Well, we made it to the other side! One whole week of very little sleep, amazing people, bizarre and brilliant cosplays and we made it through NYCC. Below are some pics of the entire weekend!
You know it’s almost Christmas when we hear news of Halloween releases! To cheer you up at the thought of summer coming to an end, we have some awesome news for you!
This year, comic shops across the US will participate in Halloween ComicFest, with special giveaways and limited-edition comics, as well as some cool Halloween-themed merchandise. And Diamond Select Toys is participating in the event with an exclusive 2-pack of Walking Dead Minimates!
DST has taken their rare Winter Coat Dale and Female Zombie 2-pack from Series 1 and repainted it in an even rarer black-and-white color scheme, as they originally appeared in the popular black-and-white comic book by Robert Kirkman! Tell your comic shop to order a set for you, and pick it up just in time for Halloween!
To find a participating store, check out the Diamond Select Facebook Page.
Just in time for the Season 3 premiere!
This September, the world of Minimates will be invaded by zombies! The first series of Minimates based on the Walking Dead comic book by Robert Kirkman is scheduled to hit stores in September, and Diamond Select Toys is already hard at work on the second series, slated for a November release. Like the first assortment, every human character will come with a zombie, and there will be a zombie two-pack to help pad out your zombie herd.
In other toy-related news, Funko have announced the addition of Walking Dead figures to their POP! Television line. These will be available in time for the October 14th Season 3 premiere. This news should bring you all copious amounts of joy….so which ones will you add to your Curicon Collection??
Jason Farnsworth Assembles Comic Industry for Aurora Rise: Benefit Event
Following the tragic July 20 shooting at the Aurora Century 16 in Colorado, Jason Farnsworth, manager of the city’s only comic shop, All C’s Collectibles, encouraged members of the comic and entertainment industries to find their inner superheroes. Mr. Farnsworth set out on a mission to help help the Aurora community and joined forces with Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics to “do everything in our power to raise money for the victims and their families.”
Mr. Farnsworth has worked with members of Image Comics and others to organize an event that would honor those who lost their lives that night and assist survivors with outstanding medical expenses. By the end of the first day of planning, Steve Niles (IDW‘s 30 Days of Night) led by example and offered to visit the Aurora comic shop for an in-store comic signing. Shortly after Niles pledged his support, Matt Fraction (Marvel’s Fear Itself, The Mighty Thor), Mike Mignola (Dark Horse’s Hellboy), and DC Comics artist, Moritat (The Spirit, All-Star Western), offered to join Niles for the event scheduled for August 25 – 26 at Farsworth’s store, All C’s Collectibles, only a mile and a half from the Century 16.
In addition to the in-store signing, a silent auction is also planned for 6:30 on Saturday, August 25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Denver – Aurora (courtesy of Embassy Suites). As news of the auction spread across social media networks via Facebook and Twitter, professional comic creators, local artists, and others reached out to Aurora Rise with generous donations to support Mr. Farnsworth’s efforts. In addition to rare lithographs and original comic art from top comic talents such as Rob Liefeld (Deathstroke), Tom Feister (G.I. Joe), and Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), the Aurora Rise auction will feature an electric guitar signed by the Zac Brown Band (Taylor Guitars), tickets to a taping of The Big Bang Theory (CBS), an autographed Anthrax poster (Suicide Girls & Scott Ian), an Amazing Spider-Man poster signed by Stan Lee (POW! Entertainment), and a signed Halo 4 Collectors Box Set (McFarlane Productions). The proceeds from Aurora Rise will go directly to the Alex Sullivan Fund and the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.
Plans are now underway for Aurora Rise events in Colorado and elsewhere that will generate additional assistance for the Community First Foundation – Aurora Victim Relief Fund.For more information, visit the Aurora Rise:Benefit Event on Facebook or on Twitter. The Aurora Rise website (www.aurorarise.org) is also under construction and will host updates as they become available.
Curicon recently had the opportunity to speak with Jordan Hembrough about his new series ‘Toy Hunter’. Not one to turn down a chance to discuss collectibles and valuable plastic treasures with a self-professed ‘toy hunting and collecting geek’, we happily agreed to an interview.
The basic concept of the show is following Jordan as he travels around America, exploring people’s attics and garages in search of collectibles that have, until now, been over-looked. Think ‘Storage wars’ for nerds. In other words, it’s a lot less ‘Antique furniture’, a lot more ‘Star Wars Collectibles’. Still not totally buying it? How about when I tell you the program also includes interviews with vintage toy storeowners and even former Kenner designers? Now, I have your attention!
Speaking with Jordan, it’s clear to see he knows his stuff. And why wouldn’t he? He started his multi-faceted career buying antique and collectible toys for a chain of comic book stores in his late teens. Using this experience, he continued on to open his own store, Hollywood Heroes in NYC. Jordan has years of first hand experience with collectible toys. Having watched the pilot myself, Jordan gets truly excited when he finds something special. You’ll also find yourself getting excited about the find and it’s so easy to forget that you’re watching a pre-recorded program. His excitement is contagious and you really live in the moment with him!
