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This gorgeous Death Star is the ultimate wooden weapon

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Perhaps the problem with the Death Stars wasn’t the ridiculous design flaw, but rather that they were constructed from the wrong materials. Maybe if that first moon-sized space station were made from, say, bamboo, the Battle of Yavin would’ve ended differently. Or at least with more splinters.

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Legoland Malaysia unveils world’s largest LEGO Millennium Falcon

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In celebration of Star Wars Day, Legoland Malaysia has unveiled  a 200,000-brick replica of the Millennium Falcon that the theme park claims is the world’s largest.

Announced early last month, the nearly 16-foot by 12-foot model was constructed Legoland visitors, led by father-and-son master model builders Dan and Christopher Steininger over a period of 30 hours.

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Vans partners with Nintendo for line of 8-bit-era-inspired shoes

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If you need some shoes that are equally equipped to handle Goomba-stomping and duck-hunting, then you’re in luck. Vans is partnering with Nintendo for a line of shoes inspired by the video game company’s classic 8-bit era. Mario, Link, Princess Peach and more are all represented in this new line of kicks, which consist of Vans’ classic Sk8-Hi and Old Skool styles. Heck, even the patronizing dog from “Duck Hunt” is represented!

Vans’ line of Nintendo shoes is expected to launch in June

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Comics A.M. | Iranian cartoonist released from prison

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Legal | Atena Farghadani was released from Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran, yesterday, after serving a reduced 18-month sentence on charges stemming from a cartoon that depicted members of the Iranian parliament with animal heads. Farghadani had originally been sentenced to 12 years in prison, but on appeal she was acquitted of charges of counter-revolutionary activity and undermining national security, and several other sentences were reduced, waived, or converted to fines. Farghadani was tortured, put in solitary confinement, sexually harassed, and forced to undergo virginity and pregnancy tests while in prison. Nonetheless, she says she wants to continue to live and work as an artist in Iran. Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day, and in a speech at the Tehran International Book Fair, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for more freedom of expression and an end to the jailing of critics of the government. [Cartoonist Rights Network International]

Awards | Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan presented the Malaysian cartoonist Zunar with the 2016 Cartooning for Peace Award in Geneva yesterday. “Talent is not a gift, but a responsibility,” the cartoonist said in a prepared statement. “It is a duty for me as a cartoonist to use the art as a weapon to fight unjust rulers. Fear and intimidation are the potent tools being used by the regime to scare the people. I believe, strokes of art can lead the people to cross the line of fear.” Zunar faces nine charges of sedition, carrying a penalty of up to 43 years in prison, in his home country. [Malay Mail Online]

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Man builds mini-Jurassic Park for the luckiest pet tortoise in the world

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This might be the one incarnation of Jurassic Park that doesn’t result in utter disaster — a man has built a miniature version of the film franchise’s titular attraction for his pet tortoise, Louie, in his backyard.

The owner, Oliver Turpin, wrote in the YouTube description: “I made a minature Jurassic Park for my Leopard Tortoise Louie. It has grazing areas with seeds planted to grow as the weather gets better, a pool for him to drink/swim about in, visitors center and the Jurassic Park Gates.”

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Hit the Grid in Chevy’s ‘Tron: Legacy’-themed Cruze

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Nearly six years after Tron: Legacy raced into theaters, Chevrolet is ready to return to the Grid with car inspired by the Disney sequel.

Unveiled at Auto China 2016 in Beijing, the Tron: Legacy Cruze show car was developed in conjunction with Disney, perhaps answering the question of what Sam Flynn and Quorra are driving around. Y’know, in case you were wondering.

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‘Legend of Zelda’ manga creators debut art, tease overseas release

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Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team behind the Legend of Zelda manga, have debuted new art from chapters 5 and 6 of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

The new series has been running on the digital manga app Manga One, and is only available in Japan at the moment. Writing in English, the creators were coy about any possible overseas licenses for the collected editions:

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Marvel and WeLoveFine.com team for series of modern comic book cover shirts

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At this point, nearly every comic fan owns at least one piece of clothing featuring the work of legendary artists like Jack Kirby or José Luis García-López. But finding apparel that matches the aesthetic of modern comics has been harder to come by.

This week, Marvel and short-run t-shirt site WeLoveFine.com took a step towards rectifying that by starting off a new weekly series of shirts based on modern Marvel cover art. Each Wednesday (natch), the site will post a new series of cover print shirts for purchase at $15 each. The current crop includes Andre Aruajo’s cover to Spidey #5, David Lopez’s Ms. Marvel #6 and a bevy of others.

