Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Glow-in-the-dark SHIELD shirts reveal hidden Hydra agents

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Anyone who’s seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. knows that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hydra has secretly operated within the espionage and law-enforcement agency for decades, plotting global conquest. Now it’s time for the organization to come out of the shadows … with shirts that give new meaning to the term “sleeper agent.”

Think Geek reveals true allegiances with this glow-in-the-dark T-shirt and tank top that boast the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo when the lights are on, and the Hydra emblem when they go off. I imagine The Winter Soldier would’ve gone differently had these been standard issue at the Triskelion,

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Kids react to ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer (and to comics)

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By now you’re likely familiar with the “Kids React” series, in which children and teens respond — not always favorably — to seeing a movie trailer for the first time. This week’s episode, featuring Avengers: Age of Ultron, doesn’t disappoint, as the reactions rang from excitement to disinterest to, in at least one case, outright dislike.

However, the most interesting part may be the the question portion, in which some of the participants acknowledge they’re aware the Avengers originated in comics books … something they don’t read. One kid even admits he’s been to a comic store, but only for toys.

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Former investigator indicted in theft of vintage comics

A copy of "All Winners Comics" #1 was among the stolen comics

A copy of “All Winners Comics” #1 was among the stolen comics

A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, has indicted a former investigator for the district attorney’s office accused of stealing thousands of dollars in rare comics.

The Houston Chronicle reports Dustin Deutsch was indicted Tuesday on charges of felony theft by a public servant and tampering with evidence, stemming from an embezzlement case he and his former partner Lonnie Blevins were investigating in 2012 for the district attorney’s office.

Blevins was arrested in January 2013 following an FBI investigation into the theft of rare comics seized from the home and storage units of Anthony Chiofalo, a corporate attorney who embezzled $9.3 million from his employer, and then spent a sizable chunk of the money on high-priced collectibles, including a copy of Detective Comics #27 valued at $900,000.

Blevins pleaded guilty in May to taking more than $5,000 worth of those comics and selling them at a convention in Chicago. He’s awaiting sentencing.

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Even a low-budget remake of ‘Age of Ultron’ trailer is awesome

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Watching the gleefully low-budget, shot-for-shot remake of the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, it occurred to me that many of us would probably line up to watch this movie, as long as there was the promise of an after-credits scene.

OK, maybe not, but this sweded take on the teaser is every bit as entertaining as you would expect, with cardboard buildings (and doors and Hulkbuster armor), terrible wigs, crepe-paper speed effects, and what I’m pretty sure is processed cheese sauce doubling as molten iron.

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Long Beach Comic Expo offers lifetime passes

Cosplay from Long Beach Comic Expo 2014

Cosplay from Long Beach Comic Expo 2014

For comics fans in Southern California, this Cyber Monday deal may rise above the others.

Long Beach Comic Expo is offering 50 lifetime passes for the annual event for $249.99 each through Dec. 13. After that, you’ll have to shell out $349.99 for one.

Not to be confused with its fall counterpart Long Beach Comic Con, the two-day expo is moving from its traditional late-spring dates to Feb. 28 to March 1 for next year’s sixth-anniversary show.

Held at the Long Beach Convention Center, the event also plans to expand exhibit space and its creator and programming lineups. Announced guests for the 2015 convention include Chris Claremont, Brian Wood and Greg Weisman. The passes can be purchased on the Long Beach Comic Expo website.

Geek OUT’s Flame Con campaign exceeds Kickstarter goal

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With eight days remaining in the Kickstarter campaign, Geeks OUT has surpassed its initial $15,000 goal to help fund Flame Con, “a super-queer comic con” to be held next year in New York City.

“We are over the moon with excitement!” the group said in a statement. ” THANK YOU to all who have helped us take this huge step toward realizing such an ambitious goal.”

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Alex Ross pits Darth Vader against Doctor Doom

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OK, so maybe Batman versus Darth Vader wasn’t exactly a fair fight, but what about Doctor Doom versus the Dark Lord? Alex Ross depicts such a scenario in a painting he created for a friend. Both characters blend magic and technology, and they cut mean figures in their capes and suits of armor. It seems like a pretty good match-up.

By this point, Ross is becoming an old hand at the Sith Lord, having recently provided variant covers for Marvel’s Star Wars #1 and Star Wars: Darth Vader #1.

