Thursday, February 21, 2013



"Comic-Con badge sales opened this past Saturday and while the allotted badges were processed there was clearly an issue with some customers experiencing a frozen screen," read a statement from the show's organisers.

"We, along with Epic registration, are in the process of investigating this and hope to have an answer as to what occurred.

"Please know that we take this issue very seriously and offer our sincere apology for those who found themselves in this predicament. Thank you for your understanding in what we know was a very difficult experience for many."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Deadline has the latest on G4TV's re-branding to Esquire Network.
Esquire Network is beginning to staff up for its April 22 launch as a rebranded channel formerly known as G4. PR veteran Katherine Nelson has joined as Head of Communications and will craft all communications strategy and oversee corporate communications and program publicity for the network. Also, former Comedy Central marketing exec Deena Stern has come aboard as Head of Marketing, overseeing marketing and strategic planning for on-air, off-air, digital and ad sales. Both will report to Esquire Network GM Adam Stotsky.
The whole article is worth the read.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

DEADLINE: COMIC-CON BADGES SELL OUT IN 93 MINS. has a story about how the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con sold out in 93 mins.

San Diego will again be packed to the gills with geeks of all stripes this July, as all attendee badges for San Diego Comic-Con 2013 sold out in just over an hour and a half, barely shy of the record set in 2012. But many fans came up empty-handed and feeling ripped off because of problems that plagued the convention’s complicated badge sales system for the second year in a row. Passes went on sale this morning at 9:00 AM Pacific, and as disappointed fans found out via the convention’s Twitter account, they disappeared fast. By 9:53, 4-day badges and 4-day badges with access to preview night were gone. 15 minutes later, Friday and Saturday single day badges were snapped up and by 10:36 it was all over.


From the San Diego Comic-Con Twitter feed.

Monday, February 11, 2013


It all started with an 4.9 mag "earthquake" and goes about 7KT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea is believed to have conducted a widely anticipated nuclear test Tuesday, following an earthquake that monitoring agencies around the globe said appeared to be unnatural.
The South Korean Defense Ministry, which raised its military alert level after the quake, said it was trying to determine whether it was a test. Nuclear blasts can create tremors but they are distinct from those caused by natural earthquakes.

A world nuclear test monitoring organization detected what it called an "unusual seismic event" in North Korea.

"The event shows clear explosion-like characteristics and its location is roughly congruent with the 2006 and 2009 DPRK nuclear tests," said Tibor Tóth, the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. The DPRK refers to North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Japan is calling for immedate action.

Japan's prime minister has called an urgent security meeting, according to chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga, and South Korea raised its military alert level, the AP reported. 

And there is a threat of more DPRK missile testing

After North Korea vowed to continue firing long-range rockets without mentioning a promised nuclear test, South Korea's defense ministry said Tuesday Pyongyang could launch missiles and detonate a nuclear device simultaneously.

   South Korea has been put on high alert since the North last month threatened to conduct a third atomic test to protest strengthened sanctions for its December rocket launch, with some expecting the tension to enter the most critical phase this week ahead of political events.

   "The military is closely watching the latest movement because North Korea could fire off (a long-range rocket) or something else while testing its nuclear device," ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said during a briefing. "South Korea and the U.S. have mobilized all intelligence assets to observe attempts to (fire off a long-range rocket)."

   When the North announced it successfully detonated a nuclear device in May 2009, it fired off several short-range missiles on the same day in an apparent move to foil intelligence monitoring near the test site.
Not only does this directly impact Japan, China and South Korea but it also can reach all the way here.

 Just something to think about.


