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Webcomics: ‘Shadowbinders’ Now Available on LINE Webtoon


The long-running steampunk fantasy YA webcomic Shadowbinders is now available to read on LINE Webtoon.

Created by the husband and wife team of Thom and Kambrea Pratt, the digital comic first set sail online in 2010 and has been read by hundreds of thousands of readers across a variety of online and print platforms.

Shadowbinders follows the misadventures of an ordinary teenaged girl named Mia White who is transported to the fantastical world of Belatyr.

From the official synopsis…

Mia White was an ordinary high school girl with ordinary high school problems. That all changed the day she was given her grandfather’s mysterious journal and an even more mysterious antique ring — one that transports her to another world! Now this ordinary girl finds herself in an extraordinary realm filled with airships, flying serpents and clockwork cities! But her biggest challenge may come in the form of handsome, aloof (and downright infuriating) mage Crimson Rhen…

Publisher Clownfish Studios has uploaded the entire webcomic archive to the LINE Webtoon platform, and new pages are being posted as they are produced. The comic is entirely free to read on LINE Webtoon, and can also be purchased in print and Kindle on Amazon.

Check out preview pages below, and read the entire archive from the beginning here.

Shadowbinders is written by Kambrea Pratt, with art by Thom “Kneon” Pratt.

LINE Webtoon is owned by Naver Corporation and debuted in 2014. Since that time the Korean-based platform has become the premier publisher of digital comics and boasts over 10 million users.

[Source: LINE Webtoon]

‘Stranger Things’ Halloween Costumes and Merchandise Appearing at Spirit Halloween Stores


The surprise hit Netflix series Stranger Things is coming back strong this Halloween.

No, we’re not just talking about the premiere of Season 2.

We’re talking about merchandise. Lots and lots of it.

Spirit Halloween seems to be ground zero for all things Hawkins, Indiana. Aside from costumes of Eleven, Dustin and Hopper, the temporary Halloween store chain is sticking a variety of merchandise like Joyce’s rotary phone (which attaches to a cell phone), an Eggo purse, Dustin’s trucker cap and yes, the famous wall full of Christmas lights.

You can see more of the Stranger Things merchandise in the Spirit Halloween tour video below.

Netflix to increase subscription rates

If you want to watch Stranger Things 2, you might have to pay a little more. Beginning today, Netflix will be raising the price of its standard streaming service from $9.99 to $10.99 and its premium service from $11.99 to $13.99.

“From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something great to watch even faster,” the company said in a statement.

In other words, if subscribers want more new shows like Stranger Things, Netflix needs to generate more revenue. Or so they claim.

Stranger Things 2 premieres on Netflix on Friday, October 27, 2017. Official Stranger Things costumes and merchandise is available this Halloween at Spirit Halloween stores all over the country.

WATCH – ‘Bendy and the Ink Machine’ Chapter 3 Gameplay

Bendy and the Ink Machine Gameplay Videos | Indie Horror Gameplay Videos
Bendy and the Ink Machine Gameplay Videos | Indie Horror Gameplay Videos

Bendy fans, rejoice… or recoil in terror… as the third chapter of the indie horror sensation Bendy and the Ink Machine (BATIM) was released last week.

The third chapter of developer theMeatly’s gothic 1920’s cartoon-inspired game is anything but a Silly Symphony. In this chapter, players will meet Alice Angel (apparently a nod to Betty Boop) but is she a good girl or a bad girl? (Hint, I think the halo is just for show.)

Clownfish TV’s own Kneon and SquidKing play through the third chapter of Bendy and meet the mysterious Alice Angel. You can see gameplay footage for yourself below.

Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 3 is greatly expanded from the previous two BATIM chapters, taking well over an hour to complete one ending. Chapter 3 also feels much less claustrophobic than the previous two installments, and has tons of secrets for players to unlock. Also, there are multiple endings — one for the “demon” path and another for the “angel” path.

