Mighty Jaxx Reveals Wave 6 Of Jason Freeny’s

Last summer we wrote about Mighty Jaxx’s XXRAY DC Universe collection HERE and HERE.  We love everything about this series and today we’re going to give you a look at three new additions…aka “Wave 6.”

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XXRAY by Jason Freeny is proud to present Wave 6 from the DC Universe! They stand at 10cm (4″) tall, featuring a unique dissection. These collectibles are individually hand painted and assembled. Collect all specimens and form the ultimate collection!

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REVERSE FLASH AVAILABLE TO ORDER HERE

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GREEN ARROW AVAILABLE TO ORDER HERE

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LEX LUTHOR AVAILABLE TO ORDER HERE

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Dark Hall Mansion Enlists Stan & Vince For An Epic, Good vs Evil, Harry Potter Print

“There have been too many mistakes where Harry Potter is concerned. Some of them have been my own. That Potter lives is due more to my errors than to his triumphs.”            

-Lord Voldemort

January signifies the start of a new year, new goals, new beginnings.  Dark Hall Mansion is hpstarting the new year off by flipping the table and showing us the end, the final conflict between two of literature’s most loved and hated characters.

In 1997, J.K. Rowling bestowed the first book in the Harry Potter series to fans around the world with a talking hat, a magical train and flying broomsticks.  She ended the series in 2007 with the seventh book, “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows” and a climatic, gut-wrenching  battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, Rowling left an indelible mark on the masses.

Dark Hall Mansion is celebrating this book with a new print release and has enlisted the considerable talents of the French artist duo, Stan & Vince.  Here is the official press release from DHM along with a closer look at two fantastic posters that will surely be a must-have for Potter fans from around the world.

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Dark Hall Mansion is pleased to start our year with DHM’s officially licensed limited edition print release in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for “HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS” by contemporary artist team, Stan & Vince, and available this Friday, January 27th!!

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Building on the success of DHM’s official print release in 2016 for the first film in the “HARRY POTTER” series, we’re honored to now be able to bring fans the climactic series closer that finds Harry Potter and Voldemort locked in a finale that is seven J.K. Rowling books in the making! Contemporary artists Stan & Vince not only capture the moment that culminates this epic struggle but specifically that turn within their final confrontation where Harry, through seemingly endless years of challenges and hard won faith, finally begins to best Voldemort and the triumphant ending is finally in sight, even to Voldemort himself.

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“HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS”
Standard 24″ x 36″ Edition of 280  $65

“HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS”
Select 24″ x 36″ Foil-Edition of 15 (based on Std edition colorway)  $150

Stan & Vince evoke mood, tone and magic for their Standard edition, a piece that is not sufficiently well served by simple monitor images but whose detail is best appreciated by clicking the closeups to recognize their detailing. Their Variant edition is a sharp, striking piece that heightens and distills tones for a restrained and elegant take on this masterful series closer.

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DHM’s limited edition “HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS” fine art prints are officially Warner Bros licensed, hand numbered, 8-color screen prints measuring 24″ x 36″ with very few prints available worldwide given the millions of “HARRY POTTER” fans everywhere. Unlike our first “HARRY POTTER” print release in 2016, which was a timed edition and so available over the course of a week to all comers, prints for “HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS” are available only on a first come basis beginning this Friday and limited to only the edition run cited below. Note: when these prints are sold there is NO reprinting or reissuing of editions so purchase where interested while you can.

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“HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS”
Variant 24″ x 36″ Edition of 70  $95

“HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS”
Select 24″ x 36″ Foil-Edition of 15 (based on Variant edition colorway)  $150

 

All prints available this Friday, January 27th, at 12:30 PM PST in DHM’s STORE.

All sales are final and please allow 5 weeks for delivery.

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The Final Trailer For “Logan” Unleashes Dafne Keen

We can’t WAIT to see 20th Century Fox’s LOGAN when it hits theaters on March 3rd.  Directed by James Mangold, this will be the last time that Hugh Jackman bears the claws of our favorite X-men.  The film stars:  Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and introduces Dafne Keen as a pint-sized force to be reckoned with.

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Today we get the final trailer that has a bunch of new scenes and gives us a look at Dafne Keen in action.  (Trust us, you do NOT want to mess with her.)

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Stay up to date on 20th Century Fox’s LOGAN via the following links:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

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Marvel’s Invincible Iron Man Gets A Special Trailer

It’s the story that has the world talking! Forged in the fires of the violent streets of Chicago, 15-year old MIT student Riri Williams makes her explosive debut as the Marvel Universe’s newest heroine – Ironheart! Marvel is pleased to present a special series trailer for the blockbuster new series, just in time for the release of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #3 – available now!

