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Green Arrow and Hawkeye exchange blows, barbs in video brawl

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Ismahawk follows May’s video showdown between Deadpool and, well, Deadpool by pitting one wise-cracking comic-book archer against another in a new episode of “Minute Match-Ups.”

It’s no holds barred as Green Arrow and Hawkeye break out a variety of trick arrows — exploding, boxing glove, et al — and even resort to putdowns about facial hair and costumes. Yes, the battle is that brutal. (Be warned, however: Only one hero is left standing by the somewhat-graphic end.)

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Let Vega’s beauty intoxicate you in new ‘Street Fighter V’ trailer

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Franchise veteran Vega will return as a playable character in Street Fighter V, Capcom announced this morning with a new trailer. He’ll bring with him a slightly new look, and two fighting techniques.

Introduced in 1991 in Street Fighter II, the narcissistic “Spanish Ninja” joins a growing roster for the 2016 that includes Ryu, Chun-Li, Nash, M. Bison, Cammy, Birdie, Ken and Necalli.

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Comics A.M. | Ted Rall claims he’s ‘vindicated’ by enhanced LAPD tape

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Political cartoons | Cartoonist Ted Rall, who was cut loose last week by the Los Angeles Times after the Los Angeles Police Department cast doubt on a blog post he wrote for the newspaper about being stopped in 2001 for jaywalking, has posted an enhanced version of the audiotape of that incident, which he says backs his version of the story. [aNewDomain]

Creators | Stan Lee waxes philosophical in an interview conducted at Boston Comic Con: “I think people need somebody to look up to as a role model, you know? Just like people need to believe in God, you need to feel there’s someone somewhere who can help you because you’re aware this is not a perfect world.” [Boston Herald]

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Iron Man blasts his way into ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

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Sure, Superman, Spider-Man and The Flash entered the world of Grand Theft Auto V ahead of him, but now that Tony Stark has shown up, he’s at this car-punching, repulsor ray-firing, missile-launching, high-flying best.

In the new PC mod — it’s the work of JulioNB, who earlier added the character to GTA IV — Iron Man exchanges Stark Tower for the mean streets of San Andreas, where he proceeds to wreak havoc in the grand tradition of the hit game franchise.

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‘Attack on Titan’ sales stomp past 50 million copies worldwide

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Hajime Isayama’s smash-hit manga Attack on Titan has surpassed 50 million copies in print worldwide, according to the Japanese entertainment site Eiga.com.

For a bit of context, Anime News Network notes that in April, when the 16th volume was released in Japan, that figure was at 44 million. Kodansha Comics USA, the North American subsidiary of Japanese publisher Kodansha, announced last month that 2.5 million copies of the English-language editions are in circulation (the translation of the 16th volume will be released later this month).

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Store Tour | Emerald City in Clearwater, Florida

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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we 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

This week’s store is Emerald City Comics, located at 4902 113th Ave. N. in Clearwater, Florida. We spoke with general manager Chad Rivard.

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Spacefaring Shelf Porn from San Antonio

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, the feature that takes you into the home of a fan without getting arrested. Today’s collection comes from David in San Antonio, who shares a space-faring collection that features Star Wars, Star Trek, Silver Surfer and more.

If you’d like to see your collection here, you can find instructions on how to submit it at the end of this post.

And now here’s David …

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The Fifth Color | Mythology, Marvel and what makes a superhero

Hercules by Luke RossMarvel announced this week that as part of its “All New, All Different,” post-Secret Wars lineup, a new Hercules series will debut from writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross. That’s awesome for many reasons, not the least of which is because Ross will set the tone, for sure, as his art has a clean, classic style that wouldn’t be out of place on a major title, as evidenced by his work on Captain America.

However, there’s a rhythm to his storytelling that goes beyond just choreographing big fight scenes and powerful figures. He can do everything form subtle humor to weightier emotional beats that tell me, even from the initial design work, that this title is going to be a different kind of Herc than we’ve seen before. Gone is the little Grecian wrap around the waist as Ross has updated the demigod.

