GEORGE RR MARTIN SIGNING 11/08/14

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If you’re attending the George RR Martin talk/signing (CLICK HERE) at the Edinburgh Book Festival, chances are you enjoy his books as much as the Game of Thrones show on SKY ATLANTIC. In fact, odds are you enjoy his published work even more, and can dance rings around those of us who haven’t read the novels.

However, are you aware of his work in the comics industry?

I only ask this, as there appear to be a good number of people who are oblivious to it. Apart from the Game of Thrones title from Dynamite, George has also had worked published by Dynamite as part of the troublesome Wild Cards adaption, and Avatar are currently publishing a number of books based on his stories.

Here’s a brief overview of two of his books from Avatar:

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SKIN TRADE:

GEORGE RR MARTIN returns to comics with Skin Trade, the World Fantasy Award winning story that combines Martin’s unique creative voice into a powerful vision of horror! Private investigator, Randi Wade sees the ravaged remains of innocent victims that have been savagely murdered and skinned. As the mysterious secrets of the Blackstone Manor begin to be uncovered, she gets ever closer to the monstrous truth…werewolves are real! George RR Martin combines his unmatched creative vision with the visceral illustrations of horror master Mike Wolfer to create something intensely unsettling. The first chapter of a new horror masterpiece is unveiled with Regular, Wraparound, Grisly and Skinned Retailer Incentive covers by series artist Mike Wolfer.

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IN THE HOUSE OF THE WORM: 

The biggest name in fiction, GEORGE RR MARTIN, opens his story vault as we adapt a tale of dark fantasy to comics for the first time with In The House of the Worm.  Beneath a ruined city on a forgotten planet lies a world of plots and revenge.  When Annelyn is embarrassed in front of his noble friends by the Meatbringer, he sets forth a devious plan that is meant to gain vengeance.  But the terrible truth of the dire White Worm turns his ploy into folly in terrible fashion.  Join a master storyteller as he spins a uniquely mysterious tale and reveals new worlds of wonder and horror.  Available with Regular, Wraparound,  Regal Incentive covers by  series artist Ivan Rodriguez and a painted cover by Michael Dipascale.

As luck would have it (not that this blog is like an American infomercial), we have issues of both these titles in stock over in our store. So far I’ve read issue #1 of both, and have to say that they got off to interesting starts. I wouldn’t be surprised if they haven’t already been optioned for production on the big screen or a high value tv show.

DANIEL H.WILSON TALKS EARTH 2: WORLD’S END

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PREVIEWSworld got talking to Daniel H. Wilson at this years SDCC about Earth 2: World’s End (AUG140187) and this is what he had to say:

If you’re like us, you’ll have been enjoying the absolute HECK out of the main Earth 2 title for the last couple of years. In our opinion it has never once failed to deliver, and you can rest assured we’re already strapping on our seat belts for what will surely be the ride of a lifetime…

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END (AUG140187) will be a weekly title, which you will be able to find on our next PRE-ORDER list for only £1.80 per issue. 

ONLINE STOCK UPDATE WEEK ENDING 27/07/14

Among the many items added to our online store this week were the following:

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ADAM WARLOCK and the INFINITY WATCH: £varies

If you are looking forward to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie next month, you may very well be interested in these back issues, as they not only feature Drax the Destroyer and Gamora, but also Adam Warlock who played a cameo (of sorts) at the end of Thor 2.

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CLEARANCE T-SHIRTS: FROM £3 EACH

A number of t-shirts have been added at only £3.00 each, but once they’re gone, they’re GONE!

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ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ULTIMATUM HARDCOVER: £10

Ultimatum is upon us! Big changes are afoot and with them comes the much anticipated return of Ultimate Spider-Woman! But is she friend or foe? Plus, Aunt May is under arrest, Spider-Man is underwater, and the world has gone to hell. Spidey and the gang will never be the same! Guest- starring the Human Torch and Kitty Pryde! Plus, watch as Peter and Mary Jane’s relationship delves into an area never before seen in any Spider-Man comic! Collects Ultimate Spider-Man #129-133, and Annual #3

As usual, feel free to browse our store and check regularly, as we literally add new stock every day… 

OUR VIEW ON NEWS FROM SDCC

Although we didn’t attend SDCC in person, you can take it as read that we really wish we had. However, having a legion of like minded friends on social media, it’s safe to say we haven’t missed much of the big news.

Here’s our favourite snippets:

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ANT-MAN:

The news that Darren Cross was going to be appearing in the new Ant-Man film immediately rung a few bells with me, apart from him seemingly donning the persona of Yellow Jacket, I knew there was more to him. After hauling through my long boxes, and a quick check on the Marvel Wiki, I hit Jackpot.

