Friday, January 14, 2011

Award-winning Comic Creator Expands Jolly Rogue Studios

January 14, 2011: With the recent decision to self-publish Sky Pirates of Valendor, creator and publisher of Jolly Rogue Studios Everett Soares has decided to share his lessons learned and possibly even lessen the burden of being a creator by offering up the talents of his most trusted team. In this endeavor, Soares has partnered with those in the industry who have helped him, trusted him and created with him to establish a one-stop shop to aid creators and publishers to develop their properties. The main goal of Jolly Rogue Studios is to provide guidance, support and resources that enable any creator or publisher in need. The team consists of a writer, penciler, inker, colorist, letterer, graphic designer, web designer, editor and publicist. The studio, based on their experience, will market themselves to comic book creators and publishers, gaming companies and novelists.

Jolly Rogue Studios was founded in 2007 for the sole purpose of creating Sky Pirates of Valendor. As a finalist in Small Press Idol that year, Soares went from aspiring comic book writer to published creator virtually overnight. But that didn't come as easily as it sounds. Building his team was the hardest process for Soares. He interviewed and auditioned over 16 artists before he hit jackpot with Brian Brinlee. Then after losing his original inker and colorist, another search began. The end result - Alex Rivera and Jet Amago.

In 2010, Jolly Rogue Studios grew even larger with the valuable addition of George Burnett, website design guru. George gave Sky Pirates of Valendor the amazing presence to the world that it needed. Next to the dazzling art and intriguing storylines, one of the most appealing assets that Sky Pirates of Valendor possesses is its packaging. Working with Soares since the launch of Sky Pirates of Valendor, talented graphic designer Steve Kuster has created a unique look and feel that engages the reader.

To round out the studio, Soares has welcomed longtime friend and grammar guru, Amy Haley to the team for her mad editing skills. And last but not least, a project of this magnitude would not be complete without his partner, wife and promotions goddess, Susan Soares. Together, this happy group of 8 will conquer the world with their extraordinary organization, communication and teamwork skills to bring their clients’ projects to fruition with the same level of magic they’ve experienced for the past four years.

For more information on the services that Jolly Rogue Studios offers, visit their website at

First Native American News Website and Media Network Aims To Be Entertainment Community's Go-to Destination

For News and Information About Indigenous Peoples

Launch Celebrated With Poly-Bag Insert in Variety's Golden Globe Issue

(New York, January 14, 2011) – Ray Halbritter, Nation Representative and CEO of the Oneida Indian Nation, announced today that the just-launched Indian Country Today Media Network, the country's first-ever website and media network for news and information about Native American and indigenous peoples, will introduce itself to the entertainment community with a poly-bag insert in Variety's Friday Golden Globe issue.

“With Indian Country Today Media Network we have created a full service media platform that is current, timely, sophisticated, inclusive and widely available," said Halbritter. "As the only national, daily source of essential news and information from Indian country," Halbritter explained, "our goal is to establish Indian Country Today Media Network as the thought leader in the national dialogue on Native American issues.

"Indian Country Today Media Network is a one-stop shopping destination for producers, studios, production companies, writers and actors. We can introduce the entertainment community to a deep pool of potential content, to above and below the line talent, help with casting and locations, and even assist in vetting scripts for historical and culture accuracy. We are the source for connecting the dots between the entertainment industry and Native Americans."

Indian Country Today Media Network evolved from Indian Country Today, the Oneida Indian Nation's award-winning national Native American newspaper.

Indian Country Today Media Network is designed to be the premier portal for Indian Country and the go-to destination for all things indigenous. The various platforms will include and a weekly magazine, This Week From Indian Country Today, which is being distributed to Variety readers in their Golden Globes issue today. Future plans call for the production of syndicated and online radio shows, and a content and advertising network, another first for Native Americans.

The website and magazine will provide essential news and information from Indian Country, featuring new artists and cultural highlights, and give life to the most forceful voices in the national community. The network will also offer online services in the areas of education, business and events ... everything from listings of tribal colleges to the latest pow wows to the array of entertainment projects with Native themes.

