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Captain America vs. Thor in a spectacular cosplay photo shoot

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While there are undoubtedly some fans willing to argue about who would win in a fight between the god of thunder and the Sentinel of Liberty (no contest!), there’s little debating how amazing this Thor-versus-Captain America cosplay photo shoot is.

Photographed by Adrian Gibbs, the series stars Sharon Rose as Captain America and Kayley Marie as Thor, who stand ready for a clash of uru and vibranium. The details on both costumes are incredible, but I particularly like Cap’s shield.

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Terry Moore leads 2014 Ghastly Awards

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With wins in three categories, including Best Ongoing Title and Best Writer, Rachel Rising creator Terry Moore led the 2014 Ghastly Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in horror comics.

Established in 2011, the awards are named in honor of “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, the late illustrator best remembered for his work on such EC Comics titles as The Haunt of Fear and Tales from the Crypt. Creators may submit their own work for consideration by the judges, who then choose the nominees in each of the 15 categories.

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Comics A.M. | CBLDF responds to ‘Palomar’ library challenge

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Libraries | The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has responded to the recent removal of a copy of Gilbert Herandez’s Palomar from a high school library in New Mexico following complaints from a parent, who called the acclaimed graphic novel “pornographic.” Taking a local television station to task for its “biased reporting,” the organization notes the removal of the book by Rio Rancho Public Schools officials appears to violate the district’s own challenge policy. [Comic Book Legal Defense Fund]

Manga | Here’s an interesting insight into the Japanese publishing industry: Deb Aoki, in Tokyo as a judge for the Manga Translation Battle, collects a series of her tweets and the responses of others (including a number of pros) to the symposium that followed the awards reception. The juxtaposition of two charts is startling: Manga sales are sharply down in Japan but rising in the United States, although of course the orders of magnitude are different. In keeping with the theme, she also discusses what makes a “good” translation, with actual manga translators weighing in with their opinions. [Storify]

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Stan Lee Media asks high court to revive suit against Stan Lee

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After losing one lawsuit after another in its eight-year battle for many of Marvel’s most famous characters, Stan Lee Media is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court for a reversal of fortune.

In a filing made public Friday, and first reported by Law360, the failed dot-com asked the justices to revive its lawsuit against co-founder and namesake Stan Lee, arguing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals erred in its October dismissal.

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Donate to charity for a chance to party with Robert Downey Jr.

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Last week, Robert Downey Jr. simultaneously revealed the Iron Man-themed poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron and promised a “big announcement” arriving eight days later.

While the aforementioned announcement isn’t slated to arrive until Thursday, Downey took to social media again today to promote his and Marvel Studios’ involvement in a promotion for Julia’s House, a children’s hospice charity.

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Marvel debuts Faith No More’s new single ‘Superhero’

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When it came time to debut the first single from their first studio album in 18 years, Faith No More chose an unlikely venue, Marvel.com. However, once you consider the song’s title, “Superhero,” and bassist Bill Gould’s love for Jack Kirby and the Silver Surfer, it makes perfect sense.

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The world outside Waid’s window

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It was Mark Waid Week last week at Marvel, and the veteran writer penned two more winning installments of S.H.I.E.L.D. (issue #3) and Daredevil (issue #13).

For the latter, Waid and artist Chris Samnee (with colorist Matthew Wilson) poked fun at the old “loved one in danger” trope, as Daredevil fought to save Kirsten from an unknown opponent. Not only did this happen with the express acknowledgment that Daredevil’s relationships tend to have unhappy ends, it explored just who might want to abduct her, and put a couple of subplot-servicing twists on top just for good measure. Waid and Samnee have been so reliably good for so long on this title that they may risk being taken for granted, but this issue was a real treat. Done in one but with a final-page hint of future danger, Waid’s script was propulsive enough to keep the reader both involved and guessing throughout.

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Run, run, run , run Runaways!

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One of the neat things about this upcoming Secret Wars mega-super-hyper-combo event is that a lot of cool projects are coming out of the woodwork — not just to support the unfolding crash of realities, but to sneak in some books that make entirely too much sense. While Battleworld rages on, it would be ridiculous not to have a cadre of teen heroes roaming the field and making their way in the mighty Marvel manner. Since the Secret Wars themselves are happening to create a universal order on a massive scale and enforcing a set universe out of countless others, it makes sense that someone (or someones) are going to want to rebel against that universal order. Thus, the Runaways.

