Interview with Artist Frank Cho @ Big Wow! Comicfest

spidergwencoverLike artist Adam Hughes, comic book artist Frank Cho also has a knack for drawing sexy female superheroes and villains.  Ramen host Ramon Angel catches up with Frank at Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 talking about his latest projects and the “Spider-Gwen” internet buzz.

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Sesame Street Avengers Parody

sesamestreetaveggiesChildren’s program Sesame Street has been on a roll with their funny edu-tainment parodies, now comes Aveggies starring Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, Mighty Corn and Zuchin-eye hope to stop a super-villain from destroying all the healthy veggies in the world.

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The Art & Making of Penny Dreadful

pennydreadfulartbookI have to admit I only started watching this hit Showtime series only for Eva Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire), but I stayed for for the story and characters driving the “Penny Dreadful” program.  We are already knee-deep into the second season and Titan Books has just released “The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful”, the official companion book to the program.

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Seinfeld Vinyl Figures from Vinyl Sugar!

kramerfigure“Serenity now!”  “No soup for you!”  Classic lines from an iconic TV sitcom Seinfeld.  The wait is over, vinyl Seinfeld figures are coming from Vinyl Sugar!  The 8″ Vinyl Idolz line-up will feature:  Cosmo Kramer, Newman, The Soup Nazi, Frank Costanza, J. Peterman and Puddy.  Look for a Summer 2015 release!

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Sesame Street’s Game of Chairs

gameofchairsYou know you have pop-culture phenomenon on your hands when the likes of Sesame Street parodies your creation “Games of Thrones.”  This is the fantasy musical game – “Game of Chairs.”

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Miles from Tomorrowland Talking Action Figure

milestomorrowlandboxartOne of the new animated shows on Disney Junior is Miles from Tomorrowland and stars the Callisto family who live on the spaceship Stellosphere and work for the TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority).  This Miles Talking Action Figure stands 12″ tall and has light-up effects, 15 talking phrases from the animated show, articulated legs, helmet visor, torso throwing action and boomerang-like weapon.

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Arrow: Heroes & Villains

greenarrowcoverEven though I grew up as a Marvel fanboy, I did buy my fair share of DC Comics, but I was never a fan of the Green Arrow.  That all changed when I watched the first episode of Arrow; now I’m addicted to all things Green Arrow.  I’ve actually made trips to comic book stores and bought many of Mike Grell’s legendary Green Arrow run and picked up the underrated trade paperback Green Arrow: Year One by writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock.  Already knee-deep into Arrow’s 3rd Season, this Titan Book’s Arrow: Heroes & Villains release comes in at the right time.

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Elementary: The Ghost Line

elementaryghostlineA MTA worker is found dead in his very own apartment.  What can you say, it’s New York City’s toughest area, Hell’s Kitchen.  Well, it’s present day, so it’s more urban hipster living in the area and coffee shops with Wi-Fi access, but Daredevil won’t come to the rescue.  Instead, enter Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson!  Based on the CBS hit TV show Elementary, which is a modern day twist of the famous literary detective Sherlock Holmes set in present-day New York City.  “The Ghost Line” story by Adam Christopher takes place around the 3rd TV season of Elementary.

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The Simpsons Intro in Pixel Animation

pixelartsimpsonsLike many of you who watch the The Simpsons, we are very familiar with opening credits, now here’s a different take by illustrators Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon with music by Jeremy Dower.  An old school tribute with pixel animation.  It’s really well done!

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I Love “Cowboy Bebop!”

cowbobybebopIf you have not seen Cowboy Bebop anime series, you do not know what you are missing out on.  I can’t say enough about this anime, but as you know the Blu-ray drops today.

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Comikaze Expo 2014 – We asked actor-comedian Debra Wilson one question

Ramen and Half interviews Debra WilsonWhat does she tell us?
                           “I’m working on several projects. There’s this one, but it’s N-D-A, then there’s another that’s also NDA… hmm oh wait, no that’s NDA too!”

I’m not sure if that’s what our site readers and viewers would like to hear, but she had fun explaining how NDA everything is to Ramen and Half’s Eddie Ballar. For those of you that don’t know Debra Wilson, you can definitely find out about her by watching this interview from Comikaze Expo. She is popularly known for her comedic sketches on MADtv and continues to venture the land of entertainment. She’s been involved in comedy flicks like recent Knock’Em Dead to animation and video game voices such as on Grand Theft Auto V.

Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray

cowboybebopDropping on December 16th, 2014 is the first time the iconic anime series Cowboy Bebop gets it’s Blu-ray release.  What brought me back to watching anime again was this anime – Cowboy Bebop.  I love the characters, the world, the stories, the director Shinichiro Watanabe and music by Yoko Kanno.

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“Homeland” TV Program in Promo Vinyl Covers

showtimevinylcoversI’ve always found joy in CD, cassette tape or vinyl albums, because you could read the many linear notes, look at the artwork and it just felt more tangible in your hands.  Kids today are missing out with downloading and streaming music, but I digress.  The topic at hand is these cool vinyl-style jazz covers made for the hit Showtime program “Homeland.”

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Food: The Unique Irish Food Truck in the Bronx

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I’m just hungry watching this clip in my cubicle.  Here is the husband and wife team of Valentino and Alice and their Irish-mix-mash food truck in Woodland, New York.  It’s all about late-night comfort food.

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Munchies Guide to Scotland Parts 1-5

munchiesscotlandFrom reading my past postings on Retrenders, I’m itching to travel again and just watching this Munchies Guide to Scotland is not only making me hungry to travel, but I really need to try these two drinks: Buckfast and Irn-Bru.

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Ultra Eye: A Hipster Guide to Tokyo Parts 1-3

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The last time I was in Japan was like 2009, so maybe it’s time to go back?  I do need to get some new bags and boots.  The Reserve Channel’s Ultra Eye takes a 3-part look at Tokyo.

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Ultra Eye travels to Singapore Parts 1-4

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The summer maybe over, but I feel the need to travel again.  Maybe The RESERVE Channel’s Ultra Eye takes will point me in the next direction – Singapore!  Check out this 4-part series on tourist spot – Singapore.

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The Panels from SDCC 2014

sdcclogoIf you weren’t able to attend San Diego Comic-Con 2014 this past weekend, here’s some cool panels to watch!  ‘Nuff said, just watch.

 

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SDCC 2014 Panel Attack – Saturday & Sunday

sdcclogoTonight is already Preview Night.  Here’s a list of Panels that have caught our attention here at the Retrenders.  Here’s a look at the highlighted panels Saturday thru Sunday (click here for Thursday & Friday).

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The Simpsons:  You gotta wake-up early for this one as it kicks-off at 10am.  But hey, it’s with the legend Matt Groening.  Saturday July 26, 2014, 10:00am-10:45am, Ballroom 20

Warner Bros. Pictures:  It’s Hall H time baby.  Look for WB to show lots of sneaks, trailers and lots of stars.  The WB program will preview Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max:  Fury Road and The Hobbit:  The Battle of the 5 Armies.  Saturday July 26, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm, Hall H

Avatar – The Last Airbender – Legend and Legacy:  One of my favorite cartoons to this day is Avatar The Last Airbender and this fan-organized panel is in full effect.  Two cool guest that I like will be there, writer/cartoonist Gene Luen Yang and voice actor Jessie Flower (Toph).  Toph was one of my favorite characters!  Saturday July 26, 2014,10:30am-11:30am, Room 24ABC

Once Upon a Time:  As you by now, I have lots of favorite TV shows and this is one of them, ABC/Disney’s Once Upon a Time.  Season 3 got a little off-track, but by the end of the season they introduced “Frozen” star Elsa!  This panel will include executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.  It’s Q&A time with them!  Some of the cast will be on-hand like Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle and Jennifer Morrison.  Saturday July 26, 2014, 11:00am-11:45am, Ballroom 20

Helix:  Another hit show I’m watching is Syfy’s “Helix”.  Join Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanime, Jordan Hayes and Neil Napier along with executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Steven Maeda about behind-the-scenes of the first season and news from the upcoming second season.  Saturday July 26, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Legendary Pictures:  Legendary features their upcoming films from Hall H!  Saturday July 26, 2014, 12:25pm-1:10pm, Hall H

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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Issue #1

eleventhdoctorcoverOne of the most popular actors to play the Doctor was Matt Smith.  Look for more Matt Smith adventures as the Eleventh Doctor with this on-going series by Titan Comics.  Writers Al Ewing & Rob Williams and artist Simon Fraser delivers the first issue to Doctor Who fans.

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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Issue #1

tenthdoctorwho1Are you craving more David Tennant Doctor Who adventures?  Then this all-new series published by Titan Comics should to the trick.  Doctor Who:  The Tenth Doctor follows the Doctor to New York City to find new companion.  This 5-issue story-arc is bought to you buy Eisner Award-winning writer Nick Abadzis and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande.

