JK Parkin, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Captain America goes red, white and cute in new statue


Artist Skottie Young has been drawing Marvel characters as little kids for quite a while now, as variant covers and also in the pages of comics like the Secret Wars tie-in Giant-Size Little Marvel: AVX. Now Gentle Giant Ltd. is creating statues of some of these lil’ characters based on Young’s renditions, starting with Captain America.

The sculpt was revealed initially in San Diego this past summer (along with Iron Man and Thanos) and really captures the whimsical nature of Young’s artwork. It can be preordered on Gentle Giant’s site and retails for $65.

Check out some additional images below.

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Ka-chow! Dad surprises son by turning car into Lightning McQueen


A single dad in Tennessee has earned a Piston Cup for parenting: Brett Winek transformed his red mustang into a replica of Lightning McQueen, the famous race car from Pixar’s Cars films, simply to bring joy to his son.

Winek said his son is a huge fan of the films.

“Just to give you an example, he watched Cars 2 yesterday — three times,” Winek told Yahoo Parenting about his son. “McQueen is his favorite character, and he loves Mater, too. He has both of the characters in toy cars and mimics their sayings all the time while playing.”

Winkek approached Ramone Tennessee Tint for help with the job, which involved adding decals to the car and cost around $1,200.

“We just thought it would be a fun project, when lots of times you’re lettering plumbing trucks,” said Tennessee Tint owner Scott Huntley. Hmmm, maybe one of those trucks would make a good Mater …

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Relive ‘Star Wars’ glory days in ‘Summer ’78’ short film


There’s nothing like summer to get a kid’s creativity running wild. School’s out, and there’s all that free time to create your own adventures with the official toy releases from your favorite film — plus whatever boxes and other items you can scrounge up to bring your vision to life.

Summer ’78, a new short film directed by J.C. Reifenberg and James Arnold Taylor, features a young boy, played by Hunter Leon, a host of the original Kenner Star Wars action figures and whole lot of imagination. And while there may be a “continuity error” (Kenner’s Millennium Falcon toy didn’t actually debut until 1979), it does capture the feeling of being a Star Wars fan in the late 1970s.

Watch the film below, and be sure to watch the whole thing to see the surprise ending:

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Hellboy, ‘Pacific Rim’ take the spotlight in Guillermo Del Toro art exhibit


Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles honors a modern master of horror and coolness with “Guillermo Del Toro: In Service Of Monsters,” featuring artwork by a variety of creators that pays tribute to films like Hellboy, Pacific Rim and Pan’s Labyrinth.

The impressive collection includes everything from artwork to sculptures to a Hellboy teddy bear. Contributors include Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Joey Weiser, John Rozum and many more.

Check out a few pieces below, then visit the Gallery 1988 site to see them all.

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Frank Santoro needs help building a ‘ninja academy’ for cartoonists

tumblr_nukro9NCqp1rzbt9wo1_1280Frank Santoro has been teaching up-and-coming cartoonists about the ins and outs of the creative process online for a while now — on his blog, his Tumblr, his articles at The Comic Journal and his online correspondence course. Now he’d like to start doing it in person, but opening a school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania called the Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency — and he’s turned to crowdfunding to make it a reality.

“Our plan for the school is to create a dojo for students much like a martial arts academy,” he says on his IndieGoGo campaign page. “The beginner student will learn from more experienced students. We run the school like a sports clinic. What’s wrong with your swing? We can fix it. The dojo sparring sessions (so to speak) will be recorded and broadcast. We want to have a ‘broadcast booth’ and a radio show. We can interview veterans and rookies and make room for friendly competition in order to push the boundaries of what is possible in the artform. This is not your regular comic book academy. This is a ninja academy, a samurai school, a Jedi academy. I do a really good Yoda impression.”

Santoro’s offering several great rewards for contributing to the campaign, including gift certificates to comic shops, comics by Simon Hanselmann and Gary Panter, Connor Willumsen commissions and residencies at the school. The $29,000 he’s looking for will be used to help buy the house next door to Frank and make improvements to it.

For more information, check out the IndieGoGo page or watch the video below.

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‘Q’ is for ‘Quicksilver’ in Simon Koay’s ‘Superbet’ series


Teaching your children the alphabet can sometimes be challenging, but if they’re into superheroes, here’s a fun way to get them started — designer Simon Koay has created a superhero and villain-themed alphabet featuring Batman, Captain America, Hulk, Flash and 20 more characters.

“What started out as a humble project just for fun had grown into one of my favourite works,” the Australian-based designer said of his work. “As a child up until now I’ve always been a quite the fan of Marvel and DC superheroes. I pretty much learnt how to draw by copying those collectible cards as a kid. And even nowday, I’m combining my love of type and graphic design with these characters.”

