Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces that for a limited time, every guest who purchases a ticket to Marvel’s Iron Man 3 in RealD 3D will receive a free Iron Man comic book. Beginning Friday, May 24 until Monday, May 27, more than 400 participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will distribute the special edition comic books, while supplies last.
‘Iron Man 3 is the reigning box office champ so far for 2013 and this free comic book gives our guests another reason to see it again in RealD 3D over the Memorial Day weekend,’ says Ted Cooper, senior vice president of film for Regal Entertainment Group. ‘For fans and collectors, this special edition comic book will be a hot item, and best of all its free when you purchase a ticket.’
Regal’s exclusive comic book is titled Iron Man 3 Prelude. The storyline focuses on the character Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine while also providing many additional connections to Iron Man 3. This free offer for Memorial Day weekend moviegoers is made possible by Marvel Entertainment, Regal Entertainment Group, Fandango and RealD.
‘This comic book provides a wonderful storyline to accompany the already successful movie,’ says Ken Foreman, vice president of film marketing for Regal Entertainment Group. ‘It really gives the characters life and will help build continued excitement for our guests wanting to see this action-filled movie again or for the first time.’
The free comic is only available when purchasing tickets at the box office. For a list of participating locations visit http://www.regmovies.com/Promotions/Iron-Man-Comic-Book.
‘ KA’ by Cirque du Soleil , the spectacular production at MGM Grand Las Vegas, and Marvel Custom Solutions team up to tell the story of this acclaimed live production through an all-new, collectible comic book. KA #1 will debut at the Marvel booth (#2329) during Comic Con International in San Diego, July 12 – 15, 2012.
“To see our live KA performances transform from the theatre to ink on pages in a comic book is an incredible opportunity for our entire team,” said Marie-Helene Gagnon, Artistic Director of KA. “By aligning ourselves with the premier brand of comic book creators, we have produced an illustration of KA that depicts the story very vividly and stays true to the plot. Marvel and its team of creators have been great to collaborate with and have embraced the story of KA and the expectations of Cirque du Soleil.”
“Marvel’s proud to bring the exciting, out of this world action and adventure of KA to life in this all new comic book,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. “This is a great comic for fans of all ages, whether they’re long-time fans of Marvel, KA or new to both exciting brands of storytelling.”
KA fans attending Comic Con International can take home the heroic journey of Imperial Twins separated by war who encounter adventure and peril at every turn on their quest to reunite their kingdom.
“What’s more jaw-dropping, the majesty of the Imperial Court…the dynamic dance of their martial arts display…the overwhelming might of the invading archer army…the desperate fight for survival in the storm-tossed seas…or the tantalizing glimpses at the future threats that await the Twins?” said Marvel Editor Bill Rosemann. “Readers can decide for themselves when they feast their eyes on the all-out spectacle that writer Bryan J.L. Glass, artist Wellinton Alves and cover artist Michael Del Mundo have crafted in this world premiere debut issue.”
KA #1 will be distributed at Comic Con International in San Diego at the Marvel booth in July. A limited amount of books also will be available at comic book stores in select markets. In addition to the print copy of the comic book, fans will be able to access the KA customized comic book by utilizing Marvel’s cutting-edge digital comics reader.
Fans can get an inside look at the making of the comic book by visiting www.kacomicbook.com. Featuring sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes information, including line art, storyboards and more, this site will serve as a hub for details on the collaboration. Fans will be able to receive information on how to get their own copy of the comic book.
Earlier today Hachette Book Group announced via press release that effective September 1, 2010, it will be handling distribution of Marvel graphic novels which is currently handled through Diamond Book Distributors. Although Marvel has since announced that it intends to [i]extend[/i] the current agreement with sister company Diamond Comics Distributor to continue handling the distribution of Marvel’s more traditional comics form, it does tend to strike a familiar chord such as when parent company Disney handed off its license for comics starring traditional Disney characters in the United States to BOOM! Studios, formerly handled by Diamond sibling Gemstone Publishing.
Love stories from the world’s most famous couples — Mickey and Minnie and Donald and Daisy — in some of the greatest (and most painful) romances ever told! Romantic, suave, debonair- all these words and more have never been used to describe Donald Duck! Check out how many humiliating ways he can ruin a nice night out with Daisy! Mickey has better luck, but he’s a hopeless romantic at heart, and everyone knows that’s nothing but trouble… Featuring the industry’s greatest all-time talents like Carl Barks, Walt Kelly, Daan Jippes, and more on the world’s most well-known characters!
