Space Channel 5 Returns after 17 Years

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! Releases Today in North & South America; Tomorrow in Europe, Japan, and Oceania. A DLC Collaboration with Hatsune Miku is announced!


February 25, 2020 – Grounding Inc. (Headquarter: Minato-ku, Tokyo CEO: Mineko Okamura) is excited to announce that the long-awaited new entry into the Space Channel 5 franchise is available today North America, Central, and South America, and tomorrow (February 26th) in Japan, Europe, and OceaniaSpace Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! is only available as a PlayStation® VR (PSVR) downloadable software at launch on the PlayStation™Store.

10% discount will apply at launch, bringing the price from $39.99 to $35.99 for one week. In Europe and Oceania territories, the discount is available to PlayStation Plus members.

Grounding Inc. has also announced a collaboration with the legendary Hatsune Miku. The idols of the past and future will meet in additional downloadable game content, where players can dance with both Ulala and Hatsune Miku. More details to follow at a later date.

Space Channel 5 first released in 1999 on the Dreamcast. The brainchild of Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Rez, Lumines, Tetris Effect), the game was developed by United Game Artists and published by parent company SEGA. It was later ported to PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance.
The sequel, Space Channel 5: Part 2, released in 2002 for Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. It was the last game produced by Tetsuya Mizuguchi prior to his departure from SEGA. The game featured an unprecedented appearance by Michael Jackson as Space Michael, who was also voiced by the pop singer.
Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! is the first standalone game from Sega’s music and dance-themed masterpiece franchise to be released in 17 years, which also celebrated its 20 year anniversary on December 16, 2019. Members of the original development team have returned to usher Space Channel 5 into a new decade.

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! is set in “Space Channel 5,” the premiere space TV station of the 25th Century. For the first time, the player will physically join senior reporter Ulala as a rookie, by dancing, posing, and grooving while holding PlayStation®Move motion controllers. Returning cast members join brand new characters in new stages and music for a groovin’ good time.

The English voice cast includes Cherami Leigh taking over the lead role as Ulala, and Tom Clarke-Hill returning to reprise his role as Jaguar. Other cast members include Cassandra Lee Morris as newcomer Kell and Greg Chun as the being terrorizing the galaxy, Glitter.

Launch Trailer
  • Developer: Grounding Inc.
  • Genre: Dance musical action
  • Release Date:
    • February 25, 2020 for North America, Central, and South America
    • February 26, 2020 for Japan Europe, and Oceania
  • Price: 39.99USD / 3980JPY
  • Modes
    • Story Mode: Join Channel 5 as a rookie reporter alongside Ulala
    • Arcade: Play an introductory mode recommended for VR beginners
    • Trial Dance: Play 100 dances in a row in this exercise and endurance mode
    • Viewing: Watch the story again through a third person perspective and multiple camera angles
    • Friendopedia: View character biographies
    • Dressing Room: Change Ulala’s outfits as you unlock them through the game
    • Calories: Track the calories burnt during gameplay
  • Rating: E (ESRB), A (CERO), 7 (PEGI)
  • Sales Territory: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, India, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine
  • Platform: PlayStation® VR
  • Equipment Requirements:  PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR and PlayStation®Camera, 2 PlayStation®Move motion controllers
  • Details for additional platforms including  HTC VIVE™/SteamVR, and Oculus Quest, languages, and additional territories will be made available at a later date
  • Copyright: ©SEGA  ©Grounding Inc.
  • Official Site
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PORTLAND, Ore. 02/24/2020 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal jaw-dropping Rob Liefeld (Deadpool) and Skottie Young (Middlewest, I Hate Fairyland) covers for the highly anticipated Savage Dragon #250. This milestone issue of the long-running, creator-owned series by Image Comics partner and CFO Erik Larsen will make waves at comic shops in May 2020.

