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Own A piece of punk cartooning history with William Stout’s ‘Rock N Roll High School’ poster art

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Though his initial days as an illustrator of sci-fi and counter culture comic books and strips were mostly behind him as the 1980s approached, William Stout continued to leave a mark on American cartooning via his many movie posters. Proliferating during the heyday of VHS, the artist’s work on features like Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards and Monty Python’s Life of Brian are burned into the brains of a generation of junk culture aficionados.

Now fans of Stout or the first big wave of American punk rock can own an iconic piece of his art in the form of the original illustration for the 1979 cult classic Rock N Roll High School. Produced by Roger Corman, the teenage send-up gave the Ramones some of their widest exposure ever and launched a best-selling soundtrack album.

Heritage Auctions has the poster art live on eBay through this weekend. With a starting bid of $2,400, it’s likely that the winner will have to pay out more than the Ramones ever made off the door at CBGB’s. But it might be worth it if you care about history.

Shelf Porn | Another ‘spin’ through Rich’s collection

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn. Today we take our second look through Rich’s shelves, who first submitted them a couple years ago and asked for recommendations on how to display his Hot Toys … and now you can see what he ultimately did with them.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here, you can find details on how to do that at the end of this post.

And now here’s Rich …

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Timm’s ‘Justice League: Gods & Monsters’ inspires action figure line

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Bruce Timm’s Justice League: Gods & Monsters, the direct-to-video animated feature the re-envisions Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in a darker, alternate universe, won’t just spawn a comics prequel. The DC Universe Original Movie has inspired a line of action figures as well.

DC Collectibles has unveiled a first look at the 7-inch figures from the first wave, arriving this fall: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (although in Gods & Monsters, none of them is the hero fans have come to know). As you can see in the images below, each features interchangeable hands, while Batman also comes with an alternate, unmasked head, and Wonder Woman with her sword.

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Ignore the drool, Mike Norton’s ‘Battlepug’ has its own brew for C2E2

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Chicago’s Arcade Brewery has partnered with cartoonist Mike Norton to create Battlepug, a hoppy brown ale inspired by his Eisner Award-winning webcomic.

The beer, which boasts a label drawn by Norton and the slogan “A Hoppy Brown Ale You’ll Drool Over,” will debut next week, just in time for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.

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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ unleashes first trailer

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Direct from Star Wars Celebration comes the first full-length trailer for Star Wars Battlefront, the highly anticipated action game arriving Nov. 17 from DICE and Lucasfilm.

The third entry in the series, Battlefront allows players to immerse themselves in epic Star Wars battles, firing blasters, riding speeder bikes and even piloting TIE Fighters and the Millennium Falcon in locations ranging from Hoth to Endor to Tatooine. They’ll also be able to play as some of the most memorable characters from the original movie trilogy.

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Did someone say chimichanga? Funko rolls out Deadpool’s truck

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Amid the seemingly endless parade of Avengers: Age of Ultron tie-ins, one very important release — perhaps the most important — has largely slipped beneath the radar (well, mine, in any case): Deadpool’s Chimichanga Truck from Funko’s Pop! Vinyl Rides line.

Showcased in February at Toy Fair 2015, the truck — emblazoned with a “Deadpool’s Chimichangas” logo — comes complete with a removable 3 3/4-inch Deadpool figure that holds a sword in one hand, and grips a delicious chimichanga in the other.

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Ty Templeton awaits second angioplasty following heart attack

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Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet artist Ty Templeton has been removed from a ventilator and is able to talk as he awaits a second surgery after suffering a heart attack earlier this week.

“Is it fair to have a kidney stone after a major heart attack? Ty says no, no it is not,” his wife, colorist and letterer KT Smith, wrote last night in a Facebook update. “The second angioplasty is being delayed until the kidney stone can be dealt with … tomorrow. The doctors are currently looking for a pain med that works (the standard, morphine, doesn’t work on him at all).”

