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Toys, Comics & More with Alter Nation!

18 Mar

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Toys from the 80’s and 90’s have a unique type of nostalgia associated with them. It was the MTV generation, and a lot more cross media occurred then than with the years prior. A few big franchises worth mentioning are Transformers, Care Bears and He-Man. The era has a uniqueness to it which I adore, and this is something Curtis Andersen, Licensing & Brand Management at Panda Mony Toys realize too. One look at this company’s website shows they make toys with attitude, and I can dig it! While this toy debuted in 2018 at toy expos and the like, to see it hit shelves in a larger scale takes time.

Andersen is also the Lore Master and writer for this company dedicated to creating new products for kids that help stimulate their imagination, Whether that’s with a tried and true brand, and also bringing a new idea to the masses, this operation is immediately taking on the cross-media approach to launch their line of Alter Nation!

But to know more about this world, I chatted with Andersen about this new product in stores now. If they haven’t arrived yet, they will soon mutate over to stores near you.

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Coming Next Month: Red Dwarf Season 13!

12 Mar

Image result for red dwarf season 13Coming April 2020.

The upcoming teaser trailer for the next “season” of Red Dwarf dropped early this week, and it’s a doozy! With only a few lines of dialogue, all we know (without knowing the synopsis) is that the titular space ship is facing some kind of imminent shut down and the crew must leave. However, strife between the crew continues to exist. Rimmer says, “You don’t need me. I’m not sure you ever did.” Lester tries to be the voice of reason and reveals the gang has to stay together. Kryton stated the obvious. They need a new ship and The Cat, as usual, freaks out. The visuals are sparse. We see an enormous ship chasing after what we assume is the Starbug.

This special replaces the episodic format previous seasons had. As the series looks like it’ll take a darker turn for the gang, the comedy which defines the show will no doubt remain intact. In what they have to face, however, will have ramifications for the future of this wonderful show. I can only imagine that there will no longer be the Red Dwarf spaceship, if the cries of fear are any indication. Just where can they live, or will it be an end? The love for this series is strong, and I suspect two more seasons can be made before the performers get too old.

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Fan Expo Vancouver 2020 In Pictures & Convention Report

6 Mar

215d2-fanexpovancouverBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fan Expo Vancouver (FXV) is eight years old! This event began in 2012 and over the years saw plenty of ups and downs. It shifted from a February event to November, and now it’s back in its mainstay of late Winter. The latest event took place a few weeks ago, during this province’s Family Day last month and attendance was quite good. Pairing this event with a long weekend felt good, and to have this event run from Saturday to Monday may seem unusual to some, but it’ll become a norm for this event’s future. Children and parents had a place to play in! A corner was sectioned off for young wizards to sort Harry Potter style. There were bouncy balls and even a small area for costumed tykes to show off their best superhero pose.

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Ideally, the family section should be in a room of its own (cosplay contest included). When the organizers behind this show seem to be settling on using the biggest singular room possible, maximizing the space will be a challenge in the future. The huge food court area may get shrunk. Thankfully, sandwiches, doughnuts and sodas will keep attendees appetites sated. Wild Bill’s Old Fashioned Soda is looking to make a dent in the convention scene with its flavourful root beers. I couldn’t resist and picked up a souvenir cup ($40) which was freely refillable for a day. For $5 on other days, I could remain on a carbonated high. However, for those wanting something more hearty have restaurants outside the convention center to eat in, like the Tap & Barrel. Since this space stretches out to cover both stages on opposite ends, the choice is sound for those not needing a good seat for the panels offered.

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Dark Horse Comics BANG! goes out with a Bang, and How to Find It

4 Mar

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The debut issue of the hit comic book series BANG! by writer Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), artist Wilfredo Torres (JUPITER’S CIRCLE), colorist Nayoung Kim and letterer Nate Piekos is going back to press for a third printing, featuring an all new cover by acclaimed artist David Rubín (ETHER).

The first printing of BANG! issue 1 sold out ahead of publication, following widespread press attention and endorsements from Keanu Reeves and some of the comic book industry’s most respected writers and artists. Following the sell out of the second printing, a third printing of BANG! will go on sale from Dark Horse Comics on April 1, 2020.

“We’ve been blown away by the response to BANG!” said co-creator and artist Wilfredo Torres. “David Rubín is one of the most dynamic comic book artists working today and it’s awesome to see his take on Secret Agent Thomas Cord.”

In addition to the third printing, Dark Horse has announced a BANG! convention exclusive cover that will debut at Emerald City Comic Con 2020, March 12-15 in Seattle, WA. The BANG! convention exclusive cover will have a limited run of 500 copies. This may be found at the official ECCC booth instead of the Dark Horse booth in light of news that this company (and a few others) decided not to attend due to keeping staff safe from the fear of the coronavirus potentially spreading during this event.

For the latest updates, please visit the Emerald City Comic Con page.

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