Thursday, April 30, 2015

Negromancer News Bits and Bites for April 26th to 30th, 2015 - Update #8


From Variety:  Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of the Lord of the Ring and The Hobbit films, died of a heart attack on Monday, April 27, 2015.  He was 59.

From YahooMovies:  Avengers: Age of Ultron makes its international debut with a box office haul of $201.2 million.  Disney had projected $160 to $175 million.

From Variety:  The winner of the April 24th to 26, 2015 weekend box office is Furious 7 with an estimated box office take of $18.3 million.  Blake Lively's fantasy romance, Age of Adaline, was thought to have a shot at being #1, especially after it won Friday night.  The film finished with an estimated take of $13.4.

From RollingStoneBroken Lizard created a hilarious Indiegogo campaign to fund "Super Troopers 2," which was successful.  But you can still donate or get one of the comedy troupe to donate sperm and father a child for you.


From FlickeringMyth:  A new look at Ben Affleck as Batman.

From YahooGames:  The Hollywood Reporter is about to have fun with Warner Bros. DC Comics movies.

From YahooCelebrity:  Bruce Wayne will no longer be Batman... in the comic books, at least... and for the time being.  There has been "other" Batman at least twice before.

From TheWrap:  First look at new "Nightcrawler" (Kodi Smit-Mcphee) from X-Men Apocalypse.


From ScreenRant:  Daisy Ridley says a few things about "The Force Awakens," plus new characters of her character, Rey.


From YahooSports:  Check out Russell Wilson and Coach Bill Belichick checking out Chrissy Teigen.

From GuaridanUK:  More interesting stuff from Sony hacked emails.

Webcomics Update: Grumble #2, Page 2

Grumble Chapter Two, Page 2 is here:

NOTE:  Last year, I printed some promotional copies of Grumble: Chapter One through a POD printer.  I will sign and number a copy of this "rare" comic book for $5 post paid, which you can purchase here or

Negromancer's Fave Poli-Reads - April 2015 Edition - Update #16

From RSN:  Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

From TheIntercept:  There is a protest over a PEN Award to Charlie Hebdo.

From AlJazeera:  Killers on Blackwater payroll get long prison sentences...  their boss needs to follow them to jail.

From RSN:  Free range parenting vs. busy body servants of the police state.

From TheHill:  Watch President Obama trash talk Washington Wizards forward, Paul Pierce.

From Salon:  White Christian America in sinking numbers.

From YahooPolitics:  Hilary is in.

From TheIntercept:  American media talks about the "Iran nuclear deal," but never interviews any Iranians, while allowing pro-Israel voices to screech their side.

From NBC:  Your professor might be on food stamps.

From FirstLook:  Glenn Greenwald on how political smears in the United States remain the same.

From GuardianUK:  Honestly, there is no chance of Mike Huckabee being President.  Besides, for all his bigotry, I'm pretty sure that he is gay.

From RobertReich:  The rise of the non-working rich.

From RSN: Obama makes historical breakthrough on Iran.  Now, white guys in the Senate get to show how much they envy the achievements of Black men.

From TIME: Indiana tries Sharia law fro LGBTQ.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about the state of Indiana being on the wrong side of history.

From ThinkProgress: Maggots and rats on privatized prison food.  Michigan in need of a violent revolution.

From BuzzFlash: Roundup is safe, but Monsanto lobbyist won't drink it.

From RSN:  Barbra Streisand - Obama Has Turned the Economy Around.

From Esquire:  Charles Pierce takes down clown David Brooks on "religious freedom."

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

VIZ Media Announces "Free Comic Book Day 2015" Support


Support Local Comics Retailers On May 2nd And Receive


VIZ Media announces its participation in the 2015 Free Comic Book Day with a special FREE Shonen Jump manga (graphic novel) sampler featuring action-packed previews of JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 1 - PHANTOM BLOOD and YU-GI-OH! The company’s all-ages Perfect Square imprint also participates with a FREE POKÉMON ADVENTURES X•Y manga sampler highlighting the latest series from the venerable hit entertainment brand.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at thousands of retail locations nationwide, Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional campaign developed by the North American comic book industry to bring new readers of all ages and interests into independent comic book stores. Free Comic Book Day began in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry's single largest distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. Readers can visit to find a local participating retailer in their area.

VIZ Media participates this year as a Gold Level Sponsor and offers two FREE exclusive releases (available while supplies last).


Check out the kinetic action of two smash hit titles from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint – JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and YU-GI-OH!

Dive into the paranormal action saga, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens), by creator Hirohiko Araki. The legendary manga series is now available in English for the first time, in a deluxe hardcover edition featuring color pages and newly-drawn cover art! JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE is a groundbreaking title, famous for its outlandish characters, wild humor and frenetic battles. A multigenerational tale of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil! Don’t miss the print debut of JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 1 - PHANTOM BLOOD, Volume 2 on May 5th; MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

Manga creator Kazuki Takahashi’s famed series, YU-GI-OH! (rated ‘T’ for Teens) depicts the fantastic adventures of tenth-grader Yugi, a boy who always had his head in some game – until he solved the Millennium Puzzle, an Egyptian artifact containing the spirit of a master gambler from the age of the pharaohs! Possessed by the puzzle, Yugi becomes Yu-Gi-Oh, the King of Games, and challenges evildoers to the Shadow Games...weird games with high stakes and high risks! Catch the print debut of the latest YU-GI-OH! 3-in-1 omnibus edition, Volume 2, on May 5th, 2015; MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.


Sample the action, exotic locales and imaginative characters of the latest POKÉMON ADVENTURES manga series – POKÉMON ADVENTURES X•Y – based on the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games and the newest story arc for the popular entertainment property to join Perfect Square’s expansive catalog of POKÉMON manga and anime titles.

In POKÉMON ADVENTURES X•Y (rated ‘A’ for All Ages) some of your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen and into the pages of this action-packed comic! The new series is written by Hidenori Kusaka with artwork by Satoshi Yamamoto. Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal’s battle against each other is destroying Vaniville Town. Can X and Y save the town and its residents?! Also catch a special bonus mini-feature of the original Pokémon ADVENTURES series as well as Pokémon ADVENTURES BLACK & WHITE!

For information on other all-ages titles available from the Perfect Square imprint, please visit:

For more information on Shonen Jump and other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit:


Netflix Has New Episodes of "The Adventures of Puss in Boots"

The Adventures of Puss in Boots returns to Netflix from DreamWorks Animation

On Friday, May 8, 2015, DreamWorks Animation’s wildly popular The Adventures of Puss in Boots returns to Netflix with five all-new hilarious episodes. Viewers will join Puss In Boots, Dulcinea and the denizens of the enchanted village of San Lorenzo for fantastic, comedic adventures.  In the new episodes, they journey to find the Fountain of Youth to save Puss's old mentor, El Guante Blanco; discover a powerful, talking sword in a stone (voiced by John Rhys-Davies of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Lord of the Rings); and come face-to-face with a giant, marauding Golem who has an unexpectedly soft heart.

