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#SDCC16: KISS to Rock and Roll Comics All Night

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Dynamite Entertainment will be bringing the power of KISS to comics, and the news drives us wild and will drive YOU crazy!

From the Press Release:
The origins of KISS comic books date almost as far back as the inception as the band itself, having been an integral part of comics culture since their 1977 appearance in Howard the Duck #12 and 1978’s Marvel Comics Super Special: Kiss. Today, nearly 40 years later, Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the next chapter in the band’s legacy, with all-new stories coming to one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics!

“KISS has had a four decade-long, proud history in comic books, starting with Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and now with Dynamite’s KISS comics,” says KISS co-founder Gene Simmons. “KISS is America’s number one gold record award-winning group of all-time, and we are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as having our own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Having our own comic book, I have to say, rekindles the thrill I first had as a young teenager, as I followed the adventures of my favorite superheroes. This is going to be fun.”

“In our rich and lengthy tradition of championing KISS in the comic/panel graphic realm, we are proud to announce this partnership and look forward to breaking new ground,” says KISS co-founder, Paul Stanley.

“Gene and Paul are rock stars in every sense and are incredible storytellers and showmen. They are living icons. Their genuine love and knowledge of comics is incredible. I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and KISS on a new line of comics,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Over the years, the band has produced so many stories which stand on their own, with characters that belong right alongside even the most well known in the medium. Publishing KISS comics is a dream come true, and we couldn’t be more excited to have someone of Amy Chu’s caliber to tell the new tales.”

“I am beyond thrilled to be working so closely with the icon that is KISS,” says Executive Editor Joseph Rybrandt. “Rock solid storytelling and art are going to rock and roll you all night long. You wanted the best? You’re going to get the best!”

KISS returns to comics with KISS #1 in October, a futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness: Furious Road). In a world without sun and a world without heroes, four young friends embark on a dangerous mission – to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell. But first they need some help from the past…

“What is the power of KISS? I was having breakfast recently with the fabulous writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. When she found out I was writing this series, it was like firecrackers had been set off in the restaurant, she was so excited. So I’m doing this not just for the hardcore fans (like Kelly Sue) but also the new ones, like her children,” says Amy Chu. “It’s a huge challenge. KISS is iconic. Legendary. It’s global and cross-generational. So much has been done before with KISS in comics, a LOT of fun and crazy stuff, so for this series, I thought, why not go more serious? For research, I hunkered down and listened to the 1981 album Music from The Elder several times. Like the movie Blade Runner which came out around the same time, people didn’t know what to make of it. If that album came out now, I think it would be entirely different reception. So this storyline is more focused on mythology, heroism, and legend, and inspired by themes, lyrics, and song titles from that album.”

Artist Kewber Baal says, “When I received Dynamite’s proposal to draw the new KISS series, I immediately got to work with researching each persona: their clothing details, stage performances, their music… and it was only then that it suddenly dawned on me: My actual job is getting paid to listen and draw KISS! How incredible is that? How many hardcore fans, how many KISS Army members will read the series? Oh my, can you see this is a huge responsibility, and what an amazing opportunity? I hope that all the fans will love the story, will love each page, and feel assured that I will do my best. That’s a promise from one KISS fan to all other fans in world!”

“For KISS, it’s not just the music, but the visual imagery,” says Chu. “It’s Kabuki theater. I’ve been working hard with the artist, Kewber Baal, to craft a fantastic new world that pays homage to the band and the Elder album.”

The debut issue features a whopping ten covers! Four covers, each highlighting a different member of the band, are illustrated by acclaimed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cover artist, Goni Montes. Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) and series artist Kewber Baal contribute additional covers, while other cover editions include a photo variant, a “Demon” Emoji variant (the first in a series of four, spread across Issues #1-4), a special Coloring Book cover by Fernando Ruiz, and a Blank Authentix Edition that aspiring and professional artists can illustrate. Finally, a special cardstock variant edition, autographed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will be available as an incentive to qualifying retailers for their strong support of the series launch.

