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Bill Willingham designs beer label to benefit The Hero Initiative

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Boom Island Brewing Company in Minneapolis will mix comics and craft beer May 1 with a fundraiser for The Hero Initiative featuring Fables creator Bill Willingham.

The acclaimed writer and artist will autograph the label he designed for Boom Island’s Belgian strong Gravity No. 9 specifically to support the comics industry charity, which will receive a portion of proceeds from the event.

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The Fifth Color | Magneto, John Cena and an air of righteousness

MAG2014001-int-LR2-2-a1e3dHappy Wrestlemania weekend, everybody!

Sports entertainment and comic books are like cookies and milk these days, what with pro wrestlers stepping into the writers’ chair from time to time to the Marvel offices being huge marks for the WWE. We’ve hosted quite a few Wrestlemania previews on ROBOT 6, and as the Super Bowl of wrasslin’ ramps up to the inevitable Mania on Sunday, my mind’s been particularly preoccupied with the most entertaining of sports.

Which is why I saw the above panel from Magneto #1, viscerally drawn by the incredibly talented Gabriel Hernandez, and thought to myself, Huh, that reminds me of John Cena.

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How to become Batman (Step 1: Be filthy rich)

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It took a lot for Bruce Wayne to become Batman: a lot of money, a lot of training and a lot of determination (or, y’know, obsessiveness; potato, po-tah-to). However, if you’re not the sole heir to a multimillion-dollar fortune — at least $682 million of that would go toward the mansion, Batmobile, gadgets and, yes, butler — you can at least become Batman-like.

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The Avengers reimagined as Earth’s Mightiest Punks

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Last week we saw 1980s music icons reimagined as Marvel superheroes, and now another artist has depicted Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as Earth’s Mightiest Punks.

Atlanta-based artist Cara McGee has drawn portraits of some of the Avengers (as well as foe or two) as punks, decked out in tattoos, studded collars and boots, and strategically ripped jeans. Take a look:

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Comics A.M. | U.S. airdrops gory anti-ISIS cartoon over Syria

From the U.S. military leaflet

From the U.S. military leaflet

Political cartoons | Airdropping propaganda on the enemy is a time-honored tactic, and it just happened again: Michael Cavna has a copy of the cartoon, which depicts ISIS recruits lining up to be fed into a meat grinder, that the U.S. Military Information Support Operations Command dropped into the ISIS-held territory of Raqqa, Syria. According to the Pentagon, a U.S. Air Force F-15 warplane dropped about 60,000 of the leaflets on March 16. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Writer Michael Frizell talks about working on his latest Bluewater comic Ozzy Osbourne: The Metal Madman. Research was a big part of the job: “The trick was trying to sort out the hyperbole from the facts,” he said. “Thus, anything I documented in the comic book had to have at least three sources confirming its validity.” [Fast Company]

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Marvel and Five Four team up for men’s fashion collection

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Marvel has teamed with men’s fashion brand Five Four to launch a line of exclusive clothing inspired by the publisher’s superheroes.

Launching April 1, the collection consists of outerwear, dress shirts, graphic tees and accessories with a style described as “subtle and refined” that “plays on the personality behind a Marvel Super Hero.”

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Hot Toys unveils Iron Man Mark VII Stealth Mode figure

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Hot Toys shows no signs of letting up with its line of Marvel collectible figures, which continues with this exclusive 1/6th-scale Iron Man Mark VII in Stealth Mode.

Just how exclusive is it? It’s a movie promo edition that will be available for preorder during stops on “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition,” which will tour Asia from April through July.

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Ben Affleck gives a ‘Batman’ shoutout during Senate hearing

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Ben Affleck with Sen. Patrick Leahy

Testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill, actor Ben Affleck reminded senators that, well, he’s Batman — and dropped a minor spoiler about the upcoming Warner Bros. film.

