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“Today I am joined by researchers who invent some of the most advanced metals on the planet; designers who are modeling prototypes in the digital cloud; folks from the Pentagon who help to support their work — basically, I’m here to announce that we’re building Iron Man.”
That’s a direct quote from President Barack Obama during a White House manufacturing innovation event. Although it was a joke — “I’m going to blast off in a second. This has been a secret project we’ve been working on for a while. Not really. Maybe. It’s classified.” — the reality is that Iron Man-like technology has been in development, in one form or another, for some time.
Woodsmith Justin Christensen runs an Etsy shop and Facebook page under the moniker Scroll Saw Scribbler, where he posts photos of his various pop-culture-inspired woodcrafts. His latest project is Avengers themed boxes/wall hangers with images of the superheroes shadowed behind recognizable images of their alter egos. So far, Christensen has crafted Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America for some gorgeous — and impressively precise — pieces of art. Although he didn’t design the images, he did hand make the box and carve the design into the wood. The original design is credited to Kevin Collert, a graphic designer from Ohio.
McGruff the Crime Dog actor sentenced to 16 years in prison for marijuana and grenade launcher possession
It’s not actually the character McGruff the Crime Dog, just an actor who formerly portrayed him — though I’m not sure that makes this story less ironic. In a surprising twist of fate, CBS Houston reports McGruff actor John R. Morales has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for possession of 1,000 marijuana plants, 27 weapons — including a grenade launcher — and 9,000 rounds of ammo. Though Morales pled guilty recently, the bust took place in 2011, after Galveston, Texas authorities (and drug-sniffing dogs) discovered contraband in the actor’s car when pulling him over for speeding.
Take a bite out of crime, indeed.
Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was easily one of the most divisive films of 2013. Some loved it, some hated it — but either way, there were few that didn’t have a strong opinion about it. The film has since had its home video release, and one father took it upon himself to find out what his 16-month old son thought of the movie by filming his reaction to the scene were Superman finally takes flight and uploading it to YouTube.
The child’s reaction is, of course, completely adorable.
An enterprising fan of genre entertainment and toys has posted some highly entertaining photos of his many toys living out their lives as miniature representations of their famous, largely fictitious, counterparts. The Tumblr VSE OK features miniature photo stories of The Terminator, Bruce Lee, Joker, Spider-Man, Hulk, Scarface and more as they go on crazy, occasionally NSFW, misadventures in a larger world.
The photos range from charming and funny to disturbing and gruesome, so approach with caution.
Let the madness begin: San Diego Comic-Con International badge sales begin this Saturday for a “preregistration” sale — meaning only those who bought a badge last year and have a valid member ID/registration code will be allowed to purchase badges. An email will be sent to eligible attendees with a registration code at least 48 hours in advance. While the actual sale doesn’t begin until 9 a.m. Pacific, attendees will have the opportunity to enter their codes starting at 7 a.m. to enter a waiting room.
Audiences won’t get the full glimpse of director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla until May 16, but Legendary Entertainment has announced that the King of Monsters will return slightly earlier in the Godzilla: Awakening original graphic novel set for release on May 7.
Set decades before the film, Godzilla: Awakening is co-written by Greg Borenstein and Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein and illustrated by Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah and Lee Loughridge, with a cover by Art Adams.
“As we know, Godzilla is not just limited to films,” director Gareth Edwards said in the graphic novel’s announcement video (below). “There have been some cool comic books and manga over the years, and so I’m very excited to announce the official Godzilla graphic novel from Legendary Comics, which will pave the way for the film in May.”
Clocking in at 72 pages, Godzilla: Awakening hits stores May 7 from Legendary Comics.
Ever wonder what comic book creators’ workspaces look like? Look no further — For The Bl0g has posted workspace photos from Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and upcoming Mighty Avengers artist Valerio Schiti that bring a little insight into where the comic book magic happens.
DeConnick’s workspace is decorated by numerous pieces of art and Captain Marvel pieces with organizational cabinets and shelves to spare, while Schiti’s features a tablet, cube bookshelves and many different Spider-Man pieces all over. It’s certainly interesting to see where comic creators work — and even more interesting to see what kind of comics populate their bookshelves.
For the Bl0g also posted a photo of Leinil Yu’s workspace, which the artist revealed on his tumblr in 2012.