Jordan opened Hollywood Heroes in 1995, specializing in selling vintage toys and collectibles. Now, Jordan specializes in what he likes to call the ‘Sweet spot’ of pop culture- the 70’s, 80’s, and a little bit of the 60’s. But he explains ‘nothing is off the table right now. “If I find a coo toy from the 1920’s and I think people would be really interested in hearing about it, I’ll definitively go after it as well.” So it seems he has something to suit every type of pop culture collector.
Getting down to the grittier details, Jordan’s opinion on the most valuable toys. According to Jordan, toys from the 1980’s such as Masters of the Universe and Gem dolls by Hasbro are in hot demand at the moment and some of the Strawberry Shortcake Dolls can be worth up to $300 each.
When asked his opinion on the Cabbage Patch Dolls, Jordan indicated that they didn’t maintain their secondary market like everyone thought they would. This is also the case with some of the newer My Little Ponies, mainly due to the fact that they are so easily obtained. But Jordan once again shows his true appreciation of all toys when he quickly followed up by saying ‘just because a toy isn’t cool, doesn’t mean it’s not cool’.
So what other toys does Jordan rate? Well for one, he believes the Jurassic Park line was one of the last great toy lines from Kenner before Kenner toys shut down. Some of the dinosaur figurines are still as popular as ever, fetching up to $500 a piece, which is quite surprising for such a new toy (i.e. produced within the last 10-15 years). In Jordan’s opinion, this is down to the fact that they were made well and also, because you could literally play with them anywhere. He enthuses ,‘the packaging was great, it was all bright and colorful and it had great artwork on it. It was just a really cool toy line to collect’.
It’s clear to see the child-like enthusiasm and love Jordan has for toys. Yes, it’s a business for him, but it’s also a passion. He is excited at the thought of Japanese company, ‘Super7’ are re-producing some of the old classics, helping us all ‘relive our childhood’.
The aim of the Toy Hunter series, according to Jordan, is to ‘bring back a lot of the memories from the 70’s and from our childhood’.
Seeing how passionate this guy is about toys and collectibles, the obvious question to ask is, how does he manage to sell them? I mean, isn’t there an urge to keep all the great collectibles he finds himself? I know I’d be tempted! “It’s called a mortgage, (I’ve) got one. It’s got to get paid every month” Jordan jokes. “I would love to collect and keep everything, you know, everything I find. But I made a decision a long time ago, this is a business”. But it’s not all tough decisions though, as Jordan admits he does keep some of the collectibles himself. I can’t say I blame him. No matter what field of work you’re in, how difficult would it be to sell on a mint condition Vinyl Cape Jawa?
Ok, so I’ve gone totally off-track (Star Wars, you win again). Back to ‘Toy Hunter’. Jordan compares hunting for rare toys to hunting for gold. As any collector would probably agree, finding a rare toy (in good condition) is really like striking gold. ‘Toy Hunter’ shares those moments of discovery with its viewers, making it pretty enthralling viewing. Will this lead actually prove a success? How much will The Mad Bubbler toy sell for? Jordan doesn’t claim to be the ultimate collector. He admits he’s made mistakes too, having bought toys for $300 only to find out there was a warehouse full of the same line in Brooklyn and the toys are then only worth $50, so it will be interesting to see his journey of buying and selling as well as the actual find.
In short, I definitely think ‘Toy Hunter’ is worth a watch for collectors or anyone with an interest in collectibles and toys in general. Tune in on Wednesday 15th August on the Travel Channel at 10pm to catch the first episode of ‘Toy Hunter’.
Peter Gutierrez has written about comics for the New York Times and ForeWord Reviews, on vampires, cosplay and Star Trek for the Financial Times, blockbuster movies for Screen Education, and graphic novels for Graphic Novel Reporter. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, he regularly contributes to sites such as Twitch and to magazines such as Rue Morgue and Metro where he is a contributing editor. He has also published his own genre fiction, comics and nonfiction books. As a media literacy advocate, Peter blogs at School Library Journal and has spoken at numerous pop culture and publishing events.
Web site: http://blogs.slj.com/connect-the-pop/
Because I am a nerd I believe that works of the imagination are redemptive, both personally and culturally.
Because I am a nerd I’m thankful for that I’ve been able to meet so many great talents, even heroes of mine, over the years.
Because I am a nerd I will never scoff at the fan object of any other nerd–live and let live.
Because I am a nerd I’ll never apologize for my love of popcorn movies, comic books, and the horror genre in any medium.
Because I am a nerd my dream help young fans realize that being a nerd doesn’t mean forsaking critical thinking.
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A group art show featuring customized Sucklord Figure Editions
Saturday, November 3, 2012 9am – 6pm
Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101
DKE Toys and Suckadelic have announced that they will present “The Super Suck Up”, a group art show featuring 50 piece customized Sucklord Figure Editions by: Billions McMillions, Buff Monster, DrilOne, Doktor A., Ferg, Frank Kozik, Jason Freeny, L’Amour Supreme,Luke Chueh, Matt Doughty/Onell Design, October Toys, Paulkaiju, Scott Tolleson, Scott Wilkowski, Skinner, and The Sucklord himself.
DKE Toys asked each artist to customize, mash-up or paint an edition of 50 Sucklord figures each. These 3-3/4” figures will be complete with a bubble on a Sucklord designed backing card. Figures will retail for $100 each.
