Feb 14th 2017, 5:58 PM Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers will compete in Scotland’s IRN-BRU Cup next seasonCan PSG’s Spanish boss upset Barca? What to look out for in the Champions League last-16 By Ben Blake Short URL Keane was speaking at the launch of the SSE Airtricity League this afternoon. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO 17 Comments 22,385 Views https://the42.ie/3239655 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 5:58 PM Keane was speaking at the launch of the SSE Airtricity League this afternoon. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Players from each of the 12 Premier Division clubs at today’s launch. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“First and foremost, Martin and myself enjoy going to watch matches,” the Corkman told MC Con Murphy.“It’s certainly not a PR exercise. We’re going because we enjoy watching League of Ireland players and we enjoy looking at players we think might and will get the opportunity to come into the senior squad.“The profile of the league has been helped with Dundalk, particularly, and Cork City having great success in Europe. All of a sudden, we’re looking at League of Ireland sides competing against some really good teams and we’re watching these players. Your eyes don’t lie to you. When you’re watching a good player you’re watching a good player no matter what level he’s playing at.“We’ve been impressed by players, a couple of lads have got involved in the senior squad and we’d like to think that will continue over the next year or two.” Former Dundalk pair Boyle and Horgan were named in the Ireland squad back in November. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOHorgan and Boyle have since been snapped up by Championship side Preston North End, and the former has already impressed under Simon Grayson with one goal and one assist in six appearances.Keane believes their achievements should act as an incentive for players around the country.“It would be a different story if we were going to watch matches and players weren’t getting a sniff of the senior team,” he added.“If you’re a player in the League of Ireland and you see what has happened to the lads that have got involved, the first thing you will ask yourself is ‘why can’t that be me?’.” UNLIKE THEIR PREDECESSOR, Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his right-hand man Roy Keane have regularly attended SSE Airtricity League games since taking charge in 2013.The pair hinted all along that they would call up any player they felt was good enough to mix it at international level, and sure enough, came through with the promise late last year.Dundalk duo Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle were included in the senior squad that travelled to Vienna to face Austria in November’s World Cup qualifier, and although neither was handed a debut in that famous victory, it was a significant night for the League of Ireland.Speaking at the launch of the 2017 season in Dublin today, Keane says he hopes to see more make the step up in the coming years. Follow us: the42.ie Share5 Tweet Email ‘If you’re a LOI player and you see what’s happened the two lads you’ll ask ‘why can’t it be me?” Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane believes international call-ups for Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle should be an incentive to others. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Mar 16th 2017, 11:32 AM Short URL Person injured at IMF Paris offices after opening exploding envelope The IMF employee has reportedly been injured in the hands and face. 55 Comments By AFP 20,009 Views Source: Thibault Camus/PA ImagesAN EMPLOYEE AT the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund has been injured in the hands and face after opening a letter which exploded, police said.“A little before midday this morning at the French IMF delegation, a parcel that was delivered to the secretariat of the IMF representative in France exploded at the moment when the secretary proceeded to the opening of this package,” said the prefect of the IMF, Paris Michel Cadot according to the French newspaper Le Monde.Several people were then evacuated from the building near the Arc de Triomphe monument as a precaution.The head of the IMF, managing director Christine Lagarde to the attack, saying “my compassion goes to [my] colleagues there”.She went on to condemn the attack as a “cowardly act of violence” and reaffirmed “the IMF’s resolve to continue our mandate”. Source: Thibault Camus/PA ImagesLagarde will be working closely with French authorities to investigate the incident.The IMF (International Monetary Fund) Europe Office is located close to the Champs Elysees in the French capital.The incident comes just six weeks before a presidential election.Linked attacks Source: PA ImagesAlthough no link has been established at this stage, a Greek far-left group claimed today that it had sent a parcel bomb to the German finance ministry in Berlin, more than six years after waging a similar campaign against European officials.“We claim responsibility for sending a booby-trapped parcel to the German finance minister,” the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei group said in a statement posted on an anti-establishment website.German police said yesterday that they had discovered the “explosive” package at Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s office building, a day before he was due to host his new US counterpart Steven Mnuchin.- © AFP, 2017-With reporting from Gráinne Ní AodhaRead: Student arrested after school shooting in France injures three Share Tweet Email1 Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 11:32 AM http://jrnl.ie/3291184 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Two Lithuanian men due in court after raid of cannabis growhouse in Leitrim The growhouse was discovered during a search of a property. By Cormac Fitzgerald 12,581 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/4599766 Image: Shutterstock/Lifestyle discover No Comments File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Lifestyle discover TWO MEN ARE due in court this morning charged in relation to the discovery of a growhouse in Leitrim earlier this week. A growhouse was discovered during a search of a rented property in the Manorhamilton area by gardaí on Tuesday night. Cannabis cultivation equipment along with 50 fully mature cannabis plants, 90 plants in the early stages of growth and 1kg of processed cannabis herb was seized, with a combined estimated value on €60,000.Two Lithuanian nationals (aged 49 and 22) were arrested during the operation. The operation was led by gardaí from Manorhamilton supported by members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU).The men will appear before a special sitting of Carrick on Shannon District Court this morning at 10 am charged in connection with the incident. Apr 19th 2019, 9:43 AM File photo. Friday 19 Apr 2019, 9:43 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The Church to me is a pinnacle of the community and the parish and I want that to continue, but I do think that it would be helpful if the Church realised that people are still crying out for ritual and spirituality and that we need to involve laypeople more. 26,565 Views Monday 25 Jun 2018, 4:22 PM By Hayley Halpin Culture Minister Josepha Madigan Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Culture Minister Josepha Madigan “It might have been better, for example, if there was training for us in a situation like that where we weren’t sure whether we could read the Gospel or not. We chose not to in the end,” she said.