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Kris Anka cuts loose with amazing Captain America illustration

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Kris Anka stays pretty busy as one of the regular rotating artists of Uncanny X-Men, but you want to see him take a spin on another of Marvel’s marquee franchises, look no further than his depiction of the Sentinel of Liberty and his supporting cast from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Although Anka debuted the artwork only last week on his blog, it was produced a few years ago and never released. He explained it was intended to accompany Sideshow Collectibles’ Captain America Premium Format statue, but it wasn’t approved in time to be included in the packaging.

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Meet Travel Foreman’s new heroes, the New A-Holes

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Capturing readers’ imaginations with DC Comics’ New 52 series Animal Man, artist Travel Foreman has displayed an ability to create pitch-perfect superhero drama while inserting some gut-wrenching weirdness. And now, after working for most of his career for Marvel and DC, Foreman is putting the finishing touches on an anthology featuring stories written and drawn by him — including the provocatively titled “The New A-Holes.”

Called Zuerst Science Fiction Magazine, the anthology has been mentioned on social media by Foreman for years, but in a recent blog post, the artist says it should debut in “late 2014, early 2015.” Why should you be excited? Just take a look at the New A-Holes …

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Batman takes Manhattan in New York Comic Con poster

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The celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary didn’t end with Comic-Con International: The Dark Knight also graces the DC Comics poster for New York Comic Con.

As you can tell from “The Bronx” plastered across the head of the Caped Crusader in Francis Manapul’s illustration, Batman will be leaving Gotham for New York City, at least for one weekend.

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DC introduces students of ‘Gotham Academy’ in new promos

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DC Comics has released three new promos introducing the students of Gotham Academy, debuting in October from writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, artist Karl Kerschl and colorist Romain Gaschet.

Announced in June, the teen drama is set in the city’s most prestigious school, where students attend classes (and get into mischief) in “the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham.”

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Homer Simpson takes Ice Bucket Challenge, quickly regrets it

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Never let it be said that Homer J. Simpson doesn’t have a social conscience. Also, never let it be said that he passed up an opportunity to stick it to Ned Flanders.

Responding to the viral sensation with impressive speed — this isn’t South Park, you know; animation typically takes time — Fox has released a video of Homer embracing the spirit, if not the actual title, of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. All right, maybe a glass of water isn’t in keeping with the spirit.

However, in grand Simpsons tradition, even that doesn’t turn out well for him …

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SD Convention Center expansion goes back to drawing board

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San Diego City Council decided Tuesday it won’t appeal a court ruling that struck down the hotel tax devised to fund most of the planned $520 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.

That leaves the financing “up in the air,” council President Todd Gloria told City News Service after the unanimous vote. “It means we’re going to have to spend some time figuring out a way to pay for this project or find a new one.”

In short, as Scott Lewis writes on Voice of San Diego, after six years and $10 million, the expansion plan is dead.

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Comics A.M. | A look at the diversity of the Batman family

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Comics | Writing for The Advocate, Jase Peeples takes note of the diversity of DC Comics’ extended Batman family — from Batwoman to Batwing to Barbara Gordon’s roommate Alysia Yeoh — and talks with writers Gail Simone, Grant Morrison, Marc Andreyko, Tom Taylor and Chip Kidd. “I would like to think that people can pick up books like Batman Incorporated or The Multiversity and see their own lives reflected,” Morrison says. “But I’d always caveat that with the need for us to see more diverse writers and artists, because that’s when I think the walls will really come down. As a straight [white guy from Scotland] I can only do so much, and I find even sometimes when you do this, you do get accused of tokenism or pandering. I don’t mind it. I can put up with that, but I’d rather see a genuine spread of writers and artists creating this material.” [Advocate.com]

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Artist transforms aluminum cans into pop-icon sculptures

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Although many of us are lucky if our empty soda cans make it as far as the recycle bin, Japanese artist Makaon has found another purpose for them: as raw material for incredible sculptures of pop-culture icons, ranging from Batman and Ultraman to Sgt. Frog and the Catbus.

As you can see from the photos below, and from even more images on the artist’s blog and website, Makaon doesn’t take shortcuts; he even tracks down peach-colored labels for Mario and Luigi’s skin tones.

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Quote of the Day | ‘Powers’ comes ‘full circle’

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“Posting this because as I walked past it today I was reminded that Powers co-creator Mike Oeming drew the first issues of Powers in a security booth for a parking lot in the middle of the night.

