

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Game of Thrones: Gwendoline Christie Suggests Brienne Likes Tormund’s Flirting

Whether it was fan service or a deep dive into Brienne of Tarth's psychology, Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie talked Tormund.

News David Crow
Jul 21, 2017

A bit ironic given its medieval and courtly context, but Game of Thrones is surprisingly light on romance. The closest it’s ever come to a true love story involved one party shooting the other with arrows. Repeatedly. And yet, the fans continue to ship away with their favorite pairings, particularly when there is even the faintest hint of interest. Well, it’s safe to say that Tormund Giantsbane’s repeated and failed attempts to woo Brienne of Tarth has been more than hinted at. It’s about as blunt as everything else the wildling does, and for the most part, that’s swinging swords and axes into people’s skulls.

To date Brienne, as played by Gwendoline Christie, has been less than reciprocal of Tormund’s advances—going so far as to prefer running into battle than getting another of the creepy-comely grins Tormund shot Brienne’s way in the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere. Nevertheless, the admittedly comedic subplot received massive interest on the Hall H stage in San Diego Comic-Con when the Game of Thrones panel began. And Christie made an admission on her character’s behalf: Brienne does not find Tormund’s attention wholly unwanted.

Gone but not forgotten, Kristian Nairn (Hodor) hosted the Game of Thrones panel with grace and good cheer, and almost always by throwing the first question to Christie. This included the earliest query: What does Brienne make of Tormund.

At first, Christie very graciously and accurately pointed out that Brienne does not look at all for that kind of attention from men, particularly Tormund. She is a knight, dammit. And one who isn’t looking to be valued solely for her femininity.

With that said she then added, ““But I mean, who doesn’t like being appreciated as both, really? I don’t think that’s really what she’s invested in at all. I think she’s finding it incredibly awkward. But underneath any awkwardness is always a potential secret enjoyment.” After leading the audience there, she playfully turned it to the audience. “What do you all think? Does she like it? Or does she like someone else?” And thus yet another war to come had begun, those who shouted Brienne liked Tormund and those chanting it’s all about Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister.

Even in matters of love, everything appears destined to end in a battle where Game of Thrones is concerned.

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The Gifted: The X-Men are Gone, Series Exists In its Own Time “Stream”

The Gifted showrunner confirms for us that "the X-Men are gone" in the series, and that it takes place in its "own universe."

News David Crow
Jul 21, 2017

There is a trailer for The Gifted that is getting geeks all excited, because it looks pretty damn good. To paraphrase its own showrunner Matt Nix, it’s like the X-Men meets 1988’s Running on Empty (the River Phoenix movie about a family in hiding). However, there is one catch: the X-Men are not around. And we just don’t mean they’re off-screen. As they say in the trailer, “The X-Men, the Brotherhood, we don’t even know if they exist anymore.”

But thanks to The Gifted panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Den of Geek can confirm this is apparently set in its own universe/timeline/world… one that is defined by the absence of Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

“Quite simply, right now, one of the things that comes out in the show is the X-Men are gone,” Nix revealed to thousands of fans in Ballroom 20. He then adds with a cryptic laugh, “Why are the X-Men gone? That is in the show.” Nix also teased it was out of financial obligations since the X-Men are cost prohibitive for a television series, but he also elaborated earlier that it helps when he views The Gifted as taking place in its whole separate timeline from the multiple ones in the current X-movie franchise.

“Generally, I think one of the great favors of Days of Future Past, I think for all of us, is it established there are many streams [of time],” Nix said. “So I think the one answer is we exist in one of those streams. So the idea is that this is its own universe. We’re not in the same exact timeline as any particular movie or comic. With that said, we do share some characters and things with the movies and comics… The idea is we’re just doing our own thing. And as I said, we’re doing our own thing.”

With that said, having watched the first act of The Gifted pilot that was directed by Bryan Singer, what they’re doing is very promising. As previously mentioned, the series has a nice on-the-run edge to it that feels different from every other shiny superhero property currently on network TV.

The pilot opens with Blink (Jamie Chung), having not quite mastered her power over portals, cutting through reality and evading cops. She is quickly recruited by equally hidden (albeit primetime glamorous) mutants, Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont), John Proudstar (Blair Redford), and Eclipse (Sean Teale). Yet, things quickly go sideways for this proto-mutant underground railroad. And that’s when things get really interesting, because the human tormenting them is a prosecutor (Stephen Moyer) who is otherwise depicted as a relatively decent guy and caring father/husband… even though he is pursuing cruel and bigoted policies against minorities.

This hook is deepened when he and his wife (Amy Acker) see their two children (Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White) develop mutant abilities. This includes a high school dance sequence that is part Carrie and part of that tactile, lived-in feeling that Bryan Singer brought so well to the first two X-Men movies but has since left the franchise. He directed the pilot, and it is back in the best way here.

X-Men or no X-Men, The Gifted has every opportunity to live up to its title when it premieres on Oct. 2 on Fox.

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Killjoys Season 3 Episode 4 Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Warlord

Pree reveals a secret from his past. Our review of Killjoys season 3 episode 4 is here!

This Killjoys review contains spoilers.

Killjoys Season 3 Episode 4

“It’s never really over til you bang your ex.”

Dutch’s war preparations take a detour when an army of killjoys serve a Black Warrant on Johnny for the murder of Delle Sayeh Kendry, but in spite of that wrinkle, it’s the return of Pree that highlights tonight’s episode of Killjoys. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Warlord” takes us inside the world of the Farren, outlaw mercenaries who feel “a soldier risks his life for more than corporate or feudal interests,” presenting yet another option as the drumbeats of war grow increasingly louder. Oh, and by the way, Pree used to go by the name of Varek during his life as a Farren warlord.

Once again it’s the character groupings that drive the story as Johnny and Dutch finally address some festering issues that potentially threaten their friendship. Thankfully, no one has asked me to name my favorite character in Killjoys, but the richly developed dynamic that exists between these two never ceases to delight as we learn more of their relationship backstory. The reveal of just one detail threatens their familial bond, and while not a small thing, it ultimately brings them closer together. Whether Dutch having prevented Johnny from reaching Level Five status until now comes back to haunt her, for now, she’s safely in Johnny’s good graces.

Writer Julian Doucet (“Schooled”) deftly weaves the parallel story of Pree and his days as leader of the Farren against the friction facing Johnny and Dutch as they each deal with their personal demons. Even though he tells Dutch he’s not sorry he killed Delle Sayeh, Johnny’s not a sociopath, and sooner or later he’ll have to face what he’s done. Or will he? He committed an act that should carry some emotional weight, but now that we know she not only didn’t die, but has been Hullenized by Aneela, he could and arguably should go back to square one. On the other hand, will he now berate himself over the fact that he left alive her to wreak havoc on The Quad?

Dutch’s explanation for preventing Johnny from achieving Level Five status rings a bit hollow, and while it’s surely true that this advancement brings with it increased physical risks, it’s really not her call to make. Now that he’s been promoted though, it will probably be the end of it. Pree’s story, however, proves much more fascinating. We’ve seen Prima Dezz (Thom Allison) frequently act the nurturing confidante from behind the bar in The Royale, but he’s never been one to shy away from a fight. We’ve known he has a dark past, and tonight it’s skillfully fleshed out in a meaningful way on several levels.

One thing Killjoys must be careful of doing, however, is overwhelming viewers with new characters each week. Now if they’re simply setting us up for a grand reunion once the war against Aneela starts, that’s one thing, but a little emotional investment raises the stakes considerably once the bullets start to fly. Landing on Ohron to ask the Ferran for help in the fight leads to a number of mini-conflicts before one time lovers and brothers-in-arms Pree and Lachlan put aside their bruised egos and broken hearts to agree to join the fight to prevent the “living data cloud” from taking over The Quad. As Johnny and Dutch seem to have resolved their issues, so too have Pree and Lachlan.


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Delle Sayeh Kendry’s role in this tale continues to confound in part because Aneela is so unpredictable. It seems difficult to believe that Delle Sayeh will accept a lesser role in this new world order that Aneela has begun to put into motion, and we know she must have a strategy that she chooses to keep close to the vest. But with whom will she align herself if not Aneela? Despite Aneela’s power, the head of Land Kendry seems primed to do her best to influence what lies ahead, and it’s with this dynamic that Michelle Lovretta may have done her finest work.

While alliances are being formed on both sides, the fact that Johnny still has an outstanding warrant for murder cannot be overlooked despite the fact that ample exculpatory evidence exists to clear his name. Fortunately, we don’t wait long to find out that Aneela pulls the strings here, but then calls off the warrant because it leaves the Hullen exposed. It appears she’s been controlling Banyan Gray and the RAC all along. But for how long and to what extent? And does her involvement have something to do with the missing RAC agents?

And though they don’t figure prominently in terms of screen time, D’avin and Zeph, nonetheless, take steps that ultimately should pay off. The only question is who will reap the benefits. She helps him use the plasma to make a psychic connection with Delle Sayeh now that he knows she’s alive, but does he really just tip his hand? It’s clear he means well, but this doesn’t seem the wisest course of action. However, this miscalculation may prove moot once we finally learn the true purpose of the orb they found in the Hullen training village.

Not surprisingly, D’av takes to Zeph more quickly than John, and though he’s clearly in charge when they’re together, she certainly gives the impression that she thinks she’s not only smarter than D’avin, but Johnny and Dutch as well. Tasked with opening the orb should reassure her that her place on the team is important, so when she finally succeeds in opening it, her reaction is troubling to say the least. Clearly, she has ulterior motives, but at this juncture, it’s anybody’s guess what she’s planning.

Part of the problem at this point lies in deciding what to make of Zeph. Virtually every character introduced this season has been incredibly engaging on multiple levels, but Zeph leaves viewers a bit cold. Not that that’s a detriment to the story, quite the contrary. It’s her aloofness that keeps us interested since we know there’s something percolating below the surface that in the end will likely compromise everything Dutch and the others are trying to do in the fight against Aneela. Will Zeph’s hubris contribute to her undoing, or will she surprise everyone and begin making better team decisions?

