Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Plague Bringer returns with a new track and an upcoming Metro Show

Chicago industrial grind duo Plague Bringer are back with a new track "Wolves" and an upcoming show announcement!  Featuring guitarist/drum programmer Greg Ratajczak and vocalist Josh Rosenthal, Plague Bringer was formed in 2002 after Greg was finished helping engineer Modest Mouse's album "The Moon and Antarctica."  A death/grind band at heart; Plague Bringer stands out from the crowd with their wide range of influences which includes Tool, Godflesh and Ministry (they even released a cover of "Burning Inside" as a single with former Ministry member Chris Connelly.)  Their last CD "Life Songs in a Land of Death" was released in 2008 and I believe their last show was in 2010 at Record Store Day in Reckless Records.  A rough mix of their new track Wolves can be streamed below or on their bandcamp.  Plague Bringer will be playing at the Cold Waves Festival on September 27, 2013 at the METRO in Chicago.

Website: plaguebringer.com/

Cold Waves Site: coldwaves.net/

Mad Tyrant - The Execution of William Kemmler [CD Release & Free Download]

Chicago harsh noise act Mad Tyrant consists of only one member (Mal Lakas), who has a unique way of recording music. No, I will not reveal the techniques involved; the artist prefers to let judgment be placed solely on the work itself, not what went into making it. Recorded back in January 2011, The Execution of William Kemmler finally sees a physical release; it features three coruscating tracks full of bleeps and bloops being turned inside out and destroyed into infinity. Now on UK label Must Die Records with liner notes from musician/writer Josh Langhoff. It was mastered by Jonathan Baxter and also includes a CD only bonus track mastered by Greg Ratajczak of Plague Bringer.

Order the CD here: mustdierecords.co.uk/

Stream and Download for free here: madtyrant.bandcamp.com/

~Patrick Loy (Black Metal of the Americas)

Dark Horse Announces NEW Shaolin Cowboy & Elfquest Comics at C2E2

Dark Horse Comics announced this past weekend at C2E2 that it will be publishing new comics of Geof Darrow's Shaolin Cowboy and the legendary Elfquest Series! The Matrix concept artist Geof Darrow originally released Shaolin Cowboy in 2004 on Burlyman Entertainment, with the seventh issue coming out in 2007.  Shaolin Cowboy returns nearly six years later in a three issue monthly story arc with the second issue clocking in at a whopping 64 pages!  The creator of "Hard Boiled" and "The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot" is one of the most detailed artists out there and the continuation of this series has been long overdue!

Elfquest was created by Wendy and Richard Pini over 35 years ago and has accumulated quite a cult following.  The first issue of the new Elfquest will arrive this fall and will be the prologue to Elfquest: The Final Quest, which is currently being serialized on BoingBoing (FOR FREE!) Following that, Dark Horse will release The Final Quest alongside all-new editions of previously published material. Dark Horse also announced that they plan to publish comics based on the popular video game Halo and a new Hellboy original graphic novel.  With these announcements, the absence of a DC booth and Dark Horse slashing the prices on everything in their booth to 50% off on the last day (with four for a $1 single comics!) this company may have just been the best booth at this year's C2E2!

Find out more news here: Darkhorse.com

Read Elfquest FREE online here: boingboing.net/

Geoff Darrow Website: geoffdarrow.com

Monday, April 29, 2013

Iron Man 3 Review & Trailer

I saw an advanced screening of Iron Man 3 today and was going to write a review but why bother? It would just be full of a bunch of spoilers and geek outs so I'll just post the trailer and say GO SEE IRON MAN 3! Each and every actor down to the small players did an amazing job and the main cast's chemistry is undeniable! All I can say without spoiling anything is that Ben Kingsley will surprise you! One of the best third installments of a movie franchise I've seen in recent memory! There's even rumors that a fourth is in the works as well.  In theaters in North America Friday May 3, 2013.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Idol Threat's Guide to C2E2 2013

C2E2 has been getting better every year and this year marks the most organized and entertaining expo yet! Tomorrow will be the busiest day of the con and that means you'll need a guide to help you get the most out of your visit.  Here's some things to help you filter out the convention confusion.

