A team of DMs Guild creators have made a new great supplement for Dungeons & Dragons DMs to put into their toolboxes called Ezmerelda’s Encyclopedia of Evil. This unofficial supplement is designed to not only give you new monsters to play with, but also expand more on different types of creatures to help them be more than just a stat block of experience points. Dive a little deeper into what makes different types of creatures tick and make them more memorable with this incredible supplement from Alex Clippinger, Oliver Clegg, R P Davis, Anne Gregersen, Jen Vaughn, and Christopher Walz. Inside, you’ll get 35+ new monsters, 70+ alternate creature traits and abilities, 30+ new lair and regional effects, and much more.
Ezmerelda’s Encyclopedia of Evil is a monster book in the vein of Volo’s Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, expanding creatures beyond their stat block and exploring ways to turn them into memorable parts of your D&D campaign. Within these pages, you’ll find over a dozen chapters on lycanthropes, vampires, lamia, dragons, aberrations, slaad, and more. Each chapter is designed to provide new stat blocks, traits, abilities, and play aids to turn the “boss creature” at the end of the dungeon into a memorable encounter, arc-long antagonist, or world-shaking villain.
You can purchase Ezmerelda’s Encyclopedia of Evil from DMs Guild for $19.95.
Game developers and publishers are having to get more creative this year with showing off their new titles since E3 was canceled. Now, Bandai Namco has announced their own gaming event that will take place later this month called Play Anime Live. This event will feature announcements trailers, developer Q&A’s, giveaways, and more yet to be announced content.
PLAY ANIME LIVE is a digital showcase where anime and gaming fans can get the latest news and view premiere trailers surrounding BANDAI NAMCO’s lineup of console, PC and mobile anime titles. Fans will see Q&As with developers, participate in live giveaways and more.
Play Anime Live will happen on July 22 starting at 4 PM PDT and fans can watch it live via Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube.
I don’t know about you, but I’m amazed by people who are able to solve Rubix Cubes at massive speeds. Hell, I’m amazed by anyone who can solve them! I remember I was in Las Vegas one year with my wife and we were eating at a buffet when a group of about 15-20 people came in and sat at long table next to us. They all had Rubix Cubes and they were all practicing for a speed competition. It was pretty cool!
Netflix has released a trailer for a Rubix Cube documentary coming out titled The Speed Cubers and here’s the synopsis:
Speed Cubing, which is the competitive sport of solving a Rubik’s Cube in mere seconds, has grown into a worldwide phenomenon in recent years. For nearly a decade in the sport, Feliks Zemdegs from Australia, has reigned unchallenged as the king of cubers, the greatest of all time. That is, until now. The cubing world was stunned when an unknown challenger named Max Park from California took home the Gold in 2017 and emerged onto the global stage. Since then, Max’s rise to the top has been swift and steady, save for one obstacle in his way – Feliks. The two have been trading wins and world records steadily, neither one able to truly dominate while the other still competes. But rather than developing into a bitter rivalry, Feliks & Max have instead grown their competitive relationship into a tender yet complicated friendship.
The Speed Cubers looks like it tells a wonderful and sweet story and it’s a film I’ll definitely be checking out! The movie was directed by Sue Kim. It’s only 40-minutes long and it will be released on Netflix on July 29th.
Amazon Prime has released a blooper real for the first season of their hit series The Boys. It’s appropriately titled “The Boys: F**k Ups” and it features the actors and actresses in the series amusingly screwing up and screwing around.
I can only imagine how hard it must be to be making series like this and not just bust up laughing on the set while trying to shoot it. It’s pretty entertaining to see!
The Boys is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven”, and their formidable Vought backing.
The cast of the series includes Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hugh Campbell, Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk, Tomer Capon as Frenchie, Karen Fkuhara as Kimiko, Jennifer Esposito as CIA agent Susan L. Rayner, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty,Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford, Nathan Mitchell, and Aya Cash as Stormfront.
The series is produced by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. The Boys Season 2 will premiere on September 4th!
Hot Toys has revealed a few new Marvel action figures for their 2020 Toy Fair exclusives. They include the Iron Man Mark IV from Iron Man 2, Spider-Man 2099 from Marvel’s Spider-Man, Stan Lee’s cameo from Thor: Raganarok, and Whiplash from Iron Man 2.
These are all great looking figures and I’ve included details and photos of all of them below:
Iron Man 2 – 1/6th scale Iron Man Mark IV (Holographic Version) Collectible Figure
Take Iron Man collectible experience to a whole new level! Hot Toys team is recreating the realistic look of the visually futuristic armor while offering a fascinating glimpse into the Marvel’s iconic suit! Designed by Tony Stark, Iron Man Mark IV suit has left a remarkable impression among the hearts of fans for its grand entrance in Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Being the very first Hot Toys’ figure that adopts an overall translucent matte appearance, the 1/6th scale Iron man Mark IV (Holographic Version) collectible figure in shades of red and gold livery demonstrates Hot Toys team’s incredible workmanship that combines creativity and the refined gear design. Crafted using the latest technology, the one-of-a-kind Iron Man figure is a 2020 Toy Fair Exclusive item, available only in selected markets!
