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Tremble before Tokyo’s new Godzilla statue

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Last week we saw only concept art for the Godzilla statue intended to erupt from the roof of the Toho Cinema in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, but today the full-size head of the King of the Monsters was officially revealed in all its glory.

That statue is what will provide the new 30-story Hotel Gracery, which sits atop the theater, with its Godzilla View Rooms (priced at a reasonable $125 a night).

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Comic heroines enjoy some downtime in Tom Beland’s sketches

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Cartoonist Tom Beland, best known for True Story, Swear to God, has posted a series of sketches showcasing comic book heroines — and in one case anti-heroines — as they enjoy a little time to themselves.

Medusa multitasks while reading the newspaper and Storm whips up a fluffy cloud elephant, while Sue Storm won’t allow a little thing like a multi-pronged attack by villains tear her away from a good book. It’s not all Marvel, though: You’ll also see Alana and Hazel from Saga, and Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy from DC Comics.

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Spider-Man moves to the country in this cute animated short

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Last year, Spider-Man mulled a move to the suburbs in an animated short written by CBR’s own Brett White, but now the wall-crawler has forsaken the hustle and bustle of New York City for the restfulness of the countryside. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, he has trouble adjusting to his surroundings.

In the clever (if all too brief) short from Stodoe Studios, titled “Spider-Man Moves to the Country,” Peter Parker quickly discovers he misses those conveniently placed buildings and street lights.

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El Paso Comic Con ‘canceled indefinitely’

el paso comic conEl Paso Comic Con, once characterized by its founder as “the most scrutinized comic con in the country,” has been canceled “indefinitely.” The event was scheduled for Sept. 4-6.

The announcement arrived this week in a Facebook page, but no explanation was provided.

“We’d like to announce El Paso Comic Con is being cancelled indefinitely,” reads the statement. “We’d like to thank everyone who supported us throughout years … the vendors, the guests, the partners, sponsors, the venues, but most importantly the volunteers and the FANS. We couldn’t have done it without you. It has no doubt been a great ride and a life changing experience. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. As we move forward and get back to our interests and the things we love to do – writing, music, publishing, and our professional ventures – we go shaped by this incredible event. Thank you again for coming along and participating in this life long passion. Remember, it’s not a trend but a culture. It’s a way of life.”

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New ‘Transformers’ Humble Bundle is more than meets the eye

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Humble Bundle has rolled out the second Transformers bundle, with up to $155 worth of IDW Publishing’s comics starring the robots in disguise.

There’s a bit of a catch, however: The offer runs for just one week, ending Wednesday, March 11, at 11 a.m. PT.

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‘Grayson: Earth One’ fan series introduces Jason Todd

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Nine months after the debut of Grayson: Earth One, writer/director Hisonni Johnson is back with the second episode of the fan-produced web series, which reimagines the origin of Nightwing.

Titled “The Boy and the Bullet,” this chapter picks up moments after the previous episode, following young car thief Jason Todd who, “in another life,” becomes the second Robin. However, in this continuity, “Jason is left to navigate America’s most dangerous city in search for purpose, safety and a family to call his own. Unfortunately … he finds one.”

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Brian Churilla goes digital, experiments stylistically for ‘Hellbreak’

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Hellbreak, the upcoming supernatural action series by Cullen Bunn, Brian Churilla and Dave Stewart, marks a departure on two fronts for the illustrator, who not only embarked on a new artistic style but also made the move to digital.

Ahead of the title’s debut next week from Oni Press, Churilla shared with ROBOT 6 a look at his process. It’s particularly interesting to learn that preference for working in blue pencil, as he explains, mostly is due to the influence of the Chip Kidd/Paul Dini Batman Animated art book.

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Oddly NSFW Spider-Man balloon is happy to see you

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At some point in the journey of this Spider-Man balloon, from concept to the production floor to stores, someone probably should’ve pointed out that it looks like the wall-crawler is exposing his amazing friend to the world. But here it — and it — is.

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Comics A.M. | Malaysian police disrupt Zunar book launch

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Legal | Police interrupted a launch event for Malaysian cartoonist Zunar’s latest book, claiming he didn’t have a proper permit. The book, ROS in Kangkongland, makes fun of the Malaysian prime minister’s wife. Zunar tweeted from the event that 20 officers had shown up. “It is ridiculous to have 20 police personnel interfere in this event. This book is not even banned, I don’t even know what offence I have committed,” he said. In the end he shut down the event but told attendees they could order the books online. Zunar is scheduled to speak at the United Nations this week on the topic of freedom of speech. [The Malaysian Insider]

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It’s Goku vs. Frieza in epic ‘Dragon Ball Z’ dance-off

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Before Frieza reveals his new golden form in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F, the iconic villain shows off his fierce dance moves in a new TV commercial for Kirin Beverage’s Mets grape soda.

Already widely considered the most powerful being in the universe, the galactic tyrant demonstrates there’s more to him death and destruction — namely, moves to rival Beyonce. I mean, just look at that choreography and those backup dancers!

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What if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men movie?

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Patrick Willems isn’t the first to wonder what a Wes Anderson-directed X-Men movie might be like, but he may be the first to use that as the premise for his own short film.

While you can quibble with some of the acting, Willems has Anderson’s visual style down pat, from the symmetrical compositions and the use of miniatures to the font choice (Futura) and slow-motion shots.

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‘Adventure Time’ brick figures go up for vote at LEGO Ideas

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If you’ve been wishing that Jake, Finn and the rest of the Adventure Time crew would make the leap to LEGO, this may be your chance.

Brick enthusiast aBetterMonkey has submitted a set of 15 brick-built Adventure Time figures to LEGO ideas, where projects that receive 10,000 votes qualify for review and a chance to be transformed into an official LEGO product.

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Take your relationship to next level with ‘Zelda’ chest, ring box

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Hey! Listen! If you have ideas about proposing to taht gamer in your life, you’d probably score serious points by doing it with this Legend of Zelda-inspired treasure chest, complete with Red Rupee engagement-ring box.

Created by IndyFurniture, the handmade 12-inch by 9-inch by 10-inch chest includes interior lights, and makes an “iconic sound” when opened. It costs $200, so you have to make really sure this person is the Link or Zelda for you.

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Detective Conan is so popular, he now has his own airport

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Superman may welcome arrivals to Cleveland Hopkins International, but now Detective Conan has his own airport.

On Sunday, Japan’s Tottori Airport reopened as Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport, named in honor of the popular manga and anime series Detective Conan (better known in North America as Case Closed). The manga’s creator, Gosho Aoyama, was born in Tottori Prefecture.

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Stan Lee, Michael Uslan team for online course on superheroes

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Stan Lee will join Batman producer Michael Uslan for a free online course that explores the history of comic books and superheroes.

Offered by edX and the Smithsonian Institution, “The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture” examines the factors that led to the Golden Age of comics, the ebb and flow of the genre, the scares of the 1950s, the acceptance of comic books as an artform, and the current popularity of superheroes in television, film and video games.

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