These special editions will premiere and be available for sale at Designer Con, Saturday, November 3, 2012. For those who can’t make it out to the annual art, toy and design convention in Pasadena, California, there will be a special way to purchase figures. More news on this coming soon.
The Sucklord is clearly excited about “The Super Suck Up”. In an official statement he said, “It’s great that I’m baller enough that all these successful artists have to make my shit for me. All I have to do is design some shitty grafix and wait for the check. I love how DKE is pimping real artists for my benefit.”
THE SUPER SUCKLORD is an intergalactic hustler and entrepreneur, trading in bootleg action figures, illicit remix records, and dusted internet video. Operating from a secret facility in Chinatown New York, The Sucklord is a master media manipulator and Downtown Designer Toy impresario. He is the supreme ruler of SUCKADELIC, an evil arts organization dedicated to the production and sale of the Sucklord’s ironic, low-quality art merchandise. www.suckadelic.com
DKE TOYS: Dov Kelemer & Sarah Jo Marks are Co-Founders of DKE Toys, the largest independent wholesale distributor of designer toys, limited edition art objects, collectibles, and gifts in the world exclusively representing hundreds of artists, designers, and boutique manufacturers. DKE also curates art shows, writes books, appraises and buys collections and toy closeouts of all shapes and sizes. www.dketoys.com
DESIGNER CON is an art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art. www.designercon.com
DKE Toys is also presenting the following events at Designer Con 2012:
- The Second Annual Suckathon featuring the Super Sucklord live streaming noon-5pm. Watch atwww.toybreak.com
- The Sucklord Retrospective Art Show A Losing Proposition: 2004-2012
- The Fourth Annual DKE Toys Graveyard & Garage Sale
Super Suck Up images and news: www.supersuckup.com
DKE news: www.dketoys.com/blog
Sarah Jo on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SarahJo
Skip Harvey is a busy guy. By his own admission he has at least 8 projects on the go at any given time and he also holds down a job as a bartender and DJ. Oh, and he’s currently moving apartments!
Curicon’s own Kerrie caught up with Skip upon his return from this years San Diego Comic Con to ask him about his upcoming projects, and of course, his role in the Morgan Spurlock documentary; Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.
The documentary followed Skip and four others on their journey to Comic Com in 2010. You would have heard about him from our previous interview with Morgan Spurlock. Cast as ‘The Geek’, Skip’s story was one of a boy who had grown up in the Mid-West surrounded by comics and raised by parents who exposed him to all types of nerdery from a young age.
He recalls that, unlike many of his generation who were mainly raised on a diet of Marvel, his was a mainly DC upbringing. This was thanks in part to his forward-thinking Grandma who had saved the childhood comics belonging to Skip’s father and produced them for her grandson years later. In short, Skip’s choice of career path as an illustrator is no surprise.
So how does he feel about his portrayal in the movie?
“I loved it. In a lot of cases with documentaries and also with reality TV there can be a lot of scripting but that wasn’t the case with the team I had following me around. They just told me to be myself and go around the same way that I would if a camera crew wasn’t following me around. I think because they weren’t very intrusive, I learned to relax and I think I came across as myself. So yeah, I’m definitely happy with the final edit.”
In chatting to him it’s immediately obvious that Skip is passionate about comic books and what he does. He revealed that his artistic style has changed since his trip to Comic Con in 2010, “In as much as I love all the Marvel and DC characters and I love drawing them, they don’t represent my style. I took a step back and I’ve developed a style of my own so that when people see my art they’ll recognize it as being mine and nobody else”.
One of the projects he’s currently working on is a compilation comic book called Middle West. Skip explains, “We’ve gathered all these talented artists and writers from Missouri and compiled some of the best short stories we could find. “ Skip has woven these stories together in an over arcing narrative and the result is a document encapsulating what it means to be a geek growing up in the Mid West.
As Skip explains it, “There was nothing like that when I was growing up. Everything seemed to be set in Chicago or New York. There’s nothing wrong with that but as a geeky kid growing up in the MidWest who loved comics, at a time when it wasn’t ‘normal’, I wanted to explore that and see where we could take it. The final result will be a quarterly publication aimed at promoting talented writers and artists.
“The Summer Chicago show is like a comic fan village dropped into the middle of the Chicagoland area,” explained Metropolis Sales Director Frank Cwiklik on his enthusiasm for the annual August Wizard World Chicago. “The area around the Stephens Convention Center turns into an enclosed world of avid comic collectors for a long weekend every August, and you have to love that enthusiasm and the chance to catch up with collectors and clients.”
Metropolis has been attending the Summer Chicago show for many years now, and both Cwiklik and Metro COO Vincent Zurzolo will be there as always, armed with nearly a thousand extraordinary keys, vintage rarities, and tough-to-find classic comics, and are now gathering requests from longtime clients and new faces. “This is always our big request show,” Cwiklik continued. “For the past couple of years, we’ve actually had almost as many books brought by request for the Summer Chicago show as we do for the whole week of San Diego, which is huge. This has become a must-attend show for a lot of collectors who can’t make the trek to the coasts for the big blowout cons, or who can’t get tickets for them, so we have a lot of serious buyers and hardcore collectors who contact us weeks in advance with very detailed lists. It makes the job exciting every year, since we’re always bringing something new we haven’t had requests for before.”
