Phineas & Ferb: Mission Marvel Looks AWESOME!

6 06 2013




Happy Star Wars Day!

4 05 2013

931390_10151586099621005_412525150_n





EW: Futurama canceled. Again.

22 04 2013

ew logo‘Futurama’ to end seven-season run on Sept. 4

The Planet Express ship will soon make its final delivery.

Comedy Central has decided not to renew Futurama, which means that the 31st-century-set animated comedy will end its 140-episode run on Sept. 4. The final 13 episodes, which represent the second half of season 7, begin airing on June 19 at 10 p.m.

Comedy Central has declined to renew 'Futurama,' meaning the next 13 episodes will be the last. My wife is pissed.

Comedy Central has declined to renew ‘Futurama,’ meaning the next 13 episodes will be the last. My wife is pissed.

Futurama is no stranger to cancellation, of course: The series aired from 1999 to 2003 before Fox sent Fry & Co. into oblivion. After thriving in reruns on Adult Swim, Futurama was relaunched in 2007 with four-direct-to-DVD movies that Comedy Central ran in half-hour increments as a 16-episode fifth season in 2008-09. Comedy Central subsequently ordered a sixth season of 26 episodes, which aired in 2010-11, and a seventh season of 26 episodes, the first half of which debuted in 2012.

The news did not come as a shock to executive producer David X. Cohen and creator Matt Groening, who had thought their space explorations were ending three previous times (after the Fox run, after the four movies, and after Comedy Central’s first 26-episode order). “I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news,” Cohen tells EW. “It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice.”

The series won the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program twice, in 2002 and 2011. It has declined in the ratings, though, averaging 2.6 million viewers in 2010, 2.3 million in 2011, and 1.7 million in 2012.

Comedy Central’s EVP of Programming Dave Bernath views the network’s decision as “the natural end” to the show’s improbable comeback. “That’s a helluva run that few shows achieve, and especially given the fact that it came back to life, it’s really an amazing story,” he says. “I’m more thankful and feel a sense of gratitude toward the whole process — and that we found a way to keep going for 52 more episodes — than I really am even thinking about the ending. It’s a blessing that it came back and lasted so long.”

(Full Story)

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/04/22/futurama-not-renewed-comedy-central/?hpt=hp_t5





Writing Contest: Be a Super Hero. Read!

5 04 2013

Here’s a great opportunity for students, especially those who love super heroes, courtesy of DC Comics and Capstone Publishing! The deadline for entries is coming up soon (April 15th), so there’s not a lot to spare. It’s open to grades 3 to 6, and prizes include a trip for four to tour both DC Comics offices and Warner Brothers Animation Studios. I may have to pretend that I’m a fifth grader so I can win this myself! Details for how to enter are below, and at the official site!

– dEV

#     #     #

DC_SUPERHEROES_EBLASTWho Is A Hero In Your Life?

Super heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman have super powers, like the ability to fly. They also have many human powers that make them heroic, like courage and imagination. Who is a super hero in your life? What makes that person special and what “super powers” does he or she have?

How It Works

If you’re in grades 3–6 , write about the real super hero in your life. Your submission should describe your hero and describe why that person is a hero in your eyes. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and heroism. The top five entries will be posted online, where kids from across the country will vote to determine the grand prize winner!

Official Contest Prize

A trip for four to:

    • An exclusive tour of DC Entertainment Offices
    • A VIP tour for four of Warner Bros. Animation Studios (including travel, lodging and transportation)
    • A collection of DC Comics and Capstone merchandise

Plus:

  • A collection of DC Comics and Capstone merchandise
  • The hero featured in the winning entry will win $2,500 to be donated to a charity of his or her choice
  • The top five finalists will win a set of Capstone’s Man of Steel chapter books!

(Full Details)

http://www.capstonesuperhero.com/contest.html?utm_source=Eblast&utm_medium=Announcement&utm_campaign=BeaSuperHero.READ





DC Comics ‘Hero for the Household’ Sweepstakes!

23 03 2013

This looks like it’s worth an entry. DC comics has launched a new site/blog called DC Comics Fan Family, geared toward promoting all-ages and family-oriented stuff. They just announced a sweepstakes, with a prize package filled with over five dozen items for fans of all ages. It looks pretty cool. Details are below!

