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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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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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“Scared In Jersey” Halloween Event Debuts @ PNC Bank Arts Center For 2017 Season

The Halloween Season is upon us and that means that across the country numerous Haunted Houses, and forests and the like all start to pop up. “Scared In Jersey” is a new and interesting one that I just received some press about and in order to use The Chronicles website as a guide to your frightening fun, I am sharing the press release with you below. Check it out…..If. You. Dare……Bwah ha ha ha haaaaaah!!!!

The Press Release:
This October, the legend of the Jersey Devil comes to life with the debut of SCARED IN JERSEY, the Northeast’s premier Halloween event, taking place every Thursday through Sunday throughout the month, plus Halloween night, at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ (dates listed below).

The multi-attraction event, presented by Live Nation, is the brainchild of industry veterans Artist Group International, SRae Productions and Blood Drums by Street Drum Corps. SCARED IN JERSEY features such attractions as the Pine Barren Maze, Mother Leeds’ Haunted Cottage, The Devil’s Midway and multiple live performances from Blood Drums nightly. Watch the promo video here.

“As entertainers and producers working in the Halloween industry for over a decade, we feel confident that Scared In Jersey will give Halloween lovers and haunted attraction goers just what they need,” share the creators and founders of Blood Drums: Bobby Alt, Adam Alt and Frank Zummo. “We are looking forward to introducing you to the Jersey Devil and the story of his haunted legend!”

The legend of the Jersey Devil is not one for the faint of heart. Folklore claims that the Leeds family was an eccentric one: Mother Leeds was a witch and Father Leeds a drunkard, described as the Devil himself. Upon learning of the conception of her 13th child, Mother Leeds exclaimed “let this one be a devil!” As the child grew in her belly, she knew her child would be a special one. Legends say that she purposely performed ghastly spells to ensure the Devil’s birth. On a dark and stormy night in October 1735, Mother Leeds went into labor. The birth was one of terrible struggle and a physician was called upon to aid the midwife. When the child was born, it was seemingly a perfectly healthy baby boy, but within minutes, much to Mother Leeds excitement, the child began to turn. The changeling suddenly sprouted horns; his head began to morph into that of a goat with terrible vampirish fangs; its feet formed into hooves as the fingers on its hands elongated and grew sharp claws; bat like wings began to expand from his back while a forked tail burst forth from his tailbone. The midwife stared in amazement as Mother Leeds began laughing hysterically at the creature she had just birthed. Suddenly, the changeling became aware of his surroundings and turned on the cottage’s inhabitants, taking out the midwife first, and then his father, by ripping their throats via its razor-sharp claws before finally turning on his mother, ripping her abdomen to shreds. After the murderous scene unfolded, the monster darted to the fire place and flew out the chimney to wreak havoc on the Pine Barrens area for centuries to come. The only witness to the Devil’s birth to survive was the physician; read his journal entry about it at the link below.

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