Change to NMMA Fees

Originally posted on Northern Mixed Martial Arts & Fit2Fight (NMMA/NorthernMMA):

There is a minor increase in fees from 2nd term.

Fees deducted fortnightly via FFA Paysmart are now:
Juniors – $40.00
Concession – $50.00
Seniors – $60.00

Family Discount as followed
1 Member – 0%
2 Members – 10%
3 Members – 15%
4 Members or more – 20%

10 session passes continue to be available at the current price.

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The Miniest figure is often the Mightiest.

Originally posted on Graphic Policy:

The Diamond Select Minimates are some of the best figures ever made. The designers at Art Asylum have created hundreds of characters from a wide variety of comic books, movies, video games and TV shows. The Marvel Minimates are by far the most popular and have been seeing steady releases for over 10 years! To celebrate, Diamond Select is releasing a 3rd wave of the “Best Of Marvel” series.

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The series will consist of:

  • Marvel Now Captain America & Modern Spider-Man
  • Transforming Grey Hulk & Extremis Iron Man
  • Classic Hawkeye & Ant-Man
  • Luke Cage Power & Iron Fist

Diamond has been including a lot more accessories of late and this “Best Of” wave stays the course. Grey Hulk has extra pieces to allow a transformation from Banner into Grey Hulk (a series first) and Ant-Man comes with a lab coat to rock a Hank Pym look. The Luke Cage and Iron Fist set includes accessories…

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X-Strike Studios, in memorium

Originally posted on Teach The Sky:

After eleven years, X-Strike Studios  is closing its doors.

You may have heard of them recently, or you may be a longtime fan.  Or you may never have heard of them.  That’s one of the struggles with being an independent artist.  Sometimes some of the best work goes unnoticed.

I don’t hesitate to apply the term ‘best’ to X-Strike Studios’ catalog.  While their films are definitely low-budget, that hasn’t held back their excellence.  If anything, it’s helped to underscore the talent and skill at play.  These are movies for a niche audience, by that same audience.  There’s no irony, there’s no multi-audience pandering, there’s no attempt to be anything that they’re not.  These are movies for gaming fans and nerds.  And the result is that they are some of the best video game movies ever made, hands down, bar none, damn straight.

But it isn’t some goofy love…

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WonderCon 2014: Day 1

Originally posted on Dork Up:

Sorry for the lack of posts, work has been taking up a lot of my time lately.  Let’s cut right to it.  I just got back from a awesome 3 day weekend at WonderCon 2014. I have to say that it just keeps getting better and better. This years panels offered up exclusive looks at X-Men Days of Future Past , Godzilla , Edge of Tomorrow and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes among others. One of my favorite parts of WonderCon though has to be the Cosplay, this year was pretty epic. Check out some pics from Day 1 below.

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WonderCon: IDW inks Gabriel Rodriguez; Buscema’s Silver Surfer, more

Originally posted on Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - Los Angeles Times:

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Acclaimed “Locke & Key” artist Gabriel Rodriguez is now exclusive to IDW, formalizing a long relationship that later this year will bear “Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland” with Eisner Award-winning writer Eric Shanower.

The announcement came on IDW’s “Greatest Panel in the Known Universe” on Saturday at WonderCon in Anaheim, where the two discussed the previously announced miniseries alongside a slew of creators with announcements, including Brian Lynch and his wild, hell-on-wheels one-shot “Monster Motors.”

The Artist's Edition "John Buscema's Silver Surfer" is set to arrive in October. (IDW)

The Artist’s Edition “John Buscema’s Silver Surfer” is set to arrive in October. (IDW)

And, in a panel later that day on the publisher’s highly regarded Artist’s Editions, editor Scott Dunbier, recently nominated for an Eisner Award for his work on the oversize archival books, announced that a volume of Walt Simonson’s “Manhunter” will arrive in September and one of John Buscema’s work on “Silver Surfer” will be coming in October. Simonson is also the subject of a…

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Highlights of SLC Comic Con: Author-Brandon Sanderson, Artist – Lance Oscarson

Originally posted on Bookish:

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I discussed the pop culture fun of the Comic Con Fan Experience in Salt Lake City on April 19, 2013 in my previous post but I want to talk about my favorite highlights of the artists and authors who were there.  It was an amazing opportunity to get to speak to them one on one.  They did not charge to sign books or speak with them which I found great.  There was a huge showing from new authors and artists that didn’t have many people at their booths, and well-known authors  had significant lines.  For the newbies, keep at it and don’t despair, your line will grow!

