Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

R2-D2 turns cosplayer in these superhero illustrations

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The best of two geeky worlds collide in a new poster series by artist Steve Berrington that mashes together the beloved R2-D2 with iconic superheroes (and a couple of antiheroes).

Available for $30 each from My Modern Shop, the posters feature the beloved Star Wars droid as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, The Flash and Deadpool.

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This ‘Legend of Korra’/’Parks & Rec’ mashup is awesomesauce

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One television series followed a young woman as she struggled to bring balance to a world beset by political and spiritual unrest, while the other chronicled the efforts of a slightly older woman as the fought for better parks to a town beset by political unrest and occasional cravings for waffles. It was only a matter of time before they came together in one video.

With Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra and NBC’s Parks and Recreation now, sadly, concluded, one fan has delivered a funny and occasionally inspired mashup of the two shows (they actually shared an actress: Aubrey Plaza portrayed both April Ludgate and Eska).

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French comic ‘Lastman’ is getting its own 3D fighting game

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Lastman, the acclaimed French martial-arts fantasy comic, is being developed as a 3D fighting game titled, appropriately enough, Lastfight. You can watch the announcement trailer below.

The comic, by Bastien Vivès, Balak and Michael Sanlaville, Lastman is an homage to American pop culture that centers on a cigarette-smoking, leather jacket-wearing stranger who enrolls in the gladiatorial-style games of a medieval fantasy world, but insists on relying on his martial-arts skills rather than magic. The series is published by Casterman in France and, beginning this month, by First Second in the United States.

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Funko announces ‘Age of Ultron’ Black Widow Pop! figure

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Despite some initial concerns among fans, it turns out that Funko will release a Black Widow figure as part of its previously announced Avengers: Age of Ultron Pop! Vinyl series.

Arriving in May, with new batons in hand, Natasha joins Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Vision and Ultron (plus the Hulkbuster offered exclusively through the new Marvel Collector Corps). There’s still no sign of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however.

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LA Times Book Prize graphic novel finalists announced

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The nominees have been announced for this year’s Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, a list that, unsurprisingly, includes awards-season favorites Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki.

The five finalists in the graphic novel category are:

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Journey to Hyrule with epic ‘Zelda’ live-action fan trailer

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If the wait for a live-action Legend of Zelda television series seems unbearable, you should probably take a couple of minutes to watch this impressive new trailer “The Final Battle,” a short-film collaboration between Player Piano and The Zelda Project.

The film promises Legend of Zelda fans “a live-action recreation of the epic fight between Link and Ganondorf. ” If the teaser is any indication, it’ll be something well worth watching.

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Legoland California’s Death Star is fully armed and operational

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If this morning you felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if a million voices suddenly cried out in joy, it may be because Legoland California will officially unveil its massive model of the Death Star today.

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Tremble before Tokyo’s new Godzilla statue

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Last week we saw only concept art for the Godzilla statue intended to erupt from the roof of the Toho Cinema in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, but today the full-size head of the King of the Monsters was officially revealed in all its glory.

That statue is what will provide the new 30-story Hotel Gracery, which sits atop the theater, with its Godzilla View Rooms (priced at a reasonable $125 a night).

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Comic heroines enjoy some downtime in Tom Beland’s sketches

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Cartoonist Tom Beland, best known for True Story, Swear to God, has posted a series of sketches showcasing comic book heroines — and in one case anti-heroines — as they enjoy a little time to themselves.

Medusa multitasks while reading the newspaper and Storm whips up a fluffy cloud elephant, while Sue Storm won’t allow a little thing like a multi-pronged attack by villains tear her away from a good book. It’s not all Marvel, though: You’ll also see Alana and Hazel from Saga, and Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy from DC Comics.

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Spider-Man moves to the country in this cute animated short

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Last year, Spider-Man mulled a move to the suburbs in an animated short written by CBR’s own Brett White, but now the wall-crawler has forsaken the hustle and bustle of New York City for the restfulness of the countryside. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, he has trouble adjusting to his surroundings.

In the clever (if all too brief) short from Stodoe Studios, titled “Spider-Man Moves to the Country,” Peter Parker quickly discovers he misses those conveniently placed buildings and street lights.

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El Paso Comic Con ‘canceled indefinitely’

el paso comic conEl Paso Comic Con, once characterized by its founder as “the most scrutinized comic con in the country,” has been canceled “indefinitely.” The event was scheduled for Sept. 4-6.

The announcement arrived this week in a Facebook page, but no explanation was provided.

“We’d like to announce El Paso Comic Con is being cancelled indefinitely,” reads the statement. “We’d like to thank everyone who supported us throughout years … the vendors, the guests, the partners, sponsors, the venues, but most importantly the volunteers and the FANS. We couldn’t have done it without you. It has no doubt been a great ride and a life changing experience. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. As we move forward and get back to our interests and the things we love to do – writing, music, publishing, and our professional ventures – we go shaped by this incredible event. Thank you again for coming along and participating in this life long passion. Remember, it’s not a trend but a culture. It’s a way of life.”

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New ‘Transformers’ Humble Bundle is more than meets the eye

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Humble Bundle has rolled out the second Transformers bundle, with up to $155 worth of IDW Publishing’s comics starring the robots in disguise.

There’s a bit of a catch, however: The offer runs for just one week, ending Wednesday, March 11, at 11 a.m. PT.

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‘Grayson: Earth One’ fan series introduces Jason Todd

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Nine months after the debut of Grayson: Earth One, writer/director Hisonni Johnson is back with the second episode of the fan-produced web series, which reimagines the origin of Nightwing.

Titled “The Boy and the Bullet,” this chapter picks up moments after the previous episode, following young car thief Jason Todd who, “in another life,” becomes the second Robin. However, in this continuity, “Jason is left to navigate America’s most dangerous city in search for purpose, safety and a family to call his own. Unfortunately … he finds one.”

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Oddly NSFW Spider-Man balloon is happy to see you

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At some point in the journey of this Spider-Man balloon, from concept to the production floor to stores, someone probably should’ve pointed out that it looks like the wall-crawler is exposing his amazing friend to the world. But here it — and it — is.

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It’s Goku vs. Frieza in epic ‘Dragon Ball Z’ dance-off

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Before Frieza reveals his new golden form in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F, the iconic villain shows off his fierce dance moves in a new TV commercial for Kirin Beverage’s Mets grape soda.

Already widely considered the most powerful being in the universe, the galactic tyrant demonstrates there’s more to him death and destruction — namely, moves to rival Beyonce. I mean, just look at that choreography and those backup dancers!

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