Despite their popularity and massive critical acclaim, Vertigo characters don’t usually get their due as action figures, statues or any other such merch, but at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, you could at least get your hands on a brand new rendering of DEATH.
Some envision Death as a grim reaper or dark angel to be feared. But as created by Neil Gaiman for DC Comics’ line of Vertigo comics, the Sandman`s older sister is pretty, perky and always gets the job done. She’s been around since the beginning of time and is exactly the kind of girl you’d want to follow into the unknown. Our 8” figure of Death wears her trademark ankh necklace and comes with a skull-themed display base. The dioramic window box packaging and separate shipper box are dressed with artwork commissioned by Vertigo artist Jill Thompson.
Fans of Transformers Prime can snag this great 6-inch figure based on the show and featured as one of San Diego Comic Con 2011′s signature EXCLUSIVE items. It’s a 6-inch tall rendering of Optimus Prime, featuring an amazing premium deco that’s unique to the figure and gives a great dramatic flair, sleek and metallic. Beyond the awesome transforming figure, though, this is one collectible where the package might actually be just as awesome. Called “The Matrix of Leadership”, the box converts into a wearable piece!
The largest item Mattel has ever made for their awesome exclusive line, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is one figure Ghostbusters fans can’t afford to miss!
Stay Puft is the largest item ever made by Mattel and sold at SDCC, standing at over 20″ tall! Our favorite squishy villain is made from soft foam and features articulation at the arms, head and legs. A huge city diorama is included in the packaging – perfect for displaying your entire Ghostbusters collection!
Mattel’s 2011 SDCC Exclusives have finally arrived and are ready to order! If you’ve enjoyed their Green Lantern or Masters of the Universe figures or were looking for Stay Puft or Swamp Thing, then the hunt is over! It’s especially useful for anyone who missed out on this year’s Comic Con–or went and couldn’t bear the lines to snag these toys. Here’s just a glance at a few of the items available on our new San Diego Comic Con Exclusives page!
At this year’s Comic Con, Sideshow had a ton of great offerings and here’s one of the exclusives they had on display!
Crafted in 1:3, these Iron Man helmets are based on the films designs for Mark V, Mark VI and sidekick (partner?) War Machine. Each one is individually painted and finished, but most impressively, each one also features LEDs in the mask that create a glowing effect from the eyes. If you have a Marvel display or you’re just bummed out about missing this stuff at SDCC, your prayers have been answered!
If you missed out on the San Diego Comic Con, then you might have missed one of Sideshow’s most awesome SDCC offerings: The Cobra Ninja Viper. A 12-inch rendering of a striking GI Joe Ninja, it’s a great addition to any collection and features the absolutely insane list of features that you’ve come to expect from those mad geniuses at Sideshow. Take a look!
* Articulated Prometheus 1.1 body with over 30 points of articulation
* Hand-painted sculpted fabric masked portrait
* Hand-painted sculpted armored masked portrait
* Fabric vest with COBRA logo
* Fabric undershirt
* Fabric pants
* Fabric belt
* Fabric forearm and shin bracers with wraps
* Detailed sculpted hand, forearm and shin armor
* Fabric sash with pockets
* Fabric satchel
* Fabric hood
* Fabric neck wrap
* Sculpted/fabric headband with COBRA logo
* One (1) pair standing Tabi boot
* One (1) pair action Tabi boot
* One (1) pair bare fists
* One (1) left flat palm hand
* One (1) left relaxed hand
* One (1) left cupped hand
* One (1) left shuriken hand
* One (1) right large C grip hand
* One (1) right small C grip hand
* One (1) left small C grip hand
* One (1) gloved trigger hand
* One (1) gloved C grip hand
* One (1) pair fists with sculpted Neko-Te claws
* Tanto knife with scabbard
* Daito sword with scabbard
* Shoto sword with scabbard
* Naginata spear
* Sugegasa hat with hidden Bo shuriken clips
* Three (3) Bo shuriken
* Six (6) Hira shuriken
* 9mm submachine gun with folding stock and camouflage deco
* Four (4) 9mm submachine gun magazines
* Submachine gun silencer
* Grappling hook
* Waist support extendable figure stand with COBRA stand
Websnark has featured an amazing article on the darker side of the comics industry and the fandom as a whole. It’s a problem that many people see, but few express enough. Have a read:
We are on the far side of the San Diego ComiCon. This is a con where DC’s creators have had their most direct exposure to their current fanbase’s reactions to the New 52. In particular, they’ve heard loud and clear that the ongoing lack of gender parity both in the comics and behind the scenes creating them is, simply put, no longer acceptable.
