Batman: Arkham Knight – The Novel

arkhamknightOne of the most popular video games of the year for 2015 is Batman: Arkham Knight and if you haven’t gotten around to playing the game just yet, why not read the official novelization by writer Marv Wolfman to get your Batman fix?  Batman: Arkham Knight – the official novel follows the same story-line as the video game with some extra background information and spicy tidbits for DC/Batman comic book lore.

It’s been a year since the Joker has died and a relative calm has presided over Gotham City, but all that is about to change as the Scarecrow unleashes a new fear toxin in a diner, causing everybody to kill each other.  The Scarecrow gives an ultimatum to the citizens of Gotham that he will unleash the fear toxin all over Gotham City in a few hours.  Now it’s up to Batman and his team to stop Scarecrow’s plan, while all this is happening a new player gets involved.  Like in the DC Universe and Jim Lee’s Batman run “Hush” story-line, this new protagonist, the Arkham Knight knows Batman and his allies inside and out.  In this fight against Scarecrow, we find that Batman has been exposed to Joker’s “blood” and as he carries on the fight to save Gotham City and his friends, Batman will be tested mentally and physically.

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Campbell’s Soup Gets Star Wars Packaging

starwarscampbellsoupsAnother Star Wars licensed approved!  This time can soup-maker Campbell’s Soup cans will have branded Star Wars themed characters and slogans.  Not only that you’re Spaghettios’ and Chicken Pasta Soups will get Star Wars theme-shaped items.  I guess it’s time to hit Safeway and collect these cans.

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CW Seed: Who is VIXEN?

dcvixenshowAs the DC TV Universe expands with the likes of Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow shows, another tie-in to this universe will be on the CW Seed channel in animation form.  The animated show will highlight superhero VIXEN.  Here’s a look at her backstory.

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Thakoon for DesigNation 2015

designationkohltakoonI have to admit, I have never shopped at Kohl’s or stepped into one of their retail stores before, but American designer Thakoon Panichgul will have a limited-edition clothing line for Kohl’s DesigNation 2015.  The women’s wear collection theme is all things London-inspired with a feminine-tomboy look.

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Mega Man x Kidrobot

megamanxkrCapcom is back again with another collab with Kidrobot.  This time, the video game franchise Mega Man gets “Kidrobot-ified.” with a 3″ Dunny line and keychain line-up.

kidrobotmegablindboxThe Mega Man 3″ vinyl series features 13 figures to collect and 1 chase figure.  A case will have around 20 blind boxes and probably cost around $230USD and each blind box is priced at $11.99USD.

Buy it @ Kidrobot – Mega Man 3″.

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Vinyl Pulp Quick Review: SDCC 2015 SF Dark Sakura

baitsdccdarksakuraVinyl Pulp host “The Eddie” does a quick review of the SDCC 2015 Exclusive Street Fighter Dark Sakura figure.  He gives his pros and cons of this BAIT Dark Sakura release.

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Vinyl Pulp #4: Junko Mizuno’s Violet Soda Lady @ Kidrobot

kidrobotjunkomizunosodaladyAnother cool episode of Vinyl Pulp is out and this time we are at Kidrobot for the release of Junko Mizuno’s Violet Soda Lady 8″ figure.  The Violet Soda Lady was released in 2012 for a 3″ Dunny series.  Now, Kidrobot and artist Junko Mizuno go big with an 8″ Dunny Violet Soda Lady figure with some new accessories.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Announcements

kingdom hearts 3The Disney-only convention D23 made some big splashes and one of them was the video game Kingdom Hearts 3.  The Disney x Square Enix collaboration announced two new worlds for the game, the world of Tangled and the Big Hero 6 city San Fransokyo.

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Star Wars Land Announced

starwarslandThis past weekend was the Disney-only convention D23, which had many big movie announcements and other Disney-related items.  Imagineer Scott Trowbridge showcased the upcoming Star Wars Land in both Disney parks Orlando and Anaheim.  Plus they will be updating Star Tours with a new planet from Episode 7.

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Frankie’s Garage: Bimmer Concepts @ Monterey Car Week

m4gtsconceptIf you’re a autophile, then past weekend the mecca of all car shows, the Monterey Car Week took place at Pebble Beach, CA.  BMW revealed 2 production ready concepts.

The M4 Coupe is already a solid performer, but BMW will offer another more powerful M4, the GTS Concept with more light-weight parts and aggressive aero.coupe.

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Frankie’s Garage: The GT12 Road Monster

astonmartingt12One of my fave auto journalists in the game is Chris Harris and in this episode he takes a look at a road and track monster, the Aston Martin Vantage GT12.  The GT12 features aggressive aero parts, splitters, a big wing, bigger tires, some weight trimming and is limited to 100 cars.

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The Age of the Female Superheroes

famalesuperheroesA change is coming in comic books and that is the “Rise of the Female Superhero”.  Yahoo! News with Katie Couric releases a neat documentary with a chock full of interviews with industry giants like Jim Lee, Grant Morrison and many female creators Amanda Conner, G. Willow Wilson, Gail Simone and many others about the change and rise of the female superhero protagonist.

The Goat Simulator Game

goatsimulatorgameThere have been many video games where you can play as tiger, shark, cat, even a turtle, and now a goat.  The Goat Simulator game has been available for a couple of month’s now, but now it’s a FREE download.  The Goat Simulator is IGN’s Free Game of Month.  You play a goat and get points by tearing-up a rural town.  The Goat Simulator is available for iPhone, iPad and iTouch.

