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Sci-Fi Magazine Heavy Metal Revamping With NFTs

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Instead of doing anything to shore up the limelight of sci-fi culture, the heads behind the storied counterculture comic book magazine, Heavy Metal, have turned to movies, a revamped release schedule, and – why the hell not – NFT.

At Thursday’s New York Comic-Con panel, the famed magazine announced that it was looking to create a so-called “Metalverse,” a phrase it hoped would evoke the feel of the outward expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The company has again announced that trailer For its planned slate of live-action and animated content, heavy metal studio Subdivision. The plan is to create movies and shows based on brand and creator-owned content published by the magazine. Tana When Cold Dead War.

Heavy Metal’s head of studio Tommy Coriale further elaborated on what this really means for creators of traditional magazines.He spoke to a fairly thin audience of heavy metal enthusiasts (although new Super mario bros. movie was premiered in the next room, but it was actually a crowd), and they were also working on “many animation projects”, but didn’t elaborate on what those were. , added that there will be more announcements later this year.

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Whatnot advertised that it is helping to publish Heavy Metal magazine starting next year.
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The magazine’s executives joined publisher Whatnot’s executives in announcing that morning. sign a contract We plan to publish about a year’s worth of issues starting next year. This coincides with the magazine’s announcement that it will turn a new leaf by kicking off its “Volume 2” set, which will begin in February 2023. This ends the magazine’s ostensibly first volume run since 1972, although the magazine’s heads have mentioned a classic concurrent issue. The number will appear in all future issues.

Whatnot is known for its collectible-centric trading platform. In particular, he is famous for his line of incredibly popular Funko Pops figures. The company announced that he will start publishing in July this year. The magazine’s partnership means it can publish much more consistently than before, said its head.The deal will also help create a wider distribution.

But this sporadic approach to rebuilding brand awareness also includes tying it to the Web3 train and blockchain technology. When you enter Heavy Metal’s main website, you are immediately directed to the Heavy Metal+ site. The site promises that you can buy “Web3 Collectibles” that are really just NFTs. NFT was part of the 2021 partnership crypto dot com— yes, a company of “bold” fame. As with any non-fungible token sale, you need a crypto wallet to access them.Although popular last year, NFTs Significant decrease in trading volume Since the recent crypto crash.

Heavy Metal CEO Matthew Medney said the content allows users to “actually own” their content, compared to services like Comixology that only give users a license to view the content. says it can. While he is correct that there are serious issues with digital ownership, NFTs are akin to digital receipts of ownership, like a deed of a house, linking to a copy of the work still hosted on a server. is doing. Even if there is a problem with that server, it will affect the owner’s ability to view that file. Still, Correale, who said he was “very passionate,” [Web3] This “emerging technology” is something they’ve invested deeply in, he added, and it won’t go away.

Heavy Metal has been around for 45 years, during which time comics legend Grant Morrison ( temporarily served as its editor and chief) to filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott.The magazine survives, but has lost much of its luster, but in its head, this is not because the magazine is unable to innovate or keep pace, but because of the heavy metal counterculture, filth and It is believed to be to blame for other sci-fi fiction that appropriated sexually charged attitudes.. (as previously suggested heavy metal documentary has so far shown no sign of raising its head. love, death + robot It started as a heavy metal omnibus movie. Animated series co-creator David Fincher has been candid about how heavy metal inspired him from an early age. That’s why refocusing on ‘is so important to Elder Comics magazine. That said, “Metalverse isn’t something he built in a day,” he said, Illidge. “Even God needed seven.”

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