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Remembering Robin Williams, comic book fan

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Reading and watching some of the countless tributes to Robin Williams, who passed away far too soon on Monday, I was reminded that, in addition to being a father, a husband, a comedian, an actor and a philanthropist, he was also a comics fan.

“I used to get excited emails from comics stores all over America when Robin Williams would drop in to buy Transmetropolitan issues,” Warren Ellis recalled Monday on Twitter.

A semi-regular customer at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, Williams discussed his love of comics in a video interview we spotlighted in 2010 on ROBOT 6. In the clip, he fondly relates his latest reads: Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli’s DMZ, and Taiyō Matsumoto’s Tekkonkinkreet. Watch the brief interview below.

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There’s still time to mark Batman Day with Bat Cave postmark

bat caveWith all of the events and announcements tied to Batman Day, the July 23 celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, it’s certainly understandable if some slipped through the cracks. Take, for instance, the pictorial postmark (below) offered by the post office in tiny Bat Cave, North Carolina.

To Batman fans disappointed they missed out on the opportunity, Linns.com has some good news: The postmark received a 30-day extension, meaning there’s still time to add one to your collection. Requests should be sent to BAT CAVE Station, Box 9998, Bat Cave, NC 28710-9998, July 23. Linns even provides instructions on how to ensure you get the cancellation.

Named after a nearby cave on Bluerock Mountain inhabited by several species of bats, Bat Cave is no stranger to Bat-promotion, as this 1989 newspaper article documents efforts by local businesses to capitalize on the release of Tim Burton’s Batman.

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Kirby Museum refutes claim it stole photocopied art

jack kirby museumThe Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center denies the allegation it stole more than 3,000 photocopies of the legendary artist’s pencil work, insisting they were donated by illustrator Greg Theakston, not loaned.

“After examining the evidence of the interaction between the two parties, we are confident the Museum has done no wrong,” the organization’s board of trustees said in a statement posted Monday.

A pop-culture historian and a friend of Jack and Roz Kirby, Theakston announced last week that he intended to file a stolen-goods report against the museum regarding the Xerox archives given to him by the Kirbys. Theakston, maintains he allowed museum trustee Randy Hoppe to borrow those copies with the understanding that “I would want them back someday.”

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Watch the ‘Walking Dead’ trailer, recreated with LEGO

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If the recently released trailer for the fifth season of The Walking Dead seemed awfully bleak to you, perhaps you’ll find this LEGO recreation better suited to your tastes. It’s incredibly faithful to the original, however, right down to the gas masks, gags and blood splatters.

Plus, the video received the Norman Reedus tweet of approval. You can check out the video below, and compare it to the original.

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Xtreme Justice League patrols San Diego neighborhood

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In response to a series of attacks in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, a group of masked men has taken to the streets on weekends in an attempt to make the area safe.

However, NBC 7 San Diego reports the members of the Xtreme Justice League — among them, Midnight Highwayman, Vigilante Spider, Spartan and Freedom Fighter — aren’t out to fight the criminals. Instead, they hope to identify and report crime, and distract wrong-doers with their costumes.

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Watch ‘Usagi Yojimbo: The Last Request’ stop-motion short

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Fans who attended the “30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo” panel at Comic-Con International were treated to a peek at Usagi Yojimbo: The Last Request, a stop-motion animated short that’s still not quite complete. Now Lintika Films has released online the latest version of the proof-of-concept short that convinced Stan Sakai to grant director Roel Robles the feature film rights to the property.

“It’s a still a work-in-progress and about 90% complete,” Lintika explains on its YouTube page. “We’re currently working on the sound mix and refining the film for the DVD release which will include behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, deleted scenes, and interesting details regarding the making of the featurette.”

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Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ art sells for $74,000

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Bill Watterson’s original artwork from his surprise guest stint in June on Pearls Before Swine sold at auction Friday for a combined $74,040, with the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

According to The Associated Press, Heritage Auctions sold the three comic strips to three collectors, who wished to remain anonymous. The Dallas auction house had expected the pieces to bring in more than $30,000 combined (the June 5 strip alone went for $35,840).

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You can read the first issue of ‘The Bunker’ for free

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If you’re having trouble deciding whether to pick up the first volume of The Bunker, out this week from Oni Press, Boing Boing may make things a little easier: The website is playing host to the complete first issue of the acclaimed sci-fi mystery by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari — meaning you can read it for free. It’s good, too; it was one of my favorite comics of 2013.

