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Comics nominees for 26th GLAAD Media Awards hold surprises

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The GLAAD Media Awards are traditionally a fairly mainstream affair, with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation recognizing outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in works that reach a wide audience. Although in the past, the organization has honored the likes of Fun Home, Luba and Strangers in Paradise, the outstanding comic book category is typically heavy on superhero titles released by Marvel and DC Comics.

However, with the announcement this morning of the nominees for the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards comes a couple of big surprises: Just one superhero series is singled out, and, for the first time since the comic book category debuted in 2003, there are no titles published by DC or its imprints.

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Impressive video timeline documents ‘every X-Man ever’

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Much like DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes, Marvel’s X-Men can seem a bit impenetrable. Readers have to contend not only with the team’s nearly 52-year history — minus that five-year period when no new stories were published — but also multiple titles, alternate universes and recons. Y’know, the usual stuff.

Luckily, IGN has produced “Every X-Man Ever,” a nearly 11-and-a-half-minute video infographic that is billed as “detailing everyone who ever joined Professor Xavier’s team of X-Men.” Naturally, that’s your cue to interject with, “But they forgot …”

If you prefer a text version, IGN has that too.

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Quote of the Day | Alex Ross on reinventing superheroes

superman-alex ross“The intent of [many of] the companies is redesign, reinvent, for a modern readership who want their own version of a thing as opposed to their grandfather’s version of a thing.

I’ve always thought there’s a beautiful eloquence of having a connection to something that was designed 50, 60, 75 years ago, that is essentially undiluted. They don’t need to be over-altered for the sake of upcoming generations. They don’t have to be unified.

If you have to always make characters younger because, ‘well, young people won’t connect with older protagonists,’ well, that is such horseshit.”

Alex Ross, lamenting the desire of some publishers to remake superheroes for a modern audience, in the same piece in which he says he’s learned not to get too attached to certain depictions of characters: “If you start thinking that your version of a thing is the most popular, beloved version, then when they go a different way, as they have with their version of Superman today, it breaks your heart.”

Flash back to Stan Lee’s 1970 appearance on ‘To Tell the Truth’

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Given that just yesterday we were spotlighting Stan Lee’s Kpop video debut, it seems only appropriate that footage of one of the legendary creator’s earliest media appearances has begun to make the rounds again: a 1970 episode of To Tell the Truth.

For those not well-versed in game-show history, each segment of To Tell the Truth introduced three contestants, one who had an interesting occupation or experience (who was sworn to tell the truth), and two imposters (who were permitted to lie). It was up to a panel of celebrities — here, Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass, Tom Poston and Kitty Carlisle — to ask a series of questions to try to identify the real person.

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‘Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection’ takes to the air with TV spot

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To promote the Wednesday debut of Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection — themed hardcover editions released every two weeks — publisher 2000 AD is using an appropriately mega-sized approach: a 20-second television commercial set to air on multiple channels across the United Kingdom. You can watch it below.

Beginning with Issue 1: “America,” the 1990-92 serial by John Wagner and Colin MacNeil, Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection gathers the definitive stories and creators from the strip’s 38-year history, arranged thematically and “in an order chosen by the experts at Rebellion to give new and old readers alike a coherent and immersive reading experience.”

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‘Atomic Robo’ switches to digital-first approach

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Atomic Robo, the long-running adventure comic by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, is making the move to the web.

The creators announced they allowed their contract expire with Red 5, where the comic debuted in 2007, and will soon switch to a digital-first model, serializing Atomic Robo online before releasing a print collection.

First, however, they’ll upload to their website seven years’ worth of comics, complete with creator commentary and process drawings — more than 1,000 pages in all. The first volume, Atomic Robo and the Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne, will be released online in full on Wednesday. Afterward, a new issue will be release each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Oliver Queen & Ra’s al Ghul swing lightsabers in ‘Arrow Jedi’ finale

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If Dave Jones has proved anything with his Arrow Jedi mashups, it’s that with lightsaber effects, a John Williams score and the stray droid cameo, Starling City can be convincingly transformed into a galaxy far, far away.

He debuted his trilogy in May with “Under the Hood,” which included appearances by R2-D2 and an Ewok, which he followed in November with “Corto Maltese.” But all of that was only laying the groundwork for the epic finale, “The Climb,” which reimagines Arrow‘s midseason cliffhanger — the showdown between Ra’s al Ghul and Oliver Queen — as a high-stakes confrontation between Sith Lord and Jedi.

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Marvel isn’t looking to ‘align continuity’ between comics and film

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Grumblings that Marvel alters its comics to more closely resemble their on-screen depictions date back to at least 2001, when Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely put the X-Men in leather.

With the founding of Marvel Studios and the rise of the tightly knit Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, there are increasing complaints about continuity changes perceived to be in service to corporate synergy, most recently in the parentage of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.

