Supergirl soars to Chicago and C2E2 in 2016!

Every year I look forward to returning to the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The folks at Reed Pop have put together a show that keeps growing, featuring the top creators from comics, and stars from movies and television.

(Read my feature on C2E2 2015 for the Chicago RedEye HERE!)

Fans in the Midwest have been spared having to book a flight to the East & West coast cons because they get a chance to rub elbows with the likes of Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Brian Azzarello and Jill Thompson right here in the Windy City!

In the past, C2E2 has also given fans a chance to interact with the stars of Marvel’s The Avengers , Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Game of Thrones and Agent Carter among many others.

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Melissa Benoist (photo credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS)

Next year will be no different as today Reed Pop announced that the stars of the hit television show Supergirl, Melissa Benoist (Supergirl/Kara Danvers) and Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers) will be appearing at C2E2, March 18-20, 2016!

According to Reed Pop, this is the first time they will be attending a convention together to participate in a Panel and Autographing sessions.

Given the tremendous popularity of the show, this is going to be a hot ticket indeed!

Now heading into its seventh year, C2E2 is heralded as “THE pop culture convention in the Midwest.” It’s a chance for the Chicago fanboy/fangirl/cosplay communities to get out and celebrate the films, shows and characters they love!

(I even recorded my 5 on 5 video for Redeye right on the show floor with the mighty Avengers!)

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit C2E2.com.

 

Freaking out over Harrison Ford and arguing over the Star Wars Prequels

This week’s edition of Geek/Countergeek has Keith Conrad and me discussing the recent plane crash involving Harrison Ford and how news outlets/social media handled it. Then we move on to the way some Star Wars fans rip the Prequel Trilogy, which just pisses me off. I explain why:

You can check out Gabatron.com for more episodes of Geek/Countergeek, along with other cool podcasts!

WWE and The Flinstones tag-team for “Stone Age Smackdown”!

After teaming up with Scooby-Doo and the gang at Wrestlemania, the Superstars of the WWE are going “pre-historic” and hitting the road to the town of Bedrock and an encounter with The Flintstones!

Check out the details in the following press release, watch the trailer, and then catch up with me for my commentary at the bottom of the post!:

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND WWE STUDIOS’ ORIGINAL NEW ANIMATED FILM THE FLINTSTONES& WWE: STONE AGE SMACKDOWN IS SET TO RELEASE MARCH 10, 2015

Starring WWE Superstars John Cena® and Vince McMahon Available for the First Time on Blu-Ray™ Combo, DVD and Digital HD

NEW YORK, NY (January 15, 2015 )– The Flintstones join forces with WWE and go back to the Stone Age in the all-new animated film, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, co-produced by WWE® Studios and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Timed to debut leading into WrestleMania 31, this all-new original movie is available on DVD, Blu-ray Combo, and Digital HD for the first time on March 10, 2015. Rated the #2 greatest cartoon of all time by TV Guide, the Flintstones’ return to the center ring will be sure to deliver high-octane action for fans of all ages.

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Only an appearance in a Flintstones feature could get The Undertaker to come out of retirement!

Watch the trailer after the jump!

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Go behind the scenes on the NEW James Bond 007 movie SPECTRE (2015)

With all the talk of Age of Ultron and The Force Awakens, it can be easy to overlook the latest installment in the James Bond 007 franchise titled “SPECTRE.”

Starring Daniel CraigMonica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux, with Christoph Waltz & Dave Bautista, the film brings the classic Bond adversary – the organization known as SPECTRE – into the 21st century.

Here’s a first-look behind the scenes of the film production, courtesy of JoBlo Movie Trailers:

Are you as psyched for this as I am?

Archie Comics and The Marvel Universe join forces on Scribd

The world of comic book readership got a little bit bigger this week when it was announced that some of the top comics publishers would be making their titles available on the Scribd digital reader. Referred to as “Netflix for book lovers” Scribd offers subscribers unlimited access each month to e-books and audiobooks via their app and website.

ArchieiPad“We are very excited to take this step in expanding our subscription service beyond books,” said Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO of Scribd. “This addition gives comics readers the freedom of unlimited reading, while also giving our ebook and audiobook lovers the opportunity to discover comics and graphic novels.”

comicsMarvel and Archie Comics, along with IDW, Valiant, Dynamite and other publishers will be part of the popular e-reader’s “comics” section, offering unlimited access to over 10,000 comic books featuring some of the most popular characters in the medium. DC Comics is not currently participating.

Now, when the announcement was made, the first question that came to my mind was what books were these publishers offering and would they be the same ones they offer through their own reading apps? Marvel Comics has their Marvel Unlimited app which gives subscribers access to a huge backlog of issues. But the Marvel Unlimited library alone exceeds what is being offered cumulatively by all the publishers on Scribd, so it does appear that folks who get their first taste of the Marvel Universe on the app will need to go over to the publisher’s own portal to get the full meal. The same holds true for the other publishers. All in all, I think this is a nice way of getting folks who wouldn’t normally read comics online to give them a try.

comics-tmnt2Here’s a rundown of what Scribd is offering to subscribers according to their press release:

  • Classic Comics – Classic runs of the Avengers, the X-Men, Daredevil, Archie, Judge Dredd, the Rocketeer and more
  • Top Characters – Spider-Man, the Avengers, Betty and Veronica, Kevin Keller, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, Bloodshot, Adventure Time
  • Major Creators – Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Fiona Staples, Darwyn Cooke, Mark Waid, Ed Brubaker, Renee French, Jeffrey Brown, Joe Hill, and many more
  • Acclaimed Graphic Novels – March, From Hell, Swallow Me Whole, Underwater Welder, Spiral-Bound, The Ticking, Too Cool to Be Forgotten
  • Award Winners – League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Alec, Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed?
  • Hit YA Titles – Ultimate Spider-Man, Runaways, Afterlife With Archie, Harbinger, Lumberjanes
  • Manga – Partnership with MediaDo brings titles from Cork and Harlequin Manga, including work by acclaimed artist Moyoco Anno
  • Leading Publishers – Marvel, Arcana, Archie, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, IDW/Top Shelf, Kingstone, Space Goat, Top Cow, Valiant, Zenescope

captain-americaThe press release also states that “Readers will have the ability to browse comics in a variety of ways, allowing long-time fans to dive deep and find what they love and new readers to explore comics”:

  • By Character – Character pages allow readers to follow their favorite characters through their series and guest appearances.
  • By Series – Readers can browse by title and read series entire series from start to finish.
  • By Curated Collection – Readers can browse over 100 expert-curated collections of comics, such as Incredible Team-Ups, Classic Marvel Moments, Zombie Horror, Welcome to Riverdale, Funny Women, Supernatural Romance, and more.

With the current comic book market struggling to expand readership, I think that any effort to increase access is a positive thing. This partnership with Scribd allows the publishers to set up a gateway for new readers, which hopefully will draw them in to want more of what they have to offer.

If you’re curious, Scribd does offer a free, one-month introductory trial period, which I’ll be checking out myself.

The question remains how this announcement will affect those who work in the Direct Market, and how it is being received.