Also, Puss was the first CG-animated character ever to host a full category on Jeopardy this week!  Thanks to the magic of animation, Puss "recorded" clues for an entire category called "Not as Great as Puss In Boots." You can check out the clip here:

The Adventures of Puss in Boots is just one of DreamWorks Animation’s popular original animated series on Netflix, providing quality entertainment for kids and families. DWA TV's ever-growing slate of animated Netflix original series also includes "Turbo FAST," “VeggieTales in the House” and “All Hail King Julien,” which recently received three Daytime Emmy awards, including Best Children’s Animated Program! An all-new Netflix original series from DreamWorks Animation, "Dragons: Race to the Edge," premieres June 26, 2015 followed late this summer by the original prehistoric adventure "Dinotrux."


Review: "Dracula Untold" is a Pretty Thing

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 19 (of 2015) by Leroy Douresseaux

Dracula Untold (2014)
Running time:  92 minutes (1 hour, 32 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing images, and some sensuality
DIRECTOR:  Gary Shore
WRITERS:  Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (based on characters created by Bram Stoker)
PRODUCER:  Michael De Luca
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  John Schwartzman (D.o.P.)
EDITOR:  Richard Pearson
COMPOSER:  Ramin Djawadi


Starring:  Luke Evans, Sarah Gordon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, Charles Dance, Dairmaid Murtagh, Paul Kaye, William Houston, Noah Huntley, Ferdinand Kingsley, Joseph Long, Thor Kristjansson, Ronan Vibert, and Zach McGowan

Dracula Untold is a 2014 action-fantasy and vampire film from director Gary Shore.  This film's screenplay, written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, takes the title character for Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula (1897), and real-life historical figure, Vlad the Imapler, and combines them.  The two writers re-imagine both the fictional story of Count Dracula and the true story of Vlad.  Dracula Untold focuses on a young prince who must become a monster to save his people from a massive army.  Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures is one of this film's executive producers.

Dracula Untold is narrated by a man who proceeds to tell the story of  Vlad the Impaler, the prince of Wallachia and Transylvania.  When Vlad was a boy, he was a royal hostage of Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper), the ruler of the Ottoman Empire.  Vlad was trained to be a soldier in the Sultan's elite Janissary Corps, and he became their most feared warrior.  He earned the nickname “Vlad the Impaler,” because of the methods by which he slaughtering thousands.

In 1442, the adult Vlad (Luke Evans) now rules his people.  He is a husband to his wife, Mirena (Sarah Gordon), and a father to his young son, Ingeras (Art Parkinson).  Vlad rules his kingdom in peace, but it seems that the Turks of the Ottoman Empire now want more from him than gold and jewels as tribute.  They want boys who can become soldiers, as Vlad once was, and the Sultan even demands that Vlad turn Ingeras over to him.

Vlad does not want use his son or any other boy as tribute to Mehmed II, but he is powerless against the Sultan's army which is tens of thousands strong.  However, deep in the mysterious Broken Tooth Mountain hides a creature (Charles Dance) that can give Vlad the power he needs to defeat the Ottoman Empire.  Is Vlad willing to pay the ultimate price for the power that will turn him into the legendary vampire, Dracula?

Over many decades of watching movies, I have gradually come to understand and admire aspects of film-making that I had once not understood.  I love high production values, which is why I am a fan of costume dramas and periods films.  I love beautiful cinematography and gorgeous production design and art direction.  I have come to appreciate costume design, especially in the last decade.  Another aspect at which I am paying more attention is the work of movie make-up and hair artists.

In Dracula Untold, the costume designers and especially the make-up artists stand out.  I can't remember a film in which I have seen so many good looking people, not just the well-dressed royals but also the regular folks, soldiers, and peasants.  Honestly, I wouldn't mind wearing the well-designed “rags” worn by the poor folks in this movie.  Thanks to make-up and hair, many characters in this movie are too pretty to die, especially the super-gorgeous Mehmed II played by Dominic Cooper and one of Mehmed's assassins, the lethally beautiful “Bright Eyes,” portrayed by Thor Kristjansson.

I won't lie; I thoroughly enjoyed Dracula Untold, but it is not a particularly good movie.  Thanks to costume, make-up and hair, and Luke Evans as such a handsome Dracula this movie manages to be a little more than it should be.  However, Evans is not a particularly memorable Dracula.  In fact, there is not much imagination in the re-imagining of this Dracula.  I am giving Dracula Untold a high rating because of the costumes and make-up and hair, which are still dazzling me days after I saw the movie.  The beauty in the production values of Dracula Untold makes it stand-out, even if it is neither a stand-out Dracula film nor a particularly imaginative vampire film.

7 of 10

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: "I, Frankenstein" Has a Cool B-Movie Vibe

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 18 (of 2015) by Leroy Douresseaux

I, Frankenstein (2014)
Running time:  92 minutes (1 hour, 32 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for sequences of intense fantasy action and violence throughout
DIRECTOR:  Stuart Beattie
WRITERS:  Stuart Beattie; from a screen story by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie (based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux and the characters created by Mary Shelley)
PRODUCER:  Sidney Kimmel, Gary Lucchesi, Andrew Mason, Tom Rosenberg, Richard Wright, and Johnny Klimek
EDITOR:  Marcus D'Arcy
COMPOSER:  Reinhold Heil


Starring:  Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Mirando Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Caitlin Stasey, Mahesh Jadu, Nicholas Bell, Deniz Akdeniz, Kevin Grevioux, Bruce Spense, Steve Mouzakis, and Aden Young

I, Frankenstein is a 2014 action-fantasy and horror film from director, Stuart Beattie.  This film is based on the comic book, I, Frankenstein: Genesis (2013), which was written by Kevin Grevioux, who serves this movie as an executive producer, writer, and actor.  I, Frankenstein also borrows a few characters and some story from Mary Shelley's legendary novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, which was first published in 1818.  I, Frankenstein the movie focuses on Victor Frankenstein's creature as it finds itself caught in the middle of a centuries-old conflict.

I, Frankenstein opens in 1795.  A voice summarizes the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Aden Young), the man who created a monster.  This was a soulless creature that Frankenstein made by patching together body parts from corpses.  However, he rejected his creation, which began a war between creator and creation that ended with the creation burying the creator.

Even as he buries his creator, Frankenstein, “the monster” (Aaron Eckhart) cannot know peace, because demons attack him in the graveyard.  Two gargoyles rescue the monster and take him to Leonore (Miranda Otto), High Queen of the Gargoyle Order.  She gives the monster a name, “Adam,” and tells him that the Gargoyle Order has been fighting a centuries-old war against demons on Earth in order to protect humanity.  Leonore invites Adam to join their cause, but he declines.

The demons and their leader, Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy), also want Adam on their side.  Naberius wants the secrets behind Frankenstein's creation of Adam, and he has employed a beautiful young scientist, Terra Wade (Yvonne Strahovski), to discover how to replicate the process that created Adam.  However, Adam also wants to unravel the secrets to his creation, so he too needs Terra.  But will working with Terra threaten to decide the outcome of a war between immortals?

I, Frankenstein currently has a low score with movie review aggregate sites, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.  However, I like it.  I, Frankenstein is a dark, urban fantasy similar to Underworld, which was also originally created by Kevin Grevioux.  For its genre, it has a novel and easy to understand premise, which might seem silly to people who don't like this kind of story or its genre.

