The Blot’s still not sure what to make of Warner Bros’ upcoming Justice League live action movie, but the new teaser trailer they released at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 has me more optimistic than ever before. But then I look at the film’s concept art above and wonder why does The Flash need such weird looking armor!?! What do you think? And where is Green Lantern or the Martian Manhunter?
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Below is an email our friends at Rotofugi sent out yesterday to their newsletter subscribers asking the designer toy community for help! Please take a few minutes to read their story and then head over to Rotofugi online store and place an order!
Hi there, Kirby and Whitney from Rotofugi here. We're writing today because we could really use your help.
We just celebrated our 12th anniversary as a business, but to be completely transparent with you, it's been quite bittersweet. On one hand, we're extremely proud of reaching this milestone, but the plain and simple fact is that we're just barely making it as a business.
Pretty much since 2008 when the global economy took a dive we've been just getting by, and relying heavily on things like a line of credit from our bank, credit cards and loans to keep Rotofugi from becoming a casualty like many other designer toy sellers.
Until this past 6 months or so we always managed to juggle the bills, buy inventory and keep the train moving forward, even if we weren't getting out of debt. But the last 6 months have been, frankly, brutal. Sales of designer toys are down significantly, and while we've made some moves to offer more pop culture figures and things like classes, the fact is that it's not making up for the drop.
As of this week, we've exhausted our credit and made cuts to just about every aspect of our business to the point where it's hard to find anything else to cut without slimming down our already small staff. If we do that we fear that the short term gains would quickly disappear as we wouldn't be able to provide the level of customer service that our customers deserve, and frankly, we see our staff as our family and can't imagine letting anyone go.
So why are we telling you this now? It's actually really simple.
If you'd like to see us stick around, and you've had your eye on a toy or a piece of artwork, now would be a great time for you to buy it. We're not looking for a handout, but at the same time, we need your business now more than we ever have.
In addition to shopping on rotofugi.com, we have also started listing toys from our personal collection on eBay, so maybe you'll find something there you'd like to grab. Every little bit will help.
We have some concrete plans in place to offer more services and with a little luck, increase our revenue to a point of sustainability, but if we don't get over this immediate hurdle we may not be able to get that far.
Thanks and we hope you have a great rest of the week.
Whitney & Kirby Kerr
MondoCon 2016 will take place October 22nd and 23rd in Austin, TX at AFS Cinema and Holiday Inn Midtown Conference Center. Yesterday, not only did Mondo announce the official line-up for MondoCon 3, but they’ve made a super limited amount of Early Bird Weekend Passes available for purchase here for $79! Saturday and Sunday single day tickets ($45 each) will be available later this summer. And check out the killer new MondoCon 3 logo designed by Aaron Draplin!
MondoCon is a celebration of everything we love, including movies, art, comics, music, toys and food. It's a weekend curated with fans in mind, featuring incredible artists and creators from around the world, panels, screenings, food trucks, live score and interactive events. To kick off the MondoCon 2016 weekend, Mondo Gallery will host a show on Friday, October 21st, entitled “New Works” featuring celebrated artists Jason Edmiston and Ken Taylor.
Artist Jock will also be in attendance at the convention to sign copies of his new book The Art of Jock. Mondo will also release a cool new vinyl of The Monster Squad Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with music composed and conducted by Bruce Broughton with artwork by Gary Pullin.
The Official MondoCon 2016 Line-Up: Martin Ansin, Oliver Barrett, Richey Beckett, Florian Bermer, Scott C, Becky Cloonan, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Rhys Cooper, Daniel Danger, DKNG, Craig Drake, Aaron Draplin, Jason Edmiston, Francesco Francavilla, Ken Garduno, JJ Harrison, Tom Haubrick, Jock, Rob Jones, Alex Kirhzner, Landland, Mike Mitchell, Randy Ortiz, Alex Pardee, Gary Pullin, Phil Ramirez, JC Richard, Arik Roper, Jay Ryan, Scarecrowoven, Todd Slater, William Stout, Ken Taylor, Matt Taylor, Matt Ryan Tobin, Kevin Tong, Vacvvm, WBYK, Erica Williams, N.C. Winters and Matthew Woodson.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 last weekend Warner Bros released a teaser one sheet movie poster for the upcoming The LEGO Batman Movie and the film’s first trailer, which looked hilarious! This spin-off of the previously release The LEGO Movie looks fantastic. I never thought a movie about LEGOs could turn into a blockbuster franchise on the silver screen, but Warner Bros has done it! It doesn’t hurt that everyone loves anything Batman these days. The Blot has also included the film's original teaser one sheet movie poster below.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 last weekend Marvel released a teaser poster for the upcoming fourth season of Agents of SHIELD on ABC. The poster features the show’s cast with art by Mike Perkins. What’s most notable about both the poster and the show’s Season 4 teaser trailer is they officially announced the arrival of Ghost Rider to Agents of SHIELD!
This isn’t your father’s Ghost Rider though, as it’s the “All-New” Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes (to be portrayed by Gabriel Luna) who will drive a car and not a motorcycle. The Blot’s pretty shocked Marvel decided to add Ghost Rider to Agents of SHIELD instead of to one of their darker Netflix shows, but maybe this is their way to tie the larger Marvel TV Universe together.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 last weekend NBC released a teaser poster for the upcoming DC Comics live action television series Powerless featuring artwork by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams. The Blot’s not sure this show’s going to be any good, but I do love that cast! Plus it features the Justice League International’s Crimson Fox! Plus, it should be at least a little funny.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 last weekend Marvel released a teaser poster for the upcoming Netflix television series Iron Fist and a teaser trailer at their Marvel TV SDCC panel. The Blot still can’t believe this show is getting made! Are you excited to see a series about the newest member of Marvel’s The Defenders!?!
At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 last weekend Warner Bros released this beautiful teaser one sheet movie poster for the upcoming DC Comics live action film Wonder Woman! The poster was given away as a freebie at the DC Comics SDCC booth. They’ve also released the teaser trailer below at their panel in Hall H. What do you think!?!
At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 last weekend Marvel released this killer teaser poster for their upcoming Netflix television show Luke Cage by acclaimed artist Joe Quesada! This show is going to be awesome, right? These were given out at the Marvel SDCC booth.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
SDCC 16 Exclusive Captain America: The First Avenger Variant Marvel Screen Print by Stan & Vince x Mondo
Mondo will be releasing a ton of epic San Diego Comic-Con 2016 exclusives later this week, including this officially licensed Marvel Cinematic Universe screen print by Stan and Vince for Captain America: The First Avenger! This movie poster measures 24”x36”, is limited to just 175 pieces and retails for $75. This San Diego Comic-Con 2016 exclusive variant will be released on Thursday, July 21st, at the Mondo SDCC booth. The Regular Edition (seen below) will be released at a later date via the Mondo online store.