While our annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration doesn't officially begin until September 1st, I have some news that just can't wait another 25 days. We all know that last year was an absolute dream come true for Monster Cereal fanatics, what with General Mills finally bringing back Fruity Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute in addition to retro boxes from the 70s. While it unfortunately appears that we won't be seeing Mummy and Brute this year, there is some good news: I'm happy to unveil the complete set of retro Monster Cereal boxes for the 2014 Halloween season!
General Mills is bringing back the exclusive retro boxes to Target once again, and while they couldn't possibly top last year's news, they're still doing some great fan service here. For starters, these aren't the same mid-seventies retro box designs from last year; they went with the 1979-1980 versions instead, which showcase the monsters pouring milk on their respective cereals. In addition to the alternate retro designs, they've added vintage style cut-out masks to the back of your favorite Monster Cereal boxes. Granted, most collectors won't want to damage their boxes, so I suggest you pick up an extra set so you can cut out the masks and still have some pristine boxes to hold onto. I'm honestly surprised to see the exclusive retro boxes again this year, as I figured they were gonna be a one-time opportunity, so that combined with the fact that they didn't just release the same designs again puts a big smile on my mug, and I can't wait to get my hands on 'em.
Also, in case you haven't heard already, General Mills surprised everyone today by announcing they've teamed up with artists DC Comics to create a brand new set of boxes for the 2014 Halloween season, and guess who has an early look at the complete designs? Behold!
DC Comics artists Jim Lee, Dave Johnson, & Terry and Rachel Dodson have each created slick new box art for the Monster Cereals this season, and they also had Brent Schoonover draw some individual comic strips on the back of each box! While I'll always prefer the original retro boxes, as they tug at my nostalgic heartstrings, I'm digging the new designs and think this could be a start of a wonderful new trend. For too many years, we've seen cereal companies re-release the same box designs every season; so I'm really hoping we see a new set of artists from all walks of life working on modern box designs every year from here on out.
Now you all know I'm a huuuuge fan of Boo Berry cereal, but of the DC designs, I gotta go with the Frankenberry design by Dave Johnson as the pick of the litter. Aside from the wonderfully clunky mechanics embedded in his head, I love that he actually has strawberries painted onto his nails. It's the little details that matter most. That said, I enjoyed the comic strip on back of Boo Berry's box the most, as it had the best monster-themed jokes of the bunch.
It may not be grave-shattering as the 2013 announcements, but we have a great set of Monster Cereals for Halloween this year. I for one am thankful that we're now living in a time where we actually get multiple box designs to choose from and they're far easier to track down than they were about 15 years ago. There was a time when I was getting thousands of people to email General Mills just to convince them to make the Monster Cereals more available to the public. Nowadays, it's no problem having them haunt our Halloween breakfasts. Here's hoping General Mills will continue the trend of of new box designs in 2015... but even more importantly, I'm still holding onto the hope that they'll finally introduce a NEW monster to join their cereal family.
Come on, Big G! Make it happen in 2015!
Now it's your turn. What do you think of the 2014 Monster Cereal boxes and which is your favorite design? What do you think General Mills should create as a new cereal monster mascot? Drop a comment below and lemme know!
You too could experience the thrill of being mauled at Comic-Con!
My wallet is screaming in agony, so that can only mean one thing: it's time to pack up the car and head down to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. It's hard to believe it, but this will be I-Mockery's sixth time as an exhibitor, and I'm excited to see all the familiar faces (and new ones) who stop by our booth. Be sure to pay us a visit if you're coming to Comic-Con as we'll be at (Booth #E10 - near Aisles 600 & 700 on the West side of the convention center - here's a handy map). As always, we'll have a variety of nifty things for you to check out, and here's some of what you can expect:
-The unveiling of our brand new "8-bit Worlds Collide" pixel poster! This will be the first time the poster will be made available to the public, and it's also our first new pixel poster project since completing the "Four Seasons of Pixels" a few years back. I seriously can't wait for you guys to see this one, because it's a poster Pox and I have been wanting to do for years!
-Mystery Goodie Bags! Another Comic-Con first for us; we'll have a limited number of surprise goodie bags available for purchase at our booth this year. They'll have everything from crazy toys and strange candies to vintage trading card packs, stickers, cans of slime and more!
-A set of four incredibly stylish 8x8 Halloween Witch Prints by Strangepuppets!
-We'll have our complete Adult Swim Games project, Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla on-hand so you can play it with a gamepad controller and show us just how good (or bad) your platform gaming skills are. This version will have all of the levels and costumes unlocked so maybe you'll discover some new things you never even unlocked while playing it online! It's also the first time we're testing it with native gamepad support, so we're looking forward to seeing what people think of it!
-We'll have a giant Abobo on-hand, waiting to pose with you for a very special photo opportunity.