This slew of requests comes with a price, though. “We have a limited amount of room for books every year, and the available slots for requests fill up fast,” Cwiklik explained. “I’ve already got a box full of stuff for savvy collectors ready to go, and only have so much more room left, so we’re getting the word out to anyone who wants to see specific material that they need to get their requests in fast and early. I like bringing material by request, since it ensures that my clients leave the show happy, knowing they got exactly what they wanted, and obviously it makes it easier for us to determine what folks want to see on our wall at this show. I personally contact many of our past buyers, but I know there are some folks who are on the fence about asking for material, or haven’t gotten back to us yet, or who aren’t on my radar. I want to hear from them!”
As always, Metropolis is buying at the show as well, and anyone with collections of vintage comics, memorabilia, or original art is encouraged to contact Cwiklik at 212 260 4147 x10, or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for their collection to be appraised and an immediate offer made at the show. “We’re especially looking for original art,” said Zurzolo, “and are always happy to look at comics-related merchandise and memorabilia, as well. Bring it on by!”
Metro strongly encourages requests for books to be made by end of business August 3rd, but can take requests up to the day before the show, space permitting. “Get your requests in now,” finished Cwiklik, “so you don’t miss out!”
Imagine you’ve been called in on a Saturday of all days for detention with a whole bunch of different archetypal characters! Sounds like a coming of age John Hughes film right? In actual fact, Bad Kids Go To Hell bypasses the schmaltzy path and goes straight for the gory bloodbath option. Six students from Crestview Academy begin to meet horrible fates as they serve out their detentions on a stormy Saturday afternoon.
Bad Kids Go To Hell has a tight, ensemble cast with some young, up-and-coming stars. Amanda Alch plays Megan, the know-it-all geek girl, Marc Donato plays Tarek, the smart, mysterious Arab guy, Augie Duke playing Veronica, the hard-core goth chick, Roger Edwards playing Craig, the popular jock, Ali Faulkner playing Tricia, the perfect, blonde coke-head and finally Cameron Deane Stewart playing the main character Matt, the new “bad boy” of the school. This ensemble cast is assisted by Farscape’s Ben Browder, who plays the bumbling school janitor and of course, Judd Nelson who ironically plays the role of Headmaster Nash.
The film opens with Matt on his way to detention on a Saturday. As the cast are introduced and taken into the creepy detention hall, the characters quickly find themselves arguing amongst themselves about whether or not the hall is haunted. A series of events takes places triggering the revelation of the secrets these “bad kids” have tried so hard to hide from one another.
The twist in film is that the horror is not in fact found in the ghosts that haunt the hall, or the sound effects or even by the fact that they have no logical way of escape from the building. The horror is actually inherent in the kids themselves.
It is evident the creators were keen to avoid many of the cliches apparent in too many horror films and haven’t taken themselves or the genre too seriously. Overall the film is well developed and has a strong storyline, it is held together particularly well by the performances of these young stars.
The music score is fantastic; clearly thought out and perfectly in tune with the theme of the movie and serves to draw the audience into action. It can however be overpowering at times and hinders our ability to connect with some of the characters on a deeper level. In terms of character development, certain nuances are easy to miss and therefore make it difficult to fully understand each individual character. From chatting to the creators, it’s evident that they do understand the motivations and compulsions of the characters but some of this understanding hasn’t transcended the final edit ensuring the ending isn’t as explosive as it might have been otherwise.
Given the great mix of humor and horror (neither of which is overdone) this film would be recommended for teenagers (probably over 15 considering the bits of gore) and twenty-something’s.
In terms of a horror film, “Bad Kids Go To Hell” was a notch above the rest. While the scenario these kids are put in might seem all too familiar, the storyline certainly is not. A mix between great acting and a great storyline makes it an engaging psychological horror.
This is not a film review. Because quite frankly, I’d be too afraid of spoiling the movie for anybody and I truly believe everybody should go see The Dark Knight Rises without any expectations. I will say this though; for me, it was exponentially better than Avengers, which I loved so ….there! And yes, I’ll go see it again!
Last night, myself and the Curicon team attended the Kings Comics midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises which was awesome. Kings Comics really pulled out all the stops with prizes and cosplay competitions for those who had gone to the trouble to dress up. The hardcore fans had been waiting in line since 9 o’clock, playing cards, eating snacks and generally just having a good time. The excitement was palpable and so many people had dressed up in amazing outfits that it was difficult to know where to look.
There’s something truly amazing about attending a highly-anticipated movie with real fans. Everybody was hyper waiting to be let into the theatre. I wish Christopher Nolan had been there to hear everybody laughing at the lighter moments, feel the tension in the room at crucial parts of the plot and be there for the thunderous applause at the very end. In short, it was epic!
Check out our photos from the screening!
With much geeky love
-Kerrie and the Curicon team xxx
We chatted to William Shatner at San Diego Comic Con about everything from life on other planets to his enduring legacy as Captain James T. Kirk and his upcoming documentary called Get A Life.
