BOOM! Studios is The New Home for BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

The Slayer Returns With New Comics, Graphic Novels and More at the Award-Winning Publisher


LOS ANGELES, CA (September 20, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today announced it has acquired the comic book and graphic novel publishing license to Joss Whedon’s BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon. BOOM! Studios will release new monthly comic book series, limited series, original graphic novels and more that officially expand the rich mythology created in television, novels and beyond, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.

Created by visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers film franchise), Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as “Buffy Summers.” Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the “Scooby Gang.”

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Joss Whedon’s FireflyMighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, Abbott, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.

“I remember watching the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer over twenty years ago, and the feeling of empowerment that came with seeing a girl get to kick ass and have flaws at the same time, and to not apologize for who she was. It’s an honor to oversee that world for a new generation and to bring them that same feeling of knowing your greatest power comes from being true to who you are,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Buffy is about love at its core, love for your friends and yourself. The characters are allowed to be equal parts human and monster, and seeing them struggle to balance those parts of themselves, the same parts we all struggle with, is why it still resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds today.”

For continuing news on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER comic books, graphic novels and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow@boomstudios on Twitter. And follow Buffy the Vampire Slayer on FacebookTwitter, andInstagram

Jim Benton Delights Fans with Mischievous Bear Misadventures in Upcoming Clyde Graphic Novel

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 4, 2018) – IDW Publishing and Yoe Books are proud to announce Clyde, the all-new original graphic novel written and illustrated by Jim Benton, author of the New York Times-bestselling series Dear Dumb Diary.

The hilarious and heartwarming story of a mischievous bear who believes that happiness can be found over on the rough side of town, Clyde reaffirms that there’s still room for family, friendship, and altruism in even the most rebellious among us.

“We all have sketchy things in our past. It’s a riot to write about a character whose sketchy past is his present!” says Jim Benton.

When Clyde the Bear decides to ditch his safe and peaceful life in Cubville and head off for the mean streets of Grizzly City, he learns – with the help of a reformed juvenile delinquent butterfly – that the Bad Life isn’t always so great, and there’s something to be said for helping your friends and family (even though that really does kind of stink a little).

What People Are Saying About Jim Benton:

  • “Jim Benton is a comic genius and a brilliant cartoonist. ” – Dav Pilkey, Creator of Captain Underpants (in a quote attributed especially to Clyde)
  • “Mr. Benton’s intellectual properties… have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies. ” – The Wall Street Journal
  • “Humor in print has many forms; what is amazing is that Jim Benton excels in all of them! ” – Sergio Aragonés, Creator of Groo the Wanderer
  • “Forget that he’s a brilliant, funny, bestselling author – I’m publishing the incredible Clydebecause, like countless other kids, my own are hugely rabid Jim Benton fans!” – Craig Yoe, Editor of Yoe Books

Jim Benton’s Clyde is now available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers, and slated for release in February.

Clyde
by Jim Benton
ISBN 9781684054473
$9.99 (US)
104-page, full-color softcover graphic novel, 6” x 8”

Creator Bio:
Jim Benton is the creator of Franny K. SteinDear Dumb Diary, and It’s Happy Bunny®. A New York Times bestselling author and two-time Eisner Award Nominee, he has won two National Cartoonist Society Awards and Three Addys, and his licensed properties have taken top awards from the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association five times. Three of his books have been selected as Top Picks for teen readers by the American Library Association.

The Adventure ends… The Adventure Continues

With the huge finale of Adventure Time airing tonight titled “The Ultimate Adventure” I thought now was a perfect time to a small reminiscence on the entire journey and also remind you via a July 23, 2018 press release that while the animated series ends at season 10, an officially licensed continuation begins with season 11 from BOOM Comics in October.   BOOM has been the official publisher of comics based in the Land of OOO since 2012 with specials, one shots, limited series and an on-going that they are the perfect people to continue these tales.