-Glow-in-the-dark "Giga Say Watt!?" I-Mockery t-shirts!
-I-Mockery Button Packs!
-I-Mockery Magnets & Stickers!
-PickleMan comic books! Protoclown's comic books!
-They've been a staple at our SDCC booth every year, so why break with tradition? Free ultra-gory "Dinosaurs Attack" vintage trading card packs from the eighties with every purchase while supplies last! (this site is old as a dinosaur, so why not?)
-The latest videos from my YouTube channel and more!
In addition to all the Comic-Con booth fun, I'll be performing in a free, LIVE Tournament of Nerds. The show will be Thursday, July 24th at 8:00PM, located at the Room 5AB in the convention center. Myself, Maddox, and other funny nerds will all be in the show along with some special guest judges, so don't miss out on it. I'll be doing one of my favorite characters at this event, so I promise you'll have a good time watching it.
As always, we had an absolute blast last year, so I can't wait to head on down to the convention and get started. It's too much fun meeting longtime fans of the site along with all the new ones. We've put a ton of work and cash into making this happen once again this year, and it's all because want to celebrate the 15+ years this site has been online with the fans that have kept us going! So, if you're going to be at the Comic-Con, be sure to stop by I-Mockery Productions Booth #E10 - near Aisles 600 & 700! (here's a map to our booth)
Myself, Re, and some other pals will all be there at the table again this year. And yes, to those of you who've asked, we'll be more than happy to sign anything you buy (or any other weird things you bring to the convention for us to sign). We'll even sign your face if you remember to bring it with you.
For those of you who can't come, we're sorry you're gonna miss it, but rest assured we'll still do our best to take as many photos of the convention as possible, though things got so busy I didn't even have a chance to post them online last year. Obviously, we're gonna be super-busy with the booth, so getting time away from it to take pictures is always tricky. Once I'm back in town from Comic-Con, I'll do my best to post them if I'm not too swarmed with work. I'll also try to update the I-Mockery Twitter account and Facebook page with some photos each day if time permits.
Again, for those of you who've never been, I feel I need to once again remind you of a very important fact: despite the misleading name, the Comic-Con has MUCH more than just comic books. True, if you're a fan of comic books, you'll be in heaven, but if you're not that into 'em, there's still PLENTY for you to do. Over the years, the convention has basically become a mega-media event. The convention center is chock full o' the latest video games for you to test out, tons of movie promotions, toys galore, incredible costumes, and some truly amazing artists as well. If anything, comics have taken a backseat to all the other crazy things going on at the convention. So yeah, the name is really misleading to some people, and that's unfortunate because they have no idea what they're missing out on.
Be sure to keep an eye on the I-Mockery Facebook and I-Mockery Twitter pages throughout the week. I'll try to update the I-Mockery Tumblr as well. I'm gonna be super busy, but I'll do my best to update them from Comic-Con whenever I have a chance.
Alright, that's all for now. Wish us luck, cuz this is gonna be one hell of an insane week... again!
Unless you're new to I-Mockery, you've probably saw my footage from Anime Expo last year, as I always have an awesome time seeing the amazing costumes that people put together (99% of which are referencing something too obscure for me to recognize). Well, I had the opportunity to attend Anime Expo 2014 a few times again this past week, and there were easily more people in attendance than ever before. As a result, there was an incredible amount of cosplayers walking around which led to me creating THREE new videos showcasing some of my favorite costumes for those of you who couldn't attend. Take a look:
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Hope you enjoyed this latest batch o' videos along with all the amazing costumes, as I'm really looking forward to attending Anime Expo again next year to cover it again. As always, please drop a comment on the Youtube videos to lemme know whatcha think of 'em, and please subscribe to my channel if you haven't already to be notified whenever I release a new video. Thanks for watching!
We attended E3 last week, and wouldn't you know it, I got overly excited about lots of the new video games, promotions, costumes, and huge booth displays that I saw throughout my time there. So excited that I just couldn't help myself from yelling about it all. Fortunately for you, John was there to film all of it so you can enjoy many of the things we encountered:
We'll have our in-depth E3 article coverage, complete with reviews of the latest games and a boatload o' photos, up online shortly as well, so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, hope you enjoy the video and be sure to drop a comment and/or subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already. Thanks for watching!
Last week I was invited by my pal, Hal Rudnick (who also co-hosts the Tournament of Nerds at UCB theatre which I perform in regularly), to join him and Eben McGarr for a fun discussion about movie monsters on Screen Junkies. We talked for well over an hour and could've kept going all day long, but since their videos are always edited down to only about seven minutes, that probably would've been pointless. It was a blast to do and we had some really good laughs, so I hope you enjoy it:
Thanks for watching and I'm looking forward to appearing on Screen Junkies again in the future! If you have a chance, please drop a comment on the video page to let 'em know what you thought of it. And in case you didn't know already, I have a YouTube channel as well and always appreciate new subscribers. Hoping to have some new videos up soon.
