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Movies on Demand Makes First Appearance at Comic-Con!]

Across the street from next week’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, the Hard Rock Hotel will be a buzz of celebrity and excitement as one of the core locations for a number of high-profile entertainment outlets. This year a new entrant, Movies On Demand (MOD), the national platform for ordering movies via cable TV, also will make the famed hotel its home base from July 21-23. MOD is a collaboration of major movie studios and cable operators around the country promoting the On Demand platform as the best way to watch the hottest Hollywood hits from home via remote control.

The “MOD Lounge” will house invitation-only celebrity media appearances by Jason Momoa (“Conan the Barbarian”) and renowned movie expert Leonard Maltin (REELZCHANNEL), along with others to be announced. In addition, contest winners will be invited to the MOD Lounge to attend a special promotional screening of Paramount Pictures’ hit animated blockbuster “Rango,” which premieres on MOD July 29. Throughout the conference, the lounge also will be a place for movie fans to stop by and learn more about what’s coming up on MOD, enjoy movie-themed giveaways and “green screen”
themselves into a movie scene. The MOD Lounge will also be home base for the launch of @moviesondemand on Twitter and for updates about MOD during Comic-Con and beyond on Facebook.

In addition to the activities taking place in the MOD Lounge, Time Warner Cable cameras will be covering the action-packed convention floor and capturing celebrity interviews that will become available at no additional
cost to their digital customers on the Movies On Demand channel. MOD
also will launch a national “Geekstakes,” with the grand prize being a trip to the 2012 Comic-Con, through street teams distributing scratch off cards on the plaza outside the Hard Rock Hotel, as well as online (see info below).

Participants in the Movies On Demand Lounge and surrounding activities include Time Warner Cable, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, DreamWorks, Relativity, Warner Bros., REELZCHANNEL and others, including local San Diego cable operator Cox Communications. The MOD Lounge and surrounding promotions are created and managed by iN DEMAND, the nation’s largest distributor of Movies On Demand to cable.

Movies on Demand (MOD) is supported by a national consortium of top movie studios and top cable systems around the country working together to promote MOD on Cable as the simplest and best way to rent the newest and hottest Hollywood movies just by pushing the button on a cable remote. MOD delivers many movies in the earliest post-theatrical windows, often same day as DVD or earlier and often weeks before Netflix and Redbox. MOD films are available instantly on digital cable in SD, HD, and 3D (when available), with full DVD functionality and without the hassle of DVDs to return or late-fee worries. Some titles, especially indies, come to cable before or the same day as their theatrical release.

During Comic-Con, the MOD Lounge also will be home to press events, which require an RSVP as space is limited. Additional events will be added daily during Comic-Con. Please contact one of us below to be added to list for the following:

* Roundtable with “Conan The Barbarian” Jason Momoa, Friday, 7/22
6:30-7:15 PM

* Happy Hour with Reelz Channel’s Leonard Maltin, Host of “Maltin
On Movies” on REELZCHANNEL. Saturday, 7/23 4:30-6PM

And for the ultimate geek who can’t make it to Comic-Con, MOD will take its “Geekstakes” national, with the grand prize being a chance to win a trip to the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Fans can visit
to enter for a chance to win. Comic Book/Sci-Fi/Fantasy fans also will
find great titles on MOD before other platforms, and many cable systems have special themed categories on their menus this month to celebrate Comic-Con. Here are some other upcoming titles that Comic-Con attendees might want to check out on MOD:

“Red Riding Hood” 6/14 – (weeks before Netflix & Redbox) “Sucker Punch” 6/28 – (weeks before Netflix & Redbox)
“Battle: Los Angeles” 6/28 – (weeks before Netflix) “Source Code” 7/8 – (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox) “The Lincoln Lawyer” 7/12 “Arthur” 7/15 – (weeks before Netflix & Redbox) “Limitless” 7/19 – (months before Netflix) “Rango” Premieres 7/29 “Paul” 8/9 Premieres (weeks before Netflix & Redbox) “Your Highness” Premieres 8/9 (weeks before Netflix & Redbox) “Rio” Premieres 8/9 (weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

