Charity at Baltimore Comic-Con: help folks Delete Blood Cancer!

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This is one that hits home for me, as my father passed away from multiple myeloma almost 25 years ago.  So let me just let the press release do the talkin’.  And hope to see y’all next weekend at the ‘Con!

Help Patients Battling Blood Cancer at the 15th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con

Register as a Bone Marrow Donor

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 27, 2014 - Seth Kushner is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, and a proud member of the Bay Ridge community, where he and his wife, Terra are raising their almost-five-year-old son. Seth grew up knowing he wanted to be an artist and began a career as a photographer. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, L’Uomo Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, and other publications. Published books include The Brooklynites, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, and upcoming New York Comics. Seth is co-founder of TripCity.net, home to his CulturePOP photocomix and Schmuck comics. In 2013, Seth co-founded HANG DAI Editions, an independent publishing imprint.

Back in April, Seth was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and was told he needed a bone marrow transplant. Thankfully, Seth has found a bone marrow match and a transplant has been scheduled, but there are many other patients out there that need your help. Seth and his family and friends are encouraging everyone to become someone’s real-life hero.

Become a registered become a bone marrow donor at the Baltimore Comic-Con . All it takes is completing a registration form and swabbing the inside of your cheeks. In less than five minutes, you can potentially save a life!

Seth speaks with his son on FaceTime every morning and draws one superhero per day, which Terra brings home for their son. Seth stays positive and is confident he will beat his disease.ART AUCTION
The art created for the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook will be auctioned off at the Baltimore Comic-Con Art Auction at 5pm on Friday, September 5th in our Main hall, in the Exclusives Booth in the lobby. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to Seth Kushner and his fight against leukemia. Seth is a frequent guest of the Baltimore Comic-Con and we are looking forward to his return to the show in 2015! To learn more about Seth and to contribute to his cause, please go to http://www.gofundme.com/d8gc2o.

DELETE BLOOD CANCER FACTS 

Delete Blood Cancer DKMS was founded in the U.S. in 2004 and is the U.S. arm of DKMS, the German bone marrow donor center. DKMS was started by a family whose search for a donor inspired 68,000 people to register in just one year. Today, Delete Blood Cancer and DKMS make up the world’s largest bone marrow donor center with branches around the globe that have registered more than 4 million donors and provided more than 40,000 patients with potentially life-saving transplants.

In the U.S., Delete Blood Cancer has registered more than 500,000 potential donors and facilitated over 1,500 life-saving transplants. We have registered more than 100,000 new donors per year in the past two years. But they’re not stopping there. They lead the fight against blood cancer by working with families, communities, and organizations to recruit more donors and provide more patients with second chances at life.

Delete Blood Cancer is dedicated to their mission of building a critical mass of bone marrow and blood stem cell donors for patients in need. By educating about the donation process, demonstrating the impact of donation, and providing support and counsel to their patients and donors, they serve to grow their donor center and, ultimately, help more people.

The donors they register are added to the Be The Match® Registry, the official registry of the United States operated by the National Marrow Donor Program®. This registry currently includes more than 11 million donors, of which more than 38 percent have been recruited by Delete Blood Cancer and DKMS combined.

Register online at deletebloodcancer.org, text DELETE to 20222 to donate $5, contribute at deletebloodcancer.org, or fund raise via firstgiving.com/dkms.Delete Blood Cancer will be exhibiting at the Baltimore Comic-Con in booth #2503. Please stop by to learn how you can help!

TICKETS

General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now!

[Reblog] ‘True Blood’ star Kristin Bauer van Straten returning to ‘Once Upon a Time’ for major arc

Denise:

Oh HELLZ yeah! I always thought that Kristin Bauer van Straten got short shrift in OUaT. I’m really glad to see that she’ll be returning. 1) because she was amazing as Maleficent,
2) Because as she was all but zombified at the end of her storyline, I’m hoping for some scary monster action once the Frozen arc wraps up
3) because girlfriend can rock the usual OUaT wardrobe like a BOSS. Read the rest over at Entertainment Weekly!