The show started development way back in 2008 shortly after it became an internet sensation that was a short which first appeared on Nickelodeon in 2006. Ignoring long stories the show found itself at Cartoon Network being built into a full series by Pendelton Ward, Patrick McHale and Adam Muto. 10 years later, Pen has moved on to creating Bravest Warriors, McHale developed Over The Garden Wall and Muto became the true brainchild of Adventure Time although much of what we see even now goes back to brain storming with Pen and Pat and the entire creative team through the years. A creative team that have created their own shows for Cartoon Network with as much staying power or in some cases even more so. Steven Universe, O.K. Go, and many more definitely owe their existence to the immense success of Adventure Time.

Along the way the show’s lore has been expanded in so many ways. Not just in the series itself but in amazing books and coffee tables. There has been 5 video games, every season collected on blu-ray and/or DVD, plushes, action figures, McDonald’s campaigns, shirts, backpacks, costumes. It’s been a very powerful 10 years and despite the show ending its new episode run tonight (September 3rd 2018) it’ll run on Cartoon Network forever and maybe even at some point be syndicated elsewhere.

I personally have had the great opportunity to speak with at length Ward, McHale, Muto, Sugar, Quarterly and even cast members such as Jeremy Shada, Tom Kenny, and Olivia Olsen about the show as a whole.

So don’t forget tune into Cartoon Network tonight (or all day for a Marathon), then in October… continue the adventure with BOOM.

BOOM! Studios & Cartoon Network Announce

ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11,
an All New Comic Book Series

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 23, 2018) – BOOM! Studios has announcedADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 #1, the official comic book continuation of the Emmy® Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series.

A modern day fable, the Emmy® Award–winning animated series Adventure Timehas become a global success since its premiere in 2010, attracting adult and kid viewers in their millions over the course of 10 seasons. It follows unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants. The best of friends, our heroes always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Finn, a silly kid with an awesome hat and Jake, a brassy dog with a big kind heart, depend on each other through thick and thin. Adventure Time is created by Pendleton Ward and produced at Cartoon Network Studios.

The story of the Land of Ooo will continue on in comic book form with ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 launching from KaBOOM!, BOOM! Studios award-winning imprint, this Fall. Eisner Award-winning writer Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Hock Chye) and artist Marina Julia (Lumberjanes: Faire and Square) bring you all new stories in the aftermath of The Great Gum War, as Finn, Jake and the entire land of Ooo begin to pick up the pieces with some new and unexpected friends. BOOM! Studios has been publishing the New York Times bestselling Adventure Time comic books and graphic novels since 2012 and been honored with Eisner, Harvey, and Diamond Gem Awards for the series.

“I hadn’t watched many animated series since the heyday of The Simpsons, but once I sat down and watched Adventure Time, I was immediately hooked,” said Sonny Liew. “It gave me a sense of afternoons spent watching cartoons as a kid, somehow appealing to both the adult and kid inside you. I didn’t try to analyze the form or structure too much, wanting to just enjoy the series on its own… but I suppose now I’m working on scripts for the comics, I’ll have to watch it again with a different lens, and try to figure out the methods behind the magic.”

“I’ve had a lot of fun working on Adventure Time: Beginning of the End, and I’m looking forward to getting to work on more Adventure Time!” said Marina Julia. “It’s a really fun series and to be able to play in that space is always really enjoyable.”

ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 #1 features a main cover by Jorge Corona (The Flash), along with variant covers by Julie Benbasset (You Be You), Audrey Mok (Archie) and Paul Pope (Batman: Year 100).

Adventure Time airs its season finale this Labor Day on Cartoon Networkand you definitely don’t want to miss it! ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 takes place after the shows end and will continue the journey for some of our favorite heroes in the comics,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Sonny and Marina are a great team and we are excited to launch this all-new adventure with them.’

ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Over The Garden WallSteven Universe, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 will be available for sale in October 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) and the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

Rangers are Go!

