DC Comics Reveals Full "Rebirth" Cast of Characters
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” gave audiences plenty of in-atmosphere dogfights between X-wings and TIE fighters, something that had rarely been seen before. Now, the crew at Corridor Digital have taken that idea one step further by creating epic dogfight videos using drones, GoPros, 3D-printed cockpits and “Star Wars” figures.
Using drones from Rotor Riot, the Corridor Digital team filmed GoPro footage of drones going head to head in the skies. They then 3D-printed some X-wing and TIE fighter cockpits, filmed them making all the moves separately, and mashed the footage together for a jaw-dropping action sequence. There’s even a surprise Sith reveal at the end.
Later this year, “Pokémon” fans will be able to embark on a new journey with “Monopoly: Pokémon – Johto Edition,” a new Monopoly board game that boasts all eight gyms and gym leaders from the hit television show.
According to PidgiPress, “players will travel through all eight Gyms and battle Gym leader Pokémon. Trainer Battle and Professor Elm cards might reward you for Pokémon encounters, or bring an unexpected surprise as players join Pikachu and friends on an adventure through the Johto region.”
Manga | Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team behind the Legend of Zelda manga, hinted on their Facebook page last week that Viz would license the English-language version of their new series, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Viz refused to confirm the license, but given that they published the earlier Legend of Zelda manga (which they are planning to reissue as two-in-one omnibus editions), and the Japanese publisher of the series, Shogakukan, is one of Viz’s parent companies, it would be odd if they didn’t get the license. [Anime News Network]
Retailing | The owners of Lauderdale Comics in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are working hard to make their store welcoming to customers who are on the autism spectrum. “It’s important to understand what the barriers and triggers are to reach people with autism without overwhelming them,” says co-owner Stacey Giulianti. That concern goes beyond the physical layout of the store: All staff will be trained in autism sensitivity, and the owners hope to hire people with autism to work there as well. [SouthFlorida.com]
Comics | Sabrina Vourvoulias talks to three movers and shakers in the black comics scene: Bill Campbell, owner of Rosarium Publishing; Arielle Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse; and writer Mikki Kendall. The article, which was written in advance of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention but casts a much wider net, ends with a list of suggested reading. [Philly Magazine]
Comics | Sheena Howard (the first black woman to win an Eisner award) looks at at the rising prominence of black women in comics and discusses Julianna “Jewels” Smith’s (H)afrocentric, which won a Glyph Award at ECBACC. [Huffington Post]
Political Cartoons | Three political cartoonists, Marshall Ramsey, Darrin Bell and Gary Varvel, discuss their coverage of the presidential campaign. [Here and Now]
Passings | John Freeman pays tribute to Stewart Perkins (a.k.a. WR Logan), a comics fan who had a huge impact on British comics; he founded Class of ’79, a 2000AD newsgroup and fanzine, provided inspiration for many creators, and was himself a character in Judge Dredd—Judge Logan is named for him. Perkins was so knowledgeable that John Wagner himself used to check facts with him, and Freeman also pays tribute to his “quiet generosity”: “I have read the comments of many people online mentioning how, when they mentioned a comic they’d like to read on a forum, having Stewart send it to them, free of charge and with no fuss.” [Down the Tubes]
Creators | New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast talks about the New York roots of her humor. [Times of Israel]
Creators | Tom Hart talks about his graphic novel Rosalie Lightning, the story of his daughter and of his grief after she died unexpectedly at the age of two. [Mutha Magazine]
Comics | Thomas Maluck discusses why spoilers matter, and he actually looks at two studies; one concluded that “What the plot is is (almost) irrelevant. The pleasure is in the writing,” but the other, which was inspired by the first, found that “unspoiled stories were more fun and suspenseful. Surprisingly, unspoiled stories were also more moving and enjoyable in general.” [Panels]
From the Batusi to “Batdance,” Batman is no stranger to busting a move. That’s what makes the superhero the perfect foil for the City of Monroe Police in their Running Man Challenge video. Posted to the police department’s Facebook page, the clip shows the Georgia police in pursuit of the Dark Knight. When he gets cornered by the boys in blue, Batman deploys his most efficient defense: his smooth moves.
We’ve seen 1977’s Star Wars retold with gorgeous papercraft, adorable Tsum Tsum plushies and, some would argue, with The Force Awakens. However, this may be the first time it’s done with an infographic.
And it’s not just any infographic. It’s a glorious 123-meter “infinite scroll” work of art by illustrator and graphic novelist Martin Panchaud, whose two areas of expertise combine to recount the entire story using impressively detailed recreations of ships and weapons, dialogue, and little colored dots to represent characters.
On the heels of Preacher‘s fiery — and much-talked-about — television debut, Funko has unveiled its first Pop! vinyl figures. At least we hope they’re only the first, because Tulip O’Hare is nowhere to be seen.
We will, however, get a cigarette-smoking Jesse Custer, a heavy-drinking Cassidy, and an Arseface who’s … just too cute for words. Who’d have guessed we’d ever write that?
First Second has announced plans to publish Pénélope Bagieu’s California Dreamin': Cass Elliott Before The Mamas & the Papas, a biography of the singer widely known as Mama Cass.
Elliott was a member of several groups before The Mamas & the Papas, and she struggled to make a career as a singer, once losing a part to Barbara Streisand.
Manga | Rensuke Oshikiri’s romantic comedy manga Hi Score Girl will resume serialization in Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan magazine, after a lengthy hiatus due to copyright issues. The manga was suspended in 2014 after the game company SNK Playmore filed a criminal complaint against Square Enix, claiming the manga used characters from SNK’s games without permission. Copyright violations are taken seriously in Japan: Police raided Square Enix’s offices, and the publisher not only stopped selling the series but issued a recall. Although Square Enix filed a counterclaim, Tokyo police initiated charges against 16 people, including Oshikiri and Square Enix staffers. The parties agreed on a settlement in August 2015. In addition to resuming serialization of the series, Square Enix will publish the sixth volume and new editions of the first five. [Anime News Network]
In a clear, and welcome, sign that merchandising is ramping up for Suicide Squad, no sooner did Tamashii Nations debut itsS.H. Figuarts Joker and Harley Quinn action figures than images and details have surfaced for Medicom’s MAFEX versions.
While we saw the Joker last month, this is our first look at Harley, based on the likeness of actress Margot Robbie. You have to admit, the head sculpts are pretty much spot-on.
Kodansha Comics announced a handful of new licenses Saturday at Anime Central in Chicago, including The Attack on Titan Anime Guidebook and The Attack on Titan Coloring Book. You’ll want to start stocking up on red Crayolas now.
Maroon, Scarlet, Brick Red, English Vermilion, Madder Lake — you’ll likely need them all.
A 9-year-old Cleveland boy was devastated last week when the binder containing his treasured collection of Pokémon cards was stolen right out of his hand as he walked down the sidewalk.
Bryce’s mother called the police, who recovered the binder from a kid in a nearby neighborhood. The only problem is that some of Bryce’s beloved cards were missing — so Officer James Grotenrath gave the boy his own childhood Pokémon collection.
The Glyph Comics Awards, which honor the best black comics creators and characters, were announced Friday night in a ceremony preceding the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia.
Chuck Collins’s webcomic Bounce, a gag comic about two New York bouncers, earned three awards: Best Comic Strip or Webcomic, Rising Star Award,and Fan Award for Best Work. The Story of the Year award went to Revelation: Brotherman – Dictator of Discipline, by writer Guy A. Sims and artist Dawud Anyabwile, and Anyabwile picked up the Best Artist award for that comic as well. (Here’s a great local-news story that gives some backstory on this comic and its creators.)
Tamashii Nations has debuted two new “Suicide Squad” figures for the Joker and Harley Quinn, modelled very closely after Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as they appear in the film.
The figures are being released under the 6″ S.H. Figuarts line, and come with accessories from the film, such as a baseball bat for the Harley figure, and two pink pistols for the Joker.
No further details have been revealed at this time, but it’s likely the figures will sell for somewhere between $79.99 and $94.99 USD each, like other toys in the line.
If those Marvel Tsum Tsum toys can score their own comic, you’d think these equally adorable — and undoubtedly far more delicious — superhero rice balls could do the same.
They’re the creation of Thai food artist Nawaporn Pax Piewpun, aka Peaceloving Pax, who devotes her Instagram feed and Facebook page to “cute foodies” — whimsical rice balls, delightful dumplings and silly dumplings made to resemble characters ranging from Captain America and Superman to Harry Potter and Pikachu.
George Miller’s acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road is a visual feast, from the rich colors to the awe-inspiring landscapes to the jaw-dropping stunts. But few were discussed as often as Doof Warrior and his show-stopping, if wholly impractical, flame-throwing guitar.
Now YouTube inventor Colin Fruze shows you how to make your own — y’know, if you happen to have a fully equipped workshop, a couple of spare blowtorches, and I’m guessing a substantial amount of training. Oh, and an electric guitar, of course.