Short post but a ton of pictures for everyone to check out in the gallery below!
Today, WonderCon attendees had the opportunity to meet with Eisner winning author and all-around good guy, Eric Powell and Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters collaborator Tracy Marsh. Powell began his panel today at WonderCon by eating pie (which I am sad to report was apparently not very good), swapping personal stories and playing a game of Eric Powell trivia with the crowd. He didn’t really have any news on the upcoming (hopefully) Goon movie aside from the fact that it’s still a go with David Fincher and Blur however financing is still a problem. Eric did seem optimistic about this though so that’s something us Goon fans can cling to. He also reported that a Goon mask ($59.99) will be coming out soon and he was able to show us a picture. Eric did talk about an upcoming project but was unable to tell us anything about it other than that he promises it will be “awesome.” (and thus better than pie!). Despite his inability to share Goon related details with the crowd, Eric did discuss his thoughts on the trajectory of the comic industry and his life with a roller derby girl. Throughout the panel, Eric commented on how technological glitches and health and safety concerns over sharing pie with the audience “ruined” the panel, but Eric’s accessibility during the panel and at his booth (where I was super excited about him signing some comics from my Powell collection!) allowed us to learn a little more about the kind of motivated, grounded, fireworks (he spent $600 on em’) loving person he is!
Friday is at a wrap for us with WonderCon, we do have some pictures from the event including awesome figures, costumes and just the show itself. We’ll have multiple breakdowns for everyone to check out, expect a dedicated series of pieces from Jenny this weekend as well.
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Kickstarter is taking over to jump-start new developments, instead of games we’re seeing it used in a new project by Zenescope Entertainment for their new Grimm Animated Series project. The big show kicks off today and runs through May 1 for people to jump on board. The project is being directed by Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse, Venture Bros. and Nerd Hunter 3004 fame with Titmouse Inc. for the animation side of things (Metalocalypse, Black Panther, Freaknik: The Musical). They’re not after a small goal though, the team notes it’ll take $175,000 to get this project off the ground to get the pilot episode running and establish the foundation to continue the series after that.
Zenescope had a lot to mention on the project and this experiment into crowd funded pursuits for entertainment in other media.
“We believe that our Grimm Fairy Tales comic book series would make an excellent animated series, and we’ve been pitching the idea to theHollywood big-wigs for years. They’ve said “There is too much Fairy Tales stuff out there”, or “No one wants to see a gritty, dark, modern take on the fairy tales.” That’s where they’re wrong. We have tons of devoted fans that would love to see more of our series, and that is our chance and yours to make it happen.”
Grimm Fairy Tales has been the flagship series of Zenescope Entertainment since the company started. Zenescope has grown to a top comic book publisher due to its continued success. Grimm Fairy Tales is currently the longest running independent color comic being published today and has over 1 million copies in print.
Jon Schnepp will be directing this project. He is one of the hottest animation directors in Hollywood, having already seen a great deal of success working on such series as Aqua Teen Hunger Force , Metalocalypse, and the Venture Brothers. Not only will Jon be working closely with the creators of the comic book, Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco; Zenescope will be enlisting Titmouse Inc, one of the premiere animation studios, to help with this vision.
Titmouse Inc is a premiere animation studio with top-tier talent and experience. Jon Schnepp has worked with them before on many of his projects, and much of their work rounds out the Adult Swim animation block on Cartoon Network. Their variety of experience is suited well for the Grimm Fairy Tales animation series anthology.
If you want to help support the development of the project check out their Kickstarter page and see if it sparks your interest.
We’re off to WonderCon shortly but just before departing lets drop a bombshell!
Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong and creator Dan Harmon will all be joining up this sunday in the Third Floor Ballroom to show a sneak peek at an upcoming episode and a tell all about what’s coming for the rest of the season to the Community world. We’ll try to break in and pass word along but if you’re going to WonderCon you wont want to miss this one given how good of a panel this group has during Comic-Con.
Panel information: Ballroom – Third Level – 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Get there early if you want to catch it, we’ll have a greater feel for line waiting after today to pass along to everyone.
WonderCon is just around the corner, March 16th-18th, and that means information about convention exclusives are (slowly) being released. I expect that there may be a couple more coming but for right now this seems to be all there is. I will continue to scour the interwebs in hopes of finding out some more details and will hopefully have more to report, so check back often!
The Super 7 booth (#369) will be setting up shop with a super cute WonderCon exclusive. The limited, $25 Strawberry Caramel Delight Foster is an adorable cannibalistic cookie, with a happy face and a blasé attitude ready to make his way into your home! No info has been given on just how limited the run is but I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t too many of these guys so get there early.
