Marvel Releases An All-New Trailer for “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” & We Are Geeked UP!

“I was designed to save the world…People would look to the sky and see….hope…. I’ll take that from them first.  There’s only one path to peace….their extinction.”

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Today we get a look at the third US trailer from Marvel for their upcoming, must-see super hero extravaganza, Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.”  We JUST got done watching it five times in a row and we STILL have Hulk-sized goosebumps.

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The action scenes look epic, Ultron/ Spader is up to complete bad-assery, the team is on the brink of destruction and we get a VERY quick peek into the eyes of The VISION!

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 10.17.45 AMIt also appears there may be a bit of a luv story between Bruce Banner and Romanov?  That being said, let’s be honest, that Hulk VS Iron Man in the Hulkbuster suit looks pretty insane and will most likely be why we go see this film a couple of times.

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What looks like a massive showdown featuring Ultron hovering above all his minions as they set siege on the Avengers leaves us wondering just how the home team is going to fair in this one.

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 10.30.14 AMThis overhead shot shows the Scarlet Witch apparently helping Earth’s Mightiest Heroes which bodes well for them but are the odds stacked against them regardless?

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Give the new trailer and watch and then let us know what you think down in the comments section below.

Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction.

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Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

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Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.

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Funko POP! Vinyl Gives Us A Look At Their Upcoming: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” Set!

EASILY one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, Marvel’sAvengers: Age Of Ultron is just around the corner.  EASILY one of the most desired collectibles, Funko Pop! Vinyl figures for the film have been revealed and as you can imagine, we want them all.

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We are geeking out about the “flying” Iron Man and of course, we can’t get enough of The Vision.  That being said….where the heck is Black Widow.  While we are on the topic is “missing in action”  how about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch figures as well!?

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We CAN clue you in on the fact that there WILL is a limited edition exclusive SAVAGE HULK at Hot Topic which REALLY has us geeked up!  Will we see a grey hulk in Age of Ultron?  Seems almost too good to be true but this figure DOES pique our curiosity.

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Marvel is getting ready to launch a new trailer for the film and you can help see it sooner.  Tweet using to unite & unlock an epic new Trailer!

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Sideshow Collectibles Delves Further Into Blizzard’s StarCraft II With Raynor and Tychus 6th Scale Figures

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“StarCraft II” is the sequel to Blizzard’s award winning video game, “StarCraft.”  In “StarCraft II” After being betrayed by Arcturus Mengsk, Jim Raynor is a bitter merc who is going up against the autocratic Terran Dominion. Raynor enlists the considerable talents of ex-con/ marine Tychus Findlay, and together with their new crew, they wreak havoc on those that have wronged them.

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Sideshow Collectibles has just released two stunning sixth scale figures for Raynor and Tychus and they are pure awesome. Feast your eyes on vengeance personafide. Let’s begin with Raynor.  (CLICK HERE TO ORDER)

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From the hit Blizzard Entertainment title, Starcraft II, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce Jim Raynor -Terran Space Marine. Confederate marshal turned outlaw rebel, Jim Raynor does not back down from a fight. Equipped with technologically advanced armor and weaponry, the Raynor – Terran Space Marine was assembled from over 525 individually engineered components, making it one of Sideshow’s most ambitious Sixth Scale projects to date.

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The detailed armor features light up elements in the chest and engine vents, an impressive cache of weapons includes a C-14 Impaler Gauss rifle, a massive sniper rifle, and Jim’s signature revolver.

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Here is a close up look at the bad-ass known as “Tychus.”

(CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE)

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While not even Jim Raynor can be certain of the truth behind his past, or just where his loyalties lie, one thing is for sure: Tychus Findlay always goes big. Always. Assembled from over 525 individually engineered components, Findlay gears up in Sideshow’s Sixth Scale Terran Space Marine armor with an incredible range of articulation, multiple light-up features, and a colorful array of unique decals that suit him just fine – including snarky quips, tally marks and a pin-up of Kyla Velassi.

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Known for his big ego and even bigger guns, there’s no job in the whole universe too dangerous for this outlaw when he’s got a couple of flash grenades and a light-up C-14 Impaler Gauss rifle with bayonet attachment and removable clip. A born survivor, Tychus bears his ‘New Folsom Prison blues’ with true grit thanks to two interchangeable portraits: one with a scathing scowl, and one simply enjoying one of the best cigars in the Koprulu sector. 

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Specimen Illustrations Give Marvel Fans A Touching Groot & Rocket Letterpress Print

This is the first time that Specimen Illustrations has hit our radar but after seeing this lovely image, we are sure it won’t be our last time writing about them.  On their FACEBOOK PAGE they describe themselves as “The hyperdetailed illustrations of a positively obsessive evolutionary biologist.”  That biologist / artist is Jennifer Joslin and we have fallen in love with her latest piece.

