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Crazy Foam heads back to the tub, with DC Comics characters

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By admitting you remember Crazy Foam, the shaving cream-like kids’ soap, you’re likely dating yourself, but let’s take that risk. Why? Because, like Underoos, Crazy Foam is back — and with DC Comics characters once again on the cans.

Launched in 1965 by American Aerosol Company, Crazy Foam was intended to make bath time fun for kids. As the parade of television commercials throughout the ’70s and ’80s demonstrated, children could spray copious amounts of Crazy Foam — on themselves, on walls or one each other — from colorful canisters featuring the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Popeye. Instant fun!

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It’s Hulk vs. Hulkbuster in LEGO’s Comic-Con sculpture

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LEGO always makes an impression at Comic-Con International with its enormous brick sculptures created by Master Builders. For this year’s display, the toymaker is calling in the heavy hitters — namely, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor.

MTV News has the first look at the sculptures, which recreate that memorable moment from Avengers: Age of Ultron when the battling Hulk and Iron Man punch each other, creating a sonic boom.

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Ain’t no thing like this Rocket Raccoon backpack, except this

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Whether you’re off to save the galaxy or simply heading to class (or, y’know, a convention), this Rocket Raccoon Backpack Buddy seems like the appropriate — and appropriately adorable — accessory.

Sold exclusively by ThinkGeek, the officially licensed backpack features plush head, arms, feet and tail, and a zipped compartment that measures 9.75 inches by 8 inches. Although it’s not intended to hold electronics, the website notes the backpack can fit an iPad2.

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Ming Doyle talks ‘Constantine,’ writing and collaboration

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Best known for her work as an artist on such comics as Mara, The Kitchen and Young Avengers, Ming Doyle has a handful of writing credits on her resume. However, none is as high-profile, or as large-scale, as her latest collaboration, co-writing DC Comics’ new Constantine: The Hellblazer with James Tynion IV.

Drawn by Riley Rossmo, the series launched just last month, with the goal of taking the occult investigator “back to what he was at the start — a young, sexy, dangerous, bad dude.”

Ahead of the release of the second issue, we caught up with Doyle to talk about Constantine, working with collaborators Tynion and Rossmo, storytelling and more.

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Admit it, Batman’s fighting style is pretty ridiculous

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Batman is a a genius, a master tactician, the World’s Greatest Detective and a multi-billionaire, but it’s his skills as a hand-to-hand combatant that are the most impressive. Or is that most ridiculous?

The folks at Corridor Digital showcase the Dark Knight’s reality-defying fighting style in this funny new video, which begins with the “Classic Backhand” knockout before descending into the move ludicrous. If you buy that move, then how about the “Stealth Backhand” or “Foggy Knight”? And just wait until you get a look at “Around the World.”

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Comics A.M. | Bechdel’s ‘Fun Home’ soars up bookstore chart

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From “Fun Home”

Graphic novels | The 70th volume of Naruto topped the June BookScan graphic novel charts, followed by Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and the 23rd volume of The Walking Dead.  The rise up the chart by Bechdel’s celebrated 2006 memoir can probably be chalked up to its musical adaptation, which opened in January on Broadway and earned five Tony Awards. [ICv2]

Conventions | Lisa Halverstat rounds up some facts about Comic-Con International, including the number of attendees at the first Comic-Con (100), the number of scheduled events (2,040) and the amount of money con-goers are expected to spend in San Diego ($80.4 million, or $619 per person). [Voice of San Diego]

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DC is recruiting for Gang of Harleys at Comic-Con

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Do you have what it takes to join the Gang of Harleys?

Harley Quinn collaborators Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will host the first “Great Harley Quinn Cosplayer Showdown” Friday at the DC Entertainment booth at Comic-Con International.

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Unable find his daughter a Ms. Marvel costume, this dad made one

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When his comics-loving daughter was invited to a superhero-themed birthday party, one geek dad set out to buy the 6-year-old a Ms. Marvel costume, only to be disappointed when he couldn’t find one. None of the alternatives — Spider-Girl, Captain America, pink Spider-Girl — would do, so he broke out the sewing machine and made a Kamala Khan outfit himself. The result, as you can see, is just about perfect.

