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Explore The Lore Of The Bestselling Strategy Card Game In A Beautiful Hardcover Book Set “Magic: The Gathering – Concepts and Legends”

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, dives into the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering, with the acquisition of MAGIC: THE GATHERING—CONCEPTS AND LEGENDS. Written by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt, the slipcased, hardcover volume is slated for release in print this Fall and offers a detailed examination of the planes, mythos and in-world history of Magic: The Gathering.

Dive deep into the archives of Magic: The Gathering with an inside look at the origins of the characters, planes, creatures and lore of the world’s most popular trading card game. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, this beautiful collector’s hardcover book features artwork, sketches and commentary showcasing the expansive world that has captivated generations. The book also includes four double-sided collectible art prints.

“MAGIC: THE GATHERING—CONCEPTS AND LEGENDS is full of memories, new insights, and offers a hint of what’s coming next for the number one trading card game in the U.S.,” says Joel Enos, Senior Editor. “Magic: The Gathering’s creative team combed through 25 amazing years of notes, art, and lore for this overview of their long and enduring history.”

Throughout its 25-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has more than 20 million fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.

VIZ Media’s catalog of MAGIC: THE GATHERING titles includes THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING—DOMINARIA, THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING—IXALAN, THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING—AMONKHET, THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING—KALADESH, THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING—INNISTRAD, and THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING—ZENDIKAR. Each hardcover edition contains specially curated collections of plane-specific illustrations from Wizards of the Coast’s popular strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering.

Magic: The Gathering is the world’s best strategy game, with more than 20 million players and fans worldwide. In this innovative card game, players build personalized decks using cards they have collected from booster packs and by trading with friends. Magic offers a robust gaming experience for its community of passionate fans through face-to-face play events and social gatherings in more than 7,000 hobby game stores around the world, complemented by its growing library of digital games.

IDW teams up with Jim Cornette to pull back the curtain on Pro Wrestling

In April, the doors of Castle Cornette are being opened to the public! Jim Cornette, in association with IDW Limited are tag-teaming to bring you 60 pages of unrelenting and uncompromising action in the form of a limited-edition graphic novel! Written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominated Brandon Easton, and Denis Medri, the award-winning team behind Andre The Giant: Closer to Heaven, this new hit enters the Kickstarter ring on April 17th!

“I collected comics even before I got into wrestling, and as a collector myself I want to make this a real collector’s item! I’ve been telling stories for years in my columns and on my podcasts” says Jim Cornette. “But you know what they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words. So sixty pages of pictures should be enough room to tell a heck of a lot of amazing stories. I can’t wait to take people behind the scenes and have them SEE some of my favorite moments illustrated by an awesome team!”

The book will feature three chapters of tales, hand-selected and presented by Cornette and adapted by the team of Easton and Medri. Through Kickstarter, IDW Limited will be able to grant additional content and opportunities to Cornette’s loyal fans and fans of Pro Wrestling overall. Additional perks will include original art, personal conversations with Cornette himself, and even the ability to go down in infamy by being drawn as a heel character directly into the graphic novel!

“I’m a big fan of Jim Cornette’s storytelling – both in the ring and through his podcasts. I’m beyond excited to work on this project and explore the modern history of pro wrestling with a man who experienced it firsthand,” said Easton. “Obviously we’re passionate about pro-wrestling, and the chance to return to the ring has us flexing our creative muscles!” said Medri.

Look for Jim Cornette Presents: Behind The Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories on Kickstarter from April 17th to May 10th.

WizKids Announces New Partnership with Games Workshop

WizKids, the leader in high-quality pre-painted miniatures and established board games, today revealed a multi-year partnership with acclaimed fantasy miniatures company, Games Workshop. The new partnership will extend the Warhammer 40,000 universe IP across multiple categories, including, Dice Building Games™, board games and more!

“We’re thrilled to be working with Games Workshop and the Warhammer 40,000 license,” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids. “This beloved franchise is known the world over and our partnership will allow us to create amazing products and experiences for fans everywhere.”

The multi-year deal will span numerous categories and include the most iconic Warhammer 40,000 characters and more. WizKids will create two new board games, along with dice games based in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, with additional plans to republish classic board games Fury of Dracula and Relic.

WizKids will begin rolling out the new product lines in mid 2018.

NYCC 2017 Cosplay – Part 3

Here is the third video of the great cosplays we saw during NYCC 2017 at the Javits Center. Included in this video is characters from Voltron: Legendary Defender, Star Wars, The Magic School Bus, Overwatch, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Velma from Scooby-Doo, The Flash, X-Men, Ghostbusters, Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, pro wrestlers, and much more!

NYCC 2017 Cosplay – Part 2

Some more great cosplays that we saw during NYCC 2017!

This video features cosplayers as characters from Star Wars, Gravity Falls, Doctor Who, Stranger Things, Tokyo Ghoul, Luke Cage, Jurassic Park, IT, Disney Descendants, Rick & Morty, Teen Titans and X-Men.

NYCC 2017 Cosplay – Part 1

It’s the first of three videos featuring some of the cosplayers we saw at NYCC 2017. There were so many to film that capturing them all would be impossible, but we did our best to get some of our favorites. This video includes cosplayers as Daredevil, Teen Titans, WWE characters, Star Wars character, Batman: The Animated Series, Deadpool, Squirrel Girl, Ghostbusters, Game of Thrones, Street Fighter, and more.

NYCC 2017: Fansets Pins – Star Trek, DC Comics, Firefly, Harry Potter

Lew Halboth gives us the rundown of what new pins Fansets has on display at NYCC 2017, as well as the new licenses that enamel pin lovers can expect in 2018! This video includes a look at pins from Star Trek (including Star Trek: Discovery), Suicide Squad, Justice League, DC Bombshells, DC comics, DC Superhero Girls, Harry Potter, Aliens, Firefly and more.

NYCC 2017: Alex Ross art exhibit

While the man was not there, Alex Ross had plenty on display at his booth during NYCC 2017. Showing off reproductions of his work available for purchase, the Alex Ross art booth included works based on Marvel and DC characters, as well as his new line of Universal Monsters.

NYCC 2017: Eaglemoss – Star Trek, Aliens, DC Comics and Battlestar Galactica

Eaglemoss is one of my favorite booths to see at New York Comic Con, and at NYCC 2017 they were no exception. Aside from showing the usual line of Star Trek ships, they also had a first look at ships from Star Trek: Discovery and Battlestar Galactica, plus figural statues from Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, DC Comics, Valerian, Aliens and a few other surprises.

NECA reveals Casey Jones mask from TMNT movie replica

I hate punkers, especially green ones. And now, you can too, thanks to NECA!

For the first time ever, you can own a full-size, movie-accurate, wearable replica of Casey Jones’ mask from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie! NECA Toys revealed this on their Facebook page and gave us all the details about how you can get your hands on it.

After wading in a puddle of radioactive waste, four radical reptiles were transformed into New York City’s greatest crime-fighting quartet. Of course even the best team knows the value of a worthy ally, like former hockey player (and all-around sports enthusiast) Casey Jones.

This hand-painted and exceptionally detailed reproduction of his mask was created from careful study and examination of the movie prop. It features adjustable straps that allow you to wear it, hang on the wall or display on a mannequin head. Made of heavy-duty ABS plastic. Closed box packaging.

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