Albert Ching, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Picture of the Day: Walter Simonson’s new mailbox brings the thunder

Walter Simonson has worked on a number of famous characters along with his own creations in his legendary comic book career, but he’s likely still best remembered for his legendary time on “Thor” at Marvel Comics. That’s something that’s clearly not lost on his next-door neighbor, who according to Twitter, surprised Simonson with a new addition to the writer/artist’s mailbox: Mjolnir.

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Self-transforming Optimus Prime cake is a true birthday miracle

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Look, life can be a pretty bleak prospect sometimes and there are plenty of reminders on a daily basis of just that.

But — a man named Russell Munro made an Optimus Prime cake for his son’s 6th birthday that actually transforms from a car to a robot. By itself. Speaking authentic Peter Cullen dialogue. Based on the old-school, Generation 1 Optimus, rather than the current film franchise version that today’s kids presumably know a lot better. And oh yeah: It was a real, likely delicious cake. So maybe hope isn’t lost.

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Stephen Amell and Stardust’s WWE feud inspires fan art

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“Arrow” star Stephen Amell makes the leap — and based on the moves he showed last week, “leap” is exactly the right word — from actor and pro wrestling fan to WWE Superstar for one night this Sunday at “WWE SummerSlam,” teaming up with Neville against Stardust (who he’s sparred with over social media for weeks) and Wade Barrett.

Amell is far from the first celebrity to participate in a pro wrestling match — Jay Leno, of all people, did so back in 1998 — but the overlap between wrestling fans, genre TV fans and comic book fans have generated keen interest in the affair (along with the fact that the parkour-training Amell probably will be able to do some pretty impressive things inside the ring). With that type of interest, of course, comes a ton of fan art.

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‘The Walking Dead’ gets ‘blood-drenched’ pop-up book

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Pop-up books aren’t just for kids anymore — and if that wasn’t apparent already, a new pop-up book based on “The Walking Dead” looks to make that abundantly clear. “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book,” based on the massively popular AMC TV series based on the Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman, is set to feature five two-page spreads, described as “uniquely terrifying” and depicting “blood-drenched action,” words never thought to describe the likes of “Richard Scarry’s Biggest Pop-Up Book Ever.”

By Becca Zerkin & David Hawcock (paper engineers), Sally Elizabeth Jackson (illustrator) and Stephani Danelle Perry (words), “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Books” will focus on the show’s fearsome walkers — lots of pop-up gore potential there — and depict locations like Hershel’s farm and Terminus.

Published by Insight Editions — the same folks behind last year’s “Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros” — “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book” is scheduled for release on Nov. 10.

Salt Lake Comic Con claims victory in trademark case, SDCC says litigation still ongoing

saltlakecomicconThe legal dispute between Salt Lake Comic Con and Comic-Con International appears to remain unresolved — despite what one side has claimed.

On Thursday, Salt Lake Comic Con issued a press release stating that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Dan Farr Productions, the company behind SLCC, the trademark for “Salt Lake Comic Con.” The press release further states SLCC co-founder Bryan Brandenburg’s belief that the trademark will “virtually eliminate this ongoing legal battle.” However, Comic-Con International fired back to state the issue isn’t finished.

In a subsequent press release from Comic-Con International, Dan Farr Productions’ trademark is clarified as a “Supplemental Trademark Registration,” which is distinguished from a Principal Register in that it “does not convey the presumptions of validity, ownership and exclusive rights to use the mark.” “As there is no opposition process for a Supplemental Registration we of course were not able oppose it, however we are engaging this matter as part of the normal course of protecting our already granted and incontestable trademarks,” Comic-Con International spokesperson David Glanzer said in the statement.

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Wonder Woman and Batgirl ‘chair capes’ set to make office work more super

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Entertainment Earth has expanded its line of DC Comics-themed chair capes — yep, capes for your chairs — with two new offerings: Wonder Woman and Batgirl. This adds two of DC’s most famous females superheroes to offerings that already included the previously released Batman and Superman (Silver Age) chair capes, and the Comic-Con International-exclusive Batman (blue cape) and Bizarro chair capes.

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Hot Toys to debut 18-foot long Millennium Falcon

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Hot Toys is known for its high-end, 1:6 scale figures of characters from Marvel, DC Comics and other genre properties like Star Wars and Terminator — detailed and, at frequently a couple hundred books a pop, spendy.

The Hong Kong-based collectible company is set to take its Star Wars output to a new level this weekend at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong with a 1:6 scale Millennium Falcon on display (for exhibit, not for sale) at the show. If you’re wondering what one-sixth of the Millennium Falcon equals, according to Hot Toys on Facebook it’s 18 feet long by 12 feet wide, making it larger than some studio apartments and capable of taking out a 1:6 scale Death Star.

If you happen to be in Hong Kong this weekend and in the mood to gawk at giant Star Wars replicas — Hot Toys promises more unique Star Wars items on display — ACGHK, the territory’s largest pop culture event, runs through July 24-July 28, and the Falcon can be seen at Hot Toys’ booth (E15-16).

Paul Rudd keeps tradition alive while promoting ‘Ant-Man’ on ‘Conan’

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One of showbiz’s greatest and oddest current traditions is that whenever Paul Rudd appears on a Conan O’Brien-hosted talk show — dating back to the “Late Night” days on NBC — when throwing to a clip of whatever movie he’s ostensibly there to promote, he actually plays a scene (the same scene, every time) from 1988’s “Mac and Me,” an otherwise forgotten “E.T.” ripoff that featured heavy McDonald’s product placement.

