Image Anniversary gets a Giarrusso treatment

Image comics is kicking off their anniversary this year, as part of that celebration of 20 years Giarrusso is re-creating 12 classic issues with custom variants for fans. For those unfamiliar, The Walking Dead for Kids! cover and art was an April Fools gag but it will actually play part into this limited variant launch.

First up for this treatment is the relaunch of Youngblood (Issue 71) the variant will pay tribute to the first issue of the series in kiddie form, they already have the art out and it looks amazing. Youngblood will also see John McLaughlin from Parker and The Black Swan fame as writer and John Malin and Rob Liefeld coming in as artists for this rebirth on May 23.

11 more titles are waiting confirmation but we’ll have to see what happens, Image Comics is only noting to stay tuned for more info on the goodies, fingers are crossed to see some love for Bloodstrike, Shadow Hawk and Spawn though. Unfortunately for The Walking Dead fans it doesn’t seem like this gag series will take off anytime soon.

Link: Image Comics News

Masters of the Universe returns in July from DC

Get ready to gear up for a new adventure in the DC Universe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is relaunching in July courtesy of DC Comics. The new series is slated to take on a new life for the warrior in celebration of his anniversary this year, for those wondering, he’s celebrating 30 years of awesome this year.

Unfortunately it’s a six-issue limited series but hopefully if the reception is strong enough it’ll continue beyond that for the fans.

Some words from DC on the new comic:

In the new series, Robinson reintroduces the Masters of the Universe® to comic readers with Skeletor having won a major victory and rewriting the world of Eternia where he now rules from Castle Grayskull and the Masters have no memory of their former glory. Adam is a simple woodsman haunted by dreams of a heroic warrior, wielding a powerful sword in battle. He is found by a mysterious sorceress who tells him his dreams are of the way the world should be, that he is Eternia’s champion He-Man. Adam sets off on a quest to regain his power and reawaken the Masters of the Universe.

Link: DC Comics Blog

Atari brings the #pongdevchallenge to your door

Atari is coming up on the 40th anniversary of Pong, as a celebration they’re inviting fans, developers and more to create the ultimate pitch to rebirth Pong in present day. The prizes are pretty rich, offering up to $100,000 and revenue sharing options with PR and marketing support.

The details:

  1. Come up with a cool new idea for a Pong game!
  2. Fill out the entry form by clicking the ENTER NOW button and include at the very least a design document for your game idea! If you have a playable, you can also submit a link to the build.
  3. A group of semi-finalists will be selected and asked to create a short playable/demo and promotional video for review. Submission instructions will be provided.
  4. Upon selection, finalists will be required to complete development on their games and deliver submission candidates for review.
  5. Atari SA, a panel of industry judges, and the Atari community will vote for the top 3 winners and, in addition to having their game released, will be awarded prize money based on their position.
  6. Grand Prize Winner will be selected and announced by August 2, 2012.
  7. As an added bonus, the finalist’s game that is chosen by the Atari community will be picked as the Atari Community Choice.  More details to follow on the Atari Facebook page or the Atari Twitter feed #PongDevChallenge

There’s no doubt the fight will be a tough one, with Atari, Mike Schramm, Nolan Bushnell and Dave Castelnuovo as judges anything could happen as you mix formal corporate with an indie with a man who made the game itself. Remember to enter in by April 15 or you’ll see your dreams and rewards passed up.

Link: Atari Developer Challenge

Ubisoft Celebrates 25 years of gaming on Xbox Live

It’s a month of gaming promotions I kid you not, Steam, Android, Get Games and others are just blowing out sales on products. Today though Xbox users get to share in 25 years of Ubisoft products with an exclusive sale on digital titles. Unfortunately it’s a mix of pricing but we’ll note it all here.

It was mentioned we would also see Scott Pilgrim Vs the World The Game in the list, unfortunately it looks like all the related goods for the game are still at full price. Hopefully some shifts do come up, it would be a shame to lose out on it at the last minute.

Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Concert hits LA

Late notice always sucks, at least we received this for post at least 24hrs early for you guys. Zelda fans will have an amazing reward tomorrow at the Pantages Theatre, Nintendo is putting on a special event with a full 70 piece orchestra and choir for vocals to go through classics from the series and give them new life. Gamers will also get a treat with Skyward Sword available for demo on the Wii and Ocarina of Time on the 3DS, keep in mind you will likely be on timed machines with so many people attending.

For more details look below for the date, time and location and even some handy links to get you there.

WHEN:
Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 @ 8 p.m.

 WHERE:
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA 90028

Find it on:
Google Maps | Mapquest | Bing