Many have been wondering what is going on over at G4TV since the cancellation of Attack Of The Show. Well The Hollywood Reporter has the answer:

Beginning April 22, the former gaming network G4 will be rebranded the Esquire Network.
The news comes two months after The Hollywood Reporter reported that NBCUniversal, which owns the cable network, and Esquire parent Hearst Magazines had inked a deal to create a network catering to the modern man.
What does that mean you ask? Well read on:

Described in The New York Times as a male iteration of Bravo – a cable network that this channel’s corporate leader Bonnie Hammer gained ownership of during a corporate restructuring last week — the network is designed to fill a void left open by a TV landscape that caters instead to the tough-minded, beer-guzzling man’s man with networks ranging from Spike to History. Looking to capture the tastes of the modern male –- and the deep-pocketed advertisers looking to court him — Esquire will look to expand on G4’s foundation of games, gear and gadgets to include food, fashion, women, humor, travel, danger, competition and entertainment. Rather than mimic what lines the pages of Esquire magazine, the channel will look to translate the publication’s ethos.
"Creating smart, entertaining programming for the high-normal American man fills a void in the cable universe," said Granger. "We at Esquire work hard to challenge and inspire and entertain our audience across all our print and digital expressions, and the new Esquire Network is finding new and ambitious ways to take that mission to television.”
Much like Bravo’s plans going forward, the Esquire Network will feature a mix of unscripted and scripted fare as well as movies and specials. Included in the current development slate is Knife Fight, an underground, after-hours cooking competition where talented chefs go head to head in front of a rowdy crowd of celebrities, critics and die-hard foodies. Drew Barrymore and her Flower Films along with Honey Boo Boo’s Authentic Entertainment will serve as executive producers on the effort, which will be hosted by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall.
The article does not say anything about anime programming that G4TV has carried in the past. So it is unknown if such programming will be part of the rebranding strategy.

For viewers of the G4 network, the change will mean a sharp shift from the gaming-centered programming that attracted some men to shows that will draw an audience that NBC executives are persuaded Esquire stands for: “The modern man, what being a man today is all about,” as Adam Stotsky, the general manager of the new network, said.
Specifically, NBC is hoping to capture a more educated, affluent, sophisticated male viewer, who is not being served, as its research concluded, by the male-oriented, nonsports programming on cable channels like Discovery and Spike.
Let's wish the new team the best of luck in their new endeavor. 

(Ha Ha Fooled You!)

Saturday, February 9, 2013


The man who "knows this business" has the answer....


Hat tip to's Kerry Picket for finding this

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


The New Republic has a must read article on the recent bankruptcy of Atari and why its successor are well on their way to suffering the same fate. Here is an excerpt.

For those of us born in the 1970s, last week’s news of Atari’s demise came as a sentimental shockwave. Atari was our first video game console. It introduced us to Space Invaders and Missile Command and Pitfall. More importantly, it taught us how to play electronically, forming our habits and blistering our thumbs. To see it filing for bankruptcy was to see a part of our past wither: Atari was like a childhood bedroom we no longer occupied, but whose mere existence comforted us.

The real tragedy here, though, isn’t about the past. It’s about the future. Many of the large corporations currently leading the video game industry are making all of the same mistakes that toppled Atari some three decades ago, consigning it to oblivion. That is, what we’re witnessing now is not only Atari’s requiem, but a reminder that the ailments that weakened and finally killed Atari are still rampant.
The article goes into great detail the issues facing the video game industry today are the same Atari faced back in the 1980's. Furthermore, the article shows how quickly these issues can turn giants once thought to be invincible into just mere memories.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Sharon Apple interviews Tommy Yune, co-director of Robotech: Shadow Chronicles and writer of the upcoming, Robotech: Love Live Alive at the Long Beach Comic Con 2012. Hear what he had to say about the new project, Love Live Alive.


Friday, February 1, 2013


From the San Diego Comic-Con website.

The wait is over! Badges for Comic-Con International 2013 will go on sale February 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT).
The link to EPIC Open Online Registration will be sent to everyone with a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID via email 48 hours prior to the start of badge sales.  You may click the link, or copy-and-paste it into you browser. Comic-Con will NOT post this link on our website, Facebook, or Twitter.