Voltron Legendary Defender Brings Final Panel to New York Com


The animated DreamWorks series "Voltron Legendary Defender" has amassed a loyal fan-following since it began streaming on Netflix. With talented voice actors including Jeremy Shada and Bex Taylor-Klaus, lovable characters, and an engaging story, many fans are sad to see the show reach it's end. But with this being the final send-off, cast and crew gathered for a panel at New York Comic Con. Each of the cast/crew members on stage shared their favourite moment from the show's run (excluding anything from the final season yet to air), along with other stories from creating the show and teasing what's to come before all is said and done.

Watch the Voltron Legendary Defender panel here:

New York Comic Con: Steve Aoki Promotes "Neon Future" Comic

Photo: Julian Cassady (@juliancassady on Instagram)

Famed musician/DJ Steve Aoki paid a visit to New York Comic Con to promote his new comic series "Neon Future" in collaboration with Impact Theory. In a jam-packed weekend of programming, Aoki managed to not only promote his comic on his own panel but to do a signing for it, ensuring that fans would have an opportunity to get copies of the series and meet Aoki himself.

Photo: Julian Cassady (@juliancassady on Instagram)

Aoki's panel was in collaboration with other musicians working in the field of branching out into creating comics. All were able to offer an insight into stretching themselves creatively into a different field and how it meshed with their own creative style and the stories they aim to tell.

Photo: Julian Cassady (@juliancassady on Instagram)

New Releases from John Carpenter and Storm King Comics


Famed horror writer John Carpenter, best known for the Halloween series, will be releasing two new comics in collaboration with Storm King Comics. The first is entitled "John Carpenter's Tales For A HalloweeNight Volume 4" and the second is "John Carpenter's Tales Of Science Fiction: Vortex Graphic Novel" (the latter of which will collect all 8 issues).

To preview more to do with these series, check out the new trailers on them below:

"John Carpenter's Tales For A HalloweeNight Volume 4"

"John Carpenter's Tales Of Science Fiction: Vortex Graphic Novel"

New York Comic Con: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on Giant Display for "Skyscraper" VR Game


One of the many things to enjoy at large conventions such as New York Comic Con are the booths that offer new products for con attendees to enjoy, be it toys, clothing, or games. This year, a new VR experience was presented that modelled itself after the action-packed blockbuster "Skyscraper", starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

We had an opportunity to visit the booth and try out the experience ourselves. It all begins with the headpiece being strapped on and the controllers being placed in each hand. The voice of Dwayne, in character, rings through your ears to explain the set-up and what you must do. All the while, you're moving up the floors of a building via an elevator. Then once the doors open and you reach the rooftop of the building, you must rapidly swing your arms to get the player running at a fast enough speed to not only make it across the narrow walkway, but to jump off the end and into the next building over.

Though we didn't make it particularly far in the game, we're also not a frequent player of VR games, or just video games in general. Still, it was a fun experience and certainly worth checking out.



"Venom" (2018) Review


The following review will be spoiler-free. A more in-depth review (which will include spoilers) will be posted on YouTube here in mid-October after folks have had time to view the film spoiler-free.

With "Venom" having grossed approximately $205 million on its opening weekend, it's become evident that both passionate and casual film-goers are shifting away from the pool of film critics that were once regarded as an important voice on gauging quality. While audiences are diverse in backgrounds and taste, the top tier of film critics are less so.

Regardless of the many negative reviews criticising aspect of the film ranging from the story to the shifts in tone throughout the script, viewers have turned up in full force and had a great time (as evidenced by consistently high audience scores on various sites that compile them). But let us briefly examine these so-called criticisms that seem to run rampant among the "professional" reviews.

Without getting too specific, the plot of "Venom" does make sense if you pay attention. The first act introduces Tom Hardy's character, Eddie Brock, and gives the audience an important insight into him. His moral compass, the way he treats others, and what relationship he values most are all crucial fixtures of his character. These are all points to remember as the plot unfolds further; they give context to significant developments in the story.

The introduction of the alien symbiote known as Venom to Eddie Brock's body and mind catalyses a bounty of comedic gems ranging from verbal banter taking place in Eddie's mind, to the physical antics of Eddie as he struggles to find a new equilibrium after being invaded by this entity. While some have criticised the drastic shift in tone that this creates relative to the more serious tone of Eddie's character introduction, this is yet another aspect that does make sense if you only bother to think about what has happened. Venom and Eddie have merged but they remain entirely distinct characters and personalities relative to one another. This comedic introduction is not merely a form of entertainment and merriment for the audience's sake, but lends itself to the story-telling. It conveys deeper insight into who Venom is and why Eddie would struggle so much to have this alien presence inside of him, besides the obvious differences in biological make-up.

The human condition does not have a singular tone. There are highs and lows, laughter and tears, and everything in-between. Regardless of this being a single film, it seems odd for critics to be so hung-up on there being different 'tones' in the film when even the most saccharine and cheerful of romantic comedies will have a sad conflict to drive the central couple apart so as to give them a reason to dramatically reunite and resolve the issue. With there being more live-action superhero films and television series than ever, it's important to find a way to innovate past the more formulaic tendencies. If filmmakers and studios don't, they run the risk of the project being stale, losing the audience's interest, and in turn miss out on further profits or opportunities to tell more stories.

"Venom" is a film that combines drama, black comedy, horror, and science-fiction genres, among other things. It's entirely unique in it's execution and has offered tremendous fun, laughter, and excitement. This is why it has turned a profit. Anyone could have predicted that Tom Hardy would give a strong performance, and that is exactly what he did. Riz Ahmed also offers an interesting, enigmatic portrayal, with the only downside being that there should have been more of it.

