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“Smash” Player Rage Quits During Tournament Due To Audience Member

There’s always that one jerk in the crowd that has to ruin it for everyone else. Case in point, the “Smash regional Collision 2019” in New Jersey last weekend, where not only did a game come to a sudden halt, but an entire event nearly saw some major trouble.

During the Super Smash Bros Ultimate event, Tyler “Marss” Martins and Justin “Wishes” Magnetti were embroiled in a match with the top 32 players in the tourney. Towards the end of their bout, Marss grew very irritated with a person in the crowd. A few moments later, and still competing in the match, Marrs got up and stormed off the stage, leaving his opponent and the commentators very confused.

Check out video footage of the incident below:

Wishes wisely continued the match since no formal announcement was made, and proceeded to finish Marss off. Meanwhile, Marss was trying to speak with officials about the person in the crowd, who he felt was coaching his opponent – something that was not allowed in this particular event.

After 90 minutes, the pair resumed their fight and agreed upon a situation that was okay for both parties. Marss won the match, and later the entire tournament, while Wishes placed ninth.

Event organizer Riddge “RJ” Mussington posted a statement on Twitter discussing the incident:

As I’m sure you are aware, there was a situation that occurred with Wishes vs Marss at Collision. I wanted to state what happened and what was done. 

First off, to avoid any confusion, I was in the venue room when it was happening. I was running losers top 32 when it happened and I didn’t hear him call me over due to this, nor was I watching or listening to the crowd while it was happening because I was focused on making sure matches were being reported and called to stay on time. 

Wishes and Marss were playing their set and during the set there were multiple instances where a specific player from the crowd would yell out what could have been interpreted as Marss’ potential habits for the game and when he would be doing it. The call outs were happening throughout the match to the point where Marss felt that it was necessary to call a TO (specifically me) over to correct the issue. 

Because I had a floor cam active from the production team, I reviewed the recorded footage that we had and determined that it wasn’t a single instance that happened, but rather, a recurring theme that happened in that last match. Because of this, I called in the rest of staff to deliberate and vote on what to do with the issue at hand. Once this was done, I talked to both players individually, then had BOTH players come together to talk to each other about it as well and it was agreed that both Wishes and Marss would replay the match with Marss at 1 stock, 0% and Wishes at 2 stocks, 130% (The estimated percentage that Wishes was at prior to when Marss got up). 

I’m extremely upset that this situation occurred, but I’m also extremely happy I was able to work with both Marss and Wishes to come to a reasonable solution that both parties felt okay with. The player from the crowd that did this was also removed from the event to avoid any further issues.

The person who was shouting during the match at Marss, HGJ Panda, also posted a statement, and wrote that he was simply cheering for his friend:

After I made the cheer twice, Marss jumped out of his chair (lol), turned to me, and screamed “That’s coaching bitch!” From there, I ENTIRELY stopped cheering out of respect. However, after a few seconds he lost his stock to getting upthrown – NOT because he jumped – and ONLY ONCE HE LOST THE STOCK raged, screamed and stormed off like a lunatic, making everyone in the venue uncomfortable (which is plenty enough to get a non-top player kicked out of a venue). 

So, no, it was not coaching. Saying that’s coaching is like telling someone on a math test that the answer to 2+2 is cum. Completely unrelated, was not used.

Regardless of what really happened, it was a big mess and a mar on something that should have been a fun day for both the gamers and the people watching.

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Follow the First Daughter’s Post-Punk Exploits in IDW’s “Marilyn Manor”

Writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Marley Zarcone invite you to the ultimate rager at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Marilyn Manor, a four-issue creator-owned miniseries from IDW Publishing, intended for mature readers!

When the White House goes dark for 17 days in August 1981, the president’s spoiled daughter and her best friend Abe – who claims to be possessed by the spirit of Abe Lincoln – throw the party of the decade, unearthing dead historical figures and government secrets that are better off buried. Sex, drugs, séances, and secret passageways lead to time-bending mystical romps where past and present collide.

