Sigh; DNAinfo and The Gothamist Have Gone Dark

Every now and again I feel that we need to get a little “newsy” here with The Chronicles and considering the startling developments that happened with the two online news outlets DNAinfo and The Gothamist. If you click on either of these two websites, you will see the following letter. I’ve embedded it for your perusal after the logos. Check it out.

Dear DNAinfo and Gothamist Readers:

Today, I’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue publishing DNAinfo and Gothamist. Reaching this decision wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t one I made lightly.

I started DNAinfo in 2009 at a time when few people were investing in media companies. But I believed an opportunity existed to build a successful company that would report unbiased neighborhood news and information. These were stories that weren’t getting told, and because I believe people care deeply about the things that happen where they live and work, I thought we could build a large and loyal audience that advertisers would want to reach.

A lot of what I believed would happen did, but not all of it. Today, DNAinfo and Gothamist deliver news and information each day to over half a million people’s email inboxes; we have over 2 million fans across our social channels; and each month, we have over 15 million visits to our sites by over 9 million people. But more important than large numbers of visits and fans, we’ve reported tens of thousands of stories that have informed, impacted, and inspired millions of people. And in the process, I believe we’ve left the world a better place.

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Happy Halloween 2017 Readers!

Hey there readers, I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Halloween. It’s one of my favorite times of the year and I just love all the garish and creepy decorations and costumes that one can find around their neighborhood. As I try to do each year, I’ve cobbled together some visuals that I’ve seen around during my travels. I didn’t go to any extensive hunting this year but did manage to find some cool things.

I like starting with my black cat Spooke and in this photo she is sporting a cute Court Jester collar that I got during the recent TTPM Event that I attended. It has bells on it and I think she looks great in it. I’m glad she lets me indulge in this silliness around the special holidays.

Now its onto a bit of spookified images. I didn’t really go all out in my own place this year but think that perhaps I will do something more next year.

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Today Is “Halloween ComicFest” Day For 2017

Today is “Halloween ComicFest” my fiends and much like the oft-discussed “Free Comic Book Day”, its the chance for fans of the medium to get their hands on several free comic books. This of course depends on your local retailer of the stuff and if they are even participating. I’d suggest making a phone call to the place where you snag your weekly titles to see if they will be doing anything for this event.

Piercing Ken Thoughts: Longtime visitors to the website know full well that we full enjoy the medium and do our best to support it with announcements like this one along with topical images. We know that among the issues being made available are a “Batman”, “Thor”, “DC Superhero Girls” issue and several more. There are not as many selections as during “FCBD” and all of this is while supplies last so I always suggest arriving as early as you can. Each retailer will have their own rules on how many a customer can take with them and remember much like “Free Comic Book Day”, the retailer is in face paying for these issues that you get to enjoy for free so do make sure to purchase some stuff from them as a little bit of thanks. My own shop has a myriad of items and yours should as well so consider grabbing an action figure for a franchise that you enjoy, a collected edition of a series of stories or even some comic bags and backing boards to protect the investment. If you secure any of the titles be sure to let us know down in the comments section below. A full run down of what will be available at the shops that made their orders can be found on the website linked below. Enjoy.

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This Weekend: The Fort Hamilton Comic Con @ U.S. Army Fort Hamilton Garrison (10/14-15/2017)

Now that the NY Comic Con is over and I can see a little bit more clearly after all of that running around, I wanted to share the information about the upcoming weekend fun that is to be had at our neighboring base. Yes my friends, the Fort Hamilton Comic Con is returning to entertain and enthrall you once again. Take a look at the official press stuff that I was sent and know that I shall return at the close.

The Press Release:
Brooklyn, NY, 14-15 October 2017, Fort Hamilton Army Installation will host its 2nd annual Fort Hamilton Comic Con event. The Fort Hamilton Comic Con is the first of its kind for pop culture conventions in the Brooklyn area.

“Matt and I had THE BEST TIME! Congrats to you and your team for making this happen for the base and for Brooklyn.” ~ Noel MacNeal.

Best known for Bear in The Big Blue House, Noel MacNeal attended the The Fort Hamilton Comic Con last year. He had such an amazing time that he is scheduled to return this year along with David Harris from the Warriors and Archie comic writer, Alex Simmons. In addition to the many that will reunite with Fort Hamilton Comic Con, this year promises even more. Some of our guests will include Gotham’s “Young Bruce Wayne” David Mazouz, and “Alfred” Sean Pertwee, Hip Hop personality Ed Lover, Kid ‘N’ Play DJ Wiz, The Walking Dead’s Saviors, Sesame Street’s “Abbey Cadabby” Leslie Carrera Rudolph, Luke Cage’s Edwin Freeman, My Little Pony’s Diana Leto, James Wojtal Jr., author Cassen Gaines, Life’s a Beach creators Mike Lopez, Gary Eckerson, cartoonist Michael Grassia, Mr. Robot Screen Combat Guys, award winning illustrator Cryssy Cheung, military veteran/author Myke Cole, Spiderman actress Amy Novondo, Netflix costume designer Stephanie Malansky, author Lezli Robyn, New York Public Library, Princess Mononoke’s Yuriko Miyake, filmmakers Alex Fernandez, Blake Zawadzki and Michael Michael and the Kawaii Society and more. The Saviors will be signing autographs Saturday 14 October to follow with an exciting panel on Sunday.

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In December “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Comes To Brooklyn @ Barclays Center

As I just shared word about the “Scared In Jersey” happening, I figured I would also be serving our readership well by letting them know about a very interesting musical concert taking place at the Barclays Center in December. Check out the full release down below.

The Press Release:
Pumpkin King Danny Elfman is coming to Brooklyn on December 6 & 7 to perform his legendary role of Jack Skellington in a very special screening, with the music performed live by a full orchestra and choir, of Disney’s timeless holiday classic, “TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.” Elfman will be joined by other original cast members, including Catherine O’Hara(Sally) and Ken Page (Oogie Boogie), who will all sing live during the movie.

Danny Elfman, who wrote the film’s songs (music and lyrics), composed its original score and was the original singing voice of Jack Skellington says, “Being able to perform “Nightmare” live in synch to the movie with a full orchestra was such a thrill at the sold out Hollywood Bowl shows. Having Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page to perform with me really made it a unique and magical experience. I’m happy to bring this special night to Brooklyn for the first time in December.”

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