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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Exclusive Iron Man Mk XLIII Age Of Ultron Action Figure

From Hot Toys...tut tut -before the movie has even been released!


Avengers: Age of Ultron:1/6th scale Mark XLIII Collectible Figure

The extremely-anticipated, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is only a few months away! Our favorite superhero team is assembled again when Tony Stark’s peacekeeping program goes awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans...

To get fans ready for this super exciting film, Hot Toys is thrilled to jump start the Avengers: Age of Ultron collectible series by presenting the 1/6th scale Mark XLIII Collectible Figure! It is also the newest addition to our MMS Diecast Series which the collectible figures are made of diecast material, and realistically designed to look even more like the armor as it appears in the blockbuster.

The movie-accurate Mark XLIII Collectible Figure is highly detailed and specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Mark XLIII in Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring a newly painted Tony Stark helmeted head sculpt, metallic red, gold and silver armor with weathered effects, LED light-up functions, and a specially designed diorama base with a damaged Ultron Mark I. A special edition will be available for selected markets which includes a LED lighted battle damaged helmet as bonus accessory.

Pre-order this amazing collectible figure to kick-off your Avengers: Age of Ultron collection!

For Hong Kong customers, please stay tuned on Hot Toys-Secret Base Facebook Page for pre-order details.

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Hamelin Newsletter 18 dicembre 2014

NEWSLETTER del 18/12/2014


Hamelin vi augura buone feste !

Per farlo, un’immagine de Il palloncino rosso di Iela Mari, che ci da l’occasione di ricordarvi che la mostra a lei dedicata, curata da Hamelin nel 2010, è volata fino in Giappone al Museo Itabashi di Tokyo con un nuovo splendido allestimento e un ricco catalogo curato da Katsumi Komagata.

Si chiudono il 5 gennaio 2015 le iscrizioni per la seconda edizione de Comic and Cartoon Art Competition, indetto dalla Society of Illustrators di New York.

Il concorso è aperto ad ogni libro, pubblicato o autoprodotto, creato tra gennaio 2014 e gennaio 2015.
Le opere di artisti provenienti da ogni parte del mondo verranno valutate da una giuria di professionisti, tra i quali fumettisti, illustratori ed editori di fama internazionale.

Alla fine del concorso sarà organizzata una mostra dei migliori lavori creati durante l'anno: gli originali verranno esposti presso la MoCCA Gallery della Society of Illustrators dal 9 giugno al 15 agosto 2015.
Saranno organizzate cerimonie di apertura e premiazione dei migliori artisti per ognuna delle categorie, e tutte le opere in concorso verranno riprodotte in un catalogo a colori.

Una selezione di quaranta lavori per ogni mostra viaggerà quindi nei college degli Stati Uniti in un tour educativo, una tradizione che la Society of Illustrator mantiene da più di trent'anni.
Due giorni fa c'è stato il primo incontro di Hamelin per il progetto Ti faccio il filo con le biblioteche di Melegnano e San Colombano.

Il progetto seguirà i ragazzi fino a maggio con l'obiettivo di pensare insieme un nuovo spazio per le biblioteche.
International Board on Books for Young People è una rete internazionale di persone, che provengono da 77 paesi e promuove la cooperazione internazionale attraverso i libri per bambini, creando ovunque per l'infanzia l'opportunità di avere accesso a libri di alto livello letterario e artistico e incoraggiando la pubblicazione e la distribuzione di libri di qualità per bambini specialmente nei Paesi in via di sviluppo.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Di$ney (Marvel) "Star Wars" series of hardcover collections

This item from the Hollywood Reporter http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/marvel-announces-star-wars-original-718683 "might" interest Star Wars fans!

Ahead of news of the publisher's new "Star Wars" comics, Marvel reveals plans for a series of hardcover collections of its first visit to a Galaxy Far, Far Away from 1977.

Star Wars Comic Cover - P 2013
Howard Chaykin/Marvel Entertainment
Ahead of the expected announcement of new Star Wars comics from Marvel Entertainment—the publisher announced that it would take over the comic book license from current rights holder Dark Horse Comics earlier this year—Marvel has announced the publication of Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years.
The oversized hardcover will collect the first forty-four issues of Marvel’s 1970s spin-off from George Lucas’ first installment in the space opera series, as well as the first annual, spanning the period between the 1977 release of Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back’s release in 1980.

STORY Disney Moves 'Star Wars' Comics License to Marvel

The stories collected in the 880 page collection include not only the original Star Wars adaptation—including scenes that didn’t make it to the final cut of the movie, such as the appearance of a very human Jabba the Hut (One “t”)—but also the debut of cult-favorite characters such as Jaxxon and droid-hating bounty hunter Beilert Valance. The final issues collected in the omnibus feature Marvel’s adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back.

"With Star Wars poised to return to its comic book home, what better time to revisit the first adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and, of course, Darth Vader?" Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso said in a statement accompanying the announcement, adding that he was “extremely proud to present these original Star Wars stories, told as only Marvel can, in the first in a massive and glorious Omnibus series.”