But in a wide-ranging interview with ICv2.com, Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley dismisses any assertion there’s a conscious effort to align continuity — “I think people like to jump to conclusions” — while acknowledging that of course the films are going to have some influence on creators.

“We all remember picking up our X-Men books in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s,” he said. “The Professor would go in to put Cerebro on and he’d wear a helmet in a room, and whatever room that was and whatever it looked like was up to the artist du jour. But that room now, after the X-Men movie when he rolled into that big open area with the metallic globe that he is sitting inside of with the ramp, and then he puts the helmet on, you go into a Marvel comic now and that’s what that room looks like. The movie defined the mass market perception of what Cerebro looks like. The comics guys are looking at it and thinking, ‘That’s pretty cool, I think I’ll do that!’ So, to say that one medium does not influence the other a great deal would be lying.

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Scarecrow joins ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ action figure line

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DC Collectibles has revealed Scarecrow from its line of action figures based on Batman: The Animated Series. Consider Jonathan Crane the vanguard of the fifth wave, available this fall.

Scarecrow joins such figures from earlier waves as Batman, Robin, Batgirl, The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, The Penguin and Poison Ivy. Unlike most of those figures, priced at $24.99 each, Scarecrow isn’t pictured with any accessories.

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You’ll want to cruise around in this Batmobile stroller yourself

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Just when you had moved past your envy of the proud owners of than that custom Groot swing, Super-Fan Builds comes along with another, even cooler project: a one-of-a-kind Batmobile stroller, designed to look like the Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan films.

Constructed by Hollywood pop company Tim Baker Creations as a surprise for father-and-son Batman fans, the stroller is on a steel frame, making it well-suited for those danger-filled walks through Gotham City Park or, I don’t know, Toys “R” Us.

Of course, as Toyland notes, figuring out how to transport the thing — not to mention store it — may require the mind of the World’s Greatest Detective.

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Wizard World adds Pittsburgh Comicon to its roster

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Wizard World Inc. it has acquired the 20-year-old Pittsburgh Comicon from co-founder and owner Renee George, although there apparently is some question as to what that means. A message tweeted Sunday from the Pittsburgh Comicon account stated, “the show did not sell out to Wizard. A statement will be coming from Renee regarding the situation soon.”

However, while there’s still no statement on the convention’s website or Facebook page, George is quoted extensively in the press release trumpeting the renamed Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh, scheduled for Sept. 11-13.

The addition of Pittsburgh brings the number of Wizard World events in 2015 to 25.

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Stan Lee adds Korean pop video to his list of cameos

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Stan Lee is legendary for his cameos, from 1989’s The Trial of the Incredible Hulk to next week’s Agent Carter and 2000’s X-Men to 2014’s Big Hero 6. However, in the rush and the push of the holidays, one of his latest appearances was largely overlooked.

Kotaku catches that the 92-year-old made his Korean pop debut with a role in the new music video for “”Gwiyomi Song 2,” by actress/singer Clara. Lee, who met the actress/singer during her visit to the United States, shows up during the credits (4:11) in a setting quite familiar to anyone who’s seen “Stan’s Rants.”

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Kotobukiya conjures Zatanna Bishoujo statue

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Kotobukiya has unveiled the latest addition to its line of DC Comics Bishoujo statues: Zatanna.

Sculpted by Sculpted by Takaboku Busujima (Busujimax) from character art created by Shunya Yamashita, the statue stands a little less than 10 inches tall. Here’s how Kotobukiya describes it:

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Spider-Man sculpture is artist’s thank-you letter to Peter Parker

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What at first appears in the photo above to be straightforward cosplay is actually a sculpture created by London artist Hetain Patel using a life-size body cast of himself and a Spider-Man costume composed of words from a thank-you letter he wrote to Peter Parker.

It’s part of “The Other Suit,” an exhibition of Patel’s work on display through Feb. 28 at Chatterjee and Lal, a gallery in Mumbai, India. The show also includes video installations, “The Amazing DIYers,” depicting both teenagers and Patel creating movie-accurate Spider-Man costumes, as well as photos of the artist in costume with his grandmother. However, the sculpture would seem to be the centerpiece.

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Original ‘hit list’ reveals a very different ‘Infinite Crisis’

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The 2005-2006 DC Comics crossover Infinite Crisis may be best remembered for Superboy-Prime’s “continuity punch,” and for a staggeringly high body count. However, it turns out that figure could’ve been a little higher, and perhaps even more controversial.

While cleaning his basement, DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio uncovered the original whiteboard pages laying out the event’s timeline, as well as a “hit list’ (below), which is exactly what it sounds like — a rundown of characters marked for death.

“Always fun to see where we started now that we know where it ended up,” DiDio wrote on his Facebook page.

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