Comixology’s third annual holiday giveaway is on!

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Credits: DC Comics

Credits: DC Comics

Comixology’s third annual holiday giveaway is on!

It’s a digital based 3-years tradition rooted to the classic annual holiday season. Comixology has begun resuming its 12 Days of Free Comics. The third annual giveaway is ongoing from Dec. 11 up to Dec. 22.

Each day a comic book is offered for free from the digital comics distributor.

“It’s been an outstanding year for us at comiXology, and we want every comic fan to help us celebrate with our Third Annual 12 Days of Free Comics,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “It’s you, the comics fan, that push us every day to create an even brighter future for comics, graphic novels, and manga worldwide. These comics are for you!

Comixology’s Third Annual 12 Days of Free Comics speaks for itself standing apart from the longer lasting known traditional song that features Geese-a-laying. Really, though, how many 12 Drummers Drumming videos can you watch every year anyways?

The 12 Days of Free Comics has its here and now on comiXology’s publishing site.

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Be Santa’s elf with Build-A-Bear Workshop

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Fan-fave Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are one toy representations at Build-A-Bear Workshop Credits: Nickolodeon.com

Fan-fave Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are one toy representations at Build-A-Bear Workshop
Credits: Nickolodeon.com

Be Santa’s elf with Build-A-Bear Workshop

Whether you are looking for an interactive gift experience or wanting to reward the little one(s) for behaving so well during a day of holiday shopping, Build-A-Bear Workshop has all the current favorites for this holiday season. Stop in any Workshop, including the new pop up store in New York City’s Times Square, to build a bear based on the mega sensation of Disney’s “Frozen” or the multimedia juggernauts “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” or a Christmas favorite like “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.”

For those unfamiliar, Build-A-Bear Workshop gives you the chance to literally build your own teddy bear right there in the store or you can also order online. Pick out your bear, stuff it yourself, close it up and consider yourself one of Santa’s elves working in his workshop! Build-A-Bear also has plenty of accessories one can add onto the bear, but keep in mind they are sold separately.

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First released earlier this year, “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” bears sold out of their initial run, but are back and ready for you to choose from Michelangelo, Rafael, Leonardo or Donatello. The “Ninja Turtles” are not the only ’80s hit making a comeback in a new millennium, “My Little Pony” is back in a big way and Princess Celestia is proof positive of that! This royal winged unicorn is one large stuffed animal. One that almost does not fit in the pet carrier that comes with every “Build-A-Bear” animal.

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Mark Hamill to again play The Trickster on ‘The Flash’

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Credits: DC Comics

Credits: DC Comics

Mark Hamill to again play The Trickster on ‘The Flash’

DC Comics, with HitFix, announced today that Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”) has signed on to play James Jesse, aka The Trickster, in an episode of the hit new “The Flash” series.

If this announcement seems familiar, no, you have not taken a trip on The Flash’s time traveling Cosmic Treadmill. Hamill, who played The Trickster on the 1990 “The Flash” series that originally aired on CBS, will again be playing the villain on The CW‘s current “The Flash” series, starring Grant Gustin.

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‘Earth 2 Wonder Woman’ is a figure of strength and grace

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Credits: DCComics.com

‘Earth 2 Wonder Woman’ is a figure of strength and grace

Continuing their line of “Earth 2” themed figures, DC Collectibles recently released the “DC ComicsThe New 52 Earth 2 Wonder Woman” action figure. Appearing early in the “Earth 2” comic book series, Earth 2 Wonder Woman is the current DC Universe’s re-imagining of the Golden Age Wonder Woman, The figure is based on the art of original series artist Nicola Scott with a sculpt by Karen Palinko.

Nicola Scott’s design is an excellent amalgamation of Wonder Woman’s early design and the darker times reflected in “Earth 2,” due to the long war against Darkseid and his Apokoliptan minions. The classic skirt and eagle emblazoned across her chest are paired with armored elements, including boots and an arm guard to protect her non-sword arm. Speaking of swords, in addition to her trademark Golden Lasso of Truth, Earth 2 Wonder Woman brandishes a large broadsword. A broadsword so big it would take a larger man two hands to properly wield it, reflecting the Amazon’s great power.

