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Legendary Comics Night at FPNYC October 11th

On Friday 10/11/13 we’ll be celebrating Legendary Comics night here at The Planet, the final event in our New York City Comic-Con week series.  Join us at 6pm to meet special guests MATT WAGNER (The Tower Chronicles, Grendel, Mage) followed by MAX BROOKS (World War Z) and SHANE DAVIS (Superman: Earth One) at 7pm.

Matt Wagner Grendel Tower Chronicles ForbiddenPlanetsigning

6pm- Matt Wagner at Forbidden Planet NYC!

  • We will be giving away FREE copies of The Tower Chronicles: GeistHawk Vol. 1 to the first 20 people in line.
  • Matt will sign other books (you don’t have to buy a copy of the book to come by, but it’s encouraged… we’ll be selling them at 30% off cover that day), but please keep your quantities within reason.
  • Every attendee will be entered in a drawing to win a free piece of original art provided by Tower Chronicles inker Rodney Ramos.

Max Brooks Shane Davis Forbidden Planet signing

7pm-  Max Brooks and Shane Davis signing at Forbidden Planet NYC!

We can’t wait to have Max back at Forbidden Planet for another signing event, and are excited to welcome Shane Davis, the acclaimed artist of two of our best-selling books of 2013.

  • They’ll be signing FREE posters and preview/ashcan copies for their upcoming graphic novel, Shadow Walk (while supplies last).
  • Customers who pre-order the graphic novel at our signing will receive 30% OFF cover price!

See you here at Forbidden Planet next Friday, October 11!

 

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Nightmares NYC and The Zombie Survival Guide

Nightmares NYC and a Zombie Survival Guide

by Jeff Ayers

For those of you who’ve not experienced NIGHTMARE’s annual haunted houses the last few years here in NYC you’re really missing out. Those in the know will tell ya, the productions are top notch, the creatives involved dedicated and intensely passionate, and the whole shebang is usually a scarifying adrenaline rush rarely obtained outside of an encounter with a Lamia (watched Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell last night, hence the reference… Man alive was that neat-0). NIGHTMARE creator Timothy Haskell and his crew work on this show all year long and it shows.

I went through on opening night 2009 with the folks from Abracadabra, a staple costume shop on 21st St., themselves appreciators of the macabre and horrific, and I must say with no hyperbole it was my best experience yet. Continue reading

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Various Nightmares

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For those of you who’ve not experienced NIGHTMARE’s annual haunted houses the last few years here in NYC you’re really missing out. Those in the know will tell ya- the productions are top notch, the creatives involved dedicated and intensely passionate, and the whole shebang is usually a scarifying adrenaline rush rarely obtained outside of an encounter with a Lamia (watched Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell last night, hence the reference… Man alive was that neat-0). NIGHTMARE creator Timothy Haskell and his crew work on this all year long and it shows.

I went through on opening night 2009 with the folks from Abracadabra, a staple costume shop on 21st St., themselves appreciators of the macabre and horrific, and I must say with no hyperbole it was my best NIGHTMARE experience yet.

This year’s production concerns Vampires, (the venue has been transformed into the “Museum of Vampyric Artifacts”) and it does well to portray various interpretations of them throughout history- from Nosferatu to Castlevania (looping on a relic front-loading NES) to the gory zombie-hybrids made popular by 28 Days Later. You begin your tour of MoVA guided by a rather innocent looking vamp and then things… well, they go to hell. In a hand basket. So as to not ruin any of the various chills and spooks I won’t go into details. However, I will recommend pushing the red buttons (in keeping with the museum theme they’re strewn around as if to provide insight and information about the exhibits). Trust me- if you’re a mischievous sprite such as myself you’ll be pushing these every chance ya get.

Ladies: don’t bring lame-o’s too cool to be scared, with their hands in their pockets and cynicism in their souls. Like anything fun, you have to open yourself up to the experience. Fellas- bring girls who like to scream. And if you scream like a girl (I don’t, but did. Twice.) bring yourself.

Oh, and this one is definitely not for the kiddies. Unless you bring ’em along on Kids Day Saturday 10/24 froom 10am-3pm.

Nightmare: Vampires NOHO Event Center 623 Broadway at Houston Street (enter on Mercer Street).
NOW through November 7th

for more details see: hauntedhousenyc.com

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks from Crown Books on Vimeo.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks “Those who don’t learn from zombie history are condemned to repeat it.” New York Times Best-Selling author Max Brooks returns with a graphic novel handbook for encounters with the differently-dead (or the living impaired, what have you). Chronicling zombie attacks down through the centuries (Romans? Pre-historic man? None are safe from this terrible scourge!). This GN is old, amazing hat for Max, and features his signature tongue-in-cheek documentarian approach, and it’s deftly illustrated by Brazilian newcomer Ibraim Roberson. Roberson’s art in this is so good, in fact, you’ll want to keep an eye on him, especially his forthcoming Marvel one-shot X Necrosha (previews of which can be seen here at marvel.com), and any future creepfests.

Recorded Attacks really is a top book.

Now if only I could come up with some sort of Crypt Keeper pun to end this thing. How about, “Until next time boys an ghouls, Make Mine Carve-l…. eh-ha-ha-ha-ha-HA!”

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Wait. That looks like Carvel. As in the ice cream. What I meant was carve.  Ya know, as in, like, to cut something with a huge knife? Instead of Marvel?  Ah, forget it.

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“World War Z” author to write G.I. Joe miniseries.

If nothing else, we should at least get a well-written G.I. Joe something, because I’m pretty sure we won’t find anything well-written in the movie.  Max Brooks, Mel Brooks’s son, will write a G.I. Joe mini series coming from IDW.

“Both Chris Ryall (IDW Editor-in-chief) and I read ‘World War Z’ and we knew we had to try to get Max to write something for us. What we didn’t know is that Max is a huge ‘G.I. Joe’ fan and had expressed interest in writhing ‘G.I. Joe’ to (‘COBRA’ writer) Christos Gage,” said Andy Schmidt, IDW’s ‘G.I. Joe’ editor. “Synchronicity ensued and ‘G.I. Joe’ has never looked or read so well! We’re very pleased to add Max’s vision to the ‘G.I. Joe’ canon.”

Brooks would go on to say this is a dream project for him and that he would go on to write “Different Strokes 2.5.” I think the former SNL writer is pulling someone’s leg, but quite honestly, “World War Z” was probably the best genre novel in the last couple of years. Not an hour ago, did I convince a friend to pick it up in the underground basement that is the Barnes and Noble of 86th street.  The 60 Minutes style of interviewing that takes up the book is a smart approach at the satirical science fiction novel.  Especially the “interviews” with the military commanders that fought the Zombie War the book that the book orally dictates.  I found them to be quite well written, I can imagine that will follow-through with this miniseries, and get me reading a G.I. Joe book for the first time.

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