It’s a petty beefy update for $5.99, and even retroactively adds some new functionality to previous chapters. It’s well worth the money, and might even convert holdouts to the Bendy phenomenon.

About Bendy and the Ink Machine: BATIM is an indie survival horror game published by The Meatly Games. It’s released in an episodic format, with new chapters being released every few months. The story follows the protagonist named Henry as he wades through the mysteries of Joey Drew’s cartoon studios. The studio has been overrun by inky cartoon demons, including Bendy. The story unfolds slowly and requires a bit of detective work on the part of the player to piece together.

[Source: Clownfish TV Gaming]


SNL’s David S. Pumpkins To Get Halloween Special on NBC


Last year Saturday Night Live had a sketch with Tom Hanks called “The Haunted Elevator.”  It aired on October 22, 2016 and quickly went viral–it currently has almost 9 million views.  Hanks played an amusing character named David S. Pumpkins.  He along with his skeleton sidekicks (played by Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan) kept randomly appearing on different floors with music and interesting dance moves.  Because, as we know, David S. Pumpkins is “His own thing.”

Due to the popularity of the sketch, NBC is giving David S. Pumpkins and his skeleton friends their own half hour, holiday special.   Hanks will return to voice David along with Peter Dinklage, sketch creators Mikey Day, Bobby Moynihan and SNL writer Streeter Seidell.  Lorne Michaels is the Executive Producer and Bento Box Entertainment has created the animation for the special.

The premise of the special will take place in a small suburban town on Halloween.  There David Pumpkins and his skeleton friends will show a young boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, while “answering none of their questions along the way.”  That sounds about right.

Set in a small suburban town on All Hallows’ Eve, the special centers on David Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks who show a young boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, answering none of their questions along the way.

The 30 minute special will air on NBC, October 28, at 11:30 p.m. ET / PT.

Here’s the original SNL sketch in case you missed it.


Source: Deadline,

‘Temporary’ American Girl Stores Coming Back to Several Locations for the Holiday Season Including Pittsburgh Ross Park Mall


Last year American Girl launched several temporary stores in various cities across the USA.  These stores opened in September and October and stayed open until January, 2017.   This year they are doing this again.  Some have opened and some will open in October and will stay opened until the end of January, 2018.  This year there will be temporary stores in the following locations:

Austin (the Domain) open now till 1/28/2018 , Detroit (12 Oaks Mall) open now till 1/28/2018 , Indianapolis (Fashion Mall at Keystone) open now till 1/28/2018, Pittsburgh (Ross Park Mall) opens 10/7/2017 till 1/28/2018, Raleigh (Crabtree Valley Mall) open now till 1/28/2018 , Portland (Washington Square Mall) open now till 1/28/2018, Salt Lake City (City Creek Center) open now till 1/28/2018.

The store closest to me is the one in Pittsburgh, at the Ross Park Mall and it will open next weekend.  We took our daughter there last year and she was thrilled.

They are great stores and I love that they added temporary ones so girls who might not otherwise get a chance to shop at American Girl can get to a store!  My daughter was so excited (as you can hear in her giggle at the beginning of the video.)

Our local Pittsburgh store seems to be the only one not open yet.  When it does open they require you to have a ticket to get in and you can line up for a ticket beginning at 7am on the 7th and 8th.  They will also be doing drawings each day for a prize pack including: The Doll of the year:  Gabriela, her book, accessories, and a pet.

We will be heading over to the temporary Pittsburgh store in the Ross Park Mall sometime this season.  I will try to post new video and photos when we do.  I’m really looking forward to seeing Nanea in person.  My daughter just wants to go to an American Girl Store again.

James Cameron Doesn’t Get To Decide What’s Feminist Enough


Recently, the Guardian interviewed James Cameron about strong women and strong female characters.  During the interview he said this about the recent Wonder Woman film:

“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”

Because of course the only way someone can be a “strong character” is by toting guns and blowing up aliens and robots.  Having strength isn’t always about physical ability.  Female characters need to be more than, as my husband says “male characters with boobs.”   Strength does not always equate to being a “troubled, terrible mother.”  Sometimes being a “good” mother takes more strength, sacrifice and courage.