“We’ve been trying to capture the feel, the excitement, the energy of the rise of the New Romantics, of the decade that embraced excess and excitement in hugely over-the-top ways, and filled it with chaos and insanity. This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever written in the best way possible, like an apocalypse directed by John Hughes,” says co-creator/writer Magdalene Visaggio.

Uniting the red-hot Eisner-nominated talents of Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl) for the first time, Marilyn Manor explores identity, classism, appropriation, and friendship, set just in time for the greatest pop cultural marriage to date: the debut of MTV.

“There isn’t an artist alive who could perfectly capture the style and verve of the early ’80s like Marley Zarcone,” says editor Shelly Bond. “Coupled with Irma Kniivila’s vibrant palette, Marilyn Manoris for readers who like a bit of pop art and revisionist history with their coming-of-age satire.”

Magdalene Vissagio is the Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer behind Kim & Kim and Eternity Girl. She’s written comic books for most major publishers including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Oni. 

Marley Zarcone is the artist on the critically-acclaimed series Shade, the Changing Girl for Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint. She is the co-creator/artist of Effigy with writer Tim Seeley for Vertigo, and has worked on numerous projects for Image.

Via Press Release from IDW

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What Happened To The “KB Toys” Relaunch? Lack of Financing!

Remember how terrible it was when Toys ‘R’ Us closed up their doors for good, leaving a huge gap in the brick and mortar toy store universe? Back when that was happening, a beacon of light shone through briefly, when KB Toys was announced as making a comeback. Well, it’s been quite some time and still no news on where the heck they are. Today, we have an update.

According to a report from the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, KB Toys is still in limbo due to lack of financing. The company is seeking an investment bank for help in raising funding, as CEO Ellia Kassoff was quoted. However, they have been forced to scale back after failing to open any of the 1,000 temporary stores it had proposed for last year, which would have launched during the holiday season.

“The toy companies had lots of conflicts of interest” that prevented them from investing in the KB given that they sell to other retailers and mall operators don’t typically invest in prospective tenants,” Kassoff said. “It is taking a while to get this done and build out a strategy. Once we get the money together we will be off and running.”

According to LIMA, the plan for now is to secure short-term leases for temporary KB stores so that locations and sales volumes can be tested during both holiday and non-holiday periods. It will open both smaller mall-based locations and larger freestanding stores similar in size to Toys R Us, whose stores averaged around 32,000-sq.-ft.

“The idea is to create temporary locations where we can try out the market and see how it goes, and if we are successful turn it into a permanent location,” says Kassoff.  “If it is not successful, we will close it and move to another location.”

KB Toys initially closed back in 2008, and announced their reboot in 2016.

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Bray Wyatt – WWE Retro Series 6 Figure Review

“The Eater of Worlds” get the Hasbro treatment in our look at Mattel’s WWE Retro figure of Bray Wyatt.

Inspired by the Hasbro WWF figures of the early 90s, Bray is part of series 6 of the WWE Retro Figures, and has a “Sister Abigail” action feature. How does he stack up and compare to the rest of the line? Watch the video to find out.

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“Amazing Spider-Man” Newspaper Comic May Be Wrapping Up To Make Way For A New Marvel Strip

A long-running Marvel comic you may not be aware of might be finishing up for good soon, as the syndicated newspaper strip “Amazing Spider-Man” is headed into the sunset.

The strip, which has been written by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas and drawn by Alex Saviuk, is ending on March 23. The Sunday Strip on March 17 certainly seemed like a finale, as you can see below.

After the passing of Stan Lee, it seemed that there was a high probability the strip would end to make way for something new. What that “new” thing will be is still up in the air.

The distributor of the strip, King Features Syndicate, will be publishing reruns of some of Spider-Man‘s previous newspaper adventures starting on March 25 until they decide on what is next.

Here is the official statement from King Features Syndicate:

You’ll be seeing some changes in your friendly neighborhood Amazing Spider-Man comic strip over the coming months. Starting on March 25, King Features and Marvel will be re-running some of Spider-Man’s greatest hits.