Inevitably, this has led to backlash. The surest sign that a message is beginning to be heard is the annoyed and dismissive response by those not affected. I’ve heard the woman cosplaying as Batgirl being described as a bully. There was applause for Dan DiDio’s response (“well, who should we have hired”) to the question. The inevitable (overwhelmingly male) fatigue with the issue has begun to emerge.
Well, speaking as a male myself… get used to that fatigue, because the complaints are only going to get louder and more common.
There are two reasons for this. The first is simple: the complaints have merit. Women comprise just over fifty percent of the population. Inevitably, any popular media that refuses to acknowledge that is going to be accused of sexism, because it is in fact sexist.
Seriously. Having a brand new Justice League and having less than 50% women on it? Is a sexist decision. There is no way to justify it as anything else. Having a Teen Titans so out of whack demographically? Same deal. And no, the existence of the Birds of Prey doesn’t make up for it, any more than the existence of the Negro Baseball Leagues made up for the lack of black players in Major League Baseball pre-Jackie Robinson. Seperate is not and never will be equal.
But second, and significantly more importantly? The complaints will continue because the female readership is where all the growth is.
Seriously. The Manga explosion of the 90’s and early 2000’s created generations of female fans of sequential art. Adventure cartoons have huge female fanbases. (There is a reason the new Avatar is a girl.) And those women like superheroes. Young Justice has a big female fanbase. No shock — how many women were raised on The Powerpuff Girls and Kim Possible? And the whole My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic phenomenon comes from a cartoon being written for girls by creators who actually understand their audience produces not a “good girls’ cartoon” but a good cartoon, period. No wonder guys like it too.
Sooner or later, someone senior to the entire DC Entertainment hierarchy at Time Warner is going to notice all these consumers with all their money and all their complaints, and change will be imposed from above with all the force and subtlety of a meteor. Why? Because executives like money and there’s piles of it to be made, and shareholders don’t like loud, legitimate claims of sexism. The current creative team at DC can take great, legitimate strides towards fixing it before that happens, but they actually have to take them.
And that’s a big reason for the backlash now. Folks who like comics the way they are resent the implication they need to change. They certainly resent the accusation of sexism because they don’t see themselves as sexist and don’t like being told something they love is sexist. It feels like a personal attack. “If you like current superhero comics and current superhero comics are sexist, you must be a sexist yourself!” And they deny it vociferously.
And those denials? End up being sexist whether intentional or not. The woman who wore the costume of her hero stood up at every panel and spoke truth to power. That takes guts. The idea that woman was a bully is ridiculous. Women demanding that comics recogize who they are and treat their depictions and their talents accordingly aren’t bullying anyone. They’re refusing to be bullied. Trashing someone for speaking out against rampent sexism isn’t cutting through to the truth — it’s supporting that sexism and decrying people for not accepting it.
There’s nothing heroic about that, and DC has to get out of the business of championing it. Those who defend it or attack the fight against it have forgotten what being a hero is all about.
You should also check this out and think about signing it: it’s a great petition to send to DC next time they ask who they should have hired. Let’s make a difference!
The NEW YORK TIMES has a very interesting and very thought-provoking article on movie studios and their apparent withdrawal from Comic Con. What gives and what does it say about the Geek Community? Read on!
LOS ANGELES — In summers past, Warner Brothers used Comic-Con International, the premiere convention for comic book, science fiction and fantasy fans, as a marketing platform for movies like “Sherlock Holmes,” “300” and “Sucker Punch.”
Walt Disney Studios staged “Tron: Legacy” stunts there three years in a row. Last July, DreamWorks Animation paraded Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and other members of the “Megamind” cast through the convention.
This year? Warner’s main studio operation is bringing nothing. Ditto Disney and DreamWorks. The Weinstein Company, a perennial presence, will also sit this one out. Even Marvel Entertainment, whose panel for “The Avengers” was a highlight of Comic-Con 2010, is on the fence about whether it will mount a major presentation.
Comic-Con, as a growing number of movie marketers are realizing, has turned into a treacherous place. Studios come seeking buzz, but the Comic-Con effect can be more negative than positive. The swarm of dedicated fans — many of whom arrive at the convention in Japanese anime drag or draped in Ewok fur — can instantly sour on a film if it doesn’t like what it sees, leaving publicity teams with months of damaging Web chatter to clean up.
“It’s a red-letter opportunity, but you shouldn’t go simply because it sits there on the calendar,” said Michael Moses, co-president of marketing for Universal Pictures. “You have to be absolutely certain you have goods ready that can really make a difference for your film.”
