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A Batfan shows off his collection in this week’s Shelf Porn

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly trip into the home of one fan. Today’s collection comes from Batfan and father Andrew Seymour, who shares his comics, statues and more.

If you’d like to see your collection featured right here on Robot 6, you can find submission details at the end of this post.

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A big dose of Shelf Porn from the Big Easy

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today’s collection comes from down south, as Scotty in New Orleans shows off his artwork, comics and much more.

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

And now here’s Scotty …

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Rafer Roberts bites into humor, horror with ‘Nightmare the Rat’

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If you’ve ever had a recurring nightmare where your teeth fall out, you’re not alone. Rafer Roberts, creator of Plastic Farm, also has that same dream — and channeled it into the creation of the mischievous, tooth-stealing scamp, Nightmare the Rat.

While Nightmare the Rat, a somewhat-twisted homage to 1900s comic strips, has appeared in Magic Bullet and online, Roberts is looking to collect all the strips into one newspaper-sized collection. His Kickstarter for the project went live Tuesday and is already nearly halfway to its modest $999 goal. Rewards include the collection itself, commissions, original artwork and custom postcards from Nightmare himself.

I spoke with Roberts about the project, using Kickstarter and that recurring nightmare …

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‘I don’t measure peoples’ lives. I save them.’

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[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]

Note: This post contains spoilers for Avengers #34.

The last couple weeks have been, to put it mildly, kind of crappy. Not just on a macro level — and there’s certainly been enough on the macro level to designate the last two weeks as crappy, as you can see on this handy chart courtesy of the excellent The System webcomic. But also on a personal level. Ferguson. My cat dying. Robin Williams. Ebola. Crap at work. Ugh.

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Raise your glass to fallen Shelf Porn from Napa, California

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today’s Shelf Porn only has one picture to go with it, but there’s a timely and compelling story behind it that any fan with a collection they fear could someday be ruined by Mother Nature will appreciate.

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

And now let’s hear from C.T. from Napa, California …

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Amy Reeder redesigns ‘Brooklyn Defender’ beer for New York Comic-Con

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Brooklyn Brewery is once again teaming up with the New York Comic-Con to create a beer for New York Super Week, the week leading up to the convention. And as they have in years past, they’ve recruited a comic artist to redesign the beer’s label and the hero featured on it.

Amy Reeder of Rocket Girl and Madame Xanadu fame said being asked to put her personal stamp on the brew “was such a cool opportunity,” she wrote on her blog. “I went for a homegrown vigilante vibe and I made sure to make her easy to cosplay.”

Tony Millionaire and Cliff Chiang have previously designed the Brooklyn Defender.

Like the label, the recipe for the special edition beer changes each year. This year, it’s a red IPA. “We incorporated some German red malts that give the beer the slightest edge of roast and a suggestion of caramel, and the explosive Mosaic hop steps out front with the aromatics,” brewmaster Garrett Oliver told the New York Daily News.

The brewery will host a release party Sept. 10 for the beer, which will then be available in various area bars Oct. 3-12. New York Comic-Con runs Oct. 9-12.

Check out Reeder’s designs and a video featuring Reeder and Oliver below.

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Dylan Todd and company reveal the future in ‘2299’ anthology

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You might not have realized it at the time, but if you’ve read Avengers A.I., Five Ghosts or just about any issue of a Monkeybrain comic, you’ve seen the work of Dylan Todd. As a designer, Todd has touched a lot of comics, from the recap pages in Avengers A.I. to the logos for Monkeybrain Comics, White Suits, Five Ghosts and Sovereign, to name a few.

Now Todd has teamed with a bunch of writers and artists to create 2299, an anthology of 11 stories set in the far future — 2299, to be exact. ROBOT 6 spoke with Todd about the project, which you can download now for $2 from Gumroad.

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The triumphant return of Captain Carrot

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[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]

Grant Morrison, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and the rest of the team behind the long-awaited Multiversity miniseries deliver some great moments in the first issue, including an homage to the satellite scene in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths #1. That first issue was rich in DC universe history, as Marv Wolfman and George Perez introduced a ragtag group of heroes and villains brought together by the Monitor from various eras and Earths to battle the Anti-Monitor’s universe-destroying forces.

Morrison and Reis do something similar here, as we return to the Monitor’s satellite and are introduced to heroes like the Savage Dragon-esque Dino-Cop and the fanboy Flash analogue Red Racer; witness the return of President Calvin Ellis, the Superman of Earth-23; and are treated to cameos by original Crisis heroes like Lady Quark and Harbinger. But my favorite was seeing the return of Captain Carrot:

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Comics, action figures and more from Sheffield, England

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, where each week we feature one fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come from Adrian in Sheffield, England, who shows off his collection of comics, action figures and more.

