Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Life-size Rocket Raccoon statue is only for ‘Guardians’ die-hards

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We’ve seen plenty of Rocket Raccoon merchandise released this year in conjunction with Guardians of the Galaxy, but none compares to this — either in size or price: It’s the life-size Rocket statue from Section 9 Entertainment and Muckle Mannequins.

Stand 78 inches tall — that’s six and a half feet, with pedestal — the collectible is of course highly detailed, and features one of his custom-made weapons from the Marvel blockbuster. Considering its size, you might think the biggest issue with buying this statue would be where to put it, but you’d be wrong.

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These swanky DC pens are pricey, and exactly what you want

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Italian company Montegrappa has been manufacturing luxury writing instruments for more than a century, which presumably has merely been build-up to this point: the release of the DC Comics Heroes & Villains series of pens.

Inspired by the success of its Batman collection, this set boasts Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin and, of course, the Dark Knight, offered as fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pens.

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Kamala Khan and her creators named among ‘kick-ass Muslims’

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Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson and editor Sana Amanat are in impressive company on BuzzFeed list of “21 Kick-Ass Muslims Who Changed the Narrative in 2014, which includes a Nobel laureate, a religious scholar and an Olympic athlete.

Written by Ahmed Ali Akbar, the rundown singles out not only the duo behind the creation of teenager Kamala Khan, the Pakistani American superhero, but also the character herself.

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Hot Toys touts Hulkbuster figure with life-size statue

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If Hot Toys’ Little Groot wasn’t quite to your liking, perhaps we can interest you in the company’s line Avengers: Age of Ultron collectible figures, officially unveiled at Toy Soul 2014 in Hong Kong. The centerpiece is undoubtedly the 1/6th-scale Hulkbuster armor, promoted with a massive life-size — nearly 10-feet-tall! — version on the exhibit floor.

In addition, Hot Toys also revealed the Thanos figure from Guardians of the Galaxy. The Age of Ultron line also includes Iron Man Mark XLIII, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow. See some of the images below, and even more on the Hot Toys Facebook page.

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Stephen Colbert says farewell, with Captain America’s shield in hand

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Although it’s the all-star sing-a-long from last night’s final episode of The Colbert Report that’s getting the attention this morning — it involved everyone from Henry Kissinger and Cyndi Lauper to Big Bird and Joe Quesada — it’s what came afterward that holds a special place in our hearts.

Having killed his old nemesis Grimmy the Grim Reaper, Stephen Colbert discovers he’s now immortal (cue Highlander effects), a condition he finds “kinda lonely, a little snacky.” Directionless, he takes to the rooftop, shouting “What do I do know?” while holding two prized possessions that didn’t get put in his yard sale: a Sting sword from The Lord of the Rings, and Captain America’s shield.

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Dexter faces Batman in the fan film you probably didn’t expect

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We come to expect some inter-franchise face-offs in fan films, whether it’s Batman vs. the Terminator or Batman vs. Wolverine. However, it’s unlikely anyone saw this coming: Dexter Morgan vs. the Dark Knight.

Directed by Mike Donis, “Batman vs. Dexter: Crossing Over” brings the vigilante serial killer to Gotham City to abduct Oswald Cobblepot in an effort to draw out the Caped Crusader, simply to find out whether he actually exists. It’s a solid enough premise that actually comes off pretty well, despite, as Topless Robot notes, the decidedly low production values (Batman’s costume is particularly rough, and we’re left to wonder why one of The Penguin’s henchmen is wearing a Court of Owls mask).

The roughly seven-minute short is labeled “Episode 1″ and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, which certainly suggests we’ll be seeing more of “Crossing Over.”

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Edumacate us: How ‘The Simpsons’ changed the language

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons — the first episode aired on Dec. 17, 1989 — Oxford Dictionaries turned to author and English professor Michael Adams to examine how Homer & Co. have changed the language, probably more than most of us realized.

After touching upon the contributions like craptacular and embiggening, Adams zeroes in on those ” two small but powerful words, words that aptly capture what it’s meant to be human during the Simpsons decades.” He means, of course, d’oh and meh.

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Judges announced for 2015 Eisner Awards

eisnerawards_logoComic-Con International has announced the judging panel for the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

The six-person committee will meet in early April in San Diego to select the nominees to be placed on the Eisner ballot, which will then be voted on by comics industry professionals. The judges are:

  • Carr D’Angelo, founding owner of Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks and Northridge, California, and vice president of the direct-market trade organization ComicsPRO
  • Richard Graham, media librarian and associate professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and managing editor of the academic e-journal SANE (Sequential Art Narratives in Education)
  • Sean Howe, author of the Eisner-winning Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
  • Susan Kirtley, associate professor of English and director of rhetoric and composition at Portland (Oregon) State University, where she’s developing a comics studies program
  • Ron McFee, a 35-year volunteer for Comic-Con International and a longtime member of the Convention Committee
  • Maggie Thompson, longtime co-editor of Comics Buyer’s Guide

Guidelines for submitting materials will be released in early January; deadline for entries is March 17. The winners will be announced July 10 during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with Comic-Con International in San Diego.

