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1st movie poster for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 released

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With a nod to posters for 80’s films like PRETTY IN PINK and THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Disney’s Marvel Studios has released the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2 movie poster.  The initial poster for the first film was brandished with the quote “YOU’RE WELCOME” along the bottom. This one defiantly declares “OBVIOUSLY” beneath the film’s…well…obvious title of VOLUME 2.

The poster features the original team of Star Lord,Gamora, Rocket, Baby Groot, and Drax, but also features Nebula and Yondu [complete with full, albeit metal, fin-Mohawk].

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EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, INC. AND DYNAMITE ENTERTAINM?ENT JOIN FORCES TO RELAUNCH ORIGINAL ‘JOHN CARTER: WARLORD OF MARS’

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Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and Dynamite Entertainment Join Forces to Relaunch Original “John Carter: Warlord of Mars”

 

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Reacquires Comic Book and Comic Strip Rights from Disney Subsidiary Marvel Entertainment

Dynamite to Create New Content and Publish Library

 

(May 19th, 2014 – Tarzana, CA & Mt. Laurel, NJ) – Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company founded by the author to protect and maintain his literary creations, and one of the comics industry’s leaders, Publisher Dynamite Entertainment, announced today a comprehensive agreement that will see the return of Burroughs’ original “John Carter: Warlord of Mars” to the pages of comic books, comic strips and graphic novels.  The agreement allows for the world-wide publication of the John Carter universe as well as “Lord of the Jungle” and ERB’s library of archival material.

 

The initiative comes on the heels of the reacquisition of comic book rights by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. that had been held by Walt Disney Pictures and its Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, as well as a recent legal settlement with Dynamite that cleared the way for Dynamite to introduce key characters and plot elements from the John Carter backstory that were, until now, absent from recent comic book interpretations.

 

“It was important to us that we reacquire the comic book and comic strip rights from Marvel Entertainment so we could reintroduce them in the market place.  We’re excited to see the exploits of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first science fiction adventure hero brought to life in their fullness by the passionate creative talents assembled by the folks at Dynamite,” said James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. “They’re true fans – and it shows on every page and in every idea they’ve shared with us.  Now fans everywhere will be able to appreciate the original adventure stories that later spawned Flash Gordon, Superman, Star Wars and Avatar.”

 

“Working together with Jim and the team at ERB, we will be taking the worlds of John Carter and The Lord of the Jungle publishing initiatives to a new level.  There’s a rich history, and an incredible amount of archival material in the ERB library, and we’re looking forward to bringing it to the fans around the world.  This is the beginning of a great relationship.” states Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “I can’t express how happy and excited everyone at Dynamite is to be working hand in hand with everyone at ERB, Inc”.

 

John Carter debuted in 1912 as the lead character in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first novel, serialized as Under the Moons of Mars in the pulp magazine, The All-Story, and later published as a complete novel retitled A Princess of Mars.  The character excited the imagination of readers and quickly imprinted onto the public psyche. As many literary and popular culture scholars attest, John Carter served as the template for a litany of adventure heroes to follow, from Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Superman to the Jedi knights of Star Wars fame and most recently, Avatar.

 

In planning for a late 2014 relaunch, Dynamite Entertainment confirmed that the new comic book series will be titled John Carter: Warlord of Mars.  Dynamite will also republish other John Carter assets, going back as far as the early 1940s comic strips by John Coleman Burroughs, the son of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

 

In a related development, new John Carter: Warlord of Mars “adventure strip” episodes will make their online debut in early summer as part of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Digital Comic Strip Service at www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics.  Written by the legendary Roy Thomas, with art by Pegaso (Rodolfo Perez Garcia) of Mexico City, this series will invite readers to accompany John Carter and his compatriots on exciting adventures that delve into the rich, storied history of Barsoom (as the inhabitants of Mars refer to their planet).  As with the other nine series featured on the site, including Tarzan and Carson of Venus, the first four episodes of John Carter: Warlord of Mars will be viewable at no charge.