We’ll be back soon with great new stories and art to explore even more corners of the Marvel Universe for you and your readers to enjoy. We’ll be announcing more about these new adventures in the very near future, so keep your Spidey senses tuned in!

Based on this statement, one can infer that whatever comes next may not be strictly Spidey, but instead open things up to the entire Marvel comic universe.

Alex Saviuk wrote his own statement as well which was posted to Spider-Man Crawl Space, where he wrote, “Now that KFS has posted their statement, yes, the Spider-Man strip as we know it has come to an end. As much as Roy Thomas and I were hoping that the strip would go on to continue Stan Lee’s legacy just as King Features did with The Phantom after Lee Falk died 20 years ago, that’s not the case here.”

“It’s news to me that in the statement it mentioned a new strip starting up possibly months down the road after they reprint some classic Lee-Romita stories from 40 years age, or 30 years ago, whichever they choose. A strip further exploring the Marvel Universe as they say, which doesn’t mean it would or wouldn’t be Spider-Man, and if they were going to feature new creators or if they would call on Roy and me again to create stories in any universe they desire us to go.”

“Time will tell, but in the meantime, it was glorious fun while it lasted, and I learned a huge lesson about not counting any chickens before they hatch. It was difficult inking and sending in my last week of Dailies a few weekends ago… It was like saying goodbye to my old friend all over again.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man” newspaper strip launched on January 3, 1977, and survived for 42 years in the comics section of many papers.

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Ralph Fiennes Almost Didn’t Play Voldemort in “Harry Potter” Movies

The entire cast of the Harry Potter films have become quite iconic, and it’s difficult to imagine anyone filling their shoes (or taking their wands). While there are plenty of stories of who was almost cast to be in the saga, one actor who took a major role nearly didn’t.

Ralph Fiennes, known to many Potter Heads as “Lord Voldemort”, initially nixed his involvement in the movie. This was based on lack of knowledge about the series, but luckily he came to his senses.

Fiennes spoke with Jonathan Ross this past Saturday on his show, and Digital Spy transcribed the interview, where he explained how he nearly passed on the part.

“The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books. I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in… the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically.”

He continued: “Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me… Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha – who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8 – she said, ‘What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!’ So then I rewound my thinking.”

Can you imagine a Harry Potter movie with someone else as Voldemort? I can, but I’m only able to see Rob Schneider doing it. I don’t recommend you try to imagine it.

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Matt Reeves’ “Batman” Movie Set To Start Filming At End Of 2019

It’s going to be a strange new frontier for DC Comics movies in 2020, with their goal to make films stand-alone and less intertwined like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Shazam” has started that trend and the next “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” films will continue it. We also know that the upcoming “Batman” movie will live on its own merits, and we now know when it will begin production.

According to a tweet by director Matt Reeves, “The Batman” begins filming “sometime around year’s end.” While that is vague at best, it does mean we can most likely expect this as an early Summer film in 2020.

Another Tweeter asked him if the movie might be inspired by Roman Polanski’s 1974 movie “Chinatown”, which Reeves responded to and said he watched the film before writing the script. This also gives us a little bit more of an idea of how the tone of the movie may be.

This will be the first DC movie without Ben Affleck as Batman, who had a short-lived career under the cape and cowl. No news on who might be playing the Caped Crusader in the upcoming film.

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James Gunn Back At Marvel Studios For “Guardians Of The Galaxy 3”

After much deliberation, James Gunn is back at Marvel Studios, bay-bay!

Deadline reports that this was decided on some time ago for the man who will also be directing DC Comics’ upcoming “Suicide Squad 2“, and the decision to announce it publicly finally happened today:

The decision to rehire Gunn –he was fired last July by Disney after alt-right journalists made public a fusillade of decade old social media missives that made light of pedophilia and rape — was one that was mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studios.

Why the change of heart? After the firing, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn on multiple occasions to discuss the situation. Persuaded by Gunn’s public apology and his handling of the situation after, Horn decided to reverse course and reinstate Gunn.

