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[COMICS] Samurai Shin Issue #1.5 Review

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I was able to obtain the official copy of Issue #1.5 of Samurai Shin. It’s expected to release on July 3rd via PeepGameComix. This issue is based on the Prelude to Samurai Shin Issue #1. Here’s what I thought about the comic:

16144639_10209408672792648_1283757428_nFrom my brief review for Issue #1, Amir Atsuko and Keith Masaru are young warriors eager to prove that they are worthy of the title as Samurai. Although the two of them share such similar back stories and goals, they never really liked each other. But unnecessary evil appears in their village… and a man with a bear mask.

Issue 1.5 provides you the story as to why Keith Masaru is the way he is. After receiving training from his father after losing out to Amir Atsuko at a tournament. Keith was set to better himself in order to beat Amir, in which Amir was a current student of Master Kenzo. Who actually trained Keith’s Dad Fuji Masaru when he was a child.

One thing I really like about the Samurai Shin series, is the detailed to the illustrations and the deepness to the story. Samurai Shin was created and written by Mikel Miles. In the prelude comic you see the illustrations stand out, especially when the images are in full color, really gives the characters some light, on how they would truly look like. Illustrations created by Harley Dela Cruz and Art + Cover by Sukma Agustriyana and Fhama Fauzi.

At the beginning of Samurai Shin you felt hesitant to Keith because he seemed like a self-center character. But in reality he’s fighting his own demons, and felt that Master Kenzo was really holding him back from his full potential. Throughout the comic you see how Keith began to learn the ways of improving his skill with the sword by his father’s teachings and training. And you see the bond grow between Keith and he his father as well. Until the climax of the story in which I won’t spoil here.

After reading the conclusion to the prelude, it just makes sense as to why Keith is so bitter. Once I reached to the suspenseful ending, it just goes to show Samurai Shin Issue #2 needs to get here sooner than later. I personally don’t want to detail how the comic leaves you on a cliff hanger you just have to read it for yourself. Stay tuned for an update to this post with the link to Samurai Shin 1.5 Prelude Comic, and might as well check out Issue #1.

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[ARTIST INTERVIEW] Sukma Agustriyana

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When it comes to the style and imagery of a comic book. You start to wonder the back story of the creator. For the upcoming issue of Samurai Shin I decided to Interview illustrator Sukma Agustriyana, here’s what we discussed:

NIKKISIIXX: What inspired the Ghost Art series (Deviantart Gallery)? These were really impressive.
Sukma Agustriyana: thank you ~.. for all kamen rider ghost artwork, I really inspired from the actual figure which based for each form of kamen rider ghost. i’ts like ghost musashi which means its from actual samurai figure miyamoto musashi.

16736473_120300002158302105_1979973816_nNIKKISIIXX: Would you say you’ve always embraced your creativity? What makes your draw?
Sukma Agustriyana: there’s so much things that makes me draw until now, like watching movies, reading manga or books, playing video and looking at other inspiring artist artwork and then study it..
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NIKKISIIXX: How was it working with the other illustrators and following Mike Miles vision with the project?
Sukma Agustriyana: it’s amazing experience… working with all team members is so much fun, they are all talented and Mikel was also clear with his vision that makes me more easier to visualize the artwork.

NIKKISIIXX: What inspires you when creating the images for Samurai Shin?
Sukma Agustriyana: some of my inspirations comes from anime and movies. Just like the first when i saw the previous samurai shin artwork, I suddenly think about afro samurai, and then more anime movies like “sword of the stranger”, “Samurai Champloo” and “Rurouni Kenshin”.

NIKKISIIXX: How was your experience contributing to xenopets :concurro & aldnoah zero Mangas?
Sukma Agustriyana: it was awesome.. at first I was little afraid of making mistakes because its the first comic I working on, but along the way I learned a lot of new things.
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NIKKISIIXX: What do you think about the Samurai Shin Soundtrack? Which track is your favorite and why?
Sukma Agustriyana: its cool!, my favourite track is titled “past” by kuro silence its a nice calming tone, soothing and good instrumental.

NIKKISIIXX: If you were to create a character like yourself, what characteristics or powers will he have? And what would be his back story?
Sukma Agustriyana: i think i will create some shape shifting monster that can turn into anything he wants except his family, but from childhood he never met with his family members. and the story begin with meeting with one of the family members and adventure start with looking the rest of his family.