Brandon Sanderson:  Mr. Sanderson did a reading and discussion regarding some work he is currently doing with three other authors.  They are short stories in the Cosmeer Universe.  The plan is to compile these short stories into a book.  It was interesting…

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The Son of Batman Premieres at WonderCon 2014

Originally posted on Nerdophiles:

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Son_of_Batman_coverRelease Date: May 6, 2014 (DVD & Blu-ray); April 22, 2014 (Online)
Cast: Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, Morena Baccarin, Giancarlo Esposito, Xander Berkeley, Thomas Gibson, David McCallum
Director: Ethan Spaulding
Studio: Warner Premier, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Genre(s): Animated, Graphic Novel, Superheroes
Based On Grant Morrison’s Batman and Son arch

Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Spoilers: Medium
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Batman and Robin  – with Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian as Robin – was probably one of my favorite DC series ever. Even when Bruce Wayne returned and took back the cowl I kept reading because I loved the dynamic. Damian was such a great character and, in my opinion, DC squandered his long term potential with their poor narrative choices. For the uninitiated, Damian Wayne is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul and for a while there he was…

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Zenescope Plans for Calgary Comic Con 2014

Originally posted on Graphic Policy:

Zenescope Entertainment has announced its plans for Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo 2014 at the BMO Center located in Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta Canada – April 24th-27th.  The company will be exhibiting at booth #913, and will have on hand its newest trade paperback releases, high-end art prints, hardcover collections, and exclusive comics.

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo will feature these limited edition exclusives:

Wonderland: Clash of Queens #2 by Jamie Tyndall – Limited to 500 – $15.00

Wonderland Clash of Queens #2 by Jamie Tyndall - Limited to 500 - $15.00

Ascension #3 by Dawn McTeigue – Limited to 350 – $25.00

Ascension #3 by Dawn McTeigue - Limited to 350 - $25.00

All fans that purchase the issue Ascension #3 Cover D by Dawn McTeigue will also have a chance to win a limited edition art print of the exclusive. Head to booth #913 for details.

Zenescope Writer Pat Shand and Artist Larry Watts will be signing books at the booth (#913) at the following times:

Thursday April 24th – 6-7pm
Friday April…

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RAVPower BOLT 4-Port USB Charging Station review

Originally posted on AIVAnet:

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If you find yourself constantly running out of charging cables or using way too many extension cords, you may want to take a look at this charging station. With 4 ports available, you can plug your devices in without having to mess around with limited power outlets or the length of your charging cords. Let?s take a look at how it performs, and whether you should consider this for your desk.

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In the box, comes the charging station, a power adapter, and an instruction manual. There are no power cables included, though that shouldn?t be a problem for most people. The power adapter that?s included is a bit less than 4 feet long, so you?d need to have an outlet nearby your desk or table.

The charging brick is small and plastic, with a matted finish. Though our black model picks up fingerprints very easily, it still remains sleek…

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Old School Video of the Day: New York Anime Festival 2007 – Hare Hare Yukai Dance

Originally posted on The Fan's POV:

Remember when this dance was sweeping anime conventions across the country? From New York Anime Festival 2007, familiarize yourself with this classic dance.

We will be posting up more videos on our YouTube channel from convention’s past, from I-CON 26 in 2007 to LI-CON 1 in 2014. Subscribe to the channel to see more gems this one.

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Big ROH Announcement

Originally posted on DTRT Wrestling.com:

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ROH announced that they will debut on pay-per-view starting with Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 on Sunday, June 22 at the Nashville Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN. It will be the first time that a ROH event will be available on all major cable & satellite providers. The show will be available in HD & will be rated TV-14. The suggested retail price is $24.95.

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#TUF Nations Finale: Post-fight Press Conference

As I’m blogging this it will be another 36 minutes until the live feed starts, then it’ll be archived.

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#Medikidz Makes Healthcare Understandable Through Comics

Originally posted on Graphic Policy:

type-1-diabetes-2nd-edMedikidz has a unique mission. They’re out to create a global community of young people who are informed, empowered and health-aware. A lofty ambition for sure, but here comes the fun part…they are using comics to do it!

Comic as education is nothing new. However comics as innovative resources for medical professionals, patients, and caretakers around the globe is on a whole different level. To-date, the UK based company has distributed over 3 million copies of their unique comic books worldwide. In 2011, they took on AIDS in Africa reaching over 100,000 young people in clinics across Swaziland, a region plagued with the highest number of HIV patients in the world. In 2012, the company’s two FEMALE CEO’s were celebrated on International Woman’s Day as leader’s in the New Zealand medical field. In 2013, they went digital with MediKidz Explain Type 1 Diabetes available on both iOS and Android platforms…

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Titanfall Weapons Made Out Of LEGO’s

Originally posted on geekleakdotnet:

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Nick Brick created TitanFall replicas made out of LEGO bricks and they look badass! He made the R101C-Carbine, EVA-8 Shotgun and Smart Pistol MK5. These weapons were made before the game actually released so it makes it that much more impressive!

