Tag: big trouble in little china

Here’s Enough “Big Trouble in Little China” Funko POP! To Fill A Six-Demon Bag!

I’m fairly impressed that I’ve been able to avoid the urge to collect Funko POP! figures considering that Funko has licensed everything from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe to The Muppets.  That streak may be ending with the announcement of the Big Trouble in Little China Funko POP! figures.

FU_BTiLC_JBMost of the main players from John Carpenter’s cult classic will be available in this highly collectible format including Gracie Law and David Lo Pan along with the Three Storms: Thunder, Rain and Lightning.  It does make me a little sad that Wang Chi and The Chinese Wildman did not get any love this time around.

You know what is even better? Funko also announced a series of Big Trouble in Little China retro-styled ReAction action figures.  These limited articulation figures are a call back to the Kenner-era Star Wars action that so many Gen X-ers melted, maimed and otherwise abused.  The standout for me has to be Lo Pan which features his little eyeball covered sentinel … looks like an instabuy for me!

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Sponsor and friends of the site Entertainment Earth has the first round of Big Trouble in Little China Funko POP! and ReAction figures up for preorder with an estimated release date in February.

 

Pull List Preview — “Escape from New York #1” (BOOM! Studios)

 

Cover by Riley Rossmo

Cover by Riley Rossmo

After the success of their Big Trouble in Little China series BOOM! Studios has continued their partnership with John Carpenter to bring another one of his iconic characters back to comics.

Escape from New York #1 picks up mere seconds from the close of the film which finds Snake Plissken public enemy number one after humiliating the President and effectively derailing the peace process in the midst of World War Three.  With the United States Police Force on his ass Snake is on the run … to Florida.  Apparently Florida seceded from the United States and has a heavily fortified border along with a bunch of Soviet nukes courtesy of Cuba.

I really enjoyed reading the “new” adventures of Snake Plissken again as the last time we saw Snake in comic book form was back in 2003 when a four issue miniseries was published by CrossGen/Hurricane Entertainment.  Here’s to hoping that this will ignore the events from Escape from LA entirely.  Regardless of your feelings regarding that not-so-good sequel Escape from New York #1 is on sale December 3rd at comic shops everywhere.

Check out a five-page preview courtesy of my friends at BOOM! Studios.

Pull List Preview – Big Trouble in Little China #2 from BOOM! Studios

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Big Trouble in Little China #2 Incentive Cover

Tomorrow BOOM! Studios will be treating us to the further adventures of Jack Burton as he looks to save his friend Wang Chi from the clutches of yet another evil immortal Chinese spirit.  Jack Burton must travel the Midnight Road and recover the souls of the Three Storms in order to settle the score.

Big Trouble in Little China #2 is another fun episode into the ongoing adventures of America’s favorite long haul trucker.  My favorite part of this series so far is how we get insights into Burton’s past.  In this issue we find out that Burton was married to a stripper that may or may not have been a vampire.

With Egg Shen and Six Demon Bag in tow it remains to be seen whether or not Burton will survive the Midnight Road and save Wang Chi before time runs out.  Now that we are finally getting a “sequel” to Big Trouble in Little China I can only hope that the good people at BOOM! Studios see fit to expand this title past its current four-issue series arc.

Check out a five page preview of Big Trouble in Little China #2 courtesy of BOOM! Studios after the jump.

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Pull List Preview – Big Trouble in Little China #1 from BOOM! Studios

Eric Powell's cover for Big Trouble in Little China #1 from BOOM! Studios

Next week BOOM! Studios will be releasing the highly anticipated Big Trouble in Little China #1 which will serve as a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic film.  I’ve had an opportunity to preview the first issue and as an ardent fan of all things Jack Burton I was definitely more than pleased with the end result.

Eric Powell (Bone) worked on the story with John Carpenter and that collaboration really allows the continuing adventures of Jack Burton to dovetail nicely with the ending of the film.  Have you ever wondered what happened to the Chinese Wild Man that stowed away in the Pork Chop Express?  You won’t have to wait long for that question to be answered.

Ancient Chinese Mysticism, The Wing Kong, and Jack Burton being …. Jack Burton.  Big Trouble in Little China #1 is everything you could possibly want in a sequel to what is arguably one of the best action comedies of all time.

Check out a five-page preview of Big Trouble in Little China #1 courtesy of BOOM! Studios after the jump.

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BOOM! Studios Renders All Other Variant Covers Obsolete with Big Trouble In Little China #1

This June you will be able to fill your six demon bag with a bevy of variant covers that BOOM! Studios has planned for Big Trouble in Little China #1.  We’ve covered their previous offerings, but the latest reveal is for a retailer incentive cover by Emi Yonemura Brown that focuses on Jack Burton’s iconic tank top … and is entirely too cool.

BTiLC_eCVRAnd what’s more is that we now have an official synopsis for the series by Eric Powell (The Goon) and Brian Churilla (The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun).:

Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway hiding on  his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles. He helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the clutches of a demon, but now the wedding has been invaded by more evil forces with one thing on their minds—revenge against Jack Burton!

It looks as though we will finally get an answer to the closing frames of the film when the Chinese Wildman is found to have stowed away in The Pork Chop Express.  The fact that we are getting an ongoing comic based on Big Trouble in Little China with the blessing of John Carpenter is simply incredible.  My enthusiasm for this series will only increase as we approached the June 4th release date.

 

We Are Finally Getting The Big Trouble In Little China Sequel We Deserve

After the much talked about teaser that landed on the Internet more details are coming out about BOOM! Studios’ Big Trouble in Little China comic that is set to launch this coming June.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources the creative team of Eric Powell and Brian Churilla let lose some details on the project that has the full creative input (and blessing) of John Carpenter additionally they previewed some of the variant covers that will be available at retail.

