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17 items from 2017


Emily S. Whitten: Awesome Con Round Up

4 hours ago | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Sweet Christmas, everyone – this year’s Awesome Con was busy as all get-out and chock-full of cool things to see and do, and con season is rushing by so fast that I’m just now getting to my recap! (We can also blame the con crud for this, alas. It’s been following me around for a solid month.) As always, there were way more activities than one mere mortal could get to. And on top of that, this was the first year where I really saw multiple events surrounding the con that were either not directly affiliated with the con but inspired by it, or connected to it but not part of the main con experience.

So let’s start there. First off, I was part of a pre-con round-table interview Awesome Con set up with the inestimable Stan Lee. Stan answered many great questions. He talked about what »

- Emily S. Whitten

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Samurai Jack: Phil Lamarr Talks About the Show's Ending

7 June 2017 6:34 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Did you see the series finale of Samurai Jack? Recently, star Phil Lamarr spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the Cartoon Network TV show's emotional ending.Lamarr voices the titular character on the animated series, which follows a samurai who travels to a dystopian future in order to defeat a shape-shifting demon. The voice cast also includes Greg Baldwin, Sab Shimono, John Dimaggio, and Tara Strong.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Phil Lamarr on 'Samurai Jack': "I Consider It a Work of Art"

6 June 2017 12:14 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Phil Lamarr is having a very busy 2017.

In addition to wrapping up the final season of Samurai Jack, the fan-favorite animated epic 16 years in the making, the prolific voice actor also turned in a starring role as Aquaman and Green Lantern in the best-selling DC fighting game Injustice 2. If that weren't enough, Lamarr is also set to voice-star in Tyler, the Creator's upcoming Adult Swim animated comedy The Jellies.

Lamarr, in a recent interview on the Namek vs. Saiyan podcast, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter's Patrick Shanley, opened up about his many roles and ruminated on »

- THR Staff

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Review: DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games

25 May 2017 2:38 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

What a great time to be a grandparent (or so I’m told). There are now plenty of books, games, clothing, and video to encourage girls to be strong and independent. DC Comics offers up their Super Hero Girls line and this week they have released their second animated feature, DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games, a 77-minute romp.

Writer Shea Fontana improves on the first offering with a story set at the Intergalactic Games where Earth’s powered women take on the vile challengers from Korugar Academy. To prepare for the competition Academy teacher Doc Magnus (Phil Lamarr) is building battlebots and supervising Batgirl (Mae Whitman) and Bumblebee (Teala Dunn) as they build their own. Principal Waller (Yvette Nicole Brown) is not amused nor is she happy that Magnus’ bots seem to have free will but were not programmed with any morality, a theme that plays out across the 77-minute fast-paced story. »

- Robert Greenberger

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The Walking Dead Goes Back To Square One In This Motion Comic

19 May 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead is an outright zombie phenomenon. The comic has spawned two television series, spinoff novels and an ongoing series of video games. Underneath all this, the original comic book is still going strong after an impressive 167 issues. Now, thanks to a video released by AMC, we can revisit that very first issue courtesy of the motion comic you’ll see above.

This is where all the blood, gore, misery and killing time in abandoned buildings started folks, opening with Rick Grimes being shot and ending up in a coma. He awakes to find a collapsed world, flesh-hungry zombies trudging the streets and society having irrevocably broken down. This’ll all seem pretty familiar to any fans of the TV show, as the first episode hewed very closely to the events of Kirkman’s comic.

The motion comic features artwork by Tony Moore and a performance »

- David James

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Adult Swim Adds ‘The Jellies’ to Animated Series Roster

11 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Time Warner’s Adult Swim said it would add a new animated series, “The Jellies,” to its slate of original animated programs.

The quarter-hour program comes from Tyler, The Creator, a popular rapper, record producer and music-video creator (above, pictured), and Lionel Boyce, and will premiere this summer. Adult Swim aims to win millennial viewers in both primetime and late-night, and often features avant-garde programming with unexpected themes and characters.