Presumably, the three nerds that Dutch and D’avin tested were vetted by Turin, but no system is perfect, and it sure seems as if Zeph has loyalties that may lie elsewhere, if only toward herself. Of course, she may simply be biding her time before impressing her new colleagues. Regardless, The Remnant and its purpose surely tie in with Aneela, the Hullen, and ultimately the plasma.

Team Awesome Force has added to its roster with a formidable ally, but will it be enough? While the additional firepower will undoubtedly aid in bringing down Aneela, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Warlord” continues the season three trend of injecting new blood into the mix, but this isn’t Game of Thrones. Sometimes too much of a good thing taints what made the concoction so delicious in the first place. Killjoys hasn’t reached the tipping point yet, and certainly no one can accuse Michelle Lovretta of creating bland characters, but it may be time to go a little deeper into what we already have established.

That said, Killjoys maintains its compelling storytelling and ability to leave viewers eagerly anticipating the following week’s installment. We’ve had a lot of set-up, but it may be time to see how these newcomers perform under fire, and perhaps more to the point, under Dutch’s direction. “Time to take back the RAC.”

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4/5
Review Dave Vitagliano
Jul 21, 2017

SDCC: Two-Part Death/Return of Superman Headlines 2018 Crop of DC Animated Movies!

SDCC: Two-Part Death/Return of Superman Headlines 2018 Crop of DC Animated Movies!

That's right Warner Bros. Animation is giving another try at the Death/Return of Superman along with Gotham by Gaslight, and Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.


During the panel (and assuming after the screening) of Batman & Harley Quinn, Bruce Timm and the folks at Warner Bros. Animation revealed the 2018 batch of animated DC films. 

The first one (which isn't a surprise since it was already leaked via box art of Batman & Harley Quinn spoiling it) is Gotham by Gaslight. The next is Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (no word if it's a sequel to the previous animated film, the lone "New 52" animated movie, or it's own beast), and finally a TWO-PART adaptation of the Death/Return of Superman.

Yes, you read that right. They're going back and redoing it (the more mature themed DC Animated movies were kicked off by 2007's Superman: Doomsday. This time it'll be a more faithful adaptation of the story. Which probably means we'll be having the Eradicator, Steel, Superboy, and oh yes THE CYBORG SUPERMAN in animated form (which the previous adaptation DID NOT have). 

This was again confirmed by DC Comics official Twitter as well:

 

 

So you can expect to see all FOUR films sometime in 2018. Now if only Warner Bros. Animation does what we all want to see done next. Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War. GET ON THAT PLEASE! Or Batman: No Man's Land.. cause REASONS! 



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Iron Fist Season 2 Confirmed

Marvel's Iron Fist Season 2 is definitely happening!

News Mike Cecchini
Jul 21, 2017

This article contains a major spoiler for the first season of Iron Fist. You might not want to read this unless you've finished all 13 episodes.

It's official! Iron Fist Season 2 was confirmed during The Defenders panel at SDCC.

Finn Jones recently told us that Danny Rand's origin story from the first season of Iron Fist was incomplete, and that it would take until the conclusion of The Defenders for him to fully embrace his superheroic destiny. 

He also told us that he hopes that Danny eventually gets a costume, including the "classic yellow mask," but he knows that these Marvel Netflix shows prefer to let things happen organically. 

"The thing with all of these shows is not that we're shy to bring the costumes,” Jones said. “It's that we want them to feel authentic when it does happen. Danny's on this journey to understanding what his responsibility is. And throughout all of [Iron Fist] season 1, he was in no state of mind to put a suit on. That would've been ridiculous because he was not fully accomplished as the Iron Fist yet and he certainly didn’t have the right or the responsibility to be putting on a superhero costume. He needs to work his shit out. And certainly by the end of The Defenders, it will feel right.”

Iron Fist Season 2 Release Date

Since 2018 is already looking pretty full, with Luke Cage Season 2, Jessica Jones Season 2, and possibly Daredevil Season 3, it's possible we won't see Iron Fist Season 2 until 2019. We'll update this as soon as there's official confirmation.

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PREACHER: Jesse Custer Knows Where God Is In This Absurdly Twisted Official Comic-Con Trailer

AMC has released a twisted new trailer for the latter half of Preacher season two featuring a two-minute preview of things to come and you're just going to have to see it to believe it. Come take a look!

Your eyes will fry under normal sunglasses during 2017 eclipse, here’s why – WPXI Pittsburgh


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Animated Short Rightfully Pairs Archer and Kingsman’s Eggsy

Why these two super sleuths aren't getting a spin-off is a mystery only these two super sleuths could solve.

News Matthew Byrd
Jul 21, 2017

When you really stop to think about it, the worlds of Archer and Kingsman are actually quite similar. Both are parodies/tributes to classic spy films, both star spies not afraid to engage in a bit of the old ultraviolence or some occasional princess defiling, and both typically feature some impeccable fashion choices. 

Luckily, someone over at 20th Century Fox also spotted this connection and decided to release a short animated segment featuring Sterling Archer paying a visit to the Kingsmen's legendary tailor shop/secret base. 

The short starts as a reminder that the world of Kingsman would translate incredibly well to an animated series - hint, hint - but things get really interesting when Eggsy returns to home base to find Sterling Archer trying on some suits. Naturally, Archer has discovered the group's hidden tools/weapons cache and helped himself to a few choice items. This results in a debate which the two spies realize can only be settled via a drinking game. Without spoiling the ending, let's just say that the last man standing decides to not walk away a humble winner. 

Now for a bit of bad news. This short was supposedly produced solely for the purposes of promoting Kingsman: The Golden Circle and isn't the start of some wonderful crossover series that we're sure would become bigger than Game of Thrones if some wise network - hint, hint - would only give it a chance. 

While this is, unfortunately, the very likely end of the road for these two universe's cohabitation, this short does serve as a reminder that the Archer series can always be thought of an animated take on Kingsman there to hold you over between movies while the Kingsman films are really just modified live-action Archer adventures there when you need something to watch in-between seasons of Archer.  

Still, there's nothing illegal about holding out hope for more shared adventures.

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X-Men Show The Gifted Shows Mutant Powers in Action

At the panel for The Gifted today at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel and FOX showed off lots of new footage from their upcoming X-Men based TV series. As we reported earlier, showrunner Matt Nix confirmed at that panel that the show is set in a different timeline than the X-Men movies -- a timeline where the X-Men have disappeared, by the way -- but as the scenes screened today proved, that doesn’t mean that mutant powers aren’t flying aplenty in the world of The Gifted.

In the first scene showed, Blink (Jamie Chung) is on the run from the police while a group of other mutants are also attempting to track her. They are the light-projecting Eclipse (Sean Teale), the mistress of magnetism Lorna (Emma Dumont) and the tracker Thunderbird (Blair Redford). They find the wrecked top of a police car, which had earlier been accidentally caught in one of Blink’s teleportation fields.

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Galaga Animated Series in Development

The classic arcade shooter, Galaga, is being re-imagined as a narrative and character focused series.

News Matthew Byrd
Jul 21, 2017

Nuttery Entertainment and Bandai Namco are teaming up to produce an animated series based on the 1981 arcade game, Galaga

The series, called Galaga Chronicles, will include a mix of plot elements and characters taken from the game and original creations. Nuttery Entertainment founder Magnus Jansson had this to say about the project:

“We are incredibly honored to be able to work on such an amazing legacy property and help launch it into the animated space. There is such a deep love for this game from fans around the world, and our team is excited to make sure the next chapter in the Galaga saga is equally impressive and inspiring as its humble 8-bit beginnings.”

Bandai Namco's Hirotaka Watanabe noted that while Nutttery plans on re-imagining Galaga as a character and narrative-driven experience, fans should know that everyone involved has "a great respect for its [Galaga's] history" and that the series will stay true to the original game. 

There is no word regarding the series' release date or which network will air the show at this time. 

If you're suddenly wondering whether the original Galaga even had a plot, the short answer is to that question is "not really." Galaga saw you assume the role of a nameless pilot fighting against insect-like aliens in space. The game was most notable for its somewhat advanced A.I. and deeper take on the Space Invader's formula. 

Subsequent games in the series did introduce more complex elements such as interdimensional travel and complex enemy patterns, but it's a bit of a stretch to suggest that the games ever really had much of a "plot" or "characters" in the sense of those words that one might use to justify the production of an animated series apparently driven by those very factors. 

Still, this show could be a fun excuse to make an animated sci-fi series with a few recognizable elements and a fairly well-known name. 

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‘Minecraft’ novel by ‘World War Z’ author is now available

As strange as it sounds, Minecraft got the novelization treatment, and the final product is now out for purchase. The good news is that the Mojang team put Microsoft's millions to good use by commissioning Max Brooks, author of the apocalyptic zombie...

The Punisher Clip Revealed

Today’s Marvel/Netflix panel at San Diego Comic-Con was mostly about The Defenders, with the surprise premiere of the first episode of that team-up show and the news that member Iron Fist is getting a second season of his own series. But Jon Bernthal also showed up just long enough to unveil a clip from his upcoming solo Punisher series.

The clip featured the tortured Frank Castle that made him so popular when this version of the character debuted in Daredevil Season 2. It started with images of Castle remembering teaching his daughter how to play the guitar, interspersed with shots of the modern-day Frank playing alone, but then suddenly yelling or slumped on the floor or rubbing his head -- just generally devastated.

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‘Galaga’ Animated Series In The Works

'Galaga' Animated Series In The Works

How many quarters will it take to produce that?

Source: Classic Video Game ‘Galaga’ to Be Developed Into Animated Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Galaga was the 1981 follow up to the popular 1979 arcade shooter Galaxian by Namco (licensed by Midway in the West). In the game you go up against a wave after wave of bug-like creatures in your trusty spaceship. You might have caught a reference to the game in the first Avengers movie. Now, the production  company The Nuttery Entertainment has made an agreement with the creators of Galaga (now Bandai Namco) to create characters and stories in that world.

Galaga Chronicles is one product that will arise from this agreement. This is planned to be an animated series by The Nuttery Entertainment's animation studio Assorted Nuts. Bandai Namco excutive officer Hirotaka Watanabe says of the animated series:

"While the re-imagining of the game into animation will be unique and, for the first time in Galaga’s history, story- and character-based, there is also a great respect for its history."

