Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

This Darth Vader medieval armor is impressive, most impressive

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Prince Armory, which created that unnerving Joker armor and the breathtaking Loki armor, has gone medieval on a galaxy far, far away, unveiling a version of Darth Vader that’s both beautiful and frightening.

Jokingly referred to as the “Darth Knight,” the custom mask, helmet and suit are made of leather. If you want other details, like, say, the price, you’ll have to contact Prince Armory. However, I imagine it’ll cost you … and they don’t accept Republic Dataries.

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11-year-old argues for more female superheroes, and DC agrees

justice league chibiEleven-year-old Rowan has the same complaint that a lot of fans do — that there simply aren’t enough comics, movies and toys featuring female superheroes. So she wrote a letter to DC Comics, saying, “Please do something about this. Girls read comics too and they care.”

Today, DC answered.

The letter, posted Wednesday this week on the blog of family friend David M. Perry, garnered a lot of attention on Twitter. “I love superheroes and have been reading comics and watching superhero cartoons and movies since I was very young,” Rowan writes. “I’m a girl, and I’m upset because there aren’t very many girl superheroes or movies and comics from DC.”

The goes on to point out the disparity between the number of toys based on male heroes and those based on female heroes, not to mention the lack of a Wonder Woman television series. “Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome,” she notes, “but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.”

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Tommy Lee Edwards and 800 North team for ‘Dino D-Day’ comic

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Developer 800 North has teamed with artist Tommy Lee Edwards and media company Spark and Roar to create a comic based on its first-person shooter video game Dino D-Day.

Debuting in 2011, the game is set in an alternate history where Adolf Hitler discovered a way to resurrect dinosaurs to create a massive army.

Titled Operation Genesis, the comic tells the origin stories of the game’s two lead characters — Colonel Nigel Blythe-Crossley and Captain Jack Hardgrave — through a unique collaboration: Spark and Roar’s Gregory R. Little wrote the story, for which Edwards created full-color layouts. Then 800 North’s Abe Scheuermann and Brian Ulrich used the game as “a virtual prop house” to create the necessary images.

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Graphix announces new books from Telgemeier, Holm and more

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Trumpeting the yearlong 10th-anniversary celebration of its Graphix imprint, Scholastic has announced new projects from Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier and Mike Maihack.

The brother-sister team of Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish) have created a Sunny Side Up, a semi-autobiographical for readers ages 8 to 12, set for release Aug. 25, the same date as Craig Thompson’s previously announced Space Dumplins.

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Brian Michael Bendis recommends comics in ‘Late Night’ video

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When Brian Michael Bendis appeared last week on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, he did more than promote Playstation Network’s Powers adaptation and Marvel’s Secret Wars. He also offered up some comic-book recommendations.

In “Comic Book Gateway,” a video shot backstage at Late Night and released this week, the writer suggests some titles for newcomers. While he gives nods to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, Bendis devotes most of his time to creator-owned comics.

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Sides are drawn in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ fan trailer

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After impressing recently with his epic trailer for a DC vs. Marvel movie and even Star Wars vs. Marvel and DC, Alex Luthor is back with his take on the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

Using footage from The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and the trailers for Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, among other sources (some of which I don’t recognize), he’s crafted a pretty solid narrative that pits Tony Stark against Steve Rogers, with Black Widow, Falcon, Bucky Barnes, War Machine and even Scott Lang left to choose sides.

It’s pretty compelling, and the closest thing we’re likely to come to any actual Civil War footage for at least six months or so.

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Funko launches Marvel Collector Corps subscription service

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Marvel has had a lengthy relationship with toy company Funko, and now the two partnered for something new: Marvel Collector Corps, characterized as a first-of-its kind subscription box service for exclusive Marvel collectibles, apparel and accessories.

The debut box, which ships in April, will feature items from Avengers: Age of Ultron, including an exclusive 6-inch Iron Man Hulkbuster Pop! vinyl figure (below), a T-shirt sporting one of four exclusive designs, another stylized vinyl figure and two premium accessories.

