BATMAN DAY 2022

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As a kid I made myself (with parental assistance) a Batman ’66 costume for a contest at a convention. Unbeknownst to me the judge of the costume contest was Batman ’66 himself Adam West.  Invariably I was awarded handsomely with a large comic book collection to this day I am unsure how we got home (I think we had a car). This is my best Batman story. Maybe my only Batman story. I have put on a Batman mask since, seen an onscreen Batman costume, played as Batman in video game, enjoyed the hell out of Batman inspired media and currently read all the Batman comics (Detective, Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, etc., etc., etc.).  We here at P-CS Love Batman!

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TimeMelters is Launching Into Early Access on Steam, October 12th!

TimeMelters transports you to a mythical land filled with tactical challenges and terrific adventures!

Montreal, Canada – September 12th, 2022 – Featuring a multiplayer co-op and single-player campaign, and designed by the 3 person team at Autoexec Games, TimeMelters is a real-time tactical strategy-adventure launching onto Steam Early Access on October 12th!

After surviving the flames of condemnation, players will take control of Teagan, a witch who only recently discovered her vast new abilities, as she ventures across the Kingdom of Hogendale, cleansing the countryside of the evil that has consumed it and clearing her name. Take on missions alone or with a friend in online co-op through a full 20 mission campaign and an extra 40 challenge missions that can be unlocked as the player goes through the story.

Creation is stricken. Trees and beasts sicken, wither, and are reborn as shrieking, malevolent shades. The dead claw their way out of the poisoned earth to swarm mindlessly over the land. No living man or woman is safe from their dripping talons. King Ionracas, a man who has dreamt of everlasting peace for his home, has come to blame witches for this unnatural stream of torment and misery.

Rewind time to create Echoes and play alongside your past selves: raise the dead, make trees come alive to wallop foes, or activate Breaches to teleport around the map. Use strategy and wit to defeat your enemies and work with several versions of yourself, or friends in multiplayer missions!

Features:
  • Tantalizing Tales: Experience Teagan’s story alone or share all the twists, turns, and what-the-bleep-just-happened moments in this time-traveling tale, with a friend in an online co-op mode!
  • Hybrid Action-Strategy gameplay: Plan a strategy and execute it all in real time!
  • Master unique Time Shift gameplay: rewind time and fight alongside yourself, not as an AI, but in a fully deterministic fashion. Plan out truly custom strategies and play to your own style!
  • Skill Tree: Choose how your spells upgrade — yielding ever more powerful magic and intricate build choices!
  • Challenge Mode: Test your brain power with 40 mind-bending, 4D thinking challenges!
  • Enjoy the original Soundtrack: A sumptuous and all-encompassing soundtrack filled with epic moments (and a few earworms)!

Stay tuned for more TimeMelters when the demo becomes available during Steam Next Fest on October 3rd. The demo version features a quick tutorial followed by 3 short co-op missions for players who want to share their timey-wimey adventures with a friend and 12 unique single-player challenges that will prepare you for the early access launch on Steam.

 

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 ‘DARK RIDE’ TRAILER: ADMIT ONE TO DEVIL LAND, THE SCARIEST PLACE ON EARTH 

“Williamson and Bressan have crafted some truly horrifying attractions, and you’re going to want to get a seat right up front” – James Tynion IV (Something is Killing the Children, Batman) 

“Equal parts unnerving horror story and hilarious satire, Dark Ride is brilliant, beautiful, and horrifying reflection of modern day pop culture. Like the theme park it’s set in, it creeps me out and I never want to leave.” – Matthew Rosenberg (What’s The Furthest Place From Here?, DC vs Vampires) 

LOS ANGELES 09/08/2022 — Murder, mayhem, and sinister family secrets—sounds like a scream. Today Skybound debuted a brand-new trailer for Dark Ride, the buzzed about new horror comic book series from Birthright creators Joshua Williamson (Batman, Dark Crisis) and Andrei Bressan (Justice League Incarnate).

The epic new trailer grants a sneak peek into Devil Land, the premier horror-themed amusement park for only the bravest boils, ghouls, and gremlins. Its founder, Arthur Dante, guarantees Devil Land is a SCREAM of delight. Enthusiastic employees like Owen Seasons and the loving Dante family wish all patrons a horrifically good time. With Dark Ride, Williamson and Bressan reunite for an all-new 12 issue series about the secrets behind Arthur Dante’s creation and how far his family will go to embrace their demons. Welcome to the Scariest Place on Earth.