More about Movies On Demand
Movies On Demand is a growing platform on cable which generated about 200 million transactions last year. MOD includes offerings from every major Hollywood studio and the top indie film distributors including about a thousand new release movies per year, representing over $10 billion in domestic box office annually. In addition to current theatrical releases, MOD includes thousands of library titles spanning several decades and including a variety of movie genres. Studios and cable operators in a national consortium collaborate on a national advertising and promotional campaign for 2011 entitled “Push It.” MOD reaches more than 55 million homes across North America.


Adventure Time Toy Debuts at Comic-Con

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Fans of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time heading to San Diego Comic-Con this weekend will be able to pick up the first items from the upcoming toyline from Jazwares before they launch at Toys”R”Us next month!  The ADVENTURE TIME COLLECTOR PACK FINN AND JAKE two-figure set will be available for sale for a crisp $10 bill at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) at this year’s annual fanfest.  Annnnnnnndddddddd, to sweeten the deal even more, series creator Pendleton Ward will be on hand at the booth for a two hour signing on Saturday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Adult Swim Series Panels and Events Lineup 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International


This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Adult Swim will feature the first-ever Adult Swim panel block. On Friday, July 21 from 11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., the network will own a convention room at the Hilton Bayfront – Indigo Ballroom (located directly next to the convention center) for a day of programming featuring creators, producers and actors from Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Black Dynamite and Eagleheart. Adult Swim stars will include Rob Corddry, Chris Elliott, Paul Scheer, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Seth Green and more. Fans will also get an exclusive preview of some of the new series coming to the network.
Adult Swim is bringing the ice cream trucks back to San Diego for Comic-Con 2011 and keeping fans cool by rewarding them with free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Show talent will be along for the ride to pass out ice cream, interact with fans, and sign autographs. Keep your eyes peeled for the trucks cruising around San Diego giving out frozen treats.
Adult Swim will also host nightly fan events at Quality Social Club in the Gaslamp, Thursday, July 21 –­ Saturday, July 23. The venue will provide a casual and intimate destination for rabid Adult Swim fans to come together and interact with some of network’s creators, producers and talent. The club will be a nightly venue with music and special events. Tickets for admission are limited and will be given out at Adult Swim panels, booth and ice cream trucks.
Below is a schedule of series panels, fan events and signings at 2011 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24, 2011. All times, dates and locations subject to change. 
Friday, July 22
Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront (directly next to the convention center)
11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Venture Bros.
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Show creators Jackson Publick andDoc Hammerwill screen an early premiere of The Venture Bros. Special—From The Ladle To The Grave: The Story Of Shallow Gravy—a 15-minute documentary-style animated special. The creators joined by James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) will discuss their original series and answer questions.  The Venture Bros. Special—From The Ladle To The Grave: The Story Of Shallow Gravy premieres August 28 on Adult Swim.
NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle)
12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Sneak peek of Adult Swim’s newest live-action comedy as introduced by creator and star Paul Scheer (The League) and executive producer Jon Stern (The Ten). NTSF:SD:SUV:: is a clandestine team of government agents working together to protect San Diego from numerous terrorist threats coming in daily from such evil countries as Mexico, Canada and Guam. This team of highly trained operatives has only one job: saving your ass so you can drive your hybrid and see your movies in 3-D without worrying about living in a country run by no-good terrorists. Panel will also include series co-stars Martin Starr (Adventureland), Brandon Johnson (Get Him to the Greek), June Diane Raphael (Going the Distance) and executive producer Curtis Gwinn.
Childrens Hospital
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Come watch a never-before-seen episode of Childrens Hospital and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Cedar Rapids) and Jon Stern (The Ten). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights including Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat), Lake Bell (No Strings Attached), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man), Ken Marino (Party Down) and Megan Mullally (Will and Grace). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos.
Black Dynamite
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Creators and voice talent from the new animated series will give a sneak peek of the show and answer questions. Executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) and director Scott Sanders (Black Dynamite) will be on the panel in addition to: writer and star Michael Jai White, voice actor Kym Whitley and writer and voice actor Byron Minns, all of whom also starred in the live-action feature film Black Dynamite. The 2009 feature film is an outrageous action comedy-spoof that follows ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies man, Black Dynamite, who’s out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits Black Dynamite and his crew. Chris Hardwick will moderate the panel.
Robot Chicken
Time: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken), Breckin Meyer (voice talent) and Zeb Wells (writer) discuss the popular Adult Swim series. Robot Chicken, from actor/producer Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, uses stop-motion animation to bring pop-culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In Robot Chicken, no pop-culture target is safe. Legions of action figures are used to spoof everything from reality television and Star Wars to past Presidents. 
4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Chris Elliott (Get A Life) discusses his Eagleheart role as Marshal Chris Monsanto, who blindly kicks, punches and shoots his way to what may or may not be a legitimate solution to his cases.   Panelists include series stars Chris Elliott, Brett Gelman (The Other Guys), Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and executive producers Michael Koman, Andrew Weinberg and Jason Woliner. Produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions and Dakota Pictures, Eagleheart promises violence, suspense, intrigue and copious amounts of needless bloodshed. 
Thursday, July 21
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                   Robot Chicken
Visit Adult Swim booth #3949 for details
Friday, July 22
  • 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.                     Childrens Hospital
                                                                WB Booth # 4545
Saturday, July 23
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.         Black Dynamite
Location: Signing room 28C
Visit Adult Swim booth #3949 for tickets
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                     The Venture Bros.
Visit Adult Swim booth #3949 for details
Adult Swim @ Quality Social
789 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
*Check out the Adult Swim booth, panels, and ice cream trucks to find out how to get in. Tickets for admission are limited.