The main big change this year is the inclusion of "The Block" which C2E2 bills as "a show within a show."  If you don't count Artist Alley, The Block occupies the very middle of the convention floor and houses tons of artists from the underground culture such as Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts, Clerks, Tank Girl), Buff Monster (Juxtapoz, Nylon), L'Amoure Supreme (Mishka, Nike), David Crossland, boutique toy creator Galaxxor and infamous Oakland artist Skinner who has done art for Kvelertak, Every Time I Die and Mastodon.  This is an amazing addition to the con and brings some well deserved attention to artists that don't normally make it out here.  Visit Skinner at the Critical Hit booth (965) and Jim Mahfood & David Crossland next to him at the Nerd City booth.  You can also watch all weekend as Buff Monster and L'Amoure Supreme work on a giant colloborative mural in the middle of The Block.

Another great highlight is The Variant Stage near the back with the autographs section.  Friday featured such content as a Puppet Show, Stand up Comedy, a theatre stage reading of a comic book, and a Buffy the Musical Shadowcast.  Saturday will feature Nerd Trivia at 12:45pm, The Nerdologues Comedy show at 4:30pm and a Cosplay Contest at 5:45pm among other things.

As always the best part of almost every con is the Artist Alley.  This section is divided alphabetically in rows with the main row/aisle being an expanded section between 'I' and 'J.'  This aisle is home to the creators of the Idol Threat featured comic Hoax Hunters.  Drop by I4 to say hi to Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley - you can pick up the latest issues of Hoax Hunters or the first trade, and some awesome prints or a mini-artbook from Steve or the amazing new trade paperback of ReincareNATE from Michael.  IT faves GregNFake may be absent and in Mexico right now but you may run into their collaborator Marc Koprinarov who will be hanging at the Hoax Hunters booth.  Speaking of GregNFake, they have recently did an awesome back-up story to the the Heavy Metal Magazine-esque comic Doctor Muscles comic. You can check them out at the Bogus Books booth at P6.  Other Idol Threat recommends include Bill Reinhold (Badger/Punisher) at Q1, Brian Wood (DMZ, X-Men) at O18, Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy/Matrix) at P1, Chris Burnham (Batman) at B1 and Tony Moore (Walking Dead) at A10.  On a side note both Doug Manhke (Green Lantern) at A1 and Phil Hester (Green Arrow) at C10 are selling original comic book pages for $20 each! Most artists sells their original art pages for upwards of $50-$200 each so this is an insane deal that everyone should take advantage of.

There's also some big time nerd names coming down for the Saturday show.  You can see comedian/actor Patton Oswalt in his Q&A panel in the IGN Theater from 12:30-1:30pm or the Ron Perlman (Hellboy/Sons of Anarchy) Q&A in the same theater at 3:30pm.  There's many more great panels and guest/exhibitors and your best bet is to plan your attack before heading to McCormick Place (in the West Building btw.)  Get there as early as possible since the parking lots fill up pretty quickly, and be prepared for a bag check by security everytime you enter the convention floor.  You can see a full layout and schedule on the C2E2 but I HIGHLY recommend downloading their mobile app which has proven to be extremely effective.  Enjoy the show.

C2E2 Site: www.c2e2.com/

C2E2 Mobile App: C2E2's-Going-Mobile/

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Image Comics Hoax Hunters Options Screen Rights

Just in time for C2E2 too! Idol Threat favorites Hoax Hunters from Image comics has just been picked up by Hollywood!  Producer Jeff Krelitz and his Quality Transmedia banner have optioned the screen rights and is currently searching for screen writers to get the ball rolling on the project.  Krelitz is also an executive producer on Peter Panzerfaust; another Image Comic about Peter Pan set in World War II that is being developed by BBC Worldwide as a TV property.  Given the fact that Hoax Hunters is about a secret government group that poses as a reality tv show that debunks mysteries I figured this would be a shoe-in for a TV series, but a movie is even better! Congratulations to creators Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci, keep firing those warning shots at the mainstream fellas!