Based on Shatner’s hugely popular book, this film examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of Star Trek and its long-obsessed fans known as “Trekkers.” On the surface, the film is an exploration of strangers who have for years attended conventions which looked foolish and almost laughable to some – but Shatner discovers the many secrets and hidden motives behind these individuals’ compulsion to attend these events. The end result is a film that reveals a fun and touching side of the fanfare surrounding Star Trek, and examines the thrill of what’s happening at these fantasy conventions and the enduring popularity of the film and TV series as Shatner further embraces his role as Captain James T. Kirk and his own impact.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Tell us a little bit about the movie.
The documentary is called Get A Life and it’s about people who come to Comic Con and people who attend Star Trek conventions. I did a sketch a couple of years ago called Get A Life and its humour resonated, as it was meant to do and then some time later I asked myself ‘who are all these people I’m talking to’ and I wrote a book (also called get A Life) in which I conclude that they’re coming to these conventions to see each other and renew old friendships and be a part of the community. That was the conclusion of the book. But when I asked that same question again years later, this year, I found something very different; that there is something very ritualistic, very mystical and sociological about these conventions and that have a far deeper meaning than even the people themselves know.
Last year we saw you at a news conference and you were doing ‘Captains’, now you’re doing this one and both seem to be retrospectives on your career. What’s happening with you, Bill Shatner?
I’m dying! (laughs) Well, it’s true. I’m just not sure of where and when yet. It’s not that I want to leave a legacy… It’s just that I’m having a sense of an entirety, I’m beginning to see the ‘whole’ and I’ve been given the opportunity by Epix … to make this documentary. Doug Lee in fact. He has given me the opportunity to work on these documentaries. I’m working on one on Xena (Warrior Princess). Who goes to see Xena twelve years after it’s been cancelled? It’s far deeper than you understand. There is a depth (in the series) and it’s human. Who goes to Comic Con? It’s (the reason) far deeper than you understand and it’s far deeper than they understand. When they see this movie, I hope that they conclude, ‘my God, is that what I’ve been doing’?
You became famous for being Kirk, people identified you as Kirk and you wanted to get beyond that as an actor and to do other roles. And now, it seems that you have returned to Kirk, that you love being Kirk and being identified as him. Is that true?
I never disliked being Captain Kirk but the show was over, I moved on because I had to make a living. But the Star Trek franchise has been extraordinary and I love the genre, I love the imagination behind it; the emotional appeal, the curiosity about what’s out there. As you know, it’s staggering how much we don’t know; in fact what is staggering is knowing that we don’t know anything. We’re spreading rumours about what you know is only rumours. The science is evolving every two or three years and there are always new conclusions…it’s too complex for us to grasp.
Through your career and your writing you have inspired so many people to enter the sciences. How do you balance science with science fiction?
They’re both the same. An astrophysicist looking out there is thinking in terms of science fiction. He’s stargazing, wondering if it’s possible that a planet he’s looking at has heat or if it’s got water. Our earth is 5 billion years old, what happened for 10 billion years? What was evolving for 10 billion years?…you just know when you’ve done all the calculations that there’s got be life burgeoning at every corner of the universe. The distance between us is so enormous, The dark matter that we don’t see has got to have some life in it.
And with the addition of a limited edition Curicon issue #2 metal card in his back pocket, William Shatner heads off to his next appointment.
Get A Life will premiere on July 28 at 8pm EST on EPIX
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“At the heart of Comic Con is a really cool comic book convention. You just need to be able to push through the rest of the con to get to it.” – Kevin Smith, Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.
Succeeding where other filmmakers have failed in securing permission to film at San Diego Comic Con, one gets the feeling that Spurlock’s inner geek-child from West Virginia just cannot believe his luck at bringing this cultural icon to the big screen.
Following the stories of five different people in the run-up to San Diego Comic Con 2010, Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope documents the hopes and ambitions of each one of the movie subjects as they travel to ‘Nerd Mecca’.
An extremely talented and passionate costume and creature designer who has been creating costumes in her garage to the ongoing curiosity of her neighbours, Holly hopes to win the big prize and be spotted by somebody in the industry.
Comic Con veteran and owner of Mile High Comics, this is Chuck’s 34th year at Comic Con. The long time comic book fan must give serious consideration to selling his treasured Raven comic book or risk closing his store due to mounting debts.
James Darling & Se Young Kang
James plans an elaborate proposal to his girlfriend Se Young Kang at the Kevin Smith Panel. Collecting the ring is proving to be something of a problem though as Se Young is adamant in her refusal to leave James’ side.
Skip, a longtime amateur illustrator yearns to be discovered at this year’s event. Born into a
household filled with comic books and a comic-loving family, he has spent his life honing his craft so that he may one day live the dream of officially becoming a part of the group of exclusive illustrators in the highly coveted comic-book world.
Eric is an aspiring illustrator currently in the US Air Force. Serving his country and caring for his family, he has yet to have the opportunity to completely pursue his humble passion for drawing. Coming to Comic-Con, he is hopeful to impress publishers with his illustrations and create a career out of his heartfelt passion.
In conversation with Curicon, Spurlock is hugely enthusiastic about the different personalities in the movie and how they have shaped the outcome of the finished product.
