WonderCon 2013: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee’s Kids, Blood Brothers, More!

Zennie Abraham / Zennie62
Zennie Abraham / Zennie62

Joss Whedon's Much Ado

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado

WonderCon 2013 kicks off today, and the three-day event will have a lot to offer. Let’s see what’s in store at WonderCon 2013 in Anaheim:

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is a movie based on William Shakespeare’s classic play and starring Clark Gregg (The Avengers). Whedon’s marketers describe the movie as “Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s film, “Much Ado About Nothing”. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.”

Here’s the synopsis:

Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.

In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.

A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.

It appears in theaters, June 7th.

Whedon will be part of a WonderCon panel talking about the movie at a panel to be held Sunday, March 31 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center (800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802.

Stan Lee’s Kids Universe Free Download

Stan Lee’s Kids Universe has a free download available only during WonderCon 2013. Here’s the details:

Stan Lee’s Kids Universe (SLKU), the family friendly multiplatform imprint from comic icon Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and 1821 Comics is challenging gamers across the country to defeat evil ninja weasels and protect Peludo City by unleashing HERO PETZ, a fun new game and multiplatform graphic novel. Both properties are being released this week at WonderCon. The game, available on iOS, will be available for free download this week only during WonderCon and can be downloaded by visiting: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hero-petz/id615523496?ls=1&mt=8.

HERO PETZ the graphic novel book is published in association with Viper Comics (www.ViperComics.com) and written by Dale Mettam (Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test) with art and cover by Juan Fleites and tells the story of the evil Itachi Clan who have a grip on Peludo City. Hero Petz, a group of brave heroes and a crazy monkey, stand by ready to defend the innocent and fight for justice. This group consists of El Conejito the Rabbit, Wonder Squirrel, Steel Shell the Turtle, Sensei Penguin-San, Kapitan Brüllaffe the Monkey, and Golden Hamster. For additional information please visit: www.StanLeesKidsUniverse.com.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI): “The Music That Makes You Scream”

BMI has a cool panel set for Saturday called “The Music That Makes You Scream.” It’s going to be held in the Anaheim Convention Center Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room 208 and features Tyler Bates “Day of the Dead” & “Halloween II” (@tyler_bates), Anton Sanko “The Possession” & “Nurse 3-D” (@antonsanko), Frederik Wiedmann “Mirrors” & “Hostel III” (@freddiewiedmann), Dino Meneghin “Teen Wolf” (@DM_LA)

Blood Brothers Minseries By Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse Comics sent over this press release announcing their new comic book miniseries:

MARCH 29, ANAHEIM, CA–Dark Horse Comics announces Blood Brothers, a new miniseries by writers Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller that takes friendship to an entirely new level. The comic has already found friends at MGM, where it is also being developed as a major motion picture.

With interiors by Evan Shaner (Buddy Cops, Eerie, Green Hornet Year One) and covers by Juan Doe (Legion of Monsters, Iron Man Legacy), this vampire buddy action series is sure to be the talk of the summer at local comic shops.

“Our goal with Blood Brothers was to create a comic with the feel of a classic buddy action comedy, like Lethal Weapon or Rush Hour, but with two vampires as the heroes,” said Andrew Waller. “It’s really a story about two regular guys, who just happen to be vampires. They’ve treated the last millennium like a thousand-year bender, but now find themselves having to save humanity just to keep the party going.”

More about Blood Brothers: Nick and Tree have seen everything together. They’ve smoked opium with Genghis Khan, had orgies in Michelangelo’s studio, even fronted a death metal band in the seventies. But after a millennium of friendship, these inseparable, immortal buddies are on the verge of going their separate ways. Terrible timing, as an apocalypse-obsessed vampire villain is plotting an end to humanity, and Nick and Tree are the only ones standing in his way. Can they put their baggage aside long enough to save the world?

Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller are writers who have been friends for twenty-five years. Their Black List screenplay Search Party, about two best friends who set off on a road trip to save their roommate, who is lost and naked on a road in Mexico, is shooting this summer for Universal.

Blood Brothers #1 is on sale July 17, 2013.

Archaia Entertainment, Booth 609

Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2013) – Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment is excited to announce it will exhibit at WonderCon Anaheim, taking place March 29-31, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California!

“With con season in full swing, we are excited to unleash our Spring lineup,” exclaimed Archaia President Jack Cummins. “We have seen great response to just-released titles like The Dark Crystal Vol. 2, Iron, Cursed Pirate Girl, Rust Vol. 2, and others. At WonderCon, we will be showcasing our most immediate releases such as HAWKEN: GENESIS, Mumbai Confidential, and Pantalones, TX. Come by our booth and meet our creators—the best in the business!”

Many of these Archaia creators will be on hand to sign copies of their books or promotional items at the Archaia booth (#609), including:

Chris Northrop (writer: the upcoming The Reason for Dragons)
F.J. DeSanto (writer: Immortals: Gods and Heroes, the upcoming Cyborg 009)
Heather Nuhfer (writer: Fraggle Rock)
John Chandler (writer/artist: The Skrumps)
Khang Le (creator and story: HAWKEN: GENESIS)
Moro Rogers (writer/artist: City in the Desert)
Paul Morrissey (writer: Fraggle Rock)
R.J. Ryan (writer: Syndrome, the upcoming The Joyners in 3D)
Sam Humphries (writer: Fraggle Rock)
Saurav Mohapatra (writer: Mumbai Confidential)
Tom Pinchuk (writer: Hybrid Bastards!)

Fans who visit the booth will get sneak peeks of “look books” of several forthcoming Archaia titles in production, including Cyborg 009, The Reason for Dragons, and The Joyners in 3D.

In addition, a limited number of advance copies of Mumbai Confidential will be available for author Saurav Mohapatra to sign!

Promotions going on at the Archaia booth include:

• Using FourSquare, fans have a chance to win a Henson/Archaia graphic novel prize pack containing copies of Fraggle Rock Vol. 1, Fraggle Rock Vol. 2: Tails and Tales, The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1, and The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 2. Just be sure to check in at the Archaia booth through the FourSquare app on your iOS or Android phone once you’re at the show and you’re automatically entered! Winners will be contacted to receive their prize.

• Using Instagram, fans have a chance to win an all-ages prize pack containing copies of Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152, Rust Vol. 1, and Cursed Pirate Girl. Take creative photos of the Archaia booth at WonderCon (#609), upload it using the Instagram app on your iOS or Android phone, and use the hashtag #ArchaiaWC13. Archaia will choose the best photo and contact the winner to receive their prize! Photos will be posted on the Archaia Facebook page!

• Customers who buy a copy of the recently released HAWKEN: GENESIS graphic novel at the Archaia booth will receive a scratch-off card containing a code they can redeem for 10,000 HAWKEN Credits in the HAWKEN video game!

• Fans who attend Archaia’s WonderCon panel (see below) will receive a coupon they can bring to the Archaia booth to receive a free copy of Archaia’s 2012 Free Comic Book Day hardcover, Mouse Guard, Labyrinth and Other Stories.

Archaia will put on an exciting, entertaining panel for aspiring comic book writers at the show:

Stay tuned for more WonderCon-related info!

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Zennie Abraham
Zennie Abraham | Zennie Abraham or "Zennie62" is the founder of Zennie62Media which consists of zennie62blog.com and a multimedia blog news aggregator and video network, and 78-blog network, with social media and content development services and consulting. Zennie is a pioneer video blogger, YouTube Partner, social media practitioner, game developer, and pundit. Note: news aggregator content does not reflect the personal views of Mr. Abraham.

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