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Archive for July 2012

The Walking Dead Is Taken Off American TVs, Zombies Attack New York In Protest

As Season 3 of The Walking Dead gets ready to roll in the US, viewers who use DISH satellite receivers will most likely miss out as the cable provider has blacked out AMC – along with many other channels like WEtv and the Sundance channel – allegedly over a lawsuit dispute. American owners of DISH satellites are currently missing out on shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, yet according to AMC are still paying for the channels and shows that they’re not receiving.

To protest this and raise awareness, AMC have hit back at DISH with this hilarious promotional video, where they staged a zombie invasion of New York and successfully scared the pants off the city’s residents with zombie make-up of the same quality you’d see on The Walking Dead. Even if you’re unaffected by the DISH blackout, the video is worth watching for new characters like Traffic Cop Zombie, Shopaholic Zombie, and Roadwork Construction Zombie, as well as the reactions of people who run into them.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Here’s AMC’s official statement, taken from the Put Zombies Back On TV site:

Did you know that AMC just received the most Emmy nominations of any basic cable channel? 34 nominations for shows like “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men”, “The Walking Dead” and “Hell on Wheels”. Yet despite the popularity and demand for these shows, DISH continues to black out AMC, IFC, WE tv, and Sundance Channel. To add insult to injury, DISH continues to charge you for them; you just no longer receive them.

DISH’s decision to drop AMC, WEtv, IFC and Sundance Channel had nothing to do with our fees, or our shows. In fact, unlike almost every other dispute you see between providers and programmers, and despite DISH’s misleading claims to the contrary, this is not about fees.

The simple truth is that DISH is using their consumers as pawns to attempt to gain leverage in a lawsuit involving an old and unrelated business venture that has nothing to do with AMC, nothing to do with our shows or fees, and certainly nothing to do with DISH subscribers, who just want to watch the shows they love and are paying DISH for. You will not see any AMC Networks’ shows on DISH any time soon.

In other words, since DISH’s reason for depriving you of AMC programming is based on a lawsuit that won’t be resolved for a long time, this problem won’t be solved shortly, unlike other disputes between programmers and providers, which typically are resolved in a matter of days (weeks at most).

If you want to watch “Breaking Bad”,” Hell on Wheels”, “The Walking Dead”, and “Mad Men”, you will have to switch TV providers. We can help you do that. The good news is, every other cable, phone and satellite company — except DISH — carries AMC in their basic package. Many providers are offering special incentives for people to switch.

Call now at 1-855-2-DROP-DISH (1-855-237-6734) and let us help you gain access to the shows your friends and neighbors are watching.

We can help you regain access to AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv by calling the above number, visiting www.switchfromdish.com or contacting us on Twitter @AMC_Assist.

Thank you for your support of our shows and our networks. We want you to be able to watch the TV you love, and we’ll do whatever we can to help make that possible.

Sincerely,

AMC Networks


10 Best Comic Book-Based Movie PERFORMANCES of All Time

Comic book-based movies have seen some truly impressive acting performances, and here's our list of the very best


Kotobukiya Explores the DC Universe

Though DC Comics still has its DC Collectibles branch, we're seeing a number of other collectibles companies increase their focus on characters like Batman and Superman. Kotobukiya is one such company to increase their DC output in recent months, particularly through their Bishoujo line of PVC statues. The company provided us with new pics and details about some of their upcoming DC products.

Koto first introduced the ArtFX+ format as part of their Star Wars line, and the heroes of the Justice league are the next to make the jump. Compared to the regular ArtFX format, ArtFX+ statues are smaller (1:10 scale or about 7.5 inches tall) and more affordably priced. Koto will focus on the New 52 Justice League first, with statues based on Jim Lee's artwork and character designs.

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Comic In A Bottle

Okay, this Kickstarter gets a special all of its own.

Why?

Because a small press comics guy, Brian John Mitchell, is seeking donations to put his mini comics in bottles (with your name) and send them out acrosss the world.

I just think that’s amazing. As soon as I’ve finished this I’ll be donating.

And it’s certainly a very interesting new print distribution system. I wonder if Diamond will give it a go?

Your donations can get you PDFs, print comics, or indeed your very own comic in a bottle. It’s kind of the old fashioned version of CGC slabbing.


A Comic Show – Tomorrow’s Comics Today

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Aaron Haaland writes about tomorrow’s comics today;

Hey Fandom! Jeff Lemire and Scott Snyder are such good friends that they had to team up Animal Man and Swamp Thing! You didn’t know these two go way back to when they created Vertigo comics together in high school?
AvX #9 was on fire. Hawkeye is the underdog, I get it! Earth 2 is actually a lot of fun once you get past all the hype. Beasts of Burden is worth every penny! The best book being published for cute dark humor, they won an Eisner for that I think.
And check out the comic Mysteryman, it’s not distroed by Diamond, but finer stores have it. The concept it genius and the execution is perfect. A disgraced actor wrongly blacklist as a communist puts on a mask to win back the love of the public just to remove the mask and reclaim his life! Yes plz!


BATWING Goes Global for JLI, Back to Africa for ZERO MONTH

Writer Judd Winick talks about taking BATWING back to Africa to reveal his full origin during ZERO MONTH.


We’re Getting Closer To Knowing What The Third Hobbit Movie Will Be Called, And We May Have Been Very Wrong Before

Our first clues as to what the third Hobbit movie will be called – third as in the third conceived, not necessarily the third released – came with some domain name registrations.

At that time, the contenders were Riddles in the Dark and The Desolation of Smaug. We had our favourite, so did you.

But now, we have titles that have been explicitly registered as titles for movies. According to The One Ring, the contenders are, once again, The Desolation of Smaug and a new option, The Battle of Five Armies.

That’s two pointers towards Smaug, one towards Armies and it looks like Riddles is out of the race.

And sorry if that sounds like a bit of sports commentary, but I’m being assailed by 360 degree Olympics right now, and will be for almost two more weeks.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Armies take it. It’s not like the subtitle to a Hobbit film is going to have a huge impact on its box office, but that one does have rather epic implications.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that both of these will be needed and There And Back Again just finds itself on the scrap heap.


The TMNT/Cerebus Jam For The Digital Cerebus Kickstarter

By Kevin Eastman and Dave Sim, a print to reward Digital Cerebus backers on Kickstarter…

To be signed by the pair. Do you regret not backing it now?


Best Shots Advance Review: Fraction & Aja’s HAWKEYE #1

Matt Fraction and David Aja start a new HAWKEYE ongoing series, and David likes what he sees. Insert arrow/archery pun here.


Go Behind the Scenes of Captain Marvel #1

Welcome to the Captain Marvel post-game, a new feature where we'll be taking a deeper look at each issue of the hit new Marvel series by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy. Series writer DeConnick breaks down all the behind-the-scenes details, last minute changes, and heartfelt moments that go into making a comic book series.

Be warned, there are spoilers for Captain Marvel #1 within.

Check out our review of Captain Marvel #1!

Kelly Sue DeConnick: This was a last minute switch. The page that is now page one was supposed to be page three. It was supposed to start with the letter; with the flashback. With the line “Knew you the second you walked in.”

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