Sep 072013
 

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Jul 312013
 

You heard right, we are all excited to finally let this thing into the wild. We launched our Kickstarter campaign for FRENZY today. So for the next 30 days, we’ll be getting the word out on our project in hopes that we can reach our $30,000 goal.

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(The FRENZY has begun!)

If you haven’t heard already, here is the skinny on our project.

It’s an illustrated prose novel (not to be confused with a graphic novel which has a comic book pages) and it takes place in the 1970’s. Chronicling 3 Great White Sharks and the people that pose a threat to our sharky friends!

A new illustrated novel of oceanic terror written by author Andrew E.C. Gaska about one of the world’s most beloved animals… sharks! In the early 1970s, off the North Eastern seaboard of the United States, an army amasses. This army doesn’t use guns, or bombs, or even knives. Instead its’ weapons are speed, stealth, size, and rows of flesh-tearing teeth. They gather each year at the same location to eat and mate, then break up again to traverse the oceans until the next cycle. This army poses no danger to those who stay out of its way. They make no organized attacks, lead no incursions into new territories… That is, unless they have leaders. Now, they have three. As a group or researchers, wealthy teenagers, and Vietnam veterans make their way up the coast, the army of great white sharks gather to feed on seals. The sharks, however, soon find themselves besieged by ruthless predators. As the sharks attempt to flee, three of their kind; bigger, deadlier, and more cunning than the rest, rise to the occasion, whipping this pack of great whites into a feeding…FRENZY!

We need all the help and support that we can get on this. That’s where our Kickstarter comes into play in order to pay our amazing array of artists! Who are these spectacular artisans?

Dave Dorman, Bob Eggleton, menton3, Erik Gist, Steve White, Chandra Free, Aaron Miller, Dan Dussault, Marina Bekeshko, Miki and MORE! 

Starting tomorrow, we will be doing an artist/model spotlight every other day on our FRENZY Facebook page. So if you want a bigger taste of the talent that we have for this book, go ahead and “Like” us! Our artist/model spotlight will also take place on our Tumblr page.

Want to stay super up to date on FRENZY happenings? Join our mailing list!  and follow us on Twitter.

But most of all, head on over to our officially launched Kickstarter page, watch our video and read up on all the amazing incentives we have in store for you! 

If you can’t afford to help us at this time, then please spread the word to everybody you can think of! Share our Kickstarter page - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1867085351/frenzy-an-illustrated-novel

Any bit(e) helps!

Thanks guys!

- The BLAM! Crew

Jul 142013
 

The time is upon us..inching ever so near, uncomfortably so! San Diego Comic-Con is happening July 18-21, a week away from the date of this post!

As mentioned in the previous post, BLAM! Ventures will be there, consisting of Andrew E.C Gaska, Chandra Free and Katie Delz. Two of those three will be signing at the Archaia booth (#2229). We have the tentative times that you can stop by, say hello, and get things signed by both Chandra Free and Andrew E.C. Gaska Please note: These times are subject to change, so stay tuned to our Twitter for last minute details:

Signings

Wednesday, July 17, 6-7pm

Thursday, July 18, 2:30-4pm

Friday, July 19, 6-7pm

Saturday, July 20, 12-1pm

Sunday, July 21, 12:30-2pm

Andrew will also be on the Archaia Announcements, Sneak Previews, and What’s Next! panel to speak about Classic Space: 1999. It takes place on Saturday, July 20, from 4:30-5:30pm in Room 8.

SDCC will be the debut of the SPACE: 1999 Omnibus “To Everything That Was”. Archaia will have copies of the collected works at their booth, so get your copy while they last. The Omnibus can also be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.

 

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SPACE: 1999 book, hot off the presses!

 

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Another “hot off the press” image, we’ve received our batch of FRENZY flyers just in time for San Diego! The dawn of our Kickstarter campaign is upon us, so we’ll be spreading the word like your favorite edible spread on bread. Also available, you can sign up for your Frenzy mailing list to get updates on the most pertinent news concerning the upcoming illustrated novel. You can sign up for the mailing list over at the FRENZY page!

 

In other FRENZY news, we recorded our Kickstarter campaign video last night. Bringing all our FRENZY knowledge and goodness to you, straight from the source. The video will be making it’s debut with the launch of our campaign.

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Chandra Free, carefully contemplating how to give you the scoop on the fantastic artists that we have lined up!

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Katie Delz & Ella Laytham, Kickstarter managers, readying their lines

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Chandra and Katie with very special guest #1..

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Very special guest #2, getting ready for his close-up. [Follow his Instagram at lifeofshark!]

And so we fly out into the Sharknado-less skies for San Diego on Monday..tomorrow! From here on out, keep an ear to our Twitter feed for news, photos and updates straight from the convention.

See ya there!