Soon after the announcement, James went on Twitter to respond to the news:

“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months,” he wrote. “I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. I deeply appreciate Disney’s decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. I have been, and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all.”

The surprising news that Disney reversed its decision to fire Gunn broke on Friday, March 15, but apparently Disney’s decision to rehire Gunn and have him direct Guardians Vol. 3 actually happened months ago. The story, originally reported by Deadline and confirmed by IGN, led to a joyous response from fans. Also a fan? Sonic the Hedgehog star Ben Schwartz, who simply responded to Gunn’s tweet, “AYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEE.”

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This tweet marks Gunn breaking his eight-month-long Twitter silence. The last thing he had tweeted, which was on July 19, 2018,  was his five-part apology in response to his resurfaced controversial tweets from 2008 and 2009 that led to Disney firing him to begin with.

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The entire cast had been very supportive of James when he was fired, and are ecstatic now that his return is official. Disney, as it turns out, had not even begun to consider other directors for the franchise, so it seems the movie will end with the same person behind the camera who it started with.

Prior to his firing, James Gunn wrote the script for GotG 3, which Marvel Studios confirmed they would use for the third installment.

Disney is also days away from sealing the deal to acquire the assets of Fox, so stayed tuned for that news and how it will likely affect the Marvel movies.

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Watch the entire 90’s “Mega Man” Cartoon Show For FREE

Growing up in the 1990s was a great time for cartoons. You could enjoy all the hits from the ’80’s along with all the new shows from the times. Saturday mornings were the best mornings, while Sundays were usually solid but not quite as good. However, it was those days, as well as weekday early morning syndicated shows before school started that really stuck with us.

One show that a lot of folks remember today was the Mega Man cartoon from Ruby-Spears. Also made by Ashi Productions and Ocean Productions (with Capcom of course), this cartoon was pretty cheesy, even for its era. The theme song will get stuck in your head, but I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. Still, it was a fun show and if you are a Mega Man mega fan, you should be watching this!

Check out the series premiere video below to get you started:

The first episode of Mega Man sees Dr. Wily attack New York’s Kennedy Airport and Mega Man is crushed by a falling object, leaving him in need of repair. While Mega Man is being fixed, Dr. Light reveals his past history working with Dr. Wily and how it led to the events that happened that day.

From there, Dr. Wily builds his evil robots and we are off to the races!

It ran from 1994 to 1995 in syndication in the US. The show only lasted 23 episodes, but it does include some references to Mega Man X, the more current game of the time.

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After Epic Season Finale, “Steven Universe” Is Just Getting Started

“Steven Universe” is a favorite here at Nerd News Today, and that season finale from a few months ago still has us rocked. It could have been a series finale the way it wrapped up, but thankfully it won’t be. Many things came to a close but there are certainly some new loose threads hanging around, and that means the show is now free to take a deeper examination of the titular protagonist.

On a recent episode of Cartoon Network’s official Steven Universe podcast, series creator Rebecca Sugar and former co-executive producer Ian Jones-Quartey discussed how the season finale “Change Your Mind” is really a new starting point for Steven Universe as a character:

The thing about Steven Universe is that it’s a coming of age story and this is something that he had to figure out in order to start making decisions for himself. Throughout the show, it’s actually been very difficult to write Steven because he puts others in front of himself and his motivations are so tied in with what he thinks other people want—what he thinks his mother would have wanted, what he thinks the Gems want, and who he’s supposed to be.

This is where we finally break that all down. He can’t be distracted by any sort of “supposed to.” It doesn’t exist for him and he doesn’t have to be what other people want or expect him to be.

Jones-Quartey added:

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that this specific arc of Steven’s, like “Change Your Mind” definitely makes a definitive statement on Steven and who he is and what he thinks he is and how he feels about it. Moving forward, everything’s going to be different.

No new details were revealed about what to expect from the next season or when it will air. At least we only have less than a year to wait for the Steven Universe movie, which is also still shrouded in mystery.

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