Check them out on the WeLoveFine.com shop while they last.

Herocross’ Ninja Turtles figures take us back to the ’90s

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Herocross harnesses Turtle Power, and a healthy dose of nostalgia, for its new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hybrid Metal Figuration series.

Standing about 6 inches tall, the fully posable figures boast hybrid metal bodies with more than 20 points of articulation. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael each comes with alternate heads, multiple interchangeable hands, and character-specific weapons and accessories.

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J.T. Yost on ‘Bottoms Up’ anthology and indie publishing

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J.T. Yost of Birdcage Bottom Books is issuing an open call for his latest anthology, Bottoms Up — and if you submit a story, he promises he won’t tell anyone who you are.

Why the anonymity? The theme of Bottoms Up is hitting rock bottom, that moment when you realize things are out of control, right before you get clean and sober and take control of your life again. Because he’s looking for gut-wrenching honesty about something most folks aren’t proud of, Yost has put out a call for entries that allows writers to submit stories anonymously. The stories will be passed along to a pool of artists, who can choose which ones they want to illustrate; the artists will be credited.

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It’s Mech Vs. Tech as Optimus Prime takes Iron Man to ‘Super Power Beat Down’

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While Japan once cornered the pop culture market on massive robotic fights, Western action franchises have staked a claim to the title in recent years – and the biggest names in American mech have inspired the latest installment of “Super Power Beat Down.”

The web series created by animation studio Bat in the Sun is back with their version of Optimus Prime Vs. Tony Stark. It may never be enough to curb the endless “Who would win?” debates in comic shops across the country, but at the very least the video delivers some massive explosions. Check it out after the jump.

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Comics A.M. | Farm News fires cartoonist Rick Friday amidst comic strip controversy

The cartoon Rick Friday claims got him fired from Farm News

The cartoon Rick Friday claims got him fired from Farm News

Political Cartoons | Farm News has ended Rick Friday’s gig as its editorial cartoonist, and Friday says he was fired because an advertiser complained about one of his cartoons. In the cartoon, a farmer comments that “In year 2015, the CEOs of Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, and John Deere combined made more money than 2129 Iowa farmers.” The publisher and editor of Farm News declined to comment on why they let Friday go, and spokespeople from DuPont and Monsanto said they were not aware of the cartoon. But on his Facebook page, Friday wrote, “Apparently a large company affiliated with one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon was insulted and cancelled their advertisement with the paper, thus, resulting in the reprimand of my editor and cancellation of It’s Friday cartoons after 21 years of service and over 1090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa.” [Des Moines Register]

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Relive ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Through Adorable Emojis

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Disney has created an adorable tribute to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” via its “As Told by Emoji” video series.

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Greg Capullo meets Bruce Timm in amazing gallery of New 52/Animated Series mash-ups

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Last week, fans said goodbye (for now) to Batman artist Greg Capullo who after completing nearly 50-issues of the Dark Knight’s flagship series walked away as a key part of the most productive, longest-running DC Comics’ New 52 creative team.

But one internet artist in particular gave Capullo a particularly animated goodbye over the past several weeks. As part of his Instagram feed, illustrator Rick Celis created an homage to each of Capullo’s 47 Batman covers in the style of Bruce Timm and company’s classic Batman: The Animated Series cartoon.

The mash-up not only revisited the designs and illustrations of Scott Snyder’s partner in crime. It also reveled in an insane level of detail to connect the New 52 and animated takes on Batman’s world. From Mark Hamill’s Joker putting on the freaky “Death of the Family” skin mask to the jawline of Timm’s Commissioner Gordon showing up for the “Superheavy” era to an all-star animated Justice League, Celis nailed the little details of the entire project. Check out the artist’s full gallery of cover homages after the jump.

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Bearded Ollie returns with Mezco’s new One:12 Collective Green Arrow figure

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For those of you longing for the good old days when Green Arrow had a goatee, rejoice — the fan-favorite look has returned, thanks to the latest addition to Mezco Toyz’s One:12 Collective line of figures, which sees Oliver Queen back with facial hair.

Currently available for pre-order, the figure is being sold for $75 USD and releases this fall. 1:12 scaled and highly realistic, the latest Mezco Green Lantern figure comes with 32 points of articulation, fabric clothing and an adjustable hood. Take a look at some pics below:

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