NIKKISIIXX: Anything you’ll like to share:
Sukma Agustriyana: as always.. “stay consistent and focused what are you doing, stay humble with everyone and keep learning from everything” 🙂
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NIKKISIIXX: Any social media links, photos you like for me to use to post with the interview.
Sukma Agustriyana: yeah sure! 🙂 .. here it is

https://pixiv.me/arashikun21
https://www.facebook.com/ArashikunFuu
https://www.instagram.com/arashikun/
https://www.facebook.com/arakunwork/
http://arashi-yanagawa.deviantart.com/

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[COMICS] POPOVA – Issue #1

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popova issue 1POPOVA: FEMALE EMPOWERMENT OR RADICAL FEMINISM? POPOVA was written and created by Dre Torres and Alex Valdes, a New York / Miami based filmmaking duo best known for their feature-length documentary THE LAST TAINO. The book features stylish black & white artwork by Yasmin Liang (STAR TREK, STEED AND MRS. PEEL), and variant cover art by Amancay Nahuelpan (CLANDESTINO, YOUNG TERRORISTS).

After reading the first issue of the POPOVA, I can’t wait what’s in store with Scarlet Rose’s battle and will she be able to get away from the woman organization who targets male oppressors, that she used to be apart of?

It was a suspenseful read, the illustrators portrayed the story perfectly. The new comic book POPOVA is a revenge fantasy in the vein of Inglorious Bastards, explores the idea of reversing society’s gender stereotypes by depicting women in the role of the aggressor. Just goes to show woman can be badasses too! I don’t want to reveal too much of the story, but know it’s definitely worth it.

According to co-creator Dre Torres, “Historically, men have used violence to oppress women. The characters in our book simply decided to fight fire with fire. They don’t protest, they don’t campaign. They kill.”

POPOVA #1 is currently available for purchase at Popovaworld.com

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin Creators Announces First Prelude Manga

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Last Year Writer Mikel Miles & Illustrator Ivan Earl Aguilar Released Samurai Shin Issue #1 Thats Now Available On PeepgameComix & Samurai Shin Website. Looks like there will be expanding towards doing a Manga but this time newly added artist “Harley Dela Cruz” & Editor “Lavender Khan” and Mikel Miles will be the writer of the story. Manga will be titled “Samurai Shin – Prelude Part 1” it will focus on Character Keith Masaru and his Father “Fuji Masaru” The Manga will be free along with free mixtape called “Samurai Shin – The Prelude Mixtape” With features Kuro Silence, Keem The Cipher, Tripstyle, P.Soul & Xia-Dawn. Samurai Shin prelude Part 1 & The Mixtape schedule to release in April. Stay tuned for more epicness brought to you by the Samurai Shin series.

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin Issue 2 & New Soundtrack Announcement Trailer

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[Comic Book] Samurai Shin Issue #1 is Available Now

The creators of Samurai Shin have finally confirmed they’re in the works for Issue #2 with an upcoming soundtrack titled Samurai Shin OST 2. Writer Mikel Miles and illustrator Ivan Earl Aguilar collaborated once again on the second issue, and included illustration artist Fahmi Fauzi. In the trailer, you see Amir Atsuko and Keith Masaru in a stance with some hip-hop production in the background. And right when you think its over you see Amir defeated and crying. They featured an English sub-titled visual with Japanese language.

The soundtrack for Issue#2, Samurai Shin OST 2, will be independently released. Samurai Shin OST1 was released earlier this year and featured producers Kuro Silence, P.Soul, and underground emcees including Chill$quad and Jaymin Warren. Samurai Shin OST1 is available on Payhip and Soundcloud for free. Be on the lookout for more announcements on Samurai Shin Issue #2, which is set to release in 2017.

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[Interview] Illustration Artist Fahmi Fauzi

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Being professional means you are ready to fulfill your promise of whatever you’re offering to this industry” – Fahmi Fauzi

Here’s an exclusive interview with Samurai Shin illustration artist “Fahmi Fauzi” so here it goes:

