Looking for something to do in NYC? Want to geek out among your peers? Want to meet and greet some exceptionally cool people in the industry? Then look no further than the 300th Episode recording of the hugely popular podcast, COMIC NEWS INSIDER, inviting a live audience to join in the fun!

Here’s the info from Jimmy Aquino’s podcast page:

As you know, my podcast, COMIC NEWS INSIDER, is recording our 300th episode in front of a live audience on Tuesday, October 19th. Info below:

What: Live recording of COMIC NEWS INSIDER Episode 300
When: Tuesday, October 19th.
Time: 6pm-9pm (We’ll start recording around 7pm).
Where: Latitude Bar & Grill (783 8th Ave b/w 47th & 48th). 3rd Floor.

And I know you’ve been wondering who some of the special guests will be. Here they are:

Kate Beaton: Her online webcomic, Hark, A Vagrant is pure historical hilarity. She’s extremely talented, intelligent and quite engaging. You’ll love her!

Kevin Maguire: Massively talented artist who has been drawing superheroes for years. He’s best known for his great run on Justice League of America back in the 80’s.

Veronica Taylor: She was the voice of “Ash” in the ridiculously popular animated series, Pokemon. Her voice over credits are extensive and include roles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Slayers.

Michael Emerson: Recently seen in his Emmy winning role of “Benjamin Linus” in the hit series Lost. He’s an old friend and is stopping by for a quick cameo to say hi at our anniversary recording! (p.s. Stalkers, don’t bother coming. If you act crazy, I will have you removed!)

Lots of friends in the comic book biz will be in attendance and maybe we’ll call them up on mic. You may even see the likes of Frank Miller, John Cassaday and others! Come on by for a rockin’ good time!



From Nintendo

Sept. 14, 2010

With New York Fashion Week in full swing through Sept. 16, designers, consumers and media around the world have turned their eyes to the Big Apple to view the latest fashions hitting the runway. Quite unexpectedly, one item is emerging as the season’s most sought-after accessory: the classic stovepipe hat. Industry watchers are crediting this unique trend to Professor Layton, star of the new Professor Layton and the Unwound Future™ game for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems. Fans of the acclaimed hand-held game series already recognize the professor’s signature stovepipe hat as an emblem of scholarly chic and puzzle-solving fun. Since the third installment of theProfessor Layton series launched across North America on Sept. 12 – right in the middle of New York’s fall fashion maelstrom – the stovepipe hat has seen a mighty surge in popularity, appearing everywhere from crowds to catwalks.

Although his status as a fashion trendsetter is just now hitting its peak, Professor Layton is recognized far and wide for his superior puzzle-solving skills. And no matter what they’re wearing, audiences are sure to enjoy the new puzzles in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. Players must help to unravel a new mystery by solving a series of mind-bending riddles and challenging puzzles. When the professor and his apprentice, Luke, receive an ominous letter sent from 10 years in the future, they must travel through time to prevent the city of London from falling into chaos. Players will encounter more than 165 entertaining puzzles as they wind their way through the game’s captivating storyline.

For more information about Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, please visit

And if you haven’t yet gotten the chance to grab the latest game–or any of the previous chapters–here are the links you’ll need to add them to your Nintendo DS collection!

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Ghostbusters Exclusive Figure: Walter Peck

EPA officer Walter Peck is the latest addition to our Ghostbusters collection and an exclusive item that the fans are sure to love-slash-covet. Here’s a look:

He stands about 6 inches tall and, naturally, comes with a containment unite that should be useful for trapping any and all malevolent spectres you might encounter on your toy shelf. You just never know what you’ll run into, do you?

Although, if we’re going to start talking about bringing the ghosts into the real world, I think we should probably start at the recent improv event that took to the New York Public Library and went viral shortly after. It’s a loving homage to the Ghostbusters, for one thing, but it’s also an experience I’m pretty bummed out that I missed out on. Just once I’d like to find myself in the middle of a flash mob, whether they’re singing, dancing or…this:

Middle-Earth Meets New York City!

