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."
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.
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.
Justin Lin has officially been hired to direct the next Star Trek film, following the departure of Roberto Orci. Orci, who co-wrote Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, is still attached to the new film as a producer.
Lin’s directing credits include most films in Universal’s The Fast and the Furious franchise – The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6. The next Star Trek film, tentatively titled Star Trek 3, is set to release sometime in 2016.
A Klingon ale concept made it big last month after a Canadian brewery heard that it had approval from 'Star Trek' creators to make the beer. A company in Vulcan, Alberta, collaborated with Nova Scotia's Garrison Brewing to create the Klingon Warnog Roggen Dunkel Ale in time for a comic convention in Halifax this past November.
The beer collaboration dates back to licensing agreements that Alberta-based Federation of Beer made with CBS/Paramount a few years ago. Federation was interested in creating Vulcan ale with a brewery in Montana, an idea that received warm support from beer lovers and Star Trek fans alike. When Federation approached Garrison in hopes that a Canadian brewery would make a beer with them, Titus said he jumped at the opportunity. It was up to his brewery to create the recipe, so he decided to go for the unexpected.
The base was a dark German weissbeer, which is usually light and hazy, but Garrison added chocolate, dark malts and spices to change things up. "There's a lot of neat things going on in this brew," Titus told Space.com.
Warnog is a Klingon alcoholic beverage that is not quite as popular as bloodwine, according to "Star Trek"-themed site Memory Beta, but it was mentioned on television in shows like "Star Trek:The Next Generation."
You can learn more about the Klingon Warnog brew at the Federation of Beer website: http://www.federationofbeer.com/.
NASA's Orion space capsule, which will one day carry humans to deep-space destinations,made its launch debut on Friday, December 5, 2014, by riding a massive Delta 4 Heavy rocket into orbit from a pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 7:05 a.m. EST. Spectacular photos of the test flight captured not only the launch, but also the spacecraft's view of Earth from a distance of 3,600 miles out in space, and even the view out the window as the spacecraft made its fiery descent back to Earth. To view a slideshow of these photos, go to http://www.space.com/27938-awesome-orion-spaceship-test-flight-photos.html?cmpid=558741
The NBC series 'Constantine' is going to halt production after 13 episodes, but that doesn't mean it's the end for the NBC series. Based on the DC comic,NBC has gathered little information on ratings, due to the fact that it premiered in late October (it follows Grimm on Friday nights).
The good news is that Constantine has seen ratings jumps via DVR viewings (+81% for Episode 4) which could help NBC with a decision to start production on a second season.
If you enjoy Constantine, check out the NBC website: http://www.nbc.com/constantine
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