Category: Good Causes

Alone In The T-Shirt Zone @ Spectacle Theater 6/25/11

This Saturday June 25th at midnight, everybody’s favorite cult film podcast Junk Food Dinner presents another lost classic at Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater.  This time around we are treated to Mike B. Anderson’s 1986 Alone in the T-Shirt Zone.  If you like weird flicks this is a must, trust me.

They are also gonna have some sweet T-Shirts available.

Here are the details one more time.

Junk Food Dinner presents:

Alone In The T-Shirt @ The Spectacle Theater

Saturday June 25th, Midnight

124 South 3rd Street, between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street.

Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York

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Latin Horror presents The World of MIDEO 6/4/11

Listen up fright fans…

This Saturday make time to check out The World of MIEDO: The Business of Horror, a panel discussion in conjunction with the East Harlem International Film Festival.

LATIN HORROR and East Harlem International Film Festival bring you a dynamic, multimedia panel that explores the world of horror from both the scream and business ends of the equation.

Read more: The World of MIEDO: The Business of Horror | LATIN HORROR

Scheduled to appear:

Edwin Pagán

Leonardo Zelig

A.D. Calvo

Pepper Negron

Julio Antonio Toro

So if you are interested in the business or just love the genre check it out…

Saturday June 4, 2011  12PM

at THE POETS DEN

309 East 108th Street

(Between 1st and 2nd ave)

New York, New York 10029

And of course check out the Latin Horror website http://latinhorror.com/

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Saturday Nightmares This Weekend!!!

This weekend at the Sheraton Meadowlands in East Rutherford New Jersey Saturday Nightmares returns!  I went last year and it was one of the best convention experiences I’ve ever had.

Worth checking out for The Twilight Zone marathon on the big screen alone.

One of my favorite parts of the Saturday Nightmares convention is the focus on actual film screenings.  So many conventions really blow this.  I’m personally looking forward to seeing The Birds on the big screen with an intro by Tippi Hedren and Q&A moderated by one of the most engaging personalities in the genre Roy Frumkes!

But I’m most excited about meeting Debra Gordon, who was in one of my all time favorite movies Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh.

Here are the details one more time…

Saturday Nightmare Horror and Sci-Fi Expo

June 2–5, 2011

Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel
2 Meadowlands Plaza
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

See you there!

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How to Talk to Women

This Saturday night check out the new animated short by Forbidden Planet’s very own Josh Weisbrod.

Josh’s new short How top Talk to Women will be playing at the Audience Choice Screenings for the 8th Annual NYC Downtowm Short Film Festival.  It’s all going down this Saturday May 21st at 8PM at Duo Theater 62 East 4th Street Manhattan between 2nd ave and Bowery.

Get advance tickets online at Smarttix while they last!

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B-Horror Art Show at MF Gallery

Grab your self a fresh pair of underwear cause those cool cats from MF Gallery are hosting an awesome B-Horror themed art show that will make you crap!  Some good friends of mine (who just so happen to be killer artists) like Michael Nirenberg and Kirsten Flaherty are involved so show your support. Here’s a link to the facebook page for the event. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=107917399294363

MF Gallery

213 Bond St. (b/w Butler & Baltic)
Brooklyn, NY

“B-HORROR” Group Art Show at MF Gallery

Opening Party Saturday May 14th 7-10pm

Lawrence Van Abbema, Bill Blood, Daniel Caspera, Nathaniel Groppe, Kirsten Flaherty, Annie Hunter, Moses Jaen, Drew Maillard, Greg Maillard, Michael Nirenberg, Angel “Mud” Perez, Lou Rusconi, Martina Secondo Russo, Frank Russo, Chad Savage, Scarecrowoven, Dan Scheckler, FX Tobin, & More..

MF Gallery: 213 Bond St. (b/w Butler & Baltic) Brooklyn, NY 11217 (917)446-8681 info@MFgallery.net

Horror is a popular genre because it helps us come to terms with the darker side of human nature. But the films represented in this art show were not always appreciated by the general public; most were made on a shoestring budget and some were even completely shunned by the mass media. However, thanks to their uniqueness and creativity, these B-Movies have developed a strong following in the outsider subculture.

