Sunday, October 13, 2019

Warner Asia TV - DC Superheroes Return for New Seasons of Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow! (SPOILERS)

It's the fall in the USA, and that means your TV screen will be filled with superheroes once again!

Warner Asia TV has brought in three series from the DC Universe back to the region's schedule, so it is time for fans to immerse themselves in their adventures in the new season.

Note: There are some spoilers, so tread with caution!

SUPERGIRL
From the House of El, Kara Zor-El aka “SUPERGIRL” returned with a new season last Monday.

In this 5th season of the superhero TV series, Supergirl (Melissa Benoit) faces challenges at work when a new owner takes over Catco, and a mystery shapeshifter villain with a bone to pick with J'onn J'onzz (David Harewood) drops in from the Phantom Zone - and she does it all in a brand new and sleek costume with pants! PANTS!

Kara has also personal issues to resolve with best friend, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), who found out about Supergirl's true identity in the last season's finale. Will their friendship be able to survive this broken trust?


Watch new episodes of “SUPERGIRLevery Monday at 9:50 PM (SG/ MY/ PH), 8:50 PM (JKT).


THE FLASH


After their daughter Nora was erased from their timeline, it has not been an easy summer for the Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton). Barry immersed himself into nabbing more villains at a faster rate than ever, while Iris quietly mourned and missed her daughter by trying to salvage her purple jacket from the junkyard.


Meanwhile, a new big bad is in town. He's in the form of research oncologist Ramsey Rosso (also known as Bloodwork by comic book fans) who has past ties with Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker). Rosso is played by the dashing Sendhil Ramamurthy (“Heroes”, “Covert Affairs”, “Beauty and the Beast”), complete with a delicious British accent.

Unfortunately, a blood monster is not the only trouble that The Flash has to face this season. The Monitor has arrived to give Barry and Iris the bad news of an impending crisis where the only way out was that Barry would have to die.

See how Barry and Team Flash get out of this double whammy by watching new episodes every Wednesday at 9:50 PM (SG/ MY/ PH), 8:50 PM (JKT).


ARROW


The final season of “ARROW” (sob!) will premiere the same day as the U.S. telecast on October 16, Wednesday, 9 PM (SG/MY/PH) ; 8 PM (JKT). This will also be the season without Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), as her character has exited the show by walking through a portal with The Monitor in last season's finale.


This is a truncated season with only 10 episodes. With the help of close friend Diggle (David Ramsey), and the rest of the team - Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonazalez), Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) and Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), vigilante superhero The Arrow aka Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) will be racing to complete his missions after a visit by The Monitor, warning him about an impending crisis that will rack multiple timelines and universes.

Expect to see some other characters return in the final run, like Malcom Merlyn (John Barrowman), Thea Queen (Willa Holland) and Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra).

Don't miss seeing how the story will end, as Oliver Queen bows out of Arrowverse after taking fans on a rollercoaster 7-year journey. 


CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS


CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS” is the biggest crossover event of the DC Universe this year, inevitably drawing the fates of several superheroes as they battle to save the different Earths from destruction.

An alien called The Monitor (LaMonica Garett) has already warned Arrow and the Flash about the impending doom which will happen on December 10th, 2019.

The five-hour crossover event will run in two parts, with three episodes in December 2019, and 2 episodes on 2020. The schedule (in USA time) is:

SUPERGIRL - Sunday, Dec 8, 8 PM
BATWOMAN - Monday, Dec 9, 8 PM
THE FLASH - Sunday, Dec 10, 8 PM
ARROW - Tuesday, Jan 14, 8 PM
DC's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW - Tuesday, Jan 14, 9 PM


As the event takes places over multiple universes, there has already been an announcement that “SMALLVILLE”'s Clark Kent/ Superman (Tom Welling) and Lois Lane (Erica Durance), 2006 movie Superman (Brandon Routh) as well as the Man of Steel and Lois from the current “SUPERGIRL” time line- Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch. Jon Cryer will also make an appearance as Lex Luthor.


Characters from “BLACK LIGHTNING”, The Huntress (Ashley Scott) from previously cancelled “BIRDS OF PREY”, and Jonah Hex (Johnathon Schaech) will join the fray together with Bruce Wayne, played by fan favourite Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy. This will be the first time Kevin Conroy will be making a live action appearance as Bruce Wayne!


