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Roxy Rocket flies in with ‘New Batman Adventures’ deluxe figure

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Released Tuesday, DC Comics’ solicitations for April not only includes the listings for the DC Collectibles Designer Series action figures inspired by Jae Lee’s work, but also the first deluxe figure from the line based on Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures: none other than Roxy Rocket!

Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for 1994’s Batman Adventures Annual #1 before making the leap to television in 1988 with the New Batman Adventures episode “The Ultimate Thrill,” Roxy is a Hollywood stunt double turned jewel thief who initially mistook Batman’s high-risk pursuit of her for romantic interest. She reappeared on an episode of Superman: The Animated Series.

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Archie Comics launches its first Humble Bundle

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Archie Comics has partnered with Humble to launch the first Archie Comics Humble Bundle, featuring more than a dozen digital titles, including The Death of Archie, Afterlife With Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Humble allows you to name your price for DRM-free downloads, with a portion going to charity, in this case the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Hero Initiative.

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IDW Games unveils details of ‘Chew: The Cases of the FDA’

chew game cover artIDW Games has revealed details about the May release of Chew: The Cases of the FDA, the first tabletop game based on the Image Comics series by John Layman and Rob Guillory.

Announced only in broad strokes last spring, the fast-paced card game is designed by Kevin Wilson (Descent, X-Files, Arkham Horror), with art by Guillory and text by Layman. Players compete to close cased taken from the page of the comic series, enlisting help from Chew characters like John Colby, Amelia Minz and Buttercup the lion while using villains to sabotage their rivals.

As added incentive, preordered copies of the game will include an exclusive variant edition of Chew #1, featuring Guillory’s homage to Dogs Playing Poker used for the packaging, as well as 20 pink CHOG plastic minis that will change color in future printings.

IDW Games was launched in October 2013 through a partnership between IDW Publishing and tabletop games publisher Pandasaurus Games, with 30 Days of Night and Kill Shakespeare announced as the first projects.

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Brian Michael Bendis talks ‘Powers,’ ‘Secret Wars’ on ‘Late Night’

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Writer Brian Michael Bendis appeared last night on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he talked about Marvel’s big Secret Wars announcement, how he stumbled into a job at a comic store, and consulting with Sony Pictures on The Amazing Spider-Man.

But first and foremost, he was there to promote the upcoming premiere ofPowers , the long-developing adaptation of the comic he created with Michael Avon Oeming (note how Bendis politely corrects Meyers, ensuring his collaborator receives proper credit).

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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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