The Jellies” follows a family of jellyfish and their 16-year-old son Cornell. When the boy learns he was adopted at birth, he is shocked, and subsequently spirals out of control in an attempt to “find himself.” As a result, he and his family and friends wind up in what the network bills as “uncanny situations.”

The show’s musical score and original composition is created by Tyler, who also lends his voice, along with those of Boyce, Phil Lamarr, Blake Anderson, Aj Johnson »

- Brian Steinberg

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Adult Swim Orders Tyler, the Creator Animated Series 'The Jellies'

11 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Adult Swim has given the green light to The Jellies, a new animated created by... Tyler, the Creator.

Alongside co-creator Lionel Boyce, the series will feature both music and voice work from the popular rapper and producer. The quarter-hour comedy, set to premiere in the summer, follows a family of Jellyfish and their 16-year-old human son who suddenly realizes that he's adopted.

It's another TV project for Tyler, who just set another series at Viceland. In addition to Tyler and Boyce, voices on The Jellies will be provided by Phil Lamarr, Blake Anderson, Aj Johnson and Kevin Michael Richardson — among others.

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- Michael O'Connell

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Warner Bros. to release Static Shock: The Complete Second Season in May

21 April 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the release of the first season back in March, Warner Archive has now announced that it is bringing

Static Shock: The Complete Second Season to DVD for the very first time in May 2017.

Static Shock’s second season comes supercharged with new, dangerous metahuman menaces, an array of special guest stars, and more of its unique mix of high adventure and social drama. The stakes are higher as Static gets drafted into “The Big Leagues” when the dynamic duo – Batman and Robin – travel to Dakota in search of The Joker (Mark Hamill). “Uncle J” to the metahumans, The Joker is wreaking his own special brand of “hilarious” havoc on the citizens of Dakota, giving Static (Phil Lamarr) the opportunity of a lifetime – to team up with his favorite super hero! Other superstar surprises this season include Static stints from none other than hoop hall-of-famer Shaquille O’Neal (Steel, »

- Gary Collinson

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Review: Static Shock: The Complete First Season

29 March 2017 10:19 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Animated fare was very slow to integrate, largely because there was a paucity of useful source material to mine from. In the 1990s, that began to change, largely thanks to Milestone Media, a multicultural operation that had a line of comics distributed through DC Comics.

Milestone’s best known character is Static, a young urban teen with a definite modern-day Peter Parker vibe to him. Virgil Hawkins just wanted live his life when he was accidentally exposed to mutagen gas, giving him electromagnetic powers. Donning a self-made outfit, he protected his corner of the ‘Hood as Static.

The show arrived in 2000 with a bang and became a cause because it not only featured a positive image of a black male, but closely resembled the source material thanks to Milestone co-creators Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan being heavily involved in the show. Static has been back every now and then and »

- Robert Greenberger

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Interview: Samurai Jack Actor Phil Lamarr Gets Back to the Past

17 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Long ago in a distant land, Cartoon Network abruptly, mysteriously, cancelled one of their most critically-acclaimed series about a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword, who stepped forth to oppose Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness.  After a full decade of fans refusing to forget the groundbreaking, Emmy award-winning show, Samurai Jack returns to television to finally put an end to Aku’s unspeakable evil and Get Back to the Past.    Samurai Jack himself, actor Phil Lamarr, from Pulp Fiction and MADtv, and voices of Futurama's Hermes and Static Shock, told me what it was like to return to a very different Samurai after a decade.    The Lady Miz Diva:  What is it like to return to this character after a decade?  ...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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'Samurai Jack': How the Cult Animated Series Finally Returned to TV

13 March 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Think back to 2001, when SpongeBob SquarePants reigned supreme on Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network was deep in the age of Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo — clever, talky animated shows who trafficked in wackiness and often took their storytelling cues from live-action sitcoms. Then along came a samurai named Jack: a laconic lone-wolf hero who uttered fewer words in a whole season than most toon characters spoke in a single episode. The creation of animator (and Dex-Lab veteran) Genndy Tartakovsky, this feudal-era Japanese prince was sucked into a »

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Samurai Jack Season 5 Review

4 March 2017 7:50 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Over twelve years have gone by since it left the air, but Samurai Jack is finally back. Creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s highly imaginative series took the animation world by storm when it debuted back in 2001 with a visual style that was equal parts anime and Frank Miller and ran the gamut of genre with pop culture influences ranging from Akira Kurosawa to Blade Runner.