“To Senator Leahy, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my co-star in Batman,” Affleck said, addressing Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. “The role is marginally smaller than mine but I understand you’re quite good.”

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Gen Con weighs leaving Indiana in wake of ‘religious freedom’ law

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Following Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s signing of the controversial “religious freedom” bill into law, Gen Con organizers announced Thursday they’ve begun “discussions” about whether to remain in Indianapolis once their contract expires in 2020.

Gen Con owner and CEO Adrian Swartout issued an open letter earlier this week urging the governor to veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, cautioning that it will “have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years.”

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‘Arrow’ and ‘Flash’ go retro with Funko ReAction figures

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Shortly after announcing a line of Batman Dorbz figures, Funko targeted The CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash” for a new series of ReAction figures to be released later this year.

Arrow, Black Canary, the Dark Archer, Deathstroke, Flash, Reverse Flash and Captain Cold are among several characters from the shows that can be found in this ReAction figure lineup, which models its look on the popular action figure format from the ’80s and ’90s.

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Grumpy Old Fan | Events’ End, part 1: The penultimates

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Pronounce it “Ultraah,” as in “open up and say”

The last New Comics Day of March 2015 is also the final “normal” ship week of the New 52. Next week, each of DC’s three weekly series will publish its final issue (although in Batman Eternal’s case, “final” only for Volume 1) and Convergence will begin with a zero issue. Multiversity is set to wrap up next week as well.

Therefore, I want to look at the next-to-last installments of Batman Eternal, Futures End, Earth 2: World’s End and Multiversity: Ultra Comics. As you might expect, there will be SPOILERS, not just about these issues but about the series themselves. These comics collectively just got a little more meta, and not necessarily where you’d expect, either …

Ready?

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Funko’s new Batman Dorbz figures are Gotham’s cutest

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On the teeny-tiny heels of those Guardians of the Galaxy figures, Funko and Vinyl Sugar have announced a Batman Dorbz series that manages to make even Killer Croc look cuddly.

Set for release in July, the series of 3-inch vinyl figures also boasts Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Harley Quinn and the Penguin, all sporting that irresistible smile. The Joker is curiously absent, but maybe he’ll pop up in a later wave.

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‘Star Wars’ arms race heats up with radio-controlled Star Destroyer

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Clearly there’s a rapidly escalating arms race under way in a galaxy far, far away. Within a matter of weeks, we’ve gone Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor custom quadcopters to a speeder bike and, now, an Imperial Star Destroyer.

The creation Olivier C, who previously built the radio-controlled Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor, the symbol of the Empire casts a menacing shadow, even if it’s made largely of foam.

But what’s next, a Death Star? This madness won’t end until someone destroys a planet.

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Artist Stéphanie Hans explains why she loves her job

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Stéphanie Hans clearly loves her work.

During the past five years, the artist has quickly become a fan and critic favorite for her distinctive approach to covers. More recently, however, as she notes in this interview with ROBOT 6, she has enjoyed how her collaboration with Marguerite Bennett on Angela: Asgard’s Assassin has pushed the artist outside of her creative comfort zone.

In addition to addressing the difference between the demands of her U.S. comics work compared to the covers she produces for French prose publishers, Hans explains why she thinks it’s important for her to share her creative process on Tumblr for aspiring artists.

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We love the ’80s: ‘Jem and the Holograms’ #1 and ‘Miami Vice: Remix’ #1

JEM coverAs television shows go, Jem and the Holograms and Miami Vice couldn’t possibly be more different. The former, which aired from 1985 to 1988, was a children’s carton that also functioned as an extended ad campaign for an accompanying toy line, while the latter, which ran from 1984 to 1989, was an hour-long adult police drama.

Other than their medium and the decade in which they were produced — and, perhaps, how readily they embraced and celebrated the pop culture of that era — a viewer would have trouble finding a whole lot of similarities between the two.

Now, more than 25 years after both shows ended, they have something new in common: They’re being adapted as comic books released by IDW Publishing.

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