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According to its release, Marvel expects the merger to be completed by the close of the market today.
Disney has graciously provided us with the following artwork for the upcoming joint project with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, Time Jumper (see link for more information).
As always, you can click on any thumbnail to see a larger version or click on the PicLens link to start the slideshow. Enjoy, true believers!
Images © Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
LOS ANGELES — Disney Book Group announced today the Prince of Persia graphic novel anthology, the first-ever graphic novel written by the creator of Prince of Persia, Jordan Mechner. Todd McFarlane (Spawn, Spider-man) created exclusive art to be featured on the cover, and interior art will include some of the most talented names in comics.
The 128-page graphic novel, a full-color action-adventure anthology featuring six original stories, is a prequel to “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” the feature film to be released by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films on May 28, 2010. The Prince of Persia graphic novel anthology will publish in April 2010 simultaneously in hardcover and paperback with a 125,000 first print run.
“We are thrilled to publish Jordan Mechner’s book debut,” said Jon Yaged, vice president, U.S. publisher, Disney Book Group. “We have developed a fantastic publishing program for the Prince of Persia film release and this graphic novel is an incredible cornerstone.”
New York, NY (July 16, 2009) – Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment, today announced the launch of the first-ever Anaheim Comic-Con, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from April 16-18, 2010.
Richard McWilliam, Upper Deck Chairman/CEO said, “Gareb and I have been friends for many years now, and I’m happy to see him once again back in Southern California. On behalf of myself and Upper Deck, we congratulate Gareb for bringing the fans here another great Comic-Con.”
Upper Deck recently announced a licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment to create products based on Marvel characters, including Trading Cards, TCGs and Miniatures Games.
Anaheim will be the fifth Comic-Con city for shows produced by Gareb Shamus, joining Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and the recently-purchased Toronto event. Attendees can anticipate the strong caliber lineup of stars and exhibitors that fans across the nation have come to expect.
“We had an outpouring of requests by fans and partners to return to Southern California, and felt that Anaheim was the best place to come back to,” said Shamus. “There is a real desire here for a comic based pop-culture experience, and I feel privileged to get back in touch with our west coast fans in this way. This will truly be an event for families and people of all ages.”
Ahmet Zappa, Publisher of Disney’s Kingdom Comics said, “All of us at Kingdom Comics are thrilled to be working with our friends from Wizard, as they get ready to add the Anaheim Comic-Con to their line-up of spectacular fan events. They have a reputation in the industry for putting on great shows in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, and the Anaheim Comic-Con will bring exciting entertainment to our own backyard.”
Kingdom Comics is developing entertaining new graphic novels, and re-imagining motion pictures from the Disney live-action vaults, and plans to use the Anaheim convention to showcase new projects to the fan community.
For all the information on Anaheim Comic-Con and other Wizard events, visit www.wizardworld.com.
From Acme Archives Direct (Booth #: 5429)
From BOOM! Studios (Booth #: 2543)
From Mattel (Booth #: 2845)
What is it: CARS Toons Rescue Squad Light-Up 1:55 Scale Mater with Mia and Tia
Edition Size: TBD
Note: This item will become available for purchase on mattycollector.com beginning August 3
What is it: Glow-in-the-dark 3 3/4″ movie-accurate Buzz Lightyear
Edition Size: TBD
Note: This item will become available for purchase on mattycollector.com beginning August 3. An exclusive chase item will be available only at SDCC
From Sideshow Collectibles (Booth #: 1929)
What is it: Medicom Toy Runaway Brain Mickey Mouse Vinyl Collectible Doll
Edition Size: TBD
Note: Available for pre-order at sideshowcollectibles.com
BOOM! Studios Announces Comic-Con Exclusives: Limited Edition Hardcover Editions of Pixar/Muppet Comics
July 15th, 2009 – Los Angeles — BOOM! Studios revealed today that Comic-Con ‘09 exclusive limited edition hardcover collections of their red hot series THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK, THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS and CARS: THE ROOKIE will be offered for sale at limited signing times throughout the week during Comic-Con International at the BOOM! Studios booth (#2543.) THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK’s Roger Langridge, THE INCREDIBLES’ Mark Waid and CARS’ Alan Porter will be doing group signings of these Comic-Con ’09 Exclusive Hardcovers throughout the week at certain times.
The Comic-Con ’09 Exclusive Hardcovers of THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK, THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS and CARS: THE ROOKIE will be limited to 250 copies, serially numbered, and contain all four issues of each respective series presented in hardcover for the first time with unique, never-to-be-repeated covers.