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Tsum Tsums at Jakks Pacific Toys

Thursday, August 25, 2016


This past weekend was the 2nd annual Flame Con convention held in downtown Brooklyn.  The convention which catered to the LGBTQ community had the feel of a Heroes Con with its focus on creators albeit with a bit of a queer twist.  This is the first year that I attended the convention and I was impressed by the organization and offering of the convention.  It was a full convention with programming, creators and a few exhibitors.  Missing are the gaudy massive booths by publishers like Marvel Comics, or Image Comics at the Comic Cons.  Instead, with a smaller crowd in the smaller event space that is the Marriott Hotel, you had an intimate scene of fans interacting with their favorite writers and artists while discovering new ones.

The negatives of the con was few but quite noticeable.  The first thing would be that this con while accepting of a community that is often disregarded or hated is inadvertently excluding a key demographics to comic books and that is children.  With vendors that sells art or books that is beyond racy, the convention definitely does not cater towards kids.  Second because of the event space being small, for popular panels such as Chris Claremont's Pride and the X-Men which we will talk about in a separate post there was a limited amount of space, in which only about 120 people got to attend.

Overall though, I highly enjoy the convention and would strongly suggest that you make plans to attend especially if you're a geek and part of or support the LGBTQ community.  Even if you don't, there is enough for the average geek of the heterosexual persuasion to enjoy.  Yes it is a small convention, but with the organization and sponsors that the convention has, I cannot fathom them not growing leaps and bounds in the coming years.  They are already planning for next years, hopefully you can be a part of it.  For more info, visit: flamecon.org

Enjoy our pics from the con, from the creators, to the cosplayers, to the panels.

James Tynion IV signing Detective Comics which he wrote...

A C Medina promoting signing his Elasticator comic published by Solar Comics...

Greg Pak adding his autograph to World War Hulk signed already by the late Michael Turner...

Amy Reeder in her Jimmy Olson cosplay showing off her Rhino sketch...

Phil Jiminez working on a Sunspot commission...

Some happy con goers winning passes for next year's con...

Chris Claremont signing old copies of Uncanny X-Men that he wrote...

Incredible Power Man cosplay...

Lynn Yoshii working on Black Cat...


The first North Star cosplay I can recall ever seeing...


Chris Claremont's Pride & the X-Men panel...


Cosplay contest...


Tana Ford showing off her Venom sketch...

The always stoic looking Kris Anka showing off his Mysterio sketch...


The playful Phil Jimenez showing off his Emma Frost, White Queen sketch...

Sophie Campbell showing off her wicked Raphael...

A beautiful cross gender cosplay of Magneto, master of magnetism...

Amazing Spider-Man jam piece thus far...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


We missed going over the covers for the first three weeks of Marvel Tsum Tsum's takeover.  So here's a look at every cover that has come out in the first three weeks!


Do you have a favorite cover? If so, which one?



Thursday, August 18, 2016


Marvel Tsum Tsum takeover of Marvel Comics continue in week 4 of August with a slow week of just three covers.  Release date is August 24th, a Wednesday as usual.  Deadpool Vol 5 #17, Extraordinary X-Men #13 and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10.  This compared to last week's release of five variant covers, but fear not as more is still yet to come!

Deadpool Vol 5 #17 is by Javier Rodriguez, a Spanish comic book artist who has mainly been working on Spider-Woman as of late.  He broke into the business as a colorist, working on Batgirl: Year One, Daredevil and The Amazing Spider-Man,  You can check out more of his work here.




Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #10 is by Joelle Jones, an amazing artist, she is well known for her Dark Horse series Lady Killer which recently begun a volume 2 series.  You can check out more of her work here.



Extraordinary X-Men #13 is by Dave Johnson who does it all with an incredible resume of both Marvel and DC comics along with other indie books.  Check out his work on 100 Bullets by Vertigo.  Check out his other artwork here.



Have you been collecting the Marvel Tsum Tsum covers?  Which has been your favorite thus far?

Train to Busan (부산행)
Released July 20th 2016 (South Korea), July 22nd 2016 (USA - Limited)
1 hr 58 mins
Not Rated
Action, Horror, Thriller

Trailer:


Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Writer: Park Joo-suk

Cast:
Gong Yoo as Seok-woo
Kim Su-an as Su-an
Jung Yu-mi as Seong-kyeong
Ma Dong-seok as Sang-hwa
Choi Woo-shik as Young-guk
Ahn So-hee as Jin-hee
Kim Eui-sung as Yong-suk
Choi Gwi-hwa as Homeless
Jung Suk-yong as Captain of KTX
Ye Soo-jung as In-gil
Park Myung-sin as Jong-gil
Jang Hyuk-jin as Ki-chul
Kim Chang-hwan as Kim Jin-mo
Shim Eun-kyung as runaway girl
Kim Yool-ho as Suit-man2

Plot:
While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Review by Stephen M.

