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New Hawkeye shirt to benefit Signing Time Foundation

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As a part of its Mighty Fine Partners program with writer Matt Fraction, WeLoveFine.com is selling a new T-shirt inspired by Hawkeye #19 featuring, naturally, sign language.

“The new design is entitled ‘H Signs,’ and it is inspired by the plot of the latest issue of Fraction and David Aja’s critically acclaimed Hawkeye series,” wrote WeLoveFine’s Nicole Campos. “Each shirt is $25. In keeping with the sign language theme of the issue, Matt will be donating his curation commission for this particular style to the Signing Time Foundation, a charity whose efforts are dedicated toward making sign language fun and accessible to deaf children around the world.”

The shirt is available in both men’s and women’s styles, and comes in three different colors.

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A “Guardians of the Galaxy” fan shares his collection

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today’s collection has an appropriate theme, given the big film that opened this weekend, as Armand shows us his “Guardians of the Galaxy” collection. Spoiler’s warning: There aren’t actually a lot of shelves in this edition of Shelf Porn. Like many of us do, Armand keeps most of his collection in long boxes, but pulled out some of his key Guardians issues to show them off here.

If you’d like to see your Shelf Porn here, you can find directions at the end of this email.

And now here’s Armand …

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Thanos rises in this Shelf Porn from Quebec

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at collections as submitted by fans around the world.

Today’s collection comes from Erik in Quebec, who shows us his collection of comics, statues, toys and more. If you’d like to see your collection featured here on ROBOT 6, just check out the instructions at the end of this post.

And now here’s Erik …

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Dark Horse announces artist line-up for ‘The Sakai Project’ benefit book

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The Sakai Project

Dark Horse Comics has announced the impressive list of artists who have contributed to The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo, the oversized hardcover benefit book for Stan and Sharon Sakai.

All proceeds from the book will go to the couple to help pay for the medical expenses of Sharon Sakai, who suffers from a debilitating illness that required an extended hospital stay and convalescence, followed by 24-hour home care and medications. The Comic Art Professional Society, which spearheaded a series of auctions to benefit the Sakais, is working in conjunction with Dark Horse to produce the book. The auctions are ongoing and can be found on the organization’s eBay page.

You can find the complete list of artists, along with the page number where their art will appear, below. The 160-page book will be released next Wednesday in comic shops and at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and will cost $29.99.

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Ellis, Shalvey present the best fight scene in ‘Moon Knight’ #5

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[Editor’s note: Every 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.]

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s run on Moon Knight may be short, but boy has it been memorable.

This past Wednesday the duo’s penultimate issue came out, featuring what Ellis called “Our Definition Of A Tony Jaa/ RAID Boombastic Thai Style.” The plot of the issue is pretty simple: A young girl’s been kidnapped, and Moon Knight heads into a building to save her. What follows is nothing short of awesome, as our hero heads up the stairs and encounters all manners of obstacles in his quest to find the girl in what has to be the best-drawn fight scene of the week — heck, possibly the year so far — if of course we’re counting this issue as one long fight scene (which I am). Moon Knight takes on everyone from your regular run-of-the-mill punks with easily broken noses:

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After a 20-year hiatus, check out one fan’s return to collecting

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Happy belated Independence Day, America, and happy Saturday to everyone else. And oh — welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at collections as submitted by fans around the world.

Today’s collection comes from John in Parts Unknown, who shows us his collection of comics, toys and more. If you’d like to see your collection featured here on ROBOT 6, just check out the instructions at the end of this post.

And now here’s John …

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One man’s ‘man cave’ is his wife’s ‘nerd room’

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, your weekly invitation into one fan’s life. Today’s collection comes from Blaine in Murfreesboro, Tennessee — a graphic designer, comic book collector and toy collector “for many years.” He shared his comics, toys, metal signs, Pez dispensers and more.

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

And now here is Blaine …

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Made in Japan: Cummings and Zub talk ‘Wayward’

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In 2010, UDON Entertainment published Vent, an anthology/art book celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary. Artist Steven Cummings contributed a piece of art to the collection, which at the time caught the eye of Jim Zub.

“I asked him, ‘What is this? Are you doing anything with this?’” the writer told Comic Book Resources, “and he said, ‘Oh, I had this idea I wanted to do – something supernatural set in Japan, but I don’t know much of how it would work beyond that.’”

Their conversations grew into Wayward, a creator-owned series by Zub, Cummings and colorist John Rauch debuting Aug. 27 from Image Comics this summer. Cummings and Zub were kind enough to answer some questions and share artwork from the series. To see more of Cummings’ artwork, be sure to check out his deviantART site.

Robot 6: Steve, I’ll start with you. How long have you been living in Japan, and where exactly do you live?

Steven Cummings: I like to tell people that I live in almost-Tokyo to keep down the offers of random people to “visit” me (and who really just want to stay somewhere for free during their Tokyo vacation). It’s just outside the window, beckoning at me but not so close that I have to pay the Tokyo taxes. I think I am going on my 10th year here total. I was a student back in the late ’90s and early 2000s, and lived up in Saitama and only moved back stateside when I started getting offers from publishers to draw comics.