A Pac-Man themed restaurant is opening in Chicago

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Since its arrival in arcades three decades ago, Pac-Man has inspired more than 30 video-game spinoffs, cereal, a short-lived Saturday morning cartoon and even a hit song (1982’s “Pac-Man Fever”). And come January, you can add a restaurant to the list.

The Chicago Tribune reports Namco Entertainment is opening a 40,000-square-foot restaurant, cleverly named Level 257 after the game’s final kill screen, in a former Sears warehouse at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, northeast of Chicago.

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How to make your own Baby Groot out of cardboard

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If you’re one of those who takes a do-it-yourself approach to holiday gifts, this may be for you: a Baby Groot made using a laser printer and materials purchased from a Dollar Store. He has articulated arms, to boot!

I’m not at all crafty — as the lopsided wind chime and shapeless backpack from my shop and home ec. classes will attest — but even I could could make this, with little frustration or injury. I think. Maybe I’ll just buy a Dancing Baby Groot from KIDdesigns, or wait for the movie-accurate figure from Hot Toys … Anyway, watch the step-by-step video below.

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Droid from ‘Star Wars’ trailer already has a fan-made video

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The 88-second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens left fans with a lot of questions: “Is John Boyega’s character a Stormtrooper?” “Who’s the shadowy figure with the crazy/impractical lightsaber?” “What’s up with that crazy/impractical lightsaber?” and “D’aw, who’s the cutest droid ever?”

The latter, it turns out, is BB-8 (which Mark Hamill revealed isn’t created with CGI), and he’s already the star of his own fan-made video. Created by Julien Leterrier over four days, the 10-second clip finds the li’l droid speeding across a desert landscape, weaving between and beneath X-Wings. It’s effectively an extension of BB-8’s appearance in the trailer, which, like this video, was all too brief.

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The mythology of Middle-earth explained in four minutes

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If you’re heading out to watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, odds are that you have at least a passing familiarity with the complex mythology underpinning J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth saga. If you don’t … oh, boy, do you have some catching up to do. And fast.

Luckily, CGP Grey has put together a four-minute (or so) primer, with nifty illustrations, that may help. Of course, it may also leave you tearing at your hair and shouting, “Wait, who’s Eru Iluvatar again?” and “But where the hell did Hobbits come from?” (It serves you right for coming in at the end.) But, hey, that’s preferable to trying to slog through the The Silmarillion.

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Nobody cares about Stan Lee, says Stan Lee

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It’s not easy being Stan Lee, particularly when it feels as if people only like you for your body of work.

“I’m glad people care about Spider-Man and Iron Man and the X-Men and the Hulk and Doctor Strange and all the others,” the legendary creator says in the latest installment of “Stan’s Rants.” “But this burns me up: I’ll meet somebody. ‘Hello, how are you? My name is Stan.’ ‘I’m Joe, that’s fine … Hey, Stan, tell me about Spider-Man.’ Or, ‘Hey, Stan, how come in the latest Iron Man story you did … Stan, how come this happened?’ Nobody ever says to me, ‘Tell me about yourself.’ All they want to know is my characters. How about me? What makes me happy? Did I have a good day, did I have a bad day? What are my hopes, my dreams, my aspirations? Nobody cares!”

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Supergirl carols for candy in Mike Maihack Christmas strip

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Over the past few years, Mike Maihack’s adorable Batgirl/Supergirl comic strips have become a holiday tradition. Today, the creator of Cow & Buffalo and Cleopatra in Space is back with a new Christmas edition, in which the eternally cheerful Maid of Might wants to go caroling in Gotham. Which is apparently a lot like trick-or-treating …

“I feel like every Batgirl/Supergirl comic I’ve drawn so far has led up to this one right here,” the cartoonist writes. “Anyhow, Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope everyone is okay if this is the last of these for a while. 2015 is going be a busy, busy year for me.”

Mailhack is offering the original art for sale on eBay. You can find previous strips on his blog.

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Ian McKellen is downright magnetic on ‘Sesame Street’

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In the past year, both Loki and Superman have dropped by Sesame Street to teach the beloved characters valuable (and not at all sinister) lessons, and this week it’s Magneto’s turn. Or is that Gandalf’s?

Appearing alongside Sir Cookie Monster, Ian McKellen is tasked with telling young viewers what the word resist means. But considering that Cookie Monster doesn’t even know, it’s up to the actor to explain, using a couple of vaguely familiar examples.

“Say there was something you really loved, and it pulled you towards it like some sort of powerful magnet,” says the Master of Magnetism. “If you were able to control yourself and not go near it, you would resist it.”

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