Hardy has already revealed that an approximate 30 to 40 minutes of his favourite bits to film were scrapped from the final cut, and the current rumour surrounding this was that this was done to make the film move from an R-rating to a PG-13. This is yet another example of how clashes between studios and filmmakers can lead to creative casualties. It seems unlikely that the general public will ever get to see these missing parts, though it would certainly be worth considering to include either certain deleted scenes or a full, extended version for DVD release.

With Hardy currently signed on for three "Venom" films, all interested in seeing this universe continue to expand would be wise to catch the film during its theatrical run since those profits will be crucial to determining what happens next. Also, be sure to stick around for the mid-credit and post-credit scenes.

Venom is now playing in cinemas.

NYCC 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT - LEGO MARVEL Spider-Man Special


NEW ANIMATED LEGO® SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL COMING NEXT YEAR

Marvel Entertainment announced today at New York Comic Con, a new animated LEGO special titled LEGO Marvel Spider-Man: Vexed by Venom, slated to premiere later next year.

The voice cast includes: Robbie Daymond (“Marvel’s Spider-Man”) as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Ben Pronsky (“Aldnoah.Zero”) as Venom, Josh Keaton (“Voltron”) as Green Goblin, Laura Bailey (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”) as Gwen Stacy/Ghost-Spider, and Tara Strong (“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”) as Mary Jane.

In the special, tech theft is now at an all-time high thanks to Green Goblin & Venom-- can our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man put an end to their mysterious villainous scheme before all of New York City is destroyed?

This special follows the previous collaborations between Marvel & The LEGO Group: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum OverloadLEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Avengers ReassembledLEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat, and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Black Panther: Trouble in Wakanda.

About Marvel Entertainment      
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com © 2018 MARVEL 
  
About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, U.K., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials.

Guided by the company spirit: "Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.

For more news from the LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility engagement, please visit http://www.LEGO.com/aboutus

SYFY RETURNS TO NEW YORK COMIC CON WITH ADVANCED SCREENINGS, BREAKING NEWS AND LIVELY PANELS

NIGHTFLYERS and DEADLY CLASS Excite Audiences with Exclusive World Premiere Screenings and Premiere Announcements; HAPPY! Reveals Christopher Meloni will Direct an Upcoming Episode in an Easter Themed Second Season.

‘NIGHTFLYERS’ Panel From Left to Right: Laura Prudom (IGN), Jeff Buhler, Eoin Macken, Gretchen Mol, David Ajala, Gene Klein, Dave Bartis
Photo by: Rob Kim/SYFY
On Friday, October 5th, SYFY’s horror thriller NIGHTFLYERS, from Universal Cable Productions, held its world premiere at New York Comic Con for a lucky audience at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Following the screening, a panel of executive producers and talent confirmed its fan forward rollout plan of the George R. R. Martin series which sees all 10 episodes debuting throughout the month of December across all SYFY platforms. The event kicks off with the first episode premiering on the SYFY linear channel on December 2 at 10/9c. For more information click here. Stars Eoin Macken, Gretchen Mol and David Ajala took the stage alongside executive producer and showrunner Jeff Buhler and executive producers Gene Klein and David Bartis for a panel discussion moderated by Laura Prudom (IGN).

Check out this sneak peek at NIGHTFLYERS:
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‘DEADLY CLASS’ Panel From Left to Right: Dominic Patten (Deadline), Rick Remender, Wes Craig, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, María Gabriela de Faría, Luke Tennie, Liam James, Benedict Wong
Photo by: Heidi Gutman/SYFY
Today (Saturday, October 6th) SYFY, Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions screened the world premiere of DEADLY CLASS for the New York Comic Con audience and announced their premiere date of January 16 at 10/9c. The panel for the series based on the popular Image Comics graphic novel of the same name was moderated by Dominic Patten (Deadline), and featured comic co-creator, writer, executive producer and co-showrunner Rick Remender, artist and comic co-creator Wes Craig, and cast members Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, María Gabriela de Faría, Benedict Wong, Luke Tennie and Liam James.

Check out this new sneak peek at DEADLY CLASS:
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Twitter: @DeadlyClassSYFY
Hashtag: #DeadlyClass

‘HAPPY!’ Press Room From Left to Right: Patrick Macmanus, Michael Ausiello, Grant Morrison, Brian Taylor, Medina Senghore, Christopher Meloni, Bryce Lorenzo, Lili Mirojnick, Patrick Fischler, Ritchie Coster, Christopher Fitzgerald
Photo by: Rob Kim/SYFY
The dynamic duo of Nick Sax and his blue feathered friend Happy are back! If you thought destroying Christmas was a bundle of joy, the second season will be brought to a whole new level as HAPPY! takes on Easter. Today (Saturday, October 6th) SYFY and Universal Cable Production’s breakout series HAPPY! brought the cast and creatives together at New York Comic Con to recap the chaos of Season 1, tease the insanity that’s to come in Season 2, and announce that star Christopher Meloni directed this season’s second episode. Moderator Michael Ausiello (TVLine) was joined on stage by cast members Meloni, Lili Mirojnick, Medina Senghore, Ritchie Coster, Patrick Fischler and Christopher Fitzgerald as well as executive producers Patrick Macmanus, Brian Taylor and executive producer and comic book writer Grant Morrison. After a lively conversation teasing the unhinged roller coaster in store, the audience was able to see all-new behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at Season 2 coming in 2019.

For behind-the-scenes footage from season 2 of HAPPY! please use the following link: 

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Facebook: Facebook.com/HappySYFY
Twitter: @HappySYFY
Hashtag: #SeeHappy
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