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92YTribeca Announces the 2009 G.I. Joe Stop Motion Film Festival!

The kind folks at 92YTribeca sent along this information.  Do yourself a favor if you’re in the area and check it out.  What some of these guys can do is AMAZING.  This is stuff I’ve dreamed of doing with my dio-stories for years, but just never could get it off the ground.  You will NOT be disappointed.

200 Hudson Street | | 212.601.1000

Sat, Jul 25, 8 pm & 10 pm, $12


Forget the blockbuster live-action G.I. Joe movie coming out this summer and stick with something more true to the source material — something like Gio Toninelo’s G.I. Joe Fest, a celebration of stop-motion animated films created with real G.I. Joe action figures. The festival is a showcase of both the toys and the awesome creativity that springs from the mind of people who refuse to give up their cherished childhood memories. The program also includes a preview of an upcoming feature-length animated film by Austin animators Paul Hanley and Kieran Healy. For complete film info, see:

About 92YTribeca

92YTribeca is the 92nd Street Y’s new downtown arts and culture venue in New York City. Opened in October 2008, 92YTribeca presents music, comedy, film, theater, talks, classes, family events, and Jewish community and holiday programs in a versatile, street-level, modern space at 200 Hudson Street.  In addition to the mainstage and screening room, the venue houses an art gallery, lounge, bar, café, seminar and meeting rooms, and free Wi-Fi around the space. With programs developed by a professional curatorial team in partnership with staff, local artists and arts organizations, new-media companies, fellow presenters, and community and cause-based organizations, 92YTribeca aims to engage a diverse community of young people from around the New York area with smart, relevant programming that encourages participation and conversation. For more information, visit

Nice interview with G.I. Joe Comic Pack artist Jeremy Dale spoke with Jeremy Dale as G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA is looming next month and asked him some neat questions about his work on the G.I. Joe Comic Packs and working with Larry Hama.  Jeremy proves to be a fan of the property who really appreciated his time working with the brand, which is very cool to read.

Check out the full article here, then pay a visit to to see some of his work (or see what original art he has for sale).  He’s also got a great FAQ entry about his work on the Comic Packs here.

Toys “R” Us sale on G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA is coming July 19 – 25!

EDIT: Master Chief has reported in to say that he got the dates wrong!  Please recheck the subject line for the actual dates…

Are you thinking of buying G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA toys from your local Toys “R” Us?  You may want to belay that for a few days…

Master Chief, a well-known Toys “R” Us employee is reporting on JoeBattleLines that Toys “R” Us will be putting G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA toys on sale from July 12th through the 19th July 19 -through the 25th!  Prices are as follows:

“All 3 3/4” movie figures are 2 for $9.99!!

Alpha vehicles are $13.99

12″ Ninja figures are $5 off”

That is a fantastic deal, especially for the 3 3/4″ figures!  I know I’ll be trying to find my way to a Toys “R” Us that week.

Interesting interview with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje about The Rise of COBRA

The National Ledger spent some time speaking with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje about his role as Heavy Duty in the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA film, mostly focusing on the training and conditioning required for the action-packed movie.

“The actor known as Mr. Eko to fans of “Lost” (see photo right) and as Wally as a schoolboy back home in London — tells us that in his role of ordinance expert Heavy Duty, at one point he shoots a 120-pound cannon “that’s normally strapped to a helicopter. They don’t call him Heavy Duty for nothing. Everything on that film was heavy duty, man.” He also found himself “suspended on hinges and strings from a spacecraft, firing 500-600 rounds per second. And for all that pay, you have to look good, not sweat, say the line on cue and not fire over the words. You have to keep a cool head.”

There’s some other interesting tidbits as well, click here to check them out.