Not only is Indian Country Today Media Network a compelling platform for Native Americans, it’s also an opportunity for advertisers to reach one of the fastest growing populations in the US with a projected buying power of over $67 billion in 2010 (The Multicultural Economy 2010, Jeffrey M. Humphreys, University of Georgia, Selig Center for Economic Growth).

An advisory board of leading and prominent members of the Nations—including tribal leaders, educators, entrepreneurs and government officials—will help guide the policy of Indian Country Today Media Network under Op Ed Editor Ray Cook and Washington D.C. Bureau Chief Rob Capriccioso. Already accepting places on the Indian Country Today Media Network board are Dr. Jose Barreiro, director of the Office for Latin America at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; Mark Trahant, former editor of the editorial page of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and past President of the Native American Journalists Association; Dr. Duane Champagne, professor of sociology and Native American studies at Harvard University, and Professor Carole Goldberg of UCLA Law School, a specialist in Federal Indian Law, Tribal Legal Systems, and an advisor to the Tribal Legal Development Clinic and the Tribal Appellate Court Clinic.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Genre Bending Film Comes to Dark Sky Films DVD on February 15, 2011

“What a great film – the laughs keep coming and they never let up.”

– The Film Reel

“a strong, fun independent movie that Lovecraft fans will really love.”

– John Allison,

Mankind is threatened with extinction, and it’s up to three geeks and a salty sea captain to prevent disaster in the uproariously frightening THE LAST LOVECRAFT: RELIC OF CTHULHU. The movie, inspired by the writings of horror icon H.P. Lovecraft, will thrill aficionados when it reaches DVD via Dark Sky Films and MPI Media Group on February 15, 2011, with an SRP of $24.98.

Bored office drone Jeff (Kyle Davis, Friday the 13th) is informed by a mysterious elderly professor that he is the last living descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, the revered author of such horror/fantasy classics as The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Re-Animator and the Cthulhu Mythos stories. Jeff is thus the only person who can prevent a race of evil creatures (drawn from Lovecraft’s imagination) from wreaking havoc. The mild-mannered Jeff must protect an ancient relic and prevent it from falling into the clutches of the monsters, which would bring about the release of all-powerful evil known as Cthulhu. Jeff enlists the aid of his co-worker Charlie (screenwriter and producer, Devin McGinn, Bones) and a husky Lovecraft aficionado, Paul (Barak Hardley, Greek), and together they put their slacker lives on hold to embark on an icky and hilarious mission to save the world. Along the way, they get some help from an a sea captain with a fish-boy son – and discover that Lovecraft’s horrific monsters, including a T-shirt-wearing reptile man, are far from fictional.

Part road movie, part buddy movie in the vein of Superbad and The Hangover, THE LAST LOVECRAFT: RELIC OF CTHULHU is also a supremely creepy tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. No less an authority than Stephen King called him “the 20th century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” Lovecraft’s tales of Cthulhu and other stories have spawned movies, books, toys, games, apparel and collectibles.

An Official Selection of the Toronto After Dark Film Fest and the Slamdance Film Festival, THE LAST LOVECRAFT: RELIC OF CTHULHU has fans and critics alike in its thrall. Todd Brown of called it “a loving ode to both B-grade monster cinema … and the works of H.P. Lovecraft. … so slapdash charming that it’s impossible not to enjoy the ride.” “Funny from start to finish and full of some great creature effects,” said The Film Reel. Director Henry Saine “brings to life some seriously creepy Lovecraftian sea monsters with equal parts blood, slime and slapstick,” wrote Roxxanne Benjamin at And Toronto Film Scene said, “No one and no thing takes itself seriously in THE LAST LOVECRAFT, and that’s definitely part of its charm … both gory and funny (one of the best combinations!).”

Extras on the DVD include:


Cast Commentary

Still Gallery

Deleted Scenes

Animation Tempts

About Dark Sky Films

Dark Sky Films is dedicated to the discovery, preservation and production of new and classic horror, sci-fi and cult films from around the world. Based in Chicago, Dark Sky Films is a wholly owned subsidiary of The MPI Media Group -- one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world’s most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs.

About MPI Media Group

The MPI Media Group is a leading producer, distributor and licensor of films, home entertainment, historical footage and more. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world’s most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. MPI’s wholly owned subsidiaries include MPI Home Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, and the WPA Film Library.
Earth! Fire! Wind! Water! Heart! By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!

Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season One

Featuring Voice Cast of David Coburn, LeVar Burton, Joey Dedio,

Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Welker, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Kath Soucie, Dean Stockwell, Jeff Goldblum, Sting and more!




Move over Iron Man, Spider-Man and Batman, the world’s first environmentally-conscious superhero on the block plans to offer kids action-packed adventure and a chance to help save the environment. He's Captain Planet, the ever-changing eco-hero from within our Earth, who, with the help of five young people from around the globe called Planeteers, fights a never-ending battle against eco-villains out to destroy the world. Arriving just in time for this year’s Earth Day celebration, Shout! Factory, in association with Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), will unleash the long-awaited Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season One DVD set in stores nationwide on April 19, 2011. Passionate fans can pre-order this DVD set now.

Offering rich animation and engaging storytelling, season one of Captain Planet and the Planeteers is sparkled with all-star voice cast comprise of some of the biggest names in Hollywood and video games, including David Coburn (Captain Planet), James Coburn (Looten Plunder), LeVar Burton (Kwame), Joey Dedio (Wheeler), Whoopi Goldberg (Gaia), Janice Kawaye (Gi), Scott Menville (Mai-Ti), Frank Welker (Suchi), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Martin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Kath Soucie (Linka), Dean Stockwell (Duke Nukem), Jeff Goldblum (Verminous Skum), Sting (Zarm), among others. Featuring all 26 action-packed episodes and a wealth of bonus content, this collectible 4-DVD box set boasts a specially designed eco-friendly packaging made of 100% recycled paper. It is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.

Poised to attract an audience of kids, as well as the parents and educators who grew up with the television series in the 1990s, each episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers finds the Planeteers on a new quest. Whatever the problem, from garbage dumping to rainforest destruction, the Planeteers are ready to take action. With the aid of rings given to them by Gaia, the Spirit of Earth, they each control one special element of nature - Earth, wind, water, fire and heart. The Planeteers use their powers to take on environmental disasters created by the eco-villains. "You must have faith in yourselves," Gaia tells her newly recruited Planeteers. "You're fighting for the good of the whole world." When the situation becomes critical, they join their powers together to summon Captain Planet.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers work together to prevent the eco-villains from looting and polluting the Earth's resources. Once the problem is under control, Captain Planet returns to the Earth, leaving this message for Planeteers everywhere -- "The power is yours!" Each episode ends with a 30-second tag including tips on how people can be a part of the solution.

This acclaimed animated series motivates today’s youth to get involved in saving our planet and explores the profound impact of environmental activism, and relating it to issues that face all of us today. Go Planet!

Executive producers of Captain Planet and the Planeteers are Andy Heyward, Robby London, Barbara Pyle and Nick Boxer. The series is directed by Will Meugniot. The idea for Captain Planet was originated by R.E. Turner.

As excitement builds for Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season One DVD release, Shout! Factory will announce additional activities and events for fans in the forthcoming months.

About Cartoon Network Enterprises

Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Generator Rex, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Adult Swim and more. CNE also serves as the exclusive global licensing agent for the full portfolio of brands from Spin Master Ltd., as well as Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master for the award-winning Bakugan brand and the PGA of America for the youth marketplace.

Cartoon Network (, currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Academy Award® winner Michel Gondry takes over the director’s chair at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 at 12:05 A.M. ET/PT in an episode featuring an interview with the film’s star Seth Rogen. Rogen returns to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for the first time since June 21, 2010 when Kimmel’s studio lost power and the host grabbed his laptop shooting the entire show from his computer’s webcam.