Thursday, July 21 – NTSF:SD:SUV:: Premiere Party hosted by Paul Scheer & performance by Kid Koala
9 p.m. Doors
Event at 10 p.m.

Friday, July 22 – The Venture Bros. Costume Contest & performance by Flying Lotus
9:30 p.m. Doors
Event at 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23 – Special Performance

9 p.m. Doors
Event at 10 p.m.
Adult Swim (, launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.  Airing nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families, and is seen in 99 million U.S. homes

CNET and GameSpot Invite You To The CNET Base Station

CNET and GameSpot are inviting Comic-Con attendees to recharge and refuel at The CNET Base Station featuring GameSpot, on Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located at Lou & Mickey’s restaurant across from the San Diego Convention Center, the CNET Base Station will give fans the chance to recharge their gadgets, refuel with complimentary food and drinks, and enjoy a special appearance from Star Trek’s Orion Slave Girls (11 AM to 12 PM on Thursday, July 21).

 Video game fans will also be able to play some of the hottest video games on PS3 and XBOX 360 in the GameSpot Game Room, including a first-look at Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, not scheduled for release until the fall.

 The venue will feature free Wi-Fi, a social media lounge and photo booths so fans can share their Comic-Con experience with friends everywhere. Additionally, fans who stop by will also have the chance to win one of eight raffle drawings, with prizes including tablets, gaming systems, cameras, and gift cards. Fans not attending Comic-Con still have a chance to win one of the prizes by logging on to CNET and entering the Superhero Sweeps:




  • LOCATION: Lou & Mickey’s, 224 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA


  • WHEN: Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22, from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

NCsoft Announces Details for Comic-Con 2011

NCsoft, the world’s premier publisher of MMO’s, is excited to announce their attendance and participation at this year’s Comic-Con International (July 20, 2011 – July 24, 2011) in San Diego, CA. Featuring the latest updates to their hugely popular games, City of Heroes and Guild Wars 2, NCsoft invites fans new and old to meet the artists and developers behind the scenes on the show floor at booth #5345.

