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I'm a Freelance Music Photojournalist from NYC and Founder of the Heavy Metal website; I created this blog site to showcase the other things in life that keep my interest or catch my attention. Believe me that is a lot of stuff to talk about when it comes down to it. I hope you enjoy what we are delivering because there is so much to share as a resident of this bustling metropolis.

Steve Orlando Debuts Flame Con Exclusive and Special Guests Return to Flame Con

The Press Release:
Flame Con, created by the LGBTQ non-profit Geeks OUT, reveals a cover variant of CRUDE #1, the first issue of Steve Orlando’s (Supergirl) Creator Owned series of 2018.

“Flame Con is a vital event for the geek and queer communities, one of my favorite shows of the year and a powerful, joyous event,” said Orlando. “Doing a Flame Con Exclusive Variant of my only Creator Owned release of 2018, is an exciting chance to donate to Flame Con with each issue sold and support a much-needed celebration of queer geek culture.”

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In conjunction with Skybound Entertainment, a limited series of the variant cover will be available for $30, with partial proceeds being donated to Geeks OUT. Orlando will also be debuting his latest take on comics with an original scriptbook for a never before published story, The Liberator. 100 copies will be available for purchase this weekend.
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15 Years Ago Today; The Northeast Went Dark

It was fifteen years ago today when a massive power grid outage found the lights going out on Broadway and well, pretty much everywhere else as well in this section of the Northeast. Are you old enough to remember this happening? I do and I was temping at a major investment banking house at the time doing some sort of technical hoodoo. I wasn’t writing any Metal articles yet but the time was drawing near for that to become the case. The photo below was a satellite image of the states and that sizable section of complete black on the East Coast was us. Good grief.

The incident occurred just after 4pm and of course everyone was still hard at their tasks. I remembered a “disruption” in the PC performance and vaguely recall a generator going on but it would be a short thing as my co-workers and I stopped what we were doing to figure this out. It wasn’t long before all were sent out of the building to make their way home in whatever fashion they could. The concern was what could have caused this to happen. Could it be another act of terrorism and had something destroyed power in the city? It didn’t seem to be the case and everywhere I looked, the people seemed collected and on the calm side which made moving about easier despite their being thousands of people at every turn. A friend had suggested we try to get a bus out of the city so I veered in the other direction towards 57th Street and once there determined that there was no way to get on a bus unless you rode on top of it like you see in those train videos from India. We still had daylight on our side so a hasty trek was made down Broadway with the plan of walking over the bridge back into Brooklyn and somehow getting to my apartment on 86th Street in Bay Ridge. Was I really walking home from the city? I guess I was and as I neared the Brooklyn Bridge I mused to myself that it was only 90 or so blocks once I got over the span. That’s doable right? Right? I remembered people walking too slow over the bridge and as someone who moves on the quick this was killing me but I am also chatty and made some travel companion friends along the way. One of them said that her friend was waiting on the other side and would most likely take me at least halfway to Bay Ridge since they had to go that way themselves. Getting to this dude took me about 7 blocks out of the path that I needed to stay on and of course when the woman and I found him, she got in and the ride was not extended to me. Truth be told I wouldn’t have given a complete stranger a life but also I guess that he was hoping to “get some” from his female friend with his “Knight in Shining Buick” rescue display. With her being a nervous wreck the whole walk I didn’t that was going to happen and I laugh at this today since I had hoped he wouldn’t after making me lose pace that much distance and being sidelined. A seven block veer is a problem when the night is coming up soon and the notion that there will be 0% light to guide you home is on your mind. I was both happy to have kept her company and also to have been rid of her since she was walking too slow anyway. I guess its safe to say that if we are ever in a “The Walking Dead” scenario that the slow pokes will not be in my command of the New Saviors at all.
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Opening: “The Meg” in Theaters Everywhere (8/10/2018)

Over the past couple of weeks here in my Media Metropolis, I can tell you that the summer heat has been sweltering and the humidity is enough to make you stay in the house with a giant glass of iced tea in front of your air conditioner while watching your favorite programming on whatever streaming service you prefer. It’s also hot enough to set up a base camp at the nearest beach but I should warn you that you just might have a little company if you do that. Sure, “Shark Week” might have ended a couple of weeks ago but now it’s time for the Carcharodon megalodon to show you he means business. Warner Brothers Pictures “The Meg” opens today in theaters everywhere. Here’s the theatrical poster, some premise and the casting.

The Premise: Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it – an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean – carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard – he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Carcharodon Megalodon – the largest marine predator that ever existed – still be alive … and on the hunt? (c/o IMDB).
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There’s Some Dramatic Changes To The Moviepass Business Model

Though its been around for a few years now, I only actually ever heard of it myself a few short months ago when friends starting talking about their using it to see “as many movies as they could” each month. Since I didn’t see more than a handful of movies in a single year much less a month, I didn’t bother subscribing but I did think the idea was pretty cool. That being said there have been some drastic changes recently and a number of them were shared in the press release below. Read on.

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The Press Release:
MoviePass™, the nation’s premier movie theater subscription service and a majority-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq:HMNY) (“Helios”), announces its new subscription plan and business model effective August 15, 2018. MoviePass’ new subscription plan retains its industry-low monthly subscription rate of $9.95 and at the same time creates a long-term and sustainable business model. The new plan will include many major studio first-run films. For our subscribers who have migrated to the new subscription plan, we are suspending Peak Pricing and Ticket Verification. MoviePass continues to be the most widely enjoyed theatrical subscription service in the United States, available at 91% of the theaters.

We have heard – and we have listened to – our MoviePass Community and we will not be raising prices to $14.95 a month. The new plan is focused on usage by the bulk of our subscribers who have historically used MoviePass to attend three movies or fewer a month. Additionally, the new plan addresses past misuses which imposed undue costs on the system, including ticket scalping, unauthorized card usage and other activities, which in the past necessitated the use of certain remedial measures that have sometimes been inconvenient for our subscribers.
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Play NYC To Debut Six “Graffiti Games” Installations by First-Generation Immigrant Developers

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The Press Release:
To celebrate what makes New York City and the American gaming industry so special, Playcrafting – the organizers of the Play NYC convention – announced today it will unveil six new “Graffiti Game” installations created by local, first-generation immigrant game developers at the 2nd annual Play NYC on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Manhattan Center (311 W 34th St., NYC) from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

“The ‘Graffiti Games’ initiative was launched at Play NYC last year to celebrate all-star developers, giving them free reign to create original games that reflect their creativity and personal stories,” said Dan Butchko, Playcrafting’s founder and CEO. “From the exhibiting studios to the thousands of players who attend from around the world, Play NYC reflects the diversity that makes New York City so special. We’re honored to celebrate these talented developers and bring more people together when the city and nation need it most.”

Like graffiti on a wall, the “Graffiti Games” installations are created exclusively for Play NYC to surprise guests with experiences like no other, around every corner. This year, Playcrafting is partnering with the International Game Developers Association Foundation (IGDA Foundation) and the Bigglesworth Family Foundation to bring the installations to life inside of the six opera boxes that frame Manhattan Center’s historic Hammerstein Ballroom stage for up to 10,000 attendees to discover. The installations and their developers will also be featured on Play NYC’s Twitch stream for thousands more to see.
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