The acting isn't particularly great, ranging from overacting (as in the case of Miranda Otto as Lenore) to stiff (as in the case of Yvonne Strahovski as Terra).  Some performances are way too fierce (as is the case with Jai Courtney as Gideon, leader of the Gargoyle army).  Bill Nighy always seems game to play a dark fantasy baddie, and his Naberius is malevolent and cheesy in pleasurably equal measures.

Aaron Eckhart seems lost as Adam/Frankenstein's monster.  It is as if he does not quite know what to do with the character.  Is he bent on revenge?  Is he curious about himself?  Does he just want to be left alone?  If it is all of the above, Eckhart doesn't quite get the mix right.

Still, I like I, Frankenstein, and found it hugely enjoyable.  I want a sequel.

6 of 10

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Tyler Durden Lives... in Dark Horse Comics Free Comic Book Day Sampler 2015


It’s time to break the first two rules of FIGHT CLUB.

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, Tyler Durden lives… a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long, the wife has seen to that. The time has come . . . Rize or Die.

On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, Dark Horse Comics will debut one of the most anticipated comic book and literary events of the year with a FIGHT CLUB 2 story written by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk, illustrated by Eisner Award winning artist Cameron Stewart and colored by award winning Dave Stewart.  The Dark Horse Comics Free Comic Book Day Sampler includes a 14-page story that adapts the ending of the FIGHT CLUB novel (which fans will recall is different than the ending of the acclaimed film) and leads into the upcoming Dark Horse Comics FIGHT CLUB 2 comic book series. The first issue of FIGHT CLUB 2 will be available at comics shops, select book stores and digitally via the Dark Horse digital store and app on May 27th, 2015.

Each issue of the series will feature covers by bestselling artist David Mack. Additionally, issue 1 features previously revealed variant covers by Lee Bermejo, Amanda Connor, Steve Lieber, Cameron Stewart, and Chip Zdarsky as well as as-yet-unrevealed variant covers by Joëlle Jones, Paul Pope, and Tim Seeley. The series is edited by Scott Allie, Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief.

“Chuck’s work has only gotten bolder since FIGHT CLUB first took us all by surprise in the mid 1990s,” said Allie. “FIGHT CLUB 2 has been generating international headlines for months, but the sheer amount of mayhem and chaos contained in this comic, along with audacious and profound storytelling, will take people by surprise.”

Dark Horse Comics has encouraged fans to further contribute to the mayhem with a guerilla marketing campaign utilizing the phrases "Tyler Durden Lives" and "Rize or Die" in order to win Easton Press limited, leather-bound editions of Palahniuk’s novels BEAUTIFUL YOU, FIGHT CLUB and SURVIVOR. Fans are encouraged to e-mail their photos and letters using the phrases "Tyler Durden Lives" and "Rize or Die" to:

As Dark Horse Comics publishes FIGHT CLUB 2, Palahniuk’s first foray into comic book writing, Doubleday will publish MAKE SOMETHING UP, the novelists’ first ever short story collection, on May 26, 2015. Palahniuk will embark on a book tour later this spring with events in New York, Pittsburgh, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, DC., Kansas City, Chicago and Portland. For more updates on FIGHT CLUB 2 and Project Mayhem, follow Tyler Durden on Twitter and visit the official FIGHT CLUB 2 website and the official Chuck Palahniuk fansite,

About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.


Artist Martin Simmonds Talks "Death Sentence: London" Comic Book

Editor's Note:  The following is a Q&A of artist, Martin Simmonds, provided by Owen Johnson of Titan Comics to promote the upcoming comic book series, Death Sentence: London #1.


CREATOR SPOTLIGHT is a new feature designed to provide an insight into the brilliant minds behind Titan Comics’ upcoming creator-owned titles.

I sat down with Martin to discuss breaking into the industry, jumping on the Death Sentence circus, and his work on the series. – Owen Johnson, Senior Press & Marketing Officer.

OWEN: Why comics?

SIMMONDS: My first memorable experience of comics is reading 2000AD and marveling at the great work from artists like Brian Bolland, Carlos Ezquerra, Cam Kennedy and Mike McMahon. The stories were like nothing I’d experienced before, and there was something really appealing about a weekly anthology comic full of such a diverse range of stories.  When I was a little older, I discovered my local comic shop and it opened up a whole world of great titles and introduced me to the work of hundreds of amazing artists and writers.

As a reader, comics offer something different in terms of storytelling – there’s an immediacy to reading a comic, but equally re-reading an issue or graphic novel can offer something new that you hadn’t noticed the first time round.

As an artist, I love the collaborative aspect of creating comics - in my experience, it's such an organic process between creators, from scripting to the final pages going to print, and nothing beats seeing the final pages lettered, which is where it all falls into place.

OWEN: How did you get started in the industry?

SIMMONDS: As well as visiting cons and attending portfolio reviews with publishers/editors, it made sense to meet other creators at a similar stage in their careers to me, collaborate on small projects and get our work out there for people to see it. It meant we could exhibit at cons, meet other like-minded creators and hopefully get some exposure.

I was lucky enough to collaborate on a couple of small press anthologies - Dead Roots (with Paul Alexander) and Disconnected Volume 2 (with PM Buchan), followed by working with Mike Garley (writer) on the self-published comic Eponymous. From there I started to pick up a few cover art commissions for small projects/pitches, before collaborating with Monty on Death Sentence London.

OWEN: What drew you to working on Death Sentence?

SIMMONDS: Monty and I had chatted at cons before and got on well, so when he approached me about working on the second volume of Death Sentence, I jumped at the chance. I was a huge fan of the first volume and in my opinion it was THE comic of 2013/14. Monty and Mike created a truly original, anarchic and darkly funny masterpiece with Death Sentence, and I knew it'd be a fantastic project to get involved in.

OWEN: What can readers expect from your work on Death Sentence?

Monty's pulled out all the stops with the writing, so expect some pretty intense visuals to match.  Hopefully, all the subtleties and dynamics we've worked into the pages will come across and fans of the original series will enjoy where we are taking things. 

We’re both really proud of what we’ve created, and hopefully that should come across in the pages!

OWEN: What are the key influences on your style?

Growing up, I'd have to say Bill Sienkiewicz, Kent Williams and Dave McKean made the biggest impression on me. I love expressive, dynamic styles – so along with Sienkiewicz, Williams, and McKean, I’d list Jock, Frazer Irving, Greg Tocchini, Phil Noto and Tommy Lee Edwards as key influences.

When I first discovered Frazer Irving's work, I got that same feeling of excitement as the first time I saw McKean's work on Violent Cases or Sienkiewicz's Stray Toasters. The way he colours his pages is amazing - really vibrant, intense colour palettes, and definitely a major influence on how I colour my work.

Outside of comics, I'd have to say my major influences are Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Aubrey Beardsley, Coby Whitmore, Bob Peak, Saul Bass and Ralph Steadman.

OWEN: What does creating this comic book mean to you?