 

Galaga related projects are planned for multiple platformed. No timeframe was announced for the release of Galaga Chronicles.

 

 

 



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Classic Arcade Game GALAGA Will Be Developed Into An Animated Series

Animation seems to be the way to go with video game adaptations and Galaga will be no exception as it has been announced a new animated series based on the classic arcade game is in the works.

DC Reveals Doom Patrol/Justice League Crossover

DC held a panel at SDCC this evening focused on Gerard Way's Young Animal imprint. During the panel, Way and his fellow writers revealed that the Young Animal characters will be crossing paths with the Justice League in early 2018.

This announcement is a case of good news/bad news for Young Animal fans. The bad news is that three of of the four ongoing series - Shade: The Changing Girl, Mother Panic and Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye - will be going on hiatus between October 2017 and January 2018. The good news is that DC will be publishing a series of four Young Animal/DCU crossover specials beginning in January.

Doom Patrol/Justice League #1 cover by Frank Quitely. (DC Comics) Doom Patrol/Justice League #1 cover by Frank Quitely. (DC Comics)

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Syfy’s Happy! TV Series Casts Joseph Reitman as Villain

Syfy's Happy!, based on a comic book by Grant Morrison, has found its villain in Joseph Reitman!

News Tony Sokol John Saavedra
Jul 21, 2017

Among Syfy's slate of upcoming genre series is an adaptation of the Grant Morrison comic book miniseries, Happy!, which tells the story of an ex-cop turned hitman who receives a second chance to turn his life around when he meets a blue winged horse named Happy. Uhh...

Here's everything we know about this adaptation:

Happy! News

According to Deadline, Joseph Reitman (Money Monster) has been cast as the villain of Syfy's Happy! The villain is described as “crazy and delusional.”

More news as we learn it! 

Happy! Release Date

Happy! will premiere in 2018. There isn't a solid airdate as of yet!

Happy! Cast

Christopher Meloni, who played an intrepid and passionate detective on Law & Order: SVU, is going to play a formerly great detective gone to seed on Syfy Channel’s adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s New York Times best-selling graphic novel Happy! 

Meloni, who also put in memorable turns on True Blood, Man of Steel, Harold and Kumar, and The Daily Show, where Meloni took on the pepper-spray cop Tony Bologna, will play Nick Sax, a detective who makes Bologna look almost palatable.

Bobby Moynihan plays the blue winged horse Happy. Patrick Fischler (Lost) plays Smoothie, Ritchie Coster (Blackhat) is Mr. Blue, and Zabryna Guevara (Gotham) is Amanda Hansen.

Happy! Director & Writer

The pilot script was written by Morrison and Brian Taylor (Jonah HexCrank), who will also direct. Christopher Meloni will executive produce the pilot.

Happy! Story

Here's the official synopsis from Syfy:

The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni, Law & Order: SVU) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex, and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy.”

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Crunch Report | Y Combinator Wants In On The 3-Comma Club

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The Defenders: We Just Saw the First Episode

There was no shiny Stark Tower or fancy Quinjets or enchanted hammers to see at Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders panel at San Diego Comic-Con today. Nope, just the “street level” heroes that have make such a big mark on the streaming service in recent years -- Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. And they made a big mark here at SDCC too, with a surprise screening of the first episode of the show, plus the announcement that Iron Fist is getting a second season, and a first look at the new Punisher series starring Jon Bernthal.

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Spider-Man and Deadpool: Friends No More

Spider-Man and Deadpool won’t be on good terms in Marvel's Legacy relaunch, but they are getting a new creative team! At the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends panel at SDCC today, Marvel announced that writer Robbie Thompson and artist Chris Bachalo will be the new creative team on Spider-Man vs. Deadpool.

As you may have noticed, that is a slight name change for the book formerly known as Spider-Man/Deadpool. This appears to play into the idea that Deadpool is revisiting his villainous roots in Marvel Legacy, as also seen with the re-branding of his own title as "The Despicable Deadpool." Also at the panel, it was revealed that Spider-Man vs. Deadpool will have interlude issues with flash-forwards of Peter Parker and Wade Wilson as old men living in a retirement home.

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The Eisner Awards 2017 – Live, As They Come In

The 29th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony are being held tonight in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, just a short walk south from San Diego Comic-Con. This year’s ceremony celebrates the Will Eisner Centennial: He would have turned 100 years old in March.

Bleeding Cool will be updating with the winners and other observations through the night. Refresh to see the latest.

Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, The Eisner Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry, will be given out in 31 categories for works published in 2016. A complete list of all the nominees can be found in the Souvenir Book. All attendees will also get a souvenir program listing the nominees.

Among presenters at this year’s ceremony are:

  • Actor/writer Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, Odd Couple, Balls of Fire, Night at the Museum series)
  • Actor/comedian Danny Pudi (Community, Powerless, DuckTales)
  • iZombie creator and Eisner nominee Chris Roberson (Edison Rex)
  • Eisner-nominated comics writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Clean Room)
  • Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons (UK’s first Comics Laureate)
  • British TV host/comics writer Jonathan Ross
  • Creator of The Tick Ben Edlund (producer/writer, Supernatural)
  • Tick actor Griffin Newman (“Arthur”)
  • Actor/graphic novelist Greg Grunberg (Heroes; Dream Jumpers)
  • Graphic novelist and Comic-Con special guest Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl, The Great Pet Escape)
  • Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series, V-Wars comic)
  • Comics and animation writer/Eisner nominee Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn co-creator)
  • Magician/voice actor Misty Lee
  • Voice actor/comedian Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Samurai Jack, Futurama, Justice League)
  • Beloved cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD)
  • Writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers)
  • Writer/artist Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics, new editor of MAD magazine, president of National Cartoonists Society)
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award recipient and voice actor Kayre Morrison

Sponsors

The title sponsor for the awards this year is SYFY, the global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home, with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. SYFY’s lineup of shows to be presented at Comic-Con includes The Expanse, The Magicians, 12 Monkeys, and the new series Krypton and Happy!

The principal sponsors are comiXology and Gentle Giant Studios. Supporting sponsors are Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz, CA), Diamond Comics/Geppi Entertainment Museum, Flying Colors & Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA), Marquis Book, mycomicshop.com, and Strange Adventures (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Other Awards

The Eisner Awards evening includes the presentation of several other special awards. Since 1984, Comic-Con has been bestowing the annual Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award (to be presented by Bob’s daughter Ruth), and the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award has been handed out since 1982.  Also being presented is the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award, presided over by Joe Ferrara.

This is the 13th year for presentation of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The 2017 recipients are William Messner-Loebs (Superman, the Flash, Aquaman, Mr. Monster, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Dr. Fate, Jonny Quest, Spider-Man,Thor) and Jack Kirby (co-creator, Captain America, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Avengers, etc.; creator, Fourth World, New Gods, Mister Miracle, Kamandi, The Demon, Captain Victory, etc.); the awards will be presented by Mark Evanier. The major sponsor for the Finger Award is DC Comics. Supporting sponsors are Heritage Auctions and Maggie Thompson.

The Eisner Awards are part of, and underwritten by, Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.

Best Short Story

  • “The Comics Wedding of the Century,” by Simon Hanselmann, in We Told You So: Comics as Art(Fantagraphics)
  • “The Dark Nothing,” by Jordan Crane, in Uptight #5 (Fantagraphics)
  • “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC)
  • “Monday,” by W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor, in One Week in the Library (Image)
  • “Mostly Saturn,” by Michael DeForge, in Island Magazine #8 (Image)
  • “Shrine of the Monkey God!” by Kim Deitch, in Kramers Ergot 9 (Fantagraphics)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

  • Babybel Wax Bodysuit, by Eric Kostiuk Williams (Retrofit/Big Planet)
  • Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)
  • Blammo #9, by Noah Van Sciver (Kilgore Books)
  • Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Sir Alfred #3, by Tim Hensley (Pigeon Press)
  • Your Black Friend, by Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket)

Best Continuing Series

  • Astro City, by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)
  • Kill or Be Killed, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • The Mighty Thor, by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman (Marvel)
  • Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Limited Series

  • Archangel, by William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Butch Guice, and Tom Palmer (IDW)
  • Briggs Land, by Brian Wood and Mack Chater (Dark Horse)
  • Han Solo, by Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks (Marvel)
  • Kim and Kim, by Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera (Black Mask)
  • The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta (Marvel)

Best New Series

  • Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)
  • Clean Room, by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt (Vertigo/DC)
  • Deathstroke: Rebirth, by Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, et al. (DC)
  • Faith, by Jody Houser, Pere Pérez, and Marguerite Sauvage (Valiant)
  • Mockingbird, by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk (Marvel)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

  • Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World, by James Sturm (Toon)
  • Burt’s Way Home, by John Martz (Koyama)
  • The Creeps, Book 2: The Trolls Will Feast! by Chris Schweizer (Abrams)
  • I’m Grumpy (My First Comics), by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House Books for Young Readers)
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton (Tundra)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

  • The Drawing Lesson, by Mark Crilley (Watson-Guptill)
  • Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
  • Hilda and the Stone Forest, by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
  • Rikki, adapted by Norm Harper and Matthew Foltz-Gray (Karate Petshop)
  • Science Comics: Dinosaurs, by MK Reed and Joe Flood (First Second)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

  • Bad Machinery, vol. 5: The Case of the Fire Inside, by John Allison (Oni)
  • Batgirl, by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque (DC)
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)
  • Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars, by Jessica Abel (Papercutz/Super Genius)
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

Best Humor Publication

  • The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp, by Lee Marrs (Marrs Books)
  • Hot Dog Taste Test, by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)
  • Man, I Hate Cursive, by Jim Benton (Andrews McMeel)
  • Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, by G. B. Trudeau (Andrews McMeel)

Best Anthology

  • Baltic Comics Anthology š! #26: dADa, edited by David Schilter and Sanita Muizniece (kuš!)
  • Island Magazine, edited by Brandon Graham and Emma Rios (Image)
  • Kramers Ergot 9, edited by Sammy Harkham (Fantagraphics)
  • Love Is Love, edited by Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. Rich (IDW/DC)
  • Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists, edited by Santiago Garcia (Fantagraphics)

