Tagged: Morgan Pielli

The Weekly Pulse – Boxing Day

It’s true! It’s happening! The great movin’-ing is upon us!

In just under 2 weeks, we will be officially in our sweet new digs: 832 Broadway (between 13th and 12th streets) in Manhattan’s Union Squ-area.

But you don’t have to take my word for it; here’s video proof. Boxes! Empty shelves! Broad expanses of wall-space with neither boxes nor shelves!

And finally, a very quick sneak-peak into the new store!!

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The Weekly Pulse – Fantastic Fourth

Happy Americaday everybody! And what better way to celebrate the day that The United States became a thing that everybody was saying, than with a gigantic sale! And what better way to kick off a gigantic sale! than with a gigantic pile of comics! And as luck would have it, that’s precisely what Dan and I, your humble director Morgan, have in store for you today. What comics, you ask? SO MANY COMICS I blurt back while flinging Cape 1969 #1, I Told You So, God and Science, and Avengers Vs X-Men #7 in your general direction.

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The Weekly Pulse – Danosaurs vs. Raviens

NEW camera! NEW format! NEW co-host! Everything’s new- and also late. Sorry. All this NEW took some time to figure out. Plus, this is one honking slab of episode: clocking in at a beefy 20 minutes! Our intrepid dou wade into the merky waters of Barry Sonnenfeld’s Dinosaurs Vs Aliens, take a hit off of Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #3 2009, and get all wibbly-wobbly over Star Trek TNG / Doctor Who Assimilation #2! All that, and a ton more!

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The Weekly Pulse – Mars Attracts!

AK AK, AK AK AK.

– DO NOT RUN. WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS. WE HAVE COMICS FOR YOU. COME CLOSER. CLOSER TO OUR DEATH-ER.. COMICS RAY AND GET YOUR COMICS. IGNORE THE SCREAMING OF YOUR COMPANIONS. THEY ARE SCREAMING WITH HAPPINESS BECAUSE OF ALL THE GREAT COMICS.

COMICS LIKE SAGA 4. IT IS NOT COVERED IN ACID. AND AVENGERS VS. X-MEN 6. IT IS NOT MADE OF BUZZ-SAWS.

IF YOU SMELL FIRE, IT IS BECAUSE LOST DOGS IS A REAL BARN BURNER. NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE VAPORIZED YOUR BARN. –

AK, AK AK.

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Footage from the Toxic Avenger VHS Release Party!

On May 24th, Forbidden Planet NYC played host to the crazy crew from Troma to celebrate the limited Big Box VHS release of the original Toxic Avenger! Llyod Kaufman, Troma founder and the man behind such classics as Nuke ‘Em High and Tromeo and Juliet, was on hand to sign posters, chat with fans, and pass out yummy cupcakes!

Check out what you missed if you couldn’t make it, and long live VHS!

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The Weekly Pulse – Topsy-Curvy!

Another week, another controversy. Once again our intrepid reviewer Dan, along with his faithful sidekick A T-Shirt Dummy, jumps into the deep end of a new DC kerfuffle. But elsewhere, in the world of things that are NOT a PR nightmare: The Massive #1, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1, and Josh Cochran’s This Is Me, Everyday!

This plus a new issue of A v X Vs and Spider-Men #1 round out a solid week of comics!

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The Weekly Pulse – Power Girl Corrupts

With the Avengers movie set to premiere in a mere two days, it’s mighty hard to concentrate on anything else! But concentrate we must, as there’s all manner of exciting things in the store this week! Minimates of Iron Man, Cap, etc, new #1s from DC’s second wave of New 52, plus some cool indie books like Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever!

Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever

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The Weekly Pulse – Fighting the Brand that Heeds You

More controversy this week as two big-name comics authors lay the smack down on the major publishers! But that works out alright by us, because there are plenty of fantastic small press books to look at too! And with the MoCCA Fest just around the corner, now’s a perfect time to check out some of the comics that might otherwise be under your radar!

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A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy


There’s a week to go before Free Comic Book Day…a full week of dreaming, scheming, screaming and camping out at the Forbidden Planet in order to get the finest free comics this side of Andromeda. Luckily for all of us, Forbidden Planet has TONS (literally) of amazing products to entertain while you wait, only this stuff is for pay.

Buying things helps you appreciate the free things better.

