Fox Re-Releases Cult Horror Films in Limited Edition format by Skuzzles

Looking to boost the unique cover art in your collections? Fox Home Entertainment has that covered with the re-release of 13 major cult horror films for October, movies like The Silence of the Lambs, The Amityville Horror, Carrie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 and more all grace the stage with really amazing art, you can actually catch samples of the art from Skuzzles below. I know I’m already debating which ones to pick up, it’s really cool when groups like this get to work on especially unique projects like these. The full snapshot from Skuzzles on the project is below.

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At Skuzzles, we really want to offer artists the opportunity to work on titles they’re passionate about. We try to direct and pair artists where the it seems fit, but ultimately we want the artist to have equal say in how the art is executed. The goal is to keep the end result as close to the artists original vision as possible. Having said this, here’ s a little bit of feedback from the artists regarding their concepts behind the artwork:

 

Todd Slater: Invasion of the Body Snatchers – “What if the pod with the flower was shaped similar to a sternum in a ribcage (it’s really close now) and the white tendrils expand and extend from the pod to form more of the ribs and skeleton?  The background could be deep dark outer space.  My thought is that *the pods are building a new you*.”

Randy Ortiz: Silence of the Lambs – “…I wanted to go a more symbolic route and have it be clean and classy.”
Dan Mumford: Last house on the left – “… I found the scene where Mari walks into the water to be quite haunting and probably the most pivotal moment, so i worked from that and created quite a haunting still moment based around the lake she walks into. We also have two of the murderers standing there and her necklace dangling down with the smallest hint of blood red seeping through.”
Jason Edmiston: Child’s Play – “For my Child’s Play art, I wanted to show Chucky’s maniacal character, at the pinnacle of his power. I love the black magic quality of the movie, and tried to capture the killer doll in mid-chant, surrounded by crazy voodoo lightning, He scared me when I first saw this movie as a teen, and I wanted my cover art to evoke the same feeling. Most of the Child’s play art is dark, with a black background. I thought my brightly lit piece would stand out from previous iterations.”
“Ghoulish” Gary Pulin: 
The Amityville Horror – “I  just really went down the rabbit hole playing up different variables with the windows and the passage way to hell they find in the basement, but I’m happy with the graphic, iconic approach we landed on for the cover. When I reversed the shot of the house into the white negative space, it’s features of it really seemed to jump out. I knew I wanted to do something with the flies as well, so it seemed to make sense that they make up the portrait of James Brolin, as he goes through a transformation from good natured to an evil presence throughout the film.”

Carrie – “There’s a lot of ways you can go with a movie like Carrie but I wanted to focus on the intensity of the final scene and her rage filled eyes (if you look close they are fire balls). The silhouette of the knife is a nod to her insane mother and the control she’s unable to keep over her.”
Teen Wolf – This was a silk-screened poster I had created with Skuzzles previously and I’m really excited to see it become the face for an official release of the film. I hope I made Stiles proud.
It was an absolute pleasure to work on this project with everyone involved. Don’t forget to checkout the other works of each artist by visiting their website! We couldn’t be happier with the end result, and we really hope collectors enjoy these as much as we do. Let us know what you think!

*Updated *DC Comics hits C2E2 2012 with panels and more!

DC confirms today they’ll be attending C2E2 this year, they’re holding out at booth #115 and launching promo events, signings and panels for fans. Vertigo announcements will roll out at the show and updates on the New 52 will follow, the team doesn’t have much else to share but they’re promising to talk quite a bit on Before Watchmen as a special treat.

Check back for updates on their schedule for the show and we’ll keep the c2E2 news flowing!

*Update: From C2E2

Friday
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DC All Access

Date: Friday, April 13
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: S402ab

Speakers: David Finch , Kevin Maguire , Scott Snyder

Description:
A lot can happen in a year! Come by for unfiltered access to DC Comic’s top Editors as they talk all things DC! Find out what’s going on behind the scenes at DC Comics! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry’s top talent including David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Kevin Maguire (Worlds’ Finest) and Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing), so don’t miss out!

Saturday
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DC Entertainment: Talent Search Orientation

Date: Saturday, April 14
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: N426b

Speaker: Mark Chiarello

Description:
Join DCE’s VP – Art Direction and Design, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.)

