Feb 272013
 

The announcement back in October that Disney was acquiring LucasFilm for a paltry sum of $4 billion dollars was completely drowned out by a collective ‘geek-gasim’ heard around the world following their second surprise of the day. A new hope had sprung to life within us all when the studio dropped the bomb that they plan to continue on with the original “Star Wars” trilogy, starting with Episode VII in 2015. When I first heard that someone other than Lucas would have control of the reins over the project, I have to admit I thought it was some sort of sick twisted early Halloween ‘trick.’ Possibly perpetrated by a group like “Anonymous,” or those Chinese cyber hackers who keep messing with the D.O.J. When reality finally did set in, I (like many of you I’m sure) began to feel equal amounts of excitement and apprehension. I think we’re all still a little scarred and gun shy from the prequel atrocities, am I right? Does meeeza have to explainzza? (Yeah, that’s right. I went there.)

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As an avid reader of comics, and Darkhorse’s “Star Wars” titles in particular, my biggest issue with the acquisition and the subsequent revamping of the extended universe is encapsulated in the dilemma of the following question: Does this mean that all the hard work of many gifted graphic artists and writers, who contributed to what was once considered cannon, now null and void? I’m going to have to table that discussion for the time being, definitely a soapbox for another day.

sw4Since the announcement, the internet rumor mill has been working harder than a ‘man-scaping’ wookie, and conjecture is the current name of the game. And speaking of names, the exclusivity for a director shuffled through anyone who has ever had any interest in sci-fi what-so-ever, or has looked through the correct end of a camera. Every movie site was batting around names like; Jon Favreau, to Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, to Zack Snyder, Brad Bird, Mathew Vaughn, Joss Whedon, to the obvious candidate of Lucas’ bestest frenemy Steven Spielberg… you get the idea. Of course we now know that the resuscitator of the “Star Trek” franchise himself, J.J. Abrams (Hey J.J., why no call back for the sequel? I’m so not feeling the love.), is set to direct a script written by Oscar winner Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3″/”Little Miss Sunshine”). That’s just the beginning though, with casting and major plot points still up in the air –  crazy kooks like Super Shadow are going to continue to litter the web with inaccurate or out-and-out false information leading up to the very first trailer of the film and beyond. So let’s see if we can sift through the endless barrage of “bantha poo-doo” speculation, and separate the Sith Myths from the Force Facts.

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Jul 302009
 

DHARMA CHAMELEON!

Suicide Girls at Comic Con read all about it here: Suicide Girls and Comic Con | Event | ChinaShop

Nov 172008
 

MEDICOM TOY JAPAN AND DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS
PREMIERE “LOST” BE@RBRICK AND KUBRICK LINE



Signing Event Will Feature Executive Producers of “Lost” In Los Angeles on November 19

WHAT
Medicom Toy Japan and Diamond Comic Distributors unite with Meltdown Comics to host the world premiere and signing event of the BE@RBRICK and KUBRICK collections based on the hit television series “Lost,” in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Fans will have the opportunity to buy one event exclusive BE@RBRICK per person, and have it signed by the show’s creators and executive producers.  Series-one Lost KUBRICKS will be sold (no limit) until Meltdown sells out.

Also showcased at the event, will be a limited edition (three made in the world) 1000% BE@RBRICK which includes signatures from the cast and producers of “Lost.” This 1000% BE@RBRICK will be auctioned off at a later date with proceeds  going to The Children’s Defense Fund.

Exclusive Lost art by executive producer Jack Bender will also be featured.

WHO
Scheduled to appear at the event are “Lost” co-creators and executive producers J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, and executive producers Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Carlton Cuse.  Also scheduled to attend are writers Elizabeth Sarnoff, Paul Zbyszewski, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Kyle Pennington, and Brian K. Vaughan.

WHEN
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m./PST
Line for purchase and signing will start at 4:00p.m./PST
Only one Lost/Meltdown event BE@RBRICK per person may be purchased and signed, no exceptions.



WHERE

Meltdown Comics & Collectibles
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046 www.meltcomics.com

MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION Location: Tokyo Shibuya
Since establishment in June 1996, MEDICOM TOY has been a Japanese toy company who continuously creates new trends with merchandise in the global toy market that is solely based on its unique viewpoint and method. Its principal is to value the importance of both the product’s image and cooperation’s image. Such effort has been created many high-quality products, starting with 12 inch action figure, and eventually KUBRICK and BE@RBRICK which are now welcomed by the people around the world. Such popularity is supported not only by its collectors, but also many young people all over the world. Today, MEDICOM TOY continues its evolution by its self development, as well as collaborations with various groups from street culture to global corporations.

KUBRICK
KUBRICK is the ultimate block figure which has achieved “minimalism of action figure.” Just by adding plastic parts to its 2.4 inch and 9 jointed part body, it can be changed from movies or comics’ characters to promotional mascots of any corporations. Because of an exquisite touch to arrange the original model into KUBRICK style, KUBRICK attracts many fans all over the world. Also, some of those excellent designs are developed to 400% Model (9.5 inch) and/or 1000% (23.6 inch), which stir up the excitement in the market.

BE@RBRICK
BE@RBRICK is “an articulated 3D canvas.” Its body is in 3 sizes just like KUBRICK; 100% (2.8 inch), 400% (11.0 inch), and 1000% (28.3 inch). Based on its strict rule of “no decoration except paint on the surface is allowed,” enormous numbers of designs by world top-class artists including MEDICOM TOY have been released so far since 2001. Such huge collection has created BE@RBRICK Collectors from all over the world.  Also it has become a dream canvas which many of young artists crave to express their arts on.

LOST Display Case + 100% Be@rbrick

LOST Display Case + 100% Be@rbrick

Diamond Comic Distributors
Founded by Steve Geppi in 1982, Diamond Comic Distributors has grown from a regional operation with 17 customers to the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and related pop-culture merchandise. From strategically located Distribution Centers throughout North America and the U.K., Diamond services more than 3,500 comic book specialty shops every month, plus another 1,000 retailers who carry comics and products as sidelines. Diamond also exclusively represents many of the comic industry’s top publishing powerhouses including DC Comics, Marvel Comic, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics and Wizard Entertainment.

Meltdown Comics
Meltdown Comics is the largest comic book shop on the West Coast, located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. Meltdown opened in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic book stores in the world. With a sophisticated approach to merchandise and operations – and a reputation for hosting successful events in their Melt Gallery – Meltdown is a must-see pop culture destination in Los Angeles.

Lost
“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet and Terry O’Quinn as Locke.

“Lost” was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse, Jack Bender, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz serve as executive producers. “Lost,” which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii and premiered on September 22, 2004, is from ABC Studios.

Media Contacts:

Meltdown Comics – Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, gaston(at)meltcomics.com