But surely that streak would have to end with Rudd promoting “Ant-Man,” a big-budget superhero film that’s part of Disney’s massive Marvel Studios franchise, on last night’s “Conan,” right? Well, yes. And no. As seen in the clip, Rudd was able to keep tradition alive while also (kind of) giving “Ant-Man” its proper exposure.

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Infographic charts Stan Lee’s Marvel cameos, dating back to ‘Trial of the Incredible Hulk’

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A Stan Lee cameo has become a secondary source of intrigue in Marvel Comics-based films — when will he show up, what will he be doing and how will fit in with everything else going on? He’s able to dwell in the worlds of the in-house Marvel Studios movies, Sony’s Spider-Man films and 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises. There have even been fan theories about how he can show up in so many different places.

The UK-based MorphCostumes, who offer a wide variety of skintight superhero bodysuits, have put together an infographic documenting Stan Lee’s cameos in Marvel films, dating back to 1989’s made-for-TV “The Trial of Incredible Hulk” and finishing with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” released this past May. This follows an earlier infographic from MorphCostumes, looking at the “Murderers of Marvel.”

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Ant-Man fist bumps Michael Douglas at the New York Stock Exchange

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Proving once again that we live in a fascinating world full of nearly infinite possibilities, here is a photograph of Michael Douglas, the Oscar-winning star of the 1987 classic “Wall Street,” fist-bumping Marvel superhero Ant-Man inside the New York Stock Exchange building earlier today.

Of course, it was promotion for Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” opening this Friday, with Douglas ringing the NYSE Closing Bell. In the film, Michael Douglas plays long-running Marvel character Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man of comic book lore. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, Marvel Comics’ subsequent Ant-Man — though unfortunately, it likely wasn’t Rudd inside the costume at the NYSE; perhaps the one thing that could make that photo even more improbable. Fingers crossed that in 2016, we’ll get Doctor Strange high-fiving Tilda Swinton inside the United Nations Headquarters.

Amazing Spider-Dad honors son’s memory with spectacular short film

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Parkour athlete Mike Wilson — better known as the Amazing Spider-Dad — made news last fall after delivering a special surprise on his son’s fifth birthday: dressing as Spider-Man and jumping from the roof of his Basingstoke, England home, as captured in a widely distributed video. His son, Jayden, was a major Spidey fan who had been diagnosed with a grade 4 brain stem tumor in 2013.

Jayden passed away last December, but Wilson is keeping his son’s memory alive in the form of an “Amazing Spider-Dad” short film. Starring Wilson, the film — sporting seriously impressive production values — ends with a similar scene as the original video, and narration with Spider-Dad crediting Jayden for his ability to perform paternal superheroics: “Whatever life holds in store for us, I’ll remember one little boy who inspired me to do great things. To help others, and surround myself with positive people.” Home video footage of Jayden plays in the midst of the credits.

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WeLoveFine debuts Spider-Gwen hoodies, leggings and more

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Spider-Gwen — an alternate universe take on Gwen Stacy where she, not Peter Parker, receives powers from a radioactive spider — was an overnight sensation after debuting last year in Marvel’s “Edge of Spider-Verse” #2, in large part due to the stylish (and notably practical) costume design by artist Robbi Rodriguez. In what feels like a natural next step, that design has inspired a new collection from fashion-forward, genre-centric clothing merchandiser WeLoveFine (as modeled by Meredith Placko and Michelle Nguyen in the above photo), consisting of hoodies, leggings and even a Spider-Gwen-patterned cardigan.

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Ron Marz on Kyle Rayner’s apparent death: ‘There are always more stories to tell’

greenlantern51Kyle Rayner is dead, or at least it sure looks that way right now.

Last week, DC Comics released an eight-page “The Omega Men” story by writer Tom King and artist Barnaby Bagenda, leading into the June-debuting ongoing series. In the story, as promoted since solicitation text was released in March, Kyle Rayner — formerly DC’s primary Green Lantern and most recently the sole White Lantern — appears to be murdered on camera.

ROBOT 6 reached out to writer Ron Marz, who created Kyle Rayner with artist Daryl Banks, for his reaction on the apparent death of the character, who debuted in 1994’s Green Lantern #48:

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Quote of the Day | James Gunn on Joss Whedon’s Twitter departure

whedongunn“A couple months ago someone on Twitter wrote me that something one of my characters said in my movie hurt him. I’ve gotten hundreds of tweets from people angry about moments in my films over the years, and I just ignore them, or get angry in return. But that one tweet affected me profoundly. The last thing I want to do with my work is hurt someone, especially someone who already feels disenfranchised. That made me think about what I write and what I put in my films, and I will be more thoughtful about situations like it in the future. That is, one honest and vulnerable tweet affected more change in me than hundreds of angry ones.

So, again, it’s easy to be outraged by these tweets. But whatever these angry tweeters are in need of, I don’t think it’s more anger and more rage thrown back at them on Twitter. I actually think that’s what they’re seeking. But what they need is something different. Compassion, maybe? A kind request for boundaries? I don’t know. Maybe you guys have some ideas.”

Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn, in a longer Facebook post on Avengers: Age of Ultron writer/director Joss Whedon’s recent departure from Twitter, which came amid criticism and abuse from fans online concerning storylines from the film.

Cup of the Day | Avengers: Age of Flagon

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There’s been a lot of Avengers: Age of Ultron promotional material, but there may not be anything quite as distinctive and as capable of holding large amounts of beverages as this Australian souvenir cup, shared by on Instagram by Tim Dillon, Marvel Studios’ executive director of marketing.

Shaped like the iconic Avengers “A,” it’s perfect for grabbing with two hands as you excitedly slurp down Coke Zero while Earth’s Mightiest Heroes attempt to fend off Ultron’s minions.

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