TOTLB S10 Pia Guerra

Thanks to Image Comics, we had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Pia Guerra! Pia has been creating for a very long time now, but burst onto the scene with her book, Y: The Last Man, with Brian K. Vaughan! She has worked on Doctor Who, Amazing Spiderman, The Simpsons, and much more! You can’t have an interview with THE Pia Guerra, without speaking a little bit about Y: The Last Man, especially since there was some movie news. But, we the main reason we were speaking was to speak about, “Me The People.”

Me The People will be released by Image Comics, and will come out on October 3rd, 2018. This book is a collection of some of the more recent editorial pictures, created by Pia! We get to speak to Pia about the “why’s” of this creation. She tells us about the anger that came out of the last election, and how she copes with it. Most of the listeners of our show, already know how we feel, but listening to Pia gives us a good feeling, that there are more people like us still out there!!

Speaking with Pia, hopefully you will remember that there are still ways that you can go out and ensure that your voice is heard. Don’t sit behind the computer, or sit in front of the TV and rant. Go out, and create. Make a sign, create a story, march, or any kind of other creative outlets that get your voice heard, and make you feel better. Marching, and creating, made Pia feel much better, in a time of RAGE!! Hopefully you’ll read her new book, coincidentally coming out right before the midterm elections, and you will decide to take action!!

TOTLB S09 Rob Guillory

Rob has now been on our show for the second time! He is such a nice, and chill guy!! In 2008 Guillory rose to fame, working on his, Image Comics book, New York Times Best-Seller, Chew! Born in Louisiana, he “started” his artist career at The University of Louisana! But of course, he really started his career years before, pre-college, drawing and doodling where/when he could.

For this interview, we will be speaking with Rob about his Image Comics book, Farmhand.

The last time we spoke with Rob, the only thing he could tell us, was the title of the comic book. Now we get to learn all about, what promises to be his next big hit! He was already around issue five when we spoke, but because it hadn’t been released yet, the details were scarce. Farmhand released on July 11th, 2018, to great reviews! Chase Magnett of Comicbook.com gave it a 5 out of 5 stars, and said “There is a real beating heart behind their story in addition to the many beating hearts found in the farm itself. ”

Farmhand is all about farmer, Jedidiah Jenkins. As with all of the awesome stories that Guillory tells, Jedidiah doesn’t grow corn, or soy, or onions. This farm is growing limbs!! If you lose a limb, just call Mr. Jenkins, and he will get you something new, farm to body! BUT, there is something growing underneath Jedidiah’s farm, that promises to uproot his life!! Do NOT miss out on this dark comedy by friend of the show, Rob Guillory. If you’re a fan of Rob’s, you already know the awesome dark humor he has, but if you don’t, this is something you should definitely be putting in your pull slot! Call your local comic book store now, and order it!!

TOTLB S08 Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hello everyone, and welcome to our first interview for Comic Con International 2018!!

Sherrilyn Kenyon is a #1 New York Times Best Seller, and you can absolutely tell that she LOVES her world/characters!! Her writing started WAY back before she ever wrote her first big hit! Sherrilyn has been writing ever since she was a young woman, at the behest of a family member or two. She has characters in her books now, that she has been imagining, and writing about, for over 20 years!! Because of this, her work is much more informed, and fleshed out than normal authors, as these characters, ARE a part of her family. They have lived, and breathed with her for almost her whole life, and you can feel like through her writing!

With over 70 million copies sold, throughout 100 different countries, she is an international star, with an international following! Hitting the #1 New York Times Best Seller in 2007 for Devil May Cry #2, and in 2010 for No Mercy, Sherrilyn is definitely an author that you do NOT want to pass up!

We spoke with Sherrilyn about two of her upcoming books:

Stygian – “Out of darkness comes the light. From the loins of the Stygian Hell, you are born and you will be called Urian – The flame of our new people. And one day, you will be my blade. My vengeance upon them all. They took my son from me, and I take theirs from them. Together, my precious Urian, we will destroy the human race, and all the Gods of this earth.

Death Doesn’t Bargain – “But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind’s destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn…and has the perfect lure to destroy them and Thorn, leader of the Hellchasers, once and for all. Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to a mer-race who prides themselves on cruelty, he sacrificed himself for the only woman who has ever shown him kindness. Locked in a hell realm, he doesn’t expect anyone to come to his rescue. He accepts the fact that he was born alone and that he twice died that way once by his own mother’s hand Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser Deadman, it’s her calling, but her resolve stems more from the fact that she’s the reason he died in the first place. If not for him, she’d still be suffering. And she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.”

