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Clayton Crain designs beer label to benefit The Hero Initiative

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After teaming with Fables creator Bill Willingham and Boom Island Brewing Company in Minneapolis for a special beer label, The Hero Initiative is taking the show west, to California.

The charity, which is dedicated to helping creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish ale, designed by Ghost Rider and Carnage artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Proceeds from sales of the items will benefit The Hero Initiative.

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Funko swings in with ‘Batman ’66’ Vinyl Idolz series

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After releasing Pop! and Dorbz collectibles based on Batman ’66, Funko has tuned back in at the same Bat-time, same Bat-channel with Vinyl Idolz figures from Vinyl Sugar inspired by the classic television series.

Arriving in October, the collection features 8-inch versions of Adam West’s Batman, Burt Wad’s Robin, Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl and Cesar Romero’s Joker, with the Clown Prince of Crime most closely resembling his TV counterpart. Still, there’s something almost charming about the Boy Wonder’s glassy-eyed stare.

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The ‘Funk Awakens’ in this incredible ‘Star Wars’ music video

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In a perfect world, the second standalone Star Wars film, following Rogue One, would star Darth Vader and Boba Fett as a pair of chrome helmet-wearing electronic dance music DJs who set out on their bicycle and skateboard to recruit young Jedi to the Dark Side and conquer the galaxy with killer beats.

But it’s not a perfect world, so instead we’ll simply enjoy “Dark Punk: The Funk Awakens,” which is all that and more. Directed and produced by Brian Curtin, it’s easily the best Star Wars music video/Daft Punk sendup you’ll see, well, probably ever.

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Duke University responds to ‘Fun Home’ controversy

fun home2Despite the widely publicized objections by some incoming freshmen, Duke University appears to be standing by the selection of Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic memoir Fun Home for its summer reading program.

“With a class of 1,750 new students from around the world, it would be impossible to find a single book that that did not challenge someone’s way of thinking,” Michael Schoenfeld, the university’s vice president for public affairs, said in a statement issued Monday. “We understand and respect that, but also hope that students will begin their time at Duke with open minds and a willingness to explore new ideas, whether they agree with them or not.”

The debate about the 2006 graphic novel, which chronicles Bechdel’s childhood with a closeted gay father, his apparent suicide and her own coming out as a lesbian, began on the Facebook page for Duke’s class of 2019, where incoming freshman Brian Grasso wrote that reading Fun Home would require him to “compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs.” While the ensuing discussion, first reported by Duke’s student newspaper, included support for the book, others admitted they were bothered by its depiction of sexual acts.

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Suspects in Pokemon championship threats held without bail

Kevin Norton, left, and James Stumbo

Kevin Norton, left, and James Stumbo

Two Iowa men whom police say planned a mass shooting at the Pokémon World Championships in Boston were ordered held without bail Monday. A dangerousness hearing is set for Sept. 1.

Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, who were invited to participate in the weekend tournament, were arrested Saturday on firearms charges after police were alerted to alleged threats they’d made to the event through social media.

“We can never read someone’s mind,” The Boston Globe quotes Police Superintendent Paul A. Fitzgerald as saying. “What we can read is what they were saying and the actions that they took, bringing the weapons they were showing online as a threat.”

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Leonardo leads the charge in Mondo’s new TMNT figure series

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Mondo is headed back to the sewers, with the first action figure in its 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series going on sale Thursday.

Introduced last month at Comic-Con International, Leonardo kicks off the line inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic book and the classic cartoon. Priced at $149.99, the fiigure boasts more than 25 points of articulation, interchangeable heads with the original red mask from the comic and the color-coded blue one  from the cartoon, dual katana and scabbards, interchangeable hands, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, grappling hook and cord, an Utrom blaster, a belt with scabbard strips, a pre-mutation Splinter, and a pre-mutation baby Leonardo.

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‘Princess Mononoke’ is the retro video game we always wanted

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If you didn’t think it was possible to love Hayao Miyazaki’s anime classic Princess Mononoke more than you already do, prepare to be proved wrong.

The folks at Cinefex have reimagined the beloved 1997 film as an 8-bit video game (with a sprinkling of 16-bit), touching upon the major characters, settings and plot points, in a mere fraction of its 133-minute run time. It doesn’t hold back on the bloodshed, either.