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Once Upon a Time — Pictured: Kristen Bauer (Screengrab/EW)

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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Kristin Bauer van Straten has booked a return trip to Once Upon a Time.

EW has learned exclusively that the True Blood alum will reprise her dastardly role as villain Maleficent during the second half of Once’s upcoming season.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: A Dolphin’s Tale 2

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Alright y’all.  It’s time for more tickets!  This go-round it’s for the Baltimore area screening of A Dolphin’s Tale 2.  Synopsis?  Let me show it to you.  Courtesy of the PR folks, of course!

Synopsis:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale 2” continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.”

Sounds like a really sweet film, right?  And I hear on the street that you don’t necessarily need to have seen the first one to enjoy this one.  (Though it’s easy enough to track down and watch beforehand if you’re a completist.  Because that’s cool.)

Read on for the pass-scoring deets….

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District 13 sends out Rebels posters!

And they’re all black, a stark contrast to President Snow’s all white series.  Coinkidink?  I’m putting 100% down on no.  Here’s the official deets from District 13 the PR folks:

Yesterday, Lionsgate released six REBEL WARRIOR POSTERS for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 featuring the fearless rebels of District 13: GALE (Liam Hemsworth), BOGGS (Mahershala Ali), MESSALA (Evan Ross), CASTOR (Wes Chatham), CRESSIDA (Natalie Dormer) and POLLUX (Elden Henson).

Be sure to download the OUR LEADER THE MOCKINGJAY app to your iOS or Android device. This app represents the underground communications network for District 13, and gives fans the ability to create and interact with ‘digital graffiti marks’ created in augmented reality space. http://OurLeaderTheMockingjay.Co.in 

#OurLeadertheMockingjay

Aaaand peep the posters! Badass.  (Clicky for the high-res images.) Remember — Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens November 21st, 2014.

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Original ‘Saw’ to hit theaters again on Halloween. GAME OVER.

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Well, any fan of the Saw franchise can just go ahead and give the nice folks their moneies. Saw (aka “Saw 1“, as the cool kids say) will be coming back for a full week starting on Halloween night. Boo!

Read on for the full deets on how, where, when, what, and all that. Those of you that have been bad? I suggest hiding under your bed ’til Jigsaw is back in the box. Happy 10th anniversary, Saw!

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I’m Finished: Last Days, by Adam Nevill

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As per my usual, here’s my Goodreads review. Sharing is caring. It’s a quickie this time, because as much as I’d like to really love Last Days, a book doesn’t get unconditional love from me if I’m able to set it down for over a week with no itch to pick it back up.

Dunno how I feel about this book. There were times when I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, and there were times when it sat untouched for days.

Still, the story is interesting even if there are times when the writing (editing?) is choppy. Nevill definitely knows how to describe horrific acts and monstrous people that do monstrous things. This is the kind of book you bring on vacation, so you’ll finish it in one go. Otherwise, like me, you may put it down and pick it up again much later.

Minus one star for the ending that felt like the author was running out of paper and had to wrap it up Right Now. Also, for the “Oh Noes!” twist that wasn’t.

3 out of 5 stars.

[Reblog] Emmys 2014: The Winners, The Losers and Everything in Between

Denise:

Here’s the rundown of the winners ffrom last night’s Emmy awards from the talented Melissa Locker at Time.com. Bonus: it’s a damn entertaining read.

Oh, and powers-that-be, please makea Scandal/Ray Donovan crossover happen.

Originally posted on TIME:

As you may have noticed, the 2014 Emmys were held on a Monday night in August. While the show’s host, Seth Meyers, expects you to believe that this means the Emmys are on the brink of cancellation (after all, how can they be expected to compete with Bachelor in Paradise?), the truth is that NBC knows we’ll watch any awards show at any time, because awards show are The Best (even when they’re on at the same time as Bachelor in Paradise). As Meyers pointed out in his opening monologue, television is “the booty-call friend of entertainment” — and we’re all willing to take the call.

Here’s what happened during the 2014 Emmys:

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: While Amy Poehler tried to convince viewers that she was handing out the award for “Best Onscreen Orgasm in a Civil War Re-enactment,” in fact, she was simply…

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