KISS #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August 2016 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of KISS with their local comic book retailers. KISS will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.The classic lineup returns to sequential storytelling for the first time in over two years with multiple series planned and creative details forthcoming!

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Attack of the Mushroom People Attacks Amazon Prime

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We don’t typically get excited about press releases wanting to the world to know a 55-year-old monster movie has just been made available for free to Amazon Prime subscribers, but when that movie is Attack of the Mushroom People

Not familiar with this trippy 1963 creature feature from longtime Godzilla director Ishiro Honda? If you thought Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster was the pinnacle of bizarro Toho filmmaking, then you’ve never seen Matango, aka Attack of the Mushroom People.

Synopsis:
After a yacht is damaged in a storm, its boarders stranded on a deserted island take refuge in a mysterious fungus-covered boat. With nothing else to eat, some members of the shipwrecked party begin to ingest mysterious mushrooms, transforming them into hideous monsters.

By “hideous monsters” they quite literally mean “mushroom people” that look like something Sid & Marty Krofft would have come up in the 1970’s had they ever attempted a Lovecraft-themed kid’s show.

H.P. Pufnstuf?

SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce they have just released this fungal fright flick on Amazon Prime in the United States and United Kingdom.

Well, you gonna drop some shrooms or not?

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Must-Own: Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31 on DVD and/or VHS

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I make it no secret that I am a big fan of Halloween and horror anthologies. I mean who doesn’t love those two great tastes?

Well, like Reese’s peanut butter cups, someone went ahead and put the two greats tastes together for the Halloween horror anthology 10/31.

We reviewed the film recently and you can check that out HERE. But today we want to pass along the news that not only has the film hit DVD, but Scream Team Releasing has also put together a release of the film on VHS!

I literally snagged up a copy of the film on VHS as fast as I could and I am now counting down the days until it arrives on my doorstep. But if you’re not a VHS nut like me, then maybe you’ll be interested in some of the other merch the 10/31 team has put together.

These bits and pieces include a 10/31 & The Barn combo pack, a Limited Edition DVD with the film’s IndieGoGo artwork, the soundtrack on CD, and Travis Smith’s poster.

You can check out pics of all the cool merch below and then let us know what you think!

10/31 is now available on DVD and VHS RIGHT HERE.

Synopsis:

Red Letter Entertainment brings you…’10/31′ – a Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. 5 spooky tales from masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror written and directed by indie horrors best and brightest such as award-winning filmmakers Justin M. Seaman and Zane Hershberger (The Barn), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror) an original score and segment directed by award-winning film and game composer Rocky Gray (The Barn, Killing Floor 2, Close Calls) and features web horror host Malvolia: The Queen of Screams (Jennifer Nangle). These blood-soaked tales of terror and the macabre in the vein of Creepshow, Body Bags, Tales of Halloween and V/H/S are sure to chill horror lovers to the bone.

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First Look: Jim Parsons and Kaya Scodelario in Zac Efron Ted Bundy Flick

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Last week we shared you first look at Metallica’s James Hetfield in director Joe Berlinger’s Ted Bundy flick Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.

Today we have a few new pics from the film straight from Zac Efron himself. The actor posted these fresh photos on his Instagram today and you can check them out below.

The new pics feature Efron as creepy Bundy, along with our first looks at “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons as Lead Prosecutor Larry Simpson and Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Carole Anne Boone, the ex-wife of the notorious serial killer.

If we can say nothing more about this Bundy film at this time, we can say that it sure as hell boasts some ballsy casting choices. And we’re all for that. What do you think? Let us know below!

The film is directed by Joe Berlinger from a script by Michael Werwie and stars John Malkovich, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Donovan, Jim Parsons, and Zac Efron as Ted Bundy.

The movie is currently shooting in Covington, Kentucky.

Synopsis:

Told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend who went years denying the accusations against Bundy, but ultimately turned him into the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

I’m literally falling for you. ❤😎#happyvalentinesday

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