As in many other TV shows aired in the USA, it's still not certain if viewers in this region will ever get to watch “BATWOMAN” (most probably due to its LGBT content), so the “CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS” crossover event might be an incomplete one for the fans here. As for the new season of “DC's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW”, it is set to premiere in January 2020. Hopefully, the series will air on the same day as the U.S. too.

In any case, the widely anticipated multi-verse, with the gamut of characters from previous and current TV shows, is gearing up to be something very special and memorable.




Friday, October 11, 2019

Gamestart Asia 2019 - The Cool and Awesome Games (and Mead!) to Look Out For!


Gamestart Asia, the region's premiere gaming convention for both hardcore gamers, casual gamers and industry players kicks off tomorrow for the 6th and probably, final time.

Red Dot Diva attended the Media Preview and had a peek of the show hall, which had a look and feel in tune with this year's theme “Asian Mythology”. Of course, the e-sports competitions like the SEA Major, will be the major highlight of the weekend, as well as the games in all its varied forms for fans to try out and play - tabletop, mobile, console, arcade, VR. You name it, the show has it. 

Some of the show's highlights and guests have already been mentioned an earlier RDD article (click here to read it), but there are even more exciting and fun things to look out for in the exhibit hall.


DISNEY/ MARVEL BOOTH


Disney/ Marvel's booth is the first thing you will see when one enters the hall, and it is brightly dressed with the trademark superhero colours of your favourite Marvel comic book characters.


This is the place to have a look at MARVEL Super War, the company's first MOBA game, where you can choose to be a superhero character, like Captain Marvel, the Hulk or Deadpool, and battle with your friends online.

At 2 PM on 12 October (Saturday), The Walt Disney Company will be making on the main stage with the Special Game Showcase. So, don't miss this segment if you love Disney/ Marvel characters!


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2019 - David Mack Returns, Lineup Includes Jim Mahfood, John Layman, Tik Ka and Koh Hong Teng


The guest list for Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2019 is getting better and better!

In the latest news on the pop-culture convention's guest lineup, there will be fan favourites returning to Red Dot Island, like David Mack, Mirka Andolfo, and James C. Mulligan, as well as first-timer guests Jim Mahfood, Alexander Iacarrino and John Layman together with Asian-based creators Koh Teng Hong, Peach MoMoKo, Tikka from the East and Michael Sng.


DAVID MACK
It is always a joyous time of year when David Mack decides to return to our local comic convention. He has built up a loyal fan base in this region, and his booth is always busy!

David Mack is well known as the creator of the KABUKI graphic novel series, and as the co-creator of Marvel character Echo from the Daredevil comics. His beautiful brush strokes can be seen in varied and high profile projects like JESSICA JONES, FIGHT CLUB 2 and FIGHT CLUB 3, AMERICAN GODS, and Dynamite's new series released this year, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS.

David was also involved with the exceptional, Emmy-nominated opening title sequence for Marvel TV Series “JESSICA JONES”, as well as the concept design, artwork and sequence for “CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER” together with with Sarofsky Designs. Fans of Showtime series “DEXTER” will be familiar with his art in the Early Cuts episodes, and noticed a his recognisable artwork featured in the series episodes.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Gamestart Asia 2019 Announces Guests including Takashi Tokita and Luna Lorrain


As announced earlier this year, 2019 will be the last iteration of homegrown gaming convention, Gamestart Asia. The show has been taken over by Germany company and event organiser Koelnmess.

From 2020 onwards, gamescom, the industry largest event measured by exhibition space and number of visitors, will hold its Asian version in Red Dot Island's Suntec Convention Centre. The festival will be a four-day event, with industry segments, e-sports, product showcases, and special guests as well as the usual cosplayers.

This year's Gamestart Asia's theme is “Asian Mythology”, and some guests have already been announced for the exciting event that will be taking place in about two weeks' time on 12 & 13 October 2019. Check out the guest list below:

TAKASHI TOKITA
Takashi Tokita is a game developer with Square Enix, the company that publishes very popular games titles like the Final Fantasy series and Kingdom Hearts.

He was graphic director and co-wrote sub-plots for the role-playing game Chrono Trigger. For the survival-horror game Parasite Eve, Takashi Tokita was both director and writer. He is also the creative director for Tokyo RPG Factory's latest game called Oninaki.

Takashi Tokita will be on the main stage on 12 October, where he will share more about his projects and experience in the gaming industry.