My love for the world of Super Sentai actually started before Saban introduced Power Rangers to American/US viewers in 1993. Because of being on the internet as early as 1988 my young brain was quickly introduced to things such as Turboranger. Although it wasn’t till many years later I discovered the true origins with shows such as JAKQ, so I did truly first discover the legend of live action robots controlled by young people through the teenagers of Angel Grove like many. It was easy at the age of 15 to both despise and love Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. While on one hand it at times felt very much built for a much younger set, the cast featured some very attractive young actors while using footage from a Japanese series that was both silly yet very adult in themes and manner at times. MMPR was a strange beast indeed straddling that line between children’s television and something that parents and older siblings could sit through and actually enjoy (or in my case an older sibling with no younger siblings). The popularity of the show is impossible to ignore. 2 movies during it’s main stays, a movie in the 2000s and a recent selling of the property to Hasbro who have plans to bring the franchise and brand back to the forefront.

All that said, BOOM Studios has  chosen to use their license to take us back to those early Angel Grove stories with a brand new series in their MMPR line in the series GO GO POWER RANGERS! Now up to it’s 13th issue, the first 4 of the series were collected in a Volume one collection in July and are a fantastic adventure on their own.

 

The series takes places before the tales laid out in BOOM’s earlier Power Rangers comic. Shortly after they’ve become Rangers but before Tommy comes into the picture. Covering the ground of the slightly unrealistic for their age of 14-16 early Rangers in an undetermined time period, but equally realistic based on Degrassi and in some cases Saturday Morning Teen Soap Operas (California Dreams, Daved by the Bell, etc.). Which in many ways the original TV series would try to tackle and what this comic does so much more successfully.

The book was written by Ryan Parrott, a television wrtier who has also done Star Trek comics, who perfectly captures the voices and feel of the Rangers. Interior art is by Dan Mora, who Is also an amazing variant cover artist for DC and Marvel. His story structure and panels pop and are ably made better by Raúl Angelo.

The collected book also has the 80’s Movie poster Variants designed by Dylan Todd & illustrated by Natacha Bustos.

GO GO POWER RANGERS! Vol 1 is out now for $16.99 and can be bought at the Boom Store, as well as other online retailers or your local comic shop!

 

 

GO-BOTS Return in All-New Comic Book Series

IDW Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Classic Toy Line
with a Sci-Fi Epic Written and Drawn by Tom Scioli

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 20, 2018) – IDW Publishing is proud to announce that Tom Scioli, the visionary creator that brought you Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, will unleash his imagination on the wonderful world of Go-Bots! Launching in October, Go-Bots will be the first story to feature classic toy and cartoon characters like Leader-1, Scooter, Turbo, and Cy-Kill’s Renegades in over three decades!

In the new five-issue series, the existence of Go-Bots on Earth has changed humans’ way of life. They chauffeur us around. They protect us from harm. They do the jobs that are too boring or dangerous for us. They fight our wars for us. They are friends for the lonely. The only thing they don’t do is dream for us… but that could change any day now. For a generation, Leader-1 and the Guardians have said that they were here to help us… but as they become more integrated into our society, the question must be asked: Are they here to replace us?

“This is a dream project – I’m writing, drawing, coloring, and hand-lettering this book. It’s a labor of love,” says Scioli. “When these characters were conceived of in the ’80s, the idea of robots with human personalities was science fiction. Now, it’s history. The world of living machines is here – we’re living it. The time is right for Go-Bots!”

“Avant-garde creator Tom Scioli has been pushing the comic book storytelling medium for nearly two decades now and his work on Go-Bots is yet another watershed moment in his career,” says IDW Associate Publisher David Hedgecock. “It is a testament to the strong collaboration between IDW Publishing and Hasbro, that projects like this can exist on licensed properties.”

“Huh huh” Ooooooooooooooh” We’re Back!

When Regular Show reached its somber but brilliant conclusion it did so in a way that truly put a perfect ribbon on the entire program. Leaping ahead 25 years through flashforwards showing us Rigby and Mordecai’s lives up until a reunion at the park. We know that they’ve gone onto to have excellent marriages and have risen now grown children in their late teens to early 20s. I mean that is if you watched the show. If you didn’t though I can’t imagine why you would care about any Regular Show comic. The show had a strong enough fanbase though to not let that be the end and BOOM knew it.

