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CCI 2018: Insight Editions Events & Signings at San Diego Comic-Con 2018



Join Insight Editions at San Diego Comic-Con in booth #3721 for exciting events and exclusive opportunities, including a signing with Rebecca Sugar for her SDCC-exclusive Steven Universe journal and a chance to win a bundle of prizes!


Attendees can visit the Insight Editions booth, have their badges scanned, and walk away with a free limited edition poster, plus they’re automatically entered to win a sweepstake. Attendees can choose from any one of these five SDCC-exclusive posters—Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Power Rangers 25th anniversary, Firefly, or DC: Anatomy of a Metahuman—while supplies last, and then choose to be entered in one of the following sweepstakes:

Sideshow Collectibles has partnered with us to give away a Chewbacca Premium Format 1:6 Scale Figure! This premium format figure is valued at $500 and one lucky winner will take it home.

The art collectible studio Mighty Jaxx has partnered with us to give away six of its latest DC Comics XXRay collectibles including Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Deadshot, Catwoman, Robin, and Supergirl. One winner will be selected to receive all six figures.

Insight Editions is giving away a bundle of Harry Potter products collectively valued at over $250, including Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Hardcover Ruled Journal, Hogwarts Hardcover Ruled Journal, Ravenclaw Hardcover Ruled Journal, Hufflepuff Hardcover Ruled Journal, Gryffindor Hardcover Ruled Journal, Slytherin Hardcover Ruled Journal, Wanted Posters Pocket Notebook Collection, Ravenclaw Foil Note Cards, Hufflepuff Foil Note Cards, Gryffindor Foil Note Cards, Slytherin Foil Note Cards, Hogwarts Foil Note Cards, Harry Potter: The Wand Collection, Harry Potter: A Cinematic Gallery, Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts, Harry Potter: Creatures: A Paper Scene Book, and Harry Potter: Imagining Hogwarts.


Insight Editions is bringing the Wizarding World to SDCC! To celebrate the upcoming release of Harry Potter: Creatures: A Paper Scene Book, which features multilayer pop-up dioramas capturing beloved scenes from the films, Insight Editions is offering fans a photo-op in a life-size (eight-foot tall!) Harry Potter paper scene!

Visit the Insight Editions booth to walk into one of the scenes featured in the book and take a photo as a memento of SDCC 2018.


Friday, July 20:

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Rebecca Sugar

Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe and writer of Adventure Time, will be at the Insight Editions booth for a meet and greet. This signing is free with purchase of the SDCC-exclusive Steven Universe Sketchbook, featuring a foreword written by Rebecca Sugar and never-before-seen sketches of fan-favorite characters.

This signing requires an RSVP and spots are limited. In order to attend, fans must visit the Insight Editions booth to claim a ticket. Tickets will be available starting on preview night (Wednesday 7/18)—first come, first served. Only 100 spots are available. Only one signed item per person.

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.: David Frangioni and Eric “the Catman” Singer

David Frangioni, author of Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits, alongside KISS drummer Eric “the Catman” Singer, will be at the Insight Editions booth for a signing and meet and greet. Attendees can pick up a signed copy of Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits and test their drumming speed with our drum-o-meter! The fastest drummer at the end of the weekend will win a cymbal signed by David Frangioni, Eric “the Catman” Singer, and Tommy Clufetos.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Power Ranger

To celebrate the upcoming release of Power Rangers: The Ultimate Visual History this November, attendees have a chance to meet an official cosplayer at the Insight Editions booth and pick up a free Power Rangers 25th anniversary poster.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Tom Gilliland

Tom Gilliland, creative director at Sideshow Collectibles and creator of Court of the Dead, will be at the Insight Editions booth signing copies of Court of the Dead: Grave Tales and Court of the Dead: The Chronicle of the Underworld.

Saturday, July 21:

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Richard Hamilton and Joe Cooper

Richard Hamilton and Joe Cooper, author and illustrator of the newly released graphic novel Scoop, Vol. 1, will be at the Insight Comics booth signing copies of the exclusive variant edition.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: David Frangioni, Eric “the Catman” Singer, and Tommy Clufetos

David Frangioni, author of Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits, alongside KISS drummer Eric “the Catman” Singer, and Black Sabbath drummer Tommy Clufetos, will be at the Insight Editions booth for a signing and meet and greet. Attendees can pick up a signed copy of Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits, and they have another chance to test their drumming speed with our drum-o-meter! The fastest drummer at the end of the weekend will win a cymbal signed by David Frangioni, Eric “the Catman” Singer, and Tommy Clufetos.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Andrew Farago, Jeff Pidgeon, and Larry Houston