The highly-detailed figure is perfectly crafted based on the image of Iron Man Mark IV armor in the movie, features a meticulously sculpted armored body with movie-accurate proportion; strengthen articulation performance by a number of diecast parts; newly designed armor parts composed of translucent matte material in distinctive red and gold colors, revealing the mechanical design and details of the complex armor; LED light-up functions on Arc Reactor with circular-shaped indent on chest, eyes, hands, and forearms; two sets of interchangeable forearm armor, a specially designed figure stand in translucent black color.
Be sure to add this charming figure to your ultimate Iron Man collection!
Spider-Man 2099 was a popular 1992 Marvel comic series that jumped ahead in time and presented a new hero behind the mask Miguel O’Hara, better known as Spider-Man 2099. Living in an alternate future, the brilliant geneticist inspired by the surviving records of the legendary Spider-Man, sought to create a similarly powered individual, has accidentally re-written his DNA with a spider’s genetic code.
In the action-packed video game Marvel’s Spider-Man, fans are able to see their webslinger in action with the Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit, which associates with Low Gravity suit power that enables stunning aerial performance.
Captures iconic features of the futuristic gear, Hot Toys is excited to introduce the latest 1/6th scale Spider-Man (Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit) collectible figure from Marvel’s Spider-Man as this year’s Toy Fair Exclusive collection, available only in selected markets!
The highly-detailed figure includes a newly crafted masked head sculpt; a fully poseable specialized body; finely tailored Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit that takes on a more metallic blue appearance, highlighted with a skull-like Spider design on chest, spikes on arms, and red accents around eyes; matching interchangeable hands with finger talons; assorted spider-web effect accessories; and a dynamic figure stand to recreate signature poses.
Swing around Manhattan with this amazing Spider-Man (Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit) figure today!
Thor: Ragnarok – 1/6th scale Stan Lee® Collectible Figure
“Now don’t you move. My hands ain’t as steady as they used to be!”
Showed up on Sakaar as the intergalactic barber to The Grandmaster’s Contest of Champions, Stan Lee was tasked to shear Thor’s trademark hair. Before giving the God of Thunder a new style with a much shorter hairdo, Stan Lee warned him to sit still because his shaky hands and the swirling haircut apparatus are not a good mix.
Commemorating Stan Lee’s memorable cameo appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, Hot Toys will be presenting a highly-detailed 1/6th scale Stan Lee® collectible figure as one of the 2020 Toy Fair Exclusive items only available in selected markets! The amazing figure is a continuation of the Stan Lee collection, perfect for any Marvel fan!
The brand-new collectible figure is skillfully crafted based on the screen appearance of Stan Lee as the barber in Thor: Ragnarok, features a newly developed head sculpt with stunning likeness, impressively detailed costume applied with natural weathering effects, cool-looking takes on the trimming apparatus with interchangeable devices in different sizes, framed glasses, and figure display stand.
What’s more, the barber Stan Lee figure has specially included a lock of real fabric hair from “another happy customer”, recreated in a life-size scale collectible accessory to enhance the unique collectible experience.
Need a hair cut? It’s time to invite the barber Stan Lee to rock your Marvel collection!
Iron Man 2－1/6th scale Whiplash Collectible Figure
He is the armor clad, energy, whip wielding specialist, Whiplash! The most loved villain ever battled in Iron Man 2. Recreating an Arc Reactor based on his father’s design and building armor similar to the Iron Man’s, Whiplash has terrified Tony Stark at the Monaco racing track.
In response to the continued popularity of Hot Toys’ earliest creations, we are pleased to officially present the 1/6th scale Whiplash collectible figure with a road and pavement diorama figure stand as an exclusive item available only in selected markets.
The movie-accurate figure is skillfully crafted based on Mickey Rourke’s portrayal of Whiplash/Ivan Vanko, Iron Man’s enemy in the movie, features a newly painted head sculpt with detailed hair sculpture, remarkable patterned tattoos on upper body, LED light-up Arc Reactor on chest and back, finely tailored costume with burnt marks, Whiplash’s deadly electricified whips and electric effects, as well as a specially designed diorama figure stand.
Expand your Marvel Cinematic Universe collection with the awesome Whiplash collectible figure!
Looking for some cool and unique furniture? New Zealand carpenter Henk Herhoeff has some amazingly fun and unique furniture that is created to look like broken cartoon furniture! I love these and while they look broken, they are fully functional!
I describe my style of furniture as broken and weird. I like making weird furniture, something that you don’t see in a shop …I just kind of sit down, do some drawings and out [the designs] come…I have to make sure that they are both creative and they won’t fall apart, which can sometimes take some time.
Check out some of his other work below. I loved these!
A new episode of Honest Trailers has been released and it takes on the classic 1984 film The NeverEnding Story, which is set in a world of never ending misery.
I love this movie! I loved it as a kid and I still enjoy watching it now. It’s just one of those films that made an impression on me and stuck with me. But, this honest trailer amusingly points out how dark and depressing the story it tells is. The honest tailer actually has me questioning why I love the film so much!