Regular Show: 25 Years Later is a series that picks up directly from the final scene of the show. As the boys reminiscence they go off to to video shack. On the way there though Benson asks asks them to go them some ice since they’re all out and don’t have time to wait for a freezer to make some. This should be simple, they’re mature, older men now… go to to the store, get a bag of ice, simple.

This is still Regular Show and things don’t go as planned and then in well.. regular fashion, they get weird. Then they get weirder. Then they get really weird. Then just when it seems things seem okay, the cliffhanger ending of issue one hits and you have no clue where this story may go. It has many options, time travel, body switching, space, fantasy lands, pure ridiculousness.

Christopher Hastings who has written excellent issues of Adventure Time definitely understands the voices of Rig and Mord and for creating wackiness. The street art background of illustrator Anna Johnstone definitely allows for a super fun and different look to the well know characters while keeping them familiar and on point. Along with the subdued but colorful palette and hues of Joana Lafuente the book truly feels like a proper beginning to a new end for a friendly bird and raccoon and their entire friends and families saga.

Issue #1 of Regular Show: 25 Years Later is currently available in comic shops, for mail order through the BOOM! Studios site, as well as digitally through various sites.

Over the Garden Wall and Into Hollow Town (Press release)

 

BOOM! Studios is proud to announce OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN #1, beginning a new five issue limited series set in the world inspired by the Emmy® Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series Over The Garden Wall.

Writer Celia Lowenthal (The Storyteller: Fairies) and artist Jorge Monlongo (Powerpuff Girls, Rugrats) send Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice on an all-new adventure in the Unknown as they stumble on a small town inhabited entirely by eerie porcelain doll-people. After Greg loses a shoe to a pond-turtle, it’s up to Wirt to earn money for a new pair, leading him to babysit some doll-children that may cause Wirt to stay in town forever…

OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN #1 features a main cover by Celia Lowenthal, along with variant covers by Natalie Hall (Adventure Time) and Miguel Mercado (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers).

“With OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN, I’ve been trying to lean into and expand upon some of the great aspects of the show: adolescent social anxiety, patterns and tropes from fairytales, and – of course – spooky things from the woods that aren’t quite what they seem,” said Celia Lowenthal. “Over The Garden Wall is just such a good story; it’s really awesome to get to play around in its universe and, hopefully, do something new and fun!”

“I love everything about Over The Garden Wall –  the characters, colors, music… and the way horror and tenderness blend together,” said Jorge Monlongo. “Working on this new series so exciting.I enjoy drawing old houses and antique clothes, malefic trees, sinister creatures and frogs. But what I love the most is drawing Greg!”

OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and  Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, and The Deepby Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

“I’m excited to head back to The Unknown for more adventures with Wirt, Greg and Beatrice,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Pat McHale created an amazing world with Over The Garden Wall and we’re really excited about this chance to introduce readers to more adventures with these amazing characters. Celia and Jorge have created a special story in OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN about family, responsibility and the true dangers of strange dolls, you don’t want to miss is.”

Print copies of OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN will be available for sale in September 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com 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 the BOOM! Studios app.

For more on OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN and more from KaBOOM!, please visit www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

Back into the Brush with Icons on Icons

Rarely does this website just use a press release but this is such amazing news.
Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill present
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV:
THE TEMPEST

Six-issue miniseries will serve as “swan song” not only to award-winning LEAGUE series but also to creators’ careers

San Diego, CA (July 20, 2017) – After an epic seventeen-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest.

Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the world’s most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team will use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyse, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.

Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe from Lincoln Island to modern America to the Blazing World; from the Jacobean antiquity of Prospero’s Men to the superhero-inundated pastures of the present to the unimaginable reaches of a shimmering science-fiction future. With a cast-list that includes many of the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture, and a tempo that conveys the terrible momentum of inevitable events, this is literally and literarily the story to end all stories.