Andrew Farago, author of Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties and curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, alongside creators Jeff Pidgeon (story artist and animator for Monsters Inc., Toy Story, and Mighty Mouse, among others) and Larry Houston (director, producer, and artist for classic cartoons including Captain Planet, The Care Bears, and X-Men) will be at the Insight Editions booth prior to their panel on Saturday evening.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Enrico Marini

Enrico Marini, illustrator of the forthcoming graphic novel Gypsy Omnibus, will be signing art cards.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties Panel

The 1980s was a truly outrageous decade that saw an unprecedented animation boom that made household names of a host of colorful characters. Author Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) looks back at that totally awesome era with some of the creative personnel behind some of the most popular cartoons of the decade, including producer Franklin Cofod (Voltron), voice actor Townsend Coleman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), director Larry Houston (G.I. Joe), and storyboard artist Jeff Pidgeon (Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures). The panel will be in room 25ABC.


Fans who aren’t attending SDCC this year still have a chance to join in on the fun! Insight Editions is hosting a 40% off sitewide sale from Thursday, July 19, at 11:59 p.m. PST to Sunday, July 22, at 11:59 p.m. PST. The discount is automatically applied in cart, so no discount codes are needed.

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Joy Ride Is An Extremely Raunchy And Hilarious Comedy



Joy Ride is an extremely raunchy and hilarious comedy that takes the mantle of ensemble risky
comedies that at times, leave your mouth on the floor. Joy Ride focuses on two best friends
Audrey and Lolo (Ashley Sullivan and Sherry Cola) end up getting roped up into a trip to Asia,
they end up on gals pal cross-continent trek to find Audrey’s long lost birth mother so she
doesn’t lose a huge business deal.

The chemistry in this movie is superb. Every character has their moment to shine and there’s
rarely a scene where you don’t get a belly laugh. I was shocked at how crazy and bold this
movie got, continually pushing the line to get a laugh. The movie does a good job of getting to
the point and getting to the scenes that really make you chuckle. There are some editing choices where the story flies by some stuff, and it feels a little incomplete, but never at the expense of really enjoying being around for the journey.

I thought that this was a sleeper for this year and certainly a movie worth watching with your
friends some weekend. It’s great to throw on if you want a laugh and really just enjoy some
great actors riffing off each other. The focus on culture was a nice touch and really elevated the movie to another level. While I would say if you’re easily offended, this movie is not for you – if you’re looking for a no holds barred comedy, Joy Ride is a trip worth taking.

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Who Doesn’t Want To Wear The Ninja Suit Of Snake-Eyes Or Dress Like The Mandalorian?



Hasbro has had their pulse app out for a while now. It allows for access to items to buy, preorder, and a look into future projects and releases. It also allows for a very cool thing most nerds (a group of which I am a proud card-carrying member) have always wanted, the ability to make yourself into an action figure. I’ve contemplated making one for a time but, I finally got my chance to get my hands on one at Comic-Con this year. Now, of course, I had to wait in line as it was a pretty sought-after item. Who doesn’t want to have themselves wear the ninja suit of Snake-Eyes or dressed like a Mandalorian? I was approached by one of the booth staff as I was showing my nephew all the cool ways we could get him his own MIles Morales action figure with his face (as he’s a massive fan) and invited to take a seat and scan our faces into the Hasbro Pulse app with the help of their awesome team and make this dream a reality. My wife was with us, so of course she got in on the fun too. We scanned our faces in and it was very simple and quick. Then we all selected our figures to add our heads to. We all chose Power Rangers(Me as the Black Ranger, my wife chose the pink ranger and the nephew got the red ranger). Then we were told that we needed to wait about 4-6 weeks and we’d have our custom action figure team in our hands. This was a major part of our Comic-Con adventure and definitely, a memory my wife and nephew won’t forget (as it was both of their first Con ever). Thank you to Hasbro for being so generous(also getting me brownie points that home) and I highly suggest checking out Hasbro Pulse and all the cool stuff it has to offer.

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The Last Voyage of the Demeter: Double-knock on wood!  



Adapted and written largely from the Captain’s Log chapter of Bram Stoker’s magnum opus Dracula, The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the story of Dracula’s journey by ship from Carpathia to London, and what happened to her crew in the interim.

So here we are in Bulgaria, middle of 1897, and Captain Eliot (Liam Cunningham) of the Russian schooner Demeter is here to take on some strange cargo from some unknown client and transport it to Carfax Abbey in London. In need of some extra hands, the Captain sends out his capable Second Wojchek (David Dastmalchian) to scout for some, and initially the roving black doctor and aspiring philosopher Clemens (Corey Hawkins) is passed over in favor of more work-roughened men. The adorable cabin boy of the Demeter, Toby (Woody Norman), narrowly misses being crushed by the mysterious dragon-marked crates being loaded onto the ship, saved by Clemens himself and switched out with the superstitious sailors running from the Demeter like they had been poisoned by the sign of Dracul. And now, armed with some nine or so crewmen, Doc Clemens, and Captain Eliot himself, the twenty-four strange what looks like coffins adorned with dragon signs brought mostly safely aboard, the Demeter can make for open water and the Hell that awaits them there.

