‘Zen Intergalactic Ninja’ Co-creators to Give Away Collectible Comics at Shocker Toys Booth at Comic-Con
July 21, 2009
Copies of 'Zen Intergalactic Ninja' #1 from 1987 will be among the autographed books given away at the Shocker Toys booth.100 fans will receive a free copy of an autographed ‘Zen Intergalactic Ninja’ comic-book at this year’s Comic-Con.
The give-away event will occur on Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, to celebrate the upcoming release of two new ‘Zen’ figures from Shocker Toys.
Stern and Cote will appear at Shocker Toys booth #3849 on both days from 2 to 3 PM.  The first 50 fans to arrive at the booth each day will receive a highly collectible ‘Zen’ comic signed by both creators.  Among the books will be ‘Zen Intergalactic Ninja’ #1 from 1987.
Shocker Toys will be promoting the upcoming release of a 7-inch hyper-articulated Zen action figure, as well as a 5-inch Mallow designer figure of the alien hero at Comic-Con.
“These incredible new figures will be absolutely indispensable to collectors, because they’re the first Zen figures to feature the ET’s new facial appearance, which includes a nose and mouth, as well as his contoured breathing mask,” said Cote. 
Fans will remember that Zen literally grew his new face in the landmark ‘Zen:  Bounty Hunter’ story.  The 50-page story can be read online at www.zenintergalacticninja.com.
“We’re looking forward to meeting both old and new fans at the Shocker Toys booth,” said Stern, “and to making lots of them very happy with a free autographed comic-book.”


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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