Known for directing such films as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Science of Sleep,” as well as music videos for artists such as Bjork, Paul McCartney and The White Stripes, Gondry brings his talent to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” one day before the much anticipated comic book classic, “The Green Hornet” hits theaters. Gondry joins Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams as part of the esteemed group of directors who have taken the guest-directorial reigns at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Kimmel also welcomes actress Elle Fanning and a musical performance by The Damned Things to this unique episode.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Packed with hilarious comedy bits and a house band led by Jimmy’s childhood best friend, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The recipient of a 2010 Clio award for innovative media, each night, Jimmy delivers up-to-the minute news addressing the hottest topics of the day in his monologue and recently has welcomed such notables as Clint Eastwood, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Zach Galifianakis, Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Diane Sawyer, Sylvester Stallone, Zac Efron, Sofia Vergara, Gabourey Sidibe, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Charlize Theron, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Reese Witherspoon, Mel Gibson, Queen Latifah, Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Robin Williams, Heidi Klum and Janet Jackson as well as performances by Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood, Weezer, Them Crooked Vultures, Alice in Chains, Kelly Clarkson, Good Charlotte, Drake, Phoenix, MGMT, Tim McGraw, Maxwell, The Killers, 50 Cent, John Mayer, Shakira, Pink, Usher, Depeche Mode, Mariah Carey and many more including Matt Damon… well, almost Matt Damon.

Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers and Jason Schrift and Douglas DeLuca serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. For more go to
Make Way For Some Comic Book Super Stars!

Jim Calafiore and Ethan Van Sciver to attend Phoenix Comicon 2011

JANUARY 1, 2011 Phoenix, AZ: Comic book pencillers and inkers Jim Calafiore and Ethan Van Sciver are among many of the guests who are to be present at Phoenix Comicon 2011. Jim Calafiore is known for his work on Marvel Comics Exiles, and DC Comics' Aquaman. Ethan Van Sciver is best known for illustrating a number of titles including Green Lantern, New X-Men, and The Flash: Rebirth.

Jim Calafiore broke in to comics in 1989 at independent publisher Caliber Press before finding work at Marvel and DC. After

working on Marvel's Exiles for the last few years, in 2007 he moved to DC to contribute to Countdown. He is currently having fun playing in the Bat-Universe, drawing Gotham Underground and Batgirl for DC Comics.

"Since Jim first started, he has drawn just about every character he could hope to. Amazing!" said Matt Solberg, Convention Direcor.

Returning to Phoenix Comicon next year is Ethan Van Sciver, who is known for a number of comics and illustrations throughout the years. Most notably New X-Men and Green Lantern. Van Sciver is well known for his realistic and “eye popping” artwork.

“It’s great to have him back for another year!” said Jillian Squires, Marketing Director.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming industries. Entering its tenth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 20,000 attendees to its May 26-29, 2011 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please visit
MBP Presents Fuzz & Fur

Japanese fur suit mascots: A strange amalgam of hometown pride and cost-saving measures

New York, NY - January 11th, 2011 - The adoration of mythical creatures and popular anime characters is nothing new in Japan, but kigurumi, roughly translated as "fur suit mascots," is a growing pastime that is also a marketing tool. An oversized daikon radish, a skiing egg, a bear with an apple for a head, a volcano sticking out its tongue - these furry mascots wander the streets of Japan, and the pages of Edward and John Harrison's Fuzz & Fur.

Created to promote a prefecture or institution by honoring landmarks, local points of interest, regional produce, historical figures, civic institutions, and traditional folklore, municipalities have taken advantage of their citizens' willingness to design costumes and dress up as these characters in a strange amalgam of hometown pride and cost-saving measures.

Being chosen to fill the role of a kigurumi is a chance at local stardom, as the authors explain in their introduction: "The characters have background and personalities. Blogs and websites are made, merchandise produced, and they regularly make appearances at events and on television. Some even release books and have Twitter accounts."

Profiling over 100 kigurumi with photographs and text that explains these mascots' origins, as well as their likes and dislikes, Fuzz & Fur is the definitive compendium of this fascinating subculture, and the perfect companion to Edward and John Harrison's Idle Idol, which documents three-dimensional Japanese mascots.

About the Authors:

Edward Harrison is a designer and illustrator living in Tokyo. He enjoys taking photographs of strange signs and rusty Kanji. When not creating his own characters for clients including Adidas, Redbull and Eurostar he likes to track down and document Japanese mascots.

