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Watch ‘Man at Arms’ forge Loki’s staff with glorious purpose

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Nearly a year and a half after Man at Arms took up Thor’s hammer, Man at Arms: Recharged sets out to recreate Loki’s staff (aka the Chitauri scepter) from Marvel’s The Avengers.

It’s a labor-intensive process — would we expect anything less? — that yields impressive results, even if the staff doesn’t quite match the one from the Marvel Studios film.

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Marvel recruits Italian soccer stars for ‘Age of Ultron’ promo spot

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Never let it be said that Disney and Marvel Studios don’t know their market. To help promote the release this week of Avengers: Age of Ultron in Italy, they enlist a quartet of soccer stars.

For the promo spot Juventus Football Club’s Andrea Pirlo gets a boost from some custom Stark technology, Arturo Vidal sports an eye patch (and, apparently, moves) like Nick Fury, and Claudio Marchisio slings Captain America’s shield to block Giorgio Chiellini’s kick.

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Pamper your skin with a creepy ‘Attack on Titan’ face pack

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Being the Colossal Titan has its advantages. I mean, you’re a 200-foot-tall human-eating giant, so you can do pretty much anything you want. Plus, without any pesky skin to contend with, you’re not troubled by acne or an oily forehead.

And now, thanks to the Japanese fashion magazine VoCE, you too can be privy to the beauty tips of Attack on Titan. Crunchyroll reports the June issue comes complete with a “skin-rejuvenating face pack” that looks like the Colossal Titan from the hit manga, anime and (soon) live-action movies.

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‘Star Wars’ fan creates his own working BB-8 droid

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The breakout star of the too-short teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 made a splash over the weekend at Star Wars Celebration. However, before the little droid took the stage in Anaheim, California, one Star Wars fan had already brought his own version of the adorable little droid to life.

Much like Disney CEO Bob Iger, industrial designer Christian Poulsen looked to Colorado startup Sphero to help bring BB-8 to life. Using one of the company’s smartphone-controlled robotic balls as a foundation, Poulsen added polyurethane foam, magnets and spray paint and came up with a miniature version of the droid he was looking for.

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Stop-motion Baby Groot scores James Gunn seal of approval

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The Dancing Baby Groot sequence from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy sparked a pop-culture sensation that launched a seemingly endless parade of merchandise and introduced a new generation (or two) to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” It also inspired stop-motion filmmakers Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe to collaborate on a new video.

Using a hand-drawn background and more than 1,000 photos of Hot Toys 1/4th-scale Groot and Marvel Legends 6-inch Drax, Roberts spent “dozens of hours” to recreate that scene (with a Jackson 5 cover by Denver Duncan). The result caught the attention of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who commented this morning on their YouTube page, and then tweeted his appreciation for their work.

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On the frontlines of World War II heroines with Trina Robbins

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Comics historian Trina Robbins is taking a look back at World War II heroines and the female artists who created them in Babes in Arms: Women in the Comics During the Second World War, to be released later this year by Hermes Press.

Clocking in at more than 300 pages, the book collects the wartime comics of four female cartoonists: Barbara Hall, Jill Elgin, Lily Renee and Fran Hopper. Some might call them the original Carol Corps, but I like to borrow a name from one of Hall’s earliest comics, Girl Commandos.

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Photos of newborn superheroes will melt even a villain’s icy heart

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When the call went out at BoredPanda for readers to submit “a cute photo of your baby showing their (or their parents’) true nerdy colors,” I’m not sure anyone was prepared for the avalanche of adorableness about to be unleashed. Because, honestly, how could you be ready for an actual Baby Groot (who probably won’t be dancing for several months yet), or a pint-sized Ninja Turtle, complete with pizza slices?

While I’ve spotlighted many of the superhero-themed photos, the BoredPanda thread also features plenty of babies representing Harry Potter, Star Wars and video game fandom.