FORBIDDEN TOPICS

Did you ever wonder what makes the Planet so Forbidden? Why, it’s staffed entirely by galactic refugees who have escaped from the toughest alien jails in the Milky Way, naturally. Did you ever see “The Chronicles of Riddick?” It’s a lot like that, only in a comic book shop, and also we don’t generally drain the blood from slaves to view the future…only on special occasions.

Take Morgan Pielli, my editor here at the Weekly Planet. Morgan is a prolific  cartoonist (Indestructible Universe Quarterly) and mini-book reviewer with more talent in his little pinkie than someone less talented. He is also a wanted intergalactic felon known as “The Grinzzskt,” which is a kind of teleporting, flesh-eating ostrich found in the Cyper Belt. His crimes are numerous, but include space larceny, space loitering, space littering and a litany of other “L” related space maladies one can list.

If you wanted to buy amazing mini-comics to tide you over till Free Comic Book Day (May 5th!) then Morgan can point you in the right direction. If you want an illegal forged space license as well, he’s also your man.

Speaking of awesome minis:

Big Title #2, Alec Lewellyn (W/A)

Another cosmic creep, nascent ne’er-do-well and Forbidden Planet employee is none other than Jr. Manager Alec Lewellyn! Alec has a pretty dang swankaroonie self published comic on the shelf right now at the Planet by the name of “Big Title.”

What if I told you that $4 could buy you a wrestling yarn which playfully illustrates all that is best in this sport of kings while simultaneously skewers the shameful spectacle that is grown men faking at fighting? You will laugh, you will cry and you will feel emotions better left u-felt. Continue reading

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The Weekly Pulse – Here’s the Beef

Well, you’ve all heard the news. Shia LaBeouf made two mini-comics. I can’t remember the last time a mini-comic has made quite a stir. Well, Dan takes a look at Mr. LaBeouf’s first foray into the land of mini-comics, as well all of the latest mainstream comics to come into the store. Plus the latest zine from one of our assistant managers; Matt D.; and the latest mini-comic from your humble cameraman/director/graphic designer/me! All this, and info on this coming Monday’s in-store signing and a shout out to this weekend’s SPACE convention in Ohio!

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The Weekly Pulse Special – Interview with Frank Barbiere of THE WHITE SUITS

Another special webcast! Dan’s got an exclusive interview with Frank Barbiere, writer of THE WHITE SUITS. He and artist Luke Radl will be in-store on April 18th to sign copies of DARK HORSE PRESENTS #11, where their story debuts!

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The Weekly Pulse – White Suits/Dark Horse Presents #11 Signing!

So much to cover today! Tons of number ones, including Secrets and Alabaster, not  to mention the anticipated Saga #2! But wait! we have a special guest today: writer Frank Barbiere, whose newest comic will be featured in the upcoming Dark Horse Presents #11! he’s got some picks of his own to share with you all, and he’s got the deets on the upcoming signing featuring him and artist Luke Radl!

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Brooklyn Zine Fest One Week Away!!!

Alright kids it’s almost here!!! The First Annual Brooklyn  Zine Fest is taking place on Sunday April 15th 2012 from 11am to 6Pm at Public Assembly, located at 70 N6th st in Williamsburg.  Not only is this gonna be an awesome event where tons of zinesters will be tabling, hocking, and talking all things ziney, but get this… it’s FREE!  If that isn’t enough to get you down there, maybe the fact that 2 Daily Planet contributors will be tabling will! Morgan Pielli and I (separately that is) will be promoting our current projects and I will be hosting the raffle, so if you wanna see me act the fool and possibly win some killer prizes (one being a Forbidden Planet Prize Pack!) then you best be at the BZF!