John Harrison is a designer and illustrator living in London. When not creating websites and animations for clients including Myspace and Nickelodeon he likes to try and avoid injuring himself while cycling and learning Taekwondo.
About Mark Batty Publisher
Mark Batty Publisher ( is an independent publisher dedicated to making distinctive books on the visual art of communicating, showcasing the visual power and innovation of contemporary culture in all of its varied poses. Today, the visual comes at us from more places than ever, and its dissemination is faster and more advanced every year. Books from Mark Batty Publisher capture this acceleration on the pages of every book. Affordable, well designed, thoughtfully created, and produced to last, MBP books are artful products that readers want to hold onto forever.

Fuzz & Fur
Edward and John Harrison
Page Count: 144 pages
Size: 5/5 x 7 inches
Format: Casebound
Publication Date: January 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935613-12-1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: eigoMANGA's Publisher Will Speak At Macworld 2011

(San Francisco, CA) — eigoMANGA's publisher, Austin Osueke is scheduled to deliver a skill enhancement session on manga and comic book publishing at Macworld 2011. eigoMANGA is best know for its Original English Language (OEL) manga series 'Rumble Pak' and 'Sakura Pakk'.

Austin's 90-minute session which is called "Creating Manga and Comic Books Using Desktop Software" (Users Conference: US912) is scheduled on Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM. He will demonstrate various techniques using Apple-related techology to create professional manga and comic book productions.

"It's a real honor for me to present our way of creating comics at Macworld," says Austin. "I've said many times that Apple's technology and philosophy has been everything to me from the very beginning and to this very day. Honestly, there would be no eigoMANGA without Apple."

Macworld 2011 will take place January 26–29, 2011, at Moscone Center's West Hall in San Francisco. Complete information on the conference program can be found at: To register for a Macworld 2011 conference pass, visit

About eigoMANGA
eigoMANGA ( is a comic book publishing studio that specializes in creating original Japanese-influenced comic book and media productions.

About Macworld 2011
Macworld 2011 ( is a four-day event that educates, entertains and immerses attendees in the Apple products community. A comprehensive expo hall offers access to hundreds of Mac products and services, paired with expert advice, demonstrations and instruction. Macworld 2011 conference programs feature industry leading minds, presenting cutting edge product training on the topics attendees most want to see. From Mac Power Users to creative professionals to first-time users to Enterprise computing professionals, Macworld 2011 has the conference content, special presentations and exhibit hall attractions that create what has been called "Mecca for Mac Users."

About IDG World Expo
IDG World Expo ( is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, strategic business relationships, and access to industry-leading products and services. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld®, Electronic Entertainment Expo® (E3 Expo®), Anime Expo®, QuakeCon®, Macworld Mobile™ at Mobile Asia Congress™, and Macworld Mobile™ at Mobile World Congress™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.
The British Guys are coming! The British Guys are coming!
Comic Book celebrities Mike McKone and Paul Cornell will be at Phoenix Comicon 2011.

Nov 21st 2010 Phoenix, AZ: British comic book artist Mike Mckone and writer Paul Cornell announced their visit to Phoenix Comicon in 2011. Mike McKone is best known for his work on DC Comics' Justice League of America, and Exiles for Marvel Comics. Paul Cornell is a British writer well known for his work in the television series Doctor Who and for numerous Marvel and DC Comics.

“Mike Mckone’s artwork is fascinating. I keep hearing about how thrilled his fans are to see him at the panels” said Marketing Director Jillian Squires.

Mike McKone has penciled many major titles including Teen Titans, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, and Punisher War Zone. Mike has recently worked on Amazing Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel and New Avengers. He has also contributed covers for Deadpool: Suicide Kings and Punisher. Currently Mike is penciling and inking Marvel's Avengers Acade my and lives in New York City with Lena and Sid.

Besides writing for Doctor Who, British writer Paul Cornell has written other British television series such as Primeval and Robin Hood. Cornell has also written for Wisdom, Captain Britain and MI-13 for Marvel Comics. For DC Comics, his work includes Action Comics and Knight and Squire. Cornell has also written numerous Doctor Who novels, and his own original fiction British Summertime, including short fiction in the recent superhero anthology Masked. He currently lives in Bath.

“Can’t wait to pick at Paul Cornell’s brain, he’s such a brilliant writer!” said Convention Director Matt Solberg.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming industries. Entering its tenth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 20,000 attendees to its May 26-29, 2011 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please visit