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Comics A.M. | Calgary Expo ejects GamerGate-affiliated group

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Conventions | Calgary Expo organizers asked an exhibitor to leave after learning the group had misrepresented itself and is affiliated with GamerGate. The group, Honey Badger Radio, raised money through crowdfunding to set up a booth at the convention, but registered under a different name (as explained on the crowdfunding site, they were in “stealth mode”). At the convention, the exhibitor displayed a poster with a GamerGate logo and monopolized the Q&A session at a panel on women in comics. In a statement released on Twitter, the event organizers said, “The Calgary Expo is a positive and safe event for everyone. We have reason to believe that the Exhibitor in question does not fall in line with this mandate … so we have politely requested that they not participate in our show or future shows.” [The Mary Sue]

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‘Batman v Superman’ trailer gets a retro makeover

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If you had hoped against all hope for a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer that wasn’t utterly bleak, you have my condolences. However, YouTube user Bobby Burns has found a way to make the footage a little bit lighter: just add Adam West and Christopher Reeve.

For his parody of the Warner Bros. trailer, Burns retains the sound from the original, but replaces the footage with scenes from the Reeves Superman films and the 1966 Batman movie. Sure, the voiceover is still pretty grim, but it’s difficult not to smile at the Caped Crusader running to dispose of an enormous bomb …

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Store Tour | Escape Pod Comics in Huntington Village, New York

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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.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit FindAComicShop.com

Today’s store is Escape Pod Comics, located at 302 Main St. in Huntington Village, New York, on the north shore of Long Island. We spoke with co-owner Menachem Luchins.

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Own A piece of punk cartooning history with William Stout’s ‘Rock N Roll High School’ poster art

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Though his initial days as an illustrator of sci-fi and counter culture comic books and strips were mostly behind him as the 1980s approached, William Stout continued to leave a mark on American cartooning via his many movie posters. Proliferating during the heyday of VHS, the artist’s work on features like Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards and Monty Python’s Life of Brian are burned into the brains of a generation of junk culture aficionados.

Now fans of Stout or the first big wave of American punk rock can own an iconic piece of his art in the form of the original illustration for the 1979 cult classic Rock N Roll High School. Produced by Roger Corman, the teenage send-up gave the Ramones some of their widest exposure ever and launched a best-selling soundtrack album.

Heritage Auctions has the poster art live on eBay through this weekend. With a starting bid of $2,400, it’s likely that the winner will have to pay out more than the Ramones ever made off the door at CBGB’s. But it might be worth it if you care about history.

Shelf Porn | Another ‘spin’ through Rich’s collection

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn. Today we take our second look through Rich’s shelves, who first submitted them a couple years ago and asked for recommendations on how to display his Hot Toys … and now you can see what he ultimately did with them.

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.

And now here’s Rich …

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Timm’s ‘Justice League: Gods & Monsters’ inspires action figure line

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Bruce Timm’s Justice League: Gods & Monsters, the direct-to-video animated feature the re-envisions Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in a darker, alternate universe, won’t just spawn a comics prequel. The DC Universe Original Movie has inspired a line of action figures as well.

DC Collectibles has unveiled a first look at the 7-inch figures from the first wave, arriving this fall: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (although in Gods & Monsters, none of them is the hero fans have come to know). As you can see in the images below, each features interchangeable hands, while Batman also comes with an alternate, unmasked head, and Wonder Woman with her sword.

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Ignore the drool, Mike Norton’s ‘Battlepug’ has its own brew for C2E2

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Chicago’s Arcade Brewery has partnered with cartoonist Mike Norton to create Battlepug, a hoppy brown ale inspired by his Eisner Award-winning webcomic.

The beer, which boasts a label drawn by Norton and the slogan “A Hoppy Brown Ale You’ll Drool Over,” will debut next week, just in time for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.

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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ unleashes first trailer

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Direct from Star Wars Celebration comes the first full-length trailer for Star Wars Battlefront, the highly anticipated action game arriving Nov. 17 from DICE and Lucasfilm.

The third entry in the series, Battlefront allows players to immerse themselves in epic Star Wars battles, firing blasters, riding speeder bikes and even piloting TIE Fighters and the Millennium Falcon in locations ranging from Hoth to Endor to Tatooine. They’ll also be able to play as some of the most memorable characters from the original movie trilogy.

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