Comic Con International – Day 1 – Make “Fuck You” Music

Comic Con International – Day 1 – Make Fuck You Music

I usually wake up at like four thirty in the morning to get ready for work, so waking up at 6am Pacific time was a little bit of a treat.  The sky was grey and dreary when I got up this morning, but man did that kind of visual mood pass away as the day went on.  

So I’m not going to give you a full rundown of the things that I did today.  There were a lot of interviews and a couple of panels but amongst all of that (that will come out on forthcoming episodes of Thinking Outside the Long Box) were these really big moments.

One of the first things that I did today was go to the From the Bridge panel.  The big takeaway was, “We win.” All those years of getting called a nerd or a geek, of getting beat up because you played D&D, or whatever.  That all paid off, because now we are the ones that are the dominant force for entertainment and pop-culture, and that is kind of a crazy thought. At that panel, Nichelle Nichols was awarded the Inkpot award, which has a list of recipients that is a who’s who of genre work.  This couldn’t go to a more deserving a wonderful person.

YouTube has some amazing original programing coming out with the shows Impulse and Origin, but at those panels I saw Tom Felton (one of the leads in Origin) take some time out of his day to be an amazing human being.  At the end of his panel a woman in a Rascal holding a Draco Malfoy Pop rode up to the little divider (that I had just been shooed away from) and started calling out “Tom, Tom.” He saw her, and much to his handler’s chagrin came over to sign her pop and chat with her for a second.  

Moments of kindness and humanness aren’t what celebrity are typically known for, but you would (well you probably wouldn’t but the average person would be) amazed how kind celebrity in this world are.

Got a chance to sit (poolside) with Pia Guerra and chat with her about her book of political comics coming out with Image called “Me the People.”  She and I have very similar politics, and it was refreshing to hear that people out there are still pretty angry about the direction this country has taken, but that they still manage to hold out hope that we can right the shit.  What a kind and empathetic person (surprise), Pia was.

Finally.  I got to sit in on a small press conference with Rick Remender about his upcoming show Deadly Class.  Our readers/listeners will obviously know this as the TV adaptation of Remender’s phenomenal comic book of the same title, and from the sounds of it the show is in good hands at SYFY…his. This conversation was about a lot more though.  It was about music, politics, and how we seem to have lost track of what rock and roll is all about.  It is about doing it all yourself and making music that just says fuck you.

So you have a task today!  Go find your favorite Fuck You music and play it loud.  It’s what Rick Remender would want you to do!

Road Trip – Preview Night

It all starts at 4pm two days ago.

Juan picks me up in a minivan with his wife and kids and we get on our way for the over night drive to California.  

As with most overnight drives it ends up being a crazy blur.  I know what happened, I know the places that we stopped, but holy shit that is a long drive.  When we made it to LA (our first stop to drop off Juan’s wife and kids to visit family) I crashed for a couple of hours.  Then I got treated to lunch at Clearman’s North Woods Inn. This place is old school steakhouse at its finest. I honestly loved their take on the chop salad with bleu cheese and could probably just eat bowl after bowl of it!

It was then time to make the trek from LA to San Diego.  What should have been a two hour drive turned into an ordeal at four, but with good music and good company it wasn’t that bad.  I love spending time with Juan, and I’m excited for what the the weekend will bring us.

We were running late for our first interview, and had to postpone them, but I got checked into my hotel room and then we made our way to the convention center.  Checking in was no big deal, and finding our way around just wasn’t that hard. Honestly the space just isn’t as complicated to get into and navigate as Denver Comic Con is.

Interviews were conducted with Sherrilyn Kenyon (an author of dark fiction)

and Rob Guillory who’s new book Farmhand just came out.  

Getting the first two under my belt kind of put me at ease, and now that I know I’ll be able to get around the convention pretty easy and that I still have the ability to interview people without cracking, I’m cranked.

Lost In Space: Countdown To Danger

Are you ready for some more Lost In Space!? The smash hit, emmy nominated Lost In Space crash landed on our TV screens recently!! Now, because of Legendary Comics, it will expand into the comic book world! Do you have a favorite “Lost” character? Well now you’ll get to delve a little bit deeper into their back stories, and take Jupiter 2 where it’s never been before!! Penned by writer Richard Dinnick (Doctor Who; Thunderbirds) and Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics; The Flash) with stunning artwork by Zid (Skull Island: Birth of Kong; Trick ‘r Treat: Days of the Dead), LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER will feature all-new, untold adventures of the full crew of the hit Netflix Original show—including the Robinsons, Robot, Doctor Smith and Don West.

Robert Naptor, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics, said “At Legendary Comics, we love the new television series, so we couldn’t be more excited to expand the world of show with previously untold comic book adventures” “What is exciting about comic books is that they are not limited by budget—only by the imagination,” said Executive Producers Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni. “This ‘Lost in Space’ comic is no exception. Legendary Comics has outdone themselves this time.”

