"Lore" Panel Teases New Horrors To Come (New York Comic Con)


Amazon horror anthology series "Lore" brought a promotional panel to New York Comic Con in anticipation of it's second season. With cast and crew in attendance, clips were played to tease at the new stories set to be told, and various insights were offered in the ever-expanding scope of the show's stories that were largely adapted from episodes of the "Lore" podcast.

Though multiple episodes were teased from the upcoming series, one episode preview in particular stuck out. Actors Josh Bowman and Alicia Witt were in attendance to promote episode 6, "Jack Parsons: The Devil and the Divine" in which Bowman and Witt portray Jack Parsons and Marjorie Cameron. Bowman introduces his character first.

"Jack Parsons [was] mentioned before, he's the father of modern rocketry. He created solid rocket fuel which eventually obviously lead to Neil Armstrong going to the moon. So he was a part alchemist, part magician, really amazing guy, ahead of his time. At thirteen this guy apparently summoned the devil. From that, which apparently scared him shitless, but from that he did take an amazing interest in Alistair Crowley and sex magic is what it ended up being. It was sex, drugs, and rocket fuel."

Witt introduces Marjorie Cameron next. "He referred to her as his elemental woman, believing somehow that he had conjured her into being.

"By masturbating onto, seriously, masturbating onto magical tablets..." Bowman chimes in.

"He had been seeing visions of this woman all in red since he was a child," continues Witt. "Since around the time he conjured the devil he believed this woman was also somebody he was going to conjure. Then she appears in his life and he is like, 'Oh it's you. I conjured you," and she's like, 'I don't think you did. I'm an actual person. What if you're my muse? What is you're my inspiration?'"

Bowman goes on to explain how Jack Parsons was best friends with Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, and Witt shares how this wasn't an aspect that wasn't explored in the episode. The audience is then treated to a sneak-peek of the episode. In the clip, Jack Parsons and Marjorie Cameron partake in some hallucinogenic drugs that prelude an orgy though nothing too graphic is played in the preview. The movements seem to slow as the drugs kick in, and Marjorie appears to grow increasingly horrified while staring at Jack staring back at her while surrounded by women.

The clip relies on a tremendous amount of post-production editing, which begs the question of how the actors were written or directed to behave in order to execute this hallucinogenic effect.

"That's a good question, actually," says Bowman. "It really is kind of not doing a lot I guess. No, I'm deadly serious. I don't think playing into tripping out is going to be helpful. But they did an amazing job in post so that certainly helps."

"For Majorie it was two different versions," says Witt. "It was the real Marjorie who's taken a bit of whatever the hallucinogen is that is causing this effect and she doesn't like it. But she's also seeing the love of her life, her twin flame being consumed by something that she perceives as something so dark and so evil and so irretrievable that it's in direct collision with the man that she loves, the person she's gonna love for the rest of her life. That was easy to play because you can see that darkness in a person without a hallucinogen. It's just like a flash of intuition where you're like, 'Oh shit. That's not the person I thought they were.' That's kind of what's happening to her but multiplied."

"This is every day for Jack," says Bowman. "The guy was on everything. Amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, mushrooms..."

Witt addresses Bowman directly. "It was really cool watching you because I think you just instinctively assumed this role. It was beautiful to watch."

Season 2 of "Lore" premieres on Amazon Prime on October 19.

Watch the full "Lore" panel here:

APHRODITE V, VOL. 1 explores terrors of black market technology this December

Collecting issues #1-4 

Bryan Hill (CYBER FORCE, POSTAL) and Jeff Spokes will release APHRODITE V, VOL. 1 this December from Image/Top Cow.

In the near future, Los Angeles is a city on the brink of evolution, struggling with a new wave of terror powered by black market technology. Enter Aphrodite V: a fugitive from her masters, seeking individuality and purpose. She is the bleeding edge of biomechanics…and Los Angeles’ best hope against a new enemy that seeks to become a god among machines.

One machine wants to destroy the city. Another has come to save it. Only one will survive.

APHRODITE V, VOL. 1 (Diamond code: OCT180052, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0984-5) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, December 19th and bookstores on Tuesday, December 25th. It can be preordered via AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionIndiebound, and Indigo.

