Friday, May 25, 2018

Comicpalooza – Texas’ Largest Pop Culture Festival – Begins Its 10th Anniversary Celebration Today!

Celebrate Comicpalooza’s 10th Anniversary with Spider-Man’s Tom Holland!

It’s official, Comicpalooza has taken over Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center for its annual celebration of all things pop culture! This year is especially exciting as the Texas pop culture festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Attendees will be able to explore more than 1,000 hours of action-packed programming and entertainment across the 1.2 million square-feet of convention space.

For those of you not familiar with Comicpalooza, it’s a three-day, multi-format show comprised of interactive panel sessions, an expansive exhibition hall and special events. Notable highlights for Comicpalooza 2018 include:
  • A premier guest lineup, featuring leading actors Tom Holland, John Cusack, Krysten Ritter, Charlie Cox, Michael Chiklis, Jeri Ryan, Brent Spiner, Ruth E. Carter, Edward James Olmos, Walton Goggins, Orlando Jones, Tricia Helfer, Ray Park and Ross Marquand. The roster also includes famed comic book creators Scottie Young, Mark Waid, Michael Golden, Paul Pope and more.

  • The Comicpalooza Cosplay Contest presented by BBVA Compass invites attendees to display their unique, hand-crafted costumes and props of popular characters found in movies, TV shows, comic books, cartoons, as well as video and card games. The Crossplay Contest, drag cosplay, is an adult-only show on Friday, May 25 while kids can showcase their alter egos in the Kid’s Cosplay Contest on Sunday, May 27.

  • A distinguished literature lineup that includes authors Joe R. Lansdale, Seanan McGuire, Mat Johnson, Martha Wells, among others. Attendees will have the chance to participate in panels, fan roundtables, read and critique sessions, as well as writing workshops.

  • The Comicpalooza Film Festival showcases original works submitted by filmmakers from around the world and reviewed by a panel of judges. Attendees will have a chance to view the selected finalists throughout the three-day event as part of their admission. This year, the festival will also feature the drive-in classic, Night of the Living Dead, on Saturday night.

  • The Maker’s Space presented by BBVA Compass is driven by STEM, presenting new technology like robotics and 3D printing for the creative and curious to explore.

  • New programming additions include from the Overwatch League, the Official Houston Outlaws Watch Party on Friday night, as well as live entertainment that spans ice sculpting, magicians, dancers and music throughout the weekend.
“This year’s tenth anniversary event is the best in Comicpalooza’s history. The extraordinary lineup, diverse programming, and support from community partners makes it fun for anyone who enjoys pop culture. I knew when I sold my remaining shares of Comicpalooza that it would be in good hands, with a long and bright future,” said John Simons, founder of Comicpalooza.

This year, Comicpalooza will partner with Adult Swim, the number one-rated network among young adults on basic cable for the past decade, as part of its ongoing efforts to bring fresh, pop culture content to viewers. During Comicpalooza, Adult Swim will be screening trailers for the new season of its hit anime series, “FLCL,” which tells the story of a guitar-swinging heroine battling against a massively powerful industrial corporation and the 12-year-old boy caught in the middle. Now, more than 15 years since its original launch in Japan, Adult Swim and Production IG will premiere two seasons on Toonami, Adult Swim’s popular anime block, beginning Saturday, June 2 at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The new seasons will bring together members of the original anime team, as well as a new generation of creators.

In the spirit of Comicpalooza, downtown Houston will also host free, public events that include a Friday night screening of The Dark Knight at Discovery Green and Saturday night’s Comicpalooza’s After Party on the Avenida presented by Saint Arnold that will feature a live performance by Austin’s Ghostland Observatory.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Movie Posters

Solo A Star Wars Story Teaser Theatrical One Sheet Movie Posters

Last night The Blot saw Solo: A Star Wars Story in IMAX, and I absolutely loved it! No spoilers, but it was the perfect mix of action, humor, fan service and classic Star Wars campiness! It was the closest thing to the Original Trilogy since…well…the Original Trilogy. Some fans may deride all the fan service, but honestly that’s exactly what I’m looking for an Star Wars film. It may not be what everyone wanted these A Star Wars Story films to be, but I think after The Last Jedi it’s exactly the kind of film the Star Wars fandom needed. If you haven’t seen it or don’t have plans to, go buy your tickets now! In the meantime, check out these two fantastic Solo: A Star Wars Story teaser one sheet movie posters. I love these because they’re actually unique and not just more of the same photoshopped posters that we typically see from a big budget sequel.

