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‘Batmetal Returns,’ with lots of head-banging (and -smashing)

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Editor’s Note: This video contains mature (and violent) content.

It’s not always easy when you follow a band that’s, say, less than prolific; the wait between release, and tours, can seem unbearable. So pity fans of Batman and the Children of Batman, who haven’t performed since July 2014’s “Batmetal.”

But now Gotham’s finest head-bangers are back with — what else? — “Batmetal Returns,” a no-holds-barred cover of Dethklok’s “Murmaider” that sees horrible things done to beloved childhood favorites Ariel, SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward and Nemo. Oh, and Aquaman, who’s their undersea captive.

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Office workers awaken the Force with ‘Star Wars’ Post-It murals

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Inspired by Ben Brucker’s amazing superhero office murals, a team of employees from the U.K. office supply company Viking Direct set out with several thousand Post-It notes and a mission: to create a series of Star Wars-themed murals.

The result is as fun and colorful as you might expect, with R2-D2, Yoda, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper rendered using 3,597 Post-Its in an enviable assortment of colors. “If we laid all the notes end-on-end it would stretch 899 feet!” the company adds. The murals took four people about five hours to complete.

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120,000-brick LEGO Erebor will tower over any Hobbit (or Dwarf)

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It took LEGO enthusiast Michał Kaźmierczak seven months and 55,000 bricks to create a replica of the iconic gates to the Dwarven kingdom of Erebor from The Hobbit. It was a massive undertaking that would’ve satisfied most any hobbyist. But not Kaźmierczak.

No, the super-builder decided to take on the interior, too. Now, months (again) later, it’s complete — standing 7 feet tall, stretching 6 feet wide and consuming more than 120,000 bricks total. And it weighs a whopping 286 pounds.

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Boba Fett sets sights on a New Republic in ‘Star Wars’ fan short

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Even after George Lucas nearly ruined him revealed his backstory in the Star Wars prequels, Boba Fett retains a mystique that proves irresistible to fans — and fan-filmmakers. It was only a couple of months ago that the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy was viewed through the lens of a spaghetti Western in “The Twelve Parsec Stare,” and now he’s back as the star of another, more traditional short.

And director Eric Demeusy‘s “Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology” is short: At just one minute and 25 seconds, it’s more like a trailer for a fan film — please let it be a trailer for a fan film! — but it’s pretty great, nonetheless.

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Suspects in alleged Pokemon plot will remain in jail

Kevin Norton, left, and James Stumbo

Kevin Norton, left, and James Stumbo

Two Iowa men suspected of planning a mass shooting last month at the Pokemon World Championships in Boston will be held without bail for the next four months.

Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Joseph Janezic argued today in a dangerousness hearing that Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, weren’t mere ” keyboard commandos,” but instead possessed the capabilities to carry out their alleged online threats.

According to The Boston Globe, the prosecutor was able to sway Judge Thomas C. Horgan, who determined the defendants are too dangerous to be free while they await trial.

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Comics A.M. | Neighbors throw young fan his own comic con

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Fandom | Twelve-year-old Cameron Bippen was  looking forward to attending Tampa Bay Comic Con, but had to miss the event due to unexplained seizures. Following his release from the hospital, Cameron’s neighbors in Riverview, Florida, threw him his own comic convention, complete with costumed guests and a visit from members of the Tampa Bay 501st Star Wars Legion. [Fox 4 News]

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Star Destroyer arrives in San Andreas with this ‘GTA V’ PC mod

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There have been a lot of PC mods for Grand Theft Auto V, but none will likely be more pleasing to Star Wars fans than these two.

TwoDyamic showcases one mod that transforms the video game’s blimp into a Star Destroyer, and another that allows you to go for a ride in Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder.

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Hayao Miyazaki to build children’s nature retreat

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Hayao Miyazaki, the famed filmmaker behind such beloved anime as My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, is spearheading the construction of a nature retreat for children.

According to The Japan Times, the project will be built in a virgin forest on Kumejima Island, about 56 miles west of Okinawa Island. Expected to be completed in 2018, the project will replace existing playground equipment and include a two-story building that can accommodate up to 30 people.

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Compliance isn’t mandatory to purchase these awesome ‘Bitch Planet’ leggings

bitchPlanetBW_side1_2With these new “Bitch Planet” leggings from Bombsheller, you too can now express your non-compliance to the world. The leggings manufacturer has teamed up with Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds Inc. in order to bring you the latest in comic book fashion.