Cross appeared in the first Ant-Man comic that I ever read, sometime in the early 80’s. It was among the pile of books given to me by a friend of my older brother, after he discovered I had a real love for such things.

If you’ve read these books, you’ll no doubt have twigged that Marvel are using their creative freedom and changing things a bit for the cinematic universe, as back then Cross looked more like a pink Hulk than Yellow Jacket. He had gained super powers through installing an experimental nucleorganic pacemaker, which unfortunately had the severe side effect of Cross requiring regular heart transplants due to the hearts burning out.

It should also be noted that Darren had a cousin called William Cross (AKA Crossfire), who as luck would have it was also in a comic bestowed upon me by my brother’s friend. Crossfire is a former CIA agent, who is an expert marksman that benefited from a number of cybernetic implants.

In conclusion, this has all got me rather excited:

– Will Darren’s heart problem be prevalent in the movie?

– Will there be any reference to William? (Crossfire would make a good AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D villian)

– As Yellow Jacket is seemingly a villian, will a character called Rita DeMara show face?

Arggghhhhhh, this could keep me going for ages…

 
ARROW SEASON 3 PREVIEW: 

For guys like me, this show is just a Fanboy’s dream.

From this clip, we get a glimpse of:

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RA’S AL GHUL: Without a doubt he looks a lot closer to how he appears in the DC Comics, than he does to Liam Neeson in Christopher Nolan’s Batman flicks.

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RED ARROW/ARSENAL: We already mentioned this in our last podcast, but it was great to see him in action…

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RAY PALMER/THE ATOM: Brandon is clearly ranking up the geek points having appeared in Superman Returns, The Batman (animated), Dylan Dog and Chuck. Fair enough we don’t see him in costume during this trailer, but then again, maybe he was just so small we missed him…

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ORACLE(?): We already know Felicity is a whiz with computers, and that there will be an episode in Season 3 called Oracle, so is this image an indication that we will bear witness to her onscreen transformation?

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BABYLON 5 SCRIPT BEING WRITTEN:

Being a massive Babylon 5 fan, I immediately latched on to this news from J. Michael Straczynski’s panel.

Now, I should point out that JMS writing a script and the movie being made are two different things, but given his approach to the matter I’m feeling a bit more confident. Apparently he says that he’ll write the script, then give WB first refusal, but should they decline he’ll simply sell it to another studio.

Also, considering that JMS is still hot property at the moment, working on a number of tv shows, publishing comics and having been attached to various films over the last few years, this one could have some legs…

Actually, I’m going to wrap things up here as I’ll flaming well be here all week………STAR WARS COMICS FROM MARVEL, BATMAN/SUPERMAN TEASER, THE VISION, CON EXCLUSIVES, AWESOME COSPLAY, ETC.

 

HERO TALK EPISODE 93

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LADIES & GENTLEMEN, THANKS FOR JOINING US ON OUR TRIP TO THE PHANTOM ZONE……………..YOUR ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE JOURNEY, HERO TALK EPISODE 93!!!!

Among this week’s topics are:

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SAN DIEGO COMIC CON: It’s happening right now, and no matter if you want to attend or not, you can’t deny the effect it has on the industry…

TREMORS REMAKE: Excuse me, for a minute I thought you said…

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ARSENAL: The CW release a first look at Colton Haynes as Arsenal in the third season of Arrow, and he looks AWESOME!

To listen simply use one of the following methods:

– Search for HERO TALK on iTunes.

– Subscribe via iTunes entering the following: http://www.herocomicshop.com/herotalk.xml

– Download the Episode 93 mp3 via: http://www.herocomicshop.com/podcasts/htalkep93.mp3

EDINBURGH FRINGE: BATTLE OF THE SUPERHEROES

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EDINBURGH FRINGE:

Given that the Fringe Festival is almost upon us, and we are a comic book shop, it seems only right that we give the following show a little plug.

Battle of the Superheroes – The Great Superhero Debate will take place at the Espionage venue, in the Mata Hari space on August 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 and 24. The show starts at 5pm and runs for just under 60 minutes.

You can read a more in-depth description by CLICKING HERE.

THOR RELATED ITEMS IN STOCK

The female version of Thor – looks like a woman, acts like a man.

Hopefully the dust has had time to settle on people going ‘eh, what, uh’ over the announcement of a female Thor from Marvel. Anyway, if you need some background reading on Thor we have just updated our online stock to include a number of Thor related titles.

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Oh, there are also some Thor figures…because, you know, you can’t go wrong with Thor figures.

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