Watch the launch trailer for Oninaki:




Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Makoto Shinkai's Latest Movie "Weathering With You" Premieres in Singapore on 6 September 2019

After the astounding international success of the body-swapping, time travel love story “Your Name” in 2016, fans of Makoto Shinkai have been looking forward to enjoy more imaginative tales and dreamy landscapes in his signature style.

Weathering With You” is Makoto Shinkai's latest animation masterpiece. In the long awaited movie, the city of near-future Tokyo is facing an unusual deluge of rainstorms. Hokada, an underaged runaway tries to look for a job and ends up as an intern in a publication that investigates strange phenomena, one of which is a story about "sunshine girls". He meets and befriends one of them, Hina, who is able bring on clear skies through prayer. Both of them decide to use and monetise her superpowers... but surely, there is a price to pay for that?

When the movie was released in Japan earlier this year, it raked in takings of over USD100 million (10.7 billion yen) at the domestic box office, officially making it the biggest Japanese film domestically since “Your Name”. It has also been chosen as Japan’s entry for the best international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars.

Weathering With You” has since been released in Hong Kong and Indonesia, and has topped box offices in the opening week in both countries.



Singapore audiences need not wait too long to experience another of Makoto Shinkai's enigmatic tale of young love unfolding in stunning, photorealistic backdrops. The Singapore premiere of Weathering With You” (organised by film distributor Encore Films), will be held at Capitol Theatre this Friday, 6 September.

Hardcore fans can be one of the first to watch “Weathering With You” at this special event on 6 September, before the official theatrical release on 12 September 2019. All they need to do is buy the tickets at this link. At the cost of SGD 55 per ticket, fans will also be able to redeem exclusive movie premiums, like the transparent umbrella and notebook as seen in movie, an A2 movie poster and invite card. Seats are filling up fast, so get your tickets pronto!

Here's the trailer for “Weathering With You”:




Saturday, August 24, 2019

Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2019: More Guests Announced - Sarah Andersen, Fishball, Donny Cates and Yasmine Putri


The rebranded Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) that will be held Marina Bay Sands' Convention Centre on 7 & 8 December 2019, is ramping up the excitement with an interesting, varied guest list!

So far, the headlining guests include comic book artist fan favourites like Greg Capullo and Jock. The convention will also be welcoming Transformers artist Livio Ramondelli, upcoming artist Creees, illustrators Tara McPherson, Joey Spiotto and Prema-Ja, as well as cosplayers Jin (BehindInfinity) and Astarohime.

This week, SGCC announced a new initiative called "WORK IN PROGRESS (W.I.P.)" for South-East Asian creators. There will be more details on this at the end of this article.

The convention also welcomes even more wonderful guests to the local pop-culture event of the year. They are:


SARAH ANDERSEN

You would most probably have seen Sarah Andersen's quirky webcomic called SARAH'S SCRIBBLES, which features a googley-eyed, introverted girl and her struggles in daily in life. Sarah's observations on the minute details on every day moments like going to a bathroom, the weird things pet cats do, dealing with the summer heat and life's anxieties are spot on.

Sarah Andersen's work of art are also available in books, like HERDING CATS, BIG MUSHY HAPPY LUMP and ADULTHOOD IS A MYTH.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2019 - Livio Ramondelli, Joey Spiotto, Creees, Prema-Ja and Cosplayer Jin Join the Guest List


More guests have been announced for major local pop-culture event Singapore Comic Con (SGCC), which is scheduled for 7 & 8 December at Marina Bay Sands' Convention Centre.

Adding to the list of well-known comic book guests announced in the first round, like artists Greg Capullo and Jock, a few more interesting personalities will be joining the convention for a whirlwind weekend of meet and greets, and panels held live on stage.

Here are the latest guest announcements:

LIVIO RAMONDELLI

Livio Ramondelli is best known for his work on IDW's Transformers comics series, where he has done both covers and interior artwork. He is also a long time fan of the Transformers, so will be able to talk shop with fellow fans about the popular Autobots and Decepticons.

His other comic book work include Dark Horse's Star Wars series and Dynamite's Battlestar Galactica comics, as well as Pacific Rim for Legendary comics.

Livio Ramondelli's art style is detailed as well as cinematic, especially in terms of the lighting. So, Red Dot Diva is not surprised to learn that he has also worked on concept art for Victory Hill Productions’ upcoming Transformers Experience in Shanghai, DC Universe Online for Sony/DC Comics.




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