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Action figures galore take over this Shelf Porn from Toronto

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If it’s Saturday, it’s time for Shelf Porn — our weekly look at one collector’s pride and joy. Today’s collection of action figures, comics and lots more comes from Ryan in Toronto.

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

And now let’s hear from Ryan!

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J. Bone designs Spectagirl for new NBC sitcom

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The debut of NBC’s new summer sitcom Working the Engels will also bring another debut — Spectagirl, a superhero designed by J. Bone (The Saviors).

The show is about a family — the “Engels” mentioned in the title — who run their own law firm.

“I was asked by talented co-creator of the show, Jane Cooper Ford (with co-creator Katie Ford), to design Spectagirl as the fictional favourite superhero of Jenna Engel,” the artist said on his blog. “She’s part Supergirl, part Wonder Woman, all-knowing and all-seeing!”

Check out the new hero below, and watch Working the Engets starting July 10.

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‘Strange Eggs,’ ‘Punch and Judy’ writer Chris Reilly passes away

sejts_coverChris Reilly, the Harvey- and Ignatz-nominated writer of such comics as Punch and Judy and The Trouble With Igor, passed away June 9 at his home in Rhode Island, according to USA Today’s Whitney Matheson. He was 46.

Reilly had a long relationship with SLG Publishing, where he contributed to its Haunted Mansion anthology series, and wrote for and edited Strange Eggs, working with Steve Ahlquist, Ben Towle, Derf, Jhonen Vasquez and other creators. He also penned a Gumby one-shot for Gumby Comics, and contributed to The Tick 20th Anniversary Special published by New England Comics Press.

“Chris’s writing was as manic and unpredictable as he was,” Towle wrote in remembrance of his friend. “’Madcap’ is an overused term, but his writing was indeed madcap: sometimes dark, always funny – in a way that used to be a lot more commonplace during the ‘black and white boom’ than what followed. Beyond his actual comics storytelling, though, Chris was a consummate storyteller of all varieties. Answering a call from Chris entailed an hour-long commitment at a minimum. Get a few beers into Chris at a con hotel bar and he’d regale you with stories about being bitten by a rabid raccoon (he thought it was a cat and tried to pet it), playing in a band with Cheetah Chrome (‘Gothic Snowtire’) or trying Flaming Carrot-style to read every single submitted single issue comic in one sitting the year he was an Eisner Awards judge.”

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SF Weekly turns this week’s issue into a comic

download[Editor’s note: Every 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.]

Last week readers of SF Weekly, San Francisco’s weekly alternative newspaper, received a special treat — the entire issue, including the features, columns, news stories, letters and more — were transformed into comics.

The writers for the paper teamed up with artists from the California College of the Arts, under the guidance of the paper’s editor, Brandon R. Reynolds, and special guest co-editor Matt Silady, chair of the California College of the Arts’ MFA in Comics Program and creator of the Eisner-nominated The Homeless Channel. The goal was to take the writers and artists out of their comfort zones, to get them thinking more like their counterparts and to find new ways to tell stories — within the boundaries of a regular issue.

Silady told me, “This very special issue has been in the works for quite some time, and we’re thrilled it is hitting SF Weekly newsstands and the web this week.”

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Two from DC find new roles at Marvel, Valiant

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This weekend’s Special Edition NYC has brought confirmation on an earlier report by Bleeding Cool that two former DC editors have found new jobs at other publishers.

Katie Kubert, former editor of Batman, Detective and Batman Eternal, left DC Comics Friday after five years for a job as an editor at Marvel. Kubert appeared today on the Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel at Special Edition NYC, where her new job was announced and she discussed being a third-generation Kubert (her grandfather is legendary artist Joe Kubert, while Adam and Andy Kubert are her uncles).

Meanwhile, Valiant has confirmed to ROBOT 6 that former DC Assistant Editor Kyle Andrukiewicz has joined them as an assistant editor. Andrukiewicz worked on titles like The Movement, Animal Man and The New 52: Future’s End.

With DC Comics’ upcoming move from New York to Burbank, California getting closer and closer, it isn’t surprising to hear of current employees finding new opportunities with other publishers – if indeed that’s the reason why they left. Last month Comic Book Resources confirmed that Bob Wayne will leave his position as senior vice president of sales at DC Comics prior to the scheduled move in April 2015.

The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ action figure line, circa 1980

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Fans who remember checking the pegs at Target for the latest releases in Kenner’s Star Wars action figure line can appreciate this: Eddie Utrata shares a mock-up of what a Guardians of the Galaxy action figure might have looked like in the 1980s, specifically the back of the card that holds the figure (which, if I’m being honest, was always my favorite part of browsing for action figures — looking at the back of the card to see what I was missing).

The box caught the attention of James Gunn, director of the big Guardians movie due in August:

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Shelf Porn straight from the Danger Room

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly trip into the houses and hallways of fans around the world. Today’s collection of goodies comes from Pennsylvania’s Mark Stong, who shows us his “Danger Room” filled with autographed statues, props and more.

If you’d like to see your stuff right here on Robot 6, you can find details on how to submit it at the end of this post.

Now let’s turns things over to Mark …

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