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American Pop Art, Steve Kaufman Licensing LLC to License Steve Kauffman Art

steve kaufmanAmerican Pop Art Inc. and Steve Kaufman Art Licensing LLC signed an agreement with Becker Associates to license the artwork of Steve Kaufman for children’s toys and merchandise. This collaboration will allow children to discover the creative essence of Kaufman’s artwork.

Kaufman, also known as “SAK,” was a charismatic pop artist, humanitarian, and pioneer of neo pop art. Kaufman started his career as an assistant to Andy Warhol, where he learned the art of silk screening. Read the rest of this entry »

LaurDIY signs with Pets First to Launch New Pet Line

Processed with VSCO with c2 presetLaurDIY and her dog, Moosie are partnering with Pets First, Inc., for a variety of pet products, including leashes, collars, pet apparel, and pet toys based on the icons and graphics provided by LaurDIY.

LaurDIY and Moosie fans can even dress their dog to look like Moosie with one of the pet apparel styles and can wear matching outfits such as LaurDIY’s unicorn onesie, which will be offered in dog sizes.

Dynamite Signs Ron Marz to New John Carter: Warlord Of Mars Series

July24 John CarterDynamite Entertainment will introduce a new chapter in  John Carter: Warlord of Mars, to be written by Ron Marz. Illustrated by Abhishek Malsuni, John Carter: Warlord of Mars is the newly-minted cornerstone of the publisher’s Warlord of Mars line, launched in the wake of its May announcement of the comprehensive licensing agreement between Dynamite and Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars welcomes science fiction and fantasy fans to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, where displaced earthling John Carter has to save his adopted world and his beloved Dejah Thoris from an enemy.

Dynamite’s John Carter: Warlord of Mars comes on the heels of the reacquisition of comic book rights by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. that had been held by Walt Disney Pictures and its Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, as well as a recent legal settlement with Dynamite that cleared the way for Dynamite to introduce key characters and plot elements from the John Carter back story that were absent from recent comic book interpretations.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars no. 1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors‘ September Previews catalog and is slated for release in November. John Carter: Warlord of Mars will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Surtex 2014 Registration Opens

SURTEXSurtex, the annual trade show for the surface design industry, has opened its online attendee registration at The show will take place May 18 to 20 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

Surtex also negotiates hotel rates exclusively for show participants through Travel Planners Inc. so attendees can get great rates at nearly 50 hotels in New York City.

Qualified art buyers and licensees who register by May 13 will get free attendance as well as updated news about the show’s exhibitors, features, on-site activities, and social events. Industry suppliers who pre-register will also saves on admission.

SMC Entertainment Group, Inc. Obtain New Licensing Partners for Angry Little Girls


SMC Entertainment Group, Inc., continues to expand the licensing program for Angry Little Girls!. The comic strip and book series from Harry N. Abrams and Running Press Publishers will expand in North America with Toynami, Multiverse-Studios, Shirt Lab, Changes, Whatever Company, Olin Arm Candy, and Advanced Graphics.

The licensees will participate in the following:

  • Toynami: Angry Little Girls! 12-inch talking plush dolls with eight phrases; four-inch clip-on plush for mass and specialty retailers.
  • Shirt Lab: Angry Little Girls! T-shirts for adult, junior and youth T-shirts for specialty market.
  • Whatever Company: Angry Little Girls! metal safety backed buttons for mass, mid-tier, and specialty retailers, as well as online sales.
  • Advanced Graphics: Angry Little Girls! cardboard standees and wall jammers.
  • Multiverse Studios: Angry Little Girls! six-inch basic plush dolls, for online and convention sale only.
  • Changes: Angry Little Girls! Adult T-shirts, tanks, and sweatshirts, for department stores, mass, mid-tier, and specialty retailers, as well as online sales. Market test begins at selected stores and online this month.

Regional Specialty retailer BAIT will celebrate an Angry Little Girls! 20th birthday bash in Diamond Bar, Calif. and on Melrose in Los Angeles, Calif. at two different locations in May. Lela Lee, the creator and brand owner of Angry Little Girls!, will be on hand for the festivities.

Bulldog Licensing Set to Represent Garfield


Bulldog Licensing Inc. has confirmed that it will now represent the Garfield brand across the U.S. and Canada, offering sales support to U.S.-based licensor Paws Inc.

Bulldog has had success with the brand in the UK market and will work alongside Paws Inc. to help ensure that there similar growth across the home market. The team will focus on toys, electronic games, apparel, accessories, stationery, and gifts.

New Cookbook TLC Kitchen Launches Today

tlc-cookbook-hardcover-book_700Discovery Communications and non-fiction publisher, Parragon Inc., have launched TLC Kitchen: 150 Timeless Recipes From Our Family to Yours. The cookbook features contributions from TLC’s most popular stars as it serves up easy-to-make recipes for breakfast, brunch, family dinners, and dessert.

Available at retailers including Barnes & Noble,, and, this 256-page, full-color book features TLC personalities, including Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss), June “Mama June” Shannon (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo), Jen Arnold and Bill Klein (The Little Couple), Randy Fenoli (Say Yes to the Dress), Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne (DC Cupcakes), and Marisa Lopez (Next Great Baker). A corresponding e-book, available through iBooks, Nook, and Kobo is also a great option that allows readers to take the recipes with them anywhere they go.

Each entry includes important information such as serving sizes, prep time, and helpful hints to ensure the perfect creation for people of any level of cooking expertise.

Travelpro Introduces National Geographic Northwall Luggage Collection

Travelpro International partnered with National Geographic to introduce the National Geographic Northwall Collection of luggage. Montreal-based Holiday Group, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary Travelpro International, Inc., in the U.S. were selected as luggage and travel accessories licensee for the National Geographic and National Geographic Explorer brands in North America.

The National Geographic Northwall Collection is built to travel over any terrain, from city streets to the wilderness. This seven-piece luggage collection includes soft and rolling duffels, uprights, a daypack, and a sling bag.

The National Geographic Northwall Collection includes the following models: 22-inch soft duffel, sling bag, daypack, 22-inch expandable rollaboard luggage, 26-inch expandable rollaboard luggage, 26-inch expandable drop bottom rolling duffel, and 32-inch expandable drop bottom rolling duffel. The collection is constructed in an attractive olive green fabric with black accents.

National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of these products will support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

Lassie Comes Home with Branded Dog Food and Pet Products

Classic Media has expanded the line of Lassie-branded pet products, including a renewed partnership with Sunshine Mills, Inc. (natural dog food and treats) and a new partnership with Silver One (pet beds and accessories).

Silver One will develop Lassie pet beds and throws, as well as dog bowls, leashes, toys and apparel. The line will debut at Global Pet Expo March 16-18, in Orlando, Florida.

Since 2007, Classic Media and Sunshine Mills have worked together to provide Lassie-branded natural dog food and treats. The line, Lassie Natural Way, includes dry dog food formulated for puppies, adult dogs or senior dogs, as well as biscuits and treats.

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