Demons, Evil Dead, Frankenhooker, Street Trash, Deranged, Basket Case, Mother’s Day, Astrozombies, Hobo With A Shotgun, Dead Alive, Squirm, The Stuff, Maniac, Dr. Butcher… These are just some of the movies in the B/Underground Genre that inspire us to create our most horrific artworks.

Join MF Gallery and a slew of horror enthusiasts, as we pay tribute to our favorite movies through drawings, paintings, sculptures, and other works of art.

At the Opening Party on Saturday May 14th from 7 to 10pm, MF Gallery will be projecting a selection of our favorite Horror Movies of all time, accompanied by a Heavy Metal soundtrack. Refreshments will be served. Admission is Free and open to all ages.

“B-Horror” will be on view at MF Gallery until June 18, 2011, by appointment only. Contact Martina or Frank at (917)446-8681 or email: info@MFgallery.net to make an appointment to see the show. All of the art will also be available for viewing and purchasing online at:www.MFgallery.net

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond Street, between Butler and Baltic Streets in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, NY. Take the A or G to Hoyt/ Schermerhorn, (Exit at Schermerhorn and Bond. Walk South on Bond for 8 blocks.) the F or G to Bergen, (Exit at Bergen and Smith, walk 2 blocks east on Bergen. Turn right on Bond. Walk south on Bond for 3 blocks.) or the R to Union. (Exit at Union and 4th ave. Walk west on Union for 3 blocks. Turn Right on Bond. Walk North on Bond for 4 blocks.

For more information, appointments, to request high resolution images or to set up interviews, please contact Martina Secondo Russo at info@MFgallery.net or (917)446-8681.

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An Evening with Frank Quitely

Coming this Tuesday, April 5th…  comic artist superstar Frank Quitely (We3, Batman and Robin) in conversation with Jose Villarrubia (Conan, Batman Year 100) a few blocks away from Forbidden Planet!

Frank Quitely Conversation Event CBLDF Forbidden Planet NYC Wonder-Con

Forbidden Planet’s hawking advance tickets in-store.  They’re also available from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who have prints and signed postcards to commemorate the event.

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Matt Jones Multiverse Opening Tonight!

You read the title… The opening reception for the Matt Jones exhibition Multiverse at Freight+Volume is today.  So get off your butt and go check out some art!

What: Matt Jones Multiverse Opening Reception

When: Today Thursday March 31 6PM

Where: Freight + Volume 530 W. 24th Street (btw 10th and 11th Ave) Manhattan NY (DUH!)

What you should be wearing: Matt Jones Bars shirt, Rollins approved?

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Matt Jones Multiverse

Fans of Wolverine, Stephen Hawking and Black Flag make sure to mark your calendar’s for Matt Jones Multiverse!

Matt is a good friend of mine (and a great customer for that matter) and this is his first solo art exhibit at the Freight + Volume gallery so I want everyone to make an effort to check it out.   Observing his art is like taking a trip into the Twilight Zone, if it was created by Stan Lee.  When I first met Matt his enthusiasm for comics and honest personality made him one of my favorite new faces to see in the shop.  He’s a total Wolverine nut and we have a mutual love of Black Flag so it was an instant friendship.

Matt Jones is now represented by Freight + Volume in New York.

MULTIVERSE, his debut solo exhibition with the gallery, opens March 31, 2011 with a reception-celebration from 6-8PM that night. MULTIVERSE runs through May 7, 2011.

FREIGHT + VOLUME
530 W. 24th St.
New York, NY
10011
PHONE: 212 691 7700

If you stop by FP we are giving away some pretty sweet posters for the show (while supplies last, obviously) so come on down and pick one up.

Oh, and go to the show… bub!

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Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather Of Gore @ Anthology Film Archives

I just wanted to extend a sincere thanks to everybody who came out this past Friday for the Bad Biology Blu-ray release party with Frank Henenlotter and Anthony Sneed.  It was a total success with plenty smiles abound, but none bigger than mine.

Here’s a little taste of what you missed…

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But don’t fret you can show your love for Frank this coming weekend at the Anthology Film Archives by attending a screening of his newest project Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather Of Gore.  If you like Franks work, you’ll dig Herschell’s too.

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It’s all part of a Herschell Gordon Lewis retrospective which features not only the documentary, but also screenings of a bunch of his films!