For 28 years, Erik Larsen has chronicled the lives and times of the Dragon and his extended family in one of comics’ only series set in real time. This monumental oversized milestone issue is a sweeping culmination that sets the stage for the next phase of comics’ most uncompromising series with its most shocking story yet!

Forces have conspired against Malcolm Dragon and his family—but is this a turning point or…THE END?! Find out as Savage Dragon becomes the second original Image title to reach its 250th issue and begins the countdown to #300.

Savage Dragon #250 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 20.

  • Savage Dragon #250 Cover A by Larsen (Diamond Code DEC190056)
  • Savage Dragon #250 Cover B by Cho (Diamond Code DEC190057)
  • Savage Dragon #250 Cover C by Liefeld (Diamond Code DEC190058)
  • Savage Dragon #250 Cover D by Simonson (Diamond Code DEC190059)
  • Savage Dragon #250 Cover E by Young (Diamond Code DEC190060)
  • Savage Dragon #250 Cover F Blank Sketch variant (Diamond Code DEC190061)

Savage Dragon #250 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Select praise for Savage Dragon:

“Erik’s a god; tell him for me. He’s like super-meta. He’s taken on all the changes in comic books. He’s like, f*cking done stories about it. He’s brilliant.” —Grant Morrison

“A lethal combination of talent, drive and discipline. I won’t see another run like this in my lifetime.” —Rob Liefeld 

“F*cking inspiring!” —Skottie Young

“Energetic, inventive, surprising and most of all, fun. No matter what Erik does, he does it with the pedal to the metal.” —Kurt Busiek

“The greatest superhero epic ever published. If you enjoy comics and you haven’t read Dragon, you screwed up… but it’s never too late!” —Robert Kirkman

“The most consistently innovative and outrageous book in the history of our great medium. Erik Larsen is the boldest example of the spirit of Image comics.” —Chris Burnham


Ranger Slayer Shatters Her Future in Special POWER RANGERS One-Shot

Discover the Shocking Consequences For Kimberly Hart in Lord Drakkon’s Universe in June 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 20, 2020) – BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), today announced at the 14th Annual ComicsPRO, a brand new one-shot special issue POWER RANGERS: RANGER SLAYER #1, from acclaimed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers writer Ryan Parrott and superstar artist Dan Mora (Once and Future, Klaus). This all-new one-shot, available in June 2020, featuring the villain turned fan favorite hero herself as she makes a choice that sets the stage for an epic event that reverberates throughout the universe!

The Ranger Slayer – AKA Kimberly Hart, the Pink Mighty Morphin Power Ranger from the alternate universe once ruled by Lord Dakkon – returns home and nothing is like she expected. In a world that only knows her as a villain, can Kimberly show her universe that she’s become a hero…and is that even the right thing to do? Confronted by an old foe in a terrifying new form and finding her home in chaos, Kimberly will make a stunning choice that no Power Rangers fan can miss.

Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 26 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids’ live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its milestone anniversary year with the 26th season, “Power Rangers Beast Morphers” currently airing on Saturdays at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.

POWER RANGERS: RANGER SLAYER #1 brings us to the very personal and shocking aftermath of the events of Shattered Grid for one of the all-time fan favorites: Kimberly Hart, Ranger Slayer,” said Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “The consequences of Kimberly’s choices during Shattered Grid and in this issue are so shocking that nothing will ever be the same again for those who inhabit Lord Drakkon’s universe.”

Print copies of POWER RANGERS: RANGER SLAYER #1 will be available in June 2020 at local comic book shops (use to find the one nearest you), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire. 

Softcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS,  and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.