The series centers on five friends who, while on their way to bury a time capsule, discover an underground bunker where they find letters addressed to each of them … from their future selves. Warned that they’ll soon destroy the world, the friends grapple with their own deteriorating relationships as they struggle with bigger issues, such as whether their decisions can change the future, or only make things worse.

San Diego has until Sept. 10 to appeal convention center ruling

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San Diego City Council recessed for summer break Thursday without deciding how to respond to a state appeals court ruling that the plan to finance the $520 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel ruled last week that the room surcharge, approved two years ago by hoteliers and City Council, has to be put to a citywide vote. The financing scheme, which would have added another 1 cent to 3 cents per dollar to room taxes, was expected to generate about $35 million annually.

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Man sentenced for insider trading in Disney-Marvel deal

disney-marvel-logoA San Francisco man was sentenced Thursday to three months in federal prison and ordered to pay $122,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to using insider information to make big bucks in Disney’s purchase of Marvel.

Law360 reports that in 2009, Toby G. Scammell was told by his girlfriend, a Disney extern working on the Marvel acquisition, that the entertainment giant was planning to buy a company “people would recognize right away.” Using her work schedule and their vacation plans, he was able to deduce when the deal would likely close, and learned from his then-employer — a consulting firm that had been contracted by Disney on occasion — that the company was interested in Marvel.

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‘A very nerdy Black Friday’: Thousands line up for NYCC tickets

Fans in line for New York Comic Con passes at Midtown Comics Downtown (courtesy of Midtown Comics)

Fans in line for New York Comic Con passes at Midtown Comics Downtown (courtesy of Midtown Comics)

Some fans waited in line for more than 24 hours to buy tickets to New York Comic Con when they went on sale Thursday morning exclusively at Midtown Comics’ Downtown location in New York City. One hopeful described the scene to NY1 as “a very nerdy Black Friday.”

Passes sold out online June 27 in record time, to the frustration of many would-be attendees, but convention producer ReedPOP released a limited number of tickets to select retailers, beginning Thursday with Midtown Comics. About 5,000 were sold at the store, organizers said.

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This Groot costume will make you rethink your Halloween plans

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With a nearly $127 million domestic box-office haul, an inescapable marketing campaign, countless merchandising tie-ins and a soundtrack debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, it’s safe to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is worming its way into our pop-culture consciousness. And come Halloween, the streets and malls will be crawling with little trick-or-treaters dressed as Rocket Raccoon, and every grown-up party will feature at least two Draxes, a Star-Lord and a Gamora.

But few of them will be able to hold a candle to this Groot costume created by Calen Hoffman. The photos show the work in progress, which will likely clue in cosplayers as to how he produced the almost movie-ready ensemble.  The last time I sculpted anything was in 11th grade art class, so I’m happy to just sit back and marvel at the finished product.

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Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon assembles medals

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RunDisney has unveiled what will undoubtedly become hot-ticket items on eBay a little more than three months from now: the finisher medals for the inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend

Planned for Nov. 14-16 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the event features kids races, a 5K, a half marathon, a pre-race pasta party featuring the Marvel characters and a merchandise expo. It’s the first such collaboration since Disney acquired Marvel in 2009.

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Aaron McGruder’s ‘Black Jesus’ targeted by One Million Moms

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A conservative Christian initiative that mounted unsuccessful campaigns against Archie Comics, DC Comics and Marvel has  turned its attention to the new television series from The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder.

Labeling Adult Swim’s Black Jesus as “blasphemy,” One Million Moms insists the live-action show’s depiction of Jesus living in modern-day Compton, California, “makes a mockery of our Lord.”

“The foul language used in the trailer, including using the Lord’s name in vain, is disgusting,” the group writes in its call to action. “In addition, there is violence, gunfire and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!”

Hoping to stop the series from premiering tonight at 11 ET/PT — or, in its own words, to”keep this program from ever seeing the light of day” — One Million Moms calls on its members to email Adult Swim to urge the cable channel to scrap its plans for Black Jesus. If that doesn’t work, they’ll ask advertisers to boycott the show.

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Kirby’s granddaughter launches 2014 Kirby4Heroes campaign

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Jack Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian has kicked off the third annual Kirby4Heroes campaign to help creators in need.

On Aug. 28, what would’ve been the legendary artist’s 97th birthday, comics stores across the country will donate a portion of that day’s sales to The Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a financial assistance to creators. (An in-progress list of participating stores can be found on the Kirby4Heroes Facebook page.)

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