IDW Publishing announces NYCC Exclusive cover for G.I. Joe #1

We are excited to report that IDW Publishing has revealed some NYCC exclusives, including a great exclusive cover to G.I. Joe #1 by none other than fan favorite Robert Atkins! Featuring G.I. Joe’s new field commander, Scarlett, this exclusive edition is available only at NYCC, limited to 300 copies (only 5 per person). They will be selling for $10 apiece.

At the show you can also pick up a blank cover edition of the issue to have your favorite artist draw their own.

Check out the Atkins cover below, and be sure to make your way to NYCC, October 9th – 12th at the Javitz Center in New York City.

Full details can be found in the IDW Publishing NYCC Exclusives Shopping Guide.

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Darkness Falls Episode 27 – The Coming Eclipse

The access tunnels underneath the Cobra Temple have become a war zone!  Bullets and rockets flying, there’s bound to be some casualties.

Meanwhile, in the Cobra Command Center, the upper echelon of Cobra (or what’s left of them, anyway) make final preparations for Project: Eclipse, a devastating attack certain to change things on a global scale.

Check out the Darkness Falls section, or click the link directly below.

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G.I. Drama – a Fanfilm on IndiGogo

With G.I. Joe’s recent rocky retail environment, and a film that’s still a long ways off, folks are finding more ways to celebrate their fandom, and the latest such endeavor is G.I. Drama. Launched on IndiGoGo today, G.I. Drama is a fanfilm based on everyone’s favorite 1980s action heroes, but they need your financial help!

The project is now live on IndiGoGo and is looking for your support, so please consider throwing some money their way and encouraging your fellow G.I. Joe fans to do the same! The link to IndiGoGo is below, and check out the full details as well.

G.I. Drama is a short film inspired by a team of classic animated heroes from the 1980′s.

The video that you’ve just watched is the prologue for G.I. Drama. It was first intended to be a self-funded short film (about 15 minutes in length). It was decided to use the starting funds to create a prologue for the film that can also act as a proof of concept for Crowd Funding. We hope that you’ve enjoyed these first few minutes of G.I. Drama. It is a small sample of the longer short that we would appreciate your help in backing.

What is G.I. DRAMA?

G.I. Drama was inspired by a team of army guys & girls that appeared in cartoon & comic form during the 1980’s. Rather being just an exact live action copy of the source material it has become an entity of its own. When not protecting America from a ruthless terrorist origination that’s determined to rule the world there were some very soap opera like story elements that these American heroes had to deal with. G.I. Drama parodies this by an increased focus on these melodramatic story elements. The story is set in the real world. It tells the planning and execution of a mission by an elite anti-terrorism team. While this is happening our heroes must also deal with a love triangle.

Funding Goal & Stretch Goals

Our initial funding raising goal is $15,000. These funds will pay for Indiegogo fees, rewards, locations, props, costumes, insurance and cast/crew salaries in order to produce the entire short. The goal of $15,000 is the expected minimal required for making this film. The script has been changed a multiple times already to reduce potential costs. Exceeding this goal will allow us to add more characters, better props, more location and improve the overall production. There is a Stretch Goal to meet or exceed $25,000 in order to re-included some scenes that were removed from the script. If Backers really want to show their support beyond these initial goals we’ll turn G.I. Drama from a short film to a web series or a feature length film.

PDX Film 2000! is proud to announce the start of the G.I. Drama Indiegogo Campaign. G.I. Drama is a short film inspired by a team of classic animated heroes from the 1980′s. The idea for G.I. Drama started off as fan film and became an entity of its own. We have already made a Prologue/Proof of Concept and invite you to check it out here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/g-i-drama

Thank you for your support.

G.I. Joe Season 4 #1 Preview

Tomorrow marks the debut of the fourth “season” of an ongoing G.I. Joe title by IDW Publishing. Unlike what many folks out there are claiming, this is NOT a reboot, it’s simply a jump forward in time and continuation of the last ongoing G.I. Joe title. IDW numbers these series like television seasons, so if you think of this as the fourth season of an ongoing G.I. Joe television show, it falls into place a little better.

Check out the preview below.

G.I. JOE #1 
Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)
DOES THE WORLD NEED G.I. JOE? Cobra had become an international peacekeeping force… and the future of G.I. JOE looks bleak. SCARLETT leads what’s left of America’s ultimate fighting force—but will she be able to keep hew team together? Real-world action and politics collide… and nothing will be the same.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
· THE FALL OF G.I. JOE BEGINS! Hard-hitting real world action!
· Bold new era begins with the master of military fiction, Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War, Star Wars: Republic Commando)!
· Scarlett commands the G.I. JOE team… but for how long?
· Foil-enhanced cover!
· Variant Cover by David Williams!

