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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8Now that the “Supernatural” panel has moved to Comic-Con’s Hall H, it’s much harder to get inside. But we didn’t have to wait in line for the goods on Season 8 – we were able to sit down and chat with the cast and crew of the show and have the answers you seek right here.

First up was executive producer Jeremy Carver, who is returning to the show as new co-showrunner (with Robert Singer) after spending the last two years on Syfy’s “Being Human” with his wife, Anna Fricke. He’ll have with him the same staff of writers and directors as last year, except Sera Gamble, whom he’s replacing. What he’s most looking forward to is telling the story in a different way.

We’ll have lots of flashbacks filling in what happened while Sam and Dean were separated for the past year or so (they will have been reunited already when the season opens). And he’s enjoying revisiting the brothers – they’ve matured and become different people.

The theme of this season is about the quest Sam and Dean embark upon. “This time it’s personal” and ties back to the earlier days of the show. The arc for the season leads into plans for future seasons as well; the mythology is “planting things.

As for his favorite “monster of the week” this year, it has something to do with vampires who enjoy boating. (Which is pretty hilarious because during the “Being Human” panel, in a totally unrelated tangent they went off on, the subject of “vampirates” came up.)

Jared Padalecki joined us next, and of course the first thing he did was show off a picture he received this morning from home of his new baby boy. Awww. He’s excited that although they’re together again at the start, Sam and Dean have individual stories this year with separate flashbacks of Dean in Purgatory and Sam walking away from the life with no guilt but then being dragged back into it.

His new love interest who’s being introduced in Episode 3 (which is directed by Jensen Ackles) has also experienced a loss, and Sam finally finds someone he can tell about his past. He comes out of the darkness a bit and approaches the job he and Dean take on at the beginning of the season as his last.

Mark Sheppard couldn’t tell us much about what’s in store for the King of Hell, but he did say this is an exciting and interesting time with the new showrunner on board. Best of all, everyone knows they can’t kill Crowley – no one would believe it anyway! The only downside to the character is we can’t have him around too much since it’s a hero show.

Misha Collins told us that the mystery of where Castiel went at the end of Season 7 is resolved fairly quickly (he first shows up again in Episode 2), and we’ll learn more via the flashbacks. He may have had his own agenda, or he may have been trying to protect Dean. When asked if we’ll see more of him this year than last, all he could say was “I hope so!

Jensen Ackles (running on no sleep, having worked until 4:30 AM and then hopping on a plane at 8:00 AM to get to San Diego in time for the 11:15 AM “Supernatural” panel) described the episode he’s directing as a bit of one-off.

As for the changes in the brothers since last year, Dean has returned with clarity and understands his purpose is to do what he does best whereas Sam wants to find Kevin and learn answers to the bigger picture. This shift in Dean gives him a purpose, and constantly reinventing the character like the writers do helps him as an actor. Speaking of the writers, the episode he’s directing was written by Eugenie Ross-Leming (who is Robert Singer’s wife) and Brad Buckner.

Next we spoke with Jim Beaver, who joked he’s planning to make “a sequel to that abominable snowman movie” (which is a reference to his numerous tweets about filming an unnamed abominable snowman movie in the mountains of British Columbia when, in fact, he was shooting “Supernatural”). We wondered if Bobby might be in Purgatory with Dean, but he only said, “That would be a lovely idea.” He doesn’t know exactly where ghosts go in the world of the show, but the powers-that-be are very good at explaining away inconsistencies so he could be anywhere.

What he enjoys about playing Bobby is “his drive to beat whatever evil is out there.” And even though everything the character has been through has been a delight to play, being vengeful was a lot of fun. As for if and when we might next see him in Season 8, all we got out of him is that “hope springs eternal!

We closed out the interviews with writer/consulting producer Ben Edlund, who’s been responsible for some of the show’s most unique and unconventional episodes, including last season’s fan favorite meta installment “The French Mistake”, which he said we could possibly see another permutation of this year. He’d like to do more absurdist throw-away episodes and maybe delve more into the angels, whom he sees as having “diseased caretaker status” over and separate from the rest of humanity.

Look for “Supernatural” to return to The CW on Wednesday, October 3rd.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Supernatural Interviews Shed Some Light on Season 8

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Class of 1999 Graduates to Blu-Ray in 2018

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Coming to blu-ray in early 2018 will be Class of 1999, which was originally released in 1990 and designed to be an unofficial sci-fi sequel to 1982’s Class of 1984, which itself received a special edition blu-ray in 2015. Confused yet?

In 1982, writer-director Mark L. Lester made Class of 1984, a slightly futuristic action thriller about teachers contending with teenage gangs in an inner-city high school. Lester would go on to grace us with Commando and Firestarter before returning to the premise in 1990 to give us the very futuristic Class of 1999. This time the action takes place near the turn of the millennium when gang violence overruns inner-city high schools to the point that the government steps in and replaces the teachers with reprogrammed military-grade battle androids. The super soldier cyborg faculty revert to their militaristic ways, naturally, and rack up quite a body count as they declare war on the student body leading to teenage gangs putting aside their difference to lead an anti-robot uprising in the halls of the school.

The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive!

Boasting a screenplay by Full Moon stalwart C. Courtney Joyner and a cast including the likes of Stacy Keach, Pam Grier, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Kilpatrick, and Traci Lind; Class of 1999 and its unique Stand and Deliver meets The Warriors meets The Terminator premise has garnered a loyal cult following over the years. We won’t mention the sequel. Forget I even brought it up. Sequel? What sequel?

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced Class of 1999 will be the next title getting a blu-ray release as part of their Vestron Collector’s Series in the first semester of 2018 with a fully loaded edition guaranteed to please fans and those that have yet to be educated on this enjoyable early Ninties b-movie extravaganza.

Disc extras will include:

Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Mark L. Lester
Interviews with Director/Producer Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer Eugene Mazzola
Interview with Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
Interviews with Special Effects Creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton
Interview with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
Trailer & TV Spot
Still Gallery
Video Promo
Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles for the main feature

Class of 1999 graduates to blu-ray on January 30th.

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

Synopsis:

KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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