However, that cocky smile remains.

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Viz to release ‘Death Note’ artist’s high-end art book

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Viz Media will publish Blanc et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations, the high-end art book by acclaimed artist of Death Note and Hikaru no Go.

Originally released by Japanese publisher Shueisha, the oversize book collects Obata’s work from 2001-2006, including illustrations from Death Note and Hikaru no Go. Within the silver-stamped slipcase are 132 pages of full-color art, foldout posters and artist commentary, including a “how to draw” section. There are also three double-sided laminated posters.

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‘Judge Minty’ fan filmmakers take on ‘Strontium Dog’

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The team behind the well-received Judge Dredd fan film Judge Minty is turning its cameras to another long-running 2000AD comic strip, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s Strontium Dog.

“It was a chance meeting with John at a convention that got the ball rolling,” co-director Steve Green said in a statement. “After seeing Minty, John mentioned that we should do Strontium Dog next. It was only a passing comment, but we took it as a ‘direct commandment’ and began work the next day.”

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The class reunion doesn’t go so smoothly in ‘Saved by the Bell’

sbtb covBeing a teenager is all about discovering new things, and one of the things I discovered as a teen in the early 1990s was comic books.

The guest-creator period of Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DC and TSR’s Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, the latter half of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle’s Batman comics, the death and return of Superman (and the “Reign of the Supermen” that came between), the first few issues of Spawn from upstart publisher Image Comics – these were my introduction to a medium that 14-year-old me would be surprised to discover I’m still writing about on the Internet 25 years later (but not as shocked as he would’ve been by the very existence of the Internet, of course).

Another thing I found at the time was a TV show that was seemingly on a good four hours every weeknight, between the end of cross-country practice and the time I took my bath, thanks to syndication and the explosion of cable channels: Saved by the Bell.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Shonen Jump’ to publish ‘Boruto’ manga one-shot

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Manga | Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto has collaborated with Kenji Taira, author of the Naruto spinoff Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals, on a one-shot comic that will appear in the Japanese edition Shonen Jump (and most likely in the North American version as well). The story ties in to the upcoming Boruto: The Naruto Movie, which opens on Aug. 4 in Japan before receiving limited U.S. release in October. The issue also includes a variant cover for the collected edition of the Naruto sequel Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring. [Anime News Network]

Conventions | Ethan Gilman looks forward to Boston Comic Con, which kicks off today and will feature appearances by Stan Lee, Jason Latour, and some movie and TV people as well. Boston Comic Con drew 900 attendees for its inaugural show, in 2007, and organizers expect 50,000 this year. [Boston Globe]

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Cobra and ‘Assassin’s Creed’ join the fight in ‘Toy Soldiers: War Chest’

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As if the promise of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe weren’t enough to get you excited for Toy Soldiers: War Chest, Ubisoft has released a trailer trumpeting the addition of playable Cobra and Assassin’s Creed armies.

We previously characterized the fourth game in the Signal Studios series as an epic bedroom-floor battle imagined by sugar-fueled 8-year-old, and this announcement only reinforces that: Eight armies, made up from beloved toys (and now video game characters), battle for supremacy.

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‘Peanuts’ declares today National Franklin Day

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Peanuts is celebrating the 47th anniversary of the beloved comic strip’s first African-American character by declaring today National Franklin Day.

It’s a bit of promotion tied to the upcoming 3D-animated feature The Peanuts Movie, but it casts a welcome spotlight on Charlie Brown’s longtime friend, who was introduced by Charles M. Schulz on this day in 1968.

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Hot Toys’ ‘Age of Ultron’ Hulkbuster gets a serious upgrade

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When Hot Toys teased it had more in store for its previously announced 1/6th-scale Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster figure, that wasn’t mere marketing hype. And this morning there are photos to prove it.

The company has revealed “upgrades” to the nearly 21-inch figure that include two more interchangeable neck-armor parts that allow the Hulkbuster to be displayed in different stages of suiting up, an interchangeable battle battle-damaged chest armor plate, and improved arm, legs and feet articulations.

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