“We didn’t do the collections and everybody pulled together and handled it very well, but I do think that there’s a bigger issue here. I think the church should be ordaining women, I think it should be optional that priests can marry.”Madigan said that if she gets the opportunity, she will share her opinions on the matter with Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland in August.Eighth AmendmentMadigan was chosen by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to lead Fine Gael’s campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment earlier this year.When asked by O’Rourke about the Catholic Church’s stance on the matter, Madigan said that she does not view it as a “direct contradiction”.“I’m of the view that God gave us free will, if we’re going to go down the theological route. I believe it is for everyone to make their own choice and their own decision. That’s notwithstanding the fact that abortion may not be something I would choose, that’s not to say I should make that decision for anybody else,” she said.Nearing the end of her conversation with O’Rourke, Madigan reiterated her point that she believes the workings of the Catholic Church in Ireland must change.“The Church is about the people, ultimately, and people are crying out for spirituality and they really want guidance in relation to that, but we’re not going to be able to sustain the number of priests around the number of priests around the country, we need to change things.” Share70 Tweet Email3 Jun 25th 2018, 4:22 PM https://jrnl.ie/4090879 Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Short URL MINISTER FOR CULTURE Josepha Madigan has said the Catholic Church “should be ordaining women” after she stepped up to ‘say Mass’ at her local parish on Saturday when a priest failed to show up.Madigan works on the team of the Ministry of the Word at the Church of St Therese in Mount Merrion, Dublin, and gives a reading at Mass once a month.When she arrived at the church on Saturday evening for the 6pm Mass, she discovered that there was no priest available. A local parish priest confirmed to TheJournal.ie that the absence was caused due to a miscommunication of the monthly rota.Speaking to RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Madigan said that herself and two other Ministers of the Word made the decision to lead the ceremony.Madigan said that she did not read the Gospel, but led the readings from the altar.She went on to explain that she thinks that the Catholic Church needs to be more open with regard to ordaining women and laypeople as the numbers of priests in Ireland continues to decline.“Unfortunately, we’re seeing across Ireland at the moment where there are just insufficient numbers of priests,” Madigan told O’Rourke. 77 Comments Culture Minister calls for ‘women to be ordained’ after stepping up to ‘say Mass’ when priest didn’t show Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said that she did not read the Gospel, but led the readings from the altar. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
This year the Greek economy experienced its worst third quarter since 2005 as gross domestic product resulted in just 47.9 billion euros, according to data released this week by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). In what is traditionally the strongest period of the year – due to the fact that July, August and September usually see a strong contribution from tourism – the economy shrank 5.2 per cent, bringing the total rate of GDP contraction for the year to September to 7 per cent. It is clear that given such figures, the target of a 5.5 per cent contraction for the whole of the year would be difficult to attain. Although data isn’t seasonally adjusted, and is likely to be revised, it is virtually certain that the recession this year will exceed 5.5 per cent according to analysts. The third quarter’s worst GDP record in seven years (as comparable data stretch only as far back as 2005) represents a considerable drop compared to the same period last year, when the figure was 50.6 billion euros. The summer quarter was, as usual, the best of the year so far, as the contraction in the first quarter came to 8.3 per cent and 7.4 per cent in the second. For the year’s final quarter, pressure on the real economy is expected to grow, as austerity measures will be depriving the already staggering market of yet more capital.For the 5.5 per cent target to be met, the contraction will need to shrink to just 1 per cent in the year’s fourth quarter. Meanwhile the Manpower Organization (OAED) announced yesterday that the number of registered unemployed declined by 0.26 per cent in October from September, with the total coming to 693,417 people. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos also informed Parliament that the Cabinet will approve of the 2012 budget draft tomorrow and that he will table it in the House on Friday. The budget will benefit from the haircut to the Greek debt factored in. The benefit for 2012 is expected to come to 4-5 billion euros. Venizelos added that the new tax bill will not be tabled in Parliament before February. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Faced with a widening crisis over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Australian raised rock star turned missionary Fr Themi Adams, has cancelled a fundraising trip to Australia, to help 3,000 families in Freetown through the terrifying spread of the virus.At the same time, Sierra Leone’s government said last week that it would deploy hundreds of troops and police officers to ensure that patients and family members who may be infected remain isolated.The New York Times is reporting that a battalion of 750 soldiers will be sent to clinics housing Ebola patients in areas where the disease is most virulent, and the police presence will be reinforced at homes where family members are at risk of having contracted it, said Abdulai Baratay, a government spokesman.“Sierra Leone has become the centre of the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, which has instilled fear across West Africa and has spread to four countries. Sierra Leone, a country of 5.7 million people a has recorded the highest number of cases, 646, and the second-highest deaths, 273,” the Times reported.Despite the fact that the Ebola mortality rate is so high – up to 90 per cent – and lawlessness has broken out on the streets of Freetown, where Fr Themi runs several campuses of the Orthodox Mission, he says that, after agonizing about returning to Australia, he cannot forsake the people he is taking care of.In a message to Louis Toumbas, international director of the charity Paradise 4 Kids, Father Adams said “as you know my return annual fund raising trip to Australia this year was booked for August 7th. This booking was made 12 months ago well before the recent lethal and tragic Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.“Therefore, following from our recent telephone conversation, I would like to explain my reasons for the firm and even hard decision I have made to postpone this year’s return trip to Australia.