It’s my first opportunity to work on a comic for a long run and I’ve really learnt a lot from the process. The chance to collaborate with Monty meant that I not only get to work with a fantastic writer but also on a title that I was already a big fan of. Mike's art in Volume 1 is amazing, so the bar was set extremely high, and I knew it'd be a real challenge to maintain that high standard but that was part of the appeal. It’s been an absolute joy to work on, developing new characters and knowing that you are adding to the Death Sentence universe is really exciting.


Story by: ​MontyNero ​ 
Art by: ​ Martin Simmonds
32 ​ - FC - ​$3.99 ​ - ​On-sale:
June 10th, 2015

Death Sentence: London continues the phenomenal critical and sales hit rampant with sex, drugs and superpowers!

Making this perfect jumping-on point, awesome all-new rising star artist Martin Simmonds joins co-creator Montynero (X-Men Annual, Verigo CMYK) for a wild ride!

The cataclysmic effects of Monty's G-positive super-rampage through London are still being felt...but where are series icons Weasel and Verity?! And what happens when the Americans - and special agent Jeb Mulgrew - get involved?!

Created by writer Montynero and artist Mike Dowling, Death Sentence was a hit with reviewers, retailers and readers the world over. With Death Sentence: London, the scope is bigger, the action bolder, and the storyline more controversial than ever!

"Brilliant. Genuinely original" - Mark Millar (Kick-Ass)

"A more mature X-Men style of comic" - Comic Bastards

"The artwork excels" - Comic Book Therapy

"Like a great punk rock song" - Comics Bulletin

"A high quality, good fun, action-packed, dystopian science fiction comic" - Sonia Harris, CBR

"The artwork matched the story it was trying to convey perfectly" - Pissed Off Geek

"Thought provoking, entertaining & engaging in equal measure" - Comics Anonymous

"The original DEATH SENTENCE was a singular work of art... how do you top that?
...MontyNero and Martin Simmonds achieve exactly that" - Dr. Shathley Q.

Death Sentence : London #1 trailer:


The Killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson - April 2015 Edition - Update #36

From RSN:  Baltimore explained.

From RSN:  Cop beats his wife at Chicago PD black site, Homan Square.

From RSN:  This is why I found that DOJ report on Ferguson to be wanting.  They let Darren Wilson get away with murder, and then for all the DOJ's criticism of Ferguson, there were no arrests, indictments, or lawsuits.

From ThinkProgress:  Dallas cops shoot mentally ill man within seconds of arriving at this apartment.

From RSN:  Don't forget that Cleveland said that a child was directly responsible for his death.

From GuardianUK:  Reserve deputy's shooting of an unarmed black man actually isn't being investigated anymore.

From RSN:  Michael Slater almost got away with murdering a black man.

From Vice:  Cop mocks dying man, and boils my blood.

From RSN:  After shooting Walter Scott in South Carolina, white cop jokes about adrenaline.

From TheDailyBeast:  Don't be surprised if Robert Bates and Sheriff Stanley Glanz turn out to be undercover gay lovers... not that there's anything wrong with being gay.

From Truthout:  The millionaire reserve deputy who shot Eric Harris dead in Tulsa Oklahoma is really the victim.

From YahooNews:  Police meet with family of cop-shooting victim, Freddie Gray.

From RSN:  Grand jury, Schmand jury.  When the grand jury won't give the prosecutor her way, she can just ignore them.

From YahooNews:  A white guy gets shot in the back and killed by a cop.  Go figure.

From YahooNews:  A sapling tree planted in Mike Brown's honor is destroyed and a plague stolen.

From TheHill:  Black protestors are not "enemy forces."
From Salon: Another article on "enemy forces."

From GuardianUK:  My blood still boils over this decision.

From DailyCaller:  A list of those horrid text released by San Francisco cops, who must be closeted Klansman.

From the GuardianUK:  Why the U.S. can't keep track of police killing civilians.

From YahooSports:  The NYPD never gets enough of beating on Black men.  Now, they have attacked an NBA player, ending his season because of injury that they may have caused.

Tulsa Shooting - 73-year-old reserve deputy shoots man dead, although he claims that he meant to use a Taser.  RAWVideoCNN.

From Politico:  Frank Serpico - "When Cops Cry Wolf" or "testi-lying.

From RT:  In this article, a US Marshal says cops are trained to justify use of deadly force.  Hell, they're trained to use deadly force on Black people, even children.

From TheAtlantic: The gangsters of Ferguson.

From the NYT:  Cop points gun at son of Times' writer, Charles Blow.

From TheDailyBeast:  Ramsey Orta, the man who recorded the choking death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, is apparently on a hunger strike while in Riker's.

From YahooNews:  About the gap in between the video recordings of the South Carolina Walter Scott shooting.

From YahooNews:  After this white cop in South Carolina killed an unarmed Black man, he tried to plan a weapon on him.

From RSN:  White people far more accepting of police violence.  I can only laugh, although I am surprised, but should not be.

From Truthout:  A young African-American woman is charged with lynching in California for "removing someone from police custody."  Irony x ridiculous.

From YahooMovies:  City of Ferguson releases racists emails.


From Truthout:  PART 1: Exclusive report begins - Chicago PD killing Black youth and purges misconduct allegations.

From Truthout:  PART 2: Young life vs. deadly force

From Truthout:  PART 4: How the "Gold Standard" of Police Accountability Fails Civilians by Design.


From ACLU:  Since the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing report was released, cops have killed over 100 people - an average of 3 day.

From Progressive: Black America's surveillance state.

From Truthout:  Ring of Snitches - how Detroit cops got false murder convictions of young Black mane.

Monday, April 27, 2015

VIZ Media Announces Premiere of Naruto Sequel


NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING Picks Up After The Original Series Finale With A New Generation Of Aspiring Shinobi; Catch The Debut In Today’s Latest Issue

VIZ Media delivers fresh ninja action to manga readers as it announces the digital debut of NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING in today’s issue of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP.

The brand new, limited-run series by NARUTO creator Masashi Kishimoto depicts a new generation of shinobi and will appear in the English incarnation of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP on the same day as its premiere in Japan.

After a short break, NARUTO is back! And the story picks up right where the series finale left off. As the newest Hokage, Naruto's face now adorns the mountain behind the village. The same one he used to paint on as a prank when he was an attention-seeking kid! After his legendary feats, Naruto has gained the respect of everyone in the ninja world...except his own son. Boruto is as bratty and stubborn as Naruto used to be! How will these two ever see eye-to-eye?!

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BET Announces Ratings Success and New 2015 Programming

BET Networks Delivers More African Americans Each Week Than Any Other Cable Network is a Multi-Platform Mega Star, Setting Trends Worldwide with over 6 Billion Multi-Screen Fan Impressions

BET Networks Announces More Hours of Original Programming Than Ever Before

Centric, the First Network Designed for Black Women, is One of the Fastest Growing Ad – Supported Cable Networks among Women

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BET Networks announced its upcoming programming schedule for BET and Centric at its annual Upfront presentation. BET Networks’ 2015 slate features more original programming hours than ever before in the history of the network, anchored by high quality scripted and reality shows, star studded tentpoles and original movies that reflect and celebrate the lives of African American adults.