Heres all the info…

HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS: THE GODFATHER OF GORE

March 10 – March 13

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, literally hundreds of American filmmakers journeyed into the realm of Exploitation. There was money to be made then from cheap movies, and the result was a vast sea of no-budget flicks pushing either cars, monsters, killers, or supple skin. Very few of these films rose above the norm of the time, and far fewer actually tried to reinvent a seemingly fixed genre. Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman knew that staying ahead of the game was the best way to make a buck, and, thanks to the combination of their ambition and their skewed minds, they ended up blazing a trail for independent cinema that America hasn’t seen the likes of since.
To celebrate the release of HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS: THE GODFATHER OF GORE, Anthology offers up a special program of rarely-screened H.G. Lewis films, which represent just a few of his absolutely madcap takes on Exploitation Cinema.
This program is presented with Something Weird Video. All descriptions are by Mike Hunchback (Freedom School Records). Special thanks to Mike Hunchback, Frank Henenlotter, Mike Vraney & Lisa Petrucci (Something Weird Video), and Eric Caidin (Hollywood Book and Poster Company).

On Friday, March 11, Frank Henenlotter and Joe Bob Briggs will be here to present the 7:00 screening of HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS: THE GODFATHER OF GORE!

Upcoming Screenings

Try to make it out on Friday night at say high to Frank and Joe!

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Frank Henenlotter Signing Friday! T-Shirts revealed!

Less than 24 hours left before Frank Henenlotter and Anthony Sneed grace Forbidden Planet with their presence.

Here’s a sneak peek at the limited edition Basket Case and Bad Biology shirts…

Hope to see you tomorrow!

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Destroy All Movies!!! Back in stock, but not for long.

When I first heard about Fantagraphics’ Destroy All Movies The Complete Guide To Punks On Film I immediately knew this book was for me.  Being a “punk” myself and a huge cult film nerd how could I not be excited.

Destroy All Movies is an informative, hilarious and impossibly complete guide to every appearance of a punk (or new waver!) to hit the screen in the 20th Century. Featuring A-to-Z coverage of over 1100 feature films from around the world, as well as dozens of exclusive interviews with the cast/creators of crucial titles like Repo Man, Return of the Living Dead, The Decline of Western Civilization and Valley Girl.

Also examined are several hundred prime examples of straight-to-VHS slasher trash, breakdancing fairytales, no-budget apocalyptic epics and movies that barely exist. Plus hundreds of eyeball-smashing stills and posters, many in full color!

Six years in the making, this pulse-bursting monument to lowbrow cultural obsession is a must for all film fanatics, music maniacs, anti-fashion mutants, ’80s nostalgists, sleazoids, cop-killers and spazzmatics!

So while researching this book I came across their websites www.punksonfilm.com and I tell you its just as entertaining as the book.  On their site is an announcement for an east coast book tour with screenings and special guests from films that are covered in the book.  I instantly started dreaming of meeting Jon Gries at a screening of Terror Vision!!!

So I sent an e-mail to their contact introducing myself and letting them know that I (and Forbidden Planet of course) love the book and want to get involved in the book tour.  One of the writers, Zack Carlson promptly replied with some awesome yet sad information.

We’re actually at a dumb point with the book. The first printing is totally sold out (that’s good!) but there aren’t currently enough back orders for the publisher to put in for a second printing. So it’s kinda junked up our East Coast/Canada tour plans… So we’re stuck unless there’s suddenly some massive public demand for more copies… It’s a sad truth, but there it is.

So I encourage you all to buy copies of this book before they disappear for good.  Oh, and calling all your local retailers and making sure they have it in stock (or on back order) would help.  Lets see this baby go to a second print.  Destroy All Movies The Complete Guide To Punks On Film is too good to fall off the face of the earth so soon.

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Good Cause: GeeksOUT

The GeeksOUT mission:

Comic conventions draw giant crowds for a number of reasons: For some, it’s a chance to dress up as their heroes and read, game and gawk at passers-by; for others, cons are a serious networking opportunity or a chance to check out emerging work in a vital art form.  But while everyone’s got a unique reason for attending a con, they’re all ultimately seeking the same thing: community.

GeeksOUT was founded in recognition of the ever-growing LGBT presence within that community.  The creation of five gay fanboys, GeeksOUT seeks to raise queer visibility within the worlds of comics and gaming, and to provide LGBT-friendly spaces (both virtual and real) where geeks and gamers can feel creative, empowered and safe.