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Here are some videos of the Eva-8 Shotgun, Smart Pistol MK5 and R-101C Assault Rifle.

I would love to see what else Nick can do with the Titanfall universe, would be awesome to see some Anti-Titan weapons next!

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- Colleen

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Watch The Ultimate Fighter 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Tomorrow On BT Sports 1 (VIDEO)

Originally posted on Fight4News.com:

the-ultimate-fighter Tomorrow, Wednesday April 16th , The Ultimate Fighter 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn will air in the UK on the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) official UK broadcasting channel, BT Sports 1.

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Wednesday Night Fights! A Quick Look at the TUF Nations Finale

Originally posted on Moai Martial Arts:

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Well, this one crept up on me! I was gearing up for the FOX card on Saturday and realized that there is a random Wednesday event from Quebec going down first.  Neat-O! Now, I haven’t watched a second of TUF Nations so I won’t touch on those Finale tilts, but I will give you a quick preview of my favorite three fights on the card. You know you are getting your money’s worth when Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping gets back in the cage! On to the preview.

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Around the Tubes

Originally posted on Graphic Policy:

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for? If you’re not sure, you can catch our recommendations tomorrow!

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CBLDF – Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013! – I guess you can say it got boned by censorship.

Spinoff Online – Paul Bettany Confirms Vision Role in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ – Remember when sites said he was Ultron?

Joystiq – Motion-controlled rail shooter Blue Estate coming to Xbox One – Will this video game based on a comic be worth it?

The Hollywood Reporter – WGN America Adapting DC Comics’ ‘Scalped’ – The channel is interesting.

Kotaku – Giant Mecha Erected in Tokyo – Want.

Around the Tubes Reviews

ScienceFiction.com – Captain Marvel #2

CBR – Daredevil #1.50

CBR – Nightcrawler #1

SciFiNow – Zero Hour And Other Stories

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Why The WWE Paying Tribute To “Warrior” Is The “Ultimate” Insult

Originally posted on the Sterling Road:

By Jay Kirell

Recently two things occurred in the world of professional wrestling that shook its fans to the very core.  First, the performer known as The Undertaker (real name Mark Calloway) lost for the first time at the WWE’s flagship pay-per-view event – WrestleMania.  An outcome even the most tuned-in wrestling fans never saw coming.

The second was the death of performer famously known to many as the Ultimate Warrior (birth name James Hellwig and legal name – seriously – Warrior) one night after appearing on the WWE’s highly-watched Monday Night RAW television show.  Warrior died last Tuesday outside of a hotel in Arizona at the age of 54.

As news of his death quickly spread, thoughts and condolences poured in from fellow wrestlers and fans, thanking him for his years of entertainment and joy he brought to them.

A few days later, word started circling that the WWE would be honoring the Ultimate Warrior with a special tribute…

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10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About The Ultimate Warrior

Originally posted on The Wrestling Forum:

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This week has been full of highs and lows for World Wrestling Entertainment. From the greatness in New Orleans at the Hall of Fame, WrestleMania 30 (Top 3 Wrestlemania) and Raw the next night, WWE was riding a huge wave of momentum. Then the sad news hit on Tuesday night as Triple H tweeted about how The Ultimate Warrior passed away due to a heart attack.

It didn’t feel real. We saw Warrior all weekend. His speech at the Hall of Fame was a wonderful way for him to return to the WWE family. Fans cheered for him. They showed him the kind of love he deserved. At WrestleMania 30, the other Hall of Famers stood on the stage. Then he got the big introduced and was the last one to wave to the fans. Everybody in the building was standing. I was there. It was an honor to be…

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Survival of the Fittest: Ultimate Warrior and Hate Speech

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“Leather Hedger had sleeping troubles and anxiety and dealt with terrible mood swings…By today’s standard, though, I do have to agree that he was a great father. Perhaps even greater then the father of the year, Hulk Hogan. After all, Leather Hedger did what it took to kill himself. His kid is without a father, yes, but the negative influence is now removed and his own child has the chance for a full recovery.”

- Ultimate Warrior on Heath Ledger, after the actor’s death

Jim Hellwig, later known as the Ultimate Warrior, was just one week ago enjoying induction into WWE’s Hall of Fame, an appearance at WrestleMania XXX, and a nostalgia promo on Monday Night Raw. He’s now dead. Beyond the wave of tributes for a legendary pro wrestling character, what about the person himself? What about his life’s mission, his beliefs, his passions and his principles?

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The above…

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Comic Book Artists Thrive at Local Conventions

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Originally posted on Samantha Guter:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h4NTXYZcX0 On April 5, 2014, Ithaca College’s Emerson Suites was filled with art. This is a fairly general occurrence – everything from art shows to musicians to speakers to performances happen regularly in the college’s…

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