“Our Lord Jesus has taught that the shepherd of the flock does not run away when danger or an enemy approaches but remains to protect the sheep. The hireling runs away. ‘But he that is a hireling and not the shepherd… seeing the wolf coming leaves the sheep and flees….the hireling flees because he cares not for the sheep. (St. John 10. 12-13). I am not a hireling!“Consequently since the next 30 to 60 days are the most crucial in this current Ebola crisis my natural place for the next few months or as long as the emergency period remains is here in Sierra Leone.“Our Mission is serving over 3000 families – school pupils, college students, two congregations, and mission staff. We are in the front line of this incurable epidemic.”Fr Themi, who was born to Greek parents in Egypt, said that there is “much to do” to ensure the protection of his people.Ebola education and sensitisation is top of the list, while making the mission secure, safe and ready for an outbreak is just as important Fr Themis says.The Greek Orthodox priest went on to say, “I am sure you understand and I know you agree with my decision and reasons to remain. Indeed I feel relieved and encouraged that strong believing Christians like yourself agree with the postponement or even perhaps complete cancellation of my return to Australia for 2014. With the help, grace and protection of our Lord Jesus Christ I will monitor the situation. When the emergency period is over here we can consider if I return for a few weeks back home. God knows when.“Given the crucial significance of our annual fundraising events in Australia for the financial survival of the Orthodox Mission in Sierra Leone, my only concern is that my absence from the fund raising functions not affect the indispensable Australian assistance to our Mission. I pray and hope that our Mission’s friends turn out in full force in support of our work here.“However you have my sister Mary there who is imminently arriving in Australia having recently stayed in Sierra Leone. I am positive that she will prove more than a capable replacement. Thank you for all your help. Please send my warm regards and blessings to all our friends.”*Dan Woods is an award winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British Missionary parents, now living in Southern California. This article was first published in the assistnews.net website. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Travellers have been told to be wary of an Adelaide travel agent after a number of customers were allegedly left out of pocket when trying to return home from their overseas trip. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Affairs George Kemencak has issued a public warning notice against Olympia Express Travel Services, run by Vasilios Koutropoulos. He said he had received a number of complaints from customers who claimed Mr Koutropoulos had accepted payment for services but failed to deliver. “At least four people claim they paid for their holidays to Greece in full before leaving Australia, but were shocked to discover when embarking on their way home that their return ticket was either not booked or not paid for,” Mr Kemencak said. Mr Kemencak said accepting payments and failing to supply all the services within a reasonable time-frame may breach the Australian Consumer Law. Mr Koutropoulos told the ABC he had met with the consumer watchdog and the money would be repaid. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Voyages-sncf : une faille laisse fuir les données confidentielles de millions de clientsFrance – Après avoir publié par erreur un communiqué annonçant une explosion dans un TGV et la mort d’une centaine de personnes, le site de la SNCF se retrouve au coeur d’une nouvelle polémique. Un hacker a en effet révélé l’existence d’une faille de sécurité rendant accessibles les données confidentielles de millions de voyageurs.Comme l’a expliqué un pirate informatique au Canard Enchaîné, une béante faille de sécurité permet en toute simplicité d’accéder aux coordonnées des millions de clients possesseurs d’une carte fidélité SCNF, via le site Internet du groupe.Grâce à un numéro de carte d’abonné et seulement quelques clics, les noms, adresses, numéros de téléphone et dates de naissance des usagers deviendraient accessibles. Une faille qui ne concerne heureusement pas les coordonnées bancaires des clients.En 2009, 55 millions de billets ont été vendus sur voyages-sncf.com, le plus important site commercial en ligne de France. Un énorme fichier clients qui, une fois piraté par un individu malveillant, pourrait être vendu une petite fortune.D’après le Canard Enchaîné, la SNCF est depuis longtemps au courant de cette faille. Assurant en avoir seulement été averti lundi, le groupe a déclaré au point.fr que son “équipe technique s’est aussitôt mise au travail et a finalement pu remédier au problème”. Et la SCNF d’indiquer avoir ouvert une enquête interne pour s’assurer que personne ne se soit emparé des données de ses millions de clients.Le 17 mars 2010 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
Be Green, festival du film écolo, attend vos créationsDepuis le 1er décembre et jusqu’au 30 mars 2011, le Be Green Film Festival vous invite à réaliser des films très courts (3 minutes maximum) en rapport avec le développement durable. Et pour cela, il n’est pas forcément nécessaire de posséder un camescope. Ces “pocket films” (films de poche) peuvent aussi être réalisés avec des smartphones, appareils photos ou ordinateurs.L’initiative est originale : faire appel à la créativité des Français en les invitant à tourner des films très courts en rapport avec le développement durable, et ainsi sensibiliser une génération à ses enjeux. Grâce à elle, Be Green veut ainsi devenir un véritable “laboratoire d’idées”.Pour sa troisième saison, le festival est parrainé par Loïck Peyron, navigateur et fondateur de l’association Goutte d’eau, qui a pour but de protéger les océans depuis quatre ans. “La France, deuxième pays maritime du monde avec ses 11 millions de kilomètres carrés, présente dans tous les océans, dispose d’un patrimoine marin exceptionnel. Pourtant, à peine 0,0001% de ce territoire est protégé. Nous devons faire mieux ! C’est pour participer à cet enjeu majeur que j’ai décidé d’amplifier mon engagement en faveur de la préservation des milieux marins. Je compte sur votre imagination et votre enthousiasme pour être les acteurs engagés de ce festival”, a-t-il expliqué dans un communiqué.A propos de Be Green, Gilles Berhault, président du Comité 21, détaille : “Chacun peut filmer avec son équipement quotidien (téléphone, petite caméra, appareil photo ou ordinateur), puis poster un avis, une idée, une révolte… Les films seront diffusés sur Internet mais aussi à la télévision. (…) J’espère que chacun pourra mieux comprendre, se sentira plus responsable… et surtout aura envie d’agir”.Les “pocket films” doivent être déposés en ligne sur le site du festival www.begreenfilms.com (lien non disponible) et pourront être regardés sur Dailymotion, grâce à une page dédiée. Cette année, trois thématiques principales sont proposées : biodiversité (2010 étant l’année internationale de la biodiversité, décrétée par l’Unesco ), greentech et recyclage des déchets.Au final, une trentaine de films seront sélectionnés pour la compétition, à l’issue de laquelle six prix seront décernés : le grand prix, le prix du jury, le prix du film d’animation, le prix du meilleur clip, le prix des collectivités et le prix classe (écoles, collèges et lycées). Le jury privilégiera les films qui témoignent de l’engagement, tous genres confondus (documentaire, fantastique, humour, expérimental…). Il sera composé de personnalités de la vie médiatique, scientifique, politique, artistique ou encore sportive.Vous avez jusqu’au 30 mars 2011 pour envoyer vos créations écolo à Be Green.Le 20 janvier 2011 à 14:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
