Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Cleveland store teams with local artists for anti-bullying campaign

By Clare Kolat (left) and Shawny Walthaw

By Clare Kolat (left) and Shawny Walthaw

Inspired by Marvel’s variant covers marking National Bullying Prevention Month, Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop in Cleveland enlisted the artists of the local Scribble Nerds collective to produce a series of stickers featuring Marvel heroes and the message “Be a Hero … Not a Bully.”

The seven stickers (one from each member of the collective) star Spider-Gwen, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Deadpool, She-Hulk, Wolverine and Storm, and Rocket Raccoon, Baby Groot and Drax. The entire set is free throughout October with the purchase of any graphic novel (even the discounted ones).

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Hot Toys goes claws out with Wolverine ‘Days of Future Past’ figure

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Hot Toys has unveiled its alarmingly incredibly life-like 1/6th-scale Wolverine collectible action figure from X-Men: Days of Future Past, out now on Blu-ray and DVD (synergy!). As you can see, this is future Wolverine, so if you were hoping for swingin’ ’70s Logan, you may be out of luck.

“The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Hugh Jackman as the future Wolverine in the movie,” the description states, “featuring a newly developed head sculpt, specially-tailored future Wolverine battle suit with armor parts and Wolverine’s signature metal claws.”

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‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’ comes to GoComics

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This week not only marked the 109th birthday of Little Nemo in Slumberland, it saw the debut of Winsor McCay’s revolutionary strip on Universal Uclick’s GoComics.

“Little Nemo in Slumberland was the greatest comic strip of its day, perhaps the greatest of all time,” the announcement states, “acclaimed the world over for its artistic majesty, unbounded imagination and groundbreaking techniques that helped define a new art form.”

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‘Walking Dead’ alum helps rescue children in Colombian sex trade

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During her three seasons as Andrea on The Walking Dead, Laurie Holden killed a lot of zombies, annoyed a lot of viewers and shot Daryl. However, now the actress has a new role, fighting a real-world threat: child sex trafficking.

ABC’s Nightline reported this week on Operation Underground Railroad, an organization founded by former CIA agent and Homeland Security investigator Tim Ballard that specializes in cases involving child sex trafficking. For a recent sting operation in Cartagena, Colombia — launched in cooperation with that country’s government — Ballard relied on “a ragtag group of volunteers” to help stage a bachelor party, with the goal of rescuing child prostitutes brought to the event and arresting the traffickers.

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This pristine Black Lotus ‘Magic’ card could be yours, for $100K

beta-black-lotus-croppedIf that video of the surprise discovery of an Alpha Black Lotus card has you itching to play Magic: The Gathering again, then do we have an offer for you. Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Washington — the same store that auctioned a copy of Action Comics #1 for a record $3.2 million — is selling the highest-graded Beta Black Lotus card in existence.

The asking price? A mere $100,000.

As Pristine Comics details on its website, the card is rated 10 by Becket Grading Services, which it argues is more comprehensive than Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA) and Sportscard Guaranty Company (SGC).

“To compare, there is only one BGS-10 Beta Black Lotus,” the description states. “There are 34 PSA-10’s of this same card. An ungraded NM/Mint Beta Black Lotus lists for about $2400.00. PSA-10 sells for about $10,000. By comparison the BGS-10 Beta Black Lotus should command an asking price of $230,000 (when compared to the PSA-10), Or nearly a million dollars when compared to its ungraded counterpart.”

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Finalists announced for 2014 British Comic Awards

wicked-divine1The finalists have been announced for the third annual British Comic Awards, culled from a longlist of eligible titles submitted by creators, publishers and readers. From here, the judging panel will select the winner in each of the four categories, to be announced Nov. 15 in a ceremony during the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds.

In addition, the judges named Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe creator Posy Simmonds to the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame, where she joins previous entrants Leo Baxendale and Raymond Biggs.

Here’s the 2014 shortlist:

Best Comic
Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger – Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
In The Frame – Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)
Raygun Roads – Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (self-published)
Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories – Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
The Wicked + The Divine #1 – Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

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Marvel Unlimited adds Ant-Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange OGNs

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In a move that we can only presume is tied to Marvel’s upcoming television and movie plans, the publisher has announced the addition of some of its Season One graphic novels to the Marvel Unlimited digital library — specifically, Ant-Man, Daredevil and Doctor Strange.

Launching in 2012 with Fantastic Four: Season One, the line features current creators retelling, and expanding, the origins stories of some of Marvel’s most popular characters. Neither Fantastic Four nor Season One titles devoted to the X-Men, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, the Hulk and Thor are mentioned in the announcement.

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Ireland celebrates classic video games with new stamps

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Paying tribute to classic video-game icons, Ireland’s state-run postal service today released four stamps featuring Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man and Space Invaders.

Taito Corp.’s Space Invaders and Namco’s Pac-Man — debuting in 1978 and 1980, respectively, making  them the oldest of the quartet — are represented by screenshots, while Nintendo’s Mario and Sega’s Sonic themselves are showcased on their stamps.