First Annual Brooklyn Zine Fest Arrives at Public Assembly
Brooklyn, NY (April 15, 2012) — Filling a long-standing void in New York City print culture, zine publishers Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh, in partnership with writer/curator Eric Nelson, present the First Annual Brooklyn Zine Fest. The BZF is a space for creative, independent voices from Brooklyn and beyond to connect with an engaged audience, while making their self-published magazines available to fans and attendees of all ages. This event will be held on Sunday, April 15 from 11am to 6pm at Public Assembly in Williamsburg. Admission is free.
More than 60 writers, illustrators, photographers, and publishers will be selling their printed matter in all three of Public Assembly’s cavernous rooms, with DJing by Rachel Kowal of music blog Sonic Smörgåsbord. This curated line-up includes zine scene heavyweights like Slice Harvester, Birdsong Micropress, Put A Egg On It, and Ayun Halliday’s East Village Inky, plus local pillars Desert Island, ABC No Rio, and Printed Matter. And newbies too: Tom Blunt is adapting his monthly “Meet the Lady” variety show into zine format for the Fest.
Said Carman, “Zines can have an immense impact on a reader. You could make a blog called ‘Tom Selleck Eating Various Indian Desserts’ and briefly reach millions of people, but a zine is tactile and memorable. You can’t pull ‘You’re the man now, dog’ off the shelf when the power goes out.”
Zines have enjoyed a recent rise in popularity as evidenced by The New York Times’ “Zines Have a Resurgence Among the Web-Savvy,” Gothamist feature “Six Killer NYC Zines Worth Reading,” and MoMA’s “Millennium Magazines” exhibit. Still, there are few outlets for local zine makers to present their work to the public. Said Yarosh, “Zines are small, sometimes scrappy, sometimes beautiful, and it can be hard to find the right place for them. So we decided to create that place.”
“The last major zine fest in New York City was several years ago. At this juncture in DIY culture, it’s critical to bring zines into the public eye as a medium that’s been thriving for decades and continues to do so in the digital age,” said Nelson.
In addition to homegrown talent, exhibitors are coming from Philadelphia, D.C., Portland, Chicago, and Reno, NV. The goal is to not only promote local zine makers, but also introduce attendees to publications they might not discover otherwise.
More than $1,500 in prizes have been donated by Brooklyn businesses and creators to a raffle that will be taking place at the Fest, including a one-year membership to 3rd Ward, signed Ugly Americans merch from Augenblick Studios, Forbidden Planet comics, a year subscription to Zine of the Month, organically crafted skin care from Australian Scent, and two pairs of glasses from Classic Specs.
While the event is all ages, attendees 21 and over can enjoy drink specials at Public Assembly’s full bar, including “marzinis” and beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Cubana Social will have a table at the Fest selling coffee, pastries, and lunch items throughout the day. As the weather warms up, the Brooklyn Zine Fest is the perfect place to find some new reading material for those lazy afternoons in the park.
Carman and Yarosh have been creating their zine I Love Bad Movies and hosting film screenings in New York City since 2009. Eric Nelson is a writer/performer who has curated art and literary events in Brooklyn and around the country. To contact the organizers directly, e-mail brooklynzinefest@gmail.com. For the latest updates and interviews with participants, visit brooklynzinefest.com
The Brooklyn Zine Fest is FREE & open to the public, with more than 60 writers and artists showcasing their self-published works.  It will be held on Sunday April 15, 2012 from 11am to 6pm at Public Assembly (70 North 6th St.) in Williamsburg [Google Map].  Take the L to Bedford Ave., the G to Metropolitan Ave., or the J, M, Z to Marcy Ave.

ALL AGES and open to everyone, though you must be 21 to drink.

FOOD: Cubana Social will be selling NYC’s best empanadas, coffee, pastries, and other items at the Brooklyn Zine Fest. Additional food can be purchased at their location next door to Public Assembly.

DRINKS: Featuring special $5 drafts from Brooklyn Brewery. Public Assembly’s fully-stocked bar will also offer “marzinis” and all other, less-punny drinks.  Soft drinks available for attendees under 21.

DJ: Rachel Kowal of music blog Sonic Smörgåsbord.

RAFFLE: More than $1,500 in prizes from local Brooklyn businesses and creators will be raffled off at the Fest.  Check out the Raffle page for prizes and details.

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The Weekly Pulse – Inside Job

Every comic here at Forbidden Planet NYC is special, but some are more special than others. Case in point: for every Avengers vs. X-Men and The New Deadwardians, we get a little something like a Gup and Big Title #1, #2, and #3; comics done by our very own employees. Man that’s exciting! But yeah, all that other new stuff looks cool too.

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The Weekly Pulse – Bitey Castles

“Draw” bridge? More like “jaw” bridge! Am I right, absolutely nobody? Yes, that’s right, that’s my horrible segue into bringing up this week’s comics. Particularly Ragemoor #1, the horror comic about a living castle! But there’s also Voodoo Child #1, Freedom #1, and Hoax Hunters #…0! Also in this week is the very lovely and talented Elektra Premium Hardcover, that you should all come in and look at and faun over. Pretty!

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