Quand les 2 hémisphères du cerveau se spécialisent et coopèrentPubliant leurs travaux en ligne dans Nature Communications, des chercheurs allemands ont montré expérimentalement chez le pigeon que des facteurs environnementaux, dès le stade embryonnaire, influent sur la capacité de l’individu à activer simultanément ses deux hémisphères cérébraux lorsque c’est nécessaire.Dans l’œuf, les embryons d’oiseaux tournent constamment leur tête, tantôt vers la coquille, tantôt vers le centre de l’œuf, exposant alternativement chaque œil à la lumière externe, d’où une stimulation asymétrique, chaque hémisphère du cerveau étant sollicité à tour de rôle. Ainsi, pour en apprendre davantage sur ce procédé, Martina Manns et Juliane Römling, psychologues à l’Université de la Ruhr à Bochum (Allemagne), ont exposé un échantillon d’œufs de pigeon à la lumière, et placé un autre dans l’obscurité, les laissant tous incuber normalement.À lire aussiUne application pour lutter contre la dépressionLes oiseaux issus de chacun des deux lots ont ensuite été soumis à des tests cognitifs. Un œil bandé, ils ont d’abord été entraînés à différencier une couleur A, associée à une récompense de nourriture, d’une couleur B, non associée à une récompense. Même type d’apprentissage avec l’autre œil bandé, pour une couleur C (avec récompense) et une couleur D (sans). Dernière étape : chaque oiseau, disposant de ses 2 yeux, était confronté à un choix entre couleurs jusqu’alors jamais associées : A et D, ou bien B et C.À ce stade, pour trouver, parmi les 2 couleurs, celle menant à la nourriture, le volatile devait combiner les informations acquises avec chacun des 2 yeux, autrement dit faire ‘collaborer’ ses 2 hémisphères cérébraux. Il s’avère que seuls les pigeons issus des œufs placés dans un incubateur éclairé en ont été capables. Une découverte qui met en évidence l’altération du degré de communication inter-hémisphérique chez les individus privés de stimulation (lumineuse, en l’occurrence) durant leur croissance embryonnaire. D’après les scientifiques, cette recherche pourrait peut être aider à mieux comprendre les troubles du développement tels que l’autisme.Le 11 mars 2012 à 13:58 • Maxime Lambert
Succès des ZMP chez les tortues de merLes Zones Maritimes Protégées (ZMP) plaisent aux tortues de mer semble-t-il. Selon une nouvelle étude internationale, elles y trouvent de quoi se nourrir tout en se protégeant contre la pêche.Les résultats d’une étude internationale présentés dans la revue Global Ecology and Biogeography montrent que plus d’un tiers des tortues vertes sont localisées dans les ZMP. Il s’agit d’une proportion beaucoup plus importante que ce que l’on ne pensait, surtout au vu du faible nombre de ZMP océaniques peu profondes.Dans ces régions, les activités humaines sont réglementées par des ONG et des gouvernements, rappelle notre-panete.info. Plusieurs catégories de ZMP ont été définies, et les plus strictement protégées sont réservées à un usage scientifique.Ainsi, les déplacements de 145 tortues vertes depuis 28 sites de ponte ont été observés. Sur les milliers de kilomètres que peuvent parcourir les tortues vertes, l’équipe a constaté que 35 % des tortues se nourrissaient dans les ZMP. Dans l’ensemble, 21 % des tortues ont été trouvées dans les AMP (Aire Marine Protégée), plus strictement protégées.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?« Malgré les limitations actuelles du suivi par satellite, les résultats montrent clairement que les tortues vertes adultes se nourrissent plus fréquemment dans les ZMP que s’il s’agissait d’une répartition aléatoire », soulignent les auteurs. « Notre étude mondiale révèle que les zones marines protégées hébergent bien plus de tortues marines qu’on ne pourrait le penser », déclare le professeur Brendan Godley du Centre for Ecology and Conservation de l’université d’Exeter.« La valeur des ZMP a été mise en question, mais ces travaux apportent la preuve qu’elles pourraient apporter efficacement un lieu de nourriture à de grandes créatures marines comme les tortues vertes. L’université d’Exeter a eu un rôle remarquable dans le développement de la méthode de suivi par satellite qui nous a permis d’évaluer la valeur des ZMP d’une façon impossible jusque là. »Le 23 avril 2012 à 16:00 • Maxime Lambert
Nintendo has decided we must wait until next year to learn more about the Switch hybrid games console. The good news is, we don’t have to wait very long into next year before everything about the Switch becomes crystal clear. Nintendo is going to hold a Nintendo Switch Presentation on January 13 in Tokyo, meaning January 12 in the US due to the time difference.It’s a presentation I’m sure many will drop everything to watch. Nintendo intends to confirm all the important details about its next hardware launch. We’ll learn what the spec of the machine is, how much Nintendo expects us to pay for it, and what the line-up of launch games are. Before the presentation is over I’m sure many gamers out there will have already decided on whether a pre-order is warranted.Learn more about Nintendo’s new home gaming system at the Nintendo Switch Presentation, streamed LIVE on Jan. 12 https://t.co/0c7gOJasA2 pic.twitter.com/5aR7MBH2C5— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 27, 2016We can only speculate as to what Nintendo has managed to achieve in a tablet/home console and at what price to the consumer. But we can make some informed guesses at least…We have two price points with which to work. The first is the Wii U, the predecessor to the Switch, which launched in Deluxe form at $350. We also have the Nvidia Shield, the platform on which the Switch is thought to be based on, which launched at $299. Nintendo could choose either of these price points, but even though it doesn’t directly compete with the PS4, Sony’s console costs $299 (500GB model). So if you pushed me to guess I’d say the Switch will be $299.The Switch really needs a strong line-up of launch games. Breath of the Wild really helps, but isn’t enough on its own. If Nintendo can compliment it with that new Mario game we saw running in the introductory trailer then I can see every Switch sale also meaning 2 game sales. And if Nintendo also have a new Mario Kart title available on launch day, then they’ve got the perfect launch line-up. Everything else, first or third party, is just a bonus.I’m not going to take a serious attempt at guessing the spec. Nintendo will certainly want to keep the manufacturing costs to a minimum, so I suspect we’ll see micro SD cards playing a part for storage. The OS is likely based on Android but you won’t know that from using it, and whatever Tegra processor is used will be underclocked significantly away from the dock. As for RAM? You’d hope for 8GB, but I’d be surprised if there was more than 4GB in the tablet.Roll on January so we can finally get the full picture!