 

About Dynamite Entertainment

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

 

About Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Founded in 1923 by Edgar Rice Burroughs himself, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. holds numerous trademarks and the rights to all literary works of the author still protected by copyright. The company has overseen every adaptation of his literary works in publishing, film, television, theatrical stage productions, licensing and merchandising.  The company is still a very active enterprise and manages and licenses the vast archive of Mr. Burroughs’ literary works, fictional characters and corresponding artworks that have grown for over a century.  The company continues to be owned by the Burroughs’ family and remains headquartered in Tarzana, California, the town named after the Tarzana Ranch Mr. Burroughs purchased there in 1918 which led to the town’s future development.  For more information, please visit EdgarRiceBurroughs.com.

 

 


Final Episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Due in 2014

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I was a casual fan of Star War: The Clone Wars.  By that, I mean I tuned in from time to time and watched the hyped up episodes.  What I did watch I really enjoyed, and I was looking forward to seeing how the showrunners would wrap up the show.  That’s why the fanboy in me was crushed when The Clone Wars went on an indefinite hiatus after Disney purchased Lucasfilm.

Have no fear Star Wars fans, we will be getting a short run of episodes to properly conclude the series. Supervising Director David Filoni has revealed via Facebook that the remaining episodes, will be released next year.  Here’s the full post:

Star Wars fans – I have some exciting news! We have wrapped production on all of the remaining Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes, and while that might be sad news in one way, it’s good news in another. It means you will finally get to see them. When, exactly, is a detail I cannot yet share. I can confirm that in early 2014 you will be watching the final episodes of The Clone Wars, including one of Master Yoda’s most challenging missions. So, get ready. We’ve got Clone Wars and Rebels coming at you in 2014. Animated Star Wars is alive and well. Trust in the Force my friends.
– Dave

New movies starting in 2015, the return of Star Wars video games, wrap up of the Clone Wars, and the kickoff of Star Wars Rebels: its a good time for fans of Star Wars.  Stay tuned to see when and where the final episodes of The Clone Wars will be airing.


Seifert & Moline kick off Marvel’s new DISNEY KINGDOMS line with SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD

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MARVEL AND WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING PRESENT DISNEY KINGDOMS!

All-New Comic Series Starting With “SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD”

 

Marvel & Disney are proud to present your first look at Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1, the first comic series published under the all-newDisney Kingdoms banner! Created in close partnership with designers, producers, and creative directors from Walt Disney Imagineering, theDisney Kingdoms line promises new and exciting adventures expanding upon already beloved lands, attractions, characters, and worlds of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

 

This January, experience the first all-new adventure inspired by Disney’s legendary – but never constructed–Museum of the Weird! Dreamed up by famous Imagineer Rolly Crump in 1965, the Museum of the Weird was home to a collection of mystical curiosities said to have been unearthed from all corners of the globe. Originally conceived as a spooky walk-through attraction connected to the Haunted Mansion, Crump’s innovative designs were left on the drawing board following the passing of Walt Disney….until now!

 

“We’re thrilled to be part of this historic launch that taps into the immense creativity of Walt Disney Imagineering to create background stories for so many beloved attractions,” said SVP of Marvel Publishing David Gabriel. “Grounded in rich Disney history, Disney Kingdoms is a great way to link Disney fans and Marvel fans!”

 

Disney Kingdoms is the ultimate team-up for fans of Disney and Marvel,” said Editor Bill Rosemann. “Working hand-in-hand with the world-famous Walt Disney Imagineers, Marvel’s best and brightest creators will unleash entire worlds inspired by and built around the attractions and characters that you’ve always known—but will experience for the very first time!”

 

Written by Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) and drawn by Karl Moline (Avengers Arena) – when their parents are kidnapped, teens Maxwell and Melody are thrust into a thrilling race through the world’s strangest – and most dangerous museum! Together, they must join forces with their mysterious and swashbuckling uncle as they attempt to rescue their family and save the world from an evil secret society! And they just might discover the truth behind their wild and weird destiny along the way!

 

What terrifying secrets lie inside the mysterious Museum of the Weird? Find out this January as the harrowing journey begins inDisney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1!

 

Plus, don’t miss this Saturday’s fan-favoriteCup O’ Joe panel at New York Comic Con (4pm in Room 1E) for an exclusive, first ever look atDisney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird!

 

DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD #1 (of 5)

Written by BRANDON SEIFERT

Art by KARL MOLINE

Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO

Variant Cover by WALT DISNEY IMAGINEER BRIAN CROSBY

On-Sale In Print & Digital This January!

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