Best Reality-Based Work

  • Dark Night: A True Batman Story, by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso (Vertigo/DC)
  • Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo, by Sandrine Revel (NBM)
  • March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
  • Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir, by Tom Hart (St. Martin’s)
  • Tetris: The Games People Play, by Box Brown (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—New

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean (Dark Horse)
  • Exits, by Daryl Seitchik (Koyama)
  • Mooncop, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Patience, by Daniel Clowes (Fantagraphics)
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, by Jill Thompson (DC Comics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

  • Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)
  • Incomplete Works, by Dylan Horrocks (Alternative)
  • Last Look, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
  • Meat Cake Bible, by Dame Darcy (Fantagraphics)
  • Megg and Mogg in Amsterdam and Other Stories, by Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)
  • She’s Not into Poetry, by Tom Hart (Alternative)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

  • Equinoxes, by Cyril Pedrosa, translated by Joe Johnson (NBM)
  • Irmina, by Barbara Yelin, translated by Michael Waaler (SelfMadeHero)
  • Love: The Lion, by Frédéric Brémaud and Federico Bertolucci (Magnetic)
  • Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al. (Dark Horse)
  • Wrinkles, by Paco Roca, translated by Erica Mena (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • Goodnight Punpun, vols. 1–4, by Inio Asano, translated by JN PRoductions (VIZ Media)
  • orange: The Complete Collection, vols. 1–2, by Ichigo Takano, translated by Amber Tamosaitis, adaptation by Shannon Fay (Seven Seas)
  • The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime, by Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions, translated by Frederik L. Schodt (Stone Bridge Press)
  • Princess Jellyfish, vols. 1–3, by Akiko Higashimura, translated by Sarah Alys Lindholm (Kodansha)
  • Wandering Island, vol. 1, by Kenji Tsuruta, translated by Dana Lewis (Dark Horse)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

  • Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings, by Glen Baxter (NYR Comics)
  • Barnaby, vol. 3, by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
  • The Realist Cartoons, edited by Paul Krassner and Ethan Persoff (Fantagraphics)
  • Walt & Skeezix 1931–1932, by Frank King, edited by Jeet Heer and Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)

  • The Complete Neat Stuff, by Peter Bagge, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins, Gary Groth, and J. Michael Catron (Fantagraphics)
  • Fables and Funnies, by Walt Kelly, compiled by David W. Tosh (Dark Horse)
  • Trump: The Complete Collection, by Harvey Kurtzman et al., edited by Denis Kitchen and John Lind (Dark Horse)
  • U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories, by Sam Glanzman, edited by Drew Ford (Dover)

Best Writer

  • Ed Brubaker, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed, Velvet (Image)
  • Kurt Busiek, Astro City (Vertigo/DC)
  • Chelsea Cain, Mockingbird (Marvel)
  • Max Landis, Green Valley (Image/Skybound); Superman: American Alien (DC)
  • Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Descender, Plutona (Image); Bloodshot Reborn (Valiant)
  • Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga (Image)

Best Writer/Artist

  • Jessica Abel, Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars (Papercutz/Super Genius)
  • Box Brown, Tetris: The Games People Play (First Second)
  • Tom Gauld, Mooncop (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Tom Hart, Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir (St. Martin’s)
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

  • Mark Brooks, Han Solo (Marvel)
  • Dan Mora, Klaus (BOOM! Studios)
  • Greg Ruth, Indeh (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Francois Schuiten, The Theory of the Grain of Sand (IDW)
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
  • Brian Stelfreeze, Black Panther (Marvel)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

  • Federico Bertolucci, Love: The Lion (Magnetic)
  • Brecht Evens, Panther (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Manuele Fior, 5,000 km per Second (Fantagraphics)
  • Dave McKean, Black Dog (Dark Horse)
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)
  • Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)

  • Mike Del Mundo, Avengers, Carnage, Mosaic, The Vision (Marvel)
  • David Mack, Abe Sapien, BPRD Hell on Earth, Fight Club 2, Hellboy and the BPRD 1953 (Dark Horse)
  • Sean Phillips, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed (Image)
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Coloring

  • Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Green Valley (Image/Skybound)
  • Elizabeth Breitweiser, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed, Velvet (Image); Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta (Image/Skybound)
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)
  • Laura Martin, Wonder Woman (DC); Ragnorak (IDW); Black Panther (Marvel)
  • Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord (Marvel)

Best Lettering

  • Dan Clowes, Patience (Fantagraphics)
  • Brecht Evens, Panther (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Tom Gauld, Mooncop (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Nick Hayes, Woody Guthrie (Abrams)
  • Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer (Vertigo/DC); Black Hammer (Dark Horse)
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism


Best Comics-Related Book

  • blanc et noir: takeshi obata illustrations, by Takeshi Obata (VIZ Media)
  • Ditko Unleashed: An American Hero, by Florentino Flórez and Frédéric Manzano (IDW/Editions Déesse)
  • Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand (Harper)
  • The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood, vol. 1, edited by Bhob Stewart and J. Michael Catron (Fantagraphics)
  • More Heroes of the Comics, by Drew Friedman (Fantagraphics)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

  • Brighter Than You Think: Ten Short Works by Alan Moore, with essays by Marc Sobel (Uncivilized)
  • Forging the Past: Set and the Art of Memory, by Daniel Marrone (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Frank Miller’s Daredevil and the Ends of Heroism, by Paul Young (Rutgers University Press)
  • Pioneering Cartoonists of Color, by Tim Jackson (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)

Best Publication Design

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, designed by Keeli McCarthy (Fantagraphics)
  • Frank in the Third Dimension, designed by Jacob Covey, 3D conversions by Charles Barnard (Fantagraphics)
  • The Realist Cartoons, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)
  • Si Lewen’s Parade: An Artist’s Odyssey, designed by Art Spiegelman (Abrams)

Best Webcomic


Best Digital Comic

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Overwatch’s Doomfist Used To Pick Up And Throw Other Players – GameSpot


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The Defenders Trailer Revealed

Today at San Diego Comic-Con Netflix debuted a new trailer for Marvel's The Defenders.

Watch it below to see Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand (Finn Jones), as well as Elodie Yung's Elektra Natchios and Sigourney Weaver as the villainous Alexandra.

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DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns Says Joss Whedon Will Start Work On BATGIRL Next Year

Joss Whedon is busy bringing Justice League to the finish line in time for the November premiere date, and DCEU Chief Geoff Johns recently revealed that Whedon will start work on Batgirl next year.

‘The Defenders’ Comic-Con trailer features punching, heroes

Stop us if you've heard this one before: There's a threat facing New York, and a few of Marvel's punch-happy heroes need to clean it up. Based on the new trailer shown tonight at Comic-Con -- where, Deadline reports, Netflix screened the entire first...

SDCC: Darkwing Duck is Coming to DuckTales!!!

SDCC: Darkwing Duck is Coming to DuckTales!!!

LETS GET DANGEROUS! For the terror that quacks in the night is coming back for an episode of the DuckTales revival series!


 

Darkwing Duck is coming back to animation! The creators of new DuckTales cartoon (which is just about to debut soon) showed off a reel of footage that included the Terror that flaps in the night at their SDCC panel.

Besides Darkwing himself, Megavolt, and Darkwing's iconic ride the Ratcatcher also was featured in the clip. No word if Jim Cummings reprising the role he made famous all those years ago.  But unlike OTHER sites that are reporting this. We here at the OH! have a screencap from the panel:

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Are the Terrifics DC’s Fantastic Four?

The Dark Multiverse is coming to the DC Universe, and Batman is the one who opened the door that may doom the Earth.

At the DC Dark Nights: Metal and Dark Matter panel at SDCC today, DC revealed the designs for six of the seven evil Batmen who will debut in a series of one-shots starting in November. As explained by Scott Snyder, the Dark multiverse is fluid and always changing. These Batmen are essentially nightmare what if scenarios for Bruce Wayne that incorporate aspects of other DC heroes and at least one villain. Without any further ado, behold The Murder Machine, The Red Death, The Devastator, The Merciless, The Drowned, and The Dawnbreaker.

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THE DEFENDERS SDCC Trailer Unites Marvel’s Street-Level Heroes For An Epic Battle Against The Forces Of Evil

The first episode of Marvel and Netflix's The Defenders just screened at San Diego Comic-Con, and that was followed by an awesome extended trailer for the show which you can check out after the jump...

Doom Patrol/Justice League By Gerard Way, Steve Orlando, And Aco Is The First Young Animal Crossover

Earlier today, we learned that Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye and Shade The Changing Girl will go on a hiatus in October, and that Gerard Way’s Young Animal will cross over with the DCU in January. The crossover will happen via a series of four one-shots, and at the Young Animal panel tonight, we learned what the first one will be: Doom Patrol Special, featuring the Justice League of America.

Gerard Way and Steve Orlando will write the comic, with art by Aco, and a cover by Frank Quitely:

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A press release from DC gives more details:

“Today, during DC’s Young Animal panel, imprint curator Gerard Way made comic dreams come true by announcing that the weird and eccentric characters of Young Animal will encounter the iconic Super Heroes of the DC Universe. In January 2018, the four ongoing series – DOOM PATROL, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE, MOTHER PANIC – will participate in a special four-part annual crossover.

These annuals will mark the conclusion of the first phase of the imprint and will send each series in surprising new directions!”

Doom Patrol/Justice League By Gerard Way, Steve Orlando, And Aco Is The First Young Animal Crossover

Full-Length Defenders Trailer Debuts Loads of New Footage

Full-Length Defenders Trailer Debuts Loads of New Footage

Marvel and Netflix have debuted the full-length Defenders trailer they dropped earlier this evening at Comic-Con International in San Diego’s panel for the series. Take a look below, and marvel at all the new footage it presents.

RELATED: SDCC: Marvel’s Defenders Unite to Preview Series

Blind ninja. Smart-ass detective. Bulletproof ex-con. Kung Fu billionaire. Marvel’s The Defenders centers on four outsider heroes that have to put aside their personal issues and come together when a villainous sect threatens to destroy New York City as we know it. The Netflix original series launches globally on August 18, 2017.

