Friday, June 8, 2012
Topps has just announced a scavenger hunt type of giveaway reminiscent of Rittenhouse Archives’ Marvel giveaway done last year. Comic Con attendees can collect a set of nine cards found at nine different Comic Con booths. The cards will be given away free of charge. They feature all-new art by Eisner award-winning artist John McCrea and promote Mars Attacks Heritage, Topps’ deluxe re-issue of the original trading card series coming this July. When all of the cards are collected and placed together, they will form a larger image showcasing characters from IDW’s upcoming Mars Attacks ongoing comic book series by John Layman and McCrea.
“We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate Mars Attacks’ 50th birthday than at San Diego Comic-Con,” said Adam Levine, Topps’ Licensing Manager. “This free scavenger hunt is our way of bringing the fun of Mars Attacks directly to the fans.”
Collectors will find the cards at the following Comic Con booths:
- Abrams Books
- Diamond Comic Distributors
- Gentle Giant Ltd
- IDW Publishing
- Mezco Toyz
- Nerdist News via Legendary Pictures
- Russell Walks & Wild Tempest
- Toynk Toys
Topps says supplies will be strictly limited.
“We’ve got big things planned for Mars Attacks this year, next year, and beyond, and we hope fans will join us in San Diego to celebrate not just the 50th birthday, but a whole new beginning for Mars Attacks,” said Levine.
Topps’ press release also announces a Mars Attacks 50th Anniversary panel taking place Saturday at Comic Con.
Mars Attacks fans should also note the special commemorative issue of Non-Sport Update coming in July. No fan will want to miss it!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
In Florence, the Course starts with a scavenger hunt where the chefs get firsthand experience on the traditions of the local cuisine. With their new knowledge, they head to beautiful villas in the rolling hills of Tuscany to create Tuscan cuisine for the Takeover. One chef causes a disaster in the middle of the night and must confess to his fellow chefs
First team through the Course
wins the Takeover advantage ..
the Essential Ingredient.
WINNER - the BLACK Team
Essential Ingredient -
Ribollita with Prosciutto and Basil
Pork Sausage and Wild Boar Meatballs
Gnocchi with Squash Flowers, Truffles, and Zucchini
Pear Cake with Mascarpone and Red Wine Syrup
Gnocchi with Wild Boar
Bruschetta Trio - Tomato, Porcini with Truffle, and Rabbit Confit
WINNER - the BLACK Team
Immunity @ Next City -
Bye ... Gary
You got tossed under the bus .. dude !!!
Holy Licensing Batman .. this has been a Long Climb .. !!
Rights issues resolved on Fox's campy 1960s series
As a blitz of merchandise hits store shelves for "The Dark Knight Rises," Warner Bros. is turning to a campier source for a new Caped Crusader product: the 1960s "Batman" TV series.
For the first time in 40 years, Warner Bros. Consumer Products will be able to use the likeness of the show's stars, including Adam West, Burt Ward, Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith, on everything from apparel to toys, home goods, publishing and promotions.
WBCP will introduce the new "Batman" product opportunities to potential partners and retailers at next week's Licensing Expo, running June 12-14 in Las Vegas. First products will launch in the spring.
Retailers had requested a larger merchandise line tied to the show over the years, but studio arm had previously been able to use only the series' logo, POW!-packed animated opening sequence and the Batmobile for product, not the actors, due to rights issues as the series was produced by 20th Century Fox. As a result, studio was limited to a small line of T-shirts and a die-cast Batmobile made by Mattel.
Studio began negotiating with Fox, West and the estates of the show's other thesps for the rights to their likenesses in August 2009. Batman is a DC Comics character.
Division is eager to exploit the "Batman" series, which aired on ABC from 1966-68, especially its colorful characters, gadgets like the Bat phone and Bat boat, and kitschy humor, an easier sell for retailers than the darker, more serious and gritty tone of Christopher Nolan's film trilogy.
Company is talking to department stores about carrying exclusive lines of "Batman" show merchandise, the way Bloomingdale's turned to its household brands like Marc Jacobs and Psycho Bunny to tap into the 75th anniversary of DC Comics.
"For the first time in over 40 years we will be able to offer fans a full merchandise program that captures the classic, kitschy look and feel of the original 'Batman' TV show," said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "This new licensing program allows our partners to take advantage of the characters, gadgets and humor that made the show a smash hit in its day and a perennial favorite decades later."
Warner Bros. also will promote "Man of Steel," the next two "Hobbit" films, "The Looney Tunes Show," "The Wizard of Oz," "Scooby-Doo" and "ThunderCats" TV shows at the Licensing Expo.
Holy Marketing Mayhem Batman ..
They are all after us now .. !!
So many AWESOME possibilities .. !!