Friday, September 30, 2016

ROGUE ONE: FORCE FRIDAY

Last night was "FORCE FRIDAY" for new 'Star Wars: Rogue One' toys. You may not have heard about the sale event, since it appears there was almost zero advertisement or buzz surrounding it - I only just caught wind of it yesterday afternoon. 

This is what I bought:




THINGS I DID NOT BUY:

Almost bought this 2-pack....

...but decided to wait and hope for a solo-release of the Death Trooper figure down the road.

I almost went for these Funko Pops...

^ Walmart shiny variant exclusive

...but decided I needed to see the movie first.

I tried to get this TRU exclusive...


...but no such luck AND it was never offered on their website or app! Lame!

And I was temped for these Disney Store exclusives...


...but decided against it. 

Did you participate in last night's "Rogue One Force Friday"?
If so, what did you get?!


A FEAST FOR CROM ! !


HOLY SHIT, THE RETURN OF KAREN BERGER ! ! ! ! !

via Vulture:

For a certain breed of geek, April 6 was a red-letter day. At the 2016 Image Expo — the annual event where the comics industry’s third-biggest publisher, Image, unveils its upcoming lineup of new titles — a figure clad in blue jeans and black shirt, bearing a calm, confident swagger, strode onto the stage. The crowd erupted into applause. Comics Twitter started freaking out. Comics bloggers typed with giddy excitement. Before she had even spoken a word, the audience had cause for celebration: After a falling-out with DC Comics and three years away from the comics game,Karen Berger was back.

Berger's name likely doesn't register for most comics readers, but there’s no question they’ve felt her impact. For three decades, she worked as an editor at mega-publisher DC Comics, and her long list of accomplishments while there can mostly be traced back to one risky venture: creating and running a mature-leaning imprint called Vertigo from 1993 to 2013. In that position she did more than just about anybody else in comics history to get ambitious, avant-garde, serious non-superhero work in front of a mass audience. The Sandman, V for Vendetta, Preacher, iZombie, Y: The Last Man, Transmetropolitan, 100 Bullets, Hellblazer — those are just a few of the better-known titles Vertigo produced during Berger’s tenure.

But in the latter stretch of her 20 years running the show, relations with her employer turned sour. Their difference of opinion was simple and particularly of-the-moment: Berger felt like DC was abandoning its focus on weird comics in order to put all its resources toward developing superhero stories for film and television. Leaving the publisher in a relative blaze of glory, she bade farewell to the industry and all but disappeared.

This week, she makes her return. Berger has been editing a new Image series called Surgeon X, the first issue of which comes out today. Written by filmmaker and comics newcomer Sara Kenney and penciled by veteran illustrator John Watkiss, the book takes place in a near-future dystopia where drug-resistant disease has crippled the world and a rogue doctor has taken to the streets as a vigilante healer.

Read the rest of the article HERE!

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Some of my favorite Vertigo books are:

Swamp Thing
The Sandman
Hellblazer
Preacher
Fables
Y: The Last Man
Lucifer
Enigma
Animal Man
The Invisibles
Human Target
100 Bullets
V for Vendetta
Doom Patrol
Books of Magic
Transmetropolitan 
Black Orchid
Sandman Mystery Theatre
House of Mystery
Unknown Soldier
Shade, the Changing Man
American Vampire
Scalped
We3 
Sweet Tooth
House of Secrets 
....and many more!

Karen Berger is one of the all-time greats in the History of Western Comics.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

NEW COMICS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK:

^ just for the cover
^ Final issue. Thank you, Venditti!
^ Guy looks like he's in a Galactic S&M Club

NECA: ALIENS WARRIOR (ARCADE APPEARANCE)


Oh for Fucksake... Moving on from their Alien3 Arcade Appearance figure, Neca is now making an ALIEN WARRIOR figure based on the 1990 stand-up arcade (which I own!). 

This thing looks ridiculous and stupid.

What kills me is I will probably buy the bastard, enabling Neca to produce more repaint garbage. 

I am part of the problem.


Available January 2017

MIGNOLA'S 'NEW GODS' CONCEPT ART

MIKE MIGNOLA posted on his blog that there was going to be a 'NEW GODS' animated series, using his concept art. 

Unfortunately it never happened, proving God either doesn't exist or does exist but hates us all.

Animation aside, I"ve been wanting Mignola to do an epic New Gods series ever since I read 'COSMIC ODYSSEY' in 1988. Come on, Mignola!

Anyway, here's some of his art for the dead New Gods animated series:


LOVE IS LOVE


NECA RE-RE-REISSUES HICKS & HUDSON FIGURES


Hey, Everyone! If you missed out on getting Neca's HICKS and HUDSON figures when they came out... or if you you missed them again when the were re-issued (wearing helmets)... well now you have a THIRD chance to get them! Neca is re-re-releasing them as a 2-PACK.