The tale of a noble samurai trying to return to the past so he may destroy the demon Aku and prevent the world from falling under his rule ran for four seasons before ending in 2004. Season 5 will reflect the show’s elongated absence by moving fifty years into the future, where every time portal has been destroyed and a weathered Samurai Jack (Phil Lamarr) has stopped aging.

The series’ signature split screen presentation is kept intact for this upcoming season. »

- Joseph Hernandez

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Futurama: Matt Groening Series to Be a Mobile Game

22 February 2017 6:52 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Futurama is going mobile. Variety reports the Matt Groening series is being made into a new mobile game called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow.Created by Groening, the animated sitcom followed the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a New York City pizza delivery boy who is frozen for 1,000 years and becomes an interplanetary delivery boy. The voice cast included Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Dimaggio, and Phil Lamarr. The show ran for seven seasons, first on Fox and then Comedy Central, before ending in 2013.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Trailer: Cartoon Network’s Cult Series Returns For a Final Season

6 February 2017 11:47 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The original run of Cartoon Network’s cult series “Samurai Jack” ended in September, 2004 after airing 52 episodes over four seasons. Now, 13 years later, Cartoon Network and creator/executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky are reviving the series for a fifth and final season to bring Jack’s journey to an end. Watch a trailer for the upcoming revival series below.

Read More: ‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Teaser Reveals the Return of the Long-Awaited Cartoon Network Cult Hit

The series followed a young samurai (Phil Lamaar) who is sent into the future by the evil shape-shifting demon Aku (Mako Iwamatsu) mere moments before defeating him with his father’s magical katana. Stuck in a dystopian future ruled by Aku with an iron fist, the samurai takes the name Jack and continues the fight against evil all the while trying to find a portal back to the past.

The 10-episode revival series will be set »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Trailer: Cartoon Network’s Cult Series Returns For a Final Season

6 February 2017 11:47 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The original run of Cartoon Network’s cult series “Samurai Jack” ended in September, 2004 after airing 52 episodes over four seasons. Now, 13 years later, Cartoon Network and creator/executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky are reviving the series for a fifth and final season to bring Jack’s journey to an end. Watch a trailer for the upcoming revival series below.

Read More: ‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Teaser Reveals the Return of the Long-Awaited Cartoon Network Cult Hit

The series followed a young samurai (Phil Lamaar) who is sent into the future by the evil shape-shifting demon Aku (Mako Iwamatsu) mere moments before defeating him with his father’s magical katana. Stuck in a dystopian future ruled by Aku with an iron fist, the samurai takes the name Jack and continues the fight against evil all the while trying to find a portal back to the past.

The 10-episode revival series will be set »

- Vikram Murthi

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Samurai Jack gets a brief season 5 teaser

5 February 2017 7:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from last month’s premiere date announcement, Adult Swim has now released a very brief teaser for the fifth and final season of Samurai Jack. Take a look here…

Samurai Jack season five is set to premiere on Adult Swim on March 11th; Phil Lamarr returns to voice Jack for the final run of ten episodes, which will pick up fifty years after the original series and provide a conclusion to Jack’s story. »

- Gary Collinson

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Samurai Jack’s fifth and final season gets March premiere date

25 January 2017 2:14 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Cartoon Network has revealed that the fifth and final season of Samurai Jack is set to premiere on Adult Swim on March 11th, sharing the following announcement to Twitter.

The premiere of the new season of Samurai Jack has finally been revealed. pic.twitter.com/qicRjJOYD4

— Nate (@CabooseJr) January 23, 2017

Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, Samurai Jack originally aired between 2001 and 2004 before being cancelled after its fourth season. The new season of the cult favourite sees Phil Lamarr reprising his role as Jack and will run for ten episodes, with Tartakovsky previously revealing that it will bring an end to Jack’s journey. »

- Gary Collinson

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