Solo: A Star Wars Story was directed by Ron Howard and is set to open at theaters across the United States on Friday, May 25, 2018. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Woody Harrelson as Beckett, Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37, and Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story International Character Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story International Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

It’s Solo Friday, and what better way to celebrate than with another set of Solo: A Star Wars Story international character one sheet movie posters. This set includes what most would say is the film’s primary cast with a very Star Wars-y action filled backdrop. I love how each poster features the Millennium Falcon in the background being chased by TIE Fighters in various positions in the sky. It’s almost like if you line up the posters just right you can make the Falcon zoom through the sky.

Solo: A Star Wars Story International Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story was directed by Ron Howard and is set to open at theaters across the United States on Friday, May 25, 2018. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Woody Harrelson as Beckett, Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37, and Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos.

Solo: A Star Wars Story International Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story International Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story Prints by Dark Ink Art, Danny Haas, Steve Anderson & Teddy Wright IV

Solo: A Star Wars Story Lithograph Prints by Dark Ink Art, Danny Haas, Steve Anderson & Teddy Wright IV

To commemorate this weekend’s release of Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters, Dark Ink Art has released three awesome officially licensed Solo lithographs by artists Danny Haas, Steve Anderson and Teddy Wright IV. Each print is truly fantastic in its own way, and The Blot loves seeing each artist’s unique style applied to these iconic (or soon to be iconic) Star Wars characters! All three Solo: A Star Wars Story hand numbered lithograph prints are available now at the Dark Ink Art online store. For any purchases made during Dark Ink's Memorial Day Sale, which begins today, May 24th, at 12:01am PDT and ends Monday, May 28th, at 11:59pm PDT use code MEM2018 for 25% off almost everything in their online store!

Solo: A Star Wars Story Lithograph Print by Dark Ink Art x Danny Haas

“In This Life Forever” by Danny Haas is an 18”x24” hand numbered Solo: A Star Wars Story lithograph. Limited to 250 pieces, this Star Wars poster retails for $40.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Lithograph Print by Dark Ink Art x Steve Anderson

“Flying Solo” by Steve Anderson is a 15.5”x28” hand numbered Solo: A Star Wars Story lithograph. Limited to 250 pieces, this Star Wars poster retails for $40.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Lithograph Print by Dark Ink Art x Teddy Wright IV

“Buckle Up” by Teddy Wright IV is an 18”x24” hand numbered Solo: A Star Wars Story lithograph. Limited to 250 pieces, this Star Wars poster retails for $40.
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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back “Energy Binds Us” Screen Print by Danny Haas x Dark Ink Art

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 38th Anniversary “Energy Binds Us” Screen Print by Danny Haas x Dark Ink Art

To commemorate this week’s 38th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, and this weekend’s release of Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters, Dark Ink Art has released this fantastic new screen print “Energy Binds Us” by artist Danny Haas. The Blot loves the red and blue color blocking of Haas’ design, and the way hew s able to incorporate all of the film’s central characters. And let’s be honest, it never hurts to have Boba Fett in such a prominent position in any Empire Strikes Back movie poster!

“Energy Binds Us” by Danny Haas is an 18”x24” hand numbered 4 color Empire Strikes Back screen print. Limited to just 250 pieces, this Star Wars poster is available now at the Dark Ink Art online store for $50. For any purchases made during Dark Ink's Memorial Day Sale, which begins today, May 24th, at 12:01am PDT and ends Monday, May 28th, at 11:59pm PDT use code MEM2018 for 25% off almost everything in their online store!
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Character Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story United States Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

Lucasfilm and Disney has released here in the US their largest and most comprehensive set of Solo: A Star Wars Story character movie posters. The Blot’s especially excited that we finally get a one sheet character movie poster set that includes more than just the film’s 4-5 main stars. Along with posters for Han, Chewie, Lando and Qi’ra (with the occasional poster for Beckett mixed in), we’ve also got our first posters featuring Dryden Vos, Val, L3-37 and man more! Does this set get you as excited as The Blot about tonight’s opening of Solo: A Star Wars Story here in North America!?!

Solo: A Star Wars Story United States Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story was directed by Ron Howard and is set to open at theaters across the United States on Friday, May 25, 2018. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Woody Harrelson as Beckett, Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37, and Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos.