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Jennifer Joslin is a self-taught, freelance illustrator based in the Portland metro area of Oregon.  She lives in a bright, cozy basement apartment among the rain and the trees. Jenn is nearing the completion of a degree in Biology with a focus on evolution and genetics at Portland State University and studies evolutionary biology on her own voraciously. She uses her constantly-developing knowledge of both science and art to create highly detailed illustrations that focus on the connectedness and resilience of life.

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Jennifer has taken two of the main characters from Marvel’s mega-hit film, Guardians of the Galaxy, and created a touching tribute to the enduring friendship displayed in the film.  Here is what she has to say about the print over in her OFFICIAL SHOP.

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Letterpress, limited edition of 50, 11.75″ x 14″.

Marvel’s newest film Guardians of the Galaxy won my heart this summer. It’s their best film to date in my humble opinion and this scene is the best in the film. Heartwarming, heartbreaking, and an instant classic.

This image is very loosely based off of the characters in that film. Marvel Entertainment owns all rights to the characters of Groot and Rocket Raccoon. They are in NO way associated with me whatsoever. I’m just one of millions of lowly illustrators getting her fan art on.

“Groot & Rocket” was originally drawn with archival ink on smooth vellum bristol. These letterpress prints were produced by Katy over at KeeganMeegan & Co. in Portland, Oregon during the month of February 2015. Original piece in the collection of Ron G.

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All prints are numbered and signed by the artist and come with their own unique Certificate of Authenticity. 

Head on over to Specimen Illustration to get your “Groot & Rocket” letterpress print before they are gone.  Also, let Jennifer know about your favorite pizza place while you are at it.  She is a self proclaimed pizza enthusiast.  Personally, I hear that Apizza Scholls is pretty spectacular.

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Famous Monsters Launches Original Comic Book Series

Famous Monsters, the world’s longest-running entertainment fan magazine (est. 1958), announces that in 2015 it will expand its publishing division into original comic books.

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Far from being a departure, comics have long been a part of FM’s history. In the 60s and 70s, the magazine shared the Warren imprint alongisde several monumentally influential black and white imprints: CREEPY, EERIE, and founding FM Editor Forrest J Ackerman’s very own VAMPIRELLA. In recent years, FM has dedicated multiple pages of every issue to articles about current comic book creators and their projects. The comic medium is naturally conducive to Sci-Fi, fantasy, horror, and all the themes that Famous Monsters prides itself in covering. By publishing original comics, FM is returning to its very roots.

“It has been a fun and successful seven years of covering some amazing talent while relaunching Famous Monsters back into the mainstream,” says FM Publisher Philip Kim. “But I remembered something equally exciting that Forrest Ackerman penned: his own stories. Though we celebrate all Famous Monsters, we are itching to make new ones. It’s time to tell our own stories again.”

3e4a97da-b711-491c-bd02-464818042ba0This new comic book division, American Gothic Press, has an expansive slate to kick off in 2015, featuring such reknowned creators as Steve Niles, Paul Tobin, Nat Jones, Darick Robertson, and many more. The first series, set to debut in June, will be GUNSUITS, written by the Eisner-winning Paul Tobin (BANDETTE, COLDER), with art and cover by P.J. Holden (JUDGE DREDD, NUMBERCRUNCHER) and an alternate cover by Darick Robertson (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, HAPPY!). “When I was growing up, the only place I could grab a copy of Famous Monsters was at the comic store,” says Tobin. “They didn’t have them at the grocery store where I bought my Creepy magazine, and Eerie, and Savage Sword of Conan. For Famous Monsters, I needed a long drive to a neighboring city, where painted covers by Basil Gogos were waiting. His monsters always seemed to have secrets. Now, years later, I get to be one of the writers making those secrets, and it’s great fun.”

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Coming in July will be BORNHOME, also scripted by Tobin and pencilled by Jeff Johnson(GREEN LANTERN, X-O MANOWAR) in the Cosmic Sci-Fi style of DRIFTER and BLACK SCIENCE. August will bring BROKEN MOON by Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, CRIMINAL MACABRE) and Nat Jones (SPAWN, ’68), an apocalyptic tale about creatures of legend and how they have come to control the fate of the world.
 
This is only the beginning for American Gothic, who have more exciting projects in the pipeline. Here is an exclusive first look at the cover to BROKEN MOON #1 by Nat Jones.

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Will Pigg’s Phenomenal Paper Crafts Are A Cut Above The Rest

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 12.04.24 PMThe other day, as we were trolling BEHANCE we stumbled upon the fantastic art of Will Pigg.  The man has a lot of great things to feast your eyes upon but today we will focus mostly on his incredible paper cuts. Will has created sensational images for some of our favorite films including: The Iron Giant, The Lion King, Sleeping Beauty, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Totoro, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and….Star Wars.  Needless to say, now that we have discovered his work, we will be spending a lot of our hard earned money in his OFFICIAL STORE.