Full circle!!!

(And I know some people are working their nightmare jobs during the day or night and writing and drawing in their every waking moment of free time. it can be done.)”

Brian Michael Bendis, posting photos — and words of encouragement — from the set of Sony PlayStation Network’s Powers adaptation

Dylan Todd and company reveal the future in ’2299′ anthology

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You might not have realized it at the time, but if you’ve read Avengers A.I., Five Ghosts or just about any issue of a Monkeybrain comic, you’ve seen the work of Dylan Todd. As a designer, Todd has touched a lot of comics, from the recap pages in Avengers A.I. to the logos for Monkeybrain Comics, White Suits, Five Ghosts and Sovereign, to name a few.

Now Todd has teamed with a bunch of writers and artists to create 2299, an anthology of 11 stories set in the far future — 2299, to be exact. ROBOT 6 spoke with Todd about the project, which you can download now for $2 from Gumroad.

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Live news report derailed by discovery of life-sized Hulk statue

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Thunderstorms dumped nearly 5 inches of rain on some parts of the Chicago area late last week, causing flooding in parts of the city and several suburbs. So, like many TV news teams, WGN took to the air to survey the damage. The live report was, presumably, going as these things usually do … until the anchor caught sight of a life-sized Incredible Hulk statue in someone’s back yard.

“Is that the Hulk there in the back yard?” the anchor says in the video below, interrupting the Skycam9 report. “I’m sorry, I’m just getting distracted by this video –”

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Lois Lane getting her own YA novel by author Gwenda Bond

lois-lane-falloutLois Lane will star next year in her own young-adult prose novel written by Gwenda Bond, author of The Woken Gods and the upcoming Girl on a Wire.

Teased Monday by Bond, and immediately deduced by DC Women Kicking Ass and others, Fallout follows a high school-age Lois new to Metropolis, where she’s determined to figure out how a group called the Warheads is using an immersive video game to mess with the mind of another girl.

“Having a really hard time articulating more than ‘YES THIS IS HAPPENING, NOW YOU ALL KNOW’ at the moment,” Bond tweeted on Monday. “But I love Lois & I love you guys. Because Lois is … LOIS. And I want to do the character justice. I hope that I did and that you guys think so too. (And also FUN.)” She followed that this morning with photographic evidence of her excitement.

Published by Switch Press, Capstone’s imprint for young-adult readers, the 304-page Fallout is listed on Amazon.com for January release. However, Bond indicates its will be published in May.

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San Diego City Council to meet about convention center ruling

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San Diego City Council will meet this afternoon in a closed session to discuss whether to appeal a recent California appeals court ruling that cripples the funding plan for the proposed $520 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.

According to City News Service, council members don’t necessarily have to reach a decision today — although City Attorney Jan Goldsmith told them earlier this month that they have until Sept. 10 to file an appeal with the Supreme Court of California. Before any action is taken, however, an open session will be held to allow the public to offer input.

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Exclusive: James Stokoe’s movie poster for ‘Ragnarok’

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Magnolia Pictures has provided ROBOT 6 with the exclusive first look at Wonton Soup creator James Stokoe‘s poster for the Norwegian action adventure Ragnarok.

Directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, the film centers on Sigurd Svendsen, an archaeologist obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship and its enigmatic inscription “Man Knows Little” written in runes. Convinced the ship holds the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology, he and his colleague and two children mount an expedition to the deserted “No Man’s Land” between Norway and Russia to uncover the true meaning of the runes — and to discover a secret more terrifying than they could imagine.

Check out the full poster, and the film’s trailer, below. Playing in select U.S. theaters, Ragnarok is available now on iTunes and VOD.

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Comics A.M. | Mimi Pond wins PEN Center USA Literary Award

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Awards | Mimi Pond’s Over Easy has been recognized with a PEN Center USA Literary Award for Graphic Novel Outstanding Body of Work. Previous category winners are Gilbert Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco and Matt Fraction. [PEN Center USA]

Publishing | Dark Horse is planning to beef up its lineup of children’s graphic novels, which already includes such successful titles as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Plants vs. Zombies and Itty Bitty Hellboy. Four new titles are slated for 2015: Rexodus, a story about dinosaurs from outer space, and three older properties, Rod Espinosa’s Courageous Princess, Samuel Teer and Hyeondo Park’s Veda: Assembly Required, and an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Return of the Gremlins. [Publishers Weekly]

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