I've been meaning to post more about Funko's POP! vinyl toy line for a while, and since I just received a large shipment of some of my favorites in the mail, I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to do so. Unless you've been living in solitary confinement for the last several years, chances are you've seen these figures, because they're everywhere. Normally when a product saturates every nook & cranny of our society, I tend to get sick of seeing it really fast, but that's not the case with the POP! toys. There's just something about their inherently adorable minimalism that I absolutely love, not to mention how much fun it is to see how Funko will redesign a popular character to fit their unique branding.
Now I snagged some extra figures for a lil' giveaway contest that you can all enter, but before we get to that, let's take a closer look at two of my favorite sets: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Horror Movie Monsters!
Come on, you can't tell me these aren't absolutely fantastic. What I really appreciate is Funko's attention to detail; they could've easily just repainted a single mold for each character and called it a day, but they tweaked each of the turtle's faces to fit their personalities. Raphael looks pissed off, Michelangelo looks happy-go-lucky, and all is right with the world. The fact that they also made a figure for Splinter (complete with cane) and Shredder (not pictured) just shows how much Funko knows what their fans really want. Speaking of which, if anybody from Funko is reading this, please make figures for Krang and a Foot Soldier. I'll also accept Ace Duck.
Moving right along, Funko proves that no matter how horrific a character's subject matter may be, they have the ability to make it absolutely adorable. I'm 100% positive that they could turn Angela from the final scene of Sleepaway Camp into a sickeningly cute figure. Not that they would do such a thing... but they could. As much as I love Freddy Krueger and Beetlejuice, what with the green varicose veins on his face, I think Leatherface is my favorite of this group. His face just looks so hilariously tragic, like he's really having second thoughts about the current trajectory of his life. FACT: Introspective Leatherface is the best kind of Leatherface.
Perhaps best of all, when you collect enough figures, you can set the stage for some truly incredible good vs. evil battles. Freddy vs. Jason? Alien vs. Predator? Psh... that's nothing compared to having all your horror movie heroes and Shredder going up against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Splinter. Naturally, Beetlejuice would be the referee for the ensuing battle; just like the Joker, he's an agent of chaos. Now THAT is a movie Hollywood needs to start producing pronto! Speaking of the horror figures, I still need to snag the Gremlins Stripe and Slimer figures, because they clearly need to be part of this ever-growing war.
There are boatloads of these figures out there now ranging to anything from Ghostbusters and Game of Thrones to Adventure Time and even the Monster Cereals (yes, I do have the two Boo Berry variants). I honestly don't see any reason why the toy line would show any signs of stopping, as there is a never-ending supply of pop culture icons they can pay tribute to in squashed vinyl form. Case in point: they even have a Sharknado one coming out in June. Seriously.
I also gotta say that it's nice how they're easy to collect without feeling like you're sinking a fortune into them. Considering they usually don't run more than $10 bux a pop (har! har!), you can quickly build up a nice collection to decorate your shelves or desk space with. And then they'll stand there, staring at you with those longing, desperately beady little eyes as if to say, "We need more friends! Go buy some!" And you'll have no choice to comply, unless your heart is dead or something. Damn you, Funko!
Now I mentioned a giveaway earlier, and I wasn't kidding about it. Behold!
The Masters of the Universe POP Figures Giveaway!
Thanks to my pals over at FUN.com, I have this set of awesome Skeletor and Spikor Masters of the Universe figures to give away to one lucky winner! While He-Man and Skeletor are obviously choices for production, I was really surprised that Funko went with a more obscure character like Spikor instead of Beast Man or Trap Jaw (though they did produce a Hordak one). But damn, did that ever completely nail his look; from the coloring to his tiny little arm trident, Spikor is absolutely perfect!
So what do you have to do in order to win these figures? It's extremely simple. All you gotta do is post a reply in the comments section below and tell me at least THREE characters you'd like to see Funko turn into POP! vinyl toys that they haven't already produced. It can be characters from TV shows, comic books, movies, video games... whoever you happen to think would look awesome as a squashed vinyl toy. And while it's not a requirement, it'd be nice to hear the reasons why you selected your characters too, so be sure to include that by all means.
You have between now and Friday, May 9th at midnight to post your entry comments. I will be selecting the winner at random, so please only one entry per person, but feel free to list as many characters as you like in your entry. No registration is required to enter, but be sure to fill in the form field with your email address (if you don't already have an I-Mockery account) so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner.
Alright, that's all there is to it. Thanks again to FUN.com for providing me with the fun Funko figures, and be sure to check out their site for more... fun. That's a lot of fun for one sentence. Good luck to all who enter and I'm looking forward to seeing your Funko POP! character ideas!
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