– dEV

#     #     #

Prizes for the whole family — that’s what you could win if you enter the HERO for the HOUSEHOLD sweepstakes, new from DC Comics Fan Family.

DC-Hero-for-the-Household-Sweeps-Blog-Promo-880x660_week-03

We’re giving away a super-sized selection of more than five dozen products, games, DVDs, graphic novels, clothes, jewelry items, and — of course — comic books and Capstone books for the whole household to enjoy. With something for mom, dad, boys and girls big and small — and even the family dog — this is the ultimate prize package to make YOU the HERO for your whole HOUSEHOLD.

Here’s a preview of some of the prizes:

For your chance to win over five dozen items well over $1,200.00 worth of DC Entertainment fun, all you have to do is enter.

The HERO for the HOUSEHOLD Sweepstakes runs March 21 through May 9, 2013, and anyone 13 or older living in the United States can enter.

What are you waiting for? Enter now!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to permanent, legal residents of the 50 US or DC who are 13 or older. Void where prohibited. Begins 3/21/13 at 12:00:01 a.m. PT and ends 5/9/13 at 11:59:59 p.m. PT. For official rules, entry options/restrictions, odds disclosures and prize details, click here. Sponsor: DC ENTERTAINMENT.





Hero-glyphics

16 03 2013

heroglyphics





Batman Physics

22 01 2013

batman physics





Daily Mail: UP fan takes to the skies in a house by tying hundreds of balloons to it… just like character in Pixar film

20 11 2012

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 07:37 EST, 19 November 2012 | UPDATED: 11:03 EST, 19 November 2012

A cluster-balloonist who became the first person to fly the English Channel has launched a house into the sky just like in the Disney movie ‘Up’.

Intrepid Jonathan Trappe, 38, took off just like the 78-year-old character Carl Frederickson in the hit movie.

Trappe, from Raleigh, North Carolina, stepped into the cartoon themed home before soaring above the Leon International Balloon festival in Mexico yesterday.

Trappe was using the event as a warm-up for his planned trans-Atlantic flight scheduled for next summer.

He aims to complete the 2,500 mile journey across the pond in a seven foot lifeboat carried by 365 huge helium balloons.

Trappe has invested $170,000 into his Atlantic dream, for which he’s been training his whole career, and now he’s launching a site so ordinary people can play their part this amazing adventure.

The daredevil, is learning to sail a lifeboat, in case he needs to ditch into the ocean during the danger-filled mission.

The unique gondola will have an open roof for take-off but a canopy to protect Trappe from high-altitude winds and frost bite during the crossing.

He will fly at between 18,000ft  and 25,000ft, beating his previous world altitude record of 21,600ft, and must fly uninterrupted a distance ten times longer than his previous world record of 230 miles in order to succeed.

The adventurer, who holds records for crossing the Alps, flying the most cluster balloons, and the longest distance, has spent his entire career building up to the momentous expedition.

He said: ‘I didn’t wake up one day and think: ‘I’m going to fly across the Atlantic.’

‘Every attempt before this was geared towards this flight. I’ve been training for a long time.’

(Full Story with Video)





NBC News: Comics go beyond the Higgs boson

10 09 2012

By Alan Boyle

If only there were a graphic novel that could guide you around the frontiers of physics! We mused over that possibility on “Virtually Speaking Science” just a couple of nights ago, during a discussion of what lies beyond the Higgs boson — totally unaware that PHD Comics’ Jorge Cham had just put out a video graphic novel addressing that very topic.

Cham’s latest animation draws upon the expertise of Daniel Whiteson and Jonathan Feng, physicists at the University of California at Irvine, to explain how the discovery of a new “Higgs-like” particle at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider is only the first of many blockbuster discoveries expected from the $10 billion facility over the next few decades.

One of the most way-out possibilities is that the LHC could pick up the signs of extra spatial dimensions beyond the three we know and love. Like the Higgs boson, which is thought to play a role in endowing other particles with mass, the existence of extra dimensions is suggested by some of the questions still outstanding in physics — for example, why is gravity so much weaker than the other fundamental forces of nature? But the evidence to back up that suggestion is devilishly difficult to come up with.

Cham literally sketches the outlines of the mystery in his animation, and graphically shows why the LHC is way bigger than the Higgs.

(Full Story)

http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/07/13732992-comics-go-beyond-the-higgs-boson?lite





Ferb never looked so delicious…

10 09 2012