Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection [Blu-ray] includes over 4 hours of bonus features, including over 3 hours of deleted scenes from Battlestar Galactica: The Original Series. The collection also includes featurettes such as “Glen Larson on the Creation of Battlestar Galactica” and “Stu Phillips: Composing the Score” with an inside look at the creation of this remarkable production, and “Remembering Battlestar Galactica,” a 45-minute documentary illuminating the journey and impact of this ground-breaking series.

From Nintendo:

If you were going to diagram an equation for a record-breaking software launch, it would probably look something like this:
Popular Franchise (more than 14 million Super Smash Bros. games sold in North America)
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Demand (it has been six years since the last Super Smash Bros. console game, plus the new game benefits from heightened awareness for the franchise coming on the heels of the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game)
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Critical Acclaim (current Metacritic score of 93, making it the highest-rated original game of this generation, tied with last year’s Super Mario 3D World game)
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Strong Reaction from Fans (current user score of 9.2 on Metacritic, becoming the eighth Wii U game to have a Metacritic score of 85 or higher AND a user score of 8.5 or higher)
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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is now the fastest-selling Wii U title ever in the North American market (dethroning Mario Kart 8), with more than 500,000 physical and digital units combined sold during the three-day period of November 21 through November 23. “The Nintendo holiday is off to a great start, but there’s a lot of work left to do and a few more surprises in store for our fans,” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s new general manager and senior director. “With great deals coming on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and great content like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launching next week, Nintendo will offer shoppers the best combination of fun and value this holiday season.”

Do your Holiday Wii shopping at Amazon.

Independent content producer Cinenovel releases new genre Novel/App. An industry first, this highly unique visual- and audio-augmented literary work takes the tablet reading experience to a new level. Produced specifically to take full advantage of the capabilities of the iPad “The Plunge of Icarus” is a near-future fiction with an unusual theme that makes it a perfect platform to showcase this visual genre. The epic 500-frame download combines text and cinematic elements with sonic accompaniment and voice-over (both cancelable) to create a totally immersive reading experience. “The Plunge of Icarus” expands the definition of apps and reading on the iPad. Available exclusively on the iTunes/App Store for just $15.99. Download the Novel/App today at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-plunge-of-icarus/id896215337?mt=8.

Cinenovel founder Jeff Buchanan, an award-winning director, commented; “Cinenovel was created to develop and produce quality content for emerging platforms. As a lover of books I felt that evolving tablet technologies warranted giving ardent readers an alternative to traditional offerings, and Cinenovel was born. We are in a very unique position, being an independent, yet the first to take this approach to storytelling. Cinenovel is, first and foremost, a reading experience dedicated to honoring the tradition of the written word while embracing the future.”

Learn more about Cinenovel and The Plunge of Icarus at www.theplungeoficarus.com

About “The Plunge of Icarus”:
In the not too distant future, on the Isle of Crete in the Aegean Sea, a modern Mount Olympus has been resurrected as an Air Force superpower. The pilots here have been raised since birth to believe they are the new Greek gods, fighting a never ending war. Icarus is Olympus’ most decorated pilot. Calloused by battle the young flyer has never questioned what it is he does. All of that changes one day in a revelation high above the clouds that begins to unravel the labyrinth of mysteries surrounding the war. Icarus inadvertently discovers love as he is plunged into a conscience about killing.

Contains mature themes. Reader discretion advised.

About Cinenovel:
A selective, craft publisher Cinenovel is dedicated to making the highest caliber original stories and classics of literature accessible to a broad audience through its innovative, artful presentation. This tasteful blend of literature with visuals enhances the reading experience in dynamic new ways, on a scale never before seen with full-length fiction.

Chicago, IL–November 24, 2014–Dave Dorman, voted the #1 Star Wars Artist of All Time by the fans, is offering an online STAR WARS Holiday Print Sale of the remaining Artist Proofs he has available in his limited private inventory. This Holiday Sale will go from now through December 31st. Any orders placed by December 19th are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas, with free shipping worldwide.

The link to Dorman’s Star Wars Holiday Prints Sale is here: http://www.davedorman.com/2014swprintsforsale.shtml

Dorman recently announced on his blog that he would not be attending Star Wars Celebration 7, as he was not a chosen artist for Celebration, so this is the last opportunity for many to collect the pieces they wanted to add to their collection at Celebration. The pieces Dorman offers during his Holiday Sale include:

Breaking Ground: Imperial Base, Moon of Endor from Star Wars Celebration 6 for $75
A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battlefield of Hoth from Star Wars Celebration 5 for $75
Lord Vader’s Persuation of the Outer Rim Worlds to Join the Empire from Star Wars Celebration 4 for $125
Incident on the Jundland Wastes, Tatooine from Star Wars Celebration Europe for $100
Rise of the Sith from Star Wars Celebration 3 for $50
Plus many more Artist Proofs from his personal archives remaining from the duration he held a license with Lucasfilm.