RELATED: Mike Colter & Finn Jones Want Avengers to Visit Defenders’ World

Arriving Aug. 18 on Netflix, the eight-episode Defenders stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios, Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.

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The RealReal’s CEO says the company’s goal is to IPO

 The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright tells TechCrunch in a video interview that she’s preparing the luxury consignment e-tailer to go public someday. “That’s the goal,” she said when asked about IPO plans. “We really aren’t in the mood to sell the business, we’re in the mood to go public at some point in the future.” It makes sense that a… Read More

The Tick: “Where’s My Mind?” Review

The pilot for Amazon's The Tick premiered last summer as part of the site's "pilot season" (you can watch it for free on Amazon, and our old review of it is here) so today, at Comic-Con, the second episode screened, titled "Where's My Mind?" This is our non-spoilery review of it.

The full first season of The Tick hits Amazon on August 25th.

The Tick's pilot episode held promise, given its darker and more intense tone -- more akin to something like Kick-Ass than the family friendlier version we're used to -- but it was still evident from that initial outing that a bit more tweaking needed to be done. And while the show still isn't at full speed just yet, the second episode, "Where's My Mind?," was an definite improvement in the laughs department.

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Newest Groupees Bundle Focuses On Game Of Thrones

Dynamite Entertainment is partnering with Groupees.com to launch their all-new, limited time sale that focuses on Game of Thrones. Fans who simply can’t get enough of the award-winning HBO series now have the opportunity to enjoy issues 1 – 4 of the Game of Thrones comic book series, along with more than 75 issues of other adventure series. You can receive up to 90% off of the bundle valued at over $220!

GroupeesAvailable for a limited-time only, beginning Friday, July 21st at 6 pm EST/ 3 pm PST, and ending Thursday, August 17th, fans can gain access these tremendous savings and hit series by visiting: https://groupees.com/GOT

This Groupees Game of Thrones promotion offers three tiers at price points suited for almost any budget! The first tier unlocks with only a $5.00 contribution, while a $10.00 minimum investment offers fans an additional batch of comics and graphic novels, and the third $20.00 tier makes even more items available. Additional special incentives are available to fans who commit to larger dollar values, including a Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings #1 re-marked with your favorite Game of Thrones character (sketch to be based on comic series art, not series actors). Read on to for full details on tiers and special incentives!

The $5.00 Tier includes 20 comics at an approximately $45.00 value:

  • Athena TP (4 issues)
  • Damsels: Mermaids #0 – 5
  • Dejah Thoris (2016) #1 -3 
  • Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 -2
  • The Adventures of Red Sonja #8 -10 
  • Path of Exile #1 -2

The $10.00 Tier includes 28 comics at an approximately $70.00 value:

  • Army of Darkness/Xena Why Not? #1 -2 
  • Ash and The Army of Darkness #3 – 4 
  • Red Sonja She Devil with a Sword TP  (6 issues)
  • Dejah Thoris #4 – 6 
  • The Greatest Adventure #1
  • The Adventures of Red Sonja #11 – 14 
  • Legendary Tailspinners #1 -3 
  • Path of Exile #3 – 4

The $20.00 Tier includes 32 comics and one artbook at an approximately $115.00 value:

  • Army of Darkness/Xena Why Not? #3 – 4 
  • In Search of Lost Dragons Artbook 
  • Prophecy #1 – 7 
  • Red Sonja Queen of the Frozen Wastelands #1 -4 
  • Red Sonja Vol 4 #1 -2 ($2 @ = $4) 
  • Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #12 – 18 
  • Skin & Earth #1 
  • Swordquest #1  
  • Xena Warrior Princess #1 – 4  
  • Georg RR Martin Game of Thrones #1 – #4 

Special Incentives Include:

  • $40.00 threshold– Everything included in the $20 tier, along with a unique, Groupees.com exclusive Red Sonja #7
  • $75.00 threshold– Everything included in the $20 tier, along with two (2) unique Groupees.com exclusive Red Sonja #7 covers!
  • $100.00 threshold– Everything included in the $20 tier, along with two (2) unique Groupees.com exclusive Red Sonja #7 covers, and a Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings #1 re-marked with your favorite Game of Thrones character (sketch to be based on comic series art, not series actors)!

A percentage of the proceeds will go to a charity near-and-dear to Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s heart:  the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in New Mexico, a nonprofit that rescues abused and abandoned wolves. Please visit www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org to learn more about this great cause!

 

This limited-time sale ends Thursday, August 17th, so be sure to check out the Game of Thrones Groupees Bundle for further information today at www.groupees.com/GOT!

Newest Groupees Bundle Focuses On Game Of Thrones

THE PUNISHER Teaser Trailer Debuts At SDCC As IRON FIST And DAREDEVIL Get New Season Renewals

Though it hasn't been released online, we have a description of the first trailer for Marvel and Netflix's The Punisher right here. Plus, both Iron Fist and Daredevil have been renewed for new seasons...

Aaron Carter reveals why he looks so gaunt, it’s not meth

Singer Aaron Carter was in the headlines this week for a Georgia DUI arrest for marijuana use. His gaunt appearance raised alarms, however, and many speculated that perhaps he’s also been using...

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Google Play Music tweak adds a sidebar full of shortcuts

As a music streaming service, Google Play Music works well enough but its user interface leaves an awful lot to be desired. Following the mobile app's update that added persistent navigation buttons, as 9to5 Google spotted, Mountain View has added th...

Ghosted: Adam Scott and Craig Robinson Pick Their Ideal Crossover

We asked Adam Scott and Craig Robinson which paranormal crossovers they’d like to see in Ghosted.

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What we learned from talking with Adam Scott, Craig Robinson, and the creators of Fox’s new paranormal comedy series Ghosted is that there are A LOT of inspriations for this show. They’ve mentioned The X-Files, This Is The End, Ghostbusters, Black Mirror, The Twilight Zone, and so many more.

Put all those wonderful programs and films in a blender and what comes should go down pretty smooth when Ghosted premieres Oct. 1st on Fox.

With these inspirations in mind, we asked Adam Scott and Craig Robinson which paranormal crossovers they’d like to see in Ghosted. Watch it below!

For much more on Ghosted, check out our SDCC special edition magazine feature

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WATCH: Protesters Shut Down Minneapolis’ Mayor To Speak Out About Police Shooting Of Australian Woman

Video: Betsy Hodge Press Conference Shut Down By Protesters

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau stepped down from his resigned on Friday, after last week’s fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minnesota police officer. Democrat Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodge held a press conference to reflect on the police chief’s resignation as well as the shooting of Justine Damond. She encourages transformative change in the police department, and will name a new police chief.

Within minutes, protesters stormed the press conference. One angry protester ordered Betsy’s removal from the conference and from her post as mayor of Minneapolis. “We would like you to move out of our city. Your police department has terrorized us enough. Your press conference is ineffective.”

Earlier today, hundreds of protesters gathered to honor the shooting death of Justine Damond by police officer Mohammad Noor.

Betsy Hodge left the press conference as hostile voice jeered and condemned her for service as mayor of Minneapolis. The protesting crowd wants justice for the death of Damond and they want officer Mohammad Noor to be prosecuted by the fullest extent of the law. One man even wanted Mayor Hodge to resign and not one protester disagreed with him.

A lot of hostility erupted in that press conference. Betsy got the hell outta there.

Mayor Betsy Hodges said she requested Harteau to resign because “I’ve lost confidence in the chief’s ability to lead us further — and from the many conversations I’ve had with people around our city, especially this week, it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well.”

“Last Saturday’s tragedy, as well as some other recent incidents, have caused me to engage in deep reflection,” she said in a statement. “I’ve decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be.”

IDW Cut Comics By 25% – And More First Strike, Star Trek, And Black Crown From The Diamond Retailer Presentation

It may be the comic story of the past few years. Boom! made it public first, that they were cutting the number of titles they were publishing in order to refocus them. But others did similar, if less publicly, including Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse.

Today at the Retailer Lunch meeting, Dirk Wood from IDW committed to doing similar, and pointed out how their title count had fallen to reflect expressed concerns: a 25% drop. They will keep their line around 40 books a month.

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Wood said that the current First Strike crossover will change the Hasbro universe, and the Transformers line will shrink as the Hasbro books get refocused. Star Trek Discovery comes out two weeks after the show’s release and ties directly in with continuity. The “all ages” Star Wars books will now be called books for “younglings”.

And Shelly Bond presented Black Crown, uniting punk upstarts with seasoned veteran creators.

For example, Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez on art for Assassinistas.


Punks Not Dead with a punk kid with no dad who gets the ghost of Sid Vicious as his new father figure.


Kid Lobotomy with Tess Fowler  is like Peter Milligan’s Shade and Hellblazer.


 

IDW Cut Comics By 25% – And More First Strike, Star Trek, And Black Crown From The Diamond Retailer Presentation

Preacher: We’ve Seen Herr Starr’s AMAZING Introduction

At the panel for Preacher today at San Diego Comic-Con, a sequence was shown that introduces one of the comic book’s most infamous (and popular) villains, Herr Starr – and looked like it was spot on in terms of the tone and depiction of the character.

Preacher executive producer Seth Rogen noted that the next episode, following a tease earlier, “introduces the Grail more thoroughly.” The Grail is a religiously inclined organization and through them we’ll meet Herr Starr, who Rogen noted, “Is one of the most powerful men on the planet. In the comic, he’s one of the best characters.”

The sequence shown followed Starr (played by Pip Torrens) as one of many candidates/recruits trying to join The Grail – as we see him as one of many men lined up, naked initially, in front of those who will judge them. But Starr stands out immediately with his bald head, dead eye and two nipple rings connected by a chain.

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Thompson, Bachalo Tackling Spider-Man vs. Deadpool

Thompson, Bachalo Tackling Spider-Man vs. Deadpool

There’s going to be a shakeup in the relationship between Marvel Comics’ wacky pairing of Spider-Man and Deadpool. Not only will Spider-Man/Deadpool get a new creative team —
writer Robbie Thompson and artist Chris Bachalo — in November’s issue #23, but the series will also be retitled Spider-Man vs. Deadpool.

