Come one, come all! At Forbidden Planet NYC on November 21st, illustrator and escape artist Sean Von Gorman will lock himself inside a man-sized steel cage until we sell every copy of his new release from Alterna Comics, The Secret Adventures of Houdini: Book One! Yes, that would be the very same Sean Von Gorman who handcuffed himself to a traffic light outside FPNYC last February, enduring wind, rain, and police inquiries in order to sell his comics. Now that’s dedication.
In the same spirit, he’ll be making his triumphant return to FPNYC for the Secret Adventures of Houdini Release Spectacular on the day before Thanksgiving. There will be special guests! There will be live video of this notorious spectacle on our YouTube feed! There will be a grown man proudly locked inside a cage for public viewing–and how often does one get to Instagram a photo of that in a context that’s actually safe for work? Drop by FPNYC on Nov. 21st and pick up a copy of The Secret Adventures of Houdini to help relieve his burden. If you can’t make it to the store that day, fret not: online sales also count.
Noku Apparellax Brand Event: featuring the debut of Noku Tondra, author HCJ and artist Gammera13 of the upcoming Noku: Ground Zero comic book series, color artist ODDBALL of YouTube cartoon Noku’s Galaxy Adventures, Noku’s Random Riddles contest, free giveaways, and other Noku-centric exclusives.
Coming to Forbidden Planet NYC on Nov. 24th from 5-9 PM. Click here for a full list of Noku apparel currently available.
Noku, the curious headphone-outfitted galactic traveler, is making a pit stop at Forbidden Planet NYC on Nov. 24th from 5-9PM for the Noku Apparellax Brand Event. Choose from an array of shirts, posters, buttons, and more, all emblazoned with Noku’s distinctive likeness. You’ll have opportunities to win prizes during Noku’s Random Riddles, a chance to meet the author and artist of Noku’s upcoming picture book, and other Noku-centric exclusives: check back with us over the next couple of weeks for further details. Noku Tondra will also be making its intergalactic premiere at the event, so stay alert and keep an eye out . . .
What is Noku Tondra? There’s only one way to find out.
Noku, the curious headphone-outfitted galactic traveler, is making a pit stop at Forbidden Planet NYC on Nov. 24th for the Noku Apparellax Brand Event. Choose from an array of shirts, posters, buttons, and more, all emblazoned with Noku’s distinctive likeness. We’ll be featuring contests, giveaways, and other Noku-centric exclusives: check back at the Daily Planet over the next few weeks for further details. Noku Tondra will also be making its intergalactic premiere at the event, so stay alert and keep an eye out . . .
What is Noku Tondra? There’s only one way to find out.
The first of the four, biblically speaking, isPestilence on a white horse (pictured at left with Grace of the Grave and Revenant). At first glance, judging by the tricorne hat and beaked white mask, I thought he appeared to be a Venetian carnival character, but he’s actually an adorable li’l plague doctor! During the era of bubonic plague, “doctors” with often-limited medical knowledge wore these foreboding costumes—consisting of broad-brimmed hats, long reinforced overcoats, and birdlike masks—while on duty among plague victims, both to guard themselves against disease and warn healthy folk that death was near. The mask’s eyes were inset with glass, its beak stuffed with aromatic herbs to blot out the stench of decay: this one, though, is hollow and made of plastic. Lift it up and you’ll notice Pestilence is missing an eye under his mask amid several festering plague sores. Aww, how cute.
War, on a pissed-off-looking red horse, combines elements of military garb from various eras: the chainmail uniform of a Crusader with the camo pants and combat boots of a contemporary US soldier plus a WWI-style gas mask, which he’ll presumably need after the world has been overrun with all that plague. The gas mask’s design has been borrowed from that of Toxic Molly from series 9 (see photo: on right), though with slightly different fabric. Underneath it, he’s got a fierce little face streaked with war paint. Though I wish Mezco had kept the helmet shown in the prototype version, War is probably my favorite of this set.
Next up is Famine on a black horse (pictured with Envy from series 6). Famine is depicted here as a screaming green-skinned girl wearing cowboy boots and slanted bangs, with a skeletal-print dress and painted-on sunken cheekbones to demonstrate how emaciated she is from Armageddon-level hunger. I wasn’t that big on this doll—at least compared to the others, alongside whom she looks anachronistically modern (even Williamsburg-worthy, if she had a slightly different color scheme)—though the detailed skeleton print of her costume was a nice touch.
Last is Death on a “pale” horse (which features the same skeletal design as Famine’s black horse, something I found a bit lazy). Fourth Horseman Death appears more ragged and medieval than the velvet-robed scythe-wielding Grim Reaper-style Death from series 15 (pictured at right). This little guy takes the form of a dingy skull cloaked in threadbare rags: clearly he’s already been getting down to business (that is, the business of slaughtering a massive amount of the earth’s inhabitants). Definitely a solid item for weirdos like me who love anything memento mori-related.
Each of the LDD Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is currently available at FPNYC, both in-store and online. You can also pick up the bloody-mouthed Christmas-themed Living Dead Doll toy soldier!
Do androids dream of celluloid sheep? Perhaps they will during the inaugural Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, scheduled for December 7th-9th at indieScreen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (at 289 Kent Ave: directions here). It’s being held in honor of the 30th anniversary of classic sci-fi noir Blade Runner, based on one of mind-bending speculative-fiction author Philip K. Dick’s most famous novels. The festival aims to encourage thought-provoking independent explorations of science as a subject of both fiction and fact.
Films on the festival’s roster include, among others, award-winning dystopian indie Sleep Dealer, psychological space drama The Last Push, and PKD adaptation Radio Free Albemuth, starring Alanis Morissette and Boardwalk Empire’s Shea Whigham. Among the confirmed panelists are physicist Ronald Mallett, known for his inquiries into the possibility of time travel; prolific mystery and science fiction novelist Walter Mosley; Jim Freund, host of radio show Hour of the Wolf; and Dennis Paoli, screenwriter of several Stuart Gordon features (H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon).
Tomorrow, Star Trek: The Next Generation turns 25. (Personally, my favorite episode was the one in which Data had nightmares about eating a cake shaped like Counselor Troi.) In honor of this venerable series beginning its quarterlife crisis, Forbidden Planet is having a one-day sale on ALL Star Trek-related items on September 28th. That’s a 20% discount on Star Trek products in-store at Forbidden Planet NYC and an extra 5% off all Trek merch online: just enter the discount code MAKEITSO at checkout (until midnight EDT on the night of the 28th).
Those who prefer their walking dead limber enough to skateboard should appreciate Ollie Mongo, the blue-skinned teenage denizen of a post-apocalyptic Jersey Shore that has been overrun by zombies (literally). Star of his own online comic, Ollie is a more personable breed of zombie, a vegetarian skater who spends his free time helping to keep old-school zombies in line: after all, he’s half human.
Ollie Mongo series creators Arlene Klasky (co-founder of Klasky Csupo, Inc., producer of Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters!, The Wild Thornberrys, and Duckman) and Craig Singer (director of horror films Dark Ride and Perkins’ 14) will be at Forbidden Planet NYC this coming Friday at 7 PM, signing FREE copies of Ollie Mongo: Adventures in the Apocalypse. Get yours while supplies last!
Once again, that’s:
Forbidden Planet NYC
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Friday 9/21 at 7 PM
Oh, and please note that eating fellow customers’ brains is strongly discouraged.