Atomic Robo Becomes A Webcomic
Atomic Robo creators Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener have decided to go online with their franchise. The former Red 5 comics star transitioned to a full-time webcomic on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The whole series will be online for free, building up to the debut of volume 10, Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire, this summer. Brian Clevinger confirmed that the collected editions of Robo will remain in print and available through ComiXology, and said, “New material will be free online first and collected into issues/trades through ComiXology for folks who wants ‘em like that. We’ll also print the new stuff as trades as, y’know, they get finished."
In Memoriam: Robert Kinoshita
Robert Kinoshita, known for his widely influential robot designs during the heyday of 1950s and 1960s science fiction television, passed away at the age of 100 on December 9, 2014.
He was born in 1914 in Los Angeles and grew up in the LA neighborhood of Boyle Heights. He worked for several production companies, and is best known for his work starting with the 1954 film, Tobor the Great, in which he designed the robot. He also designed Robby the Robot for the films Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Invisible Boy (1957), and the “B9 Environmental Control” robot for Lost in Space.
Horror icon Bruce Campbell is hosting the new game show Last Fan Standing on the digital streaming service, Digital Network CONtv. In addition to hosting Campbell is producing the show, created in a partnership with Pop Quiz Entertainment.
The show will be filmed live at comic conventions nationwide, with the first show taped Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Wizard World New Orleans. Con attendees will engage in activities, competing for cash and prizes, then the top four players will compete for the title of “Last Fan Standing.” Fans will answer questions and discuss topics like: how much Thor’s hammer weighs or how much damage the Vorpal blade would inflict on a 5th-Level Cleric? Fans can test their knowledge on comics, movies, and more with host and horror icon Bruce Campbell on this quiz show. Please don't let one of the questions be "what is the combination to the safe in Capt. Kirk's quarters?"
The show will launch next month on CONtv, marking Campbell’s first digital series. The joint venture comes from independent content distributor Cinedigm and Wizard World. It will be a collaboration between Campbell’s production company and Pop Quiz Entertainment.
In Memoriam: Christine Cavanaugh
One of the most significant voice actors of the 1990s has unfortunately passed away. Christine Cavanaugh provided the voices for many characters known to the children of that decade, including Chuckie Finster on Rugrats, Gosalyn Mallard on Darkwing Duck, and Oblina on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
As reported by the LA Times, Cavanaugh passed away at the age of 51 on December 22, 2014. She was born and raised in Utah and later attended the University of Hawaii before moving to California to start her acting career. Her role on Darkwing Duck led to further voice acting opportunities, such as Bunnie Rabbot in the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon and as Marty Sherman in The Critic.
In 1995 she landed two of her biggest roles: the titular characters in Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Laboratory series and in the film Babe. She retired from voice acting in 2001 but left behind a body of work that the children of the 1990s is sure to remember.
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