X-Men: Evolution was my first experience with what I would come to learn was called “shipping hell.” There were so many characters and so many options for romantic pairings, and at 11 years old, I didn’t know where to start.This wasn’t the most important aspect of the cartoon, which took our favorite X-Men characters and put them in a high school setting–with some of the older mutants acting as teachers and mentors–but at the time, it was the only thing I could focus on. Would Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde get together since they seemed to be flirting a lot? Would Scott Sommers finally ask Jean Grey out? What about Rogue and Gambit? Was that a thing I should be looking out for? Is it weird because Gambit is an adult and Rogue is still in high school?The X-Men had been around for decades at that point, and these characters were all established and well known, but this was the first time I had ever encountered them. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know that these teens would deal with a genocidal mutant, or struggle to take control over their powers or have to battle giant robots and prejudice just for the right to exist openly. I certainly didn’t see Apocalypse coming and how he would kill many of the characters outright just as the show was wrapping up.X-Men: Evolution wasn’t the first animated X-Men show on TV. That honor belonged to X-Men: The Animated Series, which ran for five seasons in the early 1990s. That one was more of a straight X-Men comics adaptation, following Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters as they fought in the most recognizable of the franchise’s story arcs, including the Dark Phoenix saga. Most of the characters were adults by the time we caught up with them, but as the show was for kids, the creators picked a young avatar in Jubilee. She was supposed to be the main character, allowing the audience to experience the world of mutants with fresh eyes. She was new to the team and as such, had a lot to learn. You can argue that she didn’t learn much, nor was she depicted in a positive manner, but the idea was there. In order to introduce those not familiar with mutants, Marvel, or X-Men, the audience needed somebody closer to their age. That was the perception anyway.Whether or not this should be the standard in how people create adaptations of niche material for a broad audience (it probably shouldn’t), it certainly helps. So when X-Men: Evolution comes along and introduces a version of the world where the bulk of the characters are teenagers, it might seem like overkill. But the X-Men has always been about a school, and it’s always built itself around the experiences of teens. For most, and as established in the comics, mutant powers emerged as a result of puberty in a very on-the-nose allegory. Over time as the mutants got older, it distanced itself from these experiences. But one of the core concepts of this band of heroes and villains has always been changing and metamorphosis, regardless of the characters’ ages. Why not put them in the middle of when those changes would be occurring?The show revels in this concept, sometimes a little too much. Season one is bland and relies too much on those teen drama/high school elements, and not nearly enough on the comic book material, it’s drawing from. It’s a lot of repetitive introductory episodes that highlight a mutant as they discover their powers and get recruited by Professor X or Mystique, who’s putting together a Brotherhood to help Magneto out. The first episode gives us Kurt Wagner or Nightcrawler. The second Kitty Pryde, and so on for about five or six episodes. We get introduced to Spyke, a mutant created specifically for the show. Most things are kept simple and formulaic: a mutant gets introduced, has to deal with their powers. Usually, Mystique shows up and secrets are kept. For those with no knowledge of the X-Men it’s not obvious, but in hindsight, you can’t really cast Magneto in shadow and act like it’s a big reveal that he’s been conjuring up evil schemes for an entire season.This shifted over time to where it seemed to find the perfect balance between the teen drama and the super heroics. There are instances where the characters have to deal with fresh teen angst, like having to go on a date at the school dance, but it’s spaced out among fantasy conflicts. Despite not being in high school, we get plenty of episodes where Wolverine has to deal with Weapon X, or the teachers (Storm, Professor X, and others) are faced with governmental threats on their being. By the end of season two, Earth knows about the existence of mutants, leading into the bigotry conversations that the X-Men franchise is known for in season three.It was in this season that the show seemed to reach equilibrium in juggling all aspects of its identity. It was all genres at once: teen romance, sci-fi action, family drama, and comedy. You can have one episode that exploits the shenanigans between Nightcrawler and Toad, but also one about mental instability in which Rogue becomes overwhelmed by all the personalities she’s absorbed. By season four, it went too far away from its light-hearted concept, relying too heavily on the source material it was adapting and not taking the time to have fun with the main cast. In its final season, the show became grim and hopeless.But this transition from high school drama to large-scale comic book event shows how X-Men: Evolution was able to blend in all parts of the X-Men franchise’s identity. This included obscure elements from the comics, such the Morlocks.–a team of disfigured, underground mutants–Bolivar Trask and the Sentinels, mutants such as Mastermind, and even the Szardos family (although they’ve been vastly changed from their magic-based comics identities). It even took liberties of its own, having been the space where X-23 (set to make her cinematic debut in Logan) was created. Its voice acting wasn’t always great, but what it did with the story was masterful.But any conversation on whether X-Men: Evolution pays tribute and respects the source material wouldn’t work if the creators hadn’t spent time crafting personal relationships between the characters. This is why when I think about the show, over 15 years later, I think about the stories that connected the characters and the events that drove them towards one person or another. I would talk about how my first fanfiction ever was written based on X-Men: Evolution, which included my first self-insert, Mary Sue OC (original character) who was the perfect mutant for Nightcrawler because she looked just like him, but I don’t think you’d want to hear that. But how other mutants treated Nightcrawler–from Kitty to Mystique to Rogue–shaped his character, turning him from the class clown into a caring, sensitive soul with a complex psychology. That’s just one example, but there’s also the will they/won’t they nature of Scott and Jean, the way Gambit treated Rogue when she felt isolated, and the star-crossed nature of the romance between Kitty and Avalanche. It’s no wonder that it’s basically Marvel shipping hell and that it’s stuck around in my mind.A lot went down in just four seasons of animated kids television. We got a teen drama and an animated comic book. We got a serious take on the consequences of bigotry on those being targeted and moments of kickass girl power. We got Magneto, the Sentinels, and Apocalypse. We got back stories on a number of X-Men characters. We got a Legion episode over a decade before most people knew who David Haller was. We got an introductory crash course on X-Men all told through the eyes of teenagers for a young audience who could relate to simply the emotions of the main characters. If you’re adopting an older, dense franchise for a younger audience, X-Men: Evolution set a template and a path. If you wanted to know more, you can always pick up the comics. Or watch the movies, or keep up with it years later. You can engross yourself in internet holes of exposition. It’s a good place to start.All four season of X-Men: Evolution currently avaiable to stream on Amazon for $14.99 per season. Stay on target Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men?SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-Men