This just in from the organizers behind the New York Comic Con (see our post about this year’s NYCC here): The Lord of the Rings is coming to New York, presented in the form of the first film’s score played live over the movie itself. But that’s not all! What’s even better is that fans are invited to take part in a number of ways outlined below. And maybe the best part of all? There are prizes: props, costumes and replicas will be given away over this 2-day event. If you’re in or near the city, don’t miss it!

On October 9th and 10th, Radio City Music Hall is hosting a concert experience unlike anything you’ve seen or heard — a live performance of the entire score to The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring beneath an immense projection of the film. Previously performed in London and Munich, the concert is now coming to NYC, and the combined effort of over 300 world-class musicians, it’s sure to transform a little bit of Manhattan into Middle Earth. For tickets and future information, please visit

And to help celebrate, New York Comic Con is hosting a series of contests and special events in the month leading up to the Radio City concert.

Photo Contest
Look at all that is familiar to you through the lens of Middle Earth, and photograph it. From The Shire and Isengard, to Helm’s Deep, Mordor, and the Eye of Sauron, take photos that are inspired by Lord of The Rings or depict locations or essentials of the story. Be subjective, be creative, and find Middle Earth all around you!

Fan Art Contest
With pen and paper, water color, oils, chalk, inks, or Photoshop, create a piece of art hearkening back to you favorite characters, locations, scenes, elements, or themes of the Lord of The Rings trilogy.

AintItCool.Com Contest
Gandolf the Grey bested the fiery Balrog with an amalgam of magic and ingenuity. How would you do against Balrog? How you fight the monster? In 1,000 words of less, let the good folks at know! Be creative, be clever, and use proper spelling, and you could win tickets to the concert and more!

The New York Comic Con Review pt.1- WONDER WOMAN: THE MOVIE

From February 6th to the 8th, New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center played host to the New York Comic Con, one of the largest pop culture festival/conventions in the United States and an all-around awesome time for fans and professionals alike. I was able to head down there for the weekend and I had a blast.

There was something for everyone: whether you’re a fan of Battlestar Galactica or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Both Joss Whedon and Tara Strong were present, the former to promote Dollhouse and the latter to promote her novels), Batman or Bakugan, or even something that doesn’t start with a ‘B’, you could find it at the convention. There will be a ton of pics to come, but for the moment, there’s one event that took place on the first night that definitely deserves a mention here and was of huge importance to a ton of fans of a hero who hasn’t gotten her due.

On Friday the 6th, the World Premiere of the new Wonder Woman film went down at the New York Comic Con, hosted by a panel including writer Michael Jelenic, director Lauren Montgomery and the legendary Bruce Timm (best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series). I had been lucky enough to be given tickets, and to be quite honest, I probably wouldn’t have gone had I not been invited. Wonder Woman is a character who has never been given a definitive origin story, and who has frequently been cast aside while Batman and Superman got the glory.

Well no more!

When I say that this movie is awesome, it’s really an understatement. It’s not only a brilliant take on the origin of Wonder Woman and the Amazons, but it’s a great story that makes the character into a strong, powerful woman without a hint of stereotypical ‘man-hating’, and keeps the idea that she is a fish-out-of-water in the mortal world without falling into naivete. The dialogue is snappy, the action intense (and I mean intense–this is stuff that you don’t usually see in the DCU) and the voice talent is perfect, featuring Keri Russell, fan-fave Nathan Fillion, Oliver Platt and more. Amazing stuff.

The DVD and Blu-Ray are out on March 3rd, 2009, as we were frequently reminded by panel host Greg Noveck (he also offered the handy mnemonic that 03/03/09 can be recalled as ‘3×3=9′, so carry that with you).

If you’ve enjoyed the DC Animated series’ and features thus far, you will NOT want to miss this. They have finally done justice to the iconic character. Check it out!

NEXT TIME: Con pics and reviews! Plus info on the latest action figures and toys!