The stylized letters feature some really cool details; Nightcrawler’s famous brimstone “BAMF” smoke and tail highlight “N,” while Killer Croc’s “K” has broken free of his chains, again, and threatens to eat you.

Check out his website for more information, as well as his Society6 page to find prints, mugs and more featuring the letters.

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R2-D2, it is you! Japanese airline unveils first ‘Star Wars’ jet


The Force was with Japan’s All Nippon Airways Saturday, as they rolled out the R2-D2 plane as a part of their fleet of Star Wars-themed jets. Both R2-D2 and C3PO made the journey to Washington State to see it roll out of Boeing’s Seattle facility.

The plane will make its first run between Haneda and Vancouver on Oct. 18, before starting its regular route between Narita and San Jose from mid-October through late November. After that it will make international flights to Sydney, Paris, Seattle and several other cities.

“We’re excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world’s leading 5-star airlines,” Kayleen Walters, Lucasfilm’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement earlier this year. “We’re proud of the innovative R2-D2 design, and we look forward to witnessing the first-ever flight of a passenger aircraft featuring a Star Wars character. We’re confident that Star Wars fans around the world will absolutely love this design.”

ANA will follow the debut of the R2 motif with a Boeing 767-300 with a Star Wars livery featuring R2-D2 on one side and franchise newcomer BB-8 on the other. That will be followed in the spring by a Boeing 777-300 that BB-8 will have all to itself.

Check out some of the photos and a video from the unveiling below.

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Shelf Porn | A fan adapts to a growing family


Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s shelves are a return engagement by David in Florida, who first shared bis collection back in August 2011. Four years later, things have changed — which he explains below.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here, you can find all the details you need at the bottom of this post.

And now here’s David …

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Shelf Porn | Graphic novels and more from Cambridge, UK


Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, your look at one fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come from David on Cambridge, UK, who shows us his collection of action figures, graphic novels, toys, art 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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Spacefaring Shelf Porn from San Antonio


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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Shelf Porn | An office filled with statues, comics and more


Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, where one fan invites us over to check out at their stuff. Today Rob shows us his office, where he keeps his action figures, statues, comics and more.

If you’d like to see your collection right here on ROBOT 6, you can find instructions at the end of this post.

And now here’s Rob!

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Shelf Porn | A Batfan from the Netherlands shares his collection


Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from Stephan in the Netherlands, who shares his Bat-themed shelves with us.

If you’d like to see your collection right here on ROBOT 6, you can find instructions at the end of this post.

And now here is Stephan …

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R2-D2 quadcopter hits the San Diego skies


The skies over San Diego may be somewhat crowded this weekend, and not just because of all the folks flying in for the con. Everyone’s favorite World War I flying ace is being joined by R2-D2, courtesy of Flyguy Promotions.

Like the Snoopy one we featured earlier this week, R2-D2 is a remote controlled quadcopter created by Otto Dieffenbach. You can see more of his company’s creations on their website.

“Thought I’d add another iPhone video of flight tests on R2 as we approach Comic-Con,” Dieffenbach said on YouTube. “He is a very solid performer with no bad habits.” That does sound like R2-D2, though C3PO may disagree with the “no bad habits” part.

Check out a video of R2 in flight below:

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Hasbro unveils first ‘The Force Awakens’ toy


Twin Ion Engines — or TIE Fighters — will live on in the new Stars Wars movies, and on collectors’ shelves.

At Comic-Con International this week, Hasbro revealed the first toys in its upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy line, starting with a glimpse of what to expect from the movie’s villains: a brand-new, 26-inches tall, $170 TIE Fighter along with, naturally, its pilot.

The TIE Fighter is part of The Black Series, Hasbro’s high-end collectible Star Wars line. The TIE Fighter — which takes the familiar look of the spacecraft and adds some cool enhancements, like that touch of red — belongs to the “First Order” group, which was born from the ashes of the Galactic Empire after the Battle of Endor at the end of Return of the Jedi.

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Check out Ilias Kyriazis’ unused concept art for the ‘Back to the Future’ comic


Earlier this week we learned that IDW Publishing has obtained the rights to publish comics based on the popular time-travel movie trilogy Back to the Future. Screenwriter Bob Gale, along with John Barber, Erik Burnham and a “rotating cast of artists,” will bring the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown to the printed page.

While the announcement on Wednesday mentioned “Batman ’66” artist Brent Schoonover and “Ghostbusters” penciller Dan Schoening are working on the project, it looks like that rotating cast of artists included Secret Identities artist Ilias Kyriazis at one point.

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