Commencing as a six-issue run of unfashionable, outmoded and flimsy children’s comics that will make you appear emotionally backward if you read them on the bus, this climactic magnum opus will also reprint classic English super-team publication The Seven Stars from the murky black-and-white reaches of 1964. A magnificent celebration of everything comics were, are and could be, any appreciator or student of the medium would be unwise to miss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: THE TEMPEST.

— a 6-issue mini-series, each issue 32 pages in (mostly) full color, saddle stitched, 6 5/8” x 10 1/8” (standard comic-book size), $4.99 (US). Issue #1 is scheduled for June 2018.

Co-Published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK).

The Group of Sadly Forgotten Weirdos who did evil things

Comics have a history of weird, wacky, unusual or even actually lame, annoying and “maybe we’d be better off without but were stuck with them so we better learn to live with it” characters. Some of them only existing for one issue, others despite their complete nuttiness and/or annoying and/or pointlessness lasting for decades. These characters run the gamut from good guys to bad guys to sidekicks to henchmen and even just supporting characters (such as Steve Lombard of DC Comics’ Daily Planet in Superman comics). Some of these characters were just also not as awesome as others, so because of one thing or another they’ve been less highlighted and become lesser known then their counterparts.

In the second volume of a series from Quirk Books by Jon Morris, titled The Legion of Regrettable Super Villains, the author highlights many of these characters on the “evil” side of the board from the Golden Age to today’s comics including Image and Dark Horse. As the introduction suggests, much like in the first volume, these characters are less regrettable then they are possibly forgettable or more unpopular. Per that a slightly more well known Marvel villain Batroc the Leaper is featured in the The Silver Age section of the book. He of maybe anyone in the book seems almost out of place as he’s been featured in a variety of cartoons, had a toy and was even portrayed by one of the few household names in MMA, Georges St. Pierre in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Despite this, the profiles in The Legion of Regrettable Super Villains, are entertaining, at times informative and a wonderful collection focusing on characters what else-wise get the short shaft.

The true highlight of the book is the Golden Age section as if delves deep beyond Marvel and DC to many of the strange and varied companies of the time that published what are now obscure buried treasures in the regrettable factor is that it is regrettable they are not more easily accessible for readers of all pockets and locales. The Golden age has had a fair share of new collections, notably The Green Llama by Dark Horse and the work of Fletcher Hanks (whose character Lepus is featured on the cover of Legion) from Fantagraphics and most recently Craig Yoe’s Super Weird Heroes, a great companion to The Legion of Regrettable Super Villians , in which the originals are remastered, but a lot of the titles featured in Jon Morris’ books have not had that privilege. Therefore the pages and profiles he provides to a far gone past of crazy creation is most welcome as many of these comics would costs 1000s to own because of rarity of existence in this day and ageTo promote the book, Jon has also drawn illios of the first of  the book’s profiles (these excellent illustrations unfortunately are not in the book itself).  One of the editors at Quirk, Rick Chilot has done some as well for marketing. Here are three that I liked (but I like all of them).  Go to @calamityjon and @rickchillot on Twitter for more.

from the anthropomorphic version of Fawcett’s Captain Marvel AKA Shazam titled Hoppy, The Marvel Bunny. Created by Chad Grothkopf, a quality artist of the 30-40’s who also worked on DC Comics

a true golden age classic the book provides pages from the unsung Prize Comics this character was in. the book credits Paul Norris and Dick Sprang, major players in DC’s Golden Age as the creators.

Not to be confused with Batman, he appeared in Police Comics-the home of Jack Cole’s Plastic Man. A creation of what could be also a regrettable creator George Brenner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains by Jon Morris will be available wherever you like to buy books on March 28, 2017 from Quirk Books.  You will regret it if you don’t pick it up for yourself to devour, learn, discover, rediscover, laugh and maybe even cry over these amazing characters of yesteryear and today who coulda been contenders but barely even made it to the ring.