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‘Walking Dead’ director to helm break-out ‘Wonder Woman’ movie

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Credits: AMC TV

‘Walking Dead’ director to helm break-out ‘Wonder Woman’ film

Emmy Award-winning director and producer Michelle MacLaren is signed on to direct “Wonder Woman” cites The Hollywood Reporter. A movie that is long-awaited by fans, propagates in 2017 queue out of Warner Bros.’superhero outline and branches actress Gal Gadot’s solo superheroine portrayal after “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League“.

MacLaren will be directing Gal Gadot’s first starring lead in a major film. Gadot (“Fast and Furious 6″) spearheads a cast that has yet to be fully named, but has answered the so far largesse queries Wonder Woman fans have, such as suitability in the costume outlook.

MacLaren is best known for her multi-award noms and wins during her directorial and executive producer tenure on “Breaking Bad”. The two-time Producers Guild of America awards winner for Best Episodic Drama isn’t new to a fantasy based series. She equally holds current recognition for her work on HBO’s phenom spanning program “Game of Thrones”. The Canadian-born director also worked on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and most recently on HBO’s “The Leftovers”.

And Wonder Woman proposes a myth based movie if held to DC Comics source material. Especially in her origin that is rooted to the Mount Olympus pantheon.

“Wonder Woman”, due premiering in 2017, is a coup along the versatile and prolific TV salient portfolio. This will be her genesis into directing a feature film for the Silver Screen.

(TheHollywoodReporter)

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San Francisco Bay Area Comics Expos 2015

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Credits: Image Comics

Credits: Image Comics

San Francisco Bay Area Comics Expos 2015

A flurry of recent events and announcements in the SF/Bay Area reveal comics industry happenings. Fans of the medium take note, there will be some interesting developments and landmark expos rolling out in early 2015 and beyond. First up, Image Comics announces Image Expo and a return to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 8th. Slatted to announce a slew of creator owned projects for the upcoming year, the event is open to fans, comics retailers and media. Tickets are currently on sale at the rate of $20 for general admission and $50 for premium tickets. Scheduled to make an appearance will be: Brian K. Vaughan, Todd McFarlane, Scott Snyder, Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire, and Marjorie Liu (with several unmanned surprise guests). Fans of the industry leader in creator owned titles should definitely consider checking this one out as Image always brings the bang for the buck.

Later in the first month of the year, The NORCALMLK Foundation has teamed with comics industry educators, creators and innovators to bring the Bay Area a very special celebration of the comics arts with BCAF Expo. This will be the inaugural kick off of what will become an annual event. BCAF Expo mission is “… to celebrate the creativity and subjectivity of African Americans in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture in which we participate.” With scheduled appearances of industry creators such as: Erika Alexander (Dark Horse Comics ConcretePark), Tony Puryear (Dark Horse Comics Concrete Park;Eraser motion picture), Kevin Grevioux (Marvel Comics Blue Marvel; the Underworld motion picture series, I, Frankenstein motion picture), Afua Richardson (Image/Top Cow Comics Genius, Dark Horse Comics Lady Danger International Agent Of B.O.O.T.I., DC Comics upcoming online comicWonder Woman), Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mecury, Dynamite Entertainments Voltron), LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite, The Boondocks), and David Walker (the upcoming Dynamite Entertainments Shaft, Dark Horse Comics Number 13, Monkey Brains Comics The Army of Dr. Moreau) just to name a few. This free event will be held January 18-19th in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Garden and feature a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events and much more. Fans should definitely mark this one on the calendar.

Finally, over on The BEAT, site reporter Hedi McDonald is reporting news regarding the future of theAlternative Press Expo (APE). Having recently moved from what had been its traditional location for the past few years in San Francisco to the Ft. Mason Center Festival Pavillon in San Francisco, it looks to expand its scope and scale with a move to a new city. Slated to move to San Jose, the convention hopes to shake things up with a fresh start at the San Jose Convention Center (but still maintain its fall dates of October 3 & 4 of 2015). Further details regarding the move and what the future of the celebration of indie publishing can be found here.

So, no matter how you break it down, the SF/Bay Area is kicking things up a notch with these Comics industry notable events. Get ready for 2015!

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