In response to James Cameron’s comments, Patty Jenkins, the female Wonder Woman director that completely kicked butt, replied:

I’m a female, and I watched both films, and I enjoyed Wonder Woman much more.  I’m not saying that Ripley or Connor weren’t strong female characters.  But, there are different types of strength.

As for the lack of “grit.”  She charged across a battlefield to free a village from Nazis.  Then she charged back into poison smoke to try and save them again.  That would count as “grit” in my book.  She watched the person she loved die, and couldn’t stop it, and continued on.  She left all she knew, her family, to do the right thing.  Caring isn’t weakness.  Being beautiful doesn’t make a female less strong.  Actually, Gal Gadot seems like an amazingly strong, beautiful and caring woman outside of her Wonder Woman persona.

Speaking of “grit”a female director made an amazing female led superhero movie.  The fact they got to make this movie at all was a cause for celebration.  Hollywood keeps pushing male character “superhero” films but female characters are relegated to “supporting characters” or “ensemble characters.”  We’ve seen this time and time again, even in merchandising.    Not only did she get the job done, it was one of the best performing superhero origin movies to date.  This film was about strong females, from a director getting it through, to the actors portraying the Amazons.  If you look into them they all have impressive physically challenging backgrounds.  Each one demonstrating the “grit” that Cameron claims to  appreciate, in their real lives.  Everything about this film screams strength and “grit.”

I do get what James Cameron is implying.   Wonder Woman has been an objectified female character in the comics, as have a lot of scantily clad female characters.  But beautiful male characters with super powers are the exact same thing.   I think why the film did well is because she is beautiful and powerful, but she’s also real and kind, and strong.

In the end it just felt like he’s jealous of how well Wonder Woman performed.  He sees himself as the “champion” of strong female characters in Hollywood(because we women need a champion to show us how to be strong.)  He even uses “his” characters as examples of how strong women should be.  But both ways are valid.  Like real women, there are many ways to be “strong.”  As a woman, and a female creator, I never doubted Diana’s strength, resilience, kindness , and courage. I found her inspiring.  I think Mr. Cameron went too far with his comments.  I found them more “two steps back” than I found the film.   For a guy that’s been through 5 wives, I don’t think he truly “gets” women the way he thinks he does.

[Sources:  The Guardian, io9]


Stranger Things 80’s Parody Posters are Like Totally Awesome!


If you are like us, you are counting down the days to Stranger Things Season 2.  The first season embraced the 1980’s and was pretty accurate in it’s look and feel.  The show itself reminded us of iconic movies from the era.

Netflix has a Stranger Things Twitter account and a Stranger Things Facebook if you follow these you can see they have been putting up flashbacks to the first season, funny videos, interviews, and parody posters inspired by movies that likely inspired the show.

So far there are four of them, and there will probably be more released the closer we get to the new season, which airs on October 27.

Alien (1979)

The original poster

Running Man (1987)

The original poster

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)  Using Nancy was a nice touch.

original poster

Stand By Me (1986)

The original

From these posters I think we are meant to infer these are the movies that are inspiring the direction of Season 2.

Here’s a look at the trailer for the new season, in case you missed it.

I look forward to watching.  Stranger Things Season 2 will be released on October 27th on Netflix.  If you haven’t watched the first season, grab some Eggo’s and chocolate pudding and get watching!


New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Trailer from Comic-Con is a Retro 80s Frightfest


You can now watch the Stranger Things Season 2 trailer on YouTube, and it’s a… thriller.

Picking up almost a year after the original series (in 1984) the plot of the second season of Stranger Things seems to revolve around the Upside Down bleeding into Hawkins.

Watch the trailer below!

And here are some screen caps from the Stranger Things 2 trailer.

Will Byers is home, but not the same. He seems to be going catatonic, as if his mind is still stuck in the Upside Down. And there’s some nasty looking Cthulu-esque creature lurking in the fog.

