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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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‘The Marvel Experience’ tour abruptly canceled

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The Marvel Experience, the $30 million high-tech traveling theme park, has abruptly come to the end of the road.

The Associated Press reports the “hyper-reality” show announced Sunday that Philadelphia, intended as the kickoff of its summer tour, will be its only stop. Planned multi-day runs in New York, Chicago and St. Louis have been canceled, but no reason has been given. Refunds will be available.

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Store Tour | Villainous Lair in San Diego

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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we 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

As we barrel toward Comic-Con International, it’s time for a stop in San Diego. This week’s store is Villainous Lair, located at 3220 Adams Ave. We spoke with manager Sara Winchester.

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The Fifth Color | How new and different is Marvel in October?

Howard-the-Duck-590x817Wouldn’t it be nice to reinvent yourself every year? Just toss out all your old clothes, get a new job, take a new direction in life? It’s fun to think about, but really difficult to put into practice; there’s a lot of security in knowing who you are and working a job (you hopefully love) for year after year. We crave consistency but yearn for change. It’s why fiction is so important as an escape, from what comforts us. Heroes can risk it all in these huge, life-changing decisions, and we can watch from the bleachers, cheering them on or judging them harshly.

Let’s get to doing that with the latest all-new, all-different titles at Marvel, arriving in October.

Oh, man. The toughest part of these announcements is the sheer weight of information we get at once. Marvel could reveal these one at a time, but I think that would take away some of the spotlight, as one new title would be forgotten as the next new was announced. Instead, we get this 45-title avalanche showcasing a variety of new books and looks for our favorite heroes and villains, leaving people like Yours Truly to sort it all into manageable chunks. How do we parse all of this?

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This stunning Hulkbuster may have all those other figures beat

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Due to its big-screen debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, there have been a lot of collectibles based on Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor — a lot. However, few are quite as cool-looking as this Re:Edit Hulkbuster figure from Japanese collectible company Sentinel International.

Like the Marvel Select figure, this one eschews the Age of Ultron design, and instead draws inspiration from the comic books. But while Diamond Toys stayed true to the armor’s roots, Sentinel gives the suit a bit of a makeover, adding plenty of LED lights, and what looks to be exhaust pipes (rocket launchers? I don’t know). As a bonus, the head opens to reveal Iron Man inside (alas, not a full, second figure.)

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Dispute over ‘Comic Con’ name is heading to court

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Settlement talks have stalled between the organizers of Comic-Con International and Salt Lake Comic Con, which means the dispute over the “Comic Con” trademark may end up being resolved in federal court.

According to the Deseret News, a judge has given the two parties until the end of the month to schedule pretrial hearings. However, Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Bryan Brandenburg says a settlement is still possible.

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Comics A.M. | Tokyopop announces publishing relaunch

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Manga | Tokyopop announced Thursday at Anime Expo that it will return to publishing new manga from Japan, and it has also acquired some anime licenses. In addition, it is launching an app, PopComics, that will allow users to upload and share their own comics. Tokoyopop was the largest manga publisher in the United States at the height of the manga boom, but it closed down its publishing program in 2011. In the past few years it has been making a slow-motion comeback, selling some of its properties as e-books and print-on-demand books and publishing three new volumes of Hetalia: Axis Powers. [Anime News Network]

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