Con News: “March” creators Aydin and Powell come to SPX

SPX 2016 banner 2The award-winning March series is incredible.  If you haven’t read it yet, go do it now.  I’ll wait. In the meantime, synopsis!

The March trilogy is a black and white graphic novel trilogy about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis. The series is written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated and lettered by Nate Powell.

Back?  Good.  Fantastic books, right?  Well, the creators, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, will be at this year’s Small Press Expo! They’ll be at the Top Shelf table signing copies, and will be a part of a panel I’m definitely making time for.

SPX is September 17th and 18th, in Bethesda, Maryland.  Read on for the full press deets, and hope to see you at the Expo!

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First look at “Ash vs. Evil Dead” season 2: Ruby! Ely! LEE MAJORS!

ash 4 prez“Do I save her ’cause I should? Or ’cause she’s hot?”

Oh yeah baby. Ash is coming back, and he’s…well, the same Ash we’ve always known.  In this first look at Season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead, we get to see that Ash is loving live in Jacksonville.  But we all know that can’t last, because he’s Ash for cryin’ out loud.  And the gang’s back, including Lucy Lawless as the mysterious (and totally badass) Ruby. We also get to meet Ash’s pops, played by none-other than The Six Million Dollar Man‘s Lee Majors.  Groovy, baby!

Ash vs. Evil Dead slices through deadites and bullshit on October 2nd, 2016.  Groovy, baby.

PS: check out Ash 4 President.  Because Ash is a man we should all get behind.  Mostly because if you stand in front of him, you’ll probably get yourself killed by accident.

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What is “Morgan”? Disappointing.

morgan onesheetNutshell: like its title character, Morgan is a hybrid; a sci-fi/horror mashup that doesn’t know what to do with its interesting premise except beat it to death with ennui.  A waste of not only a fine story idea, but a cast that seem to know they’re all too good for this. Grade: D

“You know the cruelest thing you can do to someone locked in a room? Push their face to the window.”

And you know the cruelest thing you can do to a genre fan?  Create an interesting story, and then waste it.  With Morgan, there’s hints of Ex Machina, Firestarter, Stranger Things, Blade Runner, and other finely twisted stories of natural order gone boink.  And by “hints”, I mean the screenwriters ripped off the basic ideas, but not the themes or behind ’em.  And that’s a crying shame. Continue reading

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Happy #WomensEqualityDay, and #HappyBirthdayKatherineJohnson!

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To celebrate the day and to honor of Dr. Johnson, Fox 2000 Pictures has decided to donate to STEM Education for every share of this video.  Lovely, right?  Well, I’m all for celebrating, and for getting the word out about this fabulous woman.  Read on, peep the vid…and share it far and wide!

2000 steps. 120 miles. 5 honorary degrees. 4 great-grandchildren. These are some of the numbers that have defined Katherine Johnson’s legacy. And today is her 98th birthday.

20th Century Fox and HIDDEN FIGURES are wishing the brilliant and trailblazing Katherine G. Johnson a Happy 98th Birthday! Katherine is the NASA mathematician who served as the brains behind one of the greatest space missions in US history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Join in on her birthday celebration by checking out the below video and learning more about her inspiring story.

To honor this remarkable woman on Women’s Equality Day, Fox will be making a donation to STEM EDUCATION for every share of this video on August 26th, 2016.

Hidden Figures hits theaters everywhere on January 13, 2017!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms92fv9L9aY

 

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Con News: have cookies with “The School for Good and Evil”!

BaltimoreComicCon_logo_nodateOoh!  Cookies!  Gorgeous art!  And creators that sound like they’re gonna be a whole lot of fun to hang out with!  I’m abusing exclamation points because The School for Good and Evil is coming to Baltimore Comic-Con.  They’ll be at the “Kids Love Comics” pavillion, and they’ll have some sweet sounding panels as well.  Because who doesn’t love fairy tales?  And cookies?

So read on for the full deets, whydon’cha?  And see you at the con!

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Blu-Ray Giveaway: cool off with “Winter’s War”!

winters war bluray coverAugust is always a hot one.  But not if you’re inside watching a movie, amirite?  Well, I’ve got 10 copies of The Huntsman: Winter’s War from the lovely folks at Universal, and I’m itching to give ’em to you.  Synopsis!

The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain: The Martian, The Help) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

Along with the movie itself, there’s an extended version of the film, a peek behind the scenes, deleted scenes, and a director’s commentary!  I thought the visuals and the performances were lovely.  And I admit I’m jealous; I want to check out the Blu-ray extended cut to see how the story plays out at that length. What will you think? Only one way to find out…

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TrailerWatch: Samara goes viral in “Rings”

rings posterReady to get your scared on? In today’s all-cellphone-all-the-time culture, NOT watching a video is like not thinking about an elephant when someone tells you not to. (GOTCHA!) Samara, the long-haired well dweller from Ring, is back and wants to take things to the World Wide Web. Is she gonna? Uh, DUH. Synopsis!

A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Rings crawls into theaters October 28th.

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