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We frequently marvel at — or else are unsettled by — the uncanny realism of the figures from Hot Toys and other high-end collectibles companies, but they may have found a rival in artist Xiang Zhang.
Based in Shanghai, China, he works with 1/6th-scale models, creating photorealistic likenesses of Heath Ledger’s Joker, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson and more. Make notes that Zhang is so skilled at repainting and implanting hair, that he’s frequently accused of using Photoshop to fudge the final results.
“As soon as I started getting an allowance, it was for comics. I would just go [to the store]. I didn’t really have a concept of new comic day, I just thought they showed up at any given random time at Golden Apple in LA. I would just show up and was like, ‘Ooh, WildC.A.T.S.!’ It was all that — WildC.A.T.S., Spawn, Cyberforce. I got into it too late to even know that these creators worked on Spider-Man and the X-Men. I just knew that they created the friggin’ Violator. It was huge for me. It got me into comics, straight-up. I think I liked those comics more than I liked X-Men. I just remember being at my friend’s house and he was like, ‘You gotta read this Spawn,’ and I loved it.”
— Say Anything frontman Max Bemis, talking with Comic Book Resources about the ’90s Image comics that inspired his new BOOM! Studios series Oh, Killstrike
The Portland, Oregon-based publisher announced this morning that it will begin accepting electronic submissions and pitches in May, not only from artists but from writers and colorists as well. More details are promised in May.
Founded in 1997, Oni publishes comics ranging from Scott Pilgrim and Stumptown to The Bunker and the upcoming Invader Zim.
If ever there were an appropriately named toy line, it’s the pint-sized Guardians of the Galaxy Dorbz series from Funko and Vinyl Sugar. Dorbz!
Showcased last month at Toy Fair and now available for preorder, the collection of 3-inch vinyl figures not only includes the team from Marvel’s 2014 blockbuster — Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Star-Lord, with and without mask — but also Ronan, Nebula, Korath, The Collector and Yondu (who resembles Sam the Snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). That’s a refreshingly broad lineup, even without Thanos or, say, Nova Prime (come on, who doesn’t want a Glenn Close collectible figure?).
As part of SC Comicon, a special Drink and Draw will be held Saturday at Quest Brewing Company in tribute to Dale. Proceeds will benefit Team Cul de Sac and The Hero Initiative, which was selected by Dale’s wife Kelly.
A series of tabletop games based on the acclaimed clone drama Orphan Black is on its way from IDW Games, beginning in July.
The first issue of IDW Publishing’s Orphan Black comic sold nearly a half million copies — buoyed by multiple variants, including a LootCrate-exclusive — making it the top title in the direct market in February.
It’s about to get a lot easier to find the entrance to the Batcave.
Wales Online reports efforts are under way to make the picturesque Henrhyd Falls more accessible. Located on the southern edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, the 90-foot waterfall doubled as the entrance the Batcave in The Dark Knight Rises. Already a tourist favorite, the falls were made even more popular by Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film.
IDW Publishing will release a hardcover collection of American Barbarian, Tom Scioli’s Jack Kirby-inspired post-apocalyptic adventure.
Debuting in 2010, the webcomic chronicles the saga of Meric, who sets off across New Earthea to seek revenge against Two-Tank Omen, a half-tank/half-mummy creature who murdered his family. Along the way, the young barbarian — the last American — faces all sorts of threats, ranging from the risen dead to mutant motorcycle gangs to robotic dinosaurs.
Stan Lee, who bought a new house earlier this year off the Sunset Strip, has put his former Hollywood Hills home on the market for $4.9 million. There’s a life-size Spider-Man statue in the entryway, but it’s unclear whether it comes with the place.
Page Six notes the legendary writer and editor bought the 4,963-square-foot home in 2012 for $3.4 million, so he stands to make a tidy profit on the property, which is located in the prestigious Bird Streets community.
If you’ve somehow missed out on the ratings juggernaut that’s The Walking Dead, there’s probably no faster (and funner) way to catch up on the first two seasons than this new video from 8 Bit Cinema, which reimagines the AMC drama as an old-school arcade game.
The story is super-condensed, of course, spanning Rick’s emergence from a coma to the flight from Hershel’s farm in less than five minutes. If only the search/wait for Sophia had taken as long …
Chris Sims, announced last week as the writer of Marvel’s X-Men ’92 digital-first series, publicly apologized Tuesday to Valerie D’Orazio after the blogger and former DC Comics editor called him out for years-old online harassment.
“I was wrong, and in every way the bad guy,” he acknowledged on his personal blog.
D’Orazio, a writer who rose to online prominence in late 2006 with “Goodbye to Comics,” a memoir that shone a harsh light on comics culture and her experiences as an assistant editor at DC, took to Twitter early Tuesday to criticize both Marvel and Sims. “Because of the actions of this person — who is now writing the X-Men for Marvel Comics — I have been diagnosed with PTSD from cyberbulling [sic],” she tweeted.
In a subsequent blog post, D’Orazio stated she was bullied online between 2007 and 2010, and claims Sims “ring-led the harassment” against her at the time of the March 2010 release of her Punisher MAX: Butterfly one-shot.
Brussels Airlines has repainted an Airbus A320 to resemble the famous shark-shaped submarine from Herge’s 1944 album Red Rackham’s Treasure to serve as an ambassador of Belgium.
Rechristened Rackham, the jet depicts boy reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy looking from the “submarine’s” cockpit; the image is accompanied by the slogan “Brussels Airlines — We fly you to the home of Tintin.”
Not content to wait for Fox’s promotion machine, Alex Luther has unleashed his own frenetic fan trailer for the 2016 Deadpool movie.
Using footage taken from such diverse sources as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Activision’s Deadpool video game, “Super Power Beat Down” and the trailers for Hitman: Agent 47 and Furious 7, Alex crafts an action-packed (if not exactly work-safe) trailer that’s likely to please even the most devoted fans of Marvel’s Merc With a Mouth.
Rob Liefeld, whose The Covenant debuts in June, has unveiled art from another Bible-inspired adventure, Eve and the Garden of Eden.
“Even the most conservative estimates put Adam and Eve in the Garden at least 100 years,” he writes. “We don’t really believe they were laying around staring longingly at each other the entire time right? The Accuser had fallen from the Heavens and was plotting his destruction and poisoning of Paradise from the beginning.”
It must be soul-crushing for a cosplayer to spend massive amounts of time and energy to create the perfect costume, only for no one to recognize who they are. As one Harvey Birdman cosplay discovers in this animated parody by Leigh Lahav and Oren Mendez, it’s enough to trigger an existential crisis.