“We had about 2,000 people submit to be in the film so it was a long, arduous process of kind of just whittling them down. The very first person we cast in the movie was Holly Conrad (The Costume Designer) and when we got her tape and I watched and I saw what she was creating in her garage, it’s remarkable. These [people] just epitomised what I wanted the film to be about. I wanted it to be about people who are incredibly driven, who had a tremendous amount of passion, who weren’t just going to Comic Con to hang out and have a good time. I wanted people who were going there for real specific reasons and I think once we cast Holly she kind set the bar for everybody else that we wanted to cast around her.”
Despite his extensive experience in the film industry it’s evident that Spurlock is at heart a romantic and he’s inspired by the stories of others. His talent lies not alone in directing but in his ability to empathise with the lives and ambitions of the people in the film.
Take Chuck Rozanski for example, “Here’s a guy who’s been in the comic book business for years. It’s his heart, his soul. It’s everything he believes in and loves and will he be able to keep his business running? Will he be able to keep this brick and mortar business functioning? I think all of the characters are really likeable and we were really really lucky”.
“There’s something that I love about all the characters. As somebody who collects a lot of things I love the scene where Anthony is sprinting through the con to go get his 18” Galactis. I love that.”
“I love this idea of just putting yourself out there as a creative person. I love what Holly, Skip and Eric all do. They’re trying to find their way and break into this business. I can really relate to that and as somebody who believes in ‘Love’s Geek Love’ I love James Darling and Se Young. I love that they fell in love because of their shared passion for all of these geeky and nerdy things and at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want? We just want to be loved for …loving the crazy shit we love. “
Many people have charged Comic Con with being nothing more than an ‘entertainment con’ these days, that it’s merely a marketplace for entertainment companies to sell their wares. Does he think that Comic Con is still a comic book convention or will the comic book element eventually be submerged by the digital arts?
He’s pragmatic in his response, “I think that the heart and soul of Comic Con is still comic books. You know, people like to say that Comic Con is dying, that it’s not about comic books any more. Well you know what? The world isn’t about books any more, period. People aren’t buying books, people aren’t buying physical books. I buy more comics now digitally than I ever bought as a kid. It’s even easier for me to go on Comixology and download them straight to my iPad and it’s awesome. I read them with my son. Some of them are even a little bit interactive, you know? It’s great what comics are becoming but at the heart of that are still writers and artists who are creating these pieces of art. And they are art and they are beautiful and they’re great stories.”
“I think what Grant Morrisson says in the film is great; ‘They are the best of us’, that’s what comics are. They tap into what makes humanity good and great and that’s what we all hope and strive for and I think that will never go away”.
Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is available on DVD from July 10 2012. The DVD will include the following special features: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Talent Interviews and Trailer. Fans will also be able to purchase the DVD and Collector’s Editions at Comic-Con International in San Diego (July 12-15).
The two Collector’s Editions of the movie will contain the DVD alongside action figures of Stan Lee and Harry Knowles or Joss Whedon and Spurlock. This is the first time mega-director Whedon has been immortalized into action figure status. The Whedon/Spurlock edition will be sold exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us. The Lee/Knowles combination can be found at select retailers and at online retailers.
Never let it be said we don’t do anything for you guys! Whether you’re out of the nerd closet and proudly wear your nerdiness on your sleeve or if you have yet to let your friends know that you’d rather watch all of the Star Wars movies back-to-back than go to the latest club, we’ve compiled a list of the best websites to keep you on top of nerdy/geek current affairs. Consider this your ultimate nerd news channel. You’re welcome.
In terms of comic book review, Comic Booked is right up there with the best of them. Don’t be fooled by the name – they’re not just comic book readers but podcasters, gamers and massive toy fans too. They have a huge team of incredible nerds led by Jordan DesJardins. They rock. And you should rock with them too. There’s nothing more to say. Check them out at www.comicbooked.com
An offshoot of the hugely popular MTV juggernaut, MTV Geek was launched in 2010. Some said it was thanks to the MTV name that it gained such a substantial following but in truth, nerdette extraordinaire, and comic book editor Valerie Gallaher has guided it from the beginning to the dreamy heights of success it’s reached today. Known for her pull-no-punches approach to reviewing comic books, Gallaher has curated a top-notch team of writers and contributors to cover all the latest in pop culture news, reviews, conventions and gaming.
Get thee to the Geek on http://geek-news.mtv.com/
Featuring news and reviews on movies, video games and comics, all written in an invariably witty writing style, Nerd Reactor will make your day more interesting just for being there. It’s up-to-date, it’s topical and always has something fun/witty/interesting to say at least once a day. They also always have the most hilarious posts on Facebook. Don’t like them if your sensibilities are easily offended. Go to www.nerdreactor.com to check them out.
If you haven’t heard of Nerdist, get out of the room. Now.
Ok, seriously come back, we have something awesome to tell you. So, Nerdist is like a mish-mash of all of these awesome writers and podcasters who have come together to make geeky heaven. It’s truly fantastic and a great site to add to your general reading/listening. It’s also becoming a juggernaut nerd site – everything we used to listen to is gradually becoming amalgamated with Nerdist. Which is no bad thing. It just means that you have all your (soon-to-be) favorite channels in the one place. It won’t make you smarter, just nerdier. You’ll be no use in a general knowledge pub quiz but it’ll make you a happier person. Click on www.nerdist.com
Geeks are Sexy
The title tells us what we all knew already, but in case you were in any doubt there’s a picture of a very suggestive young lady sitting right next to the logo. Just in case there were any Doubting Thomas’s lurking about.