Hoax Hunters Website: hoaxhunterscomic.blogspot.com/

Peter Panzerfaust on BBC: www.bbc.co.uk/

Last Chance to Get Cheap C2E2 2013 Tix, Price Increases After Tonight

Here it is folks - THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! Online ticket prices for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo increase after tonight, April 25 at 11:59 PM CDT so order online now before the price increase! If you're in or near Chicago official retailers may still have tickets left at the pre-show prices! C2E2 2013 is less than half a day away!

Buy Tix online Here: www.c2e2.com/

Find a Retailer Here: Buy In Person 

Download the Mobile App: C2E2 Mobile App

Official C2E2 12-tips guide: How to Survive C2E2

Talib Kweli & Z-Trip - Attack the Block [Free Mixtape]

Talib Kweli has been consistently solid ever since he released his manifesto.  Even over questionable beats the BK MC almost always delivers.  It's the reason why despite liking Mos Def more Talib has always been the half of Black Star whose releases I've looked forward to the most.  Coupled with his excellent taste and expertise in running his label Blacksmith, you have an entrepreneur with a very impressive track record. Z-Trip is a legendary DJ with over 20 years of experience and the digging skills to match.  You combine the two and you get a project that you don't want to miss, make that project FREE and you get a mixtape that you'd be have to be braindead NOT to download!  Attack the Block is a mixtape named after a British film about a group of hooligans defending South London from an alien attack. It features a huge list of extremely diverse guest stars  including Das Racist, Black Thought, Ab Soul, Killer Mike, Skyzoo, Mac Miller and even Lil Wayne and Mack Maine! It's being offered for free courtesy of the premier mixtape website Datpiff.  Enjoy.

Download Here: www.datpiff.com/

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Maryland Deathfest XI Official Poster

MDF 11 is just around the corner and they're cranking up the hype with the release of their official poster! This poster was designed by artist ZORNOW and will be released by Warlord Clothing.  It's a limited edition silkscreened 18x24 3 color poster that they're only making 200 of so order quickly as there will be no guarantees that any will be left at the fest. The poster is only $12 and will not be shipped, you will have to pick up your order at the actual festival.  Every band that will be playing the fest is listed on the poster including the legendary Venom, Bolt Thrower, Melvins, Sleep Carcass, Pentagram, Weedeater, Pig Destroyer, Down and more including Chicago's own Weekend Nachos!  MDF XI will be held May 23-26, 2013 at the former Sonar Compound in Baltimore.

Order the poster here: warlordclothing.com

More info here: www.marylanddeathfest.com

C2E2 After Party Round-Up

For the Adventurous Nerds
With the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo just days away we here at Idol Threat thought it'd be good to highlight the the events AFTER the event - of course we're talking about the after parties!  As a rule girls are a scarce in the nerd world and geek girls are even scarcer.  That's why a group like Sugar Gamers, brought together as an organization for female video gamers, is a boon to both genders of the geek community!  You can find them at Booth 1550 but you can also PARTY with them at Sakura Karaoke Lounge on 234 W Cermak Rd in Chicago (a block away from the Chinatown-Cermak Redline stop) from 8pm-12am Saturday night!  The event is 21+ and costs $10, but your first 2 drinks are included in the cost!  Also present will be Chicago's premier event photographers ACTION BOOTH! This is an elite event and only 100 tickets will be sold, it's guest list only so RSVP is a MUST!

Buy Tix Here: Sugargamers.com

For the Uber Nerds
Next up is an after party brought to you by the combined efforts of The Chicago Nerd Social Club, The Nerdologues and the Chicago Game Lovers Meetup Group!  Join others in some Board Games run by the Chicago Game Lovers Group or groove to the music provided by DJ Aaron Ackerson!  There will also be Nerdy themed drink specials and performances by: RAKS Geek, The Improvised Star Trek, Plan 9 Burlesque, Shock T’s and The Nerdologues performing Nerds Against Humanity with the creators of Cards Against Humanity!  If you're coming from out of town and drop them a line ahead of time they'll even introduce you to some people!  This event will be at 6pm at the Public House Theatre on 3974 N. Clark St in Chicago, tix will be $17 in advance and $20 at the door!