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How many times has Batman killed in live-action? You may be surprised

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For a superhero who supposedly doesn’t kill, Batman sure has snuffed out a lot of people on the big screen. Maybe not Superman-versus-Zod-versus-Metropolis numbers, but for a guy with no superpowers, he’s held his own.

Mr. Sunday Movies tallies the Dark Knight’s “kill count” in this new supercut, documenting the many (occasionally gruesome, often fiery) ways he’s dealt out death. That’s not to say some of the villains didn’t deserve what was coming to them, but Batman seems to enjoy his work in some of those scenes.

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This Iron Merman cosplay is impressive, but can he talk to fish?

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While there’s certainly a lot of Iron Man cosplay out there, few are as imaginative and fun as this “Iron Merman” mashup, which debuted late last month at Tampa Bay Comic Con.

It’s the work of Aracknoid3, who incorporated his wheelchair into the costume with the addition of the wonderfully crafted fishtail, and included such details as the repeating trident insignia, light-up “gills” on the torso, the helmet (with its catfish-like whiskers), and of course the trident itself.

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‘Comic Book Apocalypse’ celebrates the art of Jack Kirby

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Just four days before what would’ve been Jack Kirby’s 98th birthday, an exhibition opens today at California State University, Northridge that celebrates the artist’s legendary career.

Titled “Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby,” the exhibit focuses largely on his later superhero and sci-fi work, from about 1965 on. “We call the show ‘Comic Book Apocalypse’ because when you’re dealing with Kirby, nothing less than the end of everything is at stake,” said curator Charles Hatfield, an English professor at CSUN and author of  “Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby.”

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Rise, Lord Vader: ‘Anakin’ among top 1,000 baby names in U.S.

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Parents don’t always think through the names they give their children, sentencing them to years of schoolyard taunts or scatalogical rhymes. A name is a powerful thing that can shape how a child is perceived, and even what path he might take — in other words, his destiny.

So it’s perhaps understandable if we’re a little alarmed that the Star Wars-inspired “Anakin” was the 957th most popular name among boys last year in the United States, according to the Social Security Administration. You know, the horribly annoying kid from The Phantom Menace who grew up to be the horribly annoying man in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, who became Darth Vader, one of the greatest villains of all time?

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Real-life Superboy: 4-year-old Kal-El helps save family from crash

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A 4-year-old in Trinidad is being celebrated as Superboy for helping to save his mother and aunt after their car drove off a cliff. His name? Kal-El Alleyne, suitably enough.

Trinidad and Tobago’s CCN TV6 reports the family was on their way to Maracas on Tuesday when their car skidded, and Kal-El’s mother Amanda Graham swerved to avoid oncoming traffic, sending the vehicle into a ravine and throwing all three occupants through the back window.

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Kidrobot returns to Springfield with new ‘Simpsons’ figures

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Kidrobot is teaming with artists Ron English and Kenny Scharf — certainly no strangers to Springfield! — to release three new Simpsons vinyl figures.

English and Scharf famously appeared, alongside Robbie Conal and Shepard Fairey, in the 2012 Simpsons episode “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart, a nod to the Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.

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This elegant wedding cake hides a superheroic secret

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Kia Parsons wanted a traditional wedding cake, with sophisticated flowers and beads. However, her husband-to-be Billy Bunning envisioned something more playful that would reflect his love of comic books. Their compromise is pretty inspired.

Designed by Julia Baker of Tier By Tier in Milton Keynes, England, the beautiful four-tiered cake is all business up front, precisely how Parsons imagined. But in the back? Fondant curtains are pulled back to reveal tiers representing Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America.

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‘Attack on Titan’ game soars and slashes in first screenshots

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Koei Tecmo has debuted the first screenshots from Attack on Titan, the “tactical hunting game” for PlayStation based on Hajime Isayama’s hit manga.

The images arrive courtesy of the Japanese magazine Famitsu, which reveals that 50 percent of the game is complete. According to Koei Tecmo executives Hisashi Koinuma and Tomoyuki Kitamura, much of the focus has been on making flight, through the manga’s signature 3D maneuver gear, as fun as possible, with the controls rewarding both newcomers and skilled gamers.

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