RELATED: Marvel Legacy Honors Deadpool’s Despicable Roots

The news was announced by Marvel editor Nick Lowe during the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Like the main Deadpool series, the book will have interlude issues, but instead of flashbacks, it’ll have flash forwards: Starting with Old Man Wilson and Old Man Parker at a retirement home.

Spider-Man/Deadpool launched in 2016 from writer Joe Kelly and artist Ed McGuinness, and saw the wallcrawler working reluctantly alongside the Merc with a Mouth. The series has shuffled creative teams during its run, most notably during the Deadpool-focused “‘Til Death Do Us…” crossover with the main Deadpool series and Deadpool: The Mercs For Money.

RELATED: Peter Parker Returns to the Daily Bugle in Marvel Legacy

Thompson is no stranger to the world of Spider-Man, having penned Spidey, a retelling of Spider-Man’s earlier days as a teenager and just coming into his own as a superhero, and Silk, which starred Cindy Moon as a new Spider-Man supporting character who was bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker.

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Video of Blue Ivy Released Without Beyoncé & Jay Z’s Consent

In our increasingly digital age, it's getting harder and harder to keep our information private.

That goes double for celebs, who are specifically targeted by hackers on the reg. And we don't know if a hacker was to blame, but a video of Beyoncé and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy dancing that's taking the internet by storm appears to have been posted without their permission.

More: Blue Ivy Wore a Dress That Costs More Than My Rent

The video, which shows 5-year-old Blue dancing to “Just Do It” by The Execs while mom Beyoncé looks on, has a watermark that reads "@tarajiXone," a handle not associated with an existing Twitter account, but is a private Instagram account that promises "Candid + Retro Pictures/Videos of Taraji P. Henson!" in its bio. The video is very intimate — Bey can be seen off to the side watching and smiling while Blue dances. And the Carter family is notorious for keeping this kind of thing private and under wraps, so the likelihood that they authorized its release is slim at best.

People on Twitter are already realizing that, and starting to point it out, even though the video is still spreading through shares.

More: Blue Ivy Is Definitely In the Illuminati and There's Proof

More: Beyoncé Is Fighting For the Blue Ivy Carter Trademark

The bottom line is that Blue Ivy is a child, and even though her parents are famous, she deserves some privacy in her life. Sharing this video without the permission of anyone in the Carter family is not OK.

Becky Lynch Instagram: Best Photos & Must-See Pictures

Becky Lynch is that “Irish Lass Kicker” who sets SmackDown Liveon fire every Tuesday night. But this Sunday, Lynch may be in for the fight of her life when she battles “The Queen” Charlotte Flair, Natalya Neidhart, Tamina Snuka, and “The Ravishing Russian” Lana in a Fatal Five-Way elimination match. If Becky can overcome the odds at Battleground, then she’ll earn a title shot against Naomi at SummerSlam.

She was born Rebecca Quin on January 30, 1987, in Dublin, Ireland. At the young age of 15, Quin made her professional wrestling debut under the ring name of Rebecca Knox. She spent the next decade, wrestling all around the world from Europe to Japan.

On April 8, 2013, Quin signed with the WWE. She made her televised debut as Becky Lynch on the June 26, 2014, episode of NXT. That night, Lynch wrestled Summer Rae. Lynch came to the ring like an Irish lass ready for battle. Let’s just say Summer Rae got her arsed kicked.

In the summer of 2015, Becky Lynch helped usher in the WWE’s Women’s Revolution. She arrived on the main roster of Monday Night Raw, alongside Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks. All three women have gone onto achieve tremendous success in the WWE.

In September 2016, Lynch made history, becoming the first-ever WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion. She held onto the gold for 84 days before dropping the title to Alexa Bliss in a tables match this past December. This Sunday, Lynch has another chance to climb back up the ranks of SmackDown‘s women’s division. But she’ll have a lot of competition to contend with on her way to Naomi’s title…





What It Looks Like When Retailers Race To Get Exclusive San Diego Comic-Con Swag

We told you what the exclusive swag that retailers who attended the Diamond Retailer Lunch today at San Diego Comic-Con. With expectations that some of them might make it onto eBay pretty quickly afterwards…

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And they’re off!

Look some of them are even reading the nominations for the Best Practice Awards as they pass by on their way to score. How diligent!

What It Looks Like When Retailers Race To Get Exclusive San Diego Comic-Con Swag

Boom! Studios’ 5 Biggest Problems In Comics, And A ‘Clueless’ Graphic Novel

Boom! Studios discussed the five biggest problems in the comic book market at the Diamond Retailer Lunch held in San Diego Comic-Con this afternoon. This is what they have identified…

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…and their guarantees that propose to solve those problems.

They will put out fewer books, have new creators and concepts, bring in new customers, have on time shipping, but no gambling with full returnablity with no hoops, as DC Comics and Valiant have been doing more of, of late.

Oh, but they also have an original graphic novel coming set in the Clueless movie universe. As if!

So does that mean that Boom! Studios have a clue? Or not?


 

 

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Digging Deeper Into The New Hard Case Crime Comics

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con today, Titan Comics and Hard Case Crime are releasing two new titles from their Hard Case Crime line of comics – Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini and Quarry’s War.

Created by artist, author, director, and playwright Cynthia Von Buhler (Speakeasy Dollhouse), Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini has already garnered praise from legendary author Neil Gaiman who said: “I was seduced by Cynthia Von Buhler’s artwork. She is a wonder.” Unappreciated at her father’s detective agency, the fabulous rabbit-loving Minky Woodcock straps on her gumshoes in order to uncover a magical mystery involving the world-famous escape artist, Harry Houdini. Featuring covers by artist Robert McGinnis – the famous creator of movie posters for classic films such as James Bond and Breakfast at Tiffany’s and acclaimed comics legend David Mack (Kabuki), the first issue arrives in stores November 8, 2017.

Then on November 29, comic writer/novelist Max Allan Collins‘ (Road to Perdition) Quarry series makes the leap to comics for the first time ever in an all-new series titled Quarry’s War, penned by Collins and illustrated by artist Szymon Kudranski (Batman: Streets of Gotham). Recently returned from the horrors of the Vietnam War, former U.S. Marine sniper Quarry has found a new vocation as a professional assassin. But when his latest contract turns out to be an old acquaintance from his military days, the fresh-faced hit-man finds himself battling against his own conscience as secrets from the past begin to reveal themselves.

Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #1  and Quarry’s War are available to order from the upcoming September PREVIEWS catalog.

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The 15 Best Genderswapped Cosplays We’ve Ever Seen

The 15 Best Genderswapped Cosplays We’ve Ever Seen

There are thousands of women out there who spend their days creating costumes and props so they can have fun and entertain the world as cosplayers. Most of the time, the ladies cosplay as female characters and the guys… well, you get the idea. Thankfully, not all of these entertainers stick behind the relatively set gender lines of comic book and video game cosplay and this has led to some impressive creations. You might think that gender-bending a beloved video game character or favorite superhero would turn the fans off, but the opposite is true.

RELATED: The 15 Most MIND-BLOWING Black Widow Cosplays Ever

If there’s one thing about cosplayers the fans like it’s their ability to be creative with their costumes. The good ones make their own and when they take a concept like a usually male character and turn it into a female version, they tend to go all out. We wanted to honor these creative ladies by digging through thousands of pictures until we found the very best versions of women cosplaying as men. Like we said, there are thousands of cosplayers out there and there’s no way we got to all of them with a list of only 15, so please let us know your favorites in the comment section if we missed anyone.

NADYASONIKA – GAMBIT

Nadyasonika is a Mexican cosplayer who spends her time out of costume designing clothing and modeling. She has been an international cosplayer for a little over a decade and has featured more than 60 individual costumes. Like a lot of ladies on this list, Nadyasonika is a gamer and she racks up a lot of hours on her Twitch account streaming for her many fans.

Most of her costumes are of famous female characters like Lara Croft, Cortana, Mystique or Supergirl, but she seems to have an affinity for the X-Men’s men. We chose a great shot of her cosplaying as Gambit, but she has also rocked the eye beams as Cyclops, which made it difficult for us to choose between the two. Nadyasonika can be found attending gaming and comic book conventions in her native Mexico, the United States, and elsewhere throughout the year.

JESSICA LG – GORDON FREEMAN

Not a lot of cosplayers take on the guise of Gordon Freeman. This could be due to the lack of a follow-up in the Half-Life series for so long, but it could be simply due to cosplayers wanting to go with something more relevant to today. Whatever her reason for tackling the beloved character, Jessica LG created an impressive look and even modded a beautiful Gravity Gun, the main weapon the character uses in the game.

Jessica LG has been dressing up as her favorite characters for years. While she tends to embrace the more feminine aspects of the craft, she has dabbled in gender-swapped characters like Freeman from time to time to include an impressive female version of Angel from the X-Men. She has also portrayed the Scarlet Witch and Wonder Woman rather well.

MEAGAN MARIE – TWO-FACE

It takes a certain type of creativity to transform a character nobody would find sexy into the wonderfully crafted version of DC’s Two-Face pictured above. Meagan Marie is a relative newcomer to the cosplay community, but her skill in the craft has helped her to rise above a lot of the competition to garner an impressive audience. Other than Two-Face she has created a lady Mario, though she isn’t the first to do so, which is why we focused on the unique cosplay pictured above.

She created the costume in secret for the 2011 SDCC and it was a huge success. Six hours of hair and makeup went into creating the bifurcated look of the infamous character. Meagan Marie is a huge fan of Batman: The Animated Series and wanted to create an homage to the series, which helped gift the world with the creative character featured here.

A-TWINS COSPLAY – THE WINTER SOLDIER

Evgenia a.k.a. mercury of A-Twins Cosplay created the pictured rendition of Bucky Barnes’ The Winter Soldier. The design is comparable to the Marvel Cinematic Universe version played by Sebastian Stan. The most impressive aspect of the costume has to be the cybernetic prosthetic arm, but it isn’t a perfect copy of the film’s arm. The arm was designed specifically for a female version of the character she debuted at the AVA-expo.

