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AlphaBits: There Could Be A Little Inside Blip Ready For Comic-Con

PLUS: ‘Farscape’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ toasters invade fan fest


Sometimes it’s tough to avoid themes in the AlphaBits, but with Comic-Con starting in just a few days, it’s hard to avoid what is considered one of the biggest genre news events of the year.

So lots and lots of news coming from San Diego in this outing. And while tickets might be sold out, expect to have both Airlock Alpha, horror entertainment news site Rabid Doll, and television entertainment news site Inside Blip there to cover every minute.

Did we just say Inside Blip? Yep! The newest Web site of the Quantum Global Media Inc. family is expected to launch by Wednesday, just in time for Comic-Con. And there’s nothing but excitement on what the new site will bring.

Similar to both Airlock Alpha and Rabid Doll, Inside Blip will take on television entertainment news as a whole, while providing a portal of news to the other sites in the BlipNetwork family. QGM’s creative director Shane Churchman said he expects Inside Blip to become the first stop for readers, as it will provide an effective passage from all of television into the more niche science-fiction and horror sites that make up Airlock Alpha and Rabid Doll.

Inside Blip can be found at www.InsideBlip.com. In the meantime, follow the entire BlipNetwork on Twitter at @blipnetwork.

The entire BlipNetwork expects to be publishing more than four up-to-the-minute stories from Comic-Con this year as we send five reporters to the event, and hundreds of instant updates. You can read all the updates directly from our writers at the convention by following our special Twitter feed @ComicConAA.

So don’t miss a single second! — [Airlock Alpha]

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New anniversary DVD set for ‘Farscape’: Comic-Con has become a perfect launching pad for the former SciFi Channel series “Farscape” as the franchise is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a relaunch of its DVD packages.

The new line, set to debut in November, will include, among other things, the first-ever complete series megaset featuring four seasons of the show.

Some of the key people involved with “Farscape,” including stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black, along with executive producer Brian Henson and creator Rockne O’Bannon, will be on hand at Comic-Con this year to talk about the amazing vitality of “Farscape,” which ran on the channel now known as Syfy, between 1999 and 2003. The new DVD set is a collaboration between A&E Home Entertainment and the Jim Henson Co.

The panel featuring the “Farscape” greats is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. in Room 6BCF at the San Diego Convention Center. — [Airlock Alpha]

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And a ‘Farscape’ book-signing, too: Rockne S. O’Bannon is going to be a busy guy at Comic-Con this year. he will sign collector’s “Scorpius Editions” of the “Farscape Vol. 1” hardcover at the Boom! Studios Booth at Comic-Con on Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 3:45 p.m.

Comics writer Keith R.A. DeCandido will join O’Bannon to help sign a limited 500 copies of the book priced at $50.

Both DeCandido and O’Bannon will be a part of the Boom! Studios “Farscape” comics panel July 25 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 10 along with comics editor Ian Brill.

The “Farscape” comic series first four issues debuted last December and has been subject to sellouts and reprints. It has since been followed by “Farscape: Strange Detractors,” “Farscape: D’Argo’s Lament” and the upcoming “Farscape: D’Argo’s Trial.”

Speaking of which … what ever happened to the Webisodes that SciFi Channel/Syfy promised us a few years back? — [Airlock Alpha]

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Star-studden premiere of ‘Dollhouse’: Joss Whedon is taking control of how “Dollhouse” premieres its second season, committing to writing and directing the season premiere as Fox pushes back the second debut to Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

The series has been given unexpected life by Fox, despite struggling in the ratings on Friday nights last season. The network, however, seems to be convinced that “Dollhouse” is something that can grow from beyond Whedon’s cult audience, and wants to see how Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett and company do with a fall debut.

The only bad part, however, is that the show will remain on Fridays. — [Chicago Now]

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As if your house wasn’t cluttered enough: Talk about merchandising gone extreme.

The NBCStore.com is offering some crazy items tied to some of the company’s hit shows that fans are assuredly looking to eat up.

If you’ve ever wanted a double-helix necklace or a sword letter opener from “Heroes,” a USB drive from “Caprica” or even a “Battlestar Galactica” LED toaster, now’s your chance to do it. And some lucky fans will actually get some free ones in limited, numbered editions during Comic-Con in San Diego.

What else can fans get? How about a supervisor polo shirt from “Chuck.”

By the way, the Cylon toaster isn’t just a regular old toaster with a picture of a Cylon on it. The toaster actually imprints a Cylon on your toast, so that you can download some cool looking breakfast every morning.

“The response to last year’s limited edition items was extraordinary, and we’re delighted to be back with a new batch of very cool and extremely exclusive merchandise,” said Judith Dutch, vice president of retail operations and consumer marketing with NBC Universal, in a release. “We see these limited quantity items as a great way to expose even more fans to our online store, as well as to celebrate some of the hottest shows in television history.” — [Airlock Alpha]

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It’s a tough job … : The upcoming Syfy series “Stargate: Universe” is giving some press to a familiar face with genre fans.

Alaina Huffman, who played Black Canary in the popular The CW series “Smallville,” told TVGuide.com that working on such a storied franchise is some hard work.

“The whole experience for everyone is overwhelming,” Huffman said. “There is a lot of stress.”

Part of that has to do with the fact that Huffman is taking on a role that is not quite the “confident, ass-kicking characters” she has played in the past. However, “it’s nice to have that inner struggle,” she said.

“Stargate: Universe” premieres in October on Syfy. — [TV Guide]

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You don’t need tickets to Comic-Con: By the way, if you can’t attend Comic-Con this year, but are going to be in the San Diego area anyway, there are a few events you can still attend.

Bear McCreary, the should’ve-been-award-winning composer of series such as “Battlestar Galactica,” “Caprica,” “Eureka” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” is hosting a series of concerts this week at the House of Blues in San Diego with the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra.

Hosts of the event include series star Edward James Olmos and Boomer/Athena actress Grace Park.

Tickets range between $50 and $125, and are going fast. Check out McCreary’s blog at BearMcCreary.com for more details. And if you buy a VIP ticket for Thursday night, you’re bound to run into me and Airlock Alpha creative director Shane Churchman.

Also, the Roddenberry Dive Team, an awesome group of celebrity and fan scuba divers put together by Eugene W. Roddenberry and Greg Martin, will host a mixer July 24 at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center beginning at 6 p.m.

Special guests include Garrett Wang from “Star Trek: Voyager,” Vic Chao from “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus,” former Miss Universe Brook Lee, and Alexis Cruz, who played Skaara in the Stargate franchise.

That comes after a Thursday morning dive (and it’s early) at the La Jolla Shores that includes “Voyager” actor Tim Russ.

For details on the mixer, click here. If you’re up for some underwater fun with a Vulcan, click here. — [Airlock Alpha]

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American Idol runner-up sings for his dinner: Adam Lambert, who made the pages of magazines and newspapers everywhere for his competitive style on Fox’s “American Idol” as well as his rather obvious sexuality, is getting some attention from the genre.

Lambert’s “Mad World” is featured in a trailer for the ABC series “Flash Forward.” And it has his crossover fans wondering? Will there be more of the young singer?

We’ll have to find out! — [Mr. L]

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