For continuing news on the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Sweet Westworld O’Mine

She’s got a smile it seems to me reminds me of childhood memories where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky. Now and then when I see her face, she takes me away to that special place and if I’d stare too long I’d probably break down and cry. She’s got eyes of the bluest skies as if they thought of rain. I hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain. Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place where as a child I’d hide and pray for the thunder and the rain to quietly pass me by. Where do we go now?
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Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose’s ALIENATED #1 Second Printing Sold Out The Week of Release 

“Brilliant concept, gorgeous art, and one of my favorite writers?ALIENATED is an easy add to my pull list.”—Brian K. Vaughan, Saga

“I heard the idea and I yelped with joy. Spurrier and Wildgoose are forces of nature. They cannot be stopped.”—Kieron Gillen, Once & Future

“I have been lucky enough to read Alienated #1. In which Si breaks ET to capture the glorious terror that is every single day of being a teenager.”—Dan Watters, Lucifer

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 18, 2020) – BOOM! Studios announced today that the second printing of ALIENATED #1, the premiere issue of the new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier (John Constantine: Hellblazer, Coda), artist Chris Wildgoose (Batgirl, Batman: Nightwalker), colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell has sold out at the distributor level. ALIENATED is the subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it.

In order to meet the overwhelming demand from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked ALIENATED #1 THIRD PRINTING to arrive in comic shops on March 18, 2020. This third printing will feature new cover art by Wildgoose with colors by André May. Quantities are limited and allocation may occur.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

“The outpouring of enthusiasm and excitement for this fresh new original series only continues to grow, so we are very proud to announce a third printing of ALIENATED #1 for all the fans out there,” said Filip Sablik, President, Publishing and Marketing, BOOM! Studios. “Make sure you don’t miss out on this Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose original that weaves the best elements of science fiction and horror to bring this intriguing story to life in a captivating series!”

You can view the trailer here: ALIENATED #1 Trailer

ALIENATED is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith; The Red Mother by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert and the upcoming King of Nowhere by W. Maxwell Prince and Tyler Jenkins. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of ALIENATED #1 FIRST PRINTING are available now and ALIENATED #1 SECOND PRINTING will be available March 4, 2020 exclusively at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

For continuing news on ALIENATED and more from BOOM!, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. 

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Reedpop Announces Annual Children’s Book & Author Breakfast Lineup at BookExpo 2020

Judy Blume, Natalie Portman, Marie Lu, Raj Haldar, Misty Copeland, and Kwame Mbalia Grace the Stage to Discuss their Upcoming Books

Norwalk, CT, February 18, 2020: Reedpop’s BookExpo today unveiled the lineup for the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, its annual event that showcases several of literature’s most esteemed children’s and young adult authors. The Children’s Book & Author Breakfast (Friday May 29, 2020) continues to be one of the most sought-after annual events of BookExpo, drawing over 1,000 attendees each year for a morning of lively conversation with literary giants and celebrity authors. This breakfast is sponsored by Candlewick Press.

This year’s breakfast will be hosted by renowned author Judy Blume as she celebrates the 50th anniversary of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., her seminal novel which famously confronts issues about religious affiliations and early adolescence. Blume will discuss the importance of the novel in her own life and how it influenced thousands of young readers. Additionally, as host of the breakfast, Blume will not only introduce the other authors, but will also moderate a discussion among them.

Misty Copeland, who made history by becoming the first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, will introduce the audience to Bunheads, the first in a series of picture books inspired by her own early experiences in ballet. In her first picture book since the bestselling and award-winning Firebird, Copeland tells the story of a young Misty discovering her love for dance through the ballet of Coppélia. The book, illustrated by Setor Fiadzigbey, boasts themes of teamwork, friendship, dedication, and hard work, as Copeland hopes children everywhere will be inspired to reach for their dreams.

Academy Award ® winning actress, director, producer and activist Natalie Portman will discuss Natalie Portman’s Fables, her upcoming book which retells three classic fairytales and imbues them with empathy and humor. Her new takes of The Tortoise and the Hare, The Three Little Pigs, and Country Mouse and City Mouse are perfect for reading aloud and are sure to become beloved additions to family libraries.