- The BLAM! Crew

Jul 022013
 

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June has been a very busy month for us here at BLAM! Ventures, mostly to prepare for San Diego Comic-Con (July 18-21), which we will be at! We do not have a booth at this convention, but Andrew E.C. Gaska and Chandra Free will have signing times (to be announced) at the Archaia Entertainment booth (#2929), and I (Katie Delz, your faithful narrator and updater) will be in attendance with them. If you’re going to be there, come by during our signing times for a chat with these creators!

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Chandra Free will be doing 10 minute commissions for $10.00 during her signings at the Archaia booth (#2929). Signings times are TBA, so stay tuned to twitter.com/spookychan and twitter.com/blamventures for last minute updates.

 

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(Preview of the trio. Illustration by Chandra Free)

We have a new project coming up that will be utilizing Kickstarter as a tool to help with production costs.

FRENZY is an original illustrated novel written and creative directed by Andrew E.C. Gaska. The book will feature art by a dazzling array of artists, many to be announced soon. We have been teasing art and releasing images over at our Facebook page for FRENZY which you can ‘like’ to stay on top of announcements for the Kickstarter project as they are released.

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(Scarface by Chandra Free)

In the early 1970s, off the North Eastern seaboard of the United States, an army amasses. This army doesn’t use guns, or bombs, or even knives. Instead its’ weapons are speed, stealth, size, and rows of flesh-tearing teeth.

They gather each year at the same location to eat and mate, then break up again to traverse the oceans until the next cycle. This army poses no danger to those who stay out of its way.

They make no organized attacks, lead no incursions into new territories…

that is, unless they have leaders.

Now, they have three.

As a group or researchers, wealthy teenagers, and Vietnam veterans make their way up the coast, the army of great white sharks gather to feed on seals. The sharks, however, soon find themselves besieged by ruthless predators. As the sharks attempt to flee, three of their kind; bigger, deadlier, and more cunning than the rest, rise to the occasion, whipping this pack of great whites into a feeding… FRENZY.

 

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The last issue of SPACE: 1999 Classics Remastered has been released on ComiXology. For almost a year now, you’ve been following the remastered classic exploits of John Koenig and Moonbase Alpha as they search for a new home. In this issue, they find it, and much more than they bargained for! Head on over to ComiXology to get Issue #11!

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Finally, San Diego Comic-Con will have the exclusive debut of the SPACE: 1999 Omnibus “To Everything That Was”. [Softcover Omnibus, 304 pages.]

For those not in attendance at Comic-Con, you may pre-order the Omnibus over at Amazon.com.

The sci-fi classic series continues! September 13, 1999 – An atomic accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, the survivors of the lunar base stationed there launched towards their destiny, and adventures, across the stars.

Set in the continuity of the original series, Classic Space: 1999 – To Everything That Was fills in the gap between the first and second seasons of the gothic science fiction television series “Space: 1999,” offering an exciting narrative of events that occurred “behind the scenes.”

This collection is a celebration of the Space: 1999 comics of yesteryear, reprinting the best of the Charlton Comics series, the British Look-In issues and Annuals, with an artistic  storytelling twist! The stories within have been carefully selected to represent both the international and domestic scope of the classic Space: 1999 comics from the 1970s, and not only look back in retro nostalgia, but also forward to the future of this dynamic space epic. Within these pages are not simply reprints, but remastered works, most in color for the first time. With respect to the intent and spirit of the original body of work, the comics presented in Classic Space: 1999 have been enhanced and clarified within both the story and art, in order to bring these Alphan adventures more in line with both the established continuity of the original “Space: 1999″ original televised series and the new graphic novel series. It is by no means intended to supplant the original versions of these works, but instead to exist alongside them.

A labor of love, Classic Space: 1999 – To Everything That Was utilizes over a dozen rare “Space: 1999″ painted artworks as chapter breaks, and is adorned by a previously unpublished Gray Morrow “Space: 1999″ cover painting. Originally intended for the next issue of the 1977 cancelled Charlton comic series run, this beautifully restored image had until now only seen print in the late ’70s as a puzzle!

This collection is dedicated to the original writers, artists, editors, and letterers who worked to bring Space: 1999 to the comics page. For many of us, the original versions of their work was our first window into comic book adventures.

As you can see, we had good reason to be busy! We’re all working hard to bring you awesome things to enjoy. Soon, you’ll be able to read about our process! Andrew E.C. Gaska will begin posting again discussing the making of the second Apes book over at his Blogspot. Katie (again, your faithful narrator, updater and magickal girl dracula) will have an upcoming blog about her foray into all things Buck Rogers!

Until then!

- The BLAM! Crew

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May 242013
 

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Hello all! The pre-orders for our Limited Edition poster are officially CLOSED, as Galacticon 3 is now in full swing. This only means one thing, orders for everyone else are now OPEN! We have a limited quantity (for now) available for $20.00 (plus shipping + handling). Head on over to our store page and place your order.