Anyway, grab a sandwich and eat an entire apple core as you sit back and enjoy this honest trailer for one of the weirdest and best movies of the 80s.
FX Networks is going to be involved with San Diego Comic-Con’s virtual event, Comic-Con@Home, and they are bringing two of their fan-favorite shows, Archerand What We Do In The Shadows, to the event!
The animated spy series Archer, which is entering its 11th season, “will bring its signature snark to the fanboy-fangirl confab on July 24th at 5pm PT. The new season will have the titular Sterling Archer returning to the spy world after a three-year coma. The Comic-Con@Home virtual panel will include voice cast of Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates as well as executive producer Casey Willis — and they will give details about the forthcoming season.”
The vampire mockumentary comedy What We Do In The Shadows, which has been renewed for a third season, “will sink its teeth into the virtual edition on July 25 at 5pm PT. Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Mark Proksch, Harvey Guillén and the Shadows team will emerge from their coffins to talk about the series in a special discussion hosted by Haley Joel Osment.”
Archer and What We Do In The Shadows joins a growing slate of panels that include several shows from Disney TV Studios, Bill and Ted Face The Music, and some shows from Hulu. I’m a huge fan of both Archer and What We Do in The Shadows and I’m sure they’ll end up having fun and entertaining panels.
Comic-Con@Home is a free event and it runs from July 23-26.
Yen Press recently revealed some new titles joining their catalog. There are some new manga titles, light novels, and even an art book that they’ve recently acquired. In addition to these titles, the company announced even more new titles during Anime Expo Lite on July 3rd. What title are you most excited for?
The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap
Story & Art: Yamigo Kureha
My life was pretty ordinary. Go to college, live in an apartment, hang out with people. But because of that pompous, irritating girl I grew up with, I got dragged into a huge mess. As usual. Now I’m in another world where she’s a well-respected shrine maiden…and I got turned into a cat. How did it come to this?!
Adapted from an online novel, The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap falls into the growing category of shojo isekai titles. This adorable and beautifully illustrated manga will appeal to a large audience of shojo fantasy fans eager for more.
Wolf & Parchment
Story: Isuna Haskeura
When Col leaves the cozy mountain village of Nyohhira aspiring to become a full-fledged member of the clergy, a certain impetuous wolf can’t help stowing away aboard his ship to follow him for a chance to have a grand adventure of her own!
A gorgeous manga adaptation of the light novel, Wolf & Parchment is a spin-off of Spice and Wolf taking place 10 years after the end of the original series. The ongoing series features Lawrence and Holo’s travelling companion Col as well as their daughter Miyuri.
Sword Art Online Project Alicization
Story: Reki Kawahara
Art: Koutarou Yamada
Original Illustrations: abec
Deep in an unfamiliar forest, Kirito awakens with sensations far too convincing for a virtual world… With memories of a life he doesn’t remember living. A boy and a girl…and a name that sticks in his mind: Alice.
Sword Art Online Project Alicization is a manga adaptation of Sword Art Online’s Alicization Arc, the basis of the ongoing anime titled Sword Art Online: Alicization. Fans of the anime have been eagerly anticipating the release of the Sword Art Online Project Alicization manga along with the upcoming Season 2 of Sword Art Online: Alicization.
A Certain Magical Index SS
Story: Kazuma Kamachi
Art: Kiyotaka Haimura
Kamijou Touma faces his roughest challenge yet-a classroom hot pot party! Meanwhile in London, the women’s dorm in a base of magicians may never see another day as wild as this one. And in the underbelly of Academy City, Accelerator stumbles upon someone who has been waiting for him all this time…? Here begins the supplementary SS series of A Certain Magical Index!
Originally published in Japan during the serialization of A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Magical Index SS was the first spin-off of the popular light novel series. The side stories featured in A Certain Magical Index SS are led by fan favorite characters such as Touma, Hamazura and Accelerator.
Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana
Story: Kumo Kagyu
Not a soul knows how the death and destruction started. Only one thing is certain—it came from the north. Deep within the Dungeon of the Dead is where the the Demon King resides and the only hope humanity has of defeating this great evil rests on the shoulders of a handful of adventurers. This tale of Sword Maiden’s past smells of ash and sounds like the ringing of bare steel.
Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana takes place a decade prior to the events of the original series. The spin-off series tells the story of Sword Maiden and her party of six as they journey to slay the Demon King, a feat which made her a legend in the world of Goblin Slayer.
Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Ten-Year Calvados
Art: Keito Koume
Never before has the stunning color art of the manga adaption of Spice and Wolf been seen like this! As a compendium of the illustrations delivering a story that ran strong for ten years, this is a must-have for any fan of everyone’s favorite apple-loving wolf!
Over a decade ago, the series Spice & Wolf became one of the first light novels to gain mainstream popularity, a series that remains a fan favorite to this day. Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Tenth Year Calvados is a deluxe collection of Spice & Wolf illustrator Keito Koume’s artwork for the manga adaptation which includes cover art and a full color manga excerpt.