Nikki Siixx: Where are you From, Fahmi
Fahmi Fauzi: I’m from Indonesia
Nikki Siixx: What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?
Fahmi Fauzi: hmm… Usually i went through internet see what’s new etc, looking at other artist’s work watching movie, reading comic, manga, everything. sometimes i just go take nap or even go out and do something else.
Nikki Siixx: What tools do you use to create Art and what makes them the “right tools” for you?
Fahmi Fauzi: I’m mostly do my work digitally. My tools are wacom cintiq 13 HD, and a laptop. They are my main equipment cause i rarely do finished work in traditional way.
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Nikki Siixx: Who Was Your first Character that you Illustrated?
Fahmi Fauzi: Son Goten from Dragonball! , and it was like 21 Years ago.
Nikki Siixx: Do You Have A Favorite Comic Book Illustrator and Why?
Fahmi Fauzi: Yes and He is Cameron Stewart (Fight Club 2 and Batgirl) his artwork is really “alive”, lineart, gesture, expression everything looks amazing! I wanna be as good as him someday! Oh plus Edwin Huang (Street Fighter, SkullKickers) his lineart is totally awesome.
Nikki Siixx: Who is your favorite comic book favorite comic book hero & villain and explain to us why?
Fahmi Fauzi: To be honest i’m not really a hardcore fans of any superhero, but Marvel’s Agent Venom do stuck in my head. His costume is awesome, i draw him a lot. Villain? I’ll choose from manga which is Madara Uciha from Naruto, catchy name, Bad ass ability and freaky evil mind.
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Nikki Siixx: So Fahmi, are you Currently Watching any Marvel Or DC Shows you currently
Fahmi Fauzi: Mm… Not really but i do follow most of Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie + Agent of Shield
Nikki Siixx: Whats your favorite japanese anime and favorite character and also explain why this?
Fahmi Fauzi: Umm.. Naruto still on top of my list, i do enjoy the story, interesting character development, and unpredictable twist. As for character i like Sarutobi (3rd Hokage) a very wiseman but very powerful, his death successfully makes me cry.
Nikki Siixx: What element of your work gives you the most personal satisfaction?
Fahmi Fauzi: Colors! I struggle a lot but it’s so rewarding when i put right colors in my work.

Nikki Siixx: Off topic question! What favorite kind of music and musical and explain why this person is your favorite?
Fahmi Fauzi: hm… Pop punk will be on top of my list, cause the beat is so fit to my taste that can help me to keep motivated when i draw, my top playlist would be Paramore and New Found Glory

blank-8-5-x-11-inNikki Siixx: What it Like Working With Mikel Miles & Ivan E Aguilar On Samurai Shin ?
Fahmi Fauzi: Awesome Experience! Working with them is fun! Mikel is very easy going person, flexible, and fun to work with. Ivan is also one of promising artist, his work is good.
Nikki Siixx: We’ve all met very talented newcomers who are trying to get their first professional projects. What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard given to a promising new creator?
Fahmi Fauzi: Good Attitude, whether with client or even with your self. Having super awesome skill is nothing compared with good attitude. Being professional means you are ready to fulfill your promise of whatever you’re offering to this industry, and of course ready to take every up and down of whatever comes to you during your journey in this path of career.
Nikki Siixx: Before We End This Interview Would You Like Share Some of Your Social Links?

Fahmi Fauzi: Ya sure! Here they are🙂
https://www.facebook.com/frixnotfreaks
https://www.instagram.com/mangamie/
http://mangamie.deviantart.com
https://www.artstation.com/artist/mangamy
Nikki Siixx: Thank you for a great interview and Congratulations on being apart of the “Samurai Shin Team

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin Issue #1

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samurai shin vs xia-dawn comic artIt’s finally here Samurai Shin’s first issue!! Here’s where we can get a closer look to where it all began. Amir Atsuko and Keith Masaru are young warriors eager to prove that they are worthy of the title as Samurai. Although the two of them share such similar history and goals, they never liked each other. But unnecessary evil appears in the village… a man with a bear mask that decides to destroy the village. What will Amir do to protect his own?

[GET ISSUE #1 VIA PEEPGAMECOMIX]

Writer/Executive Producer: Mikel Miles
Illustrated by Ivan Aguilar

Animated By Sheep Ninja

Download Samurai Shin OST

Mikel Miles & Ivan Aguilar Blog Interview
Samurai Shin Creators: Mikel Miles & Ivan Iguilar Q&A Interview w/ UGHHBlog

Check out the official trailer release for Samurai Shin

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[COMICS] How Did Samurai Shin Project Come Together?

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In less than two minutes Mikel Miles Writer/Executive producer explains how it all started with Samurai Shin comic book project with artist Ivan. Be on the lookout September 23rd will be Samurai Shin’s official first issue release.

