To promote her forthcoming book, The Casual Vacancy, which is being billed as her first title for adults, J.K. Rowling will be making a single appearance at Lincoln Center on October 16. Due to what is being categorized as a “security breach,” some crooked bastard tried to turn it into a double appearance by putting fake tickets up for sale 12 hours early (Sunday 10 p.m. instead of Monday 10 a.m.) on a phony site. Rabid fans, of course, scarfed them up like mad not knowing that they were being scammed. And with a wave of the wand, those seats—along with the buyer’s dreams of meeting their idol—went poof!
My sympathies to those broken-hearted kids and adults who won’t be seeing Rowling. Shelling out real dough for fugazi tickets and having nothing to show for it but disappointment—that seriously sucks! Hopefully, the perp will be caught and be given lots of time to reflect on his/her misdeeds while receiving free room and board in one of our fine penitentiaries. [Insert your own Azkaban joke.]
Top Shelf Dollar Comics Sale
For the next two weeks—thru Friday September 28th—comics publisher Top Shelf is having its annual $3 web sale. When you visit the site, “you’ll find 170 graphic novels and comics on sale—with over 100 titles marked down to just $3 & $1! Shipping & handling is a flat fee regardless of how much you order, so load up and save big! Each year we use these funds to help clear the decks on our current amazing releases, and “kick start” a full rollout for next year. So, thank you in advance for your support, as we wouldn’t be here without you!” the publisher said.
NYCC Adult Swim Schedule
FYI for Adult Swim fans, I received the following schedule for their New York Comic Con appearance (only four weeks to go, baby!). I’m just ctrl C/ctrlV-ing it whole:
Adult Swim will host panels and talent signings for fan-favorite series Robot Chicken, China, IL, The Venture Bros., Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, and Superjail! at New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Center, Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. See the full lineup below and please note all times, dates, and locations are subject to change.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
ADULT SWIM: The Venture Bros
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. IGN Theater
Jackson Publick (co-creator) and Doc Hammer (co-creator)
Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, perennial Comic-Con favorites, will discuss their original series, upcoming Halloween Special and answer fan questions. Launched on Adult Swim in August 2004, The Venture Bros. is an inspired spoof of 1960s action cartoon shows such as “Johnny Quest.” The animated series follows the bizarre misadventures of the Venture family, which includes world-renowned Dr. Venture, his dimwitted sons Hank and Dean as well as Brock Samson, their bodyguard assigned by the government to keep an eye on the family who is then promptly forgotten by the Feds.
ADULT SWIM: Robot Chicken
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. IGN Theater
Talent: Seth Green (co-creator), Matt Senreich (co-creator), Kevin Shinick (writer and voice talent), and Clare Grant (voice talent)
Seth Green (co-creator) and Matthew Senreich (co-creator), Kevin Shinick (MAD), and Clare Grant (voice talent) discuss season six of their popular Adult Swim series Robot Chicken. Created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, the Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken uses stop-motion animation to bring pop-culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
ADULT SWIM: China, IL
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Room 1A10
Talent: Brad Neely (creator), Daniel Weidenfeld (executive producer) and Hannibal Buress (voice talent)
Join show creator Brad Neely, executive producer Daniel Weidenfeld and comedian Hannibal Buress (The Eric Andre Show, SNL) as they discuss their new Adult Swim animated hit China, IL and preview what’s to come in season two. In the animated series China, IL, Frank and Steve Smith are brothers who teach in the history department of a state university. They also happen to be legends in their own minds who will often sacrifice facts, lessons and syllabi for the sake of being awesome. Created by Brad Neely and produced by Titmouse, Inc., China, IL is a reverse Animal House where the teachers are crazy and the students just want to learn.
ADULT SWIM: Superjail!
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Room 1A10
Talent: Christy Karacas (creator and executive producer), Stephen Warbrick (creator and executive producer), Mike Carlo (animation director), Janine DiTullio (story editor), Richard Mather (layout artist and voice talent) and David Wain (voice talent)
Join show creators and executive producers Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick with voice talent David Wain (Wanderlust, Childrens Hospital) and layout artist and voice talent Richard Mather, animation director Mike Carlo, and story editor Janine Ditullio, as they discuss their Adult Swim series Superjail! and show never-before-seen footage! Fast-paced animation, flying guts, creepy underlings, and plenty of prison fights dominate the Warden’s chaotic prison in Superjail!. The blood flows like wine and the line between criminal and keeper gets blurrier by the minute. Picture a kaleidoscope of entrails meets Jon Waters meets Shawshank damnation plus a sweaty muscle woman minus primetime sensibility. You are hereby guilty of being given what you asked for.
ADULT SWIM: Childrens Hospital/NTSF:SD:SUV
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Room 1A10
Talent: Rob Corddry (creator and star), Paul Scheer (creator and star), Jonathan Stern (executive producer), David Wain (director and star), Curtis Gwinn (co-executive producer).
Join the stars and producers behind Adult Swim’s live-action comedies Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV::. Childrens Hospital creator and star Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), executive producer Jonathan Stern (Newsreaders), director and star David Wain (Wanderlust), are joined by NTSF:SD:SUV:: creator and star Paul Scheer (The League), and co-executive producer Curtis Gwinn (Fat Guy Stuck in Internet) to discuss both series.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Robot Chicken Signing, Room 1E17
Seth Green (co-creator), Matt Senreich (co-creator)
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Venture Bros Signing
Location: Room 1E17
Talent: Jackson Publick (co-creator), Doc Hammer (co-creator)
I’ve attended previous NYCC Robot Chicken panels and Seth and Matt are a hoot.
Muppets with Human Eyes—Yikes!
LJ’s resident Muppet geek forwarded this tumblr link featuring pix of the Muppets shopped with people’s eyes. If you’re a diehard Muppet geek yourself, you might want to resist the urge to look; these are creepy as hell and if you have Muppets in your house you’ll probably start sleeping with a gun under your pillow! Generally, I would include an example here, but I don’t want to give anyone nightmares—Big Bird looks like he would scare Manson.
I didn’t think it was possible, but even more hideous is celebs with Steve Buscemi’s eyes! You might need to wash out your own eyes with Drano after seeing these.
Indy Marathon TOMORROW!
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that in anticipation of next Tuesday’s (9/18) Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray release, Paramount Studios is showing all four films for a one-day marathon in select venues around the country September 15—TOMORROW!!! I saw Raiders in IMAX last weekend, and it was Indylicious (I’m still geeking over it). If you’re a diehard fan buy your tickets NOW because this will never happen again. Here’s the full list of participating theaters. The four films run a little more than eight hours, and I believe there’s a 20-minute break between flix, which is a lot of time, so bring snacks, drinks, and a hemorrhoid ring!
Okay, kids, thanks for tuning in. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel next week. Get your geek on, baby!