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Marvel Details Cates and Stegman’s Run Finale w “Venom” #200 This April

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The Press Release:
Announced earlier today in an exclusive interview with IGN, the final issue of Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s hit run on VENOM will arrive in April. The all-star creative team will be saying farewell to a character they helped redefine in a special milestone issue: VENOM #200. With the revolutionary work on the symbiote mythology, the team’s incredible run will leave a lasting impact not only on the character of Venom but on the Marvel Universe as a whole.

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“Venom” #200

The landmark issue will pick up after the events of KING IN BLACK. Over the years, Cates and Stegman have torn Eddie Brock’s life asunder while introducing new villains and uncovering long-hidden mysteries about the nature of symbiotes.
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Presenting The Fifth Annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards Nominations

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Though we didn’t have much in the way of conventions last year based on the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic, we were able to have some sense of normal life based on the assorted streaming services such as Crunchyroll. That being said, its now time to celebrate the best of the best from the fine folks at Crunchyroll. Let’s take a look at the full press release and nominees as provided by their media facilitators.

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The Press Release:
Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand, is excited to announce the nominees for the fifth annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards, presented by Princess Connect! Re: Dive, with voting open and available for fans starting today. The Anime Awards are a celebration of the best and brightest in Japanese animation from 2020, all made possible by the world’s most passionate community. The full list of nominees have been revealed below and can also be found on the Anime Awards website. Fans are encouraged to vote every day for their favorites between today, Friday, January 15 through Friday, January 22. Voting will reset every day at 12 AM PST. Logged in Crunchyroll users who vote in every category will also receive a special digital gift when voting ends delivered directly to their email! Crunchyroll’s Tim Lyu will host the awards show this year, along with a special guest – Crunchyroll’s beloved princess Crunchyroll-Hime!

The winners will be revealed live during the Anime Awards show on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST. All winners will be chosen by fans across the global anime community and a committee of judges. Judges will serve as tiebreakers in the event of any ties.

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Anime of the Year:
* APPARE-RANMAN!
* BEASTARS
* Dorohedoro
* Great Pretender
* JUJUTSU KAISEN
* Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

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Best Girl:
* Abigail Jones – Great Pretender
* Catarina Claes – My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
* Chizuru Mizuhara – Rent-a-Girlfriend
* Kaguya Shinomiya – Kaguya-sama: Love is War?
* Noi – Dorohedoro
* Sayaka Kanamori – Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
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This Just In: Bassist/Vocalist Marko Hietala Exits Nightwish

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Dear people. I am leaving Nightwish and my public life.

For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

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Singer Tommy Vext Out Of Bad Wolves

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Earlier today we saw some updates circulating on the web about the band Bad Wolves and it would appear that singer Tommy Vext is no longer among the lineup. The bands official statement was culled from their Facebook Page. The photo is one of mine from the gig in NYC back in 2019.

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Tommy Vext w Bad Wolves in NYC (Ken Pierce, 2019)

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Marvel Announces “Marvel: August 1961” Omnibus (Hardcover)

The Press Release:
In August 1961, FANTASTIC FOUR #1 hit newsstands, heralding a new take on super hero stories and the birth of the Silver Age Marvel Universe! Now, sixty years later, experience the excitement of being a comic book fan in that momentous month with the MARVEL: AUGUST 1961 OMNIBUS, a complete hardcover collection of every issue that shared the shelves with FANTASTIC FOUR #1, many never before reprinted!

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“Marvel: August 1961” Omnibus

Considering leaving the comic book industry behind, Stan Lee was persuaded by his loving wife Joan to create one more book exactly the way he wanted it. And so, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created FANTASTIC FOUR #1 and changed the American pop culture landscape forever. Before the Silver Age kicked off, Marvel Comics had published western, romance, comedy, monster and science fiction titles — and in August 1961, FANTASTIC FOUR was just one of over a dozen very different Marvel books. This first-of-its-kind omnibus will include:
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