    “Our research and insights on the African American consumer are unparalleled and gives BET Networks a competitive advantage. Our most recent BRAND LOVE study demonstrates the intimate connection our viewers have with us. This study showcases our lean-in engagement, heightened cool factor and supreme brand affinity.”

BET Networks is not just the #1 network for African Americans, it’s an experience across every screen, delivering more African Americans each week than any other cable network. African American viewers continue to seek BET first and it consistently ranks as a top 20 network among total audiences.

“Black consumers experience BET Networks differently than any other network because of our 35 years of history, tremendous experience and insights. We continue to give our viewers what they want – high quality content that respects, reflects and elevates them.” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. “With more hours of original programming than ever before, our new shows coupled with our returning hits like “Being Mary Jane” and “Nellyville” make our original slate stronger than ever.”

“Our brand has always been a trailblazer with our content trending, influencing and leading the culture. With BET Networks, you get celebrity, genuine community, deep audience connection and a rich environment for brand immersion and brand consumption.” said Louis Carr, President of Broadcast and Advertising Media Sales, BET Networks. “Our research and insights on the African American consumer are unparalleled and gives BET Networks a competitive advantage. Our most recent BRAND LOVE study demonstrates the intimate connection our viewers have with us. This study showcases our lean-in engagement, heightened cool factor and supreme brand affinity.”


BET Networks’ recently completed a BRAND LOVE 2015 study to examine African American viewership, passions, engagement and ‘lean-in’ emotional attachment. This study is the first of its kind to capture ‘real time’ reactions and get a critical read on the affinity and “it factor” networks have with viewers who frequently watch them. Among the core target of Black adults 18-49, BET is the #1 brand among 33 competitors, delivering the highest brand love score. Centric ranked #4. The critical measurement involves emotional attachment and engagement in five key areas that audiences have with networks they embrace for all of their entertainment. BET received most #1 ranking as Best-In-Class in the following categories:

    #1 Network for one of my favorites
    #1 Network with a fresh outlook on entertainment, music and fashion
    1 Network for an ad /sponsor is considered a recommendation to viewers
    #1 Network featuring liked-personalities, celebrities and talent
    #1 Network that respects my culture


BET is a multi-platform megastar; Black viewers embrace digital and mobile first. is the premiere screen for lifestyle, content and information for African Americans and those who love black culture. The brand ranked as one of the top 25 most social brands of 2014. BET is 1 of only 4 networks to make the list and is the only multi-cultural targeted brand on this list. The interactive network continues to set trends worldwide with a digital footprint of 60 million users. BET continues to develop exclusive original digital series like #BLX that takes artists back to their old neighborhood through their own voice, in their own eyes.

“As consumer behavior shifts to a multi-screen approach, BET Digital is reinventing the way it creates content at the speed of culture. Our properties, BET Digital and BET Social, are daily destinations for lovers of Black culture generating the most connected, engaged and loyal users of any consumer segment. This experience provides an avenue of organic communication between user and publisher, while also serving as a conduit for BET’S clients and partners.” said Kay Madati, EVP and Chief Digital Officer, BET Networks.


Centric, the first network designed for Black women, reaches 1 out of 3 black women ages 25-54 in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing ad-supported cable networks among women, posting double year over year gains in Primetime and Total Day. Black women control $260 billion dollars of buying power and consume more television than women from any other ethnic group. In addition, Centric ranked #4 in the BRAND LOVE study among 33 competitors.

“At Centric we believe black women deserve a dedicated space that celebrates their bold and diverse taste and aspirations. The African American woman is an increasingly powerful yet often overlooked consumer. Centric is the first network to deliver the programming that celebrates, inspires and addresses her unique perspective.” said Michele Thornton, SVP of Ad Sales, Centric.

BET Networks announced the following programming at its annual Upfront presentation:


    CHASING DESTINY– “CHASING DESTINY” takes us behind the scenes as Grammy-award singer Kelly Rowland, and member of one of the biggest female groups of all time Destiny’s Child, goes on a quest to find the next big female superstar group to make their mark in a dog-eat-dog music industry. In the series, these singing hopefuls will vie their way to stardom with recording mogul Rowland helping them to find their voice as entertainers. From Den of Thieves and Executive Producers Jesse Ignjatovic; Evan Prager; Kelly Rowland; Tim Weatherspoon; Danny Rose and Co-Executive Producers Jared Morell and Jordan Barrow.
    ABOUT THE BUSINESS – “ABOUT THE BUSINESS” is a docu-series following a tight-knit group of friends in the elite world of urban Hollywood. During the day, they are all about the business and on their grind in the high stakes worlds of entertainment. And at night, this clique balances career and family while navigating being power players in LA’s African American celebrity circles. These true friends have big dreams and big drama, but their problems are always raw and relatable. Stars Eva Marcille, Sparkle Holmes, Danielle Crawley, Crystal Renay and EJ King. Produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and from Executive Producers Tara Long, David Shaye and Eric Hoberman for eOne, and Shanta Conic.
    CRIMINALS AT WORK – “CRIMINALS AT WORK” is a docu-crime series that explores crimes committed around the workplace. From inside jobs to corporate espionage, “CRIMINALS AT WORK” dramatically illustrates that you may not really know the person in the cubicle next door.

ZOE MOON– A romantic sitcom featuring Zoe Moon (Brandy Norwood), a live-out-loud newly single mom embarking on a new life and career as a fledgling cosmetics mogul - but it won’t be easy. Gemini, a famous boxer and Zoe’s soon to be ex-husband, is not ready to take a back seat in her life, nor is her precocious 8 year-old son, Xavier, ready for Zoe’s new dating life. Surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, Zoe puts a new spin on the old song “You’re Gonna Make It After All!” From Executive Producers Debra Martin Chase; Scooter Braun; Danny Rose; Executive Producer/Writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and Co-Executive Producer Brandy Norwood.

    THE LABEL – The docu-series will tell the story of the rise…and sometimes fall of the classic record labels over the past 25 years. We’ll talk to the entrepreneurs, the artists, the insiders and key people involved in the creation of the music that defined us over the last quarter century. From Executive Producers Chaka Zulu; Jeff Dixon and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.
    DESEAN JACKSON: HOME TEAM - Washington Redskins’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson is literally at the top of his game as one of the most talked about and watched players in the NFL today. While being watched is a great thing, it means eyes are always on him– waiting for him to score touchdowns and waiting for him to drop the ball off the field. Even though he has the money and the fame, DeSean's life is actually run by a core group of women including his “momager” Gayle, his sister and assistant A’Dreea, his publicist Denise and his new girlfriend, Kayla. Produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Eli Frankel, Ryan Holcomb, Elise Duran, Desean Jackson and Byron Jackson serve as Executive Producers. Jay Fragus and Lawrence Bell serve as Co-Executive Producers.
    PUNK’D – A reboot of the popular hidden camera series tailored for the BET audience. For the first time, audiences will be taken behind the scenes as the pranks are conceptualized and carried through. Stakes are high as our viewers follow the ticking clock on the journey of pranking their favorite celebrities. Produced by Katalyst Media and from Executive Producer Jason Goldberg.