Latest Box Sets For Iconic Manga Properties Are Scheduled For Summer 2015 Release; Each Set Features 20+ Manga Volumes Along With Exclusive Bonus Premiums!!

San Francisco, CA, November 24, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces exciting details for a pair of forthcoming manga (graphic novel) box sets that are sure to capture the attention of die-hard readers and fans of the popular BLEACH and NARUTO series.

Scheduled for release in the Summer of 2015, the BLEACH Manga Box Set 2 and NARUTO Manga Box Set 2 each contain 20 or more individual manga volumes, at a substantial savings over buying them individually. Exclusive bonus premiums, such as special mini-comics and full-color posters, are also included in each Box Set.

In addition, due to continuing fan demand, BLEACH Manga Box Set 1 and NARUTO Manga Box Set 1 will be available again January 2015. The BLEACH set contains the beginning 21 volumes of the first story arc, and the NARUTO set contains 27 volumes. Both sets are housed in sturdy corrugate display boxes, and also include a full color double-side poster and collectable booklet.

BLEACH MANGA BOX SET 2 * Rated “T” for Teens *

MSRP: $214.99 U.S. / CAN * Available July 2015!

The second BLEACH Manga Box Set offers fans the chance to own Volumes 22-48 at a substantial savings over buying them individually. Fans purchasing the Box Set will also receive an exclusive mini-comic containing the pilot story of the bestselling series along with a full-color, double-sided poster.

Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts–he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow–a malevolent lost soul–Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. In the latest Box Set volumes, after finally rescuing their friend Rukia, Ichigo and friends return to their quiet lives in the world of the living. However, the peace is short-lived as new enemies arrive from the world of the Hollows. Aizen is back, and Ichigo may be the only one who can stop him for good!

NARUTO MANGA BOX SET 2 * Rated “T” for Teens *

MSRP: $174.99 U.S. / CAN * Available July 2015!

Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja! In the second NARUTO Manga Box Set, featuring Volumes 28-48, it’s been more than two years since Naruto left to train with Jiraiya. Much has happened while he has been away, and new threats to the ninja world have emerged. Can Naruto prove his worth and rescue his friend Sasuke? The new box set also will feature an exclusive mini-comic containing the NARUTO pilot story and a full-color, double-sided poster.

“These new box sets each receive a deluxe treatment and will become noteworthy additions to even the most discriminating fan’s manga collection,” says Alexis Kirsch, Editor. “Fans can catch the opening of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arc and also dive into electrifying supernatural adventures with the gang from BLEACH. Hours of manga reading fun and excitement are guaranteed with these new manga Box Sets. Don’t miss their release next summer!”

For more information on other anime and manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com <http://www.VIZ.com> .

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn
more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

The official trailer for “Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Touchstone Pictures, made it’s official debut today via an exclusive with Yahoo!

LINK:
https://www.yahoo.com/movies/strange-magic-trailer-george-lucass-new-animated-103199541212.html

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015. “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom. An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to “Strange Magic,” including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

Follow https://www.facebook.com/StrangeMagicMovie for more exciting news on #StrangeMagic!

Some of you BC film buffs and fellow geeks may remember a great short film from a few years ago featuring The Little Mermaid with a creepy Dust Bowl twist to it. The award winning short created by Jessica Clark Bojin and Lindsey Mann, directed by Nicholas Humphries, is getting a feature length makeover as Charlotte’s Song. Take a look at the trailer below and then head over to the official FACEBOOK page for some BTS photos and more info to whet your appetite. 

 

A young girl with a special gift comes of age during one of the most desolate periods in American history in this dark Dust Bowl fantasy, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and starring Iwan Rheon.

Charlotte’s Song is the first in a slate of dark fantasy properties in development with Done Four Productions www.donefour.com

From the official blog of Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors:

Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible.

At Tesla, however, we felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla. We couldn’t have been more wrong. The unfortunate reality is the opposite: electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn’t burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales.

At best, the large automakers are producing electric cars with limited range in limited volume. Some produce no zero emission cars at all.

Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.

We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.

Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.

Welcome to the Official YouTube channel for BOOM! Studios!

We’re home to BOOM! Studios Originals, Archaia, KaBOOM! and BOOM! Box! We publish Adventure Time, Regular Show, Bee and PuppyCat, Lumberjanes, The Woods, Dead Letters, Suicide Risk, Irredeemable, Incorruptible, Translucid, Evil Empire and more!

Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond Earth™ is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space. A New Beginning for Mankind is coming Fall/Autumn 2014.