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Superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and rising star Stefano Caselli introduce the Marvel Universe to the newest armored hero on the block. Clad in her very own suit of homemade Iron Man armor, Riri is out to prove that anyone can change the world. Not to mention she has an A.I. helping her along the way – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! Not to mention a special pep talk from Pepper Potts, a.k.a Rescue! With all this help in her corner, she can’t lose right? That is…if she survives her first mission!

 
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #3 is available now digitally through the Marvel Digital Comic Shop and at all local comic book retailers. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

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Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, Ernesto Yerena & The Amplifier Foundation Partner Up For “We The People”

In 2008, world-renowned artist Shepard Fairey gained a lot of praise, and legal nightmares, for his iconic Barak barack_obama_hope_posterObama “Hope” poster.  There were two other versions with the words “Progress” and “Change” across the bottom and they all met with the approval of the new President’s campaign.  Well Fairey is back and ready to unleash three all new posters for the January 20th inauguration but we have a strong feeling that THESE posters will not be as beloved by the new President of the United States of America.  That being said, we ALSO have a strong feeling that these new posters WILL resonate with many Americans across this great land of ours.

In an effort to get these posters out to the masses, Fairey is collaborating with the nonprofit organization, Amplifier Foundation to come up with a creative way to get these images into the hands of the people.  They have launched a Kickstarter campaign with the proceeds being utilized to buy full page ads in the Washington Post on January 20th.  These posters will be titled, “We The People”  but rather than have the face of the new President on them, they will feature “the shared humanity of our diverse America.

Recently, Fairey spoke to PBS NewsHour and here is what he had to say about the project.

SHEPARD FAIREY: Aaron Huey [a well-known photojournalist] and I have worked on projects before. Aaron has done a number of images around Native American rights. But he’s [a photographer who’s] not just making cool imagery. He’s heavily invested in a meaningful way. And then he started this new foundation called Amplifier. We were already collaborating, but then when Trump was elected, which neither of us expected to happen, we realized a lot of people are going to be vulnerable. There is a lot of division right now. Trump is not a healer. Art, on the other hand, is healing and inclusive, whether topically it celebrates humanity, or whether it’s just compelling visuals to make a human connection.

And so we thought it was the right time to make a campaign that’s about diversity and inclusion, about people seeing the common bonds we have, and our connections as human beings. The idea was to take back a lot of this patriotic language in a way that we see is positive and progressive, and not let it be hijacked by people who want to say that the American flag or American concepts only represent one narrow way of thinking.

After the Obama HOPE poster went viral, Shepard was sued by the Associated Press for using one of their freelance photographer’s images of the president without permission. Ultimately, they settled out of court, and Fairey also had to pay a hefty fine. For “We the People,” Fairey collaborated directly with photographers.

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SHEPARD FAIREY: All the subjects [in “We the People”] were photographed by people who relate to them somehow. The Muslim woman was shot by a Muslim photographer, the Latina woman shot by Latino photographer, and the African-American kid shot by a French African-American woman photographer. We realized that this has got to be a diverse coalition of artists for us to do this, and that while it’s good for us to be allies, this campaign really has to be authentically diverse.

We’re getting great traction with the Kickstarter already, and we want to fund an ongoing and expanding range of creative projects, with the next wave of people from all different communities. We want to allow people to express all their social/political views around a number of issues — LGBT rights, women’s rights — because a number of those things are going to be under attack under Trump.

In the original Obama poster, Fairey printed the words “hope” “change” and “progress” under Obama’s photo — but it was the word “hope” that ultimately took off. For “We the People,” he’s chosen the phrases “defend dignity” “greater than fear” and “protect each other.”

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SHEPARD FAIREY: We came to a conclusion as a group that in the language [for these posters] we want to say, “We reject fear-mongering and exclusion.” But we also wanted to do it in a way that doesn’t leave the door open for the Fox News type to say, “This is reverse racism”….

It’s hard to encapsulate the complexity of what we’re facing, going into this Trump presidency, in three images. But we chose three groups that are vulnerable. In the history of the U.S., there are a lot of people who fled persecution from Europe on the basis of religious identities. The idea of championing the ideals of our forefathers and then limiting the movement of Muslims — it’s so confounding that this is not riling more people up. And so it’s really time do some [work] that I think is a counterargument to that, and that’s not based on division but based on inclusion. We’ve seen where division has got us.

Just before the election this past November, Fairey created a poster called “Demagogue,” in collaboration with the Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand, who released a song by the same name. The poster portrayed Trump, mouth open, in red and black imagery that Fairey said was meant to be Orwellian.