Evgenia is only one-half of the duo of cosplayers alongside Daisy a.k.a. Alexandra. The two have been cosplaying together for years and even did an opposing female version of Captain America, but we wanted to limit their entry to the Winter Soldier to make room for another creative Steve/Stephanie Rogers later on in the list.

KAY PIKE – TITAN & IRON MAN

Kay Pike‘s take on cosplay is truly unique among the other ladies on this list. Ms. Pike’s gifted skills as a makeup artist have made her an icon in the industry. All of her cosplay is done via body paint she does on her own figure. Nearly all of her cosplay is painted onto her body directly to incorporate her figure which is truly an impressive feat.

While she does do female characters, she does a lot of men as well. She will either create a female version like the Iron Man pictured or she will paint her face to look just like the character masking her feminine features. There is true talent in each of her creations so we threw a couple examples here for everyone to enjoy including a Titan from Attack on Titan.

FREDDIE NOVA – SKELETOR

Freddie Nova‘s unique take on cosplay has led her to create some truly unique costumes. She has been cosplaying for just under nine years and uses more body paint than your average cosplayer. One of her best costumes was a latex/body paint Venom she created. You may have seen the pic on the Internet of a woman trying to tear off the symbiote from her half-naked body. That was Freddie Nova and we could have gone with that pic, but wanted to use one you may not have seen.

Given the sheer muscle mass of the character and the lack of femininity, we had to use her portrayal of Skeletor. It takes a lot of creativity to turn a character like Skeletor into something sexy and she was able to perfect the look you see pictured above. Check out her Lady Death, and Witchblade for some incredible artistry as well.

JESSICA HUARD – SHADOW LINK

For some reason, everyone who has never played a Zelda game thinks that the main character is so-named. No, Zelda is the name of the princess that Link, the hero we get to control, has to rescue. Link is a common costume created by cosplayers, but most folks tend to keep him male. Thankfully, Jessica Huard decided to abandon that practice and instead of knocking out a standard Zelda cosplay, she created a unique look for Shadow Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.

She focuses most of her cosplaying on female characters but came up with something truly special with Shadow Link. In addition to designing killer cosplay, Ms. Huard is also a shoe designer who creates geek-themed footwear and clothing as well as costumes for other like-minded ladies. She is also a talented artist and creates paintings using tea.

LADY OF ROHAN – NATHAN DRAKE

For anyone who has ever played any of the Uncharted games, you know that the main character, Nathan Drake, is a good-looking guy. He is drawn with a rugged Indiana Jones look, which is perfect for a character who runs around adventuring while seeking treasure. Many male cosplayers have worn him well, but there are some excellent examples of women taking on the role and making a sexy man into a sexy woman.

Our favorite gender-bent version of Drake is definitely Lady of Rohan‘s pictured above. LoR is another cosplayer on this list with a small following who should be checked out by anyone who is a fan of the art form. She usually cosplays as female characters, but as you can see from the shot above, she can kill it as anyone she chooses.

RUE THE DAY COSPLAY – GASTON

Speaking of sexy dudes, we think that anyone who watched Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast would agree that Gaston had a little more going for him physically than his rival in that film. Even so, he turned out to be kind of a jerk so we tend to forget about him… that is, until we see Rue The Day Cosplay absolutely kill it as a sexy lady Gaston (pictured).

Rue has been cosplaying since 2007 and has been sewing her own costumes since. She can be found attending conventions all along the eastern coast of the United States where she has shown up as everyone from Catwoman from Injustice, Jasmine and many other interesting characters. Rue is also an Anime fan and she enjoys dressing up as various characters from many of her favorite series.

ASYA__VI – CAPTAIN AMERICA

Asya is a new entry into the world of cosplay and she isn’t like the rest of the ladies on this list. Finding pics of her online in anything other than the Captain America pictured isn’t easy since it’s her most prominent costume yet. She still hasn’t gotten more than 1,000 followers on Instagram so a little exposure might get this creative lady out there for a wider audience.

Looking through her profile, it’s clear she’s a fan of the first Avenger so it’s no wonder she picked up a shield and posed for some impressive pics. She has also donned a Starfleet uniform and clearly has a love for the genre so it would be great to see her creativity blossom in the world of cosplay.

ANDY RAE – JESSE MCCREE

Andy Raye has been a fixture of cosplay for a number of years and she currently has more than a quarter million followers on Instagram. Most of her creations are of female characters, often scantily clad so she can show off her figure. When she decided to tackle Jesse McCree, she went all out and Overwatch fans went wild.

Raye is an avid gamer with an active Twitch channel where she provides makeup, prop and costume tutorials for her fans. Raye is a Canadian who has been modeling and cosplaying since 2014 so she is an up-and-comer in the field. She has been recognized for her skills with the award for “Best Craftsmanship” at the Calgary Expo in 2014 as well as the “Judges Choice” award at Anime Revolution the same year.

AZZYLAND – AZIR

While she may be a creative, beautiful woman, the best way to describe Azzy is as a gamer. A self-described tomboy, Azzy grew up with a love of original NES games to include Super Mario, Castlevania, Contra and Metroid among many others. Her favorite game growing up was The Legend of Zelda and after finding others online who shared her love of gaming, she embraced cosplay as a creative outlet.

Nearly all of her cosplay has been of female characters save for an interesting take on The Flash. We decided to go with her feminine version of Azir from League of Legends due to the complexity of the costume and the props involved. Her photos are always taken professionally with the level of artistry shown above. You can find her on YouTube sometimes hosting the show, Before they were Famous.

LISA LOU WHO – HANDSOME JACK

Lisa Lou Who has been a fixture in the cosplay world for a number of years with numerous accolades under her belt. She has won numerous awards for her work and creativity to include “Best in Show” at DragonCon in 2012 for her portrayal of Ty Lee from Avatar. As a professional seamstress, creating costumes to help indulge in her love of sci-fi, comics and gaming has only helped elevate her to the level of a professional cosplayer.

Most of her costumes are of women, but her creation of a female Handsome Jack from the Borderlands games is amazing. She has also done impressive work as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy as well as many others from the world of science-fiction and fantasy. Lisa Lou Who lives in Minnesota, but she gets out often to attend cons all over the country.

VAMPTRESS LEEANNA VAMP – FREDDY KREUGER

Vamptress is one of the biggest names in cosplay and it was difficult to focus on only one version of her many gender-bent cosplays. We decided to go with her sexy version of Freddy Kreuger since, given all the male characters from film and literature, Kreuger is not one who should in any way look sexy. For her, it works.

Leeana calls herself the “Ghoul of Your Dreams” who insists she is a nerd and has the history to prove it. In addition to fashion, she is also an actress who has created and produced Best Friends Forever and Star Wars Girls. She is a regular fixture at conventions and has more than a million followers on Facebook alone. As with most of these ladies, she has also made some creative choices with Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Zatanna, but you can’t go wrong with everyone’s worst nightmare come to life.

JESSICA NIGIRI – ASH(LEY) KETCHUM

People who have never heard of cosplayers may have a passing familiarity with Jessica Nigiri. She got her start in the industry by dressing up as a sexy Pikachu and only shot forward in fame and popularity from there. She began in the industry in 2009 at the SDCC and has been a staple in the industry ever since. Most of Ngiri’s costumes are of female characters and her talents at prop-making as well as costume design are second to none.

When it comes to portraying male characters, we couldn’t have chosen any other than her version of Ash(ley) Ketchum from Pokémon. Nigiri has also created a sexy Mario, Roadhog from Overwatch, Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series and even a beautiful version of Indiana Jones. Nigiri is a regular attendee at cons all over the world and has a successful YouTube channel among her other pursuits.

Did we miss any of your favorite gender-swapped lady Cosplayers? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

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Fox To Reassess ALIEN: COVENANT Sequels Due To Under Performing Box-Office Numbers

Alien: Covenant debuted to a less than stellar box-office and a lukewarm reception from fans, and it has Fox taking their time in deciding where to take the franchise in the future.

Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie First Look Footage Drops

Everyone gathered around to celebrate Hey Arnold at Comic-Con.

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Jul 21, 2017

Believe it: Hey Arnold! Is back. Nickelodeon released the first footage of Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie at their San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday.

Classic Arnold cast members Lane Toran (Arnold), Jamil Walker Smith (Gerald), Francesca Marie Smith (Helga), and Anndi McAfee (Phoebe), were on hand, as were the new voices, Mason Vale Cotton (Arnold) and Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores, Jr. (Gerald). Original series creator Craig Bartlett and composer Jim Lang also joined the panel. Watch the footage below! 

Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie Trailer

Read and download the full Den of Geek SDCC Special Edition magazine here!

Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie Premiere Date

Arnold and the gang return to Nickelodeon on November 23rd. 

Here's the synopsis: 

Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie is an action-packed TV movie that takes kids on the field trip of a lifetime, following Arnold and his friends on a quest to achieve his ultimate dream of finding his missing parents. The two-hour TV movie features a storyline that picks up from where the original series ended in 2004 and resolves unanswered questions and plotlines-including Arnold finally getting answers about the whereabouts of his missing parents. The movie is co-written and executive produced by the series’ original creator Craig Bartlett and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.

Nick also revealed more artwork at the SDCC panel:

Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie Cast

The two-hour movie will see the return of the show's cast of characters, along with many of the original voice actors, including Francesca Marie Smith as Helga, Anndi McAfee as Phoebe, Justin Shenkarow as Harold, Olivia Hack as Rhonda, Nika Futterman as Olga, and Dan Butler as Mr. Simmons. Arnold and Gerald will be voiced by newcomers Mason Vale Cotton and Benjamin “L’il P-Nut” Flores Jr., respectively. The original voices of Arnold and Gerald, Lane Toran and Jamil Smith, will voice other characters in the film.

We went in-depth with series creator Craig Bartlett for our SDCC special edition print magazine. You can read more about the revival here!

This story has been updated to reflect new information. 

SDCC: ‘Big Hero 6: The Series’ Sneak Peek

SDCC: 'Big Hero 6: The Series' Sneak Peek

Short clip featuring 2 of the 6

Source: Disney XD YouTube channel

Last week we got a look at the opening sequence for the upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series. That was the first footage from the show that we've seen, but it wasn't actually from the show as often openings and closings from animations will differ from the actual episodes. If you are interested in how the show will actually look, today friends, you're in luck.

