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Does it really matter whether you’re worthy to wield Thor’s hammer when you can simply make one of your own?
Instructables contributor Tom Howbridge offers a step-by-step guide to creating the legendary Mjolnir from steel pipe, a wooden post, metal clothes rail and nylon cord.
Looking to add a little comic-book flair to your wardrobe? Merchoid has debuted its new line of skirts and dresses based on DC Comics’ well-known characters.
The new collection features eight dresses and two skirts inspired by Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batman and Superman.
Political cartoons | Joyce Brabner, the widow of Harvey Pekar and a comics creator in her own right, is raising funds to bring a group of cartoonists to Cleveland to do a live feed of comics and videos about the Republican National Convention “by people who detest everything Donald Trump stands for.” Tim Fielder, Ted Rall, Tony Puryear, Vishavjit Singh and Seth Tobacman are on board already, with other names to be announced. Brabner works with Gerta Oparaku, a Muslim artist who lives in Albania, and she is particularly interested in bringing more women and Muslim cartoonists into the mix. She will be providing housing, food, and escorts when needed; the GoFundMe is intended to pay travel expenses for artists who would not otherwise be able to participate. [GoFundMe]
Whether it’s your Sanctum Sanctorum or Fortress of Solitude, no superhero hideaway is complete without a spiffy bookshelf that’s not only practical — y’know, it actually holds reading materials — but also puts your stamp on the lair. That’s where Burak Doğan comes in.
The Turkish industrial designer has created a striking series of superhero-themed shelves, based on the logos of Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Conventions | Cox Communications and Comic-Con International will provide free WiFi to the entire downtown area of San Diego from July 8 to July 24, a period that encompasses the 2016 MLB All-Star Game as well as Comic-Con International. However, the WiFi will only be available outside the convention center during Comic-Con. Cox will install 100 hotspots around town, and for the period of Comic-Con will make them available for free to all users. After July 24, the hotspots will be available to Cox customers, and non-subscribers will be allowed one free hour per month. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
Following the announcement of the game just last week, Koei Tecmo has unleashed the first trailer for “Berserk,” which casts the spotlight on the oversized sword Dragonslayer. At least we think it’s referring to the sword.
“It was much too big to be called a sword,” the text states. “Massive, thick, heavy and far too rough. Indeed, it was like a heap of raw iron.”
People of all-ages should know the answer to the all-important question, “Who you gonna call?” Thanks to Penguin Random House, that education will be accessible to children ages 3-7 very soon.
The publisher is adding two “Ghostbusters” books to the decades-old “Little Golden Books” line, featuring the casts of both the Paul Feig-directed reboot and the original movies. Hitting stores in September, the “Ghostbusters” “Little Golden Books,” from New York Times bestselling author John Sazaklis and illustrator by Alan Baston, are currently available for pre-order on Amazon.
Nerf dart wars will never be the same after the creation of the world’s biggest Nerf gun. This giant toy is a massive version of the traditional Maverick Nerf gun — and it can shoot darts at around 40 miles per hour.
The gun was created by former NASA engineer Mark Rober, who was looking to dominate his office’s next Nerf gun battle. With the help of a couple of friends, he used a 3,000 PSI air tank, normally used in paintball guns, and some modified Nerf darts made out of pool noodles and toilet plungers to create a gun that can crush all of its Nerf rivals.
With the biggest comic conventions of the season still ahead, cosplayers across the globe are working on the looks they’ll debut for thousands of fellow fans. And if any cosplayers are stuck when it comes to a exactly which hero they should become, the folks at Simplicity might just have you covered. The noted pattern makers have made it a little easier for cosplay creators to construct their own impressive, superhero-inspired ensemble.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor has described the Infinity Stones as having unparalleled power. Luckily for him (and just about everyone else in the MCU), no one currently has possession of all six — yet.
Deadpool’s healing factor is so strong, he’s gotten completely decapitated and lived to tell about it. So if there’s any Marvel character well-suited to take a bunch of kitchen knives to the skull, it’s him — a thought Instructables contributor BrittLiv must have had when she created her very own Deadpool knife block.
Naoki Urasawa, creator of acclaimed manga “2oth Century Boys,” “Monster” and “Master Keaton,” has created a three-page story imagining a Beatles reunion concert 50 years after the Fab Four’s Japan tour.
The Beatles famously played the Budokan for five shows between June 30 and July 2, 1966.
Digital Comics | ComiXology Unlimited, the “all you can eat” service offered by the digital platform comiXology, has announced some new additions that will debut on June 27. The new selections include Afterlife with Archie #1-3, Bee and Puppycat #1-4, vol. 1 of Katie Cook’s all-ages comic Gronk, Legends of Red Sonja #1-5, The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun #1-5, and vol. 1 of The Steve Ditko Archives. And a new publisher is joining the mix: Magnetic Press will debut on the service on June 27 with an array of comics that includes The Adventures of Basil & Moebius #1-4, Daomu: Complete Edition, Naja #1-2, and Poet Anderson #1. [ComiXology Unlimited]
Two years ago, editor Drew Ford launched a line of graphic novel reprints for Dover Publications, starting with “A Sailor’s Story,” Sam Glanzman’s account of his service on a ship in World War II, which received aglowing review in The New York Times. Since then, Ford has demonstrated a knack for finding interesting titles and bringing them back in enhanced editions: David Michelinie and Bret Blevins’ “The Bozz Chronicles,” Chuck Dixon and Gary Kwapisz’s “Civil War Adventure,” and Steven Murphy and Michael Zulli’s “The Puma Blues,” which has been nominated for an Eisner Award.
Now Ford has left Dover and set up his own publishing house, It’s Alive!, to continue producing high-quality reprints of classic comics. His launch title is “Red Range,” by Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman, which was originally published in 1999 in black and white. The new edition has been colored and includes a new afterword by Stephen Bissette. A Kickstarter to fund the project has just reached its initial goal, but Ford has some stretch goals as well. His next project will be Trina Robbins’ “Dope.”
We talked with Ford about his plans to preserve the history of comics by bringing classic comics back into print as graphic novels.
Earth’s landmarks are featured prominently in the posters for “Independence Day: Resurgence,” the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster, with an enormous alien ship destroying Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and more. But in Japan, the Statue of Liberty has been replaced by the Unicorn Gundam, which clearly has had enough of this extraterrestrial menace.
Alas, there’s no Gundam in “Independence Day.” Instead, it’s merely a co-promotion in the build-up to the film’s July 9 premiere in Japan.