Jock Star Wars

San Diego Comic Con International 2016 is in full swing, and Mondo is selling a bunch of crazy comic con exclusive prints and vinyls on the show floor. But just because you aren’t in attendance at the the convention doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of the goodies. In fact, unlike most Mondo limited edition releases, you will be able to get your hands on these two awesome Star Wars prints. Hit the jump to check out Mike Mitchell‘s Rey and Jock‘s Into The Garbage Chute, Flyboy prints and find out how you can get them.

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Brad Bird's video game rant

Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) came to San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 for a preview of The Giant’s Dream: The Making Of The Iron Giant, which will be included on the upcoming Blu-ray release of the film this fall. The documentary by Anthony Giacchino is a beautiful and heartbreaking look at the Hollywood animation process, a must see. While the presentation wasn’t in one of Comic Con’s big halls, Bird joked that more people saw this documentary today at this Comic-Con screening than saw The Iron Giant on its original theatrical release.

After screening the documentary, Bird took questions from the audience. The most interesting answer came as someone asked Bird for some filmmaking advice and the Pixar filmmaker advised that aspiring filmmakers should be weary about not being influenced by the wrong aspects of video games. Hit the jump to read Brad Bird’s video game rant.

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Voltron Season 2

Dreamworks Animation and Netflix announced at their San Diego Comic-Con panel yesterday that Voltron Legendary Defender has been renewed for a second season. The critically acclaimed animated series will return for a second season in late 2016. DreamWorks also announced the release of a soundtrack for season one of the show, featuring 11 tracks from series is now available on iTunes. Hit the jump to read the full press release to learn more about Voltron season 2.
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Luc Besson's Valerian comic con 2016

The most interesting presentation Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 has to be for Luc Besson’s science fiction comic book adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. While the film won’t hit theaters until summer 2017, Besson brought some early footage to screen for the fans in San Diego. I knew I was in for some craziness, but I was shocked at how much I enjoyed what I saw. Hit the jump to get a recap of the Valerian Comic-Con footage presented in Hall H, along with some interesting asides from Besson (from an interview conducted offsite), and of course my reaction.

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Riri Williams as iron man

A couple weeks back, Marvel Comics revealed that a black teenager named Riri Williams would be replacing Tony Stark as Iron Man in the comic books. But could Marvel Studios replace Robert Downey Jr. with a young black actress in Disney’s Iron Man movies? I know what you’re probably thinking, this is only the comics — they kill off characters all the time and they often take on storylines that would probably never make it to the big screen. But could they? Will they?

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Rogue One’s Space Monkey: Who Is He?

Rogue One's Space Monkey

UPDATE: Director Gareth Edwards has provided a little more information about Bistan:

It’s not necessarily a character that we get to know, but I think he has a very memorable, iconic look. Bistan is one of my favorites. I can’t give away what happens to him.

In other words, don’t expect him to play a major role in the movie…but he sure does look cool.

The original story follows.

Last week at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, a behind-the-scenes video was released for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story showcasing Lucasfilm’s intense war film. But the standout star of the new video was not Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso or Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera, but our first look at a new furry mole-like alien creature who appears to be part of this team of misfits who are out to steal the plans to the greatest weapon in the galaxy.

At a later panel, “Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the Star Wars creature shop team offered a larger glimpse at the character. They were unable to remember the creature’s character name but revealed that he was nicknamed internally as “Space Monkey.” As part of a demonstration, Space Monkey took the stage to demonstrate how the creature effects are produced. The internet has an obsession with this new alien creature, and we finally know more about the character including his name.

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San Diego Comic Con

As we prepare to travel to San Diego for another year at Comic Con, I wanted to take a look back at the best moments in Comic Con history. What are the coolest and most eventful things to happen over the last decade while sitting in Hall H? What makes a great Comic Con moment? Lets take a look back at the best comic-con moments of all time.

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Moana international trailer

In June we shared with you the first trailer for Walt Disney Animation’s next film Moana, which mostly focused on Dwayne Johnson‘s character, demigod Maui. A new international trailer hit the web last night, showing a completely different sequence from early in the film.

Fans in attendance at last year’s D23 Expo will recognize this footage as an early version of it was shown off in Anaheim. The story at the center of this film has yet to suck me in, but this beautiful and poetic sequence has me very interested. Watch the Moana international trailer now, embedded after the jump.

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Comic-Con 2016 most anticipated

San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 is quickly approaching, which means it’s once again time to list our 15 most anticipated panels at the convention. This year’s schedule is very different from years past. Television has an increased presence, while it seems more movie studios have decided to forgo the convention. And as a result we’re getting a couple of pretty great movie cast reunion/retrospective panels. What made our list of the most anticipated panels for Comic Con 2016? Which films should be at Comic-Con this year but aren’t? Hit the jump to find out.
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