The duty of showing Clemens around the ship falls to a cheerful Toby, who proudly shows him the living areas, the Captain’s quarters, the very-large cargo hold, the galley and kitchen where the overly-devout Joseph (Jon Jon Briones) cooks the crews meals, the various above decks, even the sails, and the rigging are all at least touched on, and the livestock pens that Toby himself is in charge of, including the handsome good-boy doggy Huckleberry, or just Huck. We the audience get a very clear feeling of what it’s like to actually be aboard the Demeter, just how large she really is, and what living on a ship for months at sea is really like, the reality and practicality and the dangers of it.

Everyone more or less settles in for a hopefully uneventful voyage, taking mess around the common table and exchanging ideas or aspirations for when they arrive in London early thanks to the fair winds, and receive a handsome bonus for their troubles. But that involves being alive and making it to London to spend said bonus and pay, and the coffin crates spilling dark soil from the motherland and disgorging all sorts of other nasty secrets, have some serious plans to the contrary.

First, it’s the livestock, innocent and shrieking in their locked pens as a monster takes great furious bites out of their necks, and of course, the creature just straight up ruins poor doggy Huck. Then there’s the fully grown girl that gets dislodged from an open coffin-crate, covered in bite scars and as pale as death, she eventually starts interacting and talking after several blood transfusions from Doc Clemens, Toby learns her name is Anna (Aisling Franciosi). And then, as the weather turns foul and the winds begin to be a serious problem, the attacks turn toward the remaining humans onboard the Demeter.

Most people these days are familiar with Dracula, that gorgeous cunning vampire Elder who can supposedly transform into a bat or a wolf, seducing women to voluntarily offer up their veins like an unholy sacrament, a being at once beautiful and powerful, but also horrific and murderous if given half a heartbeat to smell your blood. This is not Dracula.

Instead, the creature that hunts the humans occupying the Demeter is an absolute monster, not a single human feature left to it, barely even recognizable as humanoid-shaped, instead boasting not just full-length bat wings but an entire exo-skin of bat membranes that can be used for feeding, a mouth full of needle-like teeth akin to a predator of the deepest darkest parts of the ocean, those yellowed Nosferatu eyes that will not tolerate light in any way, and of course giant pointy bat-ears. This is a thing, a grotesque straight from the depths of Hell, and no amount of glamor magic can make this Dracula (Javier Botet) seem like anything other than what he, is – a parasitic demon who only wants your blood. There is no reasoning with it, no trapping it, not even really any talking to it (kinda hard to talk when your throat has been ripped out), and, like the much more frightening Dracula stories of old, no amount of pure faith behind a symbol does anything other than give false hope.

Coming face to face with an actual abomination does different things to different people. The formerly delightfully foul-mouthed Abrams (Chris Walley) dissolves into a blubbering mess; poor Larsen (Martin Furulund) didn’t even get to see his own death coming; and it turns out Olgaren (Stefan Kapicic) wants to live so badly, he’ll suffer becoming a blank-eyed Renfield if that’s what it takes. All of Cook Joseph’s purported pure faith didn’t stop him from trying to take the coward’s way out and didn’t save him anyway when the sound of unnatural bat wings descended on him. I find that kind of irony delicious. Dear Anna, resigned to her fate to be eternal food for the horror that terrorized her village, nevertheless wants to try and save whoever is left of the Demeter with her own sacrifice, and there aren’t many. Wojchek of course wants to kill Dracula, but for all his logic and solid practical nature, has no experience whatsoever with this sort of thing, and sure doesn’t want to sacrifice the Demeter, the beloved ship he called home that was promised to him by Captain Eliot himself, in order to destroy that demon. Even poor sweet Toby isn’t safe from the creature’s clutches, and what happens to the cabin boy of the Demeter is what finally sends Captain Eliot over the blooming edge. And who could blame him? For this sort of thing to happen during the last voyage of such a proud, solid ship as the Demeter, is some serious bullsh*t.

To leave such a film open for a potential sequel, especially when called the last voyage of something, was a pretty hefty ask, and somehow the filmmakers managed it. I personally think a different version of Van Helsing, the infamous vampire hunter, teaming up with a certain black doctor who nurses a serious grudge against Dracula, could be a kickass sequel. Until then, experience the doomed final journey of the Demeter and her poor crew in all it’s bloodstained glory, in theaters now!

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