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Matt Madden’s ‘Drawn Onward’ runs forward and backward

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Drawn Onward, by Matt Madden (Retrofit Comics)

I’m mostly familiar with Matt Madden as someone who writes about the theory and practice of comics, as the co-author (with his wife, Jessica Abel) of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, as well as the sole author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story, so I wasn’t too surprised that this comic would be an experiment in form. In fact, the name gives it away: Drawn Onward is a palindrome. The story, a tale of infatuation and obsession set almost entirely on the New York subway, reads at first like a straightforward tale of a woman’s encounter with a strange man who keeps bothering her—and with whom she becomes obsessed. But the last page of the comic is only the midpoint of the story: The narrator tells the reader to go back and read the comic backwards, and when you do, it’s the same story with the roles reversed.

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This Batman-themed hotel room is covered in Bat symbols

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For those who always wanted to stay in their very own Batcave, Taiwan’s Eden Motel has just the room for you. Yahoo! Travel recently discovered this one-of-a-kind getaway spot (via Comicbook.com), and the pictures are just full of awesome.

As you can see above and below, everywhere in the room is simply covered in Bat symbols: the headboard, the nightstands, the mirrors, even the TV mount. The walls and ceiling are carved like a cave, and there’s a chair shaped like the Tumbler. Absolutely everything in the space is a reference to the Dark Knight, and you can actually stay here… for an hourly fee.

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Action is your reward in ‘Spider-Gwen’ #1

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In September 2014, when readers first met Spider-Gwen in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, I expressed a desire that the Spider-Verse crossover event would not be the last folks would get to enjoy the adventures of the alternate Marvel universe (Earth-65) with a living Gwen Stacy. In fact, I speculated “judging by the creative team’s eagerness to do this one-shot, I imagine they could easily be persuaded to do far more than one issue.” Just how much more they were ready to do became delightfully obvious this week with the launch of the new Spider-Gwen ongoing.

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‘Super Powers’ assemble in this week’s Shelf Porn

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, your weekly invitation into one fan’s home. This week’s Shelf Porn comes from Jason Horn, creator of the webcomic Ninjasaur. Jason is currently running a Kickstarter for a print collection of the strip, so head over there and check it out if you like dinosaurs, ninjas or dinosaurs who are ninjas.

If you’d like to see your shelves here on ROBOT 6, you can find instructions on how to do so below.

And now let’s hear from Jason …

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Here are your favorite NFL players as your favorite superheroes

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For many, stars of professional sports are the closest things to real life superheroes. They’re bigger, stronger, and faster than seems humanly possible. They’re able to perform feats beyond the capabilities of your average individual, jumping and twisting and barreling through opponents.

But just imagine: If the stars of the NFL really were superheroes of comic book lore, who would be whom? The folks at NFL Memes went and matched up the biggest names in football with the biggest characters in comics to answer that question with these incredible mashup renditions. Some are obvious, like Calvin Johnson as Megatron and Cam Newton as Superman, but others are pretty spot on. There’s Odell Beckham Jr. as Spider-Man, Peyton Manning as Iron Man, Rob Gronkowski as Thor, and – perhaps best of all – Andrew Luck as the Beast.

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‘The Spirit’ celebrates 75 years with new hardcover collection

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In celebration of “The Spirit’s” 75th anniversary, DC Entertainment will release a new hardcover collection of Will Eisner’s renowned creation.

“The Spirit” has passed through the hands of several legendary writers, including Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Jeph Loeb. DC announced the book at the DC Entertainment Retailer Roadshow.

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The Fifth Color | RIP Leonard Nimoy, the artist and the Vulcan

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Taking a large step back from what we know as fandom today, it’s amazing to imagine what things were like in the beginning — before we had the Internet to produce original material, before we had hundreds of pay channels. Long, long ago in the far away time of the 1960s, when a show reached a generation of people in a surprising new way.

The best stories sneak in moral lessons or truths about ourselves and our society, not in a preachy direct way, but couched in the comfort of fantasy and fable. “Persevere” sounds like a direct command, but “slow and steady wins the race” can be taken however we wish. Star Trek could be about racism, religion, greed or power balance, but because it was set in space and spoken in the language of science fiction, we chose how to interpret its meanings and the messages given to us by Mr. Spock.

A lot of obituaries for Leonard Nimoy, who sadly passed away today at age 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, will mention that Gene Roddenberry called him “the conscience of Star Trek,” something I’d never heard before but that I can believe wholeheartedly.

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