APHRODITE V, VOL. 1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
 
Select praise for APHRODITE V:

“A fresh take on a seemingly plausible not-too-distant future.” —ComicBook.com

“Its lead is good, Aphrodite is mysterious and interesting, and the art is great. This one gets a recommendation.” —Bleeding Cool

“Ideal for fans of Ex MachinaThe Terminator, and any sci-fi robot classic.”
—ComicsVerse

Crowdfunding success HATE board game inspires CHRONICLES OF HATE fantasy comic book series spin-off

This December, following the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for the HATE board game, Image/Top Cow will release an oversized trade paperback edition of CHRONICLES OF HATE, collecting books one and two of internationally renowned artist Adrian Smith’s dark fantasy series.

Smith first came to prominence for his atmospheric, moody artwork and game illustrations for such popular franchises as Magic: The Gathering and Warhammer.

In a world where the sun is frozen and the moon burns, CHRONICLES OF HATE follows an unlikely hero who rises to free the Earth Mother from her chains. This isn’t a world for the weak. All we know is HATE.

CHRONICLES OF HATE, COLLECTED EDITION (Diamond code: OCT180056, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1144-2) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, December 5th and bookstores on Tuesday, December 11th. It can be preordered via AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionIndiebound, and Indigo.

CHRONICLES OF HATE, COLLECTED EDITION will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
 

NEW FULL-COLOR EDITION OF CREATURE TECH ARRIVES THIS JANUARY


Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim, GEAR, GhostopolisCardboard) will release a new full-color edition of his science fiction adventure graphic novel—CREATURE TECH—from Image Comics this January.

In CREATURE TECH, good battles evil, and the world hangs in the balance! Resurrected by the Shroud of Turin, the zombified Dr. Jameson sets out to finish what he started 150 years ago—destroying the earth with a giant space eel. Standing in his way is Dr. Ong, a would-be pastor-turned-scientist who now works in a government research facility infamously known as “Creature Tech.” Aided by an unlikely cast of rednecks, symbiotic aliens, and a CIA-trained mantid, Dr. Ong embarks on a journey of faith, love, and self-discovery.

All in a day’s work at Creature Tech!

CREATURE TECH, NEW EDITION (Diamond code: OCT180058, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0918-0) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, January 2nd and bookstores on Tuesday, January 8th. It can be preordered via AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionIndiebound, and Indigo.

CREATURE TECH will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Select praise for CREATURE TECH:

“One of the best graphic novels ever made. A classic.” —Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet)

“CREATURE TECH is a beautiful, over-the-top, spiritual tale full of everything I love: monsters, monsters, and monsters!” —Rob Schrab (SCUD: THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN)

“[TenNapel’s] goofy, kinetic style (quite reminiscent of Will Eisner's) makes a winner out of this crazed romp.” —Booklist

“I LOVE this book like I love breakfast burritos. It’s got everything: sci-fi, adventures, romance, kung fu, and even giant space eels!” —Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite)

"Good Omens" Brings Photo-booth Experience to New York Comic Con


With such a substantial amount of programming and exhibits to choose from at New York Comic Con, it's no wonder that the convention garners an increasingly high attendance rate with each passing year. Networks and studios will send films, television series, and any other content or merchandise to promote at the event. One such example of this is the "Good Omens" booth, set up for a fun, interactive experience to generate excitement among fans about the new series (as if a television series co-starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, based on a book co-written by Neil Gaiman wasn't enticing enough).


When first you begin the experience, you wait for an elevator to take you to your destination. You enter and are greeted by a poshed-up elevator-man one would expect in an old-timey luxury hotel. The character is played and dressed to a tee, as he operates the buttons with gloved hands and informs those inside that we are to be judged on whether we've been good enough to make it to Heaven or Hell. Naturally, there's only destination and it's to go downward. But at least the elevator-man is kind enough to do a funny dance while we wait for the doors to open, to accompany the entirely necessary elevator-music.