Even a joyous reaction at Comic-Con, which takes place in San Diego from July 21 to 24, can skew expectations, as a platoon of studios learned last year, if hard-core enthusiasm doesn’t spill into the mainstream.
Warner got burned with “Sucker Punch,” which had fans vibrating with excitement in July but failed in its March release. The millions that Disney spent on “Tron: Legacy” at Comic-Con had a less-than-fantastic payoff. A stunt involving video of attendees trapped in coffins made a splash for Lionsgate’s “Buried,” but the film sold just $1 million in tickets when it opened two months later.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” was the big alarm. That Universal movie was the belle of last year’s convention, and the studio spent heavily to make it so, draping the entire side of a skyscraper with an ad, for instance. Released just three weeks after the convention, “Scott Pilgrim” fizzled and the $60 million movie sold just $32 million in tickets.
Comic-Con, which attracts about 130,000 people, usually doesn’t lock in its schedule of presentations until two weeks before the convention — a practice that keeps studio publicists on edge, as they struggle to wrangle stars for appearances in slots that remain at a premium.
David Glanzer, the convention’s director of marketing, said he didn’t detect any major shift in the film industry’s stance toward Comic-Con.
“We get more and more requests, and have less ability to fulfill them,” he said, adding, “Not every studio comes every year.”
For certain, Big Hollywood will still be represented. Universal is plotting a stunt for “Cowboys & Aliens,” which has the advantage of a July 29 release date, when memories of a Comic-Con splash will be fresh. Paramount plans to trot out “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” with a possible appearance by its director, Steven Spielberg.
Twentieth Century Fox is expected to tackle Comic-Con head-on, particularly with its “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which arrives in theaters on Aug. 5. And Sony will roll out an aggressive promotion for its “The Amazing Spiderman,” even though the film won’t be seen until July 2012.
And the light schedule of some major studios leaves a void that newer players want to fill. Relativity Media, once a film financier and now a producer, is expected to make a push at the convention for “Immortals” and “The Raven,” while promoting “Shark Night 3-D,” which is bloodier than the convention usually tolerates.
Among smaller studios, Lionsgate, which won strong results last year for “The Expendables,” will be back; and Summit Entertainment will stage a panel for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1.”
The industry has also realized that Comic-Con’s timing, in late July, is actually friendlier to TV shows, which are getting revved up for fall debuts.
Fox plans to increase its Comic-Con footprint, mounting promotions for at least 10 series, including “Terra Nova,” a dinosaur show produced by Mr. Spielberg. Warner’s Digital operation is planning to promote several original Web series, including “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” and Warner’s TV division wouldn’t mind stealing the show.
“We’re certainly hoping to,” said Lisa Gregorian, chief marketing officer for the Warner Brothers Television Group, which plans to promote as many as 16 shows — including returning ones “Big Bang Theory” and “Chuck” — at the convention.
Still, even Ms. Gregorian, who said she had spent six months planning to reach fans at Comic-Con — whom she calls “evangelists” — doesn’t foresee her medium displacing the movies in the convention’s Hall H, which annually takes on the aura of a pop cinematic shrine.
“That’s a creative decision by the convention,” she said of the movies’ pride of place in the largest room. “We’re very respectful of that.”
THE NEW YORK COMIC CON BEGINS TODAY! I’m on my way there to check it all out and see everything from the costumes to the sales tables to the celebrities that are sure to show. It attracted about 77,000 people last year, so I’m pretty excited to see what the crowds are like at the Javits Center once I get down there. Naturally, I’ll be sure to take plenty of pictures and show ‘em off once I get myself back home!
But that’s not the only Con news out there! There’s something else that should make a lot of geeks rejoice! I know it’s how I felt when I heard the news from the LA Times…
Comic-Con International is staying in San Diego, and a press conference is scheduled for Friday at the San Diego Convention Center where local leaders will symbolically wipe the worried sweat from their collective brow and pat one another on the back for saving the day and keeping the civic bonanza in the city where it was born more than 40 years ago.
But was there every really a chance that Comic-Con was going to pack up its cape and leave for Los Angeles, Anaheim, or even Las Vegas, as had been rumored? Some critics said that the public hand-wringing was pure kabuki that was all about getting a better deal, not planing a divorce.
In a press release, the organizefs of Comic-Con said that a deal to keep the event at the San Diego Convention Center through 2012 has now been extended to 2015.
“We are grateful for the tireless efforts all three cities put into to their proposals,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. “In the end, we feel this decision is the best for all those who attend Comic-Con and for the organization itself. We are happy that the community has worked with us to ensure that we remain here.”
Comic-Con was first held in 1970 at San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel, where it attracted 300 people.