    ROCNATION SPORTS LIVE BOXING - BET Networks steps into the ring with RocNation Sports as their exclusive broadcast partner to air live boxing events. The partnership is the first of its kind for the network and includes airing up to nine live; two-hour telecasts of Roc Nation Sports throne boxing events over the next 18 months. The first main event fight to air on BET Networks will feature WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s) facing former World Title Challenger Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KO’s) of England on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
    BROTHERLY LOVE - Set on the backdrop of Philadelphia's famed Overbrook High School, we track the lives of the nation’s number one high school basketball player Sergio Taylor as he deals with the early pressures of hoop fame. Starring Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict , Romeo Miller, Macy Gray, Malik Yoba, Quincy Brown and Eric Hill. Written and Directed by Jamal Hill. From Flavor Unit Entertainment.
    NOVEMBER RULE - Up-and-coming sports shoe entrepreneur Steve, who is still reeling from the death of his dad, has made a "November rule" in order to keep his distance from the women who seem to be getting too serious about their relationship. Every November 1st, Steve makes up a whopping lie in order to break up with his current girlfriend. However, this year, when he gives the beautiful Leah her walking papers, he realizes his immature and arbitrary rule has just lost him the woman of his dreams. But whether he can win Leah back seems increasingly doubtful, especially after she starts dating pro sports star, James Avedon. Starring Tatyana Ali, Mo McRae, DJ Qualls, La La Anthony, Faizon Love, Jay Ellis. Directed by Mike Elliot and Executive Produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment.
    DEUCES - An ambitious undercover agent Jason Foster infiltrates an airtight crime ring ran by a charismatic young boss, Stephen “Deuces” Brooks. In time Jason finds himself identifying more with the criminals than with his own reality. But when Jason finds out Deuces is dating his younger sister Janet Foster, things become even more complicated as they both become drawn into Deuce’s intrigue. Starring Larenz Tate, Lance Gross and Meagan Good. Written and Directed by Jamal Hill. From Flavor Unit Entertainment.
    S.N.I.T.C.H. - Inspired by the song S.N.I.T.C.H. from Pusha T’s critically acclaimed album – Pusha T plays JR in a story steeped in distrust and apparent betrayal amongst childhood friends. From Flavor Unit Entertainment.


    KATRINA - 10 YEARS LATER – On the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we will take a look back at the devastating effects of the storm as well as the current conditions of residents of the 9th Ward and neighborhoods most affected by the flooding. The water has receded but what’s left in its wake.
    O.J. SIMPSON- 20 YEARS LATER – On the 20th anniversary of the acquittal of O.J. Simpson, we will revisit what was billed then as “the trial of the century.” Simpson is currently serving 33 years for robbery, kidnapping, coercion and conspiracy. The documentary will also explore fame vs infamy.
    JUSTICE & RACE – The documentary explores the convergence of hot button issues of Justice and Race in America. It will explore whether the system is different for African Americans through the lens of average citizens as well as high profile cases including O.J. Simpson, Rodney King, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
    MUHAMMAD ALI – A biographical tribute to the former heavyweight champion, this news special will connect his boxing prowess as well as his social media activism to the millennial audience to reveal Ali’s meaning in the world today. Known as “The Greatest” and “The People’s Champion,” Ali remains a global icon. From Creative Control and Executive Producers Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah.


    #BLX SPORTS EDITION – An intimate look at top players from the National Basketball Association and National Football League. The digital series highlights our partnerships with both premiere sport leagues’ player associations.

“BET is where cool is created and craved. We create content that let’s our audience know we understand their culture and their lifestyle better than anybody else,” said Stephen Hill, President of Programming, BET Network. “Our programming lens is simple; we are showing the variety in black life in an authentic way. We are the only network that takes the complete, complex and comprehensive view of African American life.”


    ACCORDING TO ALEX– Alex Martin Dean is NOT your typical mom, and she doesn’t have a typical family. Sure, they get loud and have their own drama, but in the end, there’s nothing but love! Now that the kids are getting old enough to step out of the house and make their own plans, Alex and her best friend, Leisa, are talking about what they want to do with the rest of their lives, both professionally and personally-- that is, until a new grandchild, Alex’s daughter Amara and her fiancé, Chris, move home, turning to Alex and the rest of the family to help raise their new baby girl. Can they balance family, fun and future plans without losing their cool, or their minds? Find out... on ACCORDING TO ALEX! Produced by 44 Blue Productions and One Ho Productions and from Executive Producers Whoopi Goldberg; Tom Leonardis; Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Alex Martin Dean. Co-Executive Producer Esther Frank.
    #MYCURRENTSITUATION– A documentary series that explores both common and unusual parts of society offering an unadulterated look into the interesting lives of everyday people dealing with everyday issues. Driven first-hand by the subjects, each episode focuses on one particular topic while weaving in between unique storylines of 2 different participants with 2 different perspectives. From I’m Running for Office to I’m a Stripper, this show will highlight the many roles that black women play and the various situations in which they find themselves.
    CURVE APPEAL – Award-winning Fashion Director and Celebrity Stylist Timothy Snell (Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Tisha Campbell-Martin) is the winning combination: Image-maker/ therapist. “CURVE APPEAL” is a half hour docu-drama series that follows Hollywood’s hottest plus size stylist and his team as they work to dress both his celebrity clients and everyday women. From Executive Producers Queen Latifah; Shakim Compere and Ianthe Jones. Co-Executive Producers Tim Snell; Cameron Kadison and Diane Perez.
    FROM THE BOTTOM UP - “FROM THE BOTTOM UP” is a six-part docu-series that follows the journey of five women, after falling from grace, as they try to make the necessary changes to turn their lives around and find redemption for themselves and their families. The series provides an unfettered view into their world and the organic chaos within their individual lives. The series tackles real, raw, gritty, emotional and honest issues from women who are smiling on the outside, but two minutes from dying on the inside. It’s not what you have, but what you do with what you have that matters! Starring Christine Beatty; Sara Stokes; Chrystale Wilson; Kim Smedley and Stacii Jae Johnson. From Flavor Unit Entertainment and Executive Producers Queen Latifah; Shakim Compere; Nicci Gilbert; Luchia Ashe; James Dubose and Yaneley Arty.