As part of their San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) push, Disney released the first clip from Big Hero 6: The Series. It's the tiniest of clips though, and features only 2 of the 6 heroes, Hiro (Ryan Potter) and Baymax (Scott Adsit). Here's the description from Disney:

A sneak peek from the episode, "Fred's Bro-Trillion," where Hiro and Baymax get trapped inside super villain Baron Von Steamer's lair.

 

 

Big Hero 6: The Series will trap audiences in teh Fall.



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New Sonic Comic Book Partnership Announced

Sonic the Hedgehog has found a new home at comics publisher IDW Publishing, SEGA has announced.

While creative teams are currently in being assembled, a new chapter in Sonic's story is said to begin sometime in 2018.

"We've been speaking with beloved Sonic fan-favorite creators and new creators alike, and are excited to be able to spread specifics about our plans for the comic in the near future," IDW chief creative officer Chris Ryall said.

News of this partnership comes shortly after SEGA's announcement of the end of its 24-year publishing deal with Archie Comics. According to a statement released by the company, the termination of its partnership with Archie "signifies SEGA of America's decision to take a different direction for the series."

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Iron Fist Renewed For Season 2 With Expanded Cast

Iron Fist Renewed For Season 2 With Expanded Cast

Iron Fist will return for a second season on Netflix, with a casting addition that will undoubtedly please Marvel Comics readers.

Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb made the announcement this evening during the Defenders panel at Comic-Con International, where he teased, the inclusion of another character that “will make you a little misty.”

RELATED: Finn Jones Thinks Iron Fist Costume Could Debut in Season 2

Obviously he was referring to Misty Knight, played on Luke Cage by Simone Missick, signaling the potential formation of the Daughters of the Dragon with Colleen Wing (played on Iron Fist by Jessica Henwick).

Iron Fist premiered in March on Netflix, starring Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) as Danny Rand, who returns to New York City, after being presumed dead for 15 years, to reclaim his family’s company from Harold Meachum and his two children. Trained in the mystical city of K’un-Lun to be a living weapon, Danny calls upon the power of the Iron Fist to confront the Meachums and battle the evil ninja cult The Hand.

RELATED: The Defenders Will “Mature” Danny Rand

When the first season ended, Danny  returned with Colleen to K’un-Lun, only to find the gates to the city closed. Both characters play a role in The Defenders, the miniseries that brings together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist to face a still-undisclosed threat in New York City.

Although the first season of Iron Fist received largely unfavorable reviews, Netflix said it generated the second-highest demand among the Marvel series during its launch week.

No date has been announced for the second season of Iron Fist. The Defenders arrives Aug. 18 on Netflix, followed by The Punisher.

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2018 Decatur linebacker Josh Marsh becomes Auburn’s second commit of the day

One day, two commits.

Dark Horse’s Berger Books Spotlights Titles From Gibbons, Johnson, And Others

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Bleeding Cool reporter Joe Glass writes:

At SDCC, founding editor of DC’s Vertigo Karen Berger is on hand to explain the first projects revealed as part of her new Dark Horse imprint, Berger Books.

Berger says she’s really happy to be here, and happy to be back in comics after taking a few years out.

Panel includes Dave Gibbons, whose work The Originals will be reprinted at Berger Books with a special edition; Mat Johnson is next, novelist who is the writer of Incognegro, which will see the original volume reissues as well as a new series; Ann Nocenti, and Richard Berger an art director who designed the Vertigo logo and also the Comic-Con logo.

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First discussing Hungry Ghosts, Berger was thrilled to get a call from Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose to work together again after working together at Vertigo on Get Jiro, different take on a classic game played by samurais, but with international chefs trying to one up each other. First issue out January 31st, 2018.

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The Seeds, a four-issue series by Nocenti and David Aja. Nocenti says at its core, it’s a human-alien love story, but we don’t know if the aliens are just crazy or really aliens. There is a wall between two sides (sound familiar?) and it’s about love crossing gender and race. It’s also an eco-thriller. Nocenti says this is an equal collaboration with Aja — their names will switch places on the book to represent their equal contribution.

The first creator-owned series for both Nocenti and Aja.

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Incognegro: Johnson explains that it’s the story of a white-passing African-American man investigating lynchings in the Deep South, in part loosely based on the story of Walter White. He says it was inspired also by his twins, one of whom looks very white while the other has darker skin. He also discusses how artist Warren Pleece’s art has continued to evolve and looks brilliant, with some art shown on the screen.

Johnson taught Harlem Renaissance literature in his day job as a professor, so enjoyed deep diving into this for his comic. There will be historical figures in the book.

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Next up is Mata Hari, following the story of the exotic dancer notorious for how she lived, but she was also a spy. Berger says she was fascinated by the pitch because it was told from a feminist perspective. She was also a storyteller and made up stories about herself. She’s an unreliable narrator and a real mystery, and the story of the comic is told on the eve of her execution. Writer Emma Beeby has an incredible background as a writer, in all sorts of avenues, including video games and horoscopes.

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The Originals comes up, originally brought to Berger at Vertigo in 2002, and Berger was thrilled Gibbons got the rights back so they could reissue it under Berger Books. Gibbons describes it as greatly autobiographical, from his time as a Mod.

He described how he was approached by Berger to do something he both wrote and drew, and he knew he didn’t want to do another science fiction story. Then one day driving in his car, he saw a man in a leather jacket on a motor bike that made him want to run him down, harking back to the age old sense of conflict between Mods and Rockers. He found not collaborating and working by himself quite difficult, but it’s very close to his heart.

The edition with Berger Books will be much bigger than originally printed, and he keeps everything in the work he does, so this edition will have plenty of behind the scenes elements too, including Gibbons mind-map for the book. He’s very pleased with this edition.

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Berger, on the approach when designing the books (aside from The Seeds which is designed by Aja), he says it’s about making things feel more cohesive and bring everything together as a whole to make the project more immersive.

The Berger Books line all starts in 2018.

Audience questions: the line will not be accepting submissions, as she’ll be editing line herself, and as such looking at around eight projects per year.

What makes a Berger Book a “Berger book”? It needs to feel fresh, it needs to feel original, it needs to have an edge to the story, but mainly it’s some form of contemporary fiction. If it’s a historical story, it has to have relevance to the world today. She says the books revealed so far feel right together.

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Gibbons says the common thread is Karen, given her curation of the line.

There are also plans to do a sequel to Incognegro that will take place in the 1960s.

Leaning 50/50 to limited series and ongoing, though most of the titles revealed so far are limited series that will be collected three to four months after final issue.

Someone asked: having discussed the feminist perspective of Mata Hari, how can they marry that to the inclusion of Paul Pope on Hungry Ghosts, given the allegations from around nine months ago? Berger, visibly startled, simply replied that she was not aware of these allegations.

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Dark Horse’s Berger Books Spotlights Titles From Gibbons, Johnson, And Others

Decatur linebacker Josh Marsh commits to Auburn

Auburn landed its second commitment of the day Friday

The Gifted’s Mutants Power Up in SDCC Trailer

The Gifted’s Mutants Power Up in SDCC Trailer

When a mutant’s powers manifest themselves for the first time, it can be a stressful, nerve-wracking experience. Viewers get to witness this first-hand in a new trailer for Fox’s X-Men-inspired drama The Gifted.

The trailer premiered at the Gifted panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and begins with Andy Strucker unleashing his uncontrollable powers while being bullied at a high school function. With the help of his sister, the two Strucker children escape, but not before their actions make it into the news cycle and alert the mutant underground.

RELATED: Fox’s The Gifted ‘Is Its Own Universe,’ Separate From X-Men Films

Back at home, the kids’ mother is presented with the fact that her own two children are mutants — which is a problem, since the head of the household, Reed Strucker, puts mutants in jail. However, Reed decides to put family before work and calls the mutant underground to aide him in protecting his family. The mutant underground wants to help, but indecision is in the air as we learn that the X-Men and Brotherhood (of Evil Mutants) may no longer exist.

Before the trailer ends, we get a rundown of each mutant in the underground (Thunderbird, Polaris, Blink, and Eclipse), new mutants Andy and Lauren Strucker, and a display of their impressive powers.

Airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont cast as Lorna Dane/Polaris, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong and Blair Redford as John Proudstar/Thunderbird, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker and Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker.

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Spider-Man and Frank West join latest ‘Marvel vs. Capcom’ roster

Like comic books, fighting games are ripe for the crossover treatment. Nintendo has done it with good success in the Super Smash Bros. series, bringing characters from disparate franchises like Street Fighter and Fire Emblem together to brawl on the...

How Are Batman and Hawkman Connected in Dark Nights: Metal?

DC's epic crossover event Dark Nights: Metal is kicking off next month, and that story has been a major focus at Comic-Con this week. We had the chance to chat with writer Scott Snyder on the show floor today, and Snyder revealed some juicy new details about the Dark Knights and the ties he's building between Batman and Hawkman.

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Snyder reiterated the point that while Metal is an extension of his long Batman saga, it's also a story about the Justice League as a whole. Snyder said, "I started thinking about it - what if I developed this mystery that Batman and then the Justice League start following. Because it's really a Justice League story even more than a Batman story. It becomes the first mystery that Batman just does not want to solve, because it all seems to point back to him in a way that's terrifying to him. So it's almost like the first detective case he doesn't want to solve."

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Walking Dead S8 Promo: Is This a Fantasy or a Time-Jump?

AMC released a new trailer for the forthcoming eighth season of The Walking Dead today at their San Diego Comic-Con panel.

While the trailer itself showcased a lot of action ahead in Season 8, it was the vignette at the very end of the SDCC trailer -- starting at around the 4:40 mark here -- that got our gears turning and might hint at a major time-jump for the characters that also happened in the comics. Or, for the show, maybe it's all just a fantasy.

SPOILERS ahead for both Walking Dead the show and the comic!

There's a shot of the handle of a cane followed by a shot of flowers in a vase in the foreground with a blurry man resting in the background. The third and final shot is a close-up of a bare-chested Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) waking up in bed.

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