The stamps are issued by An Post and designed Dublin’s Zinc Design Consultants.

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Zatanna fan film hopes to conjure funding on Kickstarter

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Although the teaser trailer is, naturally, brief, it may be just intriguing enough to draw fans of Zatanna to the Kickstarter campaign page for Theo Brown‘s fan film. And once there, the story pitch may just seal the deal.

The writer/director proposes a retelling of Zatanna’s origins, with the magician grappling with both “a villain greater than anything she’s ever faced” and her own inner-conflict about the loss of her father.

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The story behind the 1969 song ‘Nobody Loves the Hulk’

nobody loves the hulkYou may not exactly remember the 1969 song “Nobody Love the Hulk,” recorded by New Rochelle, New York, band the Traits, but if you have more than a passing interest in vintage Marvel comics, you’ve likely run across an ad for it in the back of the publisher’s books from 1969 and 1970. (It was also prominently referenced in 1992’s Hulk Annual #18.) That’s how songwriter/producer Rosalind Rogoff sold the emerald-green 45s, a few hundred in all.

But while “Nobody Loves the Hulk” has been covered a couple of times in recent years, the original — and the story behind it — remains at least relatively obscure, leading blogger Greg Williams to track down Rogoff (now a blogger herself) what compelled her to write the novelty song.

“I was a nerd then and still am,” she tells Adams. “I’m not as nerdy as the Big Bang Theory guys are, but I was very much into comics when I was in my twenties. My mother kept telling me to get rid of all the old comics I saved, so I sold them to some guys for $25. I knew they would be worth a lot more in a few years, but it made my mother happy.”

Rogoff, who seems a bit embarrassed about the song, goes into a little more detail on her own blog, confessing, “I didn’t know that my campy 1969 record had a life past 1969. I gave up reading Marvel comics when I started Graduate School at UCLA in 1972. I still have a box of Marvel Comics from the late ’60s that my father sent me when I moved from New Rochelle to Los Angeles to attend UCLA.”

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Now Groot is getting his own limited-edition Funko Hikari figure

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Not content to stop with its Groot and Dancing Groot bobbleheads, Funko has officially announced — through Marvel’s Ryan Penagos – a third figure based on Guardians of the Galaxy‘s breakout star.

It’s part of the company’s Hikari Japanese Vinyl line of limited-edition hand-crafted figures (in this case, it’s limited to 5,000 copies). No further details were revealed this morning, but you can likely expect it to cost somewhere between $50 and $80, depending upon whether the figure is 6 inches tall or 8 inches.

Marvel Toy News snapped some photos of the Groot figures last week at New York Comic Con, if you’re interested in a close-up look.

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What big project is Mark Millar teasing?

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Mark Millar is teasing a 10-issue series that has some fans guessing could be his first DC Comics work since 2003’s Superman: Red Son.

Posting a page of artwork this morning on his message board, the writer asked members to guess the artist, the project and which “well-known superheroes” are shown, promising, “All will be revealed next week.” “You will be SURPRISED,” he added.

Clearly enjoying the game, Millar was quick to offer four clues:

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Stan Lee calls for ‘raw realism’ in comics (aka bathroom breaks)

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With the birth of the Marvel Universe more than five decades ago, Stan Lee helped create real heroes with real problems. However, now he’s beginning to think Marvel’s comic books aren’t realistic enough.

“I wonder why, in any story, we’ve never shown that a hero or heroine has to go to the bathroom?” the legendary writer says in the latest installment of “Stan’s Rants,” appropriately titled “Superhero Potty Talk.” “To be terribly realist, wouldn’t it be something: You have a fight scene, and the hero is fighting the villain, and suddenly he says, ‘Hey, hold it a minute, please. Can we finish this later? I just have to go!'”

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Dark Horse launches Humble Star Wars Bundle

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The Star Wars license is passing to Marvel at the end of the year, but before that happens, does Dark Horse have a deal for you.

The publisher has partnered with Humble Bundle to let fans to get up to $190 worth of Star Wars digital comics for … well, a heck of a lot less than that. Humble Bundle allows customers to purchase DRM-free downloads for as little as a penny, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity (in this case, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).

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Slim Jim wants you to associate its meat snacks with flesh-eating zombies

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You wouldn’t think a company that sells dried spiced meat would want its products associated with decaying human flesh, but Slim Jim — “a leading brand of meat sticks” — has snapped into a partnership with AMC’s The Walking Dead that sees its Carne Asada strips temporarily renamed … “Carnage Asada.” Get it?

“Slim Jim’s bold flavor pairs perfectly with AMC and The Walking Dead,” Jill Dexter, Slim Jim’s brand director, says in a statement. “In a post-apocalyptic world or in your living room, it’s important to be prepared with the right snack, and our Carnage Asada Steakhouse is just that.”

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