GeneralsJoes Reviews the G.I. Joe Kre-O Terror Drome!

It was the flagship Cobra headquarters of the 1980s, and has now officially made the leap from action figure to building block set!

When the G.I. Joe Kre-O line first kicked off, it was more or less repackaged from existing Battleship sets, and it really looked the part.  But throughout the past couple of years, it has evolved clearly into its own specific area of G.I. Joe fandom, and the sets have gotten more and more unique.  The Terror Drome is certainly the star on top of the tree!

Check out my G.I. Joe Kre-O Review Page, or click the link below to see my thoughts.

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Darkness Falls Episode 26 – A Light in the Darkness

Leaving Cobra Commander’s throne room in rubble, the G.I. Joe team uncovers a sinister secret passageway leading down into the depths of the Cobra temple.

But what waits for them down below?  And will everyone survive?

Signs point to no…

Check out the Darkness Falls section for the latest chapter, or click the link below.

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IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for December, 2014

We’re back to three ongoing G.I. Joe themed titles during the month and all is right with the world. IDW Publishing has also released their solicitations for December, 2014, and you can check out the covers and short descriptions below. I am absolutely in love with that Gallant G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209 cover. It’s a beaut!

Click the “Continue Reading” link to check out the full solicitation list.

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Transformers Collectors Club officially reveals FSS 3.0 Serpent O.R.

While most (if not all) of us saw the Serpent O.R. reveal from Botcon a few months ago, yesterday, the TFCC made it even more official and released the images of their upcoming FSS 3.0 entry for Serpent O.R. Based on the character from the Devils Due G.I. Joe vs. Transformers: The Art of War limited series, this figure looks pretty nice! It will be very interesting to see how his story intertwines with Marissa Fairborne. IDW writer Jim Sorenson recently revealed on Facebook that he was writing the bio’s for each figure, so there is certain to be some interesting back story here.

Check out the figure below, and make sure to check out TransformersClub.com to join FSS 3.0, time is running out!

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G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Wave 2 at retail and online!

When Hasbro unexpectedly divided up the G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary 2-Packs into two separate waves, many fans grew a bit concerned that the move might mean some of the product wasn’t making it to market. However, recent reports have showed sightings of the second wave at Toys “R” Us stores across the country, and now Big Bad Toy Store has posted pre-orders for the shared exclusive line.

Check out those Pre-Orders below:

Get ‘em quick!

Discovery is rebranding the Hub – what does it really mean?

Yesterday, word quietly came out that Discovery would be rebranding “The Hub”, the channel they operated alongside Hasbro for the past five years, in hopes of competing with channels like Nickelodeon and Disney. Overall, it would seem the experiment should be considered a failure, as after those five years, Discovery is apparently going to rebrand it as Discovery Family and tweak the format slightly to appeal to both children and families. This rebrand involves buying back some of Hasbro’s stake in the channel and at least from the surface, eliminating the connection to Hasbro’s apparently failed enterprise.

But what some folks aren’t talking about is that Hasbro still owns a significant piece of the channel, and still has the programming block from 9:00am – 3:00pm, so it’s not like Hasbro is just throwing up their hands and walking away.

Also, I do wonder just how much of a “failure” the enterprise should be considered. Look, I have no love for what Hasbro did to G.I. Joe: Renegades, and I think the Hub was the perfect platform to aggressively relaunch and remarket the brand. They totally and completely dropped the ball on that. They actually didn’t drop the ball, they threw it directly into the ground and stomped on it, and I think that stands as one of the most foolish things they’ve done over the past several years.

However, the Hub was the catalyst for keeping Transformers relevant with kids via Transformers: Prime, and even more importantly Transformers: Rescue Bots. Even moreso, the cultural phenomenon of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic likely would not have transpired if not for the Hub, and regardless of whether or not the Hub captured the market share it needed to be relevant (it obviously did not), I’m sure it sold a lot of toys and a lot of broadcast rights to Netflix, so perhaps there were enough nuggets of success in there

All that being said, I still remember how thrilled I was to hear about the emergence of the Hub. I remember calling Comcast and completely revamping my cable package so I could be sure I had the channel. The lead up to and events of the G.I. Joe: Renegades series were some of my most memorable times over the past several years. It’s a real shame that five years later essentially no evidence of those great several months will really exist. I would imagine this doesn’t spell good news for the chances of a future G.I. Joe animated series either. I don’t think the door can be completely shut on that, but the reduced Hasbro stake in the Hub certainly doesn’t do any of us any favors.

Check out the full article outlining this on Deadline.com and to remember the simpler days, check out my G.I. Joe: Renegades Super Section where I posted character outlines, episode guides, and all sorts of fun stuff.

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