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

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

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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Guardians of Galaxy title goes all-new with Marvel-famed Brian Michael Bendis

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Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics

Guardians of Galaxy title goes all-new with Marvel-famed Brian Michael Bendis

Off a favored Guardians of the Galaxy run, it’s easy not to map supposition towards a nesting laurel for superstar comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis. Plenty of press releases make that an easy understanding.

After succeeding a Guardians of the Galaxy restructure launched in 2008 by co-writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning – that went on to source being a central adaptation for Disney’s top selling 2014 summer movie on a global box office scale – Bendis has exceeded more than keeping the comic book’s revival breathing. And in the doing the comics-centric headline pieces have been more a profusing praise in a transmedia accentuation over Bendis’ comics helming once Marvel spun out a top shelf film inauguration for a well-known but lower tiered go-to stratum platforming the titular spacefaring outlaws.

Bendis’ retake on Marvel Comics GotG in 2013 is about to be trumped.

A Guardians of the Galaxy eponymic spin-off is coming this 2015. Its premise, as limned by Bendis in an interview on Marvel.com, retros back to a Marvel title favored by the multi-awards winner back in his influenced youthful days.

When I was a young child, one of the first comic books that I read was MARVEL TEAM-UP. One of the first books I remember reading: Spider-Man was on the moon in [MARVEL TEAM-UP #55]. He wakes up on the moon; he’s hallucinating. [Back in the 1970’s] you couldn’t just run back to the comic store and find the back issues. You were [left wondering] “What? How? What happened? Spider-Man on the moon?!” All these new characters, new concepts and new artwork really got under my skin in the best way. I may have been hooked for life because of that book. I remember that feeling and when Marvel called me and said “We’re thinking about doing GUARDIANS TEAM-UP” I said: “Yeah, let me be as much a part of this as possible.” Because who wouldn’t want to [create] that gateway book for some young reader or some new reader? That MARVEL TEAM-UP issue was a very important book to me. So was MARVEL FANFARE, which was a book that opened my eyes to all the artistic possibilities of comics within the confines of the mainstream. I think and hope that this book will become a mixture of those two things. It’s MARVEL TEAM-UP in the best way and the experience of “look how good comics are, look what we can do that no one else can do.” And you know who we have that no one else has? We have Arthur Adams and a list of other artists that are coming our way.

Artist-writer Art Adams will be the illustrator teamed with Bendis on GotG’s new comic book. The Eisner Awards-winner is famously known for his mini-series on the ’90s popular X-Men affiliatedLongshot. X-Men circle of series were the famed theme that carried a substantial cut of his work with Marvel. His popularity showcasing highlights the likes of one well-known X-Men story arc featuring the New Mutants, “The Asgardian Wars”. Then there are the numerable cover art memorables forUncanny X-Men as well as its spin-off titles. Of recent continued noted work with Marvel holds with the publisher’s Ultimate line.

Now Adams embarks alongside Bendis on a wholly new series that substantiates its uniqueness in its anthological distinction.

Guardians of the Galaxy Team-Up will align some of the brightest Marvel Heroes currently known. The jumpstart issue will team GotG with another team associated with Bendis’ popular portfolio, the Avengers.

There was, back in the ’70s volume, a string of enduring big name talents that created some highlight chapters. One teaming stars legendary creatives Chris Claremont and John Byrne. With this the newGotG Team Up, Bendis professes an allegiance to sharing the collaboritive idea. A round of behind the panels teamings will be a featured part in the new sci-fi / superhero blended series.

“I think the one thing that’s missing for people that only read headlines and of course, if someone is reading this far down it assumes that you are not one of those people but some people think that I’ve added yet another book when I’m popping in and out of this book. This is not going to be my book. It’s going to start with a couple of issues by me. Then it’s going to go right to Sam Humphries as one of the chapters of “Black Vortex” and other creators will be bouncing in and off of this thing, letting them have an opportunity to shine and do their thing as well. Every time that I have the time and a cool story to tell I’ll be bouncing back in with something cool.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Team Up premieres next Feb.

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