 

The trailer can be viewed right here.

Dark Ride debuts with an impressive variant cover lineup that will continue through the series’ first arc. In addition to the main cover by Bressan and series colorist Adriano Lucas, Dark Ride’s Cover B variant spotlights park mascot Danny D. Evil, with issue #1 cover by Martín Morazzo (Ice Cream Man) and Adriano Lucas, while Cover C showcases Devil Land’s resident femme fatale and horror aficionado, Halloween, with the first four issues’ cover art by Sweeney Boo (Over My Dead Body).

Additionally, superstar creator Tony Fleecs (Stray Dogs, Star Wars Adventures) is art directing a classic homage poster variant program. The 1:25 incentives will span the Cover D slot of Dark Ride’s first four issues, bringing on a new guest artist for each cover. Fleecs’ Stray Dogs co-creator Trish Forstner is the artist at the helm for issue #1, with the Dark Ride world’s rendition of The Little Demon. Lastly, Dark Ride #1 will also offer a blank sketch cover.

Dark Ride #1 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

The full list of covers for the debut issue is below:

  • Dark Ride #1 CVR A by Bressan & Lucas (Diamond Code MAY228047)
  • Dark Ride #1 CVR B (Danny D. Evil Mascot Variant) by Morazzo & Lucas (MAY228048)
  • Dark Ride #1 CVR C (Halloween Character Spotlight Variant) by Boo (AUG220022)
  • Dark Ride #1 CVR D 1:25 INCV (Classic Homage Poster Cover) by Forstner & Fleecs (AUG22023)
  • Dark Ride #1 CVR E Blank Sketch Cover (JUL228078)

Official Dark Ride #1 Synopsis:

Devil Land has been the world’s premiere horror-themed amusement park for over 50 years, home to the scariest ride ever created – The Devil’s Due. But when lifelong fan Owen Seasons begins his first day on the job, he will discover the true horrors happening behind the scenes, the truth about the park’s reclusive creator Arthur Dante and that the job of his dreams might just be a living nightmare.

 

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Wayward Strand launches Sept. 15th

The inaugural title from Australian indie studio, Ghost PatternWayward Strand will be landing on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One X, and Windows on Sept. 15th!

The inaugural title from Australian indie studio, Ghost PatternWayward Strand will be landing on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One X, and Windows on Sept. 15th!

The curious piece, inspired by interactive theatre, centers on 14-year-old Casey, intrepid teenage journalist, as she embarks on her first trip to the flying ship-turned-hospital above a small Australian town in the summer of 1978. There, she has limited time to help the staff, get to know the patients and investigate the mysteries of the ship itself, as multiple storylines play out in real time.

Once aboard the ship, prepare to meet a sizeable cast of characters who go about their lives guided by their own desires, schedules and will, sometimes talking with Casey, and sometimes with each other. Players can choose who Casey will interact with, or not, having her engage directly or eavesdrop on the unsuspecting workers or patients aboard. With over 20,000 lines of recorded voiceover dialogue—rivalling even some of the biggest AAA games on the market—there are a plethora of interesting conversations to be had (or overheard).

Players can follow their curiosity at any given moment. While a single playthrough is a complete experience of one version of the story, the developers note that it can take at least a dozen playthroughs to begin to see the full picture. Wayward Strand covers many complex topics, according to creators, including empathy, intergenerational relationships, care and neglect, as well as exploring the day-to-day lives of older people and care workers.

 

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Lerner’s Graphic Universe Imprint To Publish UNRETOUCHABLE, Sofia Szamosi’s Graphic Novel Debut 

A Bold New Voice Tackles Social Media and Image Manipulation

(September 7, 2022) This September Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, will publish Sofia Szamosi’s graphic novel debut titled UNRETOUCHABLE. Equally timely and thoughtful, Szamosi’s debut provides an unforgettable take on social media and our image-conscious society with an art style that recalls Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.