(this review was written from an advance copy of the finished product)

Deaths in Pop-Culture- Jan 2017

2016 was such a hard hitting year of notable actors, authors, musicians, politicians and more that the deaths of 2017 will possibly seem so much less.  Especially in the turmoil of everything happening and when we want to look up the upside of all the fun, exciting good things to come.  Yet, so far alone in the first 25 days of this year we’ve had a share of passings that most of all pop-culture around the world would feel and some in lesser circles but still notable.

In no particular order here are some of them with minor to major details.

Alfonso Wong – A Hong Kong artist born in mainland China, became famous in Asia for the creation Old Master Q.  While not widely known elsewhere it has been translated into English and his work known by fans and inspired creators worldwide.  The BBC did a wonderful covering on his career upon his passing.

Tony Rosato – Comedic Canadian actor who was on SCTV as well as SNL regular for Season 7.  He was also a noted voice actor best known for his role as Luigi in Super Mario cartoons.  He also sadly did a two year stint in prison instead of being given mental health he desperately needed for committing a minor charge of “harassment” against his own wife and slipping through Justice’s cracks

Lynn Phillips – A television writer and journalist.

Babette Cole – British Children’s Author and Artist.

Bill Marshall – Canadian Producer, helped found the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as well other Canadian film and television mainstays

Phillip Bond – British actor with appearances in Doctor Who (The First), The Avengers, and The Onedin Line

Gorden Kaye – Star of ‘Allo, ‘Allo

Manlio Rocchetti – Italian make-up artist who received the Academy and Emmy award for his work.

Timothy Alan Smith – Professional wrestler who worked under the names Rex King and in the WWE as Timothy Well, 1/2 of the tag team Well Dunn.  (His partner Steve Doll, known as Steve Dunn, passed away in ’09)

Francine York – Beautiful character actress of television and film, notably in Jerry Lewis films.

 Lamar Dupré Calhoun – Rap producer for the group WC and The Madd Circle under the name Crazy Toones.

Buddy Greco –  Recording artist of all genres.  A contemporary of Sinatra and Presley, but never as famous as either.

Pascal Garry – Belgian cartoonist, took over from Peyo on The Smurfs after a two year apprenticeship in Peyo’s studio .

Jimmy Snuka – Fijian professional wrestler known as “Supafly”.  Also a murder suspect and known criminal, passed away without indictment on a reopended trial after being declared mentally unfit.

William Margold – prolific porn actor and director

Butch Trunks – One of the two drummers in The Allman Brothers craziness.

Miguel Ferrer – American actor of film and television including cartoon voice over work.  Major notable roles in Robocop, DC cartoons, Twin Peaks and his final role as Granger, the much loved boss on NCIS: Los Angeles.

Dick Gautier – American actor and voice over actor best known for his work on G.I. Joe and Transformers.

William Peter Blatty – American novelist, screenwriter and director.  Most famous for The Exorcist.  I personally loved John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!

John Watkiss – British Comics and storyboard artist.  Worked for DC Comics, as well as a multitude of movie studios including Disney.  Was working on Surgeon X from Image till his passing.

Harry J. Middleton – best known as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s right hand man.

Yanni Alexis Mardas aka Magic Alex – a guy who somehow convinced The Beatles to let him be part of their entourage and spend lots of Apple Studios money, yet never contributing anything successful other then being that guy who tricked the Beatles.

Shigeru Kōyama – Japanese actor who appeared in many films and television including a Zaotichi, a Godzilla and Ridley’s Scott’s Black Rain.

And as I wrote this entry Mary Tyler Moore, world beloved actress of stage, film and small screen passed away after a long illness.  For many she will be considered the first important death of this year, but I feel all these are as are any I might’ve missed.

In a world of pop-culture with music, television, comics, wrestling, video games, movies and more… there are important figures from agents, to publicists who shall pass.  They all made their mark and all were important so sometimes we must find time to acknowledge them.