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‘Akira’ creator Katsuhiro Otomo wins Angoulême Grand Prix

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Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo has won the Angoulême International Comics Festival’s Grand Prix, marking the first time a Japanese artist has received the event’s top honor. Just five non-Europeans have earned the award.

Jeremiah artist Hermann and Watchmen writer Alan Moore were also finalists for the award, presented annually in recognition of lifetime achievement to a living comics creator. The winner traditionally serves as president of the jury for the following year’s festival.

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Exclusive first look at Alex Ross Store’s ‘Darth Vader’ variant

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As Comic Book Resources noted earlier this month, painter Alex Ross is creating limited-edition variant covers for Marvel’s new Star Wars titles that will be sold exclusively through the artist’s online store at AlexRossStore.com. We’ve already seen the painting of Luke Skywalker created for Star Wars #1, but today ROBOT 6 can exclusively reveal the Alex Ross Store variant for Star Wars: Darth Vader #1.

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Hot Toys unveils Thanos ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ figure

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First came the cameo in The Avengers, then came a full-fledged appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, along with the promise of a larger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What could possibly be left for Thanos? How about movie-accurate figure from Hot Toys?

The high-end collectibles company has revealed its 1/6th-scale figure of the Mad Titan, based on his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy. He comes complete with two sets of interchangeable hands and a throne with LED light-up function.

However, there’s no mention of price or release date, so stay tuned.

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LEGO lifts off with epic SHIELD Helicarrier playset

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Ahead of next month’s Toy Fair in New York City, The Wall Street Journal has the first look at LEGO’s massive 2,996-piece S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier playset.

The Helicarrier is 11 inches high, 17 inches wide and a whopping 31 inches long, and boasts two runways, microscale fighter jets, Quinjets and ground-support vehicles, plus five minifigures from Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster The Avengers, including — brace yourselves! — two female characters: Nick Fury, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and new addition Maria Hill. Imagine that.

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White House uses comic reminders about Obamacare deadline

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For a gentle reminder about the Feb. 15 HealthCare.gov enrollment deadline, the White House turned to comics and Curls creator Carolyn Belefski.

Intended to be shared on Facebook and Twitter, the seven comic strips depict Americans living vastly different lives — from the fitness nut to the adrenalin junkie to the hipster — who have one thing in common: They have health insurance. Each four-panel strip has at its center a badge encouraging readers to joint that person at HeathCare.gov.

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Danish officials foil man’s bid to change name to Superhero

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Danish officials have dashed the hopes of a Copenhagen toy store owner who wanted to call himself Superhero. However, like a true superhero, he isn’t giving up without a fight.

BBC News reports that 26-year-old Benjamin Preisler Herbst hoped to tack “Superhero” onto the beginning of his name, as so much of his life revolves around comic book characters. But after a four-month review, authorities rejected his request, writing, “The word superhero is a term for a fictional/non-existent figure. We don’t believe that Superhero lives up to the criteria for being approved as a boy’s name.”

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Kotobukiya unveils ‘Li’l Gotham’ mini figures

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Collectible toy company Kotobukiya has revealed a new set of DC Comics mini figures based on Li’l Gotham by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs.

Measuring less than 2 inches tall, the figures — Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy — come in randomly selected two-packs and in six colors. No price is given, but they’ll be available in June.

Nguyen’s designs for a pint-sized Gotham City are proving to be popular in the collectibles market: Last year DC Collectibles unveiled a line of Lil’l Gotham action figures.

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‘Attack on Titan’ Real Escape Game gets a trailer, New York date

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Although SCRAP Entertainment has yet to announce details for the New York City edition of the Attack on Titan Real Escape stadium game, the trailer for “Escape From the Walled City” now provides a date: Saturday, April 11. However, no location is listed.

That information arrives even as tickets sell out for Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. That’s 3,000 players for that one run-through; tickets are still available for the 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. games, and for the Los Angeles stop on March 21.

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