Should Will stay or should he go? If he stays there will be trouble… and it might be double.

Yes, kids. Arcades were totally a real thing back in the 1980s.

I bet Joyce Byers will cry a lot in this season, too.

Partying again, Nancy? Poor Barb just rolled over in her slug-infested grave.

Expect the entire cast to return… including Eleven. Also joining the fun? Sean Aston!

Stranger Things Season 2 premieres on Netflix on October 17, 2017… just in time for Halloween.

Are you ready to binge watch?

Star Wars News – THE LAST JEDI Japanese Poster Teases “Most Shocking Truth” in Series History


Star Wars rumors are flying! Will The Last Jedi drop the mother of all plot twists on us? A Japanese teaser poster makes a bold claim that this will indeed be the case.

According to StarWarsNews.net, there will be a huge plot twist at the end of The Last Jedi that might rival Darth Vader’s “I am your father” moment from The Empire Strikes Back.

A rough English translation says…

The Most Shocking Truth In Star Wars History Will Soon Be Revealed!

A new generation’s tale of the struggles of light and dark, virtue and evil has begun with the death of Han Solo.

In a Galaxy where First Order and the Resistance are fighting against each other in a war, the heroine, Rey, had the Force awaken within her.

What will happen to the galaxy when Rey and the only remaining Jedi knight, Luke Skywalker, meet?

Kylo Ren has fallen to the Dark Side of the Force and killed his father, Han Solo. As a successor of his grandfather, Darth Vader, and a high ranking enforcer in the First Order, where will his ambition lead him to?

Furthermore, Kylo Ren’s mother, the leader of the Resistance, Leia, Poe, Finn, and BB-8, will embark on a new mission!

The story has finally begun and it will lead to a mysterious climax!

December 15. Be ready for the shocking truth surpassing the previous stories!

So what does that mean? Well, let’s speculate after this video reaction to The Last Jedi trailer.

The End of the Jedi…

It’s been teased in the first trailer that Luke Skywalker wants to end the Jedi Order. But why? Well, for starters the Jedi were completely ineffective in the prequels. They’d been bogged down by politics and religion and couldn’t see the forest for the trees, or rather the Sith right under their noses.

… because the Jedi are Actually the Bad Guys?

Is it possible that the Jedi are actually the true villains of the Star Wars universe? Perhaps they wanted to control who wielded the Force, and imposed a strict “religion” on the galaxy. Oh sure, they started out with good intentions. Most religions do. But along the way the religion often becomes more about enforcing rules and regulations than it is about self-discovery or helping your neighbors. The Jedi were all about rules in the prequels.

Perhaps the midichlorians were just a fabrication, too, and that the Force is actually meant to be free and able to be tapped into by any individual, Jedi or not? An excuse for the Jedi to select those they deemed worthy, pulling young children away from their families for “the good of the galaxy.”

That would certainly set Star Wars lore on its ear and undo some of the “damage” done to the franchise by concepts introduced in the prequels. It would also validate Anakin as The Chosen One, bringing balance to the Force by effectively ending both the Jedi and the Sith.

It would also set the Disney-owned franchise on a new course — one not about the Jedi or the Sith. The “saga films” would be about the end of one era of the Force, and the beginning of a new one that will (hopefully) last for decades to come.

Or it’s just that Rey is Luke’s daughter.

Yeah, everyone has pretty much guessed that. Unless she’s not. Unless she’s…

Anakin Skywalker Reincarnated?

This one is a long shot, but the theory has been making the rounds since The Force Awakens premiered. The theory says that Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One, but since he failed he chose to come back as Rey. Supposedly the concept of a “Chosen One” is that The Force somehow incarnates to balance itself out, and that there have been multiple Chosen Ones throughout the history of the Star Wars galaxy.

A Chosen One coming back as a female to train under her male predecessor’s son? That sounds an awful lot like The Legend of Korra, where Ang reincarnated as Korra and trained under his son Tenzin.