Contained in here, is a small preview from the book, recounting a mission featuring Penny. The first of four volumes, will be available in October 2018, online, and at your favorite local comic book shop! The subsequent three volumes will come make their debuts throughout 2019!

For those of you who will actually be attending San Diego Comic Con, make sure you that you come out to show some support, by attending the Legendary Comics panel on Friday night, featuring “Lost in Space” comic scribe Richard Dinnick! Also make sure you keep an eye out, as Legendary is putting on various events, and signing throughout the weekend!!

Doctor Who Galore!!

Already made a post about some of the Doctor Who exclusives that would be making their way to San Diego Comic Con. This is going to be a straight up edition to that! Here are a bunch more items that are going to be at the BBC America booth!! I’m hoping to snag up one of the 13th Doctor Funko POPs myself!! Check out all the awesome items, and plan your trip accordingly!!

Exclusive to Comic-Con

·         Kawaii T-Shirt, Hoodie, & Mug

·         Alice Zhang T-Shirt

·         Thirteenth Doctor Superbitz

·         Thirteenth Doctor Funko POP!

·         Thirteenth Doctor Titan Figurine (6 ½”)

·         Thirteenth Doctor Kawaii Figurine (6 ½”)

·         Thirteenth Doctor Hillside Mug

·         Bioworld TARDIS Puffy Keychain

 Shop Exclusives

·         Doctor Who Stars Earrings

·         Doctor Who Insignia Earrings, Necklace, and Dog-tags

·         Rainbow Paint TARDIS Raglan

·         Kawaii Doctors T-Shirt

AQUABATS at the House of Blues

TV’S PUNK ROCK SUPERHEROES THE AQUABATS TAKE OVER HOUSE OF BLUES SAN DIEGO DURING COMIC-CON

Did you miss out on the Aquabats concert during Denver Comic Con? Well now is your chance to redeem yourself, OR to see them once more!! They will be taking over the House of Blues during San Diego Comic Con!!

Do you have an Aquabats uniform!? Make sure that you wear it to the show! All those in attendance that wear their uniforms, will be asked to participate in a secret mission AND a photo op after the show! The Aquabats are fast approaching their 25th anniversary, with big announcements to come, and they want to make sure that you join them on the journey! So, put on your tights, strap on the mask, and get ready to jam at the House of Blues!!

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018

                        Doors:  11 a.m.

                        Show:    12 noon

                        Line Up: The Aquabats, Froggy Fresh

                        Purchase here Tickets

Lionsgate brings HELLFEST

I know that Gabe is especially excited for this announcement! CBS Films and Lionsgate team up to bring you HellFest to theaters, September 28th, 2018! Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity, Get Out) and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Terminator) bring you this chilling story about a masked serial killer! “If you dare, prepare yourself for unimaginable scares in the Green Band Teaser Trailer coming next week…”

 

College student NATALIE (Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend BROOKE (Edwards) and her roommate TAYLOR (Taylor-Klaus).  If it was any other time of year these three and their boyfriends might be heading to a concert or bar, but it is Halloween which means that like everyone else they will be bound for HELL FEST – a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town.  Ever year thousands follow Hell Fest to experience fear at the ghoulish carnival of nightmares.

But for one visitor, Hell Fest is not the attraction – it is a hunting ground.  An opportunity to slay in plain view of a gawking audience, too caught up in the terrifyingly fun atmosphere to recognize the horrific reality playing out before their eyes.  As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowds continues to rise, he turns his masked face to NATALIE, BROOKE, TAYLOR and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.

Amy Forsyth in HELL FEST to be released by CBS Films and Lionsgate.

It’s a serial killer in a theme park, come on, you know it’ll be entertaining! Plus, it’s made by Gale Anne Hurd, at this point don’t we trust her to entertain us with pretty much anything? Give it a try, and I’m sure we will release the trailer when we get it as well! For now, make sure to follow them (and us) on social media for any updates!!

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Super7 x UNIVERSAL MONSTERS Boodega

Are you ready for San Diego Comic Con to get a little spookier!?

The Universal Monster Boodega is about to take over the Super 7 San Diego Store! Get ready for the horror feel, as the shop transforms into the ultimate horror experience! We are celebrating the brand new partnership of Super 7 and the Universal Monsters.

These exclusive items will be released ONLY at the Boodega event:

Wave 1 Universal Monsters 3.75″ ReAction Figures

Limited edition signed and numbered prints by legendary artist Ed Repka

Other items will only be available at the Boodega like extremely limited edition shoe collabs and apparel.