Historic genre magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland will return to San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 with a greater focus on its multimedia endeavors. This year marks the debut of Famous Monsters TV, the return of the Famous Monsters podcast, and a very special announcement to be made at the 2017 Stake of the Union panel!
EXCLUSIVES AVAILABLE AT THE FAMOUS MONSTERS BOOTH (#1621):
Famous Monsters Shin Godzilla Zip Up Hoodie
Deluxe zip hoodie featuring Shin Godzilla artwork by Toho artist Yuji Kaida! This artwork was created exclusively for a Famous Monsters screening of SHIN GODZILLA and has never been available on a hoodie… until now. Price: $40.00
Shock Monster Messenger Bag
Let the Shock Monster protect your goods! Features special satin Shock Monster lining and a padded compartment that can fit up to a 15″ laptop. Front pockets are large enough to carry a small tablet, pens and pencils, cell phone, cards, etc. Hidden zip inner pocket can hold your most discreet items. Adjustable strap allows you to haul your goods comfortably. Be the coolest kid in school with this exclusive grey Shock Monster Messenger Bag! Price: $40.00
More exclusives will be announced next week!
PANELS FEATURING FAMOUS MONSTERS GUESTS:
Once again, Famous Monsters will be conducting two separate panels: one focused on the Famous Monsters brand and one for its comic book publishing division, American Gothic Press.
Famous Monsters Stake of the Union 2017
Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Famous Monsters of Filmland has spanned nearly 60 years with its game-changing genre magazine, groundbreaking cover art, record-setting fan events, original comic books, and more. And 2017 promises to be the most exciting year yet as FM expands into new forms of media, including syndicated television! Publisher Philip Kim, editor Holly Interlandi, and associate editor Joe Moe will welcome special panelists to tease future projects, give exclusive art reveals, and maybe wax a little philosophical on Frankenstein.
From Comics to Virtual Reality with American Gothic Press
Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
A good story should work in any medium, and comics can make a great starting point for other forms of entertainment-television, film, and more recently, virtual reality gaming. Join American Gothic Press publisher Philip Kim, editor-in-chief Holly Interlandi, and top creators for a discussion on how to best adapt your panels to this rapidly developing art form.
Also, don’t miss Warner Archive’s many DVD giveaways throughout the weekend as well as a special Saturday panel!
Warner Archive’s Monsters From Hell
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 12:30pm
Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Trailers From Hell, & Famous Monsters of Filmland join forces to spotlight some of the most beloved (and sometimes overlooked) monster/dinosaur films of the past 70 years. Revel in WAC’s high-definition remastering of cult classics ranging from When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, The Valley of Gwangi, Demon Seed, and From Hell It Came to some soon-to-be-released on Blu-ray surprises. Trailers From Hell film gurus Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider, Tales of Halloween), Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw II, Saw IV), and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) join WAC podcasters Matthew Patterson & DW Ferranti to delve deep into insights, stories and glimpses behind the scenes of these fan favorites. Gary Miereanu moderates the proceedings.
2017 marks the debut of Famous Monsters TV, in collaboration with San Francisco’s KOFY TV, which will be going behind the scenes of your favorite Comic-Con events! Join the crew as they speak with celebrities, writers, cosplayers, toy manufacturers, and more on the exhibit floor and surrounding the convention center!
The presence of the Famous Monsters Podcast at Comic-Con means that any pit stop by the FM booth could turn into a guest spot! We’ll have a podcasting station set up at our home base, Booth #1621, for the dramatic pulling aside of whomever our hosts want to hear from, so be ready to share your monstrous pop culture opinions alongside your favorite celebrities!
Also happening at the Famous Monsters booth all weekend: movie effects makeup demonstrations by FACE OFF finalist Walter Welsh, special giveaways, and American Gothic Press creator signings (schedule to come)!
Notable stars and filmmakers who have discussed their projects with Famous Monsters in the past include James Cameron on ALIENS and AVATAR, Mark Hamill on STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; Zack Snyder on BATMAN V SUPERMAN; Joe & Anthony Russo on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR; David Ayer on SUICIDE SQUAD; Paul Feig on GHOSTBUSTERS; D.B. Weiss on GAME OF THRONES; John Carpenter on ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK; X-FILES creator Chris Carter; Guillermo del Toro on CRIMSON PEAK; John Landis, SFX master Rick Baker, and the entire cast of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON; Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, & Lucy Lawless on ASH VS. EVIL DEAD; PARANORMAL ACTIVITY mastermind Oren Peli and producer Jason Blum; Greg Nicotero and the cast/creators of THE WALKING DEAD; Director Ron Underwood, Kevin Bacon, and the cast of TREMORS; Director Joe Dante; the legendary Mel Brooks; and many more.
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm