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A stylish Wonder Woman jacket for the everyday superhero

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Although Robert Valley’s stylish, retro animated Wonder Woman didn’t wear a jacket, if she did it would probably look a lot like this new addition to The Jacket Maker’s line of superhero-inspired apparel.

Nowhere near as flashy as the previously released Batgirl jacket — it comes with cape, gloves, belt and pouches — the $270 Wonder Woman jacket is more practical for everyday wear. Made from 100 percent leather, it features quilted viscose lining, a zipper closure and the Wonder Woman logo on the front.

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Meet the Guy With the ‘Dragon Ball’ Hairdo

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Shaquille Dent has emerged over the past couple of days as a social-media sensation for — if you hadn’t already guessed — his sensational Goku-inspired, gravity-defying hair.

Now an animation student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Dent discovered while he was a junior in high school that he could sculpt his hair into enormous spikes. Although his original style was a tribute to Dragon Ball Z, he told BuzzFeed he recently bleached part of his hair as a nod to Yu-Gi-Oh!

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With a Game Boy mini-fridge, you’ll be the coolest kid in the dorm

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My year stuck in the university dorms would’ve been so much more tolerable if I’d only had this amazing Game Boy mini-fridge, and maybe a different roommate.

Called “Cold Boy,” it’s the work of Daniel d’Entremont, aka ModPurist, who transformed a run-of-the-mill dorm refrigerator into a super-sized, playable replica of the classic Nintendo hand-held device. Of course, it’s no longer “hand-held.”

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Mario and Wario, reimagined as iconic comic book rivals

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Talented U.K. designer Rob Lafratta, who once tackled minimalist Ninja Turtles, has created a wonderful series called “Really Super Mario vs. Really Super Wario” that’s pretty much what the title suggests: illustrations of the beloved video-game plumber and his arch-nemesis depicted as famous superhero/supervillain pairings.

Lafratta gives us the mustachioed rivals as everyone from Superman and Lex Luthor to Wolverine and Sabretooth to Wonder Woman and Cheetah.

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Snoopy is getting his own ‘Peanuts’ cafe in Tokyo

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Move over, DC Comics Super Hero Cafe, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang are opening their own restaurant in Tokyo, just in time for the 65th anniversary of Peanuts.

According to Rocket News24, the simply named Peanuts Cafe — “It’s not eating, it’s dining” — will feature an “American West Coast” theme, with a rustic, relaxing atmosphere. Judging by images of some of the dishes, “rustic” is the perfect description, with Beagle Scout S’Mores served in a little cast-iron skillet, and Goose Egg Sliders (a reference to Charlie Brown’s baseball team) presented with a basket of fries.

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Comics A.M. | Four challenges facing the comics industry

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Publishing | Todd Allen pulls the camera way back for a broad look at four challenges facing the comics market: the shift from serial comics to graphic novels, editorial changes at DC Comics and Marvel, and the virtual monopolies that comiXology has in the digital sector and Diamond Comic Distributors has in print. How could that play out? “In the best-case scenario, Marvel’s relaunch sticks with the audience, DC restaffs and regains its footing, the Direct Market retailers embrace risk diversification and increase their stock of independent comics, bookstores continue to expand their graphic novel selections. Comics enter a legitimate golden age. In the worst case, Disney and/or Warner Bros. both tinker with their formula of making monthly print comics and Direct Market retailers face a new and uncertain business model.” [Publishers Weekly]

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WeLoveFine hits the jackpot with new Spider-Verse collection

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Online apparel company WeLoveFine, which debuted a Spider-Gwen collection in May, has expanded with a Spider-Verse line of clothing for men and women inspired by Spider-Man, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, Silk and even more Spider-Gwen.

Available for preorder, the collection by Catherine Elhoffer includes a Spider-Woman moto jacket, based on Kris Anka’s redesign, Silk, Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen Dolman shrugs, a Silk open-front cardigan, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen knit sweaters for men and women, and a Spider-Gwen zip-up hoodie.

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Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm & Sanrio slice into cake-frosting seller

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Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm have joined with Sanrio to stop a company from selling unlicensed cake frosting featuring their incredibly lucrative properties.

As first reported by THR, Esq., the entertainment giants filed a trademark- and copyright-infringement lawsuit against George and Danielle Wilson, whose Wilson Cake Imaging offers printed, edible frosting sheets and cake toppers depicting a wide range of characters and performers.

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These ‘Dragon Ball Z’ costumes just solved your Halloween dilemma

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If your plans for dressing as your favorite Dragon Ball Z character for Halloween began and ended with an orange T-shirt and an excessive amount of hair gel, you may just be the target audience for these new masks and costumes from Japanese retailer Gee! Store.

Officially licensed, and incredibly faithful to the blockbuster anime franchise, these latex masks of Goku, Piccolo and Frieza make dress-up easy. To complete the look, Gee! is also selling matching costumes. Hey, who said dressing up had to be difficult?

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Grumpy Old Fan | ‘Crisis’ at 30, Part 10

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Thirty years ago, after almost a year of preliminaries, and longer than that in planning, DC Comics put an end to its infinite Multiverse. It happened as the final page of Crisis on Infinite Earths #10 — which hit the direct market during the first week of September 1985 — exploded into a cosmic whiteout, deliberately echoing the “destruction” of Earths-One and -Two in Issue 4. That cataclysm included (metaphorical?) black smoke billowing into panels and then dissipating into nothingness, but here the panels themselves shattered under the fury of the final battle between the omnipotent Spectre and the power-hoarding Anti-Monitor.

Issue 10 had a heck of a cliffhanger is what I’m saying.

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Photographer captures home life of Spider-Man and Silk

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The life of a superhero isn’t all action, as photographer Dai Sugano shows in these images that depict Spider-Man and Silk in their down time, doing utterly ordinary things. (Although how the wall-crawler gets the cereal through his mask is likely pretty extraordinary.)

Sugano, who works for the San Jose Mercury News, photographed cosplayers Saul Cervantes and Jare Longacre (boyfriend and girlfriend) ahead of this weekend’s San Jose Wizard World Comic Con.

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‘Aliens: Salvation’ receives a welcome resurrection

27salvationIt would be an exaggeration to say Dark Horse saved this 22-year-old Aliens one-shot from obscurity by re-publishing it in a slick, if slim, new hardcover, although it’s tempting to do so, if only for the play on words.

In reality, re-releasing Aliens: Salvation in this nice, standalone, bookshelf-ready format probably has as much to do with putting out one more book with Mike Mignola’s name on the spine as making sure that one of the better-looking, more idiosyncratically designed Aliens tie-ins is readily available.

The fact that it’s back in print and on shelves this week is more important than the how and why of it, though.

It’s penciled by Mignola, who also drew the original cover as well as what appears to be a new one (in his current, even more stripped-down style), from a script by Dave Gibbons. It’s inked by Kevin Nowlan, colored by Matt Hollingsworth and lettered by Clem Robins.

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This ‘butt-kicking’ wheelchair Hulk cosplay is simply incredible

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Eric Levine originally planned to transform his nephew’s wheelchair into an AT-AT Walker from Star Wars for TerrifiCon. However, when 11-year-old Ellijah Davila decided he’d rather go as the Incredible Hulk, his uncle leaped into action. Butt-kicking action.

An optician from Keene, New Hampshire, Levine doesn’t have a background in costume design, but he told the Keene Sentinel he wanted Elijah’s outfit to be “the Hulk with butt-kicking action.” After researching materials that he could turn into legs to attach to the wheelchair, Levine settled on foam and PVC pipe, and went to work.

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Comics A.M. | ‘The Killing Joke’ reigns in bookstores once again

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Graphic novels | BookScan’s list of the Top 20 graphic novels sold in bookstores in August is an eclectic mix of old and new, superheroes and other genres. The top seller, for the second month in a row, is the deluxe edition of Batman: The Killing Joke, with hardy perennials Fun Home, American Born Chinese and Watchmen all making the charts, probably because of school assignments. Manga does well, with the two most recent volumes of Naruto, two volumes of Attack on Titan, the first two volumes of Tokyo Ghoul and the seventh volume of Monster Musume all making the cut. Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl also charted, as did the first volume of Saga and the 22nd volume of Fables. [ICv2]

Passings| Underground artist Stephen “The Pizz” Pizzuro has died at age 57. Pizzuro, who described his work as “Lowbrow,” started his professional career as an artist for Rat Fink Comics before moving on to do album covers and, later, gallery art. [Hi Fructose]

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Adorable, fuctional BB-8 is this year’s must-have ‘Star Wars’ toy

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Of all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys that go as part of the Force Friday avalanche, this will be the one on every child’s — and every other adult’s — holiday wish list: a tiny, functional BB-8, controlled using an app-enabled smartphone and a wifi signal.

It was created by Colorado startup Sphero, which we first mentioned in April. Billed as “the closest we get to an actual droid,” this BB-8 responds to pre-set commands — “patrol,” for instance — but the company advertises that it possesses an adaptive personality “that changes as you play.”

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