In UNRETOUCHABLE, Olive is spending the summer before art school at a coveted internship, helping one of the fashion industry’s elite digital-imaging specialists. After a glamorous New York photoshoot, she learns that taking pictures is only the first step. She discovers the “violent verbs” (cut, crop, slice, lasso) of image retouching software and the secrets behind “virtual models.” Soon Olive is fixating on her own appearance and pondering the ethics of her work behind the scenes. As college gets closer, she’ll try to get out of her own head, attempt to quit the Internet, and finally embrace image-making on her own terms. UNRETOUCHABLE is a window into the little-known, hugely influential world of photo retouching and a tribute to self-acceptance.

“Unretouchable dives headlong into the complications of being a person in a world of nonstop images. Sofia’s a constantly adventurous cartoonist, and she’s created a story about the challenge of being authentically yourself—without ever losing her sense of humor,” said Lerner Books Graphic Universe Editorial Director Greg Hunter.

“Having been a young woman facing these very real issues, I am excited to offer a new angle on the many anxieties young women face in our hyper-image focused world,” said cartoonist Sofia Szamosi.

Here’s what people are saying about UNRETOUCHABLE:

“Soulful, playful, and full of heart, Unretouchable is a timeless coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of our modern, digital world. Sofia Szamosi has illustrated a narrative that is so visceral (and so relatable) that it invites a deeper understanding of readers’ realities―past, present, and future.” ―Aliza Kelly, author, Starring You: A Guided Journey Through Astrology and This Is Your Destiny: Using Astrology to Manifest Your Best Life

“Written with empathy, wisdom and humor, Unretouchable makes us feel heard and understood. I couldn’t put it down!” ―Sadie Radinsky, author, Whole Girl: Live Vibrantly, Love Your Entire Self, and Make Friends with Food

“Sofia has a magical eye and voice. Her ability to take something classic and turn it on its head is something I had never seen before her work.” ―Emily Meade, actor, Dead Ringers, The Leftovers, and The Deuce

“This tale pairs bold black-and-white art with text sharing Olive’s deeply

introspective musings…An appealing look at important issues.”

―Kirkus Reviews

Sofia Szamosi’s bold graphic novel debut tackles serious topics with a winning combination of curiosity, sensitivity, and wit through its lively, appealing black-and-white illustration and relatable main character. UNRETOUCHABLE ushers in a charming creative voice to the world of comics. Graphic Universe will publish Sofia Szamosi’s Unretouchable on September 13, 2022.

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A New Look at New York Times Best-Selling Author Roberto Saviano and Illustrator Asaf Hanuka’s Graphic Memoir I’M STILL ALIVE

As a long time fan of Tomer And Asaf art this looks amazing. PC-S hasn’t read Saviano’s novels but are very familiar with their story that became crazier because of journalistic work and their story in comic book form is going to be an amazing read.

Discover The Shocking True Story of a Journalist’s Mission to Expose and Survive the Mafia in October 2022 

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 7, 2022) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a new look at I’M STILL ALIVE, a new original graphic memoir from New York Times bestselling author Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah, ZeroZeroZero, The Piranhas) and Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Asaf Hanuka (The Realist, The Divine), detailing for the first time ever Saviano’s personal account of his 15 year-long existence as the Italian mafia’s greatest threat and his persistent will to survive, in stores October 2022.

When journalist Roberto Saviano wrote the groundbreaking international bestseller Gomorrah, he exposed the inner workings of the Naples mafia, resulting in real-world investigations into the corruption at the heart of the Camorra. But with the pursuit of justice and worldwide renown came violent death threats and the need for an isolated existence behind armed guards, which Saviano suffers to this day. Joined by award-winning cartoonist Asaf Hanuka, Saviano shares his deepest thoughts and experience of life in Naples, where he witnessed the power and violence of the mafia firsthand, as well as the unvarnished truth of his daily life after exposing the most ruthless and powerful criminal organizations of the 21st century.

I’M STILL ALIVE is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, and Albert Monteys; The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne-Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby; Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane; The Killer by Matz and Luc Jacamon; We Served the People by Emei Burell; New World by David Jesus Vignolli; Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra; Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure by Jeff Jensen and George Schall; The Short While by Jeremy Sorese; About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau; Flavor Girls by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky and licensed series including Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the AshesLev Grossman’s The Magicians; and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Storyteller, and Labyrinth.