Ahh, the great outdoors: the sunrise over the mountains, the sounds of a babbling brook, that claustrophobic feeling when you’re cocooned in a hammock with no escape plan.Troika Outdoors wants to rescue campers from the cramped confines of traditional hanging beds.The Indiana-based startup is crowdfunding its three-point Troika Outdoors Hammock—still far from its all-or-nothing Kickstarter goal of $15,000.Troika“Whether it’s a night out under the stars, a day out by the water, a weekend camping trip, or just some backyard leisure with a good book and good company, the Troika Outdoors Hammock is the perfect piece of any moment,” the project page said.Weighing less than four pounds (with straps), the high-tension sleeper mounts to any three fixed objects within a 30-foot distance. Industrious campers can even stack hammocks on top of each other to create a rainfly or sunshade.“This simple and unique feature creates a ‘roof’ for protection, while still avoiding the claustrophobic sensation of a two-point hammock,” according to Troika.Built-in support rings at each corner make it easy to hang hiking gear and other kit off the ground using any clip, ring, or carabiner. The hammock comes in 13 colors (shades of blue, green, and red; white, orange, yellow, gray, black; even camouflage) and is machine washable.Early-bird buyers can still snag a hammock, three support straps, and mesh travel pack for $84—30 percent off the $119.99 retail value. Troika also offers bundles of two to 12 cots for up to $878.Not everyone is wild about the wild. But if you want to show your support for the company and its mission, a $25 pledge comes with a pair of custom Troika Outdoors wayfarer sunglasses or a T-shirt (and handwritten thank-you card).TroikaAs of press time, 81 backers contributed more than $5,780; the project will only be funded if it reaches its target by April 1.“We are delighted to announce that for EVERY Troika Outdoors Hammock sold, we will have a tree planted in your honor,” the company announced. “We want you to know that we care about our home and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to do our part on a global scale.”
Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine With Nintendo being on everyone’s mind these days, McDonald’s has wisely partnered with the world’s most famous game company to include Mario Toys inside of Happy Meals. Happy Meals purchased from now until May 22 will come with one of eight different Mario toys.These Mario toys look a lot like Amiibos. Though the toys do not have the same functionality of Amiibos, they do have “special functions.” For example, the transparent Mario can light up with different colors.Nintendo Switch consoles are still hard to find. Thankfully, McDonald’s is giving folks a chance to win the coveted Nintendo system along with a copy of the upcoming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. To qualify, you have to buy something at a McDonald’s restaurant and then register that purchase with the company’s mobile app. This will provide customers with one entry in the sweepstakes. Happy Meal purchases will get folks two entries. For the full list of rules, make sure to follow this link.via youtubeHappy Meals are technically supposed to be for children but don’t be surprised if there is a sudden uptick in the number of adult purchasers. I’m not the biggest Nintendo fan out there, but even I kind of want some of these toys. I don’t see the harm in buying them even if you are an adult. Although if you can, bring your little cousin or a friend’s kid with you to the register, so you don’t have to suffer too much embarrassment.In other Nintendo Switch news, GameStop will have a limited number of systems in stock today. They’ll all likely be gone by the time you read this, but there may be some left. Best Buy and Toys R Us will also have additional consoles in stock on Friday, so you may want to try getting one at that time. Good luck!
The Legend of Zelda’s Master Sword has a million uses, apparently. It can measure the strength of would-be heroes, cleave through enemies, and apparently be used as a fire extinguisher. Who would have thought?Okay, so this isn’t technically the Master Sword, but there’s a fire extinguisher in Japan sitting right in front of an enormous Triforce, apparently being guarded until the right person comes over to pull it from its resting place and put it to use. I don’t know about you, but I’d be a little apprehensive pulling this thing from its resting place, especially if I don’t actually have a Triforce on my body or anything marking me as capable. This is seriously business, you know.Twitter denizens like @asadoor have posted several comments about the area, which isn’t surprising when you happen upon an enormous triforce near a fire extinguisher like this one. That’s where the find came from in the first place, an eagle-eyed Twitter user.選ばれしものしか使えない消化器 pic.twitter.com/ZeNB4uRlPZ— 朝扉 開太郎 (@asadoor) May 14, 2017The awesome-looking Zelda Master Sword extinguisher is located in the East Hall of the Tokyo Big Sight convention center where Comiket is typically held, and this is likely just a tongue-in-cheek reference to all the gaming, manga and anime goodness that take place there. In fact, gamers who have visited in the past have a name for it: The Big Sight Triforce.It’s not actually even an official place in the facility, and isn’t recognized as such, but if you’re ever in the area make sure you check out this Triforce destined for heroes, especially if you’re interested in taking a photo with, well, a fire extinguisher. With Zelda’s soaring popularity over the past year, especially with the advent of the Nintendo Switch’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll want to soak up any Zelda memory you can while it’s out there. Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild Stay on target
20,000 People Demand Netflix to Cancel ‘Good Omens’ in Petition Fail’Good Omens’ Trailer Turns the End of the World Into the Ultimate Party An adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s joyful apocalypse tale, Good Omens is finally happening. It’s been in the works in one form or another for years, but now we have photo evidence of its existence. It’s happening. For real. It has actors with costumes and everything. David Tennant plays the demon, Crowley, while Michael Sheen plays the angel, Aziraphale. Gaiman tweeted out a photo of the two actors all dressed up and, speaking as a monster Good Omens fan, it’s everything I could have hoped for. Stay on target They are amazing. This is them in the opening scenes, 11 years ago, in St James’s Park. David and Michael, demon & angel. #GoodOmens pic.twitter.com/ceK4XYY881— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 18, 2017Man, they look good. For those who haven’t read obsessively read and re-read the novel, Aziraphale and Crowley, despite being on opposite sides, are good friends. They’ve both enjoyed their time on Earth, and neither want to see it come to an end. As the apocalypse approaches, they decide to keep an eye on the Antichrist as he grows up to make sure he can never bring about the end of the world. Unfortunately, there’s a mix-up at the hospital and they end up looking after a powerless boy while the real Antichrist has an idyllic childhood completely unaware of his power. All this sets the stage for the funniest apocalypse story you’ve ever read.The book was written by Pratchett and Gaiman in 1988, when they decided to collaborate on a book just for fun. Pratchett did the majority of the writing as Gaiman had DC Comics deadlines to meet for The Sandman. They brainstormed over the phone, each writing chapters for different characters, and traded characters at the end. They sent old-school big floppy discs back and forth by mail, each editing and adding to each other’s work. It was a big, crazy process that led to something strange and amazing. Good Omens is one of my absolute favorite books. It’s one of the very few that I’ve bought multiple copies of because I keep lending them out. Now, it’s finally being put on screen. Even though we only have one photo to go on, they’re already nailing the look and feel of these two characters. Crowley’s ’80s cool guy look is perfectly demonic. Aziraphale’s costume exudes fussy pompousness. And boy, does David Tennant’s hair look fantastic. I can’t wait to see how the show adapts the source material. Though sadly, they’ll probably have to take out the joke about cassette tapes turning into The Best of Queen if they’re left in a car for more than two weeks. That probably doesn’t play anymore.Good Omens will air on BBC 2 in the U.K. and on Amazon Video in the U.S. in 2019.
Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Apple will acquire music and image recognition app Shazam.Cupertino this week confirmed the news to TechCrunch via the following (unusually verbose) statement:“We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms.“Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement.”Financial terms of the deal, reportedly in the works for about five months, were not disclosed; unnamed TechCrunch sources place it in the ballpark of $400 million.Founded in 1999, Shazam initially launched in 2002 in the UK, where the program was known as “2580”—the shortcode customers dialed to have music recognized. The phone automatically hung up after 30 seconds, then texted a song title and artist name to the user.Following its debut as a free smartphone app in 2008, the music-matching service took off; by the autumn of 2014, Shazam exceeded 20 billion tags and 100 million monthly active mobile users.Over the years, the company added new features, like integration with Apple’s Siri, as well as Spotify and Snapchat—both reportedly in talks to acquire the company before Cupertino swooped in.“We are excited to announce that Shazam has entered into an agreement to become part of Apple,” a spokesman told Geek in an emailed statement. “Shazam is one of the highest-rated apps in the world and loved by hundreds of millions of users and we can’t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users.”Apple did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week
Stay on target There’s a common adage thrown around in relation to a certain kind of movie: “You HAVE to see it on a big screen.” There are films that, be it due to scope or spectacle or, in the most literal sense, having been filmed on IMAX cameras, are just going to play better on a giant screen and sometimes with an involved crowd. I don’t think anybody could argue that Avatar plays better on a laptop, you know?But if ever there has been a movie that made a case for the opposite — that there are some movies that never belonged on the big screen to begin with — it’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. A movie theater screen and a blockbuster budget can serve as a magnifying glass, showing the seams that hold together visual effects and narrative threads alike. For something like Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, a certified worldwide phenomenon at the time, those seams are best left unscrutinized.I’d stake my claim as one of the biggest Power Rangers fans out there any day, but I stand by what I wrote last year on the occasion of the franchise’s 25th anniversary: it should never have worked. Power Rangers works in spite of its Frankensteined footage from Japanese sensation Super Sentai, campy writing, and generally lousy acting and does so because of its medium: it’s a TV show. It is a small-screen affair meant to be viewed at the time by a very specific audience (an audience that has expanded to include people of all age groups today but at the time was very much limited to children).But when something is as big a deal as Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was in 1995, expansion is inevitable. And in this case expansion came in the form of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. The film hit screens about two years after the show first premiered and was a box office hit but a critical failure — not super shocking as the film’s target audience doesn’t really include anyone over the age of 12.(Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox)What is a little shocking upon revisiting the film in 2019 (Shout! Factory just released a wonderful Blu-ray restoration that, regardless of everything I’m about to say, is worth picking up if you’re a Power Rangers fan) is the extent to which the transition from TV to film chips away at so much of what made (and still makes) Power Rangers special to begin with. Much of this stems from the fact that MMPR: The Movie is an original premise and consists entirely of original footage. In theory this allows room for improvement — with so much of the series being cut from Super Sentai footage there’s an inherent jankiness to the product.But that jankiness? It’s kind of great. It’s the whole point from which the series builds its aesthetic. There’s little to no CGI, with the effects instead coming from primitive practical costume work. Those spandex bodysuits that make up the Power Rangers’ costumes? Who cares if they’re not super practical when it comes to having actual fights with superpowered monsters, they look GREAT. Even overdubbing Japanese actress Machiko Soga (who played Witch Bandora, known in the American series as Rita Repulsa) with the voice-acting of Barbara Goodson made for one of the more memorable villains of ‘90s pop culture.(Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox)MMPR: The Movie carries little to none of this over from the show. In its defense, it can’t. Even setting aside the fact that it’s operating from an original story and original footage, what works on the small screen doesn’t necessarily work on the big one. The filmmakers weren’t in a position where they could rent the costumes for villains like Goldar and Lord Zedd from the Toei studio that made them — not because it was too much of a financial burden (the film had a modest budget of $15 million, not insignificant at the time) but because those clunky costumes likely wouldn’t have translated well to the big screen in the eyes American audiences. However, they were caught between a rock and a hard place because the solution — making new versions of those costumes for the characters – didn’t go over well, either. There’s just something slightly off about the costuming (Lord Zedd, who looks great in the film, is the exception) for Goldar — he’s a little too animated and some of the proportions don’t match the design from the show. It’s almost an uncanny valley effect — you know what you’re seeing is supposed to be Goldar and Rita Repulsa (who is played by an entirely new actress but still has her lines dubbed by Barbara Goodson, which comes off utterly bizarre) and it very nearly looks like them…but something is isn’t quite right about them. The problem permeates the entire movie, even for creatures that haven’t appeared in the show.While it isn’t anywhere near as jarring as the creature costumes, the updated Ranger outfits also don’t quite jive. Anyone who thinks the idea of superhero costumes being updated to be more “realistic” by swapping out spandex for armored padding started with Batman Begins oughta give MMPR: The Movie a watch. This change seems even more senseless as the traditional spandex bodysuits would likely have translated to the big screen just fine. Instead the Rangers are outfitted in bizarre plastic armor.(Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox)And then there’s the elephant in the room: Power Rangers has never been a franchise known for drawing in particularly talented actors or writers. It’s not fair to say that there haven’t been horrible performances or screenplays throughout the history of film but the particular kind of bad acting and bad writing the show works with tends to work best confined to a certain space, namely that of a kids’ TV show. That said, the new setting only magnifies a lousy script and monotone, stilted performances from the cast. It doesn’t help that the movie takes place after the show’s first big cast switch – original red, black, and yellow rangers Jason, Zack, and Trini had already left the show. Say what you will about actor Austin St. John’s performance as Jason on the show, but he could at least get by on his very real charisma — a charisma that his replacement, actor Steve Cardenas as Rocky, doesn’t have. Even fan favorite Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam, the new Black Ranger, had yet to come into his own. The result is six young actors making their feature film debut long before they’re ready.(Photo Credit: Shout Factory)The script’s effort to take the Power Rangers to a more Americanized blockbuster setting doesn’t work out too well, either. Ivan Ooze, memorable as his purple visage may be, doesn’t have the camp or charisma that make Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa such memorable villains. And while there’s some pretty decent practical effects at work on some of the villains and henchmen, their overall blandness mixed with the story’s nonsensical, boring structure makes for a movie that feels like it’s trying and failing to capture something between a Jim Henson Studios movie and an ‘80s teen adventure a la The Goonies.Nostalgia is the only reason to check out MMPR: The Movie. If you’re eager to see the film’s admittedly solid restoration or learn more about the making-of process through some detailed special features, the new Blu-Ray is totally worth picking up. Just keep in mind that the lens of nostalgia is only so powerful — watching the movie today is a powerful reminder that some stories are best left small.More Vintage Shelf on Geek.com:There’s More to ‘The Hunger’ Than Just Sex, Vampires, and BowieVideo Game Movies Are Mostly Bad But ‘Double Dragon’ Is a Good Time‘Cobra’ Is Morally Repugnant and Entirely Awesome Vintage Shelf: ‘Ronin’ Is an Action Masterpiece That Earns I…Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…
Technically a show about comic books, the San Diego Comic-Con has been a celebration of all things nerdy in pop culture for 50 years now. Walk through the show floor and sit in on panels about blockbuster movies, beloved TV shows, new video games, and, yes, sometimes a comic book.This year’s SDCC kicks off tomorrow on Thursday July 18. And between now and then there’s still time for companies to announce what kind of presence (or absence) they’ll have at the show. For example, we already know that Warner Bros. isn’t bringing its upcoming slate of DC movies to Hall H. But we’re still expecting Marvel Studios to shed some light on plans for Phase 4, Disney+, and beyond.However, even now we already know a lot about what to expect from SDCC 2019. No one can realistically see everything on every day. But being aware of everything happening will at least give you some options if you get turned away or a line is too long. So if you’re heading to San Diego, you can start putting together your schedule now.What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to San Diego Comic-Con 2019Enter the World of ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’ at SDCC 2019 Pop-Up ActivationHere’s What Lego is Bringing to SDCC 2019Top Movies and TV Shows Coming to SDCC 2019Hasbro’s Unicron SDCC Transformer Toy Almost as Big as Orson Welles‘Dragon Ball’ Aims to Set a Major Guinness World Record at SDCC 2019Marvel Posts ‘Dawn of X’ Teaser on Twitter Ahead of SDCC 2019Wednesday July 17While this preview night is lighter compared to the full show, you’ll still be able to catch a sneak peak at It: Chapter Two as well as some DC screenings for Batwoman, Harley Quinn, Teen Titans Go, Prodigal Son, and Pennyworth. Or you can just go to some cool parties to start off your Comic-Con right.Thursday July 18Thursday is chock full of great TV panels. You’ve got Van Helsing, The Order, Evil, Nancy Drew, Undone, Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, His Dark Materials, Undone, and Agents of Shield for the first time on the main stage.Beyond those, Marvel is holding a panel on its upcoming video games like bootleg Avengers and Ultimate Alliance 3. Robert Kirkman is hosting a Q&A following the final issue of the hugely influential Walking Dead comic book. Nickelodeon is holding a 20th anniversary birthday party for SpongeBob SquarePants also teasing the new movie. Speaking of 20th anniversary celebrations, Batman Beyond is getting one as well. And for world premieres you can check out the new Shazam documentary as well as the Five Nights At Freddy’s-esque horror reinvention of The Banana Splits.Friday July 19This will be a great day to yell at creators for killing the things you love. Not only are the main creative forces behind Avengers: Endgame holding their own panels (directors Joe and Anthony Russo as well as writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) but the Game of Thrones panel is also on this day. Messy.For something more lighthearted, check out panels for DuckTales, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Veronica Mars, DC Super Hero Girls, and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. More mature panels focus on Preacher, Archer, Rooster Teeth, The Boys, Pennyworth, The Terror: Infamy, Carnival Row, Legacies, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, and The Witcher on Netflix. Check out the world premiere of Batman Hush as well as Marvel panels centering around Spider-Man comics, 80 years of Marvel animation, and the upcoming Marvel Comics #1000.Saturday July 20Although there’s no panel for DC movies, check out panels for DC shows Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Batwoman, Black Lightning, and whatever is going on with the DC Universe streaming service. Other panels include The Expanse, Star Trek, Westworld, Snowpiercer, The Man in the High Castle, NOS4A2, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Project Blue Book, and What We Do in the Shadows. Marvel Comics also has more panels: one about X-Men, one about Women of Marvel, and a talk with Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski.And not to get you too hyped, but this is when you can expect to see whatever Marvel Studios is cooking up as well.Sunday July 21Following a 50th anniversary party, watch the world premiere of long-awaited sequel Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island. Also check out the world premiere for Teen Titans Go vs. Teen Titans and try not to get pissed. And rounding out the panels are Riverdale, Mayans, Supernatural, and how to make comics the Marvel way. ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film Stay on target