Marvel’s original Star Wars series ran 107 issues and three annuals, suggesting that this is the first of a three-volume series of collections. Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Volume 1 will be released in comic book stores January 2015.

Avengers -Star Wars....?

Asterix a Tintin Newydd i'r Nadolig / New Asterix and Tintin for Christmas

Asterix a Tintin mewn Cymraeg, Cernyweg, Gwyddeleg, Gaeleg a Sgoteg
Dalen (Llyfrau) Cyf

New Asterix and Tintin Adventures –
in Welsh, Cornish, Irish, Gaelic and Scots
Mae Asterix a Tintin wedi ennill eu plwy ar draws y byd fel ffefrynnau llyfrau straeon stribed, a'u hanturiaethau wedi eu trosi i dros gant o wahanol ieithoedd. Yn eu plith mae'r Gymraeg, Cernyweg, Gwyddeleg, Gaeleg a Sgoteg – gyda dwy antur newydd i Asterix yn Gymraeg yn cael eu cyhoeddi y Nadolig hwn!
Asterix and Tintin are firm comic book favourites all around the world. Both have taught themselves well over a hundred languages. Asterix has two brand new Welsh adventures out for Christmas, and Tintin joins him with appearances in Cornish, Irish, Gaelic and Scots!
Asterix a'r Cryman Aur © Les Editions Albert-René/Goscinny-Uderzo 2014
Asterix a'r Cryman Aur ac Asterix a'r Snichyn yw anturiaethau diweddara'r Galiad bach peniog yn Gymraeg. Mae tipyn o greisis yn taro pentre'r Galiaid yn Asterix a'r Cryman Aur. Ar gyfer paratoi y ddiod hud ryfeddol sy'n cadw'r Rhufeiniaid draw, mae angen i'r derwydd Gwyddoniadix ddefnyddio cryman aur. Ond ar ôl torri llafn yr unig gryman sy ganddo, mae gofyn i Asterix deithio ymhell, a datrys dirgelwch, er mwyn cael gafael ar gryman newydd o safon.
Daw pentre'r Galiaid dan fygythiad cyfrwys y Rhufeiniaid yn Asterix a'r Snichyn... mae Iŵl Cesar yn ceisio tanseilio undod y llwyth drwy daenu enllib a drwgdeimlad ymysg y pentrefwyr – ac mae gan ei gynllun gyfle rhagorol i lwyddo, diolch i snichyn bach dan din o'r enw Bacterius Drwgynycaus. Tybed a fydd Asterix a'i gyfeillion yn ddigon hirben i wrthsefyll y bygythiad? Amser a ddengys!
The plucky Gaul has two new adventures in Welsh – Asterix a'r Cryman Aur (Asterix and the Golden Sickle) and Asterix a'r Snichyn (Asterix and the Roman Agent). There's a bit of a panic in Asterix a'r Cryman Aur... to prepare the magic potion which keeps the Romans at bay, druid Gwyddoniadix has to use his golden sickle – but when the druid breaks the one and only sickle he possesses, Asterix is given the task of buying a new one. This takes Asterix on a dangerous journey to distant Lutetia where a mystery awaits him before he can find a sickle that meets the druid's exacting standards.
In Asterix a'r Snichyn, the Gaulish village is under threat from a cunning Roman plan, as Julius Caesar tries to spread distrust and bad blood throught the Gaulish tribe. Caesar's plan is sure to succeed thanks to his agent provocateur, Bacterius Drwgynycaus. He's a nasty piece of work, and Asterix and his friends will find it hard to resist his wily ploys.
Asterix a'r Snichyn © Les Editions Albert-René/Goscinny-Uderzo 2014
Tintin: Todóga na bhFarónna (Gwyddeleg / Irish) © Hergé/Moulinsart 2014