DC Comics – The New 52

Date: Saturday, April 14
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Location: S401abc

Speakers: Bob Harras , Chris Burnham , Geoff Johns , Jimmy Palmiotti , Patrick Gleason , Scott Snyder

Description:
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 is the most talked about event of the last year, and we’re not done making news! Come by and be a part of history as DCE Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras is joined by your favorite top-notch talent such as Chris Burnham (Batman, Incorporated), Patrick Gleason (Batman and Robin), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), and Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing) to discuss the books that are shaping this new era!

DC All Access – Special Edition: Before Watchmen

Date: Saturday, April 14
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: S401abc

Speakers: Adam Hughes , Amanda Conner , Brian Azzarello , Dan DiDio , J. Michael Straczynski , Lee Bermejo , Len Wein , Mark Chiarello , Will Dennis

Description:
It’s not the end of the world. It’s the beginning! Don’t miss this panel about the most talked about comic book series of 2012! Join DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, VP – Art Direction and Design Mark Chiarello, Senior Editor Will Dennis, Brian Azzarello (Before Watchmen: Rorschach), Lee Bermejo (Before Watchmen: Rorschach), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan), Len Wein (Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, Curse of the Crimson Corsair) and J. Michael Straczynski (Before Watchmen: Nite Owl, Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan and Superman: Earth One) as they talk about this game-changing event! Hurm!

Sunday
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DC Comics for Kids!

Date: Sunday, April 15
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: S402ab

Speakers: Art Baltazar , Franco

Description:
They may be young – but they’re still heroes! Come join the Eisner Award winning team of Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans) as they bring their one-of-kind energy and humor to discuss the upcoming, action-packed, awesomeness that is Superman Family Adventures as well as other DC Comics for kids! Don’t miss this all-ages panel!

Art Masters – Drawing DC

Date: Sunday, April 15
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: S402ab

Speakers: David Finch , Kevin Maguire , Mark Chiarello , Patrick Gleason

Description:
What does it take to remake a universe? Immensely talented artists! Join VP – Art Direction and Design Mark Chiarello and DC Comics top artists David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Patrick Gleason (Batman and Robin), and Kevin Maguire (Worlds’ Finest) for a unique peek into their visual approach in shaping DC Comics!

Voltron landing at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2012

Voltron is hitting C2E2 this year with a series of awesome events for fans of the series. Fans get a taste of Voltron: Form Blazing Comics, a Kid’s Day demo on how to create a real cartoon and lots of product giveaways and a subscription to the Voltron Classics line from Matty Collector. Also they’re packing in sneak peek events for the newest episode of the series on Nick. We have the full list of guests and events below so you can plan out your schedule ahead of time!

The line-up:

Voltron: Form Blazing Comics! panel

  • Jeremy Corray – World Events Productions Creative Director
  • Artists, writers producers and designers from original and iconic Voltron Universe
  • Nick Barrucci – President Dynamite Entertainment
  • Joe Rybandt – Editor Dynamite Entertainment
  • Brandon Thomas – Writer Dynamite Comics
  • Traci Todd – Senior Editor VIZ Media
  • Bob Koplar Vice President World Events Productions
  • Tiffany Ilardi Managing Director World Events Productions
Voltron Force: How to make a Giant Robot Cartoon! demo
  • Bob Koplar Vice President World Events Productions
  • Jeremy Corray – World Events Productions Supervising Producer
Voltron Force Secret C2E2 event
  • Date: Saturday April 14, 2012 @ 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Room: #S401abc
Voltron Panel / Demonstration
  • Date: Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Room: Variant stage main show floor
Voltron Force Sneak Peek! Screener
  • Date: Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Room: #N427bc
Free swag and meetings are at World Events Booth #430

 

DC Comics hits Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)

DC is hot on the convention circuit now, this weekend we leave you with some details about their plans for C2E2 2012 coming up  this April 13-15 at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

Current panels:

Before Watchmen – Panel – April 14 @ 2PM – 3PM

  • Panelists: Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Amanda Conner, Adam Hughes, J. Michael Straczynski and Len Wein.

Confirmed guests:

  • Franco Aureliani
  • Art Baltazar
  • Chris Burnham
  • David Finch
  • Patrick Gleason
  • Kevin Maguire
  • Sean Murphy
  • Jimmy Palmiotti
  • Gail Simone
  • Scott Snyder

Also on hand will be staff and executives at the booth for other DC properties, hopefully this means some TV related features as well. They pulled off a nice win for Alcatraz and Fringe during WonderCon and I’m sure fans would enjoy the same over in Chicago.

We’ll update the info for C2E2 as we can find it so check back often as we lead up to the show.

