Non-Sport & Entertainment Trading Card News from Non-Sport Update

To Boldly Go Where No Ape Has Gone Before…

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 26•14

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes

In addition to last night’s Garbage Pail Kids comics and Thursday’s Orphan Black announcement, IDW Publishing has another interesting comic on the way, announced just yesterday for Comic-Con International. IDW Publishing will partner with BOOM! Studios for a Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover. This will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher.

The crossover will pair the original Star Trek crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film and will be published by IDW Publishing. The comic will be written by Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton (who previously worked on the crossover Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) while interior art and covers will be created by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

“Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,” says Greg Goldstein IDW President & Chief Operating Officer (and former exec at Inkworks and Topps). “A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.”

“Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication—it came on after the nightly news—and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.”

IDW Publishing has not yet announced a publication date for Star Trek/Planet of the Apes.

GPK Comics from IDW

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 25•14

IDW Publishing Garbage Pail Kids

IDW Publishing has been on a roll with press releases this week in conjunction with Comic-Con International. Tonight, the company has announced plans for a Garbage Pail Kids comic. With next year’s 30th anniversary of Garbage Pail Kids, IDW feels the timing is right.

Hate cartoonist Peter Bagge, who provided the initial image of new character Comic-Con Ron, will be a part of the new series, planned as an anthology of loosely connected stories by a variety of talented creators from around the industry, including some of Topps’ official “GPK” artists.

“As a child of the Eighties, I was at ground zero for the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon,” series editor Denton J. Tipton said. “The profoundly irreverent stickers spoke directly to the rascal inside each and every one of my classmates, and helped us drive our teachers to the brink of insanity. I couldn’t be more happy to be working with some of the giants of alternative comics to push the buttons of an entirely new generation of educators, many of which likely remember when the poo-covered sneaker was on the other foot.”

“Having grown up with GPK and sharing my name with the flagship character, I can say it’s no small honor to help shepherd the Garbage Pail Kids into their first ever comic book,” said Topps’ Adam Levine, Head of Outbound Licensing. “It’s going to be a real treat to see our friends at IDW flesh out the world of the Garbage Pail Kids so that after 30 years we can finally find out who all of these weird little guys are.”

IDW promises more information on the creative team and scheduling soon. Stay tuned.

New Card Review: The Art of Robert Aragon [& Comic-Con Contest!]

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 25•14

On Monday, we told you about MNS Cards’ plans for Comic-Con International. If you are lucky enough to be at Comic-Con this weekend, be sure to visit their booth (#5616) for The Art of Robert Aragon promo cards, Convention Packs, and MNS grab bags, not to mention all of the other trading card related activities at Comic-Con such as the awesome offerings from Breygent Marketing, Topps, Upper Deck, and others. There’s quite a bit of news on Comic-Con offerings on NSU Card Talk.

MNS Cards sent over The Art of Robert Aragon for our review. This factory boxed set come packaged in a very nice tuck box. Each factory set includes an entire 72-card base set, three “Masters of Menace” cards, four “The Faces of Fear” foil cards, and one “Gothic Treasures” wood card. Factory boxes also contain two to four randomly inserted cards which might be any of the following: autograph cards, sketch cards, prop cards, printing plates, and redemption cards. The biggest chase will be the randomly-inserted Vincent Price cut signature card. And in addition to what’s inserted in factory boxes, there are also case topper cards, multiple-case-purchase incentive cards and promos. There’s so much inserted  that it’s probably beyond the scope of the blog to list them all here and so we recommend readers take a gander over to the MNS website for more details and Jeff Allender’s House of Checklists for a full rundown.

The Art of Robert Aragon factory set

Base cards run through Robert Aragon’s very diverse art. You might think of Aragon for his mastery of horror (and that is on display in droves in the series) but there are also celebrity portraits (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and others), whimsical cards, and other varied styles. Collectors will find Aragon’s work from books and magazines, CDs, and other media. The backs contain a brief quote about the work on the card front from authors, artists, Hollywood-types, and even Boris Karloff’s daughter and Bela Lugosi’s great granddaughter.