  • The comic will pick up moments after the last frame of the film
  • Two four-issue arcs have been written with the possibility of becoming an ongoing
  • Egg Shen will very much have  “big role” in the comic
  • Apparently Top Cow had the rights back in 2009 but couldn’t make it work

Reading through the interview you can tell that Powell and Churilla have the utmost respect and love for the film and are excited at the prospect of collaborating with John Carpenter on this series.

I’m expecting some great things from this book; and I am more than overjoyed that I will no longer have to rely on fan-fiction to learn about the further adventures of Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express.

via [Comic Book Resources]

BOOM! Studios is in Big Trouble

Big Trouble In Little China coming from BOOM! Studios

Big Trouble In Little China coming from BOOM! Studios

Imagine my delight when I discovered this image in my inbox teasing a Big Trouble in Little China comic from BOOM! Studios.  There are few properties in this world deserving of an expanded universe and I am eagerly looking forward to the further adventures of Jack Burton.  And if this news does not excite you or even register in your brain, I pity you for not knowing the eternal greatness of John Carpenter’s cult classic.

 

A Shiny New Trailer for Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

Star Wars, Back To The Future, Indiana Jones, The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China, The Goonies, Masters of The Universe.  Each of the movies are connected through the efforts of one man, master movie poster artist Drew Struzan.  His unique style has inspired the careers of countless directors, artists, and actors (and even schmucks like me).

A new documentary called Drew: The Man Behind The Poster, chronicling the impact that Struzan has had on the film industry has a shiny new trailer.

When you have Hollywood types like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo Del Toro, Frank Darabont and Harrison Ford homage to an artist, a man behind the scenes for so many years … you know there must be something special.

No release date has been set for Drew: The Man Behind The Poster, but when it’s announced I’ll be sure to follow up here.

via [Ain’t It Cool News]

Tales From Wizard World Philly ’12

Editor’s note: This post was originally scheduled to post last week but got stuck in a WP database during a software upgrade.

The 2012 edition of Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con marked the sixth consecutive year I have been in attendance.  In terms of organization and presentation, I truly feel that this was the best post “Big 2” show that Wizard has put out in Philadelphia.  Gone are the years with temporary staff shuffling you from line to line, even if you purchased advanced tickets.

Registration was quick and  easy, aided by a good number of staffers that I found to be rather accommodating.  I sauntered down for only one day this year, commitments elsewhere prevented a whole weekend of autograph seeking anarchy.  I have accepted that the show itself has transitioned from a comics-based show to one of celebrity panels and exclusive VIP packages.  I’m totally okay with that, because at its core there are still things to do for fans of all types.

Held in Hall C of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the show floor was spacious enough to accommodate the herds of neck beards in search of their own little piece of Valhalla; whether it was to dive into long boxes of dollar comics or to simply wait in line for five hours for a Stan Lee signing.

Stan Lee is back there, I swear

 

"Now this is really pissing me off" - Lo Pan

Despite having all five of the Star Trek captains under one roof for the first time, the big get for me this year at Wizard World was James Hong.  I’m a Big Trouble in Little China fanatic, and for me to be able to get a chance to meet David Lo Pan and get my poster signed was as pretty big deal for me.

I’ll just say this, even though he was late for his signings, Mr. Hong was incredible gracious with his fans taking a moment to interact.  I’ve been to enough of these shows to learn who really are butt heads, but I can assure you that Mr. Hong was entirely fucking awesome.

I’ll freely admit that I avoided the show on Saturday.  I had no desire to get caught up in the mayhem that would end up ensuing due to the maelstrom caused by the collective appearances of Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Campbell, Stan Lee, and all five Star Trek captains.  But overall, I have to say that the 2012 incarnation of Wizard World was by far the most enjoyable iteration in the last three years.

The League of Extraordinary Bloggers: Prized Possessions

This week’s assignment from The League is to show off our prized possession, the one thing that you would sacrifice life and limb for.  Other than my wife and kids, the one thing I love the most in my life is my Jack Burton action figure.  Back in 2009 I waxed poetic over at my buddy Poe Ghostal’s blog in a Show & Tell.

My affinity for Big Trouble In Little China has been well documented here over the years.  In the Fall of 2002, I walked into Suncoast Video (remember those) in the Oxford Valley Mall to find my hero, Jack Burton, in collectible plastic form. Without thinking, I rushed to the cash register before anyone was able to muscle good ‘ol Jack out of my sweaty grip.

A little history about this figure, it was produced by a company called N2 Toys, which came and went in the early 2000s.  The Big Trouble In Little China line was set to include most of the main characters: Jack Burton, Lo Pan, Wang Chi, Egg Shen, the Chinese Wildman, & Lightning (Three Storms).  There were even rumors of a 12″ Jack Burton, prototypes of which were shown at SDCC in the summer of 2002.

The sculpt is a great representation of Drew Struzan’s truly wonderful one sheet for the film. The paint applications are pretty great by 2002 standards, and does Jack Burton’s iconic tank top justice.  Over the years, I’ve had friends and aquaintances offer me varying sums of money to take Jack Burton home with them.  I’ve ignored every offer, I can assure you that in the event of a natural disaster, fire, or a zombie apocalypse that after ensuring that my wife and kids are safe … I will be sure to take Jack Burton with me.

From Across The League:

Life With Fandom would run into a fire for his original He-Man

The fact that Haxbee has a Small Soldier diorama that sat in the office of Stan Winston has me insanely jealous.

Branded In The 80s showed off their original Return of The Jedi Yub Yub Wicket.  I never even knew this existed.

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