Raj Haldar, the #1 New York Times  bestselling author of P is for Pterodactyl who’s also known by his stage name, Lushlife, joins the breakfast to showcase another hilarious fresh look at the English language. No Reading Allowed pokes fun at the English language, as it joyfully teaches young readers about homophones, homonyms, and tricky punctuation. This picture book’s illustrations provide clues to understanding the meanings behind wily words and confusing phrases, so readers will no longer be tricked by phrases like “C Major, it’s a beautiful key! / See Major, it’s a beautiful quay!”

Marie Lu, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series, will introduce the BookExpo audience to Skyhunter, her new novel in which she imagines an immersive world broken by war, where danger waits around every corner and loyalty is life. Lu focuses on the evolution of the dystopian genre, how our relationships with these stories have shifted in light of real-world trauma, and how she hopes these stories can affect positive change.

Finally, Kwame Mbalia follows-up his best-selling Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky with Tristan Strong Destroys the World featuring characters from African-American folklore. Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents this second book in the Tristan Strong trilogy which features the title character, just back from a victorious but exhausting adventure in Alke, the land of African American folk heroes and African gods, suffering from PTSD but unable rest as he faces a new challenge of survival.

Taking place Friday, May 29, 2020, the BookExpo Children’s Book & Author Breakfast will again kick off the final day of BookExpo, the must-attend destination for the publishing industry.

“The Children’s Book & Author Breakfast showcases the diversity of genres, book types, authors, and publishers within the world of children’s and young adult literature,” said Jennifer Martin, Event Director of BookExpo. “We’re extraordinarily thrilled to have such a varied group of authors who will bring such unique and different perspectives to our show. We know all our attendees will walk away with valuable insights about how these books, and ones like them, can help their own bookstores, libraries, and retail shops.”

The Children’s Book & Author breakfast compliments an exciting line-up of children’s publishers and exhibitors on the show floor including Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, Disney Worldwide Publishing, Phidal Publishing, Cottage Door Press, Peachtree Publishing Company, Publications International, Melissa & Doug, and MerryMakers.


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Image for 2020 MoCCA Fest released

The Society of Illustrators is proud to release the visual for the
The Society is honored to have Chris Ware as this year’s main visual artist for the eighteenth annual MoCCA Arts Festival. This strong, graphic image will appear on signage and promotional materials for the MoCCA Arts Festival, to be held on April 4th and 5th at the spacious and modern Metropolitan West located at 639 West 46th Street in Manhattan.
Ware is among the most critically-acclaimed cartoonists working today. Since his work appeared in RAW Magazine in 1990, he has published a number of ground-breaking works including the ACME Novelty Library series, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Building Stories, and Rusty Brown. In addition to his graphic novel work, Ware has created over twenty-five covers for The New Yorker.
Ware will be attending the Fest as a Guest of Honor. Further scheduling information about his attendance will be available in future announcements. To learn more about Chris Ware and this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival click here.
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mini instagram review: Aster and the Accidental Magic

This beautiful collected translation of this two volume French/Belgian comic from @rhkidsgraphic Aster and the Accidental Magic is a fantastic start for this new imprint. Much applause to Gina Gagliano and the entire team.

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The 10th Annual Designer Toy Awards Nominations Are Now Open!

Nominations are officially open for the 10th annual Designer Toy Awards!

Presented by Clutter Magazine, the Designer Toy Awards (DTAs) is an annual event honoring excellence and innovation in the field of Designer Toys. With categories like Breakthrough Artist, Toy of the Year and Artist of the Year (among many others) the DTAs highlight the year’s best designs, concepts and accomplishments by both veterans and newcomers in the diverse world of Designer Toys.

Running now until March 3rd, 2020 (6 pm EST), nominations can be submitted now through the website

This year’s awards will accept nominations for releases, artists, and companies, that were active from January 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2019.