Our factory set contained all 72 base cards as well as the expected number of ”Masters of Menace” cards, “The Faces of Fear” foil cards, and “Gothic Treasures” wood card. We also found an autograph card signed by Carla Laemmle, an actress who has many film credits from the silent film era and who continued to work until her unfortunate passing last month. Also inside was a Colin Clive sketch card by artist Don Pedicini Jr. and an advertisement card for Aragon’s “Bela Lugosi is Dracula” fine art print. We were also lucky enough to pull a redemption card for a sketch card set.

The Art of Robert Aragon base card 18

The Art of Robert Aragon base card 18

The Art of Robert Aragon base card 42

The Art of Robert Aragon base card 42

The Art of Robert Aragon base card 69

The Art of Robert Aragon base card 69

If you’re a fan of Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi Jr., Lon Chaney Jr., and other stars of their ilk or their movies. Or just great art, The Art of Robert Aragon is for you. It is a very well done series and will make you want to learn more about Aragon.

In conjunction with our review, and since Comic-Con is on this weekend, we’ve teamed up with MNS Cards to offer four prizes: two lucky readers will win a set of the four promo cards being given away this weekend (P6 through P9); One reader will win the complete 9 card promo set; And one lucky reader will win the grand prize – a Art of Robert Aragon Comic-Con Convention Pack 2014. Here’s how to enter. Head on over to the Non-Sport Update Facebook page and like the page. Next, find the special contest post and post your favorite character from the 72-card Art of Robert Aragon set. We’ll choose four people from all who enter correctly for the prizes. Don’t delay — the contest ends Tuesday, July 29 at Midnight EST. One entry per person, please. Winners will be notified via Facebook or email.

The Art of Robert Aragon Gothic Treasures autograph card

The Art of Robert Aragon Gothic Treasures autograph card

The Art of Robert Aragon Gothic Treasures wood card

The Art of Robert Aragon Gothic Treasures wood card

The Art of Robert Aragon sketch card by Don Pedicini Jr

The Art of Robert Aragon sketch card by Don Pedicini Jr.

The Art of Robert Aragon The Faces of Fear foil card

The Art of Robert Aragon Faces of Fear foil card

The Art of Robert Aragon Vincent Price Master of Menace card

The Art of Robert Aragon Vincent Price: Master of Menace insert card

Upper Deck at Comic-Con

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 24•14

Upper Deck logoUpper Deck has just checked-in with their plans for Comic Con. Non-Sport card collectors will probably be most excited by the company’s plan to showcase it’s upcoming Marvel Masterpieces series. And to that end, Upper Deck will have artist Joe Jusko appearing live at the Upper Deck booth (#307 in Lobby A). Jusko will appear Friday from 10 AM to 12 PM; Saturday from 2 to 4 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Jusko will sign free oversized cards featuring his artwork.

The company also tells us artist Neal Adams will be signing some of his Upper Deck artwork at his booth in Artist Alley and they encourage fans to drop by.

Upper Deck will soon celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with a new line of trading card products. To promote this, the company will make four different promotional bags available to attendees for $10 each or $40 for all four. Each bag includes an exclusive Comic Con Hello Kitty promotional card and figure celebrating the pop icon through the decades – 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s – along with an Upper Deck Hello Kitty figure pack. Fans who purchase all four bags will also get a San Diego Comic Con exclusive black sparkle figure as a gift with purchase. Bags are limited to just 250 per day and are expected to out. Additionally there will be a variety of Upper Deck Hello Kitty products for sale at show specials and free Hello Kitty temporary tattoos distributed to all fans. Hello Kitty herself will be making an appearance at the Upper Deck booth for photo opportunities with fans on Thursday from 11 AM to 12 PM; Friday from 10 AM to 11 AM; And again on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2 PM.

Hello Kitty

Comic and gamers will be able to check out the latest from Upper Deck on the gaming side with the company’s popular Legendary deck building game available for purchase. Key Upper Deck staff involved in the game development will be on-hand to discuss and share details on upcoming expansions.

“San Diego Comic Con is an important show for Upper Deck to debut new products, share exciting announcements and most importantly, to engage and say thank you to fans who have contributed to Upper Deck’s success over the last 25 years,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck.

Upper Deck Marvel art by Joe Jusko

Upper Deck Marvel art by Joe Jusko