Quite aside from the ‘sexy secretary’ look which if nothing else has brightened up many a dreary day, Geek Are Sexy covers tech, science and social news. Not alone that but they cover cosplay in some detail as well as attending some conventions – Denver Comic Con being the most recent. The site evolved from a Canadian blog and while it’s mainly aimed at IT pros and Computer professionals, it’s still well worth a look even if you’re not either. Trust us! Go to http://www.geeksaresexy.net/ for more.
Face it, you’ll never be able to spell the name if this site properly because there are just too many o’s. Spelling aside, we definitely insist that you check out this complete nerd-fest in all its awesomeness. It doesn’t just cover comics but anime/manga, games and toys too. They do fantastic, comprehensive reviews of all the above AND they’ll take suggestions if there’s something in particular you want them to review. What else do you want? Check them out on www.kabooooom.com
(For the record, there are 5 o’s in Kabooooom)
Here’s one for the girls! Well not just the girls. The Mary-Sue is the ‘guide to girl geek culture’ but we definitely know a few guys who have been known to peruse the plethora of nerdy goodness found on its pages. To be frank, The Mary Sue can be absolutely hilarious. It’s essentially a site with tonnes of really cool, funny, intelligent writers including Jill Pantozzi. Whether you’re a guy or a gal or you’re just not sure, get over to the The Mary-Sue at http://www.themarysue.com/
This isn’t a definitive list by any means. Tell us what you think. Start a discussion here and let us know what you think are the best nerd websites. We undoubtedly missed some awesome ones from the list above. There could potentially be a list of the top 100 but really, who has the time?? Let us know what you think.
With as much nerd love as possible. <3
Kerrie & the Curicon Team
Sometime the best thing about working with Curicon are the amazing people that we get to meet and talk to on a regular basis. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of the most talented animators we have ever met. Kim Broadbridge from New Orleans is one of THE coolest people we have ever met AND just happens to be redonkulously talented too!
Take a look at some of her animation here
Aside from creating adorable elephants and making them come to life, she also drew a sketch this week of our Matt in his hat. An uncanny likeness if you take a look at the most recent blog post before this!!
She is truly awesome. Keep an eye on her. She’ll definitely go far. And watch out for her artwork in the upcoming Curicon animated feature!!
To see more of Kim’s art, visit her site at http://www.kimbroadbridge.com
Have an amazing weekend!! <3
I’m Matt Byrne, the founder and CEO of Curicon.
I wanted to personally thank you for being a part of Curicon.
As one of the first members, your participation has helped me shape the future of the platform.
Speaking with our early members has been the highlight of my day, each and every day since our beta hit the Internet in January.
If you would like to see how your suggestions and feedback have influenced Curicon, take a look at the massive update we just rolled out.
One of the questions I receive regularly is “Who are you and what is Curicon really about?”
Let me do my best now to answer that (two-part) question -
I’m a 27 year old Australian who loves the beach/ocean, I have a BSc IT from UTS and I have worked in the IT/Design industry since I was 16.
Ever since I was a child I have collected anything I could. Comics, Action Figures, Trading Cards, Stamps, Rocks, Coins, Phone Cards, Consoles/Games, Model Planes/Tanks, Warhammer & Matchbox cars.
My longest & current passion is Comics, especially anything Marvel.
I originally sketched out the plan for Curicon in 2010, by late 2011 it was time to give up my day job (at the IT company I owned) and make it happen.
So that brings me to - What is Curicon really about?
Curicon is a place for collectors, designed and built by collectors. We have no affiliation or responsibility to anyone. Curicon is whatyou and I want it to be.
We want and have loved hearing all of your comments and feedback – we are building this place for you, so please, get involved and be a part of the journey.
If you have a look at the site now, you will see that we have just rolled out an amazingly big update! I am talking a huge step forward. Have a look for yourself -
In this update we have introduced a few features which we are very proud of -
1. Questions & Answers
Have a question about a collectable? Or, maybe you just love helping others. Either way, there is now a place for you.
It’s slick, simple and will make getting & giving answers a pleasure.
If you love talking about collectables, collecting and everything related, we have just built one of the most amazing discussion platforms (IMHO) you will have ever seen (not so humble lol).
It takes the awkwardness out of the forum experience, nothing you don’t need. All the focus is on the discussion. Come join us and get involved!
That’s not all as far as updates go either! There are too many to list, go have a look at curicon.com yourself to see them in action.
If you have read this far, I would like to thank you again.
As always, you can contact me via email on email@example.com or if you like the phone, we have one! +61 2 8484 1010 (We are in Australia, so that might be long distance for you - don’t blame me for your large phone bill as I like to chat! )
See you in Curicon,
As regular readers will know, we don’t often do an entire blog on any one company but we had to tell you about Makie Lab for the sheer awesomeness of what they’re doing.