In an open letter to Marvel, Captain Milkshake lists all of the materials and their prices (the dress was marked down, so all told the project cost about $49), but also makes an appeal for more girl-inclusive merchandise.

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Boba Fett fan film draws on ‘Star Wars’ Western influences

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Among George Lucas’ myriad influences for Star Wars was the 1968 Sergio Leone classic Once Upon a Time in the West, so it’s only fitting that Eric Raunio should embrace spaghetti Westerns for his short film “Boba Fett: The Twelve Parsec Stare.”

All the elements are in place as the mysterious bounty hunter tracks his target to a dusty saloon in a remote space port, where a banged-up little droid event whistles and chirps a bit of Ennio Morricone’s theme to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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‘Avatar’ and ‘Korra’ co-creator to make graphic novel debut

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Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko will make his graphic novel debut with Threadworlds, a sci-fi series to be published by First Second.

Scheduled to debut in 2017, Threadworlds is set on a group of five planets that share a single orbit, each with its own intelligent species and level of technology. The story centers on Nova, a stubborn and brilliant young scientist from one of the most primitive worlds who refuses to adhere to the rules of a superstitious, oppressive empire that forbids girls to read and write. The series will follow a chain reaction of scientific discovers from planet to planet that sweep up Nova in a journey.

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See every Justice League member ever in this DC video montage

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DC Entertainment celebrates the Justice League with this new video spotlighting every Justice Leaguer ever (or so they say), from the introduction of the team in 1960’s The Brave and the Bold #28 to the addition of Power Ring in 2014’s Justice League #35.

As usual with these kinds of compilations, there likely will be a chorus of “But they forgot.” For instance, much of the roster of Justice League Dark is absent from the list — Phantom Stranger, Zatanna and Zauriel were in earlier incarnations of the League — but maybe they don’t count.

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‘Attack on Titan’ board game coming from Cryptozoic

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Cryptozoic Entertainment will release a board game based on the hit manga and anime Attack on Titan.

Designed by Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc (Terror in Meeple City) and produced with Don’t Panic, the game employs a new mechanic, in which the Titan piece is a vertical element, and the hero pieces climb in an effort to topple him.

Prototypes were demonstrated over the weekend at Anime Expo in Los Angeles and at Japan Expo in Paris. The game is targeted for release in 2016.

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Japan accepts challenge to glorious giant-robot battle

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The mecha duel is on!

Mere days after being challenged by U.S.-based MegaBots to a showdown between giant piloted fighting robots, Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industry has accepted, and then promptly raised the stakes.

“We can’t let another country win this,” Suidobashi founder Kogoro Kurata says in his response video (after talking a bit of smack, naturally). “Giant robots are Japanese culture. Yeah, I’ll fight. Absolutely.”

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Comics A.M. | Audience ‘hungry’ for diverse characters, DiDio says

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Comics | In advance of a radio show titled “White Men in Capes,” to be broadcast Tuesday, BBC News looks at diversity in comics and finds it lacking; as DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio says, there “doesn’t seem to really be a proper representation of ethnic characters across the entire industry.” He talks about DC’s efforts to bring diversity to its line, and he explains why: “There’s a very hungry audience, excited audience and the reason why we know that exists is because we go to the conventions and we hear from our stores and you hear the make-up of the people shopping in those stores.” [BBC News]

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‘The Simpsons’ meets ‘Akira’ in ‘Bartkira’ animated trailer

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Ryan Humphrey had no way of knowing that his Simpsons/Akira mashup would inspire James Harvey to spearhead Bartkira, an ambitious — epic, even — jam project in which hundreds of artists would recreate every page from Katsuhiro Otomo’s pioneering cyberpunk manga using characters from Matt Groening’s beloved animates series. That, in turn, led international art shows. Now add to the chain Bartkira: The Animated Trailer.

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