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SHEPARD FAIREY: I did the “Demagogue” poster a month and a half before the election. I think [the book] “1984” is a really important work, and presenting Trump as a form of Big Brother, I think was antagonistic but not over the top. At this point, though, we have Trump, so what’s the antidote? The antidote is not attacking Trump more.

During [the tenure of President George W.] Bush, I attacked Bush, and I attacked the war on Iraq. I’ve learned from that. Back then, I got a pat on the back from my peers who already agreed with me for that work, but as for changing people’s minds, I’m not really sure we did that. When people get defensive, I think that really limits their ability to change their mind. So my solutions in this campaign are different.

While the HOPE poster was made in support of Obama, and “We the People” in protest of Trump, Fairey says both have a hopeful message.

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SHEPARD FAIREY: The Obama poster was very sincere. I come from this rebellious subculture, where sincerity and earnestness are not always really welcome. I come from punk rock. But sometimes, [sincerity and earnestness] means you are going against the grain. When the status quo is fearful and scapegoating, then the most punk rock you can be is finding common ground with your fellow human beings.

I’m also at this point in my life where I’m a really big believer in civility. There’s nothing wrong with disruption that’s ethically sound and well thought-out. Going to a town hall meeting and being uncivil is not something to be proud of.

The Clash are big role models of mine, and Rage Against the Machine. Even though these guys are angry, all their arguments are grounded in humanitarianism.… But sometimes I’m cautious to make sure that my style of my delivery doesn’t eclipse the content of my delivery.

I’m sort of doing this inside-outside strategy. Sometimes I’m very happy to do things pushing the envelope as an outsider. Other times it’s more constructive to infiltrate and make change within their own machinery and language, with subversive intent. Like in “We the People.”

After the inauguration, “We the People” will also send the five images to the new president as postcards. Aaron Huey said it was a last-minute addition to the campaign to “get the art in front of the people who need to see it most.” But Fairey hopes that by that time, the images will already have been distributed widely.

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SHEPARD FAIREY: Aaron [Huey] was looking at my existing model of giving away free prints and free digital downloads. [“We the People” is] an evolution of that, but a little more ambitious, with the Washington Post ad.

As much as I appreciate social media and the way it democratizes things, with the physical side, there’s an impact that’s longer-lasting and more meaningful, which is why I continue to do things on the street, and make physical prints. When people get out there and they hold something, it’s different. The kind of bonds you form with other people are more meaningful, when there are actual bodies in close proximity and words being exchanged and molecules colliding.

As you can see, these posters are beautiful and represent the sentiments of many within the borders of our great nation and from around the world.  As an added bonus, the KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN also features two fantastic posters by muralist Jessica Sabogal and artist Ernesto Yerena that have similar, inspirational messages.

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As of this post, there are still five days to go on the Kickstarter Campaign that had an original goal of $60K but has so far raised over $400K.  There are 16 different pledge packages to choose from.

 

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Cruise Through The Solar System In This Moody, Atmospheric Short Film “Epoch”

We are big fans of Ash Thorp’s work and when we heard he had a new project titled “Epoch” we immediately checked it out, and…..as we expected….we loved it.  Here is what he had to say about it.

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Epoch is an experimental film intended to take you on a voyage through our solar system and beyond. It is a personal project orchestrated to share our enjoyment and admiration for science fiction films and literature.

I have always loved space. Since I was a child, I dreamed of traveling to other planets and experiencing space as I witnessed in my childhood book inspirations and movies. Recently, I recalled that childhood admiration for astronomy and wanted to bring the dream of stars and space back to me via CGI.

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Epoch is a result of merging my love of design with space and moving imagery. It is a visual exercise intended to communicate that childhood wonder and enjoyment without any commentary. By primarily utilizing visuals and music, it will allow the viewer to experience the passage through their own imagination.

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I knew when this project began that this was going to be a somewhat linear journey, from one point to another and beyond. The basic core idea was to shadow the symbolic tale of David and Goliath, where in this film, David = Humanity, and Goliath = space and the unknown. Through similar scale, humanity is such a small presence in this vast universe, and it must overcome many unknown adversities to survive. The great unknown is indeed just that, unknown. It is hard to grasp just how large of a presence humanity must face as the resolve of one unknown only yields a new horizon of unknowns.

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Do yourself a favor, pull down the blinds, turn off the lights, turn up your speakers and set the video to full screen and get caught up in the magnificence of “Epoch.”

CLICK HERE to head over to his website to see more of his incredible work.  Tell him Blurppy sent you.

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