Covering the week of 3/18/2013, the Fanboy Comics staff reviews the top geek stories from the popular daily e-newsletter, The Fanboy Scoop.
In this episode, we discuss whether an asteroid apocalypse is in our near future, Spawn‘s Angela moving to the Marvel universe, the future of DRM-free digital comics, George R.R. Martin’s concerns as to whether the Game of Thrones TV show will catch up to his writing, and the impending death of Green Lantern John Stewart.
In addition, our special guests (who happen to be voiceover actors from the popular videogame Red Dead Redemption) lend their amazing talents to Fanboy Comics’ infamous opening skit, Game of Asteroids!
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Cast members: Bryant Dillon, Sam Rhodes, Drew Siragusa, Kristine Chester, and Barbra Dillon
Special guests: Steve J. Palmer (Moonbound24, Red Dead Redemption) and J. Harrison Sweeney (Red Dead Redemption, Undead Lovers)
Bigpoint announced today via a press-release that it will have a new trailer for its upcoming MMORPG ‘Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms’ at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Following in the footsteps of most MMO’s these days, will be free to play – and since it uses the Unity engine, it’ll be 3D even though you’ll play it via your web browser. Bigpoint has partnered with HBO to develop the game based on the television-show adaptation ‘Game of Thrones’. In case you did not know, the show is an adaptation of the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin.
Game of Thrones:Seven Kingdoms screenshot
The new browser-game will take place within the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, “giving players the chance to experience epic moments from the television series” according to the press-release sent out today.
“Selecting a game’s title can be quite an arduous process, especially in the free-to-play space where games must be easily discoverable by players around the world,” said Max Pfaff, Producer, Bigpoint. “By selecting Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms we’re confident that we’ve chosen an identifiable name that will resonate with the global community of diehard Thrones fans.”
In a prepared statement sent to the press, Bigpoint talks about the upcoming title:
In context of the lore, the Seven Kingdoms were originally independent countries which rose up over thousands of years until the Targaryens ruled over them as one nation of Westeros. Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms begins after the deaths of King Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark. The Starks of the north declare war on the south and Baratheon’s two brothers both make claims to the throne. Players are challenged to form alliances through Player vs. Player (PvP), Siege combat and politics to control Westeros.
Fans attending San Diego Comic-Con (July 12-15) will also have the opportunity to get a first look at the exclusive new Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms trailer by Bigpoint which can be viewed at booth 2615 (Dark Horse). The teaser captures the essence of gameplay and visual fidelity that players will get to experience when the game is launched.
Bigpoint is collaborating with Norwegian development studio, Artplant, on the development of the forthcoming Unity-based project. Bigpoint and Artplant have previously partnered on the production of Battlestar Galactica Online, a breakthrough F2P space combat MMO that recently celebrated its first birthday and 10 million registered pilot milestone.
This beautiful video made from footage of the new Snow White action film (yeah, we know – go figure, but it looks like a really fun retelling of the old story) was done by Florence + The Machine and released to coincide with the release of Snow White and the Huntsmen on June 1 by Universal Pictures.
Florence also sings Seven Devils for the new trailer for season 2 of HBO’s runaway hit, Game of Thrones – both songs can now be heard on the Krypton Radio playlist.
HBO has ordered a third season for the fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books
Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones can expect the next installment in the George R.R. MartinA Song of Fire and Ice series in 2013: A Storm of Swords. The network said Tuesday that it has renewed the fantasy hit for Season 3, meaning at least part of Martin’s third book in the series will get a television adaptation. The wildly popular show scored a record 3.9 million viewers for the broadcast of its second season premiere, with a combined 6.3 million tuning in to the network’s multiple broadcasts for the night. That was a little over half again better than its first season. “Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season — and then surpassed them,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we’ve received for the series and can’t wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season.”
As with the first two seasons, the third season will probably be a 10 episode run – but it probably won’t follow the same pattern of tracking one of Martin’s books from start to finish. Co-creator Weiss recently said that A Storm of Swords couldn’t be told in just 10 episodes. “A Storm of Swords is too long to fit in a single season,” said Weiss. “And as readers know, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons take place during roughly the same time frame, so we’ll have to fold those together. The plan, if we’re lucky enough to be given the opportunity to see it through, is to use as many seasons as we need to tell the story as a whole, to do justice to George’s entire opus.”
HBO co-president Richard Plepler said at last summer’s Television Critics Association press tour that the network would produce the series as long as Martin wanted it to, but there’s a problem – Martin has been slow to put out new novels in the series, and if things keep going at this rate, HBO will overtake Martin. At that point something’s gotta give, so we hope Mr. Martin is plugging away as we speak on the next novel and making good progress.
An expensive production, Thrones is filmed mostly in Northern Ireland. The pilot purportedly cost HBO between $5M and $10M. Its first season won two Emmy’s and thirteen nominations as well as two Golden Globe nominations.
Click on the image to jump to the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series page on Kickstarter.
Zenescope Entertainment has announced that actress Lena Headey, star of the immensely popular HBO television series GAME OF THRONES, will be joining the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series to voice the lead character, Sela Mathers. Lena’s extensive resume includes her role as Queen Gorgo in 300 and as Sarah Connor in TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. This announcement comes on the heels of another talented actress, Briana Evigan (Step Up 2, Sorority Girls, The Devil’s Carnival), having joined onto the project last week.
The GRIMM FAIRY TALES Animated Series will be based on Zenescope Entertainment’s popular comic book series of the same name. What makes this situation unique is that Zenescope has teamed with Titmouse Animation Studio and Director Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros.) to bypass the traditional film studio system by seeking funding for the animated series through popular website Kickstarter.com (http://kck.st/wjSM8D ). The project is live on Kickstarter now until May 1st, 2012 and has a pledge goal of $175,000.
“We set the goal of the animated series at 175K because we wanted to give our fans and those supporting the Kickstarter a high-quality product.” Explains Zenescope Marketing Manager Stephen Haberman “We’re hiring Titmouse, one of the premiere animation studios in the world, to handle the animation. We have Jon Shnepp directing and now with Lena and Briana joining the project, we’re able to take it to another level.”
“Crowd-funding can be a powerful tool. We’ve seen some really projects find funding through Kickstarter and it’s a game changer.” Said Zenescope’s Editor-in-Chief, Ralph Tedesco “It gives us a chance to make this series the way our fans want to see it be made. We’re about a third of the way there with funding and hopefully now with the all of the talent we’ve brought on board fans will see that this can be an amazing project to back.”
About Grimm Fairy Tales
Grimm Fairy Tales is an ongoing horror/fantasy comic book series by Zenescope Entertainment that started publication in 2005. The series presents reinventions of classic fairy tales with modern twists and expanded plots. The story revolves around Sela Mathers, a Professor of Literature who has been given the ability to drastically affect people’s lives by teaching them morality lessons through fairy tales.
About Zenescope Entertainment
Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world. Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Escape From Wonderland, Neverland and The Piper, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest running original independent comic books on shelves today. Zenescope’s licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema’s successful film franchises.
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