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Doctor Who: Four Doctors Collide!

4 doctors 1If you’re a comic book reader veteran, then you’re probably familiar with the usual once-a-year mega cross-over event like in the DC and Marvel Universe.  Well, this summer 2015, Titan Comics will mix-it up with 4 Doctors and 3 companions meeting up in this 5-issue mini-series.  Doctor Who:  Four Doctors #1 (1-5) follows the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors and their companions on a mission against an unknown foe.  The epic crossover-event is written by Paul Cornell (Wolverine) and illustrated by Neil Edwards
(Assassin’s Creed).

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LOST IN THE SUN – A cultish San Francisco Indie Film

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Dan Bernstein (actor), Dave Moutray (director), Marcus Sams (actor) and Jess Reich (make-up)

I feel very fortunate to be one of the crew members of “Lost in the Sun“, a feature film with a mysterious cult happening that takes meditation of body, mind and the discipline of gazing at the sun ritually to transform one’s life. The only catch is that someone has gone missing through the process, and the cult of sun gazers are not exactly your typical sun gazers, and that’s about all I can tell you.

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Why a BLADE RUNNER sequel?

The 1982 film was absolutely on point for it’s science fiction noir story taking place in 2019, because we still have neon lights and newspapers! Bladerunner - RetrendersDirected by Ridley Scott , Bladerunner accomplished its look with a raw and real-life edge of art direction and special effects  that we see influencing today’s futuristic films; the modern caper wardrobe intermingled with stylized space-tech outfits depending on the defined identity of the character – to the atmosphere of space age flying vehicles through a sky rise metropolis contrasting the ground level of real city life eclecticism of street cyclist, people walking with umbrellas, to grime that exists in rainwater running down a gutter in a dark alley street. There was no superficiality, but dark romanticism to this futuristic film which made it a cult noir classic.

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What do you ask a Pikachu at Fanimecon?

Sayori Chu - Fanimecon Pikachus - RetrendersOkay, not a Pikachu, a Raichu. Anyway, lets find out what Sayori Chu has to ask this Raichu?

Super Shogun Boba Fett – Empire Version

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Adult collectors familiar with the 1970s/80s era Jumbo Machinder toys and, of course Star Wars get a East meets West collaboration thanks to Super7 and Funko.  This is the Super Shogun Boba Fett – Empire Version.  First off, the box packaging looks awesome with the Japanese kanji and logos.  The figure stands 24″ tall with rotating wheels on the feet, spring-loaded firing rocket from jetpack and wrist.

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Vinyl Pulp #3: The Pop-Up Art Book with Food One, Skinner & Junko

popupartbookposterI had fond memories as kid reading and looking at pop-up books.  Thanks to Poposition Press, we now get pop-up books for us older folks.  The Pop-Up Art Book features 6 incredible art pieces by Aaron Woes Martin, Skinner, kozyndan, Junko Mizuno, Tara McPherson and Jim Mahfood.

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SF Anime Festival & Cosplay 2015

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We’ve been a little behind editing many videos from various events we’ve attended this summer.  Here’s a quick recap of the SF Anime Festival & Cosplay in Japantown that took place on July 18, 2015.  The Ramen crew was there to see all the cosplay fun and meet-up with special cosplay guest Reika from Japan.

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A animated tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

tributehayaomizakipcitureOne of the legends of anime is Hayao Miyazaki and this fan-made anime-video tribute is pretty cool.  As you watch the video montage, many of Hayao Miyazaki’s characters appear in a roll call.  Sit back and enjoy.

Rocksmith Kickstrike July/August 2015 Drop

kickstrikeoneLifestyle brand Rocksmith releases Kickstrike graphic tee collection for the summer 2015.  The models, the Clermont Twins rock the Kickstrike tee collection inspired by NYC graffiti artists.

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The Action-Packed Finale of Scarlett Couture!

ScarlettCouture_ISSUE-4-AA few months back I reviewed the first issue of Des Taylor’s new Scarlett Couture 4-issue mini-series, and today, the last issue with two variant covers drops today at your local comic book store racks.

Scarlett and Trent are imprisoned by the villainous Dante Ramon when they learn of the impending destruction of Las Vegas. With less than an hour to stop the devastation, Scarlett and her team must do everything they can to save hundreds of thousands of lives, and finally uncover the evil mastermind behind it all.”

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Doctor Who Comics This Week 07/29/15

Ninth Doctor_3_preview_4Usually when it’s a comic book tie-in with popular TV program, the comic book usually sucks.  The art is not up to par and the stories and world-building does not tie-in enough to the TV show, there is a disconnect of sorts.  But over the past year, I have the pleasure of reading the various Doctor Who releases by Titan Comics and it’s been a blast.  Each creative team on the books have done a fine job building upon the Doctor Who universe and mythos.  Marvel and DC comics may dominate the comic-book racks, but if you’re looking for something different and something British, then look for these Titan Comics’ Doctor Who books dropping Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at your local comic book store.

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Funko Legacy Collection

fireflylegacycollectionIf collecting the Funko/Super 7 ReAction retro-sytle 3.75″ action figure line isn’t your thing, then try Funko’s Legacy line of 6″ figures that has more points articulation, details and accessories.  Funko’s Legacy over the past years have featured Magic The Gathering and Game of Thrones action figures, now the Legacy line-up expands to Joss Whedon’s Firefly series, The Rocketeer, The Book of Life and Fantastic Mr. Fox action figures.

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