    THE GAME – Final Season – Season 9 of “THE GAME” continues to explore the world of the San Diego Sabers through the eyes of its beloved characters, while bringing back some fan favorites to stir up the drama. Stars Coby Bell, Brandy Norwood, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Lauren London, Jay Ellis, Barry Floyd and Brittany Daniel. Executive Producers Mara Brock Akil; Salim Akil; Kenny Smith; Hale Rothstein and Jennifer Genzuk-Rice. Co-Executive Producer Claire Brown.
    BEING MARY JANE– BET’s first one-hour original drama, “BEING MARY JANE”, is back with a steamy new third season full of nuanced characters, stellar performances, and engaging writing. Stars Gabrielle Union; Lisa Vidal; Richard Roundtree; Stephen Bishop; Margaret Avery; Richard Brooks; B.J. Britt; Raven Goodwin; Aaron D. Spears and LaTarsha Rose. From Executive Producers Mara Brock Akil; Salim Akil and Gabrielle Union. Co-Executive Producers Devon Shepard; Claire Brown and Jeff Morrone.
    BOBBY JONES GOSPEL – Final Season - The network’s flagship gospel program and the longest continuously running original series on cable television is entering its final season. GRAMMY® winner Dr. Bobby Jones, Jr., the “Ambassador of Gospel,” delivers his ministry and praise. This weekly standout features joyous performances and riveting interviews from gospel music’s most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and others. Follow us on Twitter: @BETGospel; like us on Facebook:
    REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD – The fakest reality show ever is a real-life runaway smash. Led by comic genius Kevin Hart with an all-star cast (Nelly, Nick Cannon, Duane Martin, Dondre Whitfield and Cynthia McWilliams), Season 4 will provide more appointment television full of new rivalries, special guests and laugh-out-loud cliffhangers. Follow us on Twitter: @BETRealHusbands; like us on Facebook: From Executive Producers Kevin Hart; Stan Lathan; Ralph Farquhar; Jesse Collins; Chris Spencer and Dave Becky.
    NELLYVILLE - "NELLYVILLE" is a one-hour docu-series following Nelly as he navigates his busy career as a hip-hop icon, successful entrepreneur, and loving father to his two biological children (daughter “Nana” and son “Tre”) and his deceased sister’s two children (nephew “Lil Shawn” and niece “Stink”) – all while nurturing a friendship with Shantel “Miss” Jackson. Produced by Entertainment One and from Executive Producers John Morayniss, Tara Long and David Shaye for eOne; Howie Miller; Shanta Conic; Kim McKoy and Nelly and Co-Executive Producer J Erving.
    IT’S A MANN’S WORLD - Known for their starring roles on stage and screen, Tamela and David Mann have become household names for their #1 comedy, “Meet the Browns.” Season 2 of “IT’S A MANN’S WORLD” will take a peek behind their celebrity on-screen personas, exclusive events, famous friends and the at-home lives of David and Tamela Mann. Produced by Entertainment One and from Executive Producers John Morayniss, Tara Long and Eric Hoberman for eOne; Howie Miller; Kim McCoy; Phil Thornton; David Mann Sr.; Tamela Mann and Roger M. Bobb.


    BET AWARDS’ 15 – Celebrating its 15th anniversary, The BET AWARDS franchise is the #1 program in cable television history among the Black audience, and is still a top 10 awards show on television (Broadcast & Cable) among total viewers. It continues to hold the leadership position because it gathers the biggest stars in music, sports, Hollywood, and philanthropy all on one stage for one incredible night. Follow us on Twitter: @BETAwards; like us on Facebook:
    BET HIP HOP AWARDS– The “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” returns for its ninth smash year to highlight who did it better in hip hop music, with bold performances and breakthrough freestyle cyphers that set social media on fire. This is the one show where the hottest rap stars of today share the stage with the hip-hop icons of tomorrow. This show serves millions of people who love hip hop culture, a culture which continues to define a generation and defy convention. Follow us on Twitter: @HipHopAwards; like us on Facebook: `
    BLACK GIRLS ROCK! – “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!,” created by Beverly Bond, is the tribute show that became a movement. This NAACP Image Award-nominated special is both timely and timeless, saluting dynamic leaders in entertainment, business, philanthropy and beyond. Past award winners include Ruby Dee, Susan L. Taylor, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, and Taraji P. Henson. Featuring emerging and legendary talent, touching tributes to present-day role models and soulful, surprising musical performances, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” celebrates the brilliance and beauty of women of color who shape our world and uplift our girls. Follow the conversation: #BlackGirlsRock.
    CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL– The biggest night that celebrates gospel music, America’s truly original and internationally loved art form, only happens on BET. “CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL” is a star-studded gathering of some of the best voices in Gospel and R&B. Impossible to duplicate, this is the only awards show that literally moves your spirit. Follow us on Twitter: @BETGospel; like us on Facebook:
    THE BET HONORS–The Washington Post says, “the annual BET HONORS have just about perfected the ideal mix of glamour, inspiration, humor and sex appeal.” We could not have said it better! The BET HONORS shows the world “what extraordinary looks like” by saluting luminaries whose lives and revolutionary work contribute to and elevate our culture. Airing during Black History Month, The BET HONORS is a shimmering night of dynamic performances and tributes that cross genres and generations. Follow us on Twitter: @BET; like us on Facebook:


    SOUL TRAIN AWARDS – The Hippest Trip In America keeps grooving forward. The iconic brand that defined a generation returns for 2015 with its signature awards show. Featuring never before-seen musical collaborations and powerful tributes from world-class performers, the Soul Train Awards brings you the most revered and promising voices in soul and R&B. And since airing on both our networks is always better, The Soul Train Awards is simulcast on Centric and BET.
    CENTRIC SOUL WEEKEND – “Centric Soul Weekend” will be an amazing on the ground experience shared by viewers, artists and clients alike, as Las Vegas comes alive with a celebration and showcase of the best of African-American culture.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today’s African-American and multicultural adult viewer. With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today’s hottest artists. It is a unique mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All day. All night.

On Twitter: @BET_PR


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Steve Buscemi's "Park Bench" Returns for Second Season

AOL Renews Park Bench with Steve Buscemi

Emmy Nominated Show Returns for Second Season


LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AOL announced that its Emmy-nominated Park Bench with Steve Buscemi will return for a second season. Created by and starring Steve Buscemi, Park Bench continues its local's take on the special people, places, and spirit of New York City. New celebrity friends, new misadventures, same bench!

    “Give me a seat on a park bench and I'm happy”

"Give me a seat on a park bench and I'm happy," said Steve Buscemi. “Give me a second season of Park Bench on AOL to talk about nothing and everything with old friends and new in an ever changing New York City - what could be better?”

Produced by Olive Productions and RadicalMedia, Park Bench, the original “talking show,” features Buscemi sitting down and speaking with celebrities and every day New Yorkers. Discussing everything from pop culture to current events, the show conveys Steve’s unique relationship with New York and its array of one-of-a-kind characters. The series takes its guests beyond the interviews, involving them in Steve’s daily life.

In Season 2 Buscemi returns to the benches of New York City with a new group of friends that include musician Elvis Costello, comedian John Oliver, actress Amber Tamblyn, comedian Robert Smigel, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and magician David Blaine among many others.

“We are thrilled to share that Park Bench will be returning to AOL,” said Dermot McCormack President of Video and AOL Studios. “Steve Buscemi is one of the most recognizable actors of today and viewers love the unique and entertaining style he brings to Park Bench.”

All new episodes of Park Bench with Steve Buscemi will stream on

Wren Arthur and Steve Buscemi are Executive Producing for Olive Productions. Justin Wilkes, Joe Killian and Jon Doran are Executive Producing for RadicalMedia.

Buscemi and Olive are represented by WME, The Gotham Group and attorney George Sheanshang.

AOL (NYSE:AOL) is a media technology company with a mission to simplify the Internet for consumers and creators by unleashing the world's best builders of culture and code. As the 4th largest online property in the U.S., with approximately 200 million monthly consumers of its premium brands, AOL is at the center of disruption of how content is being produced, distributed, consumed and monetized by connecting publishers with advertisers on its global, programmatic content and advertising platforms. AOL's opportunity lies in shaping the future of the digitally connected world for decades to come. Follow @AolOriginals on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr for more upcoming news about Park Bench with Steve Buscemi and other AOL Original Series.

