Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Bill Willingham designs beer label to benefit The Hero Initiative

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Boom Island Brewing Company in Minneapolis will mix comics and craft beer May 1 with a fundraiser for The Hero Initiative featuring Fables creator Bill Willingham.

The acclaimed writer and artist will autograph the label he designed for Boom Island’s Belgian strong Gravity No. 9 specifically to support the comics industry charity, which will receive a portion of proceeds from the event.

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How to become Batman (Step 1: Be filthy rich)

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It took a lot for Bruce Wayne to become Batman: a lot of money, a lot of training and a lot of determination (or, y’know, obsessiveness; potato, po-tah-to). However, if you’re not the sole heir to a multimillion-dollar fortune — at least $682 million of that would go toward the mansion, Batmobile, gadgets and, yes, butler — you can at least become Batman-like.

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Marvel and Five Four team up for men’s fashion collection

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Marvel has teamed with men’s fashion brand Five Four to launch a line of exclusive clothing inspired by the publisher’s superheroes.

Launching April 1, the collection consists of outerwear, dress shirts, graphic tees and accessories with a style described as “subtle and refined” that “plays on the personality behind a Marvel Super Hero.”

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Hot Toys unveils Iron Man Mark VII Stealth Mode figure

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Hot Toys shows no signs of letting up with its line of Marvel collectible figures, which continues with this exclusive 1/6th-scale Iron Man Mark VII in Stealth Mode.

Just how exclusive is it? It’s a movie promo edition that will be available for preorder during stops on “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition,” which will tour Asia from April through July.

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Ben Affleck gives a ‘Batman’ shoutout during Senate hearing

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Ben Affleck with Sen. Patrick Leahy

Testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill, actor Ben Affleck reminded senators that, well, he’s Batman — and dropped a minor spoiler about the upcoming Warner Bros. film.

“To Senator Leahy, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my co-star in Batman,” Affleck said, addressing Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. “The role is marginally smaller than mine but I understand you’re quite good.”

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Gen Con weighs leaving Indiana in wake of ‘religious freedom’ law

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Following Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s signing of the controversial “religious freedom” bill into law, Gen Con organizers announced Thursday they’ve begun “discussions” about whether to remain in Indianapolis once their contract expires in 2020.

Gen Con owner and CEO Adrian Swartout issued an open letter earlier this week urging the governor to veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, cautioning that it will “have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years.”

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Funko’s new Batman Dorbz figures are Gotham’s cutest

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On the teeny-tiny heels of those Guardians of the Galaxy figures, Funko and Vinyl Sugar have announced a Batman Dorbz series that manages to make even Killer Croc look cuddly.

Set for release in July, the series of 3-inch vinyl figures also boasts Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Harley Quinn and the Penguin, all sporting that irresistible smile. The Joker is curiously absent, but maybe he’ll pop up in a later wave.

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‘Star Wars’ arms race heats up with radio-controlled Star Destroyer

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Clearly there’s a rapidly escalating arms race under way in a galaxy far, far away. Within a matter of weeks, we’ve gone Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor custom quadcopters to a speeder bike and, now, an Imperial Star Destroyer.

The creation Olivier C, who previously built the radio-controlled Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor, the symbol of the Empire casts a menacing shadow, even if it’s made largely of foam.

But what’s next, a Death Star? This madness won’t end until someone destroys a planet.

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1966 Batmobile replica could fetch $175,000 at auction

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A replica of the Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series could bring as much as $175,000 this weekend at a car auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Purported to be only the sixth Batmobile replica produced, by Jay Orhrberg Hollywood Cars, it was used in a U.S. tour warning children of the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

A Batcycle replica is expected to sell for somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000.

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ trailer delivers bone-crunching, blood-spurting action

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If all the promotional material for Mortal Kombat X has left you wondering what happened to all the blood and gore, this trailer is for you.

Unveiled this morning by Maxim Russia and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the Shaolin trailer turns the spotlight on Kung Lao, Liu Kang and newcomer Kung Jin, and doesn’t hold back on any of the decapitations, crushed skulls or bloody throat-punches fans have come to expect from the franchise. Needless to say, this probably isn’t safe for viewing at work.

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Gaiman’s ‘Sandman: Overture,’ ‘Children’s Crusade’ get deluxe treatment

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Vertigo has announced the fall release of two Neil Gaiman deluxe hardcover editions, The Sandman: Overture and Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade.

The first may seem a tad optimistic, as the six-issue bimonthly miniseries by Gaiman and J.H. Williams III, which debuted in October 2013 as part of the 25th anniversary of The Sandman, has yet to release its final two chapters. Set to arrive in November, the deluxe edition will include all six issues, the gatefold from the debut issue, plus extras like pages from the Special Editions and script pages.

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Hench 4 Life in this Monarch henchman hoodie

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If we’ve learned anything from five seasons (and assorted specials) of The Venture Bros., it’s that serving as one of The Monarch’s henchmen isn’t easy. It’s dispiriting work that, more often that not, ends in a grisly death. On the plus side, however, the costume is pretty snazzy.

Cinemastery Studios has a more casual take on the uniform, for the henchman on the go: a stylish yellow-and-black hoodie that comes complete with antennae and mask (with lenses made of transparent red vinyl). After all, you have to preserve that identity, even in the off-hours. The best part, though, is the tag, which reads “HENCH 4 LIFE.”

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It’s Groot vs. Hodor in the rap battle we’ve been waiting for

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The rivalry that’s been building for a while — at least since the pair met in the Mos Eisley cantina — finally boiled over into an intense, and surprisingly expressive, rap battle between Groot and Hodor.

Backed by Rocket Raccoon, Bran Stark and Osha in this new video from The Warp Zone, the gentle giants of Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of Thrones throw down some mad … not rhymes, exactly. However, they do appear mad, or at least mildly perturbed.

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Watch ‘Man at Arms’ create Link’s Hylian shield

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We’ve previously featured the craftspeople of Man at Arms when they created real-life versions of Batarangs and Thor’s hammer. This week, however, they set their sights on Hyrule — specifically, Link’s shield from The Legend of Zelda.

As you might expect, Man at Arms spares no detail, even using real amber for the Triforce symbol. But they don’t stop at the Hylian shield, choosing to also forge the original Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.

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Marvel’s Avengers inspire runway fashions in South Africa

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The Avengers took to the runway over the weekend at South African Fashion Week in 18 ready-to-wear looks inspired by Marvel’s Age of Ultron.

It was the result of Marvel Fashion-Hero Search, an initiative launched in December by Disney and SA Fashion Week to find up-and-coming designers from across Africa to create men’s and women’s lines that draw upon Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk. In the end, just six designers were selected to show.

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