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This Iron Man helmet is actually a Bluetooth speaker

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Many comic book and movie collectibles do little more than collect dust on a shelf, but this life-size Iron Man XLIII helmet replica looks good and serves an actual purpose: It’s a wireless Bluetooth speaker.

Available for preorder for $449, it comes equipped with a 15W, 82mm subwoofer and two 3W, 40mm speakers, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and a 3.5mm jack, in case you just want to plug into your smartphone or MP3 player. It also features light-up eyes.

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The Incredible Hulk is a big baby in New York City mural

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Photos by Robert Stribley

It’s been said the Hulk acts like a baby as he reverts to his base instincts, but now one artist has actually transformed the Green Goliath into one.

Artist Ron English recently completed a mural in New York City called Temper Tot that depicts Hulk as a baby — or a baby as the Hulk, depending on how you look at it. Behind the baby Hulk is an American flag collage that English calls his Propoganda series. An earlier version of the piece can still be seen on the Lower East Side on Mulberry Street.

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It’s love, convention-style, in heartwarming webcomic

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Couples get together over shared interests, and meetings at conventions aren’t uncommon — but they can be something, special as Zen Pencils cartoonist Gavin Aung Than illustrates in this heartwarming Star Wars-themed comic.

It’s based on a quote by Robert Fulghum from his book True Love. Check out part of the comic below, and read the entire story at Zen Pencils.

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Steve Lightle goes ‘Justin Zane’ for new webcomic

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Veteran creator Steve Lightle is busy contributing covers to DC Comics, but also spending much of his time on a new series, Justin Zane. Described as a comic “set in the future but made for the NOW!,” Justin Zane is a sci-fi romp reminscent more of Barbarella than Lightle’s work on The Legion of Super-Heroes.

Centering on a patient who adopts the name Justin Zayne while under the care of psychiatrist Glimmer Starborn, involves a TV host named Catrina Fellina, rock bands called the Idle Reich, and more. Part of an effort by Lightle to control his own destiny and creativity, Justine Zane is in need of support on Patreon.

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The Joker’s new tattoos explained in animated send-up

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Despite all of the teasing by Suicide Squad director David Ayer and star Jared Leto, the unveiling of the heavily tattooed Joker on Friday still caught a lot of fans by surprise. While we’re no closer to understanding what led the filmmaker to arrive at that look, FilmCow may be able to offer insight into the thinking of the Clown Prince of Crime.

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Ty Templeton recovering after heart attack: ‘I’m not dead yet’

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After suffering a massive heart attack less than two weeks ago, writer/artist Ty Templeton is home from the hospital with a new Bun Toons strip that both pokes fun at his health scare and underscores just how serious it was.

“Last week I died three times,’ he wrote in Saturday’s strip, which purports to be a Daredevil primer. “That’s pretty goddamn frightening.” In the text below, Templeton added, “I’m not kidding about dying three times, by the way … I’ve now checked out more times that Professor X during a summer crossover, and I don’t seem to have any insight into the experience.

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‘Sesame Street’ parodies ‘The Avengers’ in ‘Age of Bon Bon’

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Sesame Street is back with another flawless pop-culture parody, this time taking aim at Marvel’s The Avengers in Age of Bon Bon, which doesn’t cast Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the best light.

Faced with a foe determined to destroy all healthy vegetables, six of the planet’s greatest heroes — and most terrible puns — come together in the Battle of New York: Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, the Mighty Corn and Zuchin-eye. Alas, Dr. Brownie initially lacks the focus to carry out the Aveggies’ not-so-brilliant plan (hey, it is children’s educational television). And Zuchin-eye? He doesn’t get respect in any universe.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Dragon Ball’s’ Akira Toriyama to write new manga

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Manga | Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is writing a new series, to be illustrated by Video Girl Ai artist Masakazu Katsura. The series will run in Young Jump magazine in Japan. [Anime News Network]

Libraries | Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s YA graphic novel This One Summer was the first graphic novel to be named a Caldecott Honor Book, but being a pioneer isn’t easy: Because the Caldecott Medal honors illustrators, most librarians think of Caldecott honor books as being for younger readers. Answering a complaint from a librarian, Pat Scales, former chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, points out that the Caldecott Medal is awarded to books for readers up to age 14, and that This One Summer is generally regarded as an eighth grade book—so it qualifies, but it is an unusual case. [School Library Journal]

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A cappella group celebrates Mortal Kombat X by singing classic theme song

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The Warp Zone are back. Yes, those nerdy a cappella dudes who jammed the earworm that is the X-Men: The Animated Series theme song back into your head have returned with more geeked out harmonies.

This time, the quintet have decided to celebrate the release of Mortal Kombat X by tackling the lasting techno theme song from the original series. Sure, some of the adrenaline-pumping power of the original version is a bit lost in the little “doot-doots,” but it’s still pretty fun. Plus, their reactions to the fatality at the end are exactly how I feel every time I see one of the new death scenes. Brutal.

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Store Tour | The Comic Room in Toronto

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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s new weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Think of it as the retailer version of Shelf Porn. Each Sunday we’ll feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit FindAComicShop.com

This week’s store is The Comic Room, located at 659 McCowan Road in Toronto, Ontario, at the intersection of McCowan and Lawrence Avenue East. We spoke with manager Sean Clement.

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Shelf Porn | A video tour of Paul’s collection

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! We’ve got something a little different today, as Paul Aponte from the podcast “Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie” shares his collection via video, rather than still images. Watch Paul introduce his collection of Superman stuff, action figures and more.

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.

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‘Dark Knight’ meets ‘Akira’ in car that splits into two motorcycles

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If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic and fantasized you could split off a motorcycle from your car, Dark Knight-style, to race to your destination, you may be in luck. Well, some day.

Combining the functionality of Batman’s Tumbler and Batpod with the aesthetics of Kaneda’s bike from Akira and the Spinner from Blade Runner, the Lane Splitter concept design from Fast Company’s Mark Wilson and Argodesign is a car that converts into two functioning motorcycles.

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Halfway between 2D and 3D, there’s 2.5D

Attack 00 Gakuen 25DManga and anime fans are known for their love of two-dimensional girls, but artist Muneo Saito is rounding things out a bit without going overboard: To create his “2.5D” comic Attack 00 Gakuen 2.5D, he arranges flat cutouts in three-dimensional space.

RocketNews 24 has a detailed explanation of how Saito, who is the artist for the manga Pokémon Gold and Silver Golden Boys and was a character artist for several Pokémon anime, creates his comic: He draws the figures, inks them, cuts them out, and attaches them to little clear plastic stands. While the characters are two-dimensional, their surroundings are not; Saito has painstakingly put together a model school with 3D desks and even (my favorite touch) a little model wastebasket with carefully constructed trash.

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The Hero Initiative taps into Gravity No. 9 craft beer fundraiser

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Following the initial announcement last month by Boom Island Brewing Company, The Hero Initiative has revealed more details about the debut of the craft beer Gravity No. 9 at Wizard World Minneapolis.

The Belgian strong features a label specially designed by Fables creator Bill Willingham to support the organization, which helps to provide a financial safety net for creators in need.

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Beware the Court of Owls, even at the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Apparently not content to operate behind the scenes of Gotham City, the Court of Owls was spotted Wednesday night attempting to infiltrate the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We can only guess what the ancient cabal had planned: An assassination to change the direction of the NHL? The kidnapping of a future Talon?

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