Buy Tix Here: pubhousetheatre.com

For the Art Nerds
If you'd rather immerse yourself in art Friday night then Nerd City's Art Luau is for you!  It will feature artists Jim Mahfood, David Mack, Dave Crosland, Ben Templesmith, Joey Potts and Won Kim with a must-see performance by the amazing Adira Amram and the Experience who is fresh off her international tour with turntablist Kid Koala!  Please note that this event replaces their Arcadia Insania party that would have been on Saturday night.  You can visit Nerd City at Booth 967 and you can attend their event on Friday night from 8pm to 2am at the Volcano Room at the Bottom Lounge on 1375 W Lake St in Chicago.  This event will be $20.  Catch the Nerd City Panel on Saturday at C2E2 where they will be screening Jim Mahfood's D.I.S.C.O. DESTROYER coming soon to MTV's Liquid Television.

Buy Tix Here: artluau.bpt.me

For the Music Nerds
Finally we have a Friday night event hosted by Cosplay Chicago and the scourge of Eternia himself, SKELETOR! This shindig will feature music from nerdcore artist The Starship, fire and knife act Dollface, metal guitar duo Viking Jesus, indie rock trio Fantastic Mammals and The Glitter Guild burlesque show!  This will be hosted at Reggie's Rock Club who will also be on hand at McCormick Center at 8pm on Friday to provide a FREE RIDE to their venue!!! Doors open at 9pm and it is $10 or $15 at the door (Though Reggie's ticket prices have been known to vary at the day of the show.)  They are located on 2105 South State Street in Chicago a block away from the Chinatown/Cermak Redline stop.

Buy Tix Here: ticketfly.com

For the Cool Nerd
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has been helping comic artists with their legal needs and fighting censorship since 1986!  Threadless is a Chicago-based tshirt & print company who sources their designs from a vast community of artists and was founded in 2000.  Together they've teamed up to provide a special C2E2 after party on Saturday night.  Be at Threadless HQ on 1260 W. Madison Street, Chicago at 8pm for raffles, beer and live music including a performance from Chicago's own Showyousuck and Auggie the 9th!  You can visit CBLDF booth 837 and Threadless at 1054. This is a 21+ event with a suggested $10 donation.

Buy Tix Here: eventbrite.com

For the Hungry Nerd
Get ready for a unique dining experience at Little Goat (820 W Randolph St, Chicago) Girl & the Goat’s newest offshoot! The restaurant is owned by Chef Stephanie Izard, 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chef, James Beard Award nominee and Top Chef Season Four winner.  On Friday at 8pm you have the opportunity to actually HAVE DINNER with Bruce Boxleitner (TRON), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Tom Brevoort (Marvel Editor) and C.B. Cebulski (Marvel writer and talent scout.)  Tickets are a whopping $325 and are on sale until Wednesday night.

Buy Here: C2E2 Dinner

No matter which event you choose you'll be sure to have a blast, as long as you're not too tired from all the convention floor walking and bent-over browsing!  No matter what we all know this will probably be the most exercise and socializing us nerds will get all year so we might as well go all out! C2E2 will be held at the McCormick Center in Chicago from Friday April 26 - Sunday April 28th.

More info here: http://www.c2e2.com

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chi Cheng Bassist for Deftones Passes Away

Chi Cheng the bassist for alternative metal act Deftones passed away due to complications stemming from his car accident in Santa Clara, California, on November 4, 2008.  The accident left him in a coma until February 7, 2012 when it was reported that Cheng was in a partially conscious state.  He was released the following July to recover in his home.

Cheng died last night at 3am in the hospital. His family left the following note on the charity website made for him after his accident Oneloveforchi.com:

Our dearest Family,

This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency [sic] room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.

He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.

With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)