Solo: A Star Wars Story United States Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story United States Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story United States Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story United States Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story United States Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set

Solo: A Star Wars Story United States Theatrical Character One Sheet Movie Poster Set
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DuckTales Tsum Tsum Plush Collection by Disney

DuckTales Tsum Tsum Plush Collection by Disney

The Blot is so happy that Disney’s DuckTales is back and better than ever! Not only is there a new cartoon on the air and a new comic book series, but the heroes of Duckburg have even got their very own Tsum Tsum collection! Now you can add Uncle Scrooge, his precocious nephews and their friend Webby to your collection of stackably soft Disney plushes.

DuckTales Tsum Tsum Plush Collection by Disney

The DuckTales Tsum Tsum Plush Collection includes Uncle Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby. All five of these awesome Disney Tsum Tsum plushes are available now in the popular 3.5” mini size at ShopDisney.com and Disney Store retail locations for $5.95 each.
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The Bison Van Black Edition Vinyl Figure by Jeremy Fish x 3DRetro

The Bison Van Black Edition (or SF Special Edition) Vinyl Figure by Jeremy Fish x 3DRetro

Apparently, you can’t keep a good van down because Big Mike rides again! After a year and a half hiatus, Jeremy Fish’s The Bison Van vinyl figure is back and better than ever in an all new colorway. The Blot really can’t believe a fourth colorway of this awesome figure has finally been released. The Black Edition The Bison Van, also known as the SF Special Edition, stretches 9” long and features a textured body as well as a flocked head.

The Bison Van Black Edition (or SF Special Edition) Vinyl Figure by Jeremy Fish x 3DRetro

Produced by 3DRetro, the sides and back of The Bison Van feature artwork and designs from Jeremy, while the driver's side window has his popular silly pink bunny character popping out to say hello. What’s really cool about this vinyl figure is that it is based on Jeremy Fish’s popular Bison Van art and his very own Big Mike van. Fans can order this new figure now at the 3DRetro online store for $99.99.
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Thor: Ragnarok “I Want You!” Screen Print by Raid71 x Bottleneck Gallery x Grey Matter Art

Thor: Ragnarok “I Want You!” Screen Print by Raid71 x Bottleneck Gallery x Grey Matter Art

Later today, Bottleneck Gallery will be releasing this super fun Thor: Ragnarok screen print by Raid71 featuring the break out star of the film – well maybe the second breakout star of the film – or is it the third breakout star from the film (after Valkyrie and Doug)? – Korg! For this release BNG has teamed up with Grey Matter Art to release Raid71’s Korg flyer “I Want You!” as an officially licensed screen print. The Blot really loved Raid’s flyer when he first shared this fan art it on Instagram, and it’s really exciting to learn it’s now being released as an movie tie-in.

Thor: Ragnarok “I Want You!” Screen Print by Raid71 x Bottleneck Gallery x Grey Matter Art

As Bottleneck Gallery explained, with this print “Raid’s cleverly captured one of the best parts of Taika Waititi’s Marvel-ous movie debut.” I Want You! by Raid71 is an 18”x24” hand numbered Thor: Ragnarok screen print. Limited to 175 pieces, this Marvel poster will go on sale at 12pm EST today, Thursday, May 24th, at the Bottleneck Gallery online store for $45.
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Batman: Black & White Bat-Manga Statue by Jiro Kuwata x DC Collectibles

Batman Black & White Bat-Manga Statue by Jiro Kuwata x DC Collectibles

DC Collectibles has announced the next piece in its popular ongoing Batman: Black and White statue line, and it’s by acclaimed manga artist Jiro Kuwata! While Kuwata is best known for his super hero manga 8 Man, comic book fans know him as the creator of the beloved Bat-Manga in the late ‘60s. The Blot absolutely loves how DC Collectibles incorporated classic manga-style shading onto this Batman: Black and White Bat-Manga Statue. It’s little details like that, which make this a must get for any DC Comics or manga fan! The piece also features a stylized cape and an arsenal of gadgets based on Kuwata’s designs.

Batman Black & White Bat-Manga Statue by Jiro Kuwata x DC Collectibles

The Batman: Black and White Statue by Jiro Kuwata stands 6.33” tall and comes on DC Collectibles’ trademark Batman: Black and White symbol base. Limited to 5,000 pieces, this DC Comics 1/10 scale statue can now be pre-ordered at Entertainment Earth for $69.99 here.
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