Song: Kuro Silence – A.F.R.O. (All Flows Reach Out)

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[AUDIO] Chill $quad – Stay On Point

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If Samurai Shin hasn’t marked its space in your memory vault, then it’s about time to! The upcoming independent comic book is setting itself off right with bringing us a soundtrack STAY ON POINT from Chill $quad, which will be on the Samurai Shin OST. Which is set to finally release this August! Jason Moore and Dpcity Profit brought together their lyrics and evolved into Chill $quad. One thing I really like about this track because of the nostalgia it brings me, really embodies old school hip-hop. If you’re diggin’ STAY ON POINT by Chill $quad you should definitely download it for FREE!

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin First Motion Sketch Trailer

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UPDATE: Samurai Shin has been pushed back till further notice, while you wait here’s a sketch trailer for an upcoming animated visual for the comic book and soundtrack! It’s extremely short but definitely builds up your anticipation for the upcoming animation and for the first issue of Samurai Shin. Get updated by following SShinComics Links below:


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Exclusive Snippet: ChillSquad – Stay On Point (Samurai Shin OST) [Unmastered]

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After we debuted our project review for Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn. I’ve adapted a new COMICS section on NikkiSiixx.com. Co-Creator Samurai Shin “Mikel.M” decides to drop new Samurai Shin OST Artwork, Track listing, and Teaser Trailer for Samurai Shin’s first episode/issue. We got another exclusive for you besides a snippet of one of the tracks that would be released on the Samurai Shin OST. We also have an update on the track listing. This take is actually an unmastered one. Check out ChillSquad with Stay on Point.
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Samurai Shin S1EP1 Comic Book Releases Digital In April and Samurai Shin Psychical Copy + Soundtrack Will Release In May. Be on the lookout for more sneak peeks via NikkiSiixx before Samurai Shin makes it’s official release. Stay tuned!

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin OST Artwork + Tracklisting

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samurai shin art workAfter we debuted our project review for Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn. I’ve adapted a new COMICS section on NikkiSiixx.com. Co-Creator Samurai Shin “Mikel.M” decides to drop new Samurai Shin OST Artwork, Tracklisting, and Teaser Trailer for Samurai Shin’s first episode/issue. If you love comic books and hip-hop, this will be the series for you. Samurai Shin is inspired from two anime shows like Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai, with main characters Amir and Keith. Mikel.M will be writing out the comic and talented artist Ivan Earl Aguilar from the Philippines will be working on the art. Adding the hip-hop element to it, Xia-Dawn being a fan of anime he couldn’t miss out the opportunity to work on Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn – KEN. Here is a screenshot of the upcoming tracklisting and tweet from @SShinComics with announcement of Samurai Shin’s update:
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Samurai Shin S1EP1 Comic Book Releases Digital In April and Samurai Shin Psychical Copy + Soundtrack Will Release In May. Be on the lookout for more sneak peeks via NikkiSiixx before Samurai Shin makes it’s official release. Stay tuned!

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Movies: Deadpool Official Trailer #2

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Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 4.31.46 PMCheck it out the second official trailer for Deadpool! Set to premiere February 12th the most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. DEADPOOL includes your favorite actors Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, and Brianna Hildebrand. DEADPOOL is definitely one of the many movies I want to see this year!! What a great way to share love by Valentine’s Day.

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Movies: Batman V Superman – Dawn of Justice Trailer #2

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Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.42.00 AMHere is the official second trailer off the upcoming Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice. Pretty Epic! You get to see some more looks on Wonder Woman and also an extra villain Doomsday!! The intensity of the battle between the heroes of the world, who will conquer and save the day against Lex Luthor. I feel DC Comics will be make 2016 an epic year! Dawn of Justice? Seems to be the beginning of the Justice League. We already have the three main members: Batman, Superman, and Batman. What do you guys think?