The goal of GeeksOUT is to get queer nerds out from behind the keyboard and mixing it up in the real world.  To that end, our first major goal is securing a booth at 2011 New York Comic Con, an annual event that gathers more than 79,000 fans of comics, sci-fi, and gaming.  In addition to creating an LGBT-positive space on the convention floor—showcasing the work of queer creators and queer-friendly comics—GeeksOUT will host discussion panels and signings with artists and creators from the comics and gaming industries. All of this adds up to an unprecedented forum for dialogue and outreach.

Problem is the cost of NYCC space- it ain’t cheap by any standard.  Thus, GeeksOUT will be hosting their first fundraiser/costume party to help with the costs next Saturday, January 22nd at Vlada (331 West 51st St. between 8th and 9th Avenues, no cover), where they’ll be auctioning off a ton of neat stuff from the likes of Howard Cruse, Edie Fake, Bowen Designs, and FPNYC.

LGBT GeeksOUT comics community fundraiser

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The Comic Archive: A Time Capsule for Comic Book Makers.

Our buddy Michael Furth, who was just featured as an inker in the pages of  How to Break Into Comics the Marvel Way, is developing a new site to preserve and document the comics making process called The Comic Archive.

The techniques and technologies behind making comics are at best ill-documented and at worst never caught on film at all. That does not have to be. This defines the purpose of this endeavor, to create an archive, an active time capsule that I can continually add to, that makes sure that the way in which comics have been made and are made presently, is never lost to time. This is The Comic Archive.

I am setting out to document the comics creation process from the first little inkling in a creator’s mind, to the point at which the finished product is in a reader’s hands; and then take all that and put it online as an open and easily accessible library of videos for both casual interest and professional tips. This will happen in a combination of formal interviews that I conduct, self-made interviews by professionals using Flip style cameras on loan from the site and user created videos submitted to the site. That last part has a huge meaning to the site. With visitors called on to actively participate, the library will be a combination of archive and communal social event. The hope is that we share with the world just how much goes into comic book art–from the sense of motion to the windows on the buildings in the background. There’s a world of artists out there, and techniques unique to each and every one. Let’s create an archive to preserve, share and advance the art of comics with this website.

It’ a great idea.  However, the project can use your help, needing funding for site hosting and equipment.  Mike’s offering original art and other incentives for various tiers of pledges.  See here for details.

Here’s some video to get an idea of the quality of content the site promises.  The first features Steve Niles, Mark Deering, Tim Bradstreet, and Simon Fraser discussing the first time they saw their work in print…

http://www.vimeo.com/12681560

And the second, an interview with Dan Brererton…

http://www.vimeo.com/12676626

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Steve Dillon Benefit Signing for the Hero Initiative

Steve DillonBritish artist Steve Dillon, well- known for his work on Preacher, Punisher, and Wolverine: Origins, will visit Forbidden Planet in New York City on June 8 to benefit Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization helping comic creators in need.

The event takes place:

Tuesday, June 8, 5 p.m.

Forbidden Planet New York
840 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576; www.fpnyc.com

Dillon will be signing, sketching and will have original art for sale, all to benefit Hero Initiative. Admission to the event will be $20, payable at Forbidden Planet. Attendees can bring five of their own items to be signed. Dillon will also be drawing five-minute sketches at $25, one per customer, so get in line early! In addition, the artist will bring 10 pieces of original Punisher and Wolverine art that will be raffled off. Only 10 tickets will be sold at $100 each, so each of 10 winners is guaranteed to walk away with an original Steve Dillon masterpiece. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to meet Steve himself and own an amazing piece of art, all the while supporting Hero Initiative, an amazing cause in the comic industry!

“I’m always happy to do signing events for Hero Initiative as I really believe in the cause. It should be a great time for everyone, so please come out.” said Dillon.

“Forbidden Planet is very proud to be hosting Steve—one of our favorite artists—in service of The Hero Initiative,” said Forbidden Planet manager Jeff Ayers. “The Initiative is one of the most noble and worthy causes we can think of, and this should be a really fun night. Refreshments will be served and Steve’s fantastic. We can’t wait!”

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

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