So Get Nominating…

Head on over to the Designer Toy Awards website and answer our “Call For Entries” by adding those worthy from 2019, and don’t forget… only nominated items can be considered for the awards. If you want your work to be considered please nominate it, nominations are confidential and there is no shame in nominating yourself or your own product!

Start Nominating Now!

How do the Awards work?

1. Open Nominations –  Call for entries is open for anyone (yourself included) to make a relevant nomination. Nominations are private and will be used to determine the Finalists.

2. Nomination Committees –  The DTAs host small committees of industry professionals and collectors, carefully matched to categories in order to take the list of nominations and to determine the Finalists. The committees meet and discuss every entry, using the published list of award criteria to make their selections. These will be published on the website as the year’s official Finalists.

3. Voting – We run two voting blocks:

DTA Panel: Industry professionals make up the DTA panel. They are charged with voting once per category for the winner in the panel-voted awards. Each year new panel members are added to keep our list as diverse and relevant as possible.

Fan Voted: The public voters contribute by getting one vote per category (which is ensured by tracking IP addresses and other means of maintaining voter integrity).

4. Winners – Winners of each category are determined by the most votes in each category.  Clutter, nor The Designer Toy Awards, or Five Points Festival staff, vote in or “choose” the winners.

5. Awards Ceremony – The awards are presented at a ceremony on May 30th, 2020, during the weekend of Five Points Festival. For members of the public to attend the ceremony, they must purchase a VIP ticket for Five Points Fest.

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THQ Nordic secures distribution rights for physical version of Remnant: From the Ashes from Perfect World Entertainment

Boxed version releases on March 17, 2020 for PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One at USD/EUR 39.99

Vienna, AUSTRIA, Austin, TX, USA, February 10th, 2020 – THQ Nordic today announced the worldwide (except Asia*) distribution rights for the physical version of the best-selling and critically acclaimed Remnant: From the Ashes from developer Gunfire Games and publisher Perfect World Entertainment.

The third-person survival action shooter lets you, and up to two companions, dive into a post-apocalyptic world overwhelmed by deadly monsters and epic bosses. As one of the last remnants of humanity, rise from the ashes and seek an end to an ancient evil from another dimension as you take on a unique, customizable gameplay experience filled with intense shooting and melee combat, gear and weapon crafting, a one-of-a-kind character progression system, and dynamically generated levels that offer an infinite number of ways to explore.

Remnant: From the Ashes is already available digitally on PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. The physical version will come to retail stores on March 17, 2020 for PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One for an SRP of $39.99 | €39.99 | £34.99.

[*Asia includes the following: Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam]

About Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant: From the Ashes is a third-person survival action shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous creatures. As one of the last remnants of humanity, you’ll set out alone or alongside up to two other players to face down hordes of deadly enemies and epic bosses, and try to carve a foothold, rebuild, and then retake what was lost.


The world has been thrown into chaos by an ancient evil from another dimension. Humanity is struggling to survive, but they possess the technology to open portals to other realms and alternate realities. They must travel through these portals to uncover the mystery of where the evil came from, scavenge resources to stay alive, and fight back to carve out a foothold for mankind to rebuild…


Explore dynamically generated worlds that change each time you play through them, creating new maps, enemy encounters, quest opportunities, and in-world events. Each of the game’s four unique worlds is filled with monstrous denizens and environments that will provide fresh challenges with each playthrough. Adapt and explore… or die trying.


Overcome tough-as-nails enemies and epic bosses throughout hostile environments to earn experience, valuable loot and upgrade materials you can use to build a wicked arsenal of weapons, armor, and modifications to approach each encounter dozens of unique ways.


Invading other worlds to seek an end to the Root is dangerous and survival is far from guaranteed. Team up with up to two other players to increase your chances of survival. Teamwork is necessary to make it through the game’s toughest challenges… and unlock its greatest rewards.

Learn more about Remnant: From the Ashes at Follow the game on Twitter (@Remnant_Game) and Facebook (@RemnantGame) for the latest updates!

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