Join the Civilization community and learn more about the game at www.civilization.com

Learn more: http://www.civilization.com
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HelloKitty-03-Surprise

While Hello Kitty has been a constant fixture in pop culture since the 70s, I’ve never really looked into it because I was too wrapped up in my Star Wars and Star Trek action figures and reading The Warlord and Turok: Son of Stone comics to pay much attention to ‘cute’ stuff. I have so many friends of all ages who continue to just love Hello Kitty that I finally decided I needed to learn something about her other than how cute she is. I wanted to see just how she became so entrenched in geek and pop culture. Because Viz Media recently began a new series of Hello Kitty graphic novels on their Perfect Square imprint, I now have the opportunity to delve into the world of Hello Kitty and find out just what all the fuss is about.

I really didn’t know what to expect so was surprised (no pun intended) when I cracked open Hello Kitty Vol. 3: Surprise! and discovered there were no words other than titles and exclamations and that it was a collection of short stories from several authors and featuring various artistic styles. The first story, Fintastic Day At The Beach, was visually noisy with close frames on the characters and because I wasn’t familiar with the style, it took me a few moments to look it over and really start picking out the unfolding story. Without the use of words, Hello Kitty relies completely on its visual storytelling and with the exception of that first story, I think the creative team did a great job. I didn’t dislike the first story but it didn’t strike a cord with me (it did make me want to slap one of the characters though).

I did however find the rest of the stories entertaining and in some cases, heartwarming. As the title suggests, the common theme in each story is some sort of unexpected event or discovery (SURPRISE!). Of the 10 stories in this volume, my favorites were UP and Ghost Story.

In UP, Hello Kitty is reading a pop-up book with a tree coming out of it but its no ordinary pop-up book. She decides to climb the tree and has an adventure discovering the inhabitants of it. Being a book nut myself, I can really identify with opening a book and finding a world to explore within it but what really grabbed me in this story was the art work. Unlike the other stories, this story is completely illustrated  (with the exception of Hello Kitty herself) with what appears to be construction paper cut outs. It really gives the story more visual depth and I found myself going back to this story repeatedly just to look at the brilliant cut outs.

In Ghost Story, a lonely skeleton takes advantage of Halloween to dress up like a ghost and go out to enjoy the festivities.

Hello Kitty Vol. 2: Delicious! is a foodie’s delight. Every story features a food theme. My favorite stories in the collection are Sweet Dreams and Banana Split!

In Sweet Dreams, Hello Kitty dozes off while playing a Candy Land type of game and dreams of being in a world made of candy. When she wakes up, she immediately schedules a dentist appointment.

In Banana Split! Tim and Tammy, have been eating bananas but run into a problem when they get to the last one. After trying to come up with ideas to decide who gets to eat it, they finally agree to share but its too late as someone else ate it while they were busy debating.

The books are full of beautifully illustrated, lighthearted stories that are safe for any age child or adult and are printed in a high quality paperback binding. I’m sure any Hello Kitty fanatic will be pleased to add them to their collection.

You can purchase Hello Kitty online at Amazon or find it in your local bookstore.

Hello Kitty: Surprise!

Hello Kitty: Delicious!

Hello Kitty: Here We Go!

From Looney Labs:

TableTop Day 2014

We’re planning lots of awesome fan events this year with Andy, Kristin and the rest of the team here at Looney Labs, as you can see below. We are especially excited about our TableTop Day promos – we have a new card that will be at TableTop events all over the country on April 5th so wear your Looney Labs colors wherever you celebrate or come see us locally if you’re in the DC area!

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH 29th

Loonacy Launch Party: Kristin and Andy will be at DC game store, Labyrinth Games, to celebrate the launch of our newest card game, Loonacy!

LINK TO EVENT >> https://www.facebook.com/events/1447763098786440/?ref=5

APRIL 5th

TableTop Day: Celebrate wherever you are and make sure you are wearing your tie-dye, but come see us in College Park if you’re in the area!

LINK TO EVENT » https://www.facebook.com/events/658031707576904/

APRIL 18th

AwesomeCon: Andy and Kristin are the gaming guests of honor at this DC area con! Come join in the awesomeness!

LINK TO EVENT » https://www.facebook.com/events/1393639657563335/

VIEW FULL CALENDAR at https://www.facebook.com/LooneyLabs/events

LOONEY LABS FAN CLUB

THE LOONEY LABS FAN CLUB gives you exclusive info about the newest Looney Labs games, forums with other Looney Labs fans and insider info about convention events!

LOONACY IN STORES TODAY!

Our maniacal matching card game featuring art from every edition of Fluxx was all over the GAMA trade show. Get in on the madness! Click through to watch a video and see how it plays or read about it on Andy’s blog!

ANDY SAYS:

Looking forward to playing games with everybody this year! I’ve got lots of great new prototypes that you can only try playing if you come hang out with me in person!

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