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SDCC 2014 Panel Attack – Thursday & Friday

sdcclogoSan Diego Comic-Con 2014 is in full effect and will kick things off with Preview Night tomorrow.  There’s many things to see, do and buy at Comic-Con, but one of the fun events are the panels where you get to see the stars.  Here are some of the highlighted events that have peaked our interest here at Retrenders.

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24:  Kiefer Sutherland will be on hand to talk about the return of 24!  There will be a screening and Q&A.  Thursday July 24, 2014 – 10:00am-11:00am, Ballroom 20

The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica:  Look for actors Richard Hatch and Jamie Bamber to be on hand along with surprise guests, trailers and Q&A on the new Battlestar film.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 10:30am-11:30am, Room 6BCF

Hasbro – Transformers:  Preview of the new Transformers: Robots In Disguise launching around the world in 2015 and a first look at Season 3 of Transformers:  Rescue Bots.  And fans will have an Q&A time with the Transformers team.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 25ABC

Toy Story That Time Forgot:  Just for fans of Pixar’s iconic animated franchise Toy Story.  ABC/Disney/Pixar offer a sneak peek of the Holiday Special – “Toy Story That Time Forgot” and behind-the-scenes look at the development and making of the special.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:15am-12:15pm, Room 6A

Dreamworks Animation:  Hey, it will be moderated by funny talk-show host Craig Ferguson.  Plus big-time stars Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich will be there to talk about “Penguins of Madagascar”.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm, Hall H

Halo – Nightfall – A First Look:  Halo fans, the live-action digital series Nightfall is coming.  A sit-down with Kiki Wolfkill (Executive Producer), Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director) and notable cast and crew that will talk about the production of Nightfall.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:45am-12:45pm, Room 6BCF

The Last Ship Season 1:  I know it’s summer, but if you haven’t started watching TNT’s The Last Ship, I would suggest you do.  The show is everything a TV-fan would want – action/drama/thriller/sci-fi all wrap into one.  I haven’t missed an episode, it’s that good and if you’re fan of this hit show, check this panel out.  Thurday July 24, 2014, 1:45pm-2:45pm, Room 6A

The Art of Big Hero 6:  Marvel’s anime-style comic comes alive by Walt Disney Animation.  On hand will be Don Hall (Director), Shiyoon Kim (Character Designer) and other guests involved to talk about Big Hero 6.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Room 7AB

Paramount Pictures:  You bet there will be big stars, sneak peeks and announcements from Hall H in this Paramount Pictures hour.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Hall H

 

Skybound’s The Walking Dead:  A look at the graphic novel series with creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:15pm-5:15pm, Room 6A

Marvel – Avengers & X-Men AXIS:  The big Marvel comic book cross-over event as the Avengers and X-Men join forces to stop Red Skull.  Panel will include Axel Alonso, Mike Marts, Nick Lowe, Rick Remender and other Marvel guests.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Room 6DE

The World of Capcom:  The Capcom team will discuss the latest Capcom offerings like Ultra Street Fighter IV, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Dead Rising 3, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:45pm-5:45pm, Room 6BCF

 

Showtime – Penny Dreadful:  Do the monster-bash!  Join the stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, Harry Treadaway as they talk about the hit show on Showtime and it will be moderated by Aisha Tyler.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Ballroom 20

Star Blazers 2199:  If you’re an 1980s kids, you will know Star Blazers!  A new series is on with Star Blazers 2199 movie and other related Star Blazers items.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Room 24ABC

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Sailor Moon Crystal Teaser Trailer

sailormooncrystalHere’s the first trailer for the much anticipated anime Sailor Moon Crystal.  Look for July 2014 release in Japan.  The trailer maybe only in Japanese, but I’m already very excited.

 

X-Men: Evolution Steven E. Gordon @ Big Wow! ComicFest 2014

stevenegordonwebsiteOne of the most popular Marvel cartoons was X-Men: Evolution which lasted 4 seasons (52 episodes) on Kids’ WB from 2000-2003.  Our Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews well-known artist Steven E. Gordon who was the Character Designer of Evolution.  The show that gave birth to X-23, Steven talks about his role and what it was like working on X-Men: Evolution.

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New FLASH TV series

114675PCN_TheFlashGrant Gustin all suited up but not too flattering they say? I honestly love the suit. It’s retro, real and I’m sure the show has nothing to worry about. If you ask me, the suit makes for a gritty look. The only thing I would worry about for a new television superhero series is how well they will tell the storyline about the Flash and his episodic adventures. Oh, and how well the special effects will be when they come into play.

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