Mindy Kaling is best known for her show “The Mindy Project” and her time playing Kelly Kapoor on “The Office,” but did you know she also wrote and drew a comic strip called Badly Drawn Girl during her college years at Dartmouth? The strip — credited to Kaling before she changed her name — ran daily in campus newspaper The Dartmouth from 1999 to 2001, and riffed on everything from campus culture and social groups to academic advisors and dining halls.
Check out some samples of Kaling’s college work below, and head over to the Badly Drawn Girl tumblr for more.
BOOM! Studios has released a teaser for an unknown upcoming series. The teaser, which features an image of a man on the phone, looking into a mirror, sports the caption, “Why don’t I remember my face? Remember why you’re here.”
It’s reportedly the first of many images that will build up to the reveal of the series and its creative team. It’s unknown whether the title is a part of the publisher’s BOOM! Box line, a new comic being announced in anticipation of April 2014 solicitation reveals, or both. It’s likely more details will surface as the week progresses.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is easily my favorite Batman film of all time. The only Batman: The Animated Series theatrical release was an incredible achievement in animation for the era, and stands above most other full-length Batman features. The movie marks its 20th anniversary on Christmas, and the famed Alamo Drafthouse is planning a 35mm screening on Jan. 7 to celebrate, with some very special Mondo posters to be sold during the event.
Normally, photo covers are pretty boring and easy to pass by, but Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Olan Mills-style portrait for the fourth printing Sex Criminals #1 is … well, indescribably awesome. Unveiled this morning by Image Comics, the cover features Fraction with his hands on Zdarsky’s shoulders while the latter cradles first-printing copy of Sex Criminals #1. The entire image is delightfully awkward, with both gazing vacantly into the distance.
And then there’s the timely blurb at the top, which references Fraction’s recent amicable departure from Marvel’s upcoming series Inhuman.
While I won’t go so far to say it’s the first time creators’ photos have been used for cover, it’s certainly a rare occurrence, and undoubtedly one of the most creative uses of a multiple-printing variant. Also, it should absolutely become tradition that any fourth printing of a comic breaks the fourth wall.
Thor: The Dark World actress Jaimie Alexander donned her Sif garments again recently on a trip to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, spending an afternoon visiting with young patients. Marvel.com has posted a massive photo gallery of Alexander as Sif with many patients and staff, who were able to pose with the Asgardian warrior and in some cases, even hold her weapons. The actress also gave out signed Thor DVDs and posters.
Check out the highlights of Alexander’s trip to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles below.
Harley Quinn #0, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner and drawn by more than a dozen artists, arrives today in stores and contains the winning entry from the DC Entertainment Open Talent Search. The page, by Jeremy Roberts, is notable in that it is significantly toned down from the controversial script released in September.
DC came under fire from readers and advocacy groups alike for the original tryout page, which directed artists to depict the fan-favorite character naked in a bathtub, seemingly about to commit suicide, a scene Palmiotti explained was merely a surreal dream sequence.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American Psychiatric Association and National Alliance on Mental Illness called the contest “extremely insensitive” and “potentially dangerous,” leading the publisher to apologize to anyone who may have been offended by the script while reiterating its intended “cartoony and over-the-top in tone.”
The original script described the fourth panel as, “Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of ‘oh well, guess that’s it for me’ and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.”
But in the published Harley Quinn #0, the first three panels remain the same — Harley holding onto a cell tower during a thunderstorm, feeding alligators and tickling the roof of a whale’s mouth — but the final one has been drastically changed: Instead of contemplating suicide in her bathtub, the character is shown riding a missile, Dr. Strangelove-style, high above the Earth.
Although the tryout script didn’t include dialogue, the overall tone of the page seems to lack the “Mad magazine/Looney Tunes approach” Palmiotti said that he and Conner intended.
Harley Quinn #0 is in stores now.
Divergent and Snow White and the Huntsman screenwriter Evan Daugherty must have a deep affection for video games. YouTube channel Polaris has posted a short video series called The Four Players, written and directed by Daughtery and based on the four primary hero characters from Super Mario Bros.: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Referred to as The Fixer, The Addict, The Star and the Soldier (respectively), the videos present a much darker and realistic take on the plumber brothers and their Mushroom Kingdom compatriots.