Upon getting inside, those running the booth instruct us to go one at a time to stand on the artwork surrounded by candles so we can pose for photos. The first is designed so that we can choose a pose that will be in response to some light beaming down that's added through special software after the photo has been taken. The second pose each person takes is whatever they'd like it to be, independent of the premise of the first one.




"Good Omens" is an upcoming series based on the 1990 novel "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman is also responsible for writing the screenplay for the series. The cast is highly star-studded, including David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jon Hamm, Josie Lawrence, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, and Jack Whitehall. Tennant and Sheen portray Crowley (a demon) and Aziraphael (an angel) respectively, who serves as the representatives of Hell and Heaven on Earth. As they have grown accustomed to life on Earth, they will seek to prevent the coming of the antichrist and the consequently final battle between Heaven and Hell. The series is set to premiere on Amazon Prime in 2019, followed by a conventional airing on BBC Two in the United Kingdom.

New York Comic Con: "Family Guy" Cast & Crew Discuss Show's Evolution


"Family Guy" has developed a powerful standing on FOX's animation line-up, even after two cancellations and consequent revivals because of the strong fan following. Best known for it's edgy humour, whacky characters, and cut-away gags. But with an increasingly tumultuous and rapidly evolving sociopolitical landscape, from the #MeToo movement to the refugee crisis, the question arises as to how a show like "Family Guy" can survive. The only way forward is to adapt, and the show's producers all have something to say about how the show's humour has evolved.

Rich Appel: I'll presumptuously speak first because I've been there the least amount of time. But to me, watching the old shows, there's a lot more based on the characters [now], which happens naturally in a show that's had the good fortune of being on the air this long because you know who they are. So we can tell stories that in some ways are smaller-scale about the interpersonal connections between them set in the world and tone of "Family Guy". But I think that's one way it's evolved.

Kara Vallow: Because it's an animated show, it has the ability to evolve in way that you can't really think about tangibly. We can go into a video game universe. There are endless possibilities of exploiting the medium in ways that other live action shows will invariably get stale. We have sort of an endless well to come up with ideas from.

Alec Sulkin: I think there are certain jokes that we've done in the show in the past that we just couldn't do now with the changing societal climate and I think we recognise that. We understand, things we've done in the past would not fly today. We have to adapt and come up with new, different ways to be funny.

When pressed further on this point, Sulkin asks if the line of questioning is in reference to the more sensitive societal developments like the #MeToo movement. The reporter says yes, and asks if it makes writing the show more difficult.

Alec Sulkin: I actually think it makes it easier because it gives us another thing to try and cleverly work our way around. If you can come up with a joke that's funny and that sort of somehow refers to what's going on without offending people, that's the key.

Rich Appel: The challenge is always to find fresh stories and angles on stuff, so it's good that society gives us a lot of them. You feel like, 'What will be Family Guy's take on it?' to seem a little fresh, a little edgy, but also we hope kind of progressively correct too. But that's not the first priority.

Another way that the show has evolved is the development of certain relationship dynamics that allow for greater story-telling, such as the dynamic between baby Stewie and Brian the dog. But what about developing new character interactions and relationships?

Rich Appel: Yes, we've talked to the writer's room. Gary Cole plays Principal Shepherd, the principal at the kids' school and he is so funny, and the character's just grown and grown that we're looking for ways to use him with Peter just because we think they'd be terrific together and they've had a couple of moments and it always plays. That's because [of] not only Seth, of course, but Gary Cole is just terrific so we want to do that.

Kara Vallow: We've lost a few of our main characters, Adam West, Carrie Fisher, so we're going to be coming up with some new characters to try to incorporate into that world.

Some of these new characters are already set to begin in this new season.

Rich Appel: Bryan Cranston and Niecy Nash are gonna be a married couple playing Peter's bosses at the brewery. They're not replacing, but standing in for Carrie. We don't know if or when we'd replace our mayor.

Kara Vallow: He seems irreplaceable.

Rich Appel: Carrie's irreplaceable too, but we're at the office, I mean to be fair to this show, so much more than there's a need to hear from the town's mayor that it felt like one you have to replace for narrative reasoning. The other, it hasn't felt right.