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It’s Batman vs. Darth Vader in ‘Super Power Beat Down’

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If as a kid — or, hell, as an adult — you ever dreamed of seeing Batman face Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel, it’s your lucky day. In the 14th episode of its “Super Power Beat Down” series, Machinima pits the Dark Knight against the Dark Lord of the Sith in a mission to rescue Superman from the Death Star.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say we get to hear (but not see) Oracle, and Batman delivers a couple of solid lines, including, “I’ll take my science over your magic any day.” But is Bat-tech enough to overcome the power of the Dark Side?

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Superman action figure soars to edge of space, returns to Earth

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There’s something wonderfully and refreshingly uplifting about this video, which chronicles DesignSpark‘s mission for Mattel Toys Italy to launch a Superman action figure to an altitude of 29,000 meters — “to the edge of space” — and bring it parachuting back to Earth. It’s pretty amazing.

DesignSpark has provided more details at Instructables, including downloadable instructions so you can send your own action figure into the atmosphere.

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Spanish soccer team abandons new bat logo after DC challenge

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A Spanish soccer club has decided not to use an updated version of its traditional bat emblem, avoiding a possible legal fight with DC Comics.

News surfaced last week that the publisher had opposedd the trademark registration by La Liga club Valencia C.F., insisting the new variation of the team’s bat crest too closely resembles the familiar Batman emblem.

But now, The Guardian reports, Valencia says it no longer plans to use the new design after DC “presented its opposition to the request.” The club emphasized “there does not exist a lawsuit by DC Comics.”

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Anti-Hitler strip from wartime ‘Beano’ goes up for auction

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An original 1943 comic strip from The Beano making fun of Adolf Hitler will go up for auction later this month after being rescued from a dumpster in the 1960s.

The Daily Express reports that the strip was created by cartoonist Dudley Watkins for The Beano #219 as part of a propaganda campaign to raise British spirits during World War II.

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Holy Toledo! Batman and Riddler come to blows in hockey game

Toledo's Jeff Lerg strikes a Bat-pose (via the Walleye Facebook page)

Toledo’s Jeff Lerg strikes a Bat-pose (via the Walleye Facebook page)

In somehow-fitting turn of events, Batman and The Riddler dropped the gloves in a hockey game Saturday night celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader.

As we reported last month, East Coast Hockey League teams the Toledo Walleye and the Evansville (Indiana) IceMen donned Batman and Riddler jerseys, respectively, for a “Heroes Night” celebration. Afterward the jerseys were to be auctioned off afterward, with proceeds going to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well.

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Korra strikes back against Nickelodeon slimers in parody video

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The fan-favorite animated series The Legend of Korra hasn’t had it easy, surviving a disastrous Season 3 rollout only to be bumped from Nickelodeon’s television schedule to finish out its four-season run online (although it now appears to be returning to TV). But in this new video from Gritty Reboots, which gave us the trailer for Calvin and Hobbes: The Movie, Korra strikes back against Nick executives, which here take the form of slime benders.

The location and stunts are terrific, and the special effects pretty decent, but I can’t help but think the parody could’ve been taken a lot further. Watch the the video and behind-the-scenes feature below.

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Hugo Pratt watercolor fetches record price for Corto Maltese art

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A watercolor of Corto Maltese by his creator Hugo Pratt sold at auction Saturday in Paris for $485,500, more than twice the original estimate. According to Agence France-Presse, that’s the highest price ever paid for a piece of Corto Maltese art.

Created for a 1979 French edition of Corto Maltese in Africa (“Corto Maltese – Les Ethiopiques”), the piece was among 400 lots of comic art sold by French auction house Artcurial. An original Tintin strip from The Castafiore Emerald signed by Herge fetched the the top price, about $503,000.

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Jeff Smith, Tom Spurgeon team for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

cxc logoBone cartoonist Jeff Smith and comics journalist Tom Spurgeon are the driving force behind Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, an annual four-day comics festival set to debut in fall 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

That will be preceded next year by a two-day CXC Launch Event held Oct. 2, 2015, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Oct. 3 at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center (the second day is characterized as a comics expo with up to 35 exhibitors).

Smith, who lives in Columbus, will serve as the festival’s president and artistic director. Spurgeon, editor of The Comics Reporter, will be festival director; he plans to relocate to Columbus early next year.

“We’re extremely excited to try and bring a first-class comics festival to Columbus, Ohio,” Smith said in a statement. “I’ve attended and enjoyed so many great shows over the years, and hope that CXC can take its place alongside them.”

Smith and Spurgeon are joined on the CXC executive committee by Lucy Caswell, founder of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and Vijaya Iyer, president and co-publisher of Cartoon Books. More details are promised in early 2015.


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