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

And now let’s hear from Adrian …

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Quote of the Day | Amy Reeder on Milo Manara, context and ‘personhood’

SPIDERWOMAN001Manara-a3461-ad504“If you want to know my opinion on Milo Manara’s Spider-woman cover, I’m going to have to disappoint you and say I feel super divided on it. I love Milo Manara!! It’s a variant cover…so it’s sort of an erotica variant! Of course, I’d also like to see Katie Cook do her own version…that’d make Marvel’s choice seem a little less like a systemic problem. And yes, it’s all a different story with context, but without context, it is a bit jarring and I don’t negate that because the Internet really changes our experience these days. And the image itself does remind me a lot of images by artists I DON’T respect…I wish it looked more characteristically Manara instead of a Greg Horn illustration (sorry, Greg Horn! (Not that you care!)). Again, all that said, it’s Milo Manara and if anybody should be able to do things how he wants, it should be him.

“That’s not my point. My point is, it’s not an easy thing to evaluate or explain what is okay and what’s not. Some sexy drawings of women I can get behind, some I can’t. Some of that’s context. But a lot of it is what seemed like a weird intuition that I couldn’t really pinpoint, until recently.

“The word that changes everything for me is ‘personhood.’ Does this woman seem like a person? Do they have life breathed into them? A personality? Or are they an object? Do they feel manufactured or repetitive? Would guys who like this appreciate that I am a living, breathing woman? Or would they complain I talk too much?”

Rocket Girl artist Amy Reeder, responding to the controversy around erotic comic artist Milo Manara’s variant cover for Spider-Woman #1. She goes on to give examples of women portrayed with and without “personhood” in a long and thoughtful post. Manara has also responded to the controversy.

Dustin Harbin will draw anyone (once) for $50

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If you’re looking for some original art, artist Dustin Harbin has a deal for you: He’ll draw a portrait of any real or fictional person, “as long as they are moderately famous and/or universally recognizable,” for $50.

The catch? He’ll only draw each person once, “so if there’s someone you’re really into, act fast. The only exception to this is if it’s a sufficiently separate instance of that person: i.e young Bill Murray versus older Bill Murray, or Han Solo in his winter gear in Empire Strikes Back, versus his vest-style outfit in Star Wars.”

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Making zucchini bread, the Becky Cloonan way

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In addition to writing the upcoming Gotham Academy and publishing her own books like Demeter and Wolves, Becky Cloonan also makes a killer zucchini bread, according to comic book foodie C.B. Cebulski.

“Usually when I go out with award-winning writer/artist Becky Cloonan, our conversation tends to focus on comics. But when we sat down over oysters and cocktails up at Boston Comic Con this past weekend, she turned to me and asked, ‘Hey, do you like zucchini bread?’, which she followed up by pulling foil-wrapped loaves out of her bag,” Cebulski wrote on his food blog. “Having just moved back to New Hampshire, Becky has a garden that’s giving her a bounty of summer squash she can’t eat all by herself. So she baked up a bunch of bread for her friends at the show.”

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Saturday Shelf Porn | Maximum Marvel mini busts, part 2

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today we’re featuring a return engagement to the home of Chad Holloway in Wisconsin, who tells us that since the last time we featured his shelves, “my collection has changed dramatically and is now more prominently displayed.”

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

And now here is Chad …

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James Jean selling a limited edition print this Tuesday only

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Speaking of Fables covers, fans of James Jean might like to know that not only has the artist launched a store on his website, but he’s also drawn a limited edition print that’ll go on sale for one day only — Tuesday, Aug. 19.

According to his site, “Tiger III is a signed and numbered time-limited edition of giclée prints. It will be available for 24 hours starting at 8:00 AM PDT on Tuesday, August 19th and ending at 7:59 on Wednesday the 20th. The edition will be limited by the number of prints sold during those 24 hours and never re-printed.”

Check out the print below.

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‘Fables’ cover wins a 2014 Chelsey Award

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Daniel Dos Santos’ cover for Fables #136 has won a 2014 Chelsey Award, as presented by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

The cover, featuring a stunning Rose Red as she continues to build her version of Camelot, was up against three covers from more traditional SF magazines — Clarkesworld, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Bull Spec. Looking back at previous nominees in the category, this isn’t the first time a comic has been nominated — David Palumbo’s cover to Creepy #9 was nominated last year, and Joe Jusko’s cover for Tomb Raider #6 was nominated in 2001 — but it does appear to be the first time a comic has won the category.

The awards were established in 1985 to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards, and are named for astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell .

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