The leggings feature a design by Valentine De Landro, who co-created the Image Comics series “Bitch Planet” with DeConnick. The symbol stands for “non-compliant,” which — in the not-so-distant future of “Bitch Planet’s” world — is a term applied to women who don’t comply with its societal standards for women. Non-compliant women are sent to an off-planet prison for offenses as simple as rejecting commonly accepted beauty practices.

In an effort to make these leggings available for every fan, DeConnick and Bombsheller are running a beta test for sizes up to 6XL. “When Kelly Sue DeConnick asked to work with us on a design that would be available through 6XL, we were thrilled to get the chance to put our prototypes to the test,” Bombsheller’s website reads. “Compared to the rest of the fashion industry, Bombsheller is non compliant. We believe you should wear what you want, not what you’re told. Get your girl gang together and celebrate spandex for all bodies.”

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Awesome dad forges Thor’s hammer for his 4-year-old son

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When redditor Crux1836 asked his son what he wanted for his fourth birthday, the boy replied, “A Thor hammer … a real Thor hammer!” And so, like any dutiful dad, Crux1836 headed to the forge, because doesn’t every father have a forge and anvil in his workshop?

As he explains on reddit, he started with a piece of steel square tubing, because it needed to be “something large enough to represent the hammer, but light enough that a 4 year-old could hold it.” He walks through the rest of the process, ending with a fantastic replica of Mjolnir that’s small enough — and light enough — for the birthday boy, but still mighty enough to take on Frost Giants.

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With these ‘Attack on Titan’ dog outfits, giants don’t stand a chance

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It stands to reason that at some point in humanity’s epic life-or-death struggle against the enormous, flesh-eating Titans, dogs are going to have to enter the fray. Cats don’t give a single damn what happens to us, but dogs? They care, and will fight to the death to protect their givers of treats.

That’s where these official Attack on Titan dog costumes come in, presumably. Whether they’re tagging along with you to the next anime convention or simply guarding the walls of your home, now your furry little best friends can dress like a Survey Corps member. They arrive this fall in Japan (about $61 for the Survey Corps uniform, and $31 for the cloak).

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Singapore has its very own Jedi Academy

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Never mind that DC Comics Super Hero Cafe, Singapore’s biggest selling point may be that it has its own Jedi Academy. Seriously.

Established just last year, the Saber Authority — “Your Source For the Force” — teaches lightsaber dueling based on a blend of Asian martial arts. “When it comes to saber dueling, we don’t believe in fictional styles or make-believe combat,” the website states. “We also don’t believe in learning skills that cannot be used in real life or self defense situations. Why spend time learning something that does not help you in any way.”

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Idris Elba stars in fan-made ‘Green Lantern Corps’ trailer

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Although most fans are still scrubbing memories of 2011’s Green Lantern from their minds, YouTuber Alex Luthor is already looking ahead to the planned 2020 reboot Green Lantern Corps.

Using footage from Green Lantern, TRON: Legacy, Pacific Rim, John Carter and other films, he casts Idris Elba as John Stewart and Garrett Hedlund as (presumably) Hal Jordan. The editing is nowhere as polished as some of Alex’s earlier work — some of the heads appear as if they were literally pasted on bodies — but he continues to demonstrate his skill at weaving together an engaging, cohesive narrative.

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Comics A.M. | Meet the son of the real-life Jughead

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Art by Bob Montana

Comics | In possibly the most awesome local-news profile ever, Jeff Linehan of Boxford, Massachusetts, talks about what it’s like to be the son of Jughead: His father, Richard “Skinny” Linehan, was a classmate of Archie creator Bob Montana, and the original model for ol’ Needlenose. The elder Linehan was a classmate of Montana’s at Haverhill High, and Montana is known to have drawn several of the characters from people he knew there. The interview is promoting an upcoming show of Archie memorabilia that will include a screening of the documentary Archie’s Betty, which looks at the real-life inspirations for the Riverdale gang. [Tri-Town Transcript]

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Vampire kick! Marceline boots join ‘Dr. Martens x Adventure Time’

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The announcement of the Adventure Time line of boots from Dr. Martens was made with much fanfare in February, but we nearly missed the stealthy addition of Marceline the Vampire Queen to the line.

Inspired by the 1,000-year-old guitar-playing vampire, the limited-edition design captures a different facial expression on each boot (mouth closed on the right, open wide on the left). Joining the previously released Jake and Finn designs, the Marceline boot is available for women, children and toddlers (prices range from $150 to $105).

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