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NikkiSiixx Adventures: 10/4 – Wizard World Comic Con in Ft. Lauderdale

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I attended Wizard World in Ft. Lauderdale this passed weekend. And for a girl who loves comics, video games, and anything geek culture, I had a really great experience for my first time ever going to a Comic Convention. I was set and ready to go in cosplay. I chose Kairi from Kingdom Hearts II. I even had my keyblade ready to kill some heartless. I was accompanied by my friends @iloveSmurfs22 and @Eric__TH. Eric was dressed like Pence from Kingdom Hearts II. Check out some of the photos to see who I came across on my adventures:

Kairi & Pence from Kingdom Hearts 2 || #wizardworld #comicon #kingdomhearts #kairi #pence #cosplay

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Hanging out with @herohypecon || #wizardworld #comicon #kingdomhearts #kairi #cosplay #ironman #warmachine #halo

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Epic battle against Lady Shredder || #wizardworld #comicon #kingdomhearts #kairi #pence #cosplay #shredder #battle

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I'm DeadPool's hostage!! || #wizardworld #comicon #kingdomhearts #kairi #cosplay #deadpool

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We ran into Roxas! United Kingom Hearts Characters || #wizardworld #comicon #kingdomhearts #kairi #pence #cosplay #roxas

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Video: The Renaissance Nerds x @OfficialNehs “Live Paint” at @WorldofComics

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[ORLANDO, FLORIDA] Instagram is a place to find the most creative. I think it’s been two years already I’ve been a fan on N.E.H.S. His artwork is inspired by comics, heroes, villains, and some pretty dope designs. “N.E.H.S.” ultimately stands for…” No Eyes Have Seen” and this acronym was derived from the scripture 1 Corinthians 2:19 in the Holy Bible. N.E.H.S. delves in many different avenues of artwork that spans from very rugged imagery of political, social, and religious issues all the way to his commercial side. He has also done exhibitions at comic conventions around the nation including Orlando’s MegaCon all the way to Los Angeles for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Convention. He was also a P.O.W. Affiliated artists and was featured artist on Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment website.. You can find portraits, iPhone Cases, posters, pillows, t-shirts, and stickers on his RedBubble Online Store or to purchase artwork from his online store OfficialNehs.com. I couldn’t help myself and I got myself the Poison Ivy iPhone6 Plus Snap Case. poison ivy nikkisiixx nehs
Official NEHS collaborated with The Renaissance Nerds to bring you LIVE PAINT at World of Comics (Kissimmee, Florida). LIVE PAINT will be a series of extraordinary videos showcasing the very diverse nature of their group, gifts, and affiliations. Watch artists @bombbaycustoms, @larryhimself, & @officialnehs collaborate on LIVE PAINT. The way they came up with the concept of the painting was picking random characters and actions out of a hat in order to come up with the theme. They chose GIANT ROBOT – GET OVER HERE – MICKEY MOUSE. This is going to be interesting. See what the boys came up with and don’t forget to follow them on social media. They have a pretty funny infomercial in the middle of the video.

Here are some of my favorites from @OfficialNehs feed on Instagram:
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Movies: 29-Hour Marvel Movie Marathon at Selected Regal Cinemas

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It’s about to get intense! A complete 29 Hour (1 Day & 5 Hours Long) Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon! Brought to you by Marvel, AMC and Regal Cinemas. By the end the ones that hold off will be able to view the first screening of the new Marvel film “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” I’m up for the challenge especially if it’s playing near me. If not, I am totally interested in doing this for a weekend and feel the experience. At 6 p.m. on April 29, the marathon begins through all 11 Marvel movies starting with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, THOR, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, THOR: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of The Galaxy, and leading up to an exclusive release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Here’s the recent trailer release brought to you by Marvel. Wow! This trailer definitely delivers goosebumps! I need to have this marathon before its official release May 1st!

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Video: Dante Luna – Responsibilities of A Super Hero Documentary

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Dante Luna is at it again with another dope documentary based off everyone’s favorite SUPER HEROES!! You get to see iconic characters from passed shows, such as ZORDON from Power Rangers, Jason from the original Power Ranger, The Voice of Ash Ketchum, and so many others. I feel this documentary really embraces what a super hero represents. Fascinating! Enjoy the video and don’t forget to subscribe to Dante Luna’s YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

“Responsibilities of a (super)hero” documentary is a discussion about the active roles of the Heroes in everyday life. The 2014 Rhode Island Comic Con featured entertainment figures from movies, television, comics and cartoons. Fans come from all over the area to meet and interact with the stars that they mostly support from home. In a series of interviews, both guest & entertainers were asked to talk about their favorite heroes. Super or Not. Heroes with super powers and heroes with only the power of influence. Some described heroics in the form of kind gestures, while others spoke about of fictional characters that they looked up to. . .

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executive producer Steve Perry
filmed by dante luna, Rompe, Johnny Fresh & BD3 Films
filmed at the 2014 Rhode Island Comic Con