“Emissaries: Galacticon lll” is the 35th anniversary celebration of the original Battlestar Galactica television series (first aired in 1978) and the 10th anniversary celebration of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series (first aired in 2003). “Emissaries: Galacticon lll” bring together cast, crew and fans worldwide during a weekend of fun and entertainment.

Limited edition 18×24 posters commemorating “Emissaries: Galacticon lll”. The special edition poster is produced by BLAM! Ventures, digital painting by Dan Dussault, concept layout and design by Andrew E.C. Gaska, logo by Ella Laytham.

Order at our store: $20.00 (plus shipping + handling).

May 212013
 

BLAM! Ventures will be at Galacticon 3 (May 26-28) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. We will be located in the Dealer’s Room on the 1st floor. Our booth number is 8127.

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ABOVE: Layout of the 1st floor, we will be located on the far right. 

We will be in a common area between Galacticon3 and Comicpalooza, so attendees from both conventions can stop by our booth! We will have a banner at our table featuring our Limited Edition poster for the convention..

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ABOVE: We will be bringing 18×24 posters of the above image for sale at the convention. Edition size is limited to the initial order of 250.

The special edition poster is produced by BLAM! Ventures, digital painting by Dan Dussault, concept layout & design by Andrew E.C. Gaska, logo by Ella Laytham.

Emissaries: Galacticon III is the 35th anniversary celebration of the original Battlestar Galactica television series (first aired in 1978) and the 10th anniversary celebration of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series (first aired in 2003). Emissaries: Galacticon III” bring together cast, crew and fans worldwide during a weekend of fun and entertainment.

Andrew E.C. Gaska will be selling copies of SPACE: 1999, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Critical Millennium and the above limited edition poster. Chandra Free will be at the show with copies of The God Machine and will be doing commissions as well.

Again, our Booth Number is 8127. See you all there!

Stay tuned to our twitter (twitter.com/BLAMventures) for the most up to date news!

May 132013
 

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In the first part of this podcast interview done at C2E2, Andrew E.C. Gaska discusses “SPACE: 1999 Aftershock and Awe” and also the upcoming “Classic SPACE: 1999 To Everything That Was: Selected Remastered Works“, set to debut at San Diego Comic-Con this year! Big thanks to Collected Comics Library for chatting with us!

To listen to the interview, click on over to Collected Comics Library Podcast #358.

 

May 122013
 

NOTE: This Pre-order is intended ONLY for those attending Galacticon 3, making the posters pick-up only!

A separate listing WILL be made after the convention to place orders on our leftover posters, but we please ask that you do not place your order at this time.

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“Emissaries: Galacticon lll” is the 35th anniversary celebration of the original Battlestar Galactica television series (first aired in 1978) and the 10th anniversary celebration of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series (first aired in 2003). “Emissaries: Galacticon lll” bring together cast, crew and fans worldwide during a weekend of fun and entertainment.

Limited edition 18×24 posters commemorating “Emissaries: Galacticon lll”. Posters are for sale at the show, but a pre-order solidifies your purchase as the edition size is limited to the initial order.

The special edition poster is produced by BLAM! Ventures, digital painting by Dan Dussault, concept layout and design by Andrew E.C. Gaska, logo by Ella Laytham.

If you are attending the convention, you may place a pre-order at our store for pick-up at Galacticon 3.

May 112013
 

 

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BLAM! Ventures will be at Galacticon 3 (May 26-28) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

ABOVE: We will be bringing 18×24 posters of the above image for sale at the convention. Edition size is limited to initial order.

The special edition poster is produced by BLAM! Ventures, digital painting by Dan Dussault, concept layout & design by Andrew E.C. Gaska, logo by Ella Laytham.

Emissaries: Galacticon III is the 35th anniversary celebration of the original Battlestar Galactica television series (first aired in 1978) and the 10th anniversary celebration of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series (first aired in 2003). Emissaries: Galacticon III” bring together cast, crew and fans worldwide during a weekend of fun and entertainment.

Andrew E.C. Gaska will be selling copies of SPACE: 1999, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Critical Millennium and the above limited edition poster. Chandra Free will be at the show with copies of The God Machine and will be doing commissions as well.

More details to come, stay tuned to our twitter (twitter.com/BLAMventures) for the most up to date news!

 

May 032013
 

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(C2E2 2013 Convention Exclusive)

Hey, everyone! A reminder that both the C2E2 and CGS Super Show Convention Exclusives are now available to order through the BLAM! Store. Each exclusive is limited to 99 copies and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Click here to be redirected to the BLAM! Store page.

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(CGS Super Show 2013 Convention Exclusive)

Each issue is $15 USD (shipping and handling not included) and are NOT available in stores. For additional information on the Convention Exclusives, click through to the BLAM! Store. As more exclusives are released through cons, the remainder will be put up through our store, so keep an eye out!

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