I seriously doubt Disney would go there, but who knows.

Will it actually be a bombshell reveal, or is it overselling?

I’m not sure if turning the Star Wars formula sideways is something Disney is willing to do. The Force Awakens was a very, very safe movie. In fact, some said it was practically a remake of A New Hope. So no, I don’t see Disney taking any major risks with the franchise that could jeopardize future box office earnings.

My money is on Rey just being Luke’s daughter, and then it’s business as usual for the next decade or two.

Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017.

[Source: Star Wars News.net]


New DC Super Hero Girls Unveiled at Toy Fair 2017

DC Super Hero Girls at Toy Fair NYC 2017 | Katana

Our daughter loves the DC Super Hero Girls line! Apparently, so do a lot of people, because the DC Super Hero Girls Action Figure Assortment just won for the Best Action Figure catagory at the this years Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) Winners are determined by the number of consumer votes they receive.

With New York City Toy Fair being this weekend, we have some upcoming dolls, figures, and playsets to look forward to.

On the DC Super Hero Girls Facebook page, they have posted that a New 12″ Katana doll will be coming out. Prior to this it was only available as an SDCC Comic Con exclusive. Amazon has pre-orders up already with a release date of April 15, 2017.
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A photo of a Hawk Girl Doll is out
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Frost is coming out too!

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Not really “New” news but they have photos up of the Intergalactic Gala dolls coming out this year too. Wonder Woman and Supergirl. These were “prototype” photos that appeared online within the last month or two.
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The Supergirl of Krypton doll for 2017
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There is a Toys R Us exclusive doll Wonder Woman of Themyscira coming out in 2017 (I might have to get her!)
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In partnership with Jakks Pacific they are bringing out some new dolls. My favorite is the new 18″ dolls coming Fall 2017. I read they would be 34.99, with 12 points of articulation. They will be Toys R Us Exclusive. (my daughter already asked for these)
Wonder Woman, Bumblebee, Supergirl, and Batgirl
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Also coming this Fall from Jakks Pacific are Toddler dolls 19.99
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I LOVE these! From Hallmark Itty Bitties 6.95 each
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In partnership with Lego we have some new sets.

Lego Set 41230 Batgirl Batjet Chase
DC Super Hero Girls Lego 21230 Batgirl Batjet Chase Toy Fair 2017

Lego Set 41231 Harley Quinn To the Rescue
DC Super Hero Girls 41231 Lego Harley Quinn to the Rescue Set Toy Fair 2017

Lego Set 41232 Super Hero High School
DC Super Hero Girls Lego Set 41232 High School Toy Fair 2017

Lego Set 41233 Lashina Tank Set
41233 Lego Set DC Super Hero Girls Lashina Tank Toy Fair 2017

Lego Set 41234 Bumblebee Helicopter Set
DC Super Hero Girls Bumblebee Helicopter Set 41234 Lego Toy Fair 2017
Lego Set 41235 Wonder Woman Dorm Set
DC Super Hero Girls Lego 41235 Wonder Woman Dorm Set Toy Fair 2017

Lego Set 41236 Harley Quinn Dorm Set
DC Super Hero Girls Lego Set 41236 Harley Quinn Dorm Toy Fair 2017

Lego Set 41237 Batgirl Secret Bunker Set
DC Super Hero Girls Lego Secret Bunker 41237 New York Toy Fair 2017

Lego Set 41238 Lena Luthor Kryptomite Factory Set
Lena Luthor Kryptomite Factory Lego DC Super Hero Girls Playset Lego 41238 Toy Fair 2017
Lego DC Super Hero Girls Lena Luthor Kryptomite Toy Fair 2017

Lego Set 41239 Eclipso Dark Palace Set
Lego Set 41239 Eclipso Dark Palace Set DC Super Hero Girls Toy Fair 2017
Lego Super Hero Girls photos from Toyark.com

As you can see there is a ton of great stuff coming out!!

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