Any of you doll collectors are going to be so excited when we tell you the latest! Makie.me is a 3D digital printing start up where you can design your own dolls, order accessories for them and then order them at the click of a button. The design of your dolls doesn’t just stop at the types of accessories you can choose from but you can literally choose minute details such as types of eyebrows, eye colour, types of hands and ears. They’re amazing.
The 10 inch poseable action dolls are unlike anything we have ever seen before. Aside from the fact that they’re eco-friendly and are made from bio-plastic, a really cool feature is that the dolls are designed to fit a Lilypad Arduino so while they can’t talk just yet, you could potentially try your hand at fittin LEDs, RFIDs and battery packs, voicechips, Bluetooth and Arduino. Cool right?
Yes, they’re very white and have been likened to zombies but they’re adorable! They’re really cool and as avid doll collectors, we think these are the next big things.
Here’s one Kerrie made (of herself)
and which she has now made her Curicon profile picture. There’s an uncanny likeness! Here’s the cold hard evidence;
It’s really great to see somebody doing something so different in the toy industry. You can sign up for your Makie account here. Just look for this sign
Happy International Nerd Pride Day! The day when you celebrate your nerdiness with pride, when you dig out those glasses held together with some sticky-tape and reminisce about the days when being a nerd meant you had a ‘spidey sense’ for bullies throughout your high-school career. Nowadays it’s cool to be a geek and now the hipsters are in on the act. But you, YOU have the original Pac-Man t-shirt, the 1985 Yak Face action figure from Star Wars IN IT’S ORIGINAL PACKAGING and the original Commodore 64. You my friend are the original nerd. Be very proud. This little guys is…
That’s why we have created Curicon. A cromulent place for lovers of geek and pop culture to come together, upload, share and talk about their collections. What’s your juice? Whether your passion lies in comics, action figures, miniatures, Lego, digital pets, Star Wars memorabilia, die-cast models or vintage posters, we at Curicon have you covered.
AND we’ve finally made it. After weeks and months of toil, hard work, sleepless nights and far too many energy drinks, we’ve done it! The new Curicon is here…and it arrived just in time for International Nerd Pride Day!
For the past few weeks, we know we’ve been quite cloak & dagger about what we’ve been up to. All you guys knew was that we were busy doing a lot of coding. Well, the wait is finally over and we can reveal… ta-da! A brand new shiny Curicon with all the trimmings.
We have also introduced a brand new feature called Nerd Alert! It’s a weekly mini-interview with a famous nerd and our very first Nerd Alert is with…drumroll please….ALEX ZALBEN! We introduced you to Alex a couple of weeks ago. He’s the man behind Elephant Larry and also presents Comic Book Club. Besides being super nice, he’s also a super nerd. You can and should follow him on Twitter @azalben and Facebook.
We don’t want this to descend into an Oscar-esque thank you list but we would just like to say a colossal THANK YOU to all of you who made Curicon what it was today. Honestly. Without the constant feedback from our users, Curicon might not have been nearly as awesome as it is. We appreciate you guys more than you will ever know . And we’re pretty proud of it!
Please do continue to send us feedback. We love hearing from you guys, even if you just want a chat!
Nerds of the World Unite!
The countdown is on and in just a few weeks we’ll have everything ready for Show ‘n’ Tell. Yes, that’s right, we’ll be rolling out a completely new-look Curicon for you guys so just sit tight and we promise, amazing things are in the pipeline!
What’s gotten us excited this week? Well, lots of things…
For a start, the announcement by DC Comics that the Green Lantern Annual #1 will be available from August 29th.
Bringing together the might of writer Goeff Johns and artist Ethan Ethan Van Sciver, who have previously collaborated on such titles as GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH, GREEN LANTERN: THE SINESTRO CORPS WAR and THE FLASH: REBIRTH.
Hmm…..Wonder if you can pre-order???
Happy Birthday Wolfenstein!!! 20 years young and STILL epic! It’s the legendary game that launched the First Person Shooter Genre and now, it’s available on iTunes. Awesome!
Even if you’re not a Lego fan (who isn’t??) you have to admit that this is pretty awesome work by DeTomaso Pantera. We found it on the Brothers Brick website. The detail is incredible…
The news guaranteed to make nerds everywhere empty their piggy banks. People attending Star Wars weekends at Walt Disney Orlando from May 18th to June 16th can now opt to get a figure made of themselves trapped in a block of carbonite for $100. We say, I’ll take two!
We found this particularly useful bit of info on awesome site Topless Robot. Wander over and take a peek at them…they’re fun.
Aimee has been busy at work this week, uploading items to make the library even bigger and better. We currently have 115,870 items in the database and it’s growing day by day.
New to the Curicon Library are Tonner Dolls, Integrity Dolls, Ashton Drake Dolls and the really cool Living Dead Doll Collection. So, what are you waiting for? If you have, had or want these get clicking and add them to your collection!
If anybody is looking for some cool new sites for your geeky/nerdy fix, may we suggest that you check out Geek of Oz. Covering movie, comic book reviews, anime, manga and book news AND there are some amazing interviews with very cool people such as Neil Gaiman. Get thee to the Geek!
And because we never leave you without at least one video. This week sees Captain America surprising a very small fan.
Have an awesome week guys and remember, any suggestions, comments, complaints about the site, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org