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A Chinese farmer and his son have combined ingenuity, car parts and their country’s love for the “Transformers” franchise to create a $160,000-a-year business making robot sculptures.
It took three years for Yu Zhilin, who has a background in fine arts, to build that first replica in his spare time, utilizing a makeshift workshop, scrap metal and images downloaded from the Internet. Since then, however, he and son Lu Yingyun have refined the process, allowing them to create larger statues, apparently at a pretty steady pace.
Baymax has become almost immediately popular in China, where Disney’s Big Hero 6 has raked in more than $78.6 million since its opening Feb. 28. So perhaps it’s no surprise to see the cuddly healthcare robot pop up here and there, such as in flight-attendant training courses.
Hey, he did say that flying makes him a better care provider. These photos are from the Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation in Chengdu, which Kotaku notes is no stranger to publicity stunts like this. (What Baymax is doing with the flowers in the restroom is anybody’s guess.)
Fans of Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja & Co. at long last can get that figure they’ve been longing for: Pizza Dog. OK, sure, Hawkguy’s included, but … Pizza Dog!
Apparently, this Marvel Select Avenging Hawkeye figuring has been cropping up in Disney Stores, but now it’s available for order online from the Marvel Shop. Fully poseable, the 7-inch figure features “his classic black costume,” a bow, six arrows, a gun, interchangeable left hand, and two interchangeable heads (one with sunglasses, the other with a bandaged nose, of course).
Dr. Seuss will soon be celebrated in his hometown with a museum dedicated his work in children’s literature, the first of its kind in the world.
Announced by Springfield Museums, a group of five museums in the Massachusetts city, the $3.5 million Amazing World of Dr. Seuss is set to open in June 2016.
The main exhibit space will be divided into three sections — Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss’ Neighborhood and Readingville — with classroom space, a reading nook and a display about the making of the Dr. Seuss National memorial Sculpture Garden, which has drawn an estimated 3 million visitors since 2002.
The planned April 3 presentation was to feature host Chris Gore and other comedians reading “aloud the weirdest and wildest fan fiction found on the Internet,” a description that was met with a barrage of angry tweets and blog posts over the past several days.
“Hey WonderCon, mocking fanfiction isn’t mocking words on a page,” one person tweeted. “It’s mocking the people who wrote it. You know … BULLYING?” Another wrote, “If you wish to have a panel on fanfiction, it should be to celebrate not mock it. Fanfic is a vital part of fan culture.”
However, both WonderCon organizers and Gore stressed that the purpose of “Fan Fic Theatre” was never to mock the authors or their work.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe certainly has its comedic elements, Jeremiah Rivera pushes them to the forefront by giving The Avengers a Friends-style introduction, complete with the (at one point) inescapable “I”ll Be There For You.” Unsurprisingly, an alien invasion doesn’t seem so pressing when scored by The Rembrandts.
As fun as the mashup is, however, it feels as if Rivera missed out by not including a scene of the gang enjoying shawarma, even if it’s not in Central Perk.
Even as fans get a lengthy gameplay video, and a new release date, for Batman: Arkham Knight, more details have trickled out about the Harley Quinn DLC pack.
It was announced last summer that players who preordered the highly anticipated game would receive two free story packs, one featuring the Red Hood and the other Harley Quinn. Now, thanks to an update to the Amazon listing, we have an idea of what the Harley pack involves:
There are numerous levels of comics fandom, ranging from the casual fan who picks up the occasional issue and watches the television shows and movies to the devotee, who tracks down entire runs of series and collects original art.
And then there’s the level of fan who would have an entire apartment designed in an Avengers theme.
Rat Queens, the Image Comics fantasy adventure by writer Kurtis J. Wiebe and artist Roc Upchurch (now Stjepan Šejić), has won the the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book. Presented Saturday in Los Angeles, the awards honor outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
The Eisner-nominated series, described by Wiebe as “Lord of the Rings meets Bridesmaids,” includes among its raucous cast a lesbian Halfling named Betty. This is the first time Rat Queens has won a GLAAD Media Award.
Never mind LEGO Jurassic World, the world’s coolest father-and-daughter team has brought 1993’s Jurassic Park to life in a mind-blowing stop-motion LEGO short.
With a bit of help, Paul Hollingsworth of Digital Wizard Studios and his daughter Haley used more than $100,000 worth of bricks to recreate Stephen Spielberg’s sci-fi classic, from the flight to Isla Nublar to the virtually iconic scene with the Tyrannosaurus rex to the showdown with the Velociraptors. And it’s all done with LEGO.
In a long overdue followup to his 2013 series “Post-Punk/New Wave Super Friends,” Brazilian artist Butcher Billy delivers the fantastic “All-New Superpowered Post-Punk Marvels,” which mashes together some of your favorite Marvel heroes with ’70s and ’80s music icons.
“While people still debate on what really makes a pop culture icon,” Billy explains, “now it’s time for good old Earth 616 to host a gang of All-New, Almighty Post-Punk Heroes we know and love.”
On Thursday’s episode of The Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore turned his attention to “dork diversity,” and fan resistance to such changes as the possibility of a black Spider-Man in the rebooted movie franchise, or the female-led Ghostbusters. To explore the subject, he turned to a panel that included Sana Amanat, Marvel’s director of content and character development, and artist Phil Jimenez.
“Let me see if I can explain it to you,” Wilmore said in his introduction. “Nerds don’t have a problem with women; they have a problem with change. I’ll give you an example: Nerds are upset at black stormtroopers in the new Star Wars movie. Do they have a problem with stormtroopers being black? No. They have a problem with you changing their definition of a stormtrooper. I’ll be a little clearer: If the first time you introduce oatmeal to a nerd it has maple syrup in it, it better have maple syrup every fucking time, or it’s not oatmeal.”
Rapper Jason Chu has released the video for “Marvels,” his new song about his childhood love of superhero comics, his gradual disillusionment with them, and his eventual rediscovery as an adult.
“I started reading comics because they looked tight,” Chu says, “stopped believing in them because of real life. Picked them up again because I chose to believe, the world could be more than what I see around me.”
Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the cover for Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Invasion, the sixth prose novel expanding upon the universe of the long-running comics series.
Written once again by Jay Bonansinga, the book follows the events of last fall’s Descent, with protagonist Lilly Caul struggling with a ragtag group of survivors struggling to carve out a new life after the fall of Woodbury. Here’s the synopsis from publisher Thomas Dunne Books:
Considering the care with which Disney is managing Big Hero 6, we’re unlikely to see characters from the Oscar-winning animated movie appear in a traditional fighting game. However, if you were curious how a San Fransokyo tournament might play out, this video gives an idea.
Modder Salim transformed Zangief into Baymax and Cammy into GoGo Tomago, pitting them against each other in Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter IV. It’s pretty impressive handiwork, as you can see in further detail from the Baymax skin below.