Watch our interview with "Family Guy" producers Rich Appel, Kara Vallow, Alec Sulkin here:

Mike Henry arrives at our table fresh off doing a recitation of a rap Cleveland did on his own show, for another interview on the New York Comic Con press line. He is humble about receiving the compliments our table of reporters bestow on him for the performance, saying he struggled to remember all of the words and ran out of energy at the end. Without a doubt, Mike Henry has prospered tremendously since being on the show.

Henry is best known for the role of Cleveland Brown, an African-American father and member of Peter's core friend group. At one point, Cleveland even had his own spin-off series that ran for four seasons before it was cancelled and Cleveland was quickly brought back onto "Family Guy" with a decent amount of meta jokes made in his return episode at the spin-off's expense. Henry voices a number of other recurring characters on the show, and it joined at our table by fellow voice-actor John Viener. We first ask about whether they have any other voices or impressions in the repertoire that they have yet to be able to use on the show.

Mike Henry: There was sort of this character that I used to do in the room from time to time that ended up sort of being the greased up, deaf guy but not greased up and deaf. A lot of times we'll read parts at the table read and it'll be like 'Man #2' or 'Fed-Ex guy' or whatever and for me, and I know John [Viener] does this and all the voice actors do it, we'll just sort of invent something and read the stuff as that guy. New stuff is born all the time. I'm not in the writer's room anymore but that's where I sort of invented Cleveland, and Consuela, Herbert, Bruce... like some random guys that were in it for a little bit. Not being in the room, it's harder to create characters but you still get a pretty good shot when you're reading them.

John Viener: I do mostly, they call me in for impression that aren't great but are funny. I just basically did a Joe Paterno but I did a Joe Paterno based on the Al Pacino. *demonstrates*
It was ridiculous. I have fun doing a bad imitation of something but if it gets a laugh in the room I get to do it in the show.

They remain tight-lipped about previewing specific storylines in the coming episodes, out of concern for violating contracts. But they are both eager for viewers to see all of the new content to come.

John Viener: I wish it was one of those things where you're like, 'This is a crazy idea!' But I feel like every episode, scene to scene we're just excited about people seeing what we're working on.

Mike Henry: What I love about the show is you can watch old episodes and you don't know which gags are in them. Most of the time you watch the show, repeat TV show, you know what the story's going to be and you remember the jokes but given that the non-sequiturs are in there so much you'll find yourself laughing like you never saw it before.

John Viener: The fun for me, the reason I love being on the show and want to be back there all the time is that most shows you get sick of the characters but we do so many cutaway to random things. I was in New Orleans for Jazzfest and I couldn't help but notice that all these jazz bands have like nineteen people, half of which aren't even in the band. They're all clapping along and you can't get around them so I just created a song of 'We're all just blocking the street' and I came and pitched it. Brian became a part of that gag but ultimately it was just a slice of life that you can stick in anywhere and it doesn't have to be relative to that thing. That's what I like about the show is that people can bring in real-life stuff, come up with stuff that's completely different from the show and it can land in this space.

For any who may wonder how Mike Henry has been effected by portraying an African-American character in voiceover for so long, he has nothing but respect and gratitude for what he has learned from the role.

Mike Henry: To be honest with you, playing Cleveland has effected me greatly. At first I sort of pitched a voice based on this guy that I had met and played basketball with. I just had this voice, and I like the slow voice, and there's something there immediately. But having played Cleveland now for almost twenty years and having done "The Cleveland Show" with a lot of African-American writers, actors, performers, I would always defer to them. 'Can Cleveland say this?' I don't walk in the shoes on a daily basis so playing Cleveland has made me very socially conscious so that's just a cool thing that's happened for me.

John Viener: I did one gag like ten years ago. It was opening day of the Mets, "And here's the first pitch... and the season's over." I would think that that would just go by the wayside cause you do it and move on. I just found out in New York they play that every time the Mets would lose and my friends were like, "If I hear this again I'm gonna punch you." It was the opposite of the effect of 'We love your work,' it was 'We never want to hear your voice again.'"

Watch our interview with "Family Guy" voice actors Mike Henry and John Viener here:

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