ARTFX+ is offering the Kotobukiya (#563) Star Wars Shock Trooper 2-pack. This set is limited to 1000 pieces and is available for pre-order here http://www.shopafx.com/afxexstwasht.html for $84.99. It’s safe to say that all Kotobukiya statues are always top-notch and fans will not be disappointed with this one. The set comes with multiple leg and arm accessories allowing for a ton of different poses and set-ups, with one of the nicest features being that the figures have magnets in their feet to allow for easy posing!
Smoke and Mirror fans rejoice, there will be a WonderCon exclusive cover available at the IDW booth (#301) and cost $5. Also at IDW will be John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man exclusive hardcover, signed by both Romita and Stan Lee! If that isn’t enough there is also a sketch by Romita, while not cheap, $250, this is definitely a real collectors piece. Another not-so-cheap exclusive is the Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition variant hardcover, which will set you back $150! IDW is offering some more affordable exclusives like the Locke & Key: Guide To Known Keys variant cover at a mere $5 and the Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys To The Kingdom variant cover for $25. They will also have limited supplies of previous exclusives from past conventions.
For the vinyl junkies out there, head on over to the Kuso Vinyl booth (#287) and pick up the Dragon King “Enter the Dragon” edition by kaNO. This is a very limited run of only 250 pieces and will set you back $65. If that isn’t enough, kaNO will be at the booth on Saturday from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. no doubt signing the brand new shiny figure you just bought!
To commemorate your trip to WonderCon and the con’s first ever trip to Anaheim run over to the Graphitti Designs booth (#601) and grab the official WonderCon 2012 shirt. Ryan Sook designed the awesome t-shirt that features Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
Celebrating Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D release, Gentle Giant (#357) has decided to offer a very unique exclusive, Yoda with 3D glasses mini bust. Yeah, you read that right! Yoda, chomping on popcorn, wearing old school 3D glasses, which are removable, but really why would you? These busts are limited, however the run is unknown as is the price. These are sure to move fast if for no other reason then the novelty of the piece. If you are a Premier Guild Member you can pre-order the bust now.
While not an official WonderCon exclusive, Frombie (#285) is offering a piece that is VERY limited. “Artifact Zora”, an all gold-colored, 6” vinyl figure is limited to just 10 pieces worldwide. Each figure is signed and numbered and is sure to disappear very quickly. Also to be offered at the booth is a Frombie and an Esc-Toy’s collaboration. A very limited (12! pieces) Chelly Chainsaw X Zora Kage colorway con exclusive. Each hand-painted resin figure will be gone before you have a chance to say “Chelly Chainsaw X Zora kage colorway exclusive please.” There will also be two limited Chelly X Zora postesr to commemorate the above piece being offered. Pictures and more details (hopefully) to follow. Lastly, at the Frombie booth artist Erick Scarecrow will be signing from 2p.m.-3p.m. on both Friday AND Saturday!
Aspen Comics (#510) is offering up a bunch of awesome exclusives. First up is Lady Mechanika #0, with an exclusive WonderCon 2012 cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald, limited to only 1500 copies, this will go fast. Next is Fathom #5, with WonderCon exclusive cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, this issue is extremely limited at 500 copies. Aspen is also releasing an exclusive for their new miniseries, Fathom: Kiani. The issue will be #0 and feature a cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald and is limited to only 500. I think it’s safe to say these guys have been really busy working on some super cool goodies for us and none of these will last very long!
The super awesome, super limited Morksta edition Mork figure by MAD and Pobber Toys will be available at the De Korner booth (#390). There will only be 50 of these guys and they will cost $85, but they are super cool and so totally worth it. With only 50 available it would be wise to head over there early if you want to make sure you get one.
Alex Pardee and Zerofriends (#844) are going to be offering up a bunch of amazing exclusives. First up is a rad take on Wolverine, the piece is limited to only 40 and is a steal at $50. The print measures 17” x 22” and is a must have edition to any art collection.
Next up is a really cool print called “Creature”, an homage to The Creature From The Black Lagoon and limited to only 54 pieces, a tribute to the films 1954 release. At only $10(!), this one is a must!
Although not an exclusive, there will be a cool 4 print series of the Universal Classic Monsters. These prints measure 5” x 7”, are not part of a limited run and are available either individually ($10) or as a set ($35). Alex Pardee will be at the booth signing on Saturday from 2 p.m.-4p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. To 3 p.m. So make sure you stop by and say hi!