Train to Busan follows a father and her young daughter on a high speed train to Busan during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.  Currently playing in New York City at IFC Center and AMC Empire 25, it is the best zombie film you will see released in 2016 thus far.  The film compares favorably to World War Z, and in my mind would have made a great companion piece to World War Z.  Besides the fast moving zombies, they share incredible character development stories, frantic paced action and at the edge of your feet suspense.



The father Seok-woo played by Gong Yoo along with the rest of the cast does an excellent job showing a range of emotions from bravery to fear.  The zombie cast with their awkward movements are just incredible to watch when they transform.  The CGI was good, not overly taxed and noticeable as it was in World War Z.  The only complaint is some of the campiness, what the heck moments that has seem to come from the zombie genre, despite who is tackling the subject.  Such as when the male leads go on a slug fest from train car to train car with zombies to get to a certain train car.  The writer and director must be a big fan of the film Old Boy.  Another interesting aspect of the film is how the filmmakers have woven the issue of different social classes at odds with each other from the elderly to the homeless to the fund manager and corporate leader all while trying to survive a zombie apocalypse!

Overall, I would highly recommend this film.  Rare is it that an Asian film is playing in a theater in New York City for more than a week let along, almost two months.  Only when the seats are filled and my screening was, does this happen.  If you're a fan of this genre (zombie, thriller, not so much horror with dashes of comedy), this is a must see film for you.  This film is like Flight 462 to Fear the Walking Dead, is to World War Z.  Watch it on the big screen while you can, you won't be disappointed.  

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Friday, August 12, 2016


Pete's Dragon (2016)
Releases August 12th 2016
1 hr 43 mins
Rated PG
Action, Adventure, Family


Trailer:

Director: David Lowery
Writers: David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks (based on book by Malcolm Marmostein)

Cast:
Bryce Dallas Howard as Grace Meacham, a forest ranger.
Oakes Fegley as Pete, a young orphan who lives in the forest and whose only friend and protector is Elliott the Dragon.
Wes Bentley as Jack, a lumber mill owner and Natalie's father.
Karl Urban as Gavin, a hunter, Jack's brother and Natalie's uncle.
Oona Laurence as Natalie, Jack's daughter and Gavin's niece.
Robert Redford as Mr. Meacham, Grace's father.
Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Sheriff Dentler
John Kassir as the voice of Elliott the Dragon

Review by Stephen M.

Pete's Dragon which is a remake of the 1977 classic Disney film gets a major upgrade as far as its dragon at least.  While I did not watch the original film, from what I have read, gone are the musical numbers, pinkish wings and hair on the dragon and as well many other tweaks to the original plot.  We still have a boy befriending a dragon, boy meeting a girl, and town folk out to get titled dragon named Elliott.  



Pete's Dragon is the perfect PG rated summer film for the family especially those with younger children.  Aside from the brief car accident in the beginning, caused by Bambi no less as a revenge for his mom, the movie is really lacking in suspense and action that would otherwise get your blood pumping.  Not that the film is a bore fest, as we do get a conflict between Gavin (Karl Urban), a hunter and construction site foreman and his men and Elliott.

Overall, I would highly recommend the film if you like lighthearted films with happy endings.  The film at times seems to borrow from a lot of other films, like Tarzan as a big example.  Oakes Fegley as Pete is incredible.  Karl Urban as not necessarily a villain but antagonist takes some getting use to, which I couldn't.  The CGI for Elliott the dragon is an interesting take, soften in its looks to be more kid friendly I suppose.  Out today, take your family of young kids, but skip it if you don't have kids, as the film is just not geared towards you.  Wait for it on the Disney channel if you're in the latter group.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Suicide Squad
Release Date: August 5, 2016
2 hours 3 minutes
Rated: PG-13
Action/Adventure/Comedy  | 

Trailer: 


Director and Writer: David Ayer

Cast:
Will Smith as Deadshot
Jaime FitzSimons as Sergeant Ames Bravo 14
Ike Barinholtz as Griggs
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Christopher Dyson as Missing Hand Guard
Bambadjan Bamba as T-Shirt Vendor
Viola Davis as Amanda Waller
Ted Whittall as Admiral Olsen
David Harbour as Dexter Tolliver
Robin Atkin Downes as Angelo / Incubus
Robert B. Kennedy as U.S. Marshal
Billy Otis as Mafia Snitch
Shailyn Pierre-Dixon as Zoe
Jared Leto as The Joker


Review by Dante Hicks

Plot Summary
It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?