Y Bad Rachub yw antur ddiweddara Tintin yn Gymraeg, lle mae Tintin a'i gyfeillion mewn peryg enbyd ar ddyfroedd dyfnion y Môr Coch. Yn gymar i'r gyfres yn Gymraeg mae egin o'r gyfres mewn Cernyweg hefyd. An Ynys Dhu (oes rhaid cyfieithu'r teitl?!) yw stori gynta Tintin mewn Cernyweg, ac am y tro cynta erioed mae'r gohebydd pengoch hefyd wedi dysgu siarad Gwyddeleg gyda chyhoeddi Todóga na bhFarónna (Mwg Drwg y Pharo). Mae'r Gernyweg a'r Wyddeleg yn ychwanegu at ffurfafen Geltaidd Tintin, lle cyhoeddwyd Toit nam Phàro a The Merk o the Pharaoh (sef fersiynau o Mwg Drwg y Pharo) mewn Gaeleg a Sgoteg yn ddiweddar.
  Tintin's latest undertaking in Welsh is Y Bad Rachub (Red Sea Sharks), where Tintin and his companions find themselves in mortal danger aboard a ship on the Red Sea. Joining the Welsh series are the first ever Tintin adventures in Cornish – An Ynys Dhu (The Black Island) – and Irish – Todóga na bhFarónna (Cigars of the Pharaoh). These join the growing series in Gaelic and Scots, with the recent publication of Cigars as Toit nam Phàro and The Merk o the Pharaoh – all available from Dalen!
Tintin: An Ynys Dhu (Cernyweg / Cornish) © Hergé/Moulinsart 2014
Cofiwch hefyd am…
Don’t forget…
Derwyddon: Cystudd y Cyfiawn
Mae rhan ola cyfres arswyd Y Derwyddon wedi ei chyhoeddi – penllanw'r gyfres ragorol hon ar gyfer oedolion. Yn Cystudd y Cyfiawn, y chweched bennod o'r stori, mae tro annisgwyl yng nghynffon y dirgelwch sy wedi drysu'r derwydd Gwynlan yn ei ymchwil i ganfod y rheswm dros ladd y mynachod yr Eglwys Geltaidd.
The final part of the gothic murder-mystery Y Derwyddon is now available. In Cystudd y Cyfiawn, druid sleuth Gwynlan finds an unexpected twist to his long quest to reveal the truth behind a score of vicious ecclesiastical deaths.
The series in Welsh is complemented by an English edition. Druids: Voyage of Discovery is also now available!
Fe gewch chi hyd i holl lyfrau Dalen ar ein gwefan dalenllyfrau.com
You'll find all of Dalen's titles on our website dalenllyfrau.com

Mae llyfrau Dalen ar werth gan siopau llyfrau neu lyfrwerthwyr ar-lein,
gan gynnwys dalenllyfrau.com, gwales.com ac amazon.co.uk
Dalen books are available from bookshops and online booksellers,
including dalenllyfrau.com, gwales.com and amazon.co.uk
Dalen (Llyfrau) Cyf, Glandŵr, Tresaith, Ceredigion SA43 2JH
Cymru / Wales
+44 (0)1239 811442

© Dalen (Llyfrau) Cyf 2014
© Les Éditions Albert-René 2014
© Hergé/Moulinsart 2014

Monday, 15 December 2014

"Are You Sure Star Fleet Ordered Us To Wear These, Captain?"

More Ghostbusters Movie Gossip...maybe.

More talk about Ghostbusters movies than DC movies. Odd, hmm? Anyway, according to Hollywood Life http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/12/15/ghostbusters-channing-tatum-chris-pratt-developing-franchise-reboot/

‘Ghostbusters': Channing Tatum & Chris Pratt Doing New Reboot Together

Ghostbusters Channing Tatum

Hottest ‘Ghostbusters’ team ever? New emails from the Sony hack allegedly reveal Channing Tatum’s plans to team up with Chris Pratt for a new series of films in the funny franchise.

Channing Tatum, 34, may be striking gold with this film idea. A series of emails that have been released from the Sony hack allegedly reveal his pitch to producers for a series of Ghostbusters films that would star him and his buddy, Chris Pratt.

‘Ghostbusters': Channing Tatum & Chris Pratt Developing New Film

Okay, this is officially the best thing to come out of the huge Sony hack.
A new chain of emails allegedly between Channing and executive Amy Pascal were released on Dec. 15 revealing his pitch — and slight begging — to develop a totally revamped Ghostbusters franchise, reveals The Daily Beast.

Jurassic World - Official Trailer HD
Hollywood Life

“Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. COME OONNNN!!!” the email that is allegedly from Channing read.

Another email reveals that Channing was pitching the idea to star not just him, but also his buddy and former 10 Years co-star, Chris Pratt.

The version Channing was pitching was described as “simultaneously super scary while also super funny.” Something both Channing and Chris are very good at!

So, basically, they would be the two hottest Ghostbusters that ever lived. (Sorry not sorry, Bill Murray.)

Could Two ‘Ghostbusters’ Films Exist?

If you are finding yourself torn between Channing’s pitch and the rumored all-female cast reboot of the 80’s classic, fear not.

A separate chain of emails allegedly between Amy and Hannah Minghella, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, not only supports Channing’s pitch, but also declares that the film could totally exist alongside the all-female one.

“Apparently the Russos are very close to Paul and Joe suggested Paul could be attached to direct both,” Hannah’s email allegedly reads. “Personally I think it’s possible for the female version to co-exist with this other version so maybe they’re not mutually exclusive.”

You know, reading this...suddenly comic journalism doesn't seem that bad!!

Black Tower: Tick Tock Its The Clock!

Ben R. Dilworth
Black & White
31 Pages  
Ships in 3–5 business days

Feature Comics #21, 1936. the Clock, eventually revealed to be society man and former district attorney Brian O'Brien, wore a three-piece suit, a fedora, and a black full-face mask. The first masked hero of comics dealt with crime using guile and gun and usually left a calling card that bore an image of a clock and the words "The Clock Has Struck."

Ben Dilworth steps in to fill in the gaps and what MADE the Clock -plus a revelation: What happened to O'Brien's look-alike and crime busting companion Pug?

Prepare for violence, harsh language and to ask the question:can there ever really be justice from the barrel of a gun?