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Comics A.M. | Ron Richards leaves Image Comics

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Publishing | Ron Richards, who joined Image Comics in January 2013 as its director of business development, has announced his departure from the publisher. “I am immensely proud of the work that I was able to be a part of,” he wrote. “Re-defining how a comic company makes announcements and interacts with their fans with Image Expo, and helping usher in new and exciting comics like Black Science, Wytches, Southern Bastards, Deadly Class, The Wicked + The Divine (among so many more) has been an honor and a privilege. It’s been a delight to work alongside some of the most talented comics creators in the business  —  and I leave with respect for all of them.” A co-founder of iFanboy and a veteran of Graphicly, Richards said he doesn’t have any immediate work plans. His departure from Images follows that of Jennifer de Guzman last week. [Medium]

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Cartoon Art Museum is moving, destination unknown

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When it was founded in 1984, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum was a “museum without walls,” with no permanent exhibit space. It moved to several locations before settling into its current space on Mission Street in 2001. And now it will move again, but no one is sure where.

The museum revealed Thursday that it has received a notice to vacate, and it will leave the premises by the end of June. The announcement hinted that San Francisco’s notoriously high rents are to blame.

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This ‘Star Wars’-themed R2-D2 jet is the droid you’re looking for

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With all eyes on Anaheim, California, on Thursday for the premiere of the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Japan’s All Nippon Airways used Star Wars Celebration to unveil the latest addition to its fleet: an R2-D2-themed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Part of a five-year agreement with Disney and Lucasfilm, the new livery will debut this fall, although its international routes haven’t been determined. Both the announcement and the website ANA Planet suggest the “ANA Star Wars Project” will extend beyond a single jet’s droid motif, but no details were offered. Perhaps C3-PO and Darth Vader will get their own aircraft as well.

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Grumpy Old Fan | When not to cross over

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For all its attempts at inclusion, Convergence is limited to what DC Comics has “allowed” historically within its shared universe. The three main Convergence time periods are basically 2011, 1994, and 1984-ish, and they each interact with other superhero-flavored genres.

However, through the years there’s also been a thread of DC superheroics set outside the main-line milieu. More often than not, these stories aren’t really concerned with detail-oriented “what ifs” — Communist Superman, vampire Batman, etc. — but with the larger questions surrounding the superhero genre itself. If you’re going to talk about DC and you don’t want to talk about Convergence, more than likely you’re going to run into these stories.

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In a medieval manuscript, Yoda is

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Although Yoda and Obi-Wan were quick to realize in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones that someone had erased a planet from the Jedi Archives, they apparently neglected to notice something was amiss with a 14th-century manuscript.

Right there, in the Smithfield Decretals, is a figure that looks an awful lot like a certain Jedi Grand Master. Somebody took a wrong turn at Dagobah and ended up in southern France.

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Quote of the Day | Queenie Chan on women characters

TheDreaming“When I ask the average person about depictions of women in media, the first thing they mention is female body image, and the sexualisation of women. They then go on to talk about how the depiction of women affects the self-esteem of young girls, because they look into the mirror and find their physique wanting when compared to catwalk models.

My answer to that is usually not the ‘you should love yourself the way you are’ sort of stock reply, which has been bandied around for years, to little effect. Instead, I bounce another question back at the person asking it:

Why the focus on what women look like and what they’re wearing?

Why is the debate about teenage self-image always about appearances, and not about the stories of women as people who have lives, hopes and values?

[…] Using just a fine liner and a sheet of paper, I’ve created girls and women of various shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities. Sometimes these women are interested in romance, sometimes not, but all of them have the same agency as the male characters do. Which I feel is the important thing. Not so much talking endlessly about a woman’s appearance, but showing that every single character, male or female, can be a well-rounded person with goals and values.”

Queenie Chan, creator of The Dreaming and artist for Odd Thomas.

A South African superhero steps up in ‘Kwezi’

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South Africa has a new defender in the recently launched comic series Kwezi.

Created by South African artist Loyiso MkizeKwezi uses the classic idea of a young hero coming of age while dealing with his own insecurities and braggadocios. Whereas DC Comics heroes operate in fictional cities such as Gotham and Metropolis, Kwezi is based in Gold City, a stand-in for Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Comic stores have a chance to win a signing by Mark Millar

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Mark Millar is offering comics retailers a chance to win a free in-store appearance by him.

All store owners have to do is encourage their staff to dress up for Free Comic Book Day as Millarworld characters, anyone from Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl to Nemesis and The Fox. Then take photos and email them to Millar no later than noon GMT (5 a.m. PT) on May 8.

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