Review
 Hi everybody. Dante your writer here. Just wanted to state no matter what reviews that are out there, this wasn't another movie similar in sucktitude like the last Fantastic Four movie. This was fun in my opinion. It felt similar to a "Last Boyscout", "Eraser", "Assassins", basically a great action movie with a mediocre plot but with a name you know shooting at things and you just observing them ham it up. Basically, that was my feeling about Suicide Squad. Great introductions to Jay Hernandez' El Diablo, Killer Croc looks cool in my opinion, and Margot Robbie stole the show. This should have been titled Harley and the Suicide Squad. This like how X-men was basically a Wolverine movie with the X-Men included, this felt more like a Harley movie with the Joker and Suicide Squad added to boot. 

  Basically you got the same wooden acting we all expect from Will Smith anymore. Jared Leto gave an interesting performance but it wasn't as good as Heath Ledger in my opinion. You got a decent performance from Viola Davis. But mostly the film like a dirty dozen film starring super villains. Basically plays out the same way. Now, just so we are clear being able to shut my brain off and just watch it. It wasn't bad, it was pretty good. But the first 45 minutes drag in my opinion that if David Ayer sped it up a bit it would be better. It was worth the time watching and enjoyable. 

 Now don't get me wrong this wasn't, nor should it, be nominated for an Oscar. But it wasn't a bad sophomore film for Warner studios after how bad Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice flopped in the studios opinion and it never hit a billion for them. I know I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the little nods to the rest of the DCU. I enjoyed Margot Robbie playing Harley. But all in all is this an Avengers like film? No. This is a fun watch once and enjoy type of film. All in all at least worth the price of a 2D screening.  
  
Stars: 2 stars out of 5 stars

Monday, July 25, 2016


Blogger Bash 2016: Care Bears Breakfast

by Dante Hicks

  As you have been reading from Stephen's posts, we were lucky enough to go to Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite this year. I needed to have some time to process all the cool things I saw and experienced, and needed a little more time than Stephen to get my thoughts together. Sorry I'm old. The Kick off event for Blogger Bash was the Care Bears Breakfast. They gave us a presentation stating all the cool things you will see in the rest of 2016 and 2017. Cool things like A NEW CARE BEARS CHARACTER!

 The brand was started in 1982, since 1982 the brand has generated 5 billion dollars a year with sales in 190 countries. Here's some of the cool things about Care Bears I was told was going to happen:

1. They are launching new animated shorts specifically for their Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/carebears

2. They are launching a new Care Bears App, where you can take pictures of anything and place the Care Bears in the picture. 

3. The new character being introduced is going to be a female bear with a glitter fur coat, and she has a unique hugging message. (because all Care Bears have "Care Bear Power" and each one has a specific "Hugging Message" hence the different designs on their tummies. 

4. The Care Bears brand is making 2017 "The Year of the Hug".


5. This was hinted at but not confirmed, Care bears is doing a cross promotion with Burger King Kids Meal toys most likely. 

6. Besides the Build-A-Bear joint promotion that was launched recently, which was the most successful launch in Care Bear's history. There will be further additions to the Build-A-Bear joint promotion. 

  And besides all that, the Care bears people introduced us to a unique charity. http://www.wecarebears.com/ WEcarebears.com is a charity where they place stuffed animals in ambulances, fire trucks, hospitals, to help children who are victim of terrible incidences (like their house burning down, car accidents, and such), and they give them a stuffed animal. Because I know from when I was a child way back in 1976 (yes they had stuffed animals back then), Carrying a stuffed animal was a great comfort for when I scraped a knee or something similar. The truly remarkable thing about Wecarebears.com is that it was founded by Jessica Carscadden in 2012 when she was 9. The girl having to go through Cleft Palette corrective surgery and would always bring her stuffed animal with her to the hospital because it gave her comfort in a scary situation. She in turn when forced to clean her room realized she had a garbage bag of old stuffed animals and decided to donate them to a hospital and fire house. Jessica is now 13, the charity she founded has been going strong for about four years now. But as with any charity they can always use help. So if you have older stuffed animals your child has outgrown, why not donate them to Wecarebears.com ? I know there's a child out there that would truly appreciate it.