We took a moment to reach out to Will to get some info about these fantastic pieces.  He was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to give us some words about his work.

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“Iron Giant and Hogarth” AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

BLURPPY- how long have you been doing paper craft cut outs?

Well, I’ve been doing the paper cuts for about 4 years. I had zero knowledge of paper cutting prior, so it sort of randomly fell into my lap. My friend and great illustrator Jacob McAlister had just gotten a table, at the last minute, to MegaCon in Orlando and asked me if I wanted to sell some art with him. So, needing to knock out some pieces, I sat down at my art table one night, geared up and ready to draw, and when I reached down into my wooden charcoal box my hand slapped the bottom of the box and… “crap, outta charcoals”. It was about 9pm so the art store was closed. I looked around and saw my x-acto sitting there, from cutting some bristol earlier to draw on, grabbed it, pulled over some black artagain and started using the knife like a pencil. I did my first cut, an 8inch bee. I thought it was pretty cool. As I was pulling it out of paper, the desk light ended up casting a cool looking shadow of it underneath and I liked the dimension it gave. So I got a bit excited, grabbed some more artagain and started immediately making a piece for MegaCon, a 3D Venom (after just having looked at a Dan Luvisi drawing. Then a TMNT piece. The next day I researched about how to frame and mount them in layers. The 27 pieces I ended up doing in 2 weeks for MegaCon were a hit – and that was that.

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“Team Turtles Rooftop” AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

BLURPPY – what is the start to finish process when doing these amazing paper craft cut outs?

WILL PIGG – It really depends and I’m always evolving it. Every illustrative piece starts off with a sketch to get a feel for the composition and this is where I usually figure out (on the 3D pieces) how I will set up the layers. For one shots, most of the time I just freehand them. For open editions, each one needs to match as much as possible, so after my initial drawing I’ll scan it and bring it into Illustrator or Photoshop and get a good clean outline/tracing of it. At this point (for the 3D ones) I’ll break up the elements like a puzzle and split them off into their separate files.

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I’ll print it out on vellum and use them so each piece is consistent. I make hundreds of pieces for conventions so this is a necessity. The small symbols are the same way except there is no reason to pre-sktech them. Sometimes I’ll simply make a sketch, tape it down and cut a one off. Before I start cutting I need to figure out what paper I’ll be doing it in and what colors. I have a bunch of shelves with different color papers separated by color then hue. Like a scrapbook store heh.

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Aside from all the geek stuff that puked over my walls, you would see my stuff and assume I was a 70 yr old woman making memory books for her grandkids. So, after all that, I start to cut. After cutting I have to modify frames and turn them into shadowboxes. Pre-made shadowboxes are expensive, so in order to keep costs down for people and for my initial cost for each piece, I find thick framed frames, open them up and turn them into boxes. Then I cut cold press board and glue the backgrounds – then mount the piece to it. Finally, after cleaning out frame and glass I can throw it all in the frame and close it up with a point driver and it’s ready to hang.

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AT-AT Walkers on Hoth – AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

BLURPPY – about how long does each one take? (do you have any process videos?)

I’m trying to work on a process video and have a great camera for it, I just haven’t had the time to figure out the set up for it, but it’s a priority and on my mind every time I make one heh. The time it takes to make a piece… hmmm it really varies from 15 minutes to 20+ hours.

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Millennium Falcon Mos EisleyAVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

BLURPPY – are you in any gallery shows this year?

I’m constantly doing conventions. My “convention season” starts with MegaCon in Orlando (this yr I think it’s the 2nd week of April) – I mainly do them up and down the east cost – from Miami to NY. I have to drive everywhere with a trailer because shipping my show is way too expensive with all the glass frames (not to mention the chance for breakage).

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Slave One on Cloud City - AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

I am trying to expand out west, and I’m hoping to hit some shows in Texas, Utah and California. But we’ll see how that goes. I do local art shows and galleries (here in Orlando), if I have time to make pieces for them. I also send off pieces to other galleries around the nation – but it’s pretty random. I would like to have pieces all over, but I haven’t had the chance to try to reach out. – Maybe someone reading this is a curator? :) I do have some pieces in upcoming HCG shows this year in L.A. which I’ll post on my social media when those are happening. 

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Aurora Sleeping Beauty Spinning Wheel – AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

BLURPPY – What’s the best way for fans to line up a private commission?

The best way to line up commissions or check what I have for sale is to check out my Etsy shop or email me through my website – willpigg.com

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R2D2 – AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Probe Droid - AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

We’ve only shown you a small offering from Will’s shop and it should be noted that he also has some fantastic illustration work for sale as well.  Hit him up for private commissions of your favorite characters and scenes.  Stay up to date with new releases via all his social media feeds.

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