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Fun Home, the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir, this morning scored 12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, tying with An American in Paris to lead the field.
Adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, the stage production, like the graphic novel, is an account of Bechdel’s childhood with a closeted gay father, his apparent suicide and her own coming out as a lesbian.
Disney and Marvel have reached a settlement with a Pennsylvania theater in a copyright- and trademark-infringement case that unexpectedly turned into another front in their legal battle with Stan Lee Media.
Law360 reports American Music Theatre has agreed to stop using Spider-Man and other Disney properties without permission, bringing to an end a September 2013 lawsuit over the musical revue Broadway: Now and Forever. If the Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based theater violates the permanent injunction and consent order filed Thursday, it must pay $25,000 in actual or liquidated damages per work, plus attorneys’ fees.
“I didn’t get to be the world’s greatest cameo actor overnight,” Stan Lee explains. “It took years of hard work.”
And in this new comedy short from Audi, the legendary comics creator turned master of cameo acting passes his knowledge of a new generation, which includes Michael Rooker, Kevin Smith, Tara Reid and Jason Mewes.
Agence France-Presse reports the move comes as Russian authorities seek to purge the capital of swastikas and other Nazi insignias ahead of May 9, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over German forces in World War II. Raids have already been conducted on toy and antique shops, and bookstore owners are anticipating similar actions.
Of course, Art Spiegelman’s celebrated Maus, released in Russia in 2013, isn’t “Nazi propaganda”; it’s pointedly anti-fascist, telling a story about the horrors of Nazism. However, bookstore owners appear to be erring on the side of caution, figuring the large swastika on the cover is enough to make the title — and retailers — a target.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.