About RadicalMedia
RADICALMEDIA is a global studio that creates some of the world’s most innovative content across all forms of media. The company has produced a number of award-winning projects, including the Academy Award® nominated documentary, PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY; the Emmy® winning film UNDER AFRICAN SKIES: PAUL SIMON'S GRACELAND JOURNEY; the Academy Award®-winning documentary THE FOG OF WAR; the Grammy Award®-winning CONCERT FOR GEORGE; and the Independent Spirit Award®-winning METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER; the pilot episode of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning series MAD MEN; six seasons of the series ICONOCLASTS for the Sundance Channel; the Emmy®-nominated series OPRAH'S MASTER CLASS and VISIONARIES for OWN; the Ron Howard-directed documentary, JAY-Z’S MADE IN AMERICA for Showtime; Joe Berlinger's WHITEY: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER for CNN Films; David Blaine: REAL OR MAGIC for ABC and the upcoming Nina Simone documentary, WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? for Netflix directed by Liz Garbus.

About Olive Productions
OLIVE PRODUCTIONS is a New York based independent production company formed by Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, and Wren Arthur. Recent productions include the Emmy-nominated web series, PARK BENCH WITH STEVE BUSCEMI, the HBO documentary, A GOOD JOB: STORIES OF THE FDNY, and the feature film, PAINT IT BLACK, directed by Amber Tamblyn.


Paramount Pictures to Provide All Public and Private High Schools with a Copy of "Selma"

Every High School in the U.S. to Receive Academy Award®-Winning “SELMA” on DVD

Paramount Continues Successful “Selma for Students” Initiative Launched During the Film’s Theatrical Run

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In celebration of the home entertainment debut of director Ava DuVernay’s inspirational and Academy Award-winning epic “SELMA,” Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today that every high school in the U.S., both public and private, will receive a copy of the DVD free of charge. In addition, teachers can receive free companion study guides to help further illuminate the remarkable historical events depicted in the film.

    “The response from students and teachers to our ‘Selma for Students’ initiative was overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted to be extending the campaign”

“Our ‘SELMA’ filmmaking journey has had many highlights, but to me, the response from students and educators has been the most magnificent part of the experience. To think that this triumphant story of dignity and justice will be available to every high school in this country is a realization of many dreams and many hopes,” said director Ava DuVernay. “I applaud Paramount on this extraordinary effort, and salute the teachers who will provide classes and context on the work of Dr. King and his comrades to the young minds of our nation.”

“The response from students and teachers to our ‘Selma for Students’ initiative was overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted to be extending the campaign,” said Megan Colligan, president, Worldwide Distribution and Marketing, Paramount Pictures. “During the film’s theatrical run more than 300,000 young people were able to see the film for free. By providing DVDs to all of the high schools in the country, we hope to reach all 18 million high school students with the film’s powerful and inspiring story. With many of these students preparing to vote for the first time in next year’s elections, it is especially fitting that they witness the bravery and fortitude of those who fought to establish the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

Teachers who would like to receive a copy of the “SELMA” companion study guide can visit

“SELMA” won the Academy Award® and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

From Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films, “SELMA,” a Plan B, Cloud Eight Films, and Harpo Films production in association with Ingenious Media, tells the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the epic march from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights in an event that forever altered history.

The film is produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Oprah Winfrey. The film is executive produced by Brad Pitt, Cameron McCracken, Diarmuid McKeown, Nik Bower, Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes and Nan Morales. The film is written by Paul Webb. “SELMA” is directed by Ava DuVernay.

“SELMA” is available now on Digital HD and will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD May 5th, 2015.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Frank Miller Returns to Batman with "The Dark Knight III: The Master Race"

Superstar Writer/Artist Frank Miller Returns to Batman!

“THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” Completes Trilogy in Legendary “Dark Knight” Saga

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DC Entertainment announced that bestselling, iconic Batman writer and artist Frank Miller will write the epic conclusion of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga.


The “THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” is the sequel to Miller’s 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns – heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time – and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

Miller will be joined by acclaimed writer, Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER, and WONDER WOMAN,) on the eight-issue comic book periodical, to be published twice a month under the DC Comics imprint. Marking the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.

“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero, and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting," said Miller, "but we’ll do our best.”

“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman,” according to Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “The story he and Brian have crafted is an astounding and triumphant conclusion to this seminal body of work which influenced and shaped generations of readers and creators alike.”

According to Azzarello, “It’s been an amazing experience collaborating with Frank these past six months. I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”

Artists for the project have yet to be announced.

About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the world’s largest English-language publisher of comics.


Webcomics Update: Grumble #2, Page 1

Grumble Chapter Two, Page 1 is here:

NOTE:  Last year, I printed some promotional copies of Grumble: Chapter One through a POD printer.  I will sign and number a copy of this "rare" comic book for $5 post paid, which you can purchase here or

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dark Horse Comics to Translate Geof Darrow's "Bourbon Thret"

Pour diffusion immédiate: Darrow, C’Est Toujours Fou!

When it was originally published in France in the 1980’s, Geof Darrow’s cult classic graphic novel BOURBON THRET was promoted by publisher Aedena with the tagline “Darrow C’Est Fou!” which translates to Darrow it’s crazy! Next year Dark Horse Comics will finally publish the first ever American edition of Darrow’s BOURBON THRET, which features the introduction of the chainsaw wielding Shaolin Cowboy. The book will be released in the same gorgeous oversized format as Dark Horse Comics’ recently released SHAOLIN COWBOY: SHEMP BUFFET hardcover.

“Darrow c’est fou,” confirmed Dark Horse President & Publisher Mike Richardson.  “ I couldn't be more excited to introduce the first ever Shaolin Cowboy adventure to an American audience next year.”

BOURBON THRET features the first appearance of the Shaolin Cowboy, whose ultra violent, ultra detailed and unforgettable zombie filled stories have been published by Dark Horse Comics . Darrow was living in France when he created Bourbon Thret, but his inspiration for the character’s name from traveling  in Japan where he saw t-shirts with phrases like “The Sunny Catches The Day.”

Darrow explains, “In Japan, they’d put random words on t-shirts or whatever because they liked the way the words looked together, just an odd combination of two things that have nothing to do with each other. And I just came up with this thing. Bourbon. Thret. It sounded odd and unexpected to me. I only changed his name later to the Shaolin Cowboy for his American debut after Frank Miller warned me to not to use the word cowboy. It won’t sell, he said. And that’s how Bourbon Thret became the Shaolin Cowboy.”

Almost the entire Dark Horse edition of BOURBON THRET will be recolored by the award winning colorist Dave Stewart. When it was originally published, BOURBON THRET was colored by a team of colorists and Darrow was unsatisfied with the look of the pages, with the very notable exception of the work done by Studio Herge (TIN TIN.) The Studio Herge pages are not being recolored for the new edition, but the rest of the material will be colored by Stewart.

Dark Horse will announce an official publication date for the book later this year.

About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.