Print copies of I’M STILL ALIVE will be available for sale on October 5, 2022 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) and October 11, 2022 at bookstores everywhere. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle

For continuing news on I’M STILL ALIVE and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

 
 

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ELTON JOHN x KidRobot and more coming to NYCC 2022

Kidrobot 2022 New York Comic Con Exclusives Pre-sale – Sept 7th, 8th & 9th on Kidrobot.com

NYCC 2022 CON EXCLUSIVES PRESALE

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WEIRD AL panel at NYCC 2022

NYCC has tried to become as monumental as SDCC with being a premier Pop-Culture convention and has done so since year one. Like SDCC the show has expanded deeper into pop-culture with no immediate geek fandoms with panels or exhibitions for movies or shows with no comic book, video game, book or general fandom history and they’re doing it again with WEIRD. Although this isn’t the first time NYCC has done some music related with no immediate fandom connections as Tom Morello performed one year as The Night Watchman.

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Happening This Weekend (9/2-9/4 2022)

If you are a fan of independent professional wrestling, National television wrestling and/or video games of ALL ilks this is a big weekend for you.

Starting with today which had a LIVE episode of AEW Rampage from Chicago as I typed this. At 11 PM CDT (12 AM EST) the Black Label Pro x Game Changer World program 4 Cups Stuffed begins also from the Chicagoland area. Game Changer has a run of programs this weekend from Hoffman Estates, including the second edition of their IWTV series, the Art of War 2 featuring a double ring ladder match and a War Games rules tag team bout, and the 5th edition of EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch.

On Saturday the WWE presents a major show from the UK, as well as a show on Sunday from their Performance Center in Florida as talents built originally in the UK face talents built by the WWE and other matches as well.

On Sunday AEW presents their BIG show from Chicago, ALL OUT.  P-CS is invested in Kip Sabian more than anything.

Over in Seattle, Washington PAX West is happening. Panels have aired all day on Twitch and some videos of the show floor have been posted to Youtube. The booths are very elaborate in places especially Nintendo, but also AAA indie publishers Tinybuild, Devolver Digital and more.  There’s exclusive merch, swag, demos to play, developers to meet, and more indeed. PAX shows pack a lot even being dedicated to ONLY games and is worth the view especially in a place like Seattle.

In California there is also another major wrestling show from West Coast Pro Wrestling with top television talent from IMPACT such as Masha Slamovitch, former AEW roster Alan Angels and NJPW’s Karl Fredericks.

So much excitement over a wild weekend.

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A look at Rick & Morty’s Wormageddon (Updated 9/2/2022)

Special Update: An image of Chicago by P-CS occasional staff member Sam Fines. Additionally addendum has new info.:

The marketing for Season 6 of Rick and Morty has been so fascinating with a sort of ARG but also just fun promotion across the entire world. From places as far as South Africa to Netherlands and across the USA (and even Canada). Some locations were just given out easily so folks can just show up, but others involved clues before being revealed and then it became a race to the first to get there and say a code word for a golden Rick head.

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Chicago

 

 

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Netherlands

It seems that [adult swim] also sent out mini plush worms to select influencers and press folks as more of the marketing and to push the event as well as the premiere on September 6th.

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Photo courtesy Rob Keyes of Valnet Inc. on Twitter

Pop-Culture Spectrum would love to see some of the statues in person but they all come down on September 5th and a visit to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto or Malibu is as costly as Mexico City or Brazil even.  If you are in any of these cities though the rickandmorty.com website provides you all the directions you need on maps to visit. The sites range from the beach to private street apartments.

Most importantly though is not to forget to watch when Season 6 lands on September 6th. Will Wormageddon be part of it? Was it just a fun marketing ploy? We all shall have to wait and see how it falls out cause even with trailers, it seems a mystery… was that one episode? From various? That’s the fun of Rick and Morty. It always finds ways to surprise.

ADDENDUMS: The project has gone as far the Philipines with a Claw Grab machine featuring minor character Jub Jub and the ability to get the worm plushie mailed to people and a medieval castle on the eastern coast of Spain featuring an even more obscure character. All 9 Golden Rick heads have been recovered.  The final location is the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada. This final statue featuring Beth will be up till September 11th.

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