Bandai Entertainment exits the publishing realm

In the past decade we’ve seen the fall of many anime groups, today Bandai Entertainment joins the ranks of the fallen as they plan to exit the Anime and Manga realm at the end of this month. The focus will cause the company to stop releasing new titles on DVD/Blu-ray and Manga formats and instead look toward digital distribution networks, broadcasting and merchandise efforts.

As  a result we’ll see the following titles cancelled.

  • Turn-A-Gundam
  • Nichijou
  • Gosick
  • Kannagi 4-6
  • Code Geass: Renya
  • Gurren Lagann Vol. 7
  • Gundam 001
  • Lucky Star Boo Boo Kagaboo
  • Nichijou Manga
  • Code Geass R2 Novels
  • Tales of the Abyss : Jade 1 & 2

Also expect to see the Twitter and Facebook groups for Bandai Entertainment closing up shop soon as well. Word is the Current Amazon storefront for Bandai will continue to operate during this time of transition. For those worried about their gaming experience, no word has landed on Namco Bandai being impacted by this change at this point.

Outplay is bringing Tricks and Booty to your Facebook apps

Okay so it’s not as bad as the headline sounds, Outplay Entertainment is a new casual gaming company hoping to get some gamer’s to check out their new releases on Facebook. The two titles in question are Word Trick and Booty Quest, yes I know I know, I had to go over that a few times as well.

Booty Quest takes players into a classic Bejeweled format of chain attacks to survive. You grab all the booty you can find to score high and gain multipliers in each round, you’ll be racing the clock so you’ll need to move fast to set the bar for each conquest. As a game that combines simple mechanics and booty, it’s hard to go wrong just based on that information. From the screen shots it looks like a solid offering for players hoping to get some quick enjoyment without the fuss or hassle that come with higher profile offerings, you grab as much booty as you can and get out after you set your score.

  

Word Trick is just as simple, it’s a scrabble type game that will hook users of words with friends and other popular word games. You can challenge friends or random opponents for a battle of the brains or at least others that spam google for word help like no tomorrow. Popular features are in Word Trick including Chat and Status updates when your opponents make a move.

  

Both games are available now on Facebook, I suggest you enjoy some Word Trick and cool off by getting your fill of Booty Quest before calling it a night.

MadWorld – Chainsaw days

It’s been a while since the game came out, but it’s a bit of a cornerstone to Wii gaming, for older audiences the game is slapstick madness in the sense that it’s completely violent and it makes no apologies about it, the game is designed as a mature 3rd person fighting title that grabs it’s rating of M and rides the wheels off of it.

When the title came out it was surrounded with TV questions of “would you buy this for your child?” “do you condone your child playing this?” and so fourth, the issue was that the game wasn’t designed for children and better yet it only proved that parents should be doing their job and researching what their kids beg them for. It was like a sense of whiplash to the parents finally that games are designed for audiences. For those actually wondering, it’s probably not the best game for your child to grow up on if you haven’t been involved in showing them that shoving a sign post through someones head isn’t nice.

On from that, the game deserves the praise it has gotten in the media so far for being such a great looking and excellent controlling game, the game was actually a joy to play through, motions were simple and illustrated on screen without interuption and it wasn’t actually all that absurd. Players get exposed to MadWorld as Jack, a mystery combatant with what seems to be a bit of a side agenda, as the game pans out players rank up by meeting score quotas and taking down bosses, the story of the city and of your investors slowly emerge from that point as you infiltrate the game further hoping to reach the crown.

The game features multiple attack methods such as basic melee combinations but it strives on creative kills, stuffing tires on enemies, shoving poles through them, slamming trash barrels on them and then repeatedly impaling them on spikes for maximum point rewards. Really the game is quite magical in the sense that it goes completely over the top to seperate itself from anything remotely serious.

The other reward for me was the soundtrack, it seems that every now and again Sega really cranks out a superb soundtrack, Jet Set Radio was quite a good bit of fun but MadWorld was the modern violent take on how they can go about a great mix. Unfortunately it was a limited release and goodness if it isn’t hard to track down in any form let alone find it for less than about $50

Overall the game is great, the graphics are great in their high contrast form, the combat is superb and easy to execute, the music is a welcome change and the flexibility of the game shows through constantly without feeling heavily repetitious or like a complete gimmick. For anyone up for a good violent bash MadWorld is a must have for your collection. Personally I’ll be giving it another play through to try and really raise the stakes on my existing scores.