As the successor to one of the most successful PC RPGS franchises of all time, the upcoming Guild Wars 2 is one of the most highly anticipated titles in its genre. Building off the stunning visuals, massive role playing environments, innovative combat mechanics, dynamic events and personal storytelling innovations that fans are already excited for, the ArenaNet team will be on hand to demonstrate the recently announced Engineer profession and Underwater Combat areas, along with the opportunity to for fans to begin their journey in the icy highlands of the Norn race starting zone.

 Fans eager to see how Guild Wars 2 evolves the genre will be able dive into the deep as they experience the full, unique and complex fighting system that lies just beneath the watery surface of Tyria. Or choose to play as the versatile Engineer profession whose mastery of weapons and technology represents not only the evolution of weapons and combat, but of Tyria itself. Whether taking the plunge into underwater combat, or touring the Norn homeland, fans will experience firsthand how the ArenaNet team continues to evolve not only professions like the Engineer, but everything players have come to expect from their PC RPGs.

In addition, with over 2 million players to date, City of Heroes continues to be the world’s most popular super-powered MMO, where players live out their dreams as a their own unique hero, villain, mercenary or vigilante. Now, following the recent announcement of City of Heroes Freedom, Paragon Studios is giving comic book and pop culture fans at the show a chance to get an inside look at how the team is revolutionizing the franchise while also being able to experience the first playable build of the Incarnate Raids.

 NCsoft will also host several other activities during the four-day event including, including:

 ·         “City of Heroes Freedom The Future of Super-Powered MMOs” On July 21, from 4:30 to 5:40 p.m. (Room 24 ABC), the City of Heroes’ very own design team, Paragon Studios™, will be presenting a panel on how they will once again redefine the online gaming space in 2011.

 ·        “Rethinking the Online RPG: How Guild Wars 2 Explores New Dimensions in Social Gaming” On July 23, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Room 23 ABC) ArenaNet, the award winning design team for Guild Wars 2, will be presenting a panel set to examine how the lore, design, and gameplay of Guild Wars 2 combine to deliver a fresh, social approach to online fantasy RPGs.


·         “San Diego Meet & Greet” On July 22, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., NCsoft will be hosting their annual community meet & greet at the Hard Rock Hotel where fans can meet fellow players of their favorite NCsoft games while chatting with City of Heroes Freedom and Guild Wars 2 developers and artists. Please note however, admission to the event is limited to NCsoft San Diego Meet & Greet ticket holders only and is granted on a first-come, first-served basis to the capacity of the venue.

Whether checking out the latest from City of Heroes Freedom, or trying your hands at Engineer profession in Guild Wars 2 on PCs provided by Alienware and with peripherals from Razer, the teams would love to chat with you and answer questions you have about their games.

Bill Plympton and Alexia Anastasio at San Diego Comic Con


Bill Plympton and Alexia Anastasio got officially accepted and presented our film, “Adventures in Plymptoons!” for its World Premiere at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival. This is a very very big deal in the animation community and we are getting festival and screening requests around the world because of it. We could not have done this without you, but it is not over yet. It seems like it is just the beginning all over again as the world tour has kicked off and we head to San Diego Comic Con.


Coming to San Diego Comic Con? Well then you are in luck. You get a coupon. Come to the booth for $5 off a hawaiian shirt with Bill Plympton art.

Alexia Anastasio, director of “Adventures in Plymptoons!” documentary on Oscar nominated animator, Bill Plympton talks Comic Con 2011 and what is in store in video below.

Alexia and Bill talk San Diego Comic Con on YouTube

Bill and I will be in Booth #1537 (new location this year!) so drop by and visit, pick up a copy of “Idiots and Angels” on DVD or a signed copy of “Independently Animated”. Plus we’ll have t-shirts, special Hawaiian shirts, and Bills catalog of books and DVDs to choose from! Comic-Con runs July 20-24 at the Convention Center – for more info: San Diego Comic Con


While at Comic-Con, Bill will host a panel on Thursday, July 21, at 2 pm in room 25ABC. Bill will talk about his career as an independent animator. Also, Bill will screen some recent shorts and a sneak peek at “The Flying House”. Everyone who attends will get a free Plympton sketch!


Also in San Diego, Bill  and Alexia will make an appearance at the Hustler Store, on 929 6th Avenue, on Friday, July 22, 8-10 pm. Don’t miss this chance to pick up DVDs of “Bill’s Dirty Shorts”, his books “Sleazy Cartoons” and “Sloppy Seconds”, plus other items that are too hot for Comic-Con! Get a copy of the famous “100 Breasts” poster that can’t be displayed at a family event, and much more!


“An Evening with Bill Plympton”
On Saturday, July 23, 8 pm, in the shadow of San Diego Comic-Con there will be a special sneak preview screening of “Adventures in Plymptoons!” the Reading Cinema Gaslamp 15, 701 Fifth Ave. Toon Boom Presents “An Evening with Bill Plympton”, where Bill will screen his shorts and a sneak preview of upcoming releases and also there will be many surprises. You don’t want to miss this one! Tickets are $11.50 (Adults), $8.00 (Seniors) and available at the box office, and through:!


On Sunday July, 24, 2011, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM – San Diego Convention Center Room 5AB

Bill Plympton (Two-time Oscar-nominated animator, author of Independently Animated), 11-year-old animator and child film critic Perry Chen with his mother Dr. Zhu Shen, Karina Bessoudo (Toon Boom, Vice President of Marketing and Communications) and Kevin Sean Michaels (Director, Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest) will share insight and a sneak preview of the film Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest and the cross-generational collaboration that was formed to create it. The short animated film illustrates the miraculous true story of the late Ingrid Pitt (The Wicker Man, Where Eagles Dare) who, in 1945, escaped at age 8 from a concentration camp in Poland to later become one of the UK’s biggest movie stars. Also screening will be a trailer for the new documentary on animator Plympton, Adventures in Plymptoons! Moderators: Pat Swinney Kaufman (Executive Director for the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development) and Lloyd Kaufman (President/Co-Founder of Troma Entertainment, author of Sell Your Own Damn Movie).

Rock Band Annie Automatic Releases Limited Edition Comic Book


LA-based rock band Annie Automatic will release a limited edition comic book “Killer In Disguise” at Comic-Con starting Thursday, July 21. The concept for “Killer In Disguise” was created by French & Feldman, and the story and script was written by Sam Scott. The comic book gives fans an inside look to the heart and background behind the band.

 Lead singer and Annie Automatic visionary French stated, “‘Annie Automatic: Killer In Disguise’ is my way of diving into the story of our main character, and connecting with kids on another level. Getting it out there along with this new music too, I’m so excited to have been able to work with such talented friends and put something cool together that might be able to pull the readers and listeners into our world – where there’s never a shortage of action and mystery, and the soundtrack’s always moving in the background!”

 “Killer in Disguise” features a girl name Annie who faces a life full of conflict, running, hiding and revenge. The story illustrates Annie’s journey of rebellion from her mother and how she forms her own path. The comic book allows the audience to see another side to Annie Automatic and the story behind their music. Look for members of the Annie Automatic street team in San Diego this weekend to get a free, limited edition copy of “Killer in Disguise” at Comic-Con or purchase a copy online now at

 Annie Automatic’s lead single “Burn this Prison” is now available on iTunes and their first full-length studio album, Don’t Look Down, drops August 23, 2011.

 ANNIE AUTOMATIC is a colorful lunatic… She listens to her music loud, and takes her shoes off to dance. She’s the strange little animal inside all of us. The band strives for artistic honesty, and a level of fun and love that